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First Call

AIR HAVE done a lot to enhance the reputation of French pop music in Britain. Described as a cross between Herbie Hancock and Art Garfunkel, you can expect the fluffiness of the tunes to turn into something much harder and more exciting when they play live, as seen in a recent appearance on Later with Jools Holland.

Theatre Royal, London (0171-836 3687) 1 Nov;

Manchester Ritz (0161-236 4355) 3 Nov; Glasgow Fruit Market (0141-552 5977) 4 Nov

Last Call

KICKING OFF the Finborough Theatre's "Discipline" season is a new production of Rodney Ackland's seminal adaptation of Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. The crime is a pointless murder of an old debt-collector, with the murderer seeing his expected punishment as a barometer of his own guilt and the debt-collector's worth. Last seen 60 years ago, Ackland skilfully transfers Dostoyevsky's stream-of-consciousness narrative to the stage, fully realising the books' complex exploration of morality.

Finborough Arms, Finborough Road, London SW10 (0171-373 3842) to 19 Sept