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First Call

HAILING FROM New York, the effortlessly laid-back Fun Lovin' Criminals (right) are vying for the title of the coolest men in rock. With its cavalier approach to life, their lounge-style rap is exemplified by the funky Reservoir Dogs derivative, "Scooby Snacks". Last year's 100% Colombian was a top-selling album and that alone should be reason enough to catch Huey, Fast and Steve live.

Empress Ballroom, Blackpool (01253 625252) 8 Apr; The Dome, Doncaster (01302 370888) 9 Apr; The Forum, London (0171-344 0044) 10-11 Apr

Last Call

REBECCA GILMAN has already established herself as one of USA's most promising playwrights and now has the opportunity to make her mark over here at London's Royal Court Theatre. The Glory of Living follows Lisa and Clint as they search for kicks in the American Deep South. Unfortunately for them, their twisted anti-social behaviour gains unwanted attention from the forces of righteousness. Directed by Kathryn Hunter, designed by Liz Cooke and lit by Paule Constable.

Royal Court Theatre, West Street, London WC2 (0171-565 5000) to 6 Feb