This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. listings are compiled by date, place and then event. listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.


Glasgow I 1996 Modern Homes Exhibition

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Finnieston Quay. 248 999‘). until Sun 20. Fri—Sat l2.30—|0pm. Sun 12.30—6pm. £4.50 (£3). The final three days of the 50th Modern Homes Exhibition. The organisers' special birthday theme is Past. Present and Future looking at the home in its historical. current and 2 lst century contexts.



I 1996 Modern Homes Exhibition See Fri 18.


I The Secrets Of Mary King’s Close Revealed Mary King‘s Close. info: 624 7624. l2-5pm. £4. Over 5000 people went along to the historic close during the summer. The close became known as Edinburgh‘s most haunted street after it was abandoned following the last outbreak of the plague in 1645. Once a bustling 17th century Old Town close. the plague destroyed its reputation and was soon tagged as ‘deserted by all but the

powers of darkness.‘ Its remains are now entornbed beneath the City Chambers.


I Apple Day Festival Tweed Horizons Centre of Sustainable Technology. Newton St Boswells. 01835 822 I22. Ham—4pm. free. This is the sixth year in which Apple Day has been held nationally as part of the Earthward environmental campaign. There will be demonstrations of pruning. grafting and general maintenance of trees. a festival of rural crafts. and examples of the wide variety of apple-related recipes. Here’s a titbit to impress all and sundry - of the 5000 native apple types in existence. only nine are available commercially. Makes you think. doesn‘t it?



I 1996 Modern llomes Exhibition See Fri l8.


I lleritage Events Edinburgh Castle. info 668 8800. lpm. £5.50 (£3.50/£l.50). The Heritage Events Company present an afternoon programme of living history. drama and comedy kicking off at lptn with '12) Wear The ll’ltire Cat'katlc. a tale of an imprisoned rebel after Culloden. 2pm sees an audience with Sir William Alexander entitled Iv‘umjv Thur with the day‘s happenings finishing with A Matter OfFuirlr. an account of the religious debate between Mary Queen of Scots and the Calvinist preacher. John Knox.

expected to attend.

I Sill ClllMlloY: THE PEACE coucenr Murrayfield lce llink, Edinburgh, info: 0131 226 3809, Sat 26, 7.30pm, free. In recent years, Sri Chinmoy has played his free Peace Concerts to thousands in locations such as Prague, Montreal, Tokyo and Washington and held court with Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Theresa and llelson Mandela. lie is also the inspiration behind the biannual Oneness-Home Peace Run and the Peace Blossom initiative in which significant sites around the world are dedicated to peace. Through his music, played on the flute, esrai, piano and cello, he aims to create an atmosphere in which the spirit of peace is almost tangible. This concert marks his first visit to Scotland in almost ten years with an estimated 5000 people

I PATRICK MDDRE lECTURE AIID CONCERT Crawford Theatre, Jordanhill, Glasgow,

0141 950 3438, Tue 22, 1pm, 7.30pm, £3, £5. line of British TV’s most famous laces and voices is Patrick Moore. In a double whammy, the presenter of The Sky Af flight gives an afternoon lecture and an evening concert as part of the University of Strathclyde‘s Surfing The Universe 1996. The lecture, Into Space!, is a grand tour of the galaxy and beyond, with time available for questions. One of his lesser-known talents is as a composer, having written over 70 Viennese waltzes. For this concert, he will take the audience through a journey of his own works merged with space- related classics such as Strauss’s Also Spraclr Zarathustra, Ifolsf’s Mars & Jupiter

and Debussy’s Claire de lune.



I Patrick Moore Space lecture and Concert Crawfurd Theatre. Jordanhill. 950 3438. lptn. 7.30pm. £3. £5. An extraordinary double-bill from Britain‘s best-loved astronomer. the truly bonkers Patrick Moore. See photo caption. Also see Classical Music listings.


I Chocolate lleaven Royal Botanic Garden Lecture Theatre. 20a lnverleith Row. 552 7 l7l ext 480. 7.30—9pm. £8 (£4). lfchocolate is your weakness. then it could be a mite dangerous going along to this lecture and tasting. Whether you like it in a mug. wrapped around a champagne truffle orjust as it is. this will he a night of pure indulgence. The lecture will put chocolate in its historical context with stories from Aztec and Mayan ceremonies.



I Crafts Alive For Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Finnieston Quay. info: 0l425 272711. 9.30am—5.30pm. £4 (£3). The Crafts Alive bandwagon finally reaches Scotland with this three-day stopover at the SECC. 250 individual crafts artists will be displaying their wares including special demonstration areas for visitors to be shown the skills required.


I Scottish Knitting and Needlecraft Fayre Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. info: ()1 I7 970 I370. l0am-6pm. £4 (£3). ' Over l0() exhibitors will be in attendance covering all aspects of knitting and needlecraft including crochet. cross stitch and quilting. A major feature of the exhibition wiii be the four fashion shows staged each day by international producer Paul Bacarra. Visitors will be able to see the latest in knitting and needlecraft skills transformed into stunning catwalk designs. There will also be lectures. workshops. competitions. book-signings. free draws and many special offers.

I Planetarium Evening Mills Observatory. Balgay Park. 01382 667l38. 7.15pm. 8pm. 8.45pm. free. Three separate planetarium shows for those interested in the stars. Weather permitting. there will he the opportunity to view the night sky through a telescope.

SATURDAY 26 Edinburgh

I Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Concert Murrayfield Ice Rink. info: 226 3809. 7.30pm. free. Poet. painter. philosopher and athlete Sri Chinmoy treats around 5000 followers to the biggest peace event in Scottish history. See photo caption. Also see folk and world listings.

I Scottish llnitting and Needlecraft Fayre See Fri 25.



I All Eonnats Computer Fair Mitchell Theatre. Charing Cross. 287 4855. 10am—4pm. £4 (£2). Whether computers are your hobby or tools for education or business. this is an essential event. Savings are promised on new and secondhand equipment with a vast range of CD ROM titles available. Admission costs £2 after 2pm while the event is free all day to disabled wheelchair users.


I lleritage Events See Sun 20. I Scottish Knitting and Needlecraft Fayre See Fri 25.



I llallowe’en Walk Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 7730. 7—9pm. £8 (£6). I know I wouldn‘t but there are some folks out there who like nothing better than a stroll round a 7.00 on Hallowe'en. Guided by the zoo witch. no less. you will discover that humans have worshipped some animals for their magical powers and feared others as harbingers of doom and destruction. If you manage to get through all that then refuge and refreshment are available in the Monkey House. Not suitable for under IOS or those of a nervous disposition.

92The List l8-3l Oct I996