Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Thursday 8 November

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Your pick of the city’s nights out

• FILM: Argo (15). On November 4, 1979, simmering tensions outside the US embassy finally boil over. Militants break through the barricades and storm the building. Iranians capture 52 Americans and hold them hostage but six members of staff - Bob Anders (Tate Donovan), Joe Stafford (Scoot McNairy), Kathy Stafford (Kerry Bishe), Mark Lijek (Christopher Denham), Cora Lijek (Clea DuVall) and Lee Schatz (Rory Cochrane) - manage to escape to the nearby residence of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber). Back on American soil, CIA extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) concocts an elaborate scheme to rescue the escapees: he will pose as a film producer who has come to Iran to scout for locations for a sci-fi epic called Argo. The six stranded embassy staff will adopt the guise of his crew and leave the country together under false passports. When Tony arrives on Iranian soil, he realises all his smooth talking and experience might not be enough to save the staff from an Iranian firing squad. General release, various cinemas, times and prices

• MUSIC: Jack White. The former White Stripes man is on his first full UK tour promoting his new album Blunderbuss. With support from Willy Moon. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 7pm, £30 (returns only), 0131-228 1155

• MUSICAL: 42nd Street. Starring Dave Willetts and Marti Webb, 42nd Street focuses on the timeless, inspiring tale of small town Peggy Sawyer’s rise to Broadway star. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £15–£45, 0844-871 3014

• THEATRE: The Ladykillers. The classic black comedy in which a sweet, little, old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits. King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 7.30pm, £14–£29.50 (£11–£26.50),

• THEATRE: The Artist Man and the Mother Woman. Written in Morna Pearson’s trademark “lurid, post-modern Doric” (The Scotsman), The Artist Man and the Mother Woman is a wickedly funny, surreal portrait of a spectacularly dysfunctional relationship. Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, 8pm, £15.50 (£6-£11.50), 0131-228 1404