Fancy a shimmy, shake and shmooze? Then forget the 90's and get with the 80's. Rose Royce, Shalamar & The Real Thing begin their 20 date tour today in Hastings. Prompted by the sell-out success of last autumns 80's Greatest Hits Tour, it promises to have you dancing in the aisles with some classic hits found in adverts and on karaoke machines - Car Wash, Wishing On A Star, A Night To Remember (and you know the rest). Hastings Rock Pavilion, 01424 781000 and normal ticket outlets.

Brink promises to inspire some pre-millennium weirdness. Described as a `promenade spectacle', (go and see to understand), it has been influenced by sources as diverse as The Lottery in Babylon by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, and Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The result is a cross-artform with visuals, dance and script. Studio Voltaire, Unit 2, Clapham North Business Centre, 26-32 Voltaire Road, London SW4. Box Office 0171-924 5255.

And from a lady who knows quite a lot about mixing art forms, there is the chance to see Rickie Lee Jones in concert with the material from her new album, Ghostyhead. Jones merges contemporary rhythm with trip hop and her trademark poetic drawl. Music buffs have heard of her, here is your chance. Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Green, W12 (0181-740 7474)

Students of literature should be alerted to Sam Mendes talk about Othello. The 32-year old has just made his festival debut with a production of Shakespeare's Othello, staged in a converted salt factory. Mendes makes an interesting interpretation by using the text as a reference to 1940's British colonialism - which should prove to the teachers that you haven't just learnt it parrot fashion. Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 (0171-928 2252) 6pm, pounds 3.50, conc. pounds 2.50

Jennifer Rodger

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