Terry Riley is to make three rare appearances at the Usher Hall this year as part of Triptych. The minimalist pioneer will perform his groundbreaking composition ‘In C’ at the Edinburgh Usher Hall on Wednesday 25 April and a reworking of his electronic masterwork ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’ at Glasgow’s Tramway on Thursday 26 April, making his final appearance at Aberdeen’s Cowdray Hall on Friday 27 April. Meanwhile, Brazilian techno-pop misfits CSS (Cansei de ser Sexy) have signed up to play their biggest Scottish shows to date as part of the festival, at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room on Wednesday 25 April and Glasgow Barrowlands on Thursday 26 April. For further info see www.triptychfestival.com.
Sick of limp sandwiches and insipid water cooler chat at lunchtimes? Edinburgh’s Stand comedy club has kicked off a new initiative called Out to Lunch - Live! Now comedy fans can enjoy a live show and have lunch at the same time, all for the very reasonable price of £5. Don’t worry if you’ve only got a limited lunch break; the shows and food have been arranged to fit snugly between 1-2pm. www.thestand.co.uk/lunch
Calling all those with a perverse love of bad movies. The Cameo is set to unveil Nicko and Joe’s Bad Film Club, which combines live comedy with celluloid, highlighting the leaden dialogue, hammy acting and terrible plotlines and encouraging heckling, jeering and audience participation. The first Big Baddie, to be brought to Cameo One on Sunday 21 January at 9pm, is the John Travolta travesty Battlefield Earth, chosen by Canadian comic Glenn Wool. The film won the 2005 Razzie Award for ‘worst drama of the first 25 years’ of the accolade’s existence.
The Kaiser Chiefs are to return to Glasgow for a two-date gig extravaganza at the city’s Carling Academy on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March. The Leeds band have been absent from the airwaves over the past few months, holed up in the studio crafting their follow-up to wildly successful debut album Enjoyment. Hits such as ‘Oh My God’, ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Every Day I Love You Less and Less’ will be dusted off for the Glasgow dates, as well as material from the new album, including brand new single ‘Ruby’.
The Edinburgh International Festival’s Beethoven symphonies strand has been nominated for the classical music award as part of The South Bank Show Awards 2007. Sir Charles Mackerras conducted Beethoven’s nine symphonies as part of the Lloyds TSB Scotland Concerts at the Usher Hall, fronting three concerts a night, three nights a week for the duration of the Festival. The winners of the awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony at The Savoy, London on Tuesday 23 January.