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Portraits of Palestine

An exhibition of photographs of Palestine, in the Barron Theatre, tries to foster dialogue. Hosted and organized by the Mutual Respect and Dialogue for Palestine Society (MRDPS), a photographic exhibition in the Barron on Thursday night presented a vignette of the experiences from students in Israel and Palestine. Hoping to facilitate dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a relaxed atmosphere...

The Trend Report: AW2011

Highlights from London, New York, Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks. The finale of the A/W11 Christian Dior show in Paris last week: rather than the extravagant bow we’ve come to expect from former designer John Galliano, the entire atelier team appeared on the catwalk in an act embodying the creative heritage behind the house’s name and values.  In the wake...

Refet Afrique

Behind the gaudy exterior of the Golf Hotel, Réfèt Afrique held what it boasted to be a “unique” event celebrating the “diversity and beauty of Africa through music, dance and fashion.” It certainly ticked all these boxes, if not more. The venue was both grand and intimate providing an ideal setting for the eclectically dressed students. There were suits...

The Sundance Kid brings his show to London

Actor and director Robert Redford, founder of the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, announced on March 15 that Sundance London will arrive in the UK next spring. The aim of the four day festival - to take place at the O2 Arena from April 26-29 2012 - is to bring the Sundance experience to a UK audience, comprising film screenings,...

The Critics: Yeomen of the Guard, The Glass Menagerie

Yeomen of the Guard Younger Hall: 25-27 February Before I enter into this review, I must nail my standard to the mast and admit, of my own volition, that I am not a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan. I find it outdated, melodramatic and nostalgic Victoriana, and as such went to see this show with a great deal of trepidation. However,...

Waterlogged

Philip Gross and Don Paterson write about water, history and the meaning of words. Both poets are due to read at the Stanza festival (16-20th March). The Water Table Philip Gross, in his 2009 T.S. Elliot Prize winning collection The Water Table, has gathered a group of poems that might have proved stronger if they could manage to swim out of...

Hoodoo Man Blues

John Burnside’s forthcoming collection Black Cat Bone explores various poetic traditions, eventually finding its way back home. Burnside will read at the Stanza Festival. “To think through things, that is the still life painter’s job – and the poet’s: Why should we be born loving the world? We require again and again these demonstrations.” -Mark Dotty, Oysters and Lemons John Burnside’s new...

The Critics: The Kids Are All Right

Available on DVD from 21 March The Oscars this year were predictable. James Franco looked handsome. Anne Hathaway was adorable in a nervous, awkward sort of way. The King's Speech won, well, pretty much everything. But one thing the night failed to deliver was an award for The Kids Are All Right, which was far and away one of the...

The Critics: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

** DCA 18-31 March At the age of 75 Woody Allen still finds the energy to put out at least one new film per year. Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Whatever Works marked something of a return to form for the veteran director and his upcoming release, Midnight in Paris, is set to open the 2011 Festival de Cannes this May. It...

Review of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Melodies and Miracles

We often refer affectionately to St Andrews as ‘the Bubble’.  It’s easy to see why: because of its geographic isolation and other-worldly character, it can often feel as if we don’t have any contact with the real world during term time.  Most apply the nickname as a friendly jibe at a town they love, and the term isn’t generally...