So our December issue’s out, and it now seems officially acceptable to get our festive on - chock as the mag is with Christmas cards from our artist pals (view ‘em here: there’s one of a cat in a Christmas tree, folks), as well as festive gift guides, our top albums of the year, and such like. We therefore kick this here top ten off as is only festively right - with a late night screening of Gremlins, complete with after-party at Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s. Elsewhere, Milk host an old-school Christmas bash, Limbo make merry for their annual Christmas party, and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair pitch up for a special Christmas shopping event. There’s a recurring theme here…PICKS O’ THE WEEK
Fri 6 Dec, 11pm, &;8 (&;5.50) here
The cutest little creature ever to don a Santa hat, aka Gizmo (c’mon, just wook at his wittle face) returns for a Christmas outing, as the Glasgow Film Theatre host a special Late Night Classics airing of Gremlins. Acting as the cheeky antidote to the the gazillion festive screenings of It’s a Wonderful-bloody- Life, Joe Dante’s classic postmodern horror fairytale screens just before the witching hour (11pm), with the bar open for you to take a drink or five in with you. Ticket stub also gets you entry to Nice ‘n’ Sleazy’s official after-party. Crawl home on yer knees in the snow.
Fri 6 Dec, 7.30pm, &;10 here
DFA mainstays Factory Floor have had a helluva year: collaborating with celebrated artists at the Tate Modern and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, releasing their self-titled debut LP (reviewed here), and, o’course, gracing the cover of our Northwest September issue. Taking in Glasgow’s Stereo as part of their current UK tour, they’re set to play one of their largely improvised, immersive live sets - awash with analogue synths, live drums, intense disco grooves, and the usual smattering of out-and-out chaos. Read our recent chat with the band here.
Future Shorts has its official Edinburgh winter outing this weekend, taking over Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak’s take on rabbit democracy, Inspace with another handpicked showcase of short films - including The Date, about a young chap forced to host a date for the family’s stud of a cat. The screening will be festively jollied along by frost installations from Wee Dog Media, a special winter DJ playlist, and a donations bar promising mulled cider. Dress in your finest woolly hats, scarves, and gloves to add to the wintery theme. Rabbitland (pictured), and Jenni Toivoniemi’s
Wed 11 Dec, 9pm, &;4 on the door
The musical clubber’s delight that is Milk take to their second home of Flat 0/1 for an old school-styled Christmas bash, joined by Randolph’s Leap (pictured) in full eight-piece band guise, plus secret guest singers from the Glasgow scene playing their favourite Christmas hits (including, we’re told, a unmissable rendition of East 17’s Stay Another Day). There’ll also be a ‘Bad Santa’ handing out pressies, mulled cider, mince pies, and an Admiral Fallow DJ set ‘til late. All proceeds shared between Glasgow Homeless Network and NCDS Christmas Appeal.
Secret location, Edinburgh
Sun 8, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, 2pm, booking details here
Spoiling y’all with three festive editions, pop-up tea party seductress, Queen of Tarts, takes to her diminutive secret parlour location down’t Leith (pictured) for the usual gluttonous multi-course affair. In Christmassy spirits, December’s menu kicks off with pecan and walnut brittle (served with a banana-nogshot), followed by a selection of savouries including sweet potato and sage muffins, before the all-important sweetstuff - chocolate and cherry roulade, cinammon sorbet, stollen kuchen, persimmon scones, coconut and spice rice pud, and white chocolate and ginger truffles. Full menu here.
Opens Fri 6 Dec, Tue-Sun, Free
Following the highs of their move to a-top Calton Hill, Collective Gallery host their first exhibition in their new City Observatory digs (pictured). Presented as a live performance piece, the suitably intriguing Anti-VWAP project features a speculative theatrical script from Rob Drummond, performed daily in the gallery space, coupled with the development of a new algorithmic trading model to be tested in the financial markets of today - with the two modes of speculation interplaying as comment on the mysterious forces of capitalism . Things should become clearer when you view it…
Fri 6 Dec, 11pm, &;10 on the door
The Nomadic tech-house crew that is Bigfoot’s Tea Party this month turn the grand old age of five, cranking up the old faithful Funktion One sound system to kick off part one of their celebrations at Subbie - opening with a set from resident party-starter Christopher Kelly, before handing over the reigns to Frankfurt man of many aliases, Roman Fl&;gel, to take it through to the (extended license) wee ‘oors of 4am. They’ll then do it all over again at part two in Aberdeen the following week, joined by Optimo’s JD Twitch (full details of that here).
Sun 8 Dec, 11am-5pm, &;2 on the door
A veritable haven of all things cheap and vintage, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair host a bumper Christmas-themed market - Judy’s Very Vintage Christmas Fair - in good time for finishing your Christmas shopping (read: buying a party outfit for yourself). It’ll feature 45+ UK-based stallholders spanning six decades of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories, homewares, gifts, and collectibles, plus a handful of stalls from local artisans and designer-makers . And, since ‘tis the season to get dressed up, they’ll be handing out ‘style stars’ to the best dressed.
Fri 6 Dec, 8pm, &;10 (&;5 film only) here
Multidisciplinary art impresarios 85A Collective storm Summerhall for the Edinburgh premiere of their total cinema experience, taking Judd Brucke’s lo-fi short, Chernozem - a horror about a man struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world - and developing it into a multi-chambered experience. Driven by the collective’s hybrid performative chaos, it’ll also include a promenade through Summerhall’s lesser know spaces, the burning of animated christmas cards free puppets, and a live band performance from Jacob Yates and The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers.
Sat 7 Dec, 7.30pm, &;6 here
We end with yet more Christmas (hurrah!), as Edinburgh-based gig-in-a-club night, Limbo, host their annual Xmas Bash, taking to The Voodoo Rooms in suitably celebratory fettle - playing host to a rather special set from Fife-based enigmas Pumajaw (pictured), who’ll be performing a reprisal of their critically-lauded Fringe show, Song Noir, ahead of the music being released in LP format in early 2014. Support comes from distinctively-voiced Young Fathers’ affiliate, LAW, and fledgling newcomers Fridge Master, and Amanti, before The Black Spring DJs take things into the wee drunken hours.
Glasgow Film Festival package: One lucky winner can nab themselves our bumper GFF package, including four tickets to screenings of their choice, plus an overnight stay for two in Novotel on Saturday 22 February 2014. Closes 5 Jan. Enter here.
Windmill House’s Books of the Year: This Christmas Windmill Books are offering one reader a veritable bounty of eleven of their top books published in 2013. Closes 5 Jan. Enter here.
Pact Coffee for a year: We’ve teamed up with coffee specialists Pact Coffee to offer one lucky reader a whole year’s supply of fresh coffee (worth more than &;175). Closes 8 Dec. Enter here.
Bose Solo TV Sound System: John Lewis are giving one lucky reader the chance to create their own home cinema with this top of the range sound system from leading brand Bose, worth &;349.95. Closes 5 Jan. Enter here.
Gigantic VIP package: Win a golden package to Manchester indie all-dayer, Gigantic, including entry to the event, a hotel for the night for two, one piece of free merchandise of your choice, a complimentary drink, and free cloakroom. Closes 5 Jan. Enter here.
&;250 voucher for julesb.co.uk: We’ve got a well-timed (for Christmas presents) &;250 in gift vouchers up for grabs for the premium ladies and menswear retailer, Jules B (julesb.co.uk), to give away. Closes 20 Dec. Enter here.
Skinny on Tour: Guess where this reader is browsing her trusty copy of The Skinny and you could win yourself a bumper lot of 2013’s finest reads care of our chums at Canongate Books. Closes 5 Jan. Enter here.
Half price tickets at The Stand: The Stand are offering one-and-all half price comedy tickets for their Thursday and Friday shows, across both their Edinburgh and Glasgow venues. Full details here.
&;200 Zalando voucher: One lucky reader will get &;200 to spend in premier online fashion retailer, Zalando. Get entering and you could treat yo’ self come January. Closes 5 Jan.