5 things for September

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Romantics – Tongues – Bedlam - Nothing is Forever - Sus


Romantics
Tate Britain, until 2012

"Everything is an attempt/To be human."

Above this caption sit two figures - one a contorted human, the other a corpse wreathed in flame. This is just one of a series of eight works by William Blake to go on display at Tate Britain as part of a new exhibition celebrating Romanticism.

Alongside vast canvases by Turner and Constable, these newly discovered pictures manage to be both profound and tantalisingly enigmatic - despite being the size of postcards.


Tongues on Fire: A Tribute to the Black Panthers
Barbican Hall, London, 11 September

Tongues on Fire is going to be a very special evening, a celebration of the revolutionary art of the Black Panther Party.

Featuring live music by the legendary saxophonist David Murray, the politically charged raps and poetry of the Last Poet and the lyrical wizardry and left-field, politically conscious
hip hop band the Roots.

If that is not enough, visuals on the night will be provided by the cultural guru of the Black Panthers, Emory Douglas. Unmissable!


Bedlam
Globe Theatre, London

Nell Leyshon will become the first female playwright to be performed at the Globe with the opening night of Bedlam. Fans of Shakespeare should be at home with what promises to be an explosive combination of lust, lechery, comedy, song, romance - and a liberal dose of insanity.


Nothing is Forever
South London Gallery, until 19 September

This recently expanded gallery, established in 1891 to give working class people access to art, currently hosts contemporary works applied directly to its walls.

Its major spaces house a graffiti-style narration of the Paris Commune, a black elephant bearing the word "Poverty", and a swirling blue and purple mural on a neighbouring tower block - a whole range of engaging pieces. Entrance is free.


Sus
DVD, out now

This moody and intense film is set entirely in a police interview room on the night of Margaret Thatcher's election victory in 1979. A black man, Leon Delroy, is brought in by the police under the sus laws - which allowed police to stop and search people on suspicion alone.

So begins a tense battle of wills, as Leon confronts the racist coppers who are growing increasingly confident as the election results roll in.