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Steve McQueen – Queen And Country

10 March 2007
Hot on the heels of Mark Wallinger’s State Britain installation in the Tate Britain, London, comes another exhibit from a major British artist addressing the issue of the Iraq war.

Film festivals

03 March 2007
Bradford International Film Festival9-24 March, National Media Museum The 13th Bradford International Film Festival starts this month at the city’s National Media Museum.

Nothing But The Truth

03 March 2007
The legendary South African actor and playwright John Kani is touring Britain with a new "post-apartheid" play Nothing But The Truth.

Hogarth’s earthy satires are in a class of their own

03 March 2007
Welcome to a London blighted by binge drinking and street crime, where young girls are seduced into prostitution and elections are fixed.

Tinariwen interview: Soul rebels of the North African desert

24 February 2007
You have dedicated Aman Iman to "Peace, tolerance and development in the Sahara and the world of the oppressed." These are powerful sentiments and I can guess where they’ve come from, but why did you choose this particular dedication?

Bamako | Black-List

17 February 2007
Bamakofilm directed by Abderrahmane Sissakoreleased 23 February This award winning film set in contemporary Mali goes on general release on Friday 23 February.

Things Of Dry Hours: A radical past revealed

17 February 2007
This play peels back the modern image of the US to reveal its radical past. Good history and good art should make us question our "common sense" assumptions – and Things Of Dry Hours revels in that task.

Writer Naomi Wallace and director Raz Shaw on Things Of Dry Hours

17 February 2007
A stunning piece of radical theatre, Things Of Dry Hours, opened at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre last week. Set in the Southern US state of Alabama during the 1930s, the play explores race, class and the impact of the Communist Party on the lives of ordinary working people.

Dreamgirls: a chance to film a Motown dream ruined by Hollywood

10 February 2007
Widely hailed in the mainstream press, this film purports to tell the story of 1960s soul sensations The Supremes.

Citizens and Kings exhibition

10 February 2007
The period covered by the Citizens and Kings exhibition was one of dramatic social and political change. From within an age of despotism and absolute monarchies, of superstition and mysticism, a new world was born.

How art changes in different contexts

10 February 2007
The authorities get very nervous about what art is acceptable, because art can encourage people to think in unacceptable ways.

The Marriage Of Figaro

10 February 2007
The Marriage of Figaro, first performed in Vienna in 1786, was a harbinger of the great French Revolution of 1789.

‘English’ literature and flag waving experts

20 January 2007
After a sequence of speeches about the so-called dangers of segregated communities and the wearing of the veil, a picture is emerging of New Labour going into the next election.

Jeff Perks | Mark Wallinger: State Britain | Diwan 2: Rachid Taha | African Soul Rebels

20 January 2007
Jeff Perks exhibition Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, artist Jeff Perks has been creating and printing graphics in response to the news. Over 30 of these anti-war graphics are going on display in Buxton Museum & Art Gallery, Derbyshire, from Saturday 20 January to 10 March. Entrance to the exhibition, Words Out Of War, is free.

Resolving the political contradictions of choreography

20 January 2007
Out of all the established artforms, dance usually occupies the least space in newspaper columns and listings pages.

Apocalypto: a distorted portrayal of the Mayans

20 January 2007
It is the ending of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto that unlocks its secret. Three ships rest in the bay as a boat containing missionaries and soldiers drifts towards to the shore. After nearly two and a half hours of violence, blood and savagery, civilisation arrives silently to save the poor primitives from themselves.

A State of Denmark | The Star | Media Burn

13 January 2007
A State of Denmarkby Derek Raymond£7.99 Serpent’s Tailpublished 18 January Cult crime novelist Derek Raymond wrote this dystopian novel in the mid 1960s. It concerns a future England where an openly fascist regime has taken power, led by Jobling, a former Labour politician.

The Angel of History: a vivid reconstruction of Walter Benjamin’s final days

13 January 2007
In September 1940 the Marxist literary critic and essayist Walter Benjamin committed suicide in the Spanish border town of Port Bou.

Peter Howson: Andrew, Portrait of a Saint

13 January 2007
According to the New Testament, St Andrew was the first disciple to be called by Jesus Christ. He was later executed by the Romans at Patras in present day Greece on the X-shaped cross which now bears his name.

Cultures of Resistance gig success

16 December 2006
Acclaimed jazz musician Courtney Pine performed at the hugely succesful Cultures of Resistance gig in London on Friday of last week. Gilad Atzmon, Rodney P and Skitz, and Sam Beste also performed. The gig was a fundraiser for the Socialist Worker appeal

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