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COMING SOON.

There are two chances to sample the Nanci Griffith experience over the coming weeks, at Symphony Hall on May 2 and Warwick Arts Centre on May 15. The prime mover behind the disparate movement known as 'new country' Griffith is in fact one of those singer songwriters whose gifts transcend marketing genres.

Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 0870 607 7533: Ute Lemper in Concert (May 1) Dusty (May 2-6) Lanza (May 8-13) Paul Daniels (May 14) Men O Men (May 16) Jamie Oliver (May 17) A Carpenter's Masquerade (May 18) Mike Osmans UK2K Tour (May 19) The Glen Miller Orchestra (May 21) Paul Carrick (May 22) The Disney Channel Kids Awards Show (May 27) Present Laughter by Noel Coward (Jun 23-22).

Birmingham Repertory Theatre 0121 236 4455: Malcolm Stent (Apr 26-May 6) The Shakespeare Revue (May 9-13) Saint Joan (May 19-Jun 17) Carl Chinn's Brummie Variety Show (May 28) Present Laughter (Jun 23-Jul 22) The Door: Quaratine (Apr 27-May 20) The Gift (May 25-Jun 17) Transmissions Festival of Young Playwriting (Jul 3-Jul 17) The Bird by Aristophanes (Jul 27-29).

Symphony Hall 0121 212 3333: CBSO with Sakari Oramo and Vadim Repin (Apr 27 & May 3) European Brass Band Championships (April 28-29) John Mayall & Peter Green (May 1) Nanci Griffith (May 2), CBSO (May 3) Bjorn Again (May 4) Orchestra of The Kirov Opera (May 5) CBSO with Sakari Oramo and Olli Mustonen (May 6, 9 & 11) Philharmonia Orchestra (May 7) Sunday Morning Coffee Concert (May 7) Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (May 10) Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra & Charity Gala Concert (May 12) Canoldir Male Choir Anniversary Concert (May 13) Summer Concert - KIng Edwards Schools (May 16) Takacs Quartet - Beethoven 2000 (May 17, 19) Angela Mortimer Masterclass Series (May 18) Philadelphia Orchestra (May 18) Hank Marvin (May 20) Staffordshire Music Festival (May 21) Don Williams (May 24) That'll Be the Day (May 26) Richard Goode (May 27) Sunday Morning Coffee Concert (May 28).

Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 0121 440 3838: Sampad (Apr 22) Nosey (Apr 24) Children's Film School (Apr 25-28) Call My Name (Apr 25-27) Luvvies in the Air (Apr 27-29) No Regrets (Apr 28) Milennium Guitar Recitals (Apr 29) The String Swing Things (Apr 30) Silly Cow (May 2-6) Celtic Feet (May 3) Paul Robeson Knew My Father (May 6) Mudskipper and Dan Whitehouse (May 7) Menaka Thakker Dance Company (May 7) Orphans (May 10-12) Vasmalom (May 11) Punch and Judy Jamboree and International Puppet Extravaganza (May 13 & 14) Jeff Mizra's Asian Comedy Shop (May 18) Utopia's Whores Beverley (May 19) The Music Room/Nick Harper (May 21) Imaginary Dances (May 24) The Kaos Renaissance (May 24) Jim Crace in Conversation With Richard Coles (May 24) Lagbaja (May 26) UK Music Live (May 25-29) Musical Connections (May 26) Happy Hour (May 27) Sweet Dreams (May 27) Sinatra Day (May 28) The Wind in the Willows (May 29 & 30) Jon Lloyd/John Law Quartet (May 31) Exhibitions: A Garden and Three Houses (Apr 29-May 14) Concrete Dreams: Birmingham Buildings of the 50s, 60s and 70s and Positive Developments: Photographs from Birmingham Central Library Photographic Archive (Apr 29-Jun 4) Mixing It: Ceramics and Prints (May 27-Jul 9) The John Konal Photographic Portrait 1999 Award (May 27-Jul 16) Dogs Dogs: Photographs by Elliott Erwitt (Jun 10-Jul 16) Fact, Fantasy and Pharmacopoeia: Wearable Art by Norah Fok, Helen Storey, Susie Freeman and Liz Lee (Jul 19-Aug 27).

National Indoor Arena /The Academy 0121 200 2222: Festival of Police Music - British Police Symphony Orchestra and Tattoo (May 6) Willie Nelson (June 27), Chris Rea (Oct 18), Jools Holland (Nov 18).

NEC/Arena 0121 780 4133: Simply Red (May 5) Steps (May 17-20) Best Disco In Town 3 (May 21) Shirley Bassey (May 28) Judith Durham - The Seekers (Jun 5) Santana (Jun 13) Tom Jones (Dec 1) Chris De Burgh (Dec 9) Five (Dec 18) Bootleg Beatles (Dec 22).

Ronnie Scott's, Broad Street, Birmingham 0121 643 4525: Judie Tzuke (Apr 22) Boohai (Apr 23) Generak Kingpin (Apr 24) Alex Williams Big Band (Apr 25) Best of Songwriters Support (Apr 26-27) Medieval Baebes (Apr 28) Sophie Garner (Apr 29) Sean Keane (Apr 30) The Strawbs (May 1-2) Sarah Colman (May 3) Lindisfarne (May 4-6) Hangover Blues Band (May 7) Richard Iles/Andy Schofield Big Band (May 8) Edwin Starr (May 9-10) Steve Gibbons Band (May 11-13) Nearly Dan (May 14) 10CC (May 15-19) Ian Shaw (May 20), Joshua Redman (May 21) Groove Report (May 23) Cousteau (May 24) King Pleasure (May25) Joe Lee Wilson (May 29) Lady Sings The Blues (June 7-8), Sugarman Three (June 12-13).

Brindleyplace 0121 685 2600: Splash - BBC Millennium Live Music Live (May 29).

The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham 0121 643 5858: Macbeth (Apr 25-May 29) Calamity Jane (May 2-6) Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (May 2 & 30)Two Way Mirror: Elegy for A Lady and Some Kind of Love Story (May 8-13) The Pirates of Penzance (May 9-13) Attempts On Her Life (May 15-17) My Fair Lady (May 15-20) Shirley Valentine (May 30-Jun 3) Terry Pratchett's Maskerade (Jun 17-Jul1) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jul 3-8) Wallop Mrs Cox (Jul 10-15) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Jul 25-29).

Adrian Boult Hall, Paradise Place, Birmingham 0121 236 5622: Finals of Chamber Music Competition for Young Students (May 5) John Ireland Prize (May 8) Symphony Hall Recital Competition (May 8) Birmingham Conservatoire Singing Prize (May 9) Birmingham Conservatoire Percussion Prize (May 10) Recital for Denis Matthews Award (May 11) Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Prize (May 12) Birmingham Schools Ensembles Concert (May 13) Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Prize (May 15) Birmingham Conservatoire Piano Prize (May 17) Alfred Corfield Trumpet Prize (May 18) Birmingham Conservatoire Sinfonia (May 18) Chamber Concert (May 19) Birmingham Schools' Ensembles Concert (May 21) Doris Newton Music Club Prize (May 22) BBC Music Live Concerts (May 25-29) Iqbal Academy (May 28) Herbert Lumby Prize (May 30).

Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston 0121 414 7333: The Palladian Ensemble (May 3) BCMG/Anthony Pay/Mary King (May 10) Exhibitions 100 years of the University of Birmingham (May 1-Jul 31) Art Aive! - Brueghel (May 6 & 13).

Victoria and Chamberlain Squares, City Centre, Birmingham: Big Leaps, Giant Steps (Jul 1).

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Gas Hall) 0121 303 2384: Kingdom of the Soul; German Symbolist Art Exhibition (May 26-Jul 30) Four Recent Print Donations (Jun 6-Aug 6).

Ikon Gallery, Off Brindleyplace, Birmingham 0121 248 0708: Ikon Touring Launch (May 6-Jun 3) Richard Billingham (Jun 7-Jul 16) As It Is (Jul 26-Sep 10).

CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham 0121 236 5622: BCMG & Trestle Theatre Company present Bitter Fruit (May 28-30).

Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham 0121 236 5622: Piano Recital - Geoffrey Hopkins (May 6) Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Prize (May 8) Woodwind Prize (May 9) Brass Prize (May 10) Guitar Prize (May 11) Harp Prize (May 16).

Thistle Hotel, Hagley Road, Edgbaston 0121 559 6205: Trevor Lines/Liam Noble Quintet (May 7) John Ruddick Quintet (May 14) Tim Ward & Bebop Revival (May 21) Pete Harris Quartet (May 28).

The Drum, Potters Lane, Aston 0121 333 2400: Reggae Explosion (Jun 16-Jul 16).

Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull 0121 704 6962: Salsa Night (Apr 28) Le Grande Illusion (Apr 29).

OUT OF TOWN

Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton 01902 429212: The New Adventures of the Chuckle Brothers (Apr 24) A Night At the Music Hall (Apr 25-29) Billy Fury - Halfway to Paradise (Apr 30) Les Liaisons Dangereuses (May 2-6) Gene Pitney (May 7) Annie (May10-20) The All New Adventures of Noddy (Jun 8-11) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jun 26- Jul 1).

Wolverhampton Civic Hall 01902 552121: Pantera (April 26) Leftfield (May 18), Big Country (May 21) The Bluetones (May 25), Harry Hill (Nov 9), Gabrielle (Nov 16), Ken Dodd (Dec 10).

Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 01902 552121: Bentley Rhythm Ace (May 24), Muse (June 4), Caravan (Oct 12).

Wolverhampton Little Civic 01902 552121: Queen Adreena (May 16) angeLou (May 17) Mike Sanchez (May 18) JJ72 (May 22) Trevor Burton (June 15).

Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry 024 7652 4524: Harlem Gospel Choir (Apr 27) The Beauty Queen of Leenane (May 2-6) Soweto String Quartet (May 5) Nanci Griffith (May 15) Spot's Birthday Party (May 16-20) Bjorn Again (May 18 & 19) Jamie Oliver (May 22).

The Belgrade, Coventry 02476 553055: Millennium Mysteries (Jul 18 - Aug 5).

Palace Theatre, Alcester Street, Redditch 01527 65203: Magic - Queen Tribute (May 11) Summer Musical (May 31) The Searchers (Jun 16 & 17).

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Glos 01242 572573: An Evening With Pam Ayres (Apr 22) The Sooteries (Apr 25 & 26) Jazz Festival (Apr 27-May 1) English Touring Opera (May 2-6).

Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos 01242 227979: Cheltenham Festival of Literature (May 6 & 7).
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