Critics' choice: Opening this week

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Twentieth-Century British Art Fair (Royal College of Art, SW7, 0181 742 1611, Wed-Sat). Sixty leading dealers show their wares.

Stephen Chambers (Cambridge Kettle's Yard, 01223 352124, Sat to 1 Nov). Paintings by the University's new artist-in-residence.

Yousuf Karsh (Sheffield Graves Gallery, 0114 203 9410, Tues to 24 Oct). The photographer's wartime London portraits. TH


Cube (15; nationwide from Fri). Canadian sci-fi shocker from Vincenzo Natali.

Deep Rising (18; in London from Fri). Subaquatic monsters try to snack on Treat Williams and Jason Flemyng.

Secret Defense (PG; nationwide from Fri). Jacques Rivette murder mystery.

Woo (15; nationwide from Fri). Sex comedy.

There's Something About Mary (15; nationwide from Fri). Cameron Diaz shows she can do jokes about dogs' bums. MS


Valery Gergiev (RFH, SE1, 0171 960 4242, tonight). LPO tribute to Sir Georg Solti.

Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmair, Till Fellner (Wigmore Hall, W1, 0171 935 2141, Thurs & Fri). Schubert, Beethoven & Webern.

Sakari Oramo (Birmingham Symphony Hall, 0121 212 3333, Thurs). First programme for CBSO's new conductor. MW


dumb type (Barbican, EC2, 0171 638 8891, Thurs-Sat). Japan's leading performance collective explores ideas about life and death.

Re-Orient (Place, WC1, 0171 387 0031, from Tues). Asian-Pacific contemporary dance.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sheffield Lyceum, 0114 276 9922, Tues-Sat). Northern Ballet Theatre's action-packed extravaganza.

Birmingham Royal Ballet (Birmingham Centenary Square, 0121 440 3838, Fri to Sun 27 Sept). Part of Artsfest 98: a free outdoor weekend of Midlands talent. JENNY GILBERT


A Coda for Benny Green (The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 583928, Sat). John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine pay tribute.

Jason Rebello Trio (Pizza Express, W1, 0171 439 8722, Wed-Fri). Part of the Soho Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Azymuth (ICA, W1, 0171 930 3647, Fri; Manchester Band on the Wall, 0161 832 6625, 1 Oct). Old-school Brazilian band. PJ


The Bartered Bride (Leeds Grand, 0113 222 6222, Wed to 13 Oct; then touring). New staging by Daniel Slater.

Flight (Glyndebourne, 01273 812321, Thurs to 22 Oct; then touring). An exciting new piece from Jonathan Dove.

Madam Butterfly (Cardiff New Theatre, 01222 878889, Tues to 2 Oct; then touring). With Nucia Focile. MW


Lilith Feir (Royal Albert Hall, 0171 589 8212, Wed). Sinead O'Connor, Beth Orton et al.

Gorgky's Zygotic Mynci (Leeds Cockpit, 0113 2443446, Tues; Edinburgh Venue, 0131 557 3073, Wed; Aberdeen Lemon Tree, 01224 642230, Thurs; Middlesbrough Arena, 01642 242561, Fri; Sheffield Leadmill, 0114 275 4500, Sat). Eccentric Welsh tunesmiths. NB


Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Cottesloe, SE1, 0171 452 3000, previews from Sat, opens 1 Oct). Adaptation of a Salman Rushdie story. CHLOE WALKER

NOTE: while every effort has been made to check the details of all listings, readers are advised always to ring venues before setting out.