THIS week’s arts and entertainment highlights from across Scotland. For more events near you, visit our new what’s on website, WOW247.co.uk.
Film / Comedy: Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker
Glasgow Film Theatre
Today (Monday), 9.15pm, £10
Experimenting with a tiny camera and big screen, Simon Munnery is Fylm-Makker. He presents a mix of visual sketches, handcrafted animation, music and stand-up, all created and performed live on screen. One of the most consistently original and imaginative minds in comedy at his most rewarding, enthralling and avant garde best.
Film / Music: Nevada + Lau
St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow
Tuesday, 7pm - 10pm, £10
The trend for musicians live scoring films is one which the Glasgow Film Festival has taken to heart this year. Nevada, from Scottish film-maker Ruth Paxton, is a psychological portrait of two lovers who have grown to hate one another. It will be accompanied by award-winning folk trio Lau, who will also play a short concert following the screening.
Classical: Scottish Opera: Werther
Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Wednesday and Saturday, 7.15pm, £9 - £70
American tenor Jonathan Boyd sings the title role in Scottish Opera’s new production of Massenet’s Werther. The opera is based on Goethe’s partly autobiographical tale of a young artist infatuated by a girl whose engagement to another man leads him to take his own life, from which flows one of the French composer’s most emotionally gripping scores.
The Caves, Edinburgh
Friday, 10.30pm, £9
A night for techno aficionados at The Caves, where the Jackhammer crew have enlisted special guests Wolfjazz and Keyte for solo sets, followed by a collaborative ‘Radionasty’ set.
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Friday and Saturday, 7pm, £12
Vox Motus’s Slick - a Fringe First award winner in 2008 - is perhaps the finest, fastest, most hilarious piece of puppet theatre ever made in Scotland, perching human actors’ faces on tiny, grotesque bodies; and now, it sets off on a much-anticipated tour of Scotland.
Music: The Twilight Sad (acoustic)
Electric Circus, Edinburgh
Saturday, 7pm, £11.25
Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
Sunday, 8pm, £8
While they are known for full-band, decibel-heavy live shows, The Twilight Sad’s material - and singer James Graham’s voice - also lends itself to the stripped-back acoustic performance. After their spectacular Barrowlands show last year, the Kilsyth band give their fans the chance to see a much more intimate treatment of their music.
Clubs: Levon Vincent
Sub Club, Glasgow
Saturday, 11pm - 3am, £12
A spectacular string of releases alongside one of last year’s best mix CDs, Fabric 63, has only bolstered Levon Vincent’s reputation as an excellent producer. He’s an equally exceptional selector – his appearance at one of Glasgow’s premier house and techno soirées, Subculture and Numbers, should offer further testament to the fact.
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
Until 2 March, various times, £15 - £42
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats remains the oddest of shows, an eccentric piece of mid-20th century English whimsy – about a gang of cats who meet in a rubbish-filled back alley in the West End for their annual ball – cut with a heavy element of old-school theatrical camp, and lifted from time to time by the sheer brilliance of Gillian Lynne’s choreography, recreated in this new touring version of Trevor Nunn’s original by Chrissie Cartwright.
Theatre: Takin’ Over The Asylum
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Until 9 March, various times, £12 - £19
In this adaptation of Donna Franceschild’s 90s TV drama soul survivor and double glazing salesman Eddie McKenna arrives to reinvigorate St Jude’s defunct hospital radio station, and turns more than the ramshackle station upside down.
Art: Nick Evans: Solar Eyes
Until 31 March
Nick Evans’s striking sculptures and installations make a dramatic display at Tramway. According to the press release his imagery derives from “the Western fascination with notions of the exotic and other’” and the striking backdrops he uses “incorporate aspects of Mayan, Egyptian and prehistoric symbolism”. Altogether it looks an unusually lively and visual show for a gallery that is not often associated with such frivolities.