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Peter Howson and The Beautiful South

Hull football casual turned sensitive musician Paul Heaton obviously likes a bit of art to go with his sad songs about booze and what funny things girls are. The Beautiful South’s single ’Perfect Ten’ and the album Quench (pictured) both feature works by Glaswegian painter Peter Howson as their cover design.

’I get more excited about seeing my work on CDs than in galleries,’ says Howson, who found fame with his harrowing depictions of the Bosnian crisis and who recently exhibited a series of paintings inspired by the World Cup in his native Glasgow. ’I've always wanted the normal person in the street to see my work, so this is a good opportunity. My mother’s been going round all the HMV shops in Glasgow getting posters.’

The next Beautiful South single, either ’How Long Does It Take A Tear To Dry’ or 'Dumb’, will be released at the end of November and will also feature Howson art. (Peter Ross)

Quench is out now. The Beautiful South play Glasgow SECC, Thu 22 Apr. Peter Howson exhibits new work at Ange/a Flowers Gallery, London, Fri 30 Oct—Sun 29 Nov.

’Death is not the end,’ sang a mournful Nick Cave and, for Robin Williams and Annabella

What Dreams May Come


Separating the wheat from the chaff, here’s the cream of the crop.

Theatre: The Crucible Arthur Miller’s powerful evocation of the witch- hunt mentality, written at the time of the McCarthy trials, in a vivid new production by The Touring Consortium. Kenny Ireland, better known as artistic director of the Royal Lyceum, directs a large cast in this popular period piece, set in 17th century Massachusetts. See preview, page 67. Edinburgh: King’s Theatre, Tue 3—Sat 7 Nov.

Film: Velvet Goldmine A bit of Iggy, a bit of Ziggy, but mainly a whole lot of fiction as Todd Haynes looks back on the glam rock era. More androgyny and bisexuality than a Culture Club tribute band. See review, page 32. General release from Fri 23 Oct.

TV: The Comedy Lab Reading like this year’s Perrier shortlist, Channel 4's season highlights the best new comedy performers and writers including Peter Kay, Tommy Tiernan, Ed Byrne and Jason Byrne. See preview, page 123. Channel 4, Wed 4 Nov.

Games: 1080 Snowboarding Throw a stiffy, hazard a nose grab and generally wear big trousers in the warmth of your own home with the best snowboarding sim ever. New from Nintendo. See review, page 126. Out now.

Performance Art: National Review Of Live Art Artists from across the UK and Ireland challenge the boundaries of what passes for art and performance. Watch out for Rhian Nicholas playing at being Sleeping Beauty. See theatre and art listings, pages 72 and 91. Glasgow: Arches, Fri 23-Sun 25 Oct.

Music: Stereophonics The searing Welsh power trio promote their new single ’The Bartender And The Thief’ in what will be a borsterous night out. Edinburgh: Assembly Rooms, Sun 25 Oct.

Music: Big Big World Glasgow's annual festival of world music continues with more infectious sounds from around the world. Look out especially for Papa Wemba (below), Busi Mhlongo and Robin Williamson. See previews and listings. Glasgow: various venues, until Sat 37 Oct.

Sciorra, that’s certainly the truth. In What Dreams May Come, Williams plays a man who arrives in Heaven after a car accident, then journeys to Hell to rescue his wife (Sciorra) from the spiritual prison brought about by her suicide. The film doesn’t open till Boxing Day, but here’s an early glimpse of the afterlife scenes which combine computer animation and painting to a startling degree. (Alan Morrison)

What Dreams May Come is due for release on Sat 26 Dec.

Papa Wemba plays as part of Big Big World

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