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The Edinburgh International Science Festival is still going strong, which means there are plenty of events to experiment with. Some popular choices include a Jungle Safari at the City Art Centre, where you can learn about all the animals in the jungle, Dancing Light at the National Museum of Scotland where you can learn to dance like a photon, and Carnival of the Mind, where you can learn all about the secrets of your brain (different to those secrets you keep in that diary you think nobody knows about).

Once you've cracked the secrets of the mind's main machine, you'll be wanting to learn more about the rest of the body, yes? Well, you're in luck, as artist Graham Flack is leading a life drawing class at the Scottish National Gallery. It'll be just like drawing a fruit bowl, and no, we're not going to make the obvious banana and grapes joke here.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow, everyone's on their best Behaviour for a festival of live performance. The Arches' annual fest is well underway, and luckily for you we've got a handy wee article telling you all about this year's event. It's a good job we're grafters, eh?

Science Festival 2015: Big Bang Bash

Join us on Fri 10 April at the National Museum of Scotland for an out-of-this-world space party!

Grab a space-themed cocktail from the Bar at the End of the Universe, unleash your inner astronaut as you take a spacesuit selfie, then dance the night away to a space-tacular DJ.

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From Nick Broomfield's Kurt & Courtney to the Seattle episode of Dave Grohl's Sonic Highways and countless budget TV efforts in between, there has never been a shortage of documentaries addressing the remarkable life and untimely death of Kurt Cobain. Montage of Heck, however, may well be the final word in factual filmmaking on the late Nirvana frontman. Mixing home movie footage, music videos, talking heads of his nearest and dearest and animated drawings from Cobain's sketchbooks, Brett Morgen's much-anticipated picture has been widely hailed as the definitive telling of Kurt's tragic story.

Our reviewer found Lost River to be 'glumly disappointing', but something tells us that won't stop Ryan Gosling fans flocking to see his directorial debut, a lurid gothic fairytale set in an abandoned urban hell and starring Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes among others (albeit not the heartthrob actor who simply will not eat his cereal, sorry.

Elsewhere in cinemas this weekend, Ethan Hawke stars alongside another now former Mad Men cast member (January Jones) as an ex-fighter pilot turned Vegas-based drone controller in Good Kill, while two comedy (we use that word lightly) sequels – Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (why?) and Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 (double why?) – prove that not everyone nor thing deserves a second chance in life.


Thu 23 Apr, 7.30pm, Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Fri 24 Apr, 7.30pm, Glasgow City Halls
Sat 25 Apr, 7.30pm, Aberdeen Music Hall

Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter plays Chopin's Piano Concerto No 1 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Jun Märkl conducting. Also in the programme is Stravinsky's beautiful orchestration of Chopin's Nocturne in A-flat Op 32 and Mendelssohn's exhilarating Symphony No 4 'Italian'.

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Our gig pick of the weekend sees Glasgow post-electro ensemble Errors close a UK tour in support of their superb new album Lease Of Life with a show back on home soil at The Art School on Saturday. Voodoo-electro dance warriors Golden Teacher will get your weekend off to a flyer before that when they appear at The Old Hairdresser's on Friday.

Edinburgh-side, it's all about the Wide Days showcases on Friday – free gigs forming part of a music industry convention staged in the capital every year. The Pleasance Theatre will host sets from C Duncan, Fiona Soe Paing and Kathryn Joseph, while at the Electric Circus it's Catholic Action, Ded Rabbit and Tijuana Bibles.

Two once cool ('once' being the active word here) songwriters emblematic of their respective eras join forces to swap multi-million selling songs from across their careers, as Paul Simon and Sting do The Hydro on Friday. At the same venue on Sunday, 'Anaconda' star and big booty advocate Nicki Minaj wraps up her UK tour in support of new album The Pinkprint. Last time Minaj was at The Hydro, presenting the MTV EMAs last year, she potted a golf ball up a giant cast of her own backside. Just sayin'.

Whisky Galore / Uisge-Beatha Gu Leòr

Touring throughout Scotland
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A new, Gaelic adaptation of the novel Whisky Galore by Compton MacKenzie.

Set on the present day island, this modern re-telling of the charming comedy features a host of colourful characters, heart-warming stories and – naturally – whisky galore.

Fancy revisiting the legendary Ealing film before attending the show? Catch Whisky Galore at Glasgow Film Theatre, Edinburgh Filmhouse and Eden Court Cinema.



One of the Founding Fathers of house music makes a guest appearance at Sub Club's regular Saturday night special, Subculture. Lil' Louis is the man behind a string of late 1980s and early 1990s chart-troubling bangers, most notably the fabulously NSFW 'French Kiss'. Also not shy about a little bit of the old slap and tickle (flyers featuring imagery from old gay porn mags, etc) straight-friendly queer electro-dance party Hot Mess is back for another Glasgow-side installment at The Poetry Club, also boasting a top-banana guest in the form of Optimo's JD Twitch.

Begin the weekend early in Edinburgh by staying up late on Thursday night for iAM at Cabaret Voltaire – Beta & Kappa's Glasgow institution come east as it does once a week every week. Or keep your powder dry until Friday, when Edwin from Foals and Jack from Friendly Fires return to Sneaky Pete's for their bi-monthly residency as Deep Sh*t at Inn Deep, playing jacking house all night long. Or keep it rocksteady at monthly ska, reggae and dancehall night Dr No's at Henry's Cellar Bar on Saturday. Or if you're feeling particularly eclectic and energetic, do all three.

Hebrides Ensemble Horn Quintets

Mon 20 Apr
1pm, Perth Concert Hall
6pm, Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh

Tue 21 Apr
1pm Brunton Theatre Musselburgh
7.30pm Aberdeen Music Hall

Hebrides Ensemble presents three very different Horn Quintets. One by Mozart makes full use of the personality of the horn, a more abstract work by MacMillan features 'hunting' horn exclamations, and we complete the programme with a hidden gem: Stanford's Fantasy for Horn and Strings.

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If you like your musicals slightly cheesy and full of hoop skirts and too much hair product, then Grease truly is the world. The show we've all seen loads of times is on at the Pavilion, but you're hopelessly devoted to those catchy tunes, aren't you?

Also filed under 'musicals you know every word to and will continue to sing mindlessly weeks after watching' is Jesus Christ Superstar. Bill Kenwright's production of the rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is currently on tour, and if you're keen, you can catch it at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

For a slightly more serious bit of acting, try The Straw Chair from Borderline Theatre Company. It's set in the first half of the 18th century, and tells the story of a young girl and her minister husband's arrival on the remote Scottish island. Yes, it sounds a bit like Outlander, and no, it's not really anything like Outlander.

Visual Art

Ah, remember being 13 and writing IDST (if destroyed still true) after everything? Well, time has not destroyed this classic phrase, as it's the title of a new multi-screen video installation at Summerhall. IDEMT, kk m8?

You can find a Still Spot in a Turning World at the Scottish Gallery this weekend, as paintings by acclaimed Edinburgh-based Russian artist Eugenie Vronskaya go on display. In her first exhibition at the gallery, the artist explores banal everyday objects, such as bottles, cupboards and washing piles. It'll be nice to get out of the house to see such things, eh?

Now that spring has finally sprung, it'll be good to learn more about the thing on everyone's mind: knitwear. The Pringle of Scotland Story looks at the key role that the fashion brand has played in the production and design of knitwear all over the world, so you'll be getting nostalgic for your cardigans before you've even boxed them away for summer.