A Toast

I’ve never cooked. I can’t do much more in the kitchen than make a cup of tea and some toast. -Ethel Merman

As we grin through this drop in temperature; you should make your way to The Society Club and order-up some toast (served with homemade peach and plum jam) over a coffee, tea or hot chocolate.   If you ask nicely, we’ll let you pick the music from our ever-growing CD stack.   And/or hold one of the dogs.   If asked, we’ll recommend a favourite book of ours or you could buy an amazing photograph from John Stoddart or Leee Black Childers.  Or you might want to pick-up a gorgeous scented candle, London Honey, a vintage bracelet or very rare first edition of a favourite T.S. Eliot play.

Today, someone said ‘this shop is like a living room with price-tags’.

Glitter Week Continues at The Shop with Tatty Devine

Some of us are still recovering from a glitter-filled Film Club last night – where Jonny Woo entertained and introduced us to the documentary The Cockettes …

… but those of us (me!) still craving more glitter this week – The Society Club is pleased to welcome

Tatty Devine


and The Glitter Heart Workshop

THIS THURSDAY, Feb 2, at 6:30pm.

Glitter Heart Valentines Workshop

Make a glitter heart brooch for your sweetheart based on a project from the How To Make Jewellery with Tatty Devine book. Meet Tatty Devine’s designers Rosie and Harriet and get your book signed!

A must-event for anyone craving more hearts in their lives.   Babette and I are making little ones, so we can wear our glitter hearts on our sleeves.

WHEN:   Thursday, Feb 2
TIME:      6:30 – come early to make sure you get a seat!
PLACE:  The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place

Books will be available for purchase at the event – and you can have Rosie & Harriet sign it!

Jonny Woo introduces the doc The Cockettes at Film Club Monday Night

Monday, January 30 – The Society Film Club returns to The Sanctum Hotel (private cinema, downstairs), The Society Film Club proudly presents an evening celebrating The Cockettes with special guest star Jonny Woo

TIME:  Starts at 7pm
PRICE:  £5 for members, £10 for non-members.
VENUE:  The Sanctum Hotel (20 Warwick Street, Soho, London W1B 5NF)

     ”Well, the Cockettes were basically complete sexual anarchy, which is always a wonderful thing.” -John Waters 

On New Year’s Eve, 1969, a flamboyant troupe of gender bending artists took the stage of San Francisco’s famed Palace Theater, they kicked-up their heels, wowed the crowd with their flamboyant garb and nudity, and when the bearded chorus girls lifted up their frilly skirts to reveal glittering genitalia, The Cockettes were born. For the next few years, this performance troupe became an underground phenomenon, performing shows with titles such as “A Crab on Uranus Means You’re Loved”, “Pearls over Shanghai” and “Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma”, but when The Cockettes hit the Big Apple, the outcome was surprisingly disastrous. Nevertheless, their influence was clear and while The Cockettes disbanded a few years into the 1970s, they left an indelible influence on popular culture and lit the way for the glitter rock era that was to come. The Cockettes also helped launch the careers of Divine (who performed the song ‘The Crab at the Center of Uranus” while dressed as a lobster) and disco wonder Sylvester.

Directors Bill Weber and David Weissman have painstakingly gleaned and layered amazing archival footage, including Divine and Sylvester, and wove in interviews with those who remember the shows first-hand. The result is a stunning film that captures not only the history of the Cockettes, but their essence.

Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and winner of the LA Film Critics Award for best documentary of 2002, the film was praised as ‘wildly entertaining” (Rolling Stone) and “inspiring” (Empire).

Our presenter for the evening will be none other than Jonny Woo.

Jonny Woo, crowned the Shoreditch Ringmaster by The New York Times, a Tranny Superstar byTime Out and the bastard lovechild of Kenny Everett by the Times, is one of London’s leading performers on the alternative gay and straight club and cabaret scenes. He has been resident artist at Bistrotheque since it’s creation and has taken four shows onto The Soho Theatre and The Edinburgh Festival. He has taken his unique brand of entertainment onto The Royal Opera House, The Royal Festival Hall and is the host for the mainstage at LOVEBOX.

Jonny Woo will be taking you through creating the ultimate Cockette look and will be talking about how the legacy of The Cockettes has been an inspiration. Jonny was creating work and exploring drag before his introduction to the Cockettes so he will also be talking about how the alternative drag scene has similarities with that of 70′s San Francisco. To finish off Jonny will perform excerpts from his repertoire of original spoken word and song, all in fabulous Cockette inspired style.

Weekend Reading / Armistead Maupin

‘Like those of Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Armistead Maupin’s novels had all appeared originally as serials … it is the strength of this approach, with its fantastic adventures and astonishingly contrived coincidences, that make these novels charming and compelling.’ -The Literary Review

We love Armistead Maupin – especially his wonderful Tales of the City series.

If you haven’t picked-up his novels, you should.  We highly recommend.

World Book Night: be a giver

Only a few days left to sign yourself up to participate in World Book Night.

World Book Night is a celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. Celebrated on April 23, 2012 it will see tens of thousands of people gift books within their communities to spread the joy and love of reading.   And hey – you could be one of them.

There are also some gorgeous books to choose from – classics to contemporary, memoir to adventure, so go on over to the World Book Night site and find out how you can participate (it’s easy).


(we’re closed in the mourning)

Just FYI, we are closed tomorrow morning, 25 Jan, for a private event.

We’ll be ‘open for the public’ at noon tomorrow….

 You can book us for that, you know.   Meetings, launches, demonstrations, presentations, networking nights, birthday – if you need a space to host friends, family, colleagues and/or loved ones .. come talk to us.   As Babette would say, we are ‘cheap and cheerful.’