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Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Art

Calvert 22, London E2, Field of Action Till 28 Aug

A groundbreaking show of work from an under-documented time and place, the Soviet conceptual art of the 1970s. Working beneath the radar, exhibiting in flats and converted spaces, and performing actions in secluded rural settings, they created works against the official aesthetics of socialism, in the name of the free and equal social life socialism promised. This show presents documents, photographs and distinctly DIY objects from a rough, fierce and independent period.

Music

Cadogan Hall, London SW1, BBC Proms: Maxwell Davies, Aperghis and Birtwistle 20 Aug

The London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers perform a matinee program of work from Master of the Queen's Music, Peter Maxwell Davies, and two UK premieres of pieces from Georges Aperghis and Harrison Birtwistle.

Performance

The Betsey Trotwood, London EC1, John Hegley presents 'Beyond Our Kennel' 22 Aug

The well-loved comedic poet - self-described "busker made good" - performs a night of music, stories, poetry and jokes. He is supported by guests Bob Harper and Kath Drake.

Theatre

Trafalgar Studios, London SW1, Top Girls Till 29 Oct

The Chichester Festival revival of Caryl Churchill's Thatcher-era exploration of women, power and history comes to London. Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the first, sensational production in 1982, returns again at the helm.

Talk

Housmans Bookshop, London N1, London's Burning: McKenzie Wark 24 Aug

The Australian poet, scholar and theorist of cyber-space and new media gives a talk on his new book on the history and work of 50s and 60s revolutionary art group the Situationist International, notorious for their participation in the events of May 1968 in Paris. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.