The Last Tuesday Society’s Hendrick’s Spring Lecture Series

Going to be slightly lazy today because it’s such a beautiful day and I want to be outside…. so thought I would post The Last Tuesday Society’s email verbatim, which lists their lectures for the year. I’ve only visited once – it’s a funny little shop on Mare Street – and got a bit spooked by the basement ‘museum’, which has scientific specimens of deformed baby skeletons, old fur coats, creepy dolls, coffins, that sort of thing, but I’ve been on their mailing list for a while and always feel a bit smarter just by reading the lecture timetable, let alone attending. I’ve also been meaning to go along to one of their quarterly seances, but these seem to get booked out rather quickly. Anyway, have a read and drop in to visit them soon. All lectures are held at the Mare Street shop.

Thanks to Free Art London for the image.

19th April 2011
In Search of the English Eccentric with Henry Hemming
The English eccentric is under threat. In our increasingly homogenised society, these celebrated parts of our national identity are anomalies that may soon no longer fit. Or so it seems. Henry Hemming will describe his  thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, unearthing a surprisingly large array of playfully outspoken, original and inspiring characters. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

27th April 2011
Mask Making Workshop
The Last Tuesday Society are now offering the abridged version of their popular mask making course in preparation for their May Masked Ball. Within a two hour workshop you will be led through the process of creating your own masks using a variety of mediums from papier mache bases to lace and resin. All materials are included. Tickets £12

28th April 2011
Billionaires, Buddhists, and the Sex Life of Peacocks with Dr Peter
What connects Roman Abramovich in his super yacht and the Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo who spent years living in a small cave in the Himalayas? When we gaze in reverence at the generosity of a bodhisattva, why can we see the shadow of the Marquis de Sade at the gate to enlightenment? And when Freud ‘discovered’ the link between the female nose and clitoris, what was it that he was struggling to protect and what does that tell us about the sex life of peacocks and narcissistic disturbance in childhood? In a journey that moves from meditation to murder and ends in the pleasures of Tantric sensuality, Dr. Peter explores the psychology of sex, power and human gullibility to give us a disturbing glimpse into what our future as a species might bring, from what places we can draw hope, and why we should burn the bestselling book ‘The Secret’. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty. 

30th April 2011
Walpurgisnacht – A Gothic Magic Lantern Show with Mervyn Heard
“Astonishment seized me. My bones shivered within me. My flesh trembled over me. My lips quaked. My mouth opened. My hands expanded. My knees knocked together. My blood grew chilly, and I froze with terror.”
Such is the might of the magic lantern,on the day of the Witches’ Sabbath, Walpurgisnacht, Professor Mervyn Heard will conjure up the black art of Phantasmagoria with his 19th Century Magic Lantern. Watch and behold as skeletons waltz across the wall and nuns bleed to their death despite a life of virtue. Tickets £10

MAY
8th May 2011
An Evening of Story Telling with Phil McDermott
Phil McDermott has been telling stories at festivals, in clubs, private homes and in schools professionally for 17 years. He is the creator of The Oracy To Writing Process which has been raising levels of children’s writing in the UK and internationally. He will be telling stories of love and loss including incredible Irish Myths, retellings of traditional stories and the mad, bad tales from Arabia. ‘He was also in Eastenders!’ Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

10th May 2011
Drawing Club With Sebastian Lowsley-Williams
The Last Tuesday Society’s Drawing Club is an unrivalled opportunity to engage with your creative spirits in an environment guaranteed to stir the artist within. Each two-hour session will involve life models interacting with the shop’s unique collection of objects to produce unforgettable tableaux of beauty, decay and moral degradation. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

12th May 2011
Selina Hastings on Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford:A Literary Correspondence Course describes the pupil/teacher relationship that existed for almost fifteen years between Evelyn Waugh (the teacher) and Nancy Mitford (the pupil).  Their friendship endured much longer, but this particular aspect of it, charming, comic and frequently contentious, existed while Nancy was engaged in writing her three best novels, The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing.   Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

15th May 2011
The Little Theatre of Dolls puppet show
Two sittings:
1st – Doors at 4:30 pm, Show commences at 5
2nd – Doors at 6:30 pm, Show commences at 7
The Little Theatre of Dolls create magical puppet shows for children and adults alike.  With their creations, they invite the viewer into fantastical worlds where anything is possible.  In beautifully crafted sceneries the audience get to experience magical realities and stories acted by exquisite hand made puppets that all have been created by the artists. Tickets £5

18th May 2011
Homa Katouzian on Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and His Wondrous World
Sadeq Hedayat was born in Tehran in 1903. His studies brought him to Europe where his fascination with writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre and Rainer Maria Rilke began. Indeed, such was the influence of Rilke and his considerations of death upon the young Hedayat that he attempted to drown himself in Marne in 1927. Regardless of his debt to the influence of European literature, Hedayat was responsible for bringing Iranian literature to a wider international attention as well as introducing a distinct modern voice into the domestic tradition. This lecture is a wonderful opportunity to acquaint yourself with one of the most distinct voices in 20th century literature. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

19th May 2011
Mark Crick on Machiavelli’s Lawn
Botanically-inspired author Mark Crick appeals to the green-thumb in all of us as he comes to discuss his new book Machiavelli’s Lawn: The Great Writers’ Garden Companion. For those of us who could use some literary inspiration in our outdoor domestic lives, Crick delivers a lecture on the gardening advice of great authors. From Sylvia Plath’s struggles with autumn bulbs, to JD Salinger’s helpful hints on growing from seed, Crick will be sure to have us laughing and begging for his gardening tips. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

24th May 2011
Max Egremont on Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was an English poet, author and soldier. He is best know for his poems about the First World War which not only describe the horrors of the trenches, but satirise the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon’s view, were responsible for the pointless deaths of millions. Egremont’s talk investigates the life and work of this great war poet placing particular emphasis on the suffocating gloominess of the poet’s postwar life. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

25th May 2011
DJ Taylor on Bright Young Things
The bohemian group of Bright Young People produced not only some of the most celebrated novelists of the early 20th century, but its own literary form – ‘the party novel’. Beneath the gossip and frivolity of its subject matter lay a sense of disquiet and impending tragedy. In his lecture, D J Taylor will investigate both the fun and sadness of the roaring twenties and that generation of eccentric, aristocratic and moneyed young men and women who partied their lives away with such determined frivolity. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

31st May 2011
Mask Making Workshop
The Last Tuesday Society are now offering the abridged version of their popular mask making course in preparation for their July Masked Ball. Within a two hour workshop you will be led through the process of creating your own masks using a variety of mediums from papier mache bases to lace and resin. All materials are included. Tickets £12

JUNE
1st June 2011
Hugo Vickers on Cecil Beaton – Malice in Wonderland
Cecil Beaton moved easily through the world of mid-20th-century celebrity, photographing, caricaturing and sleeping with the people he met along the way. What was his secret? Hugo Vickers thinks he produced a kind of magic and in his lecture will examine exactly how. Not only did he photograph most of the interesting, alluring and important people of the 20th century, but he made them look stunning. But there was more. He was a traveller, arbiter of taste and fashion, war photographer, painter and exceptionally wicked caricaturist. He was able to mix with actors, painters, musicians, film stars, society figures and, later in life, the wilder representatives of the so-called “Peacock Revolution” of the 1960s. He managed to elevate himself from being a star-struck young man gazing at his idols in the street to a favoured guest at their tables. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

2nd June 2011
Mike Lousada on Tantric Sex: An Avenue to Pleasure
Tantra is an ancient spiritual tradition where expanded orgasm is considered a direct path to spiritual enlightenment. Tantra pre-dates Hinduism and Buddhism, but still exists in India and Tibet alongside these mainstream religions.  The Western world on the other hand has a disfunctional relationship with sex, but returning to the ancient wisdom of tantra teaches us how to embody the divine within ourselves and to use our sexuality with awareness for expansion and pleasure.  In his lecture, Mike will introduce a few of the techniques and explore how Tantra empowers us to open to bliss through the mindful use of our sacred sexuality. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

7th June 2011
Drawing Club With Sebastian Lowsley-Williams
The Last Tuesday Society’s Drawing Club is an unrivalled opportunity to engage with your creative spirits in an environment guaranteed to stir the artist within. Each two-hour session will involve life models interacting with the shop’s unique collection of objects to produce unforgettable tableaux of beauty, decay and moral degradation. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

8th June 2011
Catharine Arnold on City of Sin – London and its Vices
If Paris is the city of love, then London is the city of lust. For over a thousand years, England’s capital has been associated with desire, avarice and the sins of the flesh. Richard of Devises, a monk writing in 1180, warned that ‘every quarter [of the city] abounds in great obscenities’. As early as the second century AD, London was notorious for its raucous festivities and disorderly houses, and throughout the centuries the bawdy side of life has taken easy root and flourished. Award-winning popular historian Catharine Arnold turns her gaze to the city’s relationship with vice through the ages. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

9th June 2011
Carol Mavor on Boyishness
In 2008 Grayson Perry proclaimed Carol Mavor’s book, Reading Boyishly as his book of the year.  He described her meditation on boyhood not only as “a thrilling mix of philosophy, photography, and biography,” but as a piece that touches upon “what it is to be a creative man.”  Carol accomplishes this feat by investigating the lives of four famous boyish men and one boy  -J. M. Barrie, Roland Barthes, Marcel Proust, D. W. Winnicott, and the young photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue.  As paintings from the famous boyish artist, Stephen Tennant, adorn the walls of the gallery, Carol will once again romp through the lives of these famous men weaving an intricate tapestry of Oedipal desire, maternal attachment and nostalgia. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

10th June 2011
Spirit Broadcasts and Ghost Trains with Sarah ‘Spacedog’ Angliss and Colin Uttley
In the early 1920s, a radio station closed the studio doors, switched on the microphones and invited listeners to report any anomolies they could hear in the silence. These Ghost Broadcasts were the latest attempt to use new machines to explain telepathy and probe the spirit world. Delving into the archives, engineer and therematrix Sarah Angliss examines some of the stranger obsessions of some early adopters of radio in the 1920s.  After Sarah’s talk, Colin Utley will delve in to the history of the ghost train and explore how the 18th-century phantasmagoria became this classic fairground ‘dark ride’. Along the way he even reveals a Victorian railway disaster, deep in a tunnel which inspired Charles Dickens’ haunting tale The Signalman. Includes some ghost train special effects – hold onto your seats!  Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme povert

12th June 2011
An Evening of Story Telling with Leon Conrad
One night from a thousand and one nights will come alive as Leon Conrad tells the story of Scheherazade and how she avoids the executioner’s axe. Hear mind boggling tales of the inexhaustible capacity of women for pleasure and infidelity, of the mighty Djinn, talking cockerels and the the donkey that didn’t turn out to be quite as clever as he thought he was. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

15th June 2011
Wilde, Coward and Tennant – Three Decadent Lives with Philip Hoare
Philip Hoare will be taking a personal look at the image of decadence, as mediated by three figures: Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward, and Stephen Tennant.  He’ll look at how these three men – each dandies in their own eras – both embodied and used the concept of decadence – either to promote, or even to disguise, their  identities.  Did they hide behind caricatures of decadence, giving the public what they expected?  Did they use the decadent image as a positive assertion of their otherness?  Or were they just having fun? Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

16th June 2011
The Iconography of the Skull in Art and Design with Jane Angela Arte
The theme of death and images of skulls and bones have existed in art for many centuries. The middle ages is considered as the first prominent periods of “infatuation with skulls and emblems of death” when Memento Mori became a popular form in the arts. The first Memento Mori poem was recorded in 1070 by monks of the Hirsau Abbey renowned for its strong ascetic rules. It was written as a sermon warning of the danger of multitude of sins in the outside world and called to renounce the fleeting pleasures of life in order to concentrate on the life eternal. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

19th June 2011
The Little Theatre of Dolls puppet show
Two sittings:
1st – Doors at 4:30 pm, Show commences at 5
2nd – Doors at 6:30 pm, Show commences at 7
The Little Theatre of Dolls create magical puppet shows for children and adults alike.  With their creations, they invite the viewer into fantastical worlds where anything is possible.  In beautifully crafted sceneries the audience get to experience magical realities and stories acted by exquisite hand made puppets that all have been created by the artists. Tickets £5

23rd June 2011
Mask Making Workshop
The Last Tuesday Society are now offering the abridged version of their popular mask making course in preparation for their July Masked Ball. Within a two hour workshop you will be led through the process of creating your own masks using a variety of mediums from papier mache bases to lace and resin. All materials are included. Tickets £12

28th June 2011
Drawing Club With Sebastian Lowsley-Williams
The Last Tuesday Society’s Drawing Club is an unrivalled opportunity to engage with your creative spirits in an environment guaranteed to stir the artist within. Each two-hour session will involve life models interacting with the shop’s unique collection of objects to produce unforgettable tableaux of beauty, decay and moral degradation. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

JULY
6th July 2011
William Bankes: The Exiled Collector with Anne Sebba
William John Bankes was an explorer, Egyptologist and adventurer who during the nineteenth century, travelled extensively to the Near East and Egypt, making an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. His massive portfolio of notes, manuscripts and drawings produced and collected during his travels along the Nile with explorations in Egypt provide the only historical record of some inscriptions and monuments. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

10th July 2011
An Evening of Story Telling with Sarah Rundle
Kamishibai, literally “paper drama”, is a form of storytelling that originated in Japanese Buddhist temples in the 12th century, where monks used e-maki(picture scrolls) to convey stories with moral lessons to a mostly illiterate audience. Performing tales of mystery and desire originating in the Far East, and dazzling us with the likes of Kamishabai and other exotic story-telling techniques, Sarah Rundle takes us on a new adventure from the geishas of Japan to the mysterious courtesans of China. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

12th July 2011
Drawing Club With Sebastian Lowsley-Williams
The Last Tuesday Society’s Drawing Club is an unrivalled opportunity to engage with your creative spirits in an environment guaranteed to stir the artist within. Each two-hour session will involve life models interacting with the shop’s unique collection of objects to produce unforgettable tableaux of beauty, decay and moral degradation. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

13th July 2011
Gavin Prettor-Pinney on Cloud Spotting
Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, clears up any confusion about what separates a stratus from a cirrus from a cumulonimbus. In his lecture, he will discuss the types of clouds that form at each level in the atmosphere. The result is an amusing and remarkably informative jaunt through the heavenly vapors that draws on classical poetry, physics, geekery and pop culture. Tickets £7 or £4 with adequate proof of extreme poverty.

17th July 2011
The Little Theatre of Dolls puppet show
1st – Doors at 4:30 pm, Show commences at 5
2nd – Doors at 6:30 pm, Show commences at 7
The Little Theatre of Dolls create magical puppet shows for children and adults alike.  With their creations, they invite the viewer into fantastical worlds where anything is possible.  In beautifully crafted sceneries the audience get to experience magical realities and stories acted by exquisite hand made puppets that all have been created by the artists. Tickets £5

OCTOBER
31st October 2011
Halloween Night – A Gothic Magic Lantern Show with Mervyn Heard
“Astonishment seized me. My bones shivered within me. My flesh trembled over me. My lips quaked. My mouth opened. My hands expanded. My knees knocked together. My blood grew chilly, and I froze with terror.” 
Such is the might of the magic lantern, on All Hallows Eve, Professor Mervyn Heard will conjure up the black art of Phantasmagoria with his 19th Century Magic Lantern. Watch and behold as skeletons waltz across the wall and nuns bleed to their death despite a life of virtue. Tickets £10

“It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul.  Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows.”

All lectures at 11 Mare Street Hackney London E8 4RP
Tickets from:
http://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org


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