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Rose's Thoughts dance company presents a witty and compelling combination of popular culture and contemporary dance. The innovative choreographer Ruth Segalis matches breakdance and ballet with aspects of everyday life, "refreshing the parts high art cannot reach". At the Spitz, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6BG, 8pm, pounds 6/pounds 4 concs. Box Office: 0171-392 9032.

Or take a trip to the Hulton Getty Picture Gallery to enjoy A Winter's Tale, a selection of photographs from one of the world's greatest photographic resources, on display for the first time. United by the seasonal theme but diverse in subject and landscape, the pictures range from a striking image of Canadian skiers dwarfed by the Rockies to the intricate wind- sculpted snow patterns in Alaska. Quality prints are on sale. To 30 Jan at the Hulton Getty Picture Gallery, London SW3 3TD. Information: 0171- 376 4545

Meanwhile, the Czechoslovakian conductor Petr Altrichter leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart's Symphony No 35, Scharwenka's Piano Concerto No 4 and Beethoven's Symphony No 7. Featuring the award- winning pianist Stephen Hough. To Thurs at the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool, 7.30pm, pounds 10. Box Office: 0151-709 3789.

Inspired by the sea, saltings and marshes around his home, the accomplished artist Charles Bartlett has created a significant body of work. A Major Retrospective, celebrating his 75th birthday, presents his bold, mostly abstract watercolour paintings and prints for public viewing. To 30 Nov at the Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH, pounds 3.50/pounds 2. Information: 0171-928 7521.

Committed bookworms will no doubt be heading for the Hull Literature Festival which starts today. In celebration of the written word, poetry, musical events, theatre and workshops abound, featuring a variety of new authors and sparkling celebs, including Roger McGough and Magnus Magnusson. To 23 Nov at venues throughout Hull. Information: 01482 883091.

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