Entertainment News 23 March 2009

by Phyllis Stephen

There are always lots of things to see and do in the Capital City. Henry’s Cellar Bar hosted Finlay Quaye last week. Out of the limelight in recent years after an initial run of hits he is still a Scottish artist of some note!

The National Library of Scotland held a free public event at 7 pm on 16 March to discuss Scotland’s Independence.

Craig Chalmers dons the coat of many colours again. He stars in Joseph at The Playhouse.

The Schools Rugby Cup Final is set to take place at Murrayfield on Wednesday evening.

An exhibition of photos of Downs Syndrome children opened at the Filmhouse on Thursday.

Eteaket on Frederick Street had their launch tea party this week. Try out the range of teas in this city centre tea room.

At the Traverse Designer Body involves dancers on revolving turntables……..sounds interesting!

And The Festival Theatre showed Swan Lake from Tuesday evening for a limited run.

So what’s going on this week?

Everything from a pickled sheep at the Modern Art Gallery to ceilidh events throughout Edinburgh.

Craig Chalmers is still playing Joseph at the Playhouse….

At the Traverse next Saturday afternoon there is a play dealing with climate change and Kyoto.

Speaking of climate change – the ultimate in depressing films The Age of Stupid has already opened at The Filmhouse. Billed as groundbreaking and powerful. On Saturday Friends of the Earth presented the Not Stupid awards – a chocolate Oscar-like figure – to various organisations including Donald Trump and the Fintry Development Trust. Fintry, a wee village in Stirlingshire, has its own wind turbine and is trying to be the greenest village in Scotland. Two student tickets for five pounds at the Filmhouse this week!

On 28th March during Earth Hour, one billion people are urged to turn the lights out. To draw attention to climate change the Forth Bridge lights will be extinguished.

For more depression go and see The Class at the Filmhouse. An unsatisfying French film in which lots of people talk at once with no real conclusion.

The best thing in Scotland this week is Simply Red in Glasgow on Tuesday on their Greatest Hits tour. I am going and will review their performance on Wednesday!

For more serious stuff Metallica play the SECC on Thursday….

And next week watch this space for news about the Edinburgh Festival…..