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Seven top tips for what's on across the Highlands and Moray from Friday, November 1 to Thursday, November 7

By Kyle Walker

Every week What's On North offers up seven top picks from across the north of Scotland of all the things to do out there in our area. This week's picks include Findhorn funnies, Las Vegas pomp, and scouts' honour...

1 STAND up, chat show host and Derry Girls star Tommy Tiernan has been back on the road – and he’s set Findhorn in his sights this weekend.

The veteran Irish comedian brings his new show Paddy Crazy Horse – featuring more of Tommy’s trademark comic rebellion and refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world – to the Universal Hall on Friday night.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £20 – go to www.universalhall.co.uk

2 MUSIC Nairn returns to the Inverness-shire town’s Community and Arts Centre this Friday night with a clarinet/piano duo and a varied programme of pieces.

Clarinettist Emma Johnson and chamber pianist John Lenehan will perform pieces by Brahms, Verdi and Debussy, among others – including a selection of riffs and scenes from West Side Story.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £19 (£15 members, £3 student tickets) – go to www.musicnairn.org.uk

3 A WEEKEND-long celebration of model railways at Elgin Town Hall this weekend has no intention of going off the rails.

Elgin Modelfair, taking place this Saturday and Sunday and organised by the Elgin Model Railway Club, will see models of railway layouts from around the country – including Grantown on Spey West – as well as representing many other modelling and hobbies.

The exhibitions will be open from 10am-5pm both days, and admission costs £6 (£5 seniors, £4 children, £15 family). Go to www.elgintownhall.co.uk

4 A PLAY commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and examining its ongoing legacy comes to the north of Scotland next week.

Fallen Fruit, by Katherina Radeva, is a one woman theatre show that tells the story of her childhood experiences as a seven-year-old in then-communist Bulgaria.

The performance arrives at the Universal Hall, Findhorn on Wednesday, before travelling north to Lyth on Thursday. Later in the month it plays Eden Court, Inverness on Saturday, November 9. For more info, go to www.twodestinationlanguage.com

5 VIVA Las Vegas spirit comes to the Eden Court stage on Saturday when Spatz hope the Inverness crowds will take a chance and roll the dice on them.

The show will offer up classic hits from the Big Band to the present day at the Inverness venue’s OneTouch theatre, presenting the music from the stage shows of famous Vegas landmarks including Caesars Palace, The Sands and more.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £22 – go to www.eden-court.co.uk

6 MACGREGOR’S is being taken over this weekend, as the bar welcomes the music and flavours of Harris for the first of a new Island Fling series.

The scheme will see the Inverness bar hosting and celebrating the cultures and tastes of the islands nearby. From Friday to Sunday, that will see live music, gin tastings and ceilidhs taking place across the weekend.

Full details about the acts and drams on the cards can be found at www.macgregorsbars.com

7 CHARTTOPPERS Scouting for Girls will be setting heartbeats a skipping when they return to the north of Scotland next week.

The English group responsible for hits including Heartbeat and She’s So Lovely comes to the Ironworks on the Thursday night for a hit-stuffed gig. Later in the week the band will also play a sold out Forres gig at The Loft.

Doors open for the Ironworks at 7.30pm and tickets cost £23 – go to www.beyondhighlands.com

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