Fellini's stylish and bizarrely extravagant cinema classic, La Dolce Vita (1960) stars Marcello Mastroianni as a philandering journalist, hungry for scandal and obsessed with the voluptuous starlet, Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). Both repelled and drawn to the lifestyles he records but deeply dissatisfied, he longs for the bohemian, intellectual life of his friend Steiner.

Tonight only, Everyman Cinema, London NW3 2pm and 7.50pm. pounds 4.50/pounds 3.50 Box Office: 0171-435 1525.

Incorrigible romantics will adore Saint Amour, a literary celebration of love and desire, with various authors including Martin Amis and Helen Fielding. Live music and video art will accompany a heart-stopping programme of poetry and prose, lovingly compiled by Flemish association, Behoud de Begeerte - Preserve the Passion. Tonight, Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1. 7.30pm, pounds 8/pounds 6. Information: 0171- 388 8822.

If Christmas hype has so far failed to fire your festive spirit, join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra this evening at Barbican Hall for seasonal inspiration. Their annual Christmas concert proffers a traditional blend of operatic arias, Christmas favourites and carols for audience participation, conducted by Barrington Pheloung. Highlights include Bernstein's Overture to Candide, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and the Love Duet from Puccini's Madame Butterfly.

Barbican Hall, London EC2. 7.30pm, pounds 5-pounds 29. Box Office: 0171-638 8891

The long-standing, award-winning All Star Jazz Band continue to set the standard for British mainstream jazz, playing a swinging set tonight at The Pizza Express Jazz Club. With Dave Shepherd on clarinet and Brian Lemon on piano.

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1, pounds 8.50. Info: 0171-439 8722

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