BIRTHDAYS, BALLS & BELLES
Girls on Top, Bennet’s, 90 Glassford Street, Glasgow. Fri 6 Feb; Velvet Valentine's Warm Up, the Commplex, 36—39 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Sat 7 Feb; Luvely’s 8th Birthday, The Liquid Room, 90 Victoria Street, Edinburgh. Sat 7 Feb; Lothian Lesbian & Gay Switchboard Valentines Ball, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh, Sat 14 Feb.
January is ﬁnally over and after a month of staying in, saving money and eating healthily it is time to get back out on the scene and have a little fun. For this issue Edinburgh is the place to be with club nights a 90-90.
Women only nights are notoriously thin on the ground but in one weekend there are three happening
at once, two of them in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow. Bennet’s Girls on Top keeps Weegie lassies happy on the first Friday of the month. The following night it is Edinburgh again for the wonderful Velvet’s Valentine Warm-Up with DJs Michelle, Fiona H and Johnboy along with dancers, performers and art.
But why do these clubs all have to happen in the same weekend? Surely it would be better to have these excellent nights spread out over the month for more enjoyment or even for someone to throw caution to the wind and put them on on a more frequent basis. Not only do two of the women only nights run on the same night but Velvet also coincides with the lovely Luvely’s 8th Birthday Party. With the theme being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ it will be an exotic night of charmers, slaves and queens . . . but dressed Egyptian style.
It also has to be acknowledged that Valentine’s day is upon us once more and, as if planned by St Valentine himself, it’s falling on a Saturday. So whether you are happily coupled, delightfully single or just plain old looking to cop off, there is absolutely no reason why you should be staying in. Especially when the first big event of the gay calendar, the ever popular Lothian Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Valentine’s Ball, is taking over the Assembly Rooms for another full on night of music, dance and romance. The Black Rose Ceilidh band with be in the Music Hall for all those who like a traditional fling, whereas Trendy Wendy will be in the Ballroom with some cheese, pop and classics tunes for you to do your ritual mating dance to. (Jane Hamilton)
Events are listed by city, date, then type. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to glasgowGlist.co.uk, by post or by fax on 0141 353 2803. Listings are compiled by Jane Hamilton.
DogGod ()bar. the Corinthian. l‘)l Ingram Street. 552 HO]. 10.30pm—3am. £2. Weekly. New gay/mixed night promising everything from Kylie to house to clectro-rock.
Shakespeare’s R 8. J Theatre Royal. 282 Hope Street. 332 9000. Thu 5 —Sat 7 Feb. 7.30pm. £5-~£20. An all tnale cast makes this a thrilling reworking of the Bard's story of love.
The Love Boat Revolver. 6a John Street. 553 2456. 9pm. Free. Pie-Valentines kitsch with DJ Michelle launching the good ship Revolver's night of Studio 54 sounds.
Girls on Top Bennets. 90 (ilassford Street. 552 576]. Fri 6 Feb. I lpm—3.30am. £3 £6 (£27 £5). Monthly. Long running women only club.
Abnormals Anonymous (ilasgow School of Art. 167 Renfrew Street. 353 4530. Fri l3 Feb. 10pm. £8 (£7). A night of post-queer entertainment featuring New York‘s uber-camp Scissor Sisters live.
Theatre Shakespeare’s R & J Thu 5» Sat 7 Feb. See Thu.
The ‘Big Lurve’ Quiz Revolver. 6a John Street. 553 2456. 4pm. Free. Revolver's weekly quiz gets a love theme with a £100 prize up for grabs.
Theatre Shakespeare’s R & J Thu 5-Sat 7 Feb. See Thu.
Angels in America (‘hannel 4. Sat 7 & Sun 8 Feb. 9pm. Powerful drama encompassing AIDS. homosexuality and the dark side of American Republicanism.
My Bloody Valentine Revolver. 6a John Street. 553 2456. 9pm. Free. A night of high drama and camp in the company of cabaret diva Stisan Black. Jttst the thing to drown any post-Valentine
Angels in America
(‘hannel 4. Sat 7 & Sun 8 Feb. ()pm. See Sat.
Pink Penelopes Penelope‘s Niteclub. 18 Jamaica Street. 847 0820. l lpm 3am. Free. Weekly. ()pen alter a long hiatus.
Penelopes has resurrected its weekly gay night.
Fourplay linvy. 26 (‘ambridge Street. 332 3437. llpm~3am. £4 (£2 with tlyer). Weekly. New gay club.
Allure The Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 1000. l l.30pm---3am. £3. Weekly. New gay club from the people behind ('ube‘s Passionality and FL'N promising cheesy pop in the company of DJ Darren.
001' The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. Wed 1 l Feb. 9pm. £6 (£5). Monthly. The Stand's tnonthly dose of camp comedy with Bruce Devlin introducing the Kitsch Kittens and Harriet Bowden.
Polysuper—Camp Newtown Bar. 26b Dublin Street. 538 7775. 10pm—2am. Free. Weekly. DJs Polysuper Pete. Ali attd guests whip tip a storm of camp classics and disco hits.
Blaze ligo. Picardy Place. 478 7434. Fri 6 Feb. 1 lpm» 3am. £3 before midnight; £4 after. Fortnightly. Mike Thornton stands in for DJ James Longworth but the gay weekend still starts here.
Polysuper—Mix Up Newtown Bar. 266 Dublin Street. 538 7775. 10pm 2am. Free. Weekly. New night of cheezee disco pop and charty hits for boys and girls with DJs Poly-super Pete and Ali.
Bearscots (‘laremonL I33 135 Fast (‘laremont Street. 556 5662. Sat 7 Feb. 8pm. Free. Monthly. The Bears organise the men otin night for bearded. hairy guys and their admirers.
Velvet Valentines Warm Up Party The Commplex, 3‘)» 40 (‘ommercial Street.
. 555 5622. Sat 7 Feb. l()pm~-2am. £6 (2 for
1 before l0.30pm--£5). Monthly. A new venue for the club night for gay girlies and their invited gay boy friends.
Luvely The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. Sat 7 Feb. l0pm—3am. Monthly. Tommy K. (iP. Newton & Stone and Jared serve tip full on house.
Eye Candy Massa. 36-39 Market Street. 226 4224. Sat 7 Feb. llpm— 3am. £l() (£6 if outrageously dressed £8). Fortnightly. Residents (iraeme Popstar. Nejat Barton and Neil (‘rookston host their infamous. glam house party.
Valentine’s Ball The Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 220 434‘). Sat l4 Feb. Time tbc. £15 (£12). The Lothian (iay and Lesbian Switchboard tips the romance stakes as the Black Rose (‘eilidh Band perform in the main hall; Trendy Wendy spins pop in the ballroom.
Joy Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. Sat 14 Feb. I lptn 13am. £l() (£8 members). Monthly. The wonderful Alan and Maggie Joy enliven the weekend with funky. twisted house.
Taste The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 1 1pm 3am. £5 before
I L30me £8 (£6 members) after: £ l0 nort- members on guest DJ nights. Weekly. Tasty brew of house and garage. BootyLUSHous Medina Nightclub. Lothian Street. Sun 15 Feb. 10pm 3am. £3. l-‘ortnightly. New venue for the gay/mixed night with DJ Dale Lush and residents Simmone Black and Pimpster & (iee all playing R628. soul and funk.
Volunteer Training (‘entre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 llowe Street. 523 1 I00.
a Brief Encounter Tribute to British stiff upper lipness in this tale of repressed passions. See Film index. (a The Dreamers (pictured) A young American student spends a sexually charged summer in the Paris of 1968 as he befriends a brother and sister. See Film.
% Pot Luck A Parisian student joins a diverse group of nationalities sharing an apartment in this Barcelona-set comedy. See Film. Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing—a-Long-a showing of the cult camp-fest. See Film.
Swingin’ & Singin’ Show stopping tunes from the big band era and the musical stage. See Music.
Sun 8 Feb (Also Tue 10 8; l7 Feb). Volunteers are sought to join the centre's team with opportunities in events and promotions. publicity and information. reception. IT. administration and the All Women Programme. Training sessions continue weekly until Tue 2 March.
Polysupen-cheez Mood (‘lub. ()mni Centre. (ircettside. 07788 474 414.
10pm -3am. £l before l2.30am; £3 after. Weekly. New cheely assortment with a mix of 70s. 80s. 90‘s and the best from today iii the company of DJs Polysuper Pete. Ali and guests.
Vibe ligo. Picardy Place. 478 7434.
l lpm—-3am. £3 (£2 members). Weekly. (iraham Pom temporarily takes over the turntables at this popular. sparkly. charty party while Nathan Scantlebury plays an R&B mix downstairs.
Comedy 001' Tue 10 Feb. See (ilasgow Wed. Training
Volunteer Training Tue It) & 17 Feb (Also Sun 8 Feb). See Sun.
Bennets 90 (ilassford Street. 552 576]. l lpm -3.30am. £3--£6 (£2-£5). liscellent dance action Wed to Sun and a student night on Thu.
Cube 34 Queen Street. 226 8990.
l l.30pm » 3am. (‘heesy chart gay nights on Mon (Passionality) and Tue (Ft'N).
Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 l22l. [0pm—3am. £5. Fresh. Lush and (‘arry on Polo. Fri to Sun.
CC Blooms 237‘24 (ireenside Place. 556 933 l. l0.30pm- 3am (bar from 6pm). Free. A bar and club with a playlist of high camp and disco classics.
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