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Theatre: No sex please, this is a brothel

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Portfolio: Naked ambition

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Comedy; Lizard of Oz

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Sir Les Patterson Royal Festival Hall London

Festival: meltdown

This year's leftbank festie on the South Bank is kicked off by its curator Nick Cave (right), playing what is a rare show these days with the Bad Seeds. From there Meltdown 99 is a collection of every weird emotion you'd associate with Mr Cave. Highlights include two shows by longtime collaborator Blixa Bargeld (22 June & 1 July); the Estonian composer Arvo Part on 26 June, backed with a set by Dirty Three; and all-round genius songwriter Lee Hazelwood does a live show in London for the first time in some 20 years. Cave almost hits the mainstream with Sir Les Patterson's Australia Night (24 June), featuring Kylie Minogue, while Nina Simone offers some class on 1 July. It all rounds off on 2 July with Hal Willner's Harry Smith Project, a tribute to the man who did much to anthologise folk music. Cave leads the proceedings with Jarvis Cocker among the others involved. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) from 17 Jun

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Pop: Live; Lesson one: the love song

NICK CAVE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL LONDON

People and Business: Deep trouble

ONE OF THE songwriting trio that brought you hits by Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley in the 1980s is suing London Underground for up to pounds 20m for alleged property damage.

Who's Suing Whom: Bitter symphony as The Verve is sued by Oldham

ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM, the mythic 1960s pop svengali who discovered and produced the Rolling Stones, is suing The Verve's record company for at least three quarters of a million pounds. Mr Oldham claims that the contemporary band's biggest hit "Bitter Sweet Symphony" uses a theme composed by Mr Oldham in 1963.

Who shall I be today?

Dumped by her trendy record label, Kylie Minogue is out to re- invent herself again. Actress? Model? Either way, she'll never escape Charlene.

Pop: Sleevenotes

THE ENTIRE music industry decamped to the In The City music festival in Manchester this week. With venues like The Castle being without a stage and a viewing point right next to the band, A&R men, record label bosses and talent scouts have quite literally found themselves in the backroom. The general idea of going to In The City is to visit as many venues as possible (and with six on one street, you're looking at a messy picture), do the walk, talk the talk and, as a result, get an idea of the next big thing. There are over 50 unsigned bands to digest. If the crush to see the Twisted Nerve Records showcase with Badly Drawn Boy is anything to go by, the real buzz, however, is around established acts. Otherwise, the unsigned bands are looking to emulate previous In The City success stories, such as Welsh trio Stereophonics, Kula Shaker, Catatonia, Oasis and Idlewild.

Why Are They Famous ? Jamie Theakston

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Rock: Especially for us - yet another new Kylie

WHEN Kylie Minogue announced her first run of concerts since the unforgettable Let's Get to It tour of 1991, the burning question was: which Kylie would be performing? She's never quite pulled off a Bowie- esque reinvention, but she has allowed every passing male to give her a makeover. First, under Stock, Aitken and Waterman's influence, she was CuteKylie, the wholesome Neighbours mechanic turned megastar. Then there was SexKylie (Michael Hutchence got her to wear Madonna's cast-offs), then DanceKylie (with The Grid) and ArtyKylie (Nick Cave) and IndieKylie (Manic Street Preachers). And each new identity was an attempt, finally, to be TakenSeriouslyKylie.
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