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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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