SOUND ADVICE At the Playhouse. Edinburgh. its worth booking in advance for: Level 42 with golden boy Mark King. who is already being acclaimed as one of the world‘s best bass players. Sat 11 and Sun 12 Apr: Duran Duran. Tue 28 and Wed 29 Apr: almost sold out — Tom Jones Sun 31 May. and The Pretenders Sun 17 May. (tickets for The Pretenders Sat 16 May. at Barrowland. Glasgow from Other Records). Playhouse box office. 18—22 Greenside Place. Edinburgh. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. 031-557 2590. Credit cards accepted. SAX APPEAL Most promising British up-and-coming jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine plays with the Courtney Pine Ouartet at the Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. Edinburgh. Mon 6 Apr. Tickets from Virgin and Ripping Records.
SOUL FOOD At the SECC. Glasgow: Alison Moyet on Fri 8 May and Tina Turner 1. 2. and 3.1une. (Tickets for 1st and 2nd). Credit cards 011031226 2295 or by post from Tina Turner Box Office. PO Box 180. GPO. Edinburgh (please enclose sae ). State whether seated standing preferred in both cases. UNFORGETTABLE DATE U2 booking now by post ONLY. Playing SECC 2930 July. Tickets £9110 from PO Box 77. Edinburgh (cheques payable to Regular Music Festivals Ltd. Send sac and state standing seated preferred. Allow 28 days for delivery.
ASWAO IT'S ALL ABOUT From approx 23 Mar. tickets available for ASWAD playing Queen's Hall. Edinburgh on 17 May. also Win and Zodiac Mindwarp at Coasters 27 and 30 Apr respectively.
HOP ALONG To be confirmed. End of May Echo and The Bunnymen at SECC. lt‘stheironly Scottish date.
FESTIVAL FOLK Booking now open forthe Edinburgh International Folk Festival Fri 10—Sun 19 Apr. Free
Alan Taylor entertains bold John Barleycorn in the company of a drouthy
I spent the fag-end of Ash Wednesday (National No Smoking Day) in the Fiddler‘s with a septuagenarian poet who at one point stuck a filter tip at each end of his mouth and announced. ‘One for both lungs.‘ I suppose when you‘ve had your allotted span you don‘t mind what you do in extra time but I suspect Mr MaeCaig hasn‘t changed much since he learned to strike a match. Talking ofmatches he told a story about one ofthe Anguses he used to meet on his perennial visits to Loehinver. On a drookit day Angus was ferrying some huntin‘. shootin‘. fishin' types around in a Landrover.
from Usher 1 lall Box Office. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Canongate Music. 49 Blackfriars Street Mort—Sat l lam—5.30pm and The Ticket Centre. Waverley Bridge Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Postal Bookings: Edinburgh International Folk Festival. Shillinghall. Temple. Midlothian (087530) 298 to reserve tickets. Early booking advisable. especially for late night and weekend concerts.
KEYNOTES Radu Lupu is with the S(‘O at the City Hall. Glasgow. playing Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No 20 K466 (Tickets from Ticket Centre. Candleriggs041552 5961) and at Usher Hall Fri 3 Apr (031 228 l 155).
Theatre SHREWO MOVE The Royal
Shakespeare Company come to the Theatre Royal. Glasgow with Kiss Me Kate. based on Shakespeare‘s Taming oft/w Shrew. Turs 2 Apr—Sat 11 Apr. Box Office Mon—Sat 10am—6pm (7.30pm perf evgs). ()41 331 1234. See Theatre Listings.
Films AUSCHWITZ HOLOCAUST Claude
Lanzmann‘s searching documentary Shoah re-creates the actualin of the Holocaust through the testaments of the few witnesses to survive. Part 1 (4hr 20min) Sun 5 Apr. 5.30pm and
A whisky bottle passed between the great white hunters but never came near the driver. Eventually. one of them tried to light his pipe but the emery on the match box was sodden like everything else. Angus was asked if he had anything ‘upon which to strike a match.""1‘rythis.'he said. and stuck out his tongue. It‘s worth remembering when there's someone in the company slow at getting in his round. But you could suck lemons in front ofsome folk and they would never take a hint. Norman’s not like that. He even buys drinks for the fair sex without any mention ofgoing dutch. I‘m told he's a dying breed. It‘s easy to forget he was brought up at a time when women in bars had to wear leper‘s bells to warn dour drinkers to do up their ﬂies. And the bluestockings who hung around the literati then stuck to lime and lager. Now it‘s all Bezique and Volari. I
Mon 6 Apr. 12noon. Part 2 (5 hr) Sun 12 Apr. 5pm and Mon 13 Apr.
1 1.30am. Tickets bookable for both parts only. Filmhouse. Edinburgh. 228 2688. Box Office Mon—Sat noon—9pm; Sun 5-9pm (collect tel. bookings 24 hours before show). Postal bookings with form on Filmhouse brochure. Expected to sell out.
RUSHES Likely to sell out at the GET Glasgow in April are Mona Lisa (2. 3. 4 Apr): Salvador (Sat llApr); Risky Business and About LastNight(Sun 12 Apr): the Big Chill and Jagged Edge (Wed 15 Apr): Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink (Sun 19 Apr); Take the Money and Run and The Man With Two Brains (Sun 26 Apr; Otello (Wed 29 Apr). Box Office 041 332 6535.
RUSSIAN EGGSTRA Booking starts Thurs 2 Apr for Make Faberge Easter Eggs on Thurs 16 Apr. 10am—12noon (8-143’T-5l- Royal Museum Chambers Street. Edinburgh. 225 7534.
FUN EGGSETCETEHA Museum of Childhood‘s Activity Week. 6—11 Apr. Workshops for children from 5 years upwards. Things to make include An Easter Chick from Pom-Poms.
Also an Origami workshop and a Magic Lantern Show. Numbers are limited for all activities: admission by ticket ONLY which are FREE and can be collected from Museum.
42 High Street. on a first come first
served basis from 30 Mar 10am—4.30pm.
POLLING STRINGS Booking is now open for the Edinburgh Puppet Festival Wed 8-Sat 18 Apr. Netherbow Arts Centre. 43 High Street. 5569579.
MORE SPECTACULAR DANCE
The Georgian State Dance Company from Russia return to Scotland this June with another display ofsabre dancing. sword clashing and sweeping elegance. The company — joined in this tour the fourteen year-old grandson of the company‘s founder— will be at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh on 23 June and the Theatre Royal. Glasgow on 24 and 25 June. Booking details to be announced!
Talks DEVELOPING PROGRAMME A new
series oflectures at the Stills Gallery. 105 High Street. Edinburgh. 557 1140. Still some spaces for the following talks but they are hooking up fast: Conrad Atkinson: Representation. Ideology and Popular Forms. Wed 15 Apr. 7.30pm: David Mellor: Brandt. Beaton and Bailey— Heroes or Victims of British Culture. Wed 22 Apr. 7.30pm; Paul Hill: British Photography in the Seventies— A Revolution. Wed 29 Apr. 7.30pm.
MAYFEST Glasgow‘s Fifth Mayfest— the biggest so far. runs from 3—23 May. Among the opening events are The Sleep. starring Sarah-Jane Morris. who shot to favour when she sang with the Communards last year. and Bill Douglas's long-awaited Comrades. his first film since his much-acclaimed trilogy in the late 1970s. Full Mayfest details will be in Issue 40 of The List and the
Mayfest Programme. available free in a couple ofweeks from tourist offices. theatres etc.
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umbrellas and cherries in it doesn’t look right in a howflike the Fiddler’s where the ‘connoisseurs ofthe morose‘ (to quote another of Norman’s departed buddies) still foregather for purposive — as opposed to social — drinking and discourse. They‘re more appropriate to theme pubs like the one in Lothian Road. where chaps in boiler suits with a spanner in one hand and a Bezique in the other chat up female garage machanies. Which for no reason at all reminds me ofanother ofNorman’s tales. (Put it down to a wandering mind). He and A. K. McLeod gave a Gael a lift home from the pub and when they arrived at his house were asked in. So they went
in. A 36-24-36 (and that was just her left arm). fourteen-stone harridan rushed to greet her late-returning spouse and knocked him flat.
managed to egress without casualties. Thankful for their salvation. A.K. turned and murmured. ‘Thank God. Norman. we're not married to that extent.‘ As Norman admits. women are often the butt ofjokes because men tell them. He seemed contrite in a doleful sort ofway but unrepentant. At the time he was talking about the differences between Burns and MacDiarmid; one a poet of the heart, the other of the head. Asked by a silly woman what he used to mix his paints, Turner. the landscape painter replied. ‘Brains.’ Likewise MacDiarmid, said Norman, who even in his tenderest lyrics could not escape his intelligence. But we‘d been bousing long enough. It seemed the best thing to be up and go. With luck. someone somewhere would still be nursin‘ her wrath and keeping the dinner warm.
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