Things and Stuff: Start of August update

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Oh gawd, festival time is coming to be upon us. More on that soon.

For now, misc things and stuff.

?? LGBT Community Summer Fete!
Saturday, 01 August 2009, 13:00 – 18:00
LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street

Join us for a flame grilled burger and meet the LGBT Community Groups in Edinburgh. There’ll be a raffle, a fruit and veg stall hosted by the Edinburgh Community Food Initiative, a bake sale, music, a petting zoo and more……A fun filled afternoon! Free entry, and all proceeds from stalls are going to your Centre! Everyone welcome for this family friendly fun!

?? The GrassMarkets
Sunday, 02 August 2009, 12:00 – 20:00

Market stalls will include organic, home-grown and farmer’s food produce, plants and flowers, interesting crafts and applied arts, cool collectibles, and bric-a-brac, a mixture of all the good things in life.The GrassMarkets will also feature live entertainment: a programme of soft summer music.

?? Namaste Celebration
Sunday, 02 August 2009, 19:30 – 22:30
The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road

A beautiful summer evening of shared music, insight & poetry from some of Edinburgh?s loveliest performers. With four diverse yet unified acts sharing their talents & energies on the night.

Sunday, 02 August 2009, 20:00 – 03:00
The Forest, 3 Bristo Place

Live Bands & Heavy dubs

?? B-Movie Double Bill
Monday, 03 August 2009, 19:00 – 23:30
The Jekyll & Hyde Pub, Hanover Street

By grace of God we got another week of B-movies before the Festival, and are celebrating this with a double bill of Nazi themed horror.

The first film will start at 7:30, as usual, but getting there early for good seats and a chat with your fellow B-Teamer is always fun. It’s down in the Crypt as ever, and theres a giant sign if you get lost. Bring a friend 🙂 Free entry and free popcorn. So no excuse.

?? The Naughty Boys
Tuesday, 04 August 2009, 09:35 – 01:00
The Forest, 3 bristo place

Celebrate the begining of the Forest’s Licensed August. Beer and Wine available at the bar! The Real First Night of the Festival: Once a year the elusive and enigmatic Naughty Boys get together for a session of live, improvised, performance. Poems vs computers vs drums vs salvaged keyboards and whatever else we can find.

* Dan Seizure on keys and computer loop.
* Peter Perfido on drums
* Stevie Paterson on keys and percussion noises.
Ryan Van Winkle — Spoken Words

?? Split festival special feat >>>Dirt<<< and Coalition
Tuesday, 04 August 2009, 23:30 – 05:05
Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street

Split festival special part 1

Wednesday, 05 August 2009, 21:00 -03:00
The Forest, 3, Bristo Place

Martin and Michael from Total Kunst (aka DJs cyanblack and smutley) bring you a night of full-on, dance floor friendly electronica. Their musical alter-egos will be spinning everthing from 80’s synth pop through to techno and drum & bass from 9.00 pm to 3.00 am. A ridiculously good time is guaranteed. Body poppers especially welcome.

Wednesday, 05 August 2009, 23:00 – 03:00
Bongo Club, Holyrood Road


?? Saint Judes Infirmary gig – Edinburgh Jazz & Blue Festival
Friday, 07 August 2009, 18:00 – 22:00
Central Library Reading Room, George IV Bridge

Saint Jude?s will be playing a special acoustic gig in the spectacular Reading Room of the Central Library on George IV bridge in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues festival. Free admission (tickets required).

Also on the bill will be American poetry chosen by poet Don Paterson and read by distinguished film actor Angus MacInnes. American jazz played by guitarist Don Paterson, bassist Brian Shiels, saxophonist Keith Edwards and trombone player Dave Batchelor. Ryan Van Winkle from the Scottish Poetry Library will also be joining us as a very special guest!

?? Norman Silver and The Gold @ The Forest
Friday, 07 August 2009 at 18:00 – 03:00
The Forest, Bristo Place 3

The Forest is proud to present Norman silver and the Gold gig playing live at The Forest on august 7th! Come and be entertained by The Gold, a morose country and western band, followed by Denghis, a heavy blue-collar country rock band. To keep up the good vibes DJ John Quo will rock the turntable and the bands will create a mellow psychedelic country-ish jam. Don’t miss it!

?? te POOKa presents: In Bed with Lady Lawson
Saturday, 08 August 2009 at 21:00 – 03:00
The Big Red Door, 10 Lady Lawson Street

Lady Lawson invites only the daring into her magical boudoir. At her request, te POOKa have opened their (Big Red) Door to the public! If you step inside, Maid Marion will show you to your seat and tickle your fancy (how is your posterior feeling this evening, sir?), while members of the household invite you to play with them in a whirlwind of circus strangeness and cabaret mayhem. We promise you acrobatics, trapeze, music, storytelling, poetry, parlour games… and anything else you can think of!

Who knows ? the lady might even invite you into her bed… This is the ball you never went to, the surprise party that wasn’t thrown for you, the adventure you always wanted. If you dare to play with us in the flickering shadows of our home, you will open your heart to the enchantment and remember that life is beautiful…

Sat 8th, Sat 15th, Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd, Sat 29th
9pm?late or 11pm?late, please check timetable for each date
Entry: Roll the dice

?? mindful peace walk
Sunday, 09 August 2009, 09:00 – 10:15
outside cornerstone cafe at st johns (round trip), princes st meets lothian road

At the beginning of the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, this silent walking meditation will be led by the Community of Interbeing, who follow the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Before the walk begins there will be a brief introduction to mindful walking as a meditation practice. Accompanied children are welcome.

?? Juli and the Evangenitals
Sunday, 09 August 2009 at 21:00 – 00:30
The Forest, Bristo Place 3

The Evangenitals will play at The Forest Cafe (check them out on myspace: The Evangenitals are just as country/freak folk/rockabilly/punk as a bar fight in Lego land. Joined by following artists:

Edinburgh’s Steph Macleod and the Winey Shuffle ( who plays a mixture of americana / folk rock and melodramatic popular songs. Acoustic Butterfly ( They will be playing lovely acoustic and celtic folk. And last but not least: Scunner (
Alternative people play alternative music.

?? Fooling Workshops
Monday, 10 August 2009 at 13:00 – Wednesday, 12 August 2009 at 17:00
Bristo Hall, 3 Bristo Place

Improvised Theatre Workshops in Bristo Hall above the Forest Cafe from 1-5. Open to performers and non-performers alike because in fooling we’re all only just beginning anyway. Suitable for anyone looking to explore theatre for a greater sense of alive-ness in the present moment. This work may be emotionally rigorous. Festival Performance opportunites may well be available for those who are keen. Jo and Me have been working with the Nomadic Academy of Fools for a year now touring, learning and performing round the UK and Europe with a guy called Jonathon Kay and we are eager to share. Get in touch or check out the websites if you need more information.

?? Drama Drama Drama @ The Forest
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 at 18:00 – 03:00
The Forest, Bristo Place 3

Drama drama drama presents: The blue church of toast.

A night of mayhem and revelry, performance and catharsis. It’s free!

?? Blue Tuesday @ The Forest
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 at 21:00 – 03:00
The Forest, Bristo Place 3

Tonight, in a special Festival event, the Bluesfather is proud to present:

Al Shields and the Wilted Roses ? pure Scots Americana. Sam Hird ? melodic pain. Edward and the McCalls ? reflections with balls. Jym Ponter ? straightahead angst. Hannah Nicholson ? sunny, funny and wry. Mobius Loop (from Preston) ? reggae rascals. Nick Splinter Smith ? those ?ole cosmic blues. Hannah O?Reilly (from New Zealand) ? Billie Holiday de nos jours. The Bluesfather ? it?s the modern blues

Saturday, 15 August 2009 at 23:00 – 05:00
Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate

This month WASABI DISCO 007 is ecstatic to have the long awaited overdue début of DAVID BARBAROSSA!! Barbarossa is a long time friend of WASABI DISCO, rumour has it the pair used to share the decks in the second room for the mighty Optimo during there Venue/Ego days and we’re know for being wee lovable hairy sex dwarfs as much as enormously endowed disc jockys with each others 12 inches never far from their hands! [Arf, sorry…….]

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