Arts & Entertainment Prince is sueing fans who post links to recordings of his live performances online

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He's got a cheek. Just four short months after releasing an abysmal contractual obligation albumful of leftover dross, the world's most profligate musician celebrates his new distribution deal with EMI by serving up not just a double but a triple-album, a 36-track slab of songs differing in no significant degree from the rest of his lacklustre Nineties output. It's the same old mixture of dreary funk riffs, leavened with the occasional ballad, and dotted here and there with the occasional oddity. In its enormity, it's doubtless intended to revive memories of the creative fecundity of Sign o' the Times, his last truly great album, but for huge stretches here, it's as if the CD player were stuck on constant replay. It may be the longest (aesthetic) bankruptcy note in history.

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the Critics: DANCE

Dance: Billboards RFH, London

It must be hell in Chicago. How else can one account for the string of Stateside superlatives that adorn the publicity material for the Joffrey Ballet's Billboards? "Probably the sexiest work ever performed on the Civic Opera House stage." This paints a picture of the windy city as a cultural wasteland of unimaginable desolation.

Twenty-two positions in a fortnight stand

It's a sign of the times: after a successful run in Italy, Chicago's Joffrey Ballet are over here to perform to Prince. Just 4 U. By James Rampton

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FLIPPER Alan Shapiro (PG) BRIT BOYS Ross Crookshank / Duncan Roy (nc) LA REGLE DU JEU Jean Renoir (PG) BLOOD SIMPLE Joel Coen (18)

Living: 'You'll like Lenny Kravitz,' I was crushingly assured, 'He's old-fashioned'

I know you don't want to read another word about BSE, but do you know what's actually responsible for it? The real culprit may have got lost in the thickets of verbiage, the pine forests of speculation, the ever more outre grim warnings ("You realise that biscuits are made from beef gelatin, don't you? And wine gums..."), so let me refresh your memory. What causes encephalopathies in sheep and cattle and allegedly humans is a nasty protein particle called a prion. Now I couldn't help noticing that there exists a publishing company by the same name. It's one of those tough breaks that happen in the world of proper nouns (there used to be a brand of appetite suppressant called Ayds. I wonder what happened to that?). So, out of curiosity, I rang Prion Multimedia Books to inquire: why is your company named after the single most disruptive organic compound in the British Isles?

Pop: Lenny Kravitz Wembley Arena, London

Two problems with Len. The first is that he tends to come over as an arrogant mix of Tom Jones and Billy Graham, a loved-up sex beast with a message for us about God. The second is working out exactly where he's coming from. Everyone knows the influences - lashings of Sixties and Seventies-style Cream, Beatles, Hendrix. He spurns digital technology, ferreting out authentic period equipment to achieve his retro sound, then he spits about being misinterpreted as a copyist. And though he's not that exactly, tonight he provides a made-to-order timewarp. Against a backdrop of brocades, velvets, neon Christs and low-slung chandeliers, Kravitz leads a band he must have searched years to find. Consummate musicians, every one is also fully themed, from the funky Philly brass section to the Ian Hunter-style barnets on lead guitar and keyboards. It's a matter of opinion where reinterpretation stops and heritage industry begins.

Big spender with a playboy image

Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the flamboyant finance minister of the oil- rich kingdom of Brunei, is by far the less reserved of the two main Brunei royals. Yesterday's purchase of Asprey's - of which he was a big client - is the latest in a string of private investments which have earned him a playboy image.

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Album Review: Prince The Gold Experience Warner Bros 9362-45999- 2

Welcome to the Dawn, Playground for the New Power Generation," coos the sultry interactive voice-bite that links the tracks on The Artist Formerly Known As Prince's new album, assuring us that "there are over 500 experiences to choose from". But of course there's really only one experience available on this particular infonet, and it's the oldest of them all. As the little symbol himself admits at the end of the horrendous power-ballad "Shhh", "Sex is not all I think about - it's just all I think about you." Well, thanks, but no thanks.

The skunks who smell success

Scary, or a truly hot band? Nicolas Barber meets Skunk Anansie, newcomers with a wild, wild act and a very big future

Death doesn't become him

His show begins with an epitaph: `Prince 1958-1993, RIP'. This star, he says, is now reborn. Maybe so, says Helen Birch, but he's several months premature

CHOICE: Good thoughts, Bad Brains

Some good thoughts have gone into Bad Brains (left), an installation of 350 2ft-by-2ft silver panels at the South London Gallery. Each panel contains a black-and-silver "alien head", mutated from 12 archetypes, themselves mutations from a variety of sources. John Dutton and Peter Snadden, the artists behind Bad Brains, won't be drawn on the precise theme of their work, beyond saying that there "may be an underhand commentary on the influence of technology - which is not necessarily bad". Their he ads, they are keen to point out, are not computer-generated. Their sources include images from science fiction, ranging from The Terminator to the Fifties film Invasion of the Saucer-Men. Having been made by hand, the archetypes were scanned into a computer tobe contorted into different versions of themselves. Essentially organic in origin, the artists call this a "podular", rather than modular, installat ion. The effect is indeed organic. Each alien seems to hover ominously just above the surface of its board, creating the impression for the viewer of being immersed in a sort of gene pool with eyes and teeth. It is refreshing to see artists embrace this particular bit of science. As one peruses the panel-covered walls, there is a sense of death suspended, as aspects of one form are represented in the next. Damien Hirst (exhibiting at the gallery in a few months) reads the entrails of biology to dwell on death with bobbing carcasses; Bad Brains celebrates the evolving continuum of the gene pool.

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