9–10pm. £4 (£3). Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Blackford Hill, 668 8404. Hear about the history of the Observatory, journey through the solar system, observe the skies (weather permitting) and touch a real piece of outer space. Booking essential. The Someday Supper Club Fri 30 Sep, 8pm–1am. £21. Queen Charlotte Rooms, 56a Queen Charlotte Street, Leith, 0800 411 8881. Dinner is served in front of a vaudeville cabaret show. Prisoner of the Crown Sat 1 & Sun 2 Oct, various times 10.15am–3.15pm. £15 (£12; children £8.50). Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, 225 9846. Living history event: meet an American prisoner held in the castle during the War of Independence. An Evening of Bollywood Magic Sun 2 Oct, 5pm. £30. MacDonald Roxburghe Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, 07909 226506. Charity dinner featuring live Bollywood entertainment including music, dance, comedy and magic, plus a raffle and auction. FREE Coup Red’s Select Wed 5 Oct, 6.30–8pm. Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street Leith, 555 1979. Artist gatherings hosted by arts initiative Coup Red, taking the form of a discussion of new art.

✽✽ Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Thu 6–Sun 9 Oct, times

vary. Prices vary. George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square & EICA Ratho, emff.co.uk Weekend of film screenings, lectures and a photography exhibition for lovers of the great outdoors. The opening lecture at EICA Ratho is a lecture from adventure photographer Lukasz Warzecha. Theatre Tour Sat 8 Oct, 10.30am. £9.50 (£6.50). The Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, 0844 847 1660. See behind the scenes at the country’s largest purpose-built theatre. FREE Bruncheon! Featuring The Sound of Muesli Sat 8 Oct, 11.30am–3pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. Brunch and live music plus your choice of breakfast, traditional or continental. FREE The Writing on Your Wall: Gallery Tour Sat 8 Oct, 2–3pm. Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, 557 2479. A guided tour of the exhibition with curator Rob Tufnell. The Adventurists Afternoon Tea with Tim FitzHigham Sat 15 Oct, 4pm. £13.87. Royal College Of Physicians, 9


EDINBURGH Activities & Events FREE Read All About It! Thu 22 Sep, 10am. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 3918. Introduction to the online newspaper resources available via the NLS. FREE Save the Forest Art Auction and Raffle Fri 23 Sep, 6.30–10pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. Live music and a silent auction of work by over 30 artists from Edinburgh and beyond, with all proceeds going to the fund to buy The Forest. FREE Edinburgh Doors Open Day Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep, times vary. Edinburgh, 221 1466. Your annual chance to take a peak behind closed doors of the capital and visit some of the city’s most fascinating buildings of architectural, social, cultural and historic interest in the city all for free. See caption, page 39. FREE The Stitch Lounge Sat 24 & Sun 25 Sep, 10am–6pm. Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, 650 2750. A pop-up fashion and textiles design event, with Singer sewing machines, tonnes of white fabric and a heap of clothing on hand for anyone who fancies having a go at creating something. Demonstrations with seamstress Marise Bucukoglu and artist Kristina Johansen take place at 4pm daily, and Ziggy’s Really Good Food supplies the eats. FREE Saturday Social Saturdays, 3pm. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, 650 2210. Gallery Education Assistant Shawn Coulman leads a relaxed weekly session about the current exhibition. Big Shindig Sat 24 Sep, 7.30pm. £15. Thomas Morton Hall, Ferry Road, Leith, 225 5525. Fundraising ceilidh for The Children of Songea, with music from Auld Reekie Ceilidh Band and a raffle. Traverse Arts & Entertainment Quiz Mon 26 Sep, 8pm. £1 per person. Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 228 1404. Sports-free quiz night perfect for artsy types. Proceeds go to the Edinburgh Maggie’s Centre. Dance Dance Party Party Wednesdays, 7–8pm. £3. Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, 0845 119 2819. See caption. Public Astronomy Evening Fri 30 Sep & 7 & 14 Oct, 6.30–7.30pm, 8–9pm &

Dance Dance Party Party

FREE Body Talk Mon 17 Oct, 11am. Glasgow Women’s Library, Mitchell Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. This session focuses of the women’s health events series focusses on how poverty can affect women’s health. There will be a film screening followed by discussion and a practical workshop. Jasper Winn: Paddle A Long Way Around Ireland Wed 19 Oct, 7.30pm. £8 (under 18s, students and RSGS members free). University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Building, University Gardens, rsgs.org Jasper Winn gives an illustrated talk on his 14-week solo kayak around Ireland. FREE Scottish Opera: The Barber of Seville Unwrapped Thu 20 Oct, 6pm. Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. A free, hour-long introduction to Scottish Opera’s Barber of Seville. Booking essential.

Workshops & Courses FREE Tango Libre Thursdays, 7.30pm. La Bodega, Dance With Attitude Studios, 1120 South Street, 581 3401. A weekly ‘Tango Salon’, with live music to dance to and of course tapas to fuel those moves. Dirt Weekend at the Science Centre Fri 23–Mon 26 Sep, times vary. Included in science centre admission: £9.95 (£7.95). Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 420 5000. A parasites, viruses and bacteria-themed weekend. Attractions on offer include a display of molecular photography, talks on disease and bacteria and a chance to have a go at being a Crime Scene Investigator. FREE Silk Painting Sat 24 Sep, 1–4pm. People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, 276 0788. Practical art workshop for adults. Booking essential. Chainmail Jewellery Sun 25 Sep, 2.30pm. £30. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Learn how to make decorative chain link designs. Children are welcome to join adult participants (at no extra cost) but be aware that sharp tools are used. Price includes materials and tea or coffee. SoundRoutes Singers Mondays, 5.30–7pm. £5 per session. Creation Studios, 16 Trongate, 07811 504141. A welcoming choir for all ages, tackling a wide range of songs under the guidance of musician Shona Brown. Stage to Page Mon 26 Sep, 7pm. £3. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Workshopping sessions for play scripts in progress. Actors, directors, writers and producers welcome. Beginners’ Bookbinding Workshop Wed 28 Sep, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Learn to make a hand-bound book. Materials and tea or coffee included. FREE Tango Tipica Taster Class Fri 30 Sep, 6.15pm. Turnbull Hall, 13–15 Southpark Terrace, tangotipica.info A free introduction to authentic tango. Participants must attend with a partner. FREE Campaigning for Beginners Sun 2 Oct, 1–4pm. The Ogilvie Centre, 25 Rose Street, 020 7700 8231. Kirstie Shirra presents this workshop featuring politicians and experienced campaigners. Booking essential. Part of Take One Action Film Festival. Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Sun 2 Oct, 3–5pm. £7 (£5). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Burlesque art class with a relaxed atmosphere, music, drinks and interesting models.

✽✽ FREE Dreamscapes Thu 6 Oct, 11am. Kelvingrove Art Gallery &

Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Dream-themed scrapbook session. Booking essential. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Women Make History Workshop: Visit to the Scottish Screen Archive Thu 13 Oct, 2–4pm. £3 (free). Contact Glasgow Women’s Library for details of where to meet, 248 9969. The Glasgow Women’s Library leads a visit to the vaults of the Scottish Screen Archive, where there’ll be a tour and a taster of the films held there about Scotland’s women. 40 THE LIST 22 Sep–20 Oct 2011

Fed up of goal-oriented, trainer-led exercise classes with guaranteed in-built humiliation and an overwhelming sense of underachievement? Dance Dance Party Party (tm) might just be for you. Started in New York, women only are encouraged to turn the lights down low and bust some moves for one hour, getting healthy while getting funky to pop, hip hop, 80s nostalgia and everything in between. Sign up to contribute your own playlist and give yourself a DJ name that would make Deadmau5 proud. Wednesdays, Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, 7pm. Visit dancedancepartyparty.com for more information.

Queen Street, theadventurists.com Comic gentleman adventurer Tim Fitzhigham tells tales of derring do and madcap missions. Archive Trails Sun 16 Oct, 7–10pm. £8 (£6). Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. See feature, page 28. Pathology: A Day in Medical Detection Tue 18 Oct, 1–4pm. By donation. Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, 527 1649. Experience a day in the life of a pathologist, examine cells and slides, and learn a few medical facts on the way. Donations go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Exhibitions FREE Scottish Working People’s History Until Sun 30 Oct. Mon–Fri 10am–8pm; Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 2–5pm. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, 623 3918. Letters, cartoons, photographs, posters and documents telling the story of Scottish labour history.

Fairs & Markets Scottish Quilt Fair Championships Fri 23–Sun 25 Sep, 10am–4.30pm (Sun until 4pm). £7 (seniors £6; children £3). Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, 01775 712100. Workshops, demonstrations and exhibitors selling a wide range of fabrics and accessories. FREE SeptemberFest Sat 24 Sep, 11am–4pm. Broughton High School, 29 East Fettes Avenue. Free community festival with a diverse range of activities, including a climbing tower, bicycle obstacle course, 60m inflatable course, sports, craft activities with Kiss the Fish craft studios, live music from smallPRINT and a samba band, Capoeira workshops, a football tournament with Spartans FC, barbecue, home baking and free bike maintenance. Edinburgh Bead Fair Sun 25 Sep, 11am. £4. Corn Exchange, 11 New Market Road, 477 3500. Trade fair for hobbyists and professionals alike. FREE Morningside Makers Market Sat 1 Oct, 11am–4pm. Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, 447 7404. Monthly boutique craft and design market. FREE Albion Road Studios Open Weekend Sat 1 Oct from 11am & Sun 2 Oct from noon. WASPS Studios, Albion Business Centre, 78 Albion Road, 661 7964. The studios throw open their doors for activities for all ages, a raffle, tea and cake, film screenings, and the chance to buy original art work. Hanover Healthfoods Healthy Lifestyle Event Sat 8 Oct, 9.30am–5pm. £7.50. The Merchants’ Hall, 22 Hanover Street, 225 4291. Health advice and talks, food samples, goody bags, tastings, therapies. Tickets available from Hanover Healthfoods and the Eric Liddell Centre. FREE Ghillie Dhu Makers Market Sat 15 Oct, 10am–3pm. Ghillie Dhu, 2 Rutland Place, 222 9930. Designs by independent makers and artists from around Scotland. FREE Out of the Blue Flea Market Sat 15 Oct, 10am–3pm. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. Bargain buys including furniture, clothes, music and more. Sport Urbanathlon 10k Sun 25 Sep, 9am. £12 plus a minimum of £40 sponsorship. Arthur’s Seat, urbanathlon.co.uk An extra- challenging 10K run with all sorts of obstacles along the way. The event supports Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. BUPA Great Edinburgh Run Sun 2 Oct, 9am. Prices vary. Holyrood Park, 0845 389 2200. Popular 10k race,with a 5k option and a two different junior events.

Talks The King James Bible as Product and Victim of Biblical Scholarship Thu 22 Sep, 1.30–2.30pm. Exhibition admission £5 (£3.50), talk included. City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, 529 3963. Professor Larry Hurtado leads a talk on the origins of the King James Bible.