Gay cinema is back on track this month with everything from diva documentaries to queer cinema classes. The main hub of this film frenzy is the GFT in Glasgow — it’s no wonder they won the Pride Award for
contribution to culture.
One of the GFT’s films (also playing at the capital’s Filmhouse and part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival) is Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song, a documentary made by her grandson, J David Riva. He focuses on her time during the war using unseen footage and interviews to gain a better insight into the life of this diva. Dietrich was well known for her gay relationships and her ability to cross genders with ease, making her one of the world's biggest gay icons. The film’s producer, Hans Pausch, will also be
appearing at the screening.
Talk to Her, on the other hand, is definitely not a gay film but directed by a well known gay filmmaker: Spain’s Pedro Almodovar. The film looks at the different way that men deal with their love of women by focusing on two relationships. Benigno cares for Alicia who is in a coma and finds himself falling in love with her while Marco’s love for bullfighter Lydia is tested after a fighting accident which leaves her in a coma also. Almodovar manages to create a moving piece of film tackling the weighty issues of love, loneliness and friendship. If his last masterpiece All About my Mother can be lived up
to, Talk to Her is a must see.
If you want to know more about queer cinema you can check out the GFT’s queer cinema nights, run by The List’s very own John Binnie, every Tuesday night in September. The first film featured is the Swedish Show Me Love, an absolutely delightful coming-out story about a tomboy girl secretly realising she’s in love with the most popular girl in school. Director Lukas Moodysson won great success with his follow up Together, but for lesbians everywhere Show Me Love is the one. (Jane Hamilton)
I Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song, FI/lll/lOL/SQ. Edinburgh, Fr/ 76 Aug; GFT. Fri 23 Aug. Talk to Her. GFT. from Fri 23 Aug. Show me Love. GFT. Tue 3 Sep.
Venom Alaska. 142 Bath Street. 248 1777. llptn 3am. £3. Weekly. ‘(ilamour with a hammer" is promised at this new club night.
Steve Retson l.(;B'I‘ Centre. I 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 5.30 8.30pm. Free. Weekly. (iay men's sexual health advisory service. Contact 21 l 8601 for appointtnents.
Lesbian Health Clinic Sandyford Initiative. Sauchiehall Street. 2| 1 6700. 5.30 8pm. Free. Weekly. Health advice. TFI Bi-G-Les Youth Group l.(iB'I‘ Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203.
4 8pm. Free. Weekly. An open meeting for young l.(iBT tip to the age of 25. Gay and Lesbian Badminton Club Knightswood Secondary School. ()0 Knightswood Road. 7pm. Weekly. All welcome at this friendly club. contact
Donn on ()7985 621 057 for more details. Glasgow G00 Swimmers Contact 649 5896. 7..3()«‘)pm. Weekly. Informal
LIPS (ilasgow Women's Library. 1(19 'I'rongate. 552 8345/7539. 2~—4pm. Free. Thu 22 Aug. l-‘ortnightly. Support for lesbians and bisexual women under 25.
Marlene Dietrich-Her Own Song (iI’I‘. Rose Street. 332 8128. 8.30pm.
£5 (£3). Fri 23 Attg. Documentary made by the grandson of the legendary diva with the cheekbones and throaty voice. with a personal appearance by the producer.
TFI Bi-G-Les Youth Group Drop In l.(iBT Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 4—8pm. Free. Weekly. Support for LGBT tip to the age of 25.
Bars Revolver 6a John Street. 553 2456. 4-6pm. Free. Weekly. Weekend quiz.
Gay Rambling Group Contact 950 1081. Sun 25 Attg. Fortnightly (alternating between Satttrdays and Sundays). Call for more details on meeting places and times. Out on Sunday LGBT Centre. It Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7.30 9.30pm. Free. Sun 25 Aug. Monthly. Social group for lesbians. gay men. bisexuals and transgender people.
lcebreakers LGBT Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 12.30—3pm. Free. Sun 1 Sep. Monthly. Group for lesbians. gays and bisexuals new to the scene.
Performance Group I.(}BT Centre. 1 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7.30pm. Free. Weekly. Meeting for anyone interested in theatre and music skills.
Holistic Healing Group I.(}B'I‘ Centre. 1] Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7.30—10pm. Free. Weekly. Contact 423 5952 for more information.
Show Me Love (iFI‘. Rose Street. 332 8128. 8.30pm. £3.75—£4.75 (£2--£3.50). Tue 3 Sep. The best teenage lesbian love story — ever. Iixquisitely acted. and presented in this Swedish offering frotn director Lukas Moodyson. Showing as part of the GFT's Gay Film Season which continues every Tue dttring September featuring short intros by and discussions with playwright/director John Binnie.
Bi-G-Les Youth Group LGBT Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7—10pm. Free. Weekly. Meeting for LGBT up to the age of 25.
LIC Social Group LGBT Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7pm. Tue 27 Attg. Monthly. Regular meeting. lcebreakers Sadie Frost‘s. 8—1() West George Street. 332 8005. 89.30pm. Free. Tue 3 Sep. Monthly. See Sun.
Lip Service . . . Out of Heaven Seventh Heaven. 15 [ilmbank Gardens. 221 2772. 9.30pm. £5. Wed 28 Aug. A new weekly club night with the last Wednesday of the month being ladies night. Male guests are welcome and you can listen to DJ Hilda.
Get Funked . . . Out of Heaven
‘ Seventh Heaven. 15 Elmbank Gardens.
221 2772. 9.30pm. £5. Wed 4 Sep. Weekly club night with the first Wednesday of the month concentrating on jazz. soul and funk. The night starts with live jau. in the cocktail bar followed by DJ Hush Puppy and special guests.
Bi-Glasgow I.(iB'I‘ Centre. 11 Dixon Street. 221 7203. 7.30pm. Free. Wed 4 Sep. Monthly. Regular meeting of this bisexual group.
Gay Dads Scotland [CB Centre. 58a 6‘; 60 Broughton Street. 478 7069. 8pm. Thu 29 Aug. Monthly.
Edinburgh Fridays Clubs UP Studio 24. Calton Road. 558 3758. 10.30pm 3am. £8 (£7). Fri 30 Aug. Monthly. DI‘s Michelle. Adrian Davenport
and Nic Cavendish dole out a heady mix of progressive house and tribal trance.
Juice Solas. 2/4 Abbeymount. 661 0982. 2—4pm. Free. Weekly. Social group for gay men affected by HIV/AIDS.
Mingin’ Studio 24 (upstairs). Calton Road. 558 3758. 10.30pm -3am. £5 before midnight: £6 after. Sat 24 Aug. Fortnightly. Gay-friendly clubbing with residents Brian Dempster and Alan Joy. Blast Club Mercado. 36—39 Market Street. 226 4224. 11pm—3am. £10 (£8). Sat 24 Aug. Fortnightly. Gay friendly night with residents Huggy and Markell serving up uplifting vocal house and dirty funky grooves.
Eye Candy Club Mercado. 36—39 Market Street. 226 4224. l 1pm—3am. £10 (£8): £6 in fancy dress. Sat 31 Aug. Fortnightly. Residents Graeme Popstar. .\'ejat Barton and Neil Crookston host their infamous. glam house party.
Joy I'igo. Picardy Place. 478 7434. 10.30pm 3am. £10 (£8). Sat 31 Aug. Fortnightly. Residents Maggie and Alan whoop it up in the Main Hall while Dale (Lush) joins Cocteau Lounge residents Trendy Wendy and Sally F. MsDemeanour Phoenix Cellar Bar. 48 Broughton Street. 557 0234.
8.30pm 2.30am. £5 (£4 for T-girls). Sat 24 Aug. Monthly. Evening exclusively for transvestites and transsexuals.
TransAlba Nexus. Broughton Street. 557 8847. 3pm. Weekly. Drop-in transsexual sttp on group.
Scottish TV S Group The Phoenix Cellar Bar. 46 Broughton Street. 557 ()234. 1~-5pm. Sat 31 Aug. Monthly.
Taste The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 11pm~-3am. £10 (£8). Weekly. Tasty brew of house and garage with a joint bank holiday special with residents from I.u\e1y joining the regular Taste sqttad on Sttn 25 Aug.
Tackno Club Mercado. 36—39 Market Street. 226 4224. 10.30pm-3am. £3—£6. Sttn 25 Aug. Monthly. Trendy Wendy mixes it at her most celebrated showcase. Tackno.
Joy Sundae Iigo. Picardy Place. 478 7434. 11pm-4am. £5 (Members £3). Sun 25 Aug. DIs Maggie. Alan and Brett King provide the sounds at this special bank holiday Joy.
Groups Gay Men‘s Swimming Group Call 226 4476. 8pm. Weekly. Informal.
Lisa Milne and Malcolm Martineau Queens llall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 11am. £5-—£21. Mon 26 Aug. Aberdeen's own soprano. now enjoying International renown. in a morning classical concert.
Vibe ligo. Picardy Place. 478 7434.
1 1pm 3am. £2. Weekly. James Longworth provides the sounds at this popular. sparkly. charty patty.
Women’s Group Drop-In LGB Centre. 60 Broughton Street. 478 7069. 7pm. Free. Weekly. Informal. Edinburgh Gay Women’s Group Nexus. Broughton Street. 557 8847. 7pm. Free. Weekly. Social group.
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