His falsetto has been called ‘the voice of God’ and, now 79, Nascimento reflects on Bolsonaro, Ray Charles and an extraordinary life
His otherworldly falsetto has led many to describe Milton Nascimento’s music in spiritual terms.
“[My mom once said that] if God had a voice, it would be Milton’s – and she is absolutely right,” said the Brazilian singer Maria Rita, the daughter of one of his closest musical collaborators, the late singing legend Elis Regina.
When rumours went viral, Billy Gannon had ‘an existential crisis’, joining a list of those denying being the enigmatic artist
To be clear, Billy Gannon is not Banksy. Or at least – that’s what he says.
“The problem I have is that when I say to people, ‘I am not Banksy,’ I can see this look in their eyes, and they say, ‘That’s what Banksy would say,’” says the 58-year-old f rom Pembroke Dock, west Wales. “Every time I deny I am Banksy … a significant number of people in the town [decide] that I am, or could possibly be, Banksy.”
The latest Star Wars spin-off from Disney+ sees the Scot put in his best performance as the legendary Jedi in a John Wick-esque caper with marvellous action sequences
One of the very first scenes of the new Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi shows characters slaving away in the desert, earning a pittance by scraping scraps of meat from a giant, long-dead carcass. This is either a complete coincidence, or someone at Disney is a little more self-aware than they should be.
Because, to continue the meat metaphor for a moment, Obi-Wan Kenobi is connective tissue. His two good stories – how he came to train the boy who would be Darth Vader and, later, how Vader killed him – were told decades ago. Chronologically, this new series sits somewhere in the middle. Kenobi left Anakin Skywalker for dead a decade ago and, realistically, it’s another decade before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.
The novelist on adoring Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, being inspired by Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark and crying at Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
My earliest reading memoryWhen I first went to school, aged six, copies of The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum were handed round. Too embarrassed to admit I couldn’t read, I sat staring at the illustrations.
My favourite book growing upI was living in a stepfamily of five girls when I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I adored it, identified with each of the sisters and couldn’t wait to read the sequel – my disappointment was extreme!
With Jurassic World Dominion out next month, we run through the best prehistoric pictures. You know what’s No 1 – or do you?
A film so stunningly stupid that it may as well not exist, the sequel to Jurassic World made the mistake of trying to move the story along. No longer just a romp about a theme park filled with dinosaurs, this is ostensibly a horror movie about a black market dinosaur auction in a spooky castle. Much worse than I have made it sound.
Playwright Howard Brenton asks why ancient Athens turned on its famous citizen, and how such an uncompromising free-thinker might fare in our own ‘age of rage’
Did Socrates “cancel” himself? At his trial in Athens, in 399BC, did he deliberately incense the jury with an outrageous comic speech to ensure they condemned him to death?
Socrates was charged with denying the gods exist and inventing new ones, and of corrupting youth. Actually, Socrates was deeply religious and it was fighting dirty to accuse him of sacrilege. But powerful people had had enough of him. A scruffy 70-year-old man hanging out in public places surrounded by adoring pupils, teaching that a life unexamined is not worth living but we must learn we know nothing, corroded certainty. And certainty was what the city craved.
Cancelling Socrates is at Jermyn Street theatre, London, 2 June-2 July
Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonAn overhaul of the original’s gender politics, plenty of Gen-Z touchpoints and a big dollop of kitsch make this musical an irresistible cocktail
Here comes another throwback to join the glut of nostalgic 90s and 00s films currently being resuscitated on stage. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, its story hinges on the stereotype of the dumb blond, amid other cliches.
Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach’s 2007 musical excised much of the film’s outmoded gender politics and casual homophobia, but Lucy Moss’s revival now gives the story a camp revamp to turn it into a musical for today.
With galleries in Mayfair and Miami, a Made in Chelsea romance, and art-world backing, this young art dealer looked like he had it made. So how has he ended up in prison?
He has been condemned as a “serial swindler”, who duped art investors into parting with an eye-watering $86m, but his victims will never forget the charm and charisma of Inigo Philbrick.
The suave American dealer, with a gallery at an exclusive London address, a Midas touch that brought soaring profits in art sales and a socialite girlfriend from Made in Chelsea, had in fact been running a fraudulent business. This week, he was sentenced to seven years in a US jail, with two years of supervised release and an order “to pay a forfeiture of $86,672,790”.
Auction of fire-resistant edition comes ahead of an expected US supreme court ruling reversing the right to abortion
Amid political firestorms over books deemed by rightwingers to be unsuitable for school libraries, the author Margaret Atwood has announced an “unburnable” edition of her most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Canadian author, 82, appeared in a short YouTube video to announce the project, attempting to flambé the one-off tome with a flame-thrower.
Arcola, LondonA tender series of vignettes explore family dynamics in Norris’s personal play, but it needs some grit in the oyster
Barney Norris has written a personal play about family life and the passing of time. “These are my parents and grandparents,” he states in his script’s introduction. Writing them, he adds, is “the only way I know how to love them”.
That love shows. As an ode to family, We Started to Sing is full of tenderness. As a play, it feels fragmented and anticlimactic. There is simply not enough plot or conflict. Maybe it is too close to home; what seems to be missing is Graham Greene’s “splinter of ice”.
We Started to Sing is at the Arcola, London, until 18 June.
Everyman, LiverpoolChloë Moss’s play about a female officer who joins an all-male crew on a cargo ship skims the surface of its issues
If you wanted to map the contours of the patriarchy, a container ship would be a pretty good place to do it. That is where playwright Chloë Moss places Corrina, a female officer who joins an all-male crew on an ocean crossing from Felixstowe to Singapore.
She meets the softly-softly captain whose genial demeanour is a front for maintaining male authority. Then comes the old flame who seems nice enough until he crosses the line between practical jokes and gaslighting. She sees hope in one decent bloke, a Filipino deckhand, only to find that economic exploitation makes his loyalty provisional. And, all around her, are under-the-breath grumbles from men who would sooner keep the sexes apart.
Corrina, Corrina is at the Everyman, Liverpool, until 4 June.
Dress worn by Judy Garland set to sell for up to $1.2m but relative of priest who was given dress in 1973 claims it belongs to her
The dramatic story of a costume from The Wizard of Oz thought lost for decades went through another plot twist on Monday, when a judge blocked its planned sale at auction.
One of the blue-and-white checked gingham dresses that Judy Garland wore in 1939 for her role as Dorothy was scheduled to be part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia in Los Angeles on Tuesday, put up for sale by Catholic University of America. The dress was rediscovered at the school last year in a shoebox during preparations for a renovation.
The Canadian director made the comments at a press conference for his latest body horror film Crimes of the Future
David Cronenberg, director of Crash, The Naked Lunch and A History of Violence, has said that “the US is completely insane”.
Speaking to the press at the Cannes film festival premiere of his new film Crimes of the Future, Cronenberg referred specifically to attempts to overturn Roe v Wade. “In Canada … we think everyone in the US is completely insane. I think the US has gone completely bananas, and I can’t believe what the elected officials are saying, not just about Roe v Wade, so it is strange times.”
BBC Concert Orchestra residency aims to inspire children and improve wellbeing in Norfolk town
Ten-year-old Fabian usually listens to pop and rock music at home in Great Yarmouth, but watching the BBC’s Concert Orchestra live on stage, it was the calming notes of the violin that were his favourite.
Like many of the 200 pupils in the audience, it was his first experience of live orchestral music, and he was thrilled by it. From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture – with plenty of interactive elements thrown in – the year 5 pupils listened intently to over an hour of music.