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.

The Candlelight Club on Soundcloud
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
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

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, 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

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
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)
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)
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 Club Night
Wednesday 3rd March
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Online by YouTube and Zoom
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Kathryn Best has kindly agreed to talk to us about Raising Obelisks—Unearthing a Long-Forgotten Ancient Egyptian Invention. Kathryn has just published a book on the subject, written with Egyptologist Mahmoud Al-Hashash, whom you might remember from his visits to Club Nights and our South Sea party (where he proved deadly with a blowpipe). See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raising-Obelisks-Unearthing-Forgotten-Invention/dp/9779070192.

The talk will be delivered online via Zoom at 8pm, but as usual we will start the Zoom meeting from 7pm for general chit-chat, and continue it after the lecture as long as folk feel inclined.

The link for the Zoom meeting is:

Meeting ID: 816 4596 6191
Passcode: 947652

The Origins and Rituals of Absinthe
Friday 5th March
Online via Zoom
Admission: £8 from Eventbrite

From Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities comes a celebration of International Absinthe Day. Your hosts, Allison Crawbuch and Rhys Everett co-own the bar in Wynd's museum and have just launched their own absinthe, Devil's Botany. There is a tasting set available for purchase from www.devilsbotany.com/absinthe-tasting with a 25% discount for holders of a ticket for this talk, which will begin with a virtual tasting and a discussion of absinthe's preparation. After that your hosts will explore tales of the absinthe's tantalising past, from its origins as a cure-all elixir to a delightful aperitif, before eventually enduring a near century-long ban.

Leeds Steampunk (Virtual) Market
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March
Online at www.facebook.com/groups/

Owing to Covid, Jo's regular physical markets have been replaced by virtual ones, although a physical market is planned for October as a ten-year anniversary—apparently there have been over 40 of them, offering not just Steampunk paraphernalia but all things Victorian, Gothic, Sci-Fi, paranormal, etc, including clothes, accessories, homewares, games, literature and more. The actual selling this time will take the form of posts on the group Facebook page but there is also a Facebook event which outlines exactly how it works at www.facebook.com/events/246142700304574. See also www.leedssteampunkmarket.co.uk.

Hammer Goes to Hell: The House of Horror's Unmade Films
Tuesday 9th March
Admission: £8 from Billetto

A study of iconic British film studio Hammer, which produced much-loved Gothic horror movies between 1957 and 1979, but from the perspective of the 100 or so projects that never got made—from Nessie, a Loch Ness Monster pic, to Kali Devil: Bride of Dracula, a vampire tale set in India—using a host of never-before-seen archival material. By focusing on the films that didn't get made the talk will look not so much at the stars we know, but at the production realities and creative influences of top executives. Speaker Dr Kieran Foster will use this material to show that Hammer's demise was not the result of creative stagnation but of tensions within the company and wider changes in the British film industry.

sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 10th March
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and hosted by a different Club Member each time—this time it is Tony Reid. 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 825 5789 6384 and the passcode is 286284.) 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.)


sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 17th March
Online via Zoom
Admission: Free

Our virtual pub quizzes continue, held via Zoom meeting and hosted by a different Club Member each time—this time it is Actuarius. 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 842 4236 6798 and the passcode is 184102.) 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.)

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 21st March
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.”

The History of Taxidermy
Monday 22nd March
Online via Zoom
Admission: £2–10 donation via Eventbrite

A review of the history and development of taxidermy, searching Europe for the oldest stuffed animals, commenting on the use of arsenic and reviewing styles and methods of the 19th and early 20th century, with a brief comparison to developments in American taxidermy. It will consider the taxidermist's customers, from huntsmen to bird collectors and householders, and contrast bad taxidermy with the work of professionals. The speaker, Dr Pat Morris, was Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London, before retiring early in 2002 to spend more time with his taxidermy.

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.