Culture Guide Feb 29-March 6: Draft comedy, pARTY art, dancing around Lake Eyre

February 29th 2016
Monday 29th Feb


Local comedians Michael Hing and Steen Raskopoulos are performing some brand new, never before seen material in their work-in-progress shows.


WHAT: Live comedy show
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre – 199 Cleveland st Redfern
WHEN: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
HOW MUCH: $15 – more info here

Tuesday 1st March


Kaleidoscope, playing at the Kings Cross Theatre as part of Mardi Gras tells the story of a young trans Gabe trying to get out of bed and off to work in the morning.  This is a raw theatre work, written and directed by Charles O’Grady, starring Oliver Ayres as Gabe. How often do you hear an authentic voice on the topic of transgender. How often do trans people have their own voice in the Arts?


WHAT: Theatre
WHERE: Kings Cross Theatre, Second Floor, Kings Cross Hotel 244-248 William Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011
WHEN:  HOW MUCH: $20 Adult, $15 Concession here

Wednesday 2nd March

After pARTY ~ Rosie Deacon x @redfern_convenience_store

Come down to Freda’s after all those cracker art openings for the first edition of after pARTY ft Rosie Deacon x @redfern_convenience_store!

after pARTY is a monthly art night on the first Wednesday of each month. Kicking on from the exhibition openings of galleries in the area, after pARTY celebrates contemporary artists and their practices featuring a different artist each month.

Step into a world of gold, glittery, giggly fun as Rosie Deacon transforms Freda’s bar into an immersive installation filled with sculptures, projections, performances and more! Get silly on Kandy Kool-Aid Kocktails and boogie with Candy Shop dancers to the sounds of 50 cent and R Kelly. A new video work will be premiering on the night filmed in Redfern Convenience Store, and Hazem from RCS will be manning a pop up Candy Shop bringing you, the customers of the day, his latest and greatest products.


WHAT: Art Party!
WHERE: Fredas Bar
WHEN: 6pm-late
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here


David Collins explores how ritual and role-play are shaped by the cathartic desires of our society. He uses the horse as a motif and metaphor for the sublime and he engages in various performance exercises with horses, inhabiting the precarious space between control and surrender. David Collins makes work about hese human-animal collaborations as he believes they’re are parallel to experiential extremes, psychological struggles and power relationships.

WHO: David Collins Exhibition (ART MONTH event)
WHAT: Horse Boy
WHERE: Wellington St Projects Chippendale
WHEN: 10pm


Late Night Library Event: Queer Stories

Join special guests Rebecca Shaw, Candy Royalle, Emma Jane, Morgan Carpenter and Colleen Windsor, for a few of our city’s ‘queerstories’, reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

Really great special guests tonight, as mentioned above, we haveRebecca Shaw is a freelance writer and co-host of the comedy podcast Bring A Plate, Morgan Carpenter is a co-chair of national intersex organisation,Organisation Intersex International Australia, and founder of the Intersex Day project and Dr Emma A. Jane (previously known as Emma Tom) is a cyberhate researcher and media lecturer at UNSW.

Settle into the Kings Cross Library and listen to an unexpected tale or two.

WHO: Rebecca Shaw, Candy Royalle, Emma Jane, Morgan Carpenter and Colleen Windsor
WHAT: Late night library event: Queer Stories
WHERE: Kings Cross Library
WHEN: 8pm

Thursday 3rd March

Coppice exhibition

Coppicing is an early forestry process that involves the cutting back or removing of part of a tree, shrub or plant in order to stimulate growth. This action of disrupting and interrupting natural growth in order to increase productivity can be used as a conceptual tool to discuss land, site, history, colonisation, consumerism, memory and trauma as well as growth, fertility and the resilience of nature.

In this exhibition, curators Katrina Liberiou and Siân McIntyre create a landscape where in-between and sometimes contradictory spaces can arise and be explored. Featuring Bonita Bub, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Aideen Doran, Deb Mansfield, Lena Nyadbi.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHERE: Verge Gallery
WHEN: 6pm
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Friday 4th March

Terrain: Bangarra at Riverside

Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) – the place of Australia’s inland sea: one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Time simply does not exist. Day is measured by the length of shadows, a month by the level of salt crust on the surface, years by the rise and fall of the water.

Award-winning Aboriginal artists – choreographer Frances Rings, composer David Page and set designer Jacob Nash – create a powerful and evocative production inspired by the timeless beauty of Lake Eyre.


WHAT: Contemporary Dance
WHERE: Riverside Theatre – Paramatta
WHEN: 3rd March – 5th March
HOW MUCH: $25-$59 here

One Billion Beats

One Billion Beats is a new contemporary Indigenous theatre work commissioned by the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The work draws together archival footage from Australian cinema, poetry, and the personal stories of Romaine Moreton, a Goenpul Jagara/Bundjulung poet and filmmaker.

One Billion Beats is profoundly personal and political. The artistic team collaborating on this work were interested in exploring the historical representation of Indigenous people in Australian cinema.

WHAT: Contemporary Theatre
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre
WHEN: Friday 4rd March & Saturday 5th March, 7pm
HOW MUCH: $20-$30 book now!

Sydney's Smallest Gallery

Get close and personal with some tiny are and intricate detail. A one on one art gallery experience at Sydney’s Smallest Gallery.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHERE: Level 2, 152 Parramatta Road, Stanmore,
WHEN: 6 – 9 pm 4th March

Saturday 5th March

Disaffected: Community Gathering

To get you in the mood for the Disaffected performance piece next week at Blacktown Arts Centre they are having gathering of local community members to discuss the vulnerability of our planet. It will be an afternoon of sharing and storytelling from the Pacific Islander and Filipino community of Blacktown.

WHAT: Talk and discussion
WHERE: Blacktown Arts Centre
WHEN: 2 – 5 pm

Sunday 5th March

All About Women Festival

All About Women Festival is a talks festival dedicated to talking about women, feminism and the societal issues that impact on all of us. This year there is a incredible line up of speakers tackling issues including violence, health, land rights. They are also bringing back some popular events including Women of Letters and having a performance of Slater Kinney. It’s really ALL about women this weekend at the Opera House.

WHAT: Talk and discussion
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 10am – 8 pm
HOW MUCH: Buy tickets online


FBi’s Arts & Culture executive producer.

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