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Art

CHARLOTTE MULLINS

Jackson Pollock

Tate, SW1 (0171 887 8000) to 6 June

Definitive retrospective of Jack the Dripper's abstract expressionist canvases.

See review, page 7.

Richard Deacon

Liverpool Tate (0151 709 3223) to 16 May First UK view for new sculptures, photographs and drawings.

Portraits by Ingres

National Gallery, WC2 (0171 839 3321) to 25 Apr Impeccable paintings by the 19th-century master of line.

Monet in the 20th Century RA, W1 (0171 413 1717) to 18 Apr Water lilies and reflections occupied Monet for the last 30 years of his life.

.Francis Bacon

Tate, SW1 (0171 887 8000) to 2 May The drawings he didn't want you to see.

Opening this week

Rogier van der Weyden

National Gallery, WC2 (0171 839 3321) Thurs to 4 July Sixth centenary of the birth of this Dutch artist.

Jacques Lipchitz

Leeds Henry Moore Institute (0113 246 9469) Thurs to 29 Apr Retrospective of work by the modernist sculptor.

Film

ANTONIA QUIRKE

Festen (Celebration) (15)

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's brilliant story of a family party disintegrating into drama, retribution and grief.

The Thin Red Line (15)

Terrence Malick returns with a strange, epic drama set in Guadalcanal during the Second World War.

This Year's Love (18)

Kathy Burke stars as one of a group of thirtysomethings trying to have relationships with each other.

Affliction (15)

Nick Nolte stars in Paul Schrader's American tragedy about small-town machismo and an accidental death.

Opening on Friday

A Night at the Roxbury (15)

Seventies disco comedy about two clumsy brothers.

Waking Ned (PG)

A small Irish town gets a taste of lottery fever.

Arlington Road (15)

What to do if a terrorist lives across the street.

Theatre

ROBERT BUTLER

Talk of the City

Young Vic, SE1 (0171 928 6363) to 27 Mar Stephen Poliakoff's depiction of Broadcasting House in the late 1930s.

Copenhagen

Duchess, WC2 (0171 494 5075) to Aug

Michael Frayn's play turns nuclear physics during the Second World War into a fascinating detective story.

Oklahoma!

Lyceum, WC2 (0870 606 3446) to June Trevor Nunn's answer to Guys and Dolls.

Opening this week

Good

Donmar, WC2 (0171 369 1732) previews Thurs, opens 23 March, to 22nd May

Charles Dance as a liberal German professor in the 1930s who ends up a Nazi.

Opera

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week

Sicilian Vespers Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) tonight Verdi's pot-pourri of love and politics.

Where the Wild Things Are/Higglety, Pigglety Pop! QEH, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Wed Oliver Knussen conducts his own Eighties double bill.

Concerts

MICHAEL WHITE

Opening this week Odyssey Royal Festival Hall, SE1 (0171 960 4242) Mon Simon Rattle conducts Nicholas Maw's landmark orchestral score.

Oldham Walton Festival Oldham & Manchester (0161 911 4072) Fri to Sun Tribute to Sir William.

Dance

JENNY GILBERT

Doug Varone & Dancers

Woking New Victoria (01483 761144) Fri & Sat Sassy contemporary dance from New York.

Opening this week

Dracula Sadler's Wells, EC1 (0171 863 8000) Wed to 27 Mar Northern Ballet Theatre revives its version of Bram Stoker's novel.

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