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Pop: The Duke Spirit (Barfly, Cardiff)

Fronted by the mesmeric vocalist Liela Moss, this London quintet pursue a murky blues-pop route, giving it lots of drive and thrills. (029-2066 7668) tonight

Dance: Manon (Royal Opera House, London)

Sylvie Guillem and Jonathan Cope dance the first of seven performances by the Royal Ballet of Kenneth MacMillan's adaptation of Abbe Prevost's novel. (020-7304 4000) tonight

Comedy: Jack Dee (Chester Gateway)

The professional curmudgeon continues touring his new show, in which he gets "unreasonably angry" about the smallest things in life. (01244 340392) tonight

ZJazz: James Taylor Quartet (Corn Exchange, Cambridge)

The inventive bandleader and Hammond organist leads a groove-laden foursome. (01223 357851) tonight; Marina Theatre Lowestoft (01502 533200) 11 Feb

Classical: Academy of St Martin in the Fields (Wigmore Hall, London)

Kenneth Sillito directs the ensemble in the world premiere of Isidora Zebeljan's The Minstrel's Dance. (020-7935 2141) tonight

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