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Activities & Events FREE South Side Walk Sat 20 Nov, 10.30am. Architecture + Design Scotland, 11 Mitchell Lane, email@example.com. Ged O’Brien leads a walk around sporting venues on the south side of the city, ahead of Glasgow’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games. Places are free but limited – email to book. Marie Curie Ladies’ Lunch Sat 20 Nov, 11am. £40 (table of ten £380). Central Hotel, Gordon Street, 221 9680. Shopping, champagne and a two-course meal. FREE Splash in the Marsh Sun 21 Nov, 12–2pm. Pollok Country Park, Pollokshaws Road, 276 0931. A guided walk around Windlaw Marsh Farm, watching out for the resident species. FREE Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On Sun 21 Nov, 5.30pm. George Square. SOLD OUT. Glasgow’s winter festivities are launched in this free-but- ticketed event. See caption. FREE The King Monkey Pub Quiz Tue 23 & 30 Nov, 8.30pm. Firebird, 1321 Argyle Street, 334 0594. Win bananas, cash money and beer at this weekly pub quiz for teams of up to seven primates. Winter Ball Fri 26 Nov, 7pm. £45. Òran Mór, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. Black-tie event in support of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Christmas Open Weekend Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov, 11am–4.30pm. Entry by donation. The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street Helensburgh, 01436 673900. The first of two festive weekends with shops, musical entertainment and crafts for the kids on offer. FREE Phoenix Centre Artists Studios Open Day Sat 27 Nov, 12–5pm & 7pm. The Phoenix Centre, 201 St James Road, 553 2353. An opportunity to view the studios and artwork produced in the Phoenix Studios; the evening session includes live entertainment. Chance to Dance Sun 28 Nov, 9am. £15. Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, 204 3333. Day-long dance teaching session incorporating four different ballroom and modern styles and raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class Sun 28 Nov, 4pm. £7 (£5). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Burlesque art class with a relaxed atmosphere, music, drinks and interesting models. Big Band Dance Night Sun 28 Nov, 7–10.30pm. £8. Highlight, UGC Building, 11 Renfrew Street, 0844 844 0044. Jazz and swing dancing with live music. Murder Mystery Evening Wed 1 & Thu 2 Dec, 6.30pm. £45. Argyll Hotel, 973 Sauchiehall Street, 337 3313. Enjoy a four-course meal and solve a murder. FREE Blessing of the Crib Thu 2 Dec, 5.30pm. George Square. The Lord Provost leads a ceremony to mark the start of advent. Exhibitions Wallace and Gromit Present . . . A World of Cracking Ideas Until Tue 30 Nov, 10am–5pm. Included in admission: £9.95 (£7.95). Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 420 5000. Last chance to catch this exhibition of wacky inventions sponsored by the Intellectual Property Office.
Fairs FREE Traditional Christmas Market Until Thu 23 Dec. Thu–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 11am–6pm; Mon–Wed 10am–7pm. St Enoch Square, firstname.lastname@example.org. Christmas 30 THE LIST 18 Nov–2 Dec 2010
market with German bratwurst, sweet treats and a range of gifts and decorations. The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Thu 18–Sun 21 Nov, 10am. £8.50. SECC, Finnieston Quay, countrylivingfair.com. Over 200 exhibitors showcasing crafts, garden and home accessories, jewellery, clothing and homemade food and drink, with daily demonstrations and tasting sessions. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Charity Fayre Sat 20 Nov, 11am. £1. Couper Institute, 86 Clarkston Road, 620 1585. Christmas gift ideas, books, bags, crafts, a tombola and tea room. Christmas Fair Sun 21 Nov, 11am–4pm. £5.50 (£4.50). Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road Clarkston, 639 3281. Drop into the decorated house, meet some historical characters and browse gifts made by the Friends of Greenbank. FREE The Annual Glasgow Charities Christmas Fayre Wed 24 Nov, 10am. Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, 332 2444. Christmas gifts and novelty items at this fair organised by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector. Body and Soul Fair Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov, 11am–5.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50). Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 353 8000. Featuring demonstrations, talks, tarot readers and stalls selling jewellery, candles and aromatherapy products. Talks FREE LEAP Into Uncertainty Fri 19 Nov, 11am–12.45pm. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. London artist Sonia Boyce, a mainstay of the black British art scene of the 80s and 90s, discusses recent work. Artur Zmijewski: Screening and Curators’ Talk Tue 23 Nov, 7pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. The curators of the current Artur Zmijewski exhibition in Tramway 5 introduce a selection of the artist’s films. FREE Fixing Broken Hearts Tue 23 Nov, 7.30pm. Glasgow North Conference Centre, 179 Ayr Street, Springburn, 241 6210. Free public cardiology lecture. ✽✽ FREE Art and Activism: The Aberdeen Climate9 Jury Trial Wed 24 Nov, 6–7.30pm. Glasgow School
of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500. Members of the Climate9 activist group dicuss their ongoing criminal trial for successfully closing down Aberdeen airport for a day in March last year. Scottish Dance Theatre: Interactive Thu 25 Nov, 1.30pm. £5. Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. Meet dancers and crew members and learn what goes into bringing together a dance performance. FREE Madelon Hooykaas Fri 26 Nov, 11am–12.45pm. Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 6535. A talk entitled ‘Revealing the Invisible: The Art of Stansfield/Hooykaas From Different Perspectives’ from one half of the duo. ✽✽ FREE What Should Happen to Your Brain After You Die? Mon 29 Nov, 2.30pm. Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, 651 4750. Would you donate your brain to science? Learn all about it through a series of short presentations and round table discussions. FREE GSA Pecha Kucha III Wed 1 Dec, 6–8pm. Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500. ‘Pecha Kucha’ is the Japanese term for chit-chat, and in this interesting new talk format speakers can show 20 images, with 20 seconds to speak about each one, which keeps things moving along nicely. Booking required – see gsaevents.com. Destination St Kilda Thu 2 Dec, 7.30pm. £8 (under 18s/students/RSGS members free). Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, 332 2826. Using a series of glass slides from 1886, Mark Butterworth documents a journey by two Aberdeen photographers to St Kilda. Workshops Techniques in Chinese Printmaking Sat 20 Nov, 10am–5pm. £40. Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre, GMAC, Trongate 103, 331 1019. Learn about the techniques and symbolism involved in Chinese printmaking down the centuries, and have a go yourself. FREE Make Do and Mend Day Sat 20 Nov, 12–4pm. Platform, The Bridge 1000 Westerhouse Road Easterhouse, 276 9696. Browse a range of vintage clothes, accessories, home items and bric-a-brac, and bring along your own tired garments
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for a bit of a revamp. Crochet Corsage - Learn the Stitches Sat 20 Nov, 2.30pm. £20. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Whether you’re a complete beginner or your hook has just got a bit rusty, this workshop will take you through the steps of making a simple but stylish crochet corsage. Price for all Make It Glasgow workshops includes materials and tea/coffee. Make a Tote Bag Mon 22 Nov, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Make a really useful – not to mention beautiful – tote bag with contrasting lining. Fantastic Fabric Jewellery Workshop Tue 23 Nov, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Jewellery making with experienced tutor Nicky McKean. FREE Follow The Thread Fri 26 Nov, 11am–2pm. Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. Follow the tale of Vasilla the Wise’s journey from childhood to womanhood. Lunch provided. Make a Capelet Fri 26 Nov, 6pm. £30. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Learn how to make a pretty capelet or shrug to top off your party outfit. ✽✽ FREE Write Way to the Wild Woman Sat 27 Nov, 11am–2pm. Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. Storytelling, singing, guitar-playing, creative writing and an all- round lovely ladyfest. Make A Decorative Scarf Mon 29 Nov, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Even the most inept of beginners will come away from this workshop with a cosy scarf. Sew A Tartan Bow Cushion Tue 30 Nov, 6pm. £30. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. A crafty way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day: make a trendy cushion with a big, luxurious tartan bow. Fake Bake Crochet Cupcakes Thu 2 Dec, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Torture yourself with some (admittedly very pretty) 3D crocheted cupcakes.
Yes, it’s November. And as every toddler worth his or her Toy Story 3 tie-in merchandise knows, November is when we start celebrating Christmas in Scotland. So, Glasgow’s sold out lights-on ceremony takes place on Sun 21 Nov, while Edinburgh is very sedately waiting until Thurs 25 Nov (aka The First Late Night Shopping Day of Christmas) to launch the traditional Winter Wonderland. Outdoor ice skating and Glühwein- a-go-go, in both cities. Ah, you love it really. ■ Glasgow’s Christmas Light Switch On, George Square, Sun 21 Nov, 5.30, free. Edinburgh’s Christmas, various venues in the city centre, from Thu 25 Nov, times and prices vary.