10 things to do in Scotland this week

Lana Del Rey comes to Glasgow. Picture: Comp
Lana Del Rey comes to Glasgow. Picture: Comp
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The most exciting entertainment, events and activities in Scotland this week, including comedy from Rob Rouse, poetry from John Cooper Clarke, and a Lana Del Rey gig in Glasgow.

Festival: Southside Fringe

Various Venues, Glasgow

Until May 26, prices per event

Newly-founded this year as a wide-ranging prelude to the Southside Festival weekend, everything from folk music to storytelling and visual art is on offer at this phenomenal cultural showcase, with many of the events completely free.

Outdoors: Aviemore Walking Festival

Aviemore, Inverness-shire

Until Friday, £10-£23 per walk details

From gentle forest and loch-side strolls to challenging mountain walks at breathtaking heights, get your walking boots on and experience some of the finest scenery and wildlife that Scotland has to offer.

Art: Through American Eyes

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Until September 8

Frederic Church’s Niagara is one of the most dramatic pictures in the national collection. It is also recognised as the artist’s masterpiece. Celebrated in the US as one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century, he is relatively little known in this country. Opening at the end of this week, the NGS’s exhibition aims to put that right, presenting 25 of his vivid oil sketches alongside the magnificent Niagara Falls.

Theatre: The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

Macrobert, Stirling

Wednesday to Saturday, £7

The National Theatre Of Scotland’s joyful new promenade show for kids aged six and over is based on the book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. It follows the adventures of big brother Neil and his little Sis, after Neil impulsively swaps their silent, newspaper-reading Dad for two goldfish, and is sent by his Mum to get his Dad back.

Music: Lana Del Rey

SECC, Glasgow

Thursday, tickets available

Armed with a rich, characterful voice and some genuinely brilliant songs, the acclaimed American singer rolls up in Glasgow as part of a short, eagerly-anticipated UK tour. Fans will expect to be entranced by numbers including ‘Video Games’ and the title track of her hit debut album Born To Die.

Film: The Great Gatsby

Various Venues across Scotland

From Thursday

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, this lavish adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel takes in the American 1920s Jazz age - Baz Luhrmann style. Expect eccentric visuals, jaw-dropping spectacle and an ultra-hip modern soundtrack from the man who brought you Moulin Rouge.

Outdoors: Arran Mountain Festival

Isle of Arran

Friday to Monday, £15-£50 per walk details

Experience wildlife-watching, waterside rambling and invigorating scrambles on ridges with Scotland’s premier hillwalking and mountaineering festival.

Music: Stag & Dagger

Various Venues, Glasgow,

Saturday, 3pm onwards, £21

This annual city festival showcases some of the best and brightest acts around, with Josh Kumra, Temples and Phosphorescent just a few of the 30+ acts playing across seven stages.

Poetry: John Cooper Clarke

Picture House, Edinburgh

Saturday, 7pm, £16.50

Fresh from a terrific appearance on Have I Got News For You, the legendary punk-poet and spoken word performer will be unleashing his trademark brand of sharp, thought-provoking and witty wordplay this weekend - with monologues and poems aplenty. Expect top entertainment from a true cult icon.

Comedy: Rob Rouse: Life Sentences

The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow

Sunday, 7.30pm, £10/£12

After becoming a father for the second time, the outspoken funnyman talks about his conversion to radical feminism in typically blunt and hilarious fashion. The show was originally set to take place last year - but Rouse got stranded during the floods. He’ll be raring to make up for lost time here.

What are your plans for the week ahead?

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