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Remembering Kirsty MacColl’s work and campaigns


Kite, Electric Landlady, Titanic Days and From Croydon to CubaKirsty MacColl

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The View from Manchester, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, until 3 April Don McPhee’s exhibition The View from Manchester reflects the lives of ordinary people, encapsulating the world but focusing on the north west of England. What really struck me was the humanitarianism and compassion of his work.

Faithless still believe in the power of the people


Dave Randall: Maxi, you’ve consistently supported the movement against the war and the occupation of Iraq. Why do you think it’s important to be involved?

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African SpiritsVarious artistsSoul Brother In 1995 the John Coltrane disciple Pharoah Sanders sang the refrain, "Our roots began in Africa." He was recreating a form of music that developed in the late 1960s, known as "spiritual jazz".

Kurt Weill’s Venus says we’re more than just consumers


One Touch of Venus tells the story of the Roman goddess of love coming to life again in 20th century New York. It is not altogether surprising that a new British production of this forgotten 1940s musical is enjoying the sort of success that it originally achieved on Broadway.

Kurt Weill, a composer who made opera democratic


Kurt Weill (1900-1950) stood squarely in the tradition of "democratic" opera — the kind that looks at the lives of ordinary people and enlists our sympathy for those who are both victims of and fighters against injustice.

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Frida Kahlo photo exhibition Frida Kahlo — Portraits of an Icon is a free exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, until 26 June. The 50 photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo span her life, beginning with a photograph of her as a two year old and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed.

Human Rights Watch film festival offers new insights


Human Rights Watch international film festival 16 to 25 March

Caravaggio exhibition: the light of Rome, the darkness of exile


Caravaggio: The Final YearsThe National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London 23 February to 22 May, £7.50/£6.50

Asian Dub Foundation's Pandit G on their new album


Musically our new album carries on from Enemy of the Enemy. It is a little bit more melodic, but it also returns to some of the influences — like drum ’n’ bass — from when we started out.

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Romany lives in the Crays The Bromley Museum, Orpington, Kent Phone 01689 873 826 for opening times An exhibiton featuring artwork and photography by over 40 Gypsy children from Bromley, is on show at the Bromley Museum. It is the result of a project run by the Novas Group and the Children’s Society.

Faith: betrayal and survival during the miners’strike


I was working as a dustman for Newark and Sherwood District Council in 1984-5. We emptied bins around the pit villages of Ollerton, Rainworth, Blidworth and Calverton in Nottinghamshire.

Journey from Kashmir to the steel mills of South Yorkshire


Faultlines — Tales from Kashmir and Rotherham26 Februrary Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford 10 April St Peter’s Community Centre, Sheffield For details of other venues phone 01709 367 287

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Heidi Bradner: Photos from ChechnyaThe Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London THIS small exhibition of photographs by Heidi Bradner reflects both the horror and the resilience of Chechens facing the onslaught of Vladimir Putin’s "war on terror".

The horrors of war transformed artist William Orpen


THIS exhibition is provocatively titled Politics, Sex and Death. That was enough to make me want to see it.

The Yes Men humiliate global corporations


The Yes MenDirected by Chris Smith, Sarah Price and Dan Ollman Released 18 February

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Agitate! Educate! Organise! Friday 25 February Victoria and Albert Museum, London.6.30pm-10pm, free THE V&A celebrates a new wave of social protest, observation and documentary in the arts with spoken word performances, poetry slamming and impromptu gigs around the museum.

An interview with David King: Why Trotsky’s picture lay hidden for 70 years


David King, art historian of the truth about the Russian revolution, sadly died last week. As part of his work, David salvaged photographs of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. His aim was to stop Trotsky being erased from the history of the revolution, as he explained to Socialist Worker in this interview in 2005.

Roots Manuva's intricate new album reaches to the movement


Awfully Deep Roots ManuvaBig Dada Recordings

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The Maids Written by Jean GenetNaach Theatre Company14 and 15 February, MAC Theatre, Birmingham,phone 01214403838<a href="http://www.naachtheatre.com" target = "_blank">www.naachtheatre.com</a> IN THIS unusual and biting perspective on class relations, two maids of a wealthy woman live out a rich fantasy life.

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