Just a wee note to say that there is a load of events this weekend, so take a quick look. Also, we are going to try out having a sports section at the end of each update containing local United Glasgow FC fixtures, roller derby matches, and parkour jams, rather than fit things into the main listing. Getting this together so it appears in the main lising in order has proved quite difficult and a LOT of work for us in the past, so let us know if this works out for you or not.
ARTWASH Book Launch by Mel Evans and Platform
Saturday, May 9 at 5:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
Artwash explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts, focusing on the deep-rooted relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them. In the wake of massive environmental disasters created by the oil industry, companies such as BP and Shell are using arts sponsorship as a calculated PR exercise to ‘artwash’ their soiled reputations.
"This fascinating book delves deeply into art sponsorship, one of the more insidious tools that the fossil fuel industry deploys to maintain its power." NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
Mel Evans provides a gripping exposé of this practice and raises important questions about artistic censorship and complicity, as art institutions find themselves inextricably associated with Big Oil. Artwash shows how the ties that bind our cultural centres to Big Oil can be broken once and for all.
Joined by local artists and theatre makers, come along to this FREE event to discuss Big Oil and the arts, corporate sponsorship and the ethical questions facing artists and arts organisations.
Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am
The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP
International conference in Glasgow.
Early registration required.
Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.
Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.
The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.
This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with
Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp
Saturday, May 9 at 11:00am to May 10 at 11:00pm
Faslane Peace Camp
We will be painting and poster making from 11am on both the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!
Dance for Nepal – Creative Dance for kids
Sunday, May 10 at 4:00pm to 6:00PM
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
A creative dance class for children – under 5’s (4 pm to 4.40)and 6-10 yrs ( 4.45 – 5.45)
The workshop is Free but donations are very welcome to raise funds for a project to rebuild a village in Nepal
If you are unable to attend please feel free to donate anyway! : )
The F Word
Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm to May 12 at 10:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
Glasgow School of Art’s Feminist Society present The F Word; an intersectional dialogue on contemporary feminist perspectives. The exhibition takes place over two nights, and will consist of students and graduates from GSA addressing questions of gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity and class equality through artistic practice, including illustration, painting, sculpture, photography and design.
We will also be launching our new zine "That’s what she said" – featuring short stories, poems, opinion pieces, artwork, and other forms of expression from women of Glasgow.
6pm till late
11th-12th May 2015
The Old Hairdressers
Free entry. Drinks and DJs who are girls.
Turn Me On, Dammit!
Saturday, May 16th at 3:00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL
Sex in the Women’s Library Film Season
A season of films designed to put women’s sexuality on the screen, curated by the Young Programmers. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network. These events are women-only (trans-inclusive).
Turn Me On Dammit! (15)
In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.
This screening takes place at The Arches and will be followed by a song writing workshop with feminist musical guests. Part of the Arches Sexology weekend.
Saturday 16th May, 3pm to 6pm
The Arches, Glasgow
This screening is free to attend and you can book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you book a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can make the place available for someone else.
This film is subtitled. We can arrange a sign language interpreter for this screening. Please contact Laura on 0141 550 2267 for more information.
Turn Me On, Dammit! is a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy film premiered in 2011. It is based on Olaug Nilssen’s novel of the same name. Set in Skoddeheimen, a fictional small town in western Norway, the film is about Alma (Helene Bergsholm), a 15 year old girl and her sexual awakening.
Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP
– free entry –
Are you interested in…
– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?
…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:
– micro RiB bookstall –
– gardening books reference shelf –
– plant sale & seed swap –
– refreshments –
More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/
Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch
Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm
Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX
A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.
Anarchists and the Silver Screen
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.
Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?
The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.
Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan
Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)
A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.
Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm
Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB
A free entry benefit show of poetry, stories and songs from clean-living, well-adjusted, fairly-young people hosted by Glasgow’s newest zine of words and pictures.
Proceedings are set to include highly-evolved poetic incisors chowing down on the meat of human relationships and leaving the truthy bones bare for all to see in the poems of CATHERINE MADDEN (www.catherinemadden.wordpress.com). CHRISSY BARNACLE, singer and player of musical magical realism so magic you’ll float slightly above the floor and so real you’ll discover your teeth were clenched without your knowledge, will be singing and playing (www.chrissybarnacle.bandcamp.com). Also present will be MICKY DEY, playing his beautiful yet chilling, vast and sweeping yet intimate and gut-gripping songs of longing (www.soundcloud.com/mickydey). RORY PORTER will not be discouraged from reading a few story-poem-poem-stories starring private detectives, anti-Roman rebels and Warwickshire visionaries (www.overturnoverturn.tumblr.com) and you can also expect tall tales and street stories from SEAN CAIRNS, a man born in a crossfire hurricane equidistant between love, hate, Edinburgh and Glasgow (www.hingstotell.tumblr.com). Perhaps most excitingly of all the West Coast’s own DANGLE MANATEE will be regaling those assembled with folk songs, volk stories and perhaps even a pueblo play sure to solicit affects both Brechtian and sublime (www.danglemanatee.bandcamp.com).
This free show will be a benefit for The Samaritans and The Campaign Against Living Miserably so bring a pocketful of change. Forza Issue #1 will be on sale for £2 on the night and ALL proceeds will go to the above charities.
Critical Mass: May-BEES!
Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm
6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.
General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)
As with last month:
We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!
The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! 🙂
Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm
The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG
Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.
Tier 1 of the British Roller Derby Champs will be battling it out in the final round to see who is victorious and who can be named the British Roller Derby Champions. Competing are Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Central City Rollergirls, Glasgow Roller Derby, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Tiger Bay Brawlers
Approximate timings for the weekend are
Saturday, May 30
12-2pm: Game 1 – Rainy City v CCR
2-4pm: Game 2 – Grd v MMR
4-6pm: Game 3 – Arrg v TBB
Sunday, May 31
10.30-12.30pm Game 4 – Rainy City v GRD
12.30-2.30pm Game 5 – MMR v TBB
2.30-4.30pm Game 6 – CCR v ARRG
Tickets are available as weekend passes for £12 or day tickets for £7 and as always children under 14 go free. There are only 200 tickets available each day so snap them up before they’re all gone and prepare to see some epic Derby.
tickets available: http://glasgowrollerderby.com/
United Glasgow FC
Womans 5 and 11-a-side
These sessions still on at Firhill Complex on Monday evenings – everyone welcome!
We’re also still looking for some additional players for our 11-a-side team who’ve entered the SWFL Division 2 West this season. If you’re still looking for a team then get in touch!
Training costs only £1 per week and the team has already been invited to play in Bristol during the July break and to other tournaments in Ireland and France.
Come and get involved!
Parkour Scotland Spring Term – (4th April – 23rd May)
Saturday, May 23
Parkour Scotland is launching in Glasgow, starting with it’s new spring term class led by David Banks.
Just five pounds gets you a session with one of the top and most innovative coaches in the UK. The session will be followed by a supervised jam for you all to train with your peers and try out some of the new technique’s learn’t in class as well as sharing some of your own.
This class is recommended for all levels. From new coaching techniques, to mastery of the fundamentals of Parkour as well as their application this class has something for everyone.
Meet at Rottenrow Gardens at 11.50 to settle before the class begins. Show-ups are welcome on the day but priority will be given to those who email and book in advance.
Contact – davidbankscp
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