Mongrel - Gomorrah - Seven Jewish Children - Le Corbusier - Manufacturing Consent
On tour; wearemongrel.com
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.
John described what he was trying to achieve: "Politically it's tackling subjects which since 9/11, within popular music, have been shied away from by almost everyone really. I'm kind of in love with the idea that it's cool to care about the world you live in."
Better Than Heavy is released in March.
This film, based on the explosive exposé of the Naples mafia by Roberto Saviano, depicts the activities of the Camorra, from murders to illegal contracts, in one of the poorest areas of Europe. And to add to the realism of this excellent film three of its actors were arrested on suspicion of being involved with the real mob.
Seven Jewish Children
Royal Court, London; From 6 to 21 February
Playwright Caryl Churchill felt so angry about the war in Gaza that she has written a play about it. The work is a ten minute history of Israel ending with the bombing of Gaza. The entrance will be free and a collection will be made for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
In the words of Churchill, "It's a political event, not just a theatre event."
Barbican, London; from 19 February to 24 May
This wonderful exhibition is housed appropriately in the Barbican, a building whose own design was influenced by Corbusier's ideas.
It includes original architectural models, interior reconstructions, and much more. There are also pieces by his collaborators and artistic contemporaries.
First released in 1992, Manufacturing Consent explores Noam Chomsky's views on the media, linguistics and their links to his political ideas. This is a useful introduction to one of the most prominent radical thinkers of our time.