THE WEEK AHEAD...
Ah, it's one of those happy weeks when the person we've put on the cover of our lovely mag takes to a live setting. Welcome Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes), who plays Scotland twice over the weekend. Hurrah. Other than that, we're doing a fair bit of eating, mainly of chili (at Lupe Pintos' Chili Cook-Off), and sugar (at Queen of Tarts pop-up tea party), and a lot of laughing – at Punchline, in conversation with David Mitchell, and at David Shrigley's official book launch-cum-therapy session. What a jolly week it is.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 19 Oct & Sun 21 Oct, 7pm, £17.50 here
(Edinburgh) and here
Our current issue cover star (have a gander here) takes her third album, The Haunted Man, on the road proper – an LP for which Brighton singer/songwriter Natasha Khan has dropped the reverb-drenched and knee-deep-in-all-things-mystical groove that characterised her first two LPs, instead presenting herself and her voice with a more direct and stripped-back aesthetic, her vocals for the most part refreshingly free of effects. We for one reckon it'll go down rather magically in a live setting, and you've got two chances to catch her in Scotland this weekend – first at Edinburgh's HMV Picture House, and then Glasgow's O2 ABC. Read our exclusive chat with her about the album's genesis here.
Wed 24 Oct, 7.30pm, £18.50 here
In research of their latest LP, Piramida, Efterklang took themselves to the frozen ghost town of the same name, a little known former Russian settlement some 500 miles from the North Pole where they collected over 1000 sound samples. This week they take to Scottish soil as part of a series of special orchestral sets, for which they've enlisted the help of the 35-piece Northern Sinfonia orchestra to bring the album to life in a live setting. One word: epic. See their Australian debut for a teaser: here.
Various venues, Edinburgh
Sat 20 Oct, All day, £10 (from Lupe Pintos)
Mexican deli par excellence, Lupe Pintos host another of their infamous Chili Cook-Offs, where folk are invited to dress-up (moustache + sombrero = sorted) and trail the participating selection of foodie venues (see full list here), where they'll receive a 50g chili con carne taster pot to rate on taste, texture, and originality (not heat; that's a given). Voting cards are then tallied, with the results revealed at each venue at around 6.30pm. It'll then happen all over again in Glasgow the following Saturday. Read our full preview here.
Sat 20 Oct, 1pm, Free
Visual artist David Shrigley (aka the funniest man in art, so say we) launches his new book, How Are You Feeling? (pictured), in suitably humourous style this Saturday, for which he'll be painting the window of Glasgow's Urban Outfitters, before turning said window space into a psychiatrist's lounge, inviting fans and passers-by to join him on the couch for one-to-one 'therapy sessions'. Sure to be a hoot. Note: it's a free event, but ticketed – available from Urban Outfitters from 10am on the day.
Sat 20 Oct, 8pm, £16.50 (£10) here
Following its spring debut at the Usher Hall (where Frankie Boyle made a surprise appearance), Punchline
returns for a second outing – again in the grand surrounds of the Usher Hall. Headering proceedings this time around will be Nick Helm (pictured), aka he of the balls-oot delivery and official funniest joke of the 2011 Fringe (he's got an award shaped like an elephant an' everything), with stellar support from Josh Widdicombe, and Roisin Conaty. Greg Burns will be the brave compere trying to keep that lot in check.
SOMEWHERETO_ PRESENT PLATFORM 7 >>>
This week somewhereto_ presents Platform 7, an exhibition featuring seven emerging artists and seven young curators, all under 25. The seven artists – Sarah Boulton, Hannah Topalian, Martina Martin, Yuan Zhang, Rosie Shepley, Saule Zukaityte, and Hannah Reilly – each investigate the idea of a platform in order to react to the theatrical nature of the showcase. Platform 7 takes place at Whitespace Gallery in Edinburgh (details here), from 20-25 October. All are welcome to join the launch party on Friday 19 October, from 6pm-9pm. More details here.
somewhereto_ is a Legacy Trust UK initiative that helps find free spaces for 16-25 year olds to do what they love within arts, sports and culture. More information here.
MORE DETAILS AND EVENT INFORMATION HERE
Fri 19-Sun 28 Oct, Various times, full programme here
Scotland's only dedicated human rights film festival, Document Festival, returns in celebration of its tenth year (hence this year it's Document 10, y'get) with a programme of documentaries that opens with Special Flight (pictured), Fernand Melgar's intimate insight into a Swiss detention centre. Added treats include a competition for the best documentary, the honouring of an outstanding director with a lifetime achievement award, and a retrospective screening of the best films of Document's past (full programme here). Read our exhaustive preview here.
Sun 21 Oct, 7pm, £20 here
Brothers Ron and Russell Mael (aka Sparks, pictured) take to Edinburgh's HMV Picture House as part of their rather special new tour, for which they'll be deconstructing and reinterpreting songs from their own extensive catalogue using only voice and keyboards to bring 'em to life – the first time they've attempted such stripped-back trickery, excitingly enough. Plus, you can win a pair of tickets here if you're quick about it; competition closes Friday 19 October.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct, 2pm, Booking here
(Saturday) and here
Our favourite pop-up tea lady returns refreshed after her special August festival dates (she let performers into her house – gasp!), for another gluttonous multi-course tea party for which we're pretty sure she's slipped in more of the sugary stuff than ever before. The menu starts with an aperitif of homemade ginger beer with five spice pretzels, followed by a trio of savouries, and then six hits of sweet-stuff – including pear and hazelnut cake, and chocolate and walnut brioche buns. Full dribble-worthy menu here.
Sat 20 Oct, 7.30pm, £8 (from Waterstones, George Street)
Perhaps best known for the permanent look of discomfort he sported on Peep Show (pictured), David Mitchell is currently on the road for a series of special events and signings promoting his recently penned memoir, Back Story. He'll be signing copies in Blackwell's (South Bridge, 3.30pm) this Saturday, in advance of a special 'in conversation' event with – wait for it – our very own Comedy editor, Bernard O'Leary (cue much excitement, and cacking it – sorry Bernard). Don't miss.
Sun 21 Oct, 11pm, £3 on the door
Kris 'Wasabi' Walker returns with his monthly bout of cosmic house, punk, and upside-down disco, with this edition boasting a guest headline set from Brooklyn's neo-rave champion Octo Octa
, of the über-hip 100% Silk label. Playing Edinburgh just a week after his riotous set at Berlin techno-meets-house haven, Panoramabar, he'll likely be drawing on New York's 90s
house and rave sounds, as is his way. Go welcome him to Sneaky's little basement, eh?
Sparks tickets: Ron and Russell Mael (aka Sparks, pictured) are all set to play an entire tour as a duo using just voice and keyboards for the VERY FIRST TIME (excited much?!). We've got tickets up for grabs for their Edinburgh date (21 Oct). Closes 19 Oct.
Play Poland tickets: Win one of three pairs of tickets to any event at the Play Poland Film Festival, aiming to present and promote contemporary Polish cinema all across the UK - and you can use your tickets for whichever city you may wish! Closes 19 Oct.
Some Like It Hip Hop tickets: We've got a pair of tickets to see the West End smash hit Some Like it Hip Hop; a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution, all played out in ZooNation's trademark hip hop style. Closes 30 Oct.
VIP Sonica passes: Cryptic and CitizenM celebrate the launch of sonic art festival Sonica 2012 by offering one lucky reader the chance to be a Sonica VIP for the night, including accommodation in a boutique hotel! Full listings here. Closes 29 Oct.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where The Skinny's own lovely Kyla is reading her trusty copy of the magazine (yes, it's a bog somewhere) and you could win yourself a boozy prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 31 Oct.
And... VOTE VOTE VOTE: Does The Skinny have your vote? We've been nominated for the PPA Scottish Magazine Cover of the Decade award, so we're pretty bloody chuffed... And we'd love it if you'd vote for us here. They picked our Wiley cover from way back in 2007; a bit of a blast from the past, but a damn fine choice all the same. See below: