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Event Preview: Slapstick 2011, 27 – 30 January 2011, Bristol

22 Jan

Slapstick 2011

With appearances from Rob Brydon, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Ian Lavender and Paul McGann, Slapstick 2011, Bristol’s annual silent comedy festival, is shaping up to be even more of a special event than 2010’s.

Beginning on Thursday 27 January with silent cinema expert Kevin Brownlow’s presentation of once-lost Charlie Chaplin footage, there’s also a chance to see former-Bonzo front man, Neil Innes, with his latest solo show before the weekend really hots up with a comedy gala on the Friday night.

There’s more Chaplin on the Saturday, the same day Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender introduces a tribute to the great Buster Keaton and Rob Brydon interviews Barry Cryer about his top comedy moments.

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Event Preview: Doctor Who Live, 16 & 17 October 2010, SECC, Glasgow

15 Oct

Just a short reminder for the Doctor Who fans in the audience that Doctor Who Live materialised in Glasgow today and remains at the SECC until Sunday.

Nigel Planer stars as intergalactic showman, Vorgenson, who travels the galaxy with his minimiser containing many of the Doctor’s foes. Matt Smith stars on the big screen as things begin to go awry for his biggest fan.

A few trailers and the odd unofficial video have arrived on YouTube, so take a look at what you could be seeing if you head to the event this weekend:

And one video which isn’t quite officially approved:

Nor this one:

Tickets can be bought over on the Doctor Who Live website.


Charity Event Preview: Christmas Wishes for Rwanda, 28 November, Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

11 Nov

The Christmas season starts with an afternoon of glamour and beauty at The Balmoral on Saturday 28 November at 12 noon.

A Christmas Fashion Show for 200 of Edinburghs most stylish is to be held in the magnificent surroundings of the five-star Balmoral Hotel.  Guests will be warmly welcomed with a champagne reception before sitting down to lunch with wine, followed by a fabulous fashion show.

The event is being held to help raise funds for Wish for Rwanda, a new charity founded by local businesswoman, Jackie Calder.

Jackie visited Rwanda earlier this year as part of a business exchange programme organised by The Together Partnership and was touched by the strength and courage of the people of Rwanda.

This trip was a life changing experience for Jackie and she returned to Scotland on a mission to raise one million pounds.  This is the first event to be held in aid of Wish For Rwanda before its official launch in the new year.

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Film Preview: Away We Go & Sam Mendes Q&A, 14 September, Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh

28 Aug

Released on 18 September in the UK, Edinburgh’s Cameo Cinema will be hosting a preview of Sam Mendes’ new film Away We Go on Monday 14 September, complete with live satellite Q&A with Mendes following the screening.

Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) are a thirty-something unmarried couple who are about to have their first child, the plan being to allow the baby’s grandparents to help raise her in the first few years.

When granny and grandpa announce they’re going to be moving abroad a month before the baby’s birth, Burt and Verona decide to take a road trip around America to meet friends and relations who could make up a new family unit for the new arrival.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film when I saw it at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, saying in my review:

“Although the final scenes may not quite offer the strong payoff that the majority of the film points to, Away We Go is still a more than satisfying trip for both Burt and Verona and the audience, laugh out loud funny and sentimental in equal measures.”

Find out for yourself at this screening or a few days later when it arrives in cinemas around Scotland.

Tickets cost £6.80/ Members £4.90 / Concessions £6.50 and are on sale from now – visit the Cameo website for more information.

Event Preview: Oxfam Comics Fest, 18 July, Macdonald Road Library, Edinburgh

15 Jul

As part of Oxfam’s Bookfest, Oxfam is holding a Comics Fest on the 18th of July at the Macdonald Road Library on Macdonald Road in Edinburgh from 12pm to 3pm.

There will be discussion panels on Comics In Scotland and The Ups And Downs Of Small Press Publishing, featuring Ferg Handley (Marvel Heroes, Commando) and Dave Bishop (2000AD, Doctor Who) and other guests.

There’ll be a silent auction of some great comic book related merchandise, including a piece of original artwork from Spectacular Spiderman, signed by the artist, presented with a page of the script, signed by the writer.

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Event Preview: Fair Trade on the Fringe, 28 – 31 August, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

5 Jul

Fair Trade comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time this year with exhibitors displaying the very best fair trade products from across the globe at the city’s Grassmarket from Friday 28 to Monday 31 August.

With home wares, fashion, jewellery, handbags, food and drink, books, music and much more, Fair Trade on the Fringe will offer visitors to the world’s largest arts festival a unique shopping experience in the heart of the city’s iconic Old Town.

And, for anyone feeling “fringed-out” there will be world music, kids’ activities, free samples and tastings to help lift the spirits and help promote Fair Trade issues in an exciting and inspiring way.
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Film Preview: Toxic Avenger Uncut, Class of Nuke ‘Em High & Lloyd Kaufman Q&A, 13 August, Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh

3 Jul

Exciting news from Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema this afternoon: cult classics The Toxic Avenger – Uncut (1984) and Class of Nuke ‘Em (1986) will be screened on the evening of Thursday 13 August, complete with an exclusive in-person Q&A with Troma director/producer and company President, Lloyd Kaufman.

Founded in 1974, Troma have since garnered a huge fan following for their gory, low budget and often satirical movies, titles such as Toxic Avenger leading to numerous sequels and imitations.

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