Five things to get or see this month

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Pitman Painters - Roots - John Pilger - Mad Men - Klimt


The Pitmen Painters
by Lee Hall

Cottesloe Theatre, London, until June 25

After its run in the Live Theatre Newcastle this play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is based on a true story about a group of miners who in 1934 joined an art appreciation group. What results is a group of workers who get the chance to explore and create art for the first time.


The Roots
Rising Down

CD out now

The new album from The Roots aka The Legendary Roots Crew was released to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the racist attack by police on Rodney King in Los Angeles. The album features collaborations with artists Mos Def, Chrisette Michele and Wale.


John Pilger Volume 3: Reporting the World
DVD

The latest three-disc collection of John Pilger documentaries is out this month. This hard-hitting collection features more of Pilger's groundbreaking investigative reports on how imperialism is affecting the lives of millions around the world.


Mad Men
DVD, out on 30 June

This superb television series has just come to an end so the DVD set is a chance for anyone who has not yet made acquaintance with Don Draper and the other Madison Avenue advertising men to catch up.

This is rich drama exposing a slice of 1960s life at the heart of booming capitalism. Everyone knows their place, wives bake pies and women working in the office are patronised or harassed. Don takes the concept of being a "self-made man" to its limits, hiding a darker past that goes back to the Vietnam War.


Gustav Klimt, Tate Liverpool until 31 August

The first comprehensive exhibition of Gustav Klimt in Britain looks at the role he played in founding the radical Viennese Secession movement. The exhibition features a range of Klimt's paintings and drawings alongside the designs and architecture of his friend Josef Hoffmann.