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The NATIONAL week in a three month association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Toshiba, offering special privileges to metro readers at the ICA and other contemporary art venues.

Postcards from America is a new film from British director Steve McLean. Smart and sexy, it's based on the life of gay US artist David Wojnarowicz, and features a brilliant cast, stylish art direction, and a soundtrack with Jimmy Somerville, the Auteurs and the New York Dolls. The ICA is offering metro readers 10 pairs of free tickets for the matine screenings, 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Telephone the box office for details, 0171-930 3647

Spend your evening at the ICA, courtesy of metro. There are two exhibitions to see: Superstition, the work of Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, and Skin of the Teeth, an installation from young British artist Abigail Lane (both open until 9pm), and the bar/caf is open until 1am. Show your copy of metro at box-office for free entry tonight after 6pm

Stalin and Hitler, Freud and Jung, Kennedy and Gromyko: the intense friendships between some of this century's most powerful men reveal a great deal about the dynamics of male bonding, and its dramatic effect on our times. Performing highlights from his celebrated one-man show, Bosom Buddies, Jack Klaff discusses friendships and passions between men, and the women caught between them, at the ICA on Saturday at 2pm. The ICA has 10 pairs of free tickets for this event, for the first metro callers at the box-office after noon tomorrow

Until Saturday, metro readers can take out a unique ICA trial membership. For £5 - less than the cost of two visits with a friend - metro readers receive three months of benefits, including free entry to exhibitions, late-night bar, and music nights, and discounts on all other ICA events. All new metro members are entered in a draw to win a silkscreen print by US artist Sue Williams. To join, contact the ICA box-office in person, by post or telephone 0171-930 3647

Hot British fashion designer Joe Casely Hayford has designed for Mica Paris, Soul II Soul and Michael Jackson - and the ICA. His exclusive T- shirt for the ICA features an elegant combination of the Casely Hayford and ICA logos. Printed in red, green and black on white cotton, the long- sleeved shirt usually costs £17.95. This week it's on offer to metro readers half-price, £8.95. It's also available in unbleached cotton with short- sleeves, at the discounted price of £6.95 (usually £15.95)

ICA, The Mall, SWI (0171-930 3647)

The winner of last week's Toshiba Portable TV competition is Gerald Lidstone of London, SW12