edinburgh telephone choir

The Edinburgh Telephone Choir and special guests The St John’s School Children’s Choir perform an evening of carols (with sing-alongs!) to raise funds in aid of the Ebola Crisis. 7.30pm, St John’s RC Church, 35 Brighton Place, Portobello. Free entry: donations encouraged as you leave!

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Kellan MacInnes: Caleb’s List. Kellan tells the story of how he discovered Victorian mountaineer Caleb George Cash’s long-forgotten list of the mountains visible from Arthur’s Seat, and explains what led him to take on the challenge of climbing them all. ‘More than a climbing book, Caleb’s List is the story of a survivor.’ 6.30-7.30pm, Morningside Library, 184-186 Morningside Road. Free tickets should be booked via eventbrite or by calling the library on 0131 529 5654.


Edinburgh Greek Film Festival continues this week. Today 45m2 (2010) ‘a precisely observed and coherent portrait of Greece as it is now, from handbag shops to rotten boroughs’. 8.35pm, Filmhouse, Lothian Road. Tickets can be booked in person, by phone or online.

Blackamoores - Onyeka

Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins. This ground-breaking publication by Onyeka challenges the deep-held beliefs of what it is to be English. Onyeka has examined 250,000 documents during 10 years of research; this is the first time that a major historical publication has focused on the status and origins of Africans in Tudor England. 12.45-1.30pm, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound. Free and unticketed.

LGBT Bi and Beyond: a fortnightly social gathering for people who identify as bisexual and non-monosexual. With organised social activities and refreshments provided, whatever your label or lack of label we welcome you. 7-9pm, LGBT Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. For more information email biandbeyondedinburgh@gmail.com.

Le Havre (2011): Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms), a former bohemian and struggling author, has given up his literary ambitions and relocated to the port city of Le Havre. He leads a simple life based around his wife Arletty (Kati Outinen), his favourite bar and his not too profitable profession as a shoeshiner. As Arletty suddenly becomes seriously ill, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into his path. Director Aki Kaurismaki’s masterpiece champions the downtrodden and celebrates the little things that make life worth living. ‘A glorious, colourful and deeply humane work.’  Shown in French with English subtitles. 1-2.30pm, Institut Francais Ecosse, 13 Randolph Crescent. Free.

Lounge Act feat. Katya Mansell, Claire Brierly and Joshua Brooke-Lawson: an all acoustic night. 8pm (doors open 7.30pm), Sofi’s Bar, 65 Henderson Street. Free entry.

pocket guide to wine

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Presents Nikki Welch’s Pocket Guide to Wine: a perfect, concise guide for anyone who loves wine and wants to find out more, arranged in an easy-to-use format in which different types of wine are shown schematically on a map like the London underground. Nikki Welch spent 10 years selling and marketing wine and is now the owner of Convivium Wine. This event will include tastings of two wines. 6.30-8pm, Blackwell’s, South Bridge. Free tickets can be collected from Blackwell’s front desk or reserved by calling 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk.

Morningside Justice and Peace: Alexandra Smith, Reader in Russian Studies, University of Edinburgh, speaks on Russia Today, followed by questions and discussion. 10.30-11.30am, The Open Door, 420 Morningside Road. All welcome: £1 per person. For more information contact b.darcy20@gmail.com or call 0131 228 1807.

the open door morningside