Going Out: Critics' choice

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CINEMA

Dead Man Walking Featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean, a bewildered nun who agrees to serve as spiritual advisor to a death-row prisoner (Sean Penn, above).

Seven Just as the serial-killer genre seemed to be growing blunt, in sweeps David Fincher, the director of Alien 3, to sharpen it up. With Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt.

Cyclo Ferocious, surreal Vietnamese street drama from Tran Anh Hung. A haunting, harrowing journey that suggests Bresson, Schrader and your strangest nightmares.

Ryan Gilbey

THEATRE

Brothers of the Brush Broad brushstrokes and wonderful detail combine in Jimmy Murphy's caustic, comic tale of three Dublin decorators who paint themselves into a corner. Arts Theatre, London

The Thickness of Skin Clare Low Level Panic McIntyre's first for six years looks at the haves and have nots. In preview but selling fast. Directed by Hettie MacDonald (above). Royal Court, London

The Last Romantics The marvellously sardonic Maggie Steed stars in Nigel Williams's new play about FR and Queenie Leavis, the dons who dominated the literary scene for half a century. Greenwich Theatre

David Benedict

EXHIBITIONS

Cezanne (above) Reservations about the lighting aside, this is hard to fault. The final room is a revelation. Tate, London SW1, to 28 Apr

Gustave Caillebotte "Forgotten impressionist" re-evaluated in this welcome outing for 40 works. Cleverly, the RA has also added previously unseen paintings from the artist's family. Royal Academy, London W1, to 23 Jun

Spellbound Artists and filmmakers examine the crossover between fine art and cinema. It's an inspired move in which the highlights are works by Peter Greenaway, Damien Hirst and Eduardo Paolozzi. Hayward, London SE1, to 6 May

Iain Gale

POP

Jack (above) Like Tindersticks and Baby Bird, they bring a charismatic songmanship to their strings - drenched tales of everyday living, loving and boozing. London Electric Ballroom, Wed

The Pharcyde Rap with unusual lyrical twists, belonging neither to the darkly intense camp monopolised by the Wu Tang Clan, nor the gangsta school of hip hop that rules LA. Just something entertaining in between. Bristol Lakota, Tue

Beck One-off acoustic show from the sardonic, MTV-hating American. Expect the unexpected. London King's College, Sun

Angela Lewis

CLASSICAL

Threepenny Opera (above) The National Youth Music Theatre's long record of rousing productions makes the last night of this week's run well worth the trip. London Lyric Hammersmith, tonight

BBC Young Musicians Maybe it's phoney to make different instruments compete, but who cares when you can hear five fine players in the final, hours before the TV relay? Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Sun

Sinfonia 21 Fresh from its lively London series, the chamber orchestra brings highlights on a rare outing, plus birthday boy (he's 60) Richard Rodney Bennett's Partita. The Hawth, Crawley, Sun

Robert Maycock

DANCE

The Royal Ballet (above) offers its final serving of Dance Bites in Bath today with a programme of new works. The company then returns to Covent Garden with Giselle danced by the sweetly expressive Sarah Wildor. Theatre Royal Bath; ROH, London, Tue

The Spring Loaded season of contemporary dance continues. On Monday, former DV8 dancer Wendy Houstoun performs her solo Haunted in a promising triple-bill. The Place, London WC1

Adventures in Motion Pictures dance Matthew Bourne's acclaimed reworking of Swan Lake. Swan High Wycombe, today

Louise Levene

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