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GLASGOW Activities & Events FREE Hollywood to Dollywood Thu 20 Oct, 7pm. Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, 331 3000. Dolly Parton- themed US road movie, followed by a debate on ‘Sex, Gender and The Queering of the 21st Century’. Part of Glasgay! FREE Glasgow Frontrunners Thursdays, 7pm & Sundays, 11.30am. The Arc, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, 331 8633. A running group for LGBT folk and their friends. FREE Prime Time Sun 23 Oct & 6 Nov, 3–5pm. Luke and Jack, 45 Virginia Street, 552 5699. Social for gay and bisexual men over 40. FREE Together Tue 25 Oct & 8 Nov, 7–9pm. Gay Men’s Health, 48 Albion Street, 552 0112. A social, support and information group for gay and bisexual men living with HIV. FREE Jackie Forster: From High Heels to Sensible Shoes Sat 5 Nov, 2–4pm. Glasgow Women’s Library, Mitchell Library, 15 Berkeley Street, 248 9969. A rare chance to see a 1997 edition of the BBC documentary The Day That Changed my Life about lesbian activist and founder of Sappho and the Lesbian Archive Jackie Forster. Part of Glasgay! 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. Part of Glasgay! FREE LGBT Bipolar Self Help Group Tue 8 Nov, 7pm. Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, 134 Douglas Street, 332 3838. Group for people with bipolar disorder. 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. Arts Little Johnny’s Big Gay Restaurant Until Sun 6 Nov, times vary. Prices vary. The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant, 253 Argyle Street, 0870 240 7528. Little Johnny presents a gloriously gay gourmet tribute to Madonna. Expect 80s-themed decor, videos, music and a special Madge- inspired three-course menu (£8.95). Performances in the café take place on Thu 27 Oct & Sun 6 Nov. Part of Glasgay! Love Hurts Thu 20–Sat 22 Oct, 8pm (Sat mat 2.30pm). £9 (£7). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Dark play from Random Accomplice. Part of Glasgay! Dually Andrews Thu 20–Sat 22 Oct, 8.05pm. £10. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 552 7575. Andrew Agnew and Andrew Salmond guide you through the highs and lows of this queer old life. Part of Glasgay! The Best of Bourgeois & Maurice Fri 21 Oct, 7.30pm. £9 (£7). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Glam-filth musical cabaret duo from London. Part of Glasgay! The Best of Jonny Woo Sat 22 Oct, 7.30pm. £9 (£7). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Songs from the self- proclaimed queen of London’s alternative drag scene. Part of Glasgay! Craig Hill: Blown By A Fan! Sat 22 Oct, 10pm. £15 (£11). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Camp comedy from beneath the pink kilt of Mr Hill. Part of Glasgay! Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent Sun 23 & Mon 24 Oct, 7.30pm. £12. The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0844 335 8879. Taboo-busting Korean-American comedian returns to Scotland with more tales of her promiscuous life. Part of Glasgay!
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Goldsmith represent three nations of cliché-free comedy. Part of Glasgay! Lorraine Bowen’s Polyester Fiesta! Fri 4 Nov, 10pm. £14 (£10). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. Lorraine Bowen celebrates the 70th anniversary of polyester with this musical cabaret catwalk show. Part of Glasgay! Cabaret Chordelia Tue 8–Thu 10 Nov, 7.30pm. £9 (£7). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. Dance theatre company Company Chordelia prooduction about 1930s Berlin. Part of Glasgay! Unhappy Birthday Wed 9–Sat 12 Nov, 8.05pm. £10. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 552 7575. See feature, page 79. Part of Glasgay! Non-Stop Cabaret!/Buffet Fri 11 & Sat 12 Nov, 9.30pm. £10. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 552 7575. Amy Lamé presents a diverse cabaret featuring poet Drew Taylor, puppet mistress Leggy Pee, dancer Cherry Loco and more. Part of Glasgay! Clubs Lock Up Your Daughters Band Night Fri 21 Oct, 11pm–3am. £5 (£4). The Flying Duck, 142 Renfield Street, 564 1450. LUYD plays host to The Beaks (‘anti-music’), the funky electro stylings of Camino Real and rap rude girl Kitty Cowell. Menergy presents the Fierce Ruling Divas Ball Sat 22 Oct, 11pm–3am. £10. Chambre 69, Stock Exchange House, 69 Nelson Mandela Place, menergy.co.uk. Channel your favourite diva and strut your stuff to Italo disco and Hi-NRG, with a panel of VIP judges to decide who’s got the fiercest strut. Part of Glasgay! Club Noir: Hallowe’en Burlesque Sat 29 Oct, 9pm–2am. £15.50. O2 Academy, 121 Eglinton Street, 0844 477 2000. Gore-tastic edition of Scotland’s biggest burlesque club, with live 60s band Modus.
EDINBURGH Activities & Events Razzle Dazzle’s Big Camp Quiz Wednesdays, 9pm. £tbc. Cafe Habana, 22 Greenside Place, 558 1270. Join the ‘Queen of the Quiz’ and try to win the rollover jackpot. Swimming @ Glenogle Sat 29 Oct & 12 Nov, 4–6pm. Prices vary. Glenogle Swim Centre, Glenogle Road Stockbridge, 523 1100. Dedicated fortnightly pool session for the LGBT community. FREE Prime Time Sun 30 Oct & 13 Nov, 2–4.30pm. Gay Men’s Health, 10 Union Street, 556 1309. Informal meet-up for gay or bisexual men over 40. FREE Stress Management and Relaxation Sat 5 Nov, 1–4pm. Gay Men’s Health, 10 Union Street, 558 9444. A workshop for gay and bisexual men on the effects and reduction of stress. Clubs Soul Funked Up Thursdays, 11pm–3am. £2. GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, 0845 166 6024. House, commercial dance and bootlegs. Nocturnal Disco Fridays & Saturdays, 10pm–3am. £tbc. GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, 0845 166 6024. Pop, chart, filthy house and electro sounds. FREE Mile High Club Sundays, 11pm–3am. GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, 0845 166 6024. Take off with Head Stewardess Cilla Slack. FREE Pop du Jour Tuesdays, 11pm–3am. CC Blooms, 23–24 Greenside Place, 556 9331. Chart, dance and pop. Planet Camp Tuesdays, 11pm–3am. £3. GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, 0845 166 6024. Big cheesy party. FREE ELECTROsexual Fri 4 Nov, 11pm–3am. CC Blooms, 23–24 Greenside Place, 556 9331. Cheeky remixes from residents Lucky Luciano and KRN, plus the Edinburgh’s gay scene’s only foam party.
PREVIEW THEATRE STRANGE HUNGERS Wry send up of gay icons past at Glasgay!
Who were the gay icons of your youth? Wham? George Takei? Rosie O’Donnell . . . ? Everyone has at least one (perhaps strange) LGBT celeb that they looked up to as an alternative youngster – and what do you get if you combine this wry look at ‘back in the day’ with one ukulele and a whole lot of gags? Strange Hungers at this year’s Glasgay! ‘There’s not a lesbian version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and we
want to know why,’ explains Eilidh MacAskill, founder of Glasgow collective Fish and Game and co-creator of the show.
Two characters, Claude and Maud – the latter played by MacAskill – guide you through the most influential figures in queer history, asking whether the Sandi Toksvigs and Sue Perkins are as good as it gets for gay role models today. Under no circumstances will this be a dull ‘graphs and PowerPoint’ type affair, for anyone who lost interest as soon as the word ‘history’ was raised.
‘It’s a cabaret set in the 1920s but it jumps through time, like Bill and
Ted’s Excellent Lesbian Adventure,’ MacAskill says. ‘We wanted to make it a fun, celebratory, ridiculous night out – something that’s titillating but also makes you think. ‘We were trying to think about whether younger women need to know
who’s come before them or whether that’s a bit redundant now. We’ll look at cultural representations of lesbians in the past that haven’t been very sexual or exciting and ask what else is out there.’
The show, which was co-created by RSAMD graduate Rosana Cade, comes from a fun, feminist perspective. ‘Alice Toklas and Gertrude Stein had a giant poodle called Basket, so we’ve written a song about that – although how that describes the lesbian condition, I’m not quite sure . . .’ (Lauren Mayberry) ■ Strange Hungers, The Arches, Glasgow, 565 1000, Thu 27–Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm, £9 (£7). For more information visit glasgay.com and fishandgame.org.uk
FREE Re-Invention Mon 24 Oct–Sat 26 Nov, Mon–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 12.30–5pm. The Virginia Gallery, 45 Virginia Street, 552 5699. Group show exploring ideas about heroes, heroines and champions of the underdog. Part of Glasgay! Spain Tue 25 Oct–Sat 12 Nov (not Sun/Mon), 7.30pm. £12.50 (£8–£9.50; Tue 25 Oct preview, all tickets £5; other Tuesdays all tickets £10). Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022. World premiere of a new play about a promiscuous ex-pat Scot. Part of Glasgay! Ch Ch Changes Tue 25 Oct–Sat 12 Nov (not Sun/Mon), 7.30pm. £12.50 (£8–£9.50; Tue 25 Oct preview, all tickets £5; other Tuesdays all tickets £10). Citizens Theatre, 119 Gorbals Street, 429 0022. New Martin O’Connor-penned work starring Grant Smeaton, exploring the sexuality of five men. Part of Glasgay! Bottoms Up Wed 26–Sat 29 Oct, 8.05pm. £10. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 552 7575. Join ‘Gram with a G’ on his gay detox. Part of Glasgay! Strange Hungers Thu 27–Sat 29 Oct, 7.30pm. £9 (£7). The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. See panel. Part of Glasgay! The Big Scary Fairy Ceilidh Sat 29 Oct, 8pm–midnight. £15 or £25 with buffet. St Andrews in the Square, 1 St Andrews Square, 559 5902. Fancy dress dancing to the sounds of the Belle Star Band. Proceeds go to Gala Scotland. Part of Glasgay! Billy Budd Sailor Tue 1 & Wed 2 Nov, 7.30pm & 9pm; Thu 3 & Fri 4 Nov, 7pm, 8.15pm & 9.30pm. £9 (£7). The Brunswick Hotel, 106–108 Brunswick Street, 552 1552. Award-winning Theatre Northproduction performed in a hotel bathroom. Part of Glasgay! Love Club: Day of the Dead Tue 1 Nov, 8–10pm. £4. The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, 565 1000. proudExposure presents tea and cake, spoken word and music on the theme of the departed. Part of Glasgay! & Glasgow Cabaret Festival. Edwin Morgan’s Dreams and Other Nightmares Wed 2–Sat 5 Nov, 7.45pm (Thu & Sat mat 2.30pm). £11–£15 (£7–£11). Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 552 4267. World premiere of Liz Lochhead’s new, Morgan-based play. Part of Glasgay! An Englishwoman, A Scotswoman and an Irishwoman . . . Wed 2 & Thu 3 Nov, 8.05pm. £10. Rose and Grants, 27 Trongate, Merchant City, 552 7575. Jojo Sutherland, Viv Gee and Pauline