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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Street art 2: Russia 1917 – public festivals

16 December 2006
The creative flowering that followed the Russian Revolution of 1917 is an extraordinary example of how art can play a major part in the struggle for a better society.

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

Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke – the lost voices of New Orleans

16 December 2006
All respect to Spike Lee. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, he felt he had a political duty to make a documentary about it, to make it long – and to make it for television so as many people as possible saw it.

Street art 3: Diego Rivera and the Mexican Revolution

16 December 2006
Mexico was rocked by a revolution between 1910 and 1919. The post-revolutionary government attempted to harness art to its cause.

Video clips of Cultures of Resistance concert, Friday 8 December 2006

16 December 2006
Sam Beste Presumption of Innocence performed at the Cultures of Resistance concert in London on Friday 8 December 2006

Benjamin Britten's anniversary is a chance to celebrate one of the best British composers

16 December 2006
Benjamin Britten was the greatest of the British classical composers of the second half of the 20th century. He ranks among the greatest British composers ever.

Street art 4: Posters as weapons in Paris 1968

16 December 2006
In 1968 France was brought to a standstill by a huge movement of students and workers. This movement paralysed the French state and also saw an explosion of experimental street art.

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