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The top 10 things to do in Edinburgh this week

Laura Marling

Bill Murray Night, The Village, Mon Feb 2
The Village Pub Theatre group present a night of plays (and a quiz) inspired by the unparalleled ouvre of Bill Murray. Head along on Monday night, then again on Monday night, and on Monday night as well, and Monday the night after, and...

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Coppelia, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Wed Feb 4-Sat Feb 7
An eccentric toymaker creates a mechanical woman in Peter Wright’s magical production of this classic comic ballet, as set to Léo Delibes's enchanting score.

Laura Marling, The Caves, Wed Feb 4
Critically feted, multi award-nominated English alt-folk singer-songwriter Marling dips her toe back into live performance with a string of low-key shows previewing her next album ‘Short Movie’, which is due for release in March this year. Tickets for this intimate show will be released via lottery - sign up at Marling's website.

Mariachi El Bronx, Electric Circus, Wed Feb 4
If you're only familiar with these guys under their punk-rock guise as The Bronx, prepare to be stunned. Heck, even if you're not familiar with either name, you should prep for stunnage anyway - you never knew lovelorn Mexican brass ballads could be so danceable.

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, George Square Lecture Theatre, Fri Feb 6-Sun Feb 8
A full weekend of films and lectures dedicated to all who love extreme sports, exploring and general mountain-related shenanigans. Guest speakers include Paralympian athlete Karen Darke, National Geographic photographer Cory Richards and ‘WideBoyz’ climber Tom Randall.

Selma, general release from Fri Feb 6
Our reviewer awarded five stars to this historic drama that charts the civil rights struggle in 1960s America, declaring it 'pitch-perfect in its details yet totally lived-in: a universe of rolled-up shirt sleeves, sweaty brows and screams that sound horribly real'. Given the events in Ferguson last year, its release also looks as sadly timely as ever.

Shaun the Sheep, general release from Fri Feb 6
The scene-stealing Wallace & Gromit side-character gets his own big screen adventure, and it looks to be as much a hoot as we'd hoped. Take the family along if you must, but we reckon they'd only get in the way of your own childlike glee.

Simon Amstell, The Queen's Hall, Fri Feb 6
The curly-haired former ‘Popworld’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ host with a unique talent for winding people up the wrong way comes to Edinburgh on his latest international stand-up tour.

Nightvision: Xplicit, La Belle Angele, Fri Feb 6
Noisia, Eno, G-Mac, Dominic Petrie and MC BZ are on the bill for Edinburgh bass night Xplicit's tenth birthday celebrations, hosted by the peerless Nightvision crew.

Prides, Liquid Rooms, Sat Feb 7 
Think of a fast-rising Glasgow synth-pop posse. These are the other guys. Still awesome though.

This is only our pick of the top ten events in Edinburgh this week - if you need more suggestions, or want to plan further ahead, check out our selection of the best 57 events happening this month.