Are You Going Up The Road? A new exhibition by Carolann Alexander, and Land Sea and Sky, new works by Newton Ross. Preview 6-8pm today, then 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, The Gallery on the Corner, Northumberland Street. Exhibitions close 29th November 2014. The Gallery on the Corner is a commercial art gallery and studio providing a platform to exhibit and sell artwork produced by artists who have a physical or mental health condition, and was the first social firm developed by Autism Ventures Scotland.
The Banana Club: cooking, arts, crafts and games for 5-8 year olds – the place to come to have fun and make new friends! 4-5.30pm, Canongate Youth, South Bridge Resource Centre, Infirmary Street. 50p per session. For more information call Canongate Youth on 0131 556 9389 or see Facebook page.
Miners Shot Down: the story of the 2012 strike by a group of mineworkers at one of South Africa’s largest platinum mines and the fatal shooting by police of 34 workers. ‘A courageous but isolated fight.’ For ages 16+. 5.30-7.05pm, Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall. Tickets £5: book online or call Summerhall on 0131 560 1581. Part of Africa in Motion: Scotland African Film Festival 2014. See The Edinburgh Reporter’s article about the Film Festival here.
To Absent Friends: Scrapbooking Workshop. To Absent Friends is a festival of storytelling and remembrance, being held for the first time 1-7 November 2014. This event is a creative opportunity to remember, to tell stories, to celebrate and to reminisce about people we love who have died. Please bring a photo no larger than 6″ x 4″, all other materials will be supplied, but if you have any small pieces of memorabilia or something special you’d like to include, please feel free to bring these along. 2-4pm George Washington Browne Room, Central Library, George IV Bridge. Free, please book via eventbrite.
Future Sound of Mzansi: a documentary aiming to explore, express and interrogate South Africa’s cultural landscape through the vehicle of electronic music. Deep house, glitch, hop, sghubu sapitori, durban qhum, dubstep and shangaan electro. ‘In a country still steeped in poverty, crime and injustice, young South Africans party like their lives depended on it.’ For ages 16+. 9-10.40pm, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall. Tickets £5: book online or call Summerhall on 0131 560 1581. Part of Africa in Motion: Scotland African Film Festival 2014.
The Sonics: LGBT Basketball Group. A friendly and informal group for beginners and regular players alike. 7-8pm every Tuesday, Leith Community Education Centre, 12a New Kirkgate. Contact Jules via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 523 1104 for more information. Group contact: email@example.com.
Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Next Generation Poets 2014: this celebratory evening will feature performances from Alan Gillis and Helen Mort, who will be joined by special guests Jacob Polley from Next Generation Poets 2004 and Scottish performance poet Harry Giles. The Poetry Society’s previous Next Generation Poets promotions have helped to launch the careers of some of today’s leading British and Irish poets, including Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. 6-7.45pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free tickets are available from Blackwell’s front desk or by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Next Generation Poets can be found here.
Bookbug: stories, rhymes and songs for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families. 10.30-11.15am, Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Road. Free.