NOIR at the Bar is a global brand for pub-based literary events that has popped up in New York, Seattle and Toronto as well as nearer at hand, including the Wash Bar on The Mound in Edinburgh. Glasgow's organisers, who have produced events at Aye Write! and Bloody Scotland in Stirling, are Jay Stringer and Russel D McLean and their latest venue is The Raven pub on the city's Renfield Street.

This Thursday evening's session of "Live Reading, Live Drinking" is entitled Auld Lang Sin, as befits an event between Hogmanay and Burns Night, and the writers appearing include Louise Welsh and Doug Johnstone. Entry is free, 7pm start.

MATTHEW Bourne’s stage version of The Red Shoes may take its inspiration from the classic Powell and Pressburger film of 1948, but its touring schedule is beginning to echo the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale. This show seems unlikely to stop dancing anytime soon.

New dates on the list, include a further Scottish run, at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow from June 6 –10. Set and costumes are by Bourne’s long-time collaborator, designer Lez Brotherston and there’s a new score – arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies – using the music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann. Bourne says the music will be one of the “biggest revelations of the show”. The 1948 film soundtrack couldn’t sustain the whole of Bourne’s concept, so the new score has Citizen Kane and Fahrenheit 451 in the mix. Clearly plenty to intrigue film buffs, as well as dance fans.

AMERICAN singer songwriter and producer Chuck Prophet will play Glasgow's O2ABC venue on February 15 with his band The Mission Express.

Since emerging at age 18 as a member of the rock band Green on Red, Prophet has collaborated with Warren Zevon, Jim Dickinson, Alejandro Escovedo and Lucinda Williams and his music has been featured in films as well as the television shows True Blood and Californication – and most recently been covered by Bruce Springsteen.

TRADITIONAL music activists Hands up for Trad present their first Landmark Award of 2017 when they acknowledge veteran folk-rock band Fairport Convention’s fiftieth anniversary on January 24. The awards were initiated last year to record significant milestones reached by cultural organisations, musical groups and individual musicians. Recipients receive a natural slate plaque created by the Evergreen Studio in Edinburgh, and so far include the Clarsach Society, Irvine Folk Club, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain, Alasdair Fraser’s Skye Fiddle Camp, and music education group Feis Rois. The Fairport Convention award coincides with the band’s Celtic Connections concert at Glasgow's Old Fruitmarket.