Events are listed by city, then by type. Submit listings at least 14 days before publication to Listings are compiled by Kirstyn Smith. 7–9pm. £2. Shandon Snooker, 99 Slateford Road, 313 2069. Friendly, social snooker group for the LGBT community and friends, meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

G Spot Tue 28 Jan, 8.30pm. £5. The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. Comedy and cabaret with host Jojo Sutherland and guests Jen Brister, Craig Johnstone, Daisy Earl and Poppy La Pilule. FREE The Big LGBT Music Jam Sat 1 Feb, 1–4pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Music-making in a creative and supportive environment. Bring an instrument (maybe your voice) and join in with singing, playing or just listening. FREE Trans Women Sat 1 Feb, 7.30–9.30pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. A monthly group meeting for MTF transgender people. FREE Trans Men Scotland Sat 8 Feb, 7–9pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. A social evening for FTM transgender people to meet and talk. Ages 18+.

FREE Just for Men Wed 12 Feb, 6.30–8.30pm. Woodland Creatures, 260–262 Leith Walk, Edinbugh, 629 5509. One of Edinburgh’s newest LGBT- friendly pubs welcomes gay, bisexual and trans men to meet up as part of a new social group. LGBT Basketball Group Tue 18 Feb, 7–8pm. £3. Leith Community Education Centre, New Kirkgate, basketballers@ An informal weekly practice for beginners and regular players alike. Clubs FREE The Church of High Kicks Sundays 26 Jan & 2, 9 & 16 Feb, 6–11pm. CC Blooms, 23–24 Greenside Place, 556 9331. Daytime gay / mixed club session hosted by the delectable Jon Pleased Wimmin with a mix of house, pop, disco, new wave and trash tracks.


Activities & Events FREE Clydeside Wedding and Civil Partnership Show Sun 2 Feb, 10am–4pm. Crowne Plaza, Congress Road, 306 9988. More than 70 Scottish wedding suppliers spread across two rooms, plus a music showcase and other surprises, to help you get set for your big day. Arts Heather Peace Wed 12 Feb, 7pm. £21.50. Òran Mór, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. Concert from singer and actress Heather Peace, star of BBC 3’s Glasgow-based drama Lip Service.

Clubs The BOMB Sun 26 Jan, 11pm–4am. £8. FabrIQ, 46a Queen Street, 248 8860. ‘The UK’s most explosive gay club’ playing house, electro and nu disco. Misbehavin’ Thu 6 Feb, 11pm–3am. £4 (£2). The Cathouse, 15 Union Street, 248 6606. Dolly Daydream and Drucifer serve up a steamy mix of electro, disco, alternative and sleazy sounds. Yes! Fri 7 Feb, 11pm–3am. Free before midnight; £5 after (students £3). The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, 564 1450. Launched by a group of friends who want a gay night that plays indie and guitar bands, the emphasis is firmly on music from classic artists such as David Bowie, The Smiths and Blondie and cutting-edge acts like Django Django, Band of Skulls and Grimes. Pretty Ugly Sat 8 Feb, 11pm–3am. £6 (£5). The Admiral, 72a Waterloo Street, 221 7705. The Pretty Ugly girls play sexy, glamorous indie rock’n’roll, electro beats, 60s soul and experimenting with some new artists to get everyone in the mood for dirty dancing.

EDINBURGH Activities & Events FREE Edinburgh Gay Men’s Book Group Wed 22 Jan, 7–9pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. A book club for gents with a lust for reading. FREE Icebreakers Wed 22 Jan, 7.30–9.30pm. The Regent Bar, 2 Montrose Terrace, 661 8198. Social group for people who want to make new friends in LGBT company. FREE LGBT Film Nights Fri 24 Jan, 6.30–9.30pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Screenings of feature-length films, shorts and unusual offerings with an LGBT focus. FREE LGBT Centre Drop-in Mondays 27 Jan & 3, 10 & 17 Feb, 5.30–8pm. LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, 523 1100. Weekly, informal drop-in service to meet new people, get info and catch up on the latest goss. Cuestars Tue 28 Jan & Tue 11 Feb,


A one-off event during the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Notes from the Underground: Queer Russian Cinema is part of the New Cinema 4 project, curated by Marc David Jacobs of Edinburgh Film Guild. Examining the current state of LGBT cinema, Jacobs has unearthed rarely seen work, not least because of strict laws about the portrayal of homosexuality in Russia. ‘Because of the new legislation passed in Russia, one of the challenges for me was to actually find the stuff,’ says Jacobs. ‘We managed to get Stephen Fry to retweet our search, which helped. Film is a great medium for understanding how people see the world, and we’ve been able to put together a collection of films that show how the LGBT community in Russia live.’

The films chosen document everyday life and situations in Russia. ‘Three Times About It, by Russian photographer Seva Galkin, is about a gay Russian athlete, and The Beginning is written and co-produced by Milena Chernyavskaya who founded Russia’s only glossy lesbian magazine Agens, which was quickly shut down. These stories provide a brief but illuminating snapshot of LBGT life in Russia.’

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pussy Riot released, and Elton John decrying the current LGBT situation, the eyes of the world are firmly fixed on Russia. Even screenings of Cannes-winner Blue is the Warmest Colour have been problematic, with politician Vitaly Milonov accused of trying to smuggle underage teenagers into screenings at the annual Bok o Bok festival, in order to endanger the LGBT festival’s licence.

‘I think Russian filmmakers know that depicting their lives on screen can reach an international audience, despite the difficulties of screening these films on their home territory,’ says Jacobs. ‘Many of the films are hard to see in Russia, and I hope that this programme will help bring them to a wider audience.’ (Eddie Harrison)

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