Glasgow Events from 06/12/2016


It might be some weather outside, but the events coming up this week look worth braving the elements to get to. In addition to the info listed below there is also a bunch of films taking place under the banner of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQUIFF) that are worth checking out:

We would also like to give a shout-out for our friends at the Govan Community Bike Workshop on 18 Brighton Place. They are looking for folks to head on down and lend a hand, not just with bike repairs but also doing all the little things that keeps the shop running smoothly like having a cuppa tea and talking with folks when things are busy. They are currently open most Saturday’s from 10am – 5pm if you want to pop in and say hi.


LUX Scotland Presents: Who Needs A Heart By Black Audio Film Collective

Sunday, December 6 at 6:45pm

GFT, 12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

This controversial film from Black Audio Film Collective is a parable of political becoming and subjective transformation.

A record of life on the fringes between 1965-75, the film explores the forgotten history of British Black Power through the fictional lives of a group of friends caught up in the counter-cultural anti-hero, activist and charismatic social bandit Michael X.

Presented by LUX Scotland and introduced by Francis McKee (writer, curator and director of CCA Glasgow , Glasgow)


Letters for LGBT+ Prisoners

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm

Offshore, 3 Gibson Street, G12 8NU

We’d like to invite everyone to join us on the 6th of December to write holiday cards and letters to LGBT+ prisoners. Queer and trans people are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated, and are a very vulnerable and often isolated group in prisons. We’ll be doing this through the holiday cards action of the organization Black and Pink, which among its other work (for prison abolition and reform) aims to help support LGBT+ prisoners.


Archives of Dissent exhibition

Displayed 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

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We Will Rise: Public meeting – building on the End Detention Weekend / Surround Dungavel – ways forward

Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ



Queer Women in Love Trans-stravaganza: Bound and Netflix & Chips

Thursday, December 10 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, 9 University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Violet (Jennifer Tilly) longs to escape her relationship with her mafioso boyfriend Caesar and seizes the chance when alluring ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) comes along. Violet and Corky enter into a clandestine affair and hatch a scheme to steal 2 million dollars of mafia money. The first film directed by trans woman Lana Wachowski and her brother Andy, Bound employed author and performer Susie Sexpert to choreograph its steamy sex scenes, and drew inspiration from classical Hollywood director Billy Wilder in its noir crime thriller approach to queer love.

Screening with short film Netflix & Chips, made by collective Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking as part of the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project. Star of Netflix & Chips, trans filmmaker, and vlogger supreme Kate Adair will join us for a Q&A. Plus we’ll have an intro to Bound by Glasgow University Film Studies lecturer Dr Allison Macleod.

Rated 18.

Entry by donation (pay what you can afford). Minimum £1 donation when booking online or pay any amount on the door.

Gender neutral toilets. Films screening with subtitles for accessibility. Q&A and intro BSL interpreted. The Andrew Stewart Cinema is wheelchair accessible. To reserve a place for a wheelchair or for more info, contact SQIFF via helen or on 07735 273 245.

Part of SQIFF presents: Queer Women in Love, a season of films by and about lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet


Ideal Mexico Xmas Party: Islam Chipsy & EEK, Happy Meals, Dick-50, Merlin Nova, George Garthwaite

Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm – 11:45pm

The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, G4 9SE

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.


A Talk with James Kelman

Friday, December 11 at 10:30am – 12:00pm

Upstairs Community Room, Ibrox Library, 1 Midlock Street, G51 1SL

James Kelman, writer of short stories, novels and political commentary, gives a talk at Ibrox Writers in Ibrox Library. Free event open to public. Tea/Coffee/Snacks at “half-time”.


Tasty Futures (Exhibition)

On until Friday, December 11

Savoy Centre, 140 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3DH

Who will grow our food in the future? What new foods will be on the market in 20 years time? Will 3D printers be a common kitchen appliance? How will technology disrupt the restaurant business? And, perhaps more importantly, will all these changes be healthy for ourselves and the environment?

Organised by Odd Studio, taking place in the Savoy Centre’s new Gallery Unit, as part of The Only Way is Ethics festival. The exhibition will present the output from a set of preceding workshops, showcasing the dioramas, and opening the debate to the general public, regarding our values and habits in the present day.


Raspberry Pi Day

Saturday, 12 December from 10:00am until 4:00pm

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.


Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.

Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm

Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow

We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.

The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here:

This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.

Co-hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation and Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group.


Living Room Lectures presents #1 ‘HIT-GIRL: IS SHE REALLY A FEMINIST ICON?’

Monday, December 14 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Contact us on livingroomlecture15 for location

The character ‘Hit-Girl’ in the 2010 movie ‘Kick-Ass’ based on the Marvel comic of the same name, is an 11-year-old, vigilante superhero whom many argue is a feminist icon. Her character challenges gender stereotypes, and provides viewers with a self-confident female protagonist who is central to the plot, and is enjoyable to watch. Jane Goldman, co-scriptwriter of the film has said, “’[Hit-Girl is] a feminist hero by token of the fact that she pays no attention to gender stereotypes’” revealing tendencies towards the inclusion of feminist ideologies within ‘Kick-Ass’ from its production team. This presentation explores the potency of these ideologies as well as the possibility that patriarchal ideologies also remain within the movie. The analysis will focus on three main areas of discussion: the levels of agency Hit-Girl is afforded; the challenges she makes to gender stereotypes via her skilled violence; and her appearance.


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