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Jupiter Artland has launched an exciting Summer programme
AROUND TOWN Edinburgh Zoo has welcomed a new recruit in the form of a one-horned rhino. Samir from Germany arrived by lorry from Stuttgart last week. Keeping with the international news out of town, jet-setters can now enjoy direct flights from Edinburgh to Lisbon, three times a week, with easyJet, as part of plans to expand their routes from the capital. CLUBS After twelve and a half years of bringing funk, hip hop, disco, house and beats to the people of Edinburgh and beyond, Headspin have announced plans to stop their regular events. There are four monthly events left, with Krash Slaughta in May, residents’ nights in June and July and a final event with DJ Yoda during the extended opening hours in August. See fortnightly clubs listings for more.
COMEDY Following record ticket sales last year, the Stand Comedy Club has launched its 2010 Fringe line-up. This year’s programme will include an unprecedented number of female stand-ups, with Stand chief Tommy Sheppard declaring it their ‘most diverse programme ever.’
FILM With the official launch of the Edinburgh International Film Festival programme just weeks away, the EIFF have announced a special 3D gala screening of Toy Story 3. In other 3D news, a team from Historic Scotland and the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art have set off for the Black Hills of South Dakota to digitally record international heritage landmark, Mount Rushmore. The two-week project is the first international site the team will scan with 3D laser scanners. The trip is part of five year project Scottish 10, as part of which 8 THE LIST 13–27 May 2010
Scottish teams will create digital models of Scotland’s five UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites and five international sites. Elsewhere, those looking for a little sex in the city need look no further than Glasgow next month. Butlers in the Buff will be hosting special screenings of Sex and the City at the Quay Odeon, on Thu 3 Jun. Tickets are £15 and come complete with fizz, popcorn and bottled water. F E S T I VA L S Feeder and Amy MacDonald are set to headline this August’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, joining The Wailers, Candi Staton and The Levellers.
T H E AT R E Catherine Wheels’ production of Hansel and Gretel at the New Victory on Broadway has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards: one for Unique Theatrical Experience and one for Karen Tennent for Best Design. The Edinburgh-based company took the show to the New Victory last October, as part of the Scottish Festival, supported through the Scottish government’s Expo Fund. VISUAL ART The National Library of Scotland is celebrating the 150th anniversary of JM Barrie’s birth by curating an exhibition of his letters, plays, theatre programmes and more. Among the highlights will be a rare booklet of one of his earliest short plays, Caught Napping. The exhibition will run until 31 May. Edinburgh’s Jupiter Artland has launched its summer programme boasting its usual array of workshops for all ages, as well as a new Jim Lambie installation. And finally, huge congratulations to Scottish artist Susan Philipsz for her Turner Prize nomination. Other artists shortlisted include Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, and The Otolith Group.
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Dispatches from the sofa, with Brian Donaldson
■ There’s something of a 1980s vibe in the air right now with TV shows such as Ashes to Ashes, pop stars like La Roux and posh Tories popping champagne corks. Tapping into this hideous atmosphere is Worried About the Boy (BBC2, Sun 16 May, 9pm), a one-off drama directed by Julian Jarrold which focuses on the days leading up to the manic fame of Boy George, the man who took the gender politics of Bowie, gathered together a melting pot of musicians (hence the name Culture Club) and for a season and a half shaped the high street look for a bunch of boys and girls for whom Wham! were just a little too blokey.
Clash of cultures
The late Malcolm McLaren (played here with arch perfection by Mark Gatiss) may have attempted to stunt Boy George’s rise but with a massive slab of fortune, the lad who preferred a cup of tea to a night of sex became the right crossdresser at the right time, despite having little palpable talent. Of the early 80s British pop era, perhaps only George Michael has a long-term story with similar resonance, with Worried About the Boy flitting between George’s post-Club years of being doorstepped by the tabloids and back to the love affairs with the apparently resolutely straight Kirk Brandon and Jon Moss. Some of the songs might have been a little empty, but Boy George’s story is full of personal pain and speaks of an ultimate tragedy waiting to happen.