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Merry QRristmas and a Happy New Year !

Bumper double issue, introducing QR codes – and a new look!


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We decided it was about time we became better acquainted - so we’ve introduced the concept of QR codes in this issue. They traditionally look like the large black & white example opposite - that one is a QR code for Google (try it!). Our front cover is adorned with a rather more ornate affair - it works just as well - and will take you to a special message on our whatsoninverness website. So give them a go and let us know what you think! Meanwhile - here’s everything you need to know about what they are and how to use s RristmaYear ! ! Q y r r e them... Enjoy! ok M py New s – and a new lo

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QR codes - what’s all that about then?

It’s a good question - with a good answer! QR codes are simply a small, square type of barcode that you can scan with yout mobile phone* camera that will link you directly to a web page. The reason this is so handy is its total immediacy. No typing long web address - often very fiddly on mobiles - just scan it** and you’re there - it’s that simple, it’s that immediate.

So why are we interested?

Well - it means we can provide all sorts of things we couldn’t before - for instance - in some of the features you’ll read in this issue, you be able to scan a qr code and buy yourself a ticket right there and then. No having to remember to do it later - do it immediately and you won’t forget it. Great. Also - in some cases we may have more information we’d like to share with you - and it means you can access it wherever you are (as long as you’ve 3G signal), whatever time of day, whether you’re at a computer or not.

Does it cost anything?

No! Nearly all the apps are free - and there is no charge for using them (aside from your usual 3G tariff).


s to one and all!...” How do I use them?

OK - you need a mobile phone - almost (but not quite) all mobiles can now use an app to scan these clever little codes. All Blackberry devices have a reader built-in. There are many apps for iPhones (see below). All new Nokia phones will come preloaded with a reader. There is a list of mobile device manufacturers who have compatible phones below, and also some names of the most popular apps to use. You will need to check what app will work with your phone. And we can make that easy for you – just visit this website, it will tell you everything you need to know. Easy-peasy:

http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/

Will MY phone work?

The following manufacturers make compatible phones - use the website above to check whether your specific model is supported: Apple ASUS AT&T Audiovox BenQ Blackberry CHT Cingular CMCC

Dopod Emobile ETen GiGaByte HP HTC Huawei i-mate iDo

Kyocera Lenovo LG Lobster Mio Motorola Nokia NTT Docomo O2

OKWAP Orange Palm Panasonic Pantech Qtek Samsung SoftBank Sony Ericsson

Sprint Swisscom T-Mobile UbiQuio UTStarcom Vodafone Windows

What apps are there?

You’ll also be able to find out more about the many apps available and what ones are compatible with your particular phone - amongst the more popular apps are: KAYWA Reader, Nokia Reader, i-nigma Reader, Lynkee Reader, UpCode, QuickMark, SnapMaze, BeeTagg,

NeoReader, ScanLife, MobileTag, QRReader, QR App,

etc, etc.

So that’s QR codes - try them out, buy some tickets, etc & wait for everyone else to catch up!


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Essential Dec10/Jan11 8 of the best for you... & tons more inside!

So, you know, Season’s Greetings’n’stuff… Very pleased to be able to welcome you to our new-look ICA/ whatsoninverness - you’ll notice we’ve had a wee makeover this issue - time for a change, new year approaching and all that. What hasn’t changed is that the issue is JAM-PACKED with info about ALL that’s going on in the area FOR THE NEXT 2 MONTHS - it being our traditional Christmas/NY Bumper Double Issue. Also - you’ll notice a whole bunch of funny looking black & white squares dotted about the pages. These, dear reader, are QR codes - and for them wot likes these things, they bridge the gap betwixt print and digital - simply scan them with your mobile phone (see article P3-4 for full details!) and it brings you directly to a web page - for more info, tickets or offers. It’s a BIT like a Christmas present from us to you - ‘cause we’re awfully fond of you, y’know... ENJOY - and please make sure you & yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year*. *NB - this can be achieved quite easily with equal parts food, drink - and being extra nice to other people!

Sat 29 Jan

EROL ALKAN @ Ironworks essential dec10/jan11 Pg4

Highlight of an awesome month’s clubbing is the first Highland visit by the King Of The Mash Up and go-to guy for the best bands around. MUSIC P18

Thu 20 Jan

RUSSELL KANE @ Ironworks Winner of the top gong at Edinburgh, Kane’s comedy is a brilliant account of growing up with a “difficult” father. THEATRE P45

Tue 07 Dec – Sun 09 Jan

BEAUTY & THE BEAST @ Eden Court 06

This year’s big show is the classic tale of a most mismatched couple. See our guide to all the pantos in the area in THEATRE P49


ART Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec Winter Festival Event

The city’s newest creative space is unveiled with an exhibition of art, video, music and much, much more. Intrigued? ART P09

Come to meet Santa & his reindeer as the jolly fella in the red suit stops off in town to get ready for the present delivering ahead. SPECIALS P35

SANTA @ Whin Park

Sat 22 Jan

Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jan

Now. And then.

Film & footy come together for an afternoon as Gregory’s Girl Meets Zinedine Zidane with pie and Bovril. FILM P11

Thrills, spills, beautiful dogs and perhaps even snow. What’s not to like at the country’s most prestigious sled dog rally? SPORT P42-3

The ace cartoons at Oatmeal Comics (pic) are just some of the treasures we’ve stumbled across on that information superhighway. More signposts at BACK END P51

art >> pg09-10

film >> pg11-12 & 69-76

kids >> pg15-16

IG:LU & Ruscha Rooms...

Broken Angel, Christmas Star

Will It Snow...

music >> pg17-33

specials & talk >> pg 35-39

sport >> pg 42-44

Erol Alkan, The Vaccines...

Winter Fest lowdown

Sled Dogs & Santa Runs

theatre >> pg 45-50

the back end >> pg 51 - 69

pg 69–76

Perrier Winners & Pantos

Eating Out, Property, Jobs, etc...

Full Dec & Jan Cinema listings!

eden court cinema >>

SPORT

Dec10/Jan11 Contents >>

SPECIALS

SURFING @ www

THEATRE

SLED DOG RALLY @ Aviemore

BACK

FOOTBALL FILM FRENZY @ Strathpeffer CC

MUSIC

KIDS

EVENT#1 @ the IG:LU

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imag info: Opening Times: We are open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Exhibitions: Enjoy a range of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Facilities: Browse in our shop and enjoy refreshments in the ‘Cuach’ coffee shop.

Find us behind Inverness Castle:

Access: The museum is fully accessible, and there is a platform lift for access to the ground and first floor galleries. Two parking spaces are available for disabled visitors.

Why not stop in to our excellent Coffee Shop for Lunch?­

Contact Details: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness. IV2 3EB. Tel: 01463 237114. Email: inverness.museum@highland.gov.uk www.inverness.highland.museum

just 5 minutes walk from the Bus & Rail Stations and central parking.


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Chill at new space - the IG:LU...

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EVENT#1 @ the IG:LU, Church St Fri 10–Fri 17 Dec Strange goings on are afoot on Church Street, Inverness - not for the first time, we’d be the first to agree. What with Hootananny providing an eclectic mix of live music on an almost daily basis, it having the city’s greatest concentration of independent coffee shops and its finest independent bookstore, a comic store, plus two longstanding music shops, the coolest access to the quirky Victorian Market via the Market Bar/Gorgeous gauntlet, the only place in town we’ve seen close-on flourescent highland dress for sale & hire(!), plus some intruiging eateries offering up conversation and quality art alongside their edible wares… It’s been traffic-controlled, streetscaped, and hijacked as a whole on more than one occasion for arts events. Strange indeed. And its about to get stranger yet. A new space becomes appears unseen from nowhere - morphing out of the side of McEwans of Perth up near Rendezvous Café and the new Jamaican diner, comes the IG:LU. Already home to web company slashdotdashdotcom, buyinverness, whatsoninverness, befrienders highland and, ahem, ourselves also... and from Fri 10 to Fri 17 Dec, you’ll be able to ascend 3 floors into a hidden space that will be populated by the weird and the wonderful. It’s art mate, but not as we know it. Paintings, drawings, jewellery, video art, short films, slideshows, light-art, music

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and more. All from local artists you’re not likely to find in any of the local galleries. Artists that fall outside of the mainstream. The local underground. Artists involved include: ladyface, TOMASSI, TillyHoney, GraemeRoger&KevinReid, Nigel Sandeman, Gordon Brown, Heidi Soos, Do-Glo Designs, Nickie Charles, Mark Creaney, Mike Dunn, theLED, POLYMATH, Teenage Lobotomies, LeParadeNoir & more. The IG:LU is at 19 Church St, Inverness. Exhibition will be open from Noon until 8pm each day*. ENTRY IS FREE. Please feel very welcome to pop in and take in the displays. Any other artists interested in being part of this or future events, please email: events@theIG.LU * on Fridays, Sat & Sun, will be closed to public from 6pm as there will be music events taking place in the evenings. Entry for these by invite only. apply for invitation by texting ‘iglu’ to: 07786 206955 - see P27 for more.

RUSCHA’S ROOM @ IMAG, Small Gallery, 15 Jan - 12 Feb The next edition of the ICA will contain a very special pull-out ‘zine’ created by young people inspired by the Artist Rooms Ed Ruscha - Major Works from 4

Decades exhibition currently at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Workshops using words, visual art and film animation led by GRAEME ROGER, DUNCAN MARSHALL and BRIAN MACBEATH, involving secondary school pupils from Inverness, Alness, Invergordon, Fortrose and Kilchuimen have been taking place this month to create the new work which will also be on show in the Small Gallery at Inverness Museum from 15th Jan – 12th Feb. The ‘zine’ will contain reviews, text-based images and questions and answers between the young people and the great ED RUSCHA himself. Ed Ruscha is possibly America’s greatest living artist – watch this space!

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ART & GALLERY > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom BEAULY GALLERY

Beauly Gallery continue their Winter Exhibition featuring many local artists, including Janis Mennie, Fiona Matheson, Esther Armstrong and Dorothy Francis, with a few highly sort after works from John Lowrie Morrison. Christmas gifts in abundance from local craft makers, including our wonderful Knitted baby booties from Kay Halliwell. Beaded flowers, table decorations, posy’s and wreaths from Megan Klaver, plus a traditional range of hand knitted stocking fillers, which are raising funds for the Highland Hospice, prices start from £3.50. The Gallery closes on 8 Jan until 8 Feb. beaulygallery.co.uk

CASTLE GALLERY

Mixed Christmas Exhibition to 24 Dec Mixed exhibition running up Christmas. castlegallery.co.uk

techniques through a partnership initiative between The Highland Council Leisure and Learning and the Highland Print Studio.

There will also be fresh work by Allan MacDonald after his sell-out exhibition in the summer. For info 01463 783 230 or kilmorackgallery.co.uk

RUSCHA’S ROOM 15 Jan - 12 Feb Works by young people inspired by the Ed Ruscha - Major Works from 4 Decades exhibition. Also - look out in next month’s ICA for a related pull-out ‘Zine’ created by young people from Inverness, Alness, Invergordon, Fortrose and Kilchuimen. The ‘Zine’ will contain reviews, textbased images and questions and answers between the young people and Ed Ruscha himself. Ed Ruscha is perhaps America’s greatest living artist. inverness.highland.museum

MORAY ART CENTRE

Behind the Dawn to 11 Dec Celebration of the year of international biodiversity. The world abounds in beauty and light, and nature yields an everlasting inspiration which is to be gained only by true admiration of herself in all her moods. Joseph Forsyth Johnson (18401906) English landscape architect, disciple of John Ruskin. Visit the website for a full list of events: morayartcentre.org

to

GALLERY PERSIA

Oriental weavings, rugs and more. gallerypersia.co.uk

GROAM HOUSE MUSEUM

DR. WILLIAM MACLEAN EXHIBITION A forgotten collector, his sites & finds. groamhouse.org.uk

HIGHLAND PRINT STUDIO

Evening/ Weekend Classes Running to Dec - for info call 01463 718999, or email: info@highlandprintstudio.co.uk

JENNIFER WELCH GALLERY

Changing Seasons, Changing Times variety of originals and new pictures arriving weekly. Exhibition updated constantly, alongside a usual display of scottish and local scenes. jenniferwelchgallery.com

NEW LODGE, KELSO, STRATHCARRON

AN ART HAPPENING Fri 10 - Fri 17 Dec Art/ Craft/ Film/ Music. See our features pages. theig.lu

Wester Ross Artists Christmas Fair to 5 Dec, 10am-5pm As well as a wide range of paintings, prints, feltmaking, jewellery, pottery and cards being available, an artist will be in residence each day. The Christmas Fair will be clearly signposted from the Strathcarron junction and Strathcarron.

IMAG

TORE ART GALLERY

THE IG:LU

PLANT MEMORY to 8 Jan Victoria Crowe’s long term interest in the study and drawing of flowers and plants naturally lead to an exchange between the artist and the scientist David Ingram, Master of St Catherine’s College in Cambridge and formerly Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on the wider aspects of knowledge of plants and nature. The exhibition is based on the artist’s study of the wonderful old archives, herbals and historic collections of plants in Cambridge and Venice. The delicate beauty and detailed analysis of the plant forms illustrate the natural link between science and art. MAPPING OUR LAND December Works by pupils from six Highland secondary schools. The art works were created using a combination of traditional screen printing and digital imaging

KILMORACK GALLERY

13th Christmas Exhibition to 23 Dec Kilmorack Gallery brings warmth to the winter again with its 13th Christmas exhibition. Highlights include the welcome return of Helen Denerley’s sculpture to the gallery. It’s been a busy year of English shows for this successful scrap-metal sculptor so it is good to see her latest creations in the north again. Further highlights include a series of new horse paintings by Kirstie Cohen who is more often associated with her richly worked landscape paintings. James Adams’ paintings are a welcome addition to Kilmorack too; with their naïve, almost dreamlike evocation of the highlands.

Christmas Exhibition to end Dec Mixed Christmas Exhibition with work by Christine O’Keeffe and small original pieces from all Tore’s Gallery artists. tore-art-gallery.co.uk

WE FRAME IT

New limited edition prints by Fiona Matheson. panoramic-scotland.co.uk


FILM

FILM HIGHLIGHTS

NARNIA

@ EDEN COURT, 10 DEC @ VUE CINEMA, 09 DEC

FILM NIGHTS @ Strathpeffer Community Centre An intriguing new get together. On Fri 14 Jan from 7.30pm they re showing Bonekickers , the cult TV show about Indiana Jonesesque archaeologists, with a raffle afterwards. More exciting is the Football Film Frenzy on Sat 22 Jan from 2pm. Kicking off with Zidane ‒ A 21st Century Portrait , the remarkable single-camera examination of Zizou in action, there s a half-time pie and Bovril then a chance to see the sublime Gregory s Girl and fall in love with Clare Grogan all over again. The double bill is only £5, but booking is essential on 01997 421 989

BROKEN ANGEL, CHRISTMAS STAR @ Ironworks, Mon 13 &Tue 14 Dec, 8pm Recent news stories have reported sightings in the skies of what viewers are claiming are UFOs, reopening the debate about what those bright lights could possibly be. Great timing then for the UK premiere of a movie asking the very question, Has there been a UFO encounter already in the Highlands, yet remains a secret? Starring actors entirely from the Inverness area. Promising to change your perception of Christmas forever, this Great Glen Film Arts presentation has got us intrigued. And it s all in aid of a very good cause, Save The Children s Ethiopian Famine Aid. Unsuitable for those under 12 though. You can reserve seats at Save The Children s shop in Church Street, or on 01463-710535 VUE - THREE OF THE BEST CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: LEGEND OF THE DAWN TREADER (10 Dec, PG)- The latest instalment of the adaptation of C S Lewis fantasy adventure. Lucy and Edmund Pevensie meet up with prince Caspian to encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. GULLIVER S TRAVELS (24 Dec, 12A)- The presence of Jack Black and Billy Connolly in this modern retelling of Swift s classic should ensure plenty of fun. Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Lilliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. NEVER LET ME GO (21 Jan)- Keira Knightley stars in the coming of age drama that begins at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. There s already talk of Oscars.

EDEN COURT - THREE OF THE BEST THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET S NEST (0316 Dec, 15)- The third instalment of Steig Larsson s Millennium trilogy phenomenon picks up immediately after The Girl Who Played with Fire with Lisbeth Salander in hospital and under arrest for a triple murder. HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART ONE (01-09 Dec, 12A)- Part One of the final adventure in the Harry Potter series sees our heroes set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort s immortality and destruction ‒ the Horcruxes. AFRICA UNITED (11-16 Dec,12A)- Extraordinary acting in the tale of three kids walking from Rwanda to South Africa for the World Cup. It could be this year s Slumdog Millionaire and 25% of profits go to Comic Relief.

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CINEMA > Releases & Special Screenings FROM fri 03 DEC

Megamind @ vue cinema Super villain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, Metro Man. Bored of life without a superhero to fight, he creates one. Voices of Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt.

SAT 04 DEC

How to train your dragon @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 10.30am Kid’s Saturday Matinee. A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. £2 per child with raffle prize at the end of the film.

Sun 05 DEC

Alice in Wonderland @ ord ban, aviemore, 7.30pm Tim Burton’s Wonderland starring Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter.

TUE 07 DEC

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT @ EDEN COURT CINEMA, 7.30pm As classy and charming a romantic comedy as you’re ever likely to see, winning Oscars in all key departments — best film, director, stars, screenplay (only One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Silence of the Lambs have matched that achievement)

FROM fri 10 DEC

Chronicles of Narnia: Legend of the Dawn Treader @ vue cinema Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world. The Tourist @ vue cinema Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

fri 10 DEC

Timeline @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 7.30pm ARCH Film Night - Time travelling from an archaeological dig to the medieval site. £4 with raffle prize at the end of the film.

Sun 12 DEC

Zorba the Greek @ ord ban, aviemore, 7.30pm Anthony Quinn as a shy, inhibited writer from England befriended by Zorba, a boisterous, gregarious peasant with an astonishing love for life.

FROM fri 17 DEC

Tron Legacy @ vue cinema After receiving information about his missing father, Sam goes to investigate his dad’s office, only to be sucked into the same computer world as his dad. Sam must fight his way through the strange world not only to escape, but to

find his long lost father.

Sun 19 DEC

Titanic Swing Night @ ord ban, aviemore, 7.30pm Winslet and Dicaprio star as the illfated young lovers aboard the majestic Titanic. Accompanied by flair cocktails, swing pianist - dapper dress compulsory.

TUES 21 DEC

AMORES PERROS @ eden court cinema, 7.30pm This absorbing Mexican marvel — one of the highest-grossing Latin American releases of all time — eschews such deliberate Quentin Tarantino-esque quirkiness to emerge as a startling original in its own right. It’s suspenseful, shocking, disturbing and ultimately very moving.

FROM fri 24 DEC

Gullivers travels @ vue cinema Travel writer Lemuel Gulliver takes an assignment in Bermuda, but ends up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. Starring Jack Black and Billy Conelly.

from fri 14 jan

The Green Hornet @ VUE CINEMA After the death of his famous father, Britt Reit decides to do something with his life. By night, the debonair newspaper publisher fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet.

fri 14 jan

bonekickers @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 7.30pm ARCH Film Night - A Cult television programme focusing (sort of) on the adventures of an archaeological unit. £4 with raffle prize at the end of the film.

from fri 21 jan

Never Let me go @ VUE CINEMA As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

Sat 22 jan

Mary Poppins @ ord ban, aviemore, 7.30pm Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a family classic. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Football Film Frenzy @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 2pm-5.30pm If you are a Football Fan then this cracking Saturday afternoon is for you! Kick off is at 2pm with the showing of “Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait” a unique film with the cameras focusing on Zidane during a football match. At half time Pie and Bovril will be served followed by the second film of the day “Gregory’s Girl” – a chance to see this funny and iconic Scottish film. Cost £5 per person, booking essential, phone 01997 421 989.

FROM wed 29 DEC

TUES 25 jan

Sun 02 jan

from fri 28 jan

Meet the Parents: Little Fockers @ vue cinema After the arrival of twin children, Gaylord “Greg”Focker must once again prove himself to the in-laws, mainly Jack Byrnes. Again.

Sun 26 DEC

Love and other Drugs @ vue cinema Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales.

Casino Royale @ ord ban, aviemore, 7.30pm Mad-cap Bond spoof starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Woody Allen & Orson Wells

FROM fri 07 JAN

127 Hours @ vue cinema A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

TUES 11 jan

head-on @ eden court cinema, 7.30pm Cahit is a German Turk in his 40’s. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife’s death, and he’s living a miserable life right in the core of cocaine and excessive drinking.

crossing the bridge: the sound of istanbul @ eden court cinema, 7.30pm Such a fun look at different musical styles, exciting people at the crossroads between modern and traditional, that is Istanbul. Great cinematography that captures beautiful scenes in Istanbul and Thrace.

Tangled @ VUE CINEMA The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.

DISCOUNT screenings

KIDS AM @ vue inverness, Every sat/sun 10.15am 95p per ticket for our specially selected film. seniors club @ vue inverness, Every tue 12.30pm £3 per ticket for our specially selected film, including tea/coffee & a buscuit. teen screen @ vue inverness, Every thu/frI £1.95p per ticket for our specially selected film(2D) or £2.95 (3D).


NEW ACTIVITIES TERM STARTS JANUARY MORE THAN 50 CLASSES & ACTIVITIES PER WEEK FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES

GIVE YOUR NEW YEAR A BOOST WITH EDEN COURT

tickets and information 01463 234 234 web www.eden-court.co.uk (C) Eden Court Highlands (SC63216) Scottish Charity (SC008237)


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WILL IT SNOW? WILL IT SNOW? WILL IT SNOW? @ Eden Court Jim Love Studio, Mon 20 & Tue 21 Dec Building on the success of previous shows such as Yikes Christmas Stripes and Under a Starry Sky Eden Court s Arts Education team are bringing Christmas bang up to date with a lovely wee festive show for little ones. Everyone s dreaming of a white Christmas ‒ but will it snow? Bring your little elves along to find out. Expect an intimate, interactive wintry experience for preschool children and their families. Incidentally, if last year is anything to go by perhaps the big question should be, will it ever stop snowing?

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Running time is approximately 30 minutes and there are three shows a day, at 11am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm. Seat prices: £4.00 / Under 1s go free. Book online at www.eden-court.co.uk BUY NOW!

PANTOS Every kid in town, big and small, is going to want to go and see this year s Eden Court pantomime, Beauty and The Beast. Read all about it and the other pantos in the area on P49

WINTERFEST Santa s coming to Whin Park and the Victorian Market this month. Read more about where you can meet him and his reindeer on P33.

MOVIES The new Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows, is just one of the many attractions showing this month. See our cinema round up on P11 and Eden Court programme on P69 for more.

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KIDS & FAMILIES > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom FRI 03 DEC

One of the best loved pantos.

STRATHPEFFER FAMILY CEILIDH @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 7.30pm The fundraising ceilidh is open to young and older alike with great dances for everyone to join in.Tickets available in advance from the Community Centre.

RUDOLPHS WINTER WONDERLAND @ Whin Park, 1pm Fun for all the family as Rudolph brings his Reindeer pals to Whin Park for a relaxing afternoon by the banks of the River Ness. Admission is free

SAT 04 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFTS WORKSHOP @ Inverness Museum And Art Gallery, 10.30am Christmas Crafts workshop for children.Make decorations for your tree. Booking required.

FRI 10 DEC

ROBYN HOOD THE PANTOMIME ADVENTURE @ Nevis Centre, Fort William, 7.30pm CINDERELLA - THE PANTOMINE @ Phipps Hall, Beauly, 7.30pm In aid of Highland Hospice. Info and tickets from Liz Hoey 01463 831422, Robertson’s Larder and Morison’s Hardware of Beauly. THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk

SAT 11 DEC

ROBYN HOOD THE PANTOMIME ADVENTURE @ Nevis Centre, Fort William, 7.30pm Showstoppers CINDERELLA - THE PANTOMINE @ Phipps Hall, Beauly, 2.30pm, 7.30pm In aid of Highland Hospice. Info and tickets from Liz Hoey 01463 831422, Robertson’s Larder and Morison’s Hardware of Beauly. THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 2.30pm, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm One of the best loved pantos. RUDOLPHS WINTER WONDERLAND @ Whin Park, 1pm Fun for all the family as Rudolph brings his Reindeer pals to Whin Park for a relaxing afternoon by the banks of the River Ness. Admission is free

SUN 12 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

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MON 13 DEC

TUE 14 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm

WED 15 DEC

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm Elgin Drama adapt Cinderella for their panto. Booking essential. 07902 315715.elgindrama.co.uk

THU 16 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm Elgin Drama adapt Cinderella for their panto. Booking essential. 07902 315715.elgindrama.co.uk

FRI 17 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm Elgin Drama adapt Cinderella for their panto. Booking essential. 07902 315715.elgindrama.co.uk

SAT 18 DEC

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians’ Little Theatre, 2.30pm, 7.30pm Florians annual pantomime - an Inverness adaptation of A Christmas Carol. florians.org.uk CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, 2.30pm, 7.30pm Elgin Drama adapt Cinderella for their panto. Booking essential. 07902 315715.elgindrama.co.uk

Make your own cards and gift bags. Booking required. MUSIC NAIRN PRESENTS THE NAIRN CAROL CONCERT @ St Ninian’s Church, Nairn, 5pm A great opportunity to sing some of your favourite carols and listen to short Christmas per formances by local choirs and Nairn Academy’s Steel Band. 01667 404763

SUN 19 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm One of the best loved pantos. CAROLS & COOKIES @ Tore Art Gallery, Donations for BHF.

WED 22 DEC

KINGUSSIE HIGH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT @ Kingussie High School, There’s something for everyone from Badenoch and Strathspey Schools Pipe Band, KHS Instrumental Ensemble, KHS Folk Group, KHS Choir to a short Film made by pupils. 01540 661475.

FRI 24 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY @ St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, 11.30pm An essential part of Christmas.

SAT 25 DEC

SUNG EUCHARIST OF CHRISTMAS DAY @ St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, 10am Invernesscathedral.com

SUN 26 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

TUE 28 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

THU 30 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

FRI 31 DEC

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm One of the best loved pantos.

HOGMANAY HOOLIE @ Bogbain Farm, 9pm An old fashioned ceilidh and barn dance with food available hosted by Bruce MacGregor and friends. Suitable for everyone. To book email info@ bogbainfarm.com 01463772800

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFTS WORKSHOP @ Inverness Museum And Art Gallery, 10.30am Children’s Christmas Crafts workshop.

ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

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SCOTTISH ENSEMBLE CANDLELIT CONCERT @ Eden Court OneTouch, Tue 14 Dec, 8pm Scottish Ensemble continues its tradition of Christmas with a twist with the Inverness leg of a series of intimate candlelit concerts. Dvorak s mighty Serenade for strings forms the centrepiece of this tour, framed by his delicate vignette Notturno and Janacek s Kreutzer Sonata, arranged for the full forces of the Ensemble by Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. Just the thing to get the festive mood ofďŹ cially underway. eden-court.co.uk

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PASSACAGLIA @ Nairn Community Centre, Sat 15 Jan Scottish Ensemble continues its tradition of Christmas with a twist with the Inverness leg of a series of intimate candlelit concerts. Dvorak s mighty Serenade for strings forms the centrepiece of this tour, framed by his delicate vignette Notturno and Janacek s Kreutzer Sonata, arranged for the full forces of the Ensemble by Artistic Director, Jonathan Morton. Just the thing to get the festive mood ofďŹ cially underway. musicnairn.org.uk

ARTEM AKOPYAN @ Inverness Town House, Fri 21 Jan, 1.10pm A lunchtime concert welcoming back the remarkable young Armenian pianist. He s another member of the impressive treasury of young musicians studying at RSAMD in Glasgow and made quite an impression on his last visit, so expect it to be popular.

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This writer recalls an eager young DJ hosting a club night in a tiny basement on London s Oxford Street back in the heady Britpop days. Mixing Oasis, Blur, Pulp et al with more obscure, but invariably marvellous tracks, the club attracted scenesters, bands and people who just wanted to hear something a bit different. That DJ was Erol Alkan and it marked the start of quite an ascendency.His studious interests across the sonic spectrum made it inevitable that at some point he would cross the boards and start to create music as well as play it, and in 2001 he took his first steps under the nom-de-guerre Kurtis Rush. His alchemical fusion of George Michael and Missy Elliot resulted in 24 carat party gold, and Bastard Pop was born, with Erol as one of its founding figureheads alongside Soulwax and Richard X, reaching its apex with Kylie performing Erol s infamous Can t Get You Out Of My Head fusion with New Order s Blue Monday live at the 2002 Brit Awards. It wasn t long before Erol was lending his magic touch to increasingly higher profile releases, with his remixes of Alter Egos Rocker and Mylo s Drop The Pressure proving unavoidable on the dancefloors of 2004. Remixes for Bloc Party, and The Chemical Brothers ensued, followed by Erol s first truly legendary contribution to dance music s canon: The Glam Racket Rework of Franz Ferdinand s Do You Want To , which impressed the band so much that they incorporated elements of the remix into their live tour. And in truth, that s only the half of it. For more than two years, on the odd nights of the year that he s not duty bound to be Erol Alkan, he has been known to don the mantle of Mustapha 3000 and dabble in the mysterious rites of Beyond The Wizards Sleeve ‒ a warped Balearic psychedelic brotherhood consisting of Erol and The Grid s Richard Norris. Part folk astronauts, part electronic necromancers, they have reanimated songs by Midlake, Findlay Brown, Goldfrapp, and Tracey Thorn. Just as enthusiastic as he was all those years ago, his invention is positively boundless. An essential date for your diary. BUY NOW!

FERGIE @ Why Not, The Vault, Aviemore, Sat 04 Dec Irish DJ Fergie has been coming up to the Highlands for many years now, playing here long before any of his peers deigned to acknowledge a scene north of the Central Belt. Having started DJing so young that he had to stand on a milk crate to reach the decks, he s built a formidable reputation with residencies in London and Ibiza and gigs worldwide. His studio output has shown no signs of slowing down, with tracks like Konguro , Motion and Slazenger picking up deserved praise. Now comes the long awaited debut album Dynamite and Laserbeams combining tough, rhythmic techno, electro funk, and leftfield electronica. The title apparently reflects the cross-community bonds that were established within Northern Irish club culture during Fergie s youth and there are bound to be even more hands of friendship stretched towards him after this one. 18


SLAM @ Ironworks, Sat 04 Dec

CLUBBING

It s always rather exciting when the Slam boys come to town and the latest visit from Soma s finest, courtesy of Robotone, should be no exception. For twenty years Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle have been riding the stripped down house and techno groove, reinventing it in all sorts of thrilling new ways and they show little sign of slowing down. Indeed, they actually look younger than they did when they started. There s got to be some very wrinkly paintings in the attic. Whatever the case, they re not to be missed. Also on the bill are We See Aliens, Flynn, DeFault & Picassio. BUY NOW!

If you saw this duo at Rockness, you ll know just how good a time to expect. Radio 1 regular Toddla (aka Tom Bell) started DJing at 14 in his native Sheffield, but now plays all over the world in addition to a residency at Fabric. His first album, on the very cool 1965 Records featured not only Serocee, but also with Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys, Benjamin Zephaniah, Roots Manuva, Tinchy Stryder, Joe Goddard and Hervé, showing the admirable openness to a whole heap of influences. Recently signed to the equally influential Ninja Tune, he s working on a follow up as well as producing the likes of Jammer, Trojan Sound System and Tinchy Stryder. Quite a coup for Cake to bring him to Inverness and highlights the reputation the club has swiftly built for getting the big names to town. As well as Toddla, there are plenty of other nights at Cake worth checking out with Wonky House on Fridays, student night Wed nz-da on Wednesdays, Evolve (techno/house/electro) on Sat 04 & Sat 11 Dec, the legendary Scottish club night Spaceball s visit on Sat 18 Dec and the best in alternative music, metal and classic rock at Alternative X on Fri 10.

XMAS/ HOGMANAY@ Cake Fri 24: Christmas Eve party with EVOLVE. Featuring a host of locally sourced DJs playing techno-houseelectro. 10pm - 3am. £5 10pm - 11pm, £7 11 pm - midnight Sun 26: ADHD. Boxing Day hard style dance night.10pm - 3am. £5 on the door Fri 31: AUDIOLIFE and SOUNDCLASH host Cake s Hogmanay party. See in the New Year with a host of local DJs. www.cakeinverness.co.uk for more.

FUNK D’VOID @ Ironworks, Sun 26 Dec What better way to work off the tummy full of turkey and head full of alcohol than with a visit to Lars Sandberg AKA Funk D Void, a DJ and producer who has been at the forefront of the global electronic music scene since the mid-90s. After a string of hits over the years ( Jack Me Off , Bad Coffee Emotional Content ) plus some killer remixes for the likes of Underworld, New Order and Kevin Saunderson, he is probably best known for the end-of-nighter Diabla which bridged house and techno (and was flogged by everyone from Danny Howells to Sven Vath). Expect a typically rousing night, especially since the bill also includes We See Aliens, Alan MacPherson, Planisfear & Thundercat.

FILTH RESOLUTION NEW YEAR’S PARTY @ Ironworks, 31 Dec The return of Filth s no legendary NYE party night and well on its way to becoming a Hogmanay institution. DJs Andrew McGibbon and Ross Lyall play Dirty Underground House , which means loadsa stuff like Deadmau5, Laidback Luke, Chris Lake, Adam K, Axwell, Steve Angelo and Pryda. We expect there ll be plenty of surprises too. For more details, check out their website at www.filthinverness.co.uk

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A GAELIC CHRISTMAS EVENING @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Thu 02 Dec Called HEIRE BANNAG-A CELTIC CHRISTMAS SURPRISE, here’s a chance to participate in a unique Gaelic take on the festive season with music by Mod Gold Medallist FIONA J. MACKENZIE [pic] and contributions by award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor ANGUS PETER CAMPBELL. FIONA SELLAR, KATIE MACKENZIE and GEMMA GIUBARELLI complete the line up. strathpefferpavilion.org Strathpeffer Pavilion

PEATBOG FAERIES @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, Sat 18 Dec

24hr hotline: 08444 77 1000

Skye’s PEATBOG FAERIES can always be relied on to raise the rafters with their contemporary reinvention of the Traditional sound, which is why they won Band of The Year at this year’s ICA Awards. They’re just back from a Canadian tour so get out to welcome them home. Also see Inverness WinterFest Hogmanay

SKERRYVORE/TORRIDON @ Ironworks, Sat 18 Dec

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More music from the Islands, in this case Tiree’s SKERRYVORE. Fronted by Alec Dalglish

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they fuse traditional music and songs with the urban sounds of rock and funk to great effect and with much success. When not touring the world, Skerryvore are heavily involved with the charitable organisation Live Music Now (LMN). This collaboration has seen the band participate in performances and workshops within key community environments including The Royal Blind School, Artlink Central, special needs schools throughout the UK and also a highly successful project at HMP Cornton Vale with female young offenders. So good guys as well as fine musicians. Get there in time to see support from the equally excellent TORRIDON. ironworksvenue.com 24hr Box Office: 0871 789 7143

COAST @ Ironworks, Fri 03 Dec

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The Islands are playing an important part in much of the traditional music on offer this month and it was in the Outer Hebrides that PAUL EASTHAM and CHRIS BARNES were, at a young age, inspired by the people, culture and music of the place, something that would eventually find an outlet in COAST. Though based in Southampton these days, the spirit of these parts is ever present in their Celtic Rock and with band members from all four corners of the UK, they’re showing that Traditional music can provide a creative source for folk as far apart as Hampshire and the Hebs. The second album, released this month, features “The Beat of You”, a song co-written by their manager, IAIN BAYNE of Runrig, who also played drums on the track. DUNCAN CHISHOLM of Wolfstone also graces the song with his haunting fiddle.

HOGMANAY @ Bogbain There can’t be many more ebullient ways to celebrate Hogmanay than with Bruce MacGregor and friends at Bogbain Farm. Things kick off on 31 Dec with an old fashioned ceilidh and barn dance (with food) then on 01 Jan, there’s the wittily named Survivors Ceilidh, a musical session and party with food served all day. You’re promised the opportunity to meet up with friends and even have a knees up around the piano. Booking is essential, so contact info@bogbainfarm.com

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Box Office: 01463 234234

THE BOY WHO TRAPPED THE SUN

RODDY WOOMBLE [pic] @ Ironworks, Wed 01 Dec buy now @ Eden Court, Thu 27 Jan Though only 25, Colin MacLeod aka The Boy Who Trapped The Sun, is a

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relative music biz veteran. Hailing from the isolated (and beautiful) Isle Of Lewis, he spent much of his youth in thrash punk bands while holding down jobs as diverse as working on an oil delivery lorry and teaching fly fishing, before heading to the bright lights of London to seek his fame and fortune. Ironically, though far away from home, it was his native landscape that imbued his creations, the stripped down sound perfect for conjuring up the wide open skies and elemental force of the Lewis landscape. The resulting debut album, “Fireplace”, finds him signed to a major label (Geffen) and finally getting the acclaim he’s deserved for so long. Should be a celebratory night. www.ironworksvenue.com

LUSHROLLERS @ Ceol Mor, Fri 24 Dec

24hr Box Office: 0871 789 7143

Of course, you can’t stay out too late on Xmas Eve cos Santa won’t come down the chimney until you’re tucked up, but if you’re after a final burst of pre Xmas fun, you can’t go wrong with one of the city’s most enduringly fine bands, Lushrollers. Part Americana, part country, part pop, they’ve a hatful of brill tunes which should set you up just right for the days ahead. A strong bill also includes the excellent Ball Deep. Check out the Ceol Mor

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website for further details. ceolmor.co.uk

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Woomble seems to come up here almost every month, but what always makes his visits worth checking out is that you’re never quite sure which musical hat he’ll be wearing. Though he came to fame as frontman of rock act Idlewild, he’s also dabbled in more traditional sounds, collaborating with Kris Drever and John McCusker and even providing backing vocals for Kate Rusby. And his solo work is proving to be perhaps his greatest achievement, the well-received albums My Secret Is My Silence and Before The Ruin due to be followed up in spring 2011 by a newie recorded on Mull. No doubt he’ll be playing some of his new compositions as well as old favourites. And he might even treat you to some Idlewild classics too. www.ironworksvenue.com

BRUCE MOLSKY @ Bogbain, Thu 09 Dec Bruce MacGregor is getting quite a reputation for bringing tremendous acts to Bogbain, last month’s appearance of Broken Records being just the latest triumph. Much like Jools Holland on Later, he’s motivated more by what’s interesting than what’s necessarily commercially obvious, so you can usually rely on seeing something inspiring. That’ll certainly be the case with Molsky, who while most identified with traditional American old-time music takes on board influences that range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues, from the haunting modal strains of


ART << ACOUSTIC ROCK’N’ROOTS Irish music to the rhythmically nimble sounds of

and folk. He’s been nominated for the 2011

Eastern Europe. Equally at home on guitar, fiddle

Traditional Music Awards, though he’s anything

and banjo, his shows are very special indeed.

but traditional in his approach. Well worth seeing.

Tickets £10 or £8 for Northern Roots music club members. Book by email info@bogbainfarm.com

STOP PRESS >>>

So we have, literally,

or phone 01463 772800 at weekends.

jammed a long stick into the printing press to

TOM HINGLEY @ Market Bar, Sun 19 Dec

just-announced info about forthcoming shows.

stop it for a bit and bring you some snippets of

Strangely, since it was initially all about the frenetic burst of youth, the Madchester scene of the latest eighties spawned a whole bunch of musicians who are still making good music over two decades the best. He may never come up with anything as ace as “This Is How It Feels” again, but his work with new band The Lovers and, as here, solo, is still

TEDDY THOMPSON [pic], son of folk legends Richard & Linda Thompson is coming to Ironworks on Fri 28 Jan to showcase his smart songwriting and sweeping arrangements...

RODDY HART is often compared

top-notch. Well worth checking out.

Glasgow’s

THOMAS TRUAX @ Market Bar, Wed 01 Dec

with Springsteen, Costello and Petty. Go and

Amazing to get the opportunity to see someone like this in as intimate a space at the Market Bar. Coming out of New York’s “antifolk” movement alongside the likes of Jeff Lewis and Beck, Truax is a singer songwriter with the unique shtick that he makes his own instruments. And they’re

see why when he plays one of the city’s best

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on. And Hingley, ex of Inspiral Carpets is among

spaces, the upstairs room at Ironworks on Mon 20 Dec...Canadian comedian

TOM STADE

[pic] is living in Britain now and you’ll doubtless have caught him on Comedy Roadshow and

Mock The Week. Very, very funny as he’ll confirm when he plays Ironworks on Thu 17 Feb.

marvellous Steampunk type affairs with names like the Sister Spinster and The Hornicator. Once, when challenged he managed to construct an instrument from stuff found in a bin within 15 minutes, which puts Roy Castle to shame. There’s more to him than gimmickry though, the songs themselves being rather lovely musings on everything from animals to technology. A rare and special talent. For more, check out his website at www.thomastruax.com

No dates confirmed as yet, but you can expect to see PHANTOM and

BAND, WITHERED HAND JAPANESE VOYEURS all playing here

in the next couple of months. Keep checking our

website

at

whatsoninverness.com

for

announcements.

FINDLAY NAPIER @ Hootananny, Tue 21 Dec

away, but it’ll be on us before we know it and tickets

We’re big fans of Napier’s album with the Bar

look sure to sell out fast. Rumours about headliners

Room Mountaineers, When Harry Met Charlie,

are flying thick and fast with an announcement

particularly his words about Charles Darwin and

due any day. DAFT PUNK, KASABIAN, PRIMAL

tortoises, not your usual songwriting subject

SCREAM, PULP, FOO FIGHTERS and JUSTICE all

matter. But then, he’s not your usual musician,

being mentioned out of the corner of people’s

recalling renegade talents like Ben Folds and

mouths. Again, keep checking our website for the

Tom Waits as he mixes bluegrass, country, funk

cold, hard facts... (and hope for the first 2 of those!)

Finally,

ROCKNESS

might seem a long time

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PROFESSOR GREEN [inset] buy now FROM THE JAM [pic] @ Ironworks, Thu 09 Dec @ Eden Court, Mon 13 Dec AKA Stephen PAUL MANDERSON and

For a while, when Rick Buckler was on

one of the new breed of British rappers

drums, From The Jam were actually two

establishing a sound defiantly detached from

thirds of the original incarnation, lacking only (and

the increasingly pompous American model.

never has an “only” been so important) Paul Weller.

Having been shaped by a troubled upbringing

Now BRUCE FOXTON is joined by MARK BRZEZICKI

he channelled his creativity into music and first

ex of Big Country and RUSSELL HASTINGS and

came to public attention playing on tour with Lilly

they’re keeping the torch burning with a set that

Allen. His debut album found him incorporating

includes loads of the old hits as well as their own

loads of smart pop samples and also featured

new material. It’s never going to be as magnificent

Example, something of a brother in arms musically.

as the group that gave the world Setting Sons,

Having survived a nightclub stabbing he’s been

Sound Affects and more, but Foxton has more

picking up awards all over the place and tipped for

energy than a Duracell Bunny and, besides, a third

even bigger things in 2011. ironworksvenue.com

of a diamond is better than nothing at all. edencourt.co.uk

THE VACCINES [very top , left] @ Mad Hatters, Sat 11 Dec

buy now

You may have seen THE VACCINES recently on

COMPLETE STONE ROSES @ Ironworks, Mon 27 Dec

Later, where they proved that all the good things

Having been together for longer than

being said about them is more than fuss and

the heroes they pay homage to, Complete Stone

bluster. One critic said of them, “imagine the Mary

Roses are actually at the point where they’d be a

Chain on happy pills, Spiritualized on speed, or

great band even if you’d never heard of Brown,

the Strokes jamming with the Shadows” and that

Squire, Mani and Reni. Their gigs up here are

pretty much nails the appeal of their glorious

always packed and this should be just the excuse

pop racket, most numbers clocking round the

you need to drag yourself away from a couple

two minute mark and every one a little gem. Plus

of days of slumping on the sofa scoffing Quality

they’ve got a majestically random website at

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thevaccines.co.uk DON’T MISS.

Streets.


Local Music: In Bloom... THE BOOSTS @ Mad Hatters, Thu 23 Dec This is the third year of the popular Festivus night hosted by local DJ Mikey Doug and it’s a strong double bill. THE BOOSTS are made up of ex Jyrojet COLIN FRASER, 28 Jack JAKE BOLT and in demand bassist PAUL ELLIOTT, along with ace drummer MARK WILLIAMSON (The Now/28 Jacks). Judging by the tracks they’ve posted at their myspace (myspace.com/wearetheboosts) they’ve got some treats up their sleeve.

LOCAL ACTS: GIGS their side, after all, there’s much to be said for the duo’s line up of just drums and guitar. And how can you resist anyone with a track called Bruce Bacharacnid? Their new single is out and this date marks the start of a short Scottish tour. Check out their stuff at myspace.com/brontoskylift

END OF YEAR SHOWCASE @ Hootananny, Tue 28 Dec And “end of year showcase” that actually lives up to its description, taking place just three days away from the bells. The general feeling seems to be that Inverness and the Highlands is building up creative momentum rather nicely and it might just surprise the rest of the country in the months ahead. To show the quality and diversity of music being made here right now, this line-up of unsigned acts includes THE LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS, THE L.E.D., WHISKEY RIVER BAND, CARPE DIEM, THE BROTHER’S REID, ALWAYS THE SIXTH, NITEWORKS and SHY JAMES, all worth your attention. It’s free entry with a collection at the door for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Inverness. Netsounds is also having its first acoustic night downstairs in Hoots on 19 Dec with some amazing talent including MOTEL PARROTT, MIKE NISBET, STUART NELSON (He Slept on 57) and RED RONSON & THE FIELD MICE.

THE SIDE @ Ceol Mor, Sun 19 Dec It’s been quite a year for Alness band THE SIDE, taking in supporting Bon Jovi at London’s 02 Arena, making the “un-official” Ross County Cup Final Song and playing Rockness, Loopallu and the main stage at Bella. They round off the year with a couple of gigs, first here at Ceol Mor then on 27 Dec at Ironworks supporting COMPLETE STONE ROSES. At the latter they’ll be launching their Live At O2 DVD and new single, suggesting that 2011 could be very fruitful for them indeed. myspace.com/theside05

BRONTO SKYLIFT + HE SLEPT ON 57 @ Mad Hatters, Thu 09 Dec BRONTO SKYLIFT are making music unlike anything else around, which means they’ve got fans and detractors in varying measures. We’re on

Sharing the bill for the tour are HE SLEPT ON 57, another local band poised for wider success in 2011. They’ve just released their third and fourth single with the Bath based label foolscircle records followed by a six track E.P. ‘A Glow from the Night Light’ which should be available by the time of the Mad Hatters show. They’re getting more confident by the moment, with some justification. They live at myspace. com/heslepton57 if you want to see more.

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Netsounds Unsigned:

ZOMBIE MILITIA @ Mad Hatters, Thu 30 Dec Everyone’s favourite purveyors of loud guitars and metallic cluster bombs round off what’s been a pretty good year for them with a gig at their spiritual home. Unfettered is the word. Big news for the boys is that they’ve got a gig down at the O2 Academy in Glasgow as part of a metal showcase on Sat 8th Jan. It would be great to think a bunch of you might take the trip down to support them. Just IMAGINE what they’re gonna sound like through THAT p.a.!

HOGMANAY @ Ceol Mor, Fri 31 Dec So where to spend the last few moments of 2010 and the start of a new year? How about watching a veritable roll call of some of the best bands in town in a venue that, over the course of the last twelve months has become the hub of a dynamic live scene? IAIN MCLAUGHLIN, THE LEONARD JONES POTENTIAL, JAMES MACKENZIE & THE AQUASCENE, SARA BILLS & THE HASBEENS, THE LITTLE MILL OF HAPPINESS, CARPE DIEM and THE WHISKY RIVER BAND will all be playing, it’s licenced until 2am and tickets are just £12. They’re strictly limited though, so head to the website at ceol-mor.co.uk for details.

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ica • www.whatsoninverness.com THE LED: A Ricocheted Kitty. Not sure what’s best, the magnificent accompanying photo of a cat-turned-dirigible or the trancey allure of Stuart Moffat & Darren Malley’s latest crazy soundpaving. Both are awesome. Possibly the most inventively unblinkered music makers in town. Something very much about beginning to achieve potential here... See them perform in the flesh at EVENT#1 at IG:LU on Sat 11 Dec. (See opposite page) soundcloud.com/theled

LOCAL ACTS - RELEASES

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NEW LOCAL RELEASES !! BRONTO SKYLIFT: Gameboy There are only 70 copies available of this track from the “White Crow” album, so snap up this dirty funk gem that’s backed with the marvellously titled “Cross Dressing Thumbwar Championship”. myspace.com/brontoskylift FALLEN RIOT: Dressed For The Occasion Local act continue to hone their scream sound. “Still Time” even lobs a catchy melody somewhere round the edge of proceedings. There is a real progression here - a little more self assuredness - and coupled with their increasingly convincing live shows expect them to start turning heads soon. Metal heads, predominantly. Promising indeed. myspace.com/fallenriot

HE SLEPT ON 57: Where The Air Is Thin/ Kicking Stones Amazing how quickly He Slept On 57 are developing from an enthusiastic indie bunch to making nicely crafted guitar tunes that –and this is a complement – wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack of some US TV show. They’re even confident enough to release two singles at once prior to a six track EP. Go to aglowfromthenightlight. info for more. Why not make them the soundtrack to your festive season. 26 You won’t regret it.

GROUSEBEATER SOUND SYSTEM: The Gathering Traditional tunes meet techno, breaks and drum’n’bass as the Grousebeaters, from Ullapool, suggest a way that musical heritage can be wrenched into the 21st century and beyond. Download one in time for your Christmas parties! myspace.com/grousebeatersoundsystem POLYMATH: Volta EP We told you last month about this release on 3rd Abstract by MARTIN GOWANS, but since he’ll be playing at IG:LU (see opposite) it’s worth giving a thumbs up again to a slinky mix of piano loops and chimes. A real talent. http://soundcloud.com/polymath RACHEL SERMANNI: Eggshells / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Two tracks from the Carrbridge 19 year old who’s just been commissioned to perform as a New Voice at Celtic Connections and can count the likes of Vic Galloway and Mumford and Sons among her admirers. She’s got a real songwriting talent too that belies her youth. Very much one to watch in 2011. And a Christmas song to boot. Not available to buy - other than at gigs... but lovely nonetheless. myspace.com/rachelsermanni


Event #1

...an ART HAPPENING

…a WEEK & A DAY of alternative CREATIVITY.

T / MUSIC ART / CRAFT / FILM / LIGH LADYFACE - GORDON DO-GLO DESIGNS - HEIDI SOOS - TOMASSI BROWN - GRAEME ROGER & KEVIN REID - TILLYHONEY - - NIGEL SANDEMAN - MIKE DUNN - MARK CREANEY - NICKIECHARLES POLYMATH - L.E.D - TEENAGE LOBOTOMIES

from FRIDAY 10th – FRIDAY 17th DECEMBER @ the IG:LU, 19 Church St open FOR FREE to the public from noon–8pm each day

Also - 4 special INVITE ONLY evening happenings:

> FRIDAY 10th [alt rock/metal&punk + TEENAGE LOBOTOMIES] > SATURDAY 11th [dance yo ass off with theL.E.D. & POLYMATH] > SUNDAY 12th [dub/reggae afternoon chill + acoustic pm sets] > FRIDAY 17th [LeParadeNoir utter mashed eclecticism]

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MUSIC > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom Wed 01 Dec 24hr Box Office: 0871 789 7143 www.ironworksvenue.com Wed 1st Dec The Boy Who Trapped The Sun Fri 3rd Dec Coast Sat 4th Dec Robotone presents: Slam Thu 9th Dec Professor Green + Ed Drewett Fri 10th Dec One Night Of Queen Sat 11th Dec Dreadzone Support: She Is Danger (DJs) Fri 17th Dec Abba Mania Sat 18th Dec Skerryvore + support from Torridon Mon 20th Dec Roddy Hart Sun 26th Dec Funk D’Void +We See Aliens, Alan MacPherson, Planisfear & Thundercat Mon 27th Dec The Complete Stone Roses Fri 31st Dec Filth Resolution New Years Party 2010-2011 Thu 6th Jan & Fri 7th Jan Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown Thu 20th Jan The Comedy Works presents: Russell Kane Fri 28th Jan Teddy Thompson & David Ford Sat 29th Jan Ironworks & Robotone presents: Erol Alkan + We See Aliens + Filth DJs Sat 12th Feb Scooty & The Skyhooks Thu 17th Feb Tom Stade Sat 19th Feb The Dangleberries Sat 26th Feb Ironworks & Robotone presents: Dave Clarke

ALY BAIN & PHIL CUNNINGHAM @ The Universal Hall, 7.30pm The greatest traditional duo around. 01309 691170 THE BOY WHO TRAPPED THE SUN @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm AKA Colin MacLeod, the Lewis-born 25 year old singer and songwriter who is getting justified acclaim. myspace.com/ theboywhotrappedthesun 0871 789 4173 SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm ENERGY! @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm

Thu 02 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm ANDY MURRAY @ The Gellions, 10pm BIRO @ The Room, SARA BILLS AND THE HASBEENS + JAMES MACKENZIE AND THE AQUASCENE @ Ceol Mor, 9pm A Double date with of some of Inverness’s Newest Music. Sara’s Clash cover rules. DJ FERGIE @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Showcasing his finest work yet, Fergie presents techno, electro funk and leftfield electronica from his latest album. Tix DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Chart Anthems & Requests. Free Entry.

A GAELIC CHRISTMAS EVENING @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm Music by well-known Gaelic singer Fiona J. Mackenzie and poetry by award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor Angus Peter Campbell. 01997 420124

EVOLVE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Featuring a host of localy sourced DJs playing techno-house-electro. Check www.cakeinverness.co.uk for the full line up. 10pm - 3am.

DAVY COWAN @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

DAVEY & THE HOSEBEAST Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm

BRUCE MACGREGOR @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

EL.BOW 9.30pm

Sun 05 Dec

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SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

Fri 03 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ Macnabs Bar & Bistro, 9.30pm

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm

TOMS CONCERT DUNEDIN CONSORT - 5/6 SINGERS CAPELLA @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall,

MUSICK FYNE & CORONACH @ Tore Art Gallery, “A celebration of a Baroque German Christmas”.

COAST @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm

CHRIS BROKAW & GEOFF FARINA @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

EZRA @ The Room, DONALD LIVINGSTONE @ Ceol Mor, 9pm JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry. STRATHPEFFER FAMILY CEILIDH @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 7.30pm The fundraising ceilidh is open to young and older alike with great dances for everyone to join in.Tickets available in advance from the Community Centre. WONKEY HOUSE NIGHT Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm

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QUIVER AND THE LADY SNATCHERS / WEARESOUL @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm BRUCE MACGREGOR @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Sat 04 Dec

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street, 9pm OLD TIME DANCE @ Memorial Hall, Dufftown , 7.30pm Monthly Old Time Dance social SLAM @ The Ironworks, 9pm Presented by Robotone 0871 789 4173

Tue 07 Dec

PURE BRASS @ Inverness Town House, 8pm Inverness Chamber Music presents a light-hearted seasonal performance by the outstanding young quintet Pure Brass. Tickets from Eden Court.

Wed 08 Dec

ROWENA CALVERT – CELLO SUSANNAH WAPSHOTT – PIANO @ Invergordon Academy, 7.30pm Stunning young cellist and former pupil of Rostropovich plays music by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm WED’NZ-DA @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Aimed at Students and anyone else who likes a mid week night out. Check www. cakeinverness.co.uk for whats on. 10pm - 3am. ABAGAIL GREY @ Hootananny, 9.30pm Claire Campbell and her crew return to peacefully awe. 01463 233 651

Thu 09 Dec

PROFESSOR GREEN @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm Great chance to see one of the rising


MUSIC > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom stars of British rap. 0871 789 4173 ANDY CHUNG @ The Gellions, 9.30pm HE SLEPT ON 57 EP LAUNCH @ Hootananny Madhatters, 8.30pm HSO57 Launch their Brilliant new EP ‘A Glow from the Light’. Bronto Skylift are launching theirs too 01463 233 651 ROWENA CALVERT & SIMON SMITH @ Inverness Town House, 1pm Award-winning Highland raised cellist Rowena Calvert accompanied by Simon Smith performing cello sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Tickets on the door from 12.30pm. DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems. Free Entry. BRUCE MOLSKY IN CONCERT @ Bogbain Farm, 8pm The authentic real deal old time American artist! Bruce Molsky is equally at home on guitar, fiddle and banjo. Legend. Tickets 01463772800 BRONTO SKYLIFT & HE SLEPT ON 57 EP LAUNCH SPECIAL @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm Both bands releasing great new releases, see our local releases for more info...

For the very best in alternative music including Metal, Indie, Goth, Punk and Classic Rock.

likes a mid week night out. Check www. cakeinverness.co.uk for whats on. 10pm - 3am.

NORTH SEA GAS @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

NORTH HIGHLAND COLLEGE SHOWCASE @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm Music Students showcase gig. 01463 233 651

Sat 11 Dec

ANKOR LIGHT AND FRIENDS @ Coffee Affair, Church Street, 9pm THE JOLLY DANCERS @ Bishopmill Hall, Elgin, 8pm Social dancing with Steven Carcary. DREADZONE @ The Ironworks, 8pm Dubby dance rock with support from She Is Danger (DJs) 0871 789 4173

DOOGIE WHITE (EX-RAINBOW) @ Hoots, 10pm The show is a solo show (with band) by former Rainbow vocalist Doogie White. The gig is free entry and promises to be a brilliant night of classic rock. ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm Top tribute act 0871 789 4173 ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 10pm THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room, SCHIEHALLION @ Dows Bar, 9pm STETSONHEAD @ Ceol Mor, 9pm Grizzled country rock, ideal for those of you not looking forward to the endless Christmas cheer. JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry. ALTERNATIVE X @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm

HOLLY AT CHRISTMAS - 2010 @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm The Longest-Running and Greatest Buddy Holly Show On Earth! 01463 234 234

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9.30pm MICHELLE BURKE @ The Old Brewery, Cromarty, 8.30pm With her radiantly fresh, potently honeyed voice, allied to a musical maturity well beyond her years, the young Irish singer Michelle Burke ranks among today’s most exciting contemporary folk prospects. 01381600277 THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room, GAIL GOLDING @ Dows Bar, 9pm

EVOLVE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Featuring a host of locally sourced DJs playing techno-house-electro. Plus second room featuring Soundclash DJs spinning breaks/ hiphop/ dubstep.

Fri 10 Dec

Thu 16 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Chart Anthems & Requests. Free Entry.

DAVEY COWAN @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

TATTIE JAM @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

THE VACCINES @ Hootananny Madhatters, 7pm Big buzz about this bunch. Spiky pop that’s going to be huge. Don’t miss. 01463 233 651 MYSTIC SHOES Madhatters, 11pm

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THE BROCH INSPECTORS @ Inverness Town House, 1.10pm Fiddler Irene Fraser, whistle-player Hugh Fraser and pianist and vocalist Rachel Walker will have you tapping your toes. ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9.30pm DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems. Free Entry. JAMIE SMITH & FRIENDS @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Fri 17 Dec

HOLLY AT CHRISTMAS - 2010 @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm ABBA MANIA @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm Abba tribute 0871 789 4173

NORTH SEA GAS @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

THE SHIRE @ The Room,

Sun 12 Dec

THE MYSTIC SHOES @ Ceol Mor, 9pm Top classic covers with a twist, and not a brown-eyed girl in sight...

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm

JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry.

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

TWELFTH DAY @ Hootananny, 9.30pm Twelfth Day play on the twelfth day of December? Coincidence?

Mon 13 Dec

FROM THE JAM @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm Tribute to Weller’s mighty trio featuring Bruce Foxton from The Jam. Does that make it the original still? Good anyway. 01463 234 234

Wed 15 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm WED’NZ-DA @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Aimed at Students and anyone else who

TODDLA T WITH MC SEROCEE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm A massive night for Inverness. Part of the Radio 1 family, anyone who saw this great act at Rockness will know what kind of party this duo will bring. FACE THE WEST @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Sat 18 Dec

HOLLY AT CHRISTMAS - 2010 @ Eden Court One Touch, 7.30pm DAYTIME GET TOGETHER @ Time Out Cafe, Forres, 10.30am LGBT Moray event, Call/Email 07598418638/lgbtmoray@gmail.com


MUSIC > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm Better than the real thing? Very, very nearly. 0871 789 4173

SKERRYVORE @ The Ironworks, 7.30pm Support from Torridon, 0871 789 4173 SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm PEATBOG FAERIES @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm Traditional music with a modern twist. 01997 420124 THE FUMES @ The Room,

Wed 22 Dec

WED’NZ-DA @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Aimed at Students and anyone else who likes a mid week night out. Check www. cakeinverness.co.uk for whats on. 10pm - 3am.

Tue 28 Dec

STEWART WALKER CEILIDH BAND @ Macnabs Bar & Bistro, 9.30pm Ceilidh sounds 01463 231391 DON’T BOOK FRANKIE @ The Gellions, 10pm

MUSIC NAIRN PRESENTS THE NAIRN CAROL CONCERT @ St Ninian’s Church, Nairn, 5pm A great opportunity to sing some of your favourite carols and listen to short Christmas performances by local choirs and Nairn Academy’s Steel Band. 01667 404763

BRIAN O HEADGRA & FRIENDS @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

AGIA67 @ The Room,

Thu 30 Dec

THE LEONARD JONES POTENTIAL @ Ceol Mor, 9pm Fresh from performing live on the Craig Charles show, Inverness’s own funky big band sound.

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems. Free Entry.

ZOMBIE MILITIA @ Madhatters, 9.30pm

DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Chart Anthems & Requests. Free Entry. SPACEBALL @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Legendary Scottish club night returns to Inverness for their Christmas instalment of Wonky Techno fun. Expect a shiny lasers induced UVtastic night out for all the senses. SINISTER FLYNN @ Madhatters, 9.30pm

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Sun 19 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm THE SIDE + SUPPORT @ Ceol Mor, 9pm Top indie pop-rock, as seen on the main stage at Belladrum this year. CAROLS & COOKIES @ Tore Art Gallery, Donations for BHF. NETSOUNDS ACOUSTIC @ Hootananny, 9.30pm First Netsounds acoustic night

Mon 20 Dec

Thu 23 Dec

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

DOC LIVINGSTON @ The Gellions, 9.30pm Hootananny

FESTIVUS W/CALL TO MIND & THE BOOSTS @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9pm Top double bill. 01463 233 651

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems. Free Entry.

JOHN SOMERVILLE / ADAM SUTHERLAND @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Fri 31 Dec

Fri 24 Dec

DJ FARMER DUNC @ The Gellions, 9pm LUSH ROLLERS + THE BALL DEEP @ Ceol Mor, 7pm A ticket only event featuring The Lush Rollers with support from The Ball Deep. Check the website for further details as they happen. CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY WITH EVOLVE @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Featuring a host of locally sourced DJs playing techno-house-electro.

FILTH RESOLUTION NEW YEARS PARTY 2010-2011 @ The Ironworks, 10pm Should be bonkers. 0871 789 4173 COOL HAND LUKE @ The Gellions, 9.30pm HOGMANAY EXTRAVAGANZA @ Ceol Mor, 7pm The Whisky River Band, The Little Mill of Happiness, Sara Bills & the hasbeens, James Mackenzie & the Aquascene, Iain McLaughlin & The leonard Jones Potential.

Sat 25 Dec

DJ G PETERS @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Chart Anthems & Requests. Free Entry.

Sun 26 Dec

FUNK D’VOID @ The Ironworks, 10pm We See Aliens, Alan MacPherson, Planisfear 0871 789 4173 SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

SCHIEHALLION @ Hootananny, 9pm

ANDY DUNCAN @ The Gellions, 9pm

Tue 21 Dec

MYSTIC SHOES @ Ceol Mor, 9pm Blow away the boxing day blues!

FINDLAY NAPIER @ Hootananny, 9.30pm Excellent songwriter with a quirky imagination. 01463 233 651

Wed 29 Dec

ADHD @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm Boxing day hard style dance night, with Gaz West (Dark By Design) plus Maddog, Tiny BUZZ @ 9.30pm

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BRUCE MACGREGOR @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Mon 27 Dec

MURPHY BROTHERS @ Macnabs Bar & Bistro, 9.30pm

THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room, FILTH PRESENTS RESOLUTION NEW YEAR PARTY @ The Ironworks, 10pm Playing alongside Ross Lyall and Andrew are Mike McDonald and Chris Mann, resident DJs from the brilliant Phono club night in Dundee. 0871 789 4173 TWO G’S PARTY BAND @ Dows Bar, 9pm JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry. HOGMANAY HOOLIE @ Bogbain Farm, 9pm An old fashioned ceilidh and barn dance with food available hosted by Bruce MacGregor and friends. Suitable for everyone. To book email info@ bogbainfarm.com 01463772800 THE HOGMANAY PARTY @ Cake Nightclub, Inverness, 10pm AUDIOLIFE and SOUNDCLASH host


MUSIC > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom Cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hogmanay party. See in the New Sat 15 Jan Mon 24 Jan Year with a host of local DJs. Sat 01 Jan

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm DJ FARMER DUNC @ The Gellions, 9.30pm KEVIN FRASER @ Sports Bar, Dows Bar, 3pm SURVIVORS CEILIDH @ Bogbain Farm, 1pm A musical session/party with food served all day. meet up with friends and have a knees up round the piano. To book email info@bogbainfarm.com 01463772800

PASSACAGLIA @ Nairn Community Centre, Bach, Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi, Rameua, Marais 01667 453476

THE REAL MCKENZIES @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room, WILLIE CAMPBELL @ Dows Bar, 9pm FOLK N ROLL @ Hootananny, 9pm THE LOST GENERATION / THE NEW DECADES @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm

Sun 16 Jan

Sun 02 Jan

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm REMEMBER THEN @ The Gellions, 9pm

Tue 18 Jan

HOOTANANNY INAUGURAL SESSION @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

MAMA ROSIN @ Hootananny, 9.30pm 01463 233 651

Wed 05 Jan

Wed 19 Jan

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

Thu 06 Jan

Thu 20 Jan

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems. Free Entry. THE CHERRY ON THE CREAM @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Fri 07 Jan

ANDY MURRAY @ The Gellions, 10pm JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm BALLCHULISH HELLHOUNDS Hootananny, 9.30pm

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CANTILENA ENSEMBLE @ Inverness Town House, 8pm Inverness Chamber Music society welcomes Glasgow-based Cantilena Ensemble drawn from staff and students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 01463 234234.

Thu 27 Jan

RODDY WOOMBLE TRIO @ Eden Court One Touch, 8pm Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter 01463 234 234

ANDREW GORDON @ The Gellions, 9.30pm DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm THE GALIPAYGOS 9.30pm

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SHOWCASE THURSDAYS / THIS FAMILIAR SMILE @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm

Fri 21 Jan

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Current Chart & Dance anthems.

Fri 28 Jan

THE SHIRE @ The Room,

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

ARTEM AKOPYAN @ Inverness Town House, 1.10pm After his memorable playing last January, the remarkable Armenian pianist Artem Akopyan from RSAMD in Glasgow returns.

MARK EG @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Constantly searching for new sounds, original production talent and cutting edge club music, Mark EG is at the forefront of the UK

KARLA BERNARDIE @ Dows Bar, 9pm

ANDY MURRAY @ The Gellions, 10pm

FINN @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

MYSTIC @ The Room,

THE NATURE BOYS / THE LITTLE KICKS @ Hootananny Madhatters, 9.30pm

Sun 09 Jan

JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry.

Sat 08 Jan

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm

Wed 12 Jan

SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 9.30pm

Thu 13 Jan

DJ STEVIE T @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm BRIAN O HEADHRA @ Hootananny, 9.30pm

Fri 14 Jan

THE MAN FROM DELMONTE @ The Room, JUST JON @ The Vault, Aviemore, 10pm Monster tunes played all night, free entry. FOLK N ROLL @ Hootananny, 9pm

CANONGATE CEILIDH Hootananny, 9.30pm

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Sat 22 Jan

EROL ALKAN @ The Ironworks, 10pm Ever since the days of Britpop, Alkan has been playing and producing some great tunes.Strong support from We See Aliens Filth DJs 0871 789 4173 SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm THE FUMES @ The Room,

TOM CRUICKSHANK & FRIENDS @ The Gellions, 5pm Accordion local legend friends in session. BIRO @ The Room,

BAND

CAPTAIN STUPENDOUS DOES CEILIDH & STUFF @ Dows Bar, 9pm MYSTIC SHOES @ Madhatters, 9.30pm

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Sun 30 Jan

KEVIN FRASER @ Dows Bar, 9pm CANONGATE CEILIDH Hootananny, 9.30pm

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SCHIEHALLION @ The Gellions, 5pm SCOTT MACDONALD @ Hootananny, 9.30pm


Thur 2 Dec • 8pm

HEIRE BANNAG - A Celtic Christmas Surprise Fri 3 Dec • 8pm

CALEDON - LET IT SNOW! Thur 9 Dec • 11am - 8pm

CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT FAIR Sat 11 Dec • 8pm

THANK YOU FOR THE 70s! Fri 17 Dec • 8pm

ROCKSTOPPERZ Sat 18 Dec • 8pm

THE PEATBOG FAERIES Fri 31 Dec • 9pm- 1am

HOGMANAY CEILIDH PLUS MORE GREAT EvENTS IN 2011 Tickets 24/7 • 08444 771000 Booth Scotland • TicketWeb www.StrathpefferPavilion.org

Scout Christmas Post You can buy your Christmas Scout Stamps at HSPC again, for deliveries to: Inverness City, Smithton, Culloden & Balloch. Post box at HSPC, last delivery date is Wed 15 Dec


INVERNESS WINTER FESTIVAL

Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland @ Whin Park, 11 & 12 Dec, 4-7pm

One of the highlights of the Winter Festival is the visit of Santa and his reindeer, who have decided that the best place to rest before the hectic chimney-related activities of Christmas Eve is on the banks of the Ness at Whin Park. Originally, he set up on Ness Islands, but giddy goat behaviour by neds (who definitely won t be getting ANY presents) has necessitated his change of location. This new show has been designed for the smaller members of the community and will feature some of the lovely illuminated figures that had previously been displayed on Ness Islands and also some new lighting effects. As well as enjoying the chance to meet Rudolph and his reindeer chums, young visitors are asked to be on the lookout for four extremely naughty Calling Birds who have been attracted to the area by the bright lights that have been erected and are rumoured to have taken up residence on the Island. Santa is planning to pop in around 6pm each day to ensure that everybody is having a good time.

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As well as appearing at Whin Park, Santa can also be seen at the Victorian Market every day from Mon 20- Fri 24 Dec as well as every Saturday throughout the month leading up to Xmas. If you want to keep up to date with all the Winter Festival events, go and have a look at: www.invernessfestivals.com which also has loads of photos. You can upload your own and join the community at the Facebook site.

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HOGMANAY @ Northern Meeting Park

INVERNESS WINTER FESTIVAL

Last year s Hogmanay shindig found itself scuppered by the Arctic weather and so, a year on, we re getting another chance to experience the Red Hot Highland Fling with all the bands originally booked graciously agreeing to come back and give it all another go. Barring a repeat of the climate-madness, this ll be a fine opportunity to see off the old year and welcome the new one in style. It s billed, with a nod to last year as The Red Hot Highland Fling Take Two and the organisers are urging us all to turn out dressed in red which should make for a visually dramatic gathering. It all takes place in Northern Meeting Park and kicks off at 8.30 with the mighty Blazin Fiddles. Ten years on from their original conception as a project for the Highland festival, MacGregor, Massie, Henderson et al have become the most reliably assured purveyors of uplifting fiddle-led sounds around and should provide a perfect party-starting atmosphere. Next up it s the ever popular Red Hot Chilli Pipers, playing at 9.45 so that the whole family will be able to enjoy their Pipes With Attitude delights. Recent visits here have shown them to be right on top of their game right now, something reflected in their nomination for Top Live Act in this year s Traditional Music Awards, so we re pretty much guaranteed something special. Their unique take on familiar songs always has a few surprises, but expect Snow Patrol s Chasing Cars , Deep Purple s Black Knight , Queen s Radio Ga Ga and Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You to put in an appearance. Headliners for the night are just as celebratory, Peatbog Faeries from Isle Of Skye. Formed in 1994, their music embodies many styles and influences, including rock, jazz, electronica, and folk - but their main influence is traditional celtic music. The band s unique sound is created through a mix of programmed effects and traditional celtic arrangements, played on bagpipes, fiddles, and whistles. Gutted at the cancellation of last year s performance they ve had this one circled in their diary for twelve months so you can be sure they ll be giving it everything they ve got.

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The whole show will be hosted by ICA columnist and MFR DJ Ken Kelman and gates open at 8pm. You don t need a ticket, just turn up, although the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who has overdone the early evening cocktails. Children are most welcome. For all the latest news see www.invernessfestivals.com

HOGMANAY @ Strathpeffer Pavilion The Pavilion s famous, family-friendly Hogmanay hooley is back on, surprise, surprise, 31 Dec from 9pm-1am. Music and other entertainment arranged as always by the irrepressible Selwyn Roberts and tickets include fizz or a dram and shortbread at the bells. Please note that they are limiting numbers this year to 200, so you should buy early! Tickets £21 (£14 for under 14s) from Pavilion office only 01997 420124 (9 am to 6 pm weekdays). 37


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BURNS SUPPER @ Drumossie Hotel, Sat 22 Jan

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Funny how Michael Portillo went from being a reviled politician to, in his post-defeat years, someone who always comes across as a thoroughly likeable fellow.Now s your chance to find out if he s as affable in real life. He has often spoken (and indeed made TV programmes) about his love of Scotland, so it s not too much of a surprise to find him coming here for a celebration of our greatest poet. As guest speaker for the Burns Supper, he ll deliver the Immortal Memory and there ll be a Toast To The Lasses and Reply From The Lasses from Reverends Derek and Susan Brown. Music comes from Far Sound and the whole thing is in aid of Highland Hospice. Book your tickets on 01463 227913

LIGHT UP A LIFE Another fundraiser for the Highland Hospice, an organisation that we will continue to remind you, fully deserves your support. At this time of year many people will be thinking about friends and relatives who ve been touched by incurable illness and helped by the palliative care offered by the Hospice, so here s a way to celebrate someone s life by dedicating a light on one of the Hospice s Christmas trees. Once you have made your dedication, the lights will be switched on and will remain illuminated throughout the Christmas period. Your dedication will also be listed in the dedication book and will appear on the Hospice s online tree. Not only will you be celebrating the life of someone special to you, your contribution will make a real difference to many across the Highlands, who are in need of specialist care. highlandhospice.org/lightupalife

SANTA RUN @ Inverness Leisure, Sun 05 Dec There s still time to sign up for this year s Santa Run - so if you fancy donning the red suit and beard, while making money for charity you can find out more at www.wildheartsevents.com or by calling: 01309 678100. It s £15 for adults to enter and £10 for children - adults get to keep the Santa suit and kids get a Wee Santa T-Shirt and hat.

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EXCLUSIVELY HIGHLANDS ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FAIR @ Eden Court, 10am, 3pm Come and discover some of the finest presents that the Highlands has to offer.This year the Fair will be in aid of Help for Heroes and L\’arche Inverness. 01463 234 234 MY LADY NEVELLS BOOKE @ St Ninian’s Church Hall, Nairn, 7.30pm Nairn Literary Institute talk by Chris Banks. nairnliterary.org.uk

SAT 04 DEC

HUSKY RALLY @ Brodie Castle, Forres, 2 Day Siberian Husky Rally, The forest is located at Conicavel, 4 miles from Brodie Castle. Forest trails with twists EXCLUSIVELY HIGHLANDS ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FAIR @ Eden Court, 10am A PLACE IN THE LANDSCAPE @ Moray Art Centre, Exploring our Connection to Where We Are, with Sam Harrison.

SUN 05 DEC

HUSKY RALLY @ Brodie Castle, Forres,

Inverness Field Club lecture with Inverness-based journalist and broadcaster Roddy Maclean.

SAT 11 DEC

WINTER FESTIVAL CRAFT FAIR @ Inverness Town House, 10am Exclusively Highland invites you to discover some of the finest craftwork produced in the Highlands this year for that extra special Christmas present. EXCLUSIVELY HIGHLANDS ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FAIR @ Inverness Town House, 10am A wide selection of unique, quality crafts. Raffle for Inverness Multiple Sclerosis Centre.

QUIZ NIGHT @ Cairngorm, Aviemore,

RUDOLPHS WINTER WONDERLAND @ Whin Park, 1pm

TUE 14 DEC

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

SAT 18 DEC

EVENING GET TOGETHER @ The Cooperage Bar, Elgin, 7.30pm LGBT Moray event, Call/Email 07598418638/lgbtmoray@gmail. com for info. SOUND ENVIRONMENT @ Moray Art Centre, A Journey South - The Antarctic; a sonic exploration of the sea ice, and the animal life below the surface, a talk and sound presentation, with Chris Watson.

WED 08 DEC

DAYTIME GET TOGETHER @ Scribbles Pizza House, Elgin, 11am LGBT Moray event, Call/Email 07598418638/lgbtmoray@gmail. com for info. THE GAELIC PLACE NAMES & HERITAGE OF INVERNESS @ Millburn Academy Hall, 7.30pm

HOGMANAY CHURCH SERVICE @ Ness Bank Church, Inverness, 7pm In Ness Bank Church. A chance to reflect and give thanks for 2010 and look forward to 2011. This service is open to everybody and a warm invitation is extended to all faiths.

SUN 12 DEC

MON 06 DEC

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

FRI 31 DEC

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

EXCLUSIVELY HIGHLANDS ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FAIR @ Eden Court, 10am

TUE 07 DEC

TUE 28 DEC

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

RUDOLPHS WINTER WONDERLAND @ Whin Park, 1pm Fun for all the family as Rudolph brings his Reindeer pals to Whin Park for a relaxing afternoon by the banks of the River Ness. Admission is free

HUMANISM AND ATHEISM @ Riverside Lounge, Glen Mohr Hotel, 7.30pm Philosophy club for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and all of their friends. pinkcastle.eu

SOLO ROUND SCOTLAND @ Boat Of Garten Community Hall, 7.30pm The first ever complete circumnavigation of Scotland and its islands by boat and bicycle. Talk with ALAN RANKIN,

SUNG EUCHARIST OF CHRISTMAS DAY @ St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, 10am Invernesscathedral.com

PUER NATUS EST @ St Michaels, 7.30pm A Christmas concert from St Michael’s and All Saints, Abban St. STRATHPEFFER MARKET @ Strathpeffer Community Centre, 9.30am Last Minute Shopping event, Mince Pie Competition. shortbread and a gift wrapping service for all presents bought at the market. Lots of stalls to choose from. Catering by WRI.

SUN 19 DEC

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS @ St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, 5.30pm Followed by festive refreshments

TUE 21 DEC

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

FRI 24 DEC

MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY @ St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, 11.30pm An essential part of Christmas.

SAT 25 DEC

NORTH KESSOCK COMMUNITY MARKET @ North Kessock Village Hall Local food, crafts and refreshments. Last Saturday of every month.

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SECULARISM AND ATHEISM @ Riverside Lounge, Glen Mohr Hotel, 7.30pm Philosophy club for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community and all of their friends. pinkcastle.eu

TUE 18 JAN

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

WED 19 JAN

MAPS, MOUNTAINS & MADNESS @ Millburn Academy Hall, 7.30pm Charles Lapworth and the solution of the Highland controversy. Professor Paul Smith, Inverness Field Club lecture.

SAT 22 JAN

AVIEMORE SLED DOG RALLY @ Loch Morlich, Aviemore, The UK’s premier sled dog rally takes place on trails around Loch Morlich in the shadow of the Cairngorms. 2 day rally, plus trek.

SUN 23 JAN

AVIEMORE SLED DOG RALLY @ Loch Morlich, Aviemore, The UK’s premier sled dog rally takes place on trails around Loch Morlich in the shadow of the Cairngorms. 2 day rally, plus trek.

TUE 25 JAN

QUIZ NIGHT @ The Cairngorm, Aviemore, 9pm

SAT 29 JAN

NORTH KESSOCK COMMUNITY MARKET @ North Kessock Village Hall, Local food, crafts and refreshments. Last Saturday of every month.

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AVIEMORE SLED DOG RALLY @ Loch Morlich, 22& 23 Jan Every year, mushers from throughout the UK gather in the forests around Aviemore for the biggest event in the British husky calendar - always hoping for plenty of the white stuff to make it a real arctic experience. And last year, that s exactly what they got, making a tradition that s grown from just a dozen teams in 1984, to more than 200 in recent year s races, very special indeed. Competitors range in age from just eight to 60 and there s something for all the family to see at this great spectator event run on tracks around Loch Morlich in the shadow of the Cairngorms. The rally features teams of between two and eight dogs running at up to 20 miles an hour over a gruelling, four-mile track. Along with the Siberian huskies, rally dogs include Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs. And, even if there s no snow at ground level for the event, the races will still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a bike without a seat. Before the big one, there s another sled dog rally at Darnaway Forest near Brodie Castle on 04 Dec. For details of both events, go to siberianhuskyclub.com BUY NOW!

WARREN MILLER’S WINTERVENTION @ Eden Court Cinema & One Touch, Thu 09 Dec Warren Miller s annual nationwide ski and snowboard film tour is far more than just a regular film screening, with not only a feature-length HD big-screen extreme skiing and boarding visual feast, but also a goodie bag for every filmgoer and a prize draw by a live compere every night. Wintervention celebrates the snow-obsessed. There are skiers who sail from Argentina to Antarctica searching for some of the last untouched descents in the world; there are confessions from a man whose six season passes simply aren t enough. There are the skiers and riders who venture deep into the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, chasing rumours they overheard in a language they don t speak. That s dedication. eden-court.co.uk

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NAIRN TURKEY TROT @ Nairn Harbour, Sun 26 Dec Nairn Road Runners Turkey Trot is held every Boxing Day and starts and finishes at Nairn Harbour. It is a great way to burn off all those extra calories from Christmas Day as well as, judging by the photos, a bit of a sartorial extravaganza. The course is approximately 5k and runners have to guess their finish time - no watches are allowed! Prizes are awarded to those who get closest to their predicted time. Prizes are also on offer for the best fancy dress costumes. This year s race will start at 11 a.m. and registration will be at the Sailing Club from 10 a.m. Entry fee is £2.50. Bring a prize, win a prize. For details go to www. nairnroadrunners.co.uk That s not the only Turkey Trot taking place this month so if you re not sure you ll be compos mentis on Boxing Day, why not take part in the RAF Lossiemouth Turkey Trot on 12 Dec. For more details go to www.morayroadrunners.com

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YOGA @ Eden Court Studio 2

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HIGHLAND SANTA RUN @ Inverness Leisure, 1pm please note we had the wrong date for the Santa Run in last month’s listings: there’s still time to register at wildheartsevents.com or by calling 01309 678100.

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NETBALL TRAINING FOR LADIES @ Dingwall Academy

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SALSA NORTH LATIN DANCE SCHOOL @ Spectrum Centre

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ART

Perrier Winner @ Ironworks ! RUSSELL KANE @ Ironworks, Thu 20 Jan

COMEDY BUY NOW !

Good to see that comedy is becoming a regular part of the Inverness cultural landscape, with top notch acts visiting every month. And Kane (pictured) is the most top-notch of all. Officially. As winner of the big award at Edinburgh which used to be known as the Perrier, but which now seems to change its name every ten minutes, he’s finally got the kudos that a fair few years of consistently inventive laughter making deserves. This gig was originally scheduled for a year ago, but kept on being postponed due to a welter of telly work including the ITV2 I’m A Celebrity aftershow, meaning that even if you’re not familiar with his material, you’ll definitely recognise him from the box. This is the show that proved such a hit at Edinburgh, a tightly written account of growing up in Essex with a “racist, homophobic” father. The humour actually makes the reminiscences even more powerful and much like Greg Davies and the mighty Josie Long (both recent visitors to Inverness), it’s good to see comedians moving on from the straight rat-a-tat of jokes and constructing something a little more engaging. Incidentally Kane is married to the equally impressive comedian Sadie Hasler, so a good reception here will perhaps persuade her to come too. Don’t miss it. ironworksvenue.com 24hr Box Office: 0871 789 7143

Not as far along the comedy catwalk yet as Russell Kane, but these two were also hits at BUY NOW ! Edinburgh and promise big things to come. Scottish prodigy Sloss describes himself as “a typical half-man-half-Xbox, hormone-ridden teenager” who started doing stand-up when he was just 16, was one of the youngest-ever ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ finalists, wrote for Frankie Boyle on BBC’s Mock the Week, was the first stand-up on The Paul O’Grady Show and sold-out his first solo Fringe - all before he started shaving. Appearances on Comedy Roadshow, 8 Out Of 10 cats and more only underline his potential. Kai Humphries Box Office: from Newcastle was also a ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ finalist whose first TV performance 01463 234234 was recorded almost exactly one year to the day after he first stood on a stage and who has found himself in great demand as both comic and compere. It’s an enticing double bill. www.eden-court.co.uk

THEATRE

DANIEL SLOSS/KAI HUMPHRIES @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 28 Jan

ROY ‘CHUBBY’ BROWN @ Ironworks, Thu 06/Fri 07 Jan Plenty of you seem to like the fat man and his seventies “humour”, hence his regular Ironworks gigs, this time over two nights. If only we weren’t watching paint dry that night, we’d be there.

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ica • www.whatsoninverness.com DANCE Scottish Ballet: CINDERELLA @ Eden Court Empire, 26–29 Jan What with it being the season of pantos and all, it’s apt that the Scottish Ballet is coming with one of the finest fairytales of all, Cinderella, with music from Prokofiev. It’s choreographed by ASHLEY PAGE, who is soon to leave the company so this is one of the last chances to see why he’s so acclaimed. And, despite it being a familiar story, this promises to be a Cinderella like no other. Featuring magical sets and dazzling costumes by world-renowned designer, ANTONY MCDONALD, this delicious production comes via the lens of Andy Warhol, where 18th century France period costumes are peppered with references to Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, “a fashionista’s paradise of lace and crinoline, colour and fabric”. “In conceiving these productions, the designer Antony McDonald and I have sought to present Scottish Ballet as a modern classical Company which looks at famous fairy story titles in a new light,” explains Page. “In the case of Cinderella, we unearthed some fascinating literature on the fairy tale themes within the original story with which Antony and I had a lot of wicked fun, setting an essentially very romantic narrative against the background of the spoiled and decadent behaviour of pre-revolutionary France and constructing a world in which the pure of heart triumph over the mean-spirited, and bad things happen to bad people.” Cinderella is set to the rich and colourful Prokofiev score, perfectly contrasting the wonder and wit of the romantic fairy tale, with elements that capture both the mischief and melancholy of the story. The score will be performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The title role of Cinderella is played by the acclaimed Scottish ballerina QUENBY HERSH. BUY NOW ! eden-court.co.uk scottishballet.co.uk

Box Office: 01463 234234

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“the pure of heart triumph over the meanspirited and bad things happen to bad people”


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CREATION: COMMUNITY SHOW @ Eden Court OneTouch, Fri 10- Sun 12 Dec The best theatre tends to be about the little things, taking tiny moments in life and showing them as symbols of a universal truth. Then again, sometimes you want your drama to be about something absolutely ginormous, and it doesn t come any bigger than the creation of the world. That s exactly what you get her as Eden Court s Arts Education Department and Drama Artist in Residence have been working with members of the Highland community on this enchanting adaptation of a medieval mystery play about the beginning of everything. Creation has a cast of around 50 people and will be staged in traverse form (with the audience on two sides!), which should make for an unusual evening. Wonder if Stephen Hawking will turn up to heckle? BUY NOW!

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DORIC SNAPSHOTS @ Warehouse Theatre, Lossiemouth, Sat 04 Dec

THEATRE

Once again, Fleeman Productions are putting on the work of Charles Barron, famed for Effie and Evie , Guts and A Bosie For Luck . This time they are presenting Doric Snapshots - three short Doric plays in a fascinating evening s entertainment. In the early seventies, Charles Barron s play Fooshion, won the first Total Oil Scottish Playwright s Award and Amang the Craws won the Doric Festival playwriting award. These were both in the Doric dialect of North East Scotland and he found a real excitement in working in the tongue he had known as a child and in his years as a teacher at Inverurie. Doric plays have formed a significant part of his output ever since while works in English or Glaswegian have been produced by companies such as Edinburgh Theatre Workshop, Annexe Theatre of Glasgow, Dragon Productions of Glasgow and Pitlochry Theatre. Amang the Craws was published by Learning + Teaching Scotland who put a copy into every Scottish secondary school for use in Higher English and Drama courses. First up in this triple bill is The Buchan Trap, a gentle romantic comedy. Andrew s domestic water supply has broken down and he is forced to send for the plumber. A young apprentice turns up and gives Andrew the shock of his life. Next, The Chair, a Doric drama. It is a comfortably familiar scene the customer in the salon chair, enjoying the ministrations of the hairdresser. But in this case, the client nurses a secret that will dramatically change the beautician s life. The evening concludes with Not With A Whimper, a comedy. George and Jess are nearing the end of their days in a hospice, but that doesn t cramp their style. thewarehousetheatre.co.uk 38 48


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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court Empire, Tue 07 Dec- Sun 09 Jan While Eden Court consistently puts on some of the most exciting, inventive new drama around, the biggest commercial success of the year is always going to be the panto and this year it s the tale of Beauty and The Beast. Once upon a time, there was a handsome but selfish young prince who fell foul of a sorceress and was doomed to spend the next 500 years hidden in his castle in the guise of a grotesque beast. Can anyone ever love such a beast and unlock the cruel spell? That s the question and, on the way to finding out we re promised the glamorous Dame Dorothy-Do-It whizzing around on her turbo-charged Hoover plus a host of other characters including the arrogant bully Eugene and his sidekick Pimple. And of course Beauty , whose captivating love saves the beast from his ill-fated destiny. Iain Lauchlan is returning to EC for the second year to direct the pantomime, and to star as Dame Dorothy Do-it while the production also stars Tom Freeman (Willy Do-It), Ashley Bruce (Beauty) and Lee Samuel (Pimple). There are loads of special offers for discount tickets, so to see what s on offer go to www.eden-court.co.uk Of course, Beauty and the Beast isn t the only panto on. Here are the best of the rest. (Check our theatre listings for times):

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, Inverness, Fri 10-Sat18 Dec Special Inverness adaptation of Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. www.florians.org.uk

CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, Wed 15-Sat 18 Dec.

The Elgin Amateur Dramatic Society was first formed way back in 1945 and is still going strong. This year they re putting on everyone s favourite. Box office 07902 315715. More details at: elgindrama.co.uk. The Panto Company s production of Aladdin is filled with lively characters, up to date chart songs and slapstick humour and a daring adventure. Will the evil Abanazer convince Aladdin to enter the Cave of a Thousand Dreams and recover the lamp? Will Princess Jasmine fall in love with Aladdin? Will Widow Twankey ever wear a dress that doesn t look like an explosion in a paint factory?

SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn, Wed 24 Nov-Sat 11 Dec

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ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore, 04 Dec-02 Jan (various)

Nairn Drama Club s production of the narcolepsy tale, written by David Swan, directed by Lee Cruikshank and choreographed by Kayleigh MacRae. www.nairndrama.org.uk

ROBYN HOOD THE PANTOMIME ADVENTURE @ Nevis Centre,Thu 09- Sat 11 Dec

The classic tale of Robin Hood given the Lochaber Showstoppers pantomime treatment. 01397 700707

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THEATRE > LISTINGS > more at whatsoninvernessdotcom Wed 01 Dec

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

Thu 02 Dec

A GAELIC CHRISTMAS EVENING @ Strathpeffer Pavilion, 8pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

Fri 03 Dec

A CHRISTMAS CAROL @ The Universal Hall, 8pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

Sat 04 Dec

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn, DORIC SNAPSHOTS @ The Warehouse Theatre, 7.30pm ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

Sun 05 Dec

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn,

Mon 06 Dec

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

Tue 07 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 7pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 7pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre Nairn THE SNOW QUEEN Acadeny, 7.30pm

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court , 1.30pm, 7pm

CINDERELLA @ Phipps Hall, Beauly, 2.30pm, 7.30pm

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm

ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, 2.30pm, 7.30pm

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THE SNOW QUEEN @ Acadeny, 2pm, 7.30pm

Dingwall

Sun 12 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm CREATION @ Eden Court , 7.30pm ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

Mon 13 Dec

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ The Florians Theatre, 7.30pm

Tue 14 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, 7.30pm

Wed 15 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm CINDERELLA @ Elgin T Hall, 7.30pm THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ The Florians Theatre, 7.30pm

Thu 16 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm CINDERELLA @ Elgin T Hall, 7.30pm THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, 7.30pm

Fri 17 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm CINDERELLA @ Elgin Town Hall, 7.30pm THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, 7.30pm

Sat 18 Dec

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm

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CINDERELLA @ Elgin T Hall, 2.30pm, 7.30pm

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm CREATION: COMMUNITY SHOW @ Eden Court, 7.30pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn CINDERELLA - THE PANTOMINE @ Phipps Hall, Beauly, 7.30pm THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ The Florians Theatre, 7.30pm THE SNOW QUEEN Acadeny, 7.30pm

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm CREATION @ Eden Court, 7.30pm THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ The Little Theatre, Nairn

THREE CHIMES FOR CHRISTMAS @ Florians Theatre, 2.30pm, 7.30pm

Sun 19 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

Tue 21 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm

Wed 22 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm CHRISTMAS CONCERT @ Kingussie High School

Thu 23 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1.30pm, 7pm

Fri 24 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

Mon 27 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm

Tue 28 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

Wed 29 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm

Thu 30 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm ALADDIN @ Aviemore Resort, 2pm

Fri 31 Dec

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm

Sun 02 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm ALADDIN @ Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, 2pm

Mon 03 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 1pm, 5pm

Tue 04 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm

Thu 06 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm ROY ‘CHUBBY’ BROWN Ironworks, 7pm

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Fri 07 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm ROY ‘CHUBBY’ BROWN Ironworks, 7pm

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Sat 08 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm, 7pm

Sun 09 Jan

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ Eden Court, 2.15pm

Thu 20 Jan

RUSSEL KANE @ The Ironworks, 7pm

Wed 26 Jan

CINDERELLA @ Eden Court , 7.30pm

Thu 27 Jan

CINDERELLA @ Eden Court 7.30pm

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CINDERELLA @ Eden Court , 7.30pm DANIEL SLOSS @ Eden Court , 8pm


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The Review: THE CHIEFTAIN 2 MILLBURN ROAD INVERNESS 01463 232241 After the post-tourist lull the festive season is very much upon us and the time of year when more people than ever traditionally treat themselves and others to a meal out. And despite, or perhaps because of, the best intentions of Danny Alexander’s new pals to wreak havoc on the Highland economy, you can be sure that there will be plenty of people seeking to assuage the depression of the outside world by tickling their tastebuds. But, if anything, potential punters are spoilt for choice when deciding where to splash what cash there is. In all the years that we’ve been writing about the restaurants of Inverness and the Highlands, there surely can’t have been a time when so much good cooking is on offer at a whole range of prices. Certainly the

popularity of TV chefs and the welter of food-porn recipe books have played their part, meaning that restaurateurs right across the board are realising that any residual notion of accomplished cooking being somehow “up itself” has thankfully all but disappeared. Of course there’ll still be a few who consider anything other than mince’n’tatties as pretentious culinary madness, but they’re a dwindling band. Actually, you can get mince’n’tatties (complete with a bread roll) on the bar menu at The Chieftain, so even the most cautious of palates is catered for, but there’s a whole lot more on offer to blow away preconceptions. Perhaps because the place has been such a longtime fixture on the Inverness social scene, it’s easy to take it for granted and forget what an expansive and welcoming place it is. There’s a huge bar with more pool tables than you can shake a stick at, plenty of

TV screens for the footy and the aforementioned bar menu (pies, toasties etc) as well as a big function room and even a few bedrooms. On the night we visit a 21st birthday party is just cranking into gear, freshfaced guests in kilts and skimpy frocks ducking out of the wind and the rain, full of chatter and giggles to embark on an evening that you suspect might just end, er, boisterously. Meanwhile the restaurant, situated in a cosily lit conservatory has a steady stream of customers even though it’s not yet 7pm. There’s a new chef in the kitchen, Matty Urquhart has been at the Chieftain Hotel for just 2 months having worked previously at other popular establishments in Inverness, including the well-respected Café 1 – so he clearly knows what he’s doing. It’s clear from his menu that plenty of thought has been given to achieving a balance between offering a good variety of options without 53


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losing the central focus – that of local, seasonal ingredients, quality produce at reasonable prices. There’s a top value early evening two-course offer, but enticed by several of the dishes we plump for à la carte... My starter sets the tone for what is to follow, Seared Scallops on Beetroot Mash and Black Pudding. The presentation is neat and confident and it tastes every bit as good as it looks. Plump, juicy scallops are cooked to perfection, sitting on tiny hillocks of purple beetroot mash, underneath which are discs of deliciously flavoursome and melt-in-the-mouth black pudding. Black pudding actually crops up in several dishes on the menu and when it’s this quality you can see exactly why the chef is so evangelical about using it. Smears of reduced 56

balsamic and wafer thin parsnip crisps give immaculate balance to a tremendously accomplished starter. The inventiveness behind the cooking is also evident in my companion’s starter, a neat twist on Cullen Skink. This one utilises mackerel, salmon and new potatoes, turning a comforting creamy broth into something elegant and fresh. It’s adjudged another winner. For my main course there’s the welcome presence of a much underused and, indeed, underrated fish – in the form of Halibut with Risotto. Far tastier and, one senses, sustainable, than cod, this piece is again cooked perfectly, sitting on an equally fine risotto of Parma ham and crayfish tails. The salt/ sweet contrast of the ham and the shellfish combines with the

creaminess of the risotto and the tender halibut to make for a fabulous winter dish. Another layer of flavour comes from accompanying pesto which could easily have overwhelmed it all, but by being presented at the side of the plate allows you to introduce as much or as little as you wish. Sometimes a restaurant can be let down by what would appear to be the simplest of creations, so my companion puts the theory to the test by ordering Steak and Chips. And the kitchen comes up trumps yet again. Tender steak cooked exactly as ordered, fine chips and, well, steak and chips is, when cooked right, nigh on unbeatable. This was cooked right. While regular readers might be under the impression that we’re


contractually obliged to order Sticky Toffee Pudding wherever it’s offered, there are times where we’ll make an exception. And so, despite The Chieftain offering said delight, we dragged our attention-albeit wistfully- to some even more intriguing looking desserts. Mine is Lemon Meringue Cheesecake which, it has to be said, isn’t an unqualified success. Inevitably, it’s beautifully presented, but as an exercise in deconstructing a classic and reinventing it as a cheesecake it only really removes the best bits of both dishes. The lemony cheesecake is topped by a whisper of meringue, but, while pleasant, it doesn’t really hit the spot. Nevertheless the accompanying ice cream seems homemade and is very much a silky success. My companion’s Belgian Waffles restore our faith though, served with a fine (butterscotch?) sauce, sliced strawberries and more of the fab ice cream, this time in a nifty pastry basket. It’s a suitably triumphant ending to a very good meal indeed. So, another great place to eat in Inverness, with enormously confident cooking, friendly staff and good value for money. Best of all, it shows that the quality of local produce will always shine through. The Chieftain may not be one of the new kids on the block, but it’s turning out some of the best food in town. When you’re planning your festive night out, maybe that’s something you should bear in mind. Total for 2 (exc. drinks) £44.40

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FRIENDS SPECIAL EVENTS exclusive screenings for Eden Court Friends. Mon 13, 11.30 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest and Thu 09 20.30 Miral DREAM AND SCREAM Bring your baby to one of our Dream And Scream screenings, specially for parents and carers of new babies aged 0–12 months. Look out for ‘Dream & Scream’ on individual screenings AUDIO DESCRIBED & SUBTITLED FILMS Eden Court offers a range of accessible film screenings. Look out for the (AD) for Audio Described, and (S) for subtitled screenings.

THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS’ NEST LUFTSLOTTET SOM SPRÄNGDES (15) Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin I Director Daniel Alfredson

Sweden/Denmark/Germany I 2009 I 146 mins I Swedish with subtitles I millenniumfilmtrilogy.com

WINNER OF THE INVERNESS FILM FESTIVAL 2010 AUDIENCE AWARD The third instalment of Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy phenomenon picks up immediately after The Girl Who Played with Fire. Lisbeth Salander is in hospital and under arrest for a triple murder, while in the outside world Mikael Blomkvist must fight both corruption and SAPO, the Swedish secret police to try and clear her name.

FRI 03 – THU 16 DEC

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MIRAL (12A) Starring Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave Director Julian Schnabel I France/Israel/Italy/India I 2010 I 112 mins I premiere.fr/Cinema/Miral (FRENCH)

Julian Schnabel has been making powerful films with an artistic flair for years. Miral is his fifth film and is certain to be one of the most talked about films of the year. It is Jerusalem in 1948. On her way to work, Hind Husseini comes across 55 orphaned children in the street. She takes them home to give them food and shelter. Within six months, 55 had grown to almost 2000, and the Dar Al-Tifel Institute was born. At the age of 7, after her mother’s death Miral is sent to the Institute by her father. Brought up inside the Institute’s walls, she is naïve to the troubles that surround her. Then, aged just 17 she is assigned to teach at a refugee camp where she is awakened to the reality of her people’s struggle. When she falls for political activist, Hani, she finds herself torn between the fight for the future of her people and Mama Hind’s belief that education is the road to peace.

FRI 03 – THU 23 DEC

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ANOTHER YEAR (12A) Starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Leslie Manville, Imelda Staunton Director Mike Leigh I UK I 2010 I 129 mins I film4.com/minisite/another-year

Fresh from a sell-out at this year’s Inverness Film Festival, Another Year explores four seasons in the life of a couple in their early sixties and the friends and family who cross their paths. Director Mike Leigh’s perfect slices of life arrive so rarely that a new film from him is always something to look forward to. This is just his fourth film in a decade.

FRI 17 – SUN 26 DEC

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HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (12A) AD Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Director David Yates I UK/USA I 2010 I 145 mins www.harrypotter.warnerbros.com/harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows

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JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL (12A) Starring Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry

Voices Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant, Allan Cumming, Dominic West UK I 2010 I 91 mins

Part One of the final adventure in the Harry Potter series sees our heroes set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction – the Horcruxes. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart...Yikes!

This satirical alternative history of World War 2 features the voices of Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant, Allan Cumming and Dominic West (and some natty animatronics). As the Nazis seize control of London, a group of heroic villagers lead an attempt to rescue Churchill and fight the Nazi invasion.

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THE AMERICAN

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Starring George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten Director Anton Corbijn I USA I 2010 I 104 mins I www.focusfeatures.com/the_american

Jack is constantly on the move and always alone. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected he retreats to the Italian countryside. But by stepping out of the shadows, he may be tempting fate.

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THE SECRET OF KELLS (PG) newvideo.com/secretofkells Starring Venise du Bois du Roy, Brendan Gleeson

Director Tomm Moore Fr/Bel/Ire I 2009 I 78 mins

Adventure, action and danger await 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells.

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THE ARBOR (15) Starring Manjinder Virk, Christine Bottomley

Director William Monahan I USA/UK I 2010 I 102 mins

Director Clio Barnard UK I 2010 I 94 mins

From the man who wrote The Departed. British gangster films can be a mixed bag, but when they’re good, they’re really good and this film most certainly falls into this category. Reclusive movie star Charlotte (Knightley) hires London criminal, Mitchell (Farrell) as her bodyguard and ends up embroiled in a love affair with him that puts them both in grave danger with the gangsters hot on their heels.

Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar was the author of three plays, including the film RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO. Her short and troubled life is now the subject of Clio Barnard’s documentary. Through interviews with her family, we’re presented with contrasting views of Andrea. Barnard uses an unusual technique to tell Dunbar’s story as actors flawlessly lip-synch the interview material to gripping effect in this distinctive, hugely compelling documentary.

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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (15)

SAT 18 – MON 20 DEC

Sat 18 20.30 I Sun 19 17.15 I Mon 20 20.45

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WARREN MILLER’S WINTERVENTION

Starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening

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Director Lisa Cholodenko USA I 2010 I 106 mins

2010 I 120 mins

Long-term lesbian lovers Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) are the parents of teenagers, both conceived with the help of an anonymous sperm donor. Life in the LA suburbs is fairly routine for the family but when the teens track down their biological father, the ripples caused by his arrival soon start to threaten their domestic set up...

Warren Miller’s 61st annual snow-sports film, Wintervention, features acute cases of snow addiction from across the globe. From the skiers who sail from Argentina to Antarctica in search of their next turns, to the confessions of one skier for whom six season passes simply aren’t enough. Wintervention is more than just a film; it’s a celebration of winter – with all the usual goodies for film goers and intermission prize draw too. Always a sell-out so get your tickets now!

Iñárritu’s feature debut opens with a horrific car crash in which three lives collide. Octavio is a young man desperate to run away with the sister-in-law he loves, who uses his dog to bankroll this dream. Daniel’s left his wife and children to move in with a beautiful model, and a disillusioned communist guerrilla turned hit man adds a wounded dog to his pack of strays, with unexpected results.

BURKE AND HARE (15)

THU 09 DEC 20.15

TUE 21 DEC

Starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher

AFRICA UNITED (12A)

BURIED (15)

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experienceburied.com

WED 01 & THU 02 DEC

Wed 01 11.30, 19.30 I Thu 02 18.15

Director John Landis UK I 2010 I 91 mins

John Landis recreates 19th Century Edinburgh in this brilliant new work from the Ealing Studios. Self-styled entrepreneurs Burke and Hare spot a lucrative gap in the market when they realise all the surgeons in town are desperate for experimental cadavers. A great cast includes Christopher Lee, plus cameos from Stephen Merchant, Bill Bailey and Ronnie Corbett. Then there’s the icing on the cake... a fleeting appearance by American Werewolf’s Jenny Agutter!

WED 01 & THU 02 DEC

Wed 01 14.00, 19.00 I Thu 02 18.00, 20.15

Starring Emmanuel Jal, Eriya Ndayambaje

Director Debs Gardner-Paterson UK I 2010 I 88 mins

With stunning scenery, fabulous acting and 25% of profits being donated to Comic Relief, Africa United could be the Slumdog Millionaire for 2010. It’s the World Cup in Africa and three Rwandan children set their minds to getting there, despite the fact that South Africa is 3,000 miles and seven nations away. This is a road movie with a difference – guaranteed to warm the soul on even the coldest of winter days.

SAT 11, MON 13, TUE 14 & THU 16 DEC Sat 11 11.30, 14, 00 I Mon 13 18.15 I Tue 14 17.30 Thu 16 11.30

AMORES PERROS (18) Starring Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico I 2000 I 153mins I Spanish with subtitles

This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

19.30

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson

Director Rodrigo Cortés I 2009 I 94 mins When he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, family man Paul Conroy begins a hellish fight for survival. With only a mobile phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a claustrophobic race against time...

THU 23 – THU 30 DEC

Thu 23 20.45 I Fri 24 18.15 I Sun 26 18.15 I Mon 27 20.15 Tue 28 19.15 I Wed 29 11.30 I Thu 30 20.15


book online: eden-court.co.uk WE ARE WHAT WE ARE SOMOS LO QUE HAY (15)

wearewhatweare.co.uk Starring Adrian Aguirre I Director Jorge Michel Grau

THE 1st UK DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL DAY

FRI 24 – THU 30 DEC (EXCEPT CHRISTMAS DAY)

Fri 24 15.30 I Sun 26 16.00 I Mon 27 18.15 I Tue 28 20.00 Wed 29 19.00 I Thu 30 18.15

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (15) rareexportsmovie.com/en

Director Jalmari Helander Fin/Nor/Fr/Swe I 2010 I 80 mins I Finnish with subtitles

Santa Claus is coming to town, but for the children of this Finnish neighbourhood, Christmas cheer is not at the top of his list. The time has come to learn the ugly truth about the real Santa. What happens is nothing short of a wildly humorous nightmare.

TUE 21 – FRI 24 DEC

Tue 21 18.00 I Wed 22 14.00 I Thu 23 18.15 I Fri 24 16.00

MARY AND MAX (12A) www.maryandmax.com

Director Adam Elliot Voices Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman Australia I 2009 I 92 mins

Mary And Max is a wonderful tale of pen-friendship between Mary, a lonely eight year old girl living in Melbourne, and Max, a 44 year old man with Asperger’s, living in chaotic New York. Spanning twenty years and two continents, the film takes you on a journey through friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, obesity, kleptomania, trust, copulating dogs, agoraphobia and much much more...

MON 27 DEC – MON 03 JAN

Mon 27 20.30 I Tue 28 18.00 I Wed 29 19.15 Thu 30 11.30, 20.30 I Fri 31 15.00

OF GODS AND MEN (15) Director Xavier Beauvois I Starring Lambert Wilson

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (U) Starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert Director Frank Capra USA I 1934 I 105 mins

Mexico I 2010 I 89mins I Spanish with subtitles

The sudden death of their husband and father leaves a cannibalistic family living in modern day Mexico City worried about how to continue their family tradition of hunting and gathering fresh meat. As the family grow increasingly desperate, another uneasy revelation about the family is revealed, adding a new dimension to this tensely dark tale.

FRANK CAPRA SEASON

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OSKA BRIGHT (8+)

The original screwball comedy, and the first film to win all five major Academy Awards. Spoilt and rebellious heiress Ellie Andrews (Colbert) is intent on escaping her father’s clutches and dives off his yacht in a desperate bid for freedom. Evading him again she meets jobless newspaperman Peter Warne who is intent on exploiting the situation in order to rejuvenate his career.

Oska Bright is a festival of the moving image consisting of films made entirely by people with learning difficulties. Originating in Brighton, Oska Bright has been running for 4 years and this is the first ever ‘Best of Oska Bright’ screenings.

The screening on Tuesday 7th will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

This programme features 9 short films, all of which are audio described and captioned.

TUE 07 19.30 WED 08 DEC 11.30, 17.15

FRI 03 DEC 12.00

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (U)

MAGIC HOUR

Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed

110 mins

The first national screening of the UKFC funded Disability short film project MAGIC HOUR; plus a selection of other shorts from around the UK and the world. Recommended for ages 12 and over.

FRI 03 DEC 13.00

RASPBERRY RIPPLE (12+) Starring John Gordon Sinclair, Faye Dunaway

Director Nigel Finch UK I 1986 I 100 mins

Raspberry Ripple was produced by the BBC and features John Gordon Sinclair as a doleful young man confined to wheelchair who regularly escapes reality by dreaming about American gangster movies.

FRI 03 DEC 15.30

Director Frank Capra USA I 1946 I 129 mins

If it’s Christmas, it must be time to make the trip down to EC to immerse yourself in the true spirit of the season with the best Christmas movie of all time. When George Bailey attempts suicide, he catches the attention of a guardian angel who is determined to help George in his hour of need. Clarence shows George what his small town would be like without him and how much he is needed and loved by those around him...

WED 22 – MON 27 DEC

Wed 22 11.30, 17.00 I Thu 23 14.00 I Fri 24 11.30, 18.00 Sun 26 13.00, 15.30 I Mon 27 18.00

MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (U) Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur Director Frank Capra USA I 1939 I 129 mins

FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

LE PETIT NICOLAS LITTLE NICOLAS (8+) WED 01 DEC 10.00 (schools only screening)

One of Frank Capra’s best-loved films, Mr Smith won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1940. Here, he shows American democratic ideals in peril, with only the naive and the pure of spirit able to lead the nation back to its principles. James Stewart starred in five films in 1939, but it was this one that really launched his career.

SKIRT DAY

TUE 28 – THU 30 DEC

LA JOURNÉE DE LA LUPE (15+)

Tue 28 11.30 I Wed 29 14.00 I Thu 30 18.00

Starring Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydés

MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (U)

Director Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Fr/Bel I 2008 I 87mins

France I 2010 I 122 mins I French with subtitles

French with subtitles

Starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur

A monastery perched high in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear and killing engulfs the region. The monks slowly realise that there is no choice other than to stay and fight.

A drama teacher struggles to control her unruly pupils in an underprivileged Parisian secondary school. But when she confiscates a pupil’s gun and accidentally fires it – for once she has her students' full attention. Eventually chaos ensues as the police, hysterical parents, politicians and the press gather outside. An acclaimed film about the issues of multiculturalism and sexual politics in the classroom.

Gary Cooper plays a small-town tuba player who turns philanthropist when he inherits a fortune. He moves to the city and becomes a target of the media and the money-grabbing. However, the only person who gets close to him is crafty reporter Babe (Arthur), who poses as a helpless woman to win his affections and get the scoop of a lifetime.

THU 02 DEC

SAT 22 – TUE 25 JAN

FRI 31 DEC – THU 06 JAN

Fri 31 18.00 I Sun 02 Jan 17.00 I Mon 03 20.00 Tue 04 20.00 I Wed 05 11.30 I Thu 06 18.00

SOMEWHERE (15)

10.00 (Schools only screening), 20.30 (Public Screening) www.frenchfilmfestival.org.uk TICKETS FOR SCHOOL SCREENINGS ARE £2.00 EACH

Director Frank Capra USA I 1936 I 115 mins

Sat 22 13.30 I Sun 23 14.30 I Tue 25 11.30

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (U)

Director Sofia Coppola I Starring Stephen Dorff

STAFF PICK GONE WITH THE WIND (PG)

USA I 2010 I 97 mins

Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

Director Frank Capra USA I 1938 I 126 mins

Director Victor Fleming USA I 1939 I 233 mins

Barrymore is the liberated patriarch of an eccentric home, where family and friends engage only in pursuits they find personally rewarding. Threatening this utopia is New York tycoon, Kirby, who is intent on buying the property to build a factory. Barrymore won't sell, but he comes face to face with Kirby when their respective son and daughter fall in love.

www.focusfeatures.com/somewhere

Winner Best Picture 2010 Venice International Film Festival. Movie star Johnny Marco has it all. But when his 11 year old daughter unexpectedly turns up, Johnny is forced to reassess his self indulgent lifestyle and work out what he really wants from life.

FRI 31 DEC – THU 06 JAN

Fri 31 15.15, 18.15 I Sun 02 Jan 17.15, 19.15 Mon 03 18.15, 20.30 I Tue 04 19.30 I Wed 05 14.00, 19.00 Thu 06 11.30, 18.15, 20.30

Aelish O’Rourke, our darling development officer / actress / jogging fanatic / vegan vixen has chosen a cinematic classic as this month’s staff pick. “I’m thrilled to finally have the opportunity to see Scarlet and Rhett on the big screen especially in a new high definition print.” Frankly, my dear, I don’t see how you could possibly miss it!”

SUN 12 DEC 12.00

Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore

SAT 29 – MON 31 JAN

Sat 29 13.30 I Sun 30 14.00 I Mon 31 11.30


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>>>timetable DECEMBER Wed 01 10.00 Le Petit Nicholas (SCHOOLS ONLY SCREENING) 11.30 The Kids Are All Right 14.00 Burke And Hare 17.00 Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 19.00 Burke And Hare 19.30 The Kids Are All Right 20.00 Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Thu 02 10.00 11.00 17.00 18.00 18.15 20.00 20.15 20.30 Fri 03 12.00 13.00 15.30 17.00 17.45 18.00 20.00 20.30 20.45 Sat 04 11.00 13.30 14.00 17.00 17.30 18.00 20.00 20.15 20.30 Sun 05 11.00 13.30 14.00 14.00 16.30 17.00 17.00 19.15 19.30 20.00

Skirt Day (SCHOOLS ONLY SCREENING) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 DREAM & SCREAM Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Burke And Hare The Kids Are All Right Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 SUBTITLED Burke And Hare Skirt Day

Oska Bright DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL Magic Hour DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL Rasperry Ripple DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral

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Mon 06 17.00 Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 17.45 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest

18.00 20.00 20.30 20.45 Tue 07 11.30 14.15 17.00 19.00 19.30 20.00 Wed 08 11.30 14.00 17.00 17.15 19.00 19.30 20.00 Thu 09 11.00 14.00 17.30 18.00 20.15 20.30 Fri 10 17.45 18.00 20.30 20.45 Sat 11 11.30 14.00 17.30 18.00 20.15 20.30 Sun 12 12.00 16.45 17.00 19.30 19.45

Miral Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 Miral It Happened One Night Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 It Happened One Night Miral Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 It Happened One Night Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest (DREAM & SCREAM) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows 1 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Warren Miller's Wintervention Miral FRIENDS EVENING SCREENING The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Africa United Africa United The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Gone With The Wind Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest

Mon 13 11.30 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest FRIENDS COFFEE MORNING 18.00 Miral 18.15 Africa United 20.15 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest 20.30 Miral

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Africa United Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest

Wed 15 11.30 Miral 14.00 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest 19.00 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest 19.30 Miral Thu 16 11.30 14.00 17.45 18.00 20.30 20.45

Africa United The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest Miral Miral The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest

Fri 17 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Miral Jackboots On Whitehall Another Year The American

Sat 18 11.30 13.30 14.00 17.30 18.00 20.00 20.30

The Secret of Kells Jackboots On Whitehall The Secret of Kells The American SUBTITLED Another Year Miral The Arbor

Sun 19 12.00 13.30 14.30 17.00 17.15 19.00 19.15 19.30

The Secret of Kells The American The Secret of Kells Miral The Arbor The American Another Year Jackboots On Whitehall

Mon 20 18.00 18.15 18.30 19.30 20.45

Miral Another Year Jackboots On Whitehall The American The Arbor

Tue 21 11.00 11.30 14.00 18.00 19.00 19.30 19.45

The American DREAM & SCREAM Miral The American Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale American Amores Perros Another Year

Wed 22 11.30 It's A Wonderful Life 14.00 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

17.00 19.00 19.30 19.45 Thu 23 11.30 14.00 18.00 18.15

It's A Wonderful Life Miral The American Another Year

19.30 20.30 20.45

Another Year It's A Wonderful Life Miral Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale The American Another Year Buried

Fri 24 11.30 15.30 16.00 18.00 18.15 18.30

It's A Wonderful Life We Are What We Are Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale It's A Wonderful Life Buried London Boulevard

Sat 25 Happy Christmas! Sun 26 13.00 13.30 15.30 16.00 18.00 18.15 18.30

It's A Wonderful Life London Boulevard It's A Wonderful Life We Are What We Are Another Year Buried London Boulevard

Mon 27 18.00 18.15 19.30 20.15 20.30

It's A Wonderful Life We Are What We Are London Boulevard Buried Mary & Max

Tue 28 11.30 18.00 19.15 19.30 20.00

Mr Smith Goes To Washington Mary & Max Buried London Boulevard We Are What We Are

Wed 29 11.30 14.00 19.00 19.15 19.30

Buried Mr Smith Goes To Washington We Are What We Are Mary & Max London Boulevard

Thu 30 11.30 18.00 18.15 19.30 20.15 20.30

Mary & Max Mr Smith Goes To Washington We Are What We Are London Boulevard Buried Mary & Max

Fri 31 11.30 15.15 15.00 18.00 18.15 18.30

London Boulevard Somewhere Mary & Max Of Gods And Men Somewhere London Boulevard

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FRIENDS SPECIAL EVENTS exclusive screenings for Eden Court Friends. Thu 06 20.30 The King’s Speech and Mon 10, 11.30 The King’s Speech DREAM AND SCREAM Bring your baby to one of our Dream And Scream screenings, specially for parents and carers of new babies aged 0–12 months. Look out for ‘Dream & Scream’ on individual screenings AUDIO DESCRIBED & SUBTITLED FILMS Eden Court offers a range of accessible film screenings. Look out for the (AD) for Audio Described, and (S) for subtitled screenings.

THE KING’S SPEECH (12A) Director Tom Hooper I Starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pierce

UK/Australia I 2010 I 118 mins

WINNER OF THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.

Already tipped for Oscar success, The King’s Speech is a touching story of the man who, through the abdication of his brother Edward, went on to become King George VI. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to become king, he employs an unorthodox Australian speech therapist, Lional Logue, who helps the heir to the throne free himself from his powerlessness. FRI 07 – THU 27 JAN

See timetable for screening times.

127 HOURS (15)

AD & S (see timetable)

Director Danny Boyle I Starring James Franco, Clémence Poésy, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara USA/UK I 2010 I 94 mins I foxsearchlight.com/127hours

Danny Boyle’s follow up to the Oscar winning and phenomenally successful Slumdog Millionaire is the true story of young American adventurer Aaron Ralston. In 2003 in the desert landscape in Utah, Aaron was exploring the huge canyons when he got his arm stuck under a falling boulder – as five days passed by without rescue, Aaron began to realise there was only one way out... FRI 07 – THU 20 JAN

See timetable for screening times

BLACK SWAN (CERT TBC)

AD & S (see timetable)

Director Darren Aronofsky I Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder USA I 2010 I 103 mins I foxsearchlight.com/blackswan

At times gripping and terrifying, this psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky ( The Wrestler) examines the unexpectedly dark world of a New York Ballet company. As Nina and Lily compete for the part of the Swan in Swan Lake their rivalry quickly develops into a twisted friendship and Nina begins to get in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. FRI 21 JAN – THU 10 FEB (see timetable for screening times)

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SOMEWHERE (15) Director Sofia Coppola I Starring Stephen Dorff, Laura Ramsey, Michelle Monaghan, Elle Fanning

USA I 2010 I 97 mins I somewherethemovie.com/

GOLDEN LION WINNER – BEST PICTURE 2010 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

Movie star Johnny Marco has it all; he drives a Ferrari, he lives in the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood, and he has a constant stream of girls and highs at his disposal. But when his 11 year-old daughter turns up out of the blue, Johnny is forced to reassess his self indulgent lifestyle and work out what he really wants from life. SUN 02 – THU 06 JAN

Sun 02 Jan 17.15, 19.15 I Mon 03 18.15, 20.30 I Tue 04 19.30 I Wed 05 14.00, 19.00 I Thu 06 18.15, 20.15

ADRIFT A DERIVA (12A) Director Heitor Dhalia I Starring Camilla Belle, Vincent Cassel, Laura Neiva, Cauä Reymond

Brazil I 2009 I 101mins I In Portuguese and French with subtitles universalpictures-film.fr/aderiva.html (foreign language site)

Spending summer with her family in Brazil, 14 year-old Filipa discovers that her father (Vincent Cassell) a famous author, is having an affair with a woman who lives in the same seaside town. But this secret is just the first in a series, in which she finds out the truth about her family and herself... FRI 14 – TUE 18 JAN

Fri 14 18.30 I Sat 15 20.00 I Sun 16 16.45 I Mon 17 20.45 I Tue 18 20.30

THE WAY BACK (12A) Director Peter Weir I Starring Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sturgess

USA I 2010 I 132 mins

Six prisoners in a Stalin era Siberian prison escape – only to discover that life beyond the prison walls, in the freezing lifeless deserts and mountains of Mongolia and the Himalayas is perhaps equally as soul destroying... Director Peter Weir (In the Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, and The Truman Show) has a tendency to place his characters in extreme situations; this is no exception. FRI 28 JAN – THU 03 FEB

Fri 28 20.15 I Sat 29 17.30 I Sun 30 19.15 I Mon 31 18.15 I Tue 01 Feb 19.30 I Wed 02 11.30, 19.00 I Thu 03 18.00

OF GODS AND MEN (15) MONSTERS (12A) Director Xavier Beauvois

monstersthemovie.com

Starring Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale France I 2010 I 122 mins

Director Gareth Edwards Starring Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy

In French with Subtitles

UK I 2010 I 93 mins

High in the mountains of North Africa sits a monastery. Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers, but when a group of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear and killing engulfs the region. Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realise that there is no choice but to stay and fight… come what may. Of Gods and Men was the winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes and is based on the life of the Cistercian monks of Tibhirine in Algeria.

Six years ago, NASA accepted the possibility of alien life within our solar system. When a probe is launched to collect samples, it crashes in Central America on re-entry. The north of Mexico is now a no-go area where the military struggle to contain ‘the creatures’. Monsters is visual effects artist Gareth Edwards debut feature – and it‘s great. This is definitely one of the most original and unique films to emerge from the UK in recent times.

SUN 02 – THU 06 JAN

Sun 02 13.30 I Mon 03 18.00 I Tue 04 11.30, 18.00 Wed 05 19.30 I Thu 06 11.30

Sun 02 Jan 17.00 I Mon 03 20.00 I Tue 04 20.00 Wed 05 11.30 I Thu 06 18.00

SUN 02 – THU 06 JAN

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE AD & S (PG) legendoftheguardians.warnerbros.com Director Zack Snyder Voices Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush USA/Australia I 2010 I 96 mins

With the help of the noble Owls of Ga’Hoole, young barn owl Soren challenges the tyrannical Metalbeak in this enchanting debut animation from acclaimed director Zack Snyder. Based on the beloved Guardians of Ga’hoole books by Kathryn Lasky.

SAT 08 & SUN 09 JAN

Sat 08 11.30 I Sun 09 12.00, 14.30 (SUBTITLED)


book online: eden-court.co.uk CHICO & RITA (15) chicoandrita.co.uk Director Javier Mariscal Fernando Trueba Voices Mario Guerra, Limara Meneses Spain/UK I 2010 I 93 mins

Havana 1948. Chico is a young Cuban pianist who dreams of making a place for himself in the jazz world. He meets Rita, a singer with an extraordinary voice. The pair embark on a passionate love affair which takes them from Havana to New York and the bright lights of Las Vegas. This beautiful animated story has a jazz soundtrack featuring some of the greats.

SUN 09 – THU 13 JAN Sun 09 17.15 I Mon 10 18.30 I Wed 12 19.00 I Thu 13 18.30

MR NICE (18) Director Bernard Rose Starring Rhys Ifans, Chloë Sevigny, David Thewlis UK I 2010 I 120 mins

If there was ever a life story deserving of the silver screen treatment, this is it. Mr Nice tells the incredible life story of Howard Marks – the world-famous Oxford physics graduate turned notorious drug runner, marijuana advocate and anti-hero.

SUN 09 & MON 10 & THU 13 JAN Sun 09 19.00 I Mon 10 20.45 I Thu 13 20.00

HEAD ON GEGEN DIE WAND (18) Director Fatih Akin Starring Birol Unel Ger/Tur I 2004 I 121 mins I Turkish & subtitles

Winner of Best Film and Best Director awards at the European Film awards in 2004. Desperate to escape the clutches of her overbearing family, Sibel sees a way out when she asks a fellow patient at the psychiatric hospital, whom she has only just met, to marry her... This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

TUE 11 JAN 19.30

THE TOURIST (CERT TBC)

LOOSE CANNONS MINE VAGANTI (CERT TBC) minevaganti.net/ Director Ferzan Ozpetek Starring Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo Italy I 2010 I 110mins I Italian with subtitles

Returning to his family’s pasta company in Puglia, Tommaso has at last decided to come out to his family as gay. But he’s taken by surprise when his older brother beats him to it ... The brother is sacked from the business, leaving Tommasso hiding his sexuality and running the show. But when some of his college mates pay him a visit – all hell breaks loose!

FRI 21 – SUN 23 JAN Fri 21 17.30 I Sat 22 19.00 I Sun 23 19.00

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA THE VOYAGE OF

THE DAWN TREADER AD & S (PG) Director Michael Apted Starring Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes USA I 2010 I 115 mins

Calling all Narnia fans – the Dawn Treader has finally set sail! Join Lucy, Edmund and cousin Eustace as a magical painting transports them to the land of Narnia, where they join King Caspian aboard the “Dawn Treader,” the first ship to sail in Narnia for hundreds of years..

SAT 22 & SUN 23 & SAT 29 & SUN 30 Sat 22 11.00, 14.00 I Sun 23 12.30, 16.00 (SUBTITLED) Sat 29 11.00, 14.00 I Sun 30 12.30, 16.00

CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (12A) crossingthebridge.de (foreign language site) Director Fatih Akin Starring Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula Germany/Turkey I 2005 I 90mins

sonypictures.com/movies/thetourist/

Turkish, German, Kurdish and English & subtitles

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Starring Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie

After his brilliant drama Head On (also screening this month) Director Fatih Akin returns to Istanbul to delve further into the musical life of this ancient city. Revealing rappers, traditional musicians, Kurdish singers and Turkish rockers, this documentary is equal part travelogue and musical odyssey.

Spain/UK I 2010 I Runtime TBC Heartbroken Frank meets a beautiful stranger on his trip to Europe. Unknown to him, however, their encounter is no accident as he finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

FRI 14 – THU 20 JAN

Fri 14 20.45 I Sat 15 17.30 I Sun 16 19.15 I Mon 17 17.45 Tue 18 18.00 I Wed 19 11.00 Dream & Scream, 19.15 Thu 20 14.00

MEGAMIND (PG) megamind.com/ Director Tom McGrath Voices Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt

USA I 2010 I 97 mins The most brilliant super-villain of all time, ‘Megamind’, thinks he has achieved his lifetime dream by killing his arch enemy, the caped superhero ‘Metro Man’. However, he soon realises that being a super-villain is pointless without a superhero to do battle with, and so he embarks on a mission to create one of his very own.

SAT 15 & SUN 16 JAN Sat 15 11.30, 14.30 I Sun 16 12.00, 14.30

This screening will be introduced by the Inverness Film Fans.

TUE 25 JAN 19.30

MARY AND MAX (12A) maryandmax.com

DREAM HOME (18) Director Pang Ho-Cheung Starring Jossie Ho, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang Hong Kong I 2010 I 96 mins I Cantonese & subtitles

When you can’t compete financially in a cut-throat real estate market perhaps the only thing you can do is simply, cut throats... Yearning for an expensive ‘flat with a sea view’ and working numerous soul-sucking jobs to accomplish this, Cheng Lai-sheung shortens the odds by bumping off the locals. Dream Home suggests a unique solution to the problem of rising house prices.

FRI 28 – MON 31 JAN Fri 28 18.15 I Sat 29 20.15 I Mon 31 20.45

FRANK CAPRA SEASON JANUARY

MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (18) Director Frank Capra Starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur USA I 1936 I 115 mins

Gary Cooper plays small-town tuba player who turns philanthropist when he inherits a fortune. He moves to the city and becomes a target of the media and the money-grabbing. However, the only person who gets close to him is crafty reporter Babe (Arthur), who poses as a helpless woman to win his affections and get the scoop of a lifetime.

SAT 22, SUN 23 & TUE 25 JAN Sat 22 13.30 I Sun 23 14.30 I Tue 25 11.30

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (U) Director Frank Capra Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore USA I 1926 I 93 mins

Lionel Barrymore plays the liberated patriarch of an eccentric home, where family and friends only engage in pursuits they find personally rewarding. Threatening this utopia is New York tycoon intent on buying the property to build a factory. Naturally, of course, Barrymore won't sell, but he comes face to face with Kirby when their respective son and daughter fall in love.

Sat 29 – Mon 31 Jan Sat 29 13.30 I Sun 30 14.00 I Mon 31 11.30

STAFF PICK MAGNOLIA (18) Director Paul Thomas Anderson Starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore USA I 2000 I 188 mins

The tale of a pen-friendship between Mary, a lonely eight year-old girl from the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year-old, obese Jewish man with Asperger’s syndrome in New York. Over 20 years and two continents, Mary and Max takes you on a journey which explores friendship, taxidermy, obesity, kleptomania, copulating dogs, and much more...

I’m delighted that after a long, a very long wait, it’s finally my staff pick. Aside from the stunning performances from a top class cast, the unpredictable interweaving storyline, and an ending to top that of The Usual Suspects, my main reason for loving this so much is the outstanding Golden Globe winning performance from Tom Cruise. As the misogynistic TJ, he blows out of the water all pre-conceived notions I ever had of him. Don’t take my word for it – just get your ticket! Teresa Bendoris, Marketing Officer.

See timetable for screening times

FRI 21 JAN 20.00

Director Adam Elliot Voices Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman Australia I 2009 I 92 mins


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>>>timetable JANUARY Sat 01 Happy New Year!

Sun 02 13.30 Monsters 17.00 Of Gods And Men 17.15 Somewhere 19.15 Somewhere 19.30 Mary & Max Mon 03 18.00 Monsters 18.15 Somewhere 20.00 Of Gods And Men 20.30 Somewhere Tue 04 11.30 Monsters 18.00 Monsters 19.30 Somewhere 20.00 Of Gods And Men Wed 05 11.30 Of Gods And Men 14.00 Somewhere 19.00 Somewhere 19.30 Monsters Thu 06 11.30 Monsters 18.00 Of Gods And Men 18.15 Somewhere 20.15 Somewhere 20.30 The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech

FRIENDS EVENING SCREENING

Fri 07 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech Sat 08 11.30 Legends Of The Guardians 13.30 127 Hours 14.00 The King's Speech 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours SUBTITLED 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech Sun 09 12.00 Legends Of The Guardians 13.00 The King's Speech 14.30 Legends Of The Guardians SUBTITLED 16.30 The King's Speech 17.00 127 Hours 17.15 Chico & Rita 19.00 Mr Nice 19.15 The King's Speech 19.30 127 Hours

Mon 10 11.30 The King's Speech

18.00 18.15 18.30 20.15 20.30 20.45

FRIENDS COFFEE MORNING

The King's Speech 127 Hours Chico & Rita 127 Hours The King's Speech Mr Nice

Tue 11 11.30 127 Hours 14.00 The King's Speech 19.00 127 Hours 19.00 The King's Speech 19.30 Head On Wed 12 11.30 The King's Speech 14.00 127 Hours 19.00 Chico & Rita 19.15 The King's Speech 19.30 127 Hours Thu 13 11.30 The King's Speech Dream & Scream 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours 18.30 Chico & Rita 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech 20.45 Mr Nice Fri 14 18.00 18.15 18.30 20.15 20.30 20.45

The King's Speech 127 Hours Adrift 127 Hours The King's Speech The Tourist

Sat 15 11.30 Megamind 13.30 The King's Speech 14.00 127 Hours 14.30 Megamind 17.30 The Tourist 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours 20.00 Adrift 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech Sun 16 12.00 Megamind 13.30 The King's Speech 14.30 Megamind 16.30 The King's Speech 16.45 Adrift 17.00 127 Hours 19.00 The King's Speech 19.15 The Tourist 19.30 127 Hours

Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA Box Office 01463 234 234 / Administration 01463 239 841 Mon 17 17.45 The Tourist 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech 20.45 Adrift Tue 18 11.30 127 Hours 17.00 The King's Speech 18.00 The Tourist 20.00 The King's Speech 19.30 127 Hours 20.30 Adrift Wed 19 11.00 The Tourist Dream & Scream 11.30 The King's Speech 14.00 127 Hours 19.00 127 Hours 19.15 The Tourist 19.30 The King's Speech Thu 20 11.30 127 Hours 14.00 The Tourist 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 127 Hours 20.15 127 Hours 20.30 The King's Speech Fri 21 17.30 18.00 18.15 20.00 20.30 20.45

Loose Cannons The King's Speech Black Swan Magnolia STAFF PICK The King's Speech Black Swan

Sat 22 11.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 13.00 Black Swan 13.30 Mr Deeds Goes To Town 14.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 17.45 Black Swan 18.00 The King's Speech 19.00 Loose Cannons 20.15 Black Swan 20.30 The King's Speech Sun 23 12.30 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 14.30 Mr Deeds Goes To Town 16.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader SUBTITLED 16.45 Black Swan 17.00 The King's Speech 19.00 Loose Cannons 19.15 Black Swan 19.30 The King's Speech

Mon 24 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 Black Swan 20.30 The King's Speech 20.45 Black Swan Tue 25 11.30 Mr Deeds Goes To Town 14.00 Black Swan 17.30 The King's Speech 19.30 Crossing The Bridge 20.00 Black Swan Wed 26 11.00 Black Swan 11.30 The King's Speech 14.00 The King's Speech 19.00 Black Swan 19.30 The King's Speech Thu 27 11.00 Black Swan Dream & Scream 11.30 The King's Speech 14.00 Black Swan 18.00 The King's Speech 18.15 Black Swan SUBTITLED 20.30 The King's Speech 20.45 Black Swan Fri 28 18.00 18.15 20.15 20.30

Black Swan Dream Home The Way Back Black Swan

Sat 29 11.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 13.30 You Can't Take It With You 14.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 17.30 The Way Back 18.00 Black Swan 20.15 Dream Home 20.30 Black Swan Sun 30 12.30 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 14.00 You Can't Take It With You 16.00 Voyage of the Dawn Treader 16.30 Black Swan 19.00 Black Swan 19.15 The Way Back Mon 31 11.30 You Can't Take It With You 18.00 Black Swan 18.15 The Way Back 20.30 Black Swan 20.45 Dream Home

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Eden Court Highlands (trading as Eden Court) is a company registered in Scotland (company number SC63216) and a charity registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (registered number SCO08237)


Is that Mrs Junner?...

They flash a small laminated card and casually ask if I’m interested in doors, windows or a conservatory – like that was a perfectly normal thing to call on a random stranger and enquire. I’d like to reply “my house has already got a door, do you see this is it I’m closing on you now...” or “...pretty sure I already have windows, certainly the sunlight gets in to my

living room somehow...”, followed by “...however, my lawnmower’s broken at the moment. You don’t know when the next seller of garden implements is due in the area do you, only the grass is getting pretty wild and I can‘t for the life of me think how I‘m going to get a new mower unless some one calls at my front door offering to sell me one”. Usually though I dismiss them by saying I’d love a conservatory but I ask, pointing to my postagestamp-sized backyard: “where would I put it?” That way they know it’s not their fault the sale fell through. They want to sell me a conservatory and I want to buy one, but geographical circumstances dictate otherwise. It’s no-one’s fault, both sides are happy and I can get back to Bargain Hunt before I miss the sumptuous red satin being whisked off too... KEN

WANNA HEAR KEN?

BACK

People trying to sell you things on the phone when you haven’t asked them to, that’s annoying, isn’t it? They almost always call when you’re watching something good on the television and usually at the very best part of the programme too. Just when they’re about to show us the wild card to on To Buy or Not To Buy... or, and even more annoyingly... just as they’re revealing the blue team’s bonus buy on Bargain Hunt. There’s Tim, whipping off the sumptuous blue satin and the insistent chirping of the telephone ruins the mood. You always know it’s someone selling something because there’s always a long silence after you’ve – as cheerfully as possible given the circumstances – said ‘hello’. Then it’s ‘can I speak to the owner of the property‘, or if they’ve done their homework, they actually ask for you by name, which is devious because it’s difficult to answer ‘I’m sorry I’m out at the moment, can I take a message for me?’ and retain any credibility. In the past couple of years I’ve noticed these callers have stopped asking for the owner of the house and now with monotonous regularity ask me if Mrs Junner is in. I tell them that there’s no Mrs Junner living at this address and, to my knowledge, there never has been and would they please stop calling to ask for her and please remove my phone number form her details in their file! Thank you very much. One caller, to give credit where it’s due, after I’d said this to her asked if perhaps I’d be interested in whatever product or service she’d called to offer Mrs Junner. I told her I would most certainly not and slammed the phone down. Then spent the evening wondering exactly what product or service I’d said no to. The thing is I’m pretty sure they ask for Mrs Junner in order to get round the laws about randomly cold calling people, if questioned they can say it was a genuine wrong number and they really were looking for old Mrs J. What I want to know is do they ask for the Junner lady on every call they make or is her name reserved for my phone number? In short have you ever received a call for a Mrs Junner? On the plus side, at least fewer double glazing firms seem to phone me these days. Now they just come to my front door. Usually it’s someone I feel a bit sorry for, often it’s raining when they ring the doorbell and they stand there bedraggled, seemingly not wanting to be there any more than I want then to be there.

KEN KELMAN

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Issue 102 - December/January 2010