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First Call

FOLLOWING A highly successful run on BBC2, Goodness Gracious Me (right) follows in the steps of The Fast Show and embarks on a live national tour. The Anglo-Asian sketch show employs a range of shocking comic characters and offers a wry, often sly view of British culture from an Asian perspective. Written by Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhasker, Nina Wadia and Kurvinder Ghir.

Cardiff St David's Hall (01222 878444) 24 Feb; Reading Hexagon (0118- 960 6060) 25 Feb; Nottingham Royal Centre (0115-989 5555) 26 Feb; High Wycombe Swan (01494 512000) 27 Feb; Northampton Derngate (01604 624811) 1 Mar; Southend Cliffs Pavilion (01702 351135) 2 Mar; London Hackney Empire (0181-985 2424) 4 Mar; Watford Colosseum (01923 445000) 15 Mar

Last Call

NEW MODEL ARMY have championed the post-punk Goth genre, with militant anthems such as "Spirit of the Falklands" and their working-class themes. Since the 1980s they have maintained credibility by crafting emotional and poignant lyrics and despite lacking chart success, they still attract fans from all musical factions.

Astoria, 157 Charing Cross Road, London W1 (0171-434 0403) tonight