In tune with Dylan

3 January 2007 5:41 pm

Bob Dylan on Radio Two? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. His Bobness, the hippie troubadour and Voice of Sixties…

Visual treats for 2007

28 December 2006 8:39 am

Andrew Lambirth finds plenty of exhibitions to look forward to in the coming year

Festive delight

28 December 2006 8:36 am

Joy, exuberance, happiness, delight, celebration, ecstasy; and all these without anything cheap or dumbed-out into puerility.

Taking the plunge

28 December 2006 8:26 am

Shakespeare’s ill-advised reimagining of Falstaff as a buffoon at large in Windsor has always been fair game for adaptation. The…

Sweet singing in the choir

28 December 2006 8:11 am

You won’t yet have made your New Year resolutions but one thing you might want to add to your list is Join a Choir

Singing in exultation

13 December 2006 3:01 pm

Every Christmas, I face the problem of choosing an official card. The National Gallery Company sends through the range of…

Rooms and rituals

13 December 2006 2:59 pm

Another major show at the V&A, this time devoted to the more distant past, and thus inevitably of less general…

Chorus of disapproval

13 December 2006 2:57 pm

In the five years that I’ve been The Spectator’s drama critic, one of the nicest afternoons I’ve spent was in…

Christmas cheer

13 December 2006 2:54 pm

Puccini’s Bohemians really knew how to have a good time at Christmas. Huddled in a freezing cold Parisian garret, Rodolfo…

Screen savers

13 December 2006 2:47 pm

There is a strange kind of amnesia that overtakes me in certain shops: bookshops, DVD shops, CD shops. I stare…

On the couch

13 December 2006 2:44 pm

Lucy Beresford reveals what your favourite film says about you

How comic is it?

13 December 2006 2:41 pm

Monteverdi’s last opera, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, is an excellent choice for one of the music colleges to put on, containing…

A gift for rhetoric

13 December 2006 2:36 pm

It’s always puzzled me that so few theatre critics are involved in making (rather than interpreting, dissecting and sometimes destroying)…

Winning ways

13 December 2006 2:32 pm

This Bosnian film about the devastating emotional consequences of war has all the things you might expect from a Bosnian…

For portly old hippies

13 December 2006 2:30 pm

I have been listening a lot to David Gilmour’s album, On An Island (EMI). We must now call him David,…

The young ones

13 December 2006 2:28 pm

I wonder whether Tony (‘Education, education, education’) Blair or any of his cohorts in the Education Department were listening to…

Powerful but grim

13 December 2006 2:26 pm

This being the Spectator’s bumper Christmas issue, we asked the television companies for a few seasonal preview discs. There wasn’t…

Objects of affection

6 December 2006 4:16 pm

Mary Wakefield talks to Craigie Aitchison about Bedlingtons — and about his painting

Bird’s-eye views

6 December 2006 4:08 pm

Georg Gerster (born 1928) is a Swiss photographer who specialises in shooting from above. For more than 40 years he…

Going wild

6 December 2006 4:05 pm

In November 1905, in the Galerie Ernst Arnold, four young architecture students from the Dresden Technical School had their first…

Supreme challenge

6 December 2006 3:49 pm

Any article about a production of Wagner’s Ring cycle has to begin by saying that it is the supreme challenge…

Stormy waters

6 December 2006 3:41 pm

Periodically, Radio Three sails into stormy waters, a section of its listeners taking a dislike to some new policy intiative…

Cultural debate

6 December 2006 3:39 pm

Some playwrights mellow with age, but not David Hare. His sense of righteous indignation knows no bounds. According to press…

Past perfect

6 December 2006 3:37 pm

It was one of those perfect New York days that make you feel grateful to be alive. I’d eaten my…

Funny girls

6 December 2006 3:29 pm

There’s a programme I sometimes do on the right-wing guerilla media website 18 Doughty Street which I think you might…