Virginie Herz on photography, Amobe Mevegue on music, Sean Rose on exhibitions, Jessica Michault on fashion, Lisa Nesselson on cinema and Sylvia Whitman on literature... Every morning, our culture critics give you the lowdown on the latest trends. From Monday to Friday at 9.45 am.
In the early 1960s, during the Cold War, and way before you could just
type into a search engine "build rocket at home + launch into space," a
group of university students started their own space program. This
completely forgotten episode in Lebanese history is evocated with
talent in the documentary "The Lebanese Rocket Society."
As some politicians in France criticize Germany’s economic policies, the Louvre celebrates German art, "On Germany" is a show retracing the German from 1800 to 1939, i.e. from Romanticism to 20th avant-garde: Expressionism and New Objectivity on the eve of the Second World War. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Swiss writer Germaine de Staël who wrote an essay on the identity of the Germans, – the Germanic soul.
Lalo Schifrin wrote some of the most unforgettable theme songs for television and film. His 1968 album "There's a whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On" is being re-released. Next, after the end of her own love story, Vanessa Paradis is releasing a double album of love songs written especially for her. Finally, she is barely 30, but Valerie June's voice has the depth of a blues singer from the 1930s.
In France, two international festivals are celebrating the world of fashion, one at Dinard in Brittany and the other in Hyères, in the south of France. At Dinard the atmosphere is vaudeville, while at Hyères it is more like a Shakespearean drama. But both cites are adamant about defending the creative process at the heart of fashion. Our fashion critic Jessica Michault tells us more.
The shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 was announced recently and is as strong as ever. It contains two former winners – Zadie Smith and Barbara Kingsolver – and literary prize magnet Hilary Mantel. Much acclaimed titles by Maria Semple, AM. Homes and Kate Atkinson complete the list of potential future classics. Our book critic Sylvia Whitman tells us more.