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I Eric Thompson Borders Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6pm. Author. performance poet and stand up cotnedian. Thompson gives a live in- store performance.
I Are we Born an Artist or a Scientist? (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5010. 7pm. £5. Are we all born with certain abilities? Are our skills in maths. art or running simply written into our psyche'.’ Find out with this mind teasing lecture at one of the ﬁttest permanent attractions (ilasgow has to offer.
I Framework: Holly O’Hara (‘(‘A. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. 7pm. Free. Milliner Holly ()‘Hara showcases her collection of hats and discusses the pros and cons of setting up your own business.
I Echo (ilasgow University College Club. University Ave. 7.30 -9.30pm. Free. (iet your performance skills at the ready with these lively workshops run by Theatre ()dyssey including play readings. improvisation. writing and music. ()pen to anyone over the age of 16 with an interest in the classics.
I National Science Week Glasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5010. 10am-6pm. £6.95
(4.95). NASA isn‘t the only group ﬂying high this fortnight as the (iSC launches its UK Mars Stations Network with an array of additional activities throughout the day.
I The Prince’s General lidinhurgh Castle. Royal Mile. 225 9846. [lam-3.30pm. £15 (£10 £12). Alba Adventure Company re-enacts the time when l.ord (ieorge Murray arrived to tell his tale of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 as part of the castlc's historical events.
I I Breathe and a Poem Jumps Up Scottish Poetry Library. 5 Crichton‘s Close. Canongate. 557 2876. 3—5pm. £3 (£2). A translation masterclass with discussion between Piotr Sotnmer. Tomaz Salamun and a number of Scottish poets.
I John Skinner: Mind Your Steps - Interpreting Edinburgh’s Streets South Morningside School. Comiston Road.
7 ~9pm. £2. The contentious issue of what's happening to lidinburgh‘s streets is addressed in this lively talk organised by the Morningside Ileritage Association.
I Whatever Works Cabaret Voltaire. 36- 38 Blair Street. 220 6176. 7pm. Free. The Whatever Works series has really cotne into its own in recent months. This fortnight‘s lilm event. in association with lidinburgh Mediabase. focuses on the work of filmmaker Simon lillis.
I Dig Word Performance Poetry The Tron. 9 Hunter Square. High Street. 2260931. 9 11pm. £3 (£2). Rhyming bandit Luke Wright headlines the hyperactive poetic cabaret. Support comes from poetic maelstrom Ash Dickinson. ‘no more Mr Nice Guy" Peter Alexander and Paisley lass 'I‘racy Patrick.
Here are a mere ﬁve reasons to check out the man who’s been dubbed ‘the poet laureate of the DC crime world’.
1. He’s paid his dues George Pelecanos had his first novel published in 1992. aged 35. Previously, he'd burrowed away as a cook. dishwasher, bartender, shoe salesman. ad director, electronics agent and construction
2. What’s new? His latest noir novel Hard Revolution concerns two cops (rookie Derek Strange and veteran Frank Vaughn) trying to do their job against the backdrop of violent social uprising across the USA.
3. He likes his music Hard Revolution even comes with its own s0undtrack, including tracks by Wilson Pickett. Percy Sledge and Otis Redding.
4. He’s a ﬁlm noir bore, right? Wrong. He lists the less than hard-boiled Straight Story and The Insider among his favourite films of the last decade though the Western is his real cinematic passion — Magnificent Seven and The
Wild Bunch for two.
5. And who does he envisage playing Nick Stefanos, his signature crimefighter, in the movies? He reckons Nicolas Cage would be a good shout while wishing that Steve McQueen was still alive to really do his creation
justice. (Brian Donaldson)
George Pelecanos, Ottakers, Glasgow, 353 7500. Wed 37 Mar.
6. 30pm. Free.
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(‘ompered by Jem Rolls. For tnore laughter tips. check out the International Comedy Festival in Comedy page 74.
I Endangered Species Deep-Sea World. 0138.3 411880. £7.95
(£5.75 £6.50): family ticket £26. View a selection of endangered species items seized by Customs in Scotland in recent years.
I Needle Work at the Burrell Burrcll Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 10.30am. Free. An opportunity to take a tour round the embroidery and needle work exhibits. Places are limited so book in advance. I Sally Magnusson: Dreaming of Iceland Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. 1pm. £4.50 (£3). Magnusson talks about the emotional journey to her father's (Magnus Magnusson) birthplace as told in her new book. Dreaming of Ireland The Lure of a Family Legend.
I Jim Dodge, Dan Rhodes & Toni Davidson Borders Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6pm. Free. (‘anongate‘s rising stars Jim Dodge and Dan Rhodes are joined by author Toni Davidson. whose first novel. St‘ur Culture. won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award in 1999.
I National Science Week (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5010. 10am-6pm. 36.95 (£4.95). See Thu 18.
I Scottish National Woodworking Show Sli( ‘( ‘. Finnieston Quay. 08700404000.
10am 5pm. £4.50 £6.50. (iet your hands dirty at this annual fair for handicrafts novices and DIY pros.
I The Prince’s General litlinhurgh Castle. Royal Mile. 225 9846.
11am 3.30pm. £15 (£10 £12). See Thu 18.
I Lonely Planet: Scotland Waterstone’s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. Tony Wheeler. founder of the impressive Lonely Planet series. is in store to celebrate the launch of their new guide to Scotland.
I Endangered Species Deep-Sea World. 0138341 1880. £7.95
(£5.75 £6.50): family ticket £26. See Thu 18.
I Musical Tree Tour Springhall Cotntnunity Centre. Cruachan Road. Springhall. Rutherglen. 634 9249.
Noon 4pm. Free. (iet noisy and creative as you make wood instruments and play rocking rhythms using traditional greenwood working skills.
I The Queen of the Night: A Goddess of the Underworld from Ancient Iraq Burrcll Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550. 12.30 3pm. Free. Dominique Collon. curator for Anatolia and Mesopotamia at the British Mtiseum. gives this lunchtime chat in the beautiful confines of the Burrcll Collection courtyard followed by a workshop to create your own clay tablet at 2pm.
I CCA Talks and Tours (‘(‘A. 350 Sauchiehall Street. 352 4900. 2pm. Free. A tour and talk looking at the CCA and its work past. present and future.
I National Science Week (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacific Quay. 420 5010. 10am-6pm. £6.95 (£4.95). See Thu 18.
I Scottish National Woodworking Show Sl-1(‘(‘. Finnieston Quay. 0870 040 4000.
10am 5pm. £4.50 £6.50. See Fri 19.
I Heralds of Spring Royal Botanic (iarden (Caledonian Hall). Inverleith Row. 552 7171. 10am. £5. Constance (iilleghan and Dawn Smith lead this guided walk through the gardens.
I 3D/2D Craft & Design Fair Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 220 4349. 10.30am 4.30pm. £1 (70p); under 12s free. This fair has become a bit of an institution with contemporary craft. design and artworks direct from the makers themselves.
I Indian Music and Dance Collective (ieorge Square Theatre. l'niversity ()f lidinburgh. (ieorge Square. 650 9195. 7.30pm. £3 £5 (£2). This celebrated music and dance ensemble returns with a mixture of classical and contemporary music and dance from the Indian sub-continent. featuring Vijay Kangutkar leading the Tabla ensemble and Nepali classical dancer (‘haran Pradhan.
I Antique and Collectors Fair Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. 335 6200. 9am-5pm. £5 (£3). A chance to peruse or buy from the wide range of antiques and collectahlcs.
I Endangered Species Deep-Sea World. 0| 383 41 1880. £7.95
(£5.75 £6.50): family ticket £26. See Thu 18.
I Chinese Only Corner Brasserie Metro. 8 (‘resswell Lane. 338 8131. 2.30 4.30pm. Free. If you are confident in your Mandarin Chinese then head down to this monthly meeting and join in the group chat. An ideal time to brush up on your technique and meet new people.
I National Science Week (ilasgow Science Centre. 50 Pacilic Quay. 420 5010. 10am-6pm. (£6.95 (£4.95). See Thu 18.
I Scottish National Woodworking Show Sl-Z('(‘. Finnieston Quay. 08700404000.
10am 4pm. £4.50 £6.50. See Fri 19.
I Antique and Collectors Fair Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. 335 6200. See Sat 20.
I Mother’s Day lidinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 917 l. 9.30am. £12 £20 (£8 £15). limbracc Mother's Day in its totality and spoil your mum with an inclusive loo ticket and lunch in the Mansion House.
I Endangered Species Deep-Sea World. 01383 41 1880. £7.95
(£5.75 £6.50); family ticket £26. See Thu 18.
I Spring Equinox Druid Festival Clyde Muirshicl Regional Park. Muirshiel Centre. Calder (ilen Road. ()1505 842803. 1.45pm. Free. Celebrate the feast of balance between lightness and darkness with the local druids. A pleasant alternative to the norm.
I Theme Tours Burrcll Collection. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 287 2550.
l 1.30am. Free. Margaret Anderson leads this (our entitled "Twenty Centuries of Art at the Burrcll’.
I Hob Penn: The Sky is Falling on our Heads Borders Books. 98 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 6pm. Travel writer and all round tiber-wordsman Rob Penn discusses his new book. The Sky Is I'll/ling on ()m' Hem/s. which tells the humorous tale of his journey around Celtic Britain. See review in Books page 104.