THE TOP FIFTY ; Our Critics' Choice of the Week's Hot Tickets
The White Stripes
Jack and Meg (above) show off their latest album. Hammersmith Apollo, London, tonight; Alexandra Palace, London (0870 534 4444) Tue & Wed; touring
Crazy Icelandic experimentalists with their own made-up language. Brixton Acad, London (0870 771 2000) Wed; Corn Exchange, Edinburgh (0870 220 1116) Thur; touring
The sneering, leather-clad blond himbo of punk is back with a surprisingly decent album, Devil's Playground. Brixton Academy, London (0870 771 2000) Fri; touring
Legendary songwriter. Sage, Gateshead (0191 443 4661) Mon; Grand Opera House, York (0870 606 3595) Tue; Bloomsbury Th'tre, London (020 7388 8822) Wed; touring
Sinead O'Connor with Sly & Robbie
Veteran Jamaicans back the Pope-baiting diva. Barrowlands, Glasgow (0870 220 1116) tonight; Academy, Manchester (0161 275 2930) Mon; touring
'As You Desire Me'
Kristin Scott Thomas is intriguingly slippery as Pirandello's cabaret chanteuse. Playhouse, London (0870 060 6631) to 22 Jan
Phyllida Lloyd's fine Schiller revival with Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter as the rival queens. Apollo Shaftesbury, London (020 7494 5070) to 14 Jan
Kevin Spacey is an arrogantly cold then crumpling ruler in Nunn's CCTV-infiltrated production. Old Vic, London (0870 060 6628) to 26 Nov
Visually stunning, darkly comic physical theatre piece about anaesthesia. Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (024 7652 4524) to Sat
Another run for this heartrending WWI trenches play, directed by David Grindley. New Ambassadors, London (0870 060 6627) to 7 Jan
'Battle in Heaven'
Sex, metaphysics and the Mexican grotesque (above) " Carlos Reygadas's surreal, visually intense follow-up to his much- acclaimed Japn
Bill Murray plays a Don Juan on the skids, in search of lost loves in Jim Jarmusch's tender but dry comedy
'Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were...'
Gromit the dog " animation's closest thing to Bill Murray " saves Britain's carrots in a bracingly jolly Plasticene hit
Moody comedy of small-town teen angst from Mike Mills, the latest MTV video alumnus to go big-screen. Tilda Swinton and Keanu Reeves head the unlikely cast
Wilder, wittier and faster: a two-month tribute to a Hollywood legend. Centrepiece is the noir great, Double Indemnity. NFT, London (www.bfi.org.uk/nft) to 30 Dec
The Pity of War Violinist Matthew Trusler, pianist Martin Roscoe, and actor Samuel West perform music and poetry from WW1. Imperial War, London (020 7416 5439) today
'Il diluvio universale'
Daft plot, wonderful music: Opera Rara and the LPO perform Donizetti's Biblical rarity. Theatre Royal, London (0870 890 0145) today
The Britten Sinfonia, Ian Bostridge, Steven Osborne and St John's College Choir present Cambridge's centenary festival. Various venues, Cambridge (01223 357851) from Tue
Budapest Festival Orchestra Ivan Fischer and Richard Goode's Beethoven and Bartok cycle continues. Barbican, London (0845 120 7500) Fri & Sat
Elder conducts Melanie Diener, John Daszak and Alastair Miles in Borodi, Shostakovich and more. Bridgewater Hall, Mancs (0161 907 9000) Sat
'The Real Life of Anthony Burgess'
Andrew Biswell (Picador) Slippery author of A Clockwork Orange nailed down at last
Matthew Yorke (Waywiser) Wry, politically charged novel about a family's attempts to make a fortune at betting and building
'No Country For Old Men'
Cormac McCarthy (Picador) A severed head and shoulders above other American novelists
'Swedenborg's Secret' Lars Bergquist (Swedenborg Institute)
Biog of the Scandinavian Da Vinci, a polymath with occult interests
'Poems Bewitched and Haunted' ed John Hollander (Everyman)
A spooky collection of classics for winter nights
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