ON YOUR DOORSTEP Everything you ever wanted to know about SHARMANKA KINETIC GALLERY

When you walk into the Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery you are transported into a different world a world where Eduard Bersudsky’s miniature figures and mechanical theatre come to life and play out a variety of scenes and emotions, This journey starts even before you enter into the main exhibition room when you are welcomed by a metal crow doorbell.

Once seated on one of the wooden benches, the lights go down and the first chimes sound, heralding the beginning of the show. The first part IS concentrated on the oldest towers which stand in the centre of the room and each one comes to life

highlighted by speCIal lighting and haunting musrc. The next part focuses on the exhibits dotted around the room such as figures made from hand-crafted wood and other parts from a collection of old scrap. Looking closely at each piece, you realise that they are made from objects such as bicycle wheels, wringers, chains

and old typewriters.

Each piece has its indrwdual story to tell and certain characters are particularly relevant to Bersudsky’s life in Russia such as the Stalin and Lenin figures in one of his oldest pieces, ‘The Tower of Babel'. No matter what your background or age you Will be able to find a character or exhibit relevant to your life which will evoke an emotion or memory. Some of the pieces are very dark and almost frightening but there IS a generous helping of humour involved in the qurrky colourful characters and mu51c, bringing a smile to the face of even the most

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Samples of Bersudsky‘s work can be found in the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow or Edinburgh's Royal Museum of Scotland, but this IS completely different to anything you may have seen before. It’s definitely worth a vrsrt to lose yourself in this atmospheric show which has plenty of stories to tell.

(Jane Hamilton)

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Added Extras Postcards and badges available to buy. How much it costs £3 (£2); children under 16 free.

When it's open Sat & Sun 4pm. Specral mid-week vrewrng times can be arranged and group bookings should be organised in advance.

Sharmanka Kinetic Gal/ery, 74 King Street, 552 7080, wwwsharmankacouk


Rangers v Dunfermline Sat 3 Feb. 12.55pm. £18 (£10—£13). lbrox Stadium. Edmiston Drive. (1870 600 1993. Dunfermline boss Jimmy Calderwood has long been an admirer of Dick Advocaat‘s methods. Now he has the chance to edge his guru closer to a fruitless season as he takes the gritty Pars to the once-impregnable lbrox.

St Mirren v Ktlmarnock Tue 6 Feb. 7.45pm. £15—£16(£4). Hampden Park. Mount Florida. 889 2558. This pair have broken the Old Firm‘s domination of the Scottish Cup in the last fourteen years and whoever wins this one will be the underdog in the final. It‘s toss of the coin sttiff with both sides having struggled in the league.

Celtic v Rangers Wed 7 Feb. 7.45pm. Season Ticket holders only. Hampden Park. Mount Florida. 551 8653. It‘s part one of the Old Firm‘s double-bill shoot- out. Both will undoubtedly prefer League success but a psychological boost will come to whoever trium hs here.

Comic Relief FootbalrFunday Sun 11 Feb. 10.30am. Donations. Braehead Arena. Kings lnch Road. Renfrew, 885 1441. A celeb-packed five-a-side football tournament in aid of Comic Relief. The stars taking part have still to be confirmed and there‘s also family entertainment including beat the goalie and face-painting.

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Celtic v Rangers Sun 11 Feb. 1.15pm. Season Ticket holders only. Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. Parkhead. 551 8653. The big one. Victory for Martin O’Neill's men will surely finish off Rangers league challenge while a win for Advocaat‘s army should put the first genuine pressure on Celtic.


Globalise Resistance! Scotland Counter Conference Fri 2-- ‘at 3 Feb. Fri 7.30pm; Sat 10.30am--7.30pm. £10 (£5). Glasgow Caledonian University. Coweaddens Road. 3320681. 'Our world is not for sale' is the slogan of this anti-capitalist conference which will debate tactics for halting the spread of the capitalist ethic. Speakers over this two day event include George Monibiot. Kevin Danaher. Greg Palast. lan Banks. Ken McLeod. Robbie the Pict and Robin Harper MSP. plus representatives from CND. the Scottish Socialist Party and the Glasgow Prague Collective. The opening rally will be followed by the screening of a video entitled 'This Is What Democracy Looks Like'. which is narrated by Susan Sarandon and has a soundtrack by Rage Against the Machine. For tickets call 07808 117488.

The Big Blockade Mon 12 Feb. 7am. Faslane 1 'aval Camp. 433 2859. The Scottish CND invite members of the public tojoin them in their protest against the Trident Nuclear missiles based at Faslane. The non-violent demonstration. organised in conjunction

with the Faslane Peace Camp. aims to close the naval base for one day.

Other Events

Night Sky Over The Botanics Thu I Feb. 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Glasgow Botanic Gardens. 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. Advance booking required. The Astronomer Royal For Scotland. l’rofJohn Brown. leads an evening of astronomical viewing when you can cast your eye over the Moon. Jupiter. Saturn and the Orion Nebula using telescopes.

Snowdrop Weekends Thu 1 Feb—Sat 31 Mar. £2.50 (£1.50). Finlaystone Country Estate. Finlaystone Park. Langbank. 01475 540505. Winter snowdrops will be in the ‘green‘ for sale.

Backru In The Basement Sat 3 Feb 8 Sat 10 Feb. Waterstone’s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. Relieve the shopping frenzy by choosing front a range of different massages available in Waterstone‘s basement from a lavender massage to an Indian head massage. Follow this with a session with the shop‘s resident tarot Reader Mikhael. Massage costs £5. Tarot reading costs £15.

Below Stairs Banter Sat 3 Feb. 11am. Free. Pollok House. 2050 l’ollokshaws Road. 616 6410. Find out what happened in the servants quarters of the house with actors bringing the servant characters to life.

Wonderful Wetland Sun 4 Feb. 1pm. £2 (£1). RSPB Nature Reserve. Largs Road. Lochwinnoch. (11505 842663. A guided walk through the Lochwinnoch wetlands looking at the lants and wildlife.

Blow Away T e Cobwebs Sun 4 Feb, 2pm. Free. Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge. Glenfield Road. Paisley. 884 3794. lace up your walking boots and enjoy a bracing two-hour walk over the Braes ()‘Brownside.

Philosophy Cafe Mon 5 Feb. 7pm. Free. Waterstone‘s. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. Regular get together in Costa Coffee for those who would like to discuss the philosophical points in life. SAHAP Meeting Tue 6 Feb. 7pm. Free. Waterstone's. 153—157 Sauchiehall Street. 332 9105. Monthly drop-in meetings of the Scottish Association of Holistic Aromatherapy Practitioners where you can familiarise yourself with the topic. catch up on current trends and find out more about holistic aromatherapy.

Giant CD 8: Record Fair Sat 10 6’; Sun 11 Feb. Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11am—5pm. £3. SLiCC. Finnieston Quay. (1870 040 4000. Whatever your musical tastes. there should be something to suit you at this huge CD and vinyl fair.

Silver Leafed Plants Sat 10 Feb. 2.30pm. Greenbank Gardens. Flenders Road. Clarkston. 639 3281. A guided walk through the gardens.

Bird Box Making Sun 11 Feb. 2pm. Free. Watersports Centre. Strathclyde Country Park. 366 Hamilton Road. .‘ylotherwell. 01698 266155. Make a home for your feathered friends this winter. All materials and designs are supplied.


Art Gallery 8: Museum, Kelvingrove Argyle Street. 287 2699. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri a Sun llam—5pm. Free. This fine example of late Victorian architecture houses a permanent collection of work by such names as Rembrandt. Botticelli. Whistler and Cadell. plus numerous historical artefacts and animal displays. For details of temporary exhibitions. see Art listings. page 85.

Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum

Braehead Shopping Centre. Kings lnch Road. 886 1013. Mon—Sat ltlam—6pm: Sun 1 1am—5pm. £3.50 (£1.75): family ticket £8. This attraction. situated on the River Clyde. brings to life the story of Glasgow‘s development from the tobacco lords in the 1700s right up to the 21st century. You can take control of a

real steam engine or learn to make a fortune as an ocean trader. and kids will enjoy the maritime playpark.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Road. 334 2422. Mon—Sun 11am—4pm. Free. This 19th century garden and glasshouses are home to an interesting and educational selection of plants. as well as featuring in the film Jude. Glasgow Zoopark Calderpark. Uddingston. 771 1185. Daily 9.30am—4pm (last admission 2.30pm). £4.60 (£2.70). A popular haunt on school trips. Glasgow Zoopark boasts a varied collection of animals. from lions to guinea pigs. as well as a well- stocked reptile house. There is also a full programme of interactive events. such as snake-handling and birds of prey flying displays. plus Children ‘s Farm. amusements and an orienteering course. Greenbank Garden

Flenders Road. Clarkston. 639 3281. Daily 10am—5pm. £3 (£2). This walled garden. tucked away in the Glasgow suburbs. contains a wealth of interesting plants and flowers as well as woodland walks. a glasshouse and water displays. Hunterian Museum University Avenue. 330 4221. Mon—Sat 9.30am—5pm. Free. Dating frorn 1807. the llunterian is Scotland‘s oldest public museum it lost its artworks in 1980 with the opening of the purpose-built art gallery in the grounds. but it is still home to a collection of the university's treasures. For details of temporary exhibitions. see Art listings. page 85. Hutchesons’ Hall

158 lngram Street. 552 8391. Mon—Sat Ilium—5pm. Free. Btiilt by the philanthropic Hutcheson brothers in the 19th century. the hall has recently been

i completely refurbished to give a taste of

its former glory. The site also includes a ten-minute audio-visual display about the Merchant City. Also permanently on display is Glasgow Style. a major exhibition of objects made or designed by young Glasgwegian designers.

Mugdock Country Park

(‘raigallan Road. Milngavie. 956 6100. Free. This country park on the north east side of the city has a full programme of ranger activities as well as numerous woodland paths and walkways. The visitor centre is open 9am—5pm every day of the year. Call for more details on the opening times of the gift shop and crafts unit. or for a full itinerary of countryside events.

Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery 2nd Floor. 14 King Street. 552 7080. Sat dc Sun 2—5pm. £3 (£2); under 16s free. An hour-long mechanical ballet performed by liduard Bersudsky’s kinetic sculptures made from scrap metal and tiny wooden figures. See On Your Doorstep.

Springburn Museum

Atlas Square. Ayr Street. 557 1405. Tue—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat noon—4pm. Free. By use of photographs and artefacts. arts and crafts. the museum brings to life the social and industrial history of the north of Glasgow illustrated by two permanent exhibitions .llurle In The .N'urr/r and .S'pringburn Park. Testerduy. Rainy-Ind 7imzr2rmn:

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100 Stobcross Road. 339 (1631. Daily 10am—5pm. £3.95 (£2.95); accompanied children free. Find out about Glasgow's maritime heritage on-board the S.\’. Glenlec. the only Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK. Visitors can explore the boat or talk to the crew. and there's a range of children‘s activities. On-shore. there is a restaurant in the restored Pumphouse as well as a permanent exhibition space.