Venue Address (Get Directions)Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green
Date and Time
Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 8:00pm
Those of you who are old enough may well have participated or attended the club, which opened thirty years ago this year, in its original venue in Soho. If you were a regular, you may have seen Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Keith Allen, The Pogues, Paul Morley, Richard Jobson and Richard Wilson perform their earliest shows there, or you may remember The Event Group transforming the space each week, and showing some of the best Performance Art to ever grace a London venue. Certainly everyone who came has a favourite moment or moments. Robert Fraser, Malcolm McLaren, Francesca Thyssen, Brian Clarke, Derek Jarman and Vic Reeves were all regulars. So were Grayson Perry and The Neo-Naturists. Oh, and Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. And Howard Devoto and Siouxsie Sioux. One night, the top New York nightclub, Danceteria, came over and did a night with us, showcasing bands, comedians and performance artists from Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx. Another night we hosted Michael Horowitz’s Poetry Olympics. It was that sort of place. We only had one rule. DO NOT BE BORING.
The academic and novelist Lisa Appignanesi wrote: 'Of all the Cabarets to spring up in Britain over recent years, it is Soho's Cabaret Futura, the brain-child of Richard Strange, which bears most atmospheric resemblance to its Weimar kin. Cabaret Futura became the focus and meeting place for the energy which fed the explosion in fashion, photography, filmmaking and music. More than that, it suggested a reaction to television, the growing demand for a live venue to serve specific, not standardised tastes.'
If the homogenous, sterile world of TV that Ms. Appignanesi describes sounds familiar, perhaps you would like to join us. It is my intention to programme music, lectures, interviews, performances and short films. Perhaps the occasional debate or a presentation. Perhaps a total transformation of the space. The rule remains the same. DO NOT BE BORING.
Cabaret Futura will take place once a month, on the third Monday, at the gastro pub Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE. We have a lovely room, a superb kitchen and a lot of great ideas planned for the coming year. It will be a local club, of limited capacity, so membership will be required.
A drop-in, come to network, chat, relax, have a drink and catch some extraordinary live performances, or a lively discussion. It will be a club for grown-ups, people who like a bit of meat.
What do you think? Let me know.