12 tremendous things to do in Edinburgh this week
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Edinburgh City Editor Alex Watson looks ahead to seven days of culture in the Capital.

Summerhall have both music and beer all tied up this week, but there are some fantastic foodie, film and funny events going on all across the city.

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Music

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The Phantom Band – Glaswegian indie rockers The Phantom Band will do their time at Summerhall’s ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ live music series this Thursday night. After four years of radio silence between albums two and three, the band seem to have found a new lease of life, releasing two records in the last seven months. With quirky electro-pop meets folk singer Jonnie Common and local two-piece Man of Moon supporting, this looks set to be one of the strongest line-ups in Summerhall’s repertoire. (Thur 14 May, £10, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

Jonnie Common: ‘My new album is a little less naive’

Sophie Rogers – Ethereal folky songstress Sophie Rogers from Glasgow is nearly ready to release her self-written debut album, co-produced with Gordy Goudie of Echo & The Bunnymen and Simple Minds fame. Before that, though, she’ll be playing live at Sneaky Pete’s on Thursday with support from Megan D and Pete Nicholson. Get in quick before this star-in-the-making hits the big time. (Thur 14 May, £6, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

Crazy P – UK electro cult legends Crazy P will bring their unique blend of soul, disco and house music to Edinburgh on Friday. The live show coincides with the release of their latest album Walk Talk Dance Sing, which is the band’s first record in four years. Expect something fresh and a little different from the new tunes, mixed in with the old classics that you’ve loved since the ’90s. (Fri 15 May, £13, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

Dan Bodan – Also at Sneaky Pete’s this week is Berlin-based, Canadian-born experimental electro artist Dan Bodan, whose work we won’t do any disservice to by trying to sum it up in a sentence. Soulful, modern and unique – his sound really needs to be heard live to be fully appreciated. (Sat 16 May, £9, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

Film

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Old school Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves (otherwise known as Bill and Ted) are due to make a most triumphant one-off comeback to the Cameo’s big screen tonight. This classic late-’80s time-travelling comedy never gets old and – we think – has actually only improved with age like a fine wine. Look forward to marvelling at Keanu’s variety of facial expressions (yes, he does actually have some in this film) and all that sweet, sweet ’80s fashion. (Mon 11 May, £7, The Cameo, 38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ – more info)

Movies and Shakers (Annie Hall) – For a truly decadent cinema experience this week head to Harvey Nichols for their classic film event Movies and Shakers. This time around they’ll be screening Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, but not before all guests are treated to a cocktail and delicious two-course meal. Dessert, home-made popcorn and another cocktail will then be served in the Forth Floor Bar’s micro-cinema as you watch the movie. Sounds better than your average Tuesday night Netflix marathon, doesn’t it? (Tue 12 May, £45, Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD – more info)

Fellini’s 8 1/2 – Arguably his most famous film, Federico Fellini’s 1963 comedy-drama 8 1/2 is the Cameo’s Vintage Sunday screening this week. This surreal, avant-garde and beautiful piece of Italian filmmaking will stay with you long after you watch it, whether it’s your first or fiftieth viewing. (Sun 17 May, £10, The Cameo, 38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ – more info)

Comedy/Theatre

Dara O'Briain

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – Everyone’s favourite bumbling Englishman Bertie Wooster is back on the stage, this time played by talented Peep Show star Robert Webb. Jason Thorpe takes on the role of Wooster’s long-suffering butler Jeeves in this new comedy play adapted from the works of PG Wodehouse, which will be at the King’s Theatre all this week. (Mon 11 – Sat 16 May, from £14, King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, EH3 9LQ – more info)

Gary Little – Inaccurately named six-foot-two skinhead with a kind heart Gary Little comes to The Stand comedy club on Wednesday with his 2015 stand-up comedy tour. Relatable, honest and hilarious, Little can make even mundane tales of dog-walking seat-wettingly funny. (Wed 13 May, £10, The Stand, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info)

Gary Little: ‘I used to go by the nickname quick-wrist Little’

Dara Ó Briain – Irish comedy legend and Mock the Week TV host Dara Ó Briain will be performing new live show Crowd Tickler at the Edinburgh Playhouse this Friday and Saturday night. While stand-up is a change of scenery from the comedian’s TV career, he’s no stranger to the stage and can handle a heckler with the best of them. Charismatic, intelligent and quick-witted – we wouldn’t recommend messing with Dara. (Fri 15 – Sat 16 May, from £29.75, Playhouse Theatre, 18-22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA – more info)

Food & Drink

Create:Eat:Whisky – After the success of last year Jelly & Gin are bringing back their immersive Create:Eat:Whisky event for Whisky Month 2015. Whisky cocktails will be at the forefront of the evening, accompanied by different sounds, lighting, aromas and small edible bites designed to create a completely unique multi-sensory experience. (Thu 14 – Sun 17 May, £33, Gayfield Creative Spaces, 11 Gayfield Square, EH1 3NT – more info)

Summerhall’s Beer FestivALE! – Summerhall’s much-loved craft beer and spirits festival is back this weekend with everyone from Williams Bros to Pickering’s Gin set to be manning stalls and pouring pints. Cider fans will be pleased to hear that the iconic Thistly Cross crew will also be making an appearance. As well as giving you access to the stalls, a ticket grants you entry to the in-house brewery and distillery tours and four beer tokens to get you started. (Fri 15 – Sat 16 May, £8, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

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