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Five things to get or see this month

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In the Loop - Miners' Strike - Thomas Paine - Picasso - Monkeys

In the Loop

Out now

Armando Iannucci's vicious satire against the politicians in Whitehall and the White House. If you are looking for a deeply meaningful dissection of imperialism you won't find it here, but for a satisfying lampooning of modern politicians' spineless self-interest you could do far worse.

Five Things to get or see this summer

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Mad men - Newspapers - Antichrist - Edinburgh - Revolutionary Road

Mad Men
DVD, season 2

Out now

It's Valentine's Day 1962, two years after season one ended, Kennedy is now president and the Cuban missile crisis looms. This hugely atmospheric and gripping television series continues with marital breakdowns and looming political upheavals.

Newspaper archive

Read the first issue of The Chartist from 2 February 1839, or accounts of the Matchgirls' Strike, on this massively expanded archive of newspapers both local and national from the 19th century.

Five things for May...

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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.

Five things to get or see this month

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

On tour;

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.

5 things to do or get

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

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.

Five things to get or see this month

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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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