Top Ten Events 15-22 Mar: RSA New Contemporaries, Meursault + Spititualized
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Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Sat 17 Mar-Wed 11 Apr, 10am-5pm (noon-5pm Sun), £4 (£2)
It's that time again, when the best of the bunch of last year's graduating students exhibit at the RSA New Contemporaries, offering a showcase platform for Scotland's young emerging art talent. The exhibition will feature work from some 57 graduates handpicked from across the main art colleges in Scotland, showing over all 12 galleries of the RSA. Among these young bucks will be ECA graduate Rachel Barron – whose diagrammatical print work has already caught our eye – and DCA graduate Rose Hendry's slick short films, whose Egg & Fag (yes, a woman smoking a cigarette beside a fried egg) is a bit of a gem in our eyes. Watch it: here.
O2 ABC, Glasgow
Thu 22 Mar, 7pm, £17.50 here
A heads up for Spiritualized's set over at Glasgow's O2 ABC seems in order, as the space-rock overlords play what's certain to be one of the gigs of the month. They'll be previewing tracks from their seventh album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, which is due out mid-April. With a knack for imbuing even their most psychedelic indulgences with potent emotional clout – and a mighty dose of thunderously textured guitar rock, naturally – you can bank on a beast of a performance from Jason Pierce and co.
The Arches, Glasgow
Thu 22 Mar, 8pm, £8 (£6) here
Glasgow Comedy Festival kicks off with a ridiculously large schedule to be picking from. And so, as is our thoughtful way, we've compiled a list of our top ten events here. And also set up our own microsite, with interviews and previews on the best of what's on. Top of our list in the family Bratchpiece (aka dad Mark, and his sons Bratchy and The Wee Man) doing their inimitable thing. They hold the crown for being the only family to have played all ten Glasgow Comedy Festivals, with this year marking their final gig together. Read our chat with 'em here. And watch The Wee Man in action in his first YouTube video: here.
Sub Club, Glasgow
Fri 16 Mar, 11pm, £7 on the door
The Nomadic tech-house crew that is Bigfoot's Tea Party take over Sub Club for their second party of the year, before they take to the outdoors for their fairweather clubber's picnics. For it they'll be staging a residents special – with messeurs Christopher Kelly, Wrick, and Dave Scott manning the decks for the evening. And, since it's a Bigfoot's night, there'll be plenty more shenanigans besides, including homemade vodka jelly, ticket giveaways, and artists redux and produ[k]t providing the live lighting installations and audio reactive visuals. Oh, and the first 100 through the door go free!
Wed 21 Mar, 8.30pm, £7.50 (£5.50) here
We end as all good weeks should – with some aliens. As part of their monthly screenings of great films they just fancied giving a random airing on the big screen, the Filmhouse dust off a 70mm print of Ridley Scott's Alien for a midweek showing, featuring Sigourney Weaver as alien-fighting, gun-totin' Ellen Ripley. And, just for good measure, they'll also be screening its sequel, Aliens, a couple of weeks later. All of course getting us even more hyped for Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi genre, with Prometheus. Watch the teaser: here.
Michael Mayer tickets: Get your hands on a pair of tickets to see one of Germany's finest proponents of all things electronic do his thing over a three-hour set. Closes 19 Mar.
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