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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.

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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

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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

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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

Five things for February

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Van Gogh - Slaves - Afro Modern - Birdwatchers - Enron

The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 13 April

This wonderful exhibition brings to London paintings never or rarely seen here alongside Van Gogh's more familiar images and a series of sketches and drawings. Alongside the works of art are 35 letters which give insights into Van Gogh's ideas and methods, his choice of colours and why, for example, he wanted to bend a peasant to the contours of the field he was working.

Theatre 503, London, until 20 February

Five things for December

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World Press Photo - District 9 - Hurt Locker - Miners' Tapes - Ashmolean Museum

World Press Photo 2009
Southbank Centre, until 13 December

This year's annual competition for press photography received 96,268 entries from 5,508 photojournalists in 124 countries. This exhibition features 196 of the best press photos of the year, and it's free to get in.

District 9
DVD, out 28 December

Pete Jackson's latest science fiction film about aliens stranded in South Africa and the scapegoating they face is a commentary on civil liberties and racism.

Five things to get or see this month

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Revolution on paper - Ms Understood - Age of Stupid - Bonjour - This Much is True

Revolution on Paper
Until 5 April 2010

The British Museum hosts an exhibition celebrating Mexican printmaking, with work by artists including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Drawing attention to the political underpinnings of some of the most iconic images of the last hundred years, many produced by communist collectives, the collection locates this upsurge in creative output within the tumult of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

Five things to get or see in October

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London Film Festival - Richard Hawley - Africa in motion - Anish Kapoor - The Grapes of Wrath

London Film Festival
From 14 to 29 October various venues, London

From the much awaited premier of The Men Who Stare at Goats and film master Jacques Audiard's latest work The Prophet to less known rich pickings from world cinema, the London Film Festival 2009 promises to be excellent. We'll report back from the screening rooms in our next issue.

Truelove's Gutter
Richard Hawley


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