Kiki de Montparnasse Valentine’s soirée at Hardy’s Brasserie

Kiki knew how to get a party started

As reported on the Forbidden Planet International blog this morning, SelfMadeHero has teamed up with our favourite London restaurant, Hardy’s Brasserie to throw an alternative Valentine’s Day dinner as part of our celebrations to mark the publication of José-Luis Bocquet and Catherine Muller’s graphic novel biography of Kiki de Montparnasse.

This from Hardy’s Restauranteur Dominique de Bastarrechea, about what you can expect during the evening…

“Join us on 14th February for an alternative Valentine’s soirée to celebrate the launch of ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’ – a graphic biography that celebrates the life of an exceptional artist, model, painter and bohemian fixture of 1920’s Paris! Join us for communal coq au vin and poire belle hélène. You can book a table from 7pm and we’ll have burlesque entertainment from Marianne Cheesecake after 8pm and 9pm. Each diner will be served a complimentary cherry bellini and be given a signed copy of ‘Kiki’ as Valentine’s gift from SelfMadeHero.

As this is an alternative soiree, we welcome bookings of any number – surprise your Valentine with a table for two or reserve a large table for friends. We’ll have more Kiki-themed surprises throughout the evening.

To reserve a table please call
020 7935 5929″

Sounds good, eh? We’ll also have José-Luis Bocquet and Catherine Muller – the multi-award winning author and illustrator of Kiki – as our guests of honour alongside the book’s translator, Nora Mahony who is coming from Dublin for the dinner (she must be really hungry).

The full menu can be seen here, with the vegetarian option to be confirmed in the week before Valentine’s Day:

The Valentine's menu from Hardy's

If you don’t think you know who Kiki is, then you may have seen an image of her and just not realised it was her. “Kiki” – born Alice Prin b.1901 – was an artists’ model and muse to scores of famous painters, sculptors, photographers and experimental film makers in Paris and New York in the 1920s. The images of Kiki in this Flickr slideshow may be familiar:

And this short film starring Kiki made by the photographer Man Ray and Fernand Leger is considered a classic of Surrealist cinema:

Kiki has been called “the muse of a generation” and “the first emancipated woman of the 20th century”. Her incredible influence on art and culture in the last century are brought to life in Bocquet and Catel’s biography.

ISBN 978-1-906838-25-6

Kiki de Montparnasse is published on Valentine’s Day 2011. It’s available to pre-order from all good comic shops, including Forbidden Planet International, Gosh!, Dave’s Comics and Travelling Man stores nationwide who will all be able to supply signed copies on request, while stocks last.

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