Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Wednesday 17 October

Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: Frankenweenie. A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life - with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous. A visually stunning black and white, stop-motion animated film in 3D, Frankenweenie’s voice cast includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.Frankenwennie is the first animated film that Tim Burton has directed for Disney. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• THEATRE: The Authorised Kate Bane. Grid Iron present the award-winning play about family mythologies and memory. Kate Bane returns home to her eccentric family for a winter weekend to introduce her new boyfriend. As the snow falls, mobile phone signal fails and the trains stop running, Kate finds herself searching with increasing desperation for an authentic account of her family’s past. Are her memories fact, or rather are they continually shifting acts of imagination? Ella Hickson’s new painfully comic excavation of a family history asks if there is an authorised version of the past - or just the one we can live with. .

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Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 8pm, £15.50–£17.50 (£6–£13.50), 0131-228 1404

• COMEDY: Beatnik Comedy. Comedy newcomers display their skills. Hosted by Liam Withnail.

The Tron, Hunter Square, 8.30pm, £3, 0131-225 3784

• CLUB: Split. Weekly session of drum and bass, breakbeat, electro and techno, with DJ Shadowskill.

The Bongo Club, Hol;yrood Road,11pm-3am, free, 0131-558 7604

• BOOK: Ryan Van Winkle. Discussion of the poerty of Liz Lochhead.

Central Library, George Street, 6.30pm, free, 0131-242 8100

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