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I Martin Taylor Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor hits the road on an old-fashioned anywhere-and- everywhere solo tour to launch his new Linn Records album, with Scottish dates from Kilmarnock to Stornoway. Thurs 25 Feb—Sat 13 Mar.


I Impressions de Pelleas Peter Brook visits Glasgow‘s Tramway for a fourth time, following his brilliant productions of The Mahabharata, Carmen, and La Tempéte. His latest, a concentrated reworking of Debussy’s opera with piano duo accompaniment, comes to Scotland after a couple of months in his Parisian base at Les Bouffes du Nord.


I Still Lite Raindog Theatre Company reunites the original cast ofJohn Byrne’s Still Life to look at them ten years later in the concluding part ofthe trilogy. Gerard Kelly and David Hayman star.

I Moscow Stations Tom Courtenay stars in a one-man show at Edinburgh's Traverse it‘s an adaptation of Venedikt Yerofeev‘s cult novel about a Russian intellectual alcoholic who stumbles through the streets of Moscow, meeting a procession ofcolourful characters on his way. Thurs 11 Feb—Sun 14 Mar.

I The Europeans Kenny Ireland (star of Punch Drunk and imminent artistic director of the Royal Lyceum) directs a new Howard Barker play about sexuality and resistance at Tramway, Glasgow. Wed 3—Sat 6.

I The Picture at Dorian Gray Philip Prowse kicks off the Citizens’ spring season with a glamorous cast in Oscar Wilde’s classic. In the Circle Studio, there’s a revival of last season’s cult hit The Wasp Factory. Thurs 18 Feb—Sun 14 Mar.


I New Moves Get set for two months of innovative young choreography, as the Centre for Contemporary Arts hosts another New Moves Across Europe festival in Glasgow. The UK’s Wendy Houston, Lloyd Newson, Rosemary Butcher and Jane Jewell appear alongside performers from Spain, Holland, Turkey, Germany, France, Switzerland and the USA.

I Punt and Dennis The Mary Whitehouse Experience double act

. turn up at the King’s Edinburgh on a , tour that’s clocked up 100 dates

' which adds up to a hell ofa lot ofgags about milk. Sun 21.

I Bruce Morton The Perrier Award also-ran starts the month with a couple ofgigs at the Stepping Stones in Edinburgh, Fri S—Sat 6, and goes on to film Sin his own TV series recorded live at the Renfrew Ferry,

? Glasgow, Mon 8—Thurs 11 Feb.


I Five Nations Rugby International Scotland v Wales. Murrayfield plays host to a Welsh side looking to emerge as a force again after years in the wilderness. Scotland are themselves rebuilding and this game might decide who will challenge England’s supremacy in European rugby. Sat 20.

I Soccer World Cup Scotland v Malta. Ibrox Stadium. A relatively strightforward World Cup qualifier followed later in the spring by tricky away matches in Portugal and Estonia. Wed 17.


I The Mermaids in the Basement Marina Warner (Chatto & Windus) Legend, folklore, startling imagery and the everyday combine in this short-story follow-up to last year‘s much-praised Indigo.

I F/32: The Second Coming Eurudice

emtie first novel.

I The Devil At Large Erica long (Chatto & Windus) In a highly appropriate pairing, the author whose Fear ofFlying sent millions of women in search of the ‘zipless fuck’ examines the taboo-breaking life of Henry Miller.

I Maybe the Moon Armistead Maupin (Bantam) New novel by the author of the hugely popular Tales of the City series, following the adventures of a 31in-high dwarf.

I Places of the Mind Tom Leonard (Chatto & Windus) A labour of love by the much-acclaimed Glaswegian poet, exploring the life of 19th century fellow bard James Thomson, author of The City ofDreadful Night.


I Lipstick On Your Collar A new six-part Channel 4 series from Dennis Potter. Set in 1956 it follows the lives and loves of four young people to a rock’n‘roll soundtrack. Sun 21.


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I Dr Finlay. The legendary Doc returns in a brand new series for Scottish Television. older. wiser with a new young partner to provide the heart-throb interest at the surgery. Late February.


I The Great Rubbish Show International exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Arts Centre focusing on the many creative uses to which rubbish can be put from Zambian sandals to Caribbean steel drums. Plus in-depth look at the business of recycling. Until March. I John Heartfield The largest exhibition ever devoted to the work of Dadaist artist whose satirical photomontages led to his persecution in Nazi Germany. This retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh features recreations of exhibitions that Heartfield designed in 1920 and 1929. Until the end of March.


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student-run Bedlam Theatre is coordinating a varied programme of new works from all branches of the performing arts. Three shows a day plus workshops, discussions and debates. Mon l—Sat 6.

. I Puppet and Animation Film Festival

Muppet Workshops, animated

operas and film with lots ot strings attached at Edinburgh Filmhouse and associated events around the city. Tue 30 Mar—Sat 1() Apr.


I Forever Young When a car crash renders the love of his life comatose, a test pilot asks to be cryogenically frozen. Fifty years later, he is awoken and goes in search of her. Suspiciously sentimental tosh that would surely flop if it didn’t have Mel

Gibson as the ultimate in frozen nibbles.

I Malcolm X Spike Lee‘s mammoth account ofthe life and philosophies of the political activist has already met with a rave reception by black and white audiences in the States.

Denzel Washington seems likely to get a call to the Oscar ceremony for his performance, but can the

Academy afford to snub Lee again?


I Stiff Little Fingers Possibly slightly less stiff than they used to be, but pogoing on nonethless. the Belfast punk combo play Glasgow’s Barrowland. Wed 17.

I Short Sharp Shock A new contemporary classical music event will bring important international performers to Edinburgh for a series ofsix concerts around the city. The event is being promoted by Assembly Direct.

I Cauld Blast Orchestra The very wonderful contemporary classical folk dance fusion ensemble, featuring The List‘s own Norman Chalmers. plays Edinburgh’s Queen's Hall. Fri 5.


I On the Ledge Alan Bleasdale makes a return to the stage after his remarkable success with The Boys from the Blackstuff, The Monocled

Mutineer and GBH. Set on the top of l

a block of flats. this comedy is a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal National Theatre and turns up at Glasgow‘s

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