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The Man of Steel who couldn't help his own creators

25 June 2013
 The new Superman film has already made millions, but it took his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster decades to get paid

Marc Chagall's colourful visions of revolution and folklore

25 June 2013
Chagall’s paintings powerfully combine new and traditional artistic techniques, as Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition shows

Behind the Candelabra—Liberace's glittering career spent hiding in plain sight

11 June 2013
New film Behind the Candelabra shows the lengths the pianist Liberace went to hide his sexuality, and the liberation still to be won

The White Queen - ruling families plotting for power

11 June 2013
This is a ten part series based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novels The Cousin’s War, set during the 15th century Wars of the Roses

Listen to your parents

11 June 2013
In this radio drama ten year old Mark struggles to cope with his violent dad.

Why read Tolstoy?

04 September 2012
A cavalry officer is galloping on a magnificent horse towards certain victory in a steeplechase, watched by the assembled cream of St Peterburg’s aristocracy.

Workers in Glasgow museums, galleries and libraries balloted

02 March 2010
Unison members working in museums, galleries and libraries across Glasgow are to vote on strike action.

Ken Loach’s Kes is a portrait of a boy and an indictment of a system

10 April 2007
Any parent or teacher will know that comprehensive education is under attack from New Labour – the emphasis these days is on tests, selection and league tables.

Ghosts | War Path | The Mark of Cain

07 April 2007
GhostsDirected by Nick BroomfieldDVD (Tartan Video) £19.99 This excellent film by the documentary maker Nick Broomfield dramatises events leading up to the tragic drowning of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay three years ago.

Jimmy Friell: the Daily Worker cartoonist known as “Gabriel”

07 April 2007
A new exhibition of the work of Glaswegian-born Jimmy Friell has just opened in London. Friell was acknowledged, in the 1930s, as one of Fleet Street’s finest cartoonists, and under the pseudonym Gabriel, he put his humour and his brilliant drawing skills to work for the Communist Party newspaper, the Daily Worker.

The Russian artists who drew Futurism to the left

31 March 2007
Socialists have often felt rather uncomfortable with Futurism. This Italian art movement, founded in 1909, sang the praises of new technology, aeroplanes and the mass media – but it also exalted war and colonialism.

The Gossip: a political commitment to action, passion and drive

17 March 2007
Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few months, you’ll have heard of The Gossip, a punk rock outfit from Arkansas. The band recently topped NME magazine’s "cool list" – or rather their lead singer Beth Ditto did, since she’s the one who’s been generating headlines.

Tom Fool captures the dynamics of life under capitalism

17 March 2007
When Tom Fool, Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1978 drama about the implosion of a working class family in West Germany, was staged at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow last November, audiences were astonished by the power of a play that gets right to the heart of family life under capitalism.

New DVDs | A Disappearing Number | Human Rights Watch film festival

17 March 2007
Pan’s LabyrinthDVD, £18 (Optimum)I Saw Ben Barka Get KilledDVD, £19 (Artificial Eye) Two of last year’s best political films are out now on DVD to buy or rent.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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