Glasgow International Comedy Festival and 9 other unmissable March events in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Highlights include HippFest, Take Me Somewhere and Glasgow Short Film Festival
How is it March already? As you contemplate that we're already one sixth of the way through 2017 here are ten events to check out this March, from Monkey Business at the National Museum to a packed-programme of authors at Aye Write!
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
In these days of global uncertainty and mad wall-building, we all need a good laugh, right? Thankfully two and a half weeks of vast chuckling has been laid on by the GICF. The likes of Richard Gadd, Fern Brady, Bridget Christie and Larry Dean will be revisiting their 2016 Edinburgh Fringe triumphs while Russell Howard, Sue Perkins, Miles Jupp and Reginald D Hunter display their brand new wares.
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 9–Sun 26 Mar.
Enter the world of primates in this excellent exhibition full of sights and sounds (and interactive sections) which will let you see lorises, lemurs and macaques as you never have before. There's also a section on endangered species that will leave you sad and furious.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, until Sun 23 Apr.
Another author-packed programme as over 200 writers drop in to three venues for this year's Aye Write! Among the names attending are Ian Rankin, John Byrne, Jenni Murray, Peter Davison, Jackie Kay and Elaine C Smith. Their new music strand featuring Brix Smith Smart and Tim Burgess could only have ever been called one thing: Aye Tunes!
Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 9–Sun 19 Mar.
Take Me Somewhere
The Arches may no longer be a physical hub of Glasgow's creative community, but its spirit lives on in this festival directed by Jackie Wylie, prior to her taking the reins at National Theatre of Scotland. Among the highlights are the triple-threatening Lucy McCormick, El Conde de Torrefiel and Panti.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 22 Feb–Sat 11 Mar.
Glasgow Short Film Festival
Running at CCA, GFT and the Joytown Grand Electric Theatre, the country's biggest celebration of short film marks its tenth birthday with a programme featuring documentaries An Evening with Bukowski and Jazz is Our Religion.
Various venues, Glasgow, Wed 15–Sun 19 Mar.
A Sense of Place incorporates the two elements which forged Eardley's lauded status: the poverty in parts of post-war Glasgow and the tranquil landscapes of Catterline, a small fishing village near Stonehaven. Read our four-star review.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh, until Sun 21 May.
This annual celebration of silent cinema is headlined by The Grub Stake, a 1923 movie directed and starring Nell Shipman whose lost reputation will hopefully now be uncovered and cherished. We spoke to HippFest director Alison Strauss about the film.
Hippodrome, Bo'ness, Wed 22–Sun 26 Mar.
Scottish Dance Theatre
Choreographers Botis Seva and Anton Lachky have their work laid on by Scottish Dance Theatre with pieces entitled, respectively, TutuMucky and Dreamers. We spoke to choreographer Botis Seva about mixing classical music with hip hop.
Traverse Theatre, Fri 3 & Sat 4 Mar.
Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven has divided opinion throughout his entire career but this new psychological thriller starring Isabelle Huppert and Christian Berkel is as close to universal acclaim has it gets.
General release from Fri 10 Mar.
StAnza Chosen by Loud Poet's Kevin McLean
As a collective of spoken word artists we're particularly excited for StAnza's series of Poetry Cafés. These events showcase the very best spoken word talent from across the UK and I personally can't wait to see Katherine McMahon and Stephen Watt. Katherine was one of the first poets I ever saw live and I was instantly captivated. She is a master of metaphor and quiet but powerful narratives. Stephen on the other hand embodies all the punk spirit of John Cooper Clarke. His diversity of style and subject make every performance he is a part of a unique and dynamic event. I am incredibly excited to see these two fantastic artists wow the audiences at StAnza.
Make it Loud! workshop with Kevin Mclean and Katie Ailes, Town Hall, St Andrews, Sun 5 Mar; Loud Poets, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Sun 5 Mar; StAnza, various venues, St Andrews, Wed 1–Sun 5 Mar.