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JAZZ & BLUES THE third annual Cardiff Jazz Festival takes place from Tuesday with a week of gigs at Dempsey's and The Globe. Tickets to gigs vary but click on festival for a full programme.

CLASSICAL & OPERA MOZART'S opera Mitridate, r di Ponto is at Wales Millennium centre in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday by the Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras. Tickets cost pounds 5-pounds 35 from 08700 402000.

OPERA In The Hayes gets underway next week as The Royal Opera House beams its production of Ondine live to the big screen outside St David's Hall in Cardiff at 7.30pm, free.

FOLK & COUNTRY SHOW Of Hands play at The Muni in Pontypridd on Wednesday. Tickets cost pounds 14.50 from 029 2087 8444.


BUFFALO Bar in Cardiff welcomes Holly Golightly on Wednesday (ticket prices TBC) and Cryptacize, which includes ex-Deerhoof guitarist Chris Cohen, on Tuesday (pounds 5). Call 02920 310 312 for more details.

THE Globe in Cardiff presents UK champion beatboxer Killa Kella on Thursday (ticket price TBC) and folk rockers The Strawbs on Saturday (pounds 10). Visit for more information.

THE line-up at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff includes Florida power-poppers We The Kings tonight (pounds 8-pounds 9) and Brooklyn oddities Phosphorescent, who will be playing the music of Willie Nelson, also tonight (pounds 8.50-pounds 9.50). Call 029 2023 2199 to book.

BARFLY in Cardiff is taken over by the Surface Unsigned Festival this weekend with 14 bands over Saturday and Sunday (pounds 6 per night), there's also The Hatcham Social on Monday (pounds 5) and Sierra Alpha on Wednesday (pounds 5). Call 0844 8472424 for information.

POP HEATHER Small, the voice of M People, brings her iron lungs to St David's Hall in Cardiff on Sunday. Tickets cost pounds 22.50-pounds 25 from 029 2087 8444.

DANCE THE Ugly Ducklings Dancing Cabaret at The Parc & Dare Theatre in Treorchy on Wednesday at 1.30pm, is a mix of Swan Lake and The Ugly Duckling, by Canadian dance company Cas Public. Tickets cost pounds 3 from 01443 773112.

COMEDY THE regular four-man line-up at The Glee Club in Cardiff Bay, tonight and tomorrow, features Trevor Crook, Matt Welcome, Jojo Smith and Stefano Paolini. Tickets cost pounds 12.50-pounds 16 from 0871 4720400.

THEATRE THE New Theatre in Cardiff has two interesting one man shows this week. First up is John Sergeant, the BBC journalist and scourge of Strictly Come Dancing, who will be spinning anecdotes and taking questions on Thursday (tickets pounds 7-pounds 16.50) while on Tuesday and Wednesday, Philip Madoc presents Dylan Thomas And Friends (pounds 7.50-pounds 17). Call 029 2087 8889 to book.

SHERMAN Cymru in Cardiff kicks off its annual new writing festival Springboard on Thursday. Tickets for individual events vary in price. Visit for a full programme or call 029 2064 6900 for more information.

POET Patrick Jones launches his spoken word album Tongues For A Stammering Time with a live performance featuring musicians including Martyn Joseph, Amy Wadge and Stacey Blythe. Tickets cost pounds 6-pounds 10 from 029 2030 4400.

DAVE Courtney And Friends, which includes Howard Marks, is a show by the reformed gangster and it's at St David's Hall in Cardiff tonight. Over-16s only.

Tickets are pounds 20-pounds 25 from 029 2087 8444.

THRILLER Live, the Michael Jackson musical, left, is at St David's Hall in Cardiff tomorrow. Tickets cost pounds 12-pounds 29.50 from 029 2087 8444.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 29, 2009
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