Sat 23—Sun 31 May. Information 041 8893151 and041 887931}(Box Office). Hot on the heels

of Mayfest comes the local

Paisley Festival. Much of the festival involves displays and activities which welcome audience participation, including open days and sporting events. and full details of these can be found in the official programme or from the Festival organisers (see below). Here are some ofthe other highlights.


o Windy's Bar Rowan Street. Paisley. 2pm—midnight. Day Ticket £1. A chance to get acquainted with local bands Defiant Pose. Rough Diamond. Exit The Lemming. Big George and The Business, and others.

0 The Alvin Stardust Show Paisley Town Hall. 7.45pm. £5. £4.£3. Musical variety show with the Seventies‘ superstar Alvin Stardust.


0 Street Festival Fun Run Seedhill Playing Fields. Fun Run in aid of ACCORD with the opportunity for entrants running for a charity to take part in the prize draw.

0 West at Scotland Body Building Championships Town Hall. 6.30pm. £5. Former European champion Angelito Lesta and British Ladies Champion Body Builder. Anita Pinnock are the special guest stars in this contest.

0 Bocketeers St James Park. Free. Did you know that Paisley hada Rocketeers Club? Well neither did I. Projectiles ingeniously propelled by compressed water will be on display!

0 Central Nursery Open Day 1—5pm. 60p (30p). Plants. queries. competitions and exhibitions.

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0 Tara Ital Methodist Halls. Paisley Cross. 7—9.30pm. Tora Kai (Young Tigers) to the Japanese is a sport requiring all the fitness. discipline and skill peculiar to the Japanese martial arts. A demonstration by 8—80 year-olds under their chief instructor Mr K. Taylor.

0 The Murray International Whitbum Band Town Hall. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£2). Well known from TVand radio. the band appears with special guest baritone Peter Morrison.


o Walks into History Depart Sma‘Shot Cottages. 7pm. Free. A walk around the historical and industrial history of Paisley ending up with a well-deserved cup oftea and biscuits in the Alexander Wilson Room in one of the restored weavers‘ homes. Sma‘Shot Cottages.

0 Paisley Chamber Choir Town Hall. 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Now in their sixth year. this local choir takes on both the multi-part counterpoint of 16th-century madrigals and contemporary choral pieces.


O AMoorIand Walk depart Robertson Car Park. Gleniffer Braes Country Park. 7.30pm. Long-since superceded as a form of farming and pre-dating the group by a couple of centuries. run-rig was a 17th and 18th-century form ofland tenure in Scotland. Examples of this and also of ‘lazy-bed'. another form offarming. survive in the park and are highlighted on this walk. An abundance of wild flowers additionally make the walk well worth while. 0 Cabaret Night Town Hall. 10pm-12.30am. Free. Bar. Music to bop. swing and Scottish country


dance to from the Alexander Sisters and the McMurdo Sound.


o Rotating Dancers, Bock

' ’n’HollWorkshop Apex Centre. 1—3pm. Ever wished you could really

rock ‘n‘ roll? This is your

chance to learn. Open to

all. FRIDAY 29

0 Writers' Weekend Fri 29LSun 3l . Town Hall. Fri. Sat and Sun 7.30pm and Sat also 2.30pm. Writers Kelman. McCaig and McLaverty round off the weekend on Sunday night at 7.30pm. each with a different style and recent claim to fame. Kelman has recently published a book of short stories. Greyhound for Breakfast while the films Caland Lamb were both based on books and screenplays by McLavery. who also has not inconsiderable but less well-known skills as a cartoonist and illustrator. Other writers making guest appearance over the weekend are Liz Lochhead and Tom Leonard (Sat 7.30pm). Ian Crichton Smith (Sat 30. 2.30pm) and Edwin Morgan (Fri 29. 7.30pm).


0 Open Day: Barshaw Park Lively events and entertainment all day includes a carnival-float type finale procession and bar tent with real ale. An especially good day for the children see Kids listings.


0 Vintage Flying Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Noon-5pm. The Clyde Valley Flyers go through their paces with a show of competitive flying.

0 Festival of Cricket Ralston Playing Fields. Afternoon. A gentle way to end the Festival. watching celebrity (ya-side teams battle it out on Sunday afternoon.


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o The Open List Is a tree listings service tor all cultural, educational, political and other events that do not tall into The Llst's other listings

categories. FRIDAY 15

o Edwin Muir—A Birthday Celebration The British Council. 3 Bruntsfield Crescent. Edinburgh. 7.30pm £2 (including wine) A centenary celebration to the day of the birth of Scottish Poet. Edwin Muir. with George Bruce. Professor Peter Butler. Robert Calder. Howard Gaskill. William Montgomerie. Tessa Ransford and compere Joy Hendry. Information from The Scottish Poetry Library. 14 High Street. Edinburgh ()31 557 2876.


0 Going on Holiday with a Bowel Complaint Lecture Theatre. 4th Fl. Outpatients Block. Western General Hospital. Crewe Road. Edinburgh (entry only via the Accident and Emergency entrance). 2pm. Free. Mary McErlean. Ward Sister. will give the lecture organised by the National association for Colitis and Crohn‘s Disease. All welcome. Raffle and bring-and—buy stall.


o Charity Fashion Show The Grosvenor Hotel. Grosvenor Street. Edinburgh. 3pm. £3. Funds raised from this fashion spectacular will go to charities who help the blind. The event is sponsored by Stakis Plc.. and features a summer collection of casual, evening and swimwear which have been provided by Buzzini and Scope which are based at Cockburn Street and Rose Street. Langue de Chat. Oasis and The Warehouse at the Waverley Market. Hair by Panache of William Street. Tickets available from all these shops. The show will be coordinated by John Tritton


0 Labour History Workshop University ofStrathclyde. Lecture Room 3. McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow. 7pm. Free. Eleanor Gordon gives the first of two lectures which will compare employment position for women before and after World War One. This lecture takes an overview of the pattern ofwomen‘s employment and looks at the Dundee Juteworkers. 1870-1914. as a case study. (Part 2 is on 2 June). Full details from A Mclvor. History Dept. University of Strathclyde. tel 552 4400.

0 National Bike Week This week is National Bike Week look out for events including tonight. Evening Cycle Ride. 15 miles. startingat the Commonwealth Pool. Edinburgh. Details from Richard Russell03l 661 8614. More details ofevents from Spokes of Edinburgh (031 225 6906)


O Charity Auction Freemason‘s Hall. George Street. Edinburgh. 1 lam. Information tel. 031 557 0894. This charity auction has been organised to raise money forThe National Schizophrenia Fellowship. Everything from paintings and sculptures to bric-a-brac and new goods donated by shops will be under the hammer and the organisors hope to raise £10.000. If you want to donate something to be sold. ring the above number.


o The Edinburgh Football Programme Fair Playhouse Theatre. Leith Walk. Edinburgh. 11am—4pm. 40p Adults. 20p Children. One of the biggest and ' most important sales of football programmes and memorabilia kicks off again. As well as the chance to buy and sell there will be an exhibition ofcollectors old and rare programmes. Special guest will be journalist and broadcaster. Bob Crampsey. Organised by Football Crazy. 13a Spittal Street. Edinburgh. EH3 9DY. Tel ()31 228 2633. 0 Nicaragua Benefit King‘s Theatre. 2 Bath Street. Glasgow. 7.30pm. £3/4/5. Wildcat present this benefit show with among others The Sirens and Elaine C. Smith. See Theatre.


0 Edinburgh Socialist Forum Tollcross Community Centre (by Tollcross Primary School). Edinburgh. Information from The Socialist

a Forum. Box 43. First ofMay

f Bookshop or Tel 031 337 8374. Lutte Ouvrikre —Trotskyism in the 19805. Plus Francois Rouleau UK organiser.


0 Too Many Cars 23 East Claremont i Street. Edinburgh. 8pm. Tel 556 2614. Dedicated car-haters meet on 3 the last Wednesday ofeach month to discuss the alternatives!


0 Edinburgh Bisexual Group Lesbian and Gay Centre. 58A Broughton

. Street. Edinburgh. 8pm. Tonight‘s topic is ‘Earliest Memories‘.

“The List 15- 28 May