Carablanca Tango Club
Carablanca Tango Club present
Argentine tango dance evening
Open Fridays, Carablanca is London's longest-running tango club. The friendly, informal atmosphere ensures that beginners and visitors mix easily with the regular dancers.
The dance evening is an Argentine milonga. Music is traditional Argentine tango, milonga and vals, played in tandas with cortinas by guest DJs. There are also classes for beginners in a separate room.
Tickets: £12, paid on entry
Start 7:30pm. Ends midnight.
City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society Monthly Meet-up
20 May - 16 December 2014
City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society presents
We meet every third Tuesday of the month, usually in the Bertrand Russell room.
We welcome guests to our monthly meetings and we usually play a few records during the evening or have a guest speaker who will entertain us with some topic relating to recorded music or the machines used to play records or cylinders.
May 20 - Trains or boats or planes.
June 17 - Phil Bennett - "A Night at the Cotton Club"
A selection of the recordings of the various musicians and singers who appeared/might have appeared/could have appeared and in at least instance didn't appear (because their leader turned the booking down) at the Cotton Club in the 1920s and 1930s.
July 15 - Brian Reynolds talks about "Music While You Work"
August 19 - "Musical Theatre of the 1910s" - Dominic Combe
September 16 - "The rise and fall of audio quality" and "Audio in Wartime", Sean Davies
October 21 - Barry Renaud and Tony Clayden - part 2 of History of Amplifiers and then "These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things"
Final details to be confirmed
November 18 - Film Music
December 16 - Christmas evening
1st & 3rd Sundays, 11:00
Sunday Assembly presents
Come along to sing SONGS, hear TALKS, share TEA and CAKE and enjoy COMMUNITY with 400 others.
It's for everyone who wants to LIVE BETTER, HELP OFTEN and WONDER MORE.
See you soon down there.
The Shaw Society
The Shaw Society Monthly Meetings
Friday 26 September
Shaw’s early politics and playwriting A talk by Dr Michelle Paull, with particular reference to Widowers’ Houses and Mrs Warren’s Profession
Friday 31 October
Whose heartbreak? Stephen Nunn talks about Shaw’s Heartbreak House.
Friday 28 November
Sam Walters, recently retired after 42 years as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, talks about his career and directing Shaw’s plays.
Entry: Members pay £2, visitors (welcome) £4
The Shaw Society was founded by Dr Fritz Loewenstein, a Jewish refugee from Germany in the 1930s, who, in November 1941, finally wore down Shaw’s opposition to his plan for a society to promote Shavian ideas. He called the inaugural meeting, putting back the official date of its foundation to Shaw’s 85th birthday, 26 July 1941.
Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!
4 October - 30 December 2014
Crossword Tutors presents
‘Cryptic Crosswords – How to solve them!’
Multiple sessions are available in October and November 2014 – each is a single one-off workshop, lasting 3 hours. Sessions are Saturdays or Sundays, morning or afternoon. Specific dates are 4th Oct, 5th Oct, 11th Oct, 12th, 8th Nov, 9th Nov, 15th Nov, 16th Nov, 29th Nov, 30th Nov. Each day has a morning and an afternoon session available.
10am – 1pm, or 1.30pm – 4.30pm
‘Unlock the mysteries of cryptic crosswords in this fun and practical beginners workshop’
“Cryptic Crosswords - How to solve them! This brain-fizzing session for crossword novices will teach you how to unlock cryptic clues, and how to effortlessly build your vocabulary and trivial knowledge whilst having fun! With a background in neuroscience and psychology, Crossword Tutors also teach you how to get the most from this classic pastime in order to develop your memory, communication, and problem-solving skills.
The workshop teaches the rules of cryptic crosswords, clue structure, and standard and some advanced clue types. It teaches basic and some advance solving strategies, and techniques for training cognitive functions including memory access, problem solving, and analytic reasoning. By the end of the half-day session, beginners will have the skills to solve most cryptic clues, and techniques to take home and practice.
Crossword Tutors also runs optional monthly ‘Crossword Clubs’ for course attendees to practice their skills in a friendly, social environment until they become expert cruciverbalists!”
Tickets are £25 for the half-day workshop, with discounts available for groups of five people, and for concessions
Dean Whittington - The Perpetual Treadmill
Thu 13 Nov 2014, 19:30
The Adlerian Society UK presents
Adlerian Society London Lecture: The Perpetual Treadmill - Why institutions have been silent
Lecturer: Dr Dean Whittington
The Perpetual Treadmill Why institutions have been silent. Following on from the scandals of Rotherham and Oxford, plus the revelations of systemic child abuse amongst celebrities, along with the revealing of institutional abuse in children’s homes and boarding schools, “The Perpetual Treadmill” analyses why a psychiatric, criminal justice, substance use and homeless treatment systemic silence has been the norm. Institutions and the individuals in each had a social investment in keeping themselves in operation, not to resolve a client’s predicament. Agencies have failed to engender emotional recovery based on an Adlerian sense of positing a teleological goal of being someone other than who you currently are. Instead each functions according to the tenets of Max Weber’s (1922) concept of the “iron cage of bureaucracy.” Each merely describes a person’s predicament and provides an institutional label. Alternatively I focus on how making a human connection sparks a positive change in the person on the receiving end. By describing an alternative, the current stasis becomes visible. I will provide a critique of the philosophy of the various rationalist, empirical and positivistic ideologies to detail how an academic investment has crushed those who were duly inspected and researched. Previously clients’ personal narratives have been relentlessly discarded and I detail why “complex trauma” has been institutionally silenced. This entails returning to Adler to steer a new path.
The lecturer: Dr. Dean Whittington is a psychotherapist who has worked for twenty two years in substance use and homelessness and the author of “Beaten into Violence,” “Bath of Steel” and “The Perpetual Treadmill” with a forthcoming book “The Psychology of Difference” coming out in 2015.
Admission £7 (concessions £4) All welcome. No need to book. CPD certificates are available. Lecture enquiries: email@example.com LINKS FOR FURTHER INFO: Website:
London Thinks: Nate Phelps - Leaving Hate Behind
Thu 13 Nov 2014, 19:30
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents
London Thinks - Nate Phelps: Leaving Hate Behind
Join us for a very special evening in which we hear from Nate Phelps, in an incredibly moving talk on the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in, and how he came to leave his family behind at the stroke of midnight on his 18th birthday.
Nate Phelps is son of the late Fred Phelps, founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church – “the most hated family in America”.
Nate is Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Calgary. A vocal LGBT advocate, he speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse, and serves on the board of directors for Recovering from Religion.
The lecture will be chaired by Samira Ahmed.
Samira is an award-winning journalist with 20 years' experience in print and broadcast.
She began her career as a BBC News Trainee in the 90s and has worked as a News Correspondent and a reporter on the Today programme and Newsnight, where she was one of the first broadcast journalists to investigate the rise of Islamic radicalism on British university campuses in the early 1990s.
Samira won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year Award in 2009 for her film on so-called "corrective" rape in South Africa, and made the acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series Islam Unveiled. Samira has also worked as a news anchor for BBC World and for Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin, and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and The Big Issue. She is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University.
Tickets: £15 Standard Advance. £5 Conway Hall Ethical Society Members. Please book your tickets using the Eventbrite booking link below.
Doors & Reception: 18:30. Start: 19:30. Ends: 21:30
London Thinks is Conway Hall Ethical Society's monthly discourse on the big issues and problems of society in our age.
Small Publishers Fair 2014
14-15 Nov, 11am - 7pm
The Small Publishers' Fair presents
The Small Publishers’ Fair 2014
The annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers.
- Over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world
- established and iconic alongside new and emerging presses
- thousands of original works to buy – for your collection, for presents or on a whim
- stands run by the creators and publishers – talk with them as you browse
FREE entry to this friendly fair and all activities
Peter Tatchell: Organised Religion is the greatest threat to human rights
Fri 14 Nov 2014, 19:30
London LGBT Humanists (GALHA) present
Peter Tatchell: Organised Religion is the greatest threat to human rights
Legendary human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be speaking about the assault by faith leaders on the rights of women, LGBTIs, Humanists, and religious minorities.
The event is scheduled to start at 7.30. The bar will be open from 7. This event is likely to prove very popular, so we recommend arriving in good time to be sure of a seat!