Culture Guide November 13 – 19: Tokyo Is Yours, Bling, Spoken Vibes & more

November 13th 2017
Monday 13th November

Kino Sydney #123

Kino Sydney provides a platform for the filmmaking community to come together and celebrate short film.  Screenings include filmmaker Q&As, networking, games, industry talks, live music, trivia, pizza and popcorn. Be inspired to create your own films, collaborate with others – anyone can submit a film.

WHAT: Film Screenings
WHEN: 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $10, more info

How To Face Death

As Wittgenstein put it, death is not an event in life, by which he meant it is very hard to get a handle on. So how can we think about it, what should we make of it, and what resources are there to help us deal with it? In a worksop environment, explore what philosophers and theologians, film-makers and poets have said about death.

WHAT: Class
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: School of Life, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $70-80, more info

Performance Anxiety

At this conversation, host Kate Jinx will talk with musician Tim Rogers and actor Claudia Karvan about the phenomenon of performance anxiety and what it reveals about the chasm between our interior and exterior selves.

WHAT: Sydney Writer’s Festival: Performance Anxiety
WHERE: Belvoir St Theatre, Surry Hills
WHEN: 6:30pm-7:30pm
HOW MUCH: $15-$19, more info here

Tuesday 14th November

Modern Medicine

When modern life is getting you down, the salve can only be found in the loving arms of your fellow tits. This month, The Bearded Tit is dispensing some MODERN MEDICINE in an exhibition filled with fictional instruments of pleasure, pain and redemption. Contemporary complaints of the heart, mind and body are placed on the metaphorical operating table, to be examined, dissected and rebuilt for a more resilient future.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Wednesday 15th November

Result Night Street Festival for Marriage Equality

The fight doesn’t end with the announcement, but we’re taking a moment to celebrate all we’ve accomplished together so far. This is for those who made phone calls, put up posters, and knocked on doors. For those who took part in mass post-ins, concerts, fundraisers and rallies. For everyone who voted yes.

WHAT: Multi-stage Protest Festival
WHEN: 6-11pm
WHERE: Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Spoken Vibes: Spoken Word / Poetry Slam

Check out resident poets: Guided Meditation with Jules, Sahar, Zak, 80K, Luckless, Lucas Stanton, La Niña, Amber Wilcox, Lauren Anne, Dylan, Onion Man, Lina and BC. Also featuring more poets to be announced, and open mic throughout the night.

WHAT: Poetry Slam
WHEN: 6-11pm
WHERE: The Louis Hotel, Lewisham
HOW MUCH: Free, more info

Thursday 16th November

Tokyo Is Yours

After successful shows in Arles, France and Ballarat International Foto Biennale, the internationally acclaimed series Tokyo Is Yours will be shown in Sydney. Not simply an exhibition of photographic images, the installation also fleshes out narrative threads and layers running through the project in relation to the Great East Earthquake of 2011, Love, loss, desire and a tenuous relationship with nature. Inspired by Manga and film noir the work has been described as dangerous by Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama.

WHAT: Exhibition Launch
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Flinders Street Gallery, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


Matthew Quick’s “Bling” looks at society’s desire for preciousness—and the commercial reality of how desirable products are created, marketed and ultimately coveted. Premium products—polished gold, copper, aluminium, Swarovski crystals have been used to infuse this collection with glamour and desire.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, Chippendale
HOW MUCH Free, more info

Punk Girls Book Launch

Punk Girls is a realistic representation of the punk movement in its many guises with a focus on femme. Fashion, music and politics collide in this landmark publication by one of Australia’s most acclaimed female photographers. The images are inspired by and reference the iconic women of punk history, as embodied and re-enacted by those who channel the punk movement in contemporary daily life.


WHAT: Book Launch

WHERE: Better Read Than Dead, Newtown

WHEN: 6:30pm

HOW MUCH: Free. More info here.

Friday 17th November

We're All Going To Die Festival

Starting the conversation around death as means to shift our perspective on fear, a line-up of local and international artists led by Stefan Hunt will bring the ‘We’re All Going To Die Festival’ to life. Combining film, book, installation, visual art, music, performance, talks and immersive experiences, the festival is an amusement park for the soul. Set in COMMUNE’s large labyrinth warehouse, roam the festival – from death meditations to judgement baths to hidden dance experiences.

WHAT: Festival Premiere
WHEN: 6-10pm
HOW MUCH: $16.67 – $27.12, more info

Saturday 18th November

Smashed Screens

Denying your shadow or spiting your ego can be detrimental, but smashing screens can be radical. Curated by Priscilla Bourne with a number of exciting artists, Smashed Screens will shatter ideas of shapes, reflections, creative sound and raucous, innovative colours. Join artists; CIARAN BEGLEY, JESSICA BRADFORD, CHRISTIAN DAVIS, ADRIAN DE GIORGIO, GEORGIA EMSLIE, JODY GRAHAM, KASANE LOW, AL POULET, COLIN RHODES, LAURENCE WILLIAMS, and ROHAN WILSON for a vision outside the box.

WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: 3-5pm
WHERE: Delmar Gallery, Ashfield
HOW MUCH: Free, more info


Richard Glover’s series aims to illustrate industrial concepts and investigate the permutable nature of Australian urban environments and societal aim of development and progress. As industries and infrastructure are replaced by intellectual and technological production, our cities move resolutely from pragmatic functionality towards a vague concept called lifestyle.

WHAT: Exhibition Opening
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Contact Sheet, St Leonards
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info

Around the Outside Four

Firstdraft’s fourth instalment of Around the Outside focuses on community care labour. Join Renata Field and Okapi Neon as they delve into individual and community care, asking what care labour looks like to you and how we can take better care of each other.

WHAT: Around the Outside 4
WHEN: 12-2pm
WHERE: Firstdraft, 13-17 Riley St, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free RSVP, more info here 


Realising Mother, Artist Talk

Catch the final days of Kudos Gallery’s exhibition Realising Mother investigating the role of mother in our culture, plus hear from the emerging and established women artists who feature in the show!

WHAT: Artist talk and exhibition
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Kudos Gallery, 6 Napier St Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here

Sunday 19th November

Mixology and Henna Basics Workshop

This mixology and basic henna design class will be taught by professional henna artist Polina Volkova. Learn how to mix silky smooth henna paste and what it takes to get a dark stain. Get familiar with making henna cones and henna design basics to get you started on mastering this amazing art.

WHAT: Henna Workshop
WHEN: 3:30-7pm
WHERE: Acquire at Design, Newtown
HOW MUCH: ticket info via link, more info

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