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Life & Lyrics: ‘a positive film that is close to our lives’

07 October 2006
The new Life & Lyrics film stars Ashley Walter, better known as Asher D of So Solid Crew.

In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music From Blues To Hiphop

30 September 2006
That prison is as big a reference point for black America as basketball or the church tells you a lot about racism in US society.

Cézanne in Britain | Pinter: A Celebration | To Kill A Mockingbird | Ta-Dah, Scissor Sisters

30 September 2006
Cézanne in BritainNational Gallery, London, 4 October to 7 January, admission free<a href="" target = "_blank">www. nationalgallery</a> This October marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the artist Paul Cézanne. The National Gallery is celebrating with Cézanne in Britain. Cézanne never came to Britain, yet his work has had a remarkable impact here. This exhibition includes 40 works, with paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints, and covers his wide range of subject matter - portraits, still life and landscapes.

Love Sheffield Music Hate Racism | Mary Barton | Crazy Itch Radio - Basement Jaxx

23 September 2006
Love Sheffield Music Hate RacismCD out now£8 from various Sheffield music shops and <a href="" target="_blank">www.lmhrsheffield</a> Sheffield Love Music Hate Racism have put together a double CD of tracks donated by local bands to raise money for the campaign. The 35 tracks include soul, indie, reggae, drum & bass and funk.

Lorca - words of desire and words of defiance

16 September 2006
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the brutal assassination of Federico Garcia Lorca, widely proclaimed to be Spain’s finest writer. He was murdered at the age of 38 by a fascist militia and thrown into an unmarked grave.

Mandekalou | John Pilger Film Festival | 5.55 - Charlotte Gainsbourg

16 September 2006
Mandekalou 2Various artistsOut now This CD is a wonderful collection of some of the greatest artists of West African music.

Brick Lane Festival | Gaddafi: A Living Myth | The Journey

09 September 2006
Brick Lane FestivalBrick Lane, east LondonSun 10 Sep As well as the usual mix of music, fashion and food, this year’s festival will include the Chili Film Festival.

Evelyn Dunbar: recording the role of women during the war

09 September 2006
Evelyn Dunbar was the only British woman artist paid by the government to record the Second World War. She painted unsentimental images of the Women’s Land Army that are easily recognised, yet she is largely forgotten in discussions of Second World War art today.

Kerry James Marshall | Tickets | Moolaadé

10 December 2005
Kerry James MarshallCamden Arts Centre, north Londonuntil 29 January

Diane Arbus | Pillars of the Community | Hidden

12 November 2005
Diane Arbus exhibitionV&A museumuntil 15 January

Leicester City anti-racism exhibition | The Skies are Weeping | 1001 Nights Now | Paul Robeson Live

29 October 2005
Leicester City anti-racism exhibition

Bob Dylan: reluctant hero who spoke for his generation

18 December 2004
"A song is like a dream, and you try and make it come true. They’re like strange countries that you have to enter. You can write a song anywhere, in a railroad compartment, on a boat, on horseback &#8211; it helps to be moving" &#8211; Chronicles, p165.

A Cloud in Trousers shows the poet Mayakovsky trying to a make a revolution within a revolution

13 November 2004
Taking its title from one of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s greatest poems, in which the future poet of the Russian Revolution revealed that he could be as tender hearted as "a cloud in trousers", this play sets out to bring us the story of the man himself.

Ray Charles: remembering the man who had music in his blood

06 November 2004

Peter Doherty: ‘You’ve got to dig capitalism up and replace it’

17 October 2004
Why have you agreed to play the gig in Trafalgar Square at the end of the European Social Forum?

Gillo Pontecorvo: ‘My film shows what can happen when people unite’

14 October 2004
How did you come to make The Battle of Algiers?

Michael Rosen on what poetry can do

16 August 2003
Poetry offers many ways of looking at the world, investigating it, and presenting the findings to the rest of us. In schools and colleges, more often than not it's a way of testing and grading children and students. This means it becomes a way of convincing people that they don't know as much as they should.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: tribute to a supreme music

09 August 2003
Heard of James Jameson? No? How about Joe Messina, heard of him? He's one of the white guys. Still nothing? Never mind. How about Joe White? No? Well, don't worry, I didn't know who they were either. Though I suspect a number of aficionados are already smiling and ready to name the dozen or so most significant musicians in popular music for the last 50 years.

Mike Leigh's All or Nothing – no escape from desolation row

19 October 2002
DON'T EXPECT much sunlight to filter into the cinema if you go and see Mike Leigh's new film, All or Nothing. The film is an almost relentlessly bleak portrayal of life on a run down estate. Phil, played by Timothy Spall, is a taxi driver who has sunk into deep depression. His common-law wife makes more money than him.

Solomon Burke - 'Amen' to the king of peace

19 October 2002
MOST PEOPLE have a favourite soul singer. For many Otis Redding was without peer. Others cite Sam Cooke and Ray Charles as the originators, and James Brown still remains the Godfather. In my opinion Solomon Burke should be included on that list. You may not have heard of him, but his musical influence runs deep.

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