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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.

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 253 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.


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.


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, plus indoor sessions with socially distanced couples from the same bubble/household.. 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.


Rhythm & Book
Every Wednesday
8–9.30pm
Online: see www.hotjazzrag.com

Swing enthusiast Nicki Santilli runs this weekly schedule of Zoom talks by various guest speakers on aspects of music, dance, fashion and art from the first half of the 20th century.

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.



Noël Coward: Art & Style
Thursday 14th January–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

NOTE: This is obviously closed right now. The timetable seems to say that museums can reopen from 17th May, which seems a bit cruel for this show, so perhaps it will be extended

'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 Quiz Night
Wednesday 14th April
8pm
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free

Continuing our series of NSC virtual pub quizzes for now, our host this time will be Adrian Prooth—which also creates some genuine doubt over who might win. You'll need the (free) Zoom app installed, which should launch automatically when you click on the meeting's weblink. (You can go directly via Zoom: the meeting ID is 874 3390 9450 and the passcode is 439442.) The meeting starts about 15 minutes early to allow people to register their teams if they haven't already done so. The quiz will have 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.)

Hot Club of Jupiter Vs London
Launch Gig

Friday 16th April
7.30pm
Online via Facebook and YouTube
Admission: Free

Hot Club of Jupiter are a gypsy jazz quartet, originally put together to record music for a Renault car advert. (If you don't know what gypsy jazz is, think Django Reinhardt or the theme tune to the TV Jeeves and Wooster.) They're having a gig to launch their new album Vs London, which is all about London, and, while we're not yet in a position where you can physically attend, they will be streaming it live via Facebook and YouTube. Streaming it from the London Transport Museum, it says here. See the Facebook event.


Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 18th April
11am–5pm
On Instagram at @clerkenwellvint
Admission: Free

Normally a physical fair full of stallholders in a civic hall, for the third month this event will go online via Instagram. The organisers explain: “Check out our instagram grid the day before our fair. There will be a post for each of our traders. Scroll through the posts to see if there is anything you like. Click through our posts to the trader’s own instagram page and stories to view more items for sale and comment to purchase. All purchases are between the seller and buyer.”

So Last Century Vintage Market
Sunday 18th April
10am–5pm
The Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham BR3 1SY
Admission: Free

Some 30 vintage (seemingly mostly mid-century) traders So Last Centuryoperating both outside and inside the ground floor of the Mansion in Beckenham Place Park. There will also be a range of street food stalls, a café (takeaway only), a basement bar offering craft ales, plus live New Orleans music from the six-piece Alvar Treefrogs, busking outside. See www.solastcenturyfair.co.uk for more details.

A Day in the Life of a Bomber Crew
Thursday 22nd April
6pm
Online
Admission: Free

A free Zoom lecture hosted by the Spirit of Wartime Sherwood project. Taking us back to the summer of 1943, where a 10 Squadron Halifax bomber crew are preparing for their first raid on Germany, the talk will introduce the individual crew members, and explore their training, their respective roles on board the aircraft, and what it was like to face Luftwaffe nightfighters, anti-aircraft fire and the risk of technical failure, knowing that you had less than a 50% chance of surviving. Admission is free, but you'll need to book your place via Eventbrite.co.uk to get the Zoom link.


Whitstable Castle Antiques and Vintage Fair
Sunday 2nd May
10am–4pm
Whistable Castle, Tower Hill, Kent CT5 2BW
Admission: Free

Regular antiques and vintage fair in the grounds of Whitstable Castle. Parking available on site, plus a tea room (currently only for outside refreshment and takeaway).

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th May
8pm
Online via YouTube, with socialising by Zoom
Admission: Free

In what should be the penultimate of our virtual Club Nights, your speaker this month is Priya Kalia on Jugendstil in Helsinki: An Art Nouveau-Style Movement. She's hoping to include walking-tour video clips in her presentation to add to the giddy verité. The plan is for the talk will take place by YouTube livestream at 8pm: link to come. There will also be the usual Zoom social, starting at 7pm and continuing after the talk, to allow for questions and general shooting of the breeze:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85365352057?
pwd=aU1nbGNvZGxWbkZEVjJONytnRndQUT09

Meeting ID: 853 6535 2057
Passcode: 943560


Sheridan Children's Weekend at the Beach
Friday 14th–Sunday 16th May
Shear Barn, Barley Lane, Hastings TN35 5DX
Admission: see www.shearbarn.com

Now a regular fixture in the Sheridan calendar: bring your tweed-clad children for a weekend by the seaside, enjoying British weather, ice cream, playing on Hastings Sands, flying kites, sea bathing, riding the cliff train, exploring Hastings Castle, etc. Please book your tent/caravan pitch or holiday cabin directly (see www.shearbarn.com). Dogs welcome.


1890s Hampstead Heath Picnic
Saturday 3rd July
12–7pm
Hampstead Heath (precise location TBA)
Admission: Free but bring your own picnic food
Dress: 1890s picnic attire

The newly-minted Society of Salome's first event. Does pretty much what it says on the tin: all welcome, but please respect the dress code. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for announcements.


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

With what we hope will be a return to the Wheatsheaf, the Earl of Essex will treat us to a follow-up to his previous July 2012 talk about Sir Henry "Chips" Channon—this time with reference to the new fully-disclosed observations from the recently-published revised version of Volume One of his diaries (1918–38).


Nosferatu with Live Piano
Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th August
7.30pm
Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB
Admission: £11.50–13 from wiltons.org.uk

The Lucky Dog Picture House returns with its programme of vintage silent movies presented—as they would originally have been enjoyed—with live music accompaniment. This time it's F.W.Murnau's classic vampire tale Nosferatu with live piano score from Sam Watts.