In the Loop - Miners' Strike - Thomas Paine - Picasso - Monkeys
In the Loop
Armando Iannucci's vicious satire against the politicians in Whitehall and the White House. If you are looking for a deeply meaningful dissection of imperialism you won't find it here, but for a satisfying lampooning of modern politicians' spineless self-interest you could do far worse.
Greeting cards from the Miners' Strike
Martin Shakeshaft spent 1984 taking photographs of the Miners' Strike. He has produced 16 of his most memorable images as greetings cards. Forget Paperchase and get in a stock of these from Bookmarks for every occasion.
A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine
Globe Theatre, London
From 29 August to 9 October
Trevor Griffiths, co-writer of the film Reds, about the Russian Revolution, has been committed to staging his project on Paine, author of The Rights of Man, for some years. This world premiere of his tale of the revolutionary ferment of the late 18th century is filled with songs and music.
Picasso: Peace and Freedom
Till 30 August 2010
As the Picasso Museum in Paris closes for the next two years, head to Tate Liverpool. A major exhibition brings together over 150 works by Picasso from across the world alongside artefacts and correspondence that show the full extent of Picasso's political commitment. Full review next month.
The third Arctic Monkeys offering, Humbug, is just class. This is an album full of sonic guitar effects and spacey keyboards - it's a cross between Nirvana and the 13th Floor Elevators.
Lead singer Alex Turner's voice has matured and his lyrical and clever life observations have been replaced with deeper, more cryptic, wordplay. This is pop music of the highest quality.