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4 FILM Two Faces of January
5 THEATRE Pressure
The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated Drive scribe Hossein Amini stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac in a Patricia Highsmith-adapted thriller. See Amini interview, page 25, and review, page 68. Selected release from Fri 16 May. David Haig writes and stars in this adaptation of a true story about Scottish meteorologist James Stagg, who played a key role in helping General Eisenhower plan the 1944 D-Day landings. See preview, page 99. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 24 May.
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6 MUSIC BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend
7 DANCE Nederlands Dans Theater 2
A massive three-day festival featuring a mix of smaller and larger-scale acts, including Tiesto, Coldplay, CHVRCHES, Honeyblood (pictured) and ALX. George Square, Glasgow, Fri 23 May; Glasgow Green, Sat 24 & Sun 25 May. Sign language, the poetry of Gertrude Stein and the music of Van Morrison: just three elements woven into the fabric of this youthful Dutch dance ensemble’s latest programme. See preview, page 100. Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Thu 29 & Fri 30 May.
8 VISUAL ART Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show The capital’s art school once again invites the public to survey the work of graduating students, this year incorporating more than 500 artists, filmmakers, designers and architects. See feature, page 33. Edinburgh College of Art, Sat 24 May–Sun 1 Jun.
9 COMEDY Dawn French
The much-loved comedian, writer and chocolate orange salesperson’s solo stand-up tour recounts lessons learnt from her 30 Million Minutes on Earth (in fact, she’s a few months short of that title, but we’ll let it slide). See preview, page 64. The Pavilion, Glasgow, Tue 10–Thu 12 Jun.
10 CHOSEN BY MICHAEL KASPARIS, NIGHT SCHOOL RECORDS Tara Jane O’Neil and Ela Orleans
Tara Jane O’Neil’s trajectory from bass player in legendary 90s group Rodan to wandering troubadour songstress has taken in everything from slight, acoustic confessions to dusty, feedback-soaked guitar abstractions. The first time I saw her live was in a DIY space, surrounded by lamps and fairy lights, in Olympia, Washington. It was a tumultuous, emotional wringer she put the audience through – unafraid to explore the space with distorted, wig-out guitars and loops before swooping back into a fragile, poignant whisper to let some light through. It was totally entrancing and, by the time the last echo had faded, it felt like awakening from some other universe – I’m thrilled to be able to do it all over again. Ela Orleans should need no introduction, of course: a true master of atmosphere and the perfect gateway to a glorious head-trip of an evening. Tara Jane O’Neil and Ela Orleans, Glad Café, Glasgow, Tue 10 Jun; Night School Showcase, The Art School, Glasgow, Sun 25 May.
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