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Art David Michie Ret­ro­spec­tive Un­til Novem­ber 10 Glas­gow Art Club

To cel­e­brate what would have been David Michie’s 90th birth­day, Glas­gow Art Club are ex­hibit­ing 50 of his paint­ings and lith­o­graphs in what is the city’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion of his work. Emerg­ing from Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art dur­ing the post-war years, Michie’s rich pal­ette was in con­trast to the drab aus­ter­ity of the era and was in­flu­enced by his French Rive­ria boy­hood and the work of his mother, the artist Anne Red­path.

Mu­sic Verdi’s Rigo­letto

Un­til Oct 27, Theatre Royal, Glas­gow; tour­ing

Scot­tish Opera’s new sea­son be­gins with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigo­letto, a re­vival of the 2011 pro­duc­tion by award-win­ning di­rec­tor Matthew Richard­son and de­signer Jon Mor­rell.

Fol­low­ing its open­ing run at Theatre Royal Glas­gow, the pro­duc­tion tours to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre (Nov 1 to Nov 3), Ed­in­burgh’s Fes­ti­val Theatre (Nov 9 to Nov 11) and Eden Court, In­ver­ness (Nov 20 to Nov 24).

Verdi’s 1851 mas­ter­piece fea­tures some of the best­loved mu­sic in opera, in­clud­ing La Donna È Mo­bile, in which the li­cen­tious Duke of Man­tua sings of his ca­sual dis­re­gard for women.

Set in a dark un­der­world where women are rou­tinely treated with cru­elty, the tragic story fol­lows court jester Rigo­letto’s (in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed bari­tone Aris Ar­giris) and his suf­fo­cat­ing love for his daugh­ter, Gilda (Lina John­son).

Ru­mon Gamba con­ducts the cast, which also fea­tures award-win­ning Bri­tish tenor Adam Smith and for­mer Scot­tish Opera emerg­ing artists Sioned Gwen Davies, Stephen Gadd and Din­gle Yan­dell. They are joined by Scot­tish Opera emerg­ing artists Alexey Gu­sev, Lucy An­der­son and Bethan Lang­ford.

“Rigo­letto is one of Verdi’s most vivid and ex­cit­ing op­eras,” says Richard­son. “It moves at a fast pace and this pro­duc­tion aims to bring out the hel­ter-skel­ter of its emo­tional highs and lows. I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing time with it again and with our great cast.”

Scot­tish Opera di­rec­tor Alex Reed­ijk adds: “Rigo­letto is a fas­ci­nat­ing, high the­atri­cal, mu­si­cally thrilling and, ul­ti­mately, deeply mov­ing opera which, in the hands of Matthew Richard­son, Ru­mon Gamba and our mar­vel­lous cast, will be a su­perb night at the theatre.”

Books

Henry Bell launches his new book John Maclean: Hero Of Red Cly­de­side on Oc­to­ber 23 at 7pm in Water­stones Sauchiehall Street branch, Glas­gow.

An out­spo­ken op­po­nent of the First World War, the Pol­lok­shaws-born pot­ter’s son was ar­rested for sedi­tion a cen­tury ago this year. Sen­tenced to five years’ pe­nal servi­tude, he was re­leased after the Novem­ber 1918 ar­mistice.

De­scribed as “the most dan­ger­ous man in Bri­tain” by the head of Bri­tish mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence, Maclean was feared by the es­tab­lish­ment and cel­e­brated by work­ers and the likes of Lenin and Trot­sky.

In dis­cus­sion with broad­caster Dr Vanessa Collingridge, Bell will dis­cuss the events that shaped the life and be­liefs of the Cly­de­side rad­i­cal and how Maclean be­came an early fig­ure­head for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence.

Theatre Dol­lyWould Oc­to­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 27 Tron Theatre, Glas­gow

Fol­low­ing its sell-out 2017 Ed­in­burgh Fringe run, 2018 Lon­don run and UK tour, Dol­lyWould fi­nally comes to Glas­gow. This funny, messy show is about how much Re­becca Bis­cuit and Louise Mother­sole, aka the award­win­ning Sh!t Theatre, love Dolly Par­ton.

The show sees the duo head to Knoxville, Ten­nessee for Dol­ly­wood, which is built on Dolly Par­ton’s for­mer child­hood home.

While there they try to visit the Knoxville Body Farm, a foren­sic med­i­cal fa­cil­ity which re­searches hu­man de­com­po­si­tion. One is all fake plas­tic im­mor­tal­ity, the other the in­escapable re­al­ity of death.

Mother­sole and Bis­cuit say: “We have al­ways made shows from a place of anger and this year es­pe­cially with ev­ery­thing that is go­ing on in the world - we wanted to make a show from a place of love. And we both love Dolly Par­ton.”

They add: “There’s a fa­mous story where Dolly en­tered her­self in a Dolly Par­ton drag com­pe­ti­tion, and lost. The drag queens were more Dolly than she was.”

“Yet she is com­pletely her au­then­tic self,” they add. “She em­bod­ies an overblown ver­sion of the male fan­tasy. She’s im­por­tant to us as an artist, and a role model.”

Film Dis­cov­ery Film Fes­ti­val

Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts, Oc­to­ber 20 to Novem­ber 4

Dis­cov­ery Film Fes­ti­val, Scot­land’s In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for Young Au­di­ences, re­turns to Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts from Oc­to­ber 20 to Novem­ber 4.

Now in its 15th year, the fes­ti­val aims to of­fer the best films from around the world for those aged 0-19 (and beyond), with a se­lec­tion of short films for younger chil­dren and in­fants and films for teens pro­grammed by the DCA’s Dis­cov­ery Young Am­bas­sadors, a group of film-lov­ing 15 to 19-year-olds who are in­volved with all as­pects of the fes­ti­val.

Dis­cov­ery will open this Satur­day with the UK pre­miere of Belle And Se­bas­tian: Friends For Life (pic­tured, right), a French fam­ily ad­ven­ture fol­low­ing young Se­bas­tian as he tries to res­cue his Pyre­nean moun­tain dog Belle and her pup­pies from a mys­te­ri­ous, das­tardly vil­lain. The film will be fol­lowed by a gala re­cep­tion for all at­ten­dees, in­spired by Belle and Se­bas­tian’s ad­ven­tures.

Other high­lights in­clude the UK pre­miere of Spi­der Thieves, a gritty Chilean drama based on a true story about a group of im­pov­er­ished teenage girls who climb sky­scrapers and clos­ing film I Am Wil­liam, a feel­good movie from Den­mark about a boy sent to live with his highly un­con­ven­tional un­cle.

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Scot­tish Bal­let: Spring! In­ver­ness, Mar 28-30; Glas­gow, Apr 4-6; Aberdeen, Apr 11-13; Ed­in­burgh, May 2-4

Dis­ney on Ice, SSE Hy­dro, Glas­gow, Apr 11-14

Gior­gio Moroder, Royal Con­cert Hall, Glas­gow, Apr 4

Pho­to­graph: Julie How­den

The cast of Rigo­letto, in­clud­ing Aris Ar­giris as Rigo­letto, left, and Lina John­son as Gilda

Fringe First win­ners Sh!t Theatre in Dol­lyWould

Michie’s Gar­den With Pea­cock is on show

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