Culture Guide May 2 – 8: Mother’s Day, musical burgers and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson biopic

May 2nd 2016
Monday 2nd May

Love and Mercy: Brian Wilson biopic

Come see a compelling story following the life of Beach Boys’ singer and songwriter Brian Wilson, his creative genius and the emerging psychosis that threatened to ruin his life.


WHAT: Love and Mercy: The Life, Love and Genius of Brian Wilson
WHEN: 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: North Sydney Community Centre – 220 Miller St, North Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – booking essential here.

Tuesday 3rd May

Bucket Lounge Presents - live music

Another exciting installation of Mr. Falcon’s Bucket Lounge presents, where you can enjoy the sound of new and emerging artists with a few drinks and good company. This week features Lucas Hendriks, Rob DeMasi Music, and Lucy Lowe.


WHAT: Bucket Lounge Presents Live & Original music
WHEN: 7:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Mr. Falcon’s – 92 Glebe Pt Rd.
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Ideas Platform with Elvis Richardson

Meet with artist Elvis Richardson to discuss The Countess Report – her project which raises questions and documents the gender imbalance in Australian contemporary art.

WHAT: Talk art and gender inequity with artist Elvis Richardson.
WHEN: 3 – 7 May
WHERE: Artspace Sydney, Woolloomooloo.
HOW MUCH: Free, bookings here.

With Secrecy and Despatch

Campbelltown Arts Centre brings stories to light around the history of violence against Indigenous peoples in colonised countries in the latest exhibition With Secrecy and Despatch.  Curated by Tess Allas and David Garneau, this important exhibition features prominent Australian artists such as Tony Albert, Julie Gough and Vernon Ah Kee alongside First Nation Canadian artists.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 9 April – 12 June
WHERE: Campbelltown Arts Centre

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016

Head into the wild tonight at the Banff Mountain Film Festival screening where you can enjoy a 3 hour long adventure of short films shot from some of the most remote and wild corners of the world.

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: May 3 – May 7
WHERE: Sydney Seymour Centre
HOW MUCH: $34 (adult), bookings here.

Wednesday 4th May

Heath Franco 'Home Town Two' exhibition

A sequel to Heath Franco’s original Home Town, in which he returns to his original town of Berridale, NSW, to deal with unfinished business. Includes a video installation that expands upon the original work.


WHAT: Heath Franco ‘Home Town Two’ exhibition opening
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Galerie Pompom – 2/39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Free – see some of Franco’s work here.

Thursday 5th May

Mella Jaarsma's 'Dogwalk'

As part of Sydney’s Biennale, check out the strange world of ‘Dogwalk’, featuring costumes made using skin from sheeps, goats and cows, activated through performance.


WHAT: Mella Jaarsma’s ‘Dogwalk’
WHEN: From 12pm
WHERE: Art Gallery of New South Wales – Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Roberto Fernández Ibáñez: Mountains of Uncertainty

As part of the HeadOn Photo Festival, the highly acclaimed Uruguayan photographer’s mountains belong to an imaginary world and explore the frontier between the real and the imaginary.


WHAT: Roberto Fernández Ibáñez: Mountains of Uncertainty
WHEN: Wed-Fri, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Stanley St Gallery – 1/52-54 Stanley St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Friday 6th May

This is My Country

A stront and confronting portrayal of the realities of the indigenous communities living in Broome. These photographs reveal a truth about Australia that is most often ignored.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: till 8th May
WHERE: 107 Projects Redfern


An exhibition about women. Including Moiriana Chinzoka, Maria Cruz,  Hurtle Duffield, Mikala Dwyer with Dorothy Dwyer and Olive Dwyer,  Tina Havelock Stevens and Swampmiasma.

WHAT: Art Opening
WHEN: 6 May
WHERE: 55 Sydenham Rd

All-Female Music Industry Conference

Learn from an all-female music industry panel, including FBi’s program director Caroline Gates. You can also take part in the Immersion Sound Lab session facilitated by Alphamama/God Queen, diving into the world of composition, production and recording.


WHAT: Bondi Wave Music Conference
WHEN: 10am-4pm; Sound Lab 6-10pm
WHERE: Work-shop Sydney – corner Cleveland St and Eveleigh St
HOW MUCH: FREE! More info here

Saturday 7th May

Surry Hills market & community cafe

Vintage fashion, antiques, books, hand-made beauty and more, plus a great volunteer-run community cafe! Open regardless of the weather.


WHAT: Surry Hills Market & Community Cafe
WHEN: 9am-4pm
WHERE: Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Sunday 8th May

Women's art group

Have your mum celebrate Mother’s Day with a free-painting group along with a bunch of other ladies plus conversation, laughter and some creative discovery.


WHAT: Women’s art group
WHEN: 11am
WHERE: Pyrmont Community Centre – corner John and Mount Sts, Pyrmont
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Mother's Day at Golden Age

Golden Age is here to save you from a Mother’s Day crisis with a line up of films to make mum happy. The special day of programming includes the doco ‘She’s Beautiful When She is Angry’ about the early feminist movement.

WHAT: Documentary
WHEN: 8 pm
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema
HOW MUCH: $22 – more info here.

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