Going Out: Pick of the Week

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CINEMA

Stealing Beauty (above) Bernardo Bertolucci offers a plot of sorts - Liv Tyler arrives at the Tuscan home of some expat friends - but the best thing about the film is its spontaneity, crisp humour and graceful photography. Independence Day It's official, this film has repeated its stateside success over here and has notched up the UK's biggest weekend opening ever. If that doesn't excite you, be assured that this blockbuster has gained critical as well as public approbation.

Boys The writer-director Stacy Cochran follows her likeable comedy, My New Gun, with a coming-of-age story about a runaway damsel in distress.

THEATRE

The Gogmamogs Under the watchful eye of Lucy Bailey, seven virtuoso string players take contemporary classical music out of the concert hall and onto the stage. The Gogmamogs are a rare, successful example of the integration of musicians with dramatic action. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, tonight

Two Gentlemen of Verona Abandon your prejudices and head back to Shakespeare's day for this enjoyable, iconoclastic, modern-dress production. The Globe, Bankside, London, SE1

John Gabriel Borkman Thrilling performances by Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins irradiate Ibsen's chiller about the passion for power. National Theatre, London SE1, to 16 Sept

EXHIBITIONS

Scottish Landscapes (above) William McTaggart competes for space with the more recent works of Barbara Rae, Duncan Shanks and James Morrison, in a show which offers a tantalising glimpse of an important aspect of Scottish art. City Art Centre,Edinburgh, to 5 Oct

Two-Way Traffic The influence of Italy's Renaissance on British painters is examined in this exhibition. The focus is on Colin Gill,William Coldstream and Winifred Knights, but the debt of everyone to the Italian masters is clear. Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, to 14 Sept

Helen Chadwick The last testimony to Chadwick's genius - a series of pieces she was working on at the time of her death. Portfolio Gallery, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, to 21 Sept

POP

Little Axe Skip McDonald's earthy connection of the blues with more contemporary idioms like hip-hop, dub, funk and gospel. Heavy, soulful and frequently beautiful. There's a new album out later this month, too. Jazz Cafe, London NW1, Tue

BR5-49 The coming thing in rockin' country. You want cats in hats? These are they. Borderline London W1, Mon & Tue

Irvine Beach 96 A first bow for this new addition to the festival circuit, taking place in a huge tent and featuring Bjork (above), Supergrass, Julian Cope, Kula Shaker, Underworld, 808 State, Shed Seven, Alabama 3 and Slam DJs. Though whether the summer can stand another festival is moot. Irvine, Scotland, to Sun

CLASSICAL

Elijah The closing hours of the Edinburgh Festival see a stunning performance of the choral masterpiece by Mendelssohn (above), premiered 150 years ago in Birmingham. Bryn Terfel sings Elijah for the second time in a week, and Paul Daniel conducts. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, tonight Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Frans Bruggen's accumulation of supreme period- instrument players perform Rameau, Haydn and Beethoven. Royal Albert Hall, London SW1, Sun 2.30pm

Chamber Orchestra of Europe Nikolaus Harnoncourt, made his name in period music, but adapts easily to modern instruments, enhancing them with his background knowledge. Royal Albert Hall, London, Sun 7.30pm

DANCE

Scottish Ballet Robert Cohen creates another piece for this talented group. A trio of spirited performances is completed with Robert North's Troy Game, which sees the men in the company involved in an athletic and energetic dance.

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, tonight; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 3-5 Sept

Joffrey Ballet of Chicago (above) The company dances Billboards to the music of the artist formerly known as Prince. The four sections are separated by different billboards and choreographers. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1, to 8 Sept

Litza Bixler Performance Company Andromeda Graziano choreographs the Mosaics 96 Festival. Tonight, Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6

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