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Friday Arts Diary

Our cultural picks for the week ahead.

Art

Tate Modern, London SE1, Gerhard Richter: Panorama from 6 October

This major retrospective exhibition coincides with Gerhard Richter's 80th birthday and spans almost 50 years of his work. One of the first German artists to reflect on the history of Nazism, he painted both members and victims of the National Socialist party. Richter's fascination with events that made history continued throughout his career; for example "September 2005", his painting of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001, which is included in the show.

Comedy

South Street Arts Centre, Reading, Paul Foot - Still Life 7 October

Following his last Edinburgh show - Ash In The Attic - the wacky and highly articulate comedian's latest set is Still Life. Foot is highly energetic onstage and has a significant following, which he calls the "Guild of Paul Foot Connoisseurs".

Music

Barbican Centre, London, EC2, Inmotion: The Cinematic Orchestra 1 October

This is the second installment of the In Motion series - a live event curated by The Cinematic Orchestra in which a selection of films will be given original scores. The collaborators in the project were invited by the band and include Dorian Concept/Tom Chant, pianist and composer Austin Peralt, underground DJ and artist Kutmah and Grey Reverend. The latter is L D Brownwhich's solo project, whose unaffected singing is accompanied by the acoustic guitar.

Talks

The French Institute, London SW7, China Miéville - My Graphic Gods 7 October

BD and Comics Passion is a new festival being held on 7-9 October by the Institut français in association with Comica Festival to celebrate the graphic novel form. Many leading British, American, French and Belgian authors will be speaking at events, one of whom is China Miéville, the multi-award winning author of Kraken, The Scar and Embassytown. Miéville will talk about his enthusiasm for comic books, discussing some neglected talents.

Theatre

National Theatre, London SE1, It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later from 7 October

Winner of the 2002 Perrier Comedy Award and countless Chortle awards, Daniel Kitson is an uncoventional and hilarious stand-up from Yorkshire. His new show was originally performed throughout the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe to sold-out audiences. The tagline describes the show as "about Everything and Nothing".