22.8.13

In Glasgow this weekend?


Why don't you:

Visit the Hard Rock Cafe exhibition of rock memorabilia in the Island Bar of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday? The exhibit includes Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” red leather jacket, Madonna’s iconic gold corset created by fashion guru Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga’s Oscar Lima black dress and a black and white spandex catsuit worn by Freddie Mercury on Queen’s 1978 Jazz tour. Plus items from The Killers, Elvis Presley, The Who, KISS, and Katy Perry.

Swedish film Call Girl is playing at the GFT Friday night. Inspired by actual events, Call Girl tells the story of a 1970s prostitution scandal that involved the Swedish Government at the time. According to the GFT website:

"Call Girl paints a scathing portrait of a nation drunk on conspicuous consumption, and of a political class so convinced of its right to power that it can no longer even recognise the difference between governance and self interest." An important message for our times, I think.

On Saturday, get a spa treatment at 15 Royal Terrace. Located next to Kelvingrove Park, the location could not be prettier, and there are plenty of options for grabbing lunch afterward. Why not try the Finneston on Argyle Street? It's a seafood restaurant but they do offer vegetarian options as well - and it's a gin cocktail bar.

And if a big night for you doesn't entail takeaway and old episodes of Sopranos, as it does for me at the moment, check out the new Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival.

On Sunday visit House for an Art Lover to check out the farmers market and artisan fayre. The market starts at 10am, and in addition to shopping for locally produced foods, you can try your hand at natural dying fabrics using plants from Bellahouston park. Artist Kathy Beckett will be on hand to discuss her eco-textile design Colour-Ecology project.

Finish up the weekend with a Mexican feast at home. You can find all the ingredients you'll need - including super scrummy hominy (a rare find in the UK) at Lupe Pintos on Great Western Road. They even have recipes for you to try in case you don't know where to begin. Or pick up Dona Tomas: Discovering Authentic Mexican Cooking by Dona Savitsky, Mike Wille and Thomas Schnetz.

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