News, events and insights at Cafe Portico.
In support of Relay for Life Cancer Research Lincolnshire we’re very pleased to welcome back this unique duo who have stretched the boundaries of what can be done in the acoustic blues genre, by creating the sound of a five piece band played by only two members. Using live looped bass lines they combine harps, guitar, vocals and floor stomp box to give a full band sound.
This summer, Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of landscapes by the much-loved British painter L.S. Lowry – the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death. Focusing on the best of Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes , this timely and carefully selected exhibition aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution to art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.
Federico Barocci (about 1533–1612) though now forgotten was in his day celebrated as one of the most talented artists of late 16th century Italy.Fascinated by the human form, he fused charm and compositional harmony with an unparalleled sensitivity to colour.
When George Bellows (1882-1925) died he was considered one of the greatest artists in America. His fascination with New York’s gritty urban landscape and the diversity of its inhabitants, made him both an artist of the modern city and an insightful observer of the early 20th century.
Living out many people’s fantasies, Stu Larsen, of ‘no fixed abode’, travels the world following opportunities wherever they take him. Luckily for us, he carries with him his guitar and a catalogue of acoustic folk songs to share. With tours through Australia, Japan, the UK and Europe be sure not to miss him as his trail winds through our venue for an evening.
Café Portico favorites The Warbirds return with an evening full of beautifully written, heartfelt indie-pop songs. The boys have courted a lot of coverage of late, chances are you’ve heard them either on BBC Radio Lincs (as their National Tip for the song ‘Kid On The Street’), in any Co-op around the country (as their artists of the week) or at the Oxjam music festival in Lincoln.
In particular the author, Tony Naylor, praised our customer service and our crazy salads, describing the one he ordered as “phenomenal”.
Here’s what he had to say about us (or click here to see the full online feature):
“Portico’s owner, Sim Bellandini, has the right attitude. When I phoned ahead, to check what time he serves lunch until on a Friday, he said around 4pm, but if I was going to be late, just let him know, and he would sort something out. He didn’t know I was reviewing it. I was just a punter on the phone. Then there are his “crazy” salads. Choose one or two sandwich fillings, promises the chalkboard menu, and the kitchen will build you a showpiece salad around it. This is no hype. Topped with plenty of tender, nicely fatty free-range roast pork (from Gainsborough’s Redhill Farm), dressed in a rugged Italian tomato sauce, a sample salad was a healthy hillock of adventure, its 12 or so components ranging from oats to shredded fennel. For £6.50, it was phenomenal. Little wonder that this boxy space off the lobby of the Terrace – office space for the creative industries – was packed. While the daytime menu is broadly Italian (pastas, deli platters, toasted pannetone on the breakfast menu), Portico is also open late on Fridays, for regular music events. When there’s a gig on, Bellandini serves a set menu (one course, £9.50) that reflects who’s playing. For instance, US dishes on a blues night.
• Daytime menu, dishes £3.95-£8.95. The Terrace, Grantham Street, 07956 653156, blog.cafeportico.co.uk“
The catwalk returns to Café Portico showcasing a Vintage special.
Featuring genuine vintage clothing plus vintage styles and a chance to walk away with something special from the after show sale.
Come to Café Portico for a bit of Bazil in Blighty. In celebration of Mardi Gras we will be hosting a Brazilian themed evening, including cocktails, beers, food, live Samba music and dancing tutorial.
The evenings itinerary looks like this:
7.30pm- free Caiprinha cockail
8pm- Food with Brazilian background music
9.30pm- Live Samba band
10-11pm- A professional Samba dancer to teach some moves to up and coming ‘Strictly’ customers!
11-12pm- Brazilian music and more drinks
In support of Breast Cancer Care, local favourite Colin returns to Café Portico with fellow jazz musicians. Their acoustic Jazz style is based on a fusion of the exuberant Hot Club de Paris music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli mixed with more recent developments in modern jazz to stimulate your soul.
We’re hosting this evening to help support Faye Bowser in raising money for Breast Cancer Care. She will also be taking part in 3 events in 2013 to raise sponsorship – the Lincoln 10k, a gruelling ‘Tough Mudder’ event and a challenging cycle from London to Paris! For more information please visit: www.justgiving.com/FayeBowser
This is a great cause providing services and support to those affected by breast cancer. Thank you for your support!
Liteside are a six-piece swing, Latin and party band. “We call our music Latin jazz for people who don’t think they like jazz. It’s jazz-based but on the lighter side. We play sweet, foot-tapping tunes and smooth ballads for you to dance and bop around to. From swing to boogie-woogie, rock & roll, classic pop such as the Beatles, Latin and jazz rock.”