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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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
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.

Aubrey Beardsley Exhibition
Until 20th September
Tate Britain
Admission: £16: note that timed tickets must be pre-purchased

The Tate's exhibition on Beardsley was scuppered by COVID-19, but the good news is that the show—the biggest exhibition of the controversial artist's work in 50 years—has been extended to 20th September, from when the galleries open on 27th July. Note that timed tickets must be purchased in advance. More details at www.tate.org.uk. Aubrey Beardsley shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style. Spanning seven years, this exhibition will cover Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis at the age of 25. Beardsley’s charismatic persona played a part in the phenomenon that he and his art gen

sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesdays 12th, 19th & 26th August
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and this time hosted by a different Club Member each time. 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 Zoom link for the quiz on 12th August, kindly Quizmastered by James Rigby, is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85491991111.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival:
130 Years of Lovecraft

Saturay 22nd August
7–11pm EDT (so midnight–4am BST)
Online event (see www.facebook.com/events/706964393369843) for schedule in due course

Originally planned as a physical gathering, the 3rd biennial HPLFF in Providence, Rhode Island, this one-night streaming event will showcase brand new films and restored classics from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, in celebration of Lovecraft's 130th birthday. Tickets, film list, and schedule coming soon. The HPLFF are presenting this event with the help of their friends at Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council and The Hollywood Theatre.

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

Assuming we'll be able to resuming using the Wheatsheaf's upstairs room for physical meetings once more, the Earl of Essex will fill us in on The Riviera: The Forgotten War. "The Allied invasion of Southern France in August 1944 was generally regarded as a low-key affair, almost an afterthought and a 'Hollywood offensive' with U.S. troops largely landing unapposed and soon able to sip champagne with the locals in the fleshpots of the Cote d'Azure," he elaborates. "The reality was somewhat different, the Allies desperately needed the deepwater ports like Marseille to strike-up through occupied France, and the local population had suffered mercilessly under both German and Italian occupation, and worse from their own brethren, at the hands of the German puppet-regime, the Vichy government."

Luca's Pukka Picnic:
Boaters, Bubbly and Belles

Sunday 13th September
Holland Park, London

Keen to kindle some physical socialising but using the low risk of an outdoor space, Luca Jellinek is planning a picnic. "A friendly déjeuner sur l'herbe to celebrate late summer," he says. " Bring your favourite skimmer, tipple and person(s) and, above all, bring a bit of dash." Find the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1246689058995375.

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)

Luca Jellinek will be posing the pugnacious question, What’s so great about Art Deco?

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/