Glasgow Events from 26/01/2016

Hi everyone,

It’s another week, and so another events listing with the Glasgow AF Autonomy Update. Of special note tomorrow is the call-out for support by the peeps at North Kelvin Meadow, who are standing up to council plans to bulldoze a lovely space that has been self-organised by the people living beside it and replace it with more overpriced low quality flats. That evening we will be having a public meeting, with a discussion on polyamory, monogamy, and the way in which social control can manifest even in our personal relationships. Added to that are whole bunch of gigs, film screenings, and our radical sports & outdoors section. If you know of any events we have missed then do get in touch.



North Kelvin Meadow: We need you!
Tuesday, January 26 at 9:45am at the meadow and 11:30am at City Chambers
See below

Please come out to show support when the Council’s Planning Committee come to make a site visit at approx 9.45am on Tuesday 26th January 2016 . They will come and leave by bus, parking at the Kelbourne street entrance to the land.

Also please come to a demo straight after, outside the City Chambers on George Square as the Planning Committee meet inside at 11.30am to discuss whether the land be sold off to New City Vision Ltd to build 90 houses. They will also decide on The Children Wood Group’s planning application which is wanting to keep the land as it is , a wild green space for community use.

Ian Black will be making the presentation at the hearing on behalf of North Kelvin Meadow. Ian lives on Sanda Street and was actually the person who organised the original planting of trees and grass back in 1994. The wood and meadow we see today comes from that initial seed source. They were spurned on to do that by the Council taking away the goal posts in 1993 as they didn’t want to maintain it as a sports pitch.

Needless to say this is a crucial time for the land and its future. We feel over this last 8 years in particular (North Kelvin Meadow started in Oct 2008) we’ve made a very strong case for the land to remain as it is and not get destroyed. Council and Government policy backs that up but alas sometimes Councils don’t follow their own policy!

That’s why we need you out that morning, to show your support so we win this planning committee vote. There will be A3 posters given out on the day for you to hold up should you wish.


Polyamory, 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:


Queeriosity – GRD Drag Party #2
Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Garnethill Community Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Pull out that waistcoat, get glittered, get fabulous and come as you want to Glasgow Roller Derby’s 2nd annual drag party – Queeriosity!

During the day GRD’s finest will be skating against Vagine Regime UK – – a team of queer-identified roller derby skaters from all over the country (Glasgow Roller Derby vs Vagine Regime UK – Double Header! ). It will be fast, it will be tense, it will be exciting. Following on from all that excitement we are inviting everyone to shake it up/ shake it down/ shake it all around in all manners of queer.

We will be holding a fantastically queer celebration and exploration of all things gendered and non-gendered. Watch for a lip-synch-for-your-life competition, green dinosaurs and a queer-ied polaroid photo booth. Get yer dancing heels on or kick them off and join us in collectively dismantling the gender binary and having a cracking time in the process!

Whatever your gender identification or presentation, come and play! Spend weeks planning the perfect look, or just come along on the night and make use of our queer cloakroom, where all manner of fierce and fabulous clothing and accessories will be available for you to borrow.

Queer fabulous – £3 entry/free for asylum seekers & refugees – queer cloakroom – photobooth – cheap bar – good time

We understand that the idea of a "drag party" can ring some alarm bells in the trans and gender non-conforming communities, so please be assured that we are working to create a safe and inclusive environment in which transness or gender presentation are never the punchline of a joke. This is not a space for ridicule or for wearing someone else’s lived reality as a costume – this is a space for free exploration and expression without judgement, prejudice, or the pressure of "passing" as anyone other than whoever you are or want to be.

Come dance with us, bring your pals, be yourself or be someone you’ve never been before, be anything you like, because you’re perfect in all your forms!

All proceeds will go directly into supporting our league and our teams – find out more about who we are and what we do at


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 at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

A recent documentary about logistic workers in Italy portraying the struggle of mainly migrant workers against the harsh labour regime within logistics and how this put workers’ self-organisation back on the wider political agenda.

Since the financial crisis in 2008, states, companies, and politicians have increasingly undermined workers’ and union rights all over Europe and beyond. However, unusual events have occurred in the southern Europe countries most hit by European austerity policies. We see low-wage workers developing new forms of effective and lively resistance. The documentary Ditching The Fear follows the struggles and actions taken by precarious migrant workers in Italian warehouses and logistics companies. Over ten days, the embedded film team discusses, fights with and documents what can be understood as the forefront of a new workers’ movement. With the help and experience of the grassroots union SI-COBAS, the migrant workers are effectively organising against their isolating and degrading working conditions, displaying a solidarity that is changing their work and lives. 

The documentary (80mins) is in Italian with English subtitles. 
It has been produced by the team at and will be presented in Glasgow by Plan C and CounterinfoLab. The film will be followed by a discussion on recent struggles within logistics in Italy, India, Germany, and the UK. The producer will be present.


Fail Better | Fuck Trident
Thursday, February 11 at 8 PM
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

It’s the second Thursday in Feburary and as usual, two things are true. 1) There’s a pile of genocidal weapons just outside Glasgow that could at any moment destroy us all, AND 2) there’s some fucking great poetry and music at McChuills.

Then on the 14th of Febuary instead of exchanging tacky cards and bodily fluids, go and make the world a better place and demand that Trident is scrapped. The activity you choose can be varied, creative and fun. It can be as simple as a bit of leafletting or standing with a banner for an hour, it could be holding a street stall or running a public meeting, or putting up posters around the town, dropping a banner from a local landmark or some witty graffiti.

So, ahead of that, come drink, dance, and be merry and a few days later go challenge the state with its weapons of mass destruction and it’s constant greedy snivveling charge at war. Oh and poems, let’s hear some poems from:



and other words from



And songs from



There’ll be information and fliers about what you can do to oppose trident too.

As ever it’s free but a few quid as a donation is most welcome.



Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM
13th Note, 50-60 King Street, G1 5QT

PIG//CONTROL: Raging hardcore/punk coming over from berlin again to help everyone enjoy a serious bangover. Plenty of music to stream and download around, check it out!

RATS BLOOD: Abbrasive d-beat hailing from Ireland, also have a bunch of music to stream and download on this amazing new website called bandcamp.

Headless Kross:The heaviest, doomiest, loudest band in Gtown? Psych infused monolithic doom, not to be missed.

SICK OF TALK: New(ish) gruff punk from Glasgow, Fresh after the Tape launch in January, smash pints and jump around.

£5 OTD


Seminar Series 12: Lecture 4 – Geoffrey Pleyers: Mobilising Dissent: Social Activism in a Global Age
Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU

If you would like to register for the seminar, please do so via GCPH website:


Why All Cops Are Bastards
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The police are presented as an emergency service that are here to look after us. However a casual look shows that not only do they fail in this task, but that they are an actively harmful institution. The police use violence to prevent social change, enforce poverty, and control the working class. These problems are not a result of accident, mismanagement, or a few ‘bad apples’ in the force, but instead reveal the intended role of police in society.

This month’s discussions group will open with a short presentation on the historic reasons for the creation of the police, their current role in society, and a brief look at the social alternatives to the police. We will then follow this with an open discussion on the points raised.


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:


David Rovics & The Wakes
Friday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Govanhill Baths Community Trust, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

David Rovics world tour brings him back to Glasgow! David, The Wakes & Special guests TBC. The venue is the historic Govanhill baths in Glasgow.


The gig is open to 14s and over (Under 16s to be accompanied by an Adult).


Faslane Peace Camp Solidarity Night
Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM – 3:00 AM
Ivory Blacks, 56 Oswald Street, G1 4PL

A Night of bands, Dj’s and Infotainment, with the intention of raising funds, awareness, support and solidarity for Faslane peace camp.


The Hunger Games & Revolution
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

A discussion on the revolutionary themes of The Hunger Games. This evening will contain spoilers! Full blurb to follow.


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:




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.


Critical Mass
Friday, 29th of January at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start
George Square

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:

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.

More information can be found here: and

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)


Bridging The Gap
Saturday, February 6 at 3 PM – 6 PM
Xercise4Less Glasgow Cambridge Street, 200 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3DZ

We have entered the age of movement in the fitness community with classes focussed on everything from bodyweight exercises through to animal flow style. These classes however do not provide the toolkit to a true generalist, someone dedicating time to movement to compliment a skill set or even a trainer who needs every tool available to them for their clients.

‘Bridging The Gap’ is not a definitive guide or the be all end all. It is however a beginning; a place to invert, locomote, prepare, play and have a good time whilst doing it.

Our workshop is not focused on skills, fitness or play but instead the grey area where all three exist. A 360 degree approach will allow participants to continue their development in any field or activity from various points of view, with longevity of training in mind. Breaking down skills and end goals for processing.

– Workshop Includes –

– Detailing and joint preparation – Our guide to essential and fundamental movements of the body throughout.

– Inversions/handstands – Handstand protocols and practice on the floor to help you better understand and prepare for handstands.

– Reaction & Response – Life is full of unpredictable moments, so we have devised several unique processes to help our students be better prepared for their practices.

– Locomotion – Introduction to bilateral and quadrupedal movement patterns that will allow you to cross the space in a variety of ways.


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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