Glasgow Women's Library – 21 years and still going strong

Today Glasgow Women’s Library opens a preview of an exhibition to celebrate its 21st anniversary. It’s come a long way since the damp freezing shop front in Garnet Hill staffed by volunteers. The Library has commissioned 21 Scottish artists and 21 writers to produce work for the exhibition which opens today, 21 September. Artists include Ashley Cooke, Kate Davis and Ruth Barker – who has produced the silk scarf printed

Raising the roof at The Olympia, Glasgow

The Olympia Theatre in Glasgow’s East End attracted its biggest audience in decades when its original roof dome, fully restored, was lifted back into place last week.  The old variety theatre was used for many years as a cinema, bingo hall and furniture shop before being damaged by fire in 2004. It is now being returned to its former magnificence in a £10 million project led by Clyde Gateway as

Govanhill Baths: Going swimmingly after 11 years

Five, Six, Seven, Eight – A Debasers Filums Production Later this month Govanhill Baths will present 1950s Cinema and Dance Hall in its Edwardian main pool.  Surf rock band The Head Henchmen, the cast of Five Six Seven Eight and virtuoso cabaret legend John Sampson will perform on Saturday 25 February 2012. This is only one of many unexpected fundraising events in an 11 year campaign by the local community to reopen

A Night to Remember at the GFT, Glasgow Film Festival

The Glasgow Film Festival, with its usual, colourful mix of film, events and talks, kicks off today and runs until 26 February in venues across the city – including a tall ship and a swimming pool! A highlight of this year’s festival is a special screening of Roy Ward Baker’s 1958 epic A Night to Remember at The Glasgow Film Theatre on 19 February. Generally regarded as the best, and certainly

Isi Metzstein; 'lapsed atheist' church designer

One of the many ironies that marked architect Isi Metzstein’s life is that the self-described ‘lapsed atheist’ was known for his series of bold and inventive churches. Metzstein died in Glasgow on 10 January 2012 at the age of 83. The Roman Catholic hierarchy believed the architect of the Scottish churches to be Coia, of Gillespie, Coia & Kidd. The designing was in fact carried out by Metzstein, a Jewish refugee

Gerry Rafferty remembered at Celtic Connections

Paisley born singer songwriter Gerry Rafferty is to be remembered at two concerts on 22 and 23 January as part of this year’s Celtic Connections in Glasgow. The concerts have been curated by Rafferty’s daughter Martha and Rab Noakes and will feature performances by, among others, The Proclaimers, Barbara Dickson, Ron Sexsmith and James Vincent McMorrow. Irish singer McMorrow, who sings some of his songs in a voice so high

My neighbourhood: Queen's Park, Glasgow

by Alannah O'Sullivan Top notch coffee shops, delis, art shops, florists, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, parks, kindergartens, schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, art galleries and theatres – all within walking distance of where I live. Is this Paris? New York? London? No, it’s that well-kept secret – Queen’s Park in Glasgow’s South Side. From my front door, I stroll into the ever-captivating park of the same name with its acres of green.

Free Festival Fun this Weekend

At the risk of sounding like one of those thrifty guides to ‘living a wonderful life with only 20p’,  it’s good to find free entertainment in these straitened times.  Both Glasgow and Edinburgh are hosting free events this Saturday, 23 July, as part of wider festivals with other ticketed events.  The Merchant City Festival in Glasgow has a free event around the merchant city streets on Saturday afternoon.  Visitors walking