Culture Guide July 18 – 24: subversive sci-fi, new comedy routines, and what is real in the digital age?

July 18th 2016
Monday 18th July

Comedyish new material

All jokes started somewhere! Come and be a part of the experiment as Sydney’s best comedians test out their new material.


WHAT: Comedyish at Giant Dwarf
WHEN: 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf Theatre – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10 – tickets + info here.

Tuesday 19th July

Off the Wall opening

A hybrid of painting, performance and installation created inside the Kudos Gallery. Every day, new performance elements will be added and subtracted from the exhibition!


WHAT: Off the Wall by Al Poulet exhibition opening
WHEN: 5-7pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery – 6 Napier St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Wednesday 20th July

The Screening Room: Cries and Whispers

The third Screening Room, this time featuring a 1972 Ingmar Bergman film Cries and Whispers. Enjoy this 19th century psychodrama and a glass of wine in a laid-back environment.


WHAT: The Screening Room – Cries and Whispers
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design – Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Memorial exhibition opening

A new exhibition focusing on the residue left from various meetings of humans and the natural world. Three artists come together for an exploration of the physical world in relation to past and future.


WHAT: Memorial opening: Anke Klevjer, Lachlan Herd, Alexandra Mitchell
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Wellington St Projects – Studio 8, 19-23 Wellington St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Mars Bars and Aphrodite

“Mars Bars & Aphrodite” is an exhibition of new works from a multidisciplinary group of young Sydney artists, set to run late July in one of Redfern’s favourite creative spaces, 107 Projects. Combining the artistic faculties of video, sculpture, architecture and sound design, the project will be interactive and accessible whilst retaining an ethos outside of what is provided by most commercial gallery spaces.

The exhibition features a series of installations, the largest being a modular maze. The works investigate the multifaceted lens by which we explore history and images in a culture of over-saturation. A sometimes confusing pastiche of consumption, “Mars Bars & Aphrodite” will question and explore this process immersively.

Exhibition opens on Wednesday the July 20 and will run until August 1

Sophie Penkethman-Young
Matthew Roll
Janis Lejins
Duncan Brown

Thursday 21st July

Log Off

What is real and is this moment right now real? What is it like to be consumed by that Beyond until the only thing left of you is the you on your iPhone? Join 22 creatives interpreting interactions between individual and internet.


WHAT: Log Off – me and my digital other
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Alaska Projects – Level 2, Kings Cross Car Park, 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free – artists and info here.

All the reality that is

This project invites participants to explore the sound of public spaces in Sydney. It is led by international artist Manfred Werder.


WHAT: For Artists: All the Reality that is
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art – 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $34-43 – info and tickets here.

Friday 22nd July

Friday Fright - Donnie Darko

The original movie about time travel and worm holes. Jake Gyllenhaal plays tormented teen Donnie Darko, who’s been taking night-time bike rides, sleep-walking, and hanging out with his new best friend in a giant rabbit costume.


WHAT: Friday Fright – Donnie Darko
WHEN: 9:30pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema and Bar – Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $20 – tickets and info here.

Arab Film Festival

Australian audiences are invited into the rich and resonant stories of Arab experiences and journeys. Join a dialogue between two communities for a viewing of contemporary Arab cinema.

WHAT: Arab Film Festival
WHEN: 21 July-24 July
WHERE: Riverside Theatres Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $20 adult/ $15 concession – more info here

Saturday 23rd July

Science fiction across the Iron Curtain

A screening of director John Carpenter’s 1974 subversive sci-fi classic Dark Star. Part of a series of guest screenings exploring where art ends and cinema begins.


WHAT: War of the Worlds: science fiction across the Iron Curtain
WHEN: 2pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art – Level 2, Veolia Lecture Theatre, 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

Double Vision

Double Vision is offering a re-calibration and re-framing of creative vision. Show casing DIY, experimental and sound artists to invite and encourage collaboration between artists, musicians and the community.

WHAT: Music
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

Sunday 24th July

Sculptures by the PBC

The Petersham Bowlo’s (now official) annual sculpture competition for local artists. The sculptures will feature reused, recycled and repurposed materials.


WHAT: Sculptures by the PBC 2016
WHEN: 1-5pm
WHERE: Petersham Bowling Club – 77 Brighton St, Petersham
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

110% Workshop #3

Making it’s way down from the Swiss Alps; semi-hard but full deliciousness, is raclette cheese. The matriarchs of the Webber-Herd family will be facilitating an Australian adaptation of a Swiss Raclette- bring a pillow and an empty belly!

WHAT: Swiss Raclette with the Webber-Herd family
WHEN: 2-4pm
WHERE: 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo (Firstdraft)
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

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