RIP Nora Ephron; the Spice Girls musical girl-powered into London; and the Venezuelans hit the South Bank
• What you always wanted: the Spice Girls musical. Mark Brown reported. Viva Forever! with book by Jennifer Saunders, is at the Piccadilly Theatre from December. He told me the publicist had said it was like herding cats, getting those women together for the photo opp.
• The British Museum and the V&A have been given an Art Fund grant to establish a contemporary photography collection charting changes in the Middle East. The most recent works relate to the Arab Spring.
• In a row about Scottish arts funding, Creative Scotland apologised for inadvertently causing anxiety over changes announced to the funding regime ... More of this to come in the Guardian.
• Lots of reviews of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela. Financial Times; the Independent; the Guardian. Love them or hate them, it's impossible to deny the impact they have on audiences.
• RIP Nora Ephron, whose real force as a feminist thinker and essayist is being appreciated, it seems, only now. All our coverage on one page. Hadley Freeman wrote a lovely thing. So did Emma Brockes. For a quick and lovely treat give yourself her Girl with a Dragon Tattoo spoof.
• For a heavenly, and very funny piece about the perils of a conductor's life, read The Worst Concert of My Life from Mikel Toms' blog.
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