Culture Guide :: 80s masquerades, Tokyo gay nights & Mexican cinema

November 25th 2013

Culture guide

It’s hard to know what to do after work sometimes… when you’ve got The Z Factor and Please Date My Horribly Awkward Son doubling up on TV, how could you possibly consider heading back outside?! Luckily, we’re keeping our eyes out to bring you the best, brightest, and usually cheapest stuff on the Sydney arts and culture scene.

So when the lure of comfortable pants and reality TV threatens to maroon you on the shores of mediocrity, FBi’s culture guide has got you sorted…


Monday :: Bowie and an 80s masquerade

Dendy Newtown’s weekly night of cult classics is off the chain tonight. They’re showing Jim Henson’s 1986 British-American fantasy Labyrinth, where David Bowie aka the Goblin King hangs out with puppets and challenges a girl to solve his labyrinth in order to save her brother. Not only can you spend 101 minutes in this bizarre world, but you can do it all in your best 80s get up, grab a free drink and  get your Ziggy Stardust on beforehand.

WHAT: Dendy Classics – Labyrinth – masquerade party
WHERE: Dendy Cinemas, 261 – 263 King Street Newtown
WHEN: Tonight 6pm for 6.30pm screening
HOW MUCH: $12 / $10 for Dendy Club members


Tuesday :: The questionable future of 3D printing

3D printing is all the rage, but where is it heading? What will the future look like if we can print food, architecture on the moon or human organs? CTRL P is an ongoing case study that’s trying to figure it all out, with a series of talks and events like this one. There’s an impressive line-up of speakers and the night is adjudicated by writer, performer and FBi presenter Eddie Sharp who is a funny dude.

WHAT: CTRL P debate: Now that we can print (almost) anything, should we?
WHERE: Object Gallery Lvl 1, 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
WHEN: Tuesday 6-8pm
HOW MUCH: $10 (includes a drink)



Wednesday :: Music, beer & Mexican films

Not many film festivals come with a pop up tequila bar, so the Hola Sol Mexican Film Festival is pretty awesome. They’re launching the festival along with the SOL Festival Cantina on Wednesday night and also throwing a bit of an after party with music by Kallidad, food by Guzman Y Gomez and plenty of beer, tequla and mezcal.

WHAT: Hola Sol Mexican Film Festival opening night
WHERE: Chauvel Cinema, cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd Paddington
WHEN: Wednesday night 6.30pm
HOW MUCH: $16.50 – $18.50


Thursday :: Voguey Bear at Tokyo Sing Song

Sydney’s newest and weirdest late night drinking hole are proving that they know how to party. They’ve had a solid line-up of themed nights and curated art that has kept us on our little toes. They’ve also claimed Thursday nights as the new and ‘most clinically insane’ gay night in Sydney’s Inner West – run by Seymour Butz (Club Kooky) and Paul Mac. Expect performances, costumes, sashimi cocktails and dancing ’til the wee hours.

WHAT: Voguey Bear at Tokyo Sing Song
WHERE: Basement, 145 King Street Newtown
WHEN: 10pm – 6am

sing song for matt


Friday :: New video art by Kate Murphy

Performance and video artist Kate Murphy has spent a lot of time in nursing homes, where her elderly father now resides. She’s witnessed firsthand the slow erosion of the mind and body in dementia sufferers and the elderly and has channelled this experience into a haunting new video work that questions the notions of the ageing body. In Lift, a dancer’s body is slowly lifted into the air by the robotic arm of a machine in a mesmerisingly awkward dance.

WHAT: Lift, new video installation by Kate Murphy  
WHERE: Breenspace Gallery, level 3, 17–19 Alberta St Sydney
WHEN: Opens Friday (gallery hours Weds-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-5)

 Lift, Kate Murphy

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