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After all the fun and games of the school holidays we have some serious grown-up stuff on offer this week, from Spy Week to the refugee crisis, Marxism, symbolism in art, recent Irish history and – of course – election hustings. So have an intellectual seven days – and if it all gets a bit too much, why not try the Cameo’s Calamity Jane Sing-along? There aren’t many things a ride on the Redwood Stage won’t cure. Please remember to check details of all events with the organisers before setting out.

MONDAY 11TH APRIL 2016

Things I Like About Dementia: an exhibition of paintings by Edward McLaughlin. Edward is a dementia activist who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011 for his tireless campaigning to raise awareness.things I like about dementia poster The exhibition, including drawings of his character creation ‘Al Zeimer’, encourages a greater understanding of what it means to be diagnosed with dementia, the role of art in exploring the impact of diagnosis and the empowering nature of creativity. ‘What I would like to highlight the most is the fact that a diagnosis is not the end of the road, you can live a very good quality of life. I have known people who have been diagnosed for 20 years and still have a good standard of life’. Launch tonight 6.30pm, with Edward and local musician Wendy Weatherby, then 10am-8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday, Portobello Library, Rosefield Avenue. Ends 5th May 2016.

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Grassmarket Community Cinema: The Squid & The Whale (15). Exquisitely painful, root-canal-jabbingly uncomfortable, this black comedy from writer-director Noah Baumbach, based on his parents’ breakup, is bittersweet without the sweet. It lets you know in a big way what people mean when they say divorce is ‘traumatic’. The unhappy tale is set in Brooklyn, New York City in 1986, a pre-mobile phone, pre-internet era of typewriters and being unable to contact your teenage kids when they are not home. Baumbach has perhaps remembered this time via Woody Allen movies and Philip Roth novels from the same period and before. Or perhaps, scarily, he has just taken it directly from real life. Jeff Daniels plays Bernard Berkman: an insufferably pompous, bearded novelist and creative writing professor, whose books are not selling any more. His wife Joan (Laura Linney) is on the verge of leaving him and has chosen this moment to become a successful novelist herself, with a piece of work about to be published in the New Yorker magazine, a distinction that has always eluded Bernard.the squid and the whale 2 7pm, Grassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row. All welcome, free admission: donations very welcome! The Grassmarket Community Project is a charity providing mentoring, training and education to participants, many of whom are amongst the most vulnerable of Edinburgh’s citizens, in a nurturing environment. It operates a community cafe, woodwork and tartan social enterprises, and a range of social integration and educational activities for members, aimed at enhancing life skills and developing confidence. To read about The Edinburgh Reporter’s afternoon at the Project, click here.

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Dads Rock Antenatal Classes for Dads: free weekly classes run in conjunction with NHS Lothian. New session starts tonight at 6.30pm in Wester Hailes – for more information and to book your place call Thomas on 07542 074 165 or email Thomas@dadsrock.org.uk.

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For Crying Out Loud: screenings for parents and carers and their babies under the age of 12 months. (Maximum of two adults per baby). Babychanging, bottle-warming and buggy parking facilities are available. Today’s film is Couple in a Hole (12A – contains infrequent strong language and animal butchery) (in French and English with English subtitles). As we meet Scottish couple John and Karen, they are living in the wilderness of the French countryside. Their lifestyle is simple and devoid of modernity, foraging for food, water and resources, relying on no one else to survive. But when a poisonous spider bites Karen, John breaks their self-imposed isolation to get help. As the couple’s backstory unfolds, an impending sense of doom casts a pall over their small world, and the seeming serenity of the forest is revealed to be as fragile and unstable as its inhabitants. 11am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets cost £4.50/£3.50 per adult.

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Putting Women in the Picture: Glasgow Women’s Library’s Work in Scotland. Glasgow Women’s Library is the UK’s sole accredited museum of women’s history. Launched in 1991, its work focuses on addressing the hidden histories of women, frequently involving responses to this concept by contemporary women artists, filmmakers and writers in its programme and projects.glasgow women's library logo Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager and one of the Library’s founding members, will explore the work of the Library over the past 25 years, book-ended by the groundbreaking survey exhibitions, Glasgow Girls (Kelvingrove, 1990) and Modern Scottish Women and the linked themes of women’s representation in the cultural landscape, strategies to recover and showcase ‘lost’ work and the Library’s aims as a newly recognised Collection of National Significance. 6-7.30pm, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

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Adventures  in Faith: Nowhere to Lay their Heads. syrian refugee imageDr Joshua Ralston, Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations, Programme Director for MA Theology and MA Philosophy and Theology programmes, New College, University of Edinburgh will give a presentation on Church, Theology and the Refugee Crisis. Dr Ralston’s primary work is concerned with the theological, ethical, legal-political and scriptural encounters between Christians and Muslims across the centuries, with a particular focus on Protestant Christianity and Sunni Islam. 7.30pm, St Michael and All Saints Church, Brougham Street. All welcome: admission £5 on the door. For more information please contact adventures@dioceseofedinburgh.org.

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Campbell’s Ceilidh:  a 21st century old style shindig at which there’s no knowing what might happen! Mairi Campbell’s easy and fun approach will facilitate harmony singing for everyone, plus offerings from Mairi and participants in song, story or poems. We may meet in step dancing or have a ceilidh dance with live fiddle! Each event is unique. No experience required. 7pm, Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £8/£6 and may be booked in person, by calling the Box Office on 0131 556 9579 or online here.

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rimington, stellaEdinburgh Spy Week: Women in Spy Fiction – In Conversation with Dame Stella Rimington. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. What roles have women played in spy fiction, and how do they compare to the realities of women’s role in the history of espionage? Dame Stella Rimington, the first female director general of MI5 and author of the acclaimed Liz Carlisle spy fiction series, will discuss these and other questions in conversation with Professor Penny Fielding, Grierson Chair of English at the University of Edinburgh. 5.30pm, 50 George Square Lecture Theatre (G.03), University of Edinburgh School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, 50 George Square. Free but registration is required and may be made via eventbrite here.

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Orchard: prints by Sarah Gittins. This exhibition features two new series of prints – the first follows an orchard through the seasons; the second imagines a mature orchard growing in the streets and spaces of the City of Dundee. Over the past three years Sarah has been working with her partner, Jonathan Baxter, on DUO (Dundee Urban Orchard), an art and horticulture project. DUO has worked alongside community groups, schools and cultural organisations to establish a network of 24 small-scale orchards that together reimagine Dundee as an Orchard City. During this time Sarah has also made regular visits to draw an old, tangled, apple orchard in the grounds of the Hill of Tarvit, Fife. Orchard brings together images distilled from these two projects, of the biodiversity commons of an Orchard City and the cycle of life within a community of apple trees. 9-4.30pm Monday to Saturday, Leith School of Art, North Junction Street. Ends 11th June 2016. Image: Orchard Cycle: 4, 2016, screenprint on mdf, 40cm x 40cm, © Sarah Gittins.

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Cliff Slaughter: Against Capital: Experiences of Class Struggle and Rethinking Revolutionary Agency. Brought up in a Communist Party family in Yorkshire, Cliff Slaughter worked as a coalminer as an alternative to military National Service, before graduating from Cambridge University. He co-authored the classic Coal is Our Life with Norman Dennis and Fernando Henriques, since when has written a number of books on the working-class movement, socialism and Marxist theory, including Marxism, Ideology and Literature, and, more recently, cliff slaughterNot Without a Storm: towards a communist manifesto for the age of globalisation and Bonfire of the Certainties: the second human revolution. In his new book, Slaughter assembles contributions by participants in recent movements in South Africa, Britain, Spain, Mexico, countries in the former Soviet zone and – in a major contribution from Yassamine Mather – the Middle East. yassamine matherHe offers an extended critique of ‘vanguardist’ conceptions such as Trotsky’s ‘the crisis of humanity is reduced to the crisis of working-class revolutionary leadership’ and Kautsky’s and the early Lenin’s formulation that socialist consciousness must be brought to the working class ‘from the outside’. Finally, Against Capital examines the necessary theoretical foundations of a rebuilt working-class movement, with special attention to the concepts of class-consciousness and the relation between theory and practice. ‘This book is a compelling and distinctive contribution to recent debates encompassing works such as Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Paul Mason’s PostCapitalism‘. 6pm, Word Power Books, West Nicolson Street. All welcome, free – donations also very welcome!

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LGBT Spiritual Space: Maxwell Reay, NHS Mental Health Community Chaplain, offers a supportive space for people to discuss and develop ideas of spirituality and identity. Suitable for people of all faiths or no faith at all. Tonight: opportunities for individual conversations and information regarding spiritual needs. 6.30-7.30pm (within weekly Drop-In, which runs 5.30-8pm), LGBT Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information please contact Alison Wren on 0131 652 3283 or email alison@lgbthealth.org.uk.

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St Giles’ Cathedral: JS Bach Mass in B minorScotland’s Pre-Professional Baroque Ensemble, The Kellie Consort, perform with guests The Fitzwilliam String Quartet and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, directed by Tom Wilkinson (University Organist at the University of St Andrews, Edinburgh University graduate and former St Mary’s Music School pupil). 7.30pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Tickets £12 (Concessions £10, students and under 18s £5) available at the door.

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The Relevance of Marxism in Scotland Today: the Edinburgh Branch of the International Marxist Tendency invites people of all views and opinions to a discussion of such questions as – what is Marxism? Why is it still relevant? Didn’t the fall of the USSR show that it failed? How does it fit in with the independence campaign in Scotland? Can the masses really be won to revolutionary ideas? How can it be applied to the real life day to day struggle? What would socialism really look like? Ross Walker from the Editorial Board of Scottish Marxist newspaper Revolution, an activist of RISE and the Scottish Socialist Party and UCU QMU Union rep will introduce this first discussion. 6pm, Forest Cafe, 141 Lauriston Place.

TUESDAY 12TH APRIL 2016

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A Matter of Life and Death: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh as Symbolist. The gesso panels of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1864-1933) represent only a portion of her body of work, yet they are perhaps the most technically skilled, stylistically refined, and symbolically potent images of her creation. They were made for interiors designed by her husband and artistic partner, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In this talk Mackintosh Research Fellow Dr Robyne Calvert examines some of these works as keys to unlocking Symbolist narratives that were the themes of the Mackintoshes’ enigmatic and evocative collaborative work. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed. Image: The Mysterious Garden, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, 1911.

edinburgh collegeEdinburgh College Broadcast Media and Photography Open Day. The college is opening its doors and inviting you to explore its range of Broadcast Media and Photography facilities at two of its campuses – Sighthill and Milton Road. ed college broadcast & media photography open daySee the studios and equipment first-hand while getting the chance to speak to staff and students about the range of courses on offer.You will also be able to tour the campus facilities, find out about courses and choose the right one for you. 2-6pm, Edinburgh College Milton Road Campus, Milton Road East. Sighthill Campus will be open at the same times on Thursday 14th April – see listing. For more information call Edinburgh College on 0131 669 4400.

Cameo Silver Screen: if you are 60+ join the Silver Screen club and qualify for discounted tickets costing just £5.50 – plus free tea, coffee & biscuits – at these special weekly screenings. Today’s films are Hardcore Henry (18) at 2pm and 4.10pm, Midnight Special (12A) at 4pm, The Absent One (18) at 6pm, Eddie the Eagle (PG) at 1.05pm and Hail Caesar! (12A) at 1.35pm. Cameo, Home Street. Non-members are welcome but pay standard ticket prices.

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Prints by Anne Russell: Kirkwall-born artist Anne Russell worked as a printmaking technician at the former Dundee Printmakers Workshop and the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio; she now creates her own prints at DCA Print Studio. ‘The sky, the light, the constant change of weather all influence my work and mood. While out walking I am habitually searching my surroundings for patterns and colours with a view to translating them into one of my prints. Within my work I mean to suggest a time of day or a memory, creating the sense of a place and how I see it’. 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, McNaughtan’s Bookshop, 3a & 4a Haddington Place. Ends 21st May 2016. Image: Anne Russell, Rackwick Bay © the artist.

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Edinburgh Spy Week: Scotland, Secrecy & The State. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact.edinburgh spy week logo This afternoon The University of Edinburgh’s English Department takes you on a secret journey back to three moments of historical espionage, starting with clandestine plots against Mary Queen of Scots, moving on to the novelist Daniel Defoe’s mission to Edinburgh in 1706, and ending with the spy scandals in Edinburgh following the Napoleonic Wars. The panel will look at how spying affected the lives of the famous and of ordinary people, and see who the spies were and how they were used by and against the state. 2-3pm, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Free but registration is required and may be made by calling 0131 623 3734 or via eventbrite here. For more information about Spy Week click here.

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Screening Irish History: 1916 and its Legacy. The 1916 Rising was one of the most significant and transformative events in modern Irish history and this year marks the centenary of the week-long rebellion in Dublin. Screening Irish History, now in its third year, explores the conflicts and consequences of 1916 in imaginative and provocative ways. Today’s film is ’71 (15)a gritty, relentless drama set in 1970s Belfast, written by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke (Black Watch).  '71New army recruit Private Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is deployed to Belfast during the Troubles in 1971. Shortly after arriving his unit is supporting a routine house search operation which escalates into a terrifying street riot, and during the chaos Hook is accidentally left behind. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape. 5.45pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 228 2688 or online. Each of the four films in this series will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, critics and experts. The series is jointly organized with the University of Edinburgh’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Irish Consulate, Scotland. The next film will be Michael Collins (15) screening on 27th April.

Mary Paulson-Ellis: The Other Mrs Walker. The Edinburgh-based author discusses her acclaimed debut novel. In a freezing Edinburgh flat, an old lady dies with nothing left behind but a series of objects – an emerald dress, an orange and a Brazil nut with the Ten Commandments etched in its shell. What story might these objects reveal and who will uncover their tale? 6.30pm, Linlithgow Canal Centre Tea Room, Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are available from the organisers, Far From The Madding Crowd, 20 High Street Linlithgow, tel: 01506 845509.

Edinburgh Spy Week: Ian Fleming and James Bond: Fact and Fiction. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. james bond logothe spy who loved me coverThis evening Dr Christopher Moran (University of Warwick) asks whether there is any truth to James Bond. Why has this jet-setting, martini-drinking, serial womanizer proved to be so enduringly popular? Moreover, what do real intelligence agencies think about Britain’s best-loved spy? Dr Moran will focus on the interplay between the Bond phenomenon and the real world of intelligence; Ian Fleming’s work for British intelligence in Moscow before 1939 will be addressed, as will his time as personal assistant to Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Sir John Godfrey, in World War II. After 1945 Fleming developed close links with US spies and the CIA, especially America’s premier intelligence chief Allen Dulles. Amazingly, edinburgh spy week logoDulles was fascinated by Fleming and Bond, and even tasked his engineers at Langley to copy 007’s gadgets. Dr Christopher Moran has written widely on intelligence and national security issues; his books include Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain and Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA. 5.30pm, George Square Lecture Theatre (G.03), University of Edinburgh School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, 50 George Square. Free but registration is required and may be made via eventbrite here. For more information about Spy Week click here.

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Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Summers under the Tamarind Tree: Contemporary Pakistani Cooking with Sumayya Usmani. summers under the tamarind tree 2In this cookbook celebrating the varied, exciting and often-overlooked cuisine of a beautiful country, former lawyer turned food writer and cookery teacher Sumayya Usmani captures the rich and aromatic pleasure of Pakistani cooking through more than 100 recipes. She also celebrates the heritage and traditions of her home country and looks back on a happy childhood spent in the kitchen with her grandmother and mother. Pakistani food is influenced by some of the world’s greatest cuisines. With a rich coastline, it enjoys spiced seafood and amazing fish dishes; while its borders with Iran, Afghanistan, India and China ensure strong Arabic, Persian and varied Asian flavours. Sumayya brings these together, beautifully showcasing the exotic yet achievable recipes of Pakistan. 6.30pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free tickets may be obtained from the shop’s front desk, by calling 0131 622 8222, emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk or via eventbrite here.

conversationposterEdinburgh Spy Week: Paranoid State. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. The Filmhouse’s contribution is this season of films, which explore the mental condition of spies and voyeurs as they begin to find it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between reality and imagination.edinburgh spy week logo The paranoid individual shows a ‘pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others’ but in an atmosphere where neither their own perceptions nor society as a whole can be trusted, we enter the condition of the all-pervasive Paranoid State. The political and the psychological converge as paranoia blurs the distinction between the self and the system. Today’s film is The Conversation (15): Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is the self-proclaimed ‘best bugger on the West Coast’, an electronic surveillance man proud of his expertise, independence and reputation, and intensely secretive about his method. the conversationHailed at the time of release (1974) for having anticipated Watergate, Francis Ford Coppola’s undeniably brilliant exploration of voyeurism, responsibility, loneliness and paranoia remains one of his most completely satisfying films, at once marvellously suspenseful and astute in its psychological and ethical insights. The screening will be introduced by Dr David Sorfa, Film Studies, University of Edinburgh. 8.35pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 228 2688 or online. The next film in this series will be Bad Timing (18), showing on Wednesday 13th April. For more information about Spy Week click here.

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The Dragon School Oxford Choir: 7-8.15pm, Canongate Kirk, 153 Canongate.

Picturehouses Discover Tuesdays: a chance to see something different and brilliant in this weekly slot – from cult classics and art-house gems to riveting documentaries. the absent one 2Today’s film is The Absent One/Fasandræberne (18) (in Danish with English subtitles) a riveting sequel to the violent Scandi hit The Keeper Of Lost Causes, this new film picks up with Carl and Assad, the Copenhagen cold-case division’s troubled detectives, as they investigate a 20-year-old murder implicating students at an ultra-elite private school. Drawn from Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling novel series, The Absent One ‘combines a riveting race-against-time mystery narrative, ultra-stylish filmmaking and surprising emotional weight to deliver a wholly satisfying tale’. 6pm, Cameo, Home Street. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0871 902 5723 or online.

WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL 2016

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Time Bubble Tales: a new free series of storytelling, songs and games for young children and their parents and carers. Come and enter the Time Bubble with your wee tot for a half hour with Debbie the Deer, and learn about Scottish history in a building that has witnessed it all! 9.30-10am (for ages 0-2) or 10.30-11am (for ages 2-4), St Giles Cathedral (ask at the Welcome Desk), High Street. Free. No booking is necessary but places are limited to 12 for each session, allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Edinburgh Spy Week: Banning Panorama – The BBC, Thatcher, and Secret Intelligence on TV. panoramaSpy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. thatcherFrom June 1980 to February 1981 Margaret Thatcher’s government and the secret services made strenuous efforts to suppress or censor a BBC Panorama programme on the activities and accountability of Britain’s intelligence agencies. But why? And to what end? Was it merely a case of keeping secret intelligence secret, or does it speak to wider tensions between the government, broadcasters, and the clandestine world? edinburgh spy week logoUsing declassified sources, BBC archives, and personal recollections, this talk by Dr Malcolm Craig (University of Edinburgh) explores the intersections between the state, the public broadcaster, and espionage during the early 1980s, and contributes to our understanding of the role of secrecy and censorship during the Thatcher years. 5.30pm, George Square Lecture Theatre (G.03), University of Edinburgh School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, 50 George Square. Free but registration is required and may be made via eventbrite here.

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NHS Lothian Gender Information Session: an information session for anyone 16yrs+ who self-identifies as having trans* and/or non-binary gender identities and who would like to learn more about the gender services offered by the NHS Lothian Gender Clinic. It is hoped this will be a valuable opportunity to give people a safe and supportive space to ask relevant questions and have those questions responded to in a trans community-focused environment. You do not have to have been referred to the Clinic to attend and parents and supporters are also welcome. There will be the opportunity to submit questions for Clinic staff ahead of the event via the booking form, and also some limited time to ask them in person on the night. 6-8pm, Chalmers Sexual Health Centre (Nancy Loudon Suite), 2a Chalmers Street. Free but booking is essential and may be made here. For more information please contact Jules Stapleton Barnes on 0131 523 1104 or jules@lgbthealth.org.uk.

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Your Neighbourhood: City Centre & Leith. A City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting. 6.30-8pm, Central Library, George IV Bridge. This is a public meeting and all are welcome. No booking required, but please email katie.swann@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 529 7492 if you require any assistance to attend or take part, eg large print, disabled access requirements, hearing loop etc.

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St Mary’s Cathedral Concerts: music for saxophone and organ with saxophonist Anna Wright. Anna is a recent graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, where she studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie. She has been playing the saxophone since she was ten, and since beginning her studies at Napier has gained experience as both a soloist and ensemble player. She has also been involved in a number of national and international saxophone events, including working at the 16th World Saxophone Congress and performing in masterclasses with saxophonists such as Andrew Somerville while attending the Scottish Saxophone Academy. 7.30pm, St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, York Place. Free admission; retiring collection.

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Investing In Our Future: the campaigns for divestment and a banking system that works for Scotland. How can we stop our pension funds supporting dirty fossil fuels?divest lothian fossil free And how do we make our financial system work for people and the planet? Common Weal Edinburgh North & Leith, Common Weal Edinburgh South and Divest Lothian bring together two distinct but connected campaigns that try to answer these very questions. Divest Lothian will be discussing its campaign for the Lothian Council Pension Fund to divest its investments in fossil fuels. The Lothian Pension Fund is one of the largest Local Government Pension Schemes in the UK, with a value of around £4.4 billion, including extensive investments in coal, oil, gas, arms and tobacco. Common WealDivest Lothian will discuss the arguments for divestment, the campaign so far and the obstacles that lie ahead. Ben Wray, Head of Policy and Research at Common Weal, will then present a vision of how finance might be used to build a better society here in Scotland. He’ll discuss a number of ideas that Common Weal are putting forward, including proposals for a new Scottish banking sector, a revived local banking network and a national investment bank. 7pm, Room 1.21, Paterson’s Land, University of Edinburgh, Holyrood Road.

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Linyi Isaiah Tam and Jonathan Grant: a free concert showcasing new works by Linyi Isaiah Tam (The Lack of Abundance, Eagle’s Youth) and Jonathan Grant (Clever Grethel, Life’s Poor Play), and also featuring solo performances by Michael Ready (flute), Rebekah Anne Donn (piano) and Euan Corstorphine (guitar) – all students from Edinburgh Napier University. 8pm, St Giles’ Cathedral, High Street. All welcome!

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Picturehouses Culture Shock: the best in cult and genre films. Tonight: Dazed and Confused (15) – Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy follows the adventures of small town Texas high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. 9pm, Cameo, Home Street. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0871 902 5723 or online.

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Jammin’ At Voodoo: monthly live jam session with some of Scotland’s leading musicians playing lounge grooves from many genres. Catch Blues, Soul, Funk, Ska, Rock and Reggae, Jazz & Country. Musicians play by invitation to set a good standard. The sessions are arranged by Rod Kennard who plays bass with The River Devils & Blues in Trouble and Ash Gupta, guitarist & leader of KoolVibration. For over 18s only. 9pm, The Voodoo Rooms, West Register Street. Free admission.

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Edinburgh Spy Week: Paranoid State. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. The Filmhouse’s contribution is this season of films, which explore the mental condition of spies and voyeurs as they begin to find it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between reality and imagination. The paranoid individual shows a ‘pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others’ but in an atmosphere where neither their own perceptions nor society as a whole can be trusted, we enter the condition of the all-pervasive Paranoid State. The political and the psychological converge as paranoia blurs the distinction between the self and the system. edinburgh spy week logoToday’s film is Bad Timing (18) (in English, German, Czech and French with English subtitles), in which Vienna is used to similar effect as Venice was in Don’t Look Now. The ‘masterful and much maligned’ bad timing 2Bad Timing is one of Nicolas Roeg’s most elusive and complex pictures, examining in flashback the consuming relationship between two Americans in the city of Klimt. Roeg has described Bad Timing as an apt summation of his career, believing himself to have often been ahead of time, instead of simply being of it. The screening will be introduced by Dr David Sorfa, Film Studies, University of Edinburgh. 8.35pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 228 2688 or online. The final film in this series will be Shiri/Swiri (18) showing on Wednesday 13th April. For more information about Spy Week click here.

THURSDAY 14TH APRIL 2016

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Easel Sketching in the Gallery – March: led by artist Damian Callan. A different subject each month and sometimes with a model. All materials supplied. 2-4pm, Scottish National Gallery (main floor), The Mound. Free and unticketed. Also at same times on Friday 15th April.

Edinburgh College Music & Sound Production Open Day. If you want a career in music, the college’s Music and Sound Production Open Day will give you the chance to view its on-site facilities and find out more about courses that can help you. edinburgh college music and sound production open dayedinburgh collegeYou will be able to speak to staff and students to gain a full understanding of the opportunities available, tour the campus facilities and studios, find out about courses and choose the right one for you, and see live student performances. 2-6pm, Edinburgh College Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue. For more information call Edinburgh College on 0131 669 4400.

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Mayfield Salisbury Thursday Club: a weekly programme of music, visual presentations, films, talks and demonstrations. Although mainly for retired people, visitors of any age are always welcome. This week: Boyd McAdam: Crete. 2-4pm, Upper Hall, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, 1a Mayfield Road. Annual membership costs £4 per year and 50p a week is charged for tea; new members are most welcome, but you don’t have to be a member to come along. For more information please contact Florence Smith on 0131 663 1234.

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Edinburgh College Broadcast Media and Photography Open Day. The college is opening its doors and inviting you to explore its range of Broadcast Media and Photography facilities at two of its campuses – edinburgh collegeSighthill and Milton Road. See the studios and equipment first-hand while getting the chance to speak to staff and students about the range of courses on offer. ​You will also be able to tour the campus facilities, find out about courses and choose the right one for you. Today, 2-6pm, Edinburgh College Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue. Milton Road Campus will be open at the same times on Tuesday 12th April – see listing. For more information call Edinburgh College on 0131 669 4400.

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The Drawing Room – April: informal, artist-led drawing sessions, each one developed by a contemporary artist and reflecting concerns within that artist’s own work. The Drawing Room examines the range of possibilities within contemporary drawing practice and explores how mark-making can also be conceived as sculpture, installation, video, performance, writing, sound, textiles and animation. All materials are supplied and no experience is necessary. 5.30-6.45pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. Free but booking is required: please call 0131 624 6410 or email education@nationalgalleries.org. Image (c) Emma Bowen.

Edinburgh Spy Week: The Secret State: Past, Present, and Future. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. Tonight: a round table discussion and Q&A bringing together luminaries from academia and the intelligence community to debate and probe the worlds of intelligence and counterintelligence. edinburgh spy week logoThis will be your opportunity to put questions about history, current events, and future trends to a panel of experts;top secret 2Richard J Aldrich, Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and author of GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency and The Hidden Hand: Britain, America, and Cold War Secret Intelligence; Rhodri Jefferys-Jones, Emeritus Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh and author of The CIA and American Democracy and In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence; and Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of the Security Services (MI5) and author of Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director General of MI5 and numerous celebrated spy fiction novels. The event will be chaired by Dr Malcolm Craig, IASH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. If you would like to put a question to the panel, please email it in advance to spyweek@ed.ac.uk. 5.30pm, University of Edinburgh School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures 50 George Square (G.03). Free but registration is required and may be made via eventbrite here.

More for Scotland’s Animals 2016 Election Hustings. What will the next Scottish Government do for animals? Will it do more to protect our pets? More to tackle cruelty and persecution of wildlife? blue cross logoMore to give farm animals better lives? OneKind_logoCome along to the More for Scotland’s Animals hustings and find out. The hustings will bring together candidates from all the political parties who are competing in the May elections, to discuss their plans for animals over the next five years. This is your chance to pose the big questions and to show the politicians how much you care about Scotland’s animals – but this event is open to everyone, whether you have a question you would like to ask or not. The hustings will be chaired by Sean Wensley, President of the BVA and Senior Vet with PDSA. 7pm (doors open 6.30pm, when refreshments will be available and you will have the opportunity to browse stalls from the organising charities, Blue Cross, Cats Protection, League Against Cruel Sports, OneKind and PDSA), Edinburgh City Chambers, 253 High Street. Free but please register with eventbrite here.

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LGBT Language Cafe: a safe, sociable and supportive space for LGBT people whose first language is not English. Improve your spoken English and your confidence and socialise with other LGBT people at these fun and inclusive sessions. Facilitators Sophie and Clare will provide inclusive ways to practice speaking English, build your vocabulary and find out more about the LGBT community in Edinburgh. 6.30-8.30pm, LGBT Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information please contact Jules Stapleton Barnes on 0131 523 1104 or email jules@lgbthealth.org.uk.

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Question Time: Scottish Parliament Election Hustings – Penicuik Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale: come along to hear your constituency candidates and ask them questions. This event is for the constituency Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale which includes Penicuik, Gorebridge, Newtongrange, Lauder, Melrose, Galashiels and Peebles. 7-9pm, Penicuik Town Hall, High Street, Penicuik. Free, (collection taken for organiser’s expenses), all welcome, please register via eventbrite here. Organised by Midlothian Matters, a non partisan community organisation aiming to facilitate the engagement of local people in issues that matter in Midlothian.

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HIV Scotland Election 2016 Hustings: HIV Scotland will host this cross-party hustings event focusing on issues important to people living with and at risk of HIV, including stigma, the availability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and welfare. HIV Scotland LogoThe evening will feature a panel consisting of Iain McGill (Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Northern & Leith), Zara Kitson (Green Party regional candidate for Glasgow), Neil Findlay MSP (Labour regional candidate for Lothian), Dan Farthing-Sykes (Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh Southern) and Jim Eadie MSP (SNP candidate for Edinburgh Southern). This will be an opportunity to hear from those standing for Holyrood on the policies they would adopt to ensure that Scotland becomes a global leader in curbing future transmissions of HIV. With 1,000 people living with HIV in Scotland and unaware of their status, there has never been a more important time to raise the importance of HIV within public health policy. Prior to the hustings, HIV Scotland will publish its election manifesto, outlining the key areas it believes the next Scottish Government should prioritise. 6-8pm, City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square. Free but please register via eventbrite here.

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Cafe Voices: Good Things Grow in Difficult Places. Join Mara Menzies for some powerful stories that celebrate the sheer strength of the human spirit, that help us notice the magical beauty of life and encourage us to follow our dreams. The Centre’s monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales, all in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. 7pm, Storytelling Court, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street. Tickets cost £5 and may be booked in person, by calling the Box Office on 0131 556 9579 or online here.

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Live Music Now: Jemma Brown and Maryam Sherhan. Mezzo-soprano Jemma Brown and pianist Maryam Sherhan perform a programme inspired by the exhibitions of women illustrators and artists including music by Amy Beach, Fanny Hensel and Claire Liddell. 6-6.30pm, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

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Showcase: Rally & Broad Masterclasses. Rally & Broad hosts Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum are joined by poets from recent R&B Masterclasses to showcase new poetic explorations and performance techniques. 6.30pm, The Mezzanine, Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close. Tickets cost £3/£2: please book via eventbrite here. For more information please call 0131 557 2876 or email reception@spl.org.uk.

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Edinburgh Spy Week: Paranoid State. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. The Filmhouse’s contribution is this season of films, which explore the mental condition of spies and voyeurs as they begin to find it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between reality and imagination.edinburgh spy week logo The paranoid individual shows a ‘pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others’ but in an atmosphere where neither their own perceptions nor society as a whole can be trusted, we enter the condition of the all-pervasive Paranoid State. The political and the psychological converge as paranoia blurs the distinction between the self and the system. Today’s closing film is Shiri/Swiri (18) (in Korean with English subtitles); one of the earliest in a string of Hollywood-style action blockbusters to be produced by the South Korean film industry following its economic boom in the late 1990s, Shiri is a stylish and confident spy thriller that set the benchmark for those that followed.  swiriWhen an elite sniper – a sleeper agent – from North Korea (Yunjin Kim) threatens to jeopardise the security of the nation, South Korean agents are dispatched to track her down. Yu (Han Suk-kyu) and Lee (Song Kang-ho) race against time to stop the Northern threat and learn that no-one in their lives can be truly trusted… The screening will be introduced by Dr David Sorfa, Film Studies, University of Edinburgh. 8.35pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 228 2688 or online.

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john burgess at outhouseThe Music of Jelly Roll Morton: the third night in a series of monthly jazz concerts featuring the John Burgess Classic Jazz Quintet playing the music of the early jazz pioneers. Tonight the Quintet will be celebrating the genius of Jelly Roll Morton with some of the very best of his wonderful compositions, including Wolverine Blues, Kansas City Stomps, Doctor Jazz, Grandpas Spells, King Porter Stomp and Frog-I-Moore.outhouse logo 2 ‘This is no idle, slavish recreation of past gems or modern reworkings of the greats but simply five top class musicians playing the music of those early jazz greats in their own way, which is something of which we think Jelly Roll would have very much approved!’ The John Burgess Classic Jazz Quintet is John Burgess (clarinet/saxes), Ross Milligan (banjo/guitar), Campbell Normand (piano), Bill Brydon (string bass) and Tom Bancroft (drums). 8pm, The Outhouse, 12a Broughton Lane. Admission £7/£5 on the door.

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL 2016

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Museum Socials: a new series of relaxed and informal sessions offering anyone living with dementia, along with their relatives, friends and supporters, an opportunity to explore a different part of the museum each month with the learning staff. Sessions are free and include a cup of tea. Today: Jacobites! The romantic and tragic story of the Jacobite campaigns and of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ are brought to life in the gallery on level 3. 10.30am (meet at The Tower entrance at 10.15am), National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street. Please book by calling 0300 123 6789. The next session will be Locomotives on Friday 20th May. Image: silver travelling canteen belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Lunchtime Concert: The Dragon School Choir, Oxford. 12.15pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free.

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Edwina Bracken: Remote Proximities. 11am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday, Patriothall Gallery, 1D Patriothall, Hamilton Street, Stockbridge. Ends 26th April.

Edinburgh Spy Week: Writing Spy Lives. Spy Week returns for its third year with an exciting programme of events exploring the secret worlds of spies and espionage in fiction and in fact. Tonight: how to write the biography of a spy – a subject who, by profession, must often conceal a true identity and fabricate fake ones in the line of duty?

What challenges and opportunities are there for biographers seeking to uncover the life stories of spies involved in secret, and politically sensitive, international affairs? edinburgh spy week logoThese and other questions raised by writing spy lives will be explored by spy novelist and biographer Jeremy Duns (Dead Drop: The True Story of Oleg Penkovsky and the Cold War’s Most Dangerous Operation), and historian, journalist and biographer Ben Macintyre (A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal). 5.30pm, University of Edinburgh School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures 50 George Square (Project Room). Free but registration is required and may be made via eventbrite here.

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Tom Gidley: U + I = Parade. An exhibition of new ceramic work by London-based artist Tom Gidley. Tom has been working with Rhubaba over the past year to produce a new body of work, which will be shown for the first time in U + I = Parade. Tom explores the materiality of clay, surface and paint to create playful juxtapositions and unexpected relationships between objects. His works are visually abstract, but use titling to complicate the abstraction by suggesting possible forms. He exploits the materiality of clay and our innate pareidolia to explore the way we read and make sense of the visual by way of language. Preview tonight 7-9.30pm, then Friday-Sunday 12 noon-5pm (or by appointment), Rhubaba Gallery, 25 Arthur Street. Ends 8th May 2016.

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Discovering Family History at the National Library of Scotland: find out about the range of resources that the Library holds to help you with your family history research. The workshop includes some practical information on how to become a reader and using the Reading Rooms. 6pm, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. Free but registration is required and may be made by calling 0131 623 3734 or via eventbrite here. For more information about the workshop please email enquiries@nls.uk.

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Marcus Oakley: Crunchy Pump. An exhibition of colourful paintings, drawings and cardboard objects, inspired by the potential of the line across a variety of formats. Linear and progressive or fluid and unpredictable, Marcus investigates the infinite possibilities of hand-drawn systems without limits, manipulating the character of each line using zig-zags, curves, lightness or density. Abstract or figurative, the characters he creates are charming, definite and idiosyncratic – Oakley’s inimitable use of bold colours, reminiscent of his 1970’s childhood, have remained constant throughout his 20 year career as a graphic artist. marcus oakley 433Blending retrospective and contemporary influences to generate 3D objects in cardboard, as well as collage and paintings, the humble line once again comes under scrutiny – deceptively simple, occasionally lazy, periodically complex and sometimes scratchy but ultimately, forever entertaining. Preview tonight 6.30-8.30pm, then 12 noon-6pm 16th – 19th & 21st – 26th April, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Gayfield Square. There will also be a children’s drawing workshop ‘Line Time‘ on Saturday 23rd April, 11am – 12 noon.

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Mark l’Anson: Drawing for a revolution and a laugh – a new collection of works on paper. I’Anson is well known and established for his trademark portraits, which have won him numerous followers and collectors throughout the UK over the past twenty years of his career. The Scottish Portrait gallery has twelve of his paintings in its permanent collection (from his 2003 exhibition The Dream Team which received significant press throughout the UK). arusha gallery logoMark’s subjects, drawn from vintage collected photographs, convey that magical depth of emotion for which he has become so well known. Working women during wartime Scotland, footballers, policemen, soldiers and protesters will line the walls of the gallery, both rebellious and humorous as a homage to everyday working people. 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday, 1-5pm Sundays, Arusha Gallery, 13a Dundas Street. Ends 2nd May 2016. Image: Mark l’Anson Duck & Cover I, 2016, © the artist.

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The Musselburgh Comedy Night: following in the footsteps of the always sold out Portobello Comedy Night, Momentum Entertainment expands its ‘tiny but magnificent comedy empire’ into sunny Musselburgh, with a launch night starring comedy legend Michael Redmond (Comedy Nation, Friday Night Live. The Stand Up Show, Clive Anderson Talks Back, Just for Laughs, Father Ted), plus Bill Dewar, David McKenna, Ross Thomson, Scottish Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2016 nominee Stuart McPherson and compere Steven Davidson. 8.30pm, Ravelston House, 182 North High Street, Musselburgh. Tickets cost £10 from Brown Paper Tickets here (booking fee applies) or from the Ravelston House bar. 25% of all profits from this launch night will go to Musselburgh Windsor 2008 football team.

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL 2016

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The Mrs Mash Show: join Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook and Barry the Banana for stories, songs and food-themed fun that gets you in the mood for good food. Hear about the magic of soup and get moving with the Fitness Fruit Salad song! For ages 3-7. 2.30pm, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street. Tickets cost £8/£6/£24 for a family of 4 and may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 556 9579 or online here.

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Literary Littles: T-Veg: The Tale of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur. Smriti Prasadam-Halls’ meaty story (illustrated by Katherine Manolessou), served up with a generous helping of vegetables, is the laugh-out-loud tale of a dinosaur who dares to be different. This spring the Fruitmarket Gallery’s free book club for children aged 3–9 presents three Saturday mornings of book readings followed by craft activities. 10-11am, Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street. Free but please register via eventbrite here. (Maximum 2 adults per child: ticket only required for your child).

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St Bride’s Family Cinema: see your favourite films for free! Adventure, excitement, fun and laughs – everyone welcome. Juice and choc ices are available to purchase in the interval at 50p each. This week’s film is Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG). Please note that all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 10.30am-12.30pm (includes interval), St Bride’s Centre, Orwell Terrace, Dalry. Next week’s film is Barnyard (PG).

Morningside Farmers Market

Morningside Farmers’ Market: fresh, local seasonal goods direct from the producers. Meat, fish, vegetables, baking, preserves, gifts and lots more, with hot refreshments available throughout the market and also from The Merlin Pub & Kitchen. 9.30am-3.30pm, The Merlin, 168 Morningside Road.

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Nothing But The Poem: April’s Nothing But The Poem is facilitated by Kate Hendry and looks at Shakespeare. 11am-12.30pm, The Space, Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton’s Close. Tickets cost £5/£4 and may be purchased via eventbrite here. For more information please call 0131 557 2876 or email reception@spl.org.uk.

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Lunchtime Concert: Boston High Boys’ Choir, USA. 12.15pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free.

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The Vintage Kilo Sale: The Vintage Kilo Sale returns to Out of the Blue with over 5 tonnes of quality mixed vintage fashion and accessories. Only £15 per kilo – bag 4/5 items and get change from a £20 note! Dresses, denim, menswear, jackets, jeans, jumpers, blouses, shirts, shorts, tees and more. Stock will be replenished throughout the day. 11am-4pm, Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street. Early bird entry (11am-12 noon) £3, 12 noon-4pm £1.50.

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LGBT Swimming: exclusive swimming for the LGBT community is back!  Enjoy the use of Warrender Swim Centre’s fantastic 25 metre pool, sauna and gym. Join friendly staff from both LGBT Health and the Swim Centre and meet other LGBT people in a safe and supportive environment. 5-7pm, Warrender Swim Centre, 55 Thirlestane Road. If you would like to attend, please register online here or contact Jules Stapleton Barnes on 0131 523 1104/email jules@lgbthealth.org.uk. Free but a donation of £3 per session is suggested.

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T Time Edinburgh: an informal monthly social gathering open to all transgender people, their friends, families and supporters. Come along for tea/coffee and a chat in a friendly, relaxed environment. An optional event runs alongside each T time, starting usually at 2pm and involving a range of interests, information and activities; today’s event is ‘Partners in Transition’ – trans and non-binary people and their partners are invited to this safe and supportive discussion around some of the issues affecting couples when a partner transitions. 1-4pm, LGBT Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information please contact Jules Stapleton Barnes on 0131 523 1104/email jules@lgbthealth.org.uk.

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ash dickinson strange keysAsh Dickinson: Strange Keys. ‘Everyone’s favourite comic surrealist’ launches his new book. Ash Dickinson is a multiple slam champion (including Edinburgh, Cheltenham and BBC Radio). His first collection Slinky Espadrilles was published in 2012 by Burning Eye Books. ‘Brilliantly surreal invention…fabulous poems’ (Edinburgh Evening News). 8pm, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate. Free admission. The Bongo Club is a nightclub, live venue and all-round artistic hub owned by local arts charity Out of the Blue, which has an established track record as a catalyst for creativity in Edinburgh. ‘Putting the sounds of the underground and imaginative aspirations before the mighty dollar’.

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British Art Shows: free discussion-led tours of the British Art Show. Focus and content will change weekly. 2-2.30pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE (meet at the main entrance), Belford Road. No booking required. Image: Feed Me, 2015, Rachel Maclean − © Rachel Maclean 2015. Courtesy the artist and Film and Video Umbrella.

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Filmhouse Over The Rainbow: the Filmhouse’s monthly screening strand for new and classic queer cinema and events. Today: Taxi Zum Klo: Taxi to the Toilet (18) (in German with English subtitles). ‘Do you want to come cruising with me? Good.’ So begins Frank Riploh’s astonishing queer Berlin odyssey, largely unseen since its creation 31 years ago. Taxi-Zum-Klo-007Growing out of an autobiographical multimedia show created by voraciously experimental Riploh, it follows his self-named character as he juggles work as a teacher, socialising with colleagues and neighbours, his compulsive sexual adventures and a fledgling relationship with a more domestically inclined lover. Can a roast dinner compete with a moustachioed stable boy? Largely shot in vivid, naturalistic style, with content ranging from banal to explicit, it’s dominated by Riploh’s compelling character: at once liberated and narcissistic, good-natured and wilful. 3.50pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road.Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 228 2688 or online. Also showing at 6.10pm on Sunday 17th April.

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As I Was Young and Easy: Dylan Thomas – A Lyrical Celebration. Storyteller David Campbell and cellist Wendy Weatherby come together in this joyous evocation of their fellow Celtic poet’s life and wit. The programme connects Wales and Scotland in recalling Dylan Thomas’s memorable 1948 visit to Edinburgh and was a great hit at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014. 7.30pm, Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, High Street. Tickets cost £8/£6 and may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0131 556 9579 or online here.

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Sounds on Saturday: Organ Favourites. A concert in aid of the Cathedral Choir’s USA tour 2017. Michael Harris will perfom Guilmant March on a theme of Handel, JS Bach Concerto in A minor BWV 593, Böhm Praeludium in D minor, Gigout Scherzo, Franck Pièce Heroïque, Hollins Spring Song and Vierne Finale (Symphonie I). 5.30pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Admission by programme £5 at door.

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Singles Night at The Victoria: Singles Night is back, with postman David, speed dating host Anna and lots of ‘wonderful fun singles’. The evening will start at 8pm with name badges, and speed dating will kick off as soon as there are enough people. The ‘handsome postman’ will be on duty all night delivering your love letters. 8pm, Victoria Bar, 265 Leith Walk.

John McCusker Band 25th Anniversary Tour: 2016 will see award-winner John celebrate 25 years as a professional musician, publishing a book of his John_McCusker_for_web_show_infocompositions, releasing a new solo record and embarking on an extensive UK and European tour. The John McCusker Band features Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White and Toby Shaer, some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK. With special guest Heidi Talbot. ‘One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer’ (The Guardian). 7.30pm, The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street. Tickets cost £17 (+ booking fee) and may be purchased from The Queen’s Hall Box Office in person, by calling 0131 668 2019 or online here.

SUNDAY 17TH APRIL 2016

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Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative Meanwhile Project presents Spring Fling! FCI flowers on fenceThe project’s doors will be open for the day, with an amazing range of workshops, free taster sessions, walks and talks – a brilliant chance to check out what’s going on at the Fountainbridge Meanwhile space. Including The Forge – open access wood and metal workshops, The Grove Community Garden, The Edinburgh Scrapstore, and the Wikihouse – an exciting open source architectural project and events hub. Come down and meet other local makers and doers, hear about the future of the space, and generally see what the Meanwhile Project is all about. There will be representatives on hand from the Grove, Scrapstore, Wikihouse, Forge and Fountainbridege FCI to answer any questions and give intros to the fantastic resources available on site. 10.30am-4pm, Meanwhile Site, corner of Dundee St and Viewforth.  All welcome! For full details see the event’s Facebook page here.

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Bags of Art – April: cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. For ages 4-12. 2-4pm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. Free; supported by the Friends of SNG. Image © Alicia Bruce.

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Filmhouse Junior: films for a younger audience. This week: Goosebumps (PG): having newly arrived in small-town Delaware, teenager Zach (Dylan Minnette) meets his next door neighbour Hannah (Odeya Rush), whose father turns out to be Goosebumps author RL Stine (Jack Black).  He soon discovers that monsters and ghouls from Stine’s novels are real, and when they escape and begin terrorising the town Zach, Hannah, Stine and Zach’s friend Champ (Ryan Lee) must work together to return them to the books where they belong. 11am, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets cost £4 per person, big or small.

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Hearing Impaired Tour – Bridget Riley and Pictorial Illusions. A free tour of the exhibition with portable hearing loops, led by Tessa Asquith-Lamb. 11am-12 noon, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art ONE, Belford Road. To book your place please call the Information Desk on 0131 624 6560. Bridget Riley – Paintings 1963-2015 opened on 15th April and will close on 16th April 2017. Image: Eamonn McCabe for The Guardian, 2008.

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Picturehouses Vintage Sundays: classic films back on the big screen. Today’s film is Calamity Jane Sing-a-long. The Deadwood Stage is comin’ to town, bringing Doris Day and Howard Keel to fuss, feud and fall in love as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok in this entertainment from the golden age of movie musicals. There are wide-open Technicolor Western spaces, lots of high-stepping terpsichory and a hummable humdinger of a score by Academy Award winning songwriters Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, who won an Oscar for the classic ballad (and ’50’s mega hit) Secret Love. 1pm, Cameo, Home Street. Tickets may be purchased from the Box Office in person, by calling 0871 902 5723 or online.

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St Giles’ at Six: Edinburgh Napier Chamber Choir will perform Finzi Welcome sweet and sacred feast, Balfour Gardiner Evening Hymn, Ian Sutherland Lovely tears of lovely eyes (first perfomance), Pärt The Deer’s Cry, MacMillan A New Song, Wilby North Country Folksongs and Arr. Wilberg Shenandoah. Organist Peter Backhouse; director Michael Harris. 6pm, St Giles Cathedral, High Street. Free; retiring collection.

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Harry Potter Big Book Quiz – Part 2: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. 7.30pm, Boda Bar, 229 Leith Walk. Please book by calling the bar on 0131 553 5900 or emailing boda@bodabar.com.