THE WEEK AHEAD...
Easter weekend brings with it myriad delights, and a week that takes in probably the most varied selection of events in the history of this little e-newsletter. Ever. We kick off with a biggie in the form of Optimo Espacio's mighty return, before taking in a rare Butcher Boy set, a platter of aphrodisiac-styled canapes and cocktails, choreographed cycling, more dubstep than should really be allowed at Volume's final party, and a bit of this at Glasgow's Future Shorts. It's a good week.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 6 Apr, 11pm, £8/£10 after midnight (on the door only)
Yep, you read that right – the clubbing institution that is Optimo Espacio is being resurrected for a one-off special as part of Sub Club's 25th birthday celebrations (full listings here). For it, they'll be keeping things pleasingly simple, with messeurs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes manning the decks all night long. No special guests, no classic playlists of yesteryear: just a good ol' dose of sonic chaos... and some promised visual treats, as per. Plus, from this date onwards the lads will take on a new bi-monthly Friday night slot down't Subbie (all eyes on their Facebook page for up-coming details). Read our full preview of Sub Club's 25th birthday events here.
Fri 6 Apr, 7.30pm, £8 here
With a noted penchant for playing anywhere that isn't your regular gig venue, Glasgow eight-piece Butcher Boy pitch up at the converted church setting of Cottiers Theatre, where they'll be giving their third album another live airing, alongside some classics from their previous two LPs. Expect a lush layering of strings, guitars, and piano arrangements, wrapped around John Blair Hunt's trademark emotive vocals. They also play what will be their first ever Edinburgh gig the following week. Here's a choice cut offa said third album: I Am The Butcher.
Following on from their Edinburgh screening (and the excitement of a magician!), Future Shorts makes its way to Glasgow with their rather fine showcase of shorts, taking in 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. And, for some added technicolour pizazz, they'll kick off with a mini showcase of Rachel MacLean's video work. Win tickets here.
Sat 7 Apr-Tue 10 Jul, Tue-Sun, Free
A trip to Dundee seems in order this week as DCA play host to the first major UK solo show from Dundee-born and educated artist Scott Myles (read our full preview here), showcasing a selection of new works across the gallery space, including an expansive site-specific installation, new sculpture pieces, and a collection of prints made specially for the show in the DCA Print Studio (including BOY, pictured). Plus, while you're there you can get your gore on with some choice screenings from the Dundead Film Festival schedule, which we preview film-by-film here.
Whacking out the knives and forks for Edinburgh International Science Festival's foodie schedule, we take a wide-eyed wander into the world of aphrodisiacs (yes, the Science Festival gets sexy), with a tasting session of cocktails and canapes, accompanied by more learned types – who be aphrodisiac expert Mark Douglas Hill, and nutrition scientist Dr Alexandra Johnstone – explaining the facts, history, biology and psychology behind 'em. The menu is a tease of caviar blinis, honeyed figs with goat cheese, fennel veloute, and Rose Martinis.
PERONI NASTRO INTIMATE DINING EXPERIENCES >>>
Over the past few months, Peroni Nastro Azzurro has been hosting a series of unique Italian dining experiences in cities across the UK, in what is a revival of the Italian Renaissance tradition of ‘Salone’. The third dinner took place in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket (pictured), hosted by fashion expert Gianluca Longo, with 20 of Glasgow’s most influential bloggers, designers, and fashionistas his handpicked guests for the evening. The opulence continues with the next and final dinner to take place in London on Tuesday 17 April. Click here for more information.
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Sat 7-Sun 8 Apr, 2pm-4pm, Free
Behaviour Festival continues to make merry across Glasgow, with the highlight of this week looking to be Cycling Gymkhana, a reimagining of the 1901 event held in Kelvingrove Park. Hosted by performance artist Eilidh MacAskill (kitted out by Glasgow-based fashion designer Jenny Lööf in full tweed bloomers et al), the event will come complete with choreographed synchronised cycling, a bicycle egg and spoon race, live music from Zoey Van Goey's Kim Moore, and a competition for best-decorated wheels.
Sun 8 Apr, noon-5pm, Free
The cuter-than-cute Little Birds Market returns for an Easter Sunday special, with some 25-stalls from across the vintage, craft, and design board, spread over two floors. Sellers include Skull & Cross Stitches' handmade bunting and cushions, Circa 72's dainty silver jewellery, and Oban's Paradise Island making the trip Glasgow-way with their homemade jams and chutneys. And, since it's Easter, regular sweet-makers Flamingo Bakery will be whipping up some special Creme Egg-topped cupcakes (pictured).
Sat 7 Apr, 11pm, £3 on the door
Having fulfilled all our dubstep needs for the last five years, Volume unite the full crew (that'd be Termite, Paranoise, G-Mac, Brian D'Souza, Profisee, Ema, and Krish) for one last swansong, playing what will be the final edition of the favourited club night. For the occasion the full gang will be sharing deck duties, playing their favourite tunes from the worlds of dubstep, bassline, jungle, D'n'B, grime and hippity-hop over a four-hour set, while we dance ourselves into a frothy-mouthed frenzy.
Sat 7-Sun 8 Apr, 10am-5pm (4pm Sunday), Free
As a kind of early teaser ahead of the final year Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, a selection of ten Fine Art students host a mini exhibition weekender where each of the artists will select and show just a single piece of work, with the pieces taking in a mix of painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and film between them, all set off with a unique use of lighting. You can join them for the preview on Friday evening (5pm-9pm), for which they have reliably informed us they have myriad drink sponsorships. Amen.
In celebration of Easter Sunday, The Third Door launch Qabalala! – essentially a meeting of minds between a number of local creatives, who've set out to provide a maximalist, psychedelic aesthetic. So, yes, it'll be one banging party, snaking it's way across The Third Door and Assembly (upstairs), with Auntie Flo, Astroboy, No Globe, and Rudi Zygadlo (pictured) amongst your tunemasters. The night's then set to happen once-in-a-not-very-often (mostly bank holiday weekends), which makes it all the more cherishable.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where The Skinny's publisher spotted this pair (pictured above) showing some love for the March issue of The Skinny and you will win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
Knockengorroch Festival tickets: Win a pair of tickets to the rollicking musical beast that is the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh Festival, set in the beautiful mountain river valley plain in't Dumfriesshire.
Stag & Dagger tickets: Get yersel' a bumper package including a pair of tickets to Stag & Dagger's musical all-dayer – with some 50 bands on the bill, including Django Django and The Phantom Band – plus free scran courtesy of Captain's Rest.
Future Shorts tickets: Win a pair of tickets to the Glasgow edition of Future Shorts, where they'll be showng Spike Jonze's latest stop-motion short, Mourir Aupres de Toi, amongst others. Closes today!
Irvine Welsh's Skagboys launch: We've got a pair of tickets for the official launch of Irvine Welsh's new book, Skagboys, up for grabs – where the man himself will read some preview snippets before welcoming DJ Craig Smith to the decks.
Werner Herzog DVD and poster: One lucky reader can win a copy of Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams on DVD, plus an exclusive signed poster to boot.
Saint Judes 2-for-1 Meals: Get 2-for-1 main courses during April on Saint Jude's new Pan Asian menu, created in collaboration with their pals at Bar Soba. One word: yum.
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.
*PLUS* Our pals at Smart City Hostels launch their new open mic night in Bar 50 on Monday 9 April (7pm-9pm). It's free, and all are welcome!