Jonathan Trew

Jonathan Trew

Jonathan Trew: Despite the fact that he is charming in conversation, I'm not going to get excited about revisiting Rick Astley's music

JK Rowling and Dan Brown's readerships look paltry compared to the couple of billion or so people who have read The Bible. The book, or rather the King James version of it, is the central subject of Precious Light, a new David Mach exhibition which has just launched in Edinburgh's City Art Centre.

Jonathan Trew: 'The festival's Mardi Gras has all of Rio's appetite for a good time; just rather less of its sun'

Music fans will need to clone themselves if they want to enjoy even a fraction of the goodies on offer.

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Jonathan Trew: 'Jarvis Cocker has grown older gracefully while maintaining the ability to fit into 28in-waist strides'

Scotland's cities and towns will be mostly devoid of under 25s this weekend as the 18th T in the Park draws them, Pied Piper-like, to Balado. Apparently, over the course of the weekend the 85,000 people who attend mean that the site effectively becomes Scotland's fifth-biggest city.

Jonathan Trew: 'The Royal Highland Show, which attracted just under 190,000 visitors last year, is like a giant poster for Scotland.'

T his is the first weekend that Glasgow's new Riverside Museum has been open to the public and it's likely to be mobbed. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it is a strikingly modern building whose sinuous, slinky exterior contains the story of transport in Glasgow and further afield.

Jonathan Trew: Weekend Life

Even if we skirt the obvious aesthetic appeal of the Edinburgh International Haggis Eating Festival, at the Art Roch backpackers' hostel today, this weekend is still packed to the gunnels with A1 pukka events which will tickle many of the appropriate parts. Pick of the bunch is probably the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Jonathan Trew: Weekend Life

After the Great Kelvingrove Kate and Wills Commemorative Riot of April, the Mardi Gras-style gala of this year's West End Festival in Glasgow may seem rather quiet in comparison. Taking place tomorrow, Festival Sunday's parade features some 800 participants dancing to ten samba bands in a route that takes them around Kelvingrove Park. Live music spread over several stages, craft stalls, a funfair and lots of opportunities to be fed and watered will all make for a jolly day out.

Jonathan Trew: 'The erstwhile Young One formed the band in order to indulge his twin loves of punk and thrash mandolin'

As I write, hailstones are falling from the skies but, at least according to the calendar, it is spring time.

Jonathan Trew: 'The City Art Centre asks what dogs and hats have in common; a question most of us may not have considered'

From food festivals to science festivals via comedy festivals, it sometimes seems as though something doesn't exist until it has been validated by its own designated festival. This weekend, museums are in the spotlight as the inaugural Festival of Museums pops up in a programme of Scotland-wide events.

Jonathan Trew: 'I like to think that tonight's Beltane celebration on Calton Hill really sticks in the craw of the dourest naysayers'

If you were to pay any heed to the city's small but yappy collection of internet trolls then any large-scale public event in Edinburgh is deemed to be one or all of the following:

Jonathan Trew: 'Like any stately home worth its upkeep, Kinneil House is rumoured to have a ghost'

When Newman and Baddiel played Wembley Stadium in 1993, the 12,000 tickets sold out, prompting commentators to muse that comedy was the new rock 'n' roll.

Jonathan Trew: These days, I'm sorted for biccies and Horlicks

As Easter touches down, it is traditional for every National Trust property, Historic Scotland castle and privately run estate in the country to reach for the Big Book of Egg-Based Puns and unleash an avalanche of marketing bumf featuring a surfeit of events called "eggstravaganzas".

Jonathan Trew: 'Ma road's mapped oot fur me. Ah keep a chib over the door an a blade in ma bedroom'

This is the opening weekend of a revival of The Hard Man, the play written by Tom McGrath and Jimmy Boyle which premiered in the Traverse in 1977. When it first opened, Boyle was serving life for murder and some commentators criticised the work for glamorising the hard-man stereotype; a charge which McGrath and Boyle had very little truck with.

Jonathan Trew: 'The American artist Jeff Koons is so commercially successful he makes Jack Vettriano look like a wage slave'

IT'S the opening weekend for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. There isn't a bona fide banker face for the telly, such as a Carr or Boyle, playing over the next two days; however, a couple of acts amply demonstrate just how much the clown business has moved on in the last few years.

Jonathan Trew: 'All countries define themselves to some degree by their food but, perhaps, the Chinese do so more than most'

Given current events, there is perhaps a certain irony surrounding this year's Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. However, if any of the world's regions could use a little spirituality and peace right now then the Middle East would probably be at the top of the list.

Jonathan Trew: who knew that you didn't need fire-breathing dwarves and an entourage of Playboy Pets to play a gig?

This is the closing weekend of the Aye Write! literary festival in Glasgow but rather than going out with a whimper, it is going out with a bang like a book being slammed on a desk. For many people, this afternoon's appearance by Alasdair Gray in the Mitchell Library will be one of the festival's highlights.

Jonathan Trew: 'Misfit burger van owner Angelos is the sort of man for whom the word anorak was invented'

The big hullabaloo this weekend is the Glasgow Film Festival, which is getting underway for the seventh time. Comprising several festivals within festivals and just as many differently themed strands, the films range from Ginger Rogers classics to Korean serial killer thrillers.

Jonathan Trew: 'John Thomson's pictures speak of a time when travel was genuinely mind- expanding'

Two very different photographic exhibitions which focus on China go on show in Glasgow today. At the Trongate, Polly Braden's China Between exhibition looks at the modern-day country's rapidly changing urban culture. Over at The Burrell, China Through the Lens of John Thomson is a series of images taken by the Scottish photographic pioneer in 19th-century China.

Jonathan Trew: 'If the real Abba does reform . . . Abba-Cadabra could cash in on the craze for zombies'

These are interesting times for the Abba tribute band industry. Having previously vetoed discussions on reforming the classic combo, Agnetha Fältskog, the most private of the Swedish supergroup, has hinted that she might consider reviving the band for a charity gig.

Jonathan Trew: 'Susan Morrison will be looking at Edinburgh's vice trade of yesteryear'

While there has always been plenty going on in the Capital until the early hours of Hogmanay itself, the city has sometimes seemed, perhaps understandably, a little dazed and slow to get back to life the next morning.

Jonathan Trew: Love and Money are reforming after nearly 17 years. It will be lighters aloft and not a dry eye in the house

About this time in January ten years ago, I was on Skye to report on its nascent food festival.

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