Arts

Sinatra and the Mob

6 August 2005 12:00 am

The height of summer is celebrated by the television networks telling us things we already know. Such as, Frank Sinatra…

Web of deceit

6 August 2005 12:00 am

The other day on Radio Four David Hare set one of his namesakes running when he remarked that the RSC…

Irrestible nights

6 August 2005 12:00 am

Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is something I have been longing to see for the whole of my opera-going…

Making the most of time

30 July 2005 12:00 am

Making the most of time

This green and pleasant land

30 July 2005 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth on Tate Britain’s exhibition celebrating our landscape art

Quest for knowledge

30 July 2005 12:00 am

Sponsored by Hubert Burda Media, the Schroder Family and WestLB AG. In the sober grey vaults of Somerset House, trunk-loads…

The French have it

23 July 2005 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth is in no doubt that the Americans come second at the Royal Academy

Making the day go better

23 July 2005 12:00 am

Collecting art is an addiction. Neither its cost nor its supposed value as an investment has much to do with…

Surging energy

23 July 2005 12:00 am

Of the Royal Opera’s Verdi productions of recent years, David McVicar’s seems likely to be the most durable. It evokes…

Tame at heart

23 July 2005 12:00 am

In my neck of the woods, Madagascar was the first drive-in movie of the summer. Me’n’the kids clambered on to…

Private patronage

16 July 2005 12:00 am

Sir Edwin Lutyens reckoned that there will never be great architects or architecture without great patrons, and I rather think…

The ultimate movie pro

16 July 2005 12:00 am

I happen to be writing this on board ship, in a little café, at a table by the window, with…

After the bombs

16 July 2005 12:00 am

When I heard of the London explosions last Thursday — I was rung shortly before leaving to catch a train…

Green was good

16 July 2005 12:00 am

Quite the most important programme on TV last week — possibly all year — was Bjorn Lomborg on Environmentalism, part…

Master of the horse

16 July 2005 12:00 am

George Stubbs (1724–1806) is best remembered as the dedicated anatomist of the horse, a man who would spend weeks alone…

For the people

16 July 2005 12:00 am

What is folk art? It is usually defined as being made by ‘the people’ as opposed to by academically trained…

Hearts of darkness

16 July 2005 12:00 am

Poor Robin Soans. His new play, Talking to Terrorists, opened just three days before the bombs exploded last week. Most…

Slaughter of a masterpiece

16 July 2005 12:00 am

I read an interview last week with David McVicar, director of Glyndebourne’s new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, in which…

Back to the beginning

9 July 2005 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth on the Courtauld’s superb exhibition of work by Gabriele Münter

The missing sixth

9 July 2005 12:00 am

I’m confused. Did five-sixths of the world’s population really watch Live8? If so, what did the other sixth think they…

Compelling viewing

9 July 2005 12:00 am

Last Saturday. BBC1 was showing the most exciting women’s Wimbledon tennis final for many years and Sky Sports had what…

Favourite themes

2 July 2005 12:00 am

Andrew Lambirth on a long-awaited exhibition of the work of Graham Sutherland

Glasto vibes

2 July 2005 12:00 am

For the first time since 1990 I decided not to go to Glastonbury this year. It was a purely practical…

Fresh touch

2 July 2005 12:00 am

It’s a good thing that the Royal Opera keeps its revivals of standard Italian repertoire in good shape, considering the…

Cuban cliché

2 July 2005 12:00 am

I had quite high expectations when the curtain went up on The President of an Empty Room. The writer, Steven…