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Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Wednesday 14 November

Your pick of the city’s nights out.

1 MUSIC: The Sapphires (PG). Booze-sodden Irish talent scout Dave (Chris O’Dowd) discovers Gail McCrae (Deborah Mailman) and her sisters Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) and Julie (Jessica Mauboy) singing in a pub talent contest. The audience refuses to acknowledge their superb efforts and when Dave dares to speak up in favour of the McCraes, he’s shot down in flames by the pub landlady. Ambitious 17-year-old Julie persuades Dave to put them forward for auditions to entertain the troops in Vietnam. Dave eventually agrees and stresses that he needs to make changes to the line-up, such as promoting Julie over Gail as the group’s front woman. Dave persuades the girls to recruit their estranged cousin Kay (Shari Sebbens) and rechristens the group as The Sapphires. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

2 EXHIBITION: John Clerk of Eldin (1728-1812). The exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the death of one of Scotland’s finest amateur artists. John Clerk of Eldin is well known to art historians of 18th century British art, and he is often included in exhibitions and publications relating to the work of other 18th century figures, namely Robert Adam, the architect, and Paul Sandby, the well respected English painter and printmaker. His geological drawings are also highly valued by as the illustrations provided for Dr James Hutton’s seminal 1790s publication ‘A Theory of the Earth’. However Clerk’s etchings have never received a major overview, which the exhibition aims to redress. This anniversary year provides a perfect opportunity to highlight the prints of this remarkable man. City Art Centre, Market Street, 10am-5pm, free, 0131-529 3993

3 COMEDY: Melting Pot. A comedy sketch show that puts the audience in charge! Choose your favourite from a variety of sketches submitted by members of the public and performed by a troupe of actors and comedians. It’s a comedy referendum! The Stand, York Place, 8.30pm, £5 (£4), 0131-558 7272

4 MUSICAL: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bill Kenwright’s production of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns, with Keith Jack starring. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £12-£35, 0844-871 3014

5 JAZZ: Mike Kearney Ka-Tet. Late night favourite. The Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, 11.30pm, £3 (£2), 0131-220 4298

 
 
 

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