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Step Out for Stroke Sun 16 May, 10.30am. £5 to enter. Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, 555 7245. A sponsored walk along The Water of Leith Walkway. FREE Within These Walls Route 3 Sun 16 May, noon–3pm. Holyrood Park, Holyrood Lodge, 652 8150. A five-mile walk around Holyrood Park looking at the remains of its boundary wall, which contains an area of great natural and historical interest. Booking is essential. FREE Scottish Plant Secrets Mon 17–Sat 22 May, 10am–6pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Follow the Garden Rangers’ trail to discover the amazing properties of some plants, such as curing toothache and repelling evil spirits. Plant Conservation Day Tue 18 May, 11am–3.30pm. Included in admission: £15.50 (£13; children £11). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Join Plantlife Scotland and the Zoo’s Garden Team for tips on conservation. FREE Behind the Scenes of the Botanics Wed 19 & 26 May, 1pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Behind the scenes of the Herbarium, the Botanic Garden’s plant library of over 2 million specimens. Arts Café Wed 19 May, 5.30pm. £8 (£5). Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Enjoy a glass of wine and discover the French artistic movements and French artists (in French) with Agnes Ness.
✽✽ FREE Graffimenco Fri 21 & Sat 22 May, 11am. Dovecot, 10
Infirmary Street, 07895 618689. See picture, right. FREE Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show Fri 21–Sun 23 May, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Championship dog show featuring the country’s finest bred dogs. FREE Black Watch Sat 22 & Sun 23 May, 9.45am–4pm. National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, 225 4413. Experience life with the Black Watch, including a firing display – goes without saying that it’ll be loud! Biodiversity is Life Day Sat 22 May, 11am–3.30pm. Included in admission: £15.50 (£13; children £11; family ticket £33.70-£57.60). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 334 9171. Learn about the amazing variety of life on earth and what humans must do to protect it, as part of the International Day of Biological Diversity. FREE Artist Talk: Annie Woodford Sat 22 May, 1–2pm. Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, 557 2479. Exhibiting artist Annie Woodford discusses current exhibition Ice: Tracing the Line of Existence. FREE Nonviolence Within; Peace for All Sun 23 May, 10am–12.30pm. Barcelo Carlton Hotel, 19 North Bridge, 07748 958856. Conference titled ‘The Role of Consciousness in Peacebuilding’. Fairs FREE Christian Aid Book Sale Until Fri 14 May, Thu 10am–7pm; Fri 10am–3.30pm. St Andrew’s and St George’s Church, 13 George Street, 225 3847. Rifle through literary wonders old and new, while doing your bit for charity. The Made in the Shade Springtime Jamboree Sat 15 May, 10.30am–5pm. £1 donation. Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, 629 0039. The Glaswegian indie designers’ collective makes its first visit to Edinburgh. Vintage and unusual objects are on offer at this enhanced shopping experience featuring a live soundtrack, while some of the crafters will be crafting in public. See feature, page 22. FREE Christian Aid Holy Corner Churches Book Sale Sat 15–Sat 22 May (not Sun), Sat 10am–4pm; Mon–Fri noon–6pm. Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Road, 447 8724. As well as books there are CDs, DVDs and stamps to choose from. Antiques & Collectors Fair Sat 15 & Sun 16 May, Sat 10am–4.30pm; Sun 10am–4pm. £2.50. Royal Highland
Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Up to 300 exhibitors offering ceramics, glass, Treen, pictures, furniture, jewellery, vintage and retro clothing and much more all in one hall. FREE Transition Edinburgh Pentlands Energy Fair Sat 15 May, 2pm. Fairmilehead Parish Church, 1a Frogston Road West, Fairmilehead, 445 2575. Stalls and information about being environmentally friendly. FREE Convery Auction Wed 19 May, 9–11am. Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 335 6200. Sporting memorabilia auction.
Food & Drink ✽✽ Meet the Producers . . . An Evening at a Scottish Market Thu 13 May, 7–9.30pm. £10. Valvona & Crolla, 19 Elm Row, 556 6066. A gastronomic ceilidh with the opportunity to buy from many quality suppliers. See Hitlist. Lazy Lohan’s Bistro Bites: The Slow Food Movement Sat 15 May, 2.30pm. £5. Lazy Lohan’s Bistro, 158 Canongate, 556 8999. Daniel Gott from Edinburgh’s Slow Food movement talks about how to reconnect with food. Ticket price includes a bowl of soup. WoodWinter’s BIG Tastings Sat 22 May, 1–4pm & 5–8pm. £15. Bruntsfield Hotel, 667 2760. Sixty wines to sample and specialists on hand for guidance. Lazy Lohan’s Bistro Bites: Veal Revisited Sat 22 May, 2.30pm. £5. Lazy Lohan’s Bistro, 158 Canongate, 556 8999. Over a selection of meats learn about a Berwickshire farm who have developed a new way of farming veal.
Sport Pedal it Pink Sun 16 May. Entry to marathon £15; half marathon £10; 5K £5. Holyrood Park, 0207 749 3700. A women-only cycle ride for Breast Cancer Campaign. There are three routes to choose from: full marathon, half marathon or 5k (which is also open to men and children). See preview, page 29. Talks Living Links Talk Thu 13 May, 7.30pm. £6 (members £4). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 314 0350. Find out about the zoo’s current projects. Booking essential. FREE Dance: Curator’s Tour Fri 14 May, 12.45–1.15pm. National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. Tricia Allerston, NGS Head of Education, gives a tour of the Dance exhibition. FREE Hellen Van Meene: Tout va Disparaitre Sat 15 May, 2–3pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, 624 6200. The Dutch photographer gives a talk on her work, which centres largely on portraits of adolescents, as well as the influence of Diane Arbus. Mertoun House Tour Mon 17 May–Fri 18 Jun, 9.15am–1.45pm. £12 (£10). National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. View works from the Duke of Sutherland’s art collection. Price includes transport to Mertoun House, a guided tour and refreshments. Please buy tickets in advance (no phone bookings). FREE Seated Nude by Pablo Picasso Mon 17 May, 12.45–1.15pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, 624 6200. Art historian Elizabeth Cowling discusses Picasso’s late painting of his wife Jacqueline, which is currently on loan from a private collector. FREE A Gift, Twice Given, Once Lost: Stonypath, Little Sparta Tue 18 May, 12.45–1.30pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, 624 6200. Artist and poet Alec Finlay gives a talk on the work of the poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. History Makers: The People and Cultures of John Knox’s House Wed 19 May, 1pm & 2.30pm. Tue 25 May, 1pm. £2 (£6 for series of four tours). Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Donald Smith talks
Graffimenco Like graffiti art? Course you do. Like flamenco dancing? Absolutely. Well, haven’t you been longing
for somebody to put them together into one riotous burst of graffiti- splattered, passionate Spanish dance-art? No, we’re not entirely sure what the thinking behind Graffimenco, a series of flamenco dance workshops accompanied by live graffiti art by artist El Niño de las Pinturas (‘the child of the paintings’) was either, but we’re kind of intrigued as to how these two equally colourful but utterly different art forms will mix over a weekend. Ole! ■ Dovecot, Edinburgh,Fri 21 & Sat 22 May. Search for ‘Graffimenco’ on Facebook for further, updated information.
about the illustrious feet that have crossed the threshold of John Knox’s house. FREE Botanical Society of Scotland Lecture Thu 20 May, 5.15pm. Royal Botanic Garden, 20a Inverleith Row, 552 7171. Dr Patricia Wiltshire discusses the importance of botany and mycology in ensuring convictions for serious crime. Curator’s Choice: The Scottish Life Archive Fri 21 May, 2pm. £5 (£4; members free). National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 225 7534. Dorothy Kidd reveals secrets of the Scottish Life Archive, which records evidence of Scotland’s social history as a background to the artefacts in our collections. History Makers: The Martyrs of John Knox’s House Sun 23 May, 2pm & 3.30pm. £6; £7 for both (£4; £5 for both). Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Learn about the last days of George Wishart (2pm) and Mary, Queen of Scots, (3.30pm) in two dramatic recreations. Café Histoire Mon 24 May, 5.30–7pm. £8 (£5). Institut Français d’Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent, 225 5366. Patrick Landri leads this monthly French- language group, exploring some of the most important dates and figures in French history. FREE Visions of Dance Tue 25 May, 12.45–1.30pm. National Gallery of Scotland: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The Mound, 624 6200. Dance historian Agnes Ness examines the ways in which artists have portrayed dance to convey all kinds of emotion. Power from the Waves? Scotland’s Renewable Energy Resource Wed 26 May, 7pm. £5 (£4; members free). National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 225 7534. Malcolm Bowie and Rowan Brown talk about Scotland’s energy provision and innovation in the field of renewables, developments from the industry’s perspective and how they impact on the Museum’s collections. Fr Laurence Freeman Wed 26 May, 7.30pm. £7 (£5). St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, 220 3234. A talk entitled ‘Meditation and Spirituality in a “Secular Age”: Forum on Meditation for Health, Wellbeing and Healing’. Part of the Edinburgh International Festival of
Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace 2010. Workshops FREE Life Drawing with a Dance Theme Thu 13 & Fri 14 May, 2–4pm. National Gallery Complex, The Mound, 624 6200. Sketch from a live dancer, with the assistance of artist Damian Callan. FREE The Drawing Room Thu 13 May, 5.30–6.45pm. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, 624 6410. Monthly experimental drawing sessions inspired by works in the collection, each led by a contemporary artist. All materials are provided. Please book in advance. Meditation, Discovering our True Nature Sat 15 May, 10am–5pm. £20 (£12). St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, 663 7564. Retreat led by Maureen Cooper and following the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche. Monthly Life Drawing Classes Sat 22 May, 2–4pm. £10 (£8). National Gallery of Scotland: Clore Education Centre, The Mound, 624 6200. Work with a model to learn about portraying the human body. Artists Damian Callan or Graham Flack will offer guidance.
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