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The Guardian
Sunday January 08, 2017 @ 03:08:34 AM mt

Sexism in science: did Watson and Crick really steal Rosalind Franklins data



The race to uncover the structure of DNA reveals fascinating insights into how Franklins data was key to the double helix model, but the stealing myth stems from Watsons memoir and attitude rather than facts

The wave of protest that followed Sir Tim Hunts stupid comments about girls in laboratories highlighted many examples of sexism in science. One claim was that during the race to uncover the structure of DNA, Jim Watson and Francis Crick either stole Rosalind Franklins data, or forgot to credit her. Neither suggestion is true.

In April 1953, the scientific journal Nature published three back-to-back articles on the structure of DNA, the material our genes are made of. Together, they constituted one of the most important scientific discoveries in history.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:41 AM mt

Sebastiano: the forgotten Renaissance genius who swapped sex for God



The National Gallery is pairing Michelangelo with the lesser-known Sebastiano in its latest exhibition. So who is this artist who gave up debauched Venice for the Vatican and why did he waste his talent?

The names are not quite equal in fame. This spring the National Gallery is putting on an exhibition called Michelangelo and Sebastiano. You may have heard of Michelangelo. He carved David, painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and did a few other things. In Paolo Sorrentinos brilliant TV drama The Young Pope, a copy of his Last Judgement formed a sinister backdrop to Jude Laws pontifical pronouncements; Michelangelo is a god of art. But who is Sebastiano, and why has he got a joint exhibition with one of the greatest artists who ever lived?

He is Sebastiano del Piombo (about 1485-1547), the great nearly-man of the Italian High Renaissance. He was almost one of the very greatest Venetian painters, then moved to Rome where was he was overshadowed by Raphael and dominated by Michelangelo. Perhaps personal modesty held him back; perhaps he was not quite driven enough to compete in an age of intense artistic individualism. Yet his paintings offer tantalising evidence of true genius.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:14 AM mt

Promises Promises review Bacharach's musical makeover of Wilder's Apartment



Southwark Playhouse, London
A revival of Neil Simons adaptation of the Billy Wilder classic, with songs by Bacharach and Hal David, is well performed but gratingly anachronistic

This musical boasts an impeccable pedigree. It is based on the 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment. It has a book by Neil Simon, marks the only excursion of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David on to Broadway, and had a long New York run in 1968. Yet, as an archetypal product of the 60s, it feels faintly anachronistic, both in style and content, in todays world.

Part of the problem lies with the story. The Wilder movie offers an acerbic study of a corrupt society in which a young insurance clerk, CC Baxter, gains promotion by allowing his superiors to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs. The bitter twist comes when he discovers that his boss is using the flat for assignations with an employee, Fran Kubelik, with whom Baxter himself is besotted. Its an acidic fable but a musical demands uplift, which Bacharach and David liberally supply. The most grating moment comes when four adulterous department heads sing Where Can You Take a Girl?, sounding less like a satire on misogyny than a surreptitious endorsement of it.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:13 AM mt

JoJo review pop's delayed diva comes of age in ferocious style



Koko, London
After 10 years out the singer is back, singing about depression, defiance and desire in a voice that skims from delicacy to sledgehammer vehemence

To get the measure of a pop star, check their social media. On the day of JoJos Koko show, which had sold out before many acolytes even knew she was playing, she responded individually via Twitter to several disappointed fans, offering to put their names on the guest list. Her generosity repaid when she steps on stage and Koko goes impressively loco stems from an unusually close relationship with her followers, whove supported her during a decade-long dispute, while her record label refused to release her music. The feeling is that after a charmed start, when she became the youngest solo artist ever to top the US singles chart, she didnt get the chance she deserved, and this singing, Instagramming mob are here to put things right.

The Massachusetts-born singer, formerly Joanna Levesque, was 13 when the moreish Leave (Get Out) reached No 1 in 2004, and by 15 shed put out two Top 5 albums of promising pop-R&B. When her third album, Mad Love, was shelved by the label, she released free mixtapes as placeholders, but its only since it finally came out last October (and promptly topped the iTunes chart) that shes been able to take up where she left off.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:13 AM mt

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo review high hopes big city



Fugitives and dreamers make a new start in an impressive, if wishful, portrait of Nigerian life

The Lagos novel has become a genre in itself, with an outstanding list of practitioners: Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Wole Soyinka, Sefi Atta, Ben Okri, Teju Cole ... It is almost a rite of passage for Nigerian authors, for Lagos is Nigeria in microcosm, and there is no understanding the country without understanding the city. With her new book, Chibundu Onuzo (right) appears to be seeking to redefine the genre. Her debut novel, The Spider Kings Daughter, also set in Lagos, but its territorial ambition was modest compared with Welcome to Lagos. The classic African novel has always idealised the village, mostly casting it as the repository of order and tradition, while the city is portrayed as its antithesis chaotic and corrupt, if not downright evil. It is a contest of worldviews: the modern versus the traditional, the foreign versus the indigenous, the old against the new.

Related: Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:12 AM mt

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos review the story of Les Misrables



Victor Hugo was paid a fortune for his masterpiece about the poor. This biography of one of the worlds most read novels is rich in extraordinary detail

Victor Hugo, born in 1802 in the garrison town of Besanon, belonged to the first generation to write about the French Revolution of 1789 without personally remembering it. The son of a general in Napoleon Bonapartes army, and a precociously talented poet, Hugo left school soon after his fathers fortunes collapsed alongside Napoleons, following the battle of Waterloo in 1815. By the time he was 39, he was already one of 40 immortals in the Acadmie Franaise, and in 1845 he was made a pair de France or lord of the realm.

David Bellos has written a biography not of Hugo, but of his masterpiece, Les Misrables. Putting recent literary scholarship into narrative form, Bellos traces the life of the 1,500-page novel from conception to publication, mentioning along the way the many film and musical adaptations of Les Misrables that have given it a rich life beyond the printed page.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:12 AM mt

Rae Sremmurd review no standing still with party-hard rappers



Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Their song Black Beatles soundtracked the Mannequin Challenge meme, but its impossible not to bounce along with the social media-savvy duo until the moment they order the crowd to freeze

The success of their song Black Beatles means that rap duo Rae Sremmurds story will be forever linked to the viral #MannequinChallenge phenomenon. However, the young brothers from Tupelo, Mississippi have more in their arsenal than the average internet-propelled star. Anyone here looking purely to revisit the highs they experienced by standing still for Twitter last December wont fail to notice similar hook-filled singles like Throw Some Mo and No Type, both of which get huge responses tonight.

Playing the first of two London shows on their European tour, brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi dont get off to the best of starts as they arrive on stage an hour later than the advertised time of 9pm. Its perhaps a touch ironic, then, that they begin with Start a Party and its key lyric: This is how you start a party right.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:56:11 AM mt

ZimmermannHodges: Voces Abandonadas CD review poetic and hugely rewarding



Nicolas Hodges
(Wergo)

Discs of Walter Zimmermanns works seem to come along every few years, providing reminders of what a quietly singular and enigmatic figure in contemporary European music he is. Nicolas Hodges collection covers Zimmermanns most recent piano pieces, all composed between 2001 and 2006. There are six works here, but easily the most substantial is Voces Abandonadas, a two-part cycle lasting almost 40 minutes that was inspired by the writings of the Italian-born Argentinian poet Antonio Porchia (1885-1968).

Porchias aphorisms circulated widely in Argentina during the years of military dictatorship and were eventually published in Spain in 1982 as Voces Abandonadas. Zimmermann made sound representations of each of them, and these musical sentences 514 altogether, rarely more than one bar long and composed, diary-like, over the course of a year follow one another without breaks, sometimes resulting in stark contrasts of mood and style. The dedicatees of the two parts of Voces Abandonadas are Helmut Lachenmann and Morton Feldman, perhaps defining the twin poles of Zimmermanns music, yet the music never remotely echoes either composer. Though he has always distanced himself from the serialism of the 1945 postwar avant garde, this terse music seems to hark back most of all to the world of Stockhausens early piano pieces of the 50s, which Stockhausen referred to as his drawings. Despite its multi-layered allusiveness, Zimmermanns compendium has a similar kind of monochrome spareness.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:54:52 AM mt

The Jesus and Mary Chain 10 of the best



With a new album due in March, we look back over the career of East Kilbrides favourite feuding brothers

Its difficult now to imagine just how outr the Jesus and Mary Chain would have sounded in 1984, and how incongruous they would have been among the Thompson Twins and Nik Kershaws of this world. It was a desire to hear the Shangri-Las and Einstrzende Neubauten on the same record that drove them to form in the first place, and they were quickly fulfilling that ambition with Upside Down, their debut single. Indeed, the screeching, uncompromising feedback juxtaposed against Jim Reids placid murmur still grabs you by the throat, even 33 years on.

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Wednesday January 18, 2017 @ 08:54:51 AM mt

Francis Ford Coppolas wines to be only brand served at Oscars for three years



The Oscar-winning film-maker and vineyard owner has struck a deal to exclusively supply the Academy Awards, following similar arrangement at Sundance

Francis Ford Coppola has struck a deal to be the official wine sponsor to the Oscars. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery has signed an agreement to exclusively supply the Academy Awards for the next three years, as well as the 2017 Sundance film festival.

The deal covers the Academy Award ceremony from 2017 to 2019, as well as allied events such as the Governors Ball, the official Oscars after-party, for which Coppola and the winerys director of winemaking, Corey Beck, have created custom blends and commemorative labels.

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