Celebrate Black History Month at the Houses
From talks on Black history to parties celebrating Black creatives, check out some of our happenings across North America
Wednesday 1 February 2023 By Soho House
Today marks the first day of Black History Month in North America. We’re celebrating across all of our Stateside Houses with events for everyone. For the food lovers, chefs Alex Fields and Adrien Forte of Henry’s Toronto are bringing modern Afro-Caribbean dishes to Soho House Toronto. For the fashion-obsessed, Blackstage is back at DUMBO House celebrating Black creatives this fashion week. For the music fans, producer, rapper and singer-songwriter Timbaland is joining us at Miami Pool House (don’t miss this pre-opening sneak peek). And for the art enthusiasts? Black female-owned gallery Sow & Tailor is exhibiting nine LA-based Black artists at Soho House West Hollywood.
Below, check out all of these events and more. See you at the Houses.
Soho House Toronto
Black is beautiful panel, Thursday 2 February
Marcus Djan-Adams hosts a panel over breakfast on the club floor and moderates a discussion to kick off Black History Month. Engage in a free-flowing conversation where we will exchange shared examples of Blackness. The six-person panel is comprised of local industry leaders sharing their personal stories of adversity and how we can achieve true equality. Come and enjoy breakfast at the House while taking part in this enlightening discussion.
Neo soul night, Wednesday 8 February
Head to the House and enjoy a night filled with soulful music from local artists that will remind you to slow down. The club floor is the perfect setting to experience the sounds of artists inspired by the fusion of funk, jazz, hip-hop, electronic and rock sounds that neo soul is comprised of.
Poetry and Jazz Night, Thursday 9 February
Poetry and Jazz Night is back, and our first show of the year is in celebration of Black History Month. The evening is hosted by our very own Keosha Love and features music by Rudy Ray, alongside poetry and vibes from our special guest poets all night long. Expect an incredible show full of art, jazz, Black excellence and culture. Stick around for an open mic section at the end with sign-ups open at the start of the evening. Arrive early and bring your snapping fingers.
One Night Only: Alex Fields and Adrian Forte, Sunday 26 February
See you at the House for an unforgettable Black History Month culinary experience. Alex Fields, chef de cuisine at Henry’s Toronto, and Adrian Forte, author of the cookbook Yawd: Modern Afro-Caribbean Recipes create a special menu that tells a story about culture from the moment you sit down to your very last bite.
Soho House Austin
Healing House: West African drum and dance, Wednesday 1 February
Release what’s pent up inside of you and communicate your feelings, fears and desires with the instrument of spiritual healing and the art of dance. Austin’s very own Jean-Claude Lessou creates an atmosphere of fun, learning and connection in honour of West African drum and dance culture.
Reserve your space here.
Sunday Feast, Sunday 5 February
Spend your Sunday at the House and enjoy a special edition of our monthly Feast. Tuck into an array of southern-inspired speciality items, such as crawfish boil, collard greens, and fried chicken.
Book your table on the SH.APP.
Healing House: Black history through the lens of astrology, Friday 17 February
In celebration of Black History Month, professional astrologer Aaya Badue will highlight African American history through the lens of astrology, and the connection between you and the stars. Learn how to use astrology to access new levels of healing and navigate life better.
To attend the event, click here.
Soho House Chicago
Chicago’s Black History with ‘Dilla’, Friday 24 February
Chicago native, designer and creative director Joe Freshgoods sits down with urban historian Shermann ‘Dilla’ Thomas. They are both proud lifelong residents of Chicago’s South Side, and together through different mediums and platforms are using the power of storytelling to help change the narrative locally and nationally about Chicago’s value to the world.
‘Dilla’ has become a Chicago social media sensation by going viral on TikTok. His 60-second history videos on everything Chicago have been viewed over eight million times, and he has amassed a following of 150,000 followers across all social media platforms.
Live with Classically Black Podcast and Chicago Sinfonietta, Tuesday 28 February
Join us in the Drawing Room for an evening of live recording and classical music performance, together with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Classically Black Podcast. The award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta is joining forces with Dalanie Harris and Katie Brown, two Black musicians who challenge ideas of what the field of classical music looks like through their culturally relevant podcasts, making classical music more approachable. Both organisations champion diversity and inclusion by creating community through the musical experience.
Soho House West Hollywood
Distinguishing Us special pop-up exhibition, Friday 17 February
Get a sneak peek of the soon-to-be released group show curated by Sow & Tailor gallery (a Black female-owned business in DTLA) of nine LA-based Black artists of varying generations. These include Devin Troy Strother, Sarah Konté, Alex Anderson and Nehemiah Cisneros, to name a few.
RnBrunch: Grammys edition, Sunday 5 February
This extended version of RnBrunch in celebration of Black music features live performances by Korin of Atlanta, Somadina by way of Nigeria, Zae France of North Carolina, and India Shawn from LA. Plus, DJ Tay Powers gets behind the decks.
Soho House New York
It Gets Greater Later with Bevy Smith, Monday 6 February
TV/radio host and creator of IT GETS GREATER LATER™, Bevy Smith sits down in in conversation with Harlem Fashion Row founder, Brandice Daniel. They’ll discuss her new book FASHION IN COLOR, celebrating Black creators in fashion — from mavericks like Dapper Dan to Vogue’s darling designer, LaQuan Smith.
Book your tickets here.
Blackstage, Wednesday 15 February
In honour of Black History Month and SS23 fashion week, DUMBO House is teaming up with Creative Jenius for a showcase and afterparty celebrating Black creatives in the fashion industry.
Join the party here.
NKWO art installation curated by Ibiye Anga, Monday 27 February
The NKWO art installation is an event for anyone interested in the intersection of textile art and sustainability. As an artisanal brand at the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement in Nigeria, NKWO is dedicated to the conservation of natural resources and the environment. Curated by Ibiye Anga, this exhibit showcases pieces that are not only visually stunning, but also promote the values of conservation and environmental responsibility. From wearable art pieces to visual documentaries and installations, this display has something for everyone.
Soho Beach House Miami
Art Talk with Miles Regis, Thursday 2 February
Join curator Octavia Yearwood for the launch of Reflections, a new exhibition from Trinidadian artist, Miles Regis. He is a mixed-media artist whose work reflects the profound messages of love and unity that provide inspiration in all aspects of his life. His juxtaposition of simple black-and-white structure with the complex dimensions of texture and colour reflects struggle, strength and triumph. Come and listen to a discussion about Regis’s visual art, wearable art, and how he incorporates VR and audio production in his practice.
BPM Wellness presents: Black history through music, Wednesday 8 February
Join us in the Snug for an interactive night of trivia and conversation as we discuss Black history as told through music. More than words to a melody, music has long been a beacon of hope, safety and empowerment for African Americans, and it plays an enormous role in shifting the trajectory of a nation divided.
One Night Only: chef JJ Johnson, 24 February
In celebration of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we are proud to announce the return of JJ Johnson to the House. Johnson is an award-winning chef, founder, TV personality and author who presents an environment for connection through food that transcends people, memories and generations.
Catch Johnson at this intimate edition of One Night Only in the Library. Dinner is $75 per person and includes a drink pairing.
Soho Pool House Miami
Business of beats: Timbaland, Sunday 19 February
Music producer, rapper, singer-songwriter and record executive, Timbaland, joins us at the Pool House for a fireside chat. Zayd, cofounder of Light Energy Labs, leads the conversation as moderator, while both provide guidance on how to leverage ventures with tech and learn the business side of music production. Hear about Timbaland’s journey and how he is still innovating within his field with emerging technologies like Web3 and NFTs.
Soho House Nashville
Healing with Everybody vs Racism, Wednesday 15 February
This midweek centering meditation session with Everybody vs Racism is hosted by multidisciplinary artist Shabazz Larkin. Join us in the cinema to make space for yourself as Larkin gives simple instructions for bringing awareness to the body, the sensory experience, the breath, and finally to centre. His instruction is steeped in the Zen tradition of connecting to our present moment with mindful awareness.
Sign up here.
Salute to Black music with the TSU band, Friday 17 February
Join us in the Sock Room for the ‘Support Everybody Black’ series in collaboration with The Grammy-nominated Tennessee State University Band hosted by Everybody vs Racism. This series is aimed at amplifying Black voices in music through education, awareness, call to action, and funky sounds.
Click here for more.