Culture Guide 5-11 November: Barkers & Biters, Personal Best, A Cheery Soul & More!

November 5th 2018
Monday 5th November

NIDA production: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Expect big hair, big shoulders and a band that is smokin’ hot in this new NIDA production. Before Carrie was having sex in the city, Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge were forging their own path in a newly liberated world. Now, NIDA’s actors will inhabit all the complications of this frenetic, stylish comedy.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: Monday 5 November, 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: NIDA
HOW MUCH: $18-$28, more details here

A Cheery Soul

Meet Miss Docker: the delightfully ghastly anti-hero of this celebrated Australian classic. She is relentlessly upbeat – the quintessential ‘cheery soul’. This theatre production uses poetic language and piercing satire to peel back the scalp of the Australian mind and reveal the underlying horror of 1960s suburbia.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: Monday 5 November, 8pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $81-$108, more details here

Tuesday 6th November

Tommy's Tuesday Nights Live

Each Tuesday night Tommy Misa hosts Tuesday Nights Live at The Bearded Tit where anything and everything goes. Brimming with performance this night is focused on diversifying the entertainment industry.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: Tuesday 6 November, 7:30pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

The Creative Case for Diversity

Abid Hussain in conversation with Paula Abood will speak about the creative case for diversity, as well as policies, research and practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the arts and media.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Tuesday 6 November, 11:30am-1pm
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Wednesday 7th November

November Exhibitions at Firstdraft

This November Firstdraft opens up four incredible new shows by Jelena Telecki, Tom Blake, Jade Boyd and CHI CHI. From painting and sculpture to oyster mushrooms, these four very different shows will have something for everyone.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Wednesday 7 October, 6-8pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Cosmic Futures

This film series unites early Soviet slapstick, Moscow high melodrama and sci-fi masterpieces. This Wednesday’s film is Russian Ark. In 96 minutes – the longest uninterrupted Steadicam shot in cinema history – you’ll be taken on a journey through Russian imperial history and culture.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: Wednesday 7 November, 2-3:30pm & 7:30-9pm
WHERE: Australian Gallery of NSW
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Thursday 8th November

Barkers & Biters

Tales of man’s best friend – told from an Australian perspective – are explored through art, in aMBUSH Gallery’s new group exhibition, ‘Barkers & Biters’. From the city to the bush, the lives of domestic, working and wild dogs (and the myths and legends that surround them) are examined alongside the relentless search for a modern Australian identity.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 8 November, 6-9pm
WHERE: aMBUSH Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Personal Best

Originally, a personal best was a sporting term, describing the greatest achievement one had ever had. Now it could be argued that achieving one’s personal best is an underlying motivation for every action we take. This exhibition asks the question-what is it about the human condition that makes us push ourselves to be faster, higher and stronger and how does ‘wellness’ fit into this dialogue?

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Thursday 8 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Friday 9th November

Nganampa ara kunpu kanyintjaku: Yangupala tjutaku tjukurpa To be strong is to keep culture safe: A young fella story

This exhibition of male artists from APY art centres explores themes of connection to county and protecting culture, country and family. “We are telling our stories in new ways now, through the Kulata Tjuta project, through photography, through painting and dance.” – Anwar Young, Emerging Anangu Leader from Amata

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Friday 9 November, 6-8pm
WHERE: APY Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Artist Talks: Primavera

Primavera is the MCA’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Meet the artists of ‘Primavera 2018’ in this series of talks from artists Phuong Ngo, Hoda Afshar, Spence Messih and Jason Phu across Friday & Saturday.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Friday 9 & Saturday 10 November, times vary
WHERE: The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Saturday 10th November

Oceania Pacifica Festival

A unique forum addressing climate change and the future of Oceania contemporary art where Pacific Creatives and Cultural workers to share thoughts, ideas and vision for our people connected to the Blue continent and art making and presentation. It includes an holistic range of guest speakers across a range of industries related to the Oceania and Pacifica.

WHAT: Talk
WHEN: Saturday 10 November, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Desire Lines: Tracing the archipelago

Responding to Kudos Gallery’s current exhibition ‘Tracing the archipelago’, curatorial collective Desire Lines have been invited to explore the social and structural terrains of the surrounding UNSW Art and Design Paddington area through a unique art walk.

WHAT: Performance event
WHEN: Saturday 10 November, 2-4pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

Sunday 11th November

Weapons for the soldier

Weapons for the soldier, will bring together 41 important Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in Australia who have made new work to examine complex and varied responses to weaponry, warfare, and their connection to protecting land and country.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: Sunday 11 November, 10:30am
WHERE: Hazelhurst Arts Centre
HOW MUCH: FREE, more details here

A Likely Story: Best Laid Plans

This month storytellers share tales of their most carefully laid plans going delightfully awry. Learn from our mistakes, or don’t; either way, it’s sure to be a hoot. Head along for a night of laughs as the crème de la crème of local storytellers take to the floor and spill their guts for your entertainment.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: Sunday 11 November, 7-9pm
WHERE: Café Lounge
HOW MUCH: $10, more details here

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