Five Things To Do In Edinburgh: Thursday August 2

Dieter Roth Diaires
Dieter Roth Diaires
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• EXHIBITION: Dieter Roth Diaries. As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition, the Fruitmarket Gallery presents the work of Dieter Roth (1930 - 1998), one of late 20th century art’s major figures. Roth was an artist of astonishing breadth and diversity, producing books, graphics, drawings, paintings, sculptures, assem-blages and installation works involving sounds recordings and video. He was also a composer, musician, poet and writer. Roth kept a diary throughout his life, and saw all art-making as a form of diary keeping. His diaries were a space to record appointments, addresses, lists and deadlines but also ideas, drawings, photographs and poems. They teem with graphic exuberance, and proved a rich source for his work. Although Roth died in 1998, his work remains of interest to artists and audiences alike. He has a particular connection to Edinburgh, having been part of Richard Demarco’s exhibition Strategy Get Arts at the 1970 International Festival. This will be the first time his work has been seen in Scotland since. The Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street, 11am-6pm, free, 0131-225 2383

• THEATRE AND COMEDY: Edinburgh Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. It formally opens on Friday but many acts run preview shows. Various time, venues and prices. For full programme details visit

• MUSIC: Chilly Gonzales. Grammy-nominated producer, piano virtuoso and Guinness World Record holder. The Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 9.45pm, £10, 0131-668 2019

• CLUB: Ride. Hip-hop, soul and electro. Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate, 11pm, free, 0131-225 1757

• FOLK: Live Music Now. Megan Henderson and Ewan Robertson. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, 6.30pm, 0131-624 6200