Mark Restuccia was previously seen at the Fringe presenting a treatise on how to succeed at internet dating, and an explicit expose of the world of said internet dates. But this year he's changed tack a bit, and is returning to Edinburgh with a comedy show about, well, doing comedy shows. What is it actually like to be an actual, actual comedian. How do you come up with your material? And how do you spend your days?

Having presumably, erm, 'researched' that topic throughly by, well, working for quite a bit as a stand-up comedian I guess, Mark is clearly now well immersed in the stand-up's lifestyle. Making him the perfect man to advise aspiring stand-ups who are perhaps (or perhaps not?) wondering what exactly they should do with all those long, empty day. Click here to read the column.
HiBROW, a digital venture that documents the arts online, has announced an alliance with the Odeon group which will see highlights from this year's Edinburgh Festival beamed into cinemas across the UK.

Specially selected theatre, comedy and opera shows will be filmed at the Fringe's Summerhall venue, and then packaged with some other Festival highlights and screened at Odeon cinemas in early evening slots at 28 towns and cities around the UK, including two in Edinburgh itself.

The shows due to be filmed for the HiBROW screenings are as follows:

4 Aug: The Dispute
6 Aug: Jonny & The Baptists
11 Aug: The Man Who Almost Killed Himself
12 Aug: Four Screws Loose
14 Aug: Berkoff, the Inimitable
18 Aug: Sleight & Hand
20 Aug: Sarah Louise Young as Cabaret Whore
21 Aug: Allison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain

Announcing the initiative this week, Don Boyd, Artistic Director for HiBROW, told ThreeWeeks: "Our Hibrow Hour at Summerhall was conceived with the intention of offering audiences everywhere a flavour of Edinburgh's creative buzz in August. Our relationship with Odeon has given us the opportunity to fulfil that ambition and so extend the great work pioneered by the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House in bringing exciting new shows to local cinemas all over the country".

Meanwhile Drew Kaza, Executive VP of Digital Development for Odeon Cinemas, added: "Odeon is excited to work with the fabulous Edinburgh Festival Fringe and HiBROW to bring the buzz and innovation of the Fringe to the local cinemas across the UK for the very first time. This unique event is another example of the ground-breaking alternative content we strive to present to our guests under the 'Odeon Plus' banner".

More at And the participating cinemas are listed here.
When you're faced with all that aggressively marketed (constantly flyered) live performance, it would be easy to forget about all the brilliant exhibitions available to view throughout the summer in Edinburgh. There are lots of great ones to see, and here are just a few of them, selected by your trusty ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro. And don't forget to pick up an Edinburgh Art Festival Programme, or see the festival website here.

Counterpoint is a series of events and exhibitions featuring the work of eight boundary-busting contemporary artists, put together with the aim of "expanding critical and conceptual thinking about visual art in relation to other subjects". The creatives involved include Ross Birrell, who shows a new chapter of ongoing project 'Envoy', and performance artists Alexa Hare, Ortonandon and Jeans & MacDonald. The project also features works commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival and Talbot Rice Gallery by Shona MacNaughton, Michelle Hannah and Ellie Harrison.
Talbot Rice Gallery, until 18 Oct. Info here

John Byrne
If you're a fan of that there John Byrne, artist, playwright and general all round cultural somebody, that native of Paisley responsible for 'The Slab Boys Trilogy' and TV's 'Tutti Frutti', then you're in luck, because there are two exhibitions featuring his work available to view in Edinburgh this summer. The National Portrait Gallery offers up a collection of drawings, paintings and multi-media pieces from throughout his career, while Bourne Fine Art's show of paintings will be accompanied by a 'cabinet of curiosities' also featuring his work.
John Byrne: Dead End, Bourne Fine Art, until 1 Sep. Info here.
John Byrne: Sitting Ducks, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, until 19 Oct. Info here.

Mythical Homeland (pictured)
Los Angeles artist Gary Baseman interprets the holocaust and its effects on culture and identity with drawings, paintings, photographs and a short film, all installed in a small birch tree forest; it looks very visually arresting and is bound to be moving. Summerhall have loads of great exhibitions on over the summer, and to be honest, I found it quite a challenge to select just one from the fairly extensive programme of visual treats. So don't just go and see this one, check out the other great displays on offer too.
Mythical Homeland, Summerhall, until 26 Sep. Info here.
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