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

BILLY ELLIOT.  (touring cast)
 Adam Abbou 'Billy Elliot' and Ensemble. by Alastair Muir.
BILLY ELLIOT. (touring cast) Adam Abbou 'Billy Elliot' and Ensemble. by Alastair Muir.
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The Good Brothers of Dean Street, Rory and Graeme Sutherland Pic: Contributed

The Good Brothers of Dean Street, Rory and Graeme Sutherland Pic: Contributed

WITH more than 100 wines from around the world, including over 50 organic, natural and biodynamic wines, the arrival of Good Brothers on Dean Street gives cause for celebration.

Launched today, the Capital’s newest Wine Bar champions the natural wine movement, a phenomenon exciting wine-lovers around the UK, and one Edinburgh-born brothers, Rory and Graeme Sutherland, have now brought to Stockbridge.

Graeme says, “We’re really passionate about what we do after years spent working in the wine industry.

“At Good Brothers we aim to change perception of natural wine and offer our customers an elegant, beautifully fresh drink with very little intervention.

“As people are much more switched on about where their food and drink comes from these days, we think it’s the perfect time to start spreading the word about these wines.”

To accompany the wines at Good Brothers, Head Chef Maciej Szczepanski has created a menu of classic Scottish cuisine with a twist, including roasted candy beetroot with whipped crowdie and smoked mackerel and caraway seed parfait.

To book a table call 0131-315 3311


GRAB a picnic and a blanket and head to Old College Quad this weekend for a chance to see a programme of blockbuster movies, new and old, in the open air.

The films to be screened in the spectacular surroundings of The University of Edinburgh’s Old College quadrangle on South Bridge include Steven Spielberg’s shark horror, Jaws, spy thriller, Kingsman: The Secret Service and this year’s remake of family-favourite The Jungle Book.

Also on the bill are cult musical fantasy Labyrinth, featuring David Bowie, the all-American action thriller Die Hard, James Cameron’s Aliens, Marvel Comic’s Deadpool and Inception, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.

There will be free family screenings of Inside Out ­and Home on Saturday and Sunday mornings respectively.

Tickets from cost £10 per film (£12 for Jaws).


HAIKU, a traditional form of Japanese poetry, provides a highlight of History Machines, an exhibition by the Canadian artists Donovan and Siegel, currently showing at Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery.

Or to be precise, The Haikube does. Modelled on a Rubik’s Cube, Haikube is carved with Haiku-inspired syllabic fragments, so that with every twist of the cube, a new three-line poem is generated.

It’s just one of the exhibits in History Machines, which features a variety of prints as well as pieces that combine sculpture, storytelling and poetry.

Another highlight is the Self-Printing Book, a weighty brass tome of which each left-hand page is a printing mould for the text of its right-hand counterpart.

History Machines, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Union Street, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, free, 0131-557 2479


THE Roy Orbison Story, Barry Steele’s musical and semi-autobiographical celebration of The Big O’s musical legacy comes to The Brunton in Musselburgh tonight.

Steele will take you through the singer’s life and work, from the early sun years to the late 80s and the internationally acclaimed concert The Black and White Night.

The show also pays homage to the time Orbison spent with The Travelling Wilburys.

Add into the mix a cast of musicians and singers celebrating music from the legends Orbison toured with, and you have a fusion of solid gold classics and 80s contemporary hits.

Roy Orbison Story, Brunton, Mussel-burgh, tonight, 7.30pm, £21, 0131-665 2240


HAVING risen through the ranks of the UK indie world, championed by pop stars and indie icons, and having collaborated with Suede legend Bernard Butler on her stunning 2013 self-titled album, Natalie McCool returns with brand new album - The Great Unknown - and a brand new tour.

Both bring her to Electric Circus next Wednesday, where you can experience McCool’s breed of slick alternative pop, which has won her acclaim and seen the edgy artist as“one of the finest emerging songwriters around”.

McCool’s brilliant debut was built on a foundation of deliciously dark, gloomy indie-pop, but The Great Unknown emerges from those shadows with a number of prickly pop tunes like the rousing epic numbers like Fortress and Cardiac Arrest.

McCool first came to public attention when she won a Yamaha-sponsored national song writing competition judged by Coldplay front man Chris Martin. Support comes from Georgia Gordon and Small Feet, Little Toes.

Natalie McCool, Electric Circus, Market St, Wednesday, 7pm, £6.50, 0131-226 4224


RICHARD Alston Dance Company returns with the Edinburgh-exclusive world premiere of Tangent, by Martin Lawrance, next week as well as his intense and dramatic piece Stronghold.

Two pieces new to the Capital complete the programme; An Italian in Madrid and Mazur, danced to Chopin mazurkas.

Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 23 September, 7.30pm, £17.50-£23.50, 0131-529 6000


Madness, New Order and Iron Maiden fans can have a pint on their favourite band - sort of - over the next four weeks as Nicholson’s Beer Showcase brings a selection of Celebrity Brews to eight bars across the Capital.

Part of a nationwide celebration, the Showcase offers beer fans the chance to try a wide selection of ales and take part in events, such as craft beer masterclasses, beer sommelier tastings and giveaways. Celebrity brews, including a new IPA from one-time Spandau Ballet front man Tony Hadley, will be joined by the likes of BrewDog and Sharps, making it an unmissable event for beer enthusiasts.

Bars taking part include Haymarket, Deacon Brodie, Conan Doyle and The Mitre.


THERE still time to check out the amazing three-metre Lego model of the National Museum of Scotland that is currently on display in the Chambers Street Museum.

Brick artist Warren Elsmore and his team took more than 350 hours and almost 90,000 bricks to build the model which can be found in the Info Zone on Level 3 of the museum.


FOR eleven years, the musical telling the tale of the working class lad who gives up dreams of being a boxer in favour of his passion for ballet has wowed West End audiences.

On Wednesday, at the Playhouse, Capital theatre-goers get the chance to discover what all the fuss is about as the first ever touring production of Billy Elliot begins a five week residency at the Greenside Place venue.

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, the musical is the story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true.

Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Featuring a score by Elton John, Billy Elliot is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience.

Billy Elliot, Playhouse, Greenside Place, Wednesday-22 October, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £20-£67, 0844-871 3014