Culture Guide: May 23 – 29

May 23rd 2022

Monday - Arts Docuseries

Space 22

“Space 22 follows seven strangers, each with their own lived experience of mental ill health, as they take part in an ambitious experiment to test if the simple act of participating in art can help heal invisible wounds.”

WHERE: Streaming via ABC iview
WHEN: Episode 1 is free to stream with more weekly
HOW MUCH: FREE, head here to watch

Tuesday - New Australian playwriting

Ate Lovia

‘Life seems to be looking up for the Ejercito family in 1996, despite a new boom of conservatism spearheaded by John Howard and Pauline Hanson. Nineteen year old Lovia falls in love for the first time, her alcoholic, disenfranchised father Jovy finally gets a job, and her brother Vergel lands a role in an ultra-fabulous amateur production of a Broadway classic. While the family embrace and challenge the opportunities presented to them, the return of a long-estranged presence rocks the lives of the Ejercito family to its very core.”

WHEN: Shows from Tuesday to Sunday until June 4
WHERE: The Old Fitz Theatre, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Cheap Tuesday tickets $33, regular price $45. For more info, head here.

Wednesday - Video Art / Film Screening

Garden Reflexxx presents: Secrets

“Garden Reflexxx Presents: Secrets Screening films by: Amrita Hepi; Sione Monu; Justine Youssef; Junglepussy; Tommy Misa + Enoch Mailangi; Mykki Blanco; Patti Harrison; Charlie Freedman; Sarah Jessica Carpark + Doris Fish; with inflatables by Evelyn Roth.”

“Featuring a gift giveaway: 2x double passes to Golden Age Cinema + Poor Tom’s Gin + $100 voucher for Gigi’s Pizzeria”
WHERE: Pink Flamingo Cinema. Marrickville
WHEN: Wednesday 25 May, 2022. Doors at 6:30, films at 7pm
HOW MUCH: Regular tickets $21. Entry & Raffle Ticket $33. For more info, head here.
Thursday - Museum Up Late

Powerhouse Late: Gaming

“Powerhouse Ultimo transforms into a hub for game enthusiasts, exploring its archival game collection and bringing together the local gaming community for a night of live performances, gameplay, arcade games and talks.”

WHEN: Thursday 5-9pm
WHERE: The Powerhouse Museum. Ultimo
HOW MUCH: FREE, more info here.

Friday - Author in Conversation

Anita Heiss – Am I Black Enough For You?

What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate advocate for Aboriginal literacy, rights and representation, was born a member of the Wiradyuri nation of central New South Wales but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school.

In this heartfelt and revealing memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, with large doses of humour, Anita Heiss gives a firsthand account of her experiences as a woman with a Wiradyuri mother and Austrian father. Anita explains the development of her activist consciousness, how she strives to be happy and healthy, and the work she undertakes every day to ensure the world she leaves behind will be more equitable and understanding than it is today

WHERE: Gleebooks, Glebe
WHEN: 6pm Friday 27 May
HOW MUCH: $12, for more info head here.

Saturday - Autobiographical Storytelling on Stage

Benched

An intimate performance that ruminates on athleticism within a disabled body. “I don’t think of myself as a sporty person. I didn’t think I’d be disabled by my early twenties.” – Jamila Main. 

Six invited guests enter the space one by one. They choose a ball, shoe, or frisbee and take a seat. A story is told. Actor and award-winning playwright Jamila Main invites you to join them for an intimate moment of rumination on athleticism within a body whose access needs subvert the assumed binary of disability. Audiences will watch the story shift before their eyes as special guests join Jamila Main on the bench throughout the season.

WHERE: Darlinghurst Theatre
WHEN: Running from May 25 – 29. The Friday 7pm show includes Auslan interpretation
HOW MUCH: Concession $38, full price $42. For more info, head here.

Sunday - Arts Writing

FRAMEWORK

“Framework is Arc @ UNSW Art & Design’s critical arts and literary journal, which aims to facilitate, promote, and celebrate expanded forms of arts writing and critical dialogue around our campus.

“Issue 33 is titled ‘tethered’ with a brief excerpt from the editor, Emma Harbridge, below:

“Tethered explores the magnetism of connection, from the glow of first love, to the growing pains of heartbreak. Our desires wander like liquid, seeping into crevices and holes carved by absences or the places only dreams can summon. All while familiar shadows wait in the rear view of desire, worrying us of what we could lose, worrying us into stillness. A tether can be the happiest place on earth, and be as fleeting as night. It can seem inexplainable, or something you know all too well. Being tethered is to be with someone or something, holding on, holding on.”

WHERE: Online available to read here
HOW MUCH: FREE

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