Books Clubs Comedy 49 54 62

Film Kids LGBT 66 75 77

Music Theatre Visual Art 79 109 119


Scottish Storytelling Festival Themed this year around island-based storytellling traditions, the 21st SSF has branched out from The Scottish Storytelling Centre into other Edinburgh venues. Various venues, Edinburgh, Fri 21–Sun 30 Oct.

Glasgay! Whether you’re after thought-provoking theatre, rambunctious cabaret, in-your-face comedy or rare screenings, get yourself a copy of this year’s Glasgay! programme and take your pick. Special mention to Little Johnny’s Big Gay Madonna-Themed Restaurant for almost illegal use of puns . . . Various venues, Glasgow, until Sat 12 Nov. Girls' Day Out This three day expo has high street and boutique fashion, nail bars and hairdressers, as well as a plethora of product stalls. Here come the girls, etc. SECC, Glasgow, Fri 4–Sun 6 Nov, £12–£15.

International Roller Derby Hallowe’en-themed Derby bout, with the home teams facing feisty femmes from as far afield as Sweden and er, Manchester. The Arc, Glasgow Caledonian University, Sat 29 Oct. Samhuinn Parade Celtic ritual marking the passing of summer. Watch the free costume procession before dancing to Balkan music and more modern-day sounds. Starts at Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Oct.

A Taste of Science with John Torode The man from Masterchef is doing a live presentation on the trend of ‘laboratory cooking’. Three courses and Q&A session included. Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow, Thu 20 Oct.

Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair Exhibitions, talks, stalls and workshops showcasing the best ‘off the beaten track’ writing in the country. Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Leith, Wed 26 Oct–Sun 30 Oct.

We Don’t Have That Kind of Bread . . . A panel of music industry experts including Vic Galloway and Admiral Falllow’s Louis Abbot discuss the practicalities of tunesmithery in the current financial climate. Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley, Fri 4 Nov.

Homes & Interiors Scotland If you know your Axminster carpet from your Wilton, then this domesticated weekend of events is for you. Talks, demos and plenty of stalls. SECC, Glasgow, Fri 28 Oct–Sun 30 Oct.

Africa in Motion Sixth year of this unique festival, celebrating African cinema. Expect screenings, workshops, poetry, dance and fashion events. See panel, page 69. Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 27 Oct–Sat 5 Nov.

42 THE LIST 20 Oct–17 Nov 2011




A rough guide to the trendiest road in the West

What’s it like? One big road with many little offshoots to appeal to the culture vulture in you. Where’s it, like? Off Great Western road if you hang a left at the Botanic Gardens, and just up from Partick. Take the tube to Hillhead station (soon to be newly renovated) and you’ll pop out right in the middle.

Who’s from there? Byres Road is great for a quick game of ‘Glasgow indie band spotting’. We’ve also seen Billy Boyd, Limmy and Frankie Boyle on the stroll in the ’hood. Why would I go there? For bevvy, there’s the old oaky feel of Òran Mór or the multitude of bars on Ashton Lane, including Vodka Wodka, Brel and The Grosvenor Café. If you’re feeling hip, head to Hillhead Bookclub on adjacent Vinicombe Street for ping pong and cocktails. The Curry Leaf has some of the best daal in the West, while Home Wok does affordable sushi and offers home delivery for those not willing to venture out on foot. Little Italy is a tasty lunch-break alternative. Cutesy coffee shops include Avenue G, Tinderbox, Patisserie Francoise and Three Steps to Heaven on Cresswell Lane, offering a swell summer ice- cream selection. Vintage lovers should head to Downside Lane while it’s around and De Courcy’s Arcade, as well as hitting up We Love To Boogie on the main thoroughfare.