26.9.13

Welcome to your weekend, people

Italian Caffe
Start your weekend early with a discussion of one of the biggest stories in the news right now, the conflict in Syria. The University of Glasgow is hosting a roundtable discussion on Syria, and the ethical, legal, political and practical dimensions of the conflict will be discussed. The Event has been organised by the Glasgow Human Rights Network. 

This weekend is September Fashion Weekend at St Enoch Centre. There will be fashion shows, workshops, demonstrations, and 3D body scanners to tell you once and for all what your body type is, essential to finding the right styles to suit your shape. You might be picked by a Style Spotter for a chance to win a prize - there are £1,200 worth of gift cards available, so dress to kill.

Arches Live, a festival of new works by Scottish artists and performers, will be running all weekend. There will be music, drama, performance art, improvisation and comedy, often with a political slant.  

80's anarcho-punk nihilists, Conflict, will be playing on Friday night at Audio. There probably won't be a riot following the performance like in the old days, but Colin Jerwood is still providing vocals, and there's still a lot to be angry about in this day and age, so some things haven't changed.

On Saturday, why not take in some art? An exhibit of work by Niki de Saint Phalle is currently on at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). The work, which includes 13 sculptures, 1 lithograph and various ephemera, was a gift from the Eric and Jean Cass Collection. Niki de Saint Phalle is the artist responsible for the mirrored tympanum (that triangle bit at the front of the building above the columns - I had to look it up!) and the mirrored entrance at GOMA. The exhibit will be at GOMA until 27 October.

In the evening, try the Italian Caffe in the Merchant City for dinner. The menu is mainly Italian tapas, and features a fantastic wine list. You can get wines by the glass there that you can't find in most places in Glasgow. The food is amazing and can cater to most diets (I don't eat meat or diary and can always find something there to eat, and they are always happy to accommodate me. They also advertise gluten free options on their website). It's one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow.

If you've ever fancied bingo, but are terrified of those elderly hardcore players, try musical bingo at Sloanes. DJs Chuck Norris and Dangerous Dave accompany the fun. Don't worry, they'll be gentle. Sunday at 6:00pm in the Grand Ballroom.

If you want something funnier on Sunday, go to the Scottish Comedian of the Year grand finale - watch the remaining contestants with different levels of experience, who have been through a sort of Iron Chef of comedy during June and July. The finale will be taking place at the O2 Academy

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