SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC

You have written a lyric you want to try out. You need to send a verbal message to a friend. You have to excoriate those who have traduced you. You long to share the beauty of a language few have heard. Maybe you just want to celebrate a favourite, or read from a first edition found on a shelf. 

All these are possible on Friday evenings at the Society Club. You can sing a capella. You can recite a soliloquy from a play, or share a poetic passage in prose. Only one rule: don’t go on for more than five minutes. Others are waiting and soon another will get up and do his/her thing too. Then it is back to delicious cocktails and exuberant chat.

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

SOHO: 1st LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

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)

SHOREDITCH: DIAMOND CUTTERS BOOK LAUNCH
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: DIAMOND CUTTERS BOOK LAUNCH

Come to Shoreditch for the launch of Diamond Cutters, a new poetry anthology edited by Jay Ramsay and Andrew Harvey, which names and celebrates the mystic tradition of Visionary Poetry, as charted from the early 20th century to the present day. Featuring performances from Philip Wells, Niall McDevitt, Aidan Andrew Dun, Lucie Rechjrtova, Jeni Couzyn, Hilary Davies, and others. 

Beyond social realism, and yet deeply political, this book critiques the ideologies that restrict our freedom and compassion. All this at a time when spiritual consciousness is more important for us than ever; not simply as an inward or private language, but as a way of actively seeing and reading what is going on in a rapidly changing world. Featuring poetry from David Gascoyne, Kathleen Raine, William Stafford, Robert Bly (now 90), Jeni Couzyn, Andrew Harvey, Dorothy Walters, Janine Canan, Gabriel Bradford Millar, Aidan Andrew Dun, Thanissara, Helen Moore, Rose Flint, Thomas R. Smith, Irina Kuzminsky, John Fox, and Philip Wells. 

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

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
8
8:00 pm20:00

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)

SOHO: CIRCA 1978 - AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY BRIAN GRIFFIN
Apr
13
Jun 8

SOHO: CIRCA 1978 - AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY BRIAN GRIFFIN

We are extremely proud to present Circa 1978, an exhibition of the work of Brian Griffin, considered by many to have defined the post-punk aesthetic in British photography.

This exhibition features 18 limited edition prints taken from Griffin’s iconic and rarely seen book © Brian Griffin 1978. Created in collaboration with artist Barney Bubbles, whose illustrations for punk record sleeves earned him cult status.

The exhibition runs from April 13th for 8 weeks. Click here for more details. 

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

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)

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

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)

A WALK IN SOHO WITH FRANCIS BACON
Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

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.

SOHO: LAIL ARAD & JF ROBITAILLE RESIDENCY!
Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

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)


SOHO: BOOK CLUB - THE MASTER AND THE MARGARITA by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

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!
 

SOHO: CABARATED - A polysexual transgressive blowout!
Mar
25
7:30 pm19:30

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) 

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by special guest JAMES - theme TBC
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

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) 

SOHO: PUNK NIGHT hosted by STEPHEN MICALEF
Mar
20
7:30 pm19:30

SOHO: PUNK NIGHT hosted by STEPHEN MICALEF

Join us at The Society Club for a night of talks, poetry, and outrageous anecdotalising on all things punk, with some of the wonderful people who helped create it. Stephen Micalef (aka Steve Mick) is a poet who wrote for the first ever punk-zine Sniffing Glue in 1976-77. Tonight he presents some of his work in a beautiful collection of new poems The Punk Kings of Dyslexia, limited to only 500 hand-numbered copies.

Shanne Bradley is a punk musician and artist who founded The Nipple Erectors - notable for being Shane MacGowan's first band - in the mid 70s. She is a real 'She Punk' icon. Tymon Dogg is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Alongside his solo career, he has also made music with The Clash, and was a member of Joe Strummer's final band The Mescaleros. Brian Griffin is a photographer whose distinctive style helped to define the post-punk aesthetic. Many of his images are iconic, including photographs of Echo and The Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, and REM.

Tickets for non-members are £5. Please click here for tickets. Members' free.

SHOREDITCH: NIGHTWALKING IN LONDON
Mar
18
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: NIGHTWALKING IN LONDON

Odilo Press are very proud to present a night of talks on the theme of Streetwalking In London – exploring illicit perambulations, nocturnal strolls, and the shadier uses of public space. Hosted by poet Miguel Cullen, and starring famed art and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank, prize-winning author Ian Thomson, and UCL professor Matthew Beaumont, this promises to be an entertaining and edifying evening.  

Cruickshank’s book The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin shaped the Capital explores the extent to which London was built on the profits of prostitution. Thomson, will speak about the psychogeography of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, an enigmatic 19th century poet-physician that Ezra Pound described as the “prince of morticians”. While Beaumont will discuss some findings from his acclaimed Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London, a captivating literary investigation of those who fill the streets of London after dark, such as William Blake, Charles Dickens, Thomas De Quincey. The night will be held together with the poems of Cullen, whose work according to Vice, is "full of the late nights and early mornings, hopscotching London's jungle raves".

This event is free. But please RSVP to Babette@thesocietyclub.com

SOHO: A WALK WITH ARTHUR RIMBAUD AND PAUL VERLAINE
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

SOHO: A WALK WITH ARTHUR RIMBAUD AND PAUL VERLAINE

Join us spring Saturday afternoon as poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk through the 'Red Soho' of the early 1870s, following the trail of rebel poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.

The influence of London on these two towering figures of French literature is too often overlooked. Rimbaud and Verlaine were ex-Communards living in hiding among Soho's French refugee community. They were on the run from the huge scandal they had created in literary Paris after the 27-year-old Verlaine abandoned his wife and child to embark on a tempestuous same-sex relationship with his 16-year-old protege Rimbaud. McDevitt will tell the agonising story of how their lifestyle experiment crashed and burned, but also of how a London classic - Illuminations - came to be born. 

Meet at 3pm for a fortifying absinthe cocktail before hitting the streets where an increasingly unhinged Verlaine was having visions of Sodom: 'Oh the fires in the skyline of that city from the Bible'. Tickets are £10, please click here to purchase.

SOHO: POETRY NIGHT hosted by special guest JAMES - theme TBC
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

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

Last week's theme was Foreigners, and most of us were. Charlotte began with Susan Sontag, and Letizia ended with Baudelaire in French, Heathcote adding a coda from Rimbaud in translation. In between we had Pushkin in Russian from Olya, and Ukrainian Alice amusing with 'Pronunciation'. Phung linked his Buddhism to 'Changes' by Kathleen Raine, and Joy offered Simon Armitage's psychological 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.

Chip is now away until the 31st, but the show goes on! With our classic poetry party formula: one poem (or poetic gesture of any kind) every 15 minutes; one rule, nothing over 5 minutes. Our beloved and wild James will host next the two weeks. The theme is to-be-announced - so watch this space. 

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

SOHO: NIGHT OF THIN MEN - Mayakovsky, Al Qaida, and The Clash.
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

SOHO: NIGHT OF THIN MEN - Mayakovsky, Al Qaida, and The Clash.

Join us at The Society Club Soho for performances taken from books released by Thin Man Press, who since launching in 2012 have not stopped releasing wonderful books on a dizzying range of subjects. To celebrate another year of founder Susan De Muth’s reign we will have readings from several of her books, including:

Guarding Bin Laden: My Life in Al-Qaeda, by Nasser al-Bahri, described as ‘an extraordinary first-hand account of life at the heart of the terrorist organisation’ by Le Figaro Magazine, Mayakovsky, Russian Poet by Elsa Triolet, a biography of Russia’s supreme Futurist revolutionary poet, The Rise and Fall of The Clash by Danny Garcia, the inside story of how one of Britian’s greatest punk bands disintegrated at the height of their fame, Liggers and Dreamers by Josie Demuth, a fiercely observed portrayal of the outrageous characters of London’s art world, as well as live music from the one and only Tymon Dogg, a multi-instrumentalist singer-song writer who’s album Made Of Light was released by Thin Man Music, an offshoot of Thin Man Press.

Tickets for non-members are £5, redeemable against any Thin Man Press book purchase. Please click here to purchase. Members free, but please RSVP: Babette@thesocietyclub.com

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme FOREIGNERS
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme FOREIGNERS

Our theme of Friendship began with Gregory Corso, moving Giuseppi to recall sighting the Beat bad boy in Positano. Giuseppi also read Emanuele's sonnet 'Venezia' molto espressivo, this following his Swedish friend Christine's recitation of 'Fondamenta Nuova'. Other newcomers included Soho radio's James, who gave us John Cooper Clarke, and Louis, who rapped a tribute to his drug-dying mate. Emir remembered another friend lost in a poem about transitions and Tom yet another with whom he once thought he would ride 'in the passenger seat of the car forever'. Nostalgia tinged Oliver's original sonnet, but was scattered by Angus's witty, bizarre vision of Eden. Angus's friend Asha read Luisa's 'For What'; Gregory sang the Beatles' 'A Little Help from My Friends'; and Sophie ended the evening with a poem missing its naughty words, which she had made up on the spot. New faces, old languages – why not let the next theme be what we all are in essence? FOREIGNERS

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

SOHO: EXCLUSIVE BYLINE PREFEST EVENT
Mar
4
7:30 pm19:30

SOHO: EXCLUSIVE BYLINE PREFEST EVENT

Join us for taster of the ground breaking, widely discussed Byline festival; a party this Saturday night at The Society Club featuring four incredible peformances, including two from festival founders and journalist legends Stephen Colegrave and Peter Jukes. Guests will be offered an exclusive huge discount for festival tickets. 

Byline is a festival is “a riot of journalists, satirists, lawyers, musicians, activists, and more” this June featuring John Cleese, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Lenny Henry, Rowan Pelling, and many dozens more. It is organised by Byline Media, an innovative platform of new independent journalism, and will take place in the beautiful grounds of Pippingford Park, East Sussex. 

Tonight we are also graced by performances from the singer-songwriter Emel Michael, and So Far Sounds star the rapper-poet James Chelliah; two of the most exciting young gems to be recently discovered in London. 

Tickets are £5 on the door for non-members. Members’ free.

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED by CHIP MARTIN - theme FRIENDSHIP
Mar
3
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED by CHIP MARTIN - theme FRIENDSHIP

Last week's theme, The Muse, produced original work from Shahla, who took the lady out of a male box, and Angus who managed to ally Punk with Plath. The death of the latter, hymned by Anne Sexton, was read by Charlotte; another original came from Ron, who brought us his 'Wheelchair Muse'. Awesome. Emir painted a scene at 4 a.m. in front of a kebab house; Tom spied the beloved's shape in all things; Oliver made emendations in a new sonnet; Jamie recited a poem he'd composed on the spot. Charley went off-message with 'War', Sammy brought us back with a verse by William Stafford and Thomas added de Musset in French. Among delights was Nina's assistance to Monkey in recitation of 'They fuck you up, your mum and dad'. We all know that one. Fortunately, there are friends. A new theme deserves to be devoted to that. Simple? No, essential: FRIENDSHIP.

You have written a lyric you want to try out. You want to sing a cappella, recite a soliloquy from a play, or share a poetic passage in prose.All this is possible on Fridays at the Society Club Only one rule: don’t go on for more than five minutes. Others are waiting and soon another will get up and do his/her thing too. Then it is back to delicious cocktails and exuberant chat.

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

SOHO: BACKGAMMON EVENING, MEMBERS' NIGHT
Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: BACKGAMMON EVENING, MEMBERS' NIGHT

From the ancient hypnotic clacks tapping away in ouzo-fuelled rural Greece to the century old cashmere sea of The Ritz, the Mediterranean pastime appears today to have a renewed vogue. Modern masters of fiction such as Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre and New York Timesbestseller Jonathan Lethem have both written of their obsession with the game. 

This ancient sport has a speed and velocity denied to chess. Governed by risk, backgammon players are more superstitious than their poker counterparts; more at home in myth and chaos. In some respects, it is a game of people who like to live dangerously while sitting comfortably.

All members welcome. Michael and Heathcote will be on hand to teach all those who are new to the game, or have simply forgotten how to play.

SOHO: BOOK CLUB - A SPORT AND A PASTIME by JAMES SALTER
Feb
27
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: BOOK CLUB - A SPORT AND A PASTIME by JAMES SALTER

'As Lolita is a kind of valentine to Nabokov's adopted, gorgeously vulgar America, so A Sport and a Pastime is a valentine to Salter's France' Joyce Carol Oates

The best known work of cult American writer James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime, is the story of an affair between a Yale drop out and a girl he meets in France. First published in 1967 to lukewarm sales - perhaps because, the Guardian writes, it was "too salacious for the high-minded, too subtly crafted for the prurient" - it is now remembered as one of the most "most intensely honest accounts of sexual passion ever written" (Sunday Times).

Discussion will be led by the inimitable Clare Conville. Copies of the book are available from the Soho club. 

SHOREDITCH: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING

A Happening organised by She-Zine's Diana Chire, a sought after print magazine founded to celebrate overlooked female talent. 

From 7pm a panel of women in the arts discuss a topic chosen by Diana. This time it is "Can only the rich afford to work in the art world" feating Maria Raposo, founder of online gallery Kids of Dada, Liv Wynter, a queer working class artist living in South London, and Georgia Lucas, a performance artist who was recently exhibited at the ICA New Contemporaries exhibition. 

Then from 9pm there will be a wild party hedonistically thrashing into the night, with some very wild performances inspired by Warhol's factory

After two infamous parties so far this year, Friday 24th promises to be a chic blow out and unpredictable meeting fest.  

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

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN - theme THE MUSE
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN - theme THE MUSE

Reality was theme last week. Daniel approached it via Whittier's 'Our Country'; Tom offered an original evocation of urban pathos. Hunter read Chimet's 'The Maestro' from our most recent anthology and Sarah Kate 'For What' by Luisa. Two other newcomers, Anthony and Clara, read sonnets in the form of a palindrome and an anagram. Oliver was inspired to an original sonnet too, while Angus had a Walrus's romp with John Lennon's Lucy. Chimet contributed a mother-in-law from hell, Kelly 'Address to the Mother' by C. Day Lewis and Tanya a translation of Fernando Pessoa. Barney's original about the Rat Pack preceded Jo's recitation in Norwegian of what is said around a sheep's head supper, and all ended with Erik singing his new composition 'Black Waves'. So much 'reality' makes one wonder if a theme for this week shouldn't be something visionary like the MUSE

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

SOHO: PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIC TALK AND BACKGAMMON NIGHT
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: PSYCHOGEOGRAPHIC TALK AND BACKGAMMON NIGHT

From the ancient hypnotic clacks tapping away in ouzo-fuelled rural Greece to the century old cashmere sea of The Ritz, the Mediterranean pastime appears today to have a renewed vogue. Modern masters of fiction such as Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre and New York Times bestseller Jonathan Lethem have both written of their obsession with the game. 

Tonight, our backgammon playing will be complimented by a talk from 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 promises to be an evening that will forever slightly change the way you view this behemoth of a city. 

All members welcome. Michael and Heathcote will be on hand to teach all those who are new to the game of Backgammon, or have simply forgotten how to play.

SHOREDITCH: A WALK WITH CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE
Feb
18
3:00 pm15:00

SHOREDITCH: A WALK WITH CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE

Pederasty. Espionage. Rebellion... The CV of Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) is one of the most dramatic in English literature. Join us on the afternoon of Saturday February 18th for a walk led by Irish poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt in Marlowe's stomping ground of Shoreditch, where The Jew of Malta was produced, he roomed with playwright Thomas Kyd, and was arrested for the murder of a local barman.


We will meet at 3pm in the Shoreditch shop, raise a toast to Kit, and then walk his streets for an hour before returning to debate the thousand conspiracy theories that cling to Marlowe's ghost.

Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN - theme REALITY
Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN - theme REALITY

The occult as theme was highlighted by Uberto's use of Tarot cards to illustrate Angus's evocation of Hollywood spiritualism. Philip failed to find Kenneth Anger to continue a glimpse into the secret life of the stars, but a sonnet in prelude to Erik's 'Nightcrawler' invoked Sunset Boulevard ghosts. Kelly added a lament by Dorothy Parker, while Charley brought us back to place via John Betjeman's lust. Emir's original about a Manchester friend preceded John Donald's apt reading of Yeats; later came the opening of Byron's 'Manfred'. Interspersed with these was Bernd's recitation of Pushkin, rendered into English by his friend Simona; a new poem by Seki; a reminiscence from Chris; and 'Life is What You Make It' read by newcomer Caspian. From the ephemeral to the grounded suggests that the new week's theme might be REALITY, and instantly one wonders 'What on earth is that?'

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

SHOREDITCH: FILM NIGHT - SLAVIC CINEMA AND EAST BLOC FOOD
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: FILM NIGHT - SLAVIC CINEMA AND EAST BLOC FOOD

Polish wodka, Russian salad, and Central European sauerkraut: join us in Shoreditch for a culinary and cinematic exploration of the senses hosted by artist Tom Maryniak. Centered around the films of Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, Tom will present a selection of short films and an immersive intermediary feast. Na zdraví!

Since the 1960s, Jan Svankmajer (b. 1934) has been a pioneer of surrealist cinema. Most famous for his extremely unusual feature length versions of Alice in Wonderland (Alice 1988) and Faust (Faust 1994), his lesser known short films have been described by the Guardian’s Rob Mackie as “often scary and violent in an unhinged sort of way and with deeply perturbing soundtracks, they also achieve a masterful blend of uneasy comedy and beauty.”

Tickets for this wonder filled macabre night are £10, and that include films, food, and vodka. Please click here to purchase.

 

SOHO: VALIUM-TIMES DAY WITH JAMES MEYNELL
Feb
14
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: VALIUM-TIMES DAY WITH JAMES MEYNELL

Don’t stress. Take a chill pill. Soho Radio’s James Meynell is going to prop us all up with some good sounds on this most overwrought of days. Bring your favourite vinyl records and he will play them. Bring yourself, and we will play. You don’t need a partner. Couples tentatively welcome, as long as you follow house rules: no snogging, no PDA.

There will be speed friendship - speed therapy, perhaps - like speed dating but without the aggressive sexuality. Leave your gender at the door, and put your name into a hat, and meet somebody lovely for five minutes. Socratic dialogue for Sohoites. Snacks and Advil included.

£5 on door for non-members - please click here to purchase tickets. Members free, but please RSVP: Babette@Thesocietyclub.com

SOHO: BOOK LAUNCH 'SONNETS/SONETTI'
Feb
11
7:30 pm19:30

SOHO: BOOK LAUNCH 'SONNETS/SONETTI'

The Society Club is incredibly proud to present a book of collaborative poetry by Emanuele Zoppellari Perale and Chip Martin. A dialogue between languages, cultures, and generations in these sonnets, half by a twenty year old Italian, half by an Anglo-American in his sixties. 

Italian is rendered into English, English into Italian, freely creating hybrid prosodic forms, in gentle appropriation of each other's tradition. Diverse styles and sensitivities inevitably mix, one symbolist and metaphysical, the other narrative and sometimes erotic. Above all meet two distinct experiences of love and two perspectives on age and youth. 

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

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN theme OCCULT
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS HOSTED BY CHIP MARTIN theme OCCULT

Last week's theme 'Riches' continued a richness in contribution, newcomers again joining regulars. Claudia rehearsed Brazilian questions about existence, and Uberto shared the Latin American motif with 'What I Offer You' by Borges. Caroline evoked the secret of Christina Rossetti, Charley the war reflections of Robert Haas and Oliver a brief taste of Robert Frost. Chris precis-ed a 30,000 word poem, George offered a mini-life excursion and Gavin a history of young love. Back on theme Kelly read a little known Indian poet's 'Riches' while Angus offered 'Riches' of his own. Topically Leila recited Yeats's 'The Second Coming', and we ended the evening with Joel reciting and playing guitar behind recitation from others. As we moved into dark hours, someone suggested a more hidden or mysterious theme for next time, so why not investigate what is OCCULT?

SOHO: BACKGAMMON RETURNS, MEMBERS' NIGHT
Feb
7
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: BACKGAMMON RETURNS, MEMBERS' NIGHT

From the ancient hypnotic clacks tapping away in ouzo-fuelled rural Greece to the century old cashmere sea of The Ritz, the Mediterranean pastime appears today to have a renewed vogue. Modern masters of fiction such as Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre and New York Times bestseller Jonathan Lethem have both written of their obsession with the game. 

This ancient sport has a speed and velocity denied to chess. Governed by risk, backgammon players are more superstitious than their poker counterparts; more at home in myth and chaos. In some respects, it is a game of people who like to live dangerously while sitting comfortably.

All members welcome. Michael and Heathcote will be on hand to teach all those who are new to the game, or have simply forgotten how to play.

SOHO: CELINE'S SALON - theme 'MUSIC HALL'
Feb
6
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: CELINE'S SALON - theme 'MUSIC HALL'

Welcome to Celine's Salon. A monthly night at the club where bright creative things try out their new writing in a joyful and encouraging environment. 

Our next salon is Monday 6th February and the theme is 'Music Hall'. An evening dedicated to the wonderful world of the late 19th century legends of the genre such as Dan Leno, Little Titch, Marie Lloyd and exquisite venues such as Wiltons Music Hall and Hoxton Hall. Come join us for some om pa pa's and literary turns. 

Tickets for non-members are £5. Please click her to purchase. (Members free)

 

SOHO: PLAY+BOOK CELEBRATION - THE IMMORTALIST/AMERICAN PORN BY HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS
Feb
4
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: PLAY+BOOK CELEBRATION - THE IMMORTALIST/AMERICAN PORN BY HEATHCOTE WILLIAMS

A play on the nature of time, ageing, and death by the cult countercultural poet Heathcote Williams. In it, a skeptical TV reporter (Alison Mullin) interviews a 278 year old man - The Immortalist (Jack Moylett) - about the alternatives to death. He argues against passivity: “people foul up because they stay in the same place. They’ve traded utopia for reality. They’ve traded their instinct for politics." 

Also featuring readings from Williams' topical new book American Porn, a study of U.S. politics after Donald Trump, performed by actor Alan Cox. Published on inauguration day by Thin Man Press, this is an inflammatory, chilling, and darkly hysterical book of poems in the tradition of 18th century political satire such as Swift and Pope. Ignore at your peril. 

Join us for a drink on this immersive, relaxed, surreal, and electric evening. Before the show begins there will be a comfortable cafe atmosphere with music, snacks, and signed copies of American Porn.

Tickets are £10 for non-members, £5 of which redeemable against a copy of American PornPlease click here to purchase. (Free for members). 

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP MARTIN theme RICHES
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP MARTIN theme RICHES

Last week began with a Burns tribute, Oliver reading ‘The Rigs of Barley’ and newcomer Cody ‘A Red Red Rose’. Continuing with a Scottish connection, Barney offered his original ‘Highland Hurt’. On the related theme of ‘Nation’, Stav read a snippet of Brecht and, after John of Gaunt’s speech from Richard II, Angus gave us an original epic on the wars of tech ‘nations’ while Jude shared D. H. Lawrence’s mixed vision of the United States. Ekin’s sense of dislocation settled in ‘Home’; Letizia evoked a Baudelairean ideal in ‘La Vie Anterieure’. From French to Russian, Bernd recited Pushkin; then his friend Toby shared a contemporary ‘Jack and Jill’. Seki read a poem about buying flowers for a lover but giving them to a street person instead, and Joel played us out on guitar after excoriating his ‘Last Girlfriend’. Such a wealth of riches makes one think of RICHES as a theme. Be as ironical or dissident as you please.
Tickets for non-members are £5. Click here to purchase. (Members' free) 

SOHO: BACKGAMMON RETURNS, MEMBERS' NIGHT
Jan
31
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: BACKGAMMON RETURNS, MEMBERS' NIGHT

From the ancient hypnotic clacks tapping away in ouzo-fuelled rural Greece to the century old cashmere sea of The Ritz, the Mediterranean pastime appears today to have a renewed vogue. Modern masters of fiction such as Booker Prize winning DBC Pierre and New York Timesbestseller Jonathan Lethem have both written of their obsession with the game. 

This ancient sport has a speed and velocity denied to chess. Governed by risk, backgammon players are more superstitious than their poker counterparts; more at home in myth and chaos. In some respects, it is a game of people who like to live dangerously while sitting comfortably.

All members welcome. Michael and Heathcote will be on hand to teach all those who are new to the game, or have simply forgotten how to play.

SOHO: AN EVENING IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN CAMPBELL SUTHERLAND
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

SOHO: AN EVENING IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN CAMPBELL SUTHERLAND

An evening in memory of the late Stephen Campbell Sutherland (23.08.1967 - 08.10.2016). Born into the American political establishment in Vero Beach, Florida, Stephen managed to thwart all plans his family might have had for him to follow suit by becoming in his own words “a European drug-addict”.

Choosing to school in England from the age of 15 he followed on by reading theology and philosophy at Oxford and making London the base of his short life. A base from which he explored the world cultivating friendships all over Europe and the rest of the world with long stays in Napoleon’s former place of exile St. Helena and Gambia, where he managed to acquire two wives. An even longer stint took him to Chiang Mai University in Thailand where he taught English literature for 1 ½ yrs. Back in London he not only shone in small acting parts in Downton Abbey, Quantum Love, The Crown, and many others.

He dedicated himself to the serious pleasures of les paradis artificiels and the creation of poetry. He leaves behind a large body of work (some of it collected in the Best American Poetry in 2010), which will be read on this evening of remembrance. Forever faithful to the vices that were to kill him, Stephen sadly passed away in October 2016.

 

SHOREDITCH: JANUARY BLUES DANCE
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: JANUARY BLUES DANCE

New offbeat poetry press Odilo is proud to present January Blues Dance, a celebratory evening of discussion, poetry, and lectures by three esteemed, original thinkers. Miguel Cullen, whose poetry has been described as "arresting, streetsmart ventriloquism" (TLS), will lead the evening. Speakers will include both journalist Ian Thomson, author of the controversial The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica (praised by both Benjamin Zephaniah and Zadie Smith), and Colin Grant, author of books about Marcus Garvey (Negro With A Hat), Bob Marley and The Wailers (I and I The Natural Mystics), and a highly acclaimed autobiographical work exploring Black British identity in the 1970s (Bageye at the Wheel). Discussion will be rich and free flowing.

Followed by music. Float downstream on a mix of poetry, travelogue, history to beat back those January shivers.

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

SHOREDITCH: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING
Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

SHOREDITCH: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING

A Happening organised by She-Zine's Diana Chire, a sought after print magazine founded to celebrate overlooked female talent. 

From 7pm a panel of women in the arts discuss: 'the male gaze, and is there such thing as a female gaze?' Riffing on film critic Laura Mulvey's concept from 1975 that describes how the visual arts are structured around a masculine viewer, this idea has been central to feminist critique in the arts for more than forty years. 

From 9pm there will be a wild party hedonistically trashing into the night on that theme. After an infamous evening of nudity and scrap last month, this promises to be a chic blow out and unpredictable meeting fest.  

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