636 6119. Music, poetry and, of course, whisky at this three-course dinner fundraiser for Classrooms for Malawi. Veggie options available. Keep the Fire Burning: An Alternative Burns Night Sat 25 Jan, 7pm–1am. £30. SWG3, Studio Warehouse, 100 Eastvale Place, 204 5151. Celebrate the Bard at this left-of- centre Burns Night hosted by offKILTR in association with Brewdog, including a three-course Jamaican-inspired meal from Red Onion’s John Quigley. Poet Alan Bissett, DJ Twitch (Optimo), rap duo Hector Bizerk and Burns tribute band the Bum Clocks perform. RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Sat 25 & Sun 26 Jan, 1–4pm. £1 suggested donation. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, 276 9599. Keen twitchers and amateurs across the country count birds in the world’s biggest bird survey. Burns Ceilidh Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jan, 7pm. £28. Cottiers Theatre, 93–95 Hyndland Street, 357 4000. A three- course Burns supper with a dram, toasts, poems, bagpipes and a ceilidh. Burns Supper Sat 25 Jan, 7.30–10pm. £22 (£5 deposit required). Curlers Rest, 256–260 Byres Road, 341 0737. Toast the haggis with a three-course meal and a dram of Talisker. SoundRoutes Community Choir Every Mon, 6–7.30pm. £5. The Universal, 57–59 Sauchiehall Lane, 07811 504141. Join up to learn a mix of pop, folk, world, reggae and blues songs. All the Young Nudes – Life Drawing Club Every Mon, 8–10pm. £4. The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, 564 1450. Life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration. FREE Say It Ain’t Sew Every Tue, 6.30pm. Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, 576 1700. Cross- stitch craft with cool projects and added cocktails. Remember that knitting under the influence of mojitos can lead to serious abuse of wool. Stars Over the Botanics Tue 28 Jan & 18 Feb, 7.30–9pm. £4 (£2). Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. A star-gazing session with people who actually know what they’re looking at (AKA astronomers). Spaces limited to the first 40 people. FREE Imbolc and Candlemas Gathering Sun 2 Feb, 1–3pm. Pollok Country Park, Pollokshaws Road, 276 0927. Mark the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox with poetry, fire lighting and herbal insight. Booking essential. Big Band Dance Night Sun 2 Feb, 7.30–10pm. £8. Glasgow University Union, 32 University Avenue, 416 2026. Jazz and swing social dancing session with music provided by Glaswegian jive bunnies That Swing Sensation. El Abrazo Tango Club: Milonga Fri 7 Feb, 8–11pm. £5 in advance; £8 on the door. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Tango milonga from Glasgow Tango Studio with a range of music for social dancing. Ages 18+. FREE TalkSeePhotography Mon 10 Feb, 7pm. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Photo types get together to share, discuss and look at still photography, with an eye to fostering the local scene. Scottish Screenwriters Mon 10 Feb, 7pm. £3. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Open sessions, which start with an industry talk followed by a Q&A and a workshopping session. Ages 16+. Disco Ceilidh Sat 15 Feb, 7–10pm. £5 (children free). Hyndland Community Hall, 24 Novar Drive, discoceilidh.net Traditional ceilidh with modern music. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Fairs & Markets FREE Merchant Square Market Every Fri & Sun, noon–6pm. Every Sat, 11am–6pm. Merchant Square, 71–73 Albion Street, 552 3038. Arts and crafts market, with everything from cupcakes to candles.
FREE Sloans Market Every Sat and Sun, 11am–5pm. Sloans, 62 Argyll Arcade, 221 8886. Well-heeled outdoor market tucked just off Buchanan Street, with stalls stuffed full of gourmet treats, vintage one-offs and classy crafty things. FREE Granny Would Be Proud Sun 26 Jan & 9 Feb, noon–5pm. Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, 576 1700. Retro vintage market featuring fashion, jewellery, crafts and more. FREE Glasgow Wedding Collective Creative Wedding Fair Sun 2 Feb, 11am–5pm. The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 07889 948208. A hand-picked selection of the most creative wedding suppliers. FREE Little Birds Market Sun 9 Feb, noon–4pm. Sloans, 62 Argyll Arcade, 07946 715204. Market with a tantalising selection of vintage, craft and design vendors – including clothes, jewellery, up-cycled furniture and lots more. Scotland’s Exclusive Wedding Event Sat 15, 10am–4.30pm. Sun 16 Feb, 10am–4pm. £9.50–£14.50 (children free; group of four £37). Hampden Park, Letherby Drive, 0844 481 8898. A wedding fair on a huge scale – there’s a car showcase, catwalk shows, free makeovers, live performances and 100+ exhibitors. Sport FREE Ping! Every Mon, 8pm. Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, 576 1700. Paddles at the ready for a massive knock-out table tennis tournament. See preview, page 40.
✽ TNA Wrestling: Maximum Impact Tour Thu 30 Jan, 6pm.
£22.50–£32.50. The SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, 248 3000. Spandex- fuelled action with professional wrestlers Kurt Angle, Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy and more.
Talks ✽ FREE Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario Fri 24 Jan,
7pm. Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, email@example.com Theoretical Zombiologist Doctor Smith has all the know-how you’ll need to survive when the apocalypse occurs. Suitable for teens and adults. Booking recommended. FREE Astronomical Society of Glasgow Lectures Thu 30 Jan, 7.30pm. University of Strathclyde Royal College Building, 204 George Street, 950 3000. Today Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, discusses ‘Great Early Scottish Stargazers and Their Modern Heritage’. FREE Creative Futures Institute at UWS: Kennedy Browne and Katarzyna Kosmala Fri 31 Jan, 5–9pm. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Kosmala, author of Imagining Masculinities, engages Browne in a conversation about Irish artist duo Kennedy Browne’s script-based works. FREE Scottish Opera: Don Pasquale Unwrapped Sat 1 Feb, 6pm. Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, 0844 871 7647. Hear highlights from Don Pasquale, meet the principal characters and find out more about the production. Booking essential. FREE Seeing God in Scotland Sun 2 Feb, 2–3pm. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, 2 Castle Street, 276 1625. Dr Scott Spurlock delivers this lecture on the conceptions of God in Scotland since the ninth century. Andy Torbet: Operation Iceberg Thu 6 Feb, 2.15–3.45pm. £8 (free). Renfield St Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, 332 2826. The star of the BBC’s Operation Iceberg talks about his time spent living and working on a glacier in Greenland. Galilean Society Lectures Sat 15 Feb, 3–5pm. £2. Albany Learning and Conference Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Woodlands, 332 2444. Science-interested folk can catch the talk ‘Ocean Colour from Space’ by Catherine Mitchell, of the University of Strathclyde.
Pollokshields Heritage Lecture Series Tue 18 Feb, 7pm. £5 (includes wine). Fotheringay Centre, Fotheringay Road, Pollokshields. Tonight, May Miles Thomas speaks on her film and website The Devil’s Plantation. Prof Alison McCleery: The Falkland Islands – Fact, Fantasy and the Future Wed 19 Feb, 7.30– 9pm. £8 (free). University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Building, University Gardens, gla.ac.uk Prof McCleery lays bare the facts about the much-contested Falklands. Workshops FREE Square Mile of Murder Workshop Thu 23 Jan, 2.30–4pm. Mitchell Library, North Street, 287 2999. See Books listings. Crochet for Beginners Sun 26 Jan, 10am–1pm. £35. The Stitchery, Flat 2/2, 50 Kent Road, 07969 044462. A one-day course with Kat Goldin to get you well on the way to crochet mastery. Quilted Cushion Workshop Sun 2 Feb, 10am–4pm. £50. The Stitchery, Flat 2/2, 50 Kent Road, 07969 044462. Patricia Macindoe takes you through the steps of machine quilting, patchworking and layering up. Drawing for Comic Books Taster Session Sun 9 Feb, 2pm. £2 (£1). CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Get to grips with storyboarding, directing the action and digital formatting with help from the experts at Black Hearted Press. Music for Short Films and Animations Taster Session Sun 9 Feb, 3pm. £2 (£1). CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Move over, Hans Zimmer! Black Hearted Press introduce the finer points of scoring films and animations, including how to find a theme and choose the correct score. Intro to Sewing Workshop Sun 16 Feb, 10.30am–4.30pm. £50 plus fabrics. The Stitchery, Flat 2/2, 50 Kent Road, 07969 044462. Go from complete newbie to creator/owner of a fancy new tote bag in this one-day workshop that covers machine basics. Life Drawing Every Wed 16 Feb–26 Mar, 1.30–3.30pm. £80 for the term. House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, 353 4776. A six-week course to explore technique, materials and approaches, with tutor Michael Durning.
Activities & Events Burnsfest Thu 23 Jan–Sat 1 Feb, times vary. Prices vary. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. A programme of events based around the works of Oor Rabbie, including storytelling, theatre, exhibitions and a ceilidh. Winter Guided Walks Thu 23 Jan– Fri 7 Feb, 11am–noon. £10 (includes Glasshouse entry). Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, 248 2909. Shake off the winter blues with a walk through the tropical wonderland off the Glasshouses. Burns Night with a Twist Thu 23 Jan, 6.30pm. £30 (members £25). The Scottish Café and Restaurant, National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, 666 2474. Burns supper celebration with local and seasonal produce. With journalist Alex Renton. Booking essential. Supper with Burns Thu 23 & Fri 24 Jan, 7pm. £25 (£23). Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Enjoy your traditional Burns Supper (haggis, neeps and tatties, natch) with storytellers Linda Bandelier and David Campbell. Booking recommended. Burnsfest.
✽The Neu! Reekie! Alternative Burns Bash Pilrig St Paul’s
Church, Pilrig Street, Leith Walk, 553 1876. 7.30pm–midnight. £14 (includes haggis, neeps & tatties and whisky). The usual blend of spoken word, film animation and music fusion takes on a special Burns theme, featuring TS
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TO GO TO . . . MAMMOTHS OF THE ICE AGE
1 Mammoths are cool The humble elephant’s woolly ancestors were fascinating creatures, existing up to 55 million years ago along with their shorter, stockier cousins, the mastodons. This brand new exhibition explores the everyday lives of these animals and their chilly surroundings.
2 You’ll meet Lyuba
Discovered in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder, 40,000-year-old baby Lyuba is the best-preserved mammoth ever discovered. You may not get to meet her in the flesh but, with an exact replica model on display, it’s sure to feel just as magical. 3 It’ll make history fun
With the help of installations, reconstructions and an impressive collection of skull casts, fossil jaws and tusks, you’ll leave the exhibition having learnt about the ice age, how these great beasts lived and the causes for their extinction, without the fatigue of having sat through a two-hour history lecture. 4 See through the eyes of our ancestors
One part of the exhibition displays artwork by humans depicting mammoths between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago. 5 Winter weather will seem more tolerable
Be warned, the ice age is so called for a reason and exploring its history may not be the best way to stay warm. But at least when you leave, the dreary skies and gusts of wind won’t seem as bad. (Nina Glencross) ■ National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 24 Jan–Sun 20 Apr.
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