Arts week

Essential reading

Book of the week, without a doubt, has to be The Roald Dahl Treasury. An anthology of his writing for children is mixed with extracts from his autobiographies, all lavishly illustrated with the familiar drawings of Quentin Blake. A must for Christmas - sod the nephews and nieces, buy it for yourself.Published by Cape, £20.

Love among the ruins

..and other works by Edward Coley Burne-Jones are currently on view at the Tate Gallery as part of the exhibition The Age Of Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Watts:Symbolism in Britain 1860-1910.Take a look for some lush, romantic, magical paintings.Until 4 January 1998.

Objects of desire

The Hayward Gallery is currently showing Objects of Desire:The Modern Still Life, an exhibition unprecedented in style and scope.It traces the evolving language of modern art through the still life, covering turn of the century Paris, 1960s PopArt and recent post modernist art. Essential viewing for dinner party conversation.

Unashamedly evil

The Circus Of Horrors: it’s a stinking stew of styles, with raw rock and B-movie schlock creating a twisted voodoo circus, a descent into a disintegrating world of topless vamps and transvestite fire eaters, intestine-drilling fakirs and bungee jumping skeletons.Prizes and free entrance for the first 25 people in fancy dress on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Dig out your suspenders. (Girls too.)Ends 16 November.

At the Camden Roundhouse.Cc:0171 267 0007, HMV,Ticketmaster, Tower Records.

Arts Sneak

Glorious mascara

Eddie Izzard will be bringing his perfectly made-up surreal brand of humour to the UK from 3rd to 8th November on the British leg of his mini world tour, Glorious. He’ll be at the London Arena where tickets are usually £18.50, but all you lucky London students can get a seat for a ridiculous £5. Grab the chance while you can - limited number of concessions for each performance.

London Arena: 0171 538 1212

Closer than close

Patrick Marber’s searing new play, Closer, will be making a return to the National Theatre from Tuesday 21st when it transfers to the Lyttelton. Sex, drugs and the Internet, what more could you want? Cast includes Liza Walker and Sally Dexter.

RNT: 0171 928 2033. Ask about student standby availability.

Kick back

Keep an eye out on 31st October for the launch of a new national newspaper, The Mule, put together by dozens of hip things on the Brit-Art scene including some from the notorious ‘Sensation’ exhibition. Make sure you get the first issue, however, as it will also be the last. A tabloid newspaper, with cheap print and cheap tricks, but with several things you wouldn’t expect to see in a tabloid. It’s taking on the big boys at their own game, challenging the media corporate monopoly of “what the people want”. It doesn’t want to change the world forever. Just for a day.

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