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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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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


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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