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After a hugely popular launch in 2016, the Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest is back in place at Camera Obscura. This year, the theme is 'under-the-sea', and there are five floors of interactive exhibits, workshops and play-stations. Little ones can play with fishy coloured shadows, explore the ocean and even swim without getting wet. If that sounds like a recipe for over-excitable kids, don't worry – there's also a quiet room where grown-ups can have a cup of tea.

Monkey Business at NMS, meanwhile, has something for all ages. This exhibition features over 60 stuffed primates including orangutans, gorillas and chimpanzees. Visitors can see how humans and other primates co-exist today (let's just hope there are no Planet of the Apes reenactments).

The Monster Energy Arenacross Tour is coming to the Hydro this weekend. See some brave riders whip and back-flip their 100kg motorcycles in the air, all for your viewing pleasure.

The MoonWalk Scotland

Sat 10 Jun
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Sign up now for The MoonWalk Scotland, organised by breast cancer charity Walk the Walk.

At midnight on Sat 10 Jun, you'll join thousands of women and men wearing decorated bras, walking from 6 to 52 miles through the streets of Edinburgh.

Find out more



La La Land is finally here, and it is wonderful. Set in In Los Angeles, this homage to classic movie musicals follows an aspiring actress (Emma Stone), who falls for a jazz musician (Ryan Gosling). As charming as it is accomplished, this is one of the hit films of the year. See it in cinemas from Friday.

Manchester by the Sea is also out this weekend. Kenneth Lonergan's masterly drama tells the story of Lee (Casey Affleck) who is tasked with raising his nephew when his brother dies. Affleck is heartbreaking and excellent, and it;s worth it for the blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail.

If you've not seen Martin Scorsese's Silence yet, do. It's about two 17th century Catholic priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who travel to Japan in search of their mentor (Liam Neeson). It's courageously told, and you can see it this weekend. Elsewhere: the Filmhouse is showing The Hours, the Virginia Woolf-inspired rumination on women's lives, and Glasgow Film Theatre has The Young Offenders, the story of two teenage layabouts searching for seven million euros worth of stolen cocaine.

Burns Alicht

Sat 28 Jan
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

The List readers can enjoy a special BOGOF offer on the brand new 2017 family event Burns Alicht!

Journey around Burns landmarks celebrating the best of his poetry and song with lanterns, special illuminations, indoor and outdoor entertainment, food & drink on sale, kids crafts and a finale burning of John Barleycorn!

Promo Code THELIST (*Lowest price ticket free)

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The New Year's Revolution continues at King Tut's this weekend. Friday's gig is headlined by indie kids the Van T's, with Saturday night's headline spot going to Ayrshire rock'n'rollers, The Ranzas. Reformed Glasgow post-punks James King & the Lone Wolves are playing at CCA with support from Veloninons on Saturday, and if you're in the mood for an atonal modernist quasi-oratorio about the betrayal of Christ – and who isn't, right? – the BBC SSO is giving a concert performance of Birtwistle's 2000 work, The Last Supper.

Bristol rockers the Blue Aeroplanes are at the Voodoo Rooms on Saturday, before flying over to Stereo in Glasgow on Sunday. Alt.folk collective Tissø Lake are playing their experimental, drone-flavoured tunes at the Wee Red Bar on the same night, with support from eagleowl, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra are at the Queen's Hall tonight, with Llŷr Williams playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5.

On Saturday, there's a special set from Glasgow's Peter Browne at The Mash House's reggae night, Mighty Oak Sound System, while The Egg is having a David Bowie special at the Wee Red Bar. In Glasgow, there's sexy, glamorous indie rock'n'roll from the Pretty Ugly gang at The Admiral.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival for Parkinson's UK

27–28 May 2017

Sign up now for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival as part of Team Parkinson's UK.

Choose your distance from 5k, 10k, half and full marathon and run through the city's streets.

Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.


Food & Drink

Dockside Tap in Leith is a craft beer shop from Stewart Brewing. There are six changing beers on site, (including Edinburgh Gold, Holyrood, Radical Road etc.), and you can pick up a few to take home with you.

Birdtree & Bellfish is a new restaurant in the West End of Glasgow, inspired by the city's coat of arms. It boasts traditional, hearty Scottish food, with dishes such as mussels in Thistly Cross cider, and haggis fritters in chilli dressing.

The Game of Thrones pop-up bar, Blood & Wine, is still going strong in Edinburgh. Gather the members of your house, and raise a few goblets of Volantis Sweet Red.


Picnic at Hanging Rock is an adaptation of Australian writer Joan Lindsay's novel about a group of schoolgirls who mysteriously disappear on a summer's day in 1900, and as the tagline states, it proves that 'even on the brightest of days you can't escape the dark.' Chilled to the bone, yet? See it at the Lyceum until Sat 28 Jan.

Comedy musical Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train is at the Playhouse on Saturday, in which Barron von Rockula and his bloodsucking crew set up home in an abandoned fairground. There's also the chance to sing along to some rock anthems, including 'We Will Rock You', 'Bat Out of Hell', and 'Sweet Child Of Mine'.

If you're in need of a chuckle, the Sunday Night Laugh-in at The Stand in Glasgow has a stellar line-up this week, with Keir McAllister, Jamie MacDonald, Kimi Loughton and Daniel Bester all on the bill . It's hosted by Julia Sutherland, whose show Julia Sutherland is World's Best Dad is at the Glasgow Comedy Festival this year.

Visual Art

At the Gallery of Modern Art, you can see the work of Kilmarnock-born filmmaker, John Samson. Entirely self-taught, Samson explored in his brilliant films the lives of people on the margins of society.

Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolour, Prints at the City Art Centre looks at works of art made with paper, dating back to the 18th century. It features everything from atmospheric pastel studies to delicate watercolours, and explores how the most basic of materials can end up being the most versatile.

In Women Like Us, Yemeni visual storyteller Thana Faroq opens a window into the lives of 15 women, and their experience of the war in Yemen. This exhibition at Summerhall explores, through powerful street photography, their ambitions, aspirations and struggles.

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