Glasgow Jazz Festival, various venues, Glasgow, Wednesday to Sunday

The best in jazz, soul and world music descends on Glasgow this week, as both fresh and familiar faces grace this year’s festival. Guests include Fergus McCreadie, saxophonist Camilla George, Geno Washington and his Ram Jam Band (yes, the guy who inspired Dexys), Dundee’s Andrew Wasylyk, Tara Lily and bravura new vocalist Mica Millar. And if you ever wanted to know what Radiohead tunes would sound like played by jazzers, here’s your chance. Visit

An Evening with Romeo Stodart, MacArts, Galashiels, Friday

Remember The Magic Numbers? Well, their glorious debut album is 20 years old now. Well, nearly (It came out in 2005 but we’re rounding up). Almost two decades later, lead singer Romeo Stodart is in Galashiels this week for an intimate performance of songs old and new. You may find yourself singing Love Me Like You all the way home.


Voices of the Dead, Ambrose Parry, Canongate, £16.99, published Thursday

Dr Will Raven and Sarah Fisher return in the latest in this series of crime novels set in Victorian Edinburgh created by Perry (a pseudonym for life and writing partners Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman). Their latest mystery involves mesmerism, body parts and murder (natch). The perfect way to wile away an afternoon in Princes Street Gardens, in other words.


And while we’re delving into the capital’s murky past, you could do worse than sign up for the new daily walking tours around Edinburgh exploring the history of Scottish rebellion. The Rebels Footsteps and La Belle Rebelle offer an insight into the Jacobite Risings (natch again), but also women’s history and queer history. Visit


Hairspray, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Monday & Tuesday

“Tracy ain’t no First Lady. Are you Tracy? No siree. She’s a hair hopper, that’s what she is!” Oh, but we miss Divine. Here’s a chance, though, to celebrate the late, great Harris Glenn Milstead with this 35th anniversary screening of John Waters’s crossover hit Hairspray, part of the Pride at GFT season. Divine’s co-stars Ricky Lake, Jerry Stiller and Debbie Harry all add to the fun.


NT Art Month, Edinburgh, various venues

The inaugural NT Art Month is a celebration of the galleries to be found in Edinburgh’s New Town. Some 11 galleries, including Open Eye Gallery, The Fine Art Society and Birch Tree Gallery, are participating in this new event which sees Artist in Residence drop-in opportunities, artist talks (from the likes of Ffiona Lewis and Frances Priest) and even live painting. There’s also a walking map available. For more information, visit

Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N., Baird Institute, Cumnock, until August 26

This touring exhibition from the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank brings together 50 screenprints and photolithographs by the Scottish pioneer of Pop Art, Eduardo Paolozzi. All created between 1965 and 1970, these images speak to Pop Art’s obsession with consumerism, mass production and celebrity.