Culture Guide 7 May – 13 May: Facts and Fantasies, Peripheral Vision, Muva Ball & more

May 6th 2018
Monday 7th May

The Comedy Lounge Bananza Gala

Get ready for a belly laugh at The Comedy Lounge Bananza Gala. Featuring performances by the likes of Joe Shaffer and hosted by MJ Wong, this event will start your week with a grin.

WHAT: Comedy
WHEN: 7 – 10pm
WHERE: The Comedy Lounge Sydney, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $10 – more details here.

Underground Cinema: Delirium

Get ready to enter a thrilling new world and step back into time to  sinister 1950’s with DELERIUM, kicking off Undergrounds Cinema’s 2018 season this May. As a Federal Marshal you’re required to step out of the light into the untouched dark. You ask the questions no one else wants to. Walk the path of the condemned. Face the hidden insanity. Strive for the unspeakable truth. Because when you see a monster you must stop it…

WHAT: Immersive Cinema Experience
WHEN: Thursday 7th May, 7pm
WHERE: Secret Sydney Location – revealed via SMS the day before
HOW MUCH: $76.95, more info here

Tuesday 8th May

Photography of Pattie Boyd: Geroge Harrison, Eric Clapton & Me

See some of rock music’s greatest figures in this collection of playful and personal photographs, exhibited as a part of Head On Festival. Pattie Boyd has photographed public and personal events around the lives of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and their rock royalty friends.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 8 May – 2 June
WHERE: Blender Gallery, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.


Samantha Everton depicts women navigating the conflicting cultural pressures of East and West in her photographs. Be plunged into a colour-saturated dreamscape that brings to the surface the struggle of authenticity amidst contemporary influences.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 3 – 19 May
WHERE: Arthouse Gallery, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

The highly-regarded Jenny Birt painting award returns for its 2018 annual showing. Held at AD Space, you’re invited to celebrate the deserving efforts of students working through painting at UNSW Art and Design, and find out who will receive the award for their outstanding submission.

WHAT: Painting exhibiton and award

WHEN: 6–8pm

WHERE: AD Space, located in UNSW Art and Design’s E-Block, 1 Greens Rd, Paddington

HOW MUCH: Free! Get more info on the event here.

The Now Now Festival

Experimental sound festival the Now Now returns this month for its first series of the year. Featuring sound-based performances from artists, musicians and producers Jasmine Guffond, REBEL SCUM, Jeremy Hegge and Romy Caen. Take this opportunity to expose your ears to some of the best  experimentations wirth sound happening in Sydney.

WHAT: Sound-based art exhibit/performance

WHEN: 7-11:30pm

WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Sydney

HOW MUCH: 10 on the door, get more info on the event and the artists here!

Wednesday 9th May


It wasn’t until Jodee Mundy was five years old and lost at Kmart that she realised the rest of her family was Deaf. She didn’t see disability, only love and protection for those closest to her. Personal is a deeply intimate story, exploring dis/ability and how we perceive one another.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 9 May – 13 May
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, CBD
HOW MUCH: $45 – more details here.

Print and Staple - Micro Zine Fair

Get your hands on a collection of zines and ephemera at the second edition of Print and Staple, a micro zine fair at Goodspace. Featuring Ziners like Stellar Leuna, Lottie Smith, Sophie Joyce and Ella Cutler there are sure to be lots of treasures for sale to add to your bookshelf.

WHAT: Zine fair
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Goodspace, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Facts and Fantasies

Get your facts (and fantasies) straight at this after hours event. Join curator of Sheer Fantasies, David Capra, on a guided tour of the exhibition, listen in to a Q&A on Campbelltown paranormal activity with Larraine Cilia, president of the UFO and Paranormal Research Society of Australia, and witness a presentation on time travel with Dr. Horace Drew.

WHAT: Exhibition tour/talk
WHEN: 6:30 – 9:30pm
WHERE: Campbelltown Art Centre, Campbelltown
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Sydney's Freakiest Comedy Show Ever

Two freaky girls, Kate and Gemma, at the Factory Theatre for the Sydney Comedy Festival. Sydney’s Freakiest Comedy Show Ever promises to be just that. Catch a whole lot of kooky collabs between Kate, Gemma and a bunch of Sydney’s funny people in comedy, as well as a scary movie prepared specially to spook you.

WHAT: Theatre/comedy show

WHEN: May 9th at 9:30pm; May 11th at 10:30pm

WHERE: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville.

HOW MUCH: 17.85 GA; 12.75 concession. Get your tickets here!

Thursday 10th May

Jenny Watson Peripheral Vision

Immerse yourself in the vibrant works of Jenny Watson, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists, at her new exhibition ‘Peripheral Vision’. Jenny Watson’s work uses a child-like punk aesthetic and symbolic motifs to explore ideas of autobiography, punk, feminism and language.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here

Jimmy Pompey Cowboys and Country

‘Cowboys and Country’ is a new solo exhibition by Senior Artist and cowboy, Mr Jimmy Pompey. Painting between the communities of Indulkana and Mimili, Jimmy reflects on his life as a stockman and country singer in his paintings.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: APY Art Centre Collective, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Site of Passage

Exploring personal journeys, transitions, expressions and affirmations, the artists in ‘Site of Passage’ have each undertaken a personal voyage to investigate aspects of who they are. Through this process, the artists claim parts of themselves that may have been complicated or obscured by colonisation, displacement or migration, and encourage conversations about who we are and what we can learn from each other.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30pm, exhibition continues until October
WHERE: Customs House, CBD
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Friday 11th May

David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is now entering his 9th decade of art making… and shows no sign of slowing down. Watch this intimate and in-depth film about this 21st century master of creativity, featuring an added Q&A session.

WHAT: Film
WHEN: 11am-1:30pm
WHERE: Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays, CBD
HOW MUCH: $20 – more details here.

POC IV: Heroes of Time Past

Uncover a dusty box with all your favourite video games from an era just past in this year’s People of Colour Revue. Follow the journey of young PoC heroes as they uncover the truth behind the mysterious curse of ignorance plaguing a once peaceful kingdom. Expect laughs, tears, blood and confrontation.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 10 – 12 May, 7:30pm
WHERE: Seymour Centre, University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: $22 – more details here.

Saturday 12th May

Helen Mueller Printmaking Demonstration

Get your printmaking skills up to scratch with Helen Mueller. She will be leading a free printmaking demonstration, showing off some techniques used to cut and print woodblocks, and giving away examples.

WHAT: Workshop
WHEN: 2-3pm
WHERE: May Space, Waterloo
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Journey to the Dark

Journey to the Dark in Yang Yongliang’s new solo exhibition. Exploring the connection between traditional art and the contemporary, Yongliang uses ancient Eastern aesthetics alongside modern language and digital techniques.

WHAT: Exhibition opening
WHEN: 3-5pm, exhibition continues until Saturday 26 May
WHERE: Sullivan + Strumpf, Zetland
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

Muva Ball

Vogueing, food, performance art, and music, all for a good cause, what more could you ask for? House of Slé and Club Ate has joined forces to present the Muva Ball, a fundraiser for Bhenji Ra’ gender affirmation surgery. Featuring performances by Caroline Garcia, Justin Shoulder, Eugene Choi and sets from Slim Set, Yung Brujo, Kimchi Princi and Nelly Yuki.

WHAT: Party
WHEN: 6-11pm
WHERE: Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $20 –  more details here.

Sunday 13th May

Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize finalists

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize is a national competition that awards and promote Australian contemporary photographic excellence. This year’s entries interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’. Hear from finalist Simon Harsent and catch a glimpse of all the entries.

WHAT: Exhibition and talk
WHEN: 2-3pm
WHERE: Juniper Hall, Paddington.
HOW MUCH: Free! More details here.

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