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First Call

ACCLAIMED CABARET act Ennio Marchetto eschews elaborate props in favour of some coloured paper, a pair of scissors and his sharp-edged wit. Cultural icons and modern-day celebrities alike are lampooned by his hilarious paper parodies and on-stage transformations, and Marchetto's wonderfully imaginative show, with its innovative display of origami, earned him an Olivier Award nomination for his last West End run.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1 (0171-494 5065) 7 Feb

Last Call

WITH LAST YEAR'S album, The Globe Sessions, heading towards platinum status here, Sheryl Crow (right) should have a sufficient fan base to fill Wembley Arena. Her career began as a session musician and backing vocalist for artists such as Michael Jackson, Sinead O'Connor and Stevie Wonder, but now she is firmly established as a major recording star in her own right. Her work falls between folk and pop rock, but her raspy, languid voice belts out confident upbeat hits. This is her first UK show in a year, so expect tickets to sell fast.

Wembley Arena, London HA9 (0181-902 0902) 18 Feb

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