Highlights include The Great Western, Book Week Scotland and Ghost
The Great Western
Proving that great music festivals don't have to occur in Scotland's balmy summer months, this exciting addition to the Glasgow calendar looks set to make a big impression. Among the acts on a sweet-looking one-dayer are a strong selection of our Hot 100 folk including Free Love, Sacred Paws, Callum Easter, and Heir of the Cursed while the event also welcomes Songhoy Blues, Chuchoter, the Pastels and Malcolm Middleton.
Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 23 Nov.
The future is pretty much here now as robots take an ever more active part in all our lives. This exhibition tries to pick apart the science and the fiction of the world today. Plus, there's R2-D2.
V&A Dundee, Sat 2 Nov–Sun 9 Feb.
Barber Shop Chronicles
Penned by Inua Ellams, this play (making its Scottish debut) is set in the venue where African men traditionally gather to examine issues around family, identity and politics.
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, until Sat 9 Nov.
Still trying to break free of his Father Dougal shadow, this fine Irish stand-up might just be about to say a final farewell to the dim priest with a show that tackles the big questions of today.
Tramway, Glasgow, Wed 13 Nov; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 15 Nov.
Book Week Scotland
This annual country-wide exploration of all things related to literature has another raft of top names (such as Frank Quitely and Jack Monroe) and events which aim to keep everyone thinking about books and ideas.
Various venues, nationwide, Mon 18–Sun 24 Nov.
Shona Reppe unleashes a ferocious imagination on her audience with more scintillating designs and ideas as she brings us props, costumes and a story that are all impossible to take your eyes and ears off.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 21–Sat 23 Nov.
A diverse and energising pair of nights is assured as Carlos Acosta brings his Cuban company to the capital for Evolution, a stirring set of four works including Christopher Bruce's beloved 'Rooster'.
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Nov.
This star-studded whodunnit directed by Rian Johnson is sure to blow the cobwebs off the pre-Christmas movie period with the likes of Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon and Daniel Craig all having a blast.
General release from Wed 27 Nov.
With this new third season, the Royals are deep in a tumultuous era of modern British history, as the Queen and her husband try coming to terms with the late 60s and early 70s. Olivia Colman takes on the role of Elizabeth this time around.
Netflix, Sun 17 Nov.
(Chosen by comedian Marjolein Robertson)
Ghost's fourth studio album, Prequelle, was a musical highlight of my 2018. Now, fresh from supporting Metallica over the summer, Ghost continue with The Ultimate Tour Named Death, returning to Glasgow in November. This Swedish rock band are known for their range of musical styles (from some of the heaviest metal riffs to psychedelic melodies) but now there's added saxophone: there genuinely is something for everyone. They're also famous for their attire, disguised as The Nameless Ghouls, with a lead singer now known as Cardinal Copia. Mystery and intrigue as to who the members are has surrounded the band since their inception. Although some identities are now known, they still take to the stage in full character with their costumes and theatrics adding a whole other level to the show. Albeit a level straight form the bowels of hell. This is not to be missed.
Marjolein Robertson, The Stand, Edinburgh, Thu 7–Sat 9 Nov; Ghost, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 18 Nov.