Top 5 Picks for a Cultural February
We know how it is: February is well and truly upon us, the temperature (and our bank balances) are plummeting and new year’s resolutions, naïvely sworn to, are halfway down Byres Road by now, flailing about in that annoying ocean of rainwater opposite Hillhead that seems to have become a permanent feature. There has to be more to life than this, and we’ll be honest, we can’t give you an exact answer about what that might be, but people throughout history have always sought comfort in museums, galleries and theatres, much in the same way that one might seek solace in a 3am kebab on Sauchiehall Street. If you aren’t sure where to start with your cultural reawakening, then never fear – Glasgow Living is here to help.
1. Billy Connolly Art Exhibition
‘Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosy… doesn’t try it on’ once said a wise ‘Big Yin’, and not only is he a talented comedian and a professional tea cosy-wearer, but Billy Connolly is also a talented artist and his exhibition at the People’s Palace is sure to turn the dullest of days into an inspired one. This is the last few weeks to catch it, so peruse the art, relax in the winter gardens and get a cuppa in the café – we’ll be down there with our tea cosies on in appreciation. (Free Entry)
2. Endgame at Citizen’s Theatre
Playwright Samuel Beckett was a master of the absurd, the odd, and the examination of human strangeness in all its majesty, and a new adaptation of Endgame, starring David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne (Roy Cropper and Peter Barlow from Corrie! See, I told you culture could be fun!) is coming to our very own Citizen’s Theatre in February. If you are new to the theatre, then give it a go for some black comedy which will certainly give you something to talk about down the pub afterwards. (Tickets start from £9.50)
3. Glasgow Museum Resource Centre Tour
To start off with, I am so glad I found this video. I feel like visiting the Resource Centre will be a little bit like falling down a toilet in Subclub on a Tuesday night when its all getting a bit poppy (but in a good, Harry Potter at the Ministry of Magic sort of way), travelling down a rabbit hole and ending up in a magical museum version of wonderland. Is that just me? The resource centre is basically the place where Glasgow’s thousands of museum artefacts live when they aren’t on display. There are experts to show and tell you about all manner of things, so check out their website and book yourself a tour this month. (Free Entry)
4. The Scottish Opera: Ariodante
They say you should do something every day that scares you, and if you are one of those people who is too cool (ie scared) for the opera, then give it a go this month! Yes, it’s in Italian, yes it’s all singing, but perhaps you will get swept up in all the drama and become a real opera convert. Ariodante takes to the stage from the 16th February and it is full of lies, deceit and romance, promising to be just as exciting(?) as a night out in Bamboo, but with a whole lot more class. (Tickets start from £11.50)
5. The Music of John Williams by the RSNO
Generally, you enjoy watching live music all the more when you recognise it. John Williams is the master composer behind a mammoth number of beloved and dramatic movie compositions, from Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T, and many more. If you’ve never been to watch an orchestra perform, this is bound to be a thrilling place to start. It sounds very clichéd, but there’s nothing quite like the sound generated by a huge orchestra, so go along and support our very own RSNO this Saturday in celebration of some great film scores! Tickets can be bought here, and start from £15.