Tate Modern, central London
until 28 January
Living History explores the response of artists to major political events of the past 100 years. Highlights include Chris Ofili’s No Woman No Cry, a moving painting about the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Paula Rego’s War was painted in response to a photograph of the Iraq war in 2003. Yukinori Yanagi’s Pacific aims to expose the false nature of nations.
The artist made 49 different but interconnected flags out of coloured sand and then released thousands of ants into the work.
The ants moved through the different flags redistributing the sand and changing each flag. This represents the flows of global immigration.
Other works focus on the Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people, the conflict in Northern Ireland and repression in Latin America.
Battersea Arts Centre, London
until 14 January
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Touring until 23 December
Kneehigh Theatre’s brand of storytelling is great for a family trip to the theatre. This winter they are tackling two productions.
In the spirit of theatre at this time of year the company is retelling the fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
They use puppetry, music and animation to create a tale of loveable rogues, magic pigs, evil brothers and love in terrible circumstances.
Their second production is an interpretation of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. It is currently on tour in Cornwall.
Guided by an ancient map, and with his reluctant nephew in tow, the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock descends deep into the crater of an extinct volcano.
Directed by Marziyeh Meshkini
DVD out now
In post Taliban Afghanistan two children visit their mother in jail. As they have nowhere else to live they are allowed to stay the night.
But in the morning they are thrown out.
Desperate to be allowed to return to the jail the brother and sister turn to robbery, but after a series of failures an unusual solution is offered. They can learn to steal from watching Hollywood films. Alternatively, European cinema can teach them how to get caught.
Marziyeh Meshkini’s film is beautifully crafted and a pleasure to watch.
Voices For Bethlehem
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London
Thursday 14 December, 7.30pm. £10/£7
Christmas concert in aid of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Joint concert with acclaimed roots singer-songwriter Garth Hewitt, Palestinian singer and Oud player Nizar Al-Issar, and Kayed Hussain.
Choral music is by Lauridsen, Poulenc, John Sheppard, and others.
Marx by Ron Blair
Directed by Jack O'Connor
Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, 8pm
A play put on by the Sturdy Beggars group that offers a portrait of Karl Marx. Australian playright Ron Blair argues that 'dedication to principle even in the face of personal tragedy, is what distinguishes the great man from the good one.'
West London Trade Union Club,
33-35 Acton High Street, London W3
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