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16 Aug

A Clockwork Orange @ COFA

If you haven’t read the book yet, quickly do it now! We’ll wait…

You done now? Good, because Stanley Kubrick’s amazing 1971 film version is screening tomorrow night. Get over to the COFA Common Room (on the first floor of E block at COFA’s Paddington campus) at 6:30pm. Aside from the free screening there will also be mulled wine! The screening is taking place as part of UNSW’s annual Arts Week. You can check out what else is happening by downloading the program here.

Red Bull Thre3style

This competition has been making the rounds here and internationally. The Red Bull Thre3style finally lands in Sydney this Saturday with 8 of the states best DJs battling it out at Upstairs Beresford. This qualifier round will see each DJ performing a 15 minute set during which they must include least three different music genres. Sampology and Yacht Club DJs will also be there to keep the night rolling till late.

Fifties Fair

Women’s oppression! Racial segregation! The constant threat of nuclear war! Although the website claims that this weekend’s festival will be “the ultimate celebration of all things 1950s”, these things probably won’t feature too heavily at Rose Siedler House this Sunday, which is probably for the best. Instead you’ll be given full license to dress up in your fifties Sunday best and roam the grounds of one of Sydney’s most important architectural sites. The will be tours of the house, along with rockabilly dancers, fashion awards, car displays and a range of vintage collectors and dealers selling everything from clothes to kitchenware.

Tickets are $25/20, and there will be a courtesy bus to and from Turramurra station on the day.



Ways to avoid a boring July

5 Jul

underbelly arts festival

This time last year I remember getting up on dark, disgustingly cold mornings, catching the bus to circular quay and hopping on a very windy ferry to Cockatoo Island. Why the hell did I do that? Because scattered around the island were hundreds of amazing art works as part of the Sydney Biennale, and I got to roam around them with a walkie talkie! Awesome. It was the perfect setting, countless sculptures, photos paintings and films were hidden and weaved between the island’s mess of abandoned buildings. Thankfully others have picked up on how rad this place is and are putting it to great use. This month the Underbelly Arts Festival will be taking over, with two weeks of workshops, talks and tours in the lead up to the major festival day on July 16. Until the 12th, resident artists will be giving a behind the scenes preview of their festival projects, as well as a chance to join in on their creation. With over 150 artists working on 24 projects, Underbelly 2011 is definitely worth the windy ferry ride.

world press photo 2011

You know those stupidly posed photos of grinning MPs shaking hands with school kids , or angry citizens looking at potholes in their street that always seem to be in your local paper? They will not be in this exhibition. The State Library will be showcasing the award winning photos from this years Word Press Photo competition. The exhibition features the best photo journalists from around the world and and offers a range of confronting and enlightening global perspectives. Drop by the library before it ends on the 24th, it’s totally free.

secret wars

So on the website this thing promotes itself as a Fight Club-esque battle of artists held in the shadowy underworld of the city. Really it’s just a bunch of hipsters gathering at Oxford Art Factory to watch some art in the making. It’s cool, but not a young-Brad-Pitt-shirtless-and-bloody type of cool. Artists are given just 90 minutes, black paint and a white wall to make something awesome and hopefully a place in the final. The next round will be taking place on Wednesday July 20 and tickets are $12

fbi social

So that temporary residency thing that fbi had at the Kings Cross Hotel? Totally permanent now! Every Thursday-Saturday  fbi will be bringing you more parties, performances and events on level 2. And what better way to celebrate than with a huge freakin party this Friday? There will be four whole floors of amazing Sydney acts playing all night for just $15!

bastille day

What is it with July and national pride? First it was Canada Day (eyy?), then Independence Day, now the French are getting in on the action too. At least it gives us a good excuse to eat nothing but croissants and nutella crepes all day (you guys can keep the snails and fois gras, eurgh!). Also a bonus is the amazing Bastille Day shindig Alliance Française de Sydney is holding at the City Hotel. Featuring free champagne on arrival, DJ’s till late and a “cabaret extraordinaire” all for just $15 (that is if you’re under 30, but it’s not like you’ll be taking your parents with you).

Lights, Music & Ideas Worth Spreading…Oh, and Feathers

24 May

Vivid Festival

It’s that time of year again; Vivid is back with a brand new program of lights, music and ideas! There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on, from light sculptures scattered around the CBD, creative types tackling big issues at the MCA and a huge range of acts playing the Opera House.  This weekend make sure you head along for the lighting of the Opera House sails, the Vivid Sydney Night Markets and maybe even drop by Sony Lounge, the festival’s high-tech pop-up bar. Cut Copy & Architecture In Helsinki are also kicking off the Vivid Live program this Saturday, with plenty more amazing acts to come in the next week. Modular’s Steven Pavlovic has curated a fantastic line up of events for this year’s Vivid Sydney so make sure you check out what’s on


TEDx is back this Saturday with an amazing line-up of speakers. There will be some familiar names, such as The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel, musician Paul Kelly and Silverchair’s Daniel Johns, however the best thing about TEDx is listening to someone talk for 15 minutes about something you’ve never heard about before. There will be plenty of that this year; a bird behaviourist, an astronaut, a biomedical animator and a corporate anthropologist are just some of the speakers featured on the bill.  There are no theatre seats left, but you can still attend the TEDx CarriageWorks forum for free! If your feeling too lazy for that, you can always stream the day live via youtube. Head to the website for more details

Australian Burlesque Festival

Good god, the festivals just keep coming. This Friday the Australian Burlesque Festival will be kicking off it’s nationwide tour with a one night only stop at The Red Room. The huge line up of Australian and international acts is bursting with show girls, songstresses and strong men. Yes, there will be one of those old-timey strong men there, as well as a couple of tassel twirlers, acrobats and pole dancers thrown in for good measure. It sold out last year, so burlesque fans should grab their tickets quick smart!

Long time, no writing about stuff for you to see.

17 May

Oh dear I’ve been a terrible blogger!

Here, have some events.

Sydney Writer’s Festival

The Sydney Writer’s Festival is back for another year and boy is it big. Many events are already sold out but fortunately the best of the bunch still have seats and are completely free!

The Chaser Boys will be hosting they’re Empty Vessel discussion at Walsh Bay between Wednesday and Saturday at 9pm, just make sure you turn up on time to get in!

On Saturday former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, Gruen Transfer regular Jane Caro and leading finance writer Trevor Sykes will be taking  a look at the art of spin in media discourse in Spin Cycle.

There will also be some interesting talks about the challenges facing journalism like WikiLeaks and the Challenge for Journalism, a look at Wikileaks’ place in the world of reporting and the public’s right to freedom of information.

If you don’t mind forking out a little bit, why not join political and journalism heavy weights in the panel discussion,A Good Leader is Hard to Find? Ok, that may sound dull to some of you, but Kerry O’Brien, Bob Ellis and Bob Carr will be there, so it should be a pretty lively discussion

There will also be a Zine Fair on the last day of the festival. Not just any Zine Fair, but the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, so make sure you’re at the MCA on Sunday.

There’s loads of others things on, just check out the SWF website for more.

 The Finders Keepers Markets

So it’s nearly Winter now. You can tell because those crazy cold mornings are tempting us into potentially daggy behaviour, like wearing your pyjama pants to uni or hiding your unkempt bed hair under a large beanie. Thank goodness then that Finders Keepers are back in town to give us a well needed injection of style. Alongside the amazing threads on sale from local designers, the markets will also be showcasing emerging artists and musicians. Carriage Works will be hosting the event this Friday and Saturday, so just head to Redfern station and follow the long line of hipsters winding down Wilson Street. For more info head to the website

52 Suburbs

I try not to be a jealous blogger, but I cant help but I can’t help but be a little green with envy at Louise Hawson’s beautiful photo blog 52 Suburbs. After a scary brush with a white tail spider, Hawson picked up an SLR and has since been snapping thousands of photos around Sydney’s widely  spread suburbs. In avoiding typical tourist spots, Hawson has developed a knack for revealing the character of each suburb. Rather than creating an image of Sydney that revolves around the Harbour, Rawson has developed a patchwork that captures all the city’s little quirks. If trawling through the crazy amount of photos on her website is a little too much for you then don’t fret, Museum of Sydney is hosting an exhibition of Rawson’s work until October.

Gore on show & indie cred for sale

4 Apr

A Night of Horror International Film Festival

A festival of blood, screams and all things gore. How lovely! Kicking off last Thursday, the festival program is brimming with some of the best local and international films out there, alongside a few special events. Fans of fright will be able to enjoy a mixture of contemporary and classic horror features, as well as short film screenings and workshops. There will even be a horror screenwriting forum this Thursday night, where some of the brightest filmmakers from the festival will be dishing tips on everything from writing a great horror story to getting that story on the screen. Check out the website for everything that’s happening this week –

Garage Sale Trail

Love trawling through people’s garbage but hate lurking around at night to avoid angry neighbours? Well you’re in luck my friend. This weekend garages around the country will be opened up to junk collectors of all sorts as part of the national Garage Sale Trail. Wether it’s comic books, retro furniture, old records or vintage threads you’re after at one of the hundreds of garage sales already registered in Sydney. Even the City of Sydney Council is getting involved, hosting garage sales at Glebe and Surry Hills libraries as well as providing maps to the best spots in those suburbs. Find out more about what’s on sale and where here; or just wonder the streets on Sunday until you find something rad!

Oestrogen Love Fest 2011

3 Mar

aka International Women’s Day in taking place on Tuesday March 8.
This year IWD turns 100, and for those out of the loop, this is not a day to celebrate  boobs, sandwiches and PMS. Instead it is a day where we celebrate the achievements of women all around the world and use these achievements to inspire and empower others.
Unfortunately IWD doesn’t really have the same standing it does in other countries. Did you know it’s an official holiday in almost 30 countries and women get honoured with small presents and flowers?!
Anyways, there will still be a few cool events running on Tuesday if you’re feeling the lady love.
Crafternoon Tea @ Reverse Garbage

This place is so rad. You can get lost in here for hours looking through piles of old children’s video boxes and kitsch 3D pictures of puppies and flowers. If you have never been to Reverse Garbage, it’s basically a not-for-profit co op not unlike a giant industrial style reject shop. There are two in Sydney, the original giant shed within the grounds of the Addison Road Centre in Marrickville and more recently a more designer/artist friendly addition in Taylor Square. This Crafternoon Tea will be taking place at the former from 2.30 – 4pm, so make sure you’re there to get creative, help the planet and eat cake with a bunch of other lovely ladies.


WOW Film Festival

If you haven’t had enough of short films since Tropfest, pop into Customs House from 12.15 – 1pm. To kick off the Annual World Of Women Film Festival and celebrate the centenary of IWD, the event will showcase a selection of  short films made by women. There will also be a Q&A session with the Festival Director Sil-Nyin Cameron so head along to see some great shorts and support women in film.


Leona Edmiston Luncheon

If you have $130 dollars lying around, why not join Leona Edmiston to celebrate her label’s 10 year anniversary and IWD all in one hit. You’ll get to enjoy a 3 course lunch with matching wines, a fashion parade of Edmiston’s AW11 collection and a few words from the lady herself about her inspiration for the collection and views on & tips for this season’s trends. The luncheon will take place at Pendolino in the Strand Arcade at 12:30pm.

If you have another $130 lying around after you’ve booked your ticket, why not take me with you?


Jurassic Lounge

Jurassic Lounge is going all girly on us, adding a few lady bits to their regular Tuesday night activities. Alongside the creepy skeletons and pythons doing the rounds, there will be tarot card readings, Cunningpants of Snatch & Grab Dj’s in the Silent Disco, as well as a screening of Dena Curtis’ documentry 8 Ladies (don’t worry, there will almost definitely be more than 8 ladies there on the night!).

$15 entry on the door includes a free drink, so head to the Australian Museum between 5:30 and 9:30pm.


Happy IWD! Don’t forget, small presents and flowers would be greatly appreciated.


Your friends,



March For The Exhibitionists

28 Feb

If you wake up tomorrow feeling a little bit more colourful or creative, don’t panic! It’s only Art Month int the CoS.

No this does not mean you should add a whole bunch more blurry black & white pics to your flickr. I’m sorry man, your photography sucks. But it’s okay, because throughout March there will be plenty of stuff on to get you inspired.

The program has been split up into four precincts, so you can easily check out what’s happening near you or plan a day trip accross the city. Talks, workshops, walking tours, live music nights and luncheons will be taking place all over town so check out the webste

Map guides –

Main website  –

Here are just a few of the things that caught aroundsydney‘s eye.

ARTcycle (link)

Every Saturday during Art Month bike tours of each precinct will be running. Guided by various biking enthusiasts, artists and Fbi hosts alike, these tours are a great way to explore, learn more about local artists and gain buns of steel all in one day!

Make Clover Moore’s dreams come true, GEDDON YER BIKE!

More details here

Creative Conversations (link)

Creative Conversations will be bringing together artists and fashion designers to talk about their collaborations at the lovely National Art School in Darlinghurst on March 23rd. Akira Isogawa will be there to discuss his collaboration with artist Lindy Lee, and sculptor Adam Laerkesen will be talking about his works for sass & bide. The talks will focus on the relationship between art and fashion and are a great opportunity to hear some of the Australian creative world’s best talk in depth about their work.

Sadly it’s not a free event, tickets will set you back $25  and can be bought from the website.

Marrickville Open Studio Trail (link)

An open day for studios and art spaces in Marrickville, MOST will be most worth the trip into the inner west.

With everything from printmaking to woodwork on show there will be a lot to cram in in just one day. For the really keen people out there, there will be two different walking tours running.  In the morning take the street art tour through the colourful lane ways around Newtown & Enmore. If you still have energy after that, the ARI (Artist Run Initiative) tour from 2-5pm will show you around artist run galleries, exhibitions and studios.

You can download the map from the title link or head to the Marrickville Council website for a run down on everything happening on the day.

Art After Work (link)

All you really need to know about this is free drinks. You’re welcome.

Happy Art Month!

Food & Booze in Hyde Park!

25 Feb

Listen up booze hounds.

The New South Wales Wine Festival is kicking off this week with Sydney Cellar Door.

Wineries from all over the state are setting up shop in Hyde Park, with tasting packages starting from $20 for 5 tokens.

Yes, for that price you could buy a goon sack or two, but maybe know’s the time to graduate to the real stuff!

Some of Sydney’s best restaurants will be there too. You’ll be able to eat food from Porteno without waiting forever for a table! Everything from rice paper rolls to garlic snails will be on offer from 11-6pm this Saturday & Sunday.

Free Entry + Picnic Blanket + Good Wine + Good Food = a very pleasant weekend indeed

Happy Weekend.

Your friends,