4 FILM Inside Llewyn Davis

5 BOOKS Neu! Reekie! Alternative Burns Bash

The Coen brothers turn their diamond-edged gaze to the New York folk scene of the 1960s. Oscar Isaac has been rightly lauded for his portrayal of the titular wannabe folk hero see interview, page 26, and review, page 59. General release from Fri 24 Jan. TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Ciaran Carson, Belle and Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson and The Vaselines’ Eugene Kelly (pictured) are among the guests at Neu Reekie’s less-than-traditional tribute to the Bard. For more Burns Night activities, see page 36. Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Jan.

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6 VISUAL ART Toby Paterson: Soft Boundary

Glasgow-based artist Paterson returns to the Modern Institute for this new show incorporating painting, printmaking and ‘sculptural intervention’. See preview, page 98. The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Sat 25 Jan–Fri 21 Feb.

7 THEATRE Miss Julie

8 MUSIC Richard Dawson

9 COMEDY Russell Brand

Zinnie Harris (Further than the Furthest Thing) and Citz artistic director Dominic Hill join forces on this new adaptation of August Strinberg’s famous 1888 examination of sex and class. See preview, page 94. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 6–Sat 15 Feb. The Tyneside troubadour is up north to play as part of Celtic Connections (see preview, page 70), but there are also whispers of him playing an intimate pub gig in Edinburgh while he’s here. See interview, page 69. Platform, Glasgow, Fri 24 Jan; Waverley Bar, Edinburgh, date tbc.

We’re lucky enouch to be getting a second helping of the five-star Messiah Complex show from the large-haired provocateur of the political classes. Check out our rave review of it on list.co.uk if you need any further convincing. SECC, Glasgow, Tue 18 Feb.

10 CHOSEN BY LOUISE WELSH, AUTHOR Scottish Opera: Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale is an old man who determines to find himself a young wife, but Donizetti’s masterpiece, written just a year before he was overcome by syphilis- induced dementia, is no cheap seaside postcard. It is a complex, brilliantly witty comedy, cut through with darkness. Scottish Opera have cleverly relocated the action to the 1960s, a period of clashes between the generations that we suspect were at least partly motivated by the older generation’s jealousy of the younger set’s sexual freedoms. Donizetti’s music is sublime and yes, Don Pasquale is funny. If you’re under 26 you can get prime seats for only £10. Don Pasquale, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Fri 24 Jan–Sat 1 Feb; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Tue 18–Sat 22 Feb. Louise Welsh supports Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions Kickstarter campaign (bit.ly/21revs); her upcoming book, A Lovely Way to Burn, will be published by John Murray on Thu 20 Mar.

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