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The top 10 things to do in Edinburgh this week

Stan Douglas - Hogan's Alley
Courtesy Stan Douglas, David Zwirner, New York/London and Victoria Miro, London

Once again, we’ve struggled to whittle down this week’s cultural offerings to a final ten (which is why we’ve sneakily filed a whole bunch of them under ‘Valentine’s Day’). An honourable mention goes to Museum Lates, which would’ve made the cut were it not entirely sold out, rendering its inclusion here a bit redundant. Something for ticket-holders to feel smug about, while the rest of us make do with this not-at-all shameful selection.

To Kill a Mockingbird, King's Theatre, Mon Feb 9-Sat Feb 14
With news still fresh that Harper Lee is set to release a long-dormant follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel this July, jog your memory of the original with this award-winning adaptation from London's Regent's Park Theatre.

Russian State Ballet, Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue Feb 10-Sat Feb 14
The star dancers from Russian State Ballet take up residence at The Playhouse for five consecutive nights, performing three different all-time classics: ‘Coppelia’ (Tue Feb 10), ‘The Nutcracker’ (Wed Feb 11) and ‘Swan Lake’ (Thu Feb 12-Sat Feb 14).

Sean Hughes, The Stand, Wed Feb 11
You may remember Hughes from 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks', where he was team captain for a spell; if you're even longer in the tooth, you may remember him winning the Perrier Award back in 1990. Now you can catch him in his new show, 'Mumbo Jumbo', about the struggle to maintain sanity through middle age.

Coherence, selected release from Fri Feb 13
With a trailer campaign that is admirably short on spoilers, we're in a state of extreme anticipation of this cerebral sci-fi thriller that looks set to turn the home invasion genre on its head.

Dive, Summerhall, Fri Feb 13 
Hitting the sweet spot between Friday 13th and Valentine's Day, the queer performance night presents an evening of fearless, boundary-breaking performance, featuring body artist Kris Canavan, showgirl Luna Tik Tok, drag duo Miss Fedora Veronica Homburg & Alice Rabbit and producer/visual artist Wheels Of Sin.

Valentine’s Day, various venues across Edinburgh, Sat Feb 14
Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers any more - for every restaurant advertising a candle-lit dinner for two, there's also an anti-Valentine's party (often with the word 'massacre' in the title) for the more cynical among us. We've got both camps covered in our handy-dandy Valentine's guide

Nightvision presents Musika’s 8th Birthday, Liquid Room, Sat Feb 14
Once again strutting into our weekly top ten by virtue of their stellar guest programming, the Nightvision crew bring Eats Everything, Green Velvet, Derek Martin, Jamie McKenzie and Alan Dobson to Edinburgh to celebrate Musika’s decade in action.

Stan Douglas, Fruitmarket, until Sun Feb 15
This noir-tinged exhibition of the Canadian artist's film and video work wraps up on Sunday, so grab a dame, don your fedora and see what's the skinny.

Django Django, Liquid Room, Sun Feb 15
One of the best new Scottish bands of recent years will sneak-preview new material from their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled second album with a special hometown show. If you count 'hometown' as the place they went to uni.

Six Nations Championship: Scotland vs Wales, Murrayfield Stadium, Sun Feb 15
If you're a fan of rugger, this gathering of the titans is one of the unmissable occasions of the year. If you're not a fan, we figured it was at least worth flagging it up so you'd know why all the pubs are rammed on Sunday. Scotland face off against Wales from 3pm.