Books Clubs Comedy 42 47 55

Film Kids LGBT 60 72 74

Music Theatre Visual Art 75 103 112


SMHAFF The fifth Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival offers an artistic insight into living with mental illness. See feature, page 16. Various venues across Scotland, Sat 1–Fri 21 Oct.

Pecha Kucha 6 Derived from a fast-moving Japanese artform, these artistic presentations from Glasgow artists, performers and creative thinkers are always different. Visit tramway.org for a full list of speakers. Tramway, Glasgow, Thu 13 Oct. Scotland Loves Anime Film fest showing 16 anime films, a few of which have yet to be seen outside of Japan. GFT, Glasgow, Fri 7–Sun 9 Oct & Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Fri 14–Sun 16 Oct.

Glasgow Cabaret Festival Started in 2009, this fest aims to showcase the best cabaret Scotland has to offer. Sure to be fabulous. Various venues, Glasgow, Sat 8–Sun 16 Oct.

Introduction to European Cinema, Autumn 2011 Film season pairing rare screenings with short intros from staff Edinburgh Uni buffs. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Wed 28 Sep–Wed 30 Nov. Glasgay! Our coverage of Scotland’s premier queer arts fest is pretty extensive this issue see pages 19, 20, 24, 38 and 74 for more info. Various venues, Glasgow, 15 Oct–12 Nov.

Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Competition What better way to get into the conker-bashing spirit than a family day out? Bowhill House & Country Park, Bowhill, Selkirk, Sun 25 Sep.

West Port Book Festival Annual treat for booklovers, with free events across West Port’s independent shops. See westportfestival.org for full details. Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 13–Sun 16 Oct.

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Indie film fest for outdoorsy types, with guest speakers and films of a mountainous nature. George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh University, Thu 6–Sun 9 Oct.

MDes Fashion Promenade A chance to see the designs of the latest bunch of fashion graduates in the lovely Mackintosh surrounds of the GSA. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Thu 29 Sep.




What’s it like? Nice and old. Flats are mostly Victorian tenements, with Napier University setting some students loose in three halls of residence in the area. Aside from the youths, there are plenty of places to get sweet eats, indie shops and good bars. Where’s it, like? On the south west of the city centre, with the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links relatively nearby. The ‘toll’ part of the name comes from ye olden days, when travellers would have to pay at that point to enter the city. Look out for the old iron pillar clock in front of Lauriston Place, which marks the traditional crossroads.

Who’s from there? Some argue that Bafta and Perrier award-winner Dylan Moran lives on the cusp of Tollcross and Bruntsfield, just to the south. Insert Black Books joke here.

Why would I go there? Options for activities are almost endless. For films, there’s the Cameo and Filmhouse. For boozing, there’s Brauhaus and Cloisters, The Illicit Still and Lebowksi’s. Café Ruby offers some sweet piano jazz. Two Thin Laddies offers an affordable caffeine fix, while Adele’s specialises in gluten-free stuff for coeliacs. Illegal Jacks and The Apartment are tasty for food. Soul Cycles sell refurbished bikes on the cheap for the fixie addicts among you, and Lupe Pinto’s is a wonderful little deli.

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