SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - LOVABLE ROGUES
Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - LOVABLE ROGUES

On a sultry night we had record performances. The theme of Flight brought originals from Oliver and Angus. Kelly read 'High Flight' by an airman who never came back, and Nick channelled Elvis getting stung by a bee. As Eva's boyfriend, he was revealed as the antidote in her 'I hate suits!' We had lyric beauties from Xiaoying doing Li Bai in Chinese, Charley with Wordsworth and Ciaran with Seamus Heaney on the death of a father, a theme also prompting new work from Mark and from Liz. We had songs from our stalwarts, Lail and Erik, and a tribute from Ron to Babette. Sammy gave voice to the victims of Manchester and Tom a lament for 'things I didn't do'. Douglas's recitation was a theatrical high point, but the most apt line of the night came from Leon addressing his partner Olivia: 'Darling, there are no happy endings, but there is the Now.' As time grows short, so it is with Poetry Nights. But be not melancholy. As theme for the new week, let's try LOVABLE ROGUES.   

 

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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THE SOCIETY CLUB/ THE DOOR PRESENTS… BYRON PRITCHARD  ‘WORDS AND DRINKING’
Jun
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

THE SOCIETY CLUB/ THE DOOR PRESENTS… BYRON PRITCHARD ‘WORDS AND DRINKING’

This Tuesday 6th June for the final window display at the society club in soho Byron Pritchard presents words from wagon, both off and back on it. An ongoing and interactive installation comprising of spoken paragraphs, prose, poems and one-liners about alcohol, drinking, drunkenness and hangovers. This our never ending appetite for a good drink and is in no way a glorification of alcohol but a montage of different mediums that represent both the good and bad in the bottle from different perspectives.

 With contributions of words from many different people around London the Door will host is an eclectic mix of perspectives, poems, pros and texts from literature and quotes that they think represent as close as possible their experiences and perspectives on the subject. This work is for anyone from the drunk slumped by that lamppost down the street, the guy up at the crack of dawn who sweeps the street and the playboy West Londoner who thinks he owns said street.

Please join us on the from 7:30 onwards on June 6 th for drinking and words from David C West, Michalef, and other spontaneous fun and reflection. If you feel you have something to contribute please email byronpritchard@gmail.com with a word doc and it will be considered.

CHEERS!

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme FLIGHT
Jun
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme FLIGHT

A sweet warm night with many regulars, some on the theme of Whimsy & Intelligence, many with original work: Lucy, Mark, Oliver, Eva, Leon and his girlfriend Olivia (first time), Tom and his wife Tania, who sang a poem in Portuguese. We had Charley with Yevtuschenko and Kelly with Sylvia Plath. Angus paired Don Quixote with Zarathustra; Charlotte read a sonnet in English which Uberto performed in Italian. We had Ron ventriloquizing for the People of the Totem and his friend Noelia (another first timer) reciting in Catalan. Barney evoked small town thespians, and Hunter ended with Ajax. Though time grows short, we keep going. Theme for the new week: FLIGHT.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC
May
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC

Endurance as theme produced a fine original poem from Angus and sonnet from Oliver, as well as a reading of Rilke by Kelly and of Pushkin in Russian by Bernd. There was prose from The Grapes of Wrath and a song from Danny. We had two duos of poems written on the spot, one from Josie and Alex, the other from Ilyas and Hunter. Barney read a piece from his new book, just published by the club; Talitha recited a song lyric by Nick Cave. The rest was original, from Toby and Zoë and Rosalind and Eva, protesting that a bereaved mother is not dead as a woman. Newcomers keep coming and Poetry Nights are still full of WHIMSY & INTELLIGENCE. So let that duo be theme for the new week.

 

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN
May
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

SOHO: ANDY BELL IS TORSTEN

Andy Bell (of Erasure fame) presents his emergent new project, 'Andy Bell Is Torsten', a musical performance extravaganza telling the story of the 'polysexual semi-immortal bareback saint' Torsten character, made in collaboration with playwright Barney Ashton and pianist Christopher Frost. Hot on the heels of two fabulous albums, two theatre shows, and countless other adventures, this trio of troubadours come to The Society Club for an exclusive intimate show.  

This is Torsten's farewell concert for The Society Club, the one and only official 'Andy Bell Is Torsten' event in 2017. 

Non-Members £15. Tickets EXTREMELY limited to only 25, so buy now to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase. Members free but RSVP is essential. Email Babette@thesocietyclub.com. 

Click here to preorder your copy of Schema / Stasis - The Torsten Verse Diaries by Barney Ashton, with an introduction by Andy Bell - priced at £15 and limited to 150 copies - available exclusively through The Society Club. 

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC

Serendipity was a difficult theme, but many rose to it. We had original work from all comers except Charley, who chose Emily Dickinson, and Stavrula & Tim, who did a duo of a favourite translated from Greek. Mark gave us a memory of two fathers, Gavin wondered 'Have You Ever Danced?', David stood on two stools to resuscitate old days on Seven Sisters Road. Oliver recited a new sonnet, and Barney lamented a lover who didn't make it. Geraldine read what she described as 'a silly poem about chance encounters', and Hunter offered a love poem written when he was 15. Sylvia evoked drinking in Brazil, Freddy the scene in Ibiza and Eva how the living may retrieve truth for the dead. Douglas was brilliant in his evocation of 'affordable glamour', and the evening ended with general pleasure about how we continue on. Thus a theme for the new week: ENDURANCE - or, as ever, what you will.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: SOPHIE KIPNER - 'THE OPTIMIST' BOOK LAUNCH
May
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: SOPHIE KIPNER - 'THE OPTIMIST' BOOK LAUNCH

Come and celebrate the return of former Society Club star Sophie Kipner! We are honoured to host the launch of her debut novel 'The Optimist' - a warmly witty outrageous satire about 'a delusional girl’s very misguided search for love'. A wry tribute to the deep human need to keep on heroically searching for love despite our manifold absurdities.

Meet Tabitha Gray, a delusional girl from Topanga, California, who redefines what it means to be a truly hopeless romantic. Tabby suffers from an aggressive strain of cock-eyed optimism – no amount of failure, embarrassment or humiliation can dent her fierce belief that real, true, lasting love is just around the corner. Whether waiting in her lingerie for Harrison Ford, or sending intimate photos to a random sexter with an apparently charming dick, Tabby refuses to be crushed by her many misadventures. She has to keep believing, because if she gives up, then what? 


Meet at 7pm and raise a toast to our wonderful friend. Please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com 

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SOHO: SPIRIT OF 76: LONDON PUNK EYEWITNESS
May
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

SOHO: SPIRIT OF 76: LONDON PUNK EYEWITNESS

When punk first broke in the UK in 1976, music journalist John Ingham was struck by the music, fashion and sheer iconoclasm of a little-known outfit called the Sex Pistols, Ingham conducted the first interview with the band, partied with its members and even bailed Sid Vicious out of jail. He also witnessed and documented other pioneering punk bands in their earliest days, including the Damned, the Clash, Subway Sect, and more. The result is Spirit of 76: London Punk Eyewitness, a revelatory collection of photography and fly-on-the-wall reportage showcasing the punk movement from its most raucous, bewildering beginnings.

Join John Ingham in conversation with John Robb at The Society Club in Soho to celebrate the launch of his book published by Anthology Editions on Wednesday 17 May, from 6-9pm. This event is free but please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com

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SOHO: THE GOOD BOHEMIAN - THE LETTERS OF IDA JOHN
May
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: THE GOOD BOHEMIAN - THE LETTERS OF IDA JOHN

The Society Club is proud to present a book launch for The Good Bohemian: The Letters of Ida John, edited by Rebecca John and Michael Holroyd, and published by Bloomsbury.

Born in 1877, dead at the age of 30, Ida John's short life is the stuff of legend. Against the wishes of her family she married one of the most famous artists of her day, Augustus John. Their relationship would evolve into a three-way affair as Augustus fell in love with another woman, Dorelia, who - remarkably - Ida accepted. Her letters - to friends, to family, and to Augustus - reveal a young woman of passion, intensity, and wit. She writes of pregnancies and shared domesticity; of self-doubt, happiness and despair; and of finding the strength and courage to compromise and to navigate her unorthodox marriage.

Tonight we'll celebrate a young woman ahead of her time - almost of our own time - living a complex and compelling drama. This event is open to all but please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com

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SOHO: BRUDINI & CHIP 'From Darkness, Light'
May
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

SOHO: BRUDINI & CHIP 'From Darkness, Light'

'From Darkness, Light' is a sequence of music and poetry; a vagabond journey through the night, exploring emotions of loss, grief, anger, lust and despair, before moving towards a sense of consolation.

London-based songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Brudini met Californian writer Chip Martin at the Society Club in Soho and formed a friendship which developed into artistic collaboration.This show is the first full performance in the magical place where, under the wing of the ever-encouraging Babette Kulik, it began. The nostalgic emotion underlying Brudini & Chip's work ironically inscribes a circle, as the Society Club will be shutting its doors not many weeks after.

Come join us on this journey, in celebration of times which have been, and whatever may be to come. Open to all, but please RSVP: Babette@Thesocietyclub.com

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme SERENDIPITY
May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme SERENDIPITY

Enlightenment as theme brought new free verse from Angus and Shubby and a sonnet from Oliver. A sonnet and roundelay about swimming came from newcomer Mark, while newcomer Nielson amused us with memory of his Scottish grandparents and returnee Lucy with reflections on what transpires on Facebook. Charley read 'Utterly Stupid', by the brother of a neighbour; Adam and Shasha looked further afield, to Wordsworth and Carol Ann Duffy. Emanuele recited the Postlude to his Sonetti, and the evening ended with Samantha's request: Louise Stern's wise meditation on silence from our most recent anthology. People still happen on Poetry Night by chance; one, finding enchantment, suggested that our theme for the new week might be SERENDIPITY. Let's try it.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: CLARE CONVILLE'S BOOK CLUB - GEEK LOVE BY KATHERINE DUNN
May
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: CLARE CONVILLE'S BOOK CLUB - GEEK LOVE BY KATHERINE DUNN

Get studying for another instalment of Clare's book club. This month we are reading Grant's suggestion - Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. A novel about a drug addled carnival family who breed freaks for their road show: a boy with flippers for limbs, some lissome Siamese twins, and albino hunchback, and much besides.

Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Flea, and Terry Gilliam are all fans of this cult book, the latter of which said it was “the most romantic novel about love and family I have read. It made me ashamed to be so utterly normal.”

Meet at 7pm to discuss! 

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme ENLIGHTENMENT
May
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme ENLIGHTENMENT

Nostalgia is poetry and as theme provoked original work from Shubby, remembering his Indian childhood, Oliver in a sonnet of glittering words, Angus with a definition in five parts, Barney in a heartfelt rant cum lament, Justin recalling the road to L.A., Isabelle and Harry in exquisite cameos, and Lucy warning us 'Don't tell them it was on a dating-site!' We had begun with Erik on piano accompanying the end of Joyce's 'The Dead'; along the way we had Susan reading Pablo Neruda, Ron evoking Indians of the American northwest, his friend Ann recalling Tennyson on the breakup of the Round Table, Sammy (whose anniversary it was) adding a poem by Rupert Brooke. Kelly offered Dorothy Parker, Philip a passage from his Dandy at Dusk and Letizia one of Emanuele's Sonetti. The poetic process is inward. Where does it lead? As theme for the new week, let's try ENLIGHTENMENT.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING AND ISSUE RELAUNCH
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING AND ISSUE RELAUNCH

A Happening organised by She-Zine's Diana Chire, a sought after print magazine founded to celebrate overlooked female talent. On sale will be a reprinted edition of Issue 1, featuring exclusive interviews with Gillian Wearing, Jemima Stehli and Nan Goldin.

From 7pm a panel of women in the arts discuss a topic chosen by Diana. Topic and guests to be announced.

Then from 9pm there will be a wild party hedonistically thrashing into the night, with some very wild performances of unimaginable things. 

After three infamous parties in Shoreditch so far this year, Thursday May 4th will be the first She-Zine party in Soho. It promises to be a chic blow out and unpredictable meeting fest.  

THIS EVENT IS FREE - but please RSVP Babette@Thesocietyclub.com

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SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!

We are extremely honoured to welcome our old friend, musical star Lail Arad, and the esteemed Canadian singer JF Robitaille, for a residency in Soho every Saturday in April. They will fill our shop and cocktail bar with a magical atmosphere of music and poetry, old and new, with very special guests each week - this time we're very happy to announce that it is the incredible Samantha Whates
 

Arad is an acerbic and romantic singer-songerwriter who's new album The Onion (LP released by The Vinyl Factory, lyrics book published by The Society Club) has been described by the Arts Desk as "literate acoustic fare at its best …Album of the year contender.” Robitaille is one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters. The Montreal Gazette has described him as a "pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics written from the perspective of the last romantic out there." Do not miss. 

Tickets £5, please click here to purchase. (Free for Society Club members, but please RSVP Babette@thesocietyclub.com)

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A WALK IN SOHO WITH FRANCIS BACON
Apr
29
3:00pm 3:00pm

A WALK IN SOHO WITH FRANCIS BACON

More than any other artistic figure Francis Bacon is the one most immediately identified with Soho. Though he lived and worked for the best part of his life in Reece Mews, South Kensington, Soho was the alcohol-drenched playground where he satisfied the vast appetites of his self-described 'gilded gutter life'. 

Join Niall McDevitt on a unique and necessary Soho odyssey following the trail of a modern myth.

We shall meet at 3pm for a glass of wine before embarking on this inaugural walk specially commissioned by the Society Club. 
Tickets are £10, please click here to purchase.

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme NOSTALGIA
Apr
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme NOSTALGIA

Original work keeps coming however late in the life of Poetry Nights. A theme of Dreams prompted Oliver to one in a flood of new sonnets and Emir to a boy's memory. Newcomers Kalpna offered 'Fairy Dust' and Gavin 'Six Words', while Douglas hymned Venus. We had a vintage rant from Rolphin and 'comic relief' from his friend Joel. Barney evoked the eternal melancholy of bed-sits and Ben the gentleness surrounding his mother's death.  Charlotte convinced us with Anne Sexton's 'Addict' and Kelly with Pablo Neruda's 'I am your dream'. Baudelaire's 'L'Invitation au Voyage' ended the evening anticipating a theme that both Ron and Charlotte thought appropriate for the new week: NOSTALGIA. 

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: JEREMY REED PRESENTS RIMBAUD'S A SEASON IN HELL
Apr
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: JEREMY REED PRESENTS RIMBAUD'S A SEASON IN HELL

We are extremely happy to welcome back our old friend Jeremy Reed for the launch of his new work, a rendition of Rimbaud's A Season In Hell, published by Ragged Lion Press. These extremely limited editions are fully-bound in letterpress-printed black cloth covers with purple endpapers, all singed by the author. 

Jeremy will be introduced and supported by Irish poet Niall McDevitt, who recently gave a hit walking tour, A Walk with Rimbaud and Verlaine in Soho, for The Society Club, and will soon lead A Walk with Francis Bacon in Soho on April 29th.

This event is free, but please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com

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SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!

We are extremely honoured to welcome our old friend, musical star Lail Arad, and the esteemed Canadian singer JF Robitaille, for a residency in Soho every Saturday in April. They will fill our shop and cocktail bar with a magical atmosphere of music and poetry, old and new, with very special guests each week. 

Arad is an acerbic and romantic singer-songerwriter who's new album The Onion (LP released by The Vinyl Factory, lyrics book published by The Society Club) has been described by the Arts Desk as "literate acoustic fare at its best …Album of the year contender.” Robitaille is one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters. The Montreal Gazette has described him as a "pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics written from the perspective of the last romantic out there." Do not miss. 

This week's special guest is the wonderful Charles Watson, of Slow Club fame. 

Tickets £5, please click here to purchase. (Free for Society Club members, but please RSVP Babette@thesocietyclub.com)

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme DREAMS
Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme DREAMS

There was a ambivalent mood shot through with jubilation last Friday. The theme was endings and the house was packed. Guest host Heathcote opened with a Jeremy Reed poem ‘Soho Out’. Our recent regular Douglas read a new poem, cosmic as ever. His friend Tamsin read something by her father, who started writing poetry in his 80s - showing that there’s hope for us all, you can start whenever. Dallas performed a touching history of personal disaster, explaining his various scars. Dapper Amir read an original, handwritten screed, as did ever wise Charlie. Kieran sang us an ode to the Weatherspoon’s of London, and Paula read about the dark side of loving a close friend, Lauren and Hannah read a couple of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Oliver read a poem then sang a truly touching rendition of Come Dancing by The Kinks. Special mention must go to 11 year old prodigy Lily, who with her mother Susan, read an original poem that had half the room in tears.

Wonderful Chip returns from Italy this week, with the theme of DREAMS.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!

We are extremely honoured to welcome our old friend, musical star Lail Arad, and the esteemed Canadian singer JF Robitaille, for a residency in Soho every Saturday in April. They will fill our shop and cocktail bar with a magical atmosphere of music and poetry, old and new, with very special guests each week - this week will be the one and only Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots who is emerging from the studio to sing some songs for us! Also playing is the delightful Sophie Naufal-Baker. 

Arad is an acerbic and romantic singer-songerwriter who's new album The Onion (LP released by The Vinyl Factory, lyrics book published by The Society Club) has been described by the Arts Desk as "literate acoustic fare at its best - album of the year contender" Robitaille is one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters. The Montreal Gazette has described him as a "pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics written from the perspective of the last romantic out there." Do not miss. 

Tickets £5, please click here to purchase. (Free for Society Club members, but please RSVP Babette@thesocietyclub.com)

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by HEATHCOTE - theme ENDINGS
Apr
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by HEATHCOTE - theme ENDINGS

Last week's theme, Departure, brought nice new voices - Sarah reading an original about her '60s parents, Rachel sharing work from her friend Anna Beecher and Shel ventriloquizing the anger of Carol Ann Duffy. We began with the end of The Great Gatsby, which stimulated Evelina to the briefest of Hemingway's poems and Hannah to the final words of The Sun Also Rises. It also prompted Glenn to offer an amuse-gueule from Catch 22. A first ever original piece came from Charley, and Oliver gave us his most recent sonnet twice, having been interrupted by door, dog or phone. Sophie's beautiful voice triumphed over a lamentably untuned house guitar, Kelly read Edna St Vincent Millay exquisitely and Heathcote offered Hans Magnus Enzenberger. This week he, the ever exuberant Heathcote, will be hosting, theme to be as you wish. Chip returns for the 21st. 

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: ONE OF THE BOYS - UK BOOK LAUNCH
Apr
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: ONE OF THE BOYS - UK BOOK LAUNCH

We are extremely honoured to host Brooklyn-based author Danny Magariel for the UK-launch of his Granta published debut novel One Of The Boys, the story of two brothers forced to scratch out a life in New Mexico with their brutal and tormented father. In a bold, riveting, and unstoppable prose style this work has been described as "a tour de force with startling new things to say about class, masculinity, addiction, and family." (George Sanders) Magariel is already being acclaimed internationally as a major new talent in contemporary literature, with the rights to his work being bought up in the US, UK, France, and Sweden. 

He will join us at The Society Club for a discussion and book signing. All members and Granta guests are welcome. Please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com 

 

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SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!

We are extremely honoured to welcome our old friend, musical star Lail Arad, and the esteemed Canadian singer JF Robitaille, for a residency in Soho every Saturday in April. They will fill our shop and cocktail bar with a magical atmosphere of music and poetry, old and new, with very special guests each week. 

Arad is an acerbic and romantic singer-songerwriter who's new album The Onion (LP released by The Vinyl Factory, lyrics book published by The Society Club) has been described by the Arts Desk as "literate acoustic fare at its best… Album of the year contender.” Robitaille is one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters. The Montreal Gazette has described him as a "pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics written from the perspective of the last romantic out there." Do not miss. 

Tickets £5, please click here to purchase. (Free for Society Club members, but please RSVP Babette@thesocietyclub.com)

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC

Last week's theme was Home, and it evoked several political animadversions – Barney on Britannia, Lail on the EU, Oliver on East Germany, Charley on half-castes. Douglas protested terrorist acts, while his friend Dallas set off a notional bomb. In similar levity Paola offered a piccolo prayer, and Paul demonstrated that poetry is about movement. Newcomer Mara bid her native river to flow, while Stephanie let gush what was pent up with her soul in a cappella rendition of Nina Simone. Eva located her existence 'in between' and her language as silence; an idea of Amor Fati was hymned; and Angus brought us back on message with his original 'Home'. These various re-turnings suggest that the next theme might be DEPARTURE, but as ever feel free to do what thou wilt.

Open to members. Non-members, £5 entry. Please click here for tickets.

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SOHO: 1st LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

SOHO: 1st LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!

We are extremely honoured to welcome our old friend, musical star Lail Arad, and the esteemed Canadian singer JF Robitaille, for a residency in Soho every Saturday in April. They will fill our shop and cocktail bar with a magical atmosphere of music and poetry, old and new, with very special guests each week. 

Arad is an acerbic and romantic singer-songerwriter who's new album The Onion (LP released by The Vinyl Factory, lyrics book published by The Society Club) has been described by the Arts Desk as "literate acoustic fare at its best… Album of the year contender.” Robitaille is one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters. The Montreal Gazette has described him as a "pop tune-smith whipping off hook-laden numbers that feature smart lyrics written from the perspective of the last romantic out there." Do not miss. 

Tickets £5, please click here to purchase. (Free for Society Club members, but please RSVP Babette@thesocietyclub.com)

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme HOME
Mar
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme HOME

Chip Returns! His last theme was Foreigners. Charlotte began with Susan Sontag, and Letizia ended with Baudelaire in French, Heathcote adding a coda from Rimbaud in translation. In between we heard Pushkin in Russian from Olya, and her friend Alice from Ukraine amused us with 'Pronunciation'. Phung linked his Buddhism to 'Changes' by Kathleen Raine, and we also had Simon Armitage's typological contrasts in 'The Poem'. All else was original, from newcomers Nakisha and Douglas, second-timers Hunter and Peter, veterans Oliver, Samantha, Emanuele, Angus and Chimet. What is opposite to foreign? that elusive concept HOME? Let it be the theme for a new week, but if something else is in your mind we would welcome that too.

Tickets for non-members are £5. Click here to purchase. (Members' free) 

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SOHO: BOOK CLUB - THE MASTER AND THE MARGARITA by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Mar
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: BOOK CLUB - THE MASTER AND THE MARGARITA by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV

Please join us to discuss THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov. Acclaimed as a Russian Surrealist masterpiece this novel's supporters (and it has its detractors) claim that it is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century in any language. 
We are extremely lucky that acclaimed journalist, historian, Russia and East European expert and contemporary commentator Misha Glenny has agreed to join us to tell us more about the book and join in our book-group discussion. Misha is the son of Michael Glenny who was the original translator from the Russian. 

We recommend the Vintage translation of the novel. 

Followed by a talk by one of our members Simon Matthews on his fascinating and unusual day job: wondering the city finding dilapidated and liminal spaces that almost nobody owns or are chronically underused. This psychogeographic discussion will change forever the way you see the city. From 8.30pm. 

DON'T MISS this book-club evening!
 

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SOHO: CABARATED - A polysexual transgressive blowout!
Mar
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

SOHO: CABARATED - A polysexual transgressive blowout!

Cabaret, CABARATED! A polysexual blowout of transgressive cabaret performances. The all new snug, cabaret club soiree for cosy, cool, borderline degenerates. Exclusively presented by the superstar acting-singing-dancing agender-madam legend Lanah P (described by Alan Bannett as “incapable of giving a bad performance”) and playwright, poet, record label boss Barney Ashton. Join us to see the clandestine made manifest, the perverse and incendiary celebrated, and sandwiches for all.

The hauntingly guttural pop noir songstress Rosa Mojo will be conjuring up a seance. The musician, writer and director of She Devils: A Rock N Roll Gothic describes her art thus: “I have a taste for the melodramatic, I’d like to think my songs are full of dark passions, lunacy and mischief because these are the things I know best! We will also be treated to the Nordic noir Old Testament preacher howls of gothic wonderboy Erik Brudvik.

Essentially exclusive, book now! £15, do it! Click here for tickets. (Members' free, but RSVP is a must: email babette@thesocietyclub.com to confirm) 

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SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by special guest JAMES - theme TBC
Mar
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by special guest JAMES - theme TBC

After a very successful experiment last week, Poetry Night is hosted this Friday by 'man about town', 'great beauty of our time' and 'spiritualist' James! A message from the man:

"This weeks theme is place" (or Arcadia). Guests and contributors are encouraged to consider expressions of place and time, whether it be the words of one of the greats, or one of our own remarkable members. In between good company & cocktails we hope explore the poetic struggle for words to do justice to those places that have inspired poets, or haunted them with longing.Perhaps it is a childhood home, or a moment in time, be it a summer evening three decades ago, or a decade itself. Did it make you or break you? And why has it never left you? 

As always, we welcome you with open arms, the floor is yours!"

Tickets for non-members are £5. Click here to purchase. (Members' free) 

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