this. Fifteen days of unmissable stuff.

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THURSDAY 30 The Sopranos We’re going to keep putting Tony and his household in this slot until they stop making for the best mob melodrama this side of New Jersey. Channel 4. FRIDAY 1 World AIDS Day The cities raise awareness of HIV and AIDS with theatre performance and live music plus a commemorative service and in Edinburgh a vigil in Princes Street Gardens. Arches, Glasgow; Traverse, Edinburgh.

SATURDAY 2 Raging Bull The Martin Scorsese/Robert De Niro boxing movie classic gets re-issued in all its

The League Of Gentlemen

lonely his j, Christmas?

Well, there's simply no need because El Vez, the outrageous king of Chicano rock ’n' roll has dusted off his star- spangled jumpsuit to

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a big ’ole hunk of ' Christmas love at the Garage, Friday 1 December. The Chicano Elvis impersonator is all shook up about his steamy pre- Christmas performance. ’I’m going to put the X back into Xmas and make it a really X-rated show,’ he says. ’We've got some great costumes that we're dying to take off on stage.’

luminous black and white glory with a spanking new print celebrating its 20th anniversary. Selected release.

preview, page 47. Arches, Glasgow. TUESDAY 5

SUNDAY 3 German Film Festival Madama Over the next week the best of Butterfly modern German cinema proves Scottish

that the nation is still divided despite the reunification symbolised by the fall of the Wall. See preview, page 25. GFT, Glasgow; Fi/mhouse, Edinburgh. MONDAY 4 At The Drive~ln Forget all those stupid musical sub-genres like nu-metal, ATDI are rock ’n’ roll of the old school explosive, vital and brilliant. Imagine MCS having a scrap with The Stooges, but modern and brilliant. See

Opera's David

McVicar directs Puccini’s tragic love story Madama Butterfly. Russian soprano Natalia Dercho plays the

Film classics re-released for Christmas

As we enter the Christmas month three films are being given a new lease of life. But though The Exorcist, Raging Bull and Sa/o are classics they hardly herald happy holidays; The Exorcist is one of the scariest movies ever, Raging Bull features domestic and professional beatings and 53/0 is notorious for its explicit sex and violence. Nevertheless, there are good reasons for the re- issues: William Friedkin has performed a Director’s Cut on The Exorcist adding fifteen never before seen minutes, Raging Bull celebrates its 20th anniversary and Sa/o has only recently become available in the UK, and on the 25th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s murder

bring Glasgow audiences mar the merrier

It's fireworks all the way from now until 2001. Spanish performance group XarXa is presenting El Foc De/ Mar (Fire On The Sea), at the waterfront in Leith, 8.30pm, Friday 8—Saturday 9 December, processing along the Shore to a pyrotechnic accompaniment. Three weeks later, all seven of the city's hills will be alight with fireworks to bring in the new year. Full Hogmanay guide next issue.

young Japanese girl to tenor Ian Storey's long lost lover. See preview, page 47. Theatre Royal, Glasgow WEDNESDAY 6 The League Of Gentlemen Open your arms to the pen-obsessed Pauline, piglet- feeding Tubbs, and the peg-adoring Papa Lazarou as the ghastly Gentlemen make their first stage appearances in Scotland since scooping the Perrier Award in 1997. See feature, page 12. Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow. TflURSDAY 7 Kurt Wagner The frontman of leftfield Nashville country collective Lambchop goes solo to preview a bag of new tunes on this rare visit to British shores. Expect heartfelt and moving songs of countrified beauty. Arches, Glasgow

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