Based between a betting shop and a hearing assistance shop, the Picturehouse is filled with wood and richness. It has retained the feel of a cinema and the acoustics are great. The layout of the venue is intriguing therefore – with an upper and lower level viewing area, but retaining a fairly intimate atmosphere.
The crowd was disappointingly quiet, and the support act largely unimpressive. The trumpet playing by one half of this duo was the best part to be honest.
Hispanic Festival: 16-19 Oct; various Edinburgh locations
No need to head south for hot sultry dance moves and culture to blow your socks off. The third annual celebration of all things Hispanic promises poetry, live music, dance workshops - enough to keep your spirits up as Edinburgh goes autumnal. For more details see the Hispanic Festival website
The Brigitte Beraha Trio: Jazz Bar, Chambers Street; 9 October 2015
London-based singer mingles jazz, world and Latin-influenced tunes. Jazz Services Ltd and Arts Council England-suppported gig. Funky accompaniment by trumpet/fluegelhorn and piano. Great revues of her work from The Herald, Humphrey Lyttelton and The Guardian make this one cool act to catch while it's in town!
Shakespeare for Schools Festival: Brunton theatre, Edinburgh; 7 October 1900
Christmas and Hogmanay start earlier every year! You can get your Edinburgh Hogmanay tickets from Friday this week (October 3) - but there's been a wee change. The price of the tickets has doubled from £5 to £10 for 2008.
Opinions are split. Is this a cunning marketing ruse to make the event seem more desirable and mark it out from other similar events in Dundee, Stirling, Glasgow and Aberdeen?
Cherry Blossom: 24 September–11 October; Traverse Theatre.
A new production by homegrown talent, Scottish writer Catherine Grosvenor. Exploring identity, migration and what this means for 21st-century Europe, this multi-media piece should be an eye-opening performance.
Mighty Boosh: Edinburgh festival Theatre; 11 & 12 September
Have you been missing the oddball characters of the Mighty Boosh? Catch up for a cuppa - or maybe a theatre show. Naboo, Bob Fossil and Black Frost are strange beyond belief; why not go convince yourself they're for real?
Alexander Heim: Doggerfisher, 11 Gayfield Square (between Elm Row and East London Street); 31 July-13 Sept; 1000-1800 (1700 some nights)
An Edinburgh gig venue with 1500 capacity is due to launch next month as The Picture House, following a £1m overhaul.
Review of Women in Harmony, 21 August 2008
There’s a sign at an Edinburgh pub called The Rule which says ‘Live Music – no mikes, no amps’. It could say ‘no talent either’ – it’s an amateur’s night. But no fears on that front for this evening at the St Bride’s Centre. Karine Polwart, Annie Grace and Corinna Hewat make traditional music both touching and inspiring.
Review of Shooglenifty, Spiegeltent, Saturday 23 August 2008. Did you know that Spiegel means mirror in German? It's like being surrounded by a glitterball. Well sort of. For matching performers and venues, this gig couldn’t have done much better. Both shone and gave you something to fall in love with....