The Six Eight Kafé Blog

6/8 Kafe presents Latte/Art – Kevin Leung Chung


From now and until the 19th of September, the walls of the 6/8 play host to a series of pastels and prints from Kevin Leung Chung. His second appearance at the 6/8 features self-portraits, the divine, biblical scenes, the illusion of repetition, nightmare black and whites to serene blurry pastels, aggressive extroversion to reigned in self-awareness.

Chung - "You Have Control Over Me"

Kevin Leung Chung was born and brought up in Hong Kong. He came to the UK on his own in his late teen. After spending two and a half years on a graphic design course at De Montfort University, he left the course without graduating from it. Currently, Kevin works in new product development at a concierge company.

“The thought of having to constantly produce work does not sit well with me. I could go without picking up a pen to draw for weeks. The need to create arises only when a thought or an image becomes so vivid, and needs to detach from me to become a physical being on its own.

Chung - "Self Portrait"

Portrait is my favourite subject. I find emotion and feelings shown through facial expressions are very captivating.”

Come grab one more good summer Cold Brew’s at one of The Independent’s Top 50 Coffee Houses, have a nose at the latest art to adorn our walls.

Chung - "Order"

Slaughterhaus!


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SLAUGHTERHAUS! ‘IS’ BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING INGREDIENTS –

ALICE SWIFT – EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRO-TAP-DANCE / PERIOD DRAMA
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PEKKA SERAIRANEN – FINNISH POETRY WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES FROM OUR FAVOURITE SINO-FINO BAD BOY
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PAT GRADY – CATHOLOCISM IS TORN A NEW ONE IN THIS ONE ACT, ONE MAN, ALL OFFENSIVE PLAY

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MATT HEWSON – A PARTICIPATORY PIECE EXAMINING CORPORATE TAX AVOIDANCE, OVERSIZED CARDS AND A GIANT PROTHETIC CHIN

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JOHNNY KOWALSKI – OF THE SEXY WEIRDOES WILL DELIVER BOTH OF THOSE THINGS VIA WORDS, SOUNDS AND GLARING
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FELIX DE HELIX – THIS NORTHERN COLLAGE ARTIST / CHODELORD SUPREME HAS COOKED US UP A VERITABLE FIREBALL OF ENUNCIATED NOISE

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ALICE KENNEDY – IDIOSYNRATIC BREAKDANCING EXPLORING THE CONCEPT OF LETHARGY IN A POST-90’S GARAGE LANDSCAPE
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DARCY LUKE / ELLIO DI MUCCIO – WILL BE POLICING THE EVENING AS HALF ITALIAN, ALL FASCIST ‘ART POLICE’.

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JENNY BULCRAIG – PHOTOS BLOW, SO THIS BIRMINGHAM BASED ARTIST WILL BE ILLUSTRATING THE EVENING AS IT HAPPENS.

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MATT CULLANE – FRESH FACED FROM THE EDINBURGH FRINGE, SEE BIEBER-ESQUE STAND UP TRAGEDY / ANCIENT GREEK HILARITY

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LAURA HARRIS – IN HER STAGE DEBUT, WE’LL HEAR A DISEMBODIED VOICE OF UTTER DISDAIN FOR EVERYONE IN THE ROOM

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E-VIRUS – SPOKEN-GLITCH FROM B-TOWNS PRIMARY PURVEYOR OF ‘NOISE POETRY’ AND THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE DELOCALISED UNIVERSITY OF HERE AND THERE
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PAKI – ANTI-CAPITALIST ANARCHO-POETRY DEAL WITH IT

CURATED BY RICHARD HIGGS –

 

–       ‘Truly imaginative’ George Zielinski (The Comedy Journal)

–       ‘Like John Cage Comedy’ – Some Guy (in Little Venice, London)

–       ‘Missing the point of comedy altogether’ – Emma McAlpine, (Comedy Editor, Spoonfed)

 

PRODUCED BY JULIA ZUZZANNA JABLONSKA

 

Join us tomorrow  for a unique and bizarre night! Seatings will be first come first served.

 

Monday morning breakfast queue…


6/8 Kafé

…. I wish!! This would be the dream of every coffee shop owner, but things just don’t work out that way. We are open a few months now and day by day we are looking, feeling and acting more like an established coffee shop. We’ve even expanded our food offering beyond cookies.

I felt that we have finally arrived when FAKE magazine wanted to do their launch party here. This photo was taken by Craig during the party and summed up the buzz we are created in Birmingham and I felt it was an appropriate way to end this photo blog.

We have lift off!


Staff at Work

The launch party was quickly arranged after I was reliably informed it was a legal requirement by Steve of Hasbean.

It was great to see Helen, Craig and Lizzie in full flow serving friends and family who turned up to support us. I could relax and mingle, knowing that Lucinda was competently running the floor.

Also in attendance were coffee lovers, who would later become firm supports of the Six Eight cause, including Coventry Jim, Greg-D and not forgetting the ever-present J-man.

Sign of the times


Attaching our sign

I suppose you could say that we are sort of open for a couple of weeks now.

We open a few hours a day now, perfecting our coffee drinks. We even have a fridge.

People don’t know we are open. I wonder why … oh yes, maybe it’s something to do with the great big sign outside that’s missing.

I must re-read the “Dummies Guide to Opening a Coffee Shop” No time to relax now, our launch party is tomorrow.

Blue Monday


Blue cup

We spend the day practicing making drinks. Helen has already joined. Craig comes for an interview and gets surprised when we ask him to be the final member of the opening team just 30 minutes after the interview.

We discuss whether we should open tomorrow or not.

It’s freezing outside, we’ve no fridge, no sign, no heating, and no real food options.

Can you open just with coffee and cookies? Sod it, let’s go for it.

Watch out for the Booji Wooji Man !!!!


Paul Alcala's artwork

AKA artist Paul Alcala. Paul was born in Mexico, raised in San Francisco, lived in Vancouver and Portugal and now in Brum. When the artwork was shown to me by his son-in-law Nick, I knew I wanted it in the coffee shop.

The artwork also brought much needed colour and warmth to the whole place.

Committed to the cause


Lucinda making coffee

Lucinda becomes the first person to join Six Eight. She believes in what we are going to with the project: with the coffee, with the art, with the vibe.

I spent three days training her, on the fourth day .. I’m sure she was training me …ggrrrhh

The eagle has landed


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James and John arrived with our brand spanking new espresso machine today; this is one awesome beast in every respect.

This machine has incredible temperate control, dual boilers and looks fantastic!

All I have to do is learn how to use it.

Jailbreak !


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I went to the Hasbean Roastery today.

I spent all afternoon with Dale and Steve going through all the different espresso blends that might be suitable for us.

There were some great coffees to choose from. In the end we decided to go for Jailbreak : it was smooth and balanced as an espresso but also great with milk.

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