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King's Horseman - Good Shit - LMHR - Frost/Nixon - Trouble the Water


Death and the King's Horseman
National Theatre, London

Until 17 June

Nobel winning author Wole Soyinka's play is set in Nigeria at the end of the British Empire. A great chief has died, and now his horseman is to kill himself to accompany him to the land of the dead - until the British rulers intervene. This moving play mixes Nigerian culture with Greek tragedy.

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Mongrel - Gomorrah - Seven Jewish Children - Le Corbusier - Manufacturing Consent


Mongrel
On tour; wearemongrel.com

Mongrel's debut album, Better Than Heavy, is a powerful fusion of hip-hop and indie. The Disposable Heroes of Hypocrisy meets the Clash, and a love child of last year's Love Music Hate Racism carnival.

The supergroup includes John McClure of Reverand and the Makers, Drew McConnell from Babyshambles, ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson and rapper Lowkey.

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South African music - Hong Kong film - God on trial in Auschwitz - anti-war film - John Berger live


Amandla!
Metrodome Video, £5.99

Amandla, the Xhosa word for "power", is a collection of music celebrating the South African victory over apartheid.

It charts the lives of those living under the brutally racist system, forced to move to the townships and industrial centres to work as servants or miners for their white rulers.

It is a celebration of resistance, and the then-imagined future of blacks in South Africa.

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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.

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Winter Soldier - Palestinian films - Yorkshire theatre on migrant issues - Specials - Chinese design


Winter Soldier 2008

Iraq Veterans Against the War organised a Winter Soldier event in Washington last month to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of US veterans came together to give testimony about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event was named after the Winter Soldier hearings held in 1971 that saw US veterans testifying to the shocking atrocities carried out by the US army in Vietnam.

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Pioneering modern art - machines for living - radical exhibition - imperialist history - TV triumph


Duchamp, Man Ray and Picabia
Tate Modern
Until 26 May

Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia had a huge impact on contemporary and modern art, and were pioneers in the early 20th century.

Duchamp would remove everyday objects from their contexts and present them as a piece of art. Man Ray used avant-garde photographic and film techniques while Picabia undermined conventional forms of art in the use of popular and kitsch images to create his work.

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Anti-war art in Aberdare - Pilger documentary - anti-war Iraqi school students - Joy Division - war photos


Whatever They Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum & Gallery, Aberdare, Wales. Until 15 March 2008

David Garner's series of sculptural installations explores war and racism, Western assumptions and attitudes towards Islam, and the demonisation of Muslims. Poppycock uses a real soldier's helmet and dried Middle Eastern poppies.

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