Culture Guide August 15-21: Put It On Wax, Play Like A Girl, Party in the Carpark

August 15th 2016
Monday 15th August

Grandmothers and Human Evolution

A talk about the Grandmother Hypothesis – why did increased longevity evolve in humans while fertility ends at the same age as in great apes?


WHAT: Sydney Ideas – Grandmothers and Human Evolution
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: Lecture Theatre 4002 (Messel) – Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Rd, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free with online registration here.

Bearded Tit Exhibition Launch

Cupco Greatest Tits: A Journey to the South China Sea.


WHAT: Bearded Tit Exhibition Launch: CUPCO
WHEN: 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit 183 Regent St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free. Info here

David Haines Joyce Hinterding Artist Talk

Hear from this impressive artist duo who use scientific concepts not merely as inspiration, but as the basis of their research and eventual artistic output.


WHAT: David Haines and Joyce Hinterding Artist Talk
WHEN: 6:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Powerhouse Museum. 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
HOW MUCH: Adult $15 Concession $8 MAAS members Free.  Tickets and info here

Tuesday 16th August

Orpheus by Lies, Lies and Propaganda

The tragic tale Orpheus and Eurydice, reimagined with an Australian Gothic take, set in a town that will never really let you leave.


WHAT: Orpheus presented by Lies, Lies and Propaganda and Suspicious Woman Productions
WHEN: 8pm, 18-27 August
WHERE: Blood Moon Theatre – World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross
HOW MUCH: $25 – more info + tickets here.

Comedy at Papa Gede's

Returning to Papa Gede’s in the headline spot is Legend of the Game John Cruckshank. John is one of the most hilarious, unique voices in Sydney comedy and in a rich vein of form at the moment. This is a star on the rise you do not want to miss.


WHAT: Comedy Night ft. John Cruckshank
WHEN: 7-10 pm
WHERE: Papa Gede’s, Laneway, 348 Kent St, CBD
HOW MUCH: $10 – more info + tickets here.


Wednesday 17th August

Play Like a Girl

An Olympic special, revisiting a lot of great sporting moments you wouldn’t see in most collections. Hosted by former Matilda, Sally Shipard.


WHAT: Play Like a Girl
WHEN: 8-9:30pm
WHERE: 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $20 – more info and tickets here.

Look Again & Under/Growth

Artists Rosie Thomas & Jem Nockles open their joint exhibition.


WHAT: Art Exhibtion opening night
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Off the Record - Force Majeure & Dance Integrated Australia

An exploration of the rituals that govern the way we live; weighing up the consequences of playing it safe versus breaking the rules. Commissioned by Carriageworks National Arts and Disability Strategy New Normal. 


WHAT: Dance theatre performance
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: Carrigeworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $35 – more info here

Thursday 18th August

John Fries Award

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 prize supporting emerging and early career visual artists from across New Zealand and Australia. Come find out who won!


WHAT: John Fries Award: Opening Night and Winner Announcement
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: UNSW Art + Design – Cnr Oxford St and Greens Rd, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

2016 Arts Revue Games

The Arts Revue is a comedy show. It is filled to the brim with sketches about your best dreams and worst nightmares.


WHAT: The 2016 Arts Revue Games
WHEN: Thursday-Saturday 7pm
WHERE: Everest Theatre Seymour Centre, Sydney
HOW MUCH:  Adult $22 Concession $18 Tickets and info here

Louise Zhang - New Year Rot!

‘New Year Rot!’ is an exhibition by Louise Zhang acting as a continuation of the artist’s recent research into how situating her desire to attract and repulse her audience is a consequence of the kinds of feelings the horror film genre, and particularly body-horror, generates


WHAT: New Year Rot! Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8 pm, August 18-29
WHERE: Gaffa, 281 Clarence St, CBD

Friday 19th August

Put it on Wax

Old-school vinyl will dominate aMBUSH Gallery, with tunes, vinyl, paint and performance. Proceeds go to HEAPS DECENT, a non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged youth fulfil their creative dreams.


WHAT: Put it on Wax opening night
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: aMBUSH Gallery – Central Park Mall, Level 3, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

A Night Of Illusions

An evening of interactive demonstrations from incredible scientists! A sensorial exploration of tactile and visual illusions, altered states of consciousness, the human brain and much more!

WHAT: Festival
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: 107 Redfern street, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free! – more info here

Saturday 20th August

Heaps Gay Car Park Party

Groove to 70’s, 80’s and 90’s vibes in a big indoor/outdoor carpark! Kicking off in the late afternoon, enjoy some Portuguese sausage sangas, beer, milk crates and all the usual Heaps Gay stuff.


WHAT: Heaps Gay Arvo Car Park Party
WHEN: 5pm – 1am
WHERE: Maderia Club, 4 Denby St, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $15 at the door – more info here

SCAF Presents: 'Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict'

SCAF presents a curated series of art films and accompanying talks over three Saturday afternoons. This week, enjoy Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, a film about the American heiress who became a central figure in the modern art movement. Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland.


WHAT: Film Saturdays at SCAF – ‘Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict’
WHEN: 3-6pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope St, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – RSVP essential here. Experimental Ceramics Open Studio

A huge weekend of tours and clay experiences at experimental ceramics studios. Experience creating with clay before joining an artist in the classroom at Glebe Town Hall. Beginners are very much welcomed!


WHAT: Open Studio @ Experimental Ceramics
WHEN: 11am-5pm
WHERE:, 184 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here


SMASH! aka Japanese pop culture convention Sydney Manga and Anime Show. Celebrate fandom, art and creativity with an exciting mix of activities like cosplay, gaming, guest panels and extensive Vendors and Artist market- online ticket sales have closed, but you can purchase on the door!

WHAT: SMASH! Convention
WHEN: 8am-6pm
WHERE: Rosehill Gardens- James Ruse Dr, Rosehill
HOW MUCH: $40- more info here

Sunday 21st August

Two Up Talk Series - Round 10

Two Up pits two experts back-to-back, lecturing on two totally unrelated topics. Round 10 holds Drew Rooke speaking about the everlasting affair of the Pokie Machine in Australia, and Luke Marshall on the potential of Solar Energy.


WHAT: Two Up Talk Series – Round 10
WHEN: 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 Entry – more info here

Issue #31 (WEST) Launch

Runway Australian Experimental Art celebrate the launch of Issue #31, which will explore the conversation of WEST. Come have a chat to the issue contributors, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a brew courtesy of Young Henrys – free drinks for Runway Circle members!


WHAT: Issue #31 (WEST) Launch
WHEN: 2-6pm
WHERE: Frontyard, 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

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