Culture Guide March 28 – April 3: let them stay film festivals, bicycle bookshelfs, and urban waste warriors

March 28th 2016
Monday 28th March

Queen Bette (play)

A one-woman show following the life and career of inspirational and gifted film actor Bette Davis. Learn more in cabaret style about her obsession with Queen Elizabeth I!


WHAT: Queen Bette
WHEN: 8 – 9pm, until 8 April
WHERE: Old 505 Theatre – 5 Eliza St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $35/$25 concession – more info here.

Tuesday 29th March

Culture Club

An interesting discussion on the shifting of art from the white walls of galleries to outdoor installations, public spaces and big screens. Featuring MCA director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Sydney’s 2016 Biennale artistic director Stephanie Rosenthal and arts researcher Jacqueline Millner.


WHAT: Culture Club – can contemporary art be timeless?
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Utzon Room – Sydney Opera House
HOW MUCH: $15 – more info and book here.

Wednesday 30th March

Alaska Projects carpark art

Hang out in a carpark with environmentally-minded multi-talented installation artist Ash Keating and sculptor/painter Tarik Ahlip! Also see Ash Keating produce a painting on the wall of the carpark.


WHAT: Alaska Projects [carpark] – Ash Keating and Tarik Ahlip
WHEN: 6 – 8pm
WHERE: Kings Cross Carpark Level 2 – 9A Elizabeth Bay Rd, Elizabeth Bay
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here and facebook event here.

Art Forum - Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Come along and see contemporary artist Ramesh Nithiyendran discuss his art and practice in the fields of contemporary art, gender, politics and religion.


WHAT: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran Art Forum
WHEN: 1pm
WHERE: National Art School – Corner of Forbes & Burton St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Thursday 31st March

Studio Stories - In Your Face

A monthly event of readings, discussion, and open mic showcasing by Western Sydney writers! Fun stories and fun people, come along!


WHAT: Studio Stories – In Your Face
WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm
WHERE: Parramatta Artists Studios – Level 1&2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Seen & Heard Film Festival Fundraiser

The Seen & Heard Film Festival has been absent from Sydney for two years, but it’s back for one night only! Celebrate women in cinema while also helping raise money for charities helping refugees in Australia.


WHAT: Seen & Heard Film Festival – Let Them Stay fundraiser
WHEN: 7:30 – 10:30pm
WHERE: The Red Rattler Theatre – 6 Faversham St, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Entry by donation – more info here.

Notnotobelix Garage Gallery Opening

A collaboration between two emerging artists, NOTNOt and Obelix they are taking their works from the streets and into the gallery to create a space for exhibition and experimentation with screen printing and digital materials.

WHAT: Gallery Opeing
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: The Garage Galleries, Bondi
HOW MUCH: Free, for more info

Friday 1st April

MCA Artbar curated by The Motel Sisters

Expect hot chicks and cars, cheap celebrity and antics, and a whole host of other vaudeville comedy! Curated this time around by The Motel Sisters, two Sydney-based artists parodying popular culture, suburbia and contemporary art.


WHAT: MCA Artbar curated by The Motel Sisters
WHEN: 7 – 11pm
WHERE: MCA Artbar – 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: From $17 – find tickets here.

Live show: Assembly

A work by London choreographer Nicola Conibere that responds to spectators’ presence and explores the shifts in relation between individual and collective bodies.


WHAT: Nicola Conibere – Assembly
WHEN: 2 – 5pm, until 3 April
WHERE: The Drill – 1C New Beach Road, Darling Point
HOW MUCH: Free, come and go as you wish! – more info here.

Saturday 2nd April

Worm farming workshop

Environmentally minded? Worried about all the organic waste you throw in the bin to clog up landfill? Come along and learn how to make a friendly worm farm even in a shared space!


WHAT: Introduction to worm farming
WHEN: 2 – 3:30pm
WHERE: Sydney Park – Sydney Park Rd, St Peters
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Sunday 3rd April

Bike Book Machine - mobile bookshelf

Come and check out the pedal-powered curated bookshelf that will be touring through Marrickville and stopping to start a conversation! This event is an intimate conversation with a guest.


WHAT: Bike Book Machine – pedal-powered bookshelf
WHEN: 3pm
WHERE: Frontyard – 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

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