FREE Thea Djordjadze: Exhibition Talk Sat 5 Nov, 3pm. The Common Guild, 21 Woodlands Terrace, 428 3022. Curator, writer and lecturer Dr Sarah Lowndes discusses the gallery’s current exhibition. Booking essential.

✽✽ FREE Lesbian Avengers and Other Unruly Women Tue 8 Nov, 6pm. Glasgow Women’s Library, Mitchell Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. Hear about the history of key lesbian campaigners, including the Glasgow branch of the Lesbian Avengers. Part of Glasgay! International Glasgow: Artistic Links 1880–1910 Thu 10 Nov, 6.30–8.30pm. £20. House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, 353 4776. Gallery director and curator Roger Billcliffe talks about turn- of-the-19th century Glasgow artists in relation to the international scene. Includes wine and canapés. FREE Arts in Criminal Justice Tue 15 Nov, 3–5pm. Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, 0845 330 3501. A discussion to accompany the current exhibition in the Upper Foyer of work by inmates from the Scottish prison system. Detours Discussion 2011 Wed 16 Nov, 9.30am–6pm. £10 (includes lunch). The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362. A one-day symposium on context in curating, presented by the Common Guild in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art. The Kingdom of MacBrayne Wed 16 Nov, 7.45pm. £4. Mugdock Country Park, Craigallion Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Author and raconteur Ian MacCrorie on the history of the MacBrayne shipping company. Gender Shift: Women Who Make Men Thu 17 Nov, 6–7.30pm. £3 (free). Glasgow Women’s Library, Mitchell Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. Drag king pioneer Diane Torr and Scottish writer Zoe Strachan discuss the creation of male characters by women. Gareth Hoskins Architecture Thu 17 Nov, 6–7.30pm. £5. House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, 353 4776. Architect Gareth Hoskins (who led the recent redevelopment of Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland) discusses his firm’s ethos. Ages 16+.

Workshops Landscape Painting in Oils Thu 20 Oct, 6pm. £20 (includes refreshments). House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, 353 4776. Masterclass with Alexandra Gardner. Improvers’ Knitting Class Thursdays 20 Oct–10 Nov, 6–7pm. £40. Oscar & Holly’s Coffee House, 301 Crow Road, Broomhill, 0797 922 4883. A four-week workshop designed to help you get your knitting up to the next level. Booking essential. FREE Dennistoun Drawing Lab Thu 20 & 27 Oct, 6–8pm. Market Gallery, 334 Duke Street, 556 7276. Free drawing classes and lectures. Students’ Photography Workshop Sat 22 Oct, 10am–1pm. £12. Mugdock Country Park, Craigallion Road, Milngavie, 956 6100. Herald photographer Martin Shields leads a workshop in camera techniques, a walk around the park to take some pictures and some work on digital image enhancement. Booking essential. Hallowe’en Masks Sat 22 Oct, noon–4pm. £20. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Make sure the mask fits by making it yourself from papier mâché, just in time for Hallowe’en. Suitable for all ages, including children (who must be supervised). Cost includes materials and tea or coffee. Drawing and Painting Course Sundays, 23 Oct–6 Nov, 1–4pm. £40 for the three-week course. Burrell Collection, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Introductory course for adults, covering basic mark-making using charcoal, pastel and watercolour. All materials included. Booking essential.

SoundRoutes Singers Mondays, 5.30–7pm. £5 per session. Creation Studios, 16 Trongate, 07811 504141. A welcoming choir for all ages, tackling a range of pop, folk, world, reggae and blues songs under the guidance of musician Shona Brown. Crocheted Devil Kitty Amigurumi Workshop Wed 26 Oct, 6pm. £30. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Amigurumi, as you probably already know, is the Japanese art of 3D crochet. And Devil Kitty is a suitably evil- but-still-cute Hallowe’en toy that you can make with the help of tutor Judy van Button. Price includes materials and tea/coffee. Glasgow Seven-Week Taiko Drumming Course Wednesdays, 26 Oct–30 Nov & Mon 5 Dec, 7–8.30pm. £90 (under 30s £60) for seven weeks. Wellington Church, 77 Southpark Avenue (off University Avenue), 01357 522008. Learn the art of Taiko drumming with the Mugenkyo Drummers. Ages 16+. Beginners’ Bookbinding Workshop Thu 27 Oct, 6pm. £25. Make It Glasgow, 3 Osborne Street, 07597 122809. Learn to make a hand- bound book. Materials and tea/coffee included. Painting Classes Sat 5 & 19 Nov, 3 Dec, 10am–4pm. £35. Trongate 103, 07792 467855. Portrait painting classes for adults where the emphasis is on losing inhibitions about putting brush to paper whilst improving use of colour, tone and composition. Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Sun 6 Nov, 3–5pm. £7 (£5). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Burlesque art class with a relaxed atmosphere, music, drinks and interesting models. Masterclass: Writing the Image Wed 9 Nov, 7–9.30pm. £5 (£3). Eastwood Park Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. Creative writing masterclass, exploring the inspiration to be found in visual art. Life Drawing Classes Thursdays 10–24 Nov, 6.30–8.30pm. £10. Trongate 103, 276 8380. Learn how to look with the right side of your brain it’s the key to successful figure drawing, apparently with tutor Jim Ramsay. No experience required. Booking essential. Painting Classes Sat 12 & 26 Nov, 17 Dec, 10am–4pm. £28. Trongate 103, 07792 467855. GSA tutor and practising artist Jim Ramsay leads classes in landscape painting (to complement those on alternate Saturdays in portrait painting). Bring along a photo to work from and expect group and individual tuition and demonstrations. FREE GWL Learners Forum Mon 14 Nov, 2pm. Glasgow Women’s Library, Mitchell Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. Meet other users of the Library and discuss its facilities. Scottish Screenwriters Mon 14 Nov, 6pm. £3. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. Open sessions for screenwriters. Meetings start with an industry talk followed by a Q&A and a workshopping session on scripts brought along by participants.

EDINBURGH Activities & Events ✽✽ Scottish International Storytelling Festival Fri 21–Sun 30 Oct, times vary. Prices vary. Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43–45 High Street, 556 9579. Performance, workshops, talks and children’s events follow this year’s theme of Scotland’s links to the Mediterranean and its islands. See for individual event listings. Public Astronomy Evenings Fri 21 & 28 Oct, 6.30–7.30pm, 8–9pm & 9–10pm. £4 (£3). Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Blackford Hill, 668 8404. Hear about the history of the Observatory, journey through the solar system, observe the skies (weather permitting) and touch a real piece of outer space. Booking essential.

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