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Issue No. 2001

Boots Riley of the Coup

Boots Riley of the Coup

Pick A Bigger Weapon
The Coup
CD out now

Proving that hip-hop isn’t all about sexism and guns, the anti-capitalist band The Coup have returned with their first album in five years.

Boots Riley, The Coup’s lead figure, has George Bush and capitalism in his sights. He says Pick A Bigger Weapon is full of “anthems for the struggle”.

With Pam the Funkstress on decks and a band including Tom Morello of Audioslave, this is a soundtrack for a very funky revolution.

Katherine Branney

by Sergio Mendes
CD out now

This combination of Sergio Mendes’s greatest hits and new works opens with the soundtrack to the current Nike TV ad.

Mas Que Nada has been a hit many times over but hopefully there are new listeners who will come to this attracted by the vocal mix from Will I Am of The Black Eyed Peas.

Mendes has also got just about every other star of US urban music to help out on vocals – Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie, John Legend, Q Tip, even Justin Timberlake, as well as Latin stars Mr Vegas, the Maogani Quartet, Guinga and Marcelo D2. Stevie Wonder does his harmonica bit too.

Nick Grant

Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival
Various venues. Until 25 June
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Oxfordshire Artweeks is the largest open studio festival of visual art in the country. There are a number of exhibitions taking place during the event.

There are also a number of special events around the county, including a street festival on Saturday 20 May with live music from The Imposters, Sugar Creek Trio and Cooper Black.

Written by Molière

The Lowry, Salford
From 16-20 May
Playhouse, Oxford From 23-27 May

This new production of Molière’s play Tartuffe by the Watermill theatre company is very funny.

Tartuffe tricks his way into the heart and household of the affluent merchant Orgon.

He is a sanctimonious and scheming con-man but appears pious and is therefore considered a good example to members of the family.

Molière is underperformed in Britain. This is a great chance to see one of his best loved plays.

Peru – The Land of the Inca
National Theatre, South Bank, central London
Until Saturday 17 June

James Sparshatt’s work combines black and white images of mountains and temple ruins with as portraits of the modern day descendants of the Inca and their Spanish conquerors.

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Sat 20 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2001
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