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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Note that as of 16th March the UK government has issued new guidelines advising against all unnecessary travel or social contact. This will probably mean that most of the physical events displayed below will be cancelled.

Instead I'll start off with some virtual events/resources to keep you amused during lockdown:

Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Singalong
Every Thursday
8.30pm
www.facebook.com/events/1224680587870368

Master of the Cockney singalong Tom Carradine brings his infamous knees-ups to cyberspace. So gather around the e-Joanna and commence caterwauling.

Jack Calloway on the wireless
Every Sunday
10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm
www.phonotoneclassic.com

Band leader Jack Calloway hosts his regular show on this internet radio station that plays dance music from 1925 to 1945. Jack’s show focuses on music from the 1930s. (And you can hear one of Jack’s own performances on the Candlelight Club Soundcloud page below.)

Sugarpush Vintage Dance
A range of dates
Start times vary
www.facebook.com/sugarpushvintagedance

Dancer, dance teacher and DJ Holly France (a regular at the Candlelight Club) ported her solo jazz and Charleston lessons online via Zoom, but she now seems to be doing live classes again outdoors in parks and playgrounds. See the Facebook group above or www.sugarpushvintagedance.com.

Ewan Bleach's Sunday Serenade
Every Sunday
8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1102332046826548

Ewan Bleach plays and sings two hours of old style jazz songs on piano, clarinet and saxophones every Sunday night, webcast live from Jamboree. Do feel free to partake in the live message thread that’ll run underneath the live stream link. Donations are appreciated via paypal.me/ewanbleach or you can buy Ewan’s music from www.ewanbleach.com/music.

Online Dance Classes with Swing Patrol
Throughout the month
See schedule at https://swingpatrollondon.dancecloud.com

A variety of online classes, including Charleston, Lindy Hop, solo jazz and even Swing Dance Cardio. You buy a ticket through the website and in return they send you a private YouTube link.

The Candlelight Club on Soundcloud
soundcloud.com/the-candlelight-club
Live recordings made of some of the bands who play at the Candlelight Club (currently some 243 tracks available to stream for free). The Candlelight Club itself (www.thecandlelightclub.com) will presumably be on hold while public gatherings are verboten so this is the next best thing for now.

Oliver Lane’s Swing Playlist
open.spotify.com/playlist/1dfHBW
91orRiD8Rf9GbZXe
Club Member Oliver Lane has been idly adding to this Spotify playlist for years and it now features some 90 songs. Fill your boots.

Samuel West on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/user-115260978
If poetry is more your thing than music, this Soundcloud feed from actor and director Samuel West features readings by him and others.


The Arkham Hillbilly
www.facebook.com/arkhamhillbilly
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, will be delighted to learn that the Club’s own Darcy Sullivan has been spending these long weeks of self-isolation in the guise of country singer the Arkham Hillbilly, the man who brought you the ‘Miskatonic Blues’, ‘Jamboree at Innsmouth’ and ‘Doggone It, Dagon’. On this Facebook page you can see all his videos, where he sings down-home songs of the uncanny and the eldritch, as well as offering some good, old-fashioned advice about self-isolation itself. Sponsored by Gibbous Moonshine™—the only liquor made in Arkham in a well. That sometimes glows at night.
If you’re not on Facebook, check out his YouTube playlist.

In Air and Fire
Until 12 September 2021 (extended from 28th March)
10am–5pm
Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL
Admission: Free, but prebooking required

A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz (July 1940–May 1941) as they depicted evolving machinery, communications and urban landscapes, shaped by what was an unprecedented "war in the air". As sky battles unfolded across the South and East of England in the summer of 1940, followed by cities’ bombardment in proceeding months, artists produced a pictorial record of the war, many of their works commissioned and purchased by Sir Kenneth Clark’s War Artists’ Advisory Committee (WAAC).  The exhibition features works by Official War Artists, including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Carel Weight, Anthony Gross, Richard Eurich and Eric Kennington, but also extends beyond the prominent male members of the British School, championed by Clark, to reflect the full range of war artists’ contributions. It seeks to bring together the stories and perspectives of artists from diverse backgrounds, highlighting the best of collection works from the period. Visitors can view over sixty works of art, several of which will be on display for the first time as part of this exhibition. See rafmuseum.org.uk/london for more details.


sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 23rd September
8pm
Online
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and hosted by a different Club Member each time—this time it's Adrian Prooth. You'll need the (free) Zoom app installed, which should launch automatically when you click on the meeting's weblink—this is posted on the Facebook page and here too, if I remember. The meeting starts about 15 minutes early to allow people to register their teams if they haven't already done so. The quiz usually has six rounds with an interval, and each team can play their joker on one round in advance, which doubles the points they receive for that round.

The link for the Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83750783385

Meeting ID: 837 5078 3385

There had been a general plan to switch to just one quiz a month, on the third Wednesday, but for now there seems to be an appetite to continue more often. Details to come…


Dance Across the Atlantic
Friday 2nd–Saturday 9th October 2020
The Queen Mary 2, travelling from Southampton to New York
Admission: From £1267 plus tips and transfer
Dress: Properly

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra will be performing their 1920s and 1930s repertoire every night on this transatlantic cruise—a reproduction of a crossing as it would have been back in the day. Note that these private dance events will only be accessible to those booking through Ahoy cruises: contact tom@ahoycruises.com. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/2364989196942665.

Of course, this was planned back when the pandemic was new, rescheduled from April—I guess this rescheduled trip probably won't be happened now either.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 7th October
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

After September's triumphant return to the Wheatsheaf, now—post-Rule of Six—poor oold Luca Jellinek's talk on Art Deco will be postponed once again. Instead, Timothy Eyre has leaped into the breach with a live-streamed video address on The Elements of Typography. "Typography is everywhere," he says. "A little knowledge of the subject can enhance our appreciation of our surroundings and inform us as we create our own documents." Tim will offer a brief history of type and provides some insight into the finer points of the craft.

sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 14th October
8pm
Online
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and hosted by a different Club Member each time—this time it's Baron Solf. You'll need the (free) Zoom app installed, which should launch automatically when you click on the meeting's weblink—this is posted on the Facebook page and here too, if I remember. The meeting starts about 15 minutes early to allow people to register their teams if they haven't already done so. The quiz usually has six rounds with an interval, and each team can play their joker on one round in advance, which doubles the points they receive for that round.



sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th November
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

In celebration of the African and Carribean regiments' war memorial in Windrush Square (and to tie in with Black History Month), Ensign Polyethyl will tell the story (mostly likely by webcast) of The British West Indies Regiment. "Created in 1915 as a Labour Corp they became a Machine Gun Corp in Mesopotamia," she explains. "A post-armistice mutiny in Taranto set in train the political liberation of the Carribean."

 

Noël Coward: Art & Style
Friday 20th November–Sunday 16th May (currently Fridays to Sundays only)
10.30am–5pm
Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
Admission: Free, but booking required as numbers are being limited

'Noël Coward: Art & Style' celebrates the dazzling visual side of Coward’s life and work by taking a fresh and vibrant look at the glittering world that Coward created. Bringing together never-before-seen materials from the Coward Archive, the exhibition demonstrates vividly the enormous impact that he and his creative circle had on the fashion and culture of his time, and how his legacy and influence still resonate today. The world première of this new exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Noël Coward’s West End debut as a 19-year-old playwright.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Luca Jellinek will be posing the pugnacious question, What’s so great about Art Deco? Will he? I've been saying this almost monthly since April, but eventually it will be true…