her mysterious death.

I Hunter: The Strange and Savage Lite ol Hunter S. Thompson E. Jean Carrol (Simon & Schuster) Outrageous life-story of ‘the whoopee cushion under the seat of power’.


I New Museum Opening of St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, in Glasgow, the world’s first museum of religion (with the exception of the old Soviet museums whose purpose was specifically to denigrate religion and extol atheism). Named after the 6th century saint who founded Glasgow, St Mungo’s will house exhibitions on all the world’s major religions and special displays will focus on particular aspects of different religious customs. The most famous work in the museum will be Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross its relocation from Kelvingrove to St Mungo’s has been rather controversial.

MAY Festivals

I Maylest Britain’s second largest arts festival brings local, national and international theatre, music, dance and art to Glasgow for three weeks. Highlights already announced are a co-production between the Tron Theatre and Dundee Rep of Macbeth starring Iain Glen, TAG’s mainstage revival of Sunset Song (see September), the Traverse’s production of Tom McGrath’s boxer-tribute Buchanan and Sabotage a large-scale show by the NVA Organisation (previously Test Dept) at Tramway. Fri 30 Apr-Sat 22 May.

I Edinburgh Children’s Festival Face-painting, story-telling and inflatable men is standard fare in Inverleith Park at this time of year. No self-respecting child would not be there. Mon 24—Sun 30.

I Festival of the Environment A national festival to promote Green thinking, which is backed up in Edinburgh by the Second Edinburgh Environmental Film Festival. Sat 15-Sun 23.

Film I Leolo The neglected masterpiece

of the 1992 Edinburgh International Film Festival was this bizarrely

funny, engagingly surreal Canadian film about a young boy who believes his family traumas have their basis in the fact that he is the offspring of a sperm-laden tomato. Absolutely unique.


I Kind oi Blue Assembly Direct’s spring event will cast Edinburgh as a focal point and meeting place for major voices in European jazz, and for a creative interaction between the visitors and home-based musicians. Fri 7—Sun 30 May.

I Heavy Bock Earplugs out at Glasgow’s SECC as Bon Jovi (Wed 19) and Iron Maiden (Fri 21) rock out in quick succession.


I The Maitropulos Case First night of a revival of David Pountney’s production for Scottish Opera of Janacek’s opera. Kathryn Harries takes the role of Emilia Marty. Powerful stuff all round.


I European Cup Final Will Rangers be there for the first time in their history, or will Marseilles prove too strong? AC Milan almost certainly will provide the other finalists. Wed 26.

I Scottish Cup Final Not at Hampden this year. The venue will probably be Ibrox assuming that holders Rangers aren’t one of the finalists. Sat 29.


I Natural Love Fay Weldon (HarperCollins) The prolific, if erratic, Ms Weldon returns with a portrait of a ‘perfect’ marriage as the cracks begin to appear.

I Take it Like a Man George O’Dowd with Spencer Bright (Sidgwick & Jackson) Autobiography of the man who reinvented cross-dressing.

I No Way Up The Greasy Pole Alison Halford (Constable) The inside story on the controversial police sexual-harassment case.

I Coltrane in a Cadillac Robbie Coltrane with Graham Stuart (Fourth Estate) The Big Man, recently The Bogie Man, high-tails it across the US in a vintage car.

I The Laughing Academy Shena Mackay (Heinemann) Short-story collection to follow up last year’s widely admired Dunedin.

I Caesar Allan Massie (Hodder & Stoughton) The greatest emperor of them all, fictionally re-examined by the renowned Scottish novelist.


I National Bike Week Two-wheeled tandemonium featuring National Bike to Work Day on 16 June and fun runs on the following Sunday.

The theme is Cycling for Health. 12—20 June.


Biro birthday The ball-point pen was patented in the USA 50 years ago on Thurs 10. A world-wide amnesty will be declared and all the disappeared biros will return to their rightful owners.


I The Queen's Hall Annual Scratch Performance Brahm’s Requiem in concert.


I The Trial Still to be confirmed is a co-production between Glasgow’s Tron and the European Stage Company of an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s nightmarish novel.

Spon I Scotland v Estonia Ibrox Stadium

plays host to another World Cup qualifier, against a country which

3 didn‘t even exist 18 months ago. 3 Wed 2.


. I The lnlinite Plan Isabel Allende

(HarperCollins) Tale of a mystic’s son growing up in America, by the author of The House of the Spirits. I The Collected Short Stories oi Tim Winton (Picador) Cream of the briefer crop by a fast-rising star of Australian fiction. An extract from Winton’s most recent novel, Cloudstreet, was featured in The List’s 1991 Book Festival supplement.

I Dreamscape: Inside Virtual Reality J aron Lanier and Jamie James (Bantam) The buzz phenomenon explained by one of its pioneers.

I Intinite Riches: Virago Modern Classics Short Stories (Virago) Pick of the Virago author list collected to celebrate the publishing house’s 20th birthday.

I Getting the Message: News, Truth and Power edited by John Eldridge (Routledge) Key media issues analysed by the highly-respected Glasgow Media Group.


I Fotoieis The first Scottish International Festival of Photography will take place all over Scotland, principally in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, but with significant exhibitions also scheduled for Fife, Perthshire, The Highlands, Strathclyde and Dumfriess and Galloway. Photographers from 25 countries will be represented, from Tasmania to Estonia, Guatemala to Singapore. Fri 4 J une-Sun 4 July

I The Family Part of the Fotofeis festival, this Edinburgh City Art Centre exhibition looks at the realities and the myths of the institution of the family, through the work of some of the century’s best known photographers. Sat 5 J un—Sat 24 Jul.

I Public and Private The Stills Gallery, The French Institute, Talbot Rice Gallery and spaces throughout Edinburgh, including churches, shop windows, swimming pools and even park benches are home to a French, Dutch and British joint exploration of privacy, voyeurism, intimacy and surveillance. Punters will be provided with a map and encouraged to seek out the works, a la Lux Europae.

I Degree Shows The year’s Art graduates expose their wares to increasingly voracious art pundits

and talent-spotters at colleges across the country.



I The Last Action Hero Big Arnie blows the summer box office sky-high as a teenage fan joins his hero on screen a la Purple Rose of Cairo. If it all sounds a bit self-referential and predictable, don’t worry it’s in the safe hands of action helmer John McTiernan.

I Tom & Jerry: The Movie Can those five minute masterpieces of mayhem be extended to feature length? Can movie audiences accept our cartoon heroes with voices? All will be revealed when the world’s favourite cat and mouse act get left behind on moving day.


I Glasgow International Jazz Festival Director Jim Smith is back at the helm of the GIJF after missing last year’s event through illness, and will have his work cut to meet the expectations of stellar names which this festival has engendered. Expect the Festival to be promoting more out-of-term concerts along the lines of the earlier Famous Grouse season, too. Thurs l—Sat 10.

I Chorus International At various venues around Glasgow including the Cathedral, there’s a festival of professional vocal ensembles from Russia, the USA and Europe, including the Hilliard Ensemble and Cappella Nova.


I Peter Howson Exhibition How many Glasgow artists can claim to have a painting in the collection of Madonna? Peter Howson is the best known of the Glasgow Boys— 3 new school of figurative artists emerging from Glasgow in the 19805— celebrated for his ‘noble dosser’ paintings and drawings of Glasgow thugs. The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, exhibition of oils and works on paper highlights his output from 1985 to date. ( Fri 2 J ul-Sun 5 Sept

I Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII - Drawings from the Library oi Windsor Castle At the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Thurs 22

J uly—Sat 25 Sept.

I Burrell Anniversary Glasgow’s Burrell Collection celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a major exhibition.

AUGUST Festivals

I Edinburgh International Festival Festival Director Brian McMaster will be taking stock of the mixed reaction to his Taylor and Granville Barker seasons last year, but he’s keeping his commitment to supporting home-grown work and music, with rumours of a season of the work of James McMillan and a co-production with the Traverse Theatre of two new Chamber Operas: Anna by John Clifford and Craig Armstrong and Tourist Variations by Iain Heggie and James McMillan. Sun 15 Aug-Sat 4 Sept.

14 The List 15— 28January 1993