Culture Guide :: Merkins, 3D Tattoos and Last Starfighters

February 24th 2014

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Why’s everyone walking around like Monday is the end of the world?!

The weekend is clearly for people who don’t know how much awesome stuff there is to be found throughout Sydney during the week. Fortunately for you, you’ve come to the right place! FBi’s culture guide has got you sorted with the best of arts, culture and general happenings around town…


Monday 24th :: Sexuality, Gender Diversity & Disability

Outing Disability confronts the often invisible topic of gender, sexuality and disability. The photographic exhibit is presented by Family Planning NSW as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras.

WHAT: Outing Disability
WHERE: Seymour Centre, Cleveland St, Chippendale
WHEN: 9am till 6pm


Tuesday 25th :: Vintage video game film action

The Two-Thousand film club asks Sydney locals to pick the flick and this month the Smith Journal have selected vintage Star Wars wannabe The Last Starfighter. Forget Luke Skywalker (he was never that relatable – seriously dude, your sister?!), Alex Rogan just thought he was a trailer park loser until he found out his local arcade game was actually an alien training simulator. Suffice to say he’s glad it wasn’t Pacman; all those pills and running around in the dark!

There’s a Q&A with Smith Journal editors beforehand and everyone gets a free copy of the mag as well!

WHAT: Two-Thousand Film Club – The Last Starfighter
WHERE: Golden Age Cinema and Bar, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
WHEN: 7pm
HOW MUCH: $20 ($15 conc) +bf, from Eventbrite


Wednesday 26th :: Staring at your crotch…

Pubic art sees upcoming and emerging Sydney graphic artists and designers thinking a little below the belt. They’ll be designing stylish (functional?!) merkins that will be lovingly catalogued by photographer Timothy Jackson.

In conjunction with the exhibition the gallery will be running a ‘Merkins in the Mundane’ competition. That’s right, just decorate your swimsuit region and upload the photo with the hashtag #MerkinsInTheMundane for the chance to be a part of the ongoing exhibition!

WHAT: Pubic Art in Public Places
WHERE: He Made She Made Gallery, 70 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
WHEN: 10am till 6pm – until March 28th 

Pubic Art

Thursday 27th :: Augmented Reality Tattoos

Alison Bennett has created a fascinating collection whose topography reveals itself as a three dimensional world of tattoo, scars, pores and pigmentation when viewed through an app on a mobile screen. Touted as a “collapsing of boundaries between material and virtual” the collection exposes a living world as close as our own skin.

WHAT: Alison Bennett’s Shifting Skin
WHERE: 10×8 Gallery, Level 3 – Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
WHEN: 6-8pm


Friday 28th :: Women Say Something

Women say something is presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The regular event presents debate, dialogue, pondering on the issues affecting women in diverse communities and barriers that remain to overcoming adversity. Featuring Lt. Col. Cate McGregor, Clover Moore, Gretel Killeen, Jean Kitson, Tracey Spicer, Hon. Louisa Wall MP, Natalie Cook, Beccy Cole, Merryn Johns, Libby O’Donovan and many more!

WHAT: Women Say Something – Dancing on the Ceiling
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
WHEN: 6.30pm
HOW MUCH: Panel tix from $30 + bf (available from eventopia)


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