Summer has finally hit Glasgow – and we’re pretty happy about it.
Yes, with temperatures soaring high above the 15 degrees and rain we’re used to, you could be forgiven for staying put; lounging in the park or the garden and pretending those ever-present clouds are as welcome as a little bit of mugginess.
But with so much going on in Glasgow – as ever – is it really worth missing it all to laze around? And let’s face it, it’ll probably rain anyway, promised heatwave or none.
From documentaries on music legends to high energy indie gigs, comic book geekery of the highest order and an Independence Day bash, ‘Murica style, we’ve got it covered this week.
Tuesday: Amy with Live Q&A – The London Gala premiere of the eagerly-anticipated Amy will be broadcast live at both the GFT and the Grosvenor Cinema – a must for music fans, charting the life and legacy of Amy Winehouse. Director Asif Kapadia will be joined by special guests to unveil unseen footage of the six-time Grammy winner – and, it’s hoped, further insight into a story we all think we know. (30 Jun, GFT, Rose Street, G3 6RB or Grosvenor Cinema, Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – more info)
Wednesday: SALAD DAYS: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC – Sleazys turns cinema for the night for the Scottish premiere of this documentary about the early DIY punk scene. Picture seminal bands like Bad Brains, Scream, Rites of Spring and others and a packed room – because the venue only has 35 seats available, as well as limited standing room. (1 Jul, Nice N Sleazy, 421 Sauchiehall St, G2 3LG – more info)
Thursday: It’s Cinemaattic – the Spanish, Iberian and Latin-American short film show returns to the CCA for another session. The point is to take cinema out of the cinemas and into nomadic spaces – and the Sauchiehall St arts venue fits that bill well for a high culture night out. (2 Jul, CCA, 250 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD – more info)
Friday: Ded Rabbit – The Edinburgh foursome are bringing their brand of funk-tinged indie west for a gig at Broadcast. Having made more than a few newcomers to watch lists, the Ded Rabbit brothers (yup, it’s a family affair) have plenty of upbeat tracks to get toes tapping – with support from Foreign Fox. (3 Jul, Broadcast, 427 Sauchiehall St, G2 3LG – more info)
Friday: Night Owl – Dancing shoes at the ready – The Berkeley Suite is going big with Northern Soul tonight. The inaugural night proved a storming success, so DJs Nick Peacock and Jamo Kidd will be spinning more of the same until late – electric atmosphere promised. (3 Jul, The Berkeley Suite, 237 North St, G3 7PH – more info)
Food and drink
Tuesday: Spanish wine night – The good weather is going to The Bungo’s head – and we like the way they think. Head to the Bungo-lo basement for a taste of five wines from the deep southern condado de huelva region, and five dishes to match them. Book a day off for Wednesday – Spain is calling. (30 Jun, The Bungo, 17-21 Nithsdale Rd, G41 2AL – more info)
Saturday: Chocolate and champagne afternoon – Sold? Us too. But for those who need more information, the Tennent’s Training Academy has done it again, nailing two of our favourite things into one sparkling afternoon. Swig champers on arrival, get down to some lunch and then try your hand at making chocolate desserts. This cookery school knows all the right moves. (4 Jul, Tennent’s Training Academy, 161 Duke St, G31 1JD – more info)
Comedy and theatre
Monday: Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and Guests – It’s Fringe preview time at The Stand, and this week’s pre-Edinburgh offering is a storytelling session on those ‘bloody immigrants’. Billed as a light-hearted antidote to anti-immigration rhetoric, Sajeela and guests are discussing their life in the multicultural UK, with the possibility of a Q&A after. (29 Jun, The Stand, 333 Woodlands Rd, G3 6NG – more info)
Wednesday: Hero Worship – Superheroes often work alone – and there’s a one man show on at the CCA to prove it. After a successful run earlier this year, theatremaker Kenny Boyle is back for a Glasgow Comic Con performance of Hero Worship – a combination of storytelling and poetry following Anachronism, a superhero who doesn’t yet know what his superpower is. Will the mild-mannered supermarket worker (by day at least) find his place in the world? There’s only one way to find out… (1 Jul, CCA, 250 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD – more info)
Thursday-Saturday: The Driver’s Seat – Not exactly shying away from difficult material, the National Theatre of Scotland are on Muriel Spark’s case of late, and her taut psycho thriller novella The Driver’s Seat. More of a ‘whydunnit’ than a who (according to Spark), Lise is on a journey to find the one – and she’s coming to Tramway for three nights only. (2-4 Jul, Tramway, 25 Albert Dr, G41 2PE – more info)
Saturday: Independence Day on Ashton Lane – shout it with us: USA! USA! Celebrate the stars and stripes at a block party dedicated to all things ‘Murica on Ashton Lane. The bunting and barbecues are out at places like Tomboy Burritos and Ketchup, there are margaritas to be had and the dancing will go on until late. Time to gie it laldy in honour of our American cousins? We’ll drink to that. (4 Jul, Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – more info)
Saturday and Sunday: Glasgow Comic Con – Cosplay is the order of the day as internationally acclaimed artists and writers descend on Glasgow for the fifth anniversary convention. Mark Millar, Cameron Stewart, David Lloyd and legends like John Wagner and Alan Grant are all on the billing between the CCA, The Art School and the Renfield Centre. Glasgow’s about to get geeky – in a good way. (4-5 Jul, CCA, 250 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD – more info)
Main image: Flickr/Mark O’Rourke