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Last updated : 26th January 2000

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The Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, as it works to the lunar calendar, so 5th February sees the start of 4698, which puts the fuss over Y2K into context. It will be a year of the Dragon (which is good) but an angry one (which is not so good). Chinese communities across the country will be celebrating with Lion dancing, firecrackers and food much in evidence. Thanks to Chinatown Online you can find out about the traditions, plus how and where you can join in the fun. Events across Britain 6th February.

Message To The Mayor looks at London Mayors past and present, surveying their plans and policies for "improving" the capital, with pictures, maps and interactive models. Not guaranteed to inspire confidence in the upcoming administration - whoever wins. Museum Of London until 20th February.

Audible Light is a series of installations and environments created by eight artists, with backgrounds in music, performance, film, video and architecture, from Britain and Europe. Each explores sonic illumination - the artificial generation and interaction of sound and light. Some pieces are interactive, and are affected by the movement of the viewer. Museum Of Modern Art Oxford until 19th March. 01865 722733.

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Tempus: The Art Of Time is another millennial exhibition exploring time in art and science, from Ancient Egyptian sundials to thermoluminescence testing. Through calendars and diaries, paintings and the written word, it examines how cultures and civilisations down the ages have striven to record, measure or represent this elusive concept. Like the Royal Observatory, Cambridge can claim real credentials for staging such an exhibition, in their case thanks to Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Stephen Hawking. There is an accompanying programme of school and adult projects and events. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 30th April.

Picture Yourself turns the traditional notion of a portrait gallery - the great and good, famous and infamous - on its head. The installation artist Marty St James celebrates the millennium with a year long scheme to present the faces of the general public. Anyone wandering in off the street can have his or her portrait digitally recorded, framed and hung. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh until 31st December.

1900: Art at the Crossroads is a recreation of the exhibitions staged in the different national pavilions at Paris Exposition of 1900, effectively a survey of the art of the day, during the birth of modernism. It is a fascinating juxtaposition of now forgotten artists who were the toast of their time, and the usual suspects including Picasso, Monet, Munch, Klimt, Mondrian, Cezanne, Matisse and Kandinsky. The exhibition brings together hundreds of paintings and sculptures from all over the world, and is shown in all 12 galleries of Burlington House, with the works arranged in themes. Royal Academy until 3rd April.

Treasures Of The North is a public exhibition of private masterpieces, in aid of charitable causes. It features a wide variety of works, from Rosetti to Damien Hurst, including over l00 paintings and drawings, English and French furniture, historic jewels, rare silver and porcelain, drawn from historic collections in the North of England. Many of these have never been seen in public before. The exhibition moves on to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester from 25th February to 9th April. Christie's, London until 13th February

Rene Magritte was the foremost exponent of the surrealist movement, and this exhibition contains 70 of his works, some of which are among the most memorable images of the 20th century. Clouds and bowler hats aplenty then - and the fact that he was Belgian somehow makes it even more surreal. The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh until 26th March.

Sixty Years Of Batman turns Bethnal Green into Gotham City (a big improvement however you look at it). Comprised of early artwork, models, costumes and memorabilia, it celebrates the entire history of the Caped Crusader and his cohorts Boy Wonder and Batgirl, not forgetting their collection of dastardly foes. Creator Bob Kane was apparently inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci drawing of a flying machine with bat wings. (Is there nothing Leonardo didn't think of first?) There is an accompanying programme of Saturday workshops for children. National Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green London until 27th February. 0181 980 2415.

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Amazons Of The Avant-Garde looks at the unique contribution to the development of twentieth century art of six extraordinary woman artists, who had a crucial impact on political, ideological and social thought. It traces the evolution of the Russian Avant-Garde, from the turn of the century through to its suppression in the mid-1920s, one of the most vital and prolific chapters in the history of Russian art. Drawn from more than thirty public and private collections, many of these works are being shown for the first time in the West. Royal Academy of Arts until 6th February.

The Turner Prize has now become a major event in the arts calendar, attracting a betting frenzy rivalling the Booker. The odds were on Tracy Emin's unmade bed (possibly in the hope that she would disgrace herself at the Award presentation). Nevertheless, Steve McQueen won, with a film which recreated a scene in a Buster Keaton movie. You can make your own mind up whether Tracy was "robbed", as well as putting the nominated works into perspective, by visiting the other permanent 20th century galleries. Tate Gallery London SW1 until 6th February.

Shake, Rattle and Roll the Dice! examines a thousand years of skill, chance and cheating at board games. Visitors can discover how to cheat with a set of medieval loaded dice, see a one thousand-year-old strategy war game carved in stone which was played by Vikings, try to beat the computer at CD Rom Monopoly and play a game of time travel around the world, from Africa to Asia, from medieval times to today. Croydon Clocktower, London until 30th January.