CLASSICAL MUSIC Judith Nelson, Aspetti d'Amore. January 6, City Hall Concert Hall, Central. $50, $80, $120. 8 pm. Urbtix on 734 9009. Soprano Judith Nelson has chosen a programme of 17th century love songs for her solo recital in Hong Kong and will perform works by Strozzi, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Campion and Purcell, among others. One of the world's major exponents to the baroque vocal repertoire, Nelson has 69 recordings to her name and made her operatic debut in 1979, singing Drusilla in L'incoronazione de Poppea by Monteverdi. She will be accompanied by Paul Hale on baroque cello and Franklin Lei on theorbo. DANCE E-Side Modern Dance Company, Private Moment. Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. January 4-5. $50, $60. 8.15 pm. Urbix on 739 9009. This performance from the E-Side Modern Dance Company attempts to delve into those innermost thoughts that we have when we're completely alone. Like on the toilet, for example. Though this may raise a snigger from some quarters, the company asks pertinent questions about how people relate to others in such 'private moments'. What do we feel? What goes through our minds? Simple props such as wooden tables (and toilets) are used in this production of one hour and 15 minutes. The choreographer is Jacky Yu Yan-wah, musical composition is by Xavier Yu. JAZZ The Through Train. Le Bar Bat, 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. January 3 and every Wednesday in January. 10 pm till l am. Admission free. A new band and a new live music venue for Lan Kwai Fong. Local outfit The Through Train plays hard bop, the intense high-octane jazz popularised by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and Horace Silver in the 50s and 60s. It's a sophisticated, fluid sound which works well in the dark and intimate atmosphere of Le Bar Bat and one which goes down a treat in the wee small hours. The line-up includes Charles Martin on bass (also a columnist in this newspaper), Frank Rusco on trombone, Skip Moy on guitar, Danny Wee on drums and Tim Wilson on just about everything else. The club is open to non-members on live music nights. CINEMA Cinema Paradiso. Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wan Chai. January 7 (8 pm), January 12 (7.30 pm). $45, Urbtix on 734 9009. Starring Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio. In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Grab a box of Kleenex for this Oscar-winning tale of a film producer who takes a trip down memory lane and recalls the magic and wonder of the cinema through a child's eyes. A feel-good movie which, though a bit too sentimental at times, is still a joy a watch second time around. Bicycle Thieves. Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, Arts Centre, Wan Chai. January 7 (6 pm), January 14 (5.30 pm). $45. Urbtix on 734 9009. Starring Alessandro Cicognini, Lamberto Maggioriani. In Italian with English subtitles. Another Italian Oscar-winner but this one's from way back - 1948 to be precise. A simple, moving story about an unemployed Italian who finds work sticking up posters for American movies. All he needs is a bike to get himself about. But after one day on the job, someone pinches his vital means of transportation. The film traces his desperate search to find his bicycle; ultimately he has to steal someone else's. Described as a classic of Italian neo-realism, it is an entrancing film and was made using non-professionals. Director Vitoria de Sica's objective was to 'de-romanticise the cinema'. ART Allegorical Dreams, the Beauty of the Myth. 1/F Lan Kwai Fong House, 5-6 Lan Kwai Fong, Central. January 7-22. Free. Nymphs and god-like creatures abound in the work of artist Caroline Jones, who finds her inspiration Greek and Roman mythology. By combining themes from ancient folklore with the natural fauna of Hong Kong (Jones is no stranger to the rural life and lives in the tiny village of Hok Tsui, population 25, near Shek O) she has created a series of whimsical paintings which have found their way into the collections of numerous local and overseas patrons. CLUBBING Lollipop. Pomeroys, On Hing Terrace (off Wyndham Street) Central. January 4, Free entrance until 10 pm, then $60. 10 pm until 2am every Thursday. Those groovy guys from Sea Music (and Far East Far Out) have dug deep into their vinyl collection for their newest club night, which they describe as an indulgent look at pop classics from the late-70s to mid-80s. It's a mixed bag, encompassing both the sublime and the ridiculous. The musical melee ranges from the divas of disco such as Gloria 'I will Survive' Gaynor and Sister Sledge to the floppy-fringed New Romantics such as Japan and Spandau Ballet. In addition to the good, the bad and the ugly, expect to hear some classic tracks of modern times from the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, The Jam and Elvis Costello. Blue Ice Beer is the sponsor, so the ale is two for one all night.