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Some Things for the Weekend

A wide choice of art and the hateful

Vlad againI celebrated a landmark birthday this week, an event that can frequently lead to retrospection and feelings of nostalgia and lost youth.

This was highlighted by the fact that my birthday happened on the same day as the death of David Bowie, so the soundtrack of my teenage years was played on a 24-hour loop on TV and radio throughout the day, as a a constant reminder of how old I have now become.

However, I am in good company as a number of other Edinburgh arts institutions celebrate significant birthdays this year, including a few mentioned below. Happy birthday to them and me.

Theatre
THE WEIR
Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh   From Friday 15th January to Saturday 6th February 7.30
The Lyceum’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations continue in the New Year with this chilling, and at times hilarious play by Conor McPherson, hailed in many quarters as a modern classc. Set in rural Ireland, it involves a young woman from Dublin sharing ghost stories with the locals in a country pub, some of which become disturbingly true.

Art
INVITED ARTISTS: 35 YEARS OF THE OPEN EYE GALLERY
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh Until 27th January
The Lyceum is not the only Edinburgh arts institution celebrating a landmark anniversary in 2016. The Open Eye Gallery, on the corner of Dundas Street and Abercromby Place in the new Town, celebrates its thirty-fifth year with an exhibition of the work of a selection of the artists who have contributed work to the gallery over the past three-and-a-half decades, including John Byrne, John Bellany and Adrian Wiszniewski.

Cinema
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
On General Release from Friday 8th January
Definitely this month’s must-see movieQuentin Tarantino’s eighth full-length feature is a Western set in nineteenth-century Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters, and their prized prisoner are stranded in a storm. As it’s Tarantino, expect shooting, blood, guts, gruesome violence and some very bad language indeed.

Our film critic will be reviewing the film in the Arts & Lifestyle section

THE DANISH GIRL
On General Release
Eddie Redmayne has been nominated for a number of awards for his part in this movie, following on from his 2015 Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking . Having played a man with motor-neurone disease, he now takes on the role of a transgendered female artist in 1930’s Berlin.

Dance
SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE: DO YOUR THING
Dundee Rep Saturday 9th January to Saturday 26th March 10 am
If you made a New Year’s resolution to be more active in 2016, but don’t fancy going out running in Scottish winter weather, Scottish Dance Theatre are running a weekly dance workshop at Dundee Rep every Saturday morning through to late March. The classes are open to people of all abilities, and there is also a course for children running at the same time. Although it started last week, it should not be too late to join.

Comedy
STU AND GARRY
Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, Sunday 10th January 1.30 pm
A show I make no apologies for including in this column yet again, as it’s on every week, and every week it is guaranteed to provide top-class afternoon entertainment. Furthermore, if you’re tightening your belt after too much festive spending, this show is free. Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson are the finest exponents of improvised comedy in Scotland.

Comedy
MARK NELSON PLUS SUPPORT
The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow Thursday 14
th to Saturday 16th January 9 pm
Mark Nelson won Best Headline Act at the 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards. He is consistently inventive and challenging, and his material always falls just on the right side border between acceptable and offensive. This weekend he’s supported by from former Scottish Comedian Of The Year Jamie Dalgliesh, with a cameo on Saturday from some bloke called Vladimir McTavish.

Music
SAM LEE AND FRIENDS: GYPSY TRAVELLER ROOTS
Tron Theatre, Glasgow Friday 15th January 8 pm
Described by many as Britain’s most inventive folk-singer, Sam Lee will be playing songs from his recent second album A Fade In Time as well as an eclecticmix of music from around the world. Lee mixes traditional folk songs with a range of different international musical styles. A unique artiste.

Vladimir McTavish will be appearing with Bruce Fummey at The New County Hotel, Perth on Friday 15th January, in a preview of their show which be presented at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World, Perth, Australia



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