William Gibson on Writing
Photo: Michael O'Shea
The novelist who coined the term 'cyber-space' reveals he's bullied by his characters and no book would ever get finished without a large role of brown paper and some coloured pens.
The German capital Berlin is one of the world's great opera-cities - but the season that started this last weekend is unusual in several ways. Most obviously, the Berlin State Opera has been kicked out of its usual home; an iconic building on the Unter den Linden boulevard in the old East Berlin. Daniel Barenboim, who's been the opera's music director for nearly 2 decades, is now in theory homeless - but in practice, he's simply moved down the road to a theatre in the west of the city. There, he's presenting a programme that includes radical innovation and an element of personal sadness. For the Strand, Abby d'Arcy went-along to meet him.
Paul Mallon and Ivan Little in True NorthTinderbox Theatre Company
Northern Ireland has come a long way since the Good Friday agreement drew a line underneath the worst of "The Troubles". This month sees the premieres of a trilogy of new plays - True North - which aims to examine the new politics of Northern Ireland.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Director Oliver Stone returns with Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the sequel to 1987's Wall Street. Set in the run up to the financial crisis of 2008, the film explores the financial train wreck Wall Street was headed for and the rampant greed that let it happen. Film critic Adam Smith reviews.
The Strand interviews leading choreographer Akram Khan about his latest creation exploring the various meanings of spirituality and involving dancers from all over the world.
New R&B CD Roundup
Journalist Jacqueline Springer takes a critical look at a couple of new releases; the eagerly awaited Mark Ronson CD "Record Collection" , and the deluxe version of Usher's latest.
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