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What’s on this week in Edinburgh? 17th January 2011

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17th January 2011

Classes start tonight at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall in  Jewellery and Silversmithing – Beginners Mondays 6-9pm (Semester One: 17th January – 31st March) Cost is £180 Info & bookings: Ian Nicholson on 07535 449 037 or Also at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall you can learn to meditate from 12 till 1pm. Info & bookings: or 0131 622 1956

10am on Monday mornings is when the Art Cart begins in the National Museum of Scotland.  Free creative fun for children of all ages.

The Blackwell Book Group meets tonight at 6pm. “Share the reading experience with a group of fellow booklovers, with an evening of friendly discussion. This month the subject for discussion is Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, available in the shop at a discount to group members. Email to join up. If you want to join one of the numerous book groups in the city’s libraries then all the information you will need, including what they are reading right now, is available here.

The exhibition Childish Things is only on for one more week until 23 January so get along to The Fruitmarket Gallery if you want to catch it.

Childish Things is The Fruitmarket Gallery’s second collaboration with David Hopkins, Professor of Art History at the University of Glasgow; acknowledged authority on Marcel Duchamp, dada and surrealism; increasingly renowned writer on contemporary art; and curator of the popular 2006 Fruitmarket Gallery exhibition Dada’s Boys: Identity and Play in Contemporary Art.

18th January 2011

5:15 PM Dr. Miranda Anderson (University of Edinburgh). ‘”Look what thy memory cannot contain”: Extending the Renaissance Mind’, G2, 19 George Square

Tuesday January 18th at Oxgangs library at 6.30pm there will another Social Media Surgery.  “Edinbuzz Social Media Surgeries have a simple aim – to match up volunteer experts (or “surgeons”) with people from community groups or charities (the “patients”) that would like to make more use of the free online tools that are out there. All the events aim to avoid jargon and long boring speeches. Instead patients can expect some free one-to-one coaching from people who believe that social media can provide a cost effective boost to almost any organisation.” More details on the coachingby social media luminaries such as former Guardian beatblogger, Tom Allan, and Greener Leith’s Ally Tibbit, on their website.

Sofi’s at 65 Henderson Street has a knitting circle which meets on Tuesdays. More details here.

Organ music at The Usher Hall on 18th January at just after 1 o’clock. A concert of music devoted to Franz Liszt who was born 200 years ago in 1811. The main piece is his highly dramatic and exciting organ work Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, and the programme will also include Liszt’s own transcriptions for organ of music by Mozart, Chopin and Wagner. Tickets only £3 from the box office.

Get along to The Filmhouse where they are showing Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep at 3.15, 6.00 and 8.30pm. Buy tickets here.

Joseph Pearce’s Jogging Club meets tonight at 7pm.

Weekly running club following the very best kind of route: one with a bar at each end. After meeting at Joseph Pearce’s at 23 Elm Row, the group jogs down to Sofi’s for some refreshing lingonberry juice, before heading back up to JP’s, which is a route of 3.5 miles. More details here.

19th January 2011

EUSA have just set up a volunteering section for students to get involved in. EUSA Volunteering will link students with volunteering opportunities in the local community. There will also be a pool of volunteers that can be ‘lent out’ to assist with local community events and short term/one off volunteering projects. EUSA Volunteering aims to be a one-stop shop for student volunteering. The official launch ceremony will take place on Wednesday 19th January from 4-6pm and the ribbon will be cut by Mary Bownes, the University’s Vice-Principal for Widening Participation and Community Relations.

JCI Edinburgh are hosting a presentation skills seminar at The Roxburgh Hotel from 6.30pm. The seminar will be delivered by Erick Rainey, a multi award winning international speaker, trainer and coach. He delivers transformational workshops and seminars to companies, organisations and open groups. These workshops engage delegates at every level, pushing them to develop and maximise their instrinsic skill set and performance potential. More details here. Erick Rainey also conducts a different seminar on 22 January details here.

The next meeting of the Old Edinburgh Club will be held at the Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge on Wednesday 19 January at 7.00 o’clock. Olive Geddes will talk about Golf in Edinburgh and Beyond.

Staff and students are invited to learn about and discuss best teaching practice at the second Inspiring Teaching conference on 19 January.

The free event is run by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, with full support from the Institute for Academic Development. The conference programme offers two keynote speakers as well as a range of interactive workshops. Teaching staff from across all three Colleges will be contributing to these workshops. The topics covered will include student support, employability, postgraduate tutoring and video feedback.

For further programme details or to register, visit the conference website.

20th January 2011

Tuition fees: do we have a right to free education – debate at Teviot Debating Hall   7pm – 9 pm
An interactive debate with the special guests: John McKee (current president of the Scottish Students’ Debating Council) and Ewan MacDonald (former Communications Coordinator for the Scottish Conservative Party) is taking place on Thursday. You will be able to pose your own questions about the issue that has resulted in7 Hill Challenge – outside Teviot so many objections.

Boda Bar at 229 Leith Walk reopens today after refurbishment with a brand new art exhibition. More details here.

The Filmhouse is in the middle of the Howard Hawks season and tonight they are showing the classic film Scarface. A bit violent for The Reporter’s liking but The Filmhouse waxes lyrical:-“Its seminal importance in the early gangster movie cycle outweighed only by its still exhilarating brilliance, this Howard Hughes production was the one unflawed classic the tycoon was involved with. Hawks and head screenwriter Ben Hecht were after a combination of Capone and the Borgias: it’s violent, sexy, sadistic and subversive. Paul Muni is marvellously over the top as Tony Camonte; but George Raft, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley and Boris Karloff are cool as caviar.” More details about booking here.

Understanding Technology: Patenting the Telephone on Thursday 20th January 2011 in the Dunfermline Room National Museum Scotland at 15:00 (1.5hrs) Entry Free but you can Book on 0300 123 6789 Professor Graeme Gooday from the University of Leeds explores the inventive history and legal disputes surrounding the development of the telephone.

A new Drop-in Job Clinic For Parents is starting up at McDonald Road Library.They will  help you lick your CV into shape, complete those application forms and show you how to go about finding the right job for you. The clinic will be held every Thursday from 20th Jan – 24th Feb 2011 at 10am – 12:30pm. For further details contact Judith Fenton on 0131 316 5073 or Katie Turpie on 0131 553 0106.

Featuring David Byrne in conversation, beamed live from The Ritzy, Brixton, to cinemas across the country including The Cameo on Thursday 20 January, 8.45 , RIDE, RISE, ROAR is a David Byrne concert film that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen.

Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film combines the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s most recent collaboration (‘Everything That Happens Will Happen Today’).

Between the songs (each of which is shown in its entirety), the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show’s unique fusion of pop music and modern dance.

Two authors, Sophie Cooke and Kirsten Tranter will be speaking at 6:30pm Thursday 20 January 2011 at the Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The event is FREE and complimentary drinks will be served. Booking is essential, please contact: / 0131 242 8100

5:15 PM Dr Natalie Adamson (University of St Andrews) “Vestiges of the Future: Abstraction and Temporality in the Paintings of Pierre Soulages”, Lecture Room 1, 20 Chambers Street

21st January 2011

You may think it a bit of a waste of our time telling you about something that is already fully booked…..but you might be interested to know that there are aerial dance classes at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall. The session from 14th January to 18 February is fully booked but you can make enquiries about future classes by contacting Jennifer at / 07989 978 598

1:10 PM Lunchtime concert: John Kitchen (Organ). Admission free, Reid Concert Hall

Curator’s Choice: Looking Through the Past on Friday 21 January 2011 in the Dunfermline Room at 14:00 (1hr) Entry is £5/£4/Members and Patrons free. Book on 0300 123 6789

How easy were the first microscopes to use? What can we learn from replica scientific instruments? Klaus Staubermann and Tacye Phillipson from the Museum’s Science and Technology department invite you to explore these questions using replicas from Galileo’s telescope to a magic lantern, commissioned thanks to the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary programme.

The Singing Kettle is back at The Festival Theatre  – Friday 21 – Sunday 23 January The excited Singing Kettle team Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin have been left in charge of the “Toy Making Machine” at the Fun Factory and will need the help of the audience to make sure every toy is made properly and on time.

Even with all the work to do, there’s still time for lots of “Kettle Openings” bursting with surprises. Join in with heaps of non-stop sing-a-long favourites like “Jelly Belly”, “10 Green Bottles”, and “The Nonsense Song” as well as some brilliant brand new songs.

Jock and Jeremy, the hilarious singing chefs, will be on hand for their own dynamic brand of crazy cooking routines ……… that normally ends in mayhem, while Bonzo the Dog is never far away when there’s fun to be had!

The Singing Kettle will be at their brilliant best with Cilla, Artie, Gary and Kevin in their wacky working costumes, ready to delight and mesmerise all ages with superb audience participation. Some lucky children will end up on stage to join in the excitement.

The Fun Factory is a fantastic treat for the whole family that will have you rocking with laughter and singing all the way home.

Remember to dress up in a funny hat!

22nd January 2011

Woodland Tracks & Trails Saturday 22nd January 2011, 10am – 1pm, Corstorphine Hill
Learn and practice the skills of a naturalist, including wildlife tracking. Aimed at families. Booking required For further information or to book a place, please email Ruth Wyatt at or call 0131 445 4025

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra at The Queen’s Hall playing a programme of

Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes
Haydn: Symphony No 83 ‘La Poule’
Tchaikovsky: Scenes from ‘The Nutcracker’

Robin Ticciati, conductor

Brilliant, witty, playful, surprising and suave: words that well describe both Haydn and Stravinsky who are paired in three concerts this spring. A sparkling joie de vivre pervades all three, but expect more: Ticciati has already demonstrated his power to mine deep below the surface and draw his audience into the passion and complexity that lies at the music’s heart. Adding a seasonal icing to the cake, some of Ticciati’s own favourite dances from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker round off the evening.

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (Free to ticket holders). Ashley Page, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, in conversation with Svend Brown about Stravinsky and ballet. More details and booking here.

JCI Edinburgh are holding a Burns Supper on 22nd January 2011 at The Roxburgh Hotel when Robin Harper is delivering The Immortal Memory. You may still be able to get tickets here.

23rd January 2011

7 Hill Challenge – meet outside Teviot 9:30 am
A great challenge for those interested in hiking! A total distance is 14 miles and the route include Arthur’s Seat, Castle Rock, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Braid Hills, Blackford Hill and Craiglockhart Hill. Don’t forget about warm clothes and comfortable shoes!

Concorde’s 35th Anniversary Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 January 2011 at the National Museum of Flight from 10:00 – 16:00 Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first flight to Bahrain by the Concorde G-BOAA

Board Concorde like royalty with our black tie hosts, take part in the Concorde quiz, supersonic science shows and make and take workshops. See artefacts from the 1970s and let everyone know what you were doing in 1976! And if you were born in 1976… enjoy free entry!

Wee Stories Theatre presents: Oor Rabbie on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at Hawthornden Court. Shows at 12:30, 14:30 (1hr) Entry is Free
Join acclaimed folk musician Wendy Weatherby and storyteller Andy Cannon for an original theatrical performance celebrating the life of Robert Burns. Discover the history of the famous bard through his best-known works in this fun family show.

Land Girls and Lumber Jills is the year long exhibition at the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle. Price included in Edinburgh Castle admission.  This exhibition finishes in February 2011. This exhibition tells the important story of the Women’s Land Army (WLA) and Women’s Timber Corps (WTC) in Scotland. From roots in the First World War, these Land Girls and Lumber Jills played a vital role in feeding the nation and providing timber. Objects include a formal uniform from the 1940s right up to the 2008 medal awarded to all surviving members of both the WLA and WTC.

‘Land girls’ took on all types of agricultural work from sowing to harvesting, calving to shearing, whilst the Women’s Timber Corps supplied the wood. Some volunteered but others were conscripted as by 1941 all women under the age of 60, without children under 14, could be called up for essential war work.  Public recognition of the vital hard work and commitment from these women arrived in 2008 when they were issued with a medal which incorporated the designs from both the Land Army badge and that of the Timber Corps, along with a certificate of thanks from the Prime Minister.

You may also want to read about one of The Reporter’s schoolteachers – Mona Kedslie – who was a Land Girl. The Scotsman wrote about her here.

JCI Edinburgh are holding a Burns Supper on 22nd January 2011 at The Roxburgh Hotel when Robin Harper is delivering The Immortal Memory. You may still be able to get tickets here.

And for the forward planners among you:-

Greener Leith are starting up their commuter breakfasts again on 24th January in Victoria Park. More info here.

On 8th May there is a fundraising event which you could register for now. Yes you too could abseil from the Forth Bridge!

Where: South Queensferry
Times: 9am – 5pm (timeslots allocated in advance)

Get down to South Queensferry and add your name to the list of brave souls who have dangled off the Forth Rail Bridge to support Waverley Care.

Raise a minimum sponsorship of £125 to support people living with HIV or Hep C in Scotland and we will pay for your place. For more information give our Fundraising Team a call on 0131 556 9710 or email

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