Around Town

Events are listed by city, then type. Submit listings at least 14 days before publication to for sport or for all other events. Listings compiled by Suzanne Black. ✽✽ Indicates Hitlist entry

Glasgow Activities & Events FREE The Bad Boy Pub Quiz Thu 4, 11 & 18 Feb, 6pm. Sloan’s, 62 Argyle Arcade, 108 Argyle Street, 221 8886. Weekly pub quiz with a bar tab prize and other Sloan’s goodies for the winners. FREE Bier Stube Sir James Pub Quiz Tue 9 & 16 Feb, 8.30pm. Bier Stube, 87 Kilmarnock Road, Southside, 636 8653. Pub quiz with question maestro Sir James. FREE Gallus Wed 10 Feb & Wed 17 Feb, 8.30pm. Gallus, 80 Dumbarton Road, 334 8012. Pub quiz with a cash jackpot hosted by compere Sir James. FREE First Thursday Thu 4 Feb, 10am–9pm. Trongate 103, 276 8380. Trongate 103 handily aggregates a bunch of great art and cultural venues on one site, and this monthly showcase is a great chance to experience a lot of it at once. The extended opening reveals special events, tours and meal offers on the first Thursday of every month. Cryptic Nights Thu 4 Feb, 8pm. £5. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. The monthly night that aims to bring emergent artists, filmmakers and performers into the public eye switches over into 2010 with WatchIt!, a multimedia dance odyssey by breakdancer and choreographer Tony Mills about his relationship with the TV. FREE Walking in a Winter Wonderland Sun 7 Feb. Various venues, 276 0931. One of the Countryside Rangers’ ‘Magnificent Seven’ series of walks, taking in some of Glasgow’s most interesting and beautiful sites. Spot birds, animals and plants as they start to spring to life after a hard winter. Bring a packed lunch. Booking essential.

✽✽ Social Science: The Science of Attraction Fri 12 Feb, 6pm. £6.25. Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 08715 401000. See Hitlist and picture, page 33. The Whisky Works, The Japanese Mafia and Mother Midnight Sat 13 Feb, 5pm. £3. Classic Grand, 18 Jamaica Street, 847 0820. Open Your Ears networking event with stalls from local promoters, rehearsal and recording studios, PRs, record labels and instrument tuition followed by a live gig. Youth Music Theatre UK Auditions 2010 Mon 15 Feb, 10am–noon. £25. Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, 0844 415 4858. Have you got ambitions to tread the boards? This two-hour workshop audition aims to find new talent for seven musical theatre productions and covers singing, dancing and acting, although no experience is necessary.

Fairs The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show Thu 4–Sun 7 Feb, 10am–6pm. £7–£9 (OAPs £6–£8; under 16s free). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0844 395 4000. Wagons roll as the exhibition for holiday nomads and fresh air lovers arrives in Glasgow. The day promises to be a one stop shop for all the latest caravans, motorhomes, camping products and accessories. The Scottish Wedding Exhibition Sat 6 & Sun 7 Feb, Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm. £6 (£5 in advance). Braehead Arena, Kings Inch Road, 0870 277 6062. Get set for the big day with this exhibition of bridal gowns, venues, floral designers, cakes, invitations, photographers, musicians, beauty and more. Scotland’s Exclusive Wedding Event Sat 13 Feb, 10.30am–4.30pm. £9

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(£7.50 in advance). Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. Is it wedding season or summat? With exclusive suppliers and designer fashion shows each day there’s bound to be something that’ll take your fancy for the big day.

Food & Drink FREE Bishopbriggs Farmers Market Sat 6 Feb, 10am–2pm. Huntershill Village, 102 Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs. Locally grown quality foods and fresh produce straight from the farm. FREE Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market Sat 6 Feb, 10am. Queen’s Park, 520 Langside Park, 287 2500. Local produce, from local people. FREE Mansfield Park Farmers’ Market Sat 13 Feb, 10am. Mansfield Park, Partick, 287 2500. Over 40 stalls of local produce, direct from the manufacturers. Sport Glasgow Rocks vs Worthing Thunder Sun 7 Feb, 5pm. £8–£10 (£5–£6). Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, 1445 Argyle Street, 334 4600. British Basketball League match with

Rocks looking to cement a play-off spot.

✽✽ Wuthering Hits Sat 13 Feb, 12.30pm. £8 (under 11s £4; under 5s

free). The Arc, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, 331 8633. See Hitlist. Talks ✽✽ An Evening with Mark Kermode Tue 9 Feb, 7.30pm. £10

(£8). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 6535. See Hitlist, and picture, below. FREE Reading the Stones Sat 13 Feb, 5.30pm. Lilybank House, University of Glasgow. Gary Nisbet talks about the social, economic and political history of 19th century Glasgow through stone. The Royal Scottish Geographical Society: Glasgow and Atlantic Slavery The Caribbean Evidence Wed 17 Feb, 7.30pm. £6 (children, students & members free). University of Glasgow Boyd Orr Building, University Gardens, 01738 455050. Historian Stuart Nisbet explores Glasgow’s links with the slave trade.

Workshops FREE Creative Writing / Life Story Mon 8 & 15 Feb, 3–5pm. St James’ (Pollok) Parish Church, 183 Meiklerig

An Evening with Mark Kermode The Exorcist-obsessed, leather-clad and utterly

iconic film critic is in (both) town(s) this fortnight, to discuss his autobiography, It’s Only A Movie, probably in a sardonic and slightly sarcastic fashion. Little-known Kermode fact: he plays double bass in skiffle band The Dodge Brothers. Cameo, Edinburgh, Mon 8 Feb; Glasgow Film Theatre, Tue 9 Feb.

Crescent, 882 3025. Liam Stewart tutors a class in writing life stories, with an emphasis on developing writing skills and an encouraging audience. FREE The Merchant Sinfonia Tue 9 & 16 Feb, 7.30–9pm. City Halls, Candleriggs, 552 0909. The Merchant Sinfonia is an orchestra for all those musicians out there who think they are too rusty, too inexperienced, too busy, or too nervous to play. It provides a great opportunity to get back into music, or start for the first time, and is led by cellist and conductor Louise Martin. Singing Masterclass Wed 10 Feb, 2.30pm. £3 (£2). RSAMD, 100 Renfrew Street, 332 5057. An opportunity to see esteemed tenor Philip Langridge work with the RSAMD’s Vocal Performance students on improving their craft. FREE The Merchant Voices Wed 10 & 17 Feb, 6.30–8.30pm. City Halls, Candleriggs, 559 6026. Community choir with weekly classes, led by tenor and conductor Dominic Peckham and covering a broad vocal repertoire. Open to adults of all ages, no previous musical experience is required - just lots of enthusiasm. Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class Sun 14 Feb, 4–7pm. £7 (£5). The Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, 248 5210. Have you seen the date? There’s no way burlesque art class Sketchy’s could let V- Day go without celebrating it in their usual fabulous way. Mia Meow and Kikimasho will be modelling and spearheading the Anti Valentine’s backlash. FREE Adult workshop: Chinese brush painting Wed 17 Feb, 10am. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2564. Practise the ancient art of Chinese brush painting using ink on rice paper to create an unusual work of art. Led by a professional artist. Advance booking required.

Edinburgh Activities & Events Storytelling Café: Love Stories Wed 10 Feb, 7pm. £4. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, so what better topic than ‘love’ for this monthly meeting offering tales mixed with music, poetry and song. Chinese New Year Sat 13 & Sun 14 Feb, 11am–3.30pm. Included in admission: £14 (£12; children £9.50; under 3s free). Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Road, 314 0350. Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with various stripy cat-related activities. FREE Scotland Loves China! Sat 13 Feb, 11am. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Scottish- Chinese stories, music and activities to mark the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Weapons of the Hall Sat 13 & Sun 14 Feb, 11am, noon, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. Included in admission: £11 (£8; children £6). Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, 225 9846. See the impressive collection of weapons on display in the Great Hall, and if you ask the Victorian Steward very nicely, he might just let you handle them. Imbolc Ceilidh Sat 13 Feb, 7pm. £10 (£6.50; children £3.50). Roxy Art House, 2 Roxburgh Place, 07946 226 208. Featuring live music from Hud Yer Wheesht, in aid of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

✽✽ It’s Funtime Sat 13 Feb, 7pm. £5 per player. The Bongo Club, Moray House, 37 Holyrood Road, 558 7604. A special Valentine’s version of the razzmatazz game show / pub quiz hybrid. Lead your team through the perilous rounds of Tower of Strength, Make & Do and Filleted Film before the winners gain access to the Pond of Prizes. Register at Femstruation Week Sat 13–Sat 20 Feb, times vary. Prices vary. The Big Red Door, 10 Lady Lawson Street, 228 4567. Organised by the Edinburgh feminist group Kollectiv, this week of events