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New club night FOAM opens at Glasgow's Art School

22 Oct 2014

'Not an extravagant, lasers-in-your-face gala, but a place to congregate, free from pretension'

‘With this in mind, I think this event has the potential to “go off”,’ confirms Guy Veale. He’s just gone through a long explanation of the careful considerations that have gone into planning this new collaboration between the Art School, himself and…

The Book of Life

22 Oct 20144 stars

Exuberant animation featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana

Inspired by Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, director Jorge R Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro's charming animated adventure begins with a museum guide (Christina Applegate) introducing a bunch of detention kids to Mexican folklore, telling…

Historical storytelling for all ages with Andy Cannon's Tales of a Grandson

22 Oct 2014

Interactive performance exploring Scottish history with live music and dancers for the over-6s

There’s no shortage of vibrant stories, characters and places in Scottish history, but remembering who did what to whom, where and what fashions of the day they were wearing at the time, is a struggle for most of us. Happily, one of Scotland’s…

New theatre show The Voice Thief explores female voices for the over-9s

22 Oct 2014

Promenade performance at Summerhall takes audience on an adventure through eight rooms at the venue

Got a troublesome daughter? A wife or girlfriend who speaks her mind a little too freely? A sister who won’t shut up? Venture along to Summerhall this November, and for a small fee the annoying female in your life can be rendered speechless. It’s a…

Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2014

22 Oct 2014

Storytellers from across the world including Germany, Portugal and New Zealand to take part

’Storytelling is an art of performance and community with elements of improvisation and live audience interaction ‘off the page’,’ says Scottish International Storytelling Festival director Donald Smith, by way of explaining how different his event is…

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Top five live acts at Simple Things Festival 2014 in Glasgow

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Autechre, Clark, Nightmares on Wax, Lone ft Konx-om-Pax and General Ludd

Launching in Bristol in 2011, this one-day electronic festival is now coming to Glasgow and down as an annual affair to get excited about. Matching international acts with the best of local talent, the focus is on darker, experimental live shows, with…

Five things you might not know about . . . Lee Mack

22 Oct 2014

Some lesser known facts about the TV funnyman ahead of his 2014 UK tour Hit The Road Mack

1 His real name is Lee McKillop, and school nickname was Curly, due to him apparently looking a lot like Corrie’s Curly Watts. 2 Among his jobs prior to comedy were picking apricots, mucking out Red Rum’s stable and being a Pontins Bluecoat. His…

The best theatre and dance shows – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Including Sunset Song, Three Sisters, Cardinal Sinne, Bondagers, Up Close and Symphony

Sunset Song Scotland's most popular novel is faithfully reproduced for the stage through Alastair Cording's adaptation. A tale of hardship and matriarchal optimism where war destroys live and dreams. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 21–Sat 25…

The best visual art exhibitions – Oct / Nov 2014

22 Oct 2014

Featuring Nana Shiomi, Jonathan Meese, Tessa Lynch, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Vanessa Billy

Nana Shiomi: Reverse: Universe For her first solo show in Scotland, Japanese artist Nana Shiomi exhibits woodcut prints that reflect on the duality of the east and west. Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, until Sat 1 Nov. Jonathan Meese: Pump Up…

Exposure: General Ludd

21 Oct 2014

All you need to know about electronic Glasgow duo Tom Marshallsay and Richard McMaster

General Ludd fuses the talents of a bunch of Glasgow music acts we already loved. The duo of Tom Marshallsay (aka Dam Mantle), and Richard McMaster (from Golden Teacher, Lovers Rights and Silk Cut) was a shoo-in for good things, and recent DJ mixes and…

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A guide to bonfire and firework events in and around Glasgow 2014

21 Oct 2014

Including celebrations in the city centre, Clydebank, Paisley, Motherwell, Airdrie and Cumbernauld

Find your local fireworks display Search Glaswegians – get your gunpowder fix this year at one of the many events lined up to celebrate Guy Fawes night. In the city, head to Glasgow Green for a huge firework display on Wed 5 Nov. It’s…

Preview: Vanessa Billy – Sustain, Sustain

21 Oct 2014

First solo exhibition in Scotland from Swiss artist aims to reconsider preconceptions about everyday

Swiss artist Vanessa Billy creates unlikely conversation pieces, bringing together found objects such as lightbulbs, vitamin pills and rocks with her own elements made in traditional art materials including paper, bronze, concrete, glass and resin. In…

Night Train to Lisbon

21 Oct 20143 stars

Sporadically successful melodrama from Bille August starring Jeremy Irons

The once lauded director Bille August has been a sporadic presence of late; the director of Oscar-winner Pelle the Conqueror has kept a low profile since the failure of his 90s English-language literary adaptations The House of the Spirits and Smilla's…

Top five 70s & 80s music pioneers that keep on burning

21 Oct 2014

Featuring The Pop Group, Young Marble Giants, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Sexual Objects and Pere Ubu

The Pop Group Bristol's incendiary troupe of avant-punk insurrectionists return after this year's Celtic Connections show to perform their just re-pressed We Are Time album in full. Manic dub-funk sloganeering dangerous enough to bring down…

Cross-genre music innovator Rustie brings Green Language tour to Glasgow

21 Oct 2014

Much anticipated homecoming show from Russell Whyte at the Art School

‘More serious,’ is what Glasgow’s own Rustie (aka Russell Whyte) says he wanted from his follow-up to 2011 debut album Glass Swords. The original, he apparently considered, had thrown too much into the mix in terms of trying to make itself heard with…

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David Hughes Dance company set to tour Scotland with three modern classic pieces

21 Oct 2014

Show will include Lucy Guerin's Soft Centre and Rafael Bonachela's 4: Freeze-Frame

David Hughes has just done some quick arithmetic, and figured out that when he and fellow-dancer Gwen Berwick perform Lucy Guerin’s Soft Centre, ‘between us, we’re nearly 90 years old.’ Although Hughes says this with a laugh, there’s nothing…

Company Chordelia's Dance Derby set to tour Scotland

21 Oct 2014

Fascinating insight into how financial depression drove 1930s Americans to gruelling dance marathons

Lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, blisters, the ever-present risk of public humiliation – today they’re the consequences of a drunken night on the town. But in 1930s America, it was a very different kind of dance floor that brought about such…

Preview: Edinburgh Choreographic Project

21 Oct 2014

Company will tour Scotland with mixed repertoire programme of Royston Maldoom's work

When your back catalogue spans over 40 years, choosing what to include in a retrospective isn’t easy. Especially if, like Royston Maldoom, you like to see more than one choreographic voice in a show. ‘I prefer mixed repertoire programmes to those…

Preview: Jonathan Meese – Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Pump Up the Vampire, Smell!

21 Oct 2014

'Art is the most natural enemy of all ideologies'

‘Meese was invited by (curator) Linsey Young to play the total game of Art in the Glue Factory. Meese will collect most of the work / toys for the „Artevolution“ in Glasgow.’ You’ve never really interviewed someone, even via e-mail, until you’ve…

Nana Shiomi – Reverse Universe

21 Oct 20143 stars

Nature of duality explored in Japanese artist's woodcut prints

The nature of duality, says Japanese artist Nana Shiomi in her self-penned programme notes for this exhibition, is at the heart of her work. Merging the traditional style of her home country with everything she has learned since moving to the UK, these…

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Jesse Fink – The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC

21 Oct 20144 stars

'One of the few genuinely good books about a hard rock band'

From 1974 to 1980, AC/DC were sly, funny and feral. But when frontman and self-described author of 'toilet poetry' Bon Scott died, and was replaced by the diligent but charisma-impaired Brian Johnson, the band began the slow process of rigidification…

Sensaround – Isotropes

21 Oct 20143 stars

Intriguing experiment of electro-acoustic improvisation from electic trio

Isotropes sees Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra saxophonist Raymond McDonald splashing around in a digital bubblebath with Australian musicians Alister Spence and Shoeb Ahmad. Come on in, the water's lovely. Sensaround's electro-acoustic improvisation…

Wadada Leo Smith – Red Hill

21 Oct 20144 stars

Great trumpeter leads younger improvisers to create tunning modern jazz sound

Red Hill finds the great trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith leading an expedition of younger improvisers across volcanic landscapes and lunar surfaces. This is a highly charged group, animated by Balasz Pandi's restless flurries across the kit. Busy, without…

Love is Strange to show at Glasgow Film Theatre

21 Oct 2014

Special October screenings of film months before its general release in Feb 2015

It’s not on general release until February 2015, but Glasgay! and Luminate Festival are holding special October screenings of this tender drama from Keep the Lights On writers Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias. After nearly 40 years together, Ben (John…

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Screenings

21 Oct 2014

Celebrate Hallowe'en with this classic 80s comedy starring Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver

In 1984, the story of four disgraced parapsychologists who set themselves up as freelance ghostbusters burst its way onto the big screen and found itself embedded in popular culture forever. In celebration of its 30th birthday, the movie is returning to…