Launch a pre-emptive strike against that tacky ‘Highland landscapes’ calendar that your mad aunty will give you for Christmas by making a date with t this Scottish area of natural ., tie-1M t . Kelly Macdonald star of Trains ottirzg, Stella Does Tricks ,_and usin B‘ette - is just one‘f the celebs modelling for ‘\ PovVerGen’s. annual charity ' calendar,,,strictly limited to 2000 cop' onor Fraser, Johnny Va n, Melanie Sykes, Jayne Middlemiss and Louise have also been snapped by Brit photographer Bob Carlos Clarke and join Kell rhytth icons. ’We wanted to contrast Kelly's real personality against the media she has carved'a niche in,’ says a spa ersgn’ for PowerGen. So we shot her lying,$. in a bed of 35mm cine film, "., looking serene and beautiful.’ (Peter Ross) The 1999 PowerGen calendar is available by mail order (0115 942 0858) or by Internet “http://wwwpowergen- calendar. com) priced £25. i" proceeds go to Save'The ~ Children. r '7'“


Ending the year with a bang . . . Party: Hogmanay Edinburgh goes ape with the mother of all street parties to see in the New Year. There’s clubs, ceilidhs, street theatre, fireworks, a funfair and live music courtesy of U840, The Pretenders and Mansun. See supplement. Edinburgh: various venues, Tue 29 Dec—Fri 7 Jan.

Art: Ontologically Yours Horse play gets serious in work by Beata Veszely and David Wilkinson as they tackle the dilemmas thrown up by the differences between the town and the rural environment. See preview, page 103. Edinburgh: Collective, Sat 23 Jan.

TV: The Johnny Vegas Television Show A man who can throw pots live on stage and still get nominated for the Perrier Award can do what the hell he likes, including make comedy on telly actually work. Join Johnny in Skegness and his native St Helens for a tale of booze, intrigue and suspense. This one-off is a dry run for a full-blown series in 1999. See preview, page 130. Channel 4, Sun 27 Dec.

Clubs: Crash The major Hogmanay clubs event in the capital, which sees the likes of Michael Kilkie, Lawrence Nelson and Irvine Welsh pottering about on two levels. Car wrecks, angels on skates and basketball legends will go some way towards making this one of the best ways to see in the beginning of the end of the millennium. All tickets come With a street pass. See listings, page 91 Edinburgh: The Old GPO Building, Thu 37 Dec.

Film: The Acid House Three of Irvine Welsh’s short stories are given seedy life on screen by the man himself. Funny and wild, with an underlying edge of desperation, these tales of chemical romance are also set to a brilliant soundtrack. See feature, page 20. On general release from Fri 7 Jan.

Music: Reba McEntire This is the first visit to Scotland for this country singer who, until very recenty, was the biggest selling female artist in the world. See preview, page 52. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Thu 7 & Fri 8 Jan, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 70 Ian.

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