THE WEEK AHEAD...
This week takes us into December official, also known as The Month of Christmas, hence it seems only right that we start getting vaguely festive by attending a Christmas pop-up shop, a festive-themed exhibition, and Foodies Christmas weekender – at which we'll mostly be chinning mulled wine and hot cider. Alas, enough on our drinking habits/problems, this week also sees Bring Your Own Beamer make its Glasgow appearance, while Mono provide the glacial post-rock soundtrack, and Book Week Scotland rounds off with an all-day pop-up festival down't Mitchell Library.
PICKS O' THE WEEK
Fri 30 Nov, 9pm, Free
Glasgow finally get in on the BYOB action – a one-night exhibition concept (full mouthful: Bring Your Own Beamer) that has so far taken to over 50 cities around the world – for which over 40 artists and their projectors pitch up at The Glue Factory space, transforming it into an interactive lair of moving image and sound. Overlapping and juxtaposing at different heights from floor to ceiling, this immersive beast of sound and colour will feature the technicolour videos of former Skinny Showcase artist Rachel MacLean, alongside the likes of Lachlan Rattray, and Erica Eyres. Live music and DJ sets from Optimo's JG Wilkes and The Phantom Band's Andy Wake turn it into an all-out party of a thing. Amen.
Mon 3 Dec, 7.30pm, £12.50 here
Japanese instrumental post-rockers Mono grace Glasgow's Oran Mor once more (having wowed with their set back in March 2010), touring on the back of their sixth long-player, For My Parents. Trust us, it doesn't get much more epic than their immense cinematic soundscapes, expertly traversing the line between loud and quiet – battering the senses with softly-softly strings and fuck-off guitars. Have a listen to all 10-odd glorious minutes of Ashes in the Snow live at their 10th anniversary concert in NYC: here.
Fri 30 Nov-Sun 2 Dec, 6pm-8pm (opening night), Free
So, aye, it's officially Christmas, or, more precisely, Present Buying Season. In an effort to offer up something that little bit nicer than most for your beloveds (read: not reindeer socks), a collective of ECA Textile students are setting up shop in an empty unit in Princes Mall for just three days, at which they'll be selling bespoke gifts and hand-designed wrapping paper. It opens on Friday evening (6pm-8pm), jollied along by carol singers and festive refreshments.
Thu 29 Nov, 8pm, £3 (donation, on the door)
Stereo is the natural setting for the launch of a new collaborative LP between Stereo's new label (of which this will be the first release), Monorail's Watts of Goodwill label, and RE:PEATER Records. They'll welcome the release into the world proper with a musical knees-up featuring six of the eight bands on the LP – Tut Vu Vu, Organs of Love (pictured), Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers, Palms, Gummy Stumps, and The Rosy Crucifixion. Have a sneaky listen to the songs here.
Opens Wed 5 Dec, Daily, Free
More proof that Christmas is nigh (not that we were really in any doubt, mind) – The Lighthouse open their doors for a festive-themed exhibition featuring a colourful wonderland of festive curiosities from various artists and designers – including Sue Tompkins, Christian Newby, and Laura Aldridge – also doubling as a pop-up Saturday market (1, 8, 15 and 22 December) selling limited-edition prints, sculptures, and gifts, bolstered by a 'Secret Santa' shop selling budget £5 creations by local designers.
Sat 1 Dec, 10am-11pm, Most events £8 (£7) here
The Book Week Scotland
celebrations draw to a close this weekend, with the Mitchell Library marking the occasion with an all-day pop-up mini fest, for which artist Charles Jencks (he of the amazing Garden of Cosmic Speculation
) will be in attendance, alongside Iain M Banks
, and Liz Lochhead and Aidan Moffat (reading and singing, respectively) on their involvement in My Favourite Place
. Full schedule and booking here
. It'll then end with a fight to the bloody death(ish), with the return of the Literary Death Match
Fri 30 Nov-Sun 2 Dec, 6.30pm-11.30pm, £20 weekend here
Dundee gets a look in this week, and rightly so, what with the racket that's set to emanate from Book Yer Ane Fest VI over the weekend – with three head-pounding days of DIY punk, hardcore and emo goodness. Amongst the noisemakers will be Oi Polloi, The Murderburgers, The Arteries, The Cut-Ups, Billy Liar, and Fat Goth (full daily line-up here), with all profits going to Safe-Tay. By way of complete contrast, Shhhh festival takes to Glasgow's Platform for a celebration of quiet music and art. It's that ol' loud vs quiet conundrum again...
Sun 2 Dec, 11am, Free
Favourited shoppers’ delight A Spoonful of Vintage returns for its winter outing, for which Spoon cafe will again be taken over by a selection of vintage clothing and accessory stalls, alongside all kinds of other rummage-able gems – including vintage cameras, homewares, collectibles, and ceramic items. Plus, there will be on-site vintage hair and make-up styling courtesy of Boosh Hairdressers, and Spoon will be serving up the mulled wine, mince pies, and home-baked goodies throughout.
Fri 30 Nov, 11pm, £10 here
This week offers the chance for revelers to have one last techno blowout at The Bongo care of the Substance crew, who bid their final farewell to the club in its current Holyrood Road location. For the occasion, they'll be joined by international DJ heavyweight Surgeon (pictured), alongside resident Gav Richardson, and Taz Buckfaster and pals in the back room. Hogmanay will be the club's final swansong before, all-going-well, they'll re-emerge triumphant beneath the National Library... Party details here.
Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec, 10am-6pm, £10 (£8) here
Have we mentioned it's Christmas? Things get even more seasonal with Foodies hitting Edinburgh for a celebration of festive food and drink, where a selection of top Scottish chefs will be cooking their signature dishes, alongside a chance to shop for ingredients and gifts, and learn some tricks at the dedicated Drinks Theatre. On a similarly drink-y note, there's also a wine and Champagne village, a whisky demo area, and mulled wine and hot cider being served up in the bar. We'll be the ones hiccuping in a corner.
The Twilight Sad tickets: We've got a golden package up for grabs, offering entry to The Twilight Sad's homecoming headline show at Glasgow Barrowland, as well as exclusive aftershow passes, and a load of signed tour merch. Closes 30 Nov.
Win a bottle of The Kraken Rum: One lucky reader could win themself a bottle of the finest of rums, The Kraken (imported from the Caribbean and blended with 14 exotic spices, don'tchaknow), simply by telling us on what page of the November issue a kraken is hiding on. Closes 3 Dec.
Skinny On Tour: Guess where this Skinny reader is perusing her trusty copy of the mag and you could win yourself a boozy prize courtesy of our chums at Vino Wines. Closes 30 Nov.