Culture Guide February 13 – 19: Hearts for Art, Sweaty Palms, and See Ya Summertime Markets

February 13th 2017
Tuesday 14th February

Sappho Poetry Night

The first poetry night of 2017 at Sappho Books features Fiona Wright, Aden Rolfe, Elizabeth Allen and Stacey Teague, plus an open section. And yeah, it happens on Valentine’s Day, so love it up, if you mustard.


WHAT: Sappho Poetry Night
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Hearts for Art

Romance is in the MCA Galleries! Show your #HeartsforArt at the MCA on Valentine’s Day.  Special V-day performances, 2-for-1 Tatsuo Miyajima tickets and MCA Cafe specials.


WHAT:Hearts for Art
WHEN: 10am-5pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St. The Rocks
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Bad Boy Bubby

This is one for the lovers. For those who love their mothers. Who love dirty Aussie punk. Who love pizza, gas masks, cats and Jesus Christ.  At once profane, filthy and beautiful, Bad Boy Bubby kicks off Down / Under Space’s monthly film program.


WHAT: Bad Boy Bubby – Valentines Day Special
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Optional gold coin donation, more info here

The Laugh Stand February

Eclectic, spectacular, and of course, very funny live comedy every Tuesday, at Sydney’s original home of comedy, Harold Park Hotel!


WHAT: The Laugh Stand – Live comedy
WHEN: 8-10.15pm
WHERE: Harold Park Hotel – 70A Ross St, Forest Lodge
HOW MUCH: $10/15 more info here

Wednesday 15th February

Good Grief! and other Calamities

Chris Dolman’s solo exhibition Good Grief! and other Calamities, sees the artist continue on his tragicomedy search for self with a new series of paintings and ceramic objects


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Chris Dolman: Good Grief! and other Calamities
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Galerie pompom, 27-39 Abercrombie St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Those Guys

An exciting new exhibition exploring the various public and private facades of humans. We all possess a public and private face. The degree of discrepancy between the values of these faces determines how successfully one’s facade conveys the inner workings of an individual’s personality.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Angus Gardner: Those Guys
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Wellington St. Projects, Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St. Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Danny Eastwood

Danny Eastwood takes beautiful photographs of beautiful bodies submerged and emerging from water. It looks somewhere between Beyonce’s Deja Vu video clip and a Bill Henson.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Danny Eastwood
WHEN: 14 Feb – 5 March
WHERE: Black Eye Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Thursday 16th February

February at Gaffa

Three new exhibitions opening at Gaffa Gallery, featuring Girls on Film by Lucy Le Masurier & Pamela Pirovic, Homes of Nostalgia by Jordan Charles Stokes, and Undersea Emporium of Luminescent Curiosities – REDOUX by Dawn Whitten.


WHAT: Exhibition Openings – February at Gaffa
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Gaffa, 281 Clarence St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

The lights are out or burning brightly

National Art School is showcasing a selection of works completed by students in the pursuit of their Masters of Fine Art.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – The lights are out or burning brightly – MFA Final Presentation
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: National Art School, Forbes St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Kaching! Pokie Nation

The Pokies. They’re rigged, they’re addictive and they’re everywhere. They’ve got almost half a million Australians hooked – and that’s just what they’re designed to do. Proudly Pokies Free and The Golden Age Cinema and Bar are proud to present a screening of “Kaching! Pokie Nation”


WHAT: Film Screening -Kaching! Pokie Nation
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema & Bar, 80 Commonwealth St. Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $10, Tickets and info here

Found By Laura

An exhibition showcasing 12 years of notes the artist has collected from across the world. Each one is a glimpse into a person’s life. They showcase the beauty of humanity. From love notes, angry flat mate letters, quirky shopping lists to personal thoughts about one’s own emotional state. They are beautiful, painful, funny, daring and everything that we humans are.


WHAT: Exhibition Opening – Found By Laura
WHEN: 6-8:30pm
WHERE: Sun Studios, 42 Maddox St. Alexandria
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

not an animal or a plant

Artist Vernon Ah Kee discusses his exhibition not an animal or a plant at the National Art School Gallery and reflects on the 1967 referendum: what it meant for him and his family and what has changed 50 years on.


WHAT: Lecture – Not an animal or a plant – Vernon Ah Kee
WHEN: 6-7:30pm
WHERE: National Art School, Forbes St. Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: $12 Tickets and info here

Saturday 18th February

See Ya Summertime Market

What’s better: DJs or Dumplings? Jewellery or G&Ts? We’ve got news for you, friends; you don’t have to choose. Dear Pluto are here to celebrate the last days of Summer with cold drinks, hot food and feminist patches.


WHAT: See Ya Summertime Market
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sweaty Palms

Starting with the text from an ongoing and changing Google Doc found here ‘Sweaty palms’ presents the anxieties and tedium behind the actual act of making and exhibiting work.


WHAT: Sweaty Palms by Kate Beckingham
WHEN: 1-4pm
WHERE: Petersham Park, West St. Petersham
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sunday 19th February

Two Up

This year Cellar Door is presenting Two Up a talk series that combines two completely unrelated topics in a series of back to back lectures. After two short lectures the floor gets opened up to an impulsive round of questioning that encourages interactions between speakers and ideas. It’s education that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  This round the topics are Internet Hacking and Ethical Fashion.


WHAT: Two Up
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh St. Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 Tickets and info here

Ovarian Psychos

At night The Ovarian Psycos, a crew of cycling, feminist women of colour, regularly hit the streets of Los Angeles’ Eastside. They are determined to take back control. They’re determined to feel safe in the hood. They demand an end to the violence that confronts women every day. The only safe place they have is the one they provide for each other.


WHAT: Ovarian Psychos – Mardi Gras Film Festival
WHEN: 7:15-9pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas George St. 505-525 George St. Sydney
HOW MUCH: $17-19 Tickets and info here

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