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Events in Glasgow December 2013


The Speculative Bookshop presents…


1st December, 18:30 – 23:00
The Old Hairdressers, 20- 28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow
Suggested donation £3
First event of the Speculative Bookshop. Come around to check out some local writers. The event includes readings from the Southside kiwi writer Alexander Abraham, Edinburgh based comic artist and writer Stephen Goodall, writer of novels, short-stories, poems, scripts and screenplays Hal Duncan and more.
Additional information can be found on the Facebook event site.


House of Fraser presents


GUM spec book


Image by House of Fraser Archive
1st- 5th December, 8th- 12th December, 15th-19th December, 22nd-26th December
Times vary (9:00- 19:00, 9:00- 21:00, 10:00- 18:00), or go to House of Fraser Glasgow’s details online here
House of Fraser, Glasgow
Admission Free


The department store organises a boutique in honour of Scottish fashion designers Rebecca Torres, Saunt & Sinner and Joanne McGillivray. Each of them getting two weeks to parade their models for the crowds of Christmas shoppers.


GUSH Christmas Collection


5th and 6th December

Donations to the SRC service desk, wrapping in the Williams Room, John MacIntyre Building, Friday 6th from 5pm.


Glasgow University Service to the Homeless are looking for Christmas donations, as well as help wrapping. There will be tea, coffee, cake and loads of socialising on Friday, when the wrapping will take place in the Williams Room. Donations are welcome, either on the day, or dropped off at the SRC Welcome Desk in the John Mac building from the 5th. Donations of male toiletries, blankets, and toothbrushes would be particularly appreciated.


The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 152nd Annual Exhibition


1st – 8th December, 10:00 – 18:00/ 19:30
McLellan Galleries, 270 Sauchiehall Street
Admission free
Newly rebuilt McLellan Galleries on Sauchiehall Street is opened for the public after being closed for 7 years. Scotland’s biggest contemporary art exhibition contains many works from UK’s best known artists as well as emerging artists from across the UK. For the first time, the exhibition will feature art photography.


Lucy Skaer: Exit, Voice and Loyalty


3rd- 15th December (excluding 9th), 12:00- 17:00/18:00
Tramway, Glasgow
Admission Free
Lucy Skaer at Tramway (video)
Lucy Skaer is a Turner Prize nominee. Her new sculptural work engages with ideas of history, using mahogany recovered from rivers in Belize where she grew up. The exhibition represents a homecoming since Lucy Skaer studied at Glasgow School of Art before leaving for New York. ‘My initial thoughts on how to approach the exhibition were influenced by ancient tomb sculpture, particularly Chinese and Egyptian,’ she says about the exhibition. Skaer’s greatest art is in removing real objects from their original context and revealing their material nature and narrative associations.


Rubix, Karenn (Blawan & Pariah – LIVE)


5th December, 11:00- 3:00
Sub Club, 22 Jamaica Street
If anybody had a ticket for an October gig of Karenn, you can get a free entry for this one. In this gig two of the UK’s most esteemed artists join forces to put together a superb techno show. Supporting is Mark ‘Mother’ Maxwell, a resident DJ, one of the city’s greatest selectors.


The Wizard of Oz


6th and 13th December, 19:30 – 21:00
Langside College
£8.50- £11.50
Festive adaptation of the classic story, told by Glasgow Clyde College’s HND Acting and Performance students. Written by Isobelle-Jane Letters and directed by David Lee-Michael.


All Caps presents: Ben UFO & Bake – All Night Long


December 7th, 23:00- 4:00
Max’s La Cheetah, 73 Queen Street
£5 before 12:00 / £10 after
Selection of music from Devotional Jazz to Cathedralic Techno Anthems. Come down for a chance to take part in a special chakra healing class and align your spiritual planes in time for the winter break.






Image by Moniker42
7th December, 12:00 – 16:00
Glasgow Film Theatre
Admission free
Come and learn the story of the Glasgow Film Theatre and its predecessor the Cosmo. Have a look at this special behind-the-scenes.


Glasgow University Service of Nine Lessons and Carols


8th December, 18:00
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Admission Free
This service has been introduced at King’s College Cambridge in 1918. It has become a recent tradition at the University of Glasgow. Featuring carols and Bible readings.


Glasgow Skeptics’ talk on ‘The Psychology of Moral Judgement and Moral Emotion: What We Have Learned about Mass Atrocity’


9th December, 19:00 – 21:30
The Admiral bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Admission free
An engaging talk with Dr Adam Moore of Princeton University.


Stars Over the Botanics


10th December, 19:30 – 21:00
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
£2- £4
Limited to the first 40 people, this star-gazing session is organised by the Astronomical Society and the University of Glasgow. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to spend a night at the Botanic Gardens and be mesmerised by the beauty of stars.


Glasgow Wine School Tastings


GUM wine


Image by noviceromano
10th and 13th December 19:00 – 21:00
Radisson Blu Hotel
£22.50- £30


An introductory look at the world of wine and wine tasting in Glasgow. You will taste at least six wines from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and France. By the end of the evening you can easily identify aromas and flavours in wine. A perfect event for people who are new to wine tasting and would like to try tasting wine like professionals.


A Gay in a Manger


Thurs 12th, Fri 13th & Sat 14th and Thurs 19th, Fri 20th & Sat 21st December
Please enter through Argyle Street entrance


The Arches alternative festive production


Everyone’s favourite gender-bending duo Tranny and Roseannah present an alternative festive experience. Come on in, make yourselves comfortable, and enjoy the story of Christmas as you’ve never seen it before…


It’s CHRIIIIIST-MASSSS! That most special time of year, when the decorations go up, the foul-mouthed family comes over, and the booze goes down. Well this time, Tranny and Roseannah have invited you round to theirs for a cosy Christmas night in – only, it might not be quite what you expect. Think John Waters hosting Noel’s House Party and you’re getting close. Think a camp cabaret atmosphere where anything goes and Christmas values get twisted and shaken and you’re even closer.


Featuring a truly non-PC Grandma, join us for an evening of special guests, an alternative take on the Christmas nativity, and some good old-fashioned yuletide singalongs. With tits, tinsel, and turkey, baubles, balls, and blood, this is an X-rated Xmas show you won’t soon forget.


Devised by Arches favourites Laurie Brown and Rosana Cade, and Arches Artist-in-Residence Adrian Howells.


The Technology Issue Launch Party


16th December 11pm – 3am
£5/£4 Students

The most important December event!

In preparation for our next issue launch, GUM are hosting an end of term party in Broadcast.
We are delighted to be hosting Sega Bodega, Sam Vitamins and Raksha (Deadly Rhythm)


Glasgow University Chapel Choir


GUM choir


Image by PhillipC
17th December, 18:00
Glasgow University Memorial Chapel
Admission free
A family carol service with a special guest organist Kevin Bowyer.

Vitamins & Freaky Freaky present Eclair Fifi and pals


19th December, 11pm-3am
£7 Early, £8 Advanced, the Facebook event page is here

Originally planned to take place in the new Art School building, the party’s now at SWG3, featuring:

Eclair Fifi
Inkke b2b DJ Milktray
Shaun, Tanner, Sam & Jackson
+ special guests TBA


Expect a newly designed lightshow in the main warehouse upstairs and more bingo tinsel than ever seen before in the Poetry Club. 


Irn- Bru Carnival

GUM irn bru



20th December- 12th January
Times vary
With the entry price, visitors receive ten vouchers which can be used on all rides and most stalls. Each ride is one voucher and stalls are two vouchers (some stalls are taking cash). New rides include Voodoo Dancer and Matterhorn, Speed Buzz, Extreme. Very stomach-churning but totally worth it. For those of you who are not quite up for such a level of adrenaline, there are gentler rides as Teacups and the Carousel.




21st December, 23:00 – 3:00
SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow
A new club and live event from TYCI, a Glasgow collective run for women by women. A special Christmas event featuring Pretty Ugly, Adele Bethel (Sons and Daughters) and CHVRCHES DJs. All profits from this event will go to the AT Society, a charity which helps sufferers of a rare genetic disorder and their families.


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