Around Town

Bride’s Beauty Day Sun 14 Jun. 10.30am. £5. Malmaison Hotel Edinburgh, 1 Tower Place. Leith. 468 5000. Pampering for brides-to-be with hair and make-up demonstrations. fashion shows, hen night ideas and bubbly on arrival. FREE Wildfire Mon 15 Jun. 8pm. Traverse Theatre Bar. Cambridge Street. 228 1404. Wildfire offers writers. poets. MC‘s. rappers (anyone who wants to have a go) a chance to take the Traverse Ten Minute Challenge. Participants will be given a starting point and ten minutes to come up with a completely original work. FREE Willie Doherty: Artist’s Talk Wed 17 Jun. 6.30pm. Fruitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. The artist in conversation with Fmitmarket Gallery Director Fiona Bradley.

FREE At Home with Mrs Doig

Thu 18. Sat 20 & Tue 23 Jun 10.30am-1pm & 2—4pm. Museum of Edinburgh. Huntly House. 142 Canongate. 529 4143. Meet Mrs Doig to find out about 17th-century life and the seedier side of the Old Town. Part oft/re Old Town festival. Ultimate Guitar Hero Fundraiser 2 Thu 18 Jun. 6.30pm. £10 to compete (£5 to watch). The Voodoo Rooms. 19a West Register Street. 556 7060. Compete in the ultimate computerised axe-grinding championship. Register by 7.30pm. FREE Annuale 2009 Fri 19 Jun—Fri 3 Jul. times vary. Various Venues. Festival showcasing Edinburgh's emergent artists and artist-run initiatives. See www.annua| for full listings. Palaeo Penguin Day Sat 20 Jun. 9.30am—5pm. included in admission: £14 (£12; children £9.50; under 3s free). Edinburgh Zoo. C orstorphine Road. 334 9171. Find outjust how long penguins have been around. Ditty Miniature Gardens Sat 20 Jun. 10.30am—3.30pm. £15. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Recreate your favourite comer of Lauriston’s gardens in a box frame using handmade papers. fabrics. beads and buttons. Booking required.

Out of the Old Town Sun 21 Jun. 2pm. £9 (£6; family ticket £26). Scottish Storytelling Centre. 43—45 High Street, 556 9579. A cycle tour of up to ten miles around the Old Town with breaks

for stories along the way. Call Andy Hunter on 07762 000039 to hire a bike (£12). Ages 10+; under 16s must be accompanied. Part of the Old Town Festival.

FREE New Writers Poetry and Short Stories Mon 22 Jun. 7pm. The Bowery. 2 Roxburgh Place. Brand new creative offerings frorn Edinburgh writers. Swingln’ the Docks Tue 23 Jun. 7.30—1 1.30pm. £6 (£5). Queen Charlotte Rooms. 56a Queen Charlotte Street. Leith. 0845 458 9709. Re-create the swinging 40s with music and performances by Caledonian Swing Cats and a free swing dance taster lesson at 7.30pm. Part of Left/t festival.

Arts Cafe Wed 24 Jun. 5.30—7pm. £7 (£5). Institut Francais d’Ecossc. 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Discover the French artistic movements and French artists with Agnes Ness over a glass of

The Royal Highland Show Thu 25—Sun 28 Jun. Thu 7am-7pm; Fri/Sat Sam—7pm; Sun 8am—6pm. £22 (£17: under 16s free). Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 335 6236. A highlight of Scotland‘s countryside calendar with an exciting programme of competitions. including show jumping. sheep shearing. heavy horses and farriery.


Rare Book Sale Sat 13 Jun. 10am—5pm. £1. Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 3371947. Annual event where accredited booksellers offer rare. antiquarian and secondhand books. maps. and prints to the public.

J a J Antique and Collectors Fair Sat 20 Jun. 10am. £1.50. Freemasons

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Hall. 96 George Street. 225 5304. A variety of stalls with clocks. coins. stamps. silver. plate. china. paintings. gold. silver. costumes and jewellery. FREE Charity Art Auction Mon 22 Jun. 7pm. Lyon & Tumbull. 33 Broughton Place. 557 8844. A sale of original paintings. limited edition prints. sculpture. textiles and silver in aid of the Samaritans in its 50th Anniversary Year. Viewing on Sun 21 Jun (2-—5pm) and Mon 22 Jun

( 10am—5pm).


Leith Festival llntil Sun 14 Jun. times vary. Prices vary. Various Venues. 1.eith. 0845 458 9709. Leith‘s growing community arts and music festival retums with comedy. visual arts. dance. drama. film. literature and sport. See for more info. Refugee Week Mon l5—Sun 21 Jun. times vary. Prices vary. Various Venues. Edinburgh. 0141 248 9799. See Glasgow.

Food 8 Drink

FREE Bruncheon! Featuring the Sound of Muesli Sat 13 Jun. 1 1.30am. ()ut of the Blue Drill Hall. 30—36 Dalmeny Street. 1.eith. 555 7101. Brunch and live music featuring Vroni and the Raving Roosters and other local talent the. plus your choice of breakfast.


Amateur Boxing Fri 12 & Sat 13 Jun. 12.30pm. £15 per day. Portobello Town Hall. Portobcllo. ()7900 702196. GB Youth Championships with about 80 boxers seeking to become British Champion in their weight category. 12 Jun is semi-finals. 13 Jun is finals. FREE Ex HIBS Players v Leith Athletic Football Match Sun 14 Jttn. 2pm. 1.eith Athletic Football Pitch. 1.eith

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Links. 554 7291. Kick off is 2pm for this (hopefully) friendly match with a collection at half titne for CLLASP and 1.eith Festival. Part of 1.eith festival.


Living Links Talk Thu 1 1 Jun. 7.30-—9pm. £6 (members £4). Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 314 0350. Find out about the zoo‘s new field station and research centre for brown capuchins and squirrel monkeys. Booking essential. Curator’s Choice: The Educated Eyeball Fri 12 Jun. 2pm. £5 (£4: members free). National Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street. 225 7534. Brian Jackson. Principal Curator of Mineralogy. reveals what happens when light enters a gemstone. Booking required.

FREE Jonathan Mills Mon 15 Jun. 5.45pm. The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. See picture caption. below.

FREE What is a Conversation Piece? Tue 16 Jun. 12.45pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre. The Mound. 624 6200. Desmond Shawe-Taylor. Surveyor of the Queen‘s Pictures. explores the elements of this important tradition within Iiuropean painting.

FREE Chris Tinker on Jacques Brel Tue 16 Jun. 6.30pm. lnstitut Francais d‘licosse. 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Chris Tinker. l-leriot-Watt University. discusses some English-language versions of Jacques Brel's songs.

FREE ARTIST ROOMS for the Visually Impaired Wed 17 Jun. l0am--3.30pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 75 Belford Road. 624 6200. Descriptive tour and practical workshop led by Jennie Temple.

Edinburghers get rather used to their city being turned into a vessel

for internationally-reaching performances and concerns/a gentleman’s club for members of the stand-up comedy fraternity every August. It’s kinda nice, then, to see one of the festivals striving for an actual connection back to the city. Step forward Jonathan Mills (that’s him up there), Director of the Edinburgh International Festival, who this year is theming the whole Festival around the city’s sparkling history as a haven for thought and logic during the Enlightenment. He’ll be explaining why

at a free talk at the Hub this fortnight.

I The Hub, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Mon 15 Jun.

Ellen MacArthur Wed 17 Jun. 6.30pm. £10 (£5). University ()f lidinburgh. ()ld College. 6509746. The record-breaking sailor‘s newest challenge involves The

lillen MacArthur Trust taking 85 young

people in recovery frotn cancer or leukaemia sailing 2000 nautical miles around Britain. with MacArthur giving a talk at each of the 17 stopovers. Tickets from Flight of the Swallows: Scottish Art and Europe, 1900-1939 Thu 18 Jun. 10.30am. £8. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 529 3963. David Patterson. Fine Art Curator. discusses the influence of historic and contemporary [European art on Scottish artists in the early 20th century. Booking required. Gardens Talk Thu 18 Jun. 7.30 -9pm. £6 (members £4). [idinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 314 ()350. Leam about the importance of enclosure design for the zoo‘s recent chimpanzee exhibit. Budongo Trail. Booking essential. FREE Mount Vesuvius in Eruption by Jacob More Fri 19 Jun. 12.45pm. National Gallery Complex. The Mound. 624 6200. Art historian Ailsa Turner discusses the painting by the Scottish artist.

FREE Stills Talk and Tour Sun

21 Jun. 1pm & 3pm. Stills. 23 Cockburn Street. 622 6200. A tour and history of Stills gallery its context within the history of Scottish Contemporary Photography. Part aft/to ()ld 'lbwn festival. FREE Gallery of Modern Art Sculpture Tour Mon 22 Jun. 12.45pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern An. 75 Belford Road. 624 6200. Patrick lilliott gives a tour of the sculptures in the grounds of the gallery (weather permitting). including Tracey limin's Roman Standard. FREE Drawing the Dead: Art, Anatomy and the Human Body Tue 23 Jun. 12.45pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre. The Mound. 624 6200. Sebastian Pranghofer takes a look at works by Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol that deal with anatomical subject matter. FREE Blood, Sweat and Tears: Bodily Fluids in the Arts Thu 25 Jun. 10am—2pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 75 Bell‘ord Road. 624 6200. Learn the hows and the whys of this boundary-pushing subject in a four-hour workshop.

FREE The Speaking House

Speaks Thu 25 Jtrn. 2pm. Museum of lidinburgh. lluntly House. 142 Canongate. 529 3962. A fascinating history of the Museum of lidinburgh building and the people who lived there. Booking recommended. l’art oft/re (”(1 7mm [ma-at.


FREE Writing for Graphic Novels Thu 1 1 Jun. 4—5.15pm. Roxy Art House. 2 Roxburgh Place. Comic writer and former editor of 2000.41). David Bishop. leads a workshop in tricks of the graphic novel trade. Pan of [idinburgh Napier’s Creative Showcase.

On Writing (Television) Sat 13 Jun. 2pm. £7 (£4). Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 228 1404. Stephen Greenhorn. author of Passing P/(ll't’S and the occasional Dm'tor Who episode leads a talk for writers.

Comflelds and Lavender Blue Skies Sun 14 & 21 Jun. l0.30am—3.30pm. £20. Lauriston Castle. 2a Cramond Road South. 529 3963. Highly popular two-day papermaking class. Booking required.

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