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Curiouser and curiouser ballet

How do you go about creating a new version of one of the most famous stories ever written? And a ballet to boot? Add to the mix the fact that the Royal Ballet unveiled its own take on the surreal story at Covent Garden just one month...Show More Summary

Red carpet treatment

They're rolling out the red carpet in Culzean Castle's grand hallway, when I arrive. Not for a state occasion but for the thousands of visitors who'll pour through these doors from April onwards for a glimpse of one of the most spectacular...Show More Summary

End of an era

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Traditional outcome

So as one observant correspondent predicted on this blog just a few weeks ago, the closure of Plockton School of Traditional Music has been averted in the nick of time. Education minister Michael Russell galloped in this morning with...Show More Summary

Hidden Mackintosh frieze

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is an unlikely knight in shining armour, galloping to the rescue of the Glasgow Art Club. As a young apprentice, he applied for membership and was turned down. Then his carefully crafted wall frieze - of purple swirling thistles on a sage green background - was plastered over by club members at the turn of the 20th century. Show More Summary

Gray mural goes digital

Food and art have always been interlinked in the Glasgow restaurant, The Ubiquitous Chip. It was there in 1971 that a 26-year-old Alasdair Gray turned a blank wall into a canvas, famously accepting food and drink, rather than cash, as...Show More Summary

Lord of Dance

"Lads do football, or boxing or wrestling, not ballet", spits Gary Lewis, as the traditional father reprimanding his wayward son in the film Billy Elliot. Wayward in as much as he's skipping football practice to gatecrash the neighbouring...Show More Summary

Home grown talent

No huge surprise that Toy Story 3 won the Best Animation Oscar. But the Scottish animation industry has every reason to feel proud of itself today. The Illusionist, made and set in Scotland, may not have won an Oscar but its mere nomination...Show More Summary

Five years of National theatre

Five years ago, I stood by a tower block on the outskirts of Glasgow, watching aerial artists descend from the building, while acted encounters inside the flats were broadcast on giant video screens to the audience outside. Home: Glasgow,...Show More Summary

Cultural forces

Glasgow museums are rightly defensive about the east versus west slant of today's statistics from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). Despite a 21% drop in visitor numbers at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery (largely...Show More Summary

End of excellence?

Ironic that on the very week Celtic Connections ends to critical acclaim and a million pounds of tickets sold, the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton is earmarked for closure. Clumsy title for an extraordinary...Show More Summary

New direction

There's an almost life-sized cardboard cutout in the foyer of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall of the RSNO's music director Stéphane Denève. With his big bubbly personality, and ever bigger, bubblier hair, he has been an important figurehead...Show More Summary

Old made new

The last time I met James Waters, it was on board Concorde. To be fair, it was stationary and in the confines of the National Museum of Flight but still an unusual setting for a musical premiere as part of the Lammermuir Festival, which he co-directs. This week he was presiding over another unusual premiere. Show More Summary

Joy and sadness

Belated congratulations to Dundee based producer Bob Last, French director Sylvain Chomet and the huge team of animators behind the charmingly nostalgic film The Illusionist, which has been nominated for an Oscar. It's up against the might of Toy Story 3 and How To Train Your Dragon, the former beating the film to a Golden Globe. Show More Summary

It's all over now

Bob Dylan may not have been there in person, but he was very much present at a special tribute concert at Celtic Connections ahead of his 70th birthday in May. Scots musician Roddy Hart was the driving force behind the concert and he...Show More Summary

Meet your makar

I'm not sure if I can help resolve the argument about the derivation of the word Ned, although my concern remains that the acronym NED, or non-educated delinquent, as spelled out in the film's title sequence, post-dates its 70s setting,...Show More Summary

Gang show

It's hard not to feel slightly depressed about the subject of Peter Mullan's new film. Writ high in giant letters around Glasgow's Cineworld Cinema - NEDS. Film critics have been raving about it. The San Sebastian Film festival gaveShow More Summary

Being transported

Belated new year greetings to you all. Especially those of you, who like me, spent the first week fighting the flu. Some big projects to look forward to in 2011, not least the one taking shape just a hop and a skip down-river from BBC Scotland. The outside of the new Riverside Museum has already taken shape. Show More Summary

Restoration plays on actors' minds

With just weeks to go before work gets underway on a £9m project to revamp Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms, the row continues about whether it's the right kind of restoration. On one side, Edinburgh City Council, who plan to completely refurbish...Show More Summary

Keeping it real

More tales of the show going on in adverse weather. So determined are the organisers of the Lochiehead Nativity in Auchtermuchty that they're moving the show, for the first time, to make sure it goes ahead. The nativity play has been staged annually in a barn on Lochiehead Farm since 1996. Organisers like to keep it real. Show More Summary

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