Art and Culture
RSA Open 2013: Beginning 23 November, Royal Scottish Academy
Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography by artists from across Scotland and beyond, chosen by the RSA from an open submission.
Allan Ramsay at 300: Throughout the End of November, National Portrait Gallery
A major display showcasing the gallery’s collection of drawings by Allan Ramsay, marking the artist’s 300th birthday.
Kabuki: Japanese Theatre Prints: Throughout the End of November, Scottish National Gallery
An exhibition showcasing the museum’s enormous collection of Japanese woodblock prints, focusing on those depicting kabuki – the elaborately stylised form of dance drama that thrived in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries. Woodblock prints of kabuki performers were hugely popular in 19th century Japan and this exhibition offers a unique glimpse of a time of great change in Japanese society, the period from 1830 to 1870, in which the shogunate rule ended and the Mejij restoration saw the beginning of the modernisation of Japanese society.
Saturday Showcase: Iconic Queens: 16 November, National Museum of Scotland, 1.30pm
Get more familiar with Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth II through their portraits, which come in a variety of forms, from paintings to 3D renderings. With Tarnya Cooper from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Adam Bruce Thomson: Throughout the End of November, The Scottish Gallery
Paintings from the veteran artist (literally: born in 1885, he served in WW I) who ended up as President of the Royal Society of Watercolourists.
Citizen Curator: Throughout the End of November, City Art Centre
A visual celebration of Leith and its heritage, featuring works chosen by local people and created by them.
Music, Comedy and Dance
Edinburgh Light Orchestra: 16 November, Queen’s Hall, 7.30pm
From Coates to Ellis and from Wood to Sullivan, light music is enduringly popular and the Edinburgh Light Orchestra gives regular concerts celebrating this evocative repertoire.
Archie Fisher: 19 November, Leith Folk Club, 7.30pm
A mixture of Scottish traditional and contemporary songs from folk troubadour Fisher, known for his BBC Radio 4 award-winning show Travelling Folk.
Ceilidh Club: 19 and 26 November, Summerhall, 8pm
Ceilidh dancing, furious fiddlers and callers to lead you through the steps.
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland: 19 November, Usher Hall, 7.30pm
Military band concerts featuring a variety of styles, from big band to classical pieces. Also a chance to see the famed Royal Marines Corps of Drums.
Edinburgh University Chamber Choir: Royal Norwegian Advent Concert: 25 November, St Giles Cathedral, 7pm
Eric von Ibler conducts a concert of Norwegian music for Advent and Christmas.
Eddi Reader: 30 November, Usher Hall, 7pm
Popular folk pop chanteuse, often called upon to add her voice to other people’s records, but who has recently carved a place for herself as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns.
St Andrews Night Ceilidh: 30 November, Lauriston Hall, 8pm
Celebrate St Andrew’s Night and help raise funds for EMMS International’s healthcare work in Malawi, India and Nepal. Ticket includes ceilidh, haggis with neeps and tatties, whisky and entertainment.
Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra: 30 November, Greyfriar’s Kirk, 7.30pm
The Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1964 and gives amateur musicians a chance to play the symphonic repertoire to a high standard.
Lectures, Sports and Local Festivals
Edinburgh Christmas: Beginning 22 November, City Centre
Six weeks of winter wonderland in Edinburgh, with East Princes Street Gardens transformed by a fairground, ice rink, a host of colourful lights and the fabled German Christmas market with dozens of stalls selling traditional trinkets and crafts as well as delicious Teutonic treats (and, of course, glühwein). As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a Highland Village Christmas market next to the Ferris wheelunder the Scott Monument.
Edinburgh Christmas Light Night: 24 November, George Street, 2.30-5pm
The capital’s Christmas lights are switched on in unison, kicking off the official opening of all Edinburgh’s Christmas attractions, including the Edinburgh Wheel, carousel and markets. Watch some dazzling fireworks and enjoy live music. With host Arlene Stuart from Forth Radio and special guest Chris Hoy.
Petticoats and Pinnacles: An Illustrated Talk: 26 November, Central Library, 11am
In support of Women’s History Month, NLS Curator Paula Williams delves into the National Library’s collections, from manuscripts to film, to show how inspirational Scottish women have scaled high mountains, pushed frontiers and explored wild places in pursuit of adventure. Booking is essential.