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qweLipstick & Curls presents
Hair and Makeup Academy
Sunday 26th February
11am–4pm
Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT
Admission: £144

Vintage styling team Lipstick & Curls offer this one-day course, with only 14 places available, which will sell quickly. Contact info@lipstickandcurls.net to book yours (requiring a 50% deposit). Part 1 covers pin curling and the perfect set: pin curls are the basis of every vintage style from the 40s/50s and a great place to start your session. You will be looking at different ways to pin curl the hair, by applying your skills to various hair types and length. Amanda will share her tips and tricks to ensure you understand the importance of this process. The perfect set requires confidence in brushing and styling. Amanda explains the importance of getting this stage right, to be the base for any vintage hairstyle. Part 2 then covers various classic vintage hair-dos, including the victory roll, the poodle and the French pleat. More info at http:// www.lipstickandcurls.net/ services/ hair-and-make-up-academy.


SherlockSherlock Holmes Banquet
Monday 27th February
6.30pm
Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London, EC4M 7DD
Admission: £85

Our own Miss Minna is on the committee for this event, offering a chance to attend a banquet in one of the City's handsome livery halls. The price includes a reception with amuse bouche, a three-course meal with wine, coffee, port and cognac and finally a stirrup cup (more drinks in the Stocks room). It also includes a hefty donation to literacy and educational charities helping children in London. There is entertainment, a parlour game and a prize for best dressed for the theme, although straight-forward black tie is perfectly acceptable. More details here.

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

Priya Kali will speak to us about the lost art of letter writing.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 3rd March
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from wegottickets), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online through wegottickets under "black tie ballroom club" or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

je regretteLa Poule Plombée in Je Regrette!
5th March
7pm
Crazy Coqs Cabaret @ Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Admission: £17.50 from www.brasseriezedel.com

If cabaret is your thing you may like this award-winning musical character comedy (and if not you may still want to check out the Art Deco venue). Funny, tragic and compelling, Je Regrette! is the story of La Poule Plombée, a French singer tortured by jealousy and unrequited love. Propped up by her hen-pecked pianist Mumu, she weaves her darkly comic tale. Written and performed by Sarah-Louise Young and Michael Roulston (Champagne Charlie's partner, by coincidence), creators of Roulston & Young, Julie Madly Deeply and Cabaret Whore, this show was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, winning The Stage Award and an Argus Angel Award. "An effortlessly slick send-up of chanson… a masterclass in character comedy and yet another success for the partnership of Young and Roulston" Broadway Baby ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Candlelight Club's
St Patrick's Day Special
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th March
7pm–12am
A secret London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, swells, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos and decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

The Candlelight Club is a clandestine 1920s speakeasy party in a secret London venue completely lit by candles, with live period jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism. The bar dispenses vintage cocktails and the kitchens offer bar snacks as well as a fine-dining set menu option.

Friday 17th March is St Patrick's Day, and no one celebrates St Patrick's Day like the Americans—something which went unhindered by Prohibition. Criminal gangs were often based around social background—Irish, Italian, Jewish, etc—and the Irish Americans could be more Irish than the Irish. If you've seen the relevant episode of Boardwalk Empire you'll get the picture.

At our St Patrick's Day celebration there will be Irish-tinged cocktails, things pointlessly coloured green, perhaps some poteen and live music from The Silver Ghosts with a Celtically inclined offering of 1920s jazz.

"The closest you'll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold." —Time Out

As seen on BBC2’s “Hair”! More at www.thecandlelightclub.com. See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11sUY9sX_rk


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th April
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Auntie Maureen will talk to us about the perils and pleasures of the queer nightlife scene in early 20th century London.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 7th April
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 3rd May
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Francesca Albini give a talk on chapbooks, together with her publisher Alban Low of Sampson Low. The talk will be about chapbooks in the past and in the present, about the chapmen, who sold them and sometimes wrote them, and about the publisher Sampson Low, founded in 1793.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 5th May
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 9th June
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 7th July
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 4th August
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

South Devon RailwayNSC Summer Steam Train Spectacular
28th August (bank holiday weekend)
South Devon Railway, The Station, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0DZ
Admission: TBC

Member Mr Mark Gidman is planning this evening of dining and wonderful views aboard vintage railway carriages hauled by a steam engine. He explains: "The train will take us from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back and includes our two Ocean Saloons, King George and Duchess of York, that used to work between Paddington and Plymouth to connect with the ocean liner traffic to and from America, 1930-built special saloon 9004, 1937-built special saloon 9005 and, on certain trains, the Victorian saloon built in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Royal Train. I am still in negotiations with the train company regarding the dining arrangements among other things: I am hoping that an à la carte meal can be organised." If this floats your boat, please indicate your interest to Mr Gidman by emailing him at mcjgidman@googlemail.com.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 1st September
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

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

Roy Engoron will thrill us with a talk on Art Deco Broadway: The Golden Age of Theatre. "The era between the two World Wars was an amazing time for many different reasons," Roy explains. "It was an age when science, literature, social mores, fashion, architecture, economy, and innovations ebbed and flowed. After World War I, the United States emerged as a world power. Like many societies of the past, the country was able to concentrate more on the arts. It was able to take influences from its European and British heritage, make them truly American, and share the results with the rest of the world."

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 6th October
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 3rd November
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (from Design My Night), £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four of five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490 For more details see the Facebook group.