Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Saturday October 13

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Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: On The Road (15). The real-life dalliances of Beat Generation standard-bearer Jack Kerouac provide the creative spark for director Walles Salles’s handsomely crafted if emotionally underpowered road movie based on the 1957 novel of the same name. Sam Riley plays writer Sal Paradise, whose humdrum life in the late 1940s is sent into a tailspin by the arrival of nomadic free spirit Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), whose home is wherever he drops his trousers. This could be the bed of his beautiful girlfriend Camille (Kirsten Dunst), tormented poet Carlo Marx (Tom Sturridge) or incandescent 16-year-old Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Sal’s odyssey of self-discovery coincides with Dean’s painful fall from grace, set against stunning American landscapes captured by cinematographer Eric Gautier. Hedlund is magnetic, capturing the smouldering sexuality of a drifter who toys with emotions, oblivious to the consequences. Riley is a passive observer to the histrionics but Stewart is solid and scantily clad in an eye-catching supporting role that is a far cry from her heroine in the Twilight saga. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• DANCE: Scottish Ballet. New programme featuring Martin Lawrance’s Run For It, a work inspired by the power of Olympic athletes and featuring set designs by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Boyce; William Forsythe’s Workwithinwork in which the dancers create a display of fascinating angles and lines; and Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos, combining classical ballet with the tango. Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 7.30pm, £18.50 (£15.50), 0131-529 6000

• COMEDY: The Saturday show.With Dave Fulton, Neil McFarlane, Fergus Craig and Ben Crompton with host Bruce Devlin. The Stand, York Place, 9pm, £15, 0131-558 7272

• MUSIC: Mercury Relive. the music, outfits and excitement of the live Queen experience with this tribute band. The HMV Picture House, Lothian Road, 7pm, £13, 0844-847 1740

• MUSICAL: The Phantom of the Opera. Cameron Mackintosh presents a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, £19.50–£56, 0844-871 3014