‘Triptych — Studies of the Human Body’ (1970)
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Francis Bacon at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

Jackie Wullschlager on ‘the last great European Modernist’

The Life of a Song

Aretha Franklin, c1972 ©Getty Images
The one-size-fits-all spiritual began as a redemption hymn composed by a slaver
'A Change is Gonna Come' vinyl record
The song was a risky departure for Sam Cooke: it mined his gospel roots, but it was political, too
©Will Wilkinson

Larmer Tree Festival: frontier spirit

This year’s acts embraced a multiplicity of styles — but the issue of borders provided a common thread

The strange case of JT LeRoy probed on film

The relationship between author and persona is unpicked in a new documentary

‘Mobile’ features Kylie Walsh as a woman telling her story to eight audience members inside a caravan
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Latitude Festival: a little more conversation

Beyond the headline music acts were more than 300 events in the festival’s more intimate pockets

From left: Memphis Minnie; Mamie Smith

Forgotten blues women, unforgettable voices

A new compilation gives some of the form’s lesser-known exponents their due

The Australian Ballet - Cinderella - Leanne Stojmenov as CINDERELLA -photography by Jeff Busby

Cinderella, Coliseum, London — ‘Vivid’

A fascinating dialogue between choreographer and composer

Pet Shop Boys, Royal Opera House, London — review

HD images of clouds, flowers and geometric shapes flank Tennant and Lowe as they move through a punchy setlist

Chris Pine, centre, as Captain Kirk in 'Star Trek Beyond'

Star Trek Beyond — film review: ‘Brisk and fun’

Spectacular effects are combined with nods to the TV series

Ethan Hawke in 'Born to Be Blue'

Born to Be Blue — film review: ‘Lost-boy charisma’

Ethan Hawke plays the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker in this biopic

Mark Rylance plays the giant in Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG'

The BFG — film review: ‘Visually gorgeous’

Spielberg’s Roald Dahl adaptation has the woozy texture of a dream

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