Au Revoir – I had fun

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Dear Odd Friends,

 

For the past four years art, music, design & food has been my life. What an amazing experience and incredible journey with great people. However the time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life. As of the 1st of October I will no longer be the owner of oDD Café (but I will always be part of the oDD family).

 

oDD Café has accomplished SO much in the last four years, yes we’ve been open for FOUR years. We were the first café in the country to combine art , design, music and food. We are really proud of what we have accomplished, specifically on the music side of things in collaboration with Darryl Torr & Openroom, a sound studio on street level, something that has not been done or tried before in SA.

 

The amount of artists that have walked through our front doors and went on to make a big success of themselves is amazing. We have had emerging musicians, graphic artists, designers and supported small businesses by having pop-up stores. Artists such as  Conrad Bo, from the super stroke movement, Chad Farah & Sarah Britten have all exhibited with us. Beukes & Deleney, Carrie Wolf  and  Paper Plan City are just some of the music success stories.

 

We created one of the larger graffiti walls this side of Jozi and we have come full circle. We started out with Mars (Who tagged the balconies upstairs) and we ended with him doing a live graffiti show on Heritage Day.

 

We have been revolutionary, we have been controversial, we were very vocal about the Fankies issue with Woolworth, we supported the 1%. We donated to the twitter Blanket Drive and other charities. We SURE had a lot of fun in the process.

 

We have been voted as one of the top 10 music venues & one of the top 10 café’s in Jozi, and for that and all our other accolades we are thankful & humbled. We’ve loved what we did and we loved that you were a part of it. The friends of oDD Café have been phenomenal. I have learnt so much from you all and have had lots of fun. It is very sad that I need to leave, but I am excited about the legacy I leave behind for oDD Café. So this is not my goodbye but rather my au revoir, as you will still often see me sipping my soy cappuccino in one of the best spots in Greenside.

 

Until next time,

 

Christina Patricios

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#ODDCafeCares with twitter blanket drive

Hi
Winter has officially arrived in SA and while we sip hot chocolate, cappuccino and and delicious warm soup others are freezing. oDD Cafe again will be involved with the Twitter Blanket Drive (@TBDAfrica) to spread some warmth to others more needy.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Spread the word at your home or office and collect as many blankets as possible.
Drop off the blankets between 26-29 May from 7am and 9pm.
Share pics of your donations using the hashtags, #ODDCafeCares and #TBD2014

Get a free cuppuccino for your effort

The #TBD2014 official handover of all blanket donations to the selected Non-Profit Organisations will take place on Thursday 29 May.

And thanks to you for caring and spreading the #ODDCafeCares

Life’s Delicious

 

oDD Cafe team

“Pop Goes Your Culture”

Photographs by Derek Smith (Please credit Derek Smith for the use of all or any photos):

“Pop Goes Your Culture” – All art by Chad Farah
Dates:  On exhibition until Thursday 30 April 2011 at Odd CaféTime:  09h00 to 20h00 daily or until the café closes.Address:  Shop1, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside JohannesburgPhone:  011 486 3631

Pop Culture Art show on till end April 2011

From the Beatles to John Lennon, Lady Gaga to Elvis Pressley, Madonna and the Looney Tunes, celebrity and popular culture is becoming an integral part of society and life. Up and coming artist Chad Farah’s visual expression of how humanity lauds cultural icons is premiering at Odd Café in Greenside, Johannesburg and will be on show to the public until the end of April 2011.
“Who can say their life hasn’t been touched in some or other way by a celebrity or icon?” says Farah, who is 22 years old and holding down a day job while trying to establish himself as an artist. “What I have explored in my show is the construction of popular culture and the types of images that are so pervasive in our lives, media and consciousness.”

Farah says people won’t come to the show and find deep hidden meanings in his art. “What you see is very much what you get, and the art speaks more to the depth of this celebrity culture and how it doesn’t have significant or deeper meaning.”

The emerging artist’s style has been described as fresh, contemporary and modern. Farah uses oils and water colours and has pioneered what he feels is a distinctive style for his work. “All my art contains a drip effect which is deliberate and planned. This first showing also pioneers a new medium that I believe is a breakthrough and which I haven’t seen used in local art before. All I can say is that people can look forward to seeing something that is edgy, new and unconventional.”

Christina Patricios, owner of Odd Café says that she relishes taking a risk in launching Farah’s work. “Johannesburg needs to celebrate its young artists and to offer them venues to take their craft to the city.” Patricios says that Odd Café was all about championing local art.

“I believe we need to take chances on unknown entities in order to create a vibrant Jozi art scene and to broaden the city’s palate and appreciation for art. There are so many talented young people who don’t get the opportunity to show the world who they are and to express themselves through their craft to a wider audience. At Odd Café we want to change that and to make a space where emerging artists feel supported, and nurtured and promoted. That they have a place that gives them an opportunity to take their art to the city.”

Odd Café is creating a name for itself by showcasing a wide array of local art. The gourmet café, come art house, come meeting place for city people has already had a graffiti exhibition and showcased a Superstroke art exhibition.

“Odd Café is all about the unexpected. When it comes to food we do comfort with a surprise or a little twist and the same goes with the art that we exhibit. We believe that complacency and mediocrity kill experience and we’re all about creating a feast of news and bold experiences that make people hungry for life.”

“Pop goes your culture” By Chad Farah
Dates: On exhibition until Thursday 30 April 2011 at Odd Café
Time: 09h00 to 20h00 daily or until the café closes.
Address: Shop1, 116 Greenway Street, Greenside Johannesburg
Phone: 011 486 3631