SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme NOSTALGIA
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

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.

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: SHE-ZINE HAPPENING AND ISSUE RELAUNCH
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

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

SOHO: SPIRIT OF 76: LONDON PUNK EYEWITNESS
May
17
6:00 pm18:00

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

SOHO: SOPHIE KIPNER - 'THE OPTIMIST' BOOK LAUNCH
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

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 

Andy Bell Is Torsten
May
20
7:30 pm19:30

Andy Bell Is Torsten

Andy Bell of Erasure's emergent new project, 'Andy Bell Is Torsten', is a simmering trio collective of a poet / playwright, a pianist / composer and a singer / performer; their bespoke songs are a crossover between intelligent melodic pop, torch song and musical theatre. They are trinity of troubadours of sorts creating an aesthetic all their own; Barney Ashton, Christopher Frost and Andy Bell. 

To date there have been 2 albums, 2 theatre shows, 2 remix albums, 5 promo videos, 2 St. James Theatre try-outs, Edinburgh and Manchester festival appearances, a sell-out 4 week residency at the Above The Stag Theatre, a vinyl single, a pamphlet and a secret Society Club performance of which this will be the last and the first one not to be so secret! 

There will be performances by Barney Ashton and Andy Bell of songs from the Torsten catalogue, a few surprise cover versions and there will also be readings from their all new forthcoming limited edition book 'Schema / Stasis : The Torsten Verse Diaries'. There'll be some completely new songs previewing material from next year's theatre show and album. Furthermore, it is hoped that the new book might be ready to launch at this show. 

It is Torsten's farewell concert for The Society Club. Songs from the Torsten albums and theatre shows have always been exclusively previewed to small audiences at The Society Club. This is the one and only official 'Andy Bell Is Torsten' event in 2017. 

Members : Free/Non-Members : £10

RSVP to babette@thesocietyclub.com to attend the show and / or to reserve copies of the forthcoming limited edition book 'Schema / Stasis - The Torsten Verse Diaries' available exclusively through The Society Club shop. 


SOHO: JEREMY REED PRESENTS RIMBAUD'S A SEASON IN HELL
Apr
24
7:00 pm19:00

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

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. 

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)

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme DREAMS
Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

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.

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 - 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)

SOHO: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by HEATHCOTE - theme ENDINGS
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

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.

SOHO: ONE OF THE BOYS - UK BOOK LAUNCH
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

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 

 

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: POETRY NIGHTS hosted by CHIP - theme TBC
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

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.

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)

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

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) 

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