Inspire Me: 9 great things to do in the next week

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WIN: DEEP TIME

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

THE Evening News has teamed up with the Edinburgh International Festival to give you the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to Deep Time, the spectacular opening event of the 2016 Festival.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the draw to win, email your name, age and postal address to competitions@jpress.co.uk with the words DEEP TIME in the subject line. Entries must be received by midnight Sunday. Winners will be picked at random. Editor’s decision is final. Usual Johnston Press rules apply.

And there’s still time to see your face smiling over the Capital this August. Castle Rock is an ancient volcanic plug on to which you could have your face, or those of your loved ones, projected as part of Deep Time.

Simply submit your photo via the International Festival’s website at eif.co.uk/deeptime by Monday, July 25. Pictures should be of individuals with faces clear in the picture.

Deep Time, August 7, 10.30pm, www.eif.co.uk

JAZZ: JOOLS HOLLAND / THE AVERAGE WHITE BAND

ALWAYS a highlight of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, that’s Jools Holland.

Following his sold-out show in 2015, the undisputed king of boogie woogie, swing and R’n’B is back.

Holland and his Jazz and Blues Orchestra dazzle audiences in excess of 500,000 a year and always delivers fantastic entertainment, musicianship and good vibes.

This year, Holland and his star-studded band will be joined by special regular vocal partners, Ruby Turner, and Louise Marshall, plus special guests Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson from The Selecter.

The following evening at the Festival Theatre there’s a chance to catch the legendary Average White Band, who have been distilling their special blend of R’n’B, jazz, soul, and Motown for 40 years now. Despite that they still invest live shows with all the energy and excitement they did when Pick up the Pieces, Cut The Cake and Person To Person were charting.

Founder members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, front the group to keep the flame of classic soul/funk burning bright.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, July 23, 7.30pm, £36-£52.50 (returns only)

Average White Band, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, July 24, 7.30pm, £36-£52.50, 0131-529 6000

Full details of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, July 15-24, can be found online at www.edinburghjazzfestival.com or by calling 0131-473 2000

BOOK: EDINBURGH FOREVER

EDINBURGH Forever recounts the trials and tribulations of a Spanish family who leave their home to live in the Capital for a year.

Miguel Sanchez Medrano tells how they immersed themselves in Scottish life in a book that will have you laughing and wringing your hands in equal measure.

Published by Austin Macauley, July 29

MUSICAL: BRING IT ON

LOOK out your pom poms as the cut-throat world of competitive cheerleading comes to The King’s tomorrow in this amateur production.

Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On is a high-flying journey through the fierce rivalries of American high school politics. Filled with romance, friendship, jealousy, betrayal, and forgiveness, the music is pretty awesome too.

Bring It On, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, tomorrow and Saturday, 7.30pm (matinee edinburgh ), £15-£17.50, 0131-529 6000

POP: LAKE KOMO

INDIE-pop four piece Lake Komo take a break from the studio next Wednesday to come to the Banshee Labyrinth.

Signed up by major label Columbia, the band are currently adding the finishing touches to their debut LP with Cam Blackwood, producer of George Ezra, and have just released new single Milwaukee.

The four-piece unveiled the track recently. One of the first songs they wrote together, it explores a break-up frontman Jay Nudd experienced one university summer, and the emotional trials and tribulations that followed.

Directed by Franklyn Banks, the accompanying video sees Jay embark on a journey of discovery across America, cementing Milwaukee as the band’s summer anthem.

Jay said, “we wanted a video that would mirror the sentiment of the song whilst giving the viewer a real sense of discovery and wonder, a roadtrip up the Californian coast gave us the perfect opportunity.”

Lake Komo, Banshee Labyrinth, Niddry St, Wednesday, 7pm, £5.50, 0131-558 8209

YOUTH THEATRE: OLIVER!

FOLLOWING the success of Stage Experience’s Into The Woods last year, The Playhouse Stage Experience turns its attention to Lionel Bart’s multi-award winning musical Oliver!

Expect rousing renditions of old favourites like Food Glorious Food, Pick a Pocket or Two and As Long As He Needs Me.

Oliver!, Playhouse, Greenside Place, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (2.30pm), £19.40-£22.40, 0844-8713014

BOOK AHEAD

PET Shop Boys return to the Capital next year as part of their new Super Tour.

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe will play the Playhouse on February 22, with tickets on sale from tomorrow at 10am via seetickets.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

Pet Shop Boys last played the Capital to headline the Concert in the Gardens at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in 2013/14.

Earlier this year, Chris also revealed during a BBC Radio 2 documentary that they were also thinking of bringing a show to the Fringe in the future.

He said, “We have been in discussion with Jonathan Harvey about writing a one-woman show for Billie Trix, played by Frances Barber, and taking it to Edinburgh – Edinburgh doesn’t know about this by the way.”

In the new show, the character, an ageing club hostess, would “tell us the story of her life and sing us a few songs”.

GOING OUT: THE DOME

THE Front Bar, The Georgian Tea Room, The Club Room or the famous Grill Room, the choice is up to you when you visit The Dome, on George Street, arguably one of the Capital’s most spectacular bars and restaurants.

Built on the site of the old Physicians Hall, The Dome was designed by James Craig, celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town, and started life in 1844 as The Commercial Bank Of Scotland.

In 1993, then owners the Royal Bank of Scotland put the building on the market, the rest, as they say, is history... The Dome was born, and it has something for everyone.

If it’s just a cocktail or craft beer you fancy, head to The Front Bar. Intimate and cosy and lit by a 24-carat gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier.

Up stairs, meanwhile, enjoy afternoon tea in the opulent Georgian Suite, where you can choose between six different loose leaf teas.

Back on the ground floor, the wood-panelled walls and Art Deco-inspired mirrors of The Club Room create a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy lunch, dinner or sandwiches. Richly upholstered don’t forget to look around and take in your surroundings.

For many, though, there’s nowhere better to eat than The Grill Room, with its island bar, raised dining area, and signature illuminated domed ceiling.

Choose from the Table D’Hote or A la Carte menus – together they offer choices for every taste and pocket.

The Dome, 14 George Street, to book a table call 0131-624 8624

CINEMA: BATMAN - THE KILLING JOKE

AHEAD of the highly anticipated release of the animated movie adaptation of the comic book Batman: The Killing Joke, there’s an exclusive opportunity to see the Warner Brothers’ film on the big screen this Monday, at Vue Cinemas.

Based on the DC graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke takes a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime, from his humble beginnings as a struggling comedian to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both their lives forever.

Years later, and now escaped from Arkham Asylum, The Joker devises a plan to prove that one bad day can make anyone insane, setting his sights on Commissioner Gordon. Can the Dark Knight save one of Gotham City’s finest.

The movie reunites the team behind Batman: The Animated Series and features Kevin Conroy and Star Wars’ legend Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and The Joker.

Vue Ocean Terminal & Omni, Monday, 8.30pm, £12.50-£14.50, myvue.com