Culture Guide:: Art Auctions, Islands, David Bowie and a trip to Mars

July 27th 2015




Monday 27th

How much David Bowie can you handle?

Christmas has come early for all you David Bowie fans! While you wait eagerly for discount flights down to Melbourne for the Bowie exhibition at ACMI, Golden Age is here to give you a fix of all things Ziggy Stardust related. Monday night kicks off with “Dogs in Space” which happens to be Noah Taylors first ever acting role as “Bowie Fan”. For the rest of the week there will be dress ups, live music and themed cocktails. Golden Age Cinema is a special time wrap with ticket prices equivalent to the price you would of paid for the film when it was first released. As David Bowie would say “Golden years, gold, whop, whop, whop, whop”.

Bowie Week at Golden Age
WHEN: 8.30 pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema
HOW MUCH: $9 (equivalent to the price of a film in 1986)

Tuesday 28th

My trip to Mars…

Adam Norton is transforming the UTS Gallery into a full size diorama of the surface of Mars. More real than any science project you ever completed in primary school! Norton’s ‘Mars’ will be complete with souvenirs of the journey in which you can live out your childhood dream of being an astronaut! This collision of science, technology and space exploration also asks the big questions about the power structures that govern our lives.

WHAT: Opening: Solo exhibition of Adam Norton
WHEN: 6 – 8 pm
WHERE: UTS Gallery

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Bankstown Poetry Slam

This night of spoken word poetry promises laughter, clicking, and watermelon! Eager performers will be descending on the Arts Centre for a night of sharp tongues, quick whits and fluid rhythms. Entry is through a lottery system but audience welcome on mass.

WHAT: Bankstown Poetry Slam: Chris Sulfa
WHEN: 7.o0 pm
WHERE: Bankstown Arts Centre

Wednesday 29th

A comedy for anyone who’s ever wanted to kill their boss…

“A comedy for anyone who’s ever wanted to kill their boss, slowly, in time to a tropical rumba beat.” What a premise! One I am sure we can all relate to. So get in line and join these five idiots in their delightful farce.

WHAT: Beside Ourselves Collective presents GREAT ISLAND
WHEN: 8 pm
WHERE: 107 Projects Redfern
HOW MUCH: $20 – $25 – book online

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Tim Phibs Solo Exhibition

The renowned street artist Tim Phibs is moving into a new style of acrylic on canvas. Years of graffiti art under his belt these works see a more thoughtful transition for Phibs. Exploring some pretty serious themes in particular the human consciousness.

WHAT: A Fine Line
WHEN: 6.o0 pm
WHERE: Goodspace, Chippendale

Friday 31st

Sold! To the lady in the blossom hat!

The annual Firstdraft fundraising auction is upon us. A loyal band of incredible contemporary artists have donated works to the artist run galley to help keep their doors open and the good art / times rolling in. This year they have a all star line-up including Tracey Moffatt, Toby Albert, Abdul Rahman Abdullah and our very own Alex Pye. Grab you piggy bank and grab yourself an art investment!

WHAT: Firstdraft Auction
WHEN: 6 pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: Free to attend

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Party by Underbelly

You have heard the hype! It is now the weekend of the ever wonderful Underbelly Arts Festival! Head along to Cockatoo Island where the industrial remains have become home to some of the best and brightest contemporary artists from across Australia. The installations are big and bold and echo across the island. They are kicking it all off with a Party! There will be music, performances and karaoke. It’s the place to be. Get on a ferry and get there!

WHAT: Party by Underbelly
WHEN: 5 – 10 pm
WHERE: Cockatoo Island

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Marrickville Council play’s Cupid!

Marrickville council is pairing up local property owners with local and international artists to have their ordinary walls transformed into extraordinary works of art! Soon Sydney will be able to sprook all the colour and happiness of those exotic european cities we all hear so much about. These vibrant murals will be unveiled on across the weekend from Friday! Come along and get amongst the colour! There will be bus, cycle and walking tours aplenty, head to the website for more details.

WHAT: Perfect Match by Marrickville Council
WHEN: All day
WHERE: Marrickville

Saturday 1st

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Underbelly Arts Festival

Taking over the enchanting Cockatoo Island for the first week of August, Underbelly Arts promises everything from robots to plants to plants controlled by robots. Under the heading ‘Future Tense’ you can expect bold new experimental works that push the boundaries of materials, sounds and your feelings.

WHAT: Underbelly Arts Festival
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Cockatoo Island
HOW MUCH: $25 – $45, FBi Supporters get concession price tickets!

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Get your detective on!

Casula Powerhouse have teamed up with the Sydney Film Festival to bring the highly acclaimed Mr. Holmes to the Powerhouse. There will be beautiful scenic shots among the mystery, intrigue and high level detection work. Top it off with incredible performances from all the cast, there is no better way to spend your winter night.

WHAT: Mr. Holmes – Sydney Film Festival Screening
WHEN: 7.30 pm
WHERE: Casula Powerhouse

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Hiromi Tango

Hiromi Tango is exploring the brain, the heart and the pulse of our lives through Fluorescence. Her works are a delightful tangle of bright colours and textures. They are formed at the intersection between an unravelling toy kingdom and the bright lights of Tokyo. Like a creature from another world caught somewhere between complete happiness and a dystopia future. In the end, no amount of metaphors or comparisons will really capture the essence of these works. You are gonna have to feast on it with your eyes.

WHAT: Hiromi Tango Exhibition Opening: Fluorescence
WHEN: 3 – 5 pm

Sunday 2nd

Sydney Sailors vs. Western Walers

The Community Cup is the hard fought Aussie Rules battle featuring teams made up of local media personalities (the Sailors) and hard-nosed musos (The Walers) with the Sailors thus far holding ascendancy with three straight victories. The event will raise funds for Reclink Australia, who use sport and the arts to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage and targets some of the community’s most vulnerable and isolated people – those experiencing mental illness, disability, homelessness, substance abuse, addiction, and social and economic hardship.

WHAT: Sydney Reclink Community Cup
WHEN: Midday
WHERE: Henson Park
HOW MUCH: $5 donation


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