Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Tonight; YOUR GUIDE TO THE CAPITAL'S FINEST ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London Tonight; YOUR GUIDE TO THE CAPITAL'S FINEST ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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OPEN YOUR MIND cad0gan 7

7pm, Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, SW1. [pounds sterling]10-[pounds sterling]20. Tube: Sloane Square cad0gan 7 is the unwieldy handle for a new series of classical concerts tailored to the iPod generation's busy schedules. Lasting only an hour, they will not test attention spans or commandeer evenings out, yet neither do they compromise on quality. Tonight, the Orchestra of St John's is joined by the great Russian violist, Yuri Bashmet (below), and violinist Victor Tretyakov for Mozart's haunting Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. John Luppock conducts. RG 020 7730 4500

COUNTRY Giant Sand

8pm, Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherd's Lane, Dartford, Kent. [pounds sterling]14.50, [pounds sterling]12.50 concs. Rail: Dartford (40 mins from London Bridge) Alternative country figurehead Howe Gelb continues his idiosyncratic career path with his latest album Is All Over the Map, recorded in Tucson and Denmark. David Smyth 01322 291100

EXHIBITION The Tree of Life

Until 8.30pm, British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1. Free. Tube: Holborn, Russell Square Commissioned as part of the Africa 05 series for a range of London galleries, this astonishing half-tonne sculpture (below) is made entirely of decommissioned weapons found in Mozambique.

RG 020 7323 8000

LATE-NIGHT LONDON

Where is there a 24-hour cafe?

Somine 131 Kingsland High Street, E8.

Rail: Hackney Central This small Turkish cafe offers a welcome pit-stop in east London, and the menu, chalked up on the wall, features great stews and stuffed breads. Drink tea and reflect upon your evening out. Charles Campion 020 7254 7384

DEBATE

Where Do All The Ex-Communists Go?

7pm, ICA Nash Room, Nash House, The Mall, SW1. [pounds sterling]8, [pounds sterling]7 concs.

Tube: Charing Cross

David Aaronovitch, John Lloyd, Suzanne Moore and Beatrix Campbell discuss what has happened to all the Reds since New Labour cleared them out. It's chaired by Francis Beckett, author of The Rise and Fall of the British Communist Party and Stalin's British Victims. Katie Law 020 7930 3647

PUNK Radio 4

Despite sharing a name with Britain's least danceable broadcaster, New York's Radio 4 (above) are near the forefront of the punk funk revival and put on a thrilling, lively show.

DS 020 7344 4444 7pm, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1. [pounds sterling]11.50.

Tube: Goodge Street

COMEDY The Best In Stand Up

8pm, Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1. [pounds sterling]15. Tube: Piccadilly Circus It may not actually be the best, but it's appealing enough on a dark, cold February evening. Rich Hall drops his Otis Lee Crenshaw alter ego to present his grumpy, satirical self, while

Lucy Porter is a deceptive pocket dynamo, more acidic than she seems. …

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