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critics' choice


Secrets And Lies (above) Mike Leigh discarded the obsessive bleakness of Naked to make this sweet human melodrama. His reward? A great film stripped of the usual caricatures, and a Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Kids Teenie sex, drugs and HIV - Larry Clark's shocking docu-drama is no easy ride, but worth seeing for its excellent photography and effortlessly realistic performances from its young, non-professional cast.

Blue in the Face The loopy brother of Auster and Wang's Smoke, this improvised collection of skits and star cameos should be a drag but works suprisingly well. Likeable slices of Brooklyn life from the likes of Harvey Keitel, Jim Jarmusch and Lou Reed.


The Hypochondriac Moliere's cruel satire of the medical profession gets a fresh lick of paint from Edward Kemp in a new adaptation subtitled "Sick in the Head". With Revelations' bonking bishop Paul Shelley as Argan. West Yorks Playhouse, to 22 Jun.

Phaedra's Love Laconic and blackly funny remix of the Greek tragedy from Sarah Kane, writer of last year's Royal Court shocker, Blasted.

The Gate, London W11, to 15 Jun

Portia Coughlan (above) Garry Hynes's mordantly funny, non-naturalistic production is perfectly attuned to Marina Carr's arrestingly talented play about loss. With music by Paddy Cuneen. Royal Court Theatre, London SW1, to 1 Jun


Marcel Duchamp A rare chance to see this intriguing series of boxes from the great Dadaist and father of contemporary conceptualism.

Entwhistle Gallery, London W1, to 27 Jul

Charles Rennie Macintosh (above) This comprehensive retrospective of "Toshie" traces Glasgow's favourite artist from apprentice to designer of the city's famous School of Art. McLellan Gallery, Glasgow, to 30 Sept

Edgar Degas In later years, rumours suggested that the reclusive artist had ceased working or gone blind. But these mature works illustrate how the leading Impressionist continued to refine and develop his studies of bather, nude and ballet dancer. National Gallery, London WC2, to 26 Aug


Essential Music Festival Three days, three stages and three genres. A south-coast jamboree featuring the Prodigy, Underworld, Goldie, Ocean Colour Scene and barking genius, Lee Scratch Perry. Stanmer Park, Brighton, to Mon

Moloko Moist dub grooves with shiny surfaces from pop's party weirdos. Enjoyable at any time of day, but especially after bedtime. Check out their winningly perverse current album, Do You Like My Tight Sweater? Sankeys Soap, Manchester, Wed

Super Furry Animals (above) Catch the coming men of prog pop whimsy while they're still on the burner. Loved for their mix of weird ideas, daffy tunes and good-time attitude, a new album is out now. Zodiac, Oxford, Mon


Amadigi With productions at Glyndebourne and the ENO, Handel is flavour of the month. This little-known opera will be performed by Dublin's acclaimed Opera Theatre Company as part of Covent Garden's eclectic festival. St Clement Danes Church, London, Wed

Salome Written in 1905, Richard Strauss's opera captures the sensuous decadence of Oscar Wilde's play. Theatre director David Leveaux makes his ENO debut and Kristine Ciesinski sings the title role. ENO, London WC2, tonight

Indian Classical Music (above) The festival of India's South continues with this recital of Karnatic music performed by singer (and film score composer) Balamurali Krishna with Ravikiran, on the chitraveena. QEH, South Bank, SE1, Sun


Goat Island High-energy dance from this Chicago company, making a special appearance at the Greenwich Festival. A collage of ideas and imagery includes Amelia Earhart's record-breaking flight and Mr Memory, the human encyclopedia. Greenwich Dance Agency, London SE10, tonight and Sun

Trisha Brown Company The talented star of New York's 1960s "equipment" dance scene returns to Britain to perform the multi-media Set and Reset, with a striking design by Rauschenberg and music by Laurie Anderson. Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Tue & Wed

Jonathan Burrows Spare and witty new work from a leading exponent of contemporary dance. Bath Fringe Festival, Sun