10 Around Town Ladyfingers Cookery Classes Iain Anderson in Conversation Hot Rocks!

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Books Peter Leonard James Franco Susan Maushart

LGBT Events Clubs Big’n’Bashy Eyes Wide Open Robert James

Comedy Comedians to watch in 2011 Des Clarke

Film Abel 127 Hours Blue Valentine The Last Three Days DVDs

Kids Thomas and Friends

Music Celtic Connections Metronomy Glasvegas Idlewild Bowlie 2 Thin Lizzy Records Jazz & Folk Classical Theatre

A View From the Bridge The Ushers

Visual Art Sophie Macpherson Tacita Dean A Little Bit of Magic Realised Stansfield / Hooykaas

Classified Recruitment I Saw You Flatshare Classified Courses and Tuition


As we go to press the news has come through that the Edinburgh International Film Festival will no longer have a single artistic director, but a number of curators for different strands, with the entire event overseen by a single producer, James Mullighan, current director of the filmmakers network Shooting People. With the emphasis placed on audience enjoyment, and one-off events planned for interesting venues, intrigue and surprise seem to be the bywords for the festival’s 2011 film programme. Creating unique, ‘pop-up’ cinematic events and attending to local interest, while scaling back on parties and awards, is a strong strategy for keeping the festival going in tough times. Best of luck to the new team. Editor

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BLACK SWAN From spandex to tutus: Darren Aronofsky follows up The Wrestlerwith his ballet thriller. 26

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS We provide you with a selection of courses and classes to get 2011 off to a flying start. 58

Preview of the year Barely has the year begun and we’re salivating at what’s to come. The ‘11 for 2011’ feature on page 12 has a list of the top artists who’ll be pleasuring your ears this year, while our definitive preview lets you know the best gigs, films, plays and art events you’ll be attending for the next 12 months, starting on page 14.

CELTIC CONNECTIONS A preview of some of the folk flavoured highlights that will be gracing Glasgow’s venues across January.

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2 First Word Greg ‘Gary Tank Commander’ McHugh gives Q&A.

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