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Issue No. 2306

Who is Poly Styrene?

BBC4, Friday 8 June, 11:30pm

Don’t miss the chance to catch this superb 1978 Arena documentary profiling Poly Styrene, the lead singer of punk pioneers X-Ray Spex who died last year.

The film follows her as she visits an EMI record factory and performs “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” with X-Ray Spex in Liverpool. It is being shown as part of BBC4’s Punk Britannia season.

Miró: Sculptor

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield WF4 4LG

This is the first major British exhibition of the sculpture of Joan Miró, the Catalan surrealist artist.

The outdoor park setting fits with Miró’s belief that “sculpture must stand in the open air, in the middle of nature”. It brings together large scale works usually only seen in Miró’s estates in Barcelona and Mallorca.

The exhibition runs until the end of the year.

Admission is free, though parking costs £7.50 a day.

Sing your song

directed by Suzanne Rostock

released Friday 8 June

Sing your Song is a film biography of the legendary singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.

It traces Belafonte’s life from poverty ridden Harlem and Jamaica through to stardom and his friendship with Martin Luther King. This documentary stars Belafonte himself and has received rave reviews from critics.

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