bought... The Pixies new album, Death to the Pixies (4AD, pounds 15.99). While their break-up was a terrible blow, now those glory days can be recaptured in this "best of" compilation.
heard... some banned poetry. Iranian poet Abdullah Al Udhari and Chinese poet Lui Hong read works that their governments have outlawed at 7pm tonight, Waterstones, 10-12 Islington Green, London N1 (0171-704 2280, pounds 2)
been... to see The Mark Murphy Quartet. This jazz man from America has produced more than 30 albums, managing never to lose that melodious voice or those funky ways. Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1, 9pm, pounds 12.50
seen... prize-winning comedian Owen O'Neill. He's performing the show, Off My Face, which won him the Comedy Writing Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He'll only be performing until Thursday. Showtime is 8pm; tickets are pounds 9. Booking: 0171-223 2223.
performed... your own poetry live. Get ready for National Poetry Day by letting others hear your own dazzling, prose. Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2, (0171-240 4810).Reuse content