Friday, 18 January 2013

Edinburgh Events: The weekend ahead

The weekend's here at last! Here are our top picks of what to do in Edinburgh...

1.  Randolphs Leap instore at Avalanche Records
Sunday 20 January / 7pm / 5 Grassmarket, EH1 2HY
Avalanche Records is Edinburgh’s best known independent record shop and in these days where even high street chains HMV/Fopp are in administration, it’s something to be cherished.  They have also been affected by the post-recession digital music age and it’s entirely possible that they might close up shop sometime soon so it’s really important to support them if you can.  The owner, Kev, has a wealth of knowledge on music, particularly Scottish indie, and has the best recommendations on what to buy.  As an added incentive to visit tip top indiepop band Randolphs Leap are doing an instore gig on Sunday – pick up tickets for a fiver instore or online.  They have recently been signed to Fence Records (a sure sign of quality), are super fun live and will also be playing some Belle and Sebastian songs, in honour of B&S being Avalanche’s top selling band of all time.  There's support from Jo Mango too.  

2.  Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair
Saturday 19 January / 11:00am - 5:00pm / HMV Picturehouse, 31 Lothian Road, EH1 2DJ
There’s yet another vintage fair taking place in EdinburghJudy’s Affordable Vintage is one of the biggest and best. They have rail upon rail of vintage clothes, accessories and homewares all at decent prices. They also usually have cocktails and cake on the top floor and lets face it, cocktails and cake make any good thing better.

3.  Edinburgh Cake Ladies
Sunday 20 January / contact edinburghcakeladies [at] gmail.com to attend
Edinburgh Cake Ladies are holding their mega East West cake event where they’re meeting up with the Glasgow Bakers for the first time.  Each baking event has a theme and this one is Showstopper cakes so there may will be a hint of east west rivalry!  You need to register to attend the event and today is probably the last day you’ll be able to but if you enjoy baking and eating cake, subscribe to the blog and find out about their events.

4.  Cinema, old and new
Filmhouse / 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ & Cameo Cinema / 38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ
Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained has been getting 5 star reviews one after the other so that’s definitely on our list of things to see this weekend.  The Filmhouse also starts its Roman Polanski season with a number of his short films and the Cameo Cinema has two of it’s (very different) classics on this weekend – Terminator 2 for its Cameo After Dark late night movie and the more sedate but still sinister Nazis vs. toffs on a train Vintage Sunday pick of Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes.

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