Culture Guide:: Theatre, Comedy, all in for 24 hours

July 11th 2015




Monday 13th July


Namaste friend.

Nick Coyle was been a SMAC Award recipient for being dam good on stage and today he talks his humble place on the floor. This performance will lead you in a powerfully cosmic and probably comical group mediation. First in, most enlightened.

WHAT: Nick Coyle’s Guided Meditation
WHEN: 8 – 9 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15 on the door.

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Art talks at Freda’s

Freda’s has been running a series of art chats in conjunction with Regional and Public Galleries of NSW. This round will look at how important space is to artists and their interaction with audiences. There are some good brains coming to chat, from Underbelly Arts Festival to the artist run CAD Factory and even the Biennale of Sydney.  Sure to be a good chat.

WHAT: ArtChat: Art + Space
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Freda’s Bar & Canteen 107-109 Regent Street Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – RSVP online


Tuesday 14th

For lovers or art, music and poetry

The Mars Hill Poetry Slam is a competition of spoken word poetry judege on your ability to make the audience feel something. If you have a poem you that needs to be heard sign up is from 6.30 for a 7pm start. The night will include headliner performances from Gloria Demillo and Lewis-Alan Trathen as well as music from DA Carter.

WHAT: Mars Hill Poetry Slam
WHEN: 6.30

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Life Drawing

It may be time for you to try our life drawing in the comfort of 107 Projects performance space, with a glass of wine in hand.

WHAT: Life Drawing Social Workshop
WHEN: 8 – 10 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 – $15

Wednesday 15th


In the mood for some medieval comedy?

The New Theatre’s interpretation of the classic story The Canterbury Tales is half medieval and half community TV talent quest, complete with tap dancing, yo yo-ing and medieval puppeteering. Kirin J Callahan will be host to an exchange of stories by a group of travellers as they attempt to win a free pub dinner. Its a comedy that deals with the big issues – love, sex, violence and mortality.

WHAT: The Canterbury Tales
WHEN: 7.30 Wed – Sat, 5.00 Sunday
WHERE: New Theatre, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $15 – $25 – Buy Tickets Online

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Prickly Art, in honour of the cactus.

This is an exhibition of delightfully delicate water colours that pay tribute to all the characteristics of the cactus. They are bright colourful and textured. If your in the mood for a heartwarming opening on a cold winter night.

WHAT: ‘Prickly’ by Sha’an d’Anthes
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: Goodspace, Level 1, 115 Regent Street Chippendale

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Dog races in Dapto

Dapto is a satellite suburb in the Gong, famous for its dog races. The play The Dapto Chaser is a ‘warts and all’ Australian comedy about Dapto and the rich and cut throat dog racing industry.

WHAT: The Dapto Chaser 
WHEN: 7 pm Monday – Saturday
WHERE: Griffin Theatre, Kings Cross 
HOW MUCH: $35 – $55

Thursday 16th

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Free to a good home

Giant Dwarf regulars Michael Hing and Ben Jenkins have a podcast where they make comedy inspired by classified ads. This week they are coming putting on a big ol’ live show that reveals the ordinary and extraordinary things in search of a home.

WHAT: Free to a Good Home
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf
HOW MUCH: $10 – book online

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Winter at Verge Gallery

Verge Gallery is throwing together a double exhibition this July/August. Doing Times explores the many incarnations of people in exile. Prisoners, asylum seekers and psychiatric inmates do time within enclosed environments. And The Survey of works by Sydney College of the Arts Student Society.

WHAT: Doing Time / The Survey 
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf

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Post Graffiti Pacific

Post-Graffiti Pacific is not just another graffiti exhibition. It’s a statement and a definition – a bold assertion of language, history, culture, expression and the significance of place in art making. Curator Olivia Laita and her line-up of seven leading Post-Graffiti Pacific artists are proposing, with conviction, the dawn of a new movement in art.

WHAT: Doing Time / The Survey 
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf

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People doing strange things with electricity

The MCA current show Haines and Hinterding makes art out of the unseen energies around us. Dorkbot coincides with this exhibition as artists Paul Greedy, Emily Morandini, Pia van Gelder and Peter Blamey as they discuss their explorations and experiences in making works that embrace a range of energies.

WHAT: Doing Time / The Survey 
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf

Friday 17th

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George Brandis’ Funding for Excellence: Discuss

George Brandis recently released the draft guidelines for his National Program for excellence in the art. Small independent artists or arts organisations appear to have no place in the Brandis Academy for Excellence and nor does transparency. PACT Theatre, one of these rather neglected independent arts organisations is holding a 24hour exhibition / performance / mass dance action in an attempt to raise ‘excellence’ in protest of the funding decision.

WHAT: In Pursuit of Excellence: A Telethon for Excellence
WHEN: 6 pm Friday to 6pm Saturday
WHERE: PACT Theatre, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free, donations welcome.

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24 hour Playwright Party at the Bondi Feast

If you are a regular proponent of an all nighter this is a show for you. 6 artists will be given one night to write a play which will be directed and performed in the next 24 hours. It is all party of the Bondi Feast, the arts festival that kicks off today! Check out the rest of the program online.

WHAT: 24 Hour Party Playwright
WHEN: 7.30 – 8.30 pm
WHERE: The Big Theatre, Bondi Pavilion
HOW MUCH: $15, Book online.

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Solid State

Solid State is an exhibition that pays tribute to the monumental forms, history and memories of the Powerhouse’s former life. There is a excellent collection of artists including Nicholas Folland, Tully Arnott and Jamie North.

WHAT: Solid State: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

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On View: Live Portraits

On View is the latest work from Performance Space. It combines live choreographed dance performances by five unique dancers as well as a free exhibition of video dance works. This work explores the transformation of identity through movement across mediums and generations.

WHAT: On View: Live Portraits
WHEN: 7.30, 17th – 25th July
WHERE: Performance Space, Carriageworks. 
HOW MUCH: $20 – 35 – book online



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