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Clark's dance 'Heroes' in London

Dancers from the Michael Clark Company make a return visit to London's Barbican after a touring the country with the production come, been and gone.

Iggy Pop: Rocking the look

There's more to being a punk legend than the music – it takes raw style. Iggy Pop tells Carola Long about going shirtless, body glitter and transparent trousers

Twelfth Night, Tricycle Theatre, London

A third of the way through, the play stops, completely. Viola, disguised as the boy Cesario, has been virtually propositioned by the countess Olivia. "It is too hard a knot for me to untie," she says, and leaves the stage, confused, to sit in the audience.

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Black Eyed Peas put on a polished show, but their all-consuming desire to push products &ndash; even Fergie's new perfume &ndash; takes off some of the shine

Iggy and the Stooges, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Still crazy after all these years

Extreme dark: In search of the northern lights &ndash; from a tiny Norwegian town that sees nothing but darkness and ice for two months

Being the antithesis of a morning person, getting up before dawn should count as a heroic achievement. Indeed, staring out of my hotel window at the street-lit cityscape, I'm suffused with all the smug tranquillity of the early riser. Only then do I realise it's actually 10.15am: I've overslept by two hours and missed my appointment with Knut, my guide. Such is the slow, surreal process of acclimatising to Tromso in Norway, located 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where for two months from late November, the sun never rises.

Business Diary: Iggy Pop's lust for advertising glory

Back by popular demand. Iggy Pop has filmed a new advertisement for Swiftcover, the online car insurer, despite the controversy that the first campaign provoked. Not only did Iggy face accusations of selling out, it also emerged that Swiftcover would not offer insurance to musicians (it subsequently changed tack). Still, the man himself is unrepentant. "Since I was six years old I wanted to be in an advert," he says.

Michael Clark Company, Barbican, London

It's rock'n'roll (and I like it)

Outside the Box: Demise of Barnes proves great teams provide poor managers

John Barnes' sacking at Tranmere not only offers further proof that great players rarely make equally good managers, but even suggests that the very best teams have the highest percentage of unsuccessful ones. Being associated with a side like England's World Cup-winners can earn you a job but hardly guarantees results, as Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles and the West Ham trio of Moore, Hurst and Peters all discovered. Only Jack Charlton and to a lesser extent, Alan Ball, ever thrived. Consider, too, Liverpool's team of 1988, who played much sublime football and would have done the Double but for a bad day in the FA Cup final against Wimbledon. As well as Barnes it included other managerial failures in Steve McMahon (Swindon, Blackpool), Nigel Spackman (Sheffield United, Barnsley, Millwall), Jan Molby (Swansea, Kidderminster, Hull), Gary Ablett (Stockport), Bruce Grobbelaar (various African teams) and Steve Staunton (Ireland), now trying again against all the odds at Darlington. Only Steve Nicol (New England Revolution) and John Aldridge (Tranmere) had any degree of success.

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Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash have had the video game treatment in Guitar Hero 5 while the Beatles have been immortalised in their own title.

Observations: Dancing under the covers at new Shoreditch club night

The chirps, buzzes, choral harmonies and fuzzy bass-lines of the Los Angeles synth-pop duo the Bird & the Bee's cover of Rihanna's floor-filler "Don't Stop the Music" epitomise the soundtrack at Cover to Cover, a new club night in London's Shoreditch. The idea behind the night, held in the Queen of Hoxton on Curtain Road, is piled on zeal for great cover versions. We're not talking Mike Flowers on "Wonderwall", more Ian Brown murmuring through "Thriller" or "Billy Jean", or the Bronx – a hardcore outfit from Brooklyn – bouncing along to Prince's "I Would Die for You".

Michael Clark Company, Playhouse, Edinburgh

Despite the loud music and light nudity, Clark's company fails to launch

Come, Been and Gone, Playhouse, Edinburgh

A rebel's dance to the 70s sound

The Black Album, National Theatre, London

It lives on the page but it dies on the stage. That, alas, is the story of Hanif Kureishi's second brilliant novel, The Black Album, which in 1995 picked up on the Salman Rushdie fatwah and the rising cultural phenomenon of British Muslim fundamentalism while cracking open the whole issue of what should form the basis of a liberal, multicultural education programme.

First Night: The Black Album, National Theatre, London

Kureishi's brilliant novel is better left unsaid
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