THE WEEK AHEAD...
We kick off the week with Withered Hand, who'll be launching his new EP down in the dank depths of The Caves, with a gaggle of Fencers in tow (including The Pictish Trail, and a certain Mr Creosote). Things then get proper geeky with a screening of Starship Troopers (yes, giant alien bugs!), before we enjoy drawings of every shape, size, and hue as the 28 Drawings Later online drawing project takes up a physical form at The Old Hairdressers for a limited period. Synchronised cycling even makes its way into our week. We're not entirely sure how that happened...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Thu 1 Mar, 8pm, £12 (on the door)
Twisted folk fairytales are the order of the day as Withered Hand welcomes his new EP into the world, playing his first full band show of 2012 to mark the occasion. The night will also act as a double-headliner set with fellow Fencer The Pictish Trail, with able support coming from the alternative folk ruckus that is The Second Hand Marching Band. We also have it on good authority that head honcho King Creosote will be in tow with his kit-bag full of 80s vinyl, ready to play y'all into 1am drunkenness. We'd suggest getting down mighty early to grab the last few remaining tickets that will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the door. Get yourself acquainted with the title track offa Withered Hand's new EP: here.
Sun 4 Mar, 7pm, £5 (on the door)
Adam Stafford (pictured) and Radio Trees (aka Zoey Van Goey's Michael-John McCarthy) end their short northernly tour with a set down't Edinburgh's Third Door, with Stafford doing his ever-inventive solo thing – utilising only his voice, minimal guitar, and a loop-station – also lending a hand to Radio Trees, providing the vocals beats and guitar to McCarthy's gentle folk sounds. Support comes from cockle-warming Edinburgh folk quintet Loch Awe. You can download Radio Trees' EP for free here. Third track, The Day After It's Gone, is a particular gem.
Sun 4 Mar, 7.30pm, £7 (£5.50) here
For this month's Geek Film Night – where well-kent faces screen their favourite geeky film pleasure – Scottish comic Frankie Boyle chooses satirical sci-fi delight Starship Troopers, where a plucky young fascist military operation do battle with giant alien bugs. It's film gold, obviously. The screening will be preceded by Boyle chatting with host Mark Miller about just why he thinks it's such a winner. We're pretty sure that'll have a lot to do with the giant alien bugs. Watch the trailer: here.
Alternative country types par excellence, Nashville's Lambchop take to the road armed with their new album, Mr. M (reviewed here), another collection of pleasingly peculiar and poetic songwriting, with the new album also featuring liner notes illustrated with head honcho Kurt Wagner's original paintings. You can read our chat with the man himself here. And you can also watch him in the official tour trailer; smoking never looked so damn atmospheric. Watch it: here.
Mon 5-Wed 7 Mar, 6pm-11.30pm (daily), Free
The 28 Drawings Later public participation drawing project makes the move from its online home (where it's been growing as a submit-a-picture-a-day exhibition for the whole month of February) to the offline, physical space of The Old Hairdressers. Everyone who's taken part in the online challenge will be invited to show their work, where it'll take over the bar and mezzanine area. You can view the full batch of drawings here (Kate MacKay's leaf drawing, pictured work). We suggest getting yourself along to the opening night, where there'll be prize-givings and beer and everything.
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.
Rachel MacLean is a Glasgow based artist working largely in green screen composite video and digital print, often exhibiting these alongside props, costume and related sculpture and painting. She is the only actor or model in her work. Her videos and prints attempt to unify the aesthetic of YouTube, Manga, Hieronymus Bosch and High Renaissance painting with MTV style green screen. For the first Skinny Shop collection Rachel offers up four prints – The Innocents and Massacre of the Innocents in two different sizes. You can see her work in the flesh in Urban Outfitters (Glasgow) from mid April, and in the Market Gallery during Glasgow International.
BROWSE THE ARTWORKS ON SALE HERE
DJ, producer and remixer extraordinaire Andrew Weatherall (pictured; fresh from overseeing The Twilight Sad's new album at the tail-end of last year) and collaborative DJ partner Sean Johnston bring the sounds of their sub-120bpm London club night Glasgow-way for a new bi-monthly residency in the intimate surrounds of The Berkeley Suite. All about the slow grooves – taking in genres of disco, funk, soul, house, and beyond – it'll likely be a blissed-out gem of a thing. Listen to one of their live club mixes: here.
Various venues, Glasgow
3 Mar-29 Apr, Tickets and info here
Glasgow comes to life for Behaviour 2012 (3 Mar-29 Apr), with the festival returning from its brief sabbatical for a schedule of experimental live performance that sprawls over an eight week run. It'll take place both indoors, and outside – taking to streets, parks, shops... you name it. One of our highlights is already set to be Eilidh MacAskill's April event, Cycling Gymkhana, a reimagining of the 1901 event, complete with a historical cyclist parade, synchronised cycling, bizarre races, live music from Zoey Van Goey's Kim Moore, and a competition for best-decorated wheels.
Sat 3 Mar, 4pm, Free
Sierra Metro return with the third installment in their experimental film programme, SMF (which will continue to unfold over the coming months), this time showcasing Aileen M. Stackhouse's new film, that was then and this is now... a time collage for five minutes only – a looped five-minute piece presenting a collage of moments of time between August 2009 and February 2012. Stackhouse will also perform a simultaneous live drawing action alongside the film, upping the magic levels yet more-so.
Fri 2 Mar-Tue 1 May, Daily, Free
Expressing her love for Bill Murray loud and clear, local artist Megan Lindsay takes over the wall space of Sofi's Bar for the next few months, where she'll be hanging a selection of her coloured pencil drawings of the man himself. For the opening night the exhibition will also be taking over Sofi's projection room, screening some Bill Murray gems, taking in the likes of Wes Anderson's Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic, plus some obligatory Ghostbusters 2 action. Oh, and shots of Campari. We're sold.
Thu 1 Mar, 7pm, Free
We end with a bit of a call to arms, as the national campaign to scrap new legislation for Public Entertainment Licenses continues. Tonight sees a number of Edinburgh figures join forces to condemn the new legislation, with a live panel including LeithLate's Morvern Cunningham, MSP Malcolm Chisholm, and independent producer Chloe Dear. Since these proposed changes would place unrealistic fees and administrative burdens on free admission arts centres and grassroots/DIY events, anyone with a love of their local, independent arts scene will likely want to express their distaste. Sign the petition 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.
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 on 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.