As selected by The List’s team of critics
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THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
Film The Coen Brothers tackle hard-boiled crime with Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini. See review. page 27. UGC.
DIE u WALKURE Opera Wagner's Fling cycle continues with Scottish Opera giving you five hours of majestic art. See preview, page 31. Festival Theatre.
JOAN RIVERS Comedy The acerbic one graces us with her majestic presence. The front row could j ' . “gerous
DANIEL KITSON Comedy Watch a man unafraid to shed his inadequacies in public. Pleasance.
THE PLEDGE Film The great Sean Penn gives a masterclass and premieres his new film starring Jack Nicholson. See feature. page 10 and review. page 28. UGC.
Dance Choreographed by Frederic Flamand and designed by crack architect Zaha Hadid. this is an exploration of the future cityscape. See feature. page 6. Playhouse.
unleashes all his demons before us and asks us to pick up the pieces of his broken soul. See review, page 17. Gilded Balloon.
ZADIE SMITH Books The author of the acclaimed White Teeth discusses her magical way with words. See Books, page 14. Charlotte Square Gardens.
Theatre A top-notch and quirky chamber piece from the National Student Theatre Company. P/easance Dome.
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Balloon at Teviot Row House.
Music Gaz and the gang
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FOO FIGHTERS Music Dave Grohl leads his merry men as they rock the Fringe. Has he got Foos for you. See preview. page 31. Corn Exchange.
OTIS LEE CRENSHAW Comedy Last year's Perrier winner uses up more of his parole. See Comedy. page 17. Assembly Rooms.
RISTORANTE IMMORTALE Theatre Battered waiters populate this excellent kitchen comedy. Assembly Rooms.
NOBLE & SILVER
Comedy Traditional stand-up and character skits have scooped the Perrier in the last three years. Maybe it’s time for some radical anti- comedy. Pleasance.
CHRIS CUNNINGHAM Art Scary pop promo-maker lets his imagination run wild with more video nasties. See Art. page 52. Edinburgh College Of Art.
ED RUSHCA Art Unforgettable and unsentimental paintings of glorious landscapes overlaid with his ‘boy scout utility modern' fonts. See review, page 49. Inver/eith House.
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MARCEL DUCHAMP, JAMES JOYCE, ERIK SATIE: AN ALPHABET Theatre Merce Cunningham plays Satie in this world premiere staging of John Cage's 1982 radio play. Lyceum.