Glasgow Events from 06/02/2016

Hi all,

A few notes before we go on with the events listing proper. First up we, like most of Glasgow, are well aware of the gathering of rape advocates that is being attempted this Saturday. Unfortunately, due to the whole thing becoming a public spectacle, the chances of actually confronting those involved is slim to nothing, and so we haven’t put any of the many George Square protests in the listing (as these will likely just be used by opportunists to sign folks up to their particular party). That said, it seems like folks will be gathering from 7:30pm if you are interested in gathering to just show opposition to their ideas.

Also, after some discussion with list users at events, we have separated out any radical food solidarity projects from the main listing. We’ll see how it works over the next few months. We’ll be adding things like the Vegan Kitchen and Food Not Bombs gatherings to this section as well. Do let us know if we have missed any group out.

Now, on with the listing…

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Seed and Tree Festival: Celebrating Food for the Common Good
Saturday, 6 February at 10 AM – 10 PM
St. Frances Community Centre, Cumberland Street, G5 0SE

Share the seeds and sing to the trees
Celebrating food for the common good.

This unique event, hosted by Common Good Food and Helping Britain Blossom, blends celebration, practical workshops and planning for national political action.

TO BOOK, USE THIS LINK:
www.seedtreefest.eventbrite.co.uk

In dark times it’s always good to have a party, and winter can be long and difficult. So please join us on the 6th February to celebrate the lengthening days and make radical plans for the 2016 growing season.

Scotland has a growing local food movement, the Scottish government has stated that Scotland should be a good food nation, and the earth under our feet has a lot of potential to feed us – if only we can find the right plants to grow there. Variety is the spice of life, yet how many varieties of Scottish grown fruit and veg can you readily find? Right now we rely heavily on imported food, and two things that are very scarce, yet which could be abundant, are locally grown vegetable seeds and orchard fruits.

“How do we safeguard the genetic and cultural resilience of Scotland’s home-grown food, starting with seeds and orchards?”

This is the serious question we will be asking, along with a good measure of fun: music, stories, songs, firelight, curry and ceilidh.

For more information go to:
http://helpingbritainblossom.org.uk/ and
www.commongoodfood.org

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Ditching the Fear (film screening)
Saturday, 6 February at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

A recent documentary about logistic workers in Italy portraying the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime within logistics and how this put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda.

Since the financial crisis in 2008, states, companies, and politicians have increasingly undermined workers’ and union rights all over Europe and beyond. However, unusual events have occurred in the southern Europe countries most hit by European austerity policies. We see low-wage workers developing new forms of effective and lively resistance. The documentary Ditching The Fear follows the struggles and actions taken by precarious migrant workers in Italian warehouses and logistics companies. Over ten days, the embedded film team discusses, fights with and documents what can be understood as the forefront of a new workers’ movement. With the help and experience of the grassroots union SI-COBAS, the migrant workers are effectively organising against their isolating and degrading working conditions, displaying a solidarity that is changing their work and lives. 



The documentary (80mins) is in Italian with English subtitles. 
It has been produced by the team at labournet.tv and will be presented in Glasgow by Plan C and CounterinfoLab. The film will be followed by a discussion on recent struggles within logistics in Italy, India, Germany, and the UK. The producer will be present.

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2nd Glasgow Housing Co-Op Open Meeting
Sunday, 7 February at 11 AM – 1 PM
The Project Cafe, 34 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Following on from the interesting last meeting we will be holding another general open meeting for anyone interested in being part of a housing co-op in Glasgow, helping to facilitate a co-op happening or just interested in learning about the idea of co-op’s!

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Sisters Uncut Glasgow – First Meeting
Thursday, February 11 at 6 PM
TBC

This is an initial meeting to discuss the viability of a Sisters Uncut Glasgow

Sisters Uncut are a feminist group taking direct action for domestic and sexual violence services: https://sistersuncut.wordpress.com/

We would like to invite self identifying women with experience, knowledge and interest in domestic violence services, refuge services, women’s aid, disabled, migrant and refugee services, LGBTQIA+ services, and solicitors with experience in this area to attend – to share their experience .

Sisters Uncut is London based, so this meeting is to discuss and learn about the ways in which Glasgow and Scotland’s services have been affected by government cuts, and how to support and organise in Glasgow.

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Abortion Rights Meeting
Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 PM
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

In Project Space 2 (upstairs- venue is accessible with a lift), there will be a meeting to discuss:

– Setting up an escort service for those attending the abortion clinic at Queen’s University Hospital during Lent.
– Organising a solidarity demo for the woman charged with procuring an abortion in Northern Ireland.

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Fail Better | Fuck Trident
Thursday, February 11 at 8 PM
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

It’s the second Thursday in Feburary and as usual, two things are true. 1) There’s a pile of genocidal weapons just outside Glasgow that could at any moment destroy us all, AND 2) there’s some fucking great poetry and music at McChuills.

Then on the 14th of Febuary instead of exchanging tacky cards and bodily fluids, go and make the world a better place and demand that Trident is scrapped. The activity you choose can be varied, creative and fun. It can be as simple as a bit of leafletting or standing with a banner for an hour, it could be holding a street stall or running a public meeting, or putting up posters around the town, dropping a banner from a local landmark or some witty graffiti.

So, ahead of that, come drink, dance, and be merry and a few days later go challenge the state with its weapons of mass destruction and it’s constant greedy snivveling charge at war. Oh and poems, let’s hear some poems from:

KATIE AILES

MAGI GIBSON

and other words from

IAIN MACPHERSON

CLARE ARCHIBALD

And songs from

DECLAN WELSH

MACGILLIVRAY

There’ll be information and fliers about what you can do to oppose trident too.

As ever it’s free but a few quid as a donation is most welcome.

SEE SOME OF YOU THERE.

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Capital Reading Group
Saturday, February 13 at 1 PM
The Electron Club, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

An open reading group to read Marx’s Capital volume 1. We will bring some spare copies of the text. We plan to meet every two weeks.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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PIG//CONTROL + RATS BLOOD + HEADLESS KROSS + MORE @13TH NOTE
Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM
13th Note, 50-60 King Street, G1 5QT

PIG//CONTROL: Raging hardcore/punk coming over from berlin again to help everyone enjoy a serious bangover. Plenty of music to stream and download around, check it out!
https://pig–control.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-2

RATS BLOOD: Abbrasive d-beat hailing from Ireland, also have a bunch of music to stream and download on this amazing new website called bandcamp.
https://pig–control.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-2

Headless Kross:The heaviest, doomiest, loudest band in Gtown? Psych infused monolithic doom, not to be missed.
https://headlesskross.bandcamp.com/

SICK OF TALK: New(ish) gruff punk from Glasgow, Fresh after the Tape launch in January, smash pints and jump around.
https://sickoftalk1.bandcamp.com/releases

£5 OTD
18+

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Seminar Series 12: Lecture 4 – Geoffrey Pleyers: Mobilising Dissent: Social Activism in a Global Age
Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU

If you would like to register for the seminar, please do so via GCPH website: http://www.gcph.co.uk/events/164

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Why All Cops Are Bastards
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The police are presented as an emergency service that are here to look after us. However a casual look shows that not only do they fail in this task, but that they are an actively harmful institution. The police use violence to prevent social change, enforce poverty, and control the working class. These problems are not a result of accident, mismanagement, or a few ‘bad apples’ in the force, but instead reveal the intended role of police in society.

This month’s discussions group will open with a short presentation on the historic reasons for the creation of the police, their current role in society, and a brief look at the social alternatives to the police. We will then follow this with an open discussion on the points raised.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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David Rovics & The Wakes
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

David Rovics world tour brings him back to Glasgow! David, The Wakes & Special guests TBC. The venue is the historic Govanhill baths in Glasgow.

TICKETS – £8

https://thewakes.bandcamp.com/merch/david-rovics-the-wakes-concert-ticket

The gig is open to 14s and over (Under 16s to be accompanied by an Adult).

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Faslane Peace Camp Solidarity Night
Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, G1 4PL

A Night of bands, Dj’s and Infotainment, with the intention of raising funds, awareness, support and solidarity for Faslane peace camp.

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The Hunger Games & Revolution
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

A discussion on the revolutionary themes of The Hunger Games. This evening will contain spoilers! Full blurb to follow.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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Tangerine
Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Join us for Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’, screening as part of Cinema For All’s ‘Reaching Communities’ project.
You’ll also have the chance to win a GIANT promotional poster!!
FREE! LGBT Unity Group Fundraiser – donations taken

Plot:
"Transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, meets her friend Alexandra, another trans sex worker, at a donut shop in Hollywood on Christmas Eve. Alexandra accidentally reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been cheating on her with a cisgender woman. Sin-Dee storms out to search the neighborhood for Chester and the woman."

Starring transgender actresses, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor….who should win awards for their great performances.
Famously shot using an iphone 5 for $100,000, using this lens:
http://www.moondoglabs.com/

Tangerine also has a *fabulous soundtrack.

Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/128253391

Accessibility:
*The film will be subtitled
*The CCA is a wheelchair accessible venue with accessible toilets on the ground floor.
*For more information please see: http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/accessibility/

Tickets:
*Free/Donation, first come first serve!
*This is also a fundraiser for LGBT Unity Scotland.
*Rated 18

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RADICAL FOOD SOLIDARITY PROJECTS

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Govanhill Free Dinner
Every Monday at 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Govanhill Trinity Church, 28 Daisy Street, G42 8JZ

Join your neighbours for a free dinner. All welcome.

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The UNITY World Café
Every Tuesday at 11:00am – 1:00pm
140-142 Nelson Street, G5 8EJ

UNITY is still distributing free food to destitute asylum seekers.

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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Critical Mass
Friday, 26th of February at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.

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Bridging The Gap
Saturday, February 6 at 3 PM – 6 PM
Xercise4Less Glasgow Cambridge Street, 200 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3DZ

We have entered the age of movement in the fitness community with classes focussed on everything from bodyweight exercises through to animal flow style. These classes however do not provide the toolkit to a true generalist, someone dedicating time to movement to compliment a skill set or even a trainer who needs every tool available to them for their clients.

‘Bridging The Gap’ is not a definitive guide or the be all end all. It is however a beginning; a place to invert, locomote, prepare, play and have a good time whilst doing it.

Our workshop is not focused on skills, fitness or play but instead the grey area where all three exist. A 360 degree approach will allow participants to continue their development in any field or activity from various points of view, with longevity of training in mind. Breaking down skills and end goals for processing.

– Workshop Includes –

– Detailing and joint preparation – Our guide to essential and fundamental movements of the body throughout.

– Inversions/handstands – Handstand protocols and practice on the floor to help you better understand and prepare for handstands.

– Reaction & Response – Life is full of unpredictable moments, so we have devised several unique processes to help our students be better prepared for their practices.

– Locomotion – Introduction to bilateral and quadrupedal movement patterns that will allow you to cross the space in a variety of ways.

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Seahorses Swimming: Transgender Swimming sessions
Sunday, February 28 at 3 PM – 4PM
Whitehill Pool, 240 Onslow Drive, G31 3QE

A closed pool session for transgender people. The pool we have access to is Whitehill Pool which is located in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow.

It’s easily accessible via train via Duke Street or Alexandra Parade.

There is a small fee for the group which is currently £5 until we gauge regular numbers. Hopefully we can bring this down over time.

There is no requirement in regards to traditional swimwear however loose clothing (jeans t-shirts etc) are not allowed in the pool.

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United Glasgow

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc
https://www.facebook.com/groups/131129416972636/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/764904386887499/?fref=ts

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.

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Glasgow Events from 26/01/2016

Hi everyone,

It’s another week, and so another events listing with the Glasgow AF Autonomy Update. Of special note tomorrow is the call-out for support by the peeps at North Kelvin Meadow, who are standing up to council plans to bulldoze a lovely space that has been self-organised by the people living beside it and replace it with more overpriced low quality flats. That evening we will be having a public meeting, with a discussion on polyamory, monogamy, and the way in which social control can manifest even in our personal relationships. Added to that are whole bunch of gigs, film screenings, and our radical sports & outdoors section. If you know of any events we have missed then do get in touch.

Enjoy!

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North Kelvin Meadow: We need you!
Tuesday, January 26 at 9:45am at the meadow and 11:30am at City Chambers
See below

Please come out to show support when the Council’s Planning Committee come to make a site visit at approx 9.45am on Tuesday 26th January 2016 . They will come and leave by bus, parking at the Kelbourne street entrance to the land.

Also please come to a demo straight after, outside the City Chambers on George Square as the Planning Committee meet inside at 11.30am to discuss whether the land be sold off to New City Vision Ltd to build 90 houses. They will also decide on The Children Wood Group’s planning application which is wanting to keep the land as it is , a wild green space for community use.

Ian Black will be making the presentation at the hearing on behalf of North Kelvin Meadow. Ian lives on Sanda Street and was actually the person who organised the original planting of trees and grass back in 1994. The wood and meadow we see today comes from that initial seed source. They were spurned on to do that by the Council taking away the goal posts in 1993 as they didn’t want to maintain it as a sports pitch.

Needless to say this is a crucial time for the land and its future. We feel over this last 8 years in particular (North Kelvin Meadow started in Oct 2008) we’ve made a very strong case for the land to remain as it is and not get destroyed. Council and Government policy backs that up but alas sometimes Councils don’t follow their own policy!

That’s why we need you out that morning, to show your support so we win this planning committee vote. There will be A3 posters given out on the day for you to hold up should you wish.

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Polyamory, Compulsory Monogamy and Social Control
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This talk explores how compulsory monogamy became a social institution, drawing on the history of law, religion, and biology. It will argue that monogamy was something forced on women, while men, for the most part, remained free from its confines. It will also describe the role compulsory monogamy has played in shaping and defining heteronormative relationships (where heterosexuality and fixed genders are taken as the norm).

Whereas heterosexuality binds women to men in general, monogamy binds women to specific men. In the same way that heterosexuality is used to set apart ‘good women’ from ‘perverse’ ones, monogamy serves to define all women who transgress its boundaries as loose. Thus, in the same ways in which compulsory heterosexuality results in the dependency of women on men – physically, economically and emotionally – compulsory monogamy makes women dependent on specific men.

The talk will then think about polyamory* as a non-monogamous alternative from a queer and feminist perspective, and consider how it challenges the heteronormative discourse on relationships. Polyamory offers more than just the possibility of participating in multiple relationships, but also the potential for a new way to understand and think about relationships.

*Polyamory is a philosophy and lifestyle based around the forming and sustaining of relationships with multiple partners in an open, honest and non-possessive way.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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Queeriosity – GRD Drag Party #2
Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Garnethill Community Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Pull out that waistcoat, get glittered, get fabulous and come as you want to Glasgow Roller Derby’s 2nd annual drag party – Queeriosity!

During the day GRD’s finest will be skating against Vagine Regime UK – – a team of queer-identified roller derby skaters from all over the country (Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime UK – Double Header! ). It will be fast, it will be tense, it will be exciting. Following on from all that excitement we are inviting everyone to shake it up/ shake it down/ shake it all around in all manners of queer.

We will be holding a fantastically queer celebration and exploration of all things gendered and non-gendered. Watch for a lip-synch-for-your-life competition, green dinosaurs and a queer-ied polaroid photo booth. Get yer dancing heels on or kick them off and join us in collectively dismantling the gender binary and having a cracking time in the process!

Whatever your gender identification or presentation, come and play! Spend weeks planning the perfect look, or just come along on the night and make use of our queer cloakroom, where all manner of fierce and fabulous clothing and accessories will be available for you to borrow.

Queer fabulous – £3 entry/free for asylum seekers & refugees – queer cloakroom – photobooth – cheap bar – good time

We understand that the idea of a "drag party" can ring some alarm bells in the trans and gender non-conforming communities, so please be assured that we are working to create a safe and inclusive environment in which transness or gender presentation are never the punchline of a joke. This is not a space for ridicule or for wearing someone else’s lived reality as a costume – this is a space for free exploration and expression without judgement, prejudice, or the pressure of "passing" as anyone other than whoever you are or want to be.

Come dance with us, bring your pals, be yourself or be someone you’ve never been before, be anything you like, because you’re perfect in all your forms!

All proceeds will go directly into supporting our league and our teams – find out more about who we are and what we do at glasgowrollerderby.com

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HOWLING SPOON PERFORMANCE K!TCHEN
Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Howling Spoon is an international revolt of conscious-cutlery. We howl for every spoon who cannot howl for themselves. We have risen from our drawers to become cooks, activists, performance-makers, painters, sculptors, curators, collage-makers, poets, playwrights, and friends. As broth burps bubbles above a flame, we practice art and activism with a
chaotic surface, pitting joy against power.

And now we invite you to eat and play with us, to join our kindly nuisance…

At Howling Spoon Performance K!tchen, you will be fed a delicious pay-what-you-can vegan meal prepared using surplus produce from Glasgow’s greengrocers, whilst surrounded by a laboratory of gurgling new live art, song, theatre, and poetry. You will meet the howling spoons, shake ladles with them, and, we hope, perhaps begin to howl yourselves.

Guest performers to be announced very s(p)o0OO0o0o0oon…

If you think you might be a spoon, then you are a spoon. Join the uprising by messaging howlingspoon

https://howlingspoon.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/howlingspoons

S P O O N S O F T H E W O R L D U N I T E !

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Ditching the Fear (film screening)
Saturday, 6 February at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

A recent documentary about logistic workers in Italy portraying the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime within logistics and how this put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda.

Since the financial crisis in 2008, states, companies, and politicians have increasingly undermined workers’ and union rights all over Europe and beyond. However, unusual events have occurred in the southern Europe countries most hit by European austerity policies. We see low-wage workers developing new forms of effective and lively resistance. The documentary Ditching The Fear follows the struggles and actions taken by precarious migrant workers in Italian warehouses and logistics companies. Over ten days, the embedded film team discusses, fights with and documents what can be understood as the forefront of a new workers’ movement. With the help and experience of the grassroots union SI-COBAS, the migrant workers are effectively organising against their isolating and degrading working conditions, displaying a solidarity that is changing their work and lives. 



The documentary (80mins) is in Italian with English subtitles. 
It has been produced by the team at labournet.tv and will be presented in Glasgow by Plan C and CounterinfoLab. The film will be followed by a discussion on recent struggles within logistics in Italy, India, Germany, and the UK. The producer will be present.

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Fail Better | Fuck Trident
Thursday, February 11 at 8 PM
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

It’s the second Thursday in Feburary and as usual, two things are true. 1) There’s a pile of genocidal weapons just outside Glasgow that could at any moment destroy us all, AND 2) there’s some fucking great poetry and music at McChuills.

Then on the 14th of Febuary instead of exchanging tacky cards and bodily fluids, go and make the world a better place and demand that Trident is scrapped. The activity you choose can be varied, creative and fun. It can be as simple as a bit of leafletting or standing with a banner for an hour, it could be holding a street stall or running a public meeting, or putting up posters around the town, dropping a banner from a local landmark or some witty graffiti.

So, ahead of that, come drink, dance, and be merry and a few days later go challenge the state with its weapons of mass destruction and it’s constant greedy snivveling charge at war. Oh and poems, let’s hear some poems from:

KATIE AILES

MAGI GIBSON

and other words from

IAIN MACPHERSON

CLARE ARCHIBALD

And songs from

DECLAN WELSH

MACGILLIVRAY

There’ll be information and fliers about what you can do to oppose trident too.

As ever it’s free but a few quid as a donation is most welcome.

SEE SOME OF YOU THERE.

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PIG//CONTROL + RATS BLOOD + HEADLESS KROSS + MORE @13TH NOTE
Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM
13th Note, 50-60 King Street, G1 5QT

PIG//CONTROL: Raging hardcore/punk coming over from berlin again to help everyone enjoy a serious bangover. Plenty of music to stream and download around, check it out!
https://pig–control.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-2

RATS BLOOD: Abbrasive d-beat hailing from Ireland, also have a bunch of music to stream and download on this amazing new website called bandcamp.
https://pig–control.bandcamp.com/album/trauma-2

Headless Kross:The heaviest, doomiest, loudest band in Gtown? Psych infused monolithic doom, not to be missed.
https://headlesskross.bandcamp.com/

SICK OF TALK: New(ish) gruff punk from Glasgow, Fresh after the Tape launch in January, smash pints and jump around.
https://sickoftalk1.bandcamp.com/releases

£5 OTD
18+

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Seminar Series 12: Lecture 4 – Geoffrey Pleyers: Mobilising Dissent: Social Activism in a Global Age
Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU

If you would like to register for the seminar, please do so via GCPH website: http://www.gcph.co.uk/events/164

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Why All Cops Are Bastards
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The police are presented as an emergency service that are here to look after us. However a casual look shows that not only do they fail in this task, but that they are an actively harmful institution. The police use violence to prevent social change, enforce poverty, and control the working class. These problems are not a result of accident, mismanagement, or a few ‘bad apples’ in the force, but instead reveal the intended role of police in society.

This month’s discussions group will open with a short presentation on the historic reasons for the creation of the police, their current role in society, and a brief look at the social alternatives to the police. We will then follow this with an open discussion on the points raised.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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David Rovics & The Wakes
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

David Rovics world tour brings him back to Glasgow! David, The Wakes & Special guests TBC. The venue is the historic Govanhill baths in Glasgow.

TICKETS – £8

https://thewakes.bandcamp.com/merch/david-rovics-the-wakes-concert-ticket

The gig is open to 14s and over (Under 16s to be accompanied by an Adult).

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Faslane Peace Camp Solidarity Night
Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, G1 4PL

A Night of bands, Dj’s and Infotainment, with the intention of raising funds, awareness, support and solidarity for Faslane peace camp.

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The Hunger Games & Revolution
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

A discussion on the revolutionary themes of The Hunger Games. This evening will contain spoilers! Full blurb to follow.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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City Bike Tour
Wednesday, January 27 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Glasgow Bike Station, 65 Haugh Road, G3 8TX

Want to explore Glasgow by bike? Join us on a cultural extravaganza!

Your tour guides Charlotte & Caroline will take you on a cycle across the city taking in a variety of notable hot-spots including; parks, art galleries, museums, markets, pubs and clubs.

Meeting at Glasgow Bike Station for a 12pm start, come along early to pump your tyres and lube your chain! Bikes available to borrow if you don’t have your own.

Easy going pace, suitable for all abilities.

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Critical Mass
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.

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Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime UK – Double Header!
Saturday, January 30 at 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB

Exciting double header season opener! Following up on our fab successful season opener in 2015, we’re doing the same again, only BIGGER!!!

Glasgow’s A and B teams vs the Vagine Regime UK A and B teams at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley!

We’re super excited to play at this new venue and we hope you’ll all love it too! we have TIERED seating, which is just great for getting a better view of the action!

The Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime game last year was one of our biggest games and this year is going to be even bigger and better! Two excellent quality games back to back at a new venue: bigger, better lit, and with tiered seating so you don’t miss any of the action.

Online ticket £6.50 (includes booking fee)
On the door £8
VIP ticket £10 (including fee! – This entitles you to reserved seating, afterparty entry and a super-special goodie bag)
Afterparty only £3 on the door

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s followed by Queeriosity! our Drag after party at Garnethill Multicultural Centre (21 Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6RE).

More details on the party can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/156611594708195/

We really look forward to seeing you all (and your friends!) on the 30th!

**TRAVEL INFO**
The trains run direct from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street and take around 10 minutes; they are most often the Ayr and Gourock trains. From the train station it’s a 5 minute walk.

Both McGills and First Bus run from Glasgow city centre and west end to Paisley town centre. The most common ones are McGills 17 and 38 or First Bus 9.

More information can be found here: www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow and www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk

The Lagoon has a dedicated car park but there is also on street parking which is free at weekends.

If you are flying Glasgow Airport then it is less than a 10 minute journey via taxi but buses are also available. If it’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport, the trains are also multiple per hour direct to Paisley and usually you get a discounted rate ticket too. (Also if you’re coming up to Glasgow you can get the ticket to Glasgow and just jump off and back on at Paisley)

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Bridging The Gap
Saturday, February 6 at 3 PM – 6 PM
Xercise4Less Glasgow Cambridge Street, 200 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3DZ

We have entered the age of movement in the fitness community with classes focussed on everything from bodyweight exercises through to animal flow style. These classes however do not provide the toolkit to a true generalist, someone dedicating time to movement to compliment a skill set or even a trainer who needs every tool available to them for their clients.

‘Bridging The Gap’ is not a definitive guide or the be all end all. It is however a beginning; a place to invert, locomote, prepare, play and have a good time whilst doing it.

Our workshop is not focused on skills, fitness or play but instead the grey area where all three exist. A 360 degree approach will allow participants to continue their development in any field or activity from various points of view, with longevity of training in mind. Breaking down skills and end goals for processing.

– Workshop Includes –

– Detailing and joint preparation – Our guide to essential and fundamental movements of the body throughout.

– Inversions/handstands – Handstand protocols and practice on the floor to help you better understand and prepare for handstands.

– Reaction & Response – Life is full of unpredictable moments, so we have devised several unique processes to help our students be better prepared for their practices.

– Locomotion – Introduction to bilateral and quadrupedal movement patterns that will allow you to cross the space in a variety of ways.

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United Glasgow

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc
https://www.facebook.com/groups/131129416972636/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/764904386887499/?fref=ts

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.

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Polyamory, Compulsory Monogamy and Social Control. Glasgow, 26th January. Discussion

baby bonoboTuesday, January 26 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This talk explores how compulsory monogamy became a social institution, drawing on the history of law, religion, and biology. It will argue that monogamy was something forced on women, while men, for the most part, remained free from its confines. It will also describe the role compulsory monogamy has played in shaping and defining heteronormative relationships (where heterosexuality and fixed genders are taken as the norm).

Whereas heterosexuality binds women to men in general, monogamy binds women to specific men. In the same way that heterosexuality is used to set apart ‘good women’ from ‘perverse’ ones, monogamy serves to define all women who transgress its boundaries as loose. Thus, in the same ways in which compulsory heterosexuality results in the dependency of women on men – physically, economically and emotionally – compulsory monogamy makes women dependent on specific men.

The talk will then think about polyamory* as a non-monogamous alternative from a queer and feminist perspective, and consider how it challenges the heteronormative discourse on relationships. Polyamory offers more than just the possibility of participating in multiple relationships, but also the potential for a new way to understand and think about relationships.

https://www.facebook.com/events/923075707745991/

*Polyamory is a philosophy and lifestyle based around the forming and sustaining of relationships with multiple partners in an open, honest and non-possessive way.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

Glasgow Events from 22/01/2016

Hi all,

Just a wee intro before the main listing to point out that this Saturday evening is a fundrasier for WestGAP with The Oppressed playing at Stereo. Tickets have been hot so best to pick them up in advance so you don’t miss out! Also, early on Tuesday next week the North Kelvin Meadow is being inspected and discussed by the council and a call-out for supporters to come along has gone out. On top of that, on Tuesday evening, we have a guest speaker talking on compulsory monogamy and how it is used as a means of control.

 

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Glasgow Events from 14/01/2016

Happy New Year!

After a couple of weeks break we are back with another Autonomy Update. There’s a wide veriety of events to pick from, so without further ado…

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FAIL BETTER: Justify yer art/anger/chips
Thursday, 14 January at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

You CAN['t] have your chips [the middle class ate them] and eat them too. Marvel at the excitement on stage as you wonder whether any of our performers should have money to live off, or should instead just fuck of back to London/Falkirk/Dumfries. [But don't be angry. Whatever you don't be angry. Anger is useless don't you know and generates as much carbon footprint as bouregousie conceptual art.]

Come see some art and argue about whether it has a moral responsibility to you [or responsible morals]. [Or whether your anger should be recognised. Or your class. Oh, and if your class matters. But class doesn't exist anyway so that's ok.]

Come hear some songs in a space that believes in a Guaranteed basic income for all printed on money actually made from the Queen’s skin [skin removed from the Queen's face].

ARTISTS WILL INCLUDE:

KEITH WARRICK

KEVIN ROBERTSON

KAREN VEITCH

MISS IRENIE ROSE

AS ever the night is free, but labour shouldn’t be. If you can afford it, chuck some money in the bucket and buy the poets, musicians, film makers, and storytellers a bus home or a drink or something. Let them eat chips. [And turn every argument about art/labour into a Marxist reference. Which I don't get. Or want to. What was the French Revolution again?]

[Can you tell the organisers of this night disagree on the viewpoint and it was a race to make the event page?]

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Community Gathering + Bonfire @ North Kelvin Meadow & the Children’s Wood
Saturday, 16 January at 10:00am – 10:00pm
North Kelvin Meadow, Sanda Street / Kelbourne Street / Clouston Street, G20 8PU

In anticipation of the council’s site visit on 26th January to determine the future of the meadow and woods, we’re organising a large gathering on Saturday the 16th to bring the community together in support of the space.

The Children’s Wood will be running the event from 10am until 2pm. Afterwords there will be a bonfire starting around 3pm and continuing into the night.

During the day there will be big marquees set up and attractions include home baking from the local community, tea and coffee and various workshops. Knit Wild will be running a kniting workshop making items for yarn bombing the meadow on the day of the council site visit, and there will also be a banner making workshop taking place. The usual outdoor learning group will be running with outdoor play activities open to all children, and there will also be storytelling happening, as well as a capoeira workshop.

In the evening there will be an open jam session around the fire – please bring along your instruments if you play! There will be several tarpaulins around the fire area for rain cover, and we also hope to provide hot drinks.

The children’s wood will be running a stall during the day providing campaign info and adding people to the mailing list (the list will be around all evening too).

There’ll be folk around all day from morning until late: come along for half an hour or the whole day – bring your children, parents, dogs, grannies, friends etc.

See you all on Saturday!

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The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities
Friday, January 22 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Register here — http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-arts-and-precarity-forging-new-solidarities-tickets-18587497706

This event combines radical cabaret with a day of academic-artist-activist workshop discussions.

Programmed in Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex, an autonomous, resident-led social centre, the event will bring together a transnational network of artist-activists and scholars to discuss strategies for analysing and resisting precarious labour in a time of austerity.

The Arts and Precarity Cabaret, January 22 — 7 pm till 11pm

The Arts and Precarity cabaret will feature five artists exploring and resisting public funding cuts, precarious work and labour inequalities through text, films, music and performance.

The Arts and Precarity Workshop, January 23 — 10 am till 6:00 pm

The workshop groups will discuss precarious work across many fields, from freelancers in the cultural sector to zero hours service and education workers, from undocumented agricultural labourers to interns and volunteers.

Featuring:

Min Sook Lee (professor of fine arts and award-winning filmmaker of ‘El Contrato,’ a documentary)

Harry Giles (performer, poet, and general doer of things — writer and performer of ‘All I Want for Christmas is the Downfall of Globalised Late Capitalism’)

Richa Nagar (professor and author of ‘Muddying the Waters: Co-authoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism’)

Geraldine Pratt (professor and author of ‘Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’)

Claire Askew (poet and award-winner of the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry)

They They Theys (poetry performance in English and BSL, melded with acoustic music and live visuals. Exploring disability, Deaf culture, class, race, gender and sexuality. Mostly mellow-ish, sometimes veering accidentally into punk)

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (intersectional queer & trans arts company established in Edinburgh in 2009)

Caleb Johnston (lecturer in Human Geography and co-author of ‘Theatre, Politics and Transnational Justice’)

Fran Higson (filmmaker of ‘United We Will Swim….Again,’ The extraordinary story of a community fighting to save their local swimming pool)

Free vegan and vegetarian lunch catered by Soul Food Sisters social enterprise.

(BSL interpretation provided. The building is wheelchair-accessible by ramp. There are heavy double doors so please get in touch if you want assistance upon arrival. There is a level-access wide/large cubicle in one of the toilets, but no fully-accessible or stand-alone single accessible toilet. All toilets are gender-neutral.)

For more info contact: creativesolidarities

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Introduction to Green Woodworking
Saturday, January 23 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, Tir Na nog, Balfunning, Balfron Station, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking. Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish. During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula. You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

Please, complete your booking form here: http://goo.gl/forms/vUQvAFVB5X

Reviews:
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’

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WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports
Saturday, January 23 at 6:00pm – 3:00am
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Tickets available in person at the WestGAP office Tuesdays and Fridays Also from tickets Scotland plus booking fee or via New Hellfire Club Glasgow with no booking fee. Get in there quickly folks don’t leave it till the last minute.

£15 waged £13 unwaged or WestGAP member.

WestGAP Fundraiser featuring

The Oppressed From Cardiff

Jock Sparra From Livingston

Random Scandal

The Fore Cups – An Ayrshire/Glasgow band usually known by another name but it involves a sweary word so changed to its rhyming pseudonym, so as not to offend ;-)

Aftershow party from 10.30pm till late with DJ set from Miss Laura Elite and the Mixed Up Vinyl Club spinning the best street sounds.

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against ill-considered policies and unfair decisions. All proceeds from this show will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, utilities, photocopying, stamps.

You can also become a member via the website, and get the tickets cheaper :-)

http://westgap.co.uk/

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Muyassar Kurdi European Tour Performances and Workshops
Sunday, January 24 at 5:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

“Chicago resident Muyassar Kurdi is the final act, delivering a Dadaistic performance that falls between musical absurdity and autistic choreography. Completely concentrated upon her bizarre ritual, the singer – dressed in black – emits tortured vocalisations and cries worthy of Yoko Ono in full flight, all of it juggling with electronic effects and white noise. It’s incredibly in-your-face and perturbing but makes you smile too: the sheer pleasure of making a racket…” L ’ Alsace (France) –French to English translation

Muyassar Kurdi is a musician, performance artist, dancer, filmmaker and educator from Chicago, Illinois.

In performance, she explores the relationship between abstract sound and meta-primordial movement, obliquely confronting ideas of masculine subjugation by re-appropriating and then distorting hegemonically sexualised figurative motion and juxtaposing it with random, abrasive and jarring acoustic and electronic sound components along with wordless vocalizations.

Kurdi’s engaging, lively workshops are focused on movement, voice and theatrical techniques with an emphasis on freedom of movement, spontaneity, meditative improvisation and the relationship between body and voice. She encourages participants to free their voices with wordless song and phonemes and builds interdependence between sound and movement through exercises built on trust, listening and slow, concentrated, ‘soul’-generated theatrics.

http://muyassarkurdi.com/

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Compulsory Monogamy and Social Control
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This talk explores how compulsory monogamy became a social institution, drawing on the history of law, religion, and biology. It will argue that monogamy was something forced on women, while men, for the most part, remained free from its confines. It will also describe the role compulsory monogamy has played in shaping and defining heteronormative relationships (where heterosexuality and fixed genders are taken as the norm).

Whereas heterosexuality binds women to men in general, monogamy binds women to specific men. In the same way that heterosexuality is used to set apart ‘good women’ from ‘perverse’ ones, monogamy serves to define all women who transgress its boundaries as loose. Thus, in the same ways in which compulsory heterosexuality results in the dependency of women on men – physically, economically and emotionally – compulsory monogamy makes women dependent on specific men.

The talk will then think about polyamory* as a non-monogamous alternative from a queer and feminist perspective, and consider how it challenges the heteronormative discourse on relationships. Polyamory offers more than just the possibility of participating in multiple relationships, but also the potential for a new way to understand and think about relationships.

*Polyamory is a philosophy and lifestyle based around the forming and sustaining of relationships with multiple partners in an open, honest and non-possessive way.

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This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

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HOWLING SPOON PERFORMANCE K!TCHEN
Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Howling Spoon is an international revolt of conscious-cutlery. We howl for every spoon who cannot howl for themselves. We have risen from our drawers to become cooks, activists, performance-makers, painters, sculptors, curators, collage-makers, poets, playwrights, and friends. As broth burps bubbles above a flame, we practice art and activism with a
chaotic surface, pitting joy against power.

And now we invite you to eat and play with us, to join our kindly nuisance…

At Howling Spoon Performance K!tchen, you will be fed a delicious pay-what-you-can vegan meal prepared using surplus produce from Glasgow’s greengrocers, whilst surrounded by a laboratory of gurgling new live art, song, theatre, and poetry. You will meet the howling spoons, shake ladles with them, and, we hope, perhaps begin to howl yourselves.

Guest performers to be announced very s(p)o0OO0o0o0oon…

If you think you might be a spoon, then you are a spoon. Join the uprising by messaging howlingspoon

https://howlingspoon.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/howlingspoons

S P O O N S O F T H E W O R L D U N I T E !

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Ditching the Fear (film screening)
Saturday, 6 February (time TBA)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The 70 minute film is a brand new documentary (with English subtitles) about logistic workers’ struggles in Italy. It portrays the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime of companies like TNT or IKEA. These struggles emerged in 2008 and have since then, not only won better conditions, but also put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda. Workers’ militants of the rank-and-file union Si Cobas talk about blockades of logistic hubs and their alliances with activists from the social centres.

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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City Bike Tour
Wednesday, January 27 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Glasgow Bike Station, 65 Haugh Road, G3 8TX

Want to explore Glasgow by bike? Join us on a cultural extravaganza!

Your tour guides Charlotte & Caroline will take you on a cycle across the city taking in a variety of notable hot-spots including; parks, art galleries, museums, markets, pubs and clubs.

Meeting at Glasgow Bike Station for a 12pm start, come along early to pump your tyres and lube your chain! Bikes available to borrow if you don’t have your own.

Easy going pace, suitable for all abilities.

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Critical Mass
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.

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Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime UK – Double Header!
Saturday, January 30 at 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB

Exciting double header season opener! Following up on our fab successful season opener in 2015, we’re doing the same again, only BIGGER!!!

Glasgow’s A and B teams vs the Vagine Regime UK A and B teams at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley!

We’re super excited to play at this new venue and we hope you’ll all love it too! we have TIERED seating, which is just great for getting a better view of the action!

The Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime game last year was one of our biggest games and this year is going to be even bigger and better! Two excellent quality games back to back at a new venue: bigger, better lit, and with tiered seating so you don’t miss any of the action.

Online ticket £6.50 (includes booking fee)
On the door £8
VIP ticket £10 (including fee! – This entitles you to reserved seating, afterparty entry and a super-special goodie bag)
Afterparty only £3 on the door

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s followed by Queeriosity! our Drag after party at Garnethill Multicultural Centre (21 Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6RE).

More details on the party can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/156611594708195/

We really look forward to seeing you all (and your friends!) on the 30th!

**TRAVEL INFO**
The trains run direct from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street and take around 10 minutes; they are most often the Ayr and Gourock trains. From the train station it’s a 5 minute walk.

Both McGills and First Bus run from Glasgow city centre and west end to Paisley town centre. The most common ones are McGills 17 and 38 or First Bus 9.

More information can be found here: www.firstgroup.com/greater-glasgow and www.mcgillsbuses.co.uk

The Lagoon has a dedicated car park but there is also on street parking which is free at weekends.

If you are flying Glasgow Airport then it is less than a 10 minute journey via taxi but buses are also available. If it’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport, the trains are also multiple per hour direct to Paisley and usually you get a discounted rate ticket too. (Also if you’re coming up to Glasgow you can get the ticket to Glasgow and just jump off and back on at Paisley)

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United Glasgow

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc
https://www.facebook.com/groups/131129416972636/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/764904386887499/?fref=ts

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.

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Glasgow Events from 16/12/2015

Hi all,

Unless we catch wind of any big events we have missed out on, this is likely to be the last update before the new year, so worth pointing out the fundraisers that are taking place.

Tomorrow we are helping to host a film screening of ‘Stateless in Lesvos’ – shot last month, this short documentary shows the response of the working classes on the front line of the refugee crisis. We will also have the filmmaker with us for a Q&A session giving his eyewitness account of what is happening. Thursday sees our friends at Fail Better putting on a chock-a-bloc line-up to help raise money fo the Lajee Centre in the Aida Refugee Camp, Palestine. Friday has the United Glasgow football club party out at Kinning Park Complex. The team provides a place where people can enjoy a game of football and find a sense of community regardless of their background. Finally on Sunday evening there is a party raising money to put towards a new skatepark in the city.

Besides those there are a whole host of other events to check out, so without further ado…

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Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow

We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.

The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here: http://reelnews.co.uk/the-lesvos-blog/

This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation and Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group.

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Other Feminist Reader (O.F.R.)
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Transmission, 28 King Street, G1 5QP

This month at OFR we will be reading Jackie Wang ‘Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety’ from Lies Magazine alongside ‘Women demand freedom, not surveillance’ an interview with Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA). The readings are attached to this email, if you don’t have the time to read the whole Wang article, the sections on ‘White Space’, ‘Safe Space’ and ‘Sexual Violence’ are particularly relevant.

Following on from conversations held in the first session, this month we will focus on issues of safety and surveillance, in relation to the broader themes being explored by the group. Our readings for this session both depart from specific and well publicised instances of violence, to interrogate relationships of power within discourses of safety and surveillance. Using these texts as a starting point we will go on to discuss subjects like the new surveillance system installed by NICE Systems in Govanhill in September 2015 or the recent Reclaim the Night March.

If you want to collect a hardcopy of the reading please visit Transmission during its opening hours. It would be great if you could bring a printed version along to the meeting.

Hope to see you there, mince pies will be on offer and mulled wine/beer in the pub after.

Elsa, Laura and Alice x

Readings available at http://otherfeministreaders.tumblr.com/

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Fail Better: PLAY FOR PALESTINE
Thursday, December 17 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

It was a wish of mine to tell you
A story of a dead nightingale
It was a wish of mine to tell you
The story
Were it not for this lip they cut

– Samih al Qasim

It’s our third Birthday and we’re raising money for the young people in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem. We’re coming together, having a party, and supporting the resistance against the daily injustices of the Israeli occupation. Bring some cash if you can, and chuck it in the bucket. Then, after the party, come to the AFTER PARTY. That’s right, there’ll be an after party in a lock up near by. Ace no?

And as well as that you can enjoy:

wirds being wielded by CAT HEPBURN

hings being said into a microphone by JACKAL TRADES

poems being read by NUALA WATT

tunes being played by RORY OB

bars being spat by TICKLE

and something else from DAVE WATSON

the whole night will be hosted by singer/songwriter extrordinaire NICOLA SIMPSON

then… stroll roon the corner to hear

the one and only CREATIVE MARTYRS

christmas cabaret banter fae THE BLACK DOVES

ended by tunes fae Fail Better’s very own sound dude FXWLL

Mon doon!

As ever, Fail Better is free, but if you can bring some cash to donate to the Lajee Centre in Aida Refugee Camp, Palestine, then we would really appreciate it. Safe.

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Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund Launch Event
Thursday, December 17 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

The Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund (RRAAF) is a new and autonomous alternative funding scheme initiated by artist Ellie Harrison and supported by 157 backers of a successful Kickstarter campaign (now the "RRAAF Founders"): rraafund.org/kickstarter

Once set up, RRAAF will use a wind turbine to generate energy to fund a ‘no strings attached’ grant scheme for art-activist projects in the UK.

The RRAAF project concept will be launched in Glasgow during December 2015 with a series of publicity stunts featuring the "RRAAF Mascot" – on Thursday 3rd outside Mono Cafe Bar as part of The Only Way is Ethics and on Thursday 10th outside the CCA Glasgow for ArtCOP Scotland.

These will culminate in this Launch Event at the CCA on Thursday 17th December 2015, 18:30 – 20:00. The event is FREE and open to all and will feature presentations and discussion by Ellie Harrison, Georgy Davis from Community Energy Scotland and some of the RRAAF Founders, as they outline the plan for making the RRAAF project a reality in the coming years.

CCA Website:
www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/560533a1f92a906b2c00000b

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#UNITEDWEDANCE /// UGFC Xmas Shindig 2015 ///
Friday, December 18 at 7:00pm – 12:0am
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

#UNITEDWEDANCE
United Glasgow Football Club invite you to come celebrate the festive period at our end-of-year Christmas Shindig.

Expect home cooked food courtesy of our culinary skilled players, a night of music from DJ’s and a fully stocked bar.

The night will give club members and friends of the team a chance to get together and celebrate another successful year. It gives United Glasgow an opportunity to raise some funds for the club from bar sales and a raffle on the night, so be generous and enjoy a drink.

The night will be from 7 until midnight and we will be asking for a small donation on the door for those who can afford it.

A Map of the Kinning Park Complex can be found here!
https://goo.gl/maps/Px2mtFH4yuD2

Underground – KPC is located very close to the Kinning Park underground station. When you come out of the station entrance it is up a little on your right – at about One O’clock. Literally a one minute walk.

Good transport links: KPC is opposite Kinning Park underground station, close to major bus routes, close to cycle routes, and has easy access on/off the M8. On Paisley Road West, the corner of Cornwall Street is marked by the Bellrock Bar, and on the opposite side of Paisley Road West by the Grapes Bar

Bus – KPC is on Cornwall Street, just off Paisley Road West which is a main bus route. Please check bus company timetables for details. Buses along Paisley Road West include:
Arriva – 36, 36E, 38, 38E; McGills – 38; First – 9, N9, 54, 54c, 56, 56a, 90, 121, 153

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G.U.S. M74 Christmas Party / Fundraiser
Sunday, December 20 at 7:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Fundraiser for the skatepark under the M74, with music from Holy Mountain, Joe Howe, Smack Wizards, and DJing by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai.

BYOB – Open Mic – Raffle Prizes

£3

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A Free Pride Christmas
Sunday, December 20 at 2:30pm – 6:30pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Christmas can be a tough time of year for LGBTQ+ folk, so to lighten the seasonal load we’re putting on a day of big queer Christmas fun!!!

Join us at Kinning Park Complex for an afternoon of fun, games, and festive food (made by our lovely Free Pride volunteers)! Make your own queer christmas decoration, take part in a Big Queer Christmas Quiz with the wonderful Gloria, and join in with some fun filled activities and games to get you in the Christmas spirit!

This is also a great chance to come along and get involved in Free Pride or just find out more about us- it’ll be a low key event with plenty of time to chat!

The event is FREE, although we will be taking donations for LGBT Unity Scotland so please give if you can!

—-ACCESSIBILITY INFO—-
We’ll have a quiet space available if you fancy taking a break, and gender neutral toilets will also be available. The Kinning Park Complex is a wheelchair accessible venue.

KPC is located on Cornwall Street, just off Paisley Road West and across the road from Kinning Park Subway. Buses along Paisley Road West include the McGills number 38 & 38A and First Bus 9, 9A & 10.

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The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities
Friday, January 22 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Register here — http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-arts-and-precarity-forging-new-solidarities-tickets-18587497706

This event combines radical cabaret with a day of academic-artist-activist workshop discussions.

Programmed in Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex, an autonomous, resident-led social centre, the event will bring together a transnational network of artist-activists and scholars to discuss strategies for analysing and resisting precarious labour in a time of austerity.

The Arts and Precarity Cabaret, January 22 — 7 pm till 11pm

The Arts and Precarity cabaret will feature five artists exploring and resisting public funding cuts, precarious work and labour inequalities through text, films, music and performance.

The Arts and Precarity Workshop, January 23 — 10 am till 6:00 pm

The workshop groups will discuss precarious work across many fields, from freelancers in the cultural sector to zero hours service and education workers, from undocumented agricultural labourers to interns and volunteers.

Featuring:

Min Sook Lee (professor of fine arts and award-winning filmmaker of ‘El Contrato,’ a documentary)

Harry Giles (performer, poet, and general doer of things — writer and performer of ‘All I Want for Christmas is the Downfall of Globalised Late Capitalism’)

Richa Nagar (professor and author of ‘Muddying the Waters: Co-authoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism’)

Geraldine Pratt (professor and author of ‘Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’)

Claire Askew (poet and award-winner of the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry)

They They Theys (poetry performance in English and BSL, melded with acoustic music and live visuals. Exploring disability, Deaf culture, class, race, gender and sexuality. Mostly mellow-ish, sometimes veering accidentally into punk)

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (intersectional queer & trans arts company established in Edinburgh in 2009)

Caleb Johnston (lecturer in Human Geography and co-author of ‘Theatre, Politics and Transnational Justice’)

Fran Higson (filmmaker of ‘United We Will Swim….Again,’ The extraordinary story of a community fighting to save their local swimming pool)

Free vegan and vegetarian lunch catered by Soul Food Sisters social enterprise.

(BSL interpretation provided. The building is wheelchair-accessible by ramp. There are heavy double doors so please get in touch if you want assistance upon arrival. There is a level-access wide/large cubicle in one of the toilets, but no fully-accessible or stand-alone single accessible toilet. All toilets are gender-neutral.)

For more info contact: creativesolidarities

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WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports
Saturday, January 23 at 6:00pm – 3:00am
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Tickets available in person at the WestGAP office Tuesdays and Fridays Also from tickets Scotland plus booking fee or via New Hellfire Club Glasgow with no booking fee. Get in there quickly folks don’t leave it till the last minute.

£15 waged £13 unwaged or WestGAP member.

WestGAP Fundraiser featuring

The Oppressed From Cardiff

Jock Sparra From Livingston

Random Scandal

The Fore Cups – An Ayrshire/Glasgow band usually known by another name but it involves a sweary word so changed to its rhyming pseudonym, so as not to offend ;-)

Aftershow party from 10.30pm till late with DJ set from Miss Laura Elite and the Mixed Up Vinyl Club spinning the best street sounds.

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against ill-considered policies and unfair decisions. All proceeds from this show will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, utilities, photocopying, stamps.

You can also become a member via the website, and get the tickets cheaper :-)

http://westgap.co.uk/

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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Critical Mass
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.

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United Glasgow

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc
https://www.facebook.com/groups/131129416972636/?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/groups/764904386887499/?fref=ts

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.

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Glasgow Events from 06/12/2016

Ooft!

It might be some weather outside, but the events coming up this week look worth braving the elements to get to. In addition to the info listed below there is also a bunch of films taking place under the banner of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQUIFF) that are worth checking out: http://www.sqiff.org/events/

We would also like to give a shout-out for our friends at the Govan Community Bike Workshop on 18 Brighton Place. They are looking for folks to head on down and lend a hand, not just with bike repairs but also doing all the little things that keeps the shop running smoothly like having a cuppa tea and talking with folks when things are busy. They are currently open most Saturday’s from 10am – 5pm if you want to pop in and say hi.

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LUX Scotland Presents: Who Needs A Heart By Black Audio Film Collective

Sunday, December 6 at 6:45pm

GFT, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

This controversial film from Black Audio Film Collective is a parable of political becoming and subjective transformation.

A record of life on the fringes between 1965-75, the film explores the forgotten history of British Black Power through the fictional lives of a group of friends caught up in the counter-cultural anti-hero, activist and charismatic social bandit Michael X.

Presented by LUX Scotland and introduced by Francis McKee (writer, curator and director of CCA Glasgow , Glasgow)

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Letters for LGBT+ Prisoners

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm

Offshore, 3 Gibson Street, G12 8NU

We’d like to invite everyone to join us on the 6th of December to write holiday cards and letters to LGBT+ prisoners. Queer and trans people are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated, and are a very vulnerable and often isolated group in prisons. We’ll be doing this through the holiday cards action of the organization Black and Pink, which among its other work (for prison abolition and reform) aims to help support LGBT+ prisoners.

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Archives of Dissent exhibition

Displayed until December 6

The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Organising from below is the cornerstone of the Archive which draws from collections of libertarian socialist activists in the west of Scotland. It is based in the Mitchell Library and the archive is being digitised. The exhibition will feature a selection from the archive.

Further Information

www.spiritofrevolt.info

E: info

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We Will Rise: Public meeting – building on the End Detention Weekend / Surround Dungavel – ways forward

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

MEETING – FOOD – MUSIC – CHILDCARE

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Queer Women in Love Trans-stravaganza: Bound and Netflix & Chips

Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Violet (Jennifer Tilly) longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend Caesar and seizes the chance when alluring ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) comes along. Violet and Corky enter into a clandestine affair and hatch a scheme to steal 2 million dollars of mafia money. The first film directed by trans woman Lana Wachowski and her brother Andy, Bound employed author and performer Susie Sexpert to choreograph its steamy sex scenes, and drew inspiration from classical Hollywood director Billy Wilder in its noir crime thriller approach to queer love.

Screening with short film Netflix & Chips, made by collective Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking as part of the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project. Star of Netflix & Chips, trans filmmaker, and vlogger supreme Kate Adair will join us for a Q&A. Plus we’ll have an intro to Bound by Glasgow University Film Studies lecturer Dr Allison Macleod.

Rated 18.

Entry by donation (pay what you can afford). Minimum £1 donation when booking online or pay any amount on the door.

Gender neutral toilets. Films screening with subtitles for accessibility. Q&A and intro BSL interpreted. The Andrew Stewart Cinema is wheelchair accessible. To reserve a place for a wheelchair or for more info, contact SQIFF via helen or on 07735 273 245.

Part of SQIFF presents: Queer Women in Love, a season of films by and about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet bfi.org.uk/love.

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Ideal Mexico Xmas Party: Islam Chipsy & EEK, Happy Meals, Dick-50, Merlin Nova, George Garthwaite

Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm – 11:45pm

The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, G4 9SE

Big end of year blowout featuring:

✯ ISLAM CHIPSY & EEK ✯

Happy Meals

Dick50

Merlin Nova

George Garthwaite

+ Ideal Mexico Kitchen AND DJs.

More Info below:

Islam Chipsy & EEK

Exploding out of Cairo, Egypt Islam Chipsy and his band EEK are a three-way force of nature described by those who’ve been caught in the eye of their storm as one of the most exciting live propositions on the planet. At the core of the group lies electro chaabi keyboard pioneer Islam Chipsy, whose joyous, freewheeling sonic blitz warps the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, as flanked by Islam Ta’ta’ and Khaled Mando raining down a percussive maelstrom behind dual drum kits. Trailblazing large scale festival appearances so far have included CTM, Trans Musicales de Rennes, Dour and Flow.

Happy Meals

Loved up multi-lingual analogue disco that makes words like ‘cosmic’ and ‘really really great’ seem insufficient.

DICK-50

Conspicuous non-consumption since 2012.

Merlin Nova

Artist, performer, radio host, sometime milk maid, Merlin Nova is always a unclassifiable joy.

George Garthwaite

GSA’s favourite laconic poet, able to move through moods of joy, hilarity and melancholy with just a few of those lovely (West) Yorkshire syllables.

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A Talk with James Kelman

Friday, December 11 at 10:30am – 12:00pm

Upstairs Community Room, Ibrox Library, 1 Midlock Street, G51 1SL

James Kelman, writer of short stories, novels and political commentary, gives a talk at Ibrox Writers in Ibrox Library. Free event open to public. Tea/Coffee/Snacks at “half-time”.

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Tasty Futures (Exhibition)

On until Friday, December 11

Savoy Centre, 140 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3DH

Who will grow our food in the future? What new foods will be on the market in 20 years time? Will 3D printers be a common kitchen appliance? How will technology disrupt the restaurant business? And, perhaps more importantly, will all these changes be healthy for ourselves and the environment?

Organised by Odd Studio, taking place in the Savoy Centre’s new Gallery Unit, as part of The Only Way is Ethics festival. The exhibition will present the output from a set of preceding workshops, showcasing the dioramas, and opening the debate to the general public, regarding our values and habits in the present day.

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Raspberry Pi Day

Saturday, 12 December from 10:00am until 4:00pm

Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, G4 0NG

The Raspberry Pi day is an event for all levels of ability and involvement. Several talks will be given during the day, covering the basics of the Raspberry Pi, as well as programming and electronics applications.

There will also be a laboratory area, with Raspberry Pis for hands on, interactive demonstrations and space for additional guest projects to be shared with those at the event.

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Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.

Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm

Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow

We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.

The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here: http://reelnews.co.uk/the-lesvos-blog/

This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation and Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group.

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Living Room Lectures presents #1 ‘HIT-GIRL: IS SHE REALLY A FEMINIST ICON?’

Monday, December 14 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact us on livingroomlecture15 for location

The character ‘Hit-Girl’ in the 2010 movie ‘Kick-Ass’ based on the Marvel comic of the same name, is an 11-year-old, vigilante superhero whom many argue is a feminist icon. Her character challenges gender stereotypes, and provides viewers with a self-confident female protagonist who is central to the plot, and is enjoyable to watch. Jane Goldman, co-scriptwriter of the film has said, “’[Hit-Girl is] a feminist hero by token of the fact that she pays no attention to gender stereotypes’” revealing tendencies towards the inclusion of feminist ideologies within ‘Kick-Ass’ from its production team. This presentation explores the potency of these ideologies as well as the possibility that patriarchal ideologies also remain within the movie. The analysis will focus on three main areas of discussion: the levels of agency Hit-Girl is afforded; the challenges she makes to gender stereotypes via her skilled violence; and her appearance.