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Interview: Yolanda Kettle

The rising star steams in Season Two of The Crown

Frontman J Mascis was as taciturn as usual

Music review: Dinosaur Jr/Spinning Coin

US GRUNGE godfathers Dinosaur Jr have always connected strongly with music fans in Glasgow – they practically invented Teenage Fanclub, while back on their side of the pond their winning mix of aching melody and garage rock bite influenced the nascent Nirvana and Green Day.

US conductor Karina Canellakis

Music review: SCO & Benjamin Beilman

THERE were high expectations for the young US violin wunderkind Benjamin Beilman, one of the classical world’s most rapidly rising stars, making his debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. And what he delivered was a simply breathtaking account of Barber’s Violin Concerto.

DJ Pete Tong

Music review: Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

JUST as music fans don’t necessarily retire from their love of pop music, rock, metal or whatever, so erstwhile clubbers continue to hold the anthems of their generation in high esteem. But perhaps a blowout trip to clubbing island Ibiza isn’t as feasible these days with the ties that bind.

The cast of Shrek the Musical

Theatre review: Shrek the Musical

IF YOU’RE in search of a good family pantomime – one that offers a few hours of fairytale festive fun for both children and adults – then you have a choice of two in Edinburgh’s big professional theatres this Christmas.

The Sunnyside Centre is the safe place to be

Theatre review: The Sunnyside Centre

IN THE big function room at Hibs Supporters’ Club, four small audience groups are gathered, clutching plans of the space in four different colours.

The Tin Soldier is memorable if a little confusing for children

Theatre reviews: The Tin Soldier | Tinsel Toon | One More Sleep Till Christmas

IT’S rare to see a children’s show for Christmas that makes such a bold attempt to tackle difficult and painful themes, without even offering the solace of a happy ending; but that’s what we get, in a flawed yet powerful new version of Hans Chrisian Andersen’s Tin Soldier, produced by Scotland’s company led by disabled artists, Birds Of Paradise, in association with the Festival Theatre.

Hex Studios in Kirkcaldy will be the UKs only film studio dedicated to horror and fantasy films

Leader comment: Horror comes to Kirkcaldy

The Curse of Frankenstein, The Quatermass Xperiment, The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll and, of course, the Hammer House of Horror. For people of a certain age, Hammer Films was an iconic British brand.

It is hoped three horror films will be produced every year at Hex Studios in Fife.

Fife to become new hub for the horror film industry

Scotland is set to become a major new hub for the horror film industry under plans to transform a former church in Fife.

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Nicole Bischofer, head of womenswear at COS

Fashion: Nicole Bischofer

As devoted fans of COS, the international label with a Scandinavian heritage, flock to its sole Scottish boutique in Glasgow’s Princes Square, one of its top creatives explains its appeal over the past decade

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop says the government has been 'working relentlessly' to mitigate Creative Scotland's decline in lottery income.

Creative Scotland wins extra funding to offset lottery slump

Arts quango Creative Scotland is set to get an extra £6.6 million a year from the Scottish Government to offset the impact of a slump in National Lottery funding.
An early printing press, circa 1550, by Philip Galle after Johannes Stradanus. PIC: Rischgitz/Getty Images

Book review: The Written World - How Literature Shaped History, by Martin Puchner

If there is one thing which separates humans from other creatures, it is writing. Animals may show intelligence and even communication skills but a crow is yet to write a poem and an octopus has never penned an autobiography. It is the single most significant technology, or as Puchner shows in The Written World, intersections of technologies, in our history. We are, fundamentally, Homo Auctor.

Savage Cut

Under the Radar: Savage Cut, featuring Leyla Josephine

Never mind Beyoncé’s pairing with Ed Sheeran – this year’s best musical collaboration comes courtesy of Savage Cut and Leyla Josephine. The West Lothian post-rock trio, who use vocal samples or invite other artists to provide spoken word or singing, approached the Glasgow poet after discovering her on YouTube. The result is Andy From Finance, the story of an alcohol-fuelled night with a Richard Branson-obsessed colleague.

Stephen Fry PIC: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images

Book review: Mythos, by Stephen Fry

People have been telling and retelling the Greek myths for more than 2,000 years. They have done so not only because the stories are fascinating, beautiful, troubling and sometimes shocking, but because they may be termed fairy-tales with meaning. In an afterword to his version of the earliest myths, Stephen Fry distinguishes between legend and myth. “Legend,” he says, “is taken to have been built up around a grain of truth… Myths, however, are imaginative, symbolic constructs. No-one believes that Hephaestus ever truly existed.” This is fair enough, even if one is left wondering whether in the dark of distant centuries, some may indeed have believed in the real existence of the mythical inhabitants of Olympus.

The robin - an aggressive, highly territorial bird that doesnt tend to travel very far from its home turf

Book review: The Robin - A Biography, by Stephen Moss

Robins are the second most abundant birds in the UK after wrens, with roughly six million pairs, and at this time of the year they feel even more ubiquitous than usual, popping up on what must be at least one Christmas card out of every three. As Stephen Moss explains in this thoughtful mash-up of natural and cultural history, the birds first started finding their way on to cards in the 1840s. In this period postmen wore bright red uniforms and were nicknamed “Robins”, and some of the earliest designs for greetings cards showed postmen arriving to deliver the mail. “It was a short step,” writes Moss, “to swap the postman in his red uniform for an actual robin, which was often depicted holding the card in its beak.”


Video: 15 photographs showcasing Scotland’s winter scenery

The weather outside might well be frightful, but a little snow effortlessly turns Scotland into a winter wonderland.

Scottish Comedian and Street Party Host Sanjeev Kohli models the new tartan. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Sanjeev Kohli unveils new tartan for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

A NEW tartan has been unveiled as part of Edinburgh’s 2018 Hogmanay celebrations.

An artist's impression of what the new Citizens' Theatre will look like after its 24-month refurbishment

The Citizens’ Theatre company prepares to hit the road as its Gorbals home gets a major refit

Christmas is coming; and on a Saturday afternoon at the Citizens’, the glorious red-and-gold auditorium is packed with excited children and their families, revelling in artistic director Dominic Hill’s wonderful production of Cinderella, in the brilliant 1989 version by Scottish playwright Stuart Paterson. When it first opened in 1878, the Citizens’ – known in its earlier years as the Royal Princess’s Theatre – was built with panto in mind, with huge backstage scene-painting workshops and costume stores, as well as a fine sloping walk-down stage, and a warm, curving auditorium built for audience participation; and as the Cinderella team draw the panto audience straight into the action, it’s clear that that old magic is still working perfectly, 139 years on.

Detail from Pose Work for Sisters, 2016  by Jacqueline Donachie at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Art reviews: Jacqueline Donachie, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh | Amanda Ross-Ho, Tramway, Glasgow

In 1995, when Jackie Donachie was studying for an MFA in New York, she set up an Advice Bar. Having observed the pop-up clinics and services set up on the streets to help the casualties of that economic era, she created an installation from which she dispensed drinks and advice (one drink and one problem per person). Preparing for her solo show at the Fruitmarket, Donachie felt the time was right to bring back the Advice Bar and expand it. With right-wing governments on both sides of the Atlantic, tax breaks for the rich, food banks for the poor, and the idea of community (European and otherwise) disintegrating, it seems entirely prescient, both a provocation about the difficulty of accessing real help and advice and a friendly response to difficult times.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Music review: SCO and Lukáš Vondráček, City Halls, Glasgow

We were expecting Robin Ticciati and András Schiff as the star conductor-pianist partnership in this SCO programme but a double cancellation meant a new team had to be assembled last-minute, giving us the ever-reliable Joseph Swensen and 30-year-old Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček. All credit to both for leaving this intriguing programme intact.

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