The gabbing is usually followed by a spot of DJing by the guest speakers, the only prohibitions being the music of The Smiths/Morrissey or Joy Division. The next session is on Thursday at Electric Circus, doors 7pm. Joining Ally McCrae and Bruce Findlay to vent her opinions will be Herald music writer Nicola Meighan, whose multi-faceted past includes stints with Mute Records and the much-missed Triptych festival. The night will also include live music from Panda Su and Stanley Odd and tickets cost £6, or £4.5O for members of the Musicians' Union. www.borntobewide.co.uk
l The Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra, the incubator of young talent that regularly shows itself capable of playing the charts written for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, is still busily celebrating its tenth anniversary. The latest run of concerts starts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on Friday evening, followed by afternoon concerts at Stirling's Tolbooth and Edinburgh's Jazz Bar on Saturday and Sunday. In January the band will be playing the RCS on Friday 18, Eden Court in Inverness on Saturday 19 and Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Sunday 20.
l The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, reopened to great acclaim after its refurbishment, has announced its programme for 2013. It includes the V&A-curated The House Of Annie Lennox, gathering images and costumes from the singer's eye-catching career, and Man Ray Portraits, presented in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery in London and drawn from collections in the Getty Museum, Pompidou Centre and New York's MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Glasgow painter Ken Currie, whose Three Oncologists is a contemporary favourite in the gallery's collection, will also have his own dedicated exhibition.