THE WEEK AHEAD...
Already in an artful mood ahead of Glasgow International festival coming to town in April, we start the next seven days by taking to the RSA for their annual New Contemporaries show, showcasing the cream of last year's graduation crop over all 12 rooms of the gallery (that's a whole lot of art, just so you know). Elsewhere, Glasgow Comedy Festival kicks off, Future Shorts returns, Bigfoot's Tea Party provide the tech-house beats and vodka jelly, and we find reason to visit Aberdeenshire...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
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.
Sat 17 Mar, 7.30pm, £5 here
Future Shorts return with their pop-up film festival – screening films from across the globe, erm, across the globe – with Edinburgh hosting their leg of the event this week (and Glasgow following suit a few weeks later). Highlights this time around include Sam Taylor-Wood's multi-award winning Love You More, and Spike Jonze's latest, Mourir Aupres de Toi (pictured), a tragicomic stop-motion animation featuring a klutzy skeleton and his flame-haired lover who look like they're made of Fuzzy Felt. Watch the mini making-of documentary for it: here.
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.
Tue 20 Mar, 8pm, Free
This week sees Òran Mór launch the 2012 Billy Kelly Songwriting Award, a competition which will see one lucky musician win a package worth £5000 to help get their music career moving. They'll be hosting the launch as part of their monthly open mic night, so you can bring yourself – and an instrument, should you so wish – down to the venue to find out more, pick up an application form, and, yes, rock out on yer banjo. Then, a few days later, the venue welcomes 2010 award winners The Sunshine Social back to the venue for the launch of their first EP, recorded under the watchful gaze of Glasgow musician Roddy Hart.
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.
The Skinny Showcase Shop is now open on Culturelabel.com, offering up a series of beautiful, limited-edition prints which can be bought through the Own Art scheme, splitting the cost of buying over ten interest free monthly installments. Prices start from as little as £10 a month. Dundee-trained artist David Lemm (pictured work) lives in Edinburgh where he primarily works as an illustrator, whilst continuing to develop his own practice in drawing, painting and printmaking. He's offering up a selection of new prints for sale, inspired by a fascination with scientific theory.
BROWSE THE ARTWORKS ON SALE HERE
Thu 15 Mar, 8pm, £20 (£18) on the door
For those of you who can't make it Glasgow-way for some Comedy Festival action, Edinburgh's got a pretty fine alternative: Punchline. The brand new comedy night takes to Usher Hall with Londoner Andrew Lawrence acting the hellraiser of a headliner – delivering streams of hyperactive abuse in all directions, as is his merry way. Support comes from Seann Walsh, and sketch group ensemble Idiots of Ants (pictured, and chatted with here). You can get 2-for-1 tickets here, while they last. Plus, there'll be a mystery special guest of the be-gingered, cheeky-Scottish-comic-offa-the-telly type...
Fri 16 Mar, 7.30pm, £8 (£6) here
Coaxing us out of town for the evening, Woodend Barn (over Aberdeenshire-way, find it here) host their new music night, Deliverance, which will similarly lure bands from the cities, and abandon them in the country for the evening. For the launch they've got the howlin' tones of Neil Pennycook (pictured) and his reassembled Meursault cohorts as headliners (fresh from a European tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), alongside experimental Leith-based musician Wounded Knee (aka Drew Wright) doing his inimitable freak-folk thing. Aberdeenshire here we come.
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, 9pm, £4 on the door
Regular gig-in-a-club-night Milk returns for its monthly slot down't the student flat party-styled setting of Glasgow's Flat 0/1 (complete with buzzer system, mismatched furniture and a bike in the hallway, no less), and this time they'll play host to the first show of the year for Glasgow alt. punk-rockers LightGuides (pictured), as well as heralding the live return of Elgin powerpop quartet Farewell Singapore. There will also be the usual booze-based delights of milk cocktails and 75p supermarket cider.
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.
Punchline 2-for-1 tickets: Get your hands on 2-for-1 tickets for tonight's comedy gem, Punchline, by clicking here (and selecting price type 'Clicket 2-for-1'), or by calling the box office on 0131 228 1155.
All Night Horror Madness tickets: One of you can nab a pair of tickets to this weekend's Glasgow All Night Horror Madness quartet of gruesome screenings simply by emailing email@example.com and saying 'please' a lot.
Meal for two at The Sheep Heid: One lucky reader can win a meal for two at the oldest pub in Edinburgh, following a restoration and the introduction of a tasty new menu. Closes 22 Mar.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where one of our readers is perusing the February issue of The Skinny and you will win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
Doors Alive tickets: One lucky reader can win themelves a pair of tickets to see The Doors tribute act, Doors Alive. We have it on good authority that they're "Great".
Streetcar Named Desire tickets: This year Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play A Streetcar Named Desire, reaches the grand old age of 65, and we've got tickets to Scottish Ballet's inspired new production. Win 'em here.
Free Delivery at Real Foods: Ethical shopper's delight Real Foods are offering free delivery on all orders over £15 on their online shopping site here.
The Art School Cafe Bar: Get 2-for-1 of main meals on the Art School Cafe Bar's new bistro menu when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 20 of our March issue.
Lucky 7 Canteen: Get 20% off at Lucky 7 Canteen when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 44 of our March issue. We're all about their pie of the week!
Hillhead Bookclub: Get 25% off food at Hillhead Bookclub when presenting the cut-out voucher on page 32 of our March issue. We're all about the vouchers this month.