THE WEEK AHEAD...
We're all over the joint this weekend. Just about our favourite game of musical dot-to-dot, Stag and Dagger, kicks things off – getting us hopping from venue-to-venue catching all the best bits (erm, obviously our very own Skinny Stage). Boasting aside, we'll also be heading to Dundee for the annual Degree Show shenanigans, and then Edinburgh College of Art for the Fashion, Performance Costume, and Textile graduates annual Fashion Show, before doing wrong things on the Sabbath at Optimo's run in with Simian Mobile Disco. And that's just for starters...
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Various venues, Glasgow
Sat 19 May, various times, £17.50 here
Now a firm – and favourite – fixture on Glasgow's spring calendar, the one-ticket, multi-venue, blue-arsed fly inducing export that is Stag and Dagger takes over Weegieland with a suitably eclectic line-up set across multiple city centre venues: O2 ABC, CCA, Nice 'n' Sleazy, The Art School, Stereo, Chambre 69, and Captain's Rest (full venue-by-venue line-up here). And, much to our excitement, we're hosting the Stereo stage, where Forest Swords, EMA, Bear In Heaven, and Miaoux Miaoux (aka Julian Corrie's perfectly layered pop project) bring the musical joys. Read our chat with Mr Corrie here.
Sat 19-Sun 27 May, 10am-6pm daily (10am-4pm weekends), Free
Duncan of Jordanstone host the annual Degree Show offering, displaying the fruits of the graduates' labour – taking in some 300 students from all 11 undergraduate programmes, throughout the two buildings and fourteen floors that comprise DJCAD. So, yes, that's a whole lotta art. And, in honour of the occasion, Mungo's Hi Fi host a Degree Show clubber's special down't Reading Rooms, with their usual heavyweight selections helped along by MC Soom T. Details here.
Sun 20 May, 11pm, £8 on the door
Messeurs JD Twitch and JG Wilkes pull out the big guns for their new monthly Optimo Presents night, which takes place a week earlier than usual this month (keep up, people). For it, they're handing over the reins to electronic duo par excellence, Simian Mobile Disco (aka James Ford and James Shaw, pictured), who take to the DJ decks for a set of mixed electronics and hard techno. With a bit of luck they'll also showcase a track or two from their new album, Unpatterns, which drops a few days earlier.
Wed 23-Fri 25 May, various times, £15 here
More art school graduate offerings, as the The ECA's Fashion, Performance Costume and Textile graduating students host their annual showcase of work (including Jackie McLardie, pictured piece). They'll be taking their creations to a catwalk setting for a series of colourful multimedia shows (various times, 23-25 May), and, marking the college's recent merger with the University of Edinburgh, this year they'll be held in the elegant surrounds of Old College's Playfair Library. See our exclusive preview of the collections here.
Thu 24 May, 8pm, £5 on the door
Glasgow's Mono go about celebrating 35 of years of live gigging from The Fall – who played their first gig way back on May 23, 1977 – for which they're inviting a host of local bands and artists to take to the venue for a big ol' bill of renditions. Amongst them will be Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lockpickers, Casual Sex, Silk Cut, and Gropetown paying homage with a selection of covers of Fall classics, before Muscles of Joy, and the ominous-sounding Spicy Colin take to the decks.
Sun 20 May, noon-5pm, £2 (£1)
Former Selfridges stylist Judy Berger set up Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair back in 2005 (i.e. it's got the official fashionista seal of approval), and this week it returns to Edinburgh with a hand-selected jumbo lot of 40 stalls selling vintage goodies, offering up a mix of old-school threads and accessories for ladies and gents, alongside homewares, collectibles, haberdashery, and handmade crafts. And, since summer is a-coming, there'll be plenty summery dresses, shorts, and tees. Plus, 'like' their Facebook page here for a chance to win 50 quid to spend on the day.
Tue 22 May, 8.30pm, £12 here
A man who likes to take on a project and tackle it via comedy (we particularly enjoyed his year spent birdwatching with his Dad – which became his stand-up show, Birdwatching), Alex Horne takes to Edinburgh's The Stand for his new show, Seven Years In The Bathroom, a stat-based piece of stand-up in which he attempts to squeeze the average human's life into about two hours. That'll include eighteen months looking for lost things, two weeks kissing, and, yes, seven bloody years in the bathroom. Also playing Glasgow's The Stand the following evening.
Sat 19 May, 7.30pm, £6 here
Now well into the fifth year of hosting their rather ace gig-in-a-club night, the Limbo crew return for a favourites party night – for which they've invited back a trio of their most-loved live acts to play on one bill. Headering up proceedings is Glasgow's own sonic boomer, Jonnie Common (pictured), who'll be joined by his new live band, alongside sets from Mitchell Museum (fresh from their brief hiatus), and Over The Wall's Gav Prentice – who hasn't graced the Limo stage since 2009 – presenting his shiny, new solo offerings.
Various venues, Glasgow
Thu 17-Sun 20 May, Various times, Mostly free
Southside Film Festival returns for its second year, bringing a carefully-selected programme of films to an area that's somewhat cinematically starved for much of the year. So, yes, Southsiders' rejoicing aside, this year opens with local filmmaker Peter Mullan's NEDS (pictured), kicking off a packed schedule of films, exhibitions, workshops, and installations. We are particularly looking forward to the perfect pairing of Govanhill Baths and a programme of shorts about swimming (entitled Swimming Shorts, obviously). Full programme here.
Sat 19 May, 7pm, £2.50 here
As Mayfesto 2012 draws to a close, digital media and live theatre combine for Springtime, where a performance in both Edinburgh and Egypt will happen simultaneously, shared with the respective audiences through the wonder of Skype. For it, the two groups of Scottish Arabs and Egyptians will explore the similarities and differences of their lives, with the conversation unfolding in real time over the course of the performance. So, yes, it could pretty much meander in any direction, but that, of course, is the whole inspired point of the thing.
Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge: Win yourself a rather bloody swanky Sonos PLAY:3 and Bridge (pictured, normally £289) for all your wireless hi-fi needs, letting you stream all the music on earth in every room of your pad. Nice.
Spoek Mathambo: Nab yourself tickets to see Spoek Mathambo do his unique take on electronic music, plus a copy of the new album and limited-edition American tour posters and stickers. Closes today!
HebCelt 2012 tickets: Get your hands on weekend passes and travel for HebCelt 2012, where The Waterboys, The Proclaimers, and Kassidy will be headering up the main stages, alongside the likes of Admiral Fallow, Roddy Woomble, and Washington Irving.
Cameo's Wes Anderson Screenings: Win tickets to each of The Cameo's special Wes Anderson screenings here, with this week's gem being The Royal Tenenbaums (24 May).
Traquair Shakespeare Festival tickets: We've got four pairs of tickets up for grabs for Traquair House's unique weekend of Shakespearean and Elizabethan entertainment. And, yes, that will include a hog roast and Shakespearean Ale. Amen.
Wychwood Festival tickets: Wychwood Festival returns for its ninth year down't Cheltenham Racecourse (8-10 Jun), celebrating the best in folk and world music. Win tickets here.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this pair of Glasgow-based musos have taken their trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a booze-y prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines.
Free Coffee at Avenue G: Simply present the voucher on page 45 of our shiny, re-designed May issue and you'll get a free coffee at the rather lovely Avenue G, plus entry into their prize draw to win a meal for two.
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* Any budding songwriters amongst you can download and print off an application form for the Billy Kelly Songwriting Award. You can get your form here, then all you need do is enclose your demo and post it to: Billy Kelly Songwriting Award, Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX. Alternatively you can apply electronically by emailing three tracks to email@example.com. Closes 31 June.