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SCMP's Life section takes a broad view of culture and covers issues including the environment, community affairs and human interest stories. Mondays are dedicated to Fashion, Health and Education. Tuesdays focus on Fitness and Wellbeing, Arts and Entertainment, and Family. Fridays cover Food and Wine, Technology and Design and Luxury.  

How Wild star Reese Witherspoon was stretched by director's stripped-down style

In Wild, Reese Witherspoon's character, Cheryl Strayed, hikes the Pacific Crest Trail on a painful voyage of self discovery.

Jean-Marc Vallee's no-frills directing style gets the best out of his actors, writes Rebecca Keegan.

Saturday, 31 January, 2015, 11:47pm

Marilyn Manson has risen again with new sound and new album The Pale Emperor

He's still dark and broody, but Marilyn Manson's sound is less of an industrial howl onThe Pale Emperor, his well-received new album.

A change in style has Marilyn Manson on top again with The Pale Emperor, writes August Brown.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

Mexican art museum finds room to grow in blue-collar Chicago neighbourhood

Franciscan Allegory in Honour of Immaculate Conception, an 18th-century work at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Photo: TNS

When Carlos Tortolero was starting the National Museum of Mexican Art, "there were three things people told me I was crazy for", he says. "One, doing a museum in a working-class neighbourhood; two, starting an arts museum in a working-class neighbourhood; and, three, being free. They told me that it couldn't be done."

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

Artists' impressions of the city at Washington exhibition

At "The Architectural Image, 1920-1950" exhibition: J. Jay McVicker's Small Town Elements. Photos: National Building Museum

An exhibition in Washington of architectural designs from the 1920s to the '50s depicts some fantastical metropolises, writes Philip Kennicott.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

Julianne Moore on what makes Alzheimer's movie Still Alice so compelling

Julianne Moore has a best-actress Oscar nomination for Still Alice.

Julianne Moore didn't know much about Alzheimer's before taking on the role of Dr Alice Howland in Still Alice.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

Preview of guitarists Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton's blues gig in Hong Kong

Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather will play a gig at Baptist University's Academic Community Hall on Thursday.

"The blues had a baby and they named it rock'n'roll," Muddy Waters sang, and although the parentage is less obvious than it used to be, it is inescapable in the guitar playing of Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather, who play the AC Hall together on Thursday.

31 Jan 2015 - 11:47pm

The rise and fall of Hong Kong's uniformed youth groups

A passing out ceremony of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (the Volunteers) in Happy Valley, in 1986. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong has seen the rise and fall of several youth groups, some more innocuous than others, writes Jason Wordie.

13 Feb 2015 - 12:47pm

Poll to decide Hong Kong's most liked architecture of the last century

Architect and campaign organiser Corrin Chan. Photo: Nora Tam

Despite the dazzling skyline around Victoria Harbour and soaring towers everywhere, Hong Kong doesn't celebrate its architecture the way cities such as Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, London, Rome and Tel Aviv do.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:05am 4 comments

The phone with two faces: Russian YotaPhone2 takes on Samsung and Apple

Vlad Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, with the YotaPhone 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave two of the devices to President Xi Jinping as a gift. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Since South Korean and US brands dominate the market for high-end smartphones, Vlad Martynov, CEO of Moscow-based Yota Devices, has his work cut out for him.

30 Jan 2015 - 11:51am

Wang Jianwei's artwork Time Temple is inspired by quantum physics

Time Temple. Photo: David Heald

Art and science often make uneasy bedfellows, but that's not the case for Chinese artist Wang Jianwei. His works, which are conceptual and highly theoretical, have their foundations in theoretical physics, specifically the ideas of Danish physicist Niels Bohr, one of the scientists who established the foundations of quantum mechanics.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:15am

Children who are taught to respect others remain respectful in later life

Bernice Lee (left) and Marie Marchand. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Julie Fecteau has noticed an interesting development in her four-year-old son Julien. He has started giving up his seat to older people in the MTR. "Hey mummy, I respect him," Julien told Julie, to her surprise.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:11am

School in the Cloud: a TED prize winner's quest to transform education

Sugata Mitra's journey to the TED prize began more than a decade ago in Delhi. Photo: AFP

Sugata Mitra is a polymath who has studied energy storage systems, designed batteries and worked on computer networking. But for the past 15 years, he has been preoccupied with educational research. His radical ideas about self-organised learning won him the TED prize in 2013, which gave him US$1 million to realise his vision for a global "School in the Cloud".

2 Feb 2015 - 10:39am

How authors can make books come alive for Hong Kong readers young and old

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye at HK International School.

Standing in the packed library of the Hong Kong International School, visiting poet Naomi Shihab Nye closes her eyes, takes a breath and begins. "You can't order a poem like you order a taco …," she says, reciting the opening line of one of her most recognised poems, Valentine for Ernest Mann, and the room is silent.

27 Jan 2015 - 6:00am

Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets shot down by Chinese film-goers

Photo: Jonathan Wong

Of late, Jiang Wen's life seems to be imitating his art. It's a tragicomic turn for the acclaimed Chinese actor-director, not unlike the fate that befalls the protagonist in his new film, Gone with the Bullets.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:58am

Counting sheep won't help you sleep, but other techniques will

According to a 2010 survey, 2.2 million Hong Kong adults have a serious drink-related insomnia problem.

High-pressure Hong Kong is nicknamed the city that never sleeps. Most of us manage to string some shut-eye together, but you may well suffer from sleep disruption, which can leave you feeling shattered when morning rolls around.

2 Feb 2015 - 11:12am 1 comment