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The National MUSIC The plaintive Ohioan indie-rockers are all set to take the stage at the O2 Academy and make us cry our eyes out. In a good way, of course. See 5 Reasons, page 67. 02 Academy, Glasgow, Fri 26 Nov.

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Mark Watson COMEDY The fast-talking cheery, cheeky Welshman. Expect witty anecdotes, audience participation and some fiddling about with a laptop. See preview, page 58. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 26 Nov. Steve Bell BOOKS The Guardian’s political cartoonist releases his latest anthology, If ... Bursts Out, lampooning the major events of the last four years. See review, page 33. Published by Jonathan Cape, out now.


Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives FILM Palme d’Or-winning Thai film about an aged teller of fantastical tales. See feature, page 20. Selected release Fri 19 Nov. St Andrew’s Day AROUND TOWN Scotland’s patron saint provides the excuse for a variety of ceilidhs, gigs and shindigs across the nation. See feature, page 29. Various events across Scotland, Fri 26–Tue 30 Nov.

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AfroCubism MUSIC The long-gestated collaboration between Malian and Cuban musicians finally sees the light of day at the Usher Hall. See feature, page 18. Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 2 Dec. Diane Torr LGBT / BOOKS The ‘drag king’ launches new book, Sex, Drag and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance part memoir, part critical history of cross-dressing. See preview, page 60. CCA, Glasgow, Thu 18 Nov.

Alasdair Gray: Gray Stuff VISUAL ART This exhibition of sketches, murals, theatre posters, books and doodles is a loving testament to the Glasgow polymath’s creativity. See First Word, page 2, and review, page 90. Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sat 11 Dec. 18 Nov–2 Dec 2010 THE LIST 5