cueB becomes the Buddha Bar

'One As All' by John Duckworth
cueB gallery (aka the back of the Brockley Mess cafe) is hosting an exhibition of the work of US artist John Duckworth (May 2 - June 1). ‘This is the Tunes and Whispered’ will feature seven large format paintings that 'explore a dialogue between Eastern Buddhism and Western consumerism.'

During the opening on May 2nd at 7:00 pm, the artist will perform as part of the video installation AWAKE in conjunction with the exhibition. Details of upcoming events at cueB here.

Summer Term at Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays - the Amersham Arms comedy club - have announced their summer season, which includes Edinburgh previews from the likes of:

12th May - Mark Watson & Holly Walsh
26th May - Cardinal Burns & Angela Barnes
9th June - Richard Herring & Josh Howie
23rd June - Tony Law & Pippa Evans
7th July - Bridget Christie & Sarah Kendall
21st July - Al Murray & Joe Lycett

It's still stupidly good value - £5 in advance (£6 on the door). Check the site for details.

Street Feast Lewisham: #ModelMarket

Street Feast is the company that runs Brockley Market-esque nighttime events at Dalston Yard and its just announced its first expansion will be to... Lewisham. They say:

#ModelMarket is an abandoned 1950s indoor and outdoor market just off Lewisham High Street and we’ll be breathing new life, light and vibes into the space with everything you’d expect - fantastic street food, cracking drinks, great music and our usual wonderful crowd.

We’ve not done anything like #ModelMarket before – where the best bits of #DalstonYard meet the vibe of #HawkerHouse – and we’re really looking forward to bringing our thing to Lewisham. We’re running for 15 weekends from mid-June on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm alongside #DalstonYard (which re-opens just a few weekends before on 16/17 May).

At #ModelMarket, you will find Breddos, Rola Wala, SmokeStak, Yum Bun and many more of your favourite and soon-to-be favourite street food traders in their own, undercover micro-diners. Eat-in or eat-out in the open air yard. There’ll also be a wood panelled shack lined with rum, shandies poured from a former hair salon, slow smoked barbecue in an old record shop and a (not-so) secret rooftop suntrap. The original calypso paintjob stays.

#ModelMarket is fitted with a great sound system for our DJs. There are also five brilliant bars - Rotary Cocktail Bar, Shandy Salon, Rum Shack, Wine Bar and Slushy Bar.

The Model Market, on Lewisham High Street, was closed a few years ago and had been targeted for demolition by its owners, but the Council refused permission. This is a fantastic bit of opportunism - a victory of imagination over the high street's dowdy reputation.
It also signals a major change. Until now, most of the new businesses in the area have been opened by South East London natives. Following on the heels of Sodo's Honor Oak venture, it seems that this borough is now on the radar of East London entrepreneurs. The demographics are similar, the connections are decent, thanks to the East London Line and the DLR and there are plenty of empty or underused premises crying out for something to fill them.

As we've said many times before, the supply of good quality eating and drinking destinations in this part of London has not kept pace with demand. There is a growing population of young people with money to spend doing stuff and who want to be able to do it locally. Every good business in Brockley, from The Orchard and The Gantry to Brockley Market and Meze Mangal, has thrived, while New Cross and Deptford are building critical mass.

It was only a matter of time before the rest of London woke up to the opportunity.

10,000 Hands chosen to run Ladywell Fields Cafe

Robert Sheppard, Secretary of the Ladywell Fields User Group writes:

Glendale has announced today that, following a bidding process, 10,000 Hands (the Jimmy Mizen Foundation) has been chosen to run the Ladywell Fields cafe and undertake its refurbishment. The JMF already run the Cafe of Good Hope on Hither Green Lane.

Building works to improve the cafe facility will begin this Summer. Further information (e.g. plans and service commitments provided) will be posted on the Ladywell Fields Facebook page as soon as they're made available.

Glen, the existing cafe operator, has been notified and thanked for his loyal service to the Park - which I know will be echoed by all who've come to know him over the years.

#Lewisham2014

Zod: I win. I always win... Is there no-one on this planet to even challenge me?
- Superman II

The Council elections are coming up on May 22nd, which means that Brockley Central and a host of other local bloggers will be covering the various local election races, which Labour will invariably win.

To try to help people keep track of the discussion and debate, some of us will be using #Lewisham2014 to tag our articles and commentary on Twitter. Please feel free to do the same.

Woolly bollards on Brockley Mews

New Cross + Deptford Free Film Festival 2014

The Festival starts this Friday. Highlights include:

O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the cells of The Old Police Station (114 Amersham Vale), on Friday May 2nd, with 'Deptford's answer to the Soggy Bottom Boys... Danny & The Moonlighters and The Hellfire Orchestra at 7.15pm followed by the film screening at 8pm.'

- A bike-powered, sing-along screening of Grease, presented by Electric Pedals at Telegraph Hill Upper Park, Kitto Road Se14 5TY on Saturday 3 May, 8pm.

- The Harder They Come at Honey’s (87 Deptford High Street) on Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm. "Part neo-realist, part blaxploitation, part spaghetti western" starring Jimmy Cliff.

- South East London classic Attack the Block will be shown on Saturday, April 26th in Fordham Park - DJ from 7pm, film from around 8.30pm. Bring warm clothes, otherwise the youths dem a get so cold.

Download the programme here.

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