What’s On In Scotland: Three things to do tonight

A still from Bolshoi Babylon

A still from Bolshoi Babylon

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OUR daily briefing gives you the run-down on the most exciting cultural events going on in Scotland this evening

MUSIC: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

Kris Kristofferson is, according to the Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd, “one of the most charismatic performers you will encounter in any musical genre.” The veteran actor and musician continues his four-date Scottish tour continues in Aberdeen’s Music Hall tonight, showcasing a stage experience that stretches back decades. Intimate ballads and floor-stomping sing-a-longs are the order of the day at Kristofferson gigs, many of which you feel draw as much from biographical asides as his rich knowledge of classic American country standards.

Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, £37.75

CINEMA: BOLSHOI BABYLON

Ballet films can’t help but look beautiful, but they’re rarely about what you might see on stage. That’s especially true of Bolshoi Babylon, which documents an incident on 2013 where the famous Russian institution made international headlines when its outgoing director, Sergei Filin, was attacked with acid by a then-unknown assailant almost exactly three years ago. (Filin’s contract with the Bolshoi expires in March and won’t be renewed.) What the documentary uncovers – at least partially – is a Gordian knot of longstanding resentment and corruption within the company, which the Filin, now partially sighted, paid a heavy price for.

Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 6pm, £8.50 (with concessions)

MUSIC: THREE CANE WHALE

Three Cane Whale is the Bristolian trio of Alex Vann, Pete Judge and Paul Bradley, who together make contemporary folk that takes influence from film scores, minimalist composition of Steve Reich and his cohorts, and classical music. Dramatic yet light and understated, Three Cane Whale’s music is rich with melody and coloured in with luxurious instrumental arrangements, often leavened by soft trumpets and gorgeous strings. Palimpsest, the threesome’s third album due out this month, was produced by Portishead’s Adrian Utley, which speaks to Three Cane Whale’s keen sense for weaving traditional and contemporary strands of music together.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 10 Cambridge Street, £11

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