Star critics cherry-pick some of the best on offer in the weeks to come
Love Music Hate Racism
The Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, E1 September 15
Love Music Hate Racism have been in existence for 10 years and to mark its first decade they're mounting an excellent day and evening of politics, film, poetry, comedy and music. There'll be meetings on the rise of the far right across Europe, multicultural Britain and the riots with speakers including Paul Gilroy, Salma Yaqoob, Ken Livingstone, Eddie Freeman, Christine Blower, Mark Serwotka and Martin Smith. Poetry and comedy are provided by Mike Rosen, Zita Holborn and Mark Steel and there'll be music with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Drew McConnell of Babyshambles and Pandit G.
Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant Garde
Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1 September 12-January 15
More than 170 iconic works including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts feature in this exhibition by pre-Raphaelite artists from Madox Brown to Burne-Jones. It includes work by pioneers such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais who took inspiration from early Renaissance painting to rebel against the art establishment of the time, overturning orthodoxy and establishing a new benchmark for modern painting and design.
The Country Wife
Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square September 12-October 20
William Wycherley's subversive comedy of sex and seduction was so scandalous that it was banned for 200 years but now it gets a revival in this production directed by Polly Findlay. It's a bawdy Restoration comedy set in 17th-century high society in which the randy rake Harry Horner played by Felix Scott (pictured) feigns impotence to charm his way into the hearts and beds of the apparently respectable wives of the London upper classes. High octane farce, scabrous wit and the opportunity to compare how upper-class hypocrisy of 1675 compares with today's variety make this a bit of a must-see.
Africa Express - the collective of African and Western musicians - are travelling through England, Scotland and Wales from September 3-8 for a unique musical journey featuring scheduled concerts in Middlesbrough, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and London as well as pop-up performances at railway stations, schools, factories, offices, shopping centres and homes. There's an extraordinary line-up of musical legends including the likes of jazz musician Tony Allen (pictured), emerging new artists, vocalists, DJs and producers from Africa and the West. Highly recommended.