Adrian Cox

World-renowned jazz clarinettist Adrian Cox and his quartet are showcasing their new album Now is Spring. The album draws on Cox’s influences of New Orleans, blues and swing music and the band’s sound has become unmistakable. Touring extensively over the last two years, they’ve played shows across Europe and their album Profoundly Blue is up for Best Jazz Album at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

January 17 at 7pm

Tickets from £11

Nairn Community and Arts Centre, King Street, Nairn, IV12 4DN

Glasgow 1955: Through the Lens

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, but nearly five decades ago, back in 1955, the Glasgow camera clubs got together to create a unique survey of the city. Taking pictures of everyday scenes of people and places, they created a stunning record of daily life and now you too can take in a selection of these photos at the People’s Palace. Take a trip down memory lane or have the chance to experience how Glasgow looked over fifty years ago.

January 13-20 from 11am to 5pm


People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT

Between Earth and Sky: Watercolours and Glass

The latest exhibition to grace the Birch Tree Gallery features the works of artists Peter Davis and Angie Packer. Living and painting in Shetland, Peter’s work is informed by the Shetlanders’ interpretations of wind and rain and his interest in the visually descriptive language used by people living in the Northern Isles to describe the weather. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Angie Packer’s work is inspired by Venice, working with both glass and metal to create sculptural works.

January 13-20 from 11am-6pm (Tuesday-Friday) and 11am-4pm (Saturday)


Birch Tree Gallery, 23A Dundas Street, Edinburgh New Town, EH3 6QQ

The Power of Perspective

Prepare to have your brain boggled with some mind-bending photographs this winter. The Power of Perspective exhibition showcases talent from young people around Scotland in which every photograph can be seen in more than one way. Take in the illusions at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and see how they were created at the Museum of Edinburgh.

January 13-20


Storytelling Centre 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Museum of Edinburgh 124-126 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Billionaire Boy

From the award-winning producers of David Walliams’ hits Gangsta Granny and Awful Auntie, comes the adaptation of his best-selling story Billionaire Boy. The book follows the story of Joe Spud, a twelve-year-old boy who also happens to be the richest in the country. As things start to go awry, life becomes a rollercoaster for Joe as he attempts to discover the things money can’t buy.

January 15-19

Tickets from £13

Kings Theatre Glasgow, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow City Centre, G2 4JN

Cinema Live: The Sleeping Beauty

Streaming live via satellite to Airdrie Town Hall cinema is the production of The Sleeping Beauty, one which has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. This classic of Russian ballet established The Royal Ballet in its new home after WWII. The show combines Oliver Messel’s designs and sparkling costumes with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography to create a spellbinding performance.

January 16 from 7.15pm

Tickets from £16

Airdrie Town Hall, Stirling Street, Airdrie, ML6 0ES

Lynne Ramsay – Gasman and Ratcatcher

Glasgow filmmaker Lynne Ramsay’s short and feature films are on display at CCA Glasgow this month. Both Gasman and Ratcatcher foreground the drama of everyday Scottish lives, revealing truths about communities and focusing on the ways in which parents can shape their children. Her more recent works include We Need to Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really Here, these and her latest features showcase Lynne’s keen eye for human subtlety.

January 18 from 7.30pm

Tickets from £4

Centre for Contemporary Arts 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow City Centre, G2 3JD

The Saturday Show

A sell-out night every week for the past five years, The Stand’s Saturday show proclaims itself as the best night out in Glasgow. Every week the comedy club plays host to five different acts, including the best headliners from the UK and further afield. This week features comedians Markus Birdman; John Ross; Alison Spittle; Ross Leslie and is hosted by Chris Forbes.

January 18 from 7.30pm

Tickets from £17.50

The Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG

Creative Conversations: Val McDermid

One of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid hails from Kirkcaldy. After graduating and becoming a journalist, her first successful novel came in 1987. Her novel The Mermaids Singing won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. Alongside a successful television drama Wire in the Blood and many awards, there’s not much Val McDermid hasn’t conquered in the literary field. This month McDermid takes the stage at Glasgow university to talk about her writing.

January 13 from 1pm-2pm


Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Industry and Aesthetics

This travelling photographic exhibition forms part of the National Record of the Historic Environment. The exhibition is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland and the photos were taken as part of an ongoing mission to document the nation’s industrial places. Through a crowdsourcing exercise in which participants were invited to choose which words, feelings and emotions they related to each of the images, the photos featured were chosen. As part of the exhibition there are also workshops being held in New Lanark.

January 18-19

Free with admission to the castle

Stirling Castle, Castle Wynd, Stirling, FK8 1EJ