Lights out listening on Thursday 30 January, 7:30 - 11 pm, at the Forest Café.
Lights Out Listening Group is a unique listening event that takes place in almost complete darkness.
Weapon building discardboard free workshop !! On Sunday 26 January, at Forest Café, 2-6 pm.
Saturday 25 January, 2:00pm-4:00pm @ the Forest Cafe, free discarboard workshop (bangles) by Sarah Reay.
Learn the simple skills required to make bangles from waste materials, including cardboard tubes add strips of fabric and cardboard.
Book by email.
Old hat book discussion group ! This Monday 20 january at 7:30 pm at the Café.
Let’s talk about a topic and philosophize with like minded people.
UKE boogie (ukulele performance), this Sunday 19 January at 8pm, at the Café.
Sunday 19 January 2-5 pm, Inky Fingers Speakeasy at the Forest Café.
The SPEAKeasy Performers’ Group meets every two months, alternating with the READeasy Writers’ Group, at the Forest Café. It’s a group for writers of every kind from all levels of experience to practise performing their work aloud to a supportive group of peers. We take poets, story-writers, novelists, playwrights, experimenters and everything else, and we don’t care whether you’ve never performed before or have been doing it for years. It is a special (and free) opportunity to get feedback, to experience new writing, and to practise performing your work aloud.
Friday 17 January, 6:00pm-8:00pm @ the ForestCentrePlus, Discarboard EXHIBITION OPENING.
A week-long celebration of all things made from cardboard, taking place at the Forest Cafe, and the ForestCentrePlus - a new artist run studio and gallery space located in the centre of Edinburgh - at the end of January 2014.
The submissions deadline has now passed, and we are pleased to announce, after a fantastic response, we have over 30 exhibitors confirmed. The opening will take place at the ForestCentrePlus on the 17th of January, 6:00 pm. Please come along.
During the week we will also be running a series of workshops and talks. These will be hands on skill sharing sessions, that will inspire people to see the potential of the material we love so much. Like our Facebook page or keep checking on-line, to find out as and when these are confirmed.
Free discardboard workshop at 10 am this Saturday 18 January at the café !
Experiment with making provisional structures using cardboard and different textured papers fixed with glue and masking tape. Book by email.
FREE WORKSHOP by Sharon Phelps
Cambodian indie film night, Thursday 16 January at 7pm, at the café
Free the technics two, this afternoon (4-7 pm) at the Café.
Not only do we demand a revolution we can dance to.
We want to dance to our own tunes.
33 and a 1/3 (Merzbow : Grand owl habitat), tonight at 7:53 pm, at the café (downstairs)
**Initial copies on steel grey wax, mastered and cut by Matt Colton, art and design by Synckop of Paris** For The Death Of Rave, Masami Akita aka Merzbow submits two petrifying pieces of psychedelic, technoid sturm und drang. Harking back to the feral attack and pulsing rhythmic disciplines of his early work (recently collected on V-o-D’s excellent ‘Lowest Music & Arts 1980- 1983’ boxset), the howling 12 minute pummel of A-side ‘Grand Owl Habitat’ appears on vinyl after release on Handmade Birds’ Dark Icons series. An ecstatically abusive, furious maelstrom of coloured noise is rail-eroded by a pistoning undercarriage that sounds like it careened out of mid ’90s Berlin into a noise-techno receptive 2013. The intent behind it is meditative malevolence, seeking to dilate and masticate mind and body to euphoric effect. The three-part, 20 minute B-side, ‘Obusuma’ is exclusive to this release. Here, the roiling bass patterns are initially submerged, consumed by virulent squall and piercing, frightening frequencies in part one, before the lurching, elliptical chug surges forth to struggle against the consumptive, polymetric oscillations which rain down without remorse, culminating a final battle of apocalyptic sensation between primal pulses and convulsive noise. It ain’t for everyone, that’s for sure, but the most fearless DJs and those with a high tolerance for Alberich, Maurizio Bianchi, the most extreme L.I.E.S., Whitehouse or Prurient are urged to get a fix.
4by8 G A L L E R Y presents TABLETOP ART // MAX SCRATCHMANN
JAN 13th - 19th
Max Scratchmann is an illustrator, writer and performer.
He was recently a Take-Away Poet at Portobello Library; an Inky Fingers’ Poet on a Bus on the Lothian Buses’ Edinburgh Tour; and he has just won Third Place for his poem, Snow Globes, in the Dear Scotland 2013 Writing Contest this winter.
His many books include The Last Burrah Sahibs and Scotland for Beginners, which are autobiographical tales of his childhood in colonial India; and his earlier account of downshifting to the isles, Chucking It All, became unintentionally controversial in 2009 when the Lib-Dem MP for Orkney tried to have it banned. The book prevailed, however, despite the defection of its original publisher, and went on to become a Kindle bestseller.
Black and blue petry reading, on Sunday 15 February, 2-4 pm, at the Café.
Black & BLUE IS A CREATIVE WRITING ORGANISATION BASED IN MANCHESTER & LONDON.
IT WAS FOUNDED TO BE A FRESH COUNTERPOINT TO THE CONVENTIONAL LITERARY SCENE, & TO CHAMPION TRULY NEW WRITING: WRITING WHICH IS GOING SOMEWHERE REALLY DIFFERENT.
IT PUTS OUT INTERESTING PAPER PUBLICATIONS FULL OF DRAMA & POETRY, PROSE & OTHER.
BUT IT IS MORE INTERESTED IN BLURRING THESE CATEGORIES, ALLOWING THEM TO BLEED INTO EACH OTHER, PERMEATE EACH OTHER & EXCHANGE IDENTITIES:
THE DRAMA OF WHAT’S PROSAIC, THE OTHER INSIDE POETRY. THE WAY PROSE CAN BECOME LIKE POETRY. THE WAY REALLY RADICAL WRITING HAS ALL THESE THINGS IN FLUX.