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It's been twenty years since The Stranglers' first album and, even though frontman Hugh Cornwell has called it a day, the new line-up is still on the road. Whatever you might think of this year's album, Written in Red, any band who just got back from staging a one-off gig in the Falkland Islands is worth a look.

Sun 16 Nov 7.45pm. The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke. pounds 10-11. (01256) 844244

Renowned poet Adrian Mitchell reads from his new collection of poems, Heart on The Left. After he was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the 65-year-old criticised the Arts Council for neglecting poetry.

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester, 7:30pm. pounds 6. 0161-275 7450 or from Piccadilly Box Office on 0161-832 1111.

Sample some Cuban rhythms with Canela. This will be the first ever UK tour of an all-girl Cuban band. The salsa-themed evening kicks off with free dance lessons at 7pm and Canela go on stage at 9pm.

Brighton Paradox, 01273 3212628. pounds 10.

If the blues and jazz are more your style, Rickey Woodard is belting it out tonight. This tenor saxophonist from Tennessee honed his technique playing for such greats as Ray Charles and Horace Silver. He was originally scheduled to appear with Eric Alexander, who unfortunately will not be able to make tonight's performance.

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, 8:30pm, pounds 5-6.50. 0131-667 7776.

For an alternative to the Saatchi vision of modern British art, why not study History, an exhibition of "Image-based Work in Britain in the late 20th Century". Other than a degree in Art from Edinburgh, the featured artist Paul Wilson has had no professional involvement in the arts: "I decided to provide at least one regional gallery with a resource it wouldn't otherwise have."

To 18 Jan 1998, Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1

Anne Lundregan

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