Inspire Me: 9 great things to do in the next week

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THE menu resembles a page from a Fringe programme and your choice arrives with a replica admission ticket - welcome to the Radisson Blu’s new pop-up restaurant Burger & Fringe, the perfect place to refuel between shows.

At Burger & Fringe, the humble burger has had a Festival makeover.

While each burger is handmade, freshly prepared and made with traditionally reared, grass- fed 100% fully prime Scotch beef, guests can select their favourite culinary personality – and taste - with nine mouth-watering options to choose from, including a Candy & Bacon Burger, a Flaming Cow, an Italian Job, the Highlander, Big Smoke, Blue ‘N Black, Blu Classic and Portobello Chick. Prices start at £8.

Starters and deserts are also served along with a choice of cocktails to match your chosen burger - for me the Prosecco Mojito matched the Big Smoke perfectly.

To book a table call 0131-557 9797

Burger & Fringe, Radisson Blu, Royal Mile,


BOOK now to see your favourite TV show before it is broadcast on TV. Capital fans of ratings winner Poldark and sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf are in for a treat this August thanks to the TV Festival.

As part of this year’s programme you will be able to buy tickets to exclusive preview screenings of celebrated TV series such as Red Dwarf XI, Porridge, Poldark, and The Fall.

Screenings will take place at the Filmhouse with special guests on hand to discuss what you have just watched afterwards.

There will also a sci-fi masterclass, From Star Trek to Outlander and Beyond, with Ronald D Moore.

For full details of times and dates of screenings visit

Edinburgh International TV Festival Screenings, 24 & 25 August, Filmhouse, Lothian Road, various times and prices, visit


DISNEY’S latest live action movie, the must see film of the summer, comes to Capital cinemas tomorrow.

A reimagining of the 1977 fantasy adventure, Pete’s Dragon charts the adventures orphan Pete and his best friend Elliott, the dragon.

For years, old wood carver Mr Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.

To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales . . . until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley).

Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott.

And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr Meacham’s stories.

With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Perfect for a trip to the cinema during the school holidays, Pete’s Dragon opens in cinemas across the city tomorrow.


AFTER the success of last week’s screenings, there’s another chance to see Laurel & Hardy in all their comic glory on the big screen, Monday, when Vue, in the, Omni Centre screen The Music Box and Block-Heads as a special double-bill.

It’s 1938 in Block-Heads, but Stan doesn’t know the war is over; he’s still patrolling the trenches in France, and shoots down a French aviator.

In The Music Box, delivery men Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs. A true classic.

Vue, Omni Centre, Monday, 7pm, £10.79-£12.79,


GET up close and personal with River City star Gary Lamont as he celebrates ginger power at the Playhouse this month, performing songs made famous by ginger artists.

Best known as Shieldinch hairdresser Robbie Fraser, Lamont’s one-man show finds the actor - in a rather striking blue tartan stage costume - also sharing anecdotes about the reaction he received from some of the red-heads he covers and how he is set to attend the MOGO Awards (Music of Ginger Origin), yes there is such a thing, where he is nominated in the Best Newcomer category.

The Boards, Playhouse, Greenside Place, until Saturday, 7.30pm, £12.50, 0131-226 0000


START your Fringe day with a laugh-and-learn walk through some of Edinburgh’s weirder backstory.

Evening News columnist Susan Morrison is a comedian who lives to explore the funkier corners of history.

That bit behind the chamber pot, under the bed...

Take a stroll in the fresh air and discover not just some of Scotland’s more peculiar history, but also some handy coping skills such as how to avoid random lepers, the best way to hail a sedan chair and swerve techniques to dodge flying shit.

Sensible shoes a must, and be prepared to tote a brolly.

The Walking Dead, Famous And Funny, St Andrew Square, until 28 August, 3pm, 28 August, 0131-226 0000


BIG Fish Little Fish family rave presents Ravin’ Fringe Studio 24, Calton Road, on Sunday when DJ Food (Ninja Tunes) will play a range of eclectic, upfront dance music with a ‘Marvellous Reekie Circus Show’ theme.

The family raves include a multi-sensory dance floor, bubble machines, glitter cannons, club visuals and a giant parachute dance help to create the atmosphere of a real rave.

There’s also offer a play and chill out area for babies, as well as pop up stalls offering face painting and cakes.

Studio 24, Calton Road, 2-4.30pm, £6/£8,


THE second Chinese Arts and Culture Festival comes to the EICC, Sunday, with a host of performers, including the Hubei Peking Opera Troupe, a Chinese puppet show, and a Chinese interpretation of Shakespeare’s Richard II. All will be accompanied by an exhibition of Chinese ink painting, calligraphy and handicrafts.

Chinese Arts and Culture Festival, EICC, Morrison Street, Sunday, 10am-5.30pm,


THE Fringe invades Waverley Mall over the next week with flash performances by some of the Festival’s most exciting performers offering you the chance to enjoy some free entertainment while you shop.

Head to the plaza rooftop to catch a selection of singers, dancers and comedians at different times throughout the day.