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10 things to do in Scotland this week

Jeff Mills will perform at Sonic Cineplex which is hostes at the Arches in Glasgow

Jeff Mills will perform at Sonic Cineplex which is hostes at the Arches in Glasgow

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.

Theatre: The Seafarer

Perth Theatre

Until 23 Feb

Perth Theatre’s artistic director Rachel O’Riordan has already thrilled audiences with an outstanding production of a modern Irish classic, in last year’s Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; and now, in a co-production with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, she offers the Scottish premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, first seen in London in 2006. (Joyce McMillan)

Art: Waterlines: Will MacLean and Marian Leven

Aberdeen University Library

Until 14 April

Waterlines is a husband and wife collaboration between Marian Leven and Will Maclean. It explores the inspiration of their sculpture of the same name installed at the entrance to the library. The sculpture takes its name and its imagery from the draughtsman’s lines for the clipper ship Thermopylae, built in Aberdeen and the fastest of all the clippers. (Duncan MacMillan)

Music: John C Reilly & Friends

St Andrews in the Square

Tuesday, 7.30pm, £13

John C Reilly is one of Hollywood’s most talented character actors – you’ll know his face from films such as Chicago, Boogie Nights and current Disney hit Wreck-it Ralph. His own roots music is no parody though – Reilly has released a couple of singles on Jack White’s Third Man Records and is touring his take on country, bluegrass and old-time Americana with his band and guest vocalists Becky Stark and Tom Brosseau. (Fiona Shepherd)

Comedy / Spoken Word: The Speakeasy

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Tuesday, 8pm, £5 (sold out)

A new monthly spoken word night at the Scottish Storytelling Centre which will showcase an array of literary, comedic and musical talent. Hosted by Jo Caulfield, the concept of “two hours of modern storytelling for only a fiver” has proved to be popular, and this is now sold out. So if you haven’t got your ticket, look out for next month’s announcement.

Clubs: Sonic Cineplex

The Arches, Glasgow

Saturday, 3pm-11pm, £19.50

The unlikely dovetailing of cinema and techno at the Arches is one of this week’s more curious events, but for aficionados of either attendance is essential. Jeff Mills, whose OST of Metropolis (1927) gave contemporary expression to the film’s already astonishing vision of the future, will play a live soundtrack to another Fritz Lang film, Woman In The Moon. Dieter Moebius, a founding father of Krautrock, Optimo’s JD Twitch and Blackest Ever Black’s Raime are also among a stellar line-up. (Ray Philp)

Music: Stornoway

Oran Mor, Glasgow

Today (Monday), 7pm, £13

Quirky indie folk band who consist of an ornithologist, an occasional Russian translator, a “South African Pirate Captain” and a “human radio”. They were first united in a snow-encrusted garage in Oxford early in 2006 and have since released an acclaimed debut album in 2010, with the follow-up due next month. They chose the name Stornoway because it sounded “a bit distant and remote and coastal”.

Film: Whatever Gets You Through the Night

The Arches, Glasgow

Friday, 7pm, £8.50

A superb line-up of Scottish musicians, from Eugene Kelly and Emma Pollock to Withered Hand and Rachel Sermanni, feature in this beautiful collection of stories told in song, shot during the night in locations across Scotland. This is a snapshot of an entire nation at its most vulnerable and revealing, inspired by what takes place between the hours of midnight and 4am.

Art: Zoe Beloff

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

Until Saturday (16 Feb)

Last chance to see this acclaimed first solo exhibition of Zoe Beloff’s work in Scotland, including never before seen drawings and film connecting Occupy Wall Street and the Paris Commune (1871). The exhibition also includes a recreation of The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and its Circle. Beloff’s work, in its many guises, summons spirits from the past to meet with the contemporary world.

Film: Stoker

Glasgow Film Theatre

From Friday, 8.30pm, £8.50

Stoker is the new film from Park Chan-wook, the cult director of Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. When the father of India (Mia Wasikowska) dies, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). However, she comes to suspect that this mysterious man has ulterior motives. Part of Glasgow Film Festival.

Comedy: The Thursday Show

The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh and Glasgow

Thursday, 7.30pm, £10 / £7

Five acts on a two-hour stand-up showcase, featuring ace comperes, the best headliners on the circuit, several support acts and a short spot for a newcomer. Find out how you can take advantage of our 2-for-1 ticket offer >>

 

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