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Issue No. 1964

Head VI by Francis Bacon

Head VI by Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon exhibition

Head VI by Francis Bacon, part of a series of studies of Pope Innocent X, partly inspired by the work of Velasquez, showing the pope screaming inside a glass box. It is currently on show as part of Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until 4 September

Shake Hands with the Devil
Directed by Peter Raymont
Out now

Shake Hands with the Devil revisits the 1994 Rwanda genocide through the eyes of the Canadian Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire.

Heading up a United Nations peacekeeping force, Dallaire quickly found out that he was not allowed to do anything to stave off the imminent massacres of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus who refused to participate in the killings.

Peter Raymont’s film accompanies Dallaire as he returns to Rwanda ten years after the genocide.

It’s a highly moving film and also an angry one, as Dallaire bitterly indicts the UN for its culpability in the Rwandan genocide.

Camille Jones

Pontardawe International Music Festival
FrI 19-21 Aug

This weekwnd's festival in South Wales features a host of good music. Look out for the brilliant and highly political Boys From The Hill.

On Friday in Swansea a group of singers and musicians called Balata from a refugee camp in Palestine will be appearing at the YMCA, Kingsway at 7.30pm. Phone 01792 361 005 for more details.

Huw Pudner

Who’s the Daddy?
King’s Head theatre, Islington, north London
Phone 020 7226 1916
Until 28 August

Former Home secretary David Blunkett’s transformation into an authoritarian minister is an apt personification of the New Labour betrayal.

Any laughs at his expense are very welcome indeed.

The plot is based on events between July 2004 and earlier this year when “Blunky Spunky” sired his “little lad” with Kimberly Quinn, the US publisher of the Spectator magazine.

Destined for the West End, this already heavily booked play is a real treat.

Hugh Tynan

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Sat 20 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1964
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