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First Call

FORMER LEVEL 42 frontman Mark King (right), is making a comeback with his first solo tour. In their Eighties heyday, Level 42 were responsible for some stunning examples of MOR funk such as "Something About You", "Lessons in Love" and "Love Games". Expect a familiar blend of jazz-funk and loverman soul on this solo excursion.

Manchester University (0161-200 3270) 24 Jan; Corn Exchange, Cambridge (01223 457555) 25 Jan; Dacorum Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead (01442 228700) 26 Jan; De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116-233 3111) 29 Jan; Empire Theatre, London (0181-740 1515) 30 Jan; The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton (01902 552121) 1 Feb

Last Call

LIKE A secret agent in nylon pants, Lenny Beige's cabaret is a mixture of knife-edge comedy and an overblown ego. His show is packed with one- liners, often at the expense of the audience, and celebrity guests such as Lily Savage, Barbara Windsor and Les Dennis. Watch out for his imminent bid to be Mayor of London; his manifesto includes a promise to provide first-class carriages on the Underground.

Criterion Theatre, London W1 (0171-369 1737) to 4 Dec