Culture Guide March 7 – 14: performance art, deconstructing masculinity, and beach inspiration

March 10th 2016
Monday 7th March

Story Club

Cracking a joke about a recent tragedy can be a dangerous affair. Telling that one you’ve been saving up all day can be met with a cold stare and the reproachful: “Too soon, man. Too soon.”

Story Club avoids this thorny problem by bringing humour to long-passed times of sadness with the subtitle: “Tragedy + Time (=Comedy)”.


WHAT: Live comedy show
WHERE: Story Club – 199 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
WHEN: Doors 7pm for an 8pm start
HOW MUCH: $25 available here

Tuesday 8th March

Poetry Night at Sappho

This monthly instalment of Sappho’s famous poetry night features the talent of Alex Skovron, Robyn Rowland, Tricia Dearborn, Andy Kissane. It has a great vibe and an open mic night where you can share your own creations!


WHAT: Poetry Night at Sappho hosted by Toby Fitch
WHERE: Sappho’s Books Cafe & Wine Bar – 51 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe
WHEN: 7 – 9:30pm
HOW MUCH: Free (small donation encouraged) – more info here.

Wednesday 9th March

Can you collect performance art?

Take a look into how performance can be commissioned, re-imagined, re-performed and if it’s even collectable with a panel of speakers including Frances Barrett, Jeff Khan and Emma Price.


WHAT: Panel discussion: Can you collect performance art?
WHERE: The Bearded Tit – 183 Regent St, Redfern
WHEN: 6 – 7pm
HOW MUCH: Free, but bookings essential – more info here.

Thursday 10th March

MANKIND - Deconstructing Masculinity

A look at the complex and contradictory nature of masculinity in modern society. Where did it come from? Does it have to be like this? Featuring the talent of Paul Capsis, Ozi Batla and Dr Michael Salter.


WHAT: MANKIND: Deconstructing Masculinity panel
WHERE: Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2 Museum of Contemporary Art – 140 George St, Sydney
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30pm
HOW MUCH: $40 – available here.

Heavy Artillery

White Rabbit Gallery is open again! Hoorah! They’ve once again outdone themselves with the latest exhibition of contemporary Chinese art.

Heavy Artillery is a group exhibition that highlights the immense physical labour and skill in process based works, whilst also exploring the use of art as a weapon.

WHAT: Heavy Artillery
WHERE: White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008
WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm.

Daniel Boyd & Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

To coincide with the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Roslyn Oxley9 opens two new solo exhibitions by Daniel Boyd and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Boyd presents new paintings of canvas, while Yunupingu presents new paintings on bark.

WHAT: Daniel Boyd & Nyapanyapa Yunupingu
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington, New South Wales 2021
WHEN: Opening night: Thursday March 10, 6 – 8pm.
Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm. Saturday 11am – 6pm.

Friday 11th March

SafARI x Runway exhibition launch

Part of a series of exhibitions opening up around Paddington and King’s Cross featuring work from emerging and unrepresented artists.


WHAT: SafARI x Runway: Ecologies exhibition launch
WHERE: Alaska Projects – 73 William St, Darlinghurst
WHEN: 6 – 9pm
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Saturday 12th March

Creatives talk beach inspiration

A few artists come and talk about the beach and how it’s influenced their work in a rapid-fire format. These talks are accompanying Martin Parr’s Life’s a Beach exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery.


WHAT: ACP’s Beachin’ Talks
WHERE: Seagull Room, Bondi Pavilion – Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi
WHEN: 3 – 5pm
HOW MUCH: Free – more info and registration here.

I AM SEA ~ Closing event

To mark the close of their latest exhibition I AM SEA, Interlude Gallery are hosting a performance by Honey Long and artist talk by Ellen Hewitt.

Long’s performance ‘Flubba Blubba’ responds to I AM SEA through an exploration of the mermaid as a symbol of femininity.

WHAT: Flubba Blubba by Honey Long
WHERE: Interlude Gallery, 11/131-145 Glebe Point Rd, Sydney 2037
WHEN: Saturday March 12, 3pm – 5pm

Sunday 13th March

Guringai Aboriginal Tour

The land surrounding the Village Farm has a special Aboriginal history and Uncle Laurie from the tribe will be performing a special introduction ceremony and tour of the land.


WHAT: Guringai Aboriginal Tour of Village Farm
WHERE: West Head National Park – meet at The Farm
WHEN: 9:30 am start
HOW MUCH: $15 – tickets here.

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