l The six blues acts who will appear in the Scottish heat of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues have been announced.

The Blueswater from Edinburgh, Boston Tea Party from Dundee, Dirty Diamond & the Gunslinger from Hamilton, Hot Tin Roof from Edinburgh, The George Lindsay Band from Glasgow and Keith Douglas, also from Edinburgh, will compete at the Blues & Beyond Club at Watts in Cupar, Fife, on February 23 for the chance to take part in the London final. The competition's outright winner will be given an all-expenses paid trip to New Brunswick, Canada, to perform at the renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.


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l As ever, the new show at Cyril Gerber Fine Art in Glasgow features many famous names. The Winter Collection 2012 includes works by Joan Eardley, Philip Reeves, Annie Frech and JD Fergusson to name but a random few. To view the works, all of which are for sale, visit 178 West Regent Street, Glasgow or www.gerberfineart.co.uk.

l At Glasgow Print Studio the Yule show, Impressions, has a list hardly less illustrious, with Elizabeth Blackaddder, John Byrne, Ashley Cook, Elspeth Lamb and Adrian Wiszniewski among the printmakers whose work is available for immediate wrapping and gifting from 103 Trongate or www.glasgowprintstudio.co.uk.

l Is it better to be on the list than a gatecrasher? Diane Dawson's new exhibition at Milngavie's Lillie Art Gallery has the intriguing premise of exploring the "social mythology" of Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. In 1966 an invitation to the writer's Bal Masque was the epitome of the hot ticket. Capote's social engineering will be compared with issues of exclusion in today's society in the exhibition, which opens on January 12.