The best one-off events and festivals in Scotland this week, including the big one, T in the Park, as well as comedy from Jason Manford, a film season in honour of Michael Haneke and music from Kenny Rogers and Com Truise.
Comedy: The Alternative Comedy Experience
The Stand, Edinburgh
Mon 8 Jul – Fri 12 Jul; more info
Josie Long, Robin Ince and Simon Munnery are among the performers at Edinburgh’s The Stand this week to record live shows for The Alternative Comedy Experience, the Comedy Central television show curated by Stewart Lee. The shows run from tomorrow until Friday.
Film: Michael Haneke season
Until September 2; more info
Is Michael Haneke modern cinema’s moral conscience or a master manipulator who delights in punishing audiences? This retrospective offers a chance to decide for yourself with rare screenings of early work such as The Seventh Continent (10, 11 July) playing alongside recent efforts like Caché and Amour.
Family: Zoofest 2013
Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee
Until August 11, £4.50, child/concs £3.50, family £14, under 3s £1; more info
Are your kids wild about animals? Take them along to Camperdown Park in Dundee this summer, where there are activities on offer such as face-painting, storytelling, up-close safari trails, workshops, quiz picnics and animal games.
Festival: Stonehaven Folk Festival
Various venues, Stonehaven
Thu 11 Jul – Sun 14 Jul; more info
Stonehaven Folk Festival celebrates its 25th year this week. The programme kicks off on Thursday with an opening concert by Dougie Maclean, who played at the first ever event.
Comedy: Jason Manford
Thu 12 & Fri 13 Jul, 8pm, doors 7pm, £22.50; more info
Sharp observational humour from the stand-up, Manchester City fan and TV regular, as seen on 8 Out Of 10 Cats as a former team captain, plus Born To Shine, Comedy Rocks and Show Me The Funny. Manford occupies the comedy middle ground and isn’t ashamed of it.
Theatre: Cannibal Women of Mars
Until 20 July; more info
Some theatres choose to celebrate summer with a pantomime, some simply close for a month or two. At the Tron, though, they like to let their hair down with a touch of fantastical comedy; and this year it’s an off-the-wall musical science ﬁction adventure penned by Belle and Sebastian star Mick Cooke, playwright Alan Wilkinson, and musician Gordon Davidson.
Music: Kenny Rogers
Tue 9 Jul @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh; more info
Wed 10 Jul @ SECC, Glasgow
The Rolling Stones made the headlines, but an even older music legend made his Glastonbury debut last week. Now Kenny Rogers is in Scotland, at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Tuesday and Glasgow SECC on Wednesday.
Festival: T in the Park
Thu 11 Jul – Sun 14 Jul
Balado, near Kinross; more info
T in the Park requires little introduction, but one thing worth noting is that tickets are still available at this late stage for Scotland’s premier music festival. The Balado bash marks its 20th year with performances from headliners Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers, alongside the likes of Kraftwerk, Foals and Frank Ocean.
Art: Man Ray
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Until September 22, £7 (£5); more info
Photographic portraits created by the illustrious American Dadaist spanning a 50-year period in his career. Featuring portraits of his muses Lee Miller and Kiki de Montparnasse, as well as his fellow artists, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and writer Ernest Hemingway.
Music: Com Truise
Sun 14 Jul, 8pm, £8; more info
Any Glaswegians looking for an alternative to T this weekend could do worse than checking out uber-sleek synth act Com Truise. Thankfully the references to the Scientology-spouting Hollywood star stop with the spoonerised stage name; instead it’s all about American musician Seth Haley‘s formula of bleeps and beats, which have found a receptive audience following his 2011 album Galactic Melt.
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