1 ROUKEN Glen is where it’s all at these days. Who knew? The organisers of this weekend’s craft beer and street food festival have organised a mouth-watering and tastebud-tingling line-up of vendors.

Added to this mix of burritos and bangers and mash will be live acts, DJs and all manner of fun for big and wee kids alike. The Hidden Lane Brewery will be on site alongside loads of other independent beer makers and one-off foodie hits. Give yourselves, the weans and the dugs a wee day out. Tickets for adults £6. More info at www.facebook.com/craftbeerandfoodtruckfestival

2 IRVINE is once more celebrating once the annual Marymass festival, and as part of the celebrations a funfair is arriving on The Moor. Candyfloss, dodgems, teacups, scary rides for the big kids and not scary rides for the real kids. Today is the final day. Open from 4.40-10pm. www.fun-fairs.com

3 ONCE again its one of my favourite times of the year, the sticky beak festival or as it is more commonly known “Glasgow Doors Open Days”. This year the event is hybrid with some real life noseying available and some online only. The festival includes such iconic buildings as The Trades Hall, Mackintosh at the Willow, the Art Galleries, the Italian Gardens and many many more. My nose is twitching already.

The event is completely free and all the bumph is available at www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org

4 THE fantastic team at Lighthouse books have another stonking event this week, Crude Britannia. Crude Britannia explores how oil has shaped the politics and economics of the UK and Scotland. The topic is particularly important as both Westminster and Holyrood cling on to a policy of maximum economic recovery of hydrocarbons from the North Sea and Westminster looks to give the go ahead for production from the new Cambo oilfield west of Shetland. Open to anyone, and free to attend, register in advance here.

5 NOW you don’t have to say you love me, but you do have to go and see the wonderful Wendy James at King Tut’s this week, (Glasgow is awash with wonderful gigs at the mo). The blonde songstress made her name with her band Transvision Vamp, after a series of collaborations with Nick Cave, Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello. James is bringing her fearless front woman blend of attitude and nirvanaesque tunes to Tuts this week. September 23 at 8:30pm Tickets £16.50


6 SCOTLAND’S east-coast Yes city features as the star in a wonderful exhibition of black and white photography by Joseph McKenzie from 1964-1987. The exhibition is named A Love Letter To Dundee and takes place at The McManus Gallery, Dundee all this week from 10am-5pm. Free.

7 NICK Cave. Need I say more? The man the myth, the legend. Why won’t he fall into my arms? Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will be joined on stage by musician Johnny Hostile and backing singers Wendi Rose, T Jae Cole and Janet Ramus.

Aberdeen Music Hall on September 19 and at Edinburgh Playhouse on the 20th. There are a few tickets still available for each gig at www.nickcave.com.