13 memorable things to do in Glasgow this week

Bored with the usual couple of pints and up the road kind of night? Then city-dwellers, we have a few suggestions in store for you.

From ground-breaking theatre at The Arches to legends of songwriting taking to the stage together, it’s all happening in Glasgow this week.

As ever, let us know your favourites, or if there’s a must-see gig or tasty foodie event coming up in time for next week’s rundown – until then, you can always say hi over on Facebook and Twitter.

1. Grab a brew

Brewdog Glasgow

Calling all beer fans to the one and only (well, in Glasgow) Brewdog. Home. Brew. Club kicks off at 8pm on Monday (6 Apr), with a chance to meet local friendly homebrewers and discuss beer styles. Master brewers to complete novices welcome – all you need is a love of the foamy stuff and a free evening and you’re good to go.

1397-1403 Argyle Street, G3 8AN, 0141 334 7175, more info

2. Meet your match at Club Noir

Club Noir organisers continue their Cupid antics with a new Speed Dating Games Night on Tuesday (7 Apr) at The Drake. Always wanted to go to the burlesque club, but have no one to take you? Or maybe you’re a Noir lover looking for likeminded hedonists? Either way, this is one for competitive types, matching potential partners by how well they handle winning (or losing) at games.

1 Lynedoch Street, G3 6EF, 0141 332 7363, more info

3. See Scottish Opera in action

Jenufa Scottish Opera

High art meets brutal murder at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday (7 Apr) as Scottish Opera presents Jenufa. Janáček’s categorically unsentimental tale of public shame and child murder in a small Czech town isn’t exactly light material, but traditional folk melodies and emotional scenes promise an uplifting experience for opera fans. The performance also runs Thursday (9 Apr) and Saturday (11 Apr).

282 Hope Street, G2 3QA, 0844 871 7627, more info

4. Have a scream at Sleazys

A Haunting Sleazys

Weekday clubbing, anyone? The horror! No, really; A Haunting returns to Nice N Sleazy in its usual Tuesday (7 Apr) slot, offering up a ‘hauntological disco’ of prog, Krautrock and folk-funk courtesy of DJs Jules and Alice, as well as animations, cult sci-fi and public info films screened by projection all night. Did we mention free entry?

421 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3LG, 0141 333 0900, more info

5. Spook yourself silly

Speaking of scary, there’s theatre with a touch of the chills over at Stereo on Tuesday and Wednesday (7-8 Apr). The Fog is the debut play from Marie Yan, about a supernatural fog enveloping a small community. So far, so B-movie – and as such, Yan promises equal doses of nightmare and satirical humour.

22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH, 0141 222 2254, more info

6. Be on best Behaviour

Ishbel McFarlane O is for Hoolet Behaviour
Ewan Kinloch

It’s that time of year again at The Arches as arts fans gear up for a month of experimental theatre, installations and more. The annual Behaviour festival kicks off on Wednesday (8 Apr) with highlights including a timely political strand, environmental themes (branching out to spaces like the Botanic Gardens) and Platform 18 winner Ishbel McFarlane’s O is for Hoolet – a one woman show about Scots language – not to mention a Sexology Season. There’s a lot to fit in until 17 May – but watch this space for more top events.

253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL, 0141 565 1000, more info

7. Witness a smackdown

Enticed and intrigued by muscly types playfighting for entertainment’s sake? Then the SECC might have the ultimate party for you this Wednesday (8 Apr). The real deal WWE superstars (the creme de la creme of US wrestling) are bringing the pain to the UK with Wrestlemania Revenge. The live show is billed as the ultimate in sports entertainment – which presumably means the guys in tight pants know how to put on a show.

Exhibition Way, G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000, more info

8. Pound the pavement

Get lost in the Glasgow Green Maze from Thursday (9 Apr) – a Big Green Feet project celebrating the city’s Year of Green programme. Despite what the name suggests, the environmental fun takes place at George Square until 16 April – and the idea is that visitors generate renewable clean energy just by walking on Pavegen pavement tiles. The more you walk, the more you generate – which the team promise to prove by bringing in dancers. Perhaps the cleanest version of hitting the tiles you’ll see this week, then.

George Street, Glasgow G2 1DU, more info

9. Call yourself Al and be done with it

Grab your mum and head for the Hydro – there’s a double act of solid gold pedigree in town on Friday (10 Apr). Yes, legendary songsmiths Paul Simon and Sting are bringing their US tour across the pond. The Sound of Silence meets Every Breath You Take? Nostalgia tours may be ten a penny, but this could be something special.

Exhibition Way, G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000, more info

10. Have a laugh with Dara

Irish funnyman Dara O’Briain is in town on Friday and Saturday (10-11 Apr), touring his latest show, Crowd Tickler. The host of BBC2’s Mock the Week deals in observational humour delivered with sharp wit. With comedy fans still grasping for the funny in the wake of last month’s Glasgow Comedy Festival, the SECC will no doubt be packed out.

Exhibition Way, G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000, more info

11. Dance along to Errors

Three piece synth-rockers Errors play to a home crowd at The Art School on Saturday (11 Apr) following latest album release Lease of Life. The group has built up a solid fanbase (helped along by signing with Mogwai), and a knack for making soulful electro worth dancing to – perfect for a weekend gig in Glasgow, then.

20 Scott Street, G3 6PE, 0141 331 1328, more info

12. Dress to impress

Proving Glasgow’s ongoing love affair with all things burlesque, the Classic Grand’s regular lavish ball is still going strong. The Burlesque Ball is a chance to dress to impress, so Saturday’s (11 Apr) outing will see hedonists and heartbreakers don their fishnets and top hats for jiggling and gyrating performances, best dressed competitions and retro tunes to swing to.

18 Jamaica Street, G1 4QD, 0141 847 0820, more info

13. Go mad for charity

Byres Road becomes a wonderland on Sunday as Oxfam Bookshop falls down the rabbit hole. The store is celebrating 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, complete with cakes, quizzes, a reading from Lewis Carroll’s famous work and a Queen of Hearts sweepstake. It’s a fundraising event, with money going to Oxfam education projects – so you could say a very important date.

330 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP, 0141 338 6185, more info

Main image: Errors

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