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Run by a small, dedicated team with not a lot of public funding, Glasgay still comes up with the goods. It’s a modest festival, but it crosses the spectrum of art forms, and is available in all manner of venues throughout the city. The programme choice is wide, eclectic. Glasgay’s community outreach element is crucial with projects involving short videos from the LIPS group, photography and writing from the young Bi-G—LES group, lesbian portraiture and information exchanges with the Equality Network.

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sometimes controversial monologues. He doesn't get lonely performing on his own because his other work involves creating big queer pieces with plenty of people. Glasgow is full of good memories for him. it's where he first began dating his Australian boyfriend; Safeway on Byres Road is where they first shopped together. Miller is also running a queer workshop (Sat 3 Nov) for all would-be activists. showing how your own life is the stuff that great dramas can Spring from. (John Binnie)



Grosvenor Cinema, Fri 26 Oct, Sat 3 Nov.

Rupert Everett is the only out Hollywood star of his generation and his charms are on display in the double bill My Best Friend '8 Wedding (a hit) and The Next Best Thing (a dud.) He has set a trend in recent romantic comedies: the heroine must have a gay. sexless best friend. so he!pful at advice regarding matters of the heart. rejection and interior design.

Thank goodness Everett has a sex scene with a dishy surgeon in The Next Best Thing, though this is hardly surprising considering its director is John Schlesinger. Schlesinger was responsible in 1971 for the greatest gay film ever. Sunday. Bloody Sunday with the infamous male to male kiss hetwe 3n Murray Head and Peter Finch. if you look closely at his other movies. from Darling to Midnight Cowboy to Pacific Heights they are peopled by gay characters. though often subsidiary.

Everett and Madonna's movie is much more overtly gay. it's just unfortunate the Hollywood studios interfered. it still manages to examine gay men with their fathers. and gay men as parents with complexity. It'll be interesting to see what sort of parts Everett will play next. His crazed, transvestite performance in Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train DoeSn’t Stop Here Anymore at the Citizens‘ Theatre a few years ago demonstrated his scope and dare. (John Binnie)


ODykes in the City Screenings (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lam 5pm. l-‘ree. A series of five short films. made by the LIPS yottth group. looking at modern gay life in (ilasgow.

Hard Cheese (ilasgow LUBT Centre. If Dixon Street. 221 7203.

l lam midnight. l‘ree. An exhibition inspired by the halcyon days of 70s hedonism from flares and flocked wallpaper to moustachioed gigolos.

My Best Friends Wedding & The Next Best Thing (irosvenor Cinema. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42‘)8. 10pm. Rupert liverett as gay best friend to divas Madonna and Julia Roberts.

Visual Art

0 lookingforthegirl 'l‘ron Theatre. 63 'lrongate. 552 4267. Want-midnight. l-‘ree. Kathleen Little pttts on her display of black and white photographs celebrat- ing the individualin the diversity of les— bians in (ilasgow.

Patsy McArthur 'l’ron Theatre. 63 'l‘rongate. 552 4267. 10am midnight. l‘ree. A show of drawings looking at the themes of reality. escape and mortality. OWpical Men (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lam 5pm. Free. A remarkable collection of pho- tographs of men in various states of undress, by world renowned tnale pho- tographers.

Glimpses (ilasgow l.(iB'l‘ Centre. 1 l Dixon Street. 22l 7203. llatn midnight. l‘ree. A tastet' exhibition by the Diverse Arts (iroup showing the art which will feature in the Calendar of Art lixhibitions in the Centre at the end of the year. Prato Ouebrado: Modern Mosaics (ilasgow I.(}B'I' Centre. l 1 Dixon Street. 22] 7203. llatn midnight. l'ree. Marcelo de Melo exhibits his beautifully crafted mosaic work.

Other events

0The Launch Party Tron Theatre. 63 'l'rongate. 552 4267. ‘).30pm. £5 (£3). Launch party with a dress code of denim and a smorgasbord of queer tnusic pro- vided by DJ lltishpttppie.


The Lorraine Bowen Experience 'l‘ron Theatre. 63 'l‘rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £6 (£4). lligh catnp. eccentric comedy with loveable. unforgettable songs frotn The Kim'li-in-Sym‘ Casio Queen.


GDykes in the City Screenings (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l0am 5pm. i’ree. See Fri 26. Hard Cheese (ilasgow l.(il)'l’ Centre. ll Dixon Street. 22l 7203.

l lain midnight. l‘ree. See Fri 26. Sebastiane (irosvenor Cinetna. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42‘)8. 2pm. £4 (£2). Jarman's nttde. homoerotic take on gay martyr St Sebastian. performed in Latin. Dykes in the City (i-Mac. 34 Albion Street. 553 2620. 3pm. Free. See Fri 26. There will also be a discussion with pro- fessionals from the filth and television industry.

La Cage Aux Folles (trust-error Cinema. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42%. 4pm. £4 (£2). Classic l’rench gay farce about the ultimate alternative family.

Total Eclipse (irosvenor Cinema. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42‘)8. l0pm. £4 (£2). Doomed love affair between two poets. including l.eo de ('aprio.

Visual Art

Glookingforthegiri 'l‘ron Theatre. 63 'I‘rongate. 552 4267. l0am midnight. liree. See Fri 26.

Patsy McArthur 'l‘ron 'l'heatre. 63 'l'rongate. 552 4267. Want midnight. l‘ree. See l'l'i 2f).

GWpical M8" (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lam 5pm. Free. See Hi If).

Glimpses (ilasgow l.(il3'l~ Centre. I l Dixon Street. 22! 7203. l lam midnight. Free. See l‘ri 2(i.

Prato Quebrado: Modern Mosaics (ilasgow l.(i|i'l ('entt‘e. ll Dixon Street. 22l 7203. llattt midnight. Free. See iii 26.

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GDykes in the City Screenings (iallcry of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lam 5pm. Free. See liri 26. Hard Cheese (tlasgtm l.(}B'l‘ (‘enti-e. ll Dixon Street. 22] 7203.

l lam midnight. l‘ree. See l‘ri 26.

The Wizard of Oz (irosvenor Cinema. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42‘)8. 2pm. £4 (£2). Friends of Dorothy will know all the words to this l‘)3‘) bit of celluloid magic.

Jubilee (irosvenor Cinema. Ashton Lane. 33‘) 42‘)8. 5pm. £4 (£2). Anarchic punk drama with loyal) Wilcox and Ian Charleston.


The Helen Reeves Trio 8: Wilby 'I'ron 'l’heatre, 63 'l’rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £5 (£3). Reeves has a strong distinctive voice which coupled with the Wilby ensemble will create an evening of easy going. rootsy music.


6Patrick Gale \Valcrstoncs. 153 Stttlcliicllttil Sll't‘t‘l. 3.33 (HUS. 2pm. l‘ree. Patrick (iale will be reading from his evocative. emotionally charged novel Rough .llusit'.


Cookie Sadie i‘l'UslN. (S ll) \Vesl (ietir'ge SlI'L‘L‘l. .352 8005. l0pm. l-‘ree. The best drag act in London entertains.

Visual Art

Glookingforthegirl 'l‘ron 'l‘lieatre. 63 'l'rongate. 552 4267. l()am midnight. l‘ree. See l'il'i 2ft.

Patsy McArthur 'l'ron 'l‘heatt‘e. o3 'l'rongate. 552 426". Want midnight. i'ii'L‘L'. See Hi :0.

GWpical Men (mitt-rt of Moat-m Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lam 5pm. lirec. See i'il'l 2f).

Glimpses (ilasgovv l,(il%'l‘ Centre. I l Dixon Street. 22] 7203. llatn midnight. l‘ree. See Hi :6.

Prato Quebrado: Modern Mosaics (ilasgow l.( iB'l‘ Centre. ll Dixon Street. 221 7203. l lam midnight. liree. Sec ill 30.

Well Versed 'l'ron 'l‘lteatre. 6.3 'l‘rongate. 552 4267. 6pm. l‘ree. After last year's success. Rachel Jury. Derek Coer and friends from the Diverse Artist‘s poetry group return for an evening of poetry

Other events

Celebration Day (ilasgtm l.(}B'l‘ Centre. ll Dixon Street. 22l 7203.

1 5pm. l-‘ree. A day to celebrate the diyersily of the gay community.


QDykes in the City Screenings (iallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 22‘) l‘)‘)6. l lain 5pm. l-‘ree. See Fri 26. Hard Cheese (ilasgow l.(iBl Centre. ll Dixon Sheet. 22] 5,203.

l lam midnight. l'ree. See Hi 26.


QBarefoot Boy with Shoes On Ramshorn 'l'lteatre. ‘lS lngram Street. 552 348‘). 7.30pm. £5 (£2). .-\ touching por- trait of urban ghetto life from talented gay Latino playwright lidw in Sanche/.

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63 ‘l't‘ongate. 552 4267'. Illam midnight.