THE WEEK AHEAD...
Barely into 2012 and already a little word called culture is throwing up a gem of a week for you. We kick off with Cry Parrot's rather mighty three-day mini fest, where loadsa new bands – some playing for the first time ever – lead us on a merry join-the-dots of experimental DIY music. We then end with a screening of Ghostbusters. Read onwards for the immense filling in that sandwich (clue: there's Arika 12, Future Shorts' westside debut, and a play about gravy in the mix)...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 12-Sat 14 Jan, 8pm, £4 (on the door)
Alternative DIY promoter par excellence Cry Parrot arrive at Nice 'n' Sleazy for a three-day takeover of rather epic proportions, where they'll be celebrating the best new Scottish acts on the scene. It'll be a pick'n'mix selection of bands that have caught their attention of late, many playing it as their first ever gig. Amongst 'em will be members of North American War, Tut Vu Vu (pictured above), Fox Gut Daata, Golden Grrrls, and Small Scale Collisions in new guises. Basically, we're imagining something pretty damn fresh and unexpected, where the essence of the thing is that you turn up and see who's a-rockin' the stage that night. Full nightly line-up here.
The Future Shorts crew make their first foray westside, taking to Glasgow's CCA for a screening of some of the most exciting short films they've handpicked from across the globe. And it's a surprisingly sparkly selection of award-winners, including Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love, Mikey Please's BAFTA-winning animated gem The Eagleman Stag, and Ariel Kleiman's Sundance-winning tale of a crew of Russian seamen turned savages, Deeper Than Yesterday.
Until Thu 19 Jan, 8.30pm, Tickets here
King Tut's New Year's Revolution continues in full rip-roaring musical glory, celebrating all that is great about our current crop of homegrown talent. This week's schedule sees Glasgow quartet United Fruit do their all-out-post-hardcore-served-at-F1-velocity thing, joined by Edinburgh's own mathematic riff magicians Lady North, plus Hunt/Gather, and Natalie Pryce. It's then charged to Pareto and chums to bring proceedings to a close, in their inimitable dark and melodic pop way. More info and tickets here.
Sat 14-Sun 29 Jan, noon-5pm, Free
One of our favourite little Leith galleries-cum-studios to pop up in the last few years, Such and Such, call time on their current Brunswick Street venture by hosting a mini retrospective of artists who have exhibited in the space, including painter Rabiya Choundry, illustrator Jamie Johnson, and photographer Ross Fraser Mclean (all of whom also have artwork available via our shop), plus contributions from Edinburgh pop-up art collective Go Reborn, and fashion designer Judith Clark. And right there lies the source of our love: the sheer diversity of work housed in one glorious little DIY art-hub. Eyes here for future announcements.
Sat 14 Jan, 7pm, £5 here
(or £7 on the door)
Music download portal Ten Tracks and video production studio video LaB join forces for the launch of their new gig-night-that's-not-really-a-gig-night, Video Loves The Radio Star, which marries live music and video art in one nifty whole. Edinburgh popsters My Tiny Robots headline proceedings, launching their new single Zut Alorz, while the video LaB team mix live visuals on site. In addition, there will be a showcase of video art from a trio of talented young artists – Candas Sisman, Chris Rutterford, and Calum Scott.
Thu 19-Sun 22 Jan, £14 (festival pass here
Kicking off a trio of mini fests – which will take in film, music, and theatre – Arika host Episode 1: A Film is a Statement, which places its focus on an experimental bunch of artists' films which look to film as a way of thinking about the world. Naturally there's a good bit of debate involved, from the opening salon with Hartmut Bitomsky (where you're asked to bring a video clip in which you can read the filmmaker's opinion), to feminist philosopher and activist Nina Power looking at how political and philosophical positions can be read in film, through watching and discussing Hito Steyerl's November. Our Film editor muses on the greatness of the schedule here.
Thu 17 Jan, 11pm, £4/ £5 after 11.30pm (on the door)
Heard It Through The Bassline pull it out the bag once again for what will be their last ever big night. Probably. For the occasion they'll be playing host to a heavyweight line-up headered by Hessle Audio co-founder and somewhat of a dubstep big gun, Pangaea, making his first ever Edinburgh appearance down't The Caves, no less. Support comes from ALLCAPS' Bake, LuckyMe's Eclair Fifi, Dummymag's Cadenza, and the ominously-named Hannibal Selecta. Full preview here.
Fri 13 Jan, 7pm, £5 (on the door)
Glasgow-born and based crime writer, playwright, and comic book writer (i.e. a bit of an all-round wonderwoman), Denise Mina hosts a benefit reading in aid of Broomlea Primary School, where the lady herself will be reading While We Were Waiting, a short story commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival back in 2010. There will also be a book giveaway where they'll be, er, giving-away author's copies of American editions, books proofs, rarities and the like, plus yer fiver entry fee also gets you a bundle of comics. Our Books editor urges you to go! Don't disappoint the man.
Tue 17 Jan, 8.30pm, £10 (£7)
Long-haired funnyman Andrew O'Neill brings his off-beat brand of comedy to The Stand. Known for being unable to stay on any one topic for any length of time, he'll no doubt be covering an infinite range of topics, taking in everything from the occult (a particular interest of his), right through to his new short play about gravy. Yes, gravy. He's also likely to enter to a pummeling black metal soundtrack. Nice. He'll then be bringing the mayhem to Glasgow's Stand the following night. More gravy!
Fri 13 Jan, 11pm, £7 (£5)
The GFT do themselves proud once again, dipping into the classic film vault and pulling out an 80s gem we never get tired of re-watching. And so we end as all weeks really should, with a screening of the Bill Murray-tastic Ghostbusters. On Friday the 13th. Our ten-year-old self would have shat it. And, as with all the films on the Late Night Classics schedule, you can take drinks from the bar into the screening, and your ticket stub gets you free entry to Nice 'n' Sleazy's official after-bash. Amen.