Events from the 28th September onwards

Hi folks,

After a rather busy week we have a few more events coming up that may be of interest. Arika will be finishing up their weekend of events with a day of interesting performance and presentation at the Tramway. On the 1st there is an open day for volunteering at the Unity Night Shelter as well as a night of silent films at the Panopticon music hall. Also worth keeping in mind that the Document film festival is coming up soon, keep an eye on it here:

So without further ado…


Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way – Arika
Sunday, September 28 at 2:00pm – 11:00pm
Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE

Day Three of Episode 6 (Fri 26 – Sun 28 Sept) looks at the art and politics of wayward communities who refuse to be bound by the fictions of race and sex over 3 days of performance, screenings and discussion at Tramway.

Reina Gossett, Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair – From Subjection to Subjection
14:00 – 16:00

How are categories of race, sex, sexuality, gender and class mobilised to criminalise communities and create and maintain such carceral spaces? And how are people organising in realisation that it is not enough to work to reform the system, but that the system itself is the problem? Reina Gossett is Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. Saidiya Hartman is a leading cultural critic and writer on blackness and slavery. Charlene Sinclair is the Director of Centre for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy at Union Theological Seminary.

Dreams are Colder than Death – Arthur Jafa
16:45 – 18:00

Using a range of tactics that resist the white cinematic gaze, Arthur Jafa’s most recent film asks what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. Grounded not in sequence but in the interrelation of a constellation of voices, bodies and images, the film maps out black relationships with early and frequent death, with violence, with fantasy, with love and with memory, assembled from footage of Charles Burnett, Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Portia Jordan and Storyboard P, poet Fred Moten, and of everyday black life.

Icon Ayana Christian, Legendary Co-founder Michael Roberson Garcon, Reina Gossett, Fred Moten and Charlene Sinclair – Realness

19:00 – 20:45

Black, queer and trans bodies tell stories. Often they are multilingual – talking to numerous cultures, telling many stories simultaneously. Portraying a sense of ‘realness’, conforming to a set of socially prescribed norms so that you can walk streets safely, is self-defence. Ayana Christian and Michael Garçon are both leaders in the Ballroom community. Reina Gossett works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Charlene Sinclair is the Director of Centre for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy. Fred is one of the great poets, and theorists of blackness and fugitivity.

Fred Moten and Miss Prissy – Mutual Instruments
22:00 – 22:30

How might you un-sensationalize yourself? How does the voice or the body remember having been moved by others, with others? How might it feel at ease with the fugitive, at peace with the pursued, at rest with the ones who consent not to be one? Can our favourite Vegas-born poet of prophetic blackness and a South Central transmuter of social rage into beauty feel through each other?

Access with a £6 Sunday Day Pass or with a £14 Festival Pass.

Also this day:
Dance Workshop with Miss Prissy and Glasgow Open Dance School
11:00 – 13:00

A movement-based workshop with Miss Prissy and Glasgow Open Dance School What are the politics of how we teach, learn and listen with our bodies? How can dancing be a form of activism within a community? What are the experiences of women within an artform like Krump, which is often thought of as male dominated, or aggressive?

This workshop is free, and no dance experience is necessary. However, at present it is currently fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list email

We’ll be doing Facebook event pages for each of the days of the Episode – Fri 26, Sat 27 and Sun 28.

Got any questions – FB us or email


The Dark Side of the Universe – Dr Catherine Heymans | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Just over 95% of our universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions. While the gravity of dark matter slowly pulls structures in the universe together, dark energy fuels the universes accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes to map out the invisible dark matter in our Universe and confront different theories on the dark universe. She will explore this dark enigma and describe where we will look next in our search for darkness. It is widely believed that in order to truely understand the dark universe we will need to invoke some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.

Catherine Heymans is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, a European Research Council Fellow and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory KiDS analysis team, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Since completing her PhD at Oxford University in 2003, Catherine has held fellowships from the Max-Planck Institute and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. When she is not busy unveiling the mysteries of the Universe or enthusiastically lecturing undergraduates, she can usually be found building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with her three small children.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair uses.


Night Shelter Volunteer Recruitment Open Day
Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Contact for full info

On Wednesday 1st October we’re planning a Volunteer Recruitment Open Day at the Night Shelter for people to come and find out a bit more about volunteering at the night shelter.

There’ll be a tour of the shelter as well as people talking about their experiences of volunteering as well as some of the men who stay at the shelter explaining what the shelter means to them.

It will be an ideal opportunity for anyone who has thought about volunteering at the night shelter to find out more about what it is like and what volunteering at the shelter involves.


Silent Films at the Panopticon
Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hallm 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD

Did you know Glasgow is home to the world’s oldest surviving music hall, erected in 1857?

Did you also know they’re hosting a FREE evening of old Chaplin and Georges Melies films (Melies being a pioneer of cinematic special effects best known for “that music video Smashing Pumpkins did on Melancholy And The Infinite Sadness”)?


Forming the Social Centre Collective
Thursday, October 9 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The next in a series of meetings to form a social centre collective. After our last meet we decided that all members of the collective would work towards a shared set of aims & principles (both in terms of the ideals of any project we undertake and the physical requirements of such a project) and work towards a shared safer space policy that every collective member would actively work to uphold.

This meeting looks to carry on the conversation about what these will all look like.


RiB at Document
Saturday, October 11 at 12:00pm until late
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The Radical Independent Bookfair will be doing a one day stall this year at our favourite human rights documentary film festival. We will be located up in the balcony. Setting up in the morning for a lunchtime opening we will likely be open till after the last film comes out.


Document 12 Electron Club Saturday 11th Oct CCA Suchiehall Street

Spirit of Revolt, display Con&Wealth Games, film SoR Archive Project
and discussion, Saturday 11th Oct – Electron Club at 12 noon, Beside
RIB Bookstall.

Spirit Of Revolt (SoR) Short film, chat and mini exhibition about the
Spirit of Revolt. SOR set up 2 years ago and is an important project
to come out of the Glasgow. As an archive of dissent it digs up and
preserves Glasgow’s,Clydeside’s and wider Anarchist and
Libertarian-Socialist past and present. The everyday struggle for a
fairer life has industrial and cultural activism at heart, a
colourful and empowering history. Come and find out what SOR does and
how you could turn Glasgow’s radical history into useful tools for
future action.

Common Good Awareness Project. Film and discussion Electron Club
Film 2:00 Discussion 3:00 Saturday 11th

The film was made to create awareness and understanding of the
Common Good, and to support the Portobello Park campaign, where a
dangerous president through the use of private bills could have a
devastating effect on Common Good assets across the country.

We will be discussing 3 aspects concerning Common Good:

1. Scotland’s Common Good Fund is 500 years of our common stuff! Our
publicly owned assets preserved from across Scotland are now worth
tens of millions of pounds. But their value has dwindled mostly due
to mismanagement of the fund, by elected city councillors who are
its stewards. We believe these assets, part of our working class
history, should be used for us – as a social networking tool across
the country, to help empower communities, particularly young folk,
who will lose most if these assets are allowed to conveniently

2. The Farmhouse The farmhouse is an old building in Elder Park,
Govan and is part of the Common Good Fund. By being transformed into
an independent resource centre by us, we are creating a template
for Scotland, showing others how to identify and bring Common Good
assets back into community use.

3. Participatory Action Research The Farmhouse Project involves
everyone from planning it, building skills as well as deciding how
the resource will be used. By practicing new skills like filming,
audio, interviewing, presenting and documentation the project will
capture key interests and concerns. Our local issues are actually
city wide so the research could be spread across the city. Come and
find out how we will do this.

Contact info: bob@citystrolls
_______________________________________________ SOR mailing list


Would you eat a GM Chicken? – Prof. Helen Sang | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, October 13 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

The recent development of a range of technologies for genetic modification of animals means that the possibility of genetically modified farm animals being licensed for human consumption is getting closer. What are these technologies, and what are the applications that are being developed? The current regulations for licensing GM animals for food, including the differences between assessing GM animals and plants, will be discussed. Many of the objections to the use of GM technologies relate to societal issues rather than technological risks, so how does this relate to possible introduction of GM animals for food?

Professor Helen Sang was born in Edinburgh but went to high school in Brighton. She is a geneticist and molecular biologist, with a degree and PhD from Cambridge University. She continued her research career with postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and Edinburgh universities. Since the 1980s, she has led a research group at the Roslin Institute (famous as the home of Dolly the sheep), with a research goal to develop methods for genetic modification of chickens with applications in basic biomedical research and for improving chicken breeds, particularly for enhancing resistance to major diseases including bird flu.

Doors open at 19:00 for a start at 19:30 sharp.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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