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Five things to get or see this month

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Wall Street - Accolade - Dissent - No Redemption - Social Network

Wall Street 2
DVD, out now

The sequel to the 1987 classic Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps takes on the issue of unfettered finance and the "greed is good" banking culture.

Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LeBeof and Josh Brolin, the film is set against the backdrop of the spectacular collapse of finance in 2008, and features thinly disguised caricatures of banks such as Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.

Five things to get or see in December

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Fela! - Soweto Kinch - Miral - Restrepo - Rosen

National Theatre, until 23 January

An explosive cabaret of music, dance and drama, Fela! tells the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Influenced by the Black Power movement, Kuti was a multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of Afrobeat music, which he used to lambast imperialism and dictatorship in Africa.

Soweto Kinch: The New Emancipation
CD, out now

Five things

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London Jazz - Metropolis - Larsson - Pinter - Shun-Kin

London Jazz Festival, 12-21 November

This year's London Jazz Festival will see it go from strength to strength. Held in a number of venues big and small, with some gigs free, it truly has a stellar lineup and includes several artists who have been interviewed in Socialist Review (date of interview is in brackets).

5 things for September

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Romantics – Tongues – Bedlam - Nothing is Forever - Sus

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.

Five things

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Gormley - Tressell - Snape Proms - Surreal House - Clooney

Critical Mass
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

Antony Gormley's lifesize iron figures have returned, and once again they are at the seaside. But this time they are not standing proudly in the sea or gracing London's skyline. This set of figures is displayed lying down on the roof of the pavilion, showing a more vulnerable side to the metal models.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Everyman, Liverpool, until 10 July, then at Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 July-26 August

Five things to get or see in June

Issue section: 

Striking the Balance - Girl on the Train - Women without Men - Women, Power and Politics - Picasso

Striking the Balance
Play, until 3 September

This touring play by theatre group Mikron looks like a rare treat as it celebrates the struggles of working class women like the Ford machinists or cleaners in Belfast for equal pay.

Though it features special "guest appearances" from Barbara Castle and Margaret Thatcher (rotten fruit is, however, banned from the auditorium) and original music, the real stars of the show are three working women who take on the might of a discriminatory establishment.

The Girl on the Train
Film, 4 June

Five things to get or see this month

Issue section: 

The White Guard - Posh - Paris Opera Ballet - Petropolis - James Brown tribute

The White Guard
National Theatre, London, Until 7 July

Against the thunderous backdrop of revolution in Russia, the Turbin household shelters a motley group of exiled aristocrats, hiding from the Reds.

The play promises an orgy of vodka quaffing, guitar plucking, anarchic ensemble action - the last hurrah of a pampered elite that the Bolsheviks are determined to consign to history. And fortunately there's no scarlet pimpernel in sight.

Royal Court Theatre, London, Until 22 May

Five things to get or see this month

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East End - Repo Men - Edward Upward - In the Land of the Free - Rage against the Machine

East End Film Festival
Various cinemas, London, 22-30 April

This festival features lots of interesting films, new and from the archive, including SUS, written by Barrie Keefe (The Long Good Friday) and based on a true story. SUS refers to the law that allowed police to stop and search on suspicion alone, and led to a generation of young black men being targeted.

Five things to get or see in March

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Banksy - Yesterday you Said Tomorrow - Rome, Open City - Shaped by War - Really Old, like 45

Exit through the Gift Shop
Film, out now

Street artist Banksy makes his directorial debut with this new film.

It's the story of a French shopkeeper turned fan who films Banksy at work and then makes a fortune by turning graffiti artist himself, milking buyers for his derivative art. It promises to reveal much about Banksy without actually revealing him.

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
CD by Christian Scott


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