Five things to get or see this month

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Tom Paine - Babyshambles - War posters - Paintings influenced by photography - Courtney Pine

These are the times: A life of Tom Paine

Sheffield Off the Shelf Literary Festival, 21 October

Radical playwright Trevor Griffiths talks about the life and revolutionary ideas of Tom Paine. Paine was a key player in both the French and American revolutions, and his writings, most notably The Rights of Man, have inspired generations. Griffiths himself wrote the screenplay to Warren Beatty's 1981 film Reds and Ken Loach's Fatherland.

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Shotter's nation

This album is a largely energetic break with the past work of Babyshambles. It includes the influence of musical styles such as ska, and artists like The Cure, Ian Brown and even the Las.

Producer Stephen Street adds a refreshing edge as Doherty sings about lost love and his battle with drugs with his genuinely poetic style.

Weapons of Mass Communication

Imperial War Museum, London from 4 October to 30 March 2008

This major exhibition of posters from times of war offers an insight into propaganda and counter-propaganda.

The hundreds of posters on display cover those from the First World War through to the present day. Featured are posters from Stop the War Coalition artists such as David Gentleman, Leon Kuhn and Ralph Steadman.

The Painting of Modern Life

Hayward Gallery, London from 4 October to 30 December

This exhibition features over 100 pieces from the last 50 years which show the influence of photography on painting. Photographs from newspapers and advertisements are translated onto canvas in a collection of work from international artists of public, personal and political modern life. The exhibition features paintings from Andy Warhol to David Hockney.

Courtney Pine

Barbican, London on 6 October

Courtney Pine and the Jazz Warriors present Afropeans, bringing together music, words and visuals in a mix of classical, reggae, world music and hip hop. The concert is part of Black History Month, and the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.