Spring culture preview 2013

Spring culture preview 2013

Nick Evans: Solar Eyes

Nick Evans: Solar Eyes

Evans' forthcoming solo show features a new set of his striking amorphic white plaster sculptures. The most ambitious is a large architectural complex which mimics the geometry of an Aztec temple. Evans' fascination with motifs from ancient and lost civilisations can be witnessed in the colourful printed wallpaper and the recurring image of the ‘solar eye’ of Egyptian mythology.
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 1 Feb–Sun 24 Mar.

Nuclear Bunkerave

A bone fide, government-built subterranean nuclear bunker (hundreds of feet underground, occupying 24,000 square feet) is taken over for a 12-hour club marathon, featuring Scotland’s local DJ talent. See preview, page 47.
Scotland’s Nuclear Bunker, Anstruther, Sat 2 Feb.

Cloud Atlas

Tom Hanks joins Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and more for a dimension-hopping adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestselling novel. The film also enjoys a sneak preview at the Glasgow Film Festival.
GFT, Glasgow, Sun 17 & Mon 18 Feb. General release from Fri 22 Feb.

To the Wonder

Terrence Malick is well known for lengthy gaps between projects, so there was a collective gasp from the film world when it was revealed his latest project follows hot on the heels of 2011's The Tree of Life. To the Wonder stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, the latter a priest questioning his faith. Like The Tree of Life, it looks set to be a powerful meditation on the nature of love.
General release from Fri 22 Feb.

My Bloody Valentine

The shoegaze titans and lords of reverb are coming back, with a brand new, not yet out album that was finished on Christmas Eve.
Barrowland, Glasgow, Sat 9 Mar.

David O’Doherty

The keyboard-carrying Irish comic lives up to the mantra that ‘great sadness can yield great comedy’ in his latest show, Seize the David O’Doherty. Written at a low ebb in his life, the show did well at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, picking up a handful of four-star reviews (and one three-star review from one miserly publication that will remain nameless, but that you’re probably reading right now). For fans of self-deprecating wit and Casio-powered tunes.
The Garage, Glasgow, Fri 15 & Sat 16 Mar.

Harry Hill

The large-collared funny man, ex-doctor and more recently, painter, appears as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival, following his return to the stand-up circuit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 22 & Sat 23 Mar; Edinburgh Playhouse, Fri 29 & Sat 30 Mar.

Jerry Sadowitz

The controversial magician visits his home town as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival.
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Sat 23 Mar; HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, Sun 24 Mar.

Chris Addison

What with The Thick of It now gone from our screens forever, the perennially youthful-looking Addison can return to his first love: telling jokes to roomfuls of drunken hecklers.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 27 Mar; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sun 7 Apr.


Horror soundtrack re-inventor Matt Hill returns to Scotland after bringing his John Carpenter-esque tremors to last year’s Glasgow Film Festival. His new album Confrontations (released on Not Not Fun on Wed 6 Feb) is the eerie sound of ‘a slow-burn alien invasion’ – or what happens when 21st century electronics are combined with 80s creepy movie vibes and very danceable basslines.
Summerhall, Edinburgh, Fri 29 Mar; Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow, Sat 30 Mar.

Doctor Faustus

The Citz takes on Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale of man’s greed for power. It’s a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and follows one fame-hungry magician as he acquires female admirers and celebrity friends, at a price … Directed by Citz head honcho Dominic Hill and scripted by Colin Teevan (famous for his radical 2007 adaptation of Peer Gynt), this Faustus is going to be like nothing you've ever seen before.
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 5–Sat 27 Apr.

Scottish Ballet: Highland Fling

Scottish Ballet revives Matthew Bourne's 'romantic wee ballet', first produced in 1994. Highland Fling is an imaginative, nightclub-set update of classic French ballet La Sylphide, and follows the misfortunes of James, a young Scotsman whose taste for the wilder side of life brings him into the company of a strange and beautiful gothic fairy.
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sat 27 Apr–Sat 4 May; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh , Wed 22–Sat 25 May.