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Scragfight, who should receive awards simply for their name, also happen to be a fantastic band. Catch them anywhere you can! Likewise with the The Fnords. Both Glasgow bands make harder music than this pansy generally gets down to, but they won Zorras over to the other side Saturday at Stereo. What a great night!

In other news, I had a picnic with Dr. D and Sir V in the cemetery yesterday, which was divine. I'm sad to see the doctor go back across the ocean, and soon Sir V will be gone again too. Thanks for the good times, dear ones. You soften the sharp edges of the world.



Posted By Sandra Alland

A big warm welcome to Dr. D, who has arrived with poetic timing from Canada via Manchester. And also to Sir V from Ireland!

Please join our gang of philosophers, poets and punks at Stereo in Glasgow tomorrow night at 7:30 for Cherry Bomb, featuring Zorras, The Fnords and the brilliant Scragfight.


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"And if you can't trust your friends? What then? What then..."

The opening and closing lines of Danny Boyle's crackin Shallow Grave. Just watched it again for the first time since 1994. It's still great stuff, a wonderful thriller (set in creepy Edinburgh). But I also got new things out of it, and saw it as an intense metaphor for betrayal in general. The things that happen are so over-the-top, but give such startling imagery for what it's like to be "stabbed in the back" by a loved one (in this case stabbed in the front, and then the knive gets twisted deeper haha) that I couldn't help but think the whole story was a creative way of illustrating a more "normal" (and non-filmic) betrayal. Whatever the case, it's grand. And scary and sad.

Other grand things: Rabiya Choudhry's part in Diaspora at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Choudhry is a fantastic local artist who explored her mixed heritage (Scottish and Pakistani) and how it has impacted her art and her life. The work was deeply personal, and deeply moving. The world needs more Rab. Catch an interview with her about the project here.

And EVERYONE at last night's Cachin Cachan Cachunga was grand! Seriously, Carolyn Anona Scott sang like an angel, Ariadna Battich's film brought a tear to more than a few eyes, Kristi Taylor's reading was hilarious and her artwork stunning, and Lily danced the most powerful piece I've seen her do yet. Thanks to Anna, Jesus (not the lord and saviour one the Grassmarket one), Rebeca Pla and The Street for all the help! Next month is Rabiya Choudhry, Pat Cunningham, Gein Wong and of course Lily and Zorras. 7:30 on 15 September at The Street.


Posted By Sandra Alland

Info on the next stellar installation of Cachin Cachan Cachunga (the monthly queer and trans cabaret at The Street), available here.


Posted By Sandra Alland

Zorras took the new show, with video in collaboration with Ariadna Battich, to the Moor Festival in Yorkshire. We have no pictures of us onstage, as Battich was backstage operating the vid, sigh. But it was fantastic, we even got asked for an encore (but couldn't cuz it was a festival and they are so tight on time... phew, cuz we played everything we have!)


digital grafitti 


Zorras in training...


this is the tent we played in, it wasn't the usual white boring tent, it was divine inside & out!


these are some leftover carrots from the new interactive part of the show...


and one of many delicious skies....

Posted By Sandra Alland

A while back, I went to see the fantastic Raise Your Hem at The Big Tent Festival in Falkland. Sweet. But muddy.




The lovely Matthew, with his tshirt of my poem, "In the Details"!





Y's superb drum kit!





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