Happy New Year!
After a couple of weeks break we are back with another Autonomy Update. There’s a wide veriety of events to pick from, so without further ado…
FAIL BETTER: Justify yer art/anger/chips
Thursday, 14 January at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL
You CAN['t] have your chips [the middle class ate them] and eat them too. Marvel at the excitement on stage as you wonder whether any of our performers should have money to live off, or should instead just fuck of back to London/Falkirk/Dumfries. [But don't be angry. Whatever you don't be angry. Anger is useless don't you know and generates as much carbon footprint as bouregousie conceptual art.]
Come see some art and argue about whether it has a moral responsibility to you [or responsible morals]. [Or whether your anger should be recognised. Or your class. Oh, and if your class matters. But class doesn't exist anyway so that's ok.]
Come hear some songs in a space that believes in a Guaranteed basic income for all printed on money actually made from the Queen’s skin [skin removed from the Queen's face].
ARTISTS WILL INCLUDE:
MISS IRENIE ROSE
AS ever the night is free, but labour shouldn’t be. If you can afford it, chuck some money in the bucket and buy the poets, musicians, film makers, and storytellers a bus home or a drink or something. Let them eat chips. [And turn every argument about art/labour into a Marxist reference. Which I don't get. Or want to. What was the French Revolution again?]
[Can you tell the organisers of this night disagree on the viewpoint and it was a race to make the event page?]
Community Gathering + Bonfire @ North Kelvin Meadow & the Children’s Wood
Saturday, 16 January at 10:00am – 10:00pm
North Kelvin Meadow, Sanda Street / Kelbourne Street / Clouston Street, G20 8PU
In anticipation of the council’s site visit on 26th January to determine the future of the meadow and woods, we’re organising a large gathering on Saturday the 16th to bring the community together in support of the space.
The Children’s Wood will be running the event from 10am until 2pm. Afterwords there will be a bonfire starting around 3pm and continuing into the night.
During the day there will be big marquees set up and attractions include home baking from the local community, tea and coffee and various workshops. Knit Wild will be running a kniting workshop making items for yarn bombing the meadow on the day of the council site visit, and there will also be a banner making workshop taking place. The usual outdoor learning group will be running with outdoor play activities open to all children, and there will also be storytelling happening, as well as a capoeira workshop.
In the evening there will be an open jam session around the fire – please bring along your instruments if you play! There will be several tarpaulins around the fire area for rain cover, and we also hope to provide hot drinks.
The children’s wood will be running a stall during the day providing campaign info and adding people to the mailing list (the list will be around all evening too).
There’ll be folk around all day from morning until late: come along for half an hour or the whole day – bring your children, parents, dogs, grannies, friends etc.
See you all on Saturday!
The Arts and Precarity: Forging New Solidarities
Friday, January 22 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)
This event combines radical cabaret with a day of academic-artist-activist workshop discussions.
Programmed in Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex, an autonomous, resident-led social centre, the event will bring together a transnational network of artist-activists and scholars to discuss strategies for analysing and resisting precarious labour in a time of austerity.
The Arts and Precarity Cabaret, January 22 — 7 pm till 11pm
The Arts and Precarity cabaret will feature five artists exploring and resisting public funding cuts, precarious work and labour inequalities through text, films, music and performance.
The Arts and Precarity Workshop, January 23 — 10 am till 6:00 pm
The workshop groups will discuss precarious work across many fields, from freelancers in the cultural sector to zero hours service and education workers, from undocumented agricultural labourers to interns and volunteers.
Min Sook Lee (professor of fine arts and award-winning filmmaker of ‘El Contrato,’ a documentary)
Harry Giles (performer, poet, and general doer of things — writer and performer of ‘All I Want for Christmas is the Downfall of Globalised Late Capitalism’)
Richa Nagar (professor and author of ‘Muddying the Waters: Co-authoring Feminisms Across Scholarship and Activism’)
Geraldine Pratt (professor and author of ‘Families Apart: Migrating Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love’)
Claire Askew (poet and award-winner of the inaugural International Salt Prize for Poetry)
They They Theys (poetry performance in English and BSL, melded with acoustic music and live visuals. Exploring disability, Deaf culture, class, race, gender and sexuality. Mostly mellow-ish, sometimes veering accidentally into punk)
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (intersectional queer & trans arts company established in Edinburgh in 2009)
Caleb Johnston (lecturer in Human Geography and co-author of ‘Theatre, Politics and Transnational Justice’)
Fran Higson (filmmaker of ‘United We Will Swim….Again,’ The extraordinary story of a community fighting to save their local swimming pool)
Free vegan and vegetarian lunch catered by Soul Food Sisters social enterprise.
(BSL interpretation provided. The building is wheelchair-accessible by ramp. There are heavy double doors so please get in touch if you want assistance upon arrival. There is a level-access wide/large cubicle in one of the toilets, but no fully-accessible or stand-alone single accessible toilet. All toilets are gender-neutral.)
For more info contact: creativesolidarities
Introduction to Green Woodworking
Saturday, January 23 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, Tir Na nog, Balfunning, Balfron Station, G63 0NF
On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking. Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish. During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula. You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.
Please, complete your booking form here: http://goo.gl/forms/vUQvAFVB5X
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’
‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’
WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports
Saturday, January 23 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
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 🙂
Muyassar Kurdi European Tour Performances and Workshops
Sunday, January 24 at 5:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD
“Chicago resident Muyassar Kurdi is the final act, delivering a Dadaistic performance that falls between musical absurdity and autistic choreography. Completely concentrated upon her bizarre ritual, the singer – dressed in black – emits tortured vocalisations and cries worthy of Yoko Ono in full flight, all of it juggling with electronic effects and white noise. It’s incredibly in-your-face and perturbing but makes you smile too: the sheer pleasure of making a racket…” L ’ Alsace (France) –French to English translation
Muyassar Kurdi is a musician, performance artist, dancer, filmmaker and educator from Chicago, Illinois.
In performance, she explores the relationship between abstract sound and meta-primordial movement, obliquely confronting ideas of masculine subjugation by re-appropriating and then distorting hegemonically sexualised figurative motion and juxtaposing it with random, abrasive and jarring acoustic and electronic sound components along with wordless vocalizations.
Kurdi’s engaging, lively workshops are focused on movement, voice and theatrical techniques with an emphasis on freedom of movement, spontaneity, meditative improvisation and the relationship between body and voice. She encourages participants to free their voices with wordless song and phonemes and builds interdependence between sound and movement through exercises built on trust, listening and slow, concentrated, ‘soul’-generated theatrics.
Compulsory Monogamy and Social Control
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
This talk explores how compulsory monogamy became a social institution, drawing on the history of law, religion, and biology. It will argue that monogamy was something forced on women, while men, for the most part, remained free from its confines. It will also describe the role compulsory monogamy has played in shaping and defining heteronormative relationships (where heterosexuality and fixed genders are taken as the norm).
Whereas heterosexuality binds women to men in general, monogamy binds women to specific men. In the same way that heterosexuality is used to set apart ‘good women’ from ‘perverse’ ones, monogamy serves to define all women who transgress its boundaries as loose. Thus, in the same ways in which compulsory heterosexuality results in the dependency of women on men – physically, economically and emotionally – compulsory monogamy makes women dependent on specific men.
The talk will then think about polyamory* as a non-monogamous alternative from a queer and feminist perspective, and consider how it challenges the heteronormative discourse on relationships. Polyamory offers more than just the possibility of participating in multiple relationships, but also the potential for a new way to understand and think about relationships.
*Polyamory is a philosophy and lifestyle based around the forming and sustaining of relationships with multiple partners in an open, honest and non-possessive way.
This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/
HOWLING SPOON PERFORMANCE K!TCHEN
Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)
Howling Spoon is an international revolt of conscious-cutlery. We howl for every spoon who cannot howl for themselves. We have risen from our drawers to become cooks, activists, performance-makers, painters, sculptors, curators, collage-makers, poets, playwrights, and friends. As broth burps bubbles above a flame, we practice art and activism with a
chaotic surface, pitting joy against power.
And now we invite you to eat and play with us, to join our kindly nuisance…
At Howling Spoon Performance K!tchen, you will be fed a delicious pay-what-you-can vegan meal prepared using surplus produce from Glasgow’s greengrocers, whilst surrounded by a laboratory of gurgling new live art, song, theatre, and poetry. You will meet the howling spoons, shake ladles with them, and, we hope, perhaps begin to howl yourselves.
Guest performers to be announced very s(p)o0OO0o0o0oon…
If you think you might be a spoon, then you are a spoon. Join the uprising by messaging howlingspoon
S P O O N S O F T H E W O R L D U N I T E !
Ditching the Fear (film screening)
Saturday, 6 February (time TBA)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
The 70 minute film is a brand new documentary (with English subtitles) about logistic workers’ struggles in Italy. It portrays the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime of companies like TNT or IKEA. These struggles emerged in 2008 and have since then, not only won better conditions, but also put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda. Workers’ militants of the rank-and-file union Si Cobas talk about blockades of logistic hubs and their alliances with activists from the social centres.
RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION
City Bike Tour
Wednesday, January 27 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Glasgow Bike Station, 65 Haugh Road, G3 8TX
Want to explore Glasgow by bike? Join us on a cultural extravaganza!
Your tour guides Charlotte & Caroline will take you on a cycle across the city taking in a variety of notable hot-spots including; parks, art galleries, museums, markets, pubs and clubs.
Meeting at Glasgow Bike Station for a 12pm start, come along early to pump your tyres and lube your chain! Bikes available to borrow if you don’t have your own.
Easy going pace, suitable for all abilities.
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.
Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime UK – Double Header!
Saturday, January 30 at 12:30pm – 5:00pm
Lagoon Leisure Centre, 11 Christie Street, Paisley, PA1 1NB
Exciting double header season opener! Following up on our fab successful season opener in 2015, we’re doing the same again, only BIGGER!!!
Glasgow’s A and B teams vs the Vagine Regime UK A and B teams at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley!
We’re super excited to play at this new venue and we hope you’ll all love it too! we have TIERED seating, which is just great for getting a better view of the action!
The Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime game last year was one of our biggest games and this year is going to be even bigger and better! Two excellent quality games back to back at a new venue: bigger, better lit, and with tiered seating so you don’t miss any of the action.
Online ticket £6.50 (includes booking fee)
On the door £8
VIP ticket £10 (including fee! – This entitles you to reserved seating, afterparty entry and a super-special goodie bag)
Afterparty only £3 on the door
And if that wasn’t enough, it’s followed by Queeriosity! our Drag after party at Garnethill Multicultural Centre (21 Rose Street, Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6RE).
More details on the party can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/156611594708195/
We really look forward to seeing you all (and your friends!) on the 30th!
The trains run direct from Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street and take around 10 minutes; they are most often the Ayr and Gourock trains. From the train station it’s a 5 minute walk.
Both McGills and First Bus run from Glasgow city centre and west end to Paisley town centre. The most common ones are McGills 17 and 38 or First Bus 9.
The Lagoon has a dedicated car park but there is also on street parking which is free at weekends.
If you are flying Glasgow Airport then it is less than a 10 minute journey via taxi but buses are also available. If it’s Glasgow Prestwick Airport, the trains are also multiple per hour direct to Paisley and usually you get a discounted rate ticket too. (Also if you’re coming up to Glasgow you can get the ticket to Glasgow and just jump off and back on at Paisley)
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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