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Welcome to the Archives of Velvet Magazine! For those of you who might not know, Velvet was Prague's first city magazine and sadly published just a few issues. I, Jeffree from Think Magazine, designed the very last issue of Velvet, which was killed the day it was to go to press... and thus, I turned my attention to making Think. A lot of the contact, adresses and business information here is too old to be useful, but why not take a walk down memory lane and enjoy yourself?


By Anne Renahan

o one wanted the place," said Arnie Benson, 28, owner of Subway. "But I saw it and knew I could do something with it." And he has. Since opening in April, Subway has become a fixture in Prague's nightlife, attracting those nocturnal locals who apparently do not have day jobs. Though the place fills up quickly, it hits a certain stride in the wee hours after everything except The Roxy and Masarykovo nadrazi is closed.

The club is divided neatly into two sections. The front room is a cozy jazz den with live music every night and plenty of wooden booths and scattered tables to sink into. There is a mezzanine level if you're looking for a secluded spot to make out, but retaining pillars obstruct the view of the band and heat and smoke tend to collect up there as the night goes on. Past the bar and through a passageway is the club's meal ticket, an oppressively dark and crowded disco. Loud and packed with liquored-up young people, it's more fun than a barrel o' junkies. Drink three shots of Becherovka the minute you get in and dance yourself into a sick Bacchanalian frenzy. In what seems like minutes you'll find you're running late for the 5:00 AM tram.

A rotating cast of DJ's play a wide variety of music. "Thursdays are reggae, Friday's rock/disco can include anything from Seventies rock to Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine. Live bands are also occasionally scheduled. Drinks are reasonably priced, with Staropramen at 18 Kc, Guinness at 40 Kc, and wine 22 Kc.

During the day the garden is open for live music and dining, and at night it's available for dancers who need a little air. Art exhibits and Sunday afternoon films are also planned and Benson plans to rent the club out during the day to theater groups.

"I want it to be a place where the beer flows like water and the music is good," said a smiling Benson.


 

 

Cover credits

  Pg. 07 Editor's Letter
  Pg. 09 FIRST: Ghost Busker
  Pg. 10 The King is Dead
  Pg. 10 Kik's Kaka
  Pg. 11 Trick of the Trade
  Pg. 11 Telephone Obsessive
  Pg. 12 The H.O.G.s are here
  Pg. 12 Fugazers
  Pg. 13 Windex
  Pg. 14-15 POLAROID: Laurie Anderson
  Pg. 17 Letter From L.A.
  Pg. 18-19 6 Kc and Peace of Mind
  Pg. 20-23 Velvet Devolution
  Pg. 24-27 FASHION: Cafe Couture
  Pg. 31 REVIEW: Jiri David's "Hidden Image"
  Pg. 32 Czech Cubism 1911-1919
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Klub Lavka
  Pg. 33 REVIEW: Subway Club
  Pg. 34 MUSIC: The Ecstacy of St. Theresa
  Pg. 36 RESTAURANTS: Here's the Boeuf
  Pg. 37 RESTAURANTS: Comedy Cafe Akropolis
  Pg. 42 COFFEE: Meduza Kavarna
  Pg. 43 ALTERNAMALL: Jilska 22
  Pg. 44 SHOPS: Ligne Roset
  Pg. 45 Above & Beyond
  Pg. 47-48 BOOKS: Expat Mixed Bag
  Pg. 50-51 MUSIC REVIEWS
  Pg. 54-55 MOVIES: Karlovy? Very.
  Pg. 52 Scene
  Pg. 53 LAST: Intro to Cool.
   
 

Volume 1, Number 1
August 1995

Editor and Publisher MICHAEL WAYNE JR.

Executive Editor CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Senior Editors
WALTER R. DEVINE, JOYCE-ANN GATSOULIS

Associate Editor
SUSANNAH ROSENSTOCK

Editorial Assistants
HELENA SIPKOVA
MAURA GEDID

Contributing Editors NICHOLE ACHS
OMRI BEN-AMOS
MATT WELCH

Contributing Writers RADHA BURGESS, LOU CHARBONNEAU, DAVID FREELING, JOHN HECK, MARKETA JIRASKOVA, ANNE RENAHAN, JENNIFER TORPIE, LAURA ZAM


Creative Director GERMAIN E. DESEVE

Senior Designer
CLARE MANIAS

Production Associates STEVE ROWLAND
D.A. STRUBLE

Staff Photographer ZUZANA OPLATKOVA

Contributing Photographers
SEAN GALLUP,
AHMED RAHIM

Publicity
MICHELLE LEGGE


Advertising Director CHRISTOPHER LOVERING


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