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The top 10 things to do in Glasgow this week

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It's another sterling cultural week for Glasgow, with comic books, sci-fi movies, stand-up, illuminations, indie-folk, horror-techno and pop music all represented - and that's all without taking a peek in that heart-shaped box marked 'February 14th'.

Sean Hughes, The Stand, Mon Feb 9
You may remember Hughes from his team captaincy on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'; if you're even longer in the tooth, you may also remember him winning the Perrier Award back in 1990. Now you can catch him in his new show, 'Mumbo Jumbo', about the struggle to maintain sanity through middle age.

Mark Thomas: Cuckooed, Tron Theatre, Tue Feb 10-Thu Feb 12
Imagine a close friend of yours turned out to be spying on you for a major arms dealer. That's what happened to Mark Thomas (pictured above) who, thankfully enough, has enough talent to shape the experience into a comedic theatre show.

Valentine’s Day, various venues around the city, Sat Feb 14
Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers any more - for every restaurant advertising a candle-lit dinner for two, there's also an anti-Valentine's party (often with the word 'massacre' in the title) for the more cynical among us. We've got both camps covered in our handy-dandy Valentine's guide.

The Electric Gardens, Botanic Gardens, until 15 Feb
If you haven't yet witnessed the glory of the Glasgow Botanics transformed into an after-dark illuminated wonderland, get going - it finished its current run on Sunday, never to return again (or at least until next winter, we imagine). Take a look at our picture gallery if you're still in need of some persuading.

Coherence, selected release from Fri Feb 13
With a trailer campaign that is admirably short on spoilers, we're in a state of extreme anticipation of this cerebral sci-fi thriller that looks set to turn the home invasion genre on its head.

The Decemberists, O2 Academy, Fri Feb 13
Portland, Oregon indie-folkie sensations The Decemberists are back, with a new album that can’t seem to make its mind up in ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’, the follow-up to 2011’s critically-acclaimed and highly successful breakout release ‘The King Is Dead’.

The Glasgow Pop!South Weekender, Glad Café, Fri Feb 13-Sun Feb 15
The Glad Cafe celebrates Scotland's pop music heritage with a weekend featuring some of the city's finest, including Withered Hand, Kid Canaveral, The Felt Tips and loads more.

Zombie Nation at ShangriLa, The Arches, Fri Feb 13
There are startlingly few events will to tackle the whole 'Friday 13th' theme this month, but thankfully ShangriLa are on the case - they've booked Florian Senfter, aka German electro/techno project Zombie Nation, for some suitably horror-infused beats. 

The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair, The Arches, Sat Feb 14
It's exactly what it sounds like - a big Glaswegian geekfest, with stallholders selling graphic novels, art, fashion, cupcakes and more. Dressing up is highly encouraged.

Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir: The Poster Archive, The Lighthouse, until Sun Feb 22
Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, better known as The Hot Club resident Rafla, has dug out some of the club night's wonderfully-designed poster art. Go and enjoy some club culture away from the dancefloor.

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