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For the more esoterically minded, Tltt‘ National Review Of Live Art 12 16 Feb; takes place throughout (ilasgot'x's Arc hes Events include frenc I‘: filinrnaker Jean Michel Bruyere's Odes To filth and Italian performance artist lianko B's Aktioii 398
Following the success of last year’s festival, Funct (1 18 Man has expanded into a two-week celebration of youth culture at Glasgow's Arches, still placing an emphasis on clubbing, live music, film, intilti-rriedia, design and lifestyle It'will highlight the VJ phenomenon and there'll be a multi- media installation by Sex Pistols illustrator Jamie Reid
Based at Edinburgh's Netherbow Centre but \yith events happening at venues around central Scotland, the
Puppet and Animation Festival (26 Iv1ar=21 Apr) presents a host of puppet companies. Themes for the annual Edinburgh International Science Festival (7 ~ 17 Apr) include ‘Catastrophes', 'Inside The Brain', 'Space Odyssey' and 'Fighting Fit'.
The best film of the year might be the first one you see if yOu check out Ang Lee's martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ‘Fri 5 Jan) Robert De Niro continues to mine the comic seam in Felvuary with The Adventures Of Rot ky And 8u//'.-.iink/e, based on an American cartoon strip Disney releases another animated feature, The Emperor’s Netti Groove, abocrt a prince who loses his cool when he's turned into a lama (well, it's possible) The Spina/ Tap boys are back to show you why dog shows are very funny With Best In Show
There are laughs to be had in the Glasgow-set comedy thriller Beautiful Creatures, starring Rachel Weisz, and David Kane’s follow-up to This Year’s Love, another romcom entitled Born Romantic. The big film of February (3 The Silence Of The Lambs sequel Hannibal featuring Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore (replacing Jodie
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Foster) TaIk:r)g of big the siege of Stalingrad war movie Enemy At The Gates is purported to be the most expensive European film ever
Also in February Dungeons And Dragons promises to satisfy fantasy enthusiasts [and role-playing games fanatics) Remaining in the realm of the fantastic, find but how Juliette Binoche's cocoa fancres bring out the passion in a repressed French town in Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of Joanne Harris' novel ChOCO/at
And are yOu aware of the bizarre ("uth behind the making of the 20s horror classic Nosferatu7 Shadow Of The Vampire wrth John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe lets you in on the secret.
ROunding off the month Peter Mullan stars in Michael 'Woncfer/and' Wintterbottom's goldrush film The Claim, Russell Crowe and new love Meg Ryan appear in Proof Of Life and Denzel Washington gives another potential Oscar turn in Remember The Titans.
The Mummy Returns in March, as does the Lord of the Undead in the form of Glaswegian actor Gerry Butler in Dracula 2001. If you wondered why
the powerhouse female boxmg mOVie Girlfight was postponed from last year, an Oscar Win in March may answer your question. Joan Allen is also a contender as a scandal-ridden American senator in The Contender. The British film abOut the refugee experience The Last Resort ought to be up for a golden statue, though it's likely to be overlooked for deCidedIy less gritty drama. The opposite of grit promises to be the case With Bridget Jones" Diary, starring American actress Renee Zellweger.
Kevin Costner revrsits his finest hour (in JFK )with another political conspiracy thriller Thirteen Days, and Sam Ew/ Dead Raimi, who directed Costner in For Love Of The Game, gets back to his Supernatural roots WIIh The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett as a clairvoyant.
Banish the post-Christmas blues wrth some of the new releases expected at the kick off of 2001. Falkirk funstrels Arab Strap return With The Red Thread their first full-Iengther since their
return to the Chemikal Underground stable (12 Feb). The Manic Street Preachers are also putting finishing touches to an album (Feb) while
Radiohead release Amnesiac (Mar), the mOre 'accessible' follow-up to last year's Kid A
On the live front, Glasgow's Arches is being adopted as the third venue for Celtic Connections (Wed 10—Sun 28 Jan). At NME's Carling Awards Tour ' (21 Jan), Irish teen indie angst-pop trio JJ72 headline wrth much-hyped but little-heard new folksters Starsailor, spivvy indie chaps Alfie and LA Communist punk metallers Amen filling out the bill Should be a laugh on the tow bus for that one then
Back again after their T on the Fringe appearance in August, Grandaddy play Glasgow University's QMU (28 Jan) while a rare show from one-time head PiXie Frank Black is at King Tut's(10 Feb) Craig David does the business at the SECC (24 Feb) while Texas knock out a three night 'Greatest Hits' run at the same venue (22—23, 25 Feb) and Kylie Will Simper in for a couple of dates at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow (3—4 Ivlar).
Also haying Visited last August, Deftones round off their world tour in support of their sensational White
calendar, the World Cup 2002 Qualifying heats up with matches against Belgium (24 Mar, Hampden Park) and San Marino (28 Mar, Hampden)
The winter sports programme continues with the 2001 British National Snowboard Championships (28 Mar—14 Apr, venue tbc), and in skiing there's the Scottish Masters Championships ( 1 0—1 1 Mar, Glenshee)
American TV's domination of the British public's imagination continues at the start of the year With prime US drama and documentary in the forms of Emmy-laden West Wing (Channel 4, Thu 18 Jan) starring Martin Sheen while Boston Law (BBC 1, Tue 16 Jan) takes us deep Within the corridors of legal power. Still, the UK makes a fair stab at duality drama in the opening months With the epic In A Land Of Plenty (BBCZ, Wed 10 Jan), an adaptation of Nancy Mitford's Love In A Cold Climate (BBC 1, late Feb), a return to Leeds With the follow-up to Tina Goes Shopping, entitled Egg War
From Left: Hanibal. Bridget Jones' Diary, Kylie and Metrosexuality
Pony album With a couple of British dates including one at the SECC (22 Mar). Top of the class for bringing the punters in are Ocean Colour Scene, who have a record breaking five-night stint at the Barrowland (26—27 & 29—31 Mar).
Funct (1—18 Mar) makes a welcome reappearance at the Arches (see Festivals above). Taking classical mUSIC to the peOpIe, National Orchestra Week (10—Sun 18 Mar) is a series of events in Glasgow and Edinburgh,
Scotland’s Rugby Union bravehearts begin their Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship campaign in earnest taking on France in Paris (4 Feb), Wales at Murrayfield(17 Feb), England at Twrckenham (3 Mar), and Italy at home at Murrayfield (17 Mar),
In the Scottish football diary, the Old Firm are as prominent as ever, making up one half of the CIS League Cup Semi Finals (7 Feb, Hampden Park), before a league Old Firm clash at Celtic Park Just four days later. St Mirren v Kilmarnock makes up the other half of the tie (6 Feb, Fir Park).
Over on the international footie
(Channel 4, end Ian), Stephen Poliakoff's deIVing into a secret past in Family Tree (BBCZ, Ivlar) while London’s seamy side is investigated in Metrosexuality (Channel 4, 21 Feb) However, it is Within the comedy realm that British telly is beginning to assert itself these days, Two Fringe fav0urites get their own series With Dave Gorman Collection (BBCZ, mid Feb) followmg the Side-burned one tracking down his namesakes across the country while Simon tvlunnery's League Against Tedium aims to educate/ patronise the masses With Attention Scum (BBCZ, 17 Feb). Simon Pegg and Jes3ica Stevenson open up a second series of Spaced (Channel 4, late Feb), Pauline QUITke goes to work in Office Gossip (BBC 1, early Feb), Sanjeev Bhaskar takes a sideways look at the Kama Sutra wrth Position Impossible (Channel 4, 7 Feb) and the cream of Britain’s young comic talent get it on With Two Pints Of Lager (BBC, early Mar). Making long-awaited returns to small screens are John Cleese, who conducts a documented look into The Human Face (BBC 1, mid Mar) alongside Liz Hurley, while Adrian Mole steps into his Cappuccino Years (BBCI, end Jan). }