Culture Guide October 3 – 9: Cactus Juice, the cartographer’s curse, and talking about serenades with Lee Mingwei

October 3rd 2016
Monday 3rd October

Cactus Juice #9

A night of new and established comics, this week featuring Jen Carnovale fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!


WHAT: Comedy – Cactus Juice #9
WHEN: 8-10pm
WHERE: Newtown Hotel – 174 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Hunting for Shadows

A little girl encounters Indigenous mythological nightmares while lost in the Australian bush. Inspired by Indigenous mythology and the creatures of Dreamtime stories.


WHAT: Cinema – Hunting for Shadows
WHEN: 6:30pm
WHERE: Ritz Cinema, 45 Pauls St, Randwick
HOW MUCH: $30 tickets and info here 

Tuesday 4th October

I Had to Do It opening

Installations from Ella Barclay exploring the physicality of hardware and the alchemic transformation of ideas.


WHAT: Exhibition – I Had to Do It opening
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: UTS Gallery – Level 4, 702 Harris St, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Visualising the Everyday in Asian Art

The first in a series of four lectures exploring aspects of everyday life in Asian art and culture.   This week focusing on urban life in Chinese painting.


WHAT: Lecture – Visualising the Everyday in Asian Art
WHEN: 12-1pm
WHERE: Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $17.33 Single lecture or $57.75 for the series tickets and info here 


Volumetric is a collaborative development project that will occur between artists Tim Bruniges, Boris Bagattini and Brooke Stamp. Working within a reflexive framework, the artists will use sound, light and movement to reinterpret the volumetric properties of the gallery space.


WHAT: Live performance artwork
WHEN: 10-5pm,  Wednesday 5th: 10-7pm (event from 4-7pm), Thursday 6th: 10-8pm (event from 6-8pm)
WHERE: Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, Darlington                                HOW MUCH: Free, more info here 

Wednesday 5th October

The Cartographer's Curse

Performances exploring the chaos created by the boundaries drawn in the Middle East suiting the interests of French and British diplomats.


WHAT: Performance – The Cartographer’s Curse
WHEN: 7:30pm – until Saturday 8 October
WHERE: Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
HOW MUCH: $37 – tickets and info here.

Yellow Peril opening

The opening night of ‘Yellow Peril’ – an exhibition by Eugenia Lim exploring the impact and influence of mining and immigration on the Australian identity.


WHAT: Exhibition – Eugenia Lim ‘Yellow Peril’
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Artereal Gallery – 747 Darling St, Rozelle
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

October at Firstdraft Opening

Opening night of a three part exhibition at Firstdraft Gallery.
WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 6:-8pm
WHERE: 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
HOW MUCH: Free, see more info here.

after pARTy ~ Ascent ~ ft. Angela Goh

pARTY is a monthly official unofficial after party kicking on from the exhibition openings of galleries in the area. The artist featured this month is Angela Goh.


WHAT: Exhibition / Party
WHEN: 8pm till late
WHERE: Freda’s, 107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale
HOW MUCH: Gold Coin Entry, more info here.

Armour #3: Fusing

Bringing together artists, guest speakers, industry professionals, and community practitioners, ARMOUR seeks to start bridging the divide between arts practice, and sustainable methods for supporting mental health in our industry.

WHAT: Forum
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free, more info here.

Thursday 6th October

Designing affordability

An exhibition presenting case studies from Australia and around the world that address ways  of reducing costs without compromising  design quality.


WHAT: Exhibition – Designing affordability: Quicker, smarter, more efficient housing
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: Tin Sheds Gallery – 148 City Rd, Darlington
HOW MUCH: Free, but register here.

Friday 7th October

Un Magazine launch

A double launch of un Magazine issue 10.2, and the launch of un Anthology 2004-2014: a decade of art and ideas selected from a decade of publishing.


WHAT: Magazine launch – un Magazine 10.2 & un Anthology
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – 181-187 Hay St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free, but RSVP here.

Women of Fairfield


Reflect and celebrate the experiences of women both locally and internationally – featuring large-scale immersive installations and live performances from contemporary artists such as Claudia Nicholson, Hissy Fit & Maria Tran and many others.

WHAT: Women of Fairfield
WHEN: 6-9.30pm
WHERE: Fairfield CBD: Crescent Plaza (opposite Fairfield Train Station)
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here

Saturday 8th October

Sad Grrrls' Fest

Sad Grrrls Fest is an annual music festival celebrating gender diversity and showcasing some of the amazing non-male musicians in Sydney.


WHAT: Performance – Sad Grrrls Fest Sydney 2016
WHEN: 2-11:45pm
WHERE: The Factory Floor – 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: $40 + bf – more info and tickets here.


As part of the In Motion Festival 2016, explore the physicality of movement and motion in a dance-oriented event featuring performances from Angela Goh, Ivery Wawn, Brianna Kell and Deb Mansfield.

WHAT: Locomotion
WHEN: 5-8pm
WHERE: AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here


Collection+: Greg Semu

Artist, independent indigenous researcher and curator Greg Semu chats with Mark Feary on the opening night of his exhibition.

WHAT: Exhibition
WHEN: 4-7pm
WHERE: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
HOW MUCH: Free- tickets and more info here

Sunday 9th October

The Last Song with Lee Mingwei

Taiwanese-American artist Lee Mingwei’s work, ‘Sonic Blossom’ is all about being touched by the power of song. Hear the artist talk about her work!


WHAT: Artist Talk – The Last Song with Lee Mingwei
WHEN: 1-3pm
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George St, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $17 – tickets and info here.

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
Brought to you by the City Of Sydney.



Read more from Sam Baran