Glasgow Events from 19/11/2015

Hi all,

Another week, another events update! Of note is that today, up until 7PM, there is an open day for the sex worker rights Umbrella Lane project, while this evening is a meet-up of the Anti-Raids Network who are going up against the racist UKBA to stop them doing stuff like this:

Also, for those of you that missed it, we were able to film our recent talk by Mario, a Cuban anarchist who is part of the re-emergent anarchist movement in Cuba and is part of the Caribbean-wide Anarchist Federation. It’s a long’un, but well worth a listen:

As ever if you know of any events we should be publicising then drop us a line, and if you know anyone who would like to have these sent out by email then please direct them to the link at the bottom of this update. Now, without further ado…


Umbrella Lane Open Day
Thusday, November 19 at 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Umbrella Lane in Mercat House, The Hidden Lane, 1103 Argyle Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 8ND

On Thursday the 19th of November, Umbrella Lane open its doors to all sex workers, allies, and activists who wish to know more about project and how they can support us!

Umbrella Lane is a sex worker-led peer project based in West End of Glasgow which offers free condoms, safety and legal information and support to all sex workers.

During our open day, we invite all sex workers and allies to come and meet us over a cup of tea and cakes. Come see the space and the possibilities it offers! If you or your organisation are looking to share a space with like-minded social justice activists, please come talk to us!

We would particularly like to hear from LGBT, Migrants, Women or Labour organisations (and collectives and their members so that we can support each other’s struggles.

Contact us in advance or comment on the event page for more info!

Accessibility: Umbrella Lane has two small and medium rooms located at the end of a (quite) narrow corridor and few steps. Please contact us if you need measurements or other information.


Thursday, November 19 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

The next public meeting of the Glasgow Anti-Raids Network. If you want to get involved then come along and see how you could help!



Late Night Sketchy – An Evening with The Girobabies
Friday, November 20 at 7:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

`the clock struck Three and it were late night sketchy`

after the sold out album launch party we decided to give all our fans a free Glasgow gig as a thank you for their support of the `Who Took Utopia?` LP
we`re going to use this as the place to launch our new single `Late Night Sketchy` which will be available on home-made limited edition CDs for those who can attend and will include a collection of incredible remixes from a host of our talented frineds
we chose McCuills because we like McCuills . Friendly atmosphere, good sound engineer, decent drinks selection, cracking pool table and quality food. The only catch with McCuills is it`s half the size of Stereo and we`re making it free entry so best get there for kick off around 7pm-ish

We promise you an extended full band Girobabies set plus rare sets from other band members other things what they do you may not be aware of:

aka ‘The Fresh Prince of Pitlochry’ . Giros drummer and accomplished solo artist in his own right . He has a new album out next month so he is dusting off his funk hat and soul shoes to serenade you with some audio gold.

the bassist in tne band also fronts her own blistering punk rock two piece band with her sister called The Twistettes. Jo also knows how to rock a solo show and she may have a special guest 😉

the guitarist and producer of the band can turn his hand to any kind of style or genre. His ever elusive Sun Dogs moniker has a cult following online and this will be a rare chance to hear the tunes that make him tick in the flesh

lyricist and band frontman also walks around saying hings into microphones in his spare time from Hip Hop to Poetry to Comedy. Not sure what the Jackal Trades set will entail yet but can assure you it will be a hing

running order:

19:00 Jackal Trades (feat. Mark McG )
19:30 Jo D’arc (The Twistettes)
20:00 Gordy Duncan Jr
20:30 The curtains
21:30 The Girobabies
22:30 Sun Dogs Production (DJ set)


Saturday, November 21 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

Glasgow Women’s Library is proud to host an evening of trans women-focused readings and performance as part of the Topside Press UK and Ireland tour.

Featuring North American trans women writers, Imogen Binnie and Casey Plett, the night will also include performances by Glasgow-based trans women, a brief Q & A, and an introduction to the Glasgow Women’s Library as well as its trans archive.

Founded in 2011, Topside Press is an independent publisher focused on trans fiction and based in New York City. This tour aims to connect trans women artists from North America with their European counterparts, to foster creativity and community.

Please join us for what is sure to be an evening of art, performance (with more than a bit of humour) at the Glasgow Women’s Library!


Glasgow Transgender Day of Remembrance
Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA

Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually in memory of all the trans people who have lost their lives through hate crimes and suicide in the last year, and throughout all time. It is traditionally held on the 20th of November, but we have chosen to hold it on the 21st, because it’s a weekend and hopefully more people will be able to attend. So far there have been 71 recorded murders of trans women in 2015, with many more unreported and countless numbers lost to suicide. This is a day of mourning, and a day of coming together as a community.

There will be speeches, and members of the public are encouraged to share their own stories. However, we ask that only transgender people speak at this event. Allies are more than welcome, but are asked to respectfully listen and create space for trans people’s voices to be heard.

This event is being held by the people who organized the Leelah’s Law Demonstration for Transgender Rights here in Glasgow last March, along with the LGBT+ societies of Strathclyde University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of Glasgow.

Open to transgender people and allies of all ages, regardless of affiliation to any university or organization.

More information and updates in the coming weeks.


Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen – November Edition
Saturday, November 21 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Winter is upon us! Warm the cockles of your heart and fill your stomachs for £3.50 at our next Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen! This time the culinary extravaganza will consist of:

Starter- Caesar Salad (Veni, Vidi, Vegan!)
Main- Beetroot-lentil and mushroom pasties with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy (Granny’s secret recipe)
Dessert- Atole (A smooth hot drink from Mexico, you Gringos) with biscuits

Please bring along your own beverages, glasses and tap water will provided.

Clean those gills, brave the gales and see you all at the Kinning Park Complex!


The Vegan People’s Kitchen is a non-profit event that is:
* offering a cheap, inclusive, ethical and healthy meal
* About anti-capitalism, shared responsibility and mutual aid
* A chance for the community to get together and socialise

We serve exclusively vegan food because it is:
* ethical
* environmentally more sustainable
* cheap


Queer Women in Love: Kanchi Wichmann Workshop (Glasgow)
Sunday, November 22 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Kanchi Wichmann is a BAFTA-nominated British filmmaker, best known for the lesbian feature Break My Fall. Trained in film and TV production, Kanchi has also written and directed various short films as well as working on many more film sets in differing roles. This workshop is designed for those with filmmaking ambitions and ideas to learn more about practical aspects of directing and film language.

The workshop will take place 12-2pm and Kanchi’s film Break My Fall will screen at 3pm with food and drink available by donation in between.

£3. To book tickets please use the button on

We have a number of free tickets to give away. If you can’t afford the ticket price for any reason, please email helen or call 07735 273 245 to register for free entry.

BSL interpretation will be available on the day. Kinning Park is a wheelchair accessible venue: a ramp to access the building and level access once inside with an accessible toilet.


Radical Childcare Collective: Autumn Meet-up
Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Email for location

Come reconnect and chat all things radical childcare.

What have we been upto so far?
What do we want from the group as the seasons change?
How do we support those with caring responsabilities?
What does radical childcare actually mean or look like?

Open to those with kids, and those without, as well as the kids themselves!

We will meet in Ibrox in a livingroom (please email rumtruffles for address). Bring nibbles to share if you fancy and anything specific that entertains your little ones.

See you there!


Glasgow Feminist Collective bloc at Reclaim the Night
Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00pm
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, G12 0UE

Support sex workers rights! No whorephonbia in my feminism! Join Glasgow Feminist Collective marching as part of a trans and sex worker inclusive bloc at Glasgow Reclaim the Night. Look for the red umbrellas and join in there.

Whose streets? Our streets!


Banner Tales of Glasgow – Illustrated Booklet Launch Event
Thursday, November 26 at 11am until 1pm
Mitchell Library, Blythswood Room


St Andrew’s Day Anti-racism March and Rally
Saturday, November 28 at 10:30am
Glasgow Green

No Racism: Refugees Welcome Here

Assemble: 10:30am Glasgow Green
March Off: 11am
Rally: 12 noon Glasgow Film Theatre

The rally will be an opportunity to hear the voices of refugees making Scotland their home.


One Hundred Years On: The Rent Strikes of 1915
On now until Wednesday, November 28
Mitchell Library (foyer area), G3 7DA

Exhibition created by Spirit of Revolt archives of dissent to celebrate the Glasgow Rent Strike and other related events from 1915.


Conference: 100 Years On: Rediscovering the 1915 Clydeside Rent Strikes
Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00am – 5:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

With the emergence of industrial capitalism, and the decline of the landed aristocracy, Keynes envisaged the ‘euthanasia of the rentier’ across the economic spectrum. Yet, with UK manufacturing in seemingly terminal decline, rent has returned with a vengeance. In particular, housing market speculation is now central to capital accumulation, producing disastrous social effects: the subprime crisis, housing privatisation, rack-renting, spiralling house prices, mortgage debt, gentrification, foreclosure, eviction, displacement, homelessness and over-crowding.

With the political economy of housing increasingly resembling the situation of 100 years ago, re-interpreting the 1915 Rent Strikes is an urgent necessity. Since community struggles over housing, social reproduction and consumption – typically undertaken by impoverished tenants and residents without funding or institutional support – have often been poorly recorded and analysed, rediscovering the rent strikes has much to teach us in the present era

With the present housing crisis in mind, contributors to a forthcoming book on the Rent Strikes (co-editors, Neil Gray and Sarah Glynn) will explore new historical interpretations of the Rent Strikes and their present relevance. These presentations will explore rent strikes beyond Glasgow, eviction struggles, housing privatisation, rent, the case for public housing and a range of contemporary housing struggles. They will be followed by Q and A sessions and a facilitated round table discussion on the contemporary housing question. We are interested in how a re-interpretation of the Rent Strikes can contribute to current housing struggles. This is a conference for academics and activists and anyone else who is interested, and presentations will be accessible without specialist knowledge. All welcome.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, and a vegetarian lunch will be provided. We regret that no crèche service is available, but parents are welcome to bring their own children. Please contact us with any special needs and we will try our best to resolve them (Contact: Neil Gray: neilgray00; Sarah Glynn: SarahRGlynn).

Getting there:
Full schedule, and research resources available here:


Archives of Dissent exhibition
Sunday, November 29 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
E: info


Blame Your Parents! – Professor Kevin O’Dell
Monday, November 30 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Doors open at 7pm. Kickoff at 7.30

What makes you different from your friends and family? Why do you look and behave as you do? Everything about you is a product of your genes, your environment or some combination of the two. But which bits of you, if any, are entirely genetic in origin? I any case all your genes and more of your environment is determined by your parents, so is it fair to blame them for the way you are?

Kevin O’Dell is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Glasgow as well as an award-winning science communicator. His academic work focuses on genes and sex-specific behaviour in the fruit fly, using and using flies as a model of human mitochondrial disease, especially deafness. In 2014 he received the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Innovator in Public Engagement Prize for his outstanding contribution to public engagement through his skills in both genetics and communication. For the last six years he has also been working with Time-Tastical Productions on their Zombie Science and Superhero Science shows.


This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.


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.


Banner Tales of Glasgow night at the Old Hairdresser’s
Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00pm until 9:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

A night of political film, song and conversation.
see for details


The Man Who Never Died: Joe Hill Song Night
Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

One hundred years on from Joe Hill’s execution, this night will be a celebration of his songs and legacy. The Songs of ‘Joe Hill’ are celebrated worldwide. He wrote them in the period, 1910-15, the last 20 months being held in prison in Utah on a trumped-up charge of double-murder. The Songs were inspired by the ‘Wobbly’ song tradition, which satirised religious and popular song.

Joel Hagglund was born in Gavle, Sweden on 7 October 7 1879. In 1902, with both parents dead, he and his brother Paul emigrated to the USA. For the next 12 years he train-hopped as a hobo, getting employment as a mechanic, longshoreman, machinist, logger and musician.

In 1908 he changed his name to Joseph Hillstrom after being blacklisted when organising Chicago machinists. Radicalised, in 1910, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (‘The Wobblies’) in San Pedro, California, as a dockworker. Composing songs, he travelled as an Agitator from Hawaii to Canada, taking part in Free Speech Fights and organizing all the working class in One Big Union.

Working in Utah in the winter of 1913/14, he was arrested after a local grocer (an ex-policeman) and his son were shot dead. As a Wobbly and a hobo, shot in a separate incident, Hill became a convenient fall guy.

In prison, he corresponded with IWW Orator, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and wrote songs. Despite an international campaign, the State Governor, William Spry refused to heed pleas for a retrial or clemency from the Federal US and Swedish governments. He was executed by firing squad on 19 November 1915. A funeral was held on 25 November in Chicago and his ashes were sent to every state in America with IWW locals, and also abroad to Australia and other countries.

It was a turbulent period when many IWW labour activists were assassinated, with employers using vigilante groups to liquidate unrest. But Joe Hill has become a legend and a role-model as an ethically-driven, musically-gifted lyricist, who continues to inspire those seeking social justice.

On facing execution, Joe Hill stated ‘Don’t waste time mourning, organise!’



je suis LA(-BAS)
Thursday, December 3 at 7:00pm – 10:30pm (performances), then until 3:00am (afterparty)
Stereo, 20 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

£12 / Union Member or Zero Contract: £8 / Student: £6 / Unwaged: £5 / After 11pm: £3

Join your hosts Mischief La-Bas for a fantastic night of ethical fun and performance! An exciting line up of invited Artists will explore, inform, challenge and entertain with work inspired by the notion of ‘ethics’. With funding from Creative Scotland, Mischief La-Bas is able to support the Artists in developing their work for this night. In turn you will be supporting the Artists as 100% of ticket sales will be split between them. After such a generous night of ethical exchange Mischief invites you to party with amazing DJ’s courtesy of Stereo.


Thursday, December 3 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Our pre-Christmas First Thursday music event at Sharmanka promises to be very special, as Alan Davidson, aka Kitchen Cynics, travels from Aberdeen to play amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. Appearances by Kitchen Cynics in Glasgow are all too rare and this show is not to be missed!

The Kitchen Cynics set will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s own 7pm show has concluded, so a little after 8.

Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave following the performance.


Ideal Mexico Xmas Party: Islam Chipsy & EEK, Happy Meals, Dick-50, Merlin Nova, George Garthwaite
Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm – 11:45pm

Big end of year blowout featuring:
Happy Meals
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.

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.


Raspberry Pi Day
Saturday, 12 December from 10:00 until 16:00
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.


WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports
Saturday, January 23, 2016 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 🙂




Kilt-ical Mass
Friday, 27th of November at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town. This month, just for fun, we will be turning up with kilts and other tartan tat to adorn our bikes and make the journey a little more bracing and fun!


Glasgow Roller Derby Home Teams 2015 Season
Saturday, November 28 at 12:00pm
Glasgow Caledonian University ARC

Come and see the GRD Bad Omens GRD Death Stars and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks fighting it out for intra-league supremacy. It’s guaranteed to be a great day of roller derby!

Approximate timings for the day:
11:30 Doors open
11:50 Team skateouts
12:00 Bad Omens vs Death Stars
13:25 Bad Omens vs T-Wrecks
14:50 Death Stars vs T-Wrecks


United Glasgow

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

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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