Culture Guide March 27 – 2: French film festival, dystopic drive-ins and new Australian theatre

March 26th 2017
Monday 27th March

Movie Mondays – Mrs. Doubtfire

Movie classic Mrs. Doubtfire is screening at Soda Factory, accompanied by free entry and free popcorn!

WHAT: Movie Screening
WHEN: Doors open at 5pm for an 8pm showing
WHERE: Soda Factory- 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free! More info here

FFF17 A Journey Through French Cinema

From revered filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier comes an epic journey through French cinema, incorporating hundreds of clips and rare behind-the-scenes insights that are eye-opening, scandalous and funny. Screening in the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017.

WHAT: FFF17 A Journey Through French Cinema
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: Palace Cinema Norton Street- 99 Northon street, Leichardt
HOW MUCH: $17-$20 more info here

Sydney ideas- the origins and dynamics of crony capitalism in china

Explore the evolution of Chinese economic and political institutions since the early 1990s from a sample of 260 prosecuted cases of corruption.

WHAT: Sydney ideas- the origins and dynamics of crony capitalism in china
WHEN: 6-7.30pm
WHERE: Law School LT 106 Level 1, Sydney Law School Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free- register here


Tuesday 28th March

Rogue Agents: a Curatorial Project by Auto Italia South East

Rogue Agents is a group project seeking to collectively uncover ideas around figures that can disrupt, subvert and redirect power. From historical and folkloric interpretations of witchcraft to bio-technologies and body hacking, Rogue Agents will explore alternative models of being and desiring.


WHAT: Workshop & Artist Talks
WHEN: 11am-2pm, 28-29th March
WHERE: Firstdraft Gallery, 13-17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Opening Night: Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2017

Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize is an annual exhibition and acquisitive award presenting recent work by Australian contemporary artists. The 2017 guest curator is distinguished Melbourne-based artist Callum Morton, who has selected 20 established artists to present work in the exhibition. Each of these, in turn, invites an early-career artist to also exhibit.


WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: National Art School – Forbes St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Binary Stars and Best Lives

Binary Stars and Best Lives is a comic critique of the pressure on women to strive for perfect and nourishing lives. In a world where white men still take up the most space, Babe, Lenny and Meg fight to define their own identities, and to create purpose for their own lives.


WHAT: Live play
WHEN: 6.30-7.15pm
WHERE: The Old Fitzroy Theatre – 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: $25, more info here

2017 IQ2 Debates

In 2017, the Ethics Centre’s IQ2 debates are your opportunity to listen to the policies and practices that shape our world and discover where you stand on some of the most important issues of our time.


WHAT: Live talks & discussions
WHEN: 6.30-8pm
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall – George St, Sydney, CBD
HOW MUCH: $49 (for all four debates), more info here

Wednesday 29th March

Ellie, Abbie and Ellie's dead aunt

A new Australian play, Ellie and Abbie is a touching romantic comedy in the tradition of Holding the Man and Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

WHAT: Ellie, Abbie and Ellie’s Dead Aunt
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: The Depot Theatre, Marrickville
HOW MUCH:$22-$32, more info here

Cosmopolitan Queer

This evening features two young emerging queer writers with stunning debut books, Anna Westbrook and her dark crime novel Dark Fires Shall Burn (2016) and Alison Whittaker with a edgy book of poetry, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2016). These two writers explore queer sensibilities ranging from the underworld of Newtown in the 1940s to the gritty aesthetics of queer and trans indigeneity on the fringes of northern NSW. The host for the evening is blogger and novelist Peter Polites.

WHAT: Panel Discussion – UNSWriting Presents: Cosmopolitan Queer
WHEN: 6:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Io myers studio, UNSW, 2 High Street, Kensington
HOW MUCH: Free, reserve your ticket and more info here.

A Constructed World | The Atlas of the Unseen and Unspoken

A Constructed World project, is an archive and group performance. ‘Atlas of the Unseen and Unspoken’ begins with video fragments from thinkers from specialist discourses that are made performative or transferred into objects or actions with changing and various participants and producers.

WHAT: Performance & Talk – A Constructed World | The Atlas of the Unseen and Unspoken
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Lane, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here.

Down / Under presents: Danny Wild & 3 Projectors & a PA

Introducing Canberra/ Sydney based artist Danny Wild ~~ a Cofounder of ZONK Vision he works in kinetics, installation, performance, and video drawing inspiration from the over saturation of information in the Internet age. He’s also a super nice guy!

WHAT: Live video performance – Danny Wild & 3 Projectors & a PA
WHEN: 6pm- 9:30pm
WHERE: Down / Under Space, 109 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney, Australia 2008
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


A new installation of works, ‘Fabrication’, by multi-disciplinary artists Brooke Sanderson an Laura Taylor, which explores a merging of natural and deliberate environments. What results is not applause for a pure and untouched natural landscape, nor the design of urban structures, but the place where they meet and overlap.

WHAT: Gallery Exhibition Opening – Fabrication
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
HOW MUCH:  Free, more info here.

Friday 31st March

MCA ARTBAR curated by Jess Johnson & Simon Ward

Jess Johnson & Simon Ward graffiti the MCA into a dystopic drive-in for this month’s MCA ARTBAR. Bunker inside the architecture of the MCA and move through a series of viewing zones, engaging with film, art and music along the way.


WHAT:MCA ARTBAR curated by Jess Johnson & Simon Ward
WHEN: 7-11pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks
HOW MUCH:$18-$24 – more info here

China Heights Gallery: Exhibition Openings

Two exhibition openings happening at China Heights Gallery. ‘Pushing Past’ by Sydney based painter Brooklyn Whelan is a body of work which stems from a dialogue and study of storms, weather patterns and their relationship to the earth beneath. Total Control by Andrew Fairclough, features a collection of mixed media works on wood-panel, combining illustrative portraiture, painting and printmaking.


WHAT: Art Exhibition Openings
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: China Heights Gallery, 16-28 Foster St, Sydney CBD
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here


LCE3 is Lilac City Studio’s third group show.The show was first conceived as an exhibition of ‘works on paper’, but more broadly incorporates the idea of the works that are preliminary to the larger praxis of the artist. These are, perhaps, works not generally displayed as final pieces, and show a new facet of each artist’s idiosyncratic way of making.


WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Lilac City – 1/103-105, Oxford St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Saturday 1st April

The Art of Dinosaur Designs

The exhibition is a colourful fusion of art, design and fashion, referencing Olsen and Ormandy’s iconic design label Dinosaur Designs and exploring in a gallery context the artful and aesthetic prevalent throughout their work.


WHAT: Dinosaur Design exhibition
WHERE: Hazelhurst regional gallery and arts centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

March at Verge / Art Crit

Join artists as they discuss the exhibition program at Verge Gallery. Group discussions cover themes, inspirations and techniques behind the artworks and explore how the political and social climate relates to the visual arts community. This informal mode of critical analysis aims to provide a deeper sense of understanding art practice and establish working connections.


WHAT: Art Exhibition Opening & Artist Talks
WHERE: Verge Gallery – Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, University of Sydney, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here


Using image making, textiles production and live music, group project Rogue Agents will uncover ideas around figures that can disrupt, subvert and redirect power- featuring Angela Goh, Bhenji Ra, Holly Childs and many more.

WHAT: Rogue Agents
WHEN: 6-9.30pm
WHERE: Firstdraft
HOW MUCH: $5- more info here


Two exhibitions in the one space! Head along to Hiromi Tango’s new exhibition Healing Chromosomes alongside Jemima Wyman’s Counterpowers.

WHAT: Exhibition openings
WHEN: opening and artist talks 3-5pm
WHERE: Sullivan and Strumpf 799 Elizabeth Street Zetland
HOW MUCH: Free more info here and here

Exhibition Walk-through and Artist talk


Ryan Hoffmann will be taking audiences on an exhibition walk-through of his work AIR, discussing and sharing insights before it closes!

WHAT: Final walk through and artist talk
WHERE:Liverpool Street Gallery 243a Liverpool Street EAST SYDNEY, Sydney
HOW MUCH:Free, more info here

Sunday 2nd April

Chinese Contemporary Ink/ show opening

This unique exhibition aims to promote artistic and cultural discourse between Australia and China, featuring eight of China’s most notable contemporary ink artists, Du Xiaotong, Qin Xiuping, Tan Jun, Hang Chunhui, Xu Jiacun, Wang Yu, Liu Qi, and Sun Hao.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 2-4pm
WHERE: 541 Art Space, 541 Kent street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Crystal’s Salon & Gallery Opening with Hannah Marjorie

Celebrate the launch of Crystal’s new Salon & Gallery with Sydney artist Hannah Marjorie’s body of work titled “Mum’s Got Ciggie Rage and She’s Leaving” along with a short live performance.

WHAT:Crystal’s Salon & Gallery Opening with Hannah Marjorie
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: Crystal’s Salon & Gallery, 3-7 Crystal St Petersham
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here

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