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Opening the doors on Art The largest Artists Studio Group In East Anglia opens its doors to the public on December 4. The Warehouse Artists Studios at Devonshire Street, Norwich, ' offers a home to thirty contemporary artists. These include painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers and a ceramicist. They only arrange two Open Days a year, which give people a new insight into the process of making a piece of work, as well as having the artist there to talk to in person . it is also possible to find new work up for sale which has never been exhibited. This will also be the first time that the public will be able to see the fully completed complex. The artists who run the Studios have

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Computerized Cannon DThe Cannon c inema in Prince of Wales Road is about to undergo a comp lete moderni sati o n writes Keith Whitmo~e. Cinema Manager, Brian Waters, told The Event t he old -style ticket ki o s k w ill be replaced with a c o mputerised system which will allow cinema-goers to book their v iewing in advance. The foyer w ill also be updated to give the cinema a whole new look. The work is likely to be completed within the next few weeks. DMeanwhile, the cinema ~as reported a "steady mcrease" in student trade as a result of their new Monday discount offer according to the venu~'s Assistant Manageress Fiona Lilley. ' The scheme allows student admission for £2.30 instead of £3.60. But although Miss Lilley says a chief aim of the management is to remain competitive with the student 'hang-out' Cinema City, she categorically states there will be " no policy change" with regard to films. The Cannon maintain they are a mainstream cinema but may consider runnin~ " one day specials" geared to a student audience in order to cater for the renewed interest. Not all Cannon cinemas have not adopted the scheme - it is dependent u pon the d iscretio n of t he parti c ular ma nagement . As t his generou s discou nt was inst igated as a result of demand, perhaps students could suggest it be extended to every ot her day of t he week ... Aaron Spicer

Top funny-man, Eddie lzzard spoke out thi s week about his penc h ~nt for dressing up In women's clothing. Speakmg exclusl~ely to The Event's Jo Stubblngton, Eddie ~efen~e~ his habit of wearing mini-skirts and tights on stage " e said •t wasn't merely a gimmick- he is a transvestite . In truth, the only '!'ay. I can positlvise it is by being a roie model and by ~ettmg mformation out to people..." he added • Read the full mtervlew with Eddie on page 19. . DRadio One DJ John Peel has spoken about The Waterfront for the first time since it was announced that UEA's Student Union would be taking over the runnning of the venue. The cult figure, who originally campaigned for the setting up of The Waterfront back in the late 1980's said he was pleased it was opening again , and added that he would definitely go to

gigs there . But he said that he had been given too much credit for campaigning for the venue: "it's not as though I went there and took my coat off, and got doW' did a bit of plastering or c. .lg like that..." •He will be reopening the venue on December 1 - and speaks further about his feelings fo r it on page 15.

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gChlldren In Need comes to Norwich this week •.• ao the BBC have chosen UEA as the site of Its 'regional opt-out' for East Anglia. This means that on Friday November 26, there will be fun a frolics In The Square at UEA, as hundreds of people attempt to raise cash for needy children. So If you want to be famous for five minutes, get up to UEA to join In. And who knows, If you're lucky you might even meet Llonel Blalrl

Jazzing up the NAC This year's Norwich Jazz Festival has been heralded as the most happening one of the twelve to date, writes Jon Batty. Concerts by figures like Roy Ayers, Trilok Gurtu, and flautist Rowland Sutherland have helped provide an interesting and innovative line-up. Said the NAC's Director, Pam Reekie: "We've tried to angle the festival this year to a younger audience, hence very little stereotypically 'trad' jazz. She added: "The Roy Ayers gig was fantastic. Very commercial but great fun . Everybody really enjoyed it; it seemed a great opening concert. Trilok Gurtu was very professional, quite different, but again went down very well with the audience. I think this year's been a great success because it has appealed to a much younger audience .... And there's Vibe Tribe on Saturday where again it could be argued whether its jazz or not but that's at the end of dance music and is another young band appealing to a young audience." The festival continues this week.

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• Grant Lee Buflalo •UEA, Saturday Nov 13

The Damned Prepare yourselves for what promises to be the most frenetic night of the year at UEA on Wednesday December 1; The Damned are coming! At the tail end of 1976, Stiff Records released both the f1rst Punk single and album; "New Rose" and "Damned, Damned, Damned" did not feature lightly 1n the charts but to this day they encapsulate the frantic energy and manic power that throbbed through the veins of the early punk movement. In those days, the "Bash Street Kids of Punk" masked their lack of musical expertise with speed -induced enthusiasm; treated with disdain by the "Punk Elite" for their lack of socio-political credibility, their antics on-and-off stage were nevertheless an exuberant manifestation of an Anarchy devoid of its vegative connotations. With The Stranglers appearing at UEA the week after The Damned and speculation in the press that The Clash are to reform, are we witnessing a Punk Revival? Personally, I hope not, it would go totally agamst the whole ethos of the movement. However, for those of you who d1dn't witness the explosion of vitality and intensity in the late sevent1es and wonder what all the fuss was about; and those of you who just want an over-the-topmanic-night out, this gig is a must. Just watch out where you pogo as you might tread on a certain old ex-punk happily wallowing in nostalgia. The Damned have gone through several personnel changes over the years, just two of the original l1ne up surviving; Rat Scabies( drums) and Dave Vanian (voc); They are joined by Kris Dollimore (ex Godfathers and lead guitar), Moose (NMA and bass) and Alan Lee Shore (rhythm guitar). •The band visit UEA as part of a 15 gig tour and are currently looking for a new record deal so expect some new "stuff' amongst the "classics". They are supported by Freaks of Desire who sound like a cross between Nirvana and Duran Du ran. Bob Scott

Norwich Jazz Festival REVIEW - so far... •Norwich Arts Centre Concerts this week at the twelfth Norwich Jazz Festival have either seen the audience dancing, demanding encores, or simply walking out. For the programme of events this year seems certainly to have been varied if not daring. Things kicked off with Roy Ayers last Tuesday, who provided an evening of good, fun, mainstream jazz synthesis which kind of made feet tw itch and despite the Arts Centre's rather curious decision to make these very danceable gigs seated, people were seen to break free from the shackles of their chairs and move a bit with Ayer's funky stuff . Trilok Gurtu entertained a fu ll house on Wednesday with European contemporary jazz musicians Chris Minh Doky (bass) and Daniel Goyone (keyboards) . The gig was no doubt a good one ; however the concert was not the cultural experience that many perhaps thought it would be. Gurtu's biggest selling point is without a doubt his Indian musical background from which come his skills on labia and dhol and which -when given airplay -consti tuted the stronger and more interesting parts of the performance . Generally any dominating Indian sound was lost from the evening with Gurtu playing the more Western parts of his percussion set up the majority

of the time. With rock drums not labia, the performance was still interesting with a set of experimental compositions during which Gurtu did admittedly occasionally use Indian drums and a whole array of clever little gadgets imitating everything from birds to wind and waves. Things at times were perhaps for me personally a bit too clever for their own good, with the regular rejection of melody in favour of virtuoso finger work and complex jazz riffs. Also perhaps detrimental to the set was the introduction of rather irritating sounds from a synthesizer into the scene which Goyone alternated with his 'trad' piano . it seemed a bit unnecessary to me, and as he ran through some of the more annoying corny steps on his gimmick machine things kind of grated a bit. However, the gig was still pretty sensational with a roaring McLaughlin number in the second half and some brilliant double and electric bass from Doky, plus an open space towards th e end of the gig for Gurtu to do some stuff on his Indian drums and remind us all of the strong cu ltural dimension to their set up which I imagine had brought most people there . Derek Bailey on Thursday was one of those 'acts' to whi ch th e rather useless term "interesting" seems definitely applicable. By the end of the night, Locofoco - the second performance and of a similar nature to Bailey's stuff, were playing to less than half of the anginal

As every journalist has mentioned in any review or preview of this band, they are Michael Stipe's favourite, and try as I may l just can't break the mould. So, with a nod in the direction of American lndie rock's greatest, let's see if this rainy November night brings us the potfull of glorious guitar tunes that we are expecting .... Glaswegian four piece Thrum, tonight's adequate support band have some thriving young songs and a gritty but soaring vocal line, but not quite enough to write home about. Grant Lee Buffalo, on the other hand, definitley kick In, with pounding drums and some amazing sounds pulled out of a twelve string acoustic guitar. From a beefy grunge sound to a soft melodic strum, the sometimes almost folky yet sometimes Nirvana-esque guitar sounds certainly impress. This indeed is the key to their appeal. the guitar grabs your emotions and doesn't let them go until the end of the show, and its obvious that this three piece are putting everything they've got into their gig. The perfect American Rock band, based In LA., Grant Lee Philtips, Paul Kimble and Joey Peters combine beautiful cinematic songwritlng with modem day rock similar to that of say Dinosaur Jnr or their older brother Tom. The four hundred strong crowd definitley enjoy the crashing waves and ebbing tides of their songs, taken from the debut album 'Fuzzy' ,and I'm sure alot of people will soon be sorry they missed this one. Poor Paul Kimble has a job keeping his feet on the stage, so strong seems his desire to jump the fifty feet or so up to the L.C.R. ceiling, whilst the slightly more anchored Grant Lee sings of the hardship and confusion currently gripping modem America. 'Jupiter and Teardrop'. the third song of the set, (featured on the Melody Maker' Five Alive' Glastonbury free cassette) is certainly the favourite of the night and deservedly so. The rest of the set, although not quite so memorable, also consists of strong and varied songs - at times like lone cowboy at his campfire, then suddenly bursting our eardrums with a mammoth wall of sound that seems impossible from only three musicians. So with a good nights entertainment and two encores under their belts Grant Lee Buffalo take their leave with the crowd well pleased with proceedings, and I slip out into the rain, having seen not the most world-changing or outstandingly different band, but a sterling bunch of musicians nevertheless.

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Bovracer + Hula Hoop + Magoo PREVIEW This Monday, the Wilde Club displays another Sarah Label band, Boyracer. Unlike Labelmart's Heavenly, they won't be at UEA but instead choose to continue at the more comfortable Arts Centre. This 60's influenced guitar pop hits harder than most Sarah Bands, which probably explains why five other labels are chasing them. After a few singles, Boyracer have reached the stage of experience and confidence, hence are seeking for that big push to gain fans. Melody Maker recently said of the band: "The Boyracer experience is possibly the most fun I've had without wearing a condom." Support comes from Hoola Hoop, an American Band who are there to record their second Peel session. The two bands are also touring to support a split LP due out this month. Local support comes from Magoo, whose demo tape was reviewed in the last issue of The Event. Also on the bill is the very excellent Pitkins. "''"latever you do, don't miss out ,his hot Norwich combo; the Wilde Club Band of the 90's. ITickets are £3 in advance from the usual outlets, or £3.50 on the door. Paullngleby

DThe Saw Doctors brought their own blend foot-stompin' Irish folk-rock to UEA's LCR last Saturday (November 20) - and '"yed to a capacity crowd. !ping the Irish charts with tne1r revamped version of 'Blase X' secured them a firm place in musical folklore - and the hit song wP.nt down a storm with thet 1ce. The :_._ •., Doctors played tracks both old and new, many taken from last year's triumphant album, 'All The Way From Tuam.' A great night out, once again.

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Teenage Fanclub + Julla a Hallleld Three + The Posies REVIEW •UEA 's LCR, Friday Nov 19 A crowd more appropriate to a School Assembly ventured out into a bitter night to find three exponents of American Style noise pop to whom it could warm its Marshmallows around. In doing so it encountered a Pot Pourri of blandness and brilliance. The Posies shuffle on amiably at the early evening slot and Instantaneously wake up the slothful Norwich punters with the r zestful "Grunge lite". In spite of acting like Zebedee on a Keith Richard's trip they endear rather than irritate even with the added baggage of a couple of questionable drum solos. No such drum solos for The Juliana Hatfield Three. Nor is there any interest from the crowd. The Alternative brigade decides to suck on its collective fringe while Juliana warbled her way through what is best described as a lacklustre set. They deserve harsher condemnation but fortunately the rendition of the singles "My Sister" and "For the Birds" saves them from complete tuneless banality. Nonetheless the rest of their slot 1s comprised of etther Sub Garage or Jingle-Jangle dirges which leave a bitter hollow emptiness and an impression that Juliana should stay Evan DandO's backing smger forever. People deserve better than this. And they get it. Teenage Fanclub are simply exceptional. Gone are the days of alcohol induced incompetence and despite Gerry Love's suspiciously glazed look they are exemplary. 'What You Do To Me" is wl1eeled out early yet still it radiates like the Supernova pop song it always has been. The material from "Thirteen" eases itself Into the fissure marked 'brlll1ance', next to "Bandwagonesque"wlth

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Top: 71 nsge Fanclub's Gerry Love Above: Jullana Hatfleld supns1ng ease in the live context. "Hang On" and "Escher" lose the anaem1c over production feel that tends at periods to interfere on the album. Tonight they blossom into anthems worthy to rank alongside "The Concepr and "Star Sign·. Events veer and dip towards cabaret at times with the encore activated by a surreal game of

Trtvial Pursuit between Norman and Brendan. Nevertheless Teenage Fanclub safeguard themselves from derision by being on the right side of wackiness. They climax with "Everythmg Flows• and then are gone leaving noth1ng by sweaty bodies and amassed grins in their wake.

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Jazz Festival continued from page 4 audience and most of this was down to Bailey's handiwork. For a man who looks exactly like he's billed: as "one of the world's most eloquent guitarists", and with his very conventional appearance and expensive jazz guitar, to get on stage in front of a paying Norwich audience waiting to be swooned with his eloquence, and then play a thirty-five minute set of the most excruciatingly discordant mess which seemed in places deliberately talentless -seemed to perhaps involve an element of humour. However, as I chuckled my way through his performance, the man in front was to soon set me right and explain that Bailey's noise had as much claim to be coined 'music' as anything else. At the same time it also perhaps seems that for me to titter in anticipation of the possibility of the real 'eloquent' Derek Bailey appearing at any moment and dragging someone's dad off stage was as valid a reaction to Bailey as his, which was a serious appreciation of 'art'. Bailey's worth was in his rathe r rehashed questioning of what music is but I'm not sure of whether it was ethical or not for this to be at the expense of a paying audience who were perhaps expecting something a little different. The Serend ip ity Orchestra drew in what was the third full house of the festival so far on Friday. The "local band of people", as they referred to themselves were certainly that with an enormous thirteen piece line-up. Their stuff was definitely good fun , and as the audience were to re identify the limitations chairs had on the more physical types of musical appreciation, it was obvious that they'd definitely achieved the ability to move people onto the dance floor. Unfortunately, as is perhaps somewhat inevitable , their massive thirteen piece band seemed perhaps to overcrowd compositions and create a very big and polished sound in which it was very difficult to appreciate the subtler textures of the music. The pieces with fe wer instruments were definitely more successfu l with a sound which didn't seem so impersonal. Their jazz was exactly the type of product that might be expected from a band of such diverse musical backgrounds: a ki nd of world jazz incorpo. ating elements of African, Cuban, Latin , Flamenco , Irish and Eastern music and which seemed to have dance as one of the main credentials it looked towards. The Norwich Jazz Festival continues on Th ursday at the Arts Centre with Mistura and Rowland Sutherland who will lead the seven piece band through Brazilian , Afro-Cuban and Afro funk jazz rhythms ; Joe Houston and A lbert's Blues and Boogie Band on Friday who add a touch of blues to the programme; and finally Trevor Watts and the Moire Drum Orchestra on Saturday who create thunderous sounds with solo sax and five African drummers. Three scorching dates to end this year's Jazz Festival.

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James Taylor Quartet REVIEW •UEA 's LCR, Tuesday 16 November JTQ were formidable - definitely worth waiting for. With unbridled energy they attacked their set, providing a string of very physically demanding tunes. The mixture of old and new suited everyone -the fast jazzfunk sound being appreciated by the old guard , and the current vocal tracks being enjoyed by those who have found a new favourite in the latest album, "Supernatural Feeling". The Quartet and their horns kicked off with some of their traditional tracks - moving tighter and faster than ever before, and yet, always looking as though they could do this hanging from the ceiling. Mike Pattenden's phrase "tighter than lycra, but looser than a sloppy Jaiz woodbine," sprang to my mind . The inclusion of vocalists, Silver and Deborah, on this tour, has proved to be worthwhile, their fantastic voices adding yet another aspect to the sound . Their frenzied movement at centre stage stood in comic contrast to the cool indifference of the band members around them. The ease and confidence of JTQ's delivery suits their purpose very well however, and seeing the band afterwards it was clear that their stage presence was no show. James Taylor is the living re -

semblance of his music, laid back yet constantly aware , in an almost frenetic way. His appearance and bearing make it clear that he has made little effort to prepare, yet this simply adds to his impressiveness on stage. He has neglected the rock star image and as a result his music seems sincere. (The only gimmick of the entire evening was handing out free vodka, which proved, naturally enough, to be a popular idea.) By comparison , the support band "Kiss of Life" was met with a mixed response. Many enjoyed the band's lively grooves, spurred on by some spirited percussion , but for others the show was unoriginal. To the more cynical of critics it might even have appeared that they were chosen as proof of the fact that JTQ were among the first and are still one of the best on the jazz-funk scene . But for my part, I enjoyed the band , particularly their final track "Love Connection" which will be re leased over the next few weeks. What they lacked in originality they made up for in vitality. Unsurprisingly, however, the night belonged to JTQ, 3 encores proving to be testament to their success. Norwich expected - JTQ provided.

James Melville-Ross

The Kinks REVIEW • UEA 's LCR, Wednedsday, November 17 The crowd at Wednesday's Kinks gig was a varied on indeed ; greying Baby-boomers rubbed shoulders with lively teens. it said much about the band's wide-spread appeal. Support was offered by Strangeways who played competent, if not impassioned , hard rock ; the kink that has fallen out of fashion these days. After an extended interlude where the roadies did their thing , Kinks leader Ray Davies triumphantly appeared , guitar in hand , dressed as a busker. He proceeded to bang out some old chestnuts, after which the band entered and leaped into a rousing "Till the End of the Day." What followed was a mix of old sing-along classics and tunes from their more recent albums. In between songs, Davies doted on the audience whilst fans yelled out what particular songs they wanted to hear. The show reached a loopy climax, but the band made up for it during the encores, unleashing old hits like "Lola" and "You Really Got Me." Michael Jolly

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Liverpool based group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will be playing their way out of the shadows to visit UEA early next month . Fronted by singer Andy McCiuskey,the group, who first hit the top of the charts in the eighties will be bringing their distinctive style to the venue playing hits like ' Enola Gay' and the more recent 'Sailing on the Seven Seas.' Having spent some considerable time in the recording studio t he group w ou ld refute accusations that they have lost their appeal. And with lots of new material under their belts Norwich had better get ready, OMD are back and they mean business! You can see for yourself on December 3rd. •Tickets are £10 in advance from the usual outlets.

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The Concierge REVIEW 'The Concierge' is yet another film in the long line of New York based romantic comedies. lt follows in the footsteps of such classics as 'Breakfast at nffany's', 'The Apartment', 'When Harry Met Sally', but unfortunately it never comes even remotely close to any of these. Michael J Fox stars in the title role as a man dedicated to his career and dedicated to his life long dream to build his own hotel. He has scrimped and saved every cent to fulfil this ambition and now, just as he is on the verge of seeing his fantasy come true, he is forced to decide whether it is love or money which really makes him happy. Gabrielle Anwar plays Andy, the object of Michael J's affections, but difficulties set in when Fox discovers that his potential investor in the hotel is seeing Andy- the problem being that the investor, played by Anthony Higgins is married. At this, Michael finds himself working beyond the call of duty - not only trying to keep Andy away from his wife, but also to tell Andy an elaborate lie about how he is going to leave his wife to settle down with her. Of course divided loyalties come into play as Michael J tries to keep the investor happy, by carrying out all these favours for fear of losing his financial support, while at the same time trying to remain honest to Andy. The film was called 'For Love or Money' in America, and it does not take a genius to guess which one Fox chooses. And this predictability proves to be one of the main problems with the film.

(PG)* * While we rarely see films revolving around the life of a concierge (and after this I hope we don't see many more), this still reeks of deja vu. You can guess the outcome before the film has even started. Okay, so it's predictable, but then that's true of many fine films, the thing is, the rest of the film is so uninteresting that we hardly give a damn whether these characters get together anyway. Michael J. is h1s usual harmless self proving reasonably convincing as the head 'hotel dogsbody'. We see him doing unbelievable favours for his guests - ranging from sconng tickets for the latest Broadway show to arranging a private helicopter to take you to your next appointment. This is gently amusing to begin with, but after a while it gets really quite tedious. Then when some semblance of a plot finally does come in, it proves overly reliant on the essential charm of the piece and on the chemistry between the two leads. The problem is that this charm seems forced, wh1le the paving of Fox and Anwar hardly ignites many sparks of passion. However, directed by Barry Sommerfeld, the film does have an inventive visual style, per-

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signer lsaac Mizrahi as Julian Russell and from the always likeable Michael (L.A.Law) Tucker as Mr Wegman. But as for the presences of Bob Balaban ('Catch 22', 'M1dn1ght Cowboy') and Udo K1er (best known for playing Hans in 'My Own Private Idaho'), they are basically wasted in throwaway material like this. If you like your films bland and brainless then 'The Concierge' is for you , otherwise save your £3.20 for something a little more worthwh1le .

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urement Set in a Maine coastal town in the year 1968, it is essentially a "rites of passage" movie. Gibson plays Jamie Mcleod, an ex-teacher who has been left both physically and mentally scarred by a road accident. Scorned because these scars, he lives the life of a recluse, until an unhappy adolescent boy comes to him looking for

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The boy, Chuck, (played by Nick Stahl) is desperate for extra coaching to help him get into the same military college that his dead father once attended. In visiting Jamie for tuition, Chuck is also escaping from his four-times married mother, who favours her two daughters above her sensitive son. Guided by Jamie, Chuck begins to shine through, but trouble lies ahead in the gossip of the villagers. They see the relationship between teacher and pupil as being something unnatural and sinister....

it is an emotional film, but the skilful way in which these emotions are handled, combined with elements of humour, means that it does not become too "syrupy". This may be due in part to Gibson himself, who makes his directing debut with this film. Disliking waste in films, he managed to keep the film to its $12 million budget by shooting it in only 48 days and taking only a minimal directing fee. You can see the fruit of all his labours at the Odeon, starting on November 26.

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'I will always love yooo ... ' Three films dominate the screen at Cinema City during the coming fortnight. The first of these is the comedy The Wedding Banquet (15) . lt tells the story of a young Taiwanese-American who is happily living in Manhattan with his boyfriend . The trouble is though , that his parents don 't know that their son is gay, and are wondering why he has not yet found a wife. To get round this , he , on his boyfriend's suggestion , arranges a marriage of convenience. Things get out of hand, however, when his parents decide to fly over for the ceremony. The film runs until November 27, at 5.45pm .

Running alongside The Wedding Banquet, and then out on its own for a week , is Jane Campion 's The Piano (15) . Starring Holly Hunter, Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel, it follows the trials and tribu lations of Ada, a mute Scottish woman who comes to New Zealand for an arranged marriage . She bri ng s with her daughter Flora, and a grand piano , which on the insistence of her new husband , is left stranded on the beach. Their neighbour, Baines, agrees to rescue it for Ada , but at a price - to have her beloved piano back, Ada must give Ba ines various sexual favours in re turn . She is repulsed by this at first , but soon a passionate

relationship develops. Then Ada's husband comes across the lovers .... The Piano is showing until December5. Hot on its heels comes the latest controversial offering from director Peter Greenaway, The Baby of Macon (18). lt focuses on the exploitation of a chi ld by the inhabitants of a small Italian town in the seventeenth century. When a repulsively ugly woman gives birth to a healthy child, the superstitious people pronounce it a miracle, and the baby soon becomes the focus of hysterical adoration . Starting on December 6, it runs until the 11th. There are several other films interspersed between these three . For children, there are two films- Sesame Street's Follow That Bird (U) , featuring all the favourite characters , and the classic Wizard of Oz (U) starring Judy Garland. Follow That Bird shows on November 27 at 2.30pm , and the Wizard of Oz on December 4 at the same time . The Friday late-night showings are the Who's rock opera Tommy (15) on November 26 , and the Bodyguard (15) with Kevin Costner and Wh itn ey Houston (see picture). As well as showing at 11 pm on December 3 , it will also be playing on December 5 at 5pm.

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'The Future Isn't Big Enough For The Both Of Them', but the box office certainly is. The latest action flick to take U.S. screens by storm is futuristic brawnfest 'Demolition Man' . With an estimated $14.3 million take, the Sly Stallone/Wesley Snipes movie could be the biggest October opening ever, beating '92's 'Under Siege'. The time is 2032 "San Angeles", a totally laid-back utopian city where sex is against the law, and the worst crimes are swearing and eating red meat. All is peaceful. ... until evildoer Simon Phoenix (Snipes) appears on the scene. Cryogenically frozen in 1996 Los Angeles, Phoenix escapes his 'cryo-sentence' and generally wreaks havoc, until tough cop John Spartan (guess who?) is also defrosted to right wrongs, kill the baddie, get the girl and basically save the planet. Of course, there's the usual blood and guts, but the violence isn't as graphic or intense as you might expect, due to the movie's saving grace: its comic-book tone. There are some good lines, funny jabs at contemporary mores, and occasionally fascinating insights into life in the future. For example, there's the Schwarzenegger presidential library - scarily enough, this is not as unrealistic as it might

seem. Above all, 'Demolition Man' marks something of a turning point for Sylvester Stallone, who is achieving something of a post-'Rocky'fRambo' comeback. His current success, combined with the summer hit 'Cliffhanger', a tasteful nude cover on November's 'Vanity

Fair', and future sure-fire hit 'Judge Dredd' (replacing a post'Last Action Hero' Amie to play the eponymous comic-book character), prove that the Italian Stallion is back, flexing his pecs as the revived movie muscleman. Under the direction of Marco Brambilla, whose previous chief credit is a Diet Pepsi commercial, 'Demolition Man' is predicatable high-energy, lowbrain fair, blending expensive action with cheap laughs, and beefed up by Sly and Snipes it's therefore sure to repeat it's success in Britain. Following the untimely death of young actor River Phoenix, stateside critics are dubbing him the new James Dean. Phoenix, 23, who collapsed outside an L.A. nightspot and later died, has been described as personifying the conflicts, emotions, experiences and attitudes of the much-written about 'Generation X", in the same way that Dean epitomised the youth of the fifties. His life on screen, in such films as 'Stand By Me', 'Running On Empty', 'Mosquito Coast', and 'My Own Private Idaho', has . also been labelled a symbol or metaphor for the times in which he lived. Phoenix, who was in the middle of filming 'Dark Blood' with Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce, generally played characters who struggled against the hopelessness of their situations. The young actor was also set to star in Neil Jordan's controversial 'Interview With The Vampire', which starts filming later this month. Whether or not River Phoenix will go down as the next James Dean, there is one thing of which critics are unanimously

convinced by: that, in a time when American popular cinema has succumbed to mindlessness, he was one of the few young actors who gave audiences portrayals that were complex, rich and hu-

man. •Jonathan Hart - a self-made millionaire ... he's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H - she's gorgeous. She's one lady who knows how to take care of herself!" Yes, the happy duo are back! The so-called 'long- awaited' reunion of Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as millionaire couple Jonathan and Jennifer Hart comes to U.S. TV screens this we~...... The originally-titled 'Hart : Hart Returns' picks up where the popular 1979-1984 series left off, and even Max, the Hart's butler is back. If you will remember, the dashing couple, who were sooo in love, got themselves mixed up in a new murder each week, which left intrepid formerjournalist Jennifer in an exciting damsel-in-distress situation each week. The manly Jonathan saved her each week, of course, unaided by police or weapons. And then, at the end of each show the couple would end up in bed together. Such a simple story, but it had audiences glued to their sets for five years! In the opening two-hour mystery, Jonathan looks into buying the aviation company of an old friend, and Jennifer works on a story about a mysterious doctor..... gripping stuff. lt makes you realise just how bad American television really is. That's it for this fortnight... catch you soonl


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enough already," he explains. 'What's going on now is that movies are starting to have more rounded characters, and I wouldn't be surprised if you saw more stories based on what we used to call bad guys. "People are starting to see the villains for what they really have always been - and John Woo believes this too - that when we say good guys we're really talking about a guy who's good more of the time than the bad guy." Not that Henrikson set out to be a screen heavy from the start, his first film role was as an FBI agent who shoots and kills John Cazale's character at the end of Dog Day Afternoon, a role that he never realised was remotely nasty until he saw peoples' reactions to it. "I didn't realise he was a bad guy until it came out and people were looking at me with anger and hatred while I was sitting in restaurants," Henrikson smiles. "But I don't get that any more. They either think of Bishop from Aliens or else they're afraid of

me. "Ifs a good mix because Bishop is so sweet and innocent that they forgive me for the bad guys because of him, ifs really interesting. The world never forgets but everything becomes slightly coloured by the roles you play in your career." In spite of his calm demeanour and easy going manner Henrikson is obviously motivated by a great intensity and dedication to his art, otherwise he

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dead because it's a flame made from burning rubber cement, which is very hot. "I had to time all my dialogue there was a lot to do in that scene, believe me - and there was one moment where I had to grab some guy by the lapels who weighed over 200 pounds, and I just took him and threw him across the room, my adrenaline was so high." Putting himself out for his role above and beyond the call of

duty it's small wonder that Lance Henrikson's performances always seem to stand out, no matter what the quality of the film or the reputation of the company he finds himself in. And thankfully he hasn't lost his sense of perspective either, in spite of the dangers he puts himself through ; • I thought that perhaps I'd made the wrong decision the minute they lit me," he smiles as much with relief as humour.

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me. "But I knew that if I'd had a stuntman do the scene the audience would have intuitively known it. You just do, we're all very hip to that sort of thing today. "If I did it myself though I thought the audience would experience the scene much more intensely and would stay with it right to the end."

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John Woo's visual pyrotechnics established him as one of the foremost action directors working in cinema today. His meteoric rise in the Far East, especially Hong Kong, with films such as "Hard Boiled", has granted him a chance to demonstrate his talents to Hollywood. "Hard Targer features an all western cast but maintains the form shown by Woo in his earlier features. In "Hard Targer, Jean Claude Van Damme, displaying the full range of his acting abilities, from left hooks to roundhouse kicks and back again, takes the part of Chance Boudreaux. Boudreaux is a homeless drifter and an ex US army Ranger and comes to the aid of Natasha Binder (played by Yancy Butler), a young lawyer from Detroit, who is searching for her missing father; Butler, unsurprisingly, also provides the love interest. The plot, as befits a Van Damme film, is remarkable simple and allows the muscle bound star the maximum opportunity to give full vein to his marital-artistry. The film is set initially in New

Orleans, where the police have gone on strike, presumably due to overwork. Doubtless this has something to do with the rich crop of inexplicable murders provided by Emil Fouchon (Lance Henrikson) and Pik van Cleaf (Amold Vosloo). This wholesome duo, both former mercenaries, have decided to move their business premises from Serbia to the deep south of America - unfortunately for the local homeless population, their business is homicide, with a twist. Taking advantage of the distinct lack of nozzers on the beat, Henrikson and Vosloo have set up a human safari on the streets of New Orleans. Their game is simple and is played by men who pay half a million dollars for the privilege, and homeless drifters, who must be ex-servicemen to qualify. The quarry are recruited via a sleazy distributor of soft pom telephone numbers, and convinced to play by the offer of 10,000 dollars if they win. The opening credits roll across

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tail, the two hunters turn their attention to Van Damme himself, thus precipitating the climactic chase through the Louisiana bayons and the film's legend, "Don't hunt what you can't kill. • Woo is fascinated by the anatomy of violence and so utilises slow motion and quick cuts to great effect. Of its genre, "Hard Targer is exceptional, however as usual with this sort of film , it will generally disappoint everybody and nobody.

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Posse PREVIEW Jessie Lee - a man who knows how to handle a gun - is unjustly branded an outlaw and deserter ; after teaming up with a smooth riverboat gambler, he and his gang head back to his hometown where his childhood sweetheart and her father, and his old friend the sheriff, are beset by villainous outsiders intent on taking over. Sound familiar? Yup! lt's the basic scenario for many of the best (and worse) Westerns to have been made : but "Posse" - while apparently conforming to the conventions of the genre - does adopt a unique perspective in its presentation of the Wild West : its hero is black. So was "Blazing Saddles" I hear you say, and you'd be right - however in "Posse" the vast majority of the characters are black. Jessie Lee and his gang are ex-Buffalo Soldiers (the ones Bob Marley sang about) and his hometown of Freemanville is a fictional model based upon the real black townships that were established in the old west in the last century. The film is based on historical fact and attempts to portray the reality of the multiracial west. In the words of director Mario van Peebles : "The American cinema created more Westerns than any other genre , but minorities- not just blacks-

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Disney plugged "Aladdin" as the best feature length animation they had ever produced, and audiences in the US agreed. "Aiaddin" was the number one movie for over ten weeks and raked in well over $100 million at the box office, making it the highest grossing animated movie in history. The film is based on the well known story of the boy who finds a magic lamp which , when rubbed the right way, spews out a genie that grants him three wishes. Aladdin wants to marry the princess but being a dirty, applestealing street urchin, he is not quite prince material. Things get more complicated as the evil Vizier schemes to get the throne and the princess. Aladdin, after flying through walls, plunging towards a sea of Lava, and other such inconveniences, finally gets the lamp. He uses the genie to help him woo the princess, but just as everything is getting lovey-dovey, the Vizier steals the lamp. Can Aladdin out-smart the Vizier? Or will the evil magician gain world domination? A strength of the movie is the voice of Robin Williams as the genie. Disney has exploited the manic humour and impersonation skills of Williams, who makes many morphic transformations, changing from a market merchant to a can-can dancer, from a street urchin to parade commentator, and all under the span of five seconds. In terms of sight and sound, "Aiaddin" is the most visually stunning of all the Disney films, and has a great Oscar winning sound-track from Alan Mencken ("Beauty and the Beasr) and British composer Tim Rice, including the hit song, "Whole New World". "I liked 'Aladdin' better than I thought I would," said my young friend said after watching the film. "lt wasn't as mushy as 'The Uttle Mermaid'." "Aiaddin", full of the trademark of Disney's mixture of thrills, romance, humour and music all provides fun and clean entertainment. An unmisssble movie. eAiaddin is showing at the Odeon cinema from December 3bookings are being taken now. Hwee Hwee Tan

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.kmMi/lersitsbackand views the remaining films on Norwich's silver screens At the Cannon: Demolition Man stars Sylvester Stallone - and revolves around Stallone and a baddie (Wesley Snipes) who are frozen at the beginning of the film before being thawed in 2032 where everything is peaceful and swearing gets you fined ... * * The Piano is a film after a different kind of audience. lt's an emotionally poignant film which far surpasses other voyages of self-discovery, and it's set in 19th century New Zealand. it stars Holly Hunter as the pianist heroine, with Sam "Jurassic Park" Neill as her sexually inhibited husband through an arranged marriage. A rather twee ending nearly spoils the zest that precedes it. * * * * Talking about "Jurassic Park": it's still showing.

**** The Fugitive sees Harrison Ford return as a man on the run for his life because he was falsely accused of murdering his wife.* * * *

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were consistently left out of Hollywood's sanitized version of history. Rather than respond by simply making an entire black Western, I felt there was the potential to make an historically accurate movie." Van Peebles who also takes the lead role is probably best known for the successful "New Jack City". He is joined by a cast that includes his father, Melvin, Billy Zane (Dead Calm) , Step hen Baldwin (brother to Alec and William), Singer Salli Richardson , Rappers Tone Lac and Big Daddy Loane , seventies star lsaac Hayes (Shaft) and Woody Strode who played the lead in John Ford's "Sergeant Rutledge" in 1960. The World's perception of Am erica's past has been constructed firstly through the Wild West shows of the likes of Buffalo Bill and subsequently by Hollywood. The power of the cinematic presentation has overshadowed historical authenticity in creating a 'mythological fact' . Challenging this cherished representation of the past is a courageous move on the part of the makers of "Posse" ; in attempting to debunk part of the myth, the film must employ and perpetuate some of the legends that evolved to become the 'American Dream'. If it is to succeed in getting its message across, "Posse" must first succeed as a Western, one of the oldest and most loved Hollywood genres. I wish them luck. Bob Scott

Guilty As Sin is another courtroom thriller. lt stars Rebecca DeMomay as a criminal lawyer, and Don Johnson as a man Cl.ocu~;eo of first degree murder who can manipulate practically everybody. * * * True Romance is an e~r ·­ lent film from Quentin · ·~. Tarantino. Its stars, Chn . an Slater and Patricia Arquette, are supported by a notable cast including Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer. * * * * * Finally, Sleepless In Seattle stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy that will leave you all warm inside. * * *.

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a low i~"'novat10n and expenmentat on w tt> '1ew DJs betng g1ve,., the opportunity to play at the same t.me enterta n1ng those wno want somet"ltnq s tq"lty dtf 1e•ent For !'lose peop e who JUSt wart to chll out and relax tn the coo atmosp"ere of the Waterfront, there s tre cafe;ba• (wh1ch for the f•rst s1x rron•hs '11 least, w1ll ope•ate JUSt aS a bar). "lo IT'USIC wtll be p 1ay£'d ,o people ca'1 lay back and relax with a quiet dnnk unt1l the club night ends at 1am

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The Waterlront finally opened for the first time In October 1990, to wide support. But even at this early stage, the council were forced to provide extra funds as the venue was already sunerlng financial troubles. lt took a lot of fund-raising and campaigning to get hold of a venue, which ' S eventually provided by Norwich ' - ·Y Council in the form of an old brewery building which stood on King Street, beside the river Wensum. Of course, it didn't get transformed overnight - it took a million pounds, much of which was taken from local sponsorship and donations, plus the hard work of local companies - to transform a near-derelict warehouse into a venue with a 700 capacity main auditorium on the ground floor, and a 200 capacity studio auditorium upstairs. As well as all this, there were bars, rehearsal rooms for bands, dressing rooms and offices. The design for the venue was done by Ben Kelly Design, :- _ whose previous work had included Manchester's most famous club, The Hacienda. The Waterfront finally opened for the , ,!irst time in October 1990, to wide ~ )port. Courtney Pine and Desmond ~kker were amongst the first to play there, followed soon after by bands such as Therapy, Shonen Knife and The Fall. Even at this early stage, however, the council were forced to provide extra funds for the Waterfront, as it was already suffering from a certain amount of financial troubles.

Help was at hand though, in the form of Radio One FM's first Sound City Week. Norwich was chosen as the location for the event, which took place in April 1992. The week long series of musical events, lectures and performances were sellouts, with 1FM broadcasting live gigs every night. Bands who appeared included The Shamen, The Quireboys, Carter USM and Norfolk's own Cathy Dennis. In October 1992, the Waterfront celebrated its second birthday with a party hosted by John Peel, and the setting-up of a month-long radio station, "Frontline FM", which broadcast a varied mix of alternative music. lt had been voted one of the ten best venues in Britain in the NME's Reader's Poll; it had been voted one of the twelve "most happening• venues by the industry magazine Music Week; yet storm clouds were gathering fast over the Waterfront. In late January 1993, it closed, with debts of around £360,000.

Two directors of the venue resigned soon after, but it was never assumed that the money had been misappropriated; rather that the reporting of the financial facts to the rest of the directors and the council had possibly been inaccurate. So what was to happen now? The council was not going to re-open it itself. Hope came in the shape of several interested parties, ranging from local publicans, commercial concerns such as Nottingham's Rock City venue, and the UEA's student union. After studying all the proposals, the council eventually decided to allow the student union to run the venue. The council would invest £70,000 in new equipment, including a new sound system, and the Union, with the backing of its members, will be forming a separate trading company to administer the Waterfront's trading. With everything in place, the Waterfront is albout to be reborn. So the story continues from here....

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he choice of a Megadog to re-launch The Waterfront on December 1 seems to have been an inspired decision, with an East Anglian exclusive marking the long-awaited opening of the popular city venue. The show, which offers an evening of ambient techno music and spectacular lighting, features Aphex Twin, Eat Static and Banco de Gala as the main acts. With Mike Dog as DJ on the Club Dog soundsystem, The Waterfront will be transformed by the Fruit Salad lightshow and Dog decor, into what promises to be a memorable evening. Club Dog eo-founder Bob Dog claims that Norwich will be seeing "the future of live music" at the event. "That's why we're bringing the Megadog to Norwich; the world of promotions is being set on its head by Club Dog • value for money and depth of entertainment is essential for today's scene•. he said. 'We're putting the audience first, not last, and are staging a full spectrum of entertainment. The management work to make our shows work • we take a pride in our events, and we're giving people the biggest visual spectacle and the best quality music. We're doing a thinking man's techno music, and the performers we choose can perform." He was also very glad to be bringing a Megadog to Norwich, seeing as many of Club Dog's previous events have been concentrated in the London area or at festivals. "Norwich has a fond place in our hearts; most of us have been to the Norwich Free Festivals in the past, and a good time was had by all. We've taken lots of time and care in building up Club Dog, and now have a good opportunity to bring the

Megadog: a canned history Over the last eight years, Club Dog events have evolved into one of the

techno, underthe guises of Polygon Window, Caustic Window, and finally Aphex Twin, under whose name he has recently Slgned a deal with Warp Records. In addition, he has remixed

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country, and have recently featured appearances from bands including Back To The Planet, Sheep On Drugs, Sunscreem and Ozric Tentacles. Starting in The Robey, a 400 capacity pub in London, Club Dog soon spread outwards and recent all-nighter shows have been attracting crowds of up to 2,000 people. Club Dog'splanned all· nighter in London on New Year's Eve is being billed as one of the biggest events of the festive season by the music press. lt will surely follow other Dog successes in the past such as an appearance at Stonehenge and an illegal stage at the Glastonbury festi· val. Bob Dog points out that the Megadog events were launched to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. "The idea was to start a club where different types of people could talk to each other because the barrief& were brought down. We decided to start a club where there was no dress code, where you could feel free." He added, "Megadog is the only true forum for live/dance interface. You have the environment of a gig with all the attractions of a club and the spirit of a festival. lt's taken years to bring all these elements into a confined space, but we've finally done it." In a bowl near you: ttle bands

St Etienne, Jesus Jones and Meat Beat Manifesto. Richard's live performances over the last few years have featured appearances at festill81s, club nights and at several Dog events. His latest release, an EP entitled 'On', was written in a cell-like room in the halls of residence of Kingston University! After the delights of playing the Norwich Megadog, Richard takes Aphex Twin on a tour of the US, followed by a world tour in February. Bob Dog's opinion: "He's the Mozart of techno • he knows how to push· borders; his shows are always a surprise and he's not afraid to give people a bit of a shock."

show to the whole country."

AphexTwln Richard James is a veritable prodigy, recording his earliest tracks in 1988 at the age of 14. Since then, he has recorded an impressive array of

Two Ozrics and a bit of ambience: that's Eat Static

Eat Static Eat Static, who are convinced that by the end of the century aliens will have made themselves known to us all, was formed by two members of crusty heroes Dzric Tentacles, Merv Pepler and Joey Hinton. Joining forces with Somerset-based musician Steve Everett, they then embarked on a project to explore the infinity of house music. The band, who have only released three singles despite playing over a hundred gigs, are now on a mission to make dance music accessible for home listening. whilst also maintaining their club pedigree, using Eastern and ethnic sounds to draw in a largely Western audience. Eat Static wort:: as a three piece when recording in tha studio and playing the majority of the r gigs, but on occa-

A man of many guises: Aphex Twin sions when Steve is unable to join them, Merv and Joey keep the stage shows running, and are now developing a light show to compliment this. Bob Dog's opinion: •one of the most energetic and lively techno acts in the country. Eat Static are real performers doing spliff-core techno for aliens. They're from another planet!" Banco de Gala Formed by Toby Marks, a musician with a bizarre and varied background (which included singing in Handel's 'Messiah' and Bizet's 'Carmen' amongst other things), Banco de Gaia has combined many diverse influences to produce a unique and original blend of dance and ambient tracks. Not being tied to a rigid BPM formula, he' has been free to experiment and write music that people can both dance and listen to. Toby has always been keen to em-

phasise the live aspect of Banco de Gaia, and has therefore developed an excellent live set over the years, which has won him countless fans. Having already appeared at other Megadogs, as well as at the Whirlygig club night in London, Banco also appeared at this year's Phoenix: Festl· val. However, live work has not been the only area of activity for Toby, and over the last three years, he has recorded three cassette albums, which have sold in large quantities at gigs and by mail order. Banco de Gaia have also had five tracks released on the highly successful Ambient Dub compilations on Beyond Records, as well as contributing a track to the recently released 'Feed Your Head' compilation from Planet Dog Records. Bob Dog's opinion: "The most accomplished one man show- a man who knows how to create a picture with music. He's influenced by the world and it comes across in his music." The other bits The Club Dog sound system is the cornerstone of each Dog event, and in Norwich it will feature a special guest at the controls. Says Bob Dog, "We're bringing MC Teabag to Norwich, who brings shouting, performance and dancing into a seamless, homogenous whole." Bob describes the sound system as being, erm, almost transcendental, "lt will whisk you off into a world of possibilities. Unlike some events, we have DJs instead of tape decks, and what we play is always diverse and challenging showing that dance music has more than beats." Included in this is the Fruit Salad lightshow and the famous Dog decor, which Bob enthuses will make the show appear that it is actually not being staged at The Waterfront, but on Planet Dog itself! "You need to create a backdrop, to get people in the right headspace. This is all about making a Megadog space, taking it with us wherever we go." •Tickets are priced £8.50 adv. and are available from Soundclash, UEA, Our Price, HMV and Andy's Records.

hen The Waterfront closed just over 10 months ago, John Peel said there was much anxiety in his house over the venue's future. That's unsurprising. For not only had he seen the place become •a credit to Norwich" (his own words) but it had become "an oasis not only for me, but for Sheila, my wife, and our William, Alexandra and Thomas." (Their other daughter, eleven-year-old Nirvana fan, Aorence, had not yet gone there, but had apparently said she would be seriously p****d off if she wasn't able to). On top of all that, the Radio One DJ had spent five years helping to campaign for its establishment, working with the Norwich Venue Campaign team. In typically modest fashion, John sees that last fact rather differently. .,...~ got more credit for it than I in fact ._ Jrve,• he says, seated at the kitchen table of his 300-year old cottage, set deep in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. "Ifs not as though I went there and toot oat off, and got down and did a bit o....,...astering or anything like that..." lt is true, though, that he attended various committee meetings, took a TV crew on a tour of the Waterfront site, and generally helped to get the campaign recognised by personally enAbove: "Thousands of records, cds and tapes...whose house could this be?" dorsing it. But the question that will Right: John Peel catches up on the latest news about The Waterfront, courtesy of The Event. inevitably be asked is 'why does he have such a liking for the venue, apart "Sorry," he says. "Keith... spelt with an earlier took great delight in my arrival the size of your average kitchen anyfrom the fact that he lives near 'A'." and licked my face! way, is because all the other downStowmarket, and can therefore be We resume conversation about The Both John and Sheila take it in turns to stairs rooms are still drying out after from door to door in an hour?' Waterfront, only to be interrupted shout at the dog, before shutting him being flooded some weeks back.) "I like the idea of there being a local almost immediately by two things. outside, at which point he begins to But I haven't travelled to the Peel place where I can go and see bands The first is that one of the family's two bang the catflap in an attempt to at residence to discuss floods, or cats, or play, and of course the Waterfront is cats has fallen asleep on Keith's camleast squeeze his nose back into the manic dogs, but The Waterfront. ~· -:tly the right size.• era bag on top of the table, and the room where all the action is. And we return to the subject of celebri• ,._ a good venue... a 'feelgood' other is that I am being attacked by (The reason why we're all in the ties, like John, putting their names venue," he says, hurriedly adding one of three dogs - Bernard - who kitchen, which is probably 1hree times on the publicity sent out by groups "you'll have to put the word 'feelgood' such as the former Waterfront Venue in inverted commas, or people will Campaign. Celebrities whom, in this think i!nl a w••••r or something!" case, included Phi! Collins and exAt thi nt our conversation is interJam/Style Council frontman, Paul rupted"nY the entrance of Sheila, Weller. John's often-mentioned wife, who's "You have to produce bulls**t- everyjust returned from playing the organ at body knows that it's bulls**t," says a nearby church. I'm introduced by John, explaining that it "goes back to John, as is The Event's photographer, hippy days when people used to come Keith: "This is something beginning to me and say 'we're getting an Arts with 'R', what is it?" Lab going (it was always Arts Labs) in "Keith," we remind the DJ. Exeter, Bristol, Doncaster, or wher-

ever, and we've written to Donovan who's promised us an island off Scotland, and John Lennon, who's promised us £100,000, but in the meantime can you lend us 50 quid?'" He smiles at the memory, adding ironically: "And like a tit, I used to give it to them!" Whatever, in this case it was no doubt his public support which really did help

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However, ifs all very well theorising about the perfectly run venue, but it's very different in real life, as he acknowledges: "I'm always jolly glad I don't have to run one of these things... so I can talk a load of idealistic bulls**t but I don't have to deal with the day to day practicalities." But he points out that "Fewer and fewer people want to go and stand somewhere and watch some kind of reasonably well known band they've heard on the Evening Session playing the tracks from their new LP. If the venue's going to work you've got to take some chances." And booking East Anglia's first Megadog at The Waterfront on December 1 could well be seen as taking such a chance. John says it certainly seems like a very good idea... and comments that he'll probably spend at least some of the evening watching the three bands: Aphex Twin, Eat Static and Banco de Gaia. He has a different opinion of the Verve gig, which comes later in December: "A couple of years ago I might have gone... but I just lost interest, although that doesn't mean I hate them.. ." And of ABBA-impersonators, Bjom Again, he admits to having seen the Australian band, but brands the show "a one dimensional joke." But he acknowledges that it will doubtless sell-out, as it has at The Waterfront twice before. Whether all other shows prove to be quite as popular, it remains to be seen, but so long as the venue rekindles the support of music enthusiasts like John Peel, it would seem that UEA's Student Union can't go too far wrong ... at least in the first six months.


Paul Mcdonald, 18, Caterer, Old Catton. 'Norwich definitely needs a venue , there are so few gigs that the music scene is dying out. The reopening of The Waterfront will encourage a lot of bands to play locally again instead of going elsewhere.'

Jason, 24, and Joseph Gray, 19, unemployed. Sprowston Road. 'Although when it was open before we didn't really go there, Norwich definitely needs something of this sort. At the moment all the clubs are very similar, this would provide the city with something different.'

John Ward, 17, Newspaper Vendor. Central Norwich.

Nick Sampson, 19, unemployed. Mile Cross.

'The opening of the venue should have quite a good effect on the city, it will certainly be a success providing they can offer decent gigs. I'd like to see the sort of thing they have at the UEA at The Waterfront. There should be a fairly good demand.'

'The first time I went to The Waterfront was when I went to see Kirsty MacColl and I've also been there to BJorn Again amongst others. When it reopens I will definitely go down there again, there's bound to be something that I like.'

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Elalne Cole, 45, Postmistress. Little Plumstead 'I think it's a good thing if it doesn't cost the taxpayers money. I think it's going to be a young persons venue, I don't think that anyone older would go, especially with the Theatre Royal opening up.'

Cllnt Brown, 24, unemployed. New Catton: 'I'm looking forward to seeing rock bands and of course late opening hours so I can get a beer after 11 pm.'

Annette Ward, 27, Hairdresser & Duncan Gibben, 32, Poultry Mgr, Suffolk. 'We were tempted to go to The Waterfront in the past but they didn't ever have 'Guns 'n' Roses' or 'Nirvana'. What the city does need is a good jazz club, somewhere you can go to really chill out until 4 or 5 in the morning. Last time it just wasn't advertised enough .. .'

Eric Tinnon, 29, student. Cambridge.

Phll Amold, 16, student, Drayton, Mlchael Mlrfleld, 16, student, Drayton and Ben Crome, 16, student, Drayton: 'The Waterfront was the best place in Norwich and everyone was very disappointed when it closed. We'd like to see thrash music there and the Verve gig sounds good too.'

'The city definitely needs a venue, something other than the UEA. We used to live in Kings Lynn and went there . Personally I would like to see lndie bands like The Wonderstuff at the Waterfront - big names and local ones too. I'll certainly be going to the 'Eat Static' gig ... definitely.'

Llsa Moore, 23, Bar Manager, Calster and Clalre Shandley, 21, Beauty Therapist. Calster. 'lt will be good if it opens again. There is a definite need for the venue. When it was open before people used to come from all over to see the gigs and the opening line up will get the name going again . lt will provide lots of work I should th1nk, too. We'll probably go there ... the club nights sound good, don't they? Don't know about the gigs though.' Bob Read, 40'1sh', Shopfltter, Central Norwich and Tony Southwlch, 31, Shopfltter, Central Norwich: 'What is UEA? So, does this mean that UEA is closing down? Yes, we'd definitely go if there was a band we wanted to see, it's a good idea.'

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awaited by all , and especially by the new man agement, the Student's Union at UEA. So how are they going to rise to the challenge of running such a unique venue, that was once listed as being one of the top ten in the country? "Norwich lacks a club sized venue and that's what The Watertront was there for" , says Gavin Hudson. "As the new management group down there, we'll take some of the old ideas of what it was supposed to be - what the venue campaign established, mix that with the Student Union's aims, such as a positive image, a good mix of customers and a good mix of music. We just hope to fill a gap that is sorely in need of plugging in Nortolk." Gavin is keen to emphasise that The Watertront serves a particular section of the community. "There is no other venue in Norwich apart from UEA, The Oval and the Arts Centre, all of which pertorm their functions . They all serve sections of the community, which is ideal, but the re is a distinct feeli ng that The Watertront is a section of demand that has not been served or rather that the sort of customers you would expect to go to The Watertront feel that since its closure they haven't actually had their needs served by any other venue. We're going to put that back on track." He emphasises that the re launch of the venue will provide Norwich and Nortolk with a different spirit to that known at the moment. "What we're talking about is a club, and as such, it'll be full of up and coming bands on their first couple of singles or first album - the sort of thing that works well in a small, intimate atmosphere. If you want to see a band at its birth , in its childhood tender years, then that's where you'll see them - at The Watertront. " The first few months at the venue will feature two evenings of live music and two club nights, something which Gavin hopes will give the venue a distinctive flavour. "On Wednesdays and Thursdays it will be live music, and we hope to have nationally-known acts play about six times a month, as well as the best of local bands. "On a Friday and Saturday night, you have two choices really. You can go to a standard national chain nightclub, which plays a certain type of music and demands a certain dress code, or you don't. There is no other option, other than the one-off nights that other people run. So The Watertront will be filling that gap. Certainly, for the first couple of weeks, we'll use the upstairs Studio and the main auditorium on the club nights." The opening night, however, features the first Megadog seen in Norwich - and East Anglia. Essentially a night of ambient techno music and an impressive light show, it will also very much be an experience , and the venue will be transformed into something completely different. Gavin sees this as more than appropriate for the inaugural event. "Megadog's not been done in Norwich before. it's someth1ng that most of th e major cities around the country have tried recently over the past three or four months, and most of them are having sell-out success. There is nowhere it can be done in Norwich apart from The Watert ront , and to a great extent, it's the ideal opening show." Other attractions com1ng in the first few weeks of the ven· ue's programme include Freak Power and Honky, two up and coming dance bands currently creating a buzz on the live club circu1t. Gavin sees their appearances as being an ideal opportunity to see them before they become really

established. "Freak Power are most of Beats International, and in the same way that a band like Beats International started small, and grew to what they became, Freak Power are going to start the same way. it's the time to catch them when they're young and you can say you were there!" The booking of such bands reflects the fact that music promoters are obviously excited with The Watertront's new lease of life. "Agents have had a problem that they've never had somewhere in Norwich to put a band - it always goes from a capacity of 300 at the Arts Centre, to UEA, which doesn't really work with less than 1,000 people. The Watertront will fill that gap, as bands that need to do three or four tours to establish themselves will now have that venue available to them." So the soon to be re-launched ven ue has the potential to be unique, perhaps capturing some of the flavour of the original. "The Watertront aims to achieve a completely different club feel, as these things travel in cycles. There's a lot of people who want to go out at night and listen to music of varioucsorts, and there is no place for them to do that; we wa· provide that chance." And, presumably, for everyone in the area, irrespective of who they are. "The overall aim of The Watertront is to provide a safe, non-discriminatory, positive club environment where people can go and have a good time. it's open to all, for everybody who wants to come down and be in a relaxed and safe atmosphere. "We are setting up arrangements to have a Watertront Users Committee to make sure that as many areas of public demand are covered. Our intention is that 1t will be successful after six months, and if it is, then we will have a solid commercial cornerstone to experiment with and open on other nights of the week, and provide greater and more varied services for those that haven't been up till now."

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"I believe my main function is to get the punters through the doors ," says Dominic Russeii-Price, talking about his job as Marketing Assistant at The Watertront. " it's fair enough booking the bands and having club nights , but someone needs to make sure that the people on the streets are aware what's going on and when. "This will be done through a number of media, including using newspapers, posters, leaflets and flyers to target audiences. Re-launching The Waterffont is going tb be ha fct, but Ws a'

Marketing Assistant, Dominic Russeii-Price, outlines the initial strategy for the rebirth of The Waterfront challenge and I believe in the venue - I think it's a wondertul resource for Norwich. " So who will the marketing strategy be aiming at? "Obviously we want as many people as possible, but I think it's very important to have a very broad spectrum to get the people that wouldn't usually go to a gig. You have to draw a careful balance between having the old stuff and the new stuff and hopefully mix the two so that

people are aware of what's going on at the moment." He stresses that everyone has high hopes for the re-launched Watertront, and urges people to come and find out for themselves. "You've probably read about it in the papers or whatever, and might not have necessarily have been there. it's a new start so come along and be there at the beginning - it can only get bigger!"

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ince he began stand-up comedy Eddie lzzard has shot from obscurity to, well .... not to fame thafs for sure, and thafs the way he likes it. So how did it all start? 'I wanted to act since I was about seven but ifs taken me forever to get something going and so I just kept pushing away and trying to do it. At sixteen I decided that yes, I would definitely go for it and went to college and took a show up to the Edinburgh festival when I was eighteen. That didn't really happen though because no-one wants to watch sketch shows so I did street performing for a while.' After several years of perseverance, sword-fighting, escapology, riding a unicycle and he says ' ... generally talking bollocks' Eddie Finally broke into stand-up comedy in 1988 but, as with everything else he does, his big break wasn't really that big at all. When asked if he had consciously avoided television appearances Eddie said, 'I didn't want to do these five minutes stand-up slots that they offered me on the Jonathon Ross Show and the Royal Variety Show. Five minutes didn't seem long enough so I just thought that I won't bother doing that. No-one has done that though and the whole thing of not doing television became a big issue.' Of course, the other most noticeable thing about Eddie lzzard is his clothes, after all, ifs not every comedian who goes to work in a tight black mini skirt, opaque tights and silver buckled shoes. Eddie though is keen to point out that he is not a drag act and refuses to let the attitudes of 'twits' affect him. He hasn't always worn these clothes on stage though, 'Then I was scared of all the audience leaving and people not laughing. There is a lot of fear involved because it is essentially challenging the entire accepted thinking of what exists in Westem society. All women are transvestites of course and

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - • everyone is fineallowed with thattobut that men aren't be beautiful objects totally escapes me. There is no real point in me getting annoyed because that REVIEW unfortunately is always going to •Theatre Royal, Thursday November 11 happen until someone puts a Accompanied by the petite and Ever been faced with the choice sight into the female mind asmore positive image on being a pious Sister Mary Jmmaculata of hot chocolate in front of the toundingly accurate, but hilaritransvestite. In truth the only not altogether the most obvious television or a night out watchously funny into the bargain, way that I can positivise it is by choice of company for the ing a six -foot tall man in a leaving not only the women in being a positive role model and down-to-earth and painfully blonde wig, thigh high boots and the audience rolling with laughby getting information out to frank humour found in the main leopard-skin two-piece. ter, but the men too. people and to stop people from act - Lily more than earns her Expecting a cross between Bearing in mind that Lily Savage thinking that gay and lesbian living, singing side-splitting people are fine but transvestites (who's claim-to-fame, incidenJulian Clary and Danny La Rue, renditions of 'The Lady Is A I was more than pleasantly tally is that of being 'camper are strange, weird individuals.' Tramp' and 'Que Sera Sera', to than Bet Lynch' - with better surprised by the refreshingly Denying any accusations of say nothing of her interesting gimmickry Eddie is quick to legs) is somewhat more original, new humour applied to such alternative to the bidet. not to mention more entertaining archaic comedy topics such as establish that he does everyJt only remains to say that Lily's thing for himself, '.. if they think than most things found on the venereal diseases and (inevitanew and innovative humour box today, it is hardly surprising that they're wrong and there is bly) British Airways. combined with that unmistakNo self respecting daytime nothing I can really do about it. J that many people turned up at ably dreadful dress sense enthe Theatre Royal late last wear whatever I want, I'm just television personality was sues the arrival of a new star Thursday night to see the Norlike a woman in that respect. I'll spared, with her stinging wit (let) to rival the old and uninterput on a dress or maybe a pair wich leg of her 'Paying The spanning the spectrum of the esting comedians of yesteryear. Rent' tour. Pope right through to Judith of trousers in the morning and Hazel Swallow I'll wear something like that at Not only was her amazing inChalmers.

night to go on stage.' Despite his low key existence, Eddie is a busy man and is thrilled with his latest project of a comedy video. 'I've never actually had a tangible thing that I can hold onto before, Jkeep nipping into shops to make sure that it's on the shelves, ifs quite sad isn't it. J'm very pleased with the way that it turned out, we took a lot of time over it so the production should be better than a lot of comedy videos which are just slapped together.' Citing this as probably the most exciting thing he's ever done Eddie explained that he doesn't really have any ambitions or highlights as such but prefers to take life as it comes. 'The way Jarrange my life I don't really have favourite things because if I did I could regret

not having that thing again. I just don't arrange my head like that, Jdon't want to have lived the best part of my life.' As for future plans Eddie fancies himself as a bit of a thespian too. 'I'd like to do small roles, people who are strange. Roy Hudd in 'Lipstick on Your Collar' as a dirty old man was great and that's what I want to do, something extreme and weird , I think I could do that.' The immediate future however holds a busy tour in store for Eddie, who will be appearing at the Theatre Royal in Norwich on Sunday December 5th. So, if you've heard the name but don't really know that much about him, make sure that you see the show with the man who is undoubtedly a lot more than just 'a bloke in a dress.'

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses REVIEW •Theatre Royal, November 15-20 Set in the midst of hedonism and superfluity, 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' is of Voltaire's "licentious time" certainly. For this, Christopher Hampton's successful stage adaptation of Laclos' literary masterpiece by the same name, is the 18th Century Aristocracy at its most deliciously decadent . Opening with soft lighting, a sumptuous set, and ravish ing costume, an indulgent air of sensuality is instantly generated - this pervades the whole play. Almost immediately the audience senses the dangerous passion rampant amongst these ladies and gentlemen of leisure. (Or in the case of young Cecile de Volanges and the Chevalier Danceny lying dormant but soon to be awakened.) In particular, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont (played by Clive Wood as sexually irresistible in his pursuit of cruelty), former lovers and now eo-conspirators in their games of sexual intrigue, share a sensual obsession for sexual conquests and deceit, which the plot revolves around.

The Marquise, "not merely impenetrable, but a virtuoso of deceit" so she boasts, wants to avenge a former lover who has jilted her, while Valmont has in mind the more challenging conquest of the virtuous Madame la Presidente de Tourvel, and so the action unwinds.

"win or die" would suggest she is victorious (Valmont having been killed in a tightly choreographed fight scene) this is not the case. For, in the final scene of the play, given its cold, uneasy mood by its stark lighting and unsettlingly uneven music the ladies are playing cards. Although the Marquise can put the last line of the play to us, weighted as it is with double entendre, "I suggest our best course is to continue with the game", it is at the high price of refusing to believe Valmont could ever have been in love with another; in order to stay in the game it is herself she must deceive. This production certainly gave you a real sense of the internally harmful property of desire.

"Now mark the Regency: licentious time, Auspicious era - lust was then in prime... The Regentlrom his Palais Royal's Hall, Gives signal ol voluptuousness to all." (Voltaire) The Marquise and Valmont are highly attracted to each other, but as the Marquise tells Valmont, "Card sharks sit at separate tables." This metaphor is cleverly utilised at various points in the play. As in certain card games, sexual power games require its players to be ruthless and deceitful in order to win. Ultimately of course no one wins. These characters are,as I think we realise almost from the outset rollercoastering toward self destruction. Although the Marquise's moto

The simultaneous cruelty and self-torment, conveyed so well by the cast at large, delights you but then instantly makes you ashamed at ever having been delighted. This production is a tour de force; a masterfully worked tribute to Laclos' novel . lt is no wonder it has been one of the biggest theatrical hits of the decade. Review by Andrea Bird

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PREVIEW Coming to the Theatre Royal on November 30 is one of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's more recent musicals, "Aspects of Love". Norwich is just one of the stops on the first ever regional tour of the production, which was first seen at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London in 1989. Its popularity can be measured by the fact that many of the venues sold out.

Rose knows that the relationshiP Is not going to last, and tries to explain to the besotted Alex that they can only share the brlelest of romances Based on a novel by David Gamett, the musical traces the course of a romance between Alex, a young English boy, and Rose, a beautiful but poor actress. Rose knows that the relationship is not going to last, and tries to explain to the besotted Alex that they can only share the briefest of romances. He however, is an idealist who cannot believe that what she says is true, but slowly and

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painfully he comes to realise her wisdom. This bitter-sweet love, buried amongst the many infidelities of some of the key characters, moves across Europe during the course of the story, taking in post-war Paris, romantic Venice and the Pyrenees. And of course, there's the music, which includes the song "Love Changes Everything". This was a Top Ten hit back in 1989, and it brought singer Michael Ball into the public eye. The role of Alex, which Ball took on the London stage, is played by Alex Dillingham, while the part of Rose alternates between two actresses Kathryn Evans and Maria Kesselman. • "Aspects of Love" will be running from November 30 to December 11 , with tickets from £4 to £22.

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Looming cliffs and foggy moors, screams and sobs in a Victorian mansion, the cry of the seagull as a dark hooded figure drifts across the graveyard - these elements of the classic ghost story were brought to the Theatre Royal stage in "The Woman In Black". Frank Finlay plays Arthur Kipps, an old man who goes to the Actor (played by Michael Hadley) for advice on how to tell his friends and family about his encounter with the ghostly woman in black. The Actor suggests that he plays Kipps, and Kipps plays everyone else that he encountered - his boss, the inn-keeper, etc. Thus the Actor and Kipps act out on stage the events that led to Kipps' encounter with the woman in black many years ago. The main strength of the play lies in the powerful verbal description narrated by the actors. The play relies on those words to stir the audi- • ence's imagination as the stage props are minimal. The only criticism is that the play gets too melodramatic at times, with excessive screaming and sobbing. All in """' play is an excellent suP ' story that evokes an air ot uneasy eeriness, and a quiet awe of the supernatural through its powerful use of language. Hwee Hwee Tan

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IJSportsnlght Special on BBC 1 has live and uninterrupted television coverage when Norwich City, destroyers of German giants Bayern Munich, face Italy's football aristocrats, Inter Milan, In the third round, first leg, of the UEFA Cup on Wednesday November 24 at 7pm. Desmond Lynam and the team return to Carrow Road where BBC Cameras captured the drama of Bayern Munich's final humiliation at the hands of the conquering Canaries. Clln a specially-commissioned so-minute documentary; "Doctor Who: Thirty Years In The Tardls" on Sunday November 28 at 4.50pm on BBC 1, the Time Lord's ardent fans can revel In pure nostalgia as BBC 1 travels back in time to the very first seriea In a celebration of 30 years of "Doctor Who". An entertaining mix of classic clips, star Interviews and recently discovered behind-the-scenes material recounted by Jon Pertwea, Colln Baker and Sylvester McCoy. !Jit's Budget day again and, for the second time this year, threa of the BBC's "Wise Men" come together to present live coverage on Tuesday November 30 all day ( 2.15pm on BBC 2. 10red by Davld Dlmbleby, the programme Includes In-depth analysis from the BBC's Economics Editor, Peter Jay, and up-to-date Information from "Newsnlght" presenter Peter Snow with the latest BBC Computer technology at his fingertips. !JBoy George, whose sensual and soulful voice characterised the sound of Culture Club and whose outrageous style characterised pop music of the 80s Is "The Boy Next Door" In "Omnibus" - BBC 1's flagship arts programme on Tuesday November 30 at 10.30pm. He talka about his route from superstar to villain, from success to failure and how he rose to International tame with Culture Club's hits such as "Karma Chameleon". The programme Includes news stories, songs and videos, and also talks to George's parents, Nell Tennant, his manager Tony Crodln, media people and Richard Branson, who sent him off on a radlcel rehabilitation cure. 1-llfe husband and wife Paul Hogan and Llnda wskl are reunited on screen In the Irreverent comedy "Almost An Angel" on Wednesday December 1 on BBC 1 at 7pm. When small-time crook Terry Dean Is hit by a van whilst saving a youngster from a road accident, he comes to believe that he has died and bean allowed to return to Earth as a probationary angel. r!

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e RADIO IN BRIEF • HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE FORTNIGHT AHEAD CJAussle hit-makers Crowded House of "Weather With You" fame, present their own story In a one-off documen· tary for Radio 1 this Sunday at 7pm, marking their transition from cult group to International superstardom. This programme traces their career, and Includes tracks from all four of their albums, including their latest effort, "Together Alone". CJin the first of a two-part special on Sunday December 5 at 7pm, Paul Gambacclnlinterviews Phll Colllns for Radio 1 FM. With the help of actual recordings, exclusive tastes of his drumming style and Interesting conversation, Phll Collins explains what his new solo album "Both Sides" means to him, both In his career and on a personal level. CJStarting Friday December 1 at 2.02pm on Radio 4 Is the new four-part comedy series "The Crack", comprising a different and complete story each week. Written by four Liverpool writers, starring some Liverpool actors and recorded largely on location on the Merseyside streets, each play looks at a different aspect of Scouse life. In the first play "Friday", by Tracy Aston, Edith (Patricla Hayes) and Albert (Michael Angelis) are on the run:- Edlth from an old folks' home and Albert from his family and his fast-approaching insanity.•..

Jack Dee, the master of disillusionment (who will definitely be back with a new series for Channel 4 early next year), and Mark Lamarr, fresh from "The Word", introduce and link the separate items in Channel 4's "Late Licence" , this Friday at 12.10pm, after "The Word". Sixties nostalgia includes a showing of "Ready Steady Go" featuring The Beatles, Sandie Shaw and The Kinks, followed by a repeat of "The Naked City", "The Clangers" and live concert footage from The Pogues and Kirsty McColl, recorded earlier this year at London's Town and Country Club.

Normski presents the best in what's new from lndie to rap in Radio 5's programme "Vibe!" on Thursday November 25 at 8pm . Lily Savage picks over the week's trash , and agony uncle Nick Fisher discusses the "slag versus stud" syndrome . Veronica Chambers dishes out the dirt with US gossip and Lau ri e Pike of "Manhattan Cable" reveals the secret of her success when she "Picks A Letter" with Bob Holness.

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Sean Connery, Mark Harman and Meg Ryan are the stars of director Peter Hyam's action-packed thriller "The Presldlo" showing on BBC 1 on Friday December 3 at 9.30pm. Investigating a break-In at the Presidlo, a large military base In San Franciscr a military policewoman Is shot deac. the thieves who also kill a civilian cop during their getaway. Inspector Jay Austin (Mark Harman), a former military policeman who was discharged from the army after trying to arrest an officer, returns to the Presldio as investigator and r' - "WS his old enmity with his former commanding officer, L1 \' Alan Caldwell (Sean Connery). Their relationship is no • .. -tped when Austin starts dating Caldwell's daughter, Donna (Meg Ryan). As the investigation continues, and the animosity between the two men deepens, the pair uncover a deadly conspiracy....

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Curse of the Crystal Eve Released in time for Christmas, this action-packed, funfilled , Indiana Jones-like adventure is ideal yuletide family viewing . Jameson (Prince of Darkness) Parker and Cynthia (Dirty Dancing) Rhodes embark on the quest of their lives. The fast moving drama is set against the exotic backdrop of four continents . lt is that age old, but success ful formula, of bad guys chasing handsome fast-action hero . Luke Ward (Parker) holds the secret to uncovering an ancient fortune ; fabulous treasure which has remained hidden for thousands of years, and for which many men have died . Dancer looms at every turn for the rugged and fearless gun runner as he searches for the fortune and the "Crystal Eye" . With a sultry Ambassador's daughter at his side , Luke enters in a race against time , and history, as mercenaries,

Arab warriors, Sheiks and Emirs attempt to rob him of the ultimate prize . The treasure will not be given up without a fight! This quest soon escalates into a far greater challenge, involving a daring underground voyage, giant snakes and crocodile-filled rivers ..... and from which no man has ever returned.

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Clear Vision are launching a major new range of fitness videos, in order to keep up with the desire for a healthier and fitter lifestyle that has created a multi-billion pound industry throughout the world. Containing 7 videos , there really is something for everybody, be they beginners, intermediates , or advanced, or whether they want to dance, walk, stretch or step. These Fitness Centre Programmes will be released on December 29th - ideally timed to help fight the post-Christmas flab, and to encourage healthy New Years resolutions. All the presenter have become household names in the US, where their technique and credibility have revolutionized the market. Highlights include LaToya Jackson's "Step Up Workout", which uses the latest exercise phenomenon 'the step' to produce a ''fat burning, complete body toning workout". Easy to follow, and set to "high energy music", this video is aimed at basic and intermediate levels. "Walk Aerobics" sounds bizarre at first, but is in fact quite logical - you simply walk around your living room without needing to worry about the weather or personal safety. it is also ideal for people unable to jog or do high-impact aerobics. Apparently it is very beneficial

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FRIGHTWIG Wild Women Never Die/LP

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Right, flratly the Interesting thing about this album -they've done a cover of 'How Soon Is Now' by The Smiths which would have Morrlsey writhing In his grave If only he were In 1t. lt's - ~ally very good and the most outstanding track on the

~~nd have been tour supports for Rage Against The Machine and Anthrax and unfortunately this also sums up the album - great support band, fun to watch before the big band arrives, nicely produced hardcore rock by numbera LP but no tingle. No urge to listen to more where that came from, no sparks of energy/ rage/ love/ bitterness/ sexuality, whatever 1t Is that makes a song come alive and bridges that communication gap. In my opinion a song Is still a medium of communication for the senses and emotions and songs that do not fulfil that medium are not worth much. Many of these songs are such, but different strokes for different folks, and the album Is low priced and worth buying for the Smiths cover and you may well disagree with me about the rest of the album.

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Including the LP's 'Cat Farm Faboo' and 'Faster, Frlghtwlg, 10111 Kllll' Riot G: .. u,..,lli'"ll.... ,,..,m'"u'""ui'"ll.,.,.ll,..,lli,..,.,.,uls or What ?I In San Francisco back in 1983 FoxCore or Riot Grr1 was bom and all the modem day bands of the same ilk, such as Hole, L7, Babes in Toyland, Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill, owe it all to Frightwig. Allegedly. Having split up several years ago due to unplanned pregnancies and stints in the old Batty Ford Clinic (and very little commercial success), Frightwig are held in high esteem by bands such as the Butthole Surfers, Faith No More, the Dead Kennedys and D.O.A. and are thought of as the true originals of Girt Punk. They have therefore taken the opportunity, what with all the above bands doing so well, to cash in on the scenes that they started - by releasing a double album packed full of all their old songs. Bargain! All the same, lads, they're not the sort of lasses you could take 'orne t' mother. This is one of the most difficult records to review, as more than five minutes listening makes your ears bleed internally and externally and even the most foul mouthed and disgusting people with an even worse imagination would be offended by the lyrics. Still, I survived and got through to the other end with only third degree bums and a fractured skull, and if you're a hardcore punk or true Riot Grrr1 then check your head and go stonking into your nearest and dearest record stockist for a copy. Attention all other Sado Masochists this is one for your library although the 'Best of Cilia Black- Greatest Hits' will still take some shifting off that top spot.

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Can they kick lt? -just about. 'Midnight Maraudera, to Maraud Is to loot and In this Instance we are looting for your eara', says your guide, who accompanies you through this double album of chilled out beats and raps. So If you're sitting about at around twelvelsh one night and some geezer In a baseball cap comes and tugs at your earlobe then you know... Sorry, what I meant to say was that If you're sitting around about Midnight then this may well be a record that you'd pop on If you like long slowbeat hip -hop records

that are splendid for just chilling out to. But then again this record does lack that little splash of serious originality and the occasional bit of up beat rapping that I feel would spice lt up Instead of fifteen songs to place on the decks and get stoned to. And that's what bugs me about this fine piece of vinyl, not that Its rubbish or that unllstenable to, but just that no one song stands out. Nothing about lt does anything to make you listen to at, 1t sits there with a dumb grin on Its face and says "If you

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. OPINION 1 Their first song , 'Daniel'. combines tinny acoustic guitar with bad harmonies and it's all a bit Tracy Chapman but without the poignant lyrics and deep soothing voice. Likewise, 'Honeysuckle Again' is a conscious attempt to sound quite ethereal, and I couldn't help thinking that the song sounded like a cross between Miranda Sex Garden and The Sundays, but without their slick production, and the lyrics left a lot to be desired. 'Seduce' strives to be a melodic excursion , and the guitars were well played. Again , some of the lyrics were rather obscure and some of them were lost with the intricate harmonies (that came across here far better than on the first cut, 'Daniel') that complemented the melodic quality of the songs. I think that The Rainbyrds have potential , but they must realise that a little more lyrical integrity and an intention to sound bit less like jangly-indie-kids-meets-madrigal-singers wouldn't be a bad move .

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ORIGINALITY.....................3 & 4 CAN THEY PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS? ... 3 & 3 'SEXINESS' ........................ 1 & 0 NAME .................................. 1 & 0 Finally we're on to 'Seduce', and I keep expecting to see Judith Chalmers come round the corner with a good glass of sangria. Yep, you've got it: the instrumental parts sound like some dodgy 'ethnic' backing music from Holiday '93. I'm not one to dismiss things out of hand and I gave the Rainbyrds a fair crack of the whip but I can't see how they will further their careers as musicians on the national music scene on the 'merits' of Peter Hart, Editor of The Event this.

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Caroline Jenkinson reviews the newly-released 'Lucie•s Long Voyage' - which explores the 'mystery of sexuality' ..• apparently friend in the mountains. She ends up living with a bear, who eventually (brace yourselves) becomes her lover, and makes her pregnant. Then suddenly, she comes back to civilisation with her young baby. Here she meets an old writer who tells her of his first love Lusi, who transformed into the mythological Melusine, a halfserpent creature. The novel ends with the city being destroyed by an earthquake, and Lucie and her son leaving to start a new life . lt probably had some great meaning about the liberation of women or something, but I just

The story follows the adventures ol Lucie, a young woman who gets lost whilst visiting a lriend in the mountains. She ends up living with a bear, who eventually (brace yourselves) becomes her lover, and makes her pregnant.

couldn 't work it out. lt might have been due to ignorance , or (more likely) the fact that I spent most of the time squirming around thinking "Yuck!". Take the instance of Lucie making love to the bear, for example. To be fair, it wasn't described in any great detail, and it was done with the most delicate language, and great signposts that said "Metaphor", but it still left a nasty feeling in the stomach. Even if you know it probably represents something else, it's still not a nice, or erotic thought. And when Lucie goes from having a bear as a lover to sleeping with Omi, a drugaddict, I didn't think about what this signified, but rather "Oh, why don't you find yourself a decent bloke, luv?" Having said all that though, Reyes' use of language can be quite stunning. Her first description of the mountain clouds, comparing them with whipped cream and caramel, is literally mouth-watering, and despite the implausibility of a woman falling in love with a bear, when the

feelings are described, you somehow believe it. If you don't mind having a lot of things left unexplained through- , out the novel, and you can cope with what appears to be a lot of imagery, then you'll probably have a very happy relationship with "Lucie's Long Voyagf If however, you don't tend • understand or care about these things, though , then you could be left feeling very cold by it all. As far as bears go, I'm sticking to Winnie the Pooh . •The Event's review copy was kindly donated by Waterstone's Bookshop on the campus of the University of East Anglia. Win the book! See page 25.

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it's not just a CD, it's not just a book, Volume 8 is both! A 17 track CD, featuring the likes of James, The Wonder Stuff and Sultans of Ping FC comes complete with a 192 page booklet full of the usual magazine-y stuff. it comes out on November 22, at £11.99, but we at The Event have got together with Making Waves Promotions to bring you the chance of getting one for free! The only thing that stands in your way is this question:

What is the name of James' most recent album? Is it: a. Said? b. Laid? c. Sit Down? Once you know, send your entry to the address below.

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By what other name is Aphex Twin known? Is it: a. Polygon Window? b. Perspex Glass? c. Twin Aphex?

The Aphex Twin himself!

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ment, but he also has a video, "Eddle lzzard Live at the Ambassadors" out as well! So we've teamed up with Polygram Video to give you the chance of getting your mitts on one of two coplea of the video. Just answer this: Who was the last stand-up comedian to play the Theatre Royal before Eddle? Waslt: a. John Major? b. Ben Elton? c. Bemard Manning? Follow the rules, etc••••

~ave youlike ever those TV screens in like HMv and thought "Hey, r~~~~~n~i~n;;;:~===:!~!"· I'd really to watched have a compilation of videos thar? Well, now you can! In conjunction with Making Waves Promotions, The Event has one of these promotional videos, featuring the Lemonheads, Prince and Dina Carroll, amongst others, to give away. All you have tr ·., answer this:

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EDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24 Cannon Screen 1: Demolition Man (15)Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes star. See page 10. 2.15pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm. Screen 2: The Piano ( 15) Emotionally poignant film with Holly Hunter and Sam Neill. See page 10. 2.00pm, 5.35pm, 8.20pm. Screen 3: Secret Garden (U) Children's classic fairy tale remade for the big screen. See page 10. 1.30pm, 6pm . Screen 4: Dave (12)- The story of a man who's the spitting image of The President of the United States ... Kevin Kline stars. See page 10. 3.30pm, 8.40pm Also showing The Fugitive (12) which stars Harrison Ford as a man on the run for his life, when hP-'s accused of his wife's murder. Tommy Lee Jones is chasing him! See page 10. 2.15pm, 5.40pm , 8.15pm.

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Odeon Screen 1: Guilty As Sin ( 15) ~ Courtroom thriller starring I' Rebecca 'The Hand That Rocks ~ The Cradle' De Mornay and Don 'M1ami Vice' Johnson. See page 10 1.30pm , 3.35pm, 5.40pm, 7.50pm . Screen 2: True Romance (18)Christian Slater and Patric1a Arquette are on the run across Amenca. See page 10. 1.g_:;pm, 3.25pm, 5.45pm, 8.0tlpm . Screen 3: Sleepless in Seattle (PG) - What happens when your son rings a radio station to find you a wife? Tom Hanks finds out See page 10. 1 10pm , 3.10pm, 5 20pm, 7.30pm

Cannon See Wednesday. Odeon S_,e Weanesday, plus What s o & Got Tc Do W th 11 1t 8.10P11

Ci nema City The Wedding Banquet (15) Comedy about a TaiwaneseAmerican and his boyfriend. 5.45pm . The Piano (15)- Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel star in this tale of a mute woman . 8.15pm. Theatre Royal Sleeping Beauty - Classic fairy story, presented by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. 7.30pm, £5£25.

Ode on Posse (see page 10) and Man Without A Face (see page 8) open ... plus some or all of the films from last Wednesday.

King's Head Against The Grain.

Cinema City See Wednesday, plus Tommy ( 15) - The Who's rock opera. 11pm. Theatre Royal See Wednesday. Norwich Arts Centre Joe Houston and Albert's Blues and Boogie Band - h1storic rhythm and blues. 8pm, £6/£4 cone.

Oval Band Competition (First Round)

Maddermarket Theatre See Wednesday.

Kings Head Fat Slug All Stars Blues Band.

UEA Drama: See Thursday.

Hy's Girl of the Week. Manhattans Technique - w1th the Fish Tank Crew. 9pm to 2am. £1 before 11pm, £3 after. Peppermint Park Happy Wednesday. Admn £1 with ticket, £1 all pints . Ritzy Go - 9pm to 2am . £1.50 before 11 pm and £2.50 after. Superskate Fam1ly Superskate 7pm-11 pm , £2.50.

and L1es- a play by Jon Hyde, presented by the C' reat Escape Theatre Carrpany, wh1ch bnngs the man and his pa1ntmgs to life 8prr, £4 £2.50 cone Oval SUP"I C rcu,., piu:; SL pport

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Boswells Beyond The Blues. 9pm to midnight. Hy's Club night. Manhattans Club night. 9pm to 2am, £3 with NUS card (or free before 10.30pm), £5 otherwise. Diamond White Promotion Night. Peppermint Park Sol promotion. £1 admission with tickets, plus a free bottle of Sol. Ritzy Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am. £2 before 10 30pm , £3 after.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27 Cannon See Friday.

Oval Dreamthief plus support.

Odeon See Friday.

Brickmakers Texas Edge - 50s, 60s and 70s rock. (Lunchtime) . Law (even1ng)

Cinema City See Wednesday, plus Sesame Street Presents- Follow That Bird (U) - J1m Henson's puppets move from TV to film. 2.30pm

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Oval Crack and Braindance - Punk. Brickmakers Lee Vasey (lunchtime). 8os wells Broadside Swingtet. 12 noon to 3pm.

King's Head The Boogaloos - Rhythm and Blues.

Cannon See Friday. Odeon See Friday. Cinema City The Piano - 5.45pm and 8.15pm. Norwich Arts Centre Wilde Club - Boyracer, Hulahoops and support. £3 adv/ £3.50 door. UEA The Arthur Miller Centre Literary Festival - lan McEwan, author of "Black Dogs". 7pm, £3/£2 cone.

Cannon See Friday. Odeon See Friday Cinema City See Monday. Also 2.30pm Theatre Royal Aspects of Love - Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber 's hit musical. £4£22, 7.30pm Oval lndie Night- Elmerhassel and Lovejunk - Ipswich based hardcore bands.

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Manhattans As Fnday but no Diamond White oromotion

Cinema City Se£ Monday.

Maddermarket Theatre See Wednesday Al:;o 2.30pm Puppet Theatre Perforr11ng w1th Puppets W Yk hOpS - Children Cd'l 'ry USinQ t,uppet<> u1 der the y dan~.;e c' a tJrofE><:;s1onal ruppe•eer '0 '30am to rr1dday £3 "" £2 50 l'f)I"'C' d C"lid l

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Cannon See Fnday. Odeon See Fnday

Norwich Arts Centre Mus1cale, Locked Horl"'s and S'lecf:aVN'> off-the-walllatz 8p 1 t ~' J ore The Waterfront Megadog w1th Aphex Twin Eat Stat c, and P..1nc de Ga1a (p1Cu•ed). Fe.1tures the Club Dog Soundsystem Adm £'8 50 adv

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Ritzy Nth Degree. 9pm to 2am . £1 before 11 pm (free with NUS card), £2 after. 50p a pint!

8os wells Jazz 'n Blues Jam with Dave Holgate and Paul Stevenson. 9pm to midnight.

Norwich Arts Centre Trevor Watts and the Mo1re Drurr Orchestra - solo sax teams up with f1ve traditional Afncan drummers 8pm, £51£3 cone.

Superskate F~muy SuoersKdte - 1Dam'~ 30pr1 f2 Jrr1iy h1m1.y Superskate 2,;m-5pr 1 £.2 50 Lethal Radia11.;ll1"' 7prr 1ur'l, £. 3.5C

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Superskate Family Superskate- 10.30am1pm, £2./2pm-5pm, £2.50. Collesseum (Games) Night7pm-11pm, £3.50.

8os wells Candlelight and Romance with Jonathan Dodd. 8pm to 11pm.

Theatre Royal See Wednesday. Also 2.30pm .

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Manhattans Sunday Serv1ce -with Treble D and PH1 . 7pm-11pm, free admission and pub prices.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 29 Brickmakers Big Red Overcoat - rock.

Superskate Rave Night - 7pm-11pm, £3.

Boswells NJO. 9pm to midnight.

Brickmakers B1q SI p ck

Maddermarket Theatre ~ ·e Weanesdav

Oval Dopple Gangers - U2 Tribute Band.

Maddermarket Theatre Julius Caesar- the Norwich Players present the Shakespeare play. 7 30pm, £2.50£6.50 (After 7pm, £3 with an NUS card).

Cinema Ctty See Wednesd y p us Tht. Piano at ' 30pl'l1

Norwtch Arts Centre M1stura w1th Rowland Suther land, piu<; The Mingus Pro1ec: ar even1ng of cool contemporary jazz 8prr £6 £4 CC 1C

Cannon Hard Target opens starring Lance Henrikson and Jean Claude Van Damme: see page 9. Plus some or all of the films from last Wednesday.

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See Friday. Cinema City See Monday. Also 2.30pm. Theatre Royal See Tuesday. Also 2.30pm. Norwich Arts Centre June Tabor, with Huw Warren and Mark Grierson - folk music. 8pm, £6/£4. The Waterfront Freak Power and Honky. Adm £4.00adv. Maddermarket Theatre Old Time Music Hall - presented by the Norwich Players. 7.30pm, £2.50-£6.50.

Oval Thrash special - Taranis Annoyance and Insane. Brickmakers Moon Unit Two. 8os wells Nostalgia. 9pm to midnight. Manhattans India night. 9pm to2am. Hy's Club night. Peppermint Park As last Thursday. Ritzy Partee .... 9pm to 2am. Superskate As last Thursday.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4 cont. St Andrews Hall Music at Christmas for Voices and Brass - UEA choir, London Brass Ensemble and guests. 7.30pm, £12-£6/£10-£4 cone. St Gregory's Arts Centre "Love Bites" - a play by Leslie Davidoff, performed as part of World AIDS Week. Proceeds to the Fightback Trust. 7.30pm, £5. Oval Dumpy's Rust Nuts. Brickmakers Texas Edge (lunchtime). 11th Hour- original material. (Evening). King's Head OK Teddy Juke and Boogie Band.

The Ferryboat, Norwich Lena Black Big Band Rhythm and Blues All Stars. Boswells Viva! 9pm to midnight. Hy's Club night.

Oval Sweet 'n' Innocent and Riot Act.

deon last Friday. A nd possibly So I Married an Axe Murderer with Mike Myers.

Brickmakers Two French bands on tour Adelscott and Krakkbrain.

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City Sa( ay, plus The Bodyguar.... , .o)- Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston star. 11pm. Theatre Royal See Tuesday. Norwich Arts Centre Benefit for Norwich Aids Helpline. 8pm, £5/£3. The Waterfront Swamp. 8.30pm-1am. Adm £3.50. lllladdermarket Theatre ! Thursday. UEA Gig. Orchestral Manouvers in the Dark. 7.30pm, £10.

King's Head Cheese Mechanics Blues Band. 8os wells Chris Simmons Band. 9pm to midnight.

Hy's Club night.

Peppermint Park Club night.

Odeon See Friday, November 26. Cinema City See Monday, plus The Wizard of Oz (U) - the classic film starring Judy Garland. 2.30pm.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 7

Ritzy Furious Fun. 9pm to 2am.

Cannon See Friday, November 26.

Superskate As last Saturday.

Odeon See Friday, November 26. Cinema City See Monday. Also 2.30pm.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 5

Theatre Royal See last Tuesday.

Cannon See Friday, November 26.

Brickmakers Lee Vasey (lunchtime) . Worlds Apart - the local rock band, NOT those other ones .... (Evening).

Norwich Arts Centre The Moving Image - the climax to a 3-day dance and drama "experience". 8pm, £2.

8os wells Nostalgia. 12 noon to 3pm.

Boswells Jazz 'n' Blues Jam with Dave Holgate and Paul Stevenson. 9pm to midnight.

Odeon See Friday, November 26. Cinema City The Bodyguard- 5pm. The Piano -7.30pm . Theatre Royal Eddie lzzard - the star of standup. 8pm, £4-£10.50. Oval FM plus support.

Superskate As last Tuesday.

Manhattans As last Sunday. Superskate As last Sunday.

MONDAY DECEMBER 6

Hy's Club night. Manhattans Talent '93 Competition - Second Semi-Final.

Manhattans Club night - with Clive (Wiggy) as seen on TV in "The Hit Man and Her". 9pm to 2am. Peppermint Park Fosters Promotion. Same offers as with Sol. Ritzy Fast Trax. 9pm to 2am Superskate As last Friday.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 4 Cannon See Friday, November 26.

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Manhattans As last Saturday.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 3 Cannon See last Friday. Plus Aladdin (See page 10).

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Norwich Arts Centre Wizards of Ooze - acid jazz from a group of young Belgians. 8pm , £6/£4.

Cinema City Baby of Macon (18) - Peter Greenaway's controversial film about a "miracle" child. 5.45pm, 8.15pm.

The Waterfront Meltdown club night. 8.30pm1am. Adm £3.50.

Theatre Royal See Tuesday.

Maddermarket Theatre See Thursday. Also 2.30pm.

Norwich Arts Centre Wilde Club - Skyscraper plus support. £3.50 adv/£4 door.

Theatre Royal See Tuesday. Also 2.30pm. Cannon Cinema, Prince of Wales Road. Tel 623312 Odeon Cinema, Anglia Square. Tel 0426 932450 Cinema City, St Andrews Street. Tel 622047 Theatre Royal, Theatre Street. Tel 630000 Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedicts Street. Tel 660352 Maddermarket Theatre, Maddermarket • Tel 620917 Puppet Theatre, St James' Whitefriars. Tel 629921 Brickmakers, Sprowston Road, Tel 426629 Kings Head, Magdalen Street. Tel 627998 Manhattan Nightclub, Dove Street. Tel 629060 The Oval Rock House, Dereham Road. Tel 748244 Peppermint Park, Rose Lane. Tel 764192 Ritzy Nightclub, Tombland. Tel 621541 UEA, Earlham Road. Tel 505401 Boswells/Hy's, Tombland. Tel 626099

Brickmakers Opportunity Band Night. Boswells Jazzmatazz. Bpm to 11 pm. Hy's Club night. Peppermint Park Banana promotion. Ritzy Nth Degree. 9pm to 2am. Superskate See last Monday.

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