18 December, Nambucca, 595 Holloway Rd, London, then touring. Go to www.metroriots.com for details
METRO RIOTS are a four-piece guitar band from south London who have been together for three years.
Their sound is original rock and roll with a blues edge. They count early Led Zeppelin and vintage blues among their influences.
They are firm supporters of the Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) campaign, and have played numerous times at the Rock Against Racism nights and at the LMHR show which was staged as part of the European Social Forum.
They are definitely worth checking out and, judging by their live performances, are destined for big things.
Silent Shakespeare Winter Tour
12 December, Brighton—phone 01273 602 503; 18 January, Birmingham —phone 0121 440 383; 20 January, Exeter—phone 01392 667 080.
WHEN FILM was first invented it had to compete with theatre. Several short silent films of Shakespeare’s plays were the result.
They include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and the very first Shakespeare film ever made, King John, in 1899.The films are accompanied with a new score composed by Laura Rossi.
The films are also available on video and dvd. Go to www.bfi.org.uk for more details
Faces in the crowd
Whitechapel Gallery, London, 3 December to 6 March
A collection of portraits from artists including Bacon, Capa, Hopper, Munch, Picasso, Segal, Toulouse-Lautrec, Warhol and Yeats.
Well worth a visit.