Glasgow Events from 19/05/2015

Hi all,

Apologies about the later update, we’ve been swamped this weekend. Tonight it would be awesome if you can make it along to Govan and join in the conversation about the Farmhouse Project. It is a cracking attempt to keep common-held assets available to us all (rather than having the council sell them off to developers). Also, tomorrow evening, we’ll be putting on a presentation and discussion about anarchism and film, something a little less heavy going than our last two discussion group meetings.

Loads more to check out as well…


Community-led Research for Community Organising!

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm

Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

Interested to find out what we’ve got planned at the Farmhouse Project?

Want to share your ideas and get involved?

Keen to contribute to a discussion about the current and future status of the Farmhouse and Garden?

This won’t be your standard Public Meeting format – but an opportunity to explore the different elements of the project we’ve been putting together and for you to give us your feedback and ideas in a range of small group discussions.

It’ll also be an opportunity to find out how you can get more involved.

Snacks & refreshments provided by our brilliant caterer Joey!

Get in touch if you have any questions

PHONE: 07419373317

EMAIL: info



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:



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 ( 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 ( Also present will be MICKY DEY, playing his beautiful yet chilling, vast and sweeping yet intimate and gut-gripping songs of longing ( RORY PORTER will not be discouraged from reading a few story-poem-poem-stories starring private detectives, anti-Roman rebels and Warwickshire visionaries ( 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 ( 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 (

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.

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Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info:

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! 🙂


Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 30 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.


Dungavel Demo

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

Detention is a blight on our immigration system. People in Dungavel are being held indefinitely and some have been held for months and even years. Let’s show our opposition to detention and remember the people in the system.

Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your banners


Do we need feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day

Monday, June 1 at 10:00am – 6:00pm

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

What does feminism mean in the present day, and to what extent is the current attitude towards feminism different from the way feminism has been seen in the past? What are the legacies of second-wave feminism and what can we still learn from it today? Are younger generations of women aware of the persistence of sexism, sexual violence and gender inequality, and can feminism be useful in tackling these issues?

This workshop explores current attitudes towards feminism and its legacy in the present, and promotes discussions about the role feminism can play in the struggle for a more equal and less sexist society.


10-10.30/Welcome & Introduction

-Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library

-Dr Rosemary Elliot, Director of the Centre for Gender History

10.30-12.30/Do we need feminism today?

Keynote lecture: Prof Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh), Transforming the face of politics? Women politicians and the feminist campaigns that got them there

Respondent: Dr Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes)

Followed by roundtable discussion with:

-Louise MacKenzie and Judith Hunter, Glasgow City Council Equality Network

-Emma Ritch, Engender

12.30-13.30/Lunch break

13.30-14.45/Fighting sexual violence

Respondent: Dr Andrea Thomson (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Rosemary Elliot & Dr Annmarie Hughes (University of Glasgow), Language, the law and the question of consent: Historical perspectives on sexual violence in 20thcentury Scotland

-Hanna Brown, Rape Crisis Lanarkshire and STAMP (Stamp out Media Patriarchy) project leader

-Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (TBC)

-Kirsti Hay, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

14.45-15.15/Tea & coffee

15.15-17/Learning from feminism

Respondent: Dr Vikki Turbine (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Sarah Browne (Independent Researcher), Looking back, moving forward: Legacies and lessons from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland

-Dr Akwugo Emejulu (University of Edinburgh), title TBC

-Sophie Kromholz and Halina Rifai, TYCI Glasgow

17-18/Wine reception

See also Centre for Gender History website:

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE (or add yourself to the waiting list) @


Candid Plastic – Live Storytelling

Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm

The Griffin, 266 Bath Street, G2 4JP

An eve of TRUE STORIES told by you!

Whoever you are COME SHARE THE sordid DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE with an eager crowd over a lovely lil bevvy!

We are asking for stories about FAKING IT.. We’ve all been there.

Pretended you knew someone’s name for a year too long?

Can’t look someone in the eye?

Kept a diary back in the day?

(Bring it along, read a passage!)


There will also be a CONFESSION BOX being passed round for those feeling a little shy..Which we will dip into throughout the night!

So even if you don’t want to tell a story COME LISTEN!

Can’t wait to hear all your juice!


Email a brief description of your story to;


C u ther!


What is Happiness? And What Are Its Determinants? – Prof. Alex Wood | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, June 1 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

“Happiness” is a term thrown around in everyday conversation with very little thought given to what it actually means. Does it mean a balance of positive to negative moods? Life satisfaction? Living in line with culturally valued characteristics? Living in a country that doesn’t constrain potential? Each of these has different philosophical bases, and which definition we adopt shapes the lives we lead, and (via the government’s agenda of measuring and targeting of happiness) the societies in which we live. In this talk, Prof. Alex Wood will show that neither philosophy, social science, nor psychology is sufficient to explore “happiness” in isolation and an interdisciplinary approach is needed. Based on datasets of over 200,000 people, Alex will examine the relationship between happiness and income, personality, disability, employment, and a range of social science indicators.

Alex is Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science Centre at Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, which links the behavioural sciences (such as psychology) with the social sciences (such as economics and management) in order to better understand connections between economic, psychological, and health outcomes and their determinants. One of the youngest professors in UK history, Alex completed his BSc in Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2005 and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2008. From 2008 he worked in the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, initially as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, before accepting a Chair (full professorship) at the University of Stirling in 2012 at age 29. He has nearly 100 scientific publications and over £1 million in grant income, in recognition of which he was recently awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychology at the University of Manchester and the GSOEP prize for "Best Paper 2012-2013" (with Christopher Boyce). His hobbies include hill/mountain walking, philosophy, reading, and eating curry, but not all at the same time. His website is at and he’s on Twitter at

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

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.



Saturday, June 6 at 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

LGBT Unity Solidarity Group invite you to celebrate our community at the Queer Gaylidh Dance Party.

A ceilidh to get everyone dancing, and then some DJ sets by our awesome queer allies.

This is a party for everyone, and you’re very much invited.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everybody welcome


This is a fundraiser to keep the LGBT Unity Project as powerful as ever!


Tickets £3 on the door, free for asylum seekers and refugees



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.

£8 Adv





Roller Derby

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:


United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Now Recruiting

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

Rottenrow Gardens

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


Glasgow Parkour Girls 5km or 10km run!

Sat June 13th from 11am

We’re running 5km or 10km together, so pick your distance and start training!


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