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Alanis Morissette in 1996 at the height of the success of her album Jagged Little Pill.

The ’90s throwback that’s more than nostalgia

A musical woven around an iconic Alanis Morrissette album gives its grungy spirit a modern, relevant outlet.

  • Michael Bailey

This Month

Leonard Cohen performs in a scene from the documentary Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song.

Leonard Cohen and his most famous song

This documentary views the long and illustrious career of the singer-songwriter through the lens of a single song: Hallelujah.

  • John McDonald
Author Jess Ho.

How to write a better book

If you’re penning a memoir, writes Jess Ho, you can’t leave yourself out of it, no matter how private a person you are.

  • Jess Ho
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stands up for downtrodden women.

Why Camilla will be the ultimate feminist queen

The Duchess of Cornwall does not play it safe and instead chooses what might be seen as controversial issues to champion.

  • Julie Bindel
“It’s an old man dancing like a chicken and singing”: Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

Satisfaction has nothing to do with achievement, money, or stuff

Our natural state is dissatisfaction, punctuated by brief moments of satisfaction. But there are ways to overcome that instinct.

  • Arthur Brooks
Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron (right) and Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin in the refurbished Concert Hall on Thursday.

Sydney Opera House reveals jewel of its $300m major facelift

The Sydney Opera House’s famed Concert Hall has undergone a major refurbishment, ushering in a new era before it turns 50 next year.

  • Farid Farid
‘Birmingham’ by US artist Simone Leigh sold for $US2.2 million.

$59m sale points to female artists edging towards price parity

At high-end art auctions around the globe, female artists continue to set new records.

  • Colin Gleadell
A first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Harry Potter books could be worth more than $250k

First edition copies of the Millennial favourite are becoming seriously sought after.

  • Theo Chapman
Paul Daley wanted to write about the competing narratives in Australian history.

Why I wrote a novel, not a history book, about our frontier violence

Researching Australian history led journalist Paul Daley to accounts of a shameful trade by 19th and 20th century collectors that is still playing out to this day.

  • Paul Daley

Hemsworth’s latest Thor outing is pure pantomime

Taika Waititi’s second film about the God of Thunder is riotous entertainment, but don’t come along expecting high drama.

  • John McDonald
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Meet the cellist breaking classical music’s barriers

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his six virtuoso siblings have given a new face and new energy to a traditional form.

  • Michael Bailey
Australian golfer Jarrod Mosely doing battle with the infamous Road Hole bunker on the Old Course in 2003.

Inside the most notorious golf course in the world

The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the most challenging in the world. Now the world’s best golfers are heading there for only the 30th time for the Open Championship.

  • Richard Allen
Justin O’Brien, Madonna, c. 1959, at auction for the first time, made 417,273 with buyer’s fees.

‘Intoxicating’ painting sets new auction record

The densely patterned work glistens with gold leaf and looks both strangely modern and deeply steeped in the Italian Renaissance.

  • Gabriella Coslovich
A casting of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ sold for a record price last week.

Collector pays $16.2m for casting of Rodin’s iconic ‘The Thinker’

The French sculptor’s best-known work continues to attract collectors, with a casting going under the hammer at a Paris auction.

  • Reuters
Cruise the star burns as bright as any of his contemporaries, and far brighter than any who have come up since, in part because he continues to throw more and more of himself into his work and give up less and less of himself everywhere else

Why Tom Cruise is Hollywood’s last real movie star

Sheer force of will is now part of his potent mix of athleticism and charisma. That combination goes a long way to explain why Top Gun: Maverick is a hit.

  • Calum Marsh
Elvis Direct from Graceland on display at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Will the real Elvis, please stand up

Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of the singer is driving a newfound interest in the all things Presley.

  • Theo Chapman
Cecile de France and Benjamin Voisin as the ill-suited lovers Louise de Bargeton and Lucien Rubempre.

Meet the original exponents of fake news

Lost Illusions is a brilliant period piece – a visually sumptuous reconstruction of Paris in the 1820s, in all its splendour and squalor.

  • John McDonald


Cartier ‘mystery clock’ from rural NSW sets world record at auction

Passed down through the Coote family of jewellers, the 1920s clock that appears to float in crystal raised $1.2 million for an environmental charity.

  • Gabriella Coslovich
Maya Rudolph in the Apple TV+ series Loot.

New series ‘Loot’ mocks billionaire divorces

Molly Novak, the heroine of this Apple TV+ vehicle, is a tech tycoon’s soon-to-be ex-wife who is funny and childishly delighted by her lavish lifestyle.

  • Mike Hale

When ochre, sweat and torn skirts are all in a day’s work

Designing dance costumes, says Bangarra’s Frances Rings and Jennifer Irwin, is literal push and pull. They wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Lauren Sams