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Pet Shop Boys - global poverty - anti-war folk songs - Michael Moore latest - Russian art


Battleship Potemkin
Barbican, 11 January

Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 epic film of Russia's failed 1905 revolution is set to a new score by the Pet Shop Boys, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. It was first performed in 2004, when the film was shown in Trafalgar Square to an audience of thousands.

Many scenes from the film will already be familiar, even to those who have never seen it before, as it was a true watershed in cinema. The new score has divided critics, but the power of the imagery has lost little over the past 83 years.

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Aretha Franklin - Dhafer Youssef and Wolfgang Muthspiel - The Golden Compass - Fela Kuti - Women of Troy


Aretha Franklin
Rare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul

Don't write this off as just an excuse to release the scraps of someone's career to make some money. Though even any scraps from the vault of Aretha would be welcome. This double CD set is a wonderful collection of demos and out-takes which include some absolute gems from a six-year period from 1967 when she started recording some of her best work with Atlantic records.

Also new out this month is Franklin's All Star Duets with the Queen.

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Equiano in Birmingham - London Jazz Festival - Statement of Regret at the NT - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite by Max Roach - The World is Yours by Ian Brown


Equiano

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until 13 January

This exhibition is of the life of Olaudah Equiano and his campaign to end British involvement in the slave trade.

It uses Equiano's 18th century autobiography, The Interesting Narrative, to tell his story from when he was first kidnapped from his West African village, to his writings and speeches which brought the horrors of the trade to the British people.

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Tom Paine - Babyshambles - War posters - Paintings influenced by photography - Courtney Pine

These are the times: A life of Tom Paine

Sheffield Off the Shelf Literary Festival, 21 October

Radical playwright Trevor Griffiths talks about the life and revolutionary ideas of Tom Paine. Paine was a key player in both the French and American revolutions, and his writings, most notably The Rights of Man, have inspired generations. Griffiths himself wrote the screenplay to Warren Beatty's 1981 film Reds and Ken Loach's Fatherland.

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