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Arts ahead: November 7, 2018

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Until November 27

This free exhibition from the collection of celebrated sports photographer Lev Borodulin is drawn from one of the largest repositories of Soviet photographs in the world and it provides a fascinating and wide-ranging glimpse of a country where art was firmly wedded to a socialist agenda.

Brilliant examples of work by masters such as Arkady Shaikhet, Yakov Khalip, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Boris Ignatovitch and others make this something of a must-see.

A Tale of Mother's Bones
De la Warr Pavilion
Until January 20

Until their deaths in the early 1970s, Dr Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff produced a huge body of work that included startlingly vivid and wildly experimental paintings and drawings, often paired with in-depth psychoanalytic interpretation, as well as autobiography, poetry and short stories.

 Reuben Mednikoff)

This exhibition shows how they excavated their earliest memories, including memories of birth, in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context and spiritual beliefs.

It aims to reinstate the couple within the artistic and intellectual histories they contributed to and will reveal a new term developed by the pair — psychorealism.

O2 Academy
November 10

Marking the 50th anniversary of MC5’s iconic debut album Kick Out the Jams an all-star band, including members of Soundgarden, Fugazi, Faith No More and Zen Guerilla, join Wayne Kramer for a short British tour under the name MC50.

Formed in 1964 the band crystallised the counterculture movement at its most volatile and threatening and its leftist leanings and anti-establishment lyrics and music positioned them as emerging innovators of the punk movement in the US, based on garage rock, hard rock, blues rock and psychedelics.

They play Manchester on November 11 and London on November 12.

Not Such Quiet Girls
Howard Assembly Rooms
November 29-December 1

Inspired by Helen Zenna Smith’s novel Not So Quiet, Radclyffe Hall’s war account in The Well of Loneliness and the life of war artist and ambulance driver Olive Mudie-Cooke, Jessica Walker's Not Such Quiet Girls tells the stories of three women at the front line of the first world war.

Shining a light on the neglected stories of women during conflict, it brings together an all-female chorus and three female actors to create a narrative through staged scenes, film projections, music-hall songs and forgotten rarities by early 20th century female composers.


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