First up a (slightly later than planned) Happy New Year! I hope everyone is getting through the dark winter and cold snow well, and looking forward to the year ahead. As we have been on a break there are plenty of events to catch up with. As ever, if you hear of anything you think should be on a future update then let us know (details at the bottom).
Now, without further ado…
Dying: What You Need to Know – Dr Margaret McCartney | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, January 19 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
We are dying older – a success. But we are also dying with more diseases, on more medication. Most people want to die at home, but relatively few do. Meantime, we are urged to ‘fight’ disease, and many medical interventions are oversold – from CPR to some cancer treatments. Whereas, it’s real ‘holistic’ medicine -hands on palliative and social care- that extends quality and quantity of life. What are the myths and reality of healthcare at the end of life?
Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ, regular contributor to Radio 4’s Inside Health, and author of two books. The Patient Paradox – why sexed up medicine is bad for your health – was published in 2012, and Living with Dying – finding care and compassion at the end of life – in 2014.
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.
Considering Emma: Queer Feminist History and Affective Method
Wednesday, January 21 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow, Room 916
Prof. Clare Hemmings (LSE) recent work on ‘feminist stories’ has drawn her towards thinking through Emma Goldman’s significance for contemporary gender and sexual politics. Goldman was an anarchist activist and thinker (1869-1940) who spent her life engaged in these question, but who did not identify as feminist; who was as insistent on the centrality of women’s emancipation to revolution as she was on the limits of the franchise. I am intrigued about what kind of history of feminist theory and practice might flourish if Goldman were to be included in that history, but without needing to reframe her as a feminist first in order to do so. I find Goldman helpful in thinking through this tension today, since a claim of ‘not being a feminist, but…’, particularly in young women, tends to be dismissed simply as apolitical or as a sign of the waning significance of a hard-fought for feminism, rather than approached as part of how people have long negotiated their dissatisfaction with gendered and sexual norms. Might Goldman help me to think through a contemporary feminist politics that does not rely on a feminist subject (of whatever gender), or endorse nostalgia for clearer feminist times order to make its claims?
LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: ALISTER SPENCE QUARTET
Thursday, January 29at 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD
We have a rare extra concert amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvelous mechanical sculptures this month, featuring the Alister Spence Quartet.
The band is led by Australian pianist/composer Alister Spence who is acclaimed as one of his country’s most distinctive and original contemporary jazz performers. His music blends texture, melody and improvisation with a unique and captivating compositional style.
Alister has toured internationally many times: including performances at the International Festival de jazz de Montreal, London Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra (India) and many others.
He has performed with many acclaimed and diverse artists such as Myra Melford, Mark Helias, Andy Sheppard, Satoko Fujii, Barre Phillips, Jim O’Rourke and Ed Kuepper and the Laughing Clowns.
The line-up of the quartet is:
Alister Spence (AUS): piano/samples
Raymond MacDonald (Scotland): alto/soprano sax
Joe Williamson (SWE): double bass
Dag Magnus Narvesen (NOR): drums/glockenspiel
Raymond and Alister have been performing together for close to 10 years.
This is the fourth European tour by the Alister Spence Quartet since 2009.
Winner 2014 Art Music Award for Everything Here Is Possible Alister Spence/Myra Melford
‘Beautiful, inspiring, and one of the best releases of 2014’ AllAboutJazz
‘Even the most assertive moments are marked by a thoughtful
curiosity.’ Downbeat Magazine
‘Rare musical insight’ The WIRE
‘The cutting edge of modern Australia defined’ Sydney Morning Herald
The performance will begin after 8pm, following the conclusion of Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show. Donations will be collected when the music’s over.
Glasgow Care Crisis – Cuts Cost Lives Conference
Saturday, January 31 at 12:00pm – 03:30pm
Unison Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1
Cuts Cost Lives!
Glasgow Care Crisis is an umbrella organisation of all those who are being impacted by these attacks and who are now resisting the closure of mental health, learning difficulties centres and care services.
The cuts to care services are not smart or fair, because they target vital services and they will only put greater pressure on other services which are already under pressure and lead to higher spending down the line.
These cuts are also very irresponsible because they immediately put vulnerable people with serious mental health problems under increasing stress and increased risk.
The recent attack on Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) where Glasgow Council Executive voted to cut 40% of its budget is the latest example of Glasgow City Council’s escalating attacks on the disabled and implementation of drastic austerity measures.
We urge all Glaswegians (and people living and working in and beyond Glasgow) to rally to support this important cause.
Glasgow Care Crisis Demands
1. No cuts and no charges for services.
2. Social care to be fully needs based and made accessible to all, eligibility should not be based on available resources.
3. Councils should sign and fulfil the ethical care charter and only use service providers that also meet this standard.
4. Independent arbitration should be used when disagreements arise over the assessment of needs/budget.
5. Day centres for those who want them. No one should be denied this choice.
Speakers include service users, carers and trade unionists from a wide range of care services: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Youth and Elderly Services. Leaders of political parties in Glasgow Council Exec (Labour, SNP and Greens) invited.
11:30am: Doors open/ Tea & Coffee
12 – 1:30pm: Care Crisis: Glasgow Council Cuts Will Cost Lives
1.30 – 2pm: Break
2 – 3:30pm: Organising to Defend Glasgow Services
FREE ENTRY! ALL WELCOME!
GRD Presents: Drag Party!
Saturday, January 31 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
On Saturday 31st January a wonderful mixed team of Glasgow Roller Derby skaters will take on Vagine Regime UK – a team of
queer-identified roller derby skaters from all over the country. (https://www.facebook.com/events/542034685933132/)
The game will be fantastic fun (come along!) but everyone knows that half the fun happens at the after-party, and what better way to celebrate after this particular game than with a wild and wonderful night of drag merriment?
That’s right! We will be holding a fantastically queer celebration and exploration of all things gendered and non-gendered, sequinned and hairy. Dust off your top hat! Wax your moustache! Crack out the heels, the waistcoats, the jumpsuits and the fezzes, 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.
There will be a lip-syncing competition, as well as great tunes from GRD’s resident DJ-duo-extraordinaires Summer Slams – All brought to you by your hosts for the evening, Suffra Jett, Rogue Runner and Mona Rampage.
Sounds amazing, right?
Garnethill Multicultural Centre — £3 entry — queer cloakroom by donation — cheap bar — good times
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 at Glasgow Roller Derby would never wish to create an environment in which transness or gender presentation are 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
Radical Childcare Collective
Sunday, February 1at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
We are going to have a meet ; swap some of our abundances; have some awesome activities and stimulating chat. Please feel free to offer an activity/idea or bring some baking. Tea and milk will be provided. We will also collect donations to cover the hall. We are lucky to have a large space here too. Let us know if you would like to help set up !
What’s the Fracking Problem? | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, February 2 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
A discussion on facking. Details to follow.
Universal Credit (A Workshop)
Saturday, February 7 at 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)
Universal Credit merges six income-based benefits for working age people. We are told this is to “make work pay, achieve fairness and simplify the system”.
In this workshop we will look at why these three aims are important to the state, the measures the state takes to realise them, and what these measures will mean for us: worse conditions in and out of work.