Culture Guide: 18-24 February

February 17th 2019
Monday 18 February

The Laugh Tub

Get together for a night of comedy and music starring Theo Murray, Declan Maher, Natalie Caro and Lauren McNaught.

WHAT: Stand-up Comedy
WHEN: Monday 18 Feb, 7-8pm
WHERE: The Laugh Tub
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Lauren Bonner, Bec Charlwood & Sian Smyth Trial Shows

Catch the latest shows from Lauren, Bec and Sian before they take them on the road! Your chance to get a free preview of some of Sydney’s best comedians

WHAT: Stand-up Comedy
WHEN: Monday 18 Feb, 7-9pm
WHERE: The Chippo Hotel
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Mardi Gras 2019 | Koori Gras

Moogahlin Performing Arts in association with Carriageworks and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras present a series of creative cultural arts events featuring local, interstate and international First Nations qweer artists, thinkers and communities.

WHAT: Mardi Gras 2019 | Koori Gras
WHEN: Feb 18 at 12 PM – Feb 23 at 11 PM
WHERE: Carriageworks, Eveleigh 
HOW MUCH: Prices vary, more info here

I Tried To Make a Horizon For You : Lottie Consalvo

Lottie Consalvo contemplates the ungraspable nature of the horizon line and its endless, enigmatic existence in new video works that will feature on the Turbine Hall Screens.

I Tried To Make a Horizon For You and I Put It Here So You Could Find It document two short performances made in dialogue with the horizon. Consalvo paints one stroke across a canvas stretched parallel to the horizon and runs along the beach with a ribbon trailing behind her. The artist aligns these futile attempts at recreating the horizon with our inability to place dimensions on the intangible.

WHAT:  I Tried To Make a Horizon For You : Lottie Consalvo
WHEN: 16th Feb – 24th March
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Contact Improvisation@Lentils

Contact improvisation it is a form of improvised dance that has been developing internationally since 1972. It involves the exploration of your body in relationship to others by using the fundamentals of sharing weight, touch, and movement awareness. If your’e interested in how that sounds then this workshop might be for you! You will be looking at the point of contact, pouring of weight, cultivating presence, locating our (and our partners’) centre, and the way spiralling adds dynamism to the interaction. You will also have some time for exploring those principles in a free-form format.

WHAT: Contact Improvisation Workshop
WHEN: 18th February
WHERE: Lentil As Anything, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $5-$20, more info here

Tuesday 19 February

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

On a night of drug-fuelled robbery, two young men find themselves hiding out on a rooftop in small town Ireland. As they wait out the police guard, a quiet tragedy unfolds of those left behind by a nation’s jagged progress. They’re also in love.

WHAT: Play
WHEN: Tuesday 19 Feb, 7:30-9pm
WHERE: Green Door Theatre Company
HOW MUCH: $20-$38, more details here

The Wolves

A beautiful, sophisticated play from New York, The Wolves presents a season in the lives of these young women. We see their anxieties, hear their secrets, watch them resolve their petty squabbles and deeper divisions.

WHAT: Play
WHEN: Tuesday 19 Feb, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Belvoir St Theatre
HOW MUCH: $30-$85, more details here

Wednesday 20 February

Committing Art Crimes in the Hall of Mirrors

An solo exhibition of new paintings by multi-talented artisan Jon Ra, exploring the self-reflexive nature of painting. The artworks are painted from photographs of scenes sculpted from painted clay.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6-9pm, Wednesday 20 Feb
WHERE: Farr Side Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Rebels of the Neon God

Tsai Ming-liang’s debut feature thrums with the energy of an iconoclast director coming into his own. Shown in association with the current exhibition ‘Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei’

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: Wednesday 20 Feb, 2pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Thursday 21 February

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

Kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is a touring exhibition and series of workshops that celebrates the Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of shell-stringing, and the generations of makers who have sustained the tradition

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 21 Feb, 6-8pm
WHERE: The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Amy Suo Wu: Thunderclap

Thunderclap’ employs steganography to publicly redistribute the erased work of Chinese anarcho-feminist He-Yin Zhen (1886–1920) through the medium of clothing accessories. Steganography is the art and science of hiding in plain sight – a form of secret writing that disguises hidden information in public to evade surveillance, censorship and control.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 21 Feb, 6-8pm
WHERE: Artspace
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Friday 22 February

Rendering

Rendering comprises contemplative accounts of time, the everyday, and the sublime in the digital age as a series confusing reality for virtual landscapes. For one night only, Sydney artist Frankie Chow will screen a selection of works that was produced in Hrisey, an island within Eyjafjörður, the largest fjord in Iceland.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: Friday 22 Feb, 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Down/Under Space
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Koori Gras: Blak Point

Blak Point is a communal “feed” and community forum for LGBTIQ+A first nations people to discuss topics of relevance to our communities. This year Koori Gras Co-Curator and facilitator Jinny-Jane Smith (ACON) talks with Qweer Blak Women about their experiences, needs and services. This event is open to female-identifying people only.

WHAT: Discussion forum
WHEN: Friday 22 Feb, 6-9pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Sound and Sense

Sound and Sense is bringing together emerging poets, artists, and live music acts to ask, what is poetry? Seeking out, destroying and remaking our understanding of what poetry can be.

WHAT: Performance event
WHEN: Friday 22 Feb, 7-10:30pm
WHERE: Kings Cross Hotel
HOW MUCH: $20, more details here

Saturday 23 February

Found Flora Workshop

Join artists from the exhibition ‘Though flowers fall, I have never forgotten you’ for a found flora workshop. Artists will lead you on a journey through the Botanic gardens, collecting natural materials to then use in a hands on workshop back at the gallery.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: Saturday 23 Feb, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Peacock Gallery Auburn
HOW MUCH: Free, RSVP here

Around the Outside #1: Do You Know This Feeling?

Around The Outside #1 provides an opportunity to expand upon the themes of Firstdraft’s current exhibition ‘Do You Know This Feeling?,’ curated by Sebastian Henry-Jones. There will be a screening of Trinh T. Minh Ha’s cinematic work Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989), with contributions by Jake Atienza and Chi Tran.

WHAT: Research forum
WHEN: Saturday 23 Feb, 12-4pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: Free, more details here

Sunday 24 February

Queer Thinking Day 2

The brightest minds and biggest mouths of the broad queer church descend on Carriageworks in Darlington to discuss and dissect, to dissent and disagree about the fights and focus of our community. After more than 40 years of pride and protest, what can we do better and who are we leaving behind?

WHAT: Keynote Speeches
WHEN: Sunday 24 Feb, 5pm
WHERE: Carriageworks
HOW MUCH: $10-$45, more details here

Mardi Gras Film Festival: Maurice

A special 4K digital restoration of Academy Award-winning director James Ivory’s sumptuous 1987 drama. Based on E.M Forster’s posthumously published autobiographical novel, Maurice transports the viewer into the highly repressed world of the privileged classes in early 20th Century Edwardian Britain

WHAT: Film screening
WHEN: Sunday 24 Feb, 1-4pm
WHERE: Queer Screen, L7 46 Kippiax St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $17.90-$19.90, more details here

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