Culture Guide September 19 – 25: Queer Screen Film Festival, MCA Social and Art Party

September 19th 2016
Monday 19th September

Power Plays

Power Plays is a theatrical tasting menu of some of Australia’s finest writers. Their mission: to each write a 20-minute play on the theme of power. The result: 100 minutes of hilarious theatre.


WHAT: Power Plays
WHEN: Mon 7pm; Tue – Sat 8.15pm; Wed 1.15pm; Sat 2.15pm
WHERE: Sydney Theatre Company, The Wharf, Pier 4 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
HOW MUCH: Ranging between $30-39 more info here

The comedy lounge: NZ special

This week two of NZ comedy’s big up and coming stars take up the feature spots. They are both very funny that’s really all you need to know.


WHAT: The comedy lounge: NZ special
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: The comedy lounge at Café lounge, 277 Goulburn st, Surry hills
HOW MUCH: $10 more info here

Exhibition Launch: Lost + Found

LOST + FOUND sheds light on the sheds, closets, nooks, crannies and whatever else you’ve been hiding under your bed.


WHAT: Exhibition Launch: LOST + FOUND
WHEN: 6-8pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St Redfern
HOW MUCH: Free more info here 

Comedyish: September Series

Jokes told by comedians, told for the first time. See the country’s best comedians question their life choices!


WHAT: Comedy – Comedyish: September Series
WHEN: 7:30pm
WHERE: Giant Dwarf – 199 Cleveland St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $15 – tickets here.

Tuesday 20th September

My trial show is better than your actual show

Young boy Aaron Chen is back with his fresh moves, trialling a new show with the most brutal and cool comedy


WHAT: Aaron Chen: My trial show is better than your actual show (comedy)
WHEN: Tues-Sat 8:15pm
WHERE: The Factory Theatre, Marickville
HOW MUCH: $10/$15 more info here

Queer Screen Film Festival

The fourth Queer Screen Film Festival, with twelve fantastic queer films to see!


WHAT: Film – Queer Screen Film Festival
WHEN: 12pm-12am
WHERE: Event Cinemas George Street – 505-525 George St
HOW MUCH: $19 – info and tickets here.

The Wasp

Golden Jam Productions are proud to present the Australian premiere of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s electric thriller, The Wasp, as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.


WHAT: Theatre – The Wasp, Opening Night
WHEN: 8.30pm-10pm
WHERE: Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
HOW MUCH: $18/$25 – info and tickets here.

UNSWriting presents: Foreign-ness

Writer and community activist, Roanna Gonsalves, speaks with prize winning authors Michelle Cahill and Ouyang Yu about how they have addressed the challenges facing writers of colour and incorporated multiple perspectives in their work.


WHAT: Discussion Panel – Foreign-ness
WHEN: 6.30pm-8pm
WHERE: Io Myers Studio, UNSW Gate 2, High St, Kensington
HOW MUCH: $18/$25 – info and tickets here.

Bathhouse: The Musical

Billy, a wide-eyed youth, ventures into a bathhouse for the very first time. He’s looking for love, but soon realizes that the other patrons are looking for something a little more … temporary.


WHAT: Musical – Bathhouse
WHEN: 8pm
WHERE: New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown
HOW MUCH: $20/$25 – info and tickets here.

Wednesday 21st September

Heavy Gaze

A trio of artists whose work takes an introspective look at the extrospective nature of gaze.


WHAT: Exhibition – Heavy Gaze
WHEN: 6-9pm
WHERE: 155 Norton St, Leichhardt
HOW MUCH: Free – info here.

James Nguyen - New Solutions, Enduring Problems

James Nguyen’s playful exhibition exploring social amnesia and how society recalls memories through rose colour lenses. Expect to see some video works and personalised cardboard cut out installations.

WHAT: Exhibition – New Solutions, Enduring Problems
WHEN: Opening Night 6-8pm
WHERE: MOP Gallery, 2/39 Abercrombie Street, Sydney
HOW MUCH: – FREE info here

Jack Gow - Just a Small Town Boy

Insightful comedy show by stand out emerging comedian Jack Gow. His latest show is all about his hopes, his fears, and a kid called Joey Mays who always tried to kick a soccer ball with two feet.

WHAT: Comedy Show – Just a Small Town Boy
WHEN: 7-8pm
WHERE: Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville
HOW MUCH: – $10 info here


Part fashion show and part art exhibition, showcases some of Australia’s leading and up and coming artists and designers in the field of fashion, technology, digital art, industrial art and sound engineering.

WHAT: Fashion Show/Art Exhibition
WHEN: 7-9pm
WHERE: 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Annadale
HOW MUCH: – $20 info here

Thursday 22nd September

Collectors Edition with Sebastian Goldspink

The Bearded Tit launches COLLECTORS EDITION! A once a month where artists, collectors and curators take over the Tit. To get this party started right welcome Alaska Projects’ Director SEBASTIAN GOLDSPINK presents “DANCE CRAZE”.

WHAT: Performance/music: Collectors Edition
WHEN: 7pm – 11pm
WHERE: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent St, Redfern

Spring Night Markets

UNSW Art & Design Student Council are hosting a Spring Night Markets! Expect jewellery, art, ceramics, zines, plants, food and drinks.

WHAT: Markets
WHEN: 5pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: UNSW Art & Design, crn Oxford St and Greens Rd, Darlinghurst, 2010

Conspiracy #11

This last ever Conspiracy will feature Drs Chris Fleming and AJ Carruthers. Fleming is a real-life scholar of conspiracy, and Carruthers is, well, as conspiratorial as they get. Take a look at conspiracy face first and full on.

WHAT: Talk Series
WHEN: 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: Minerva, 4/111 Macleay Street, Potts Point


Friday 23rd September

Art Party 4th Anniversary

Art Party celebrates 4 years of supporting local emerging art in Sydney and elsewhere – come and join the celebration!


WHAT: Performance/music: Art Party 4th Anniversary
WHEN: 8pm-4am
WHERE: Oxford Art Factory – 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: $35 – tickets here.

Women of South Asia Summit

A half-day event of research and discussion- bringing together policymakers, academics and experts in the field of gender issues in the South Asia region.

WHAT: Women of South Asia Summit
WHEN: 12-4pm
WHERE:Lecture Theatre 273, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney
HOW MUCH: Free- more info here


Part immersive installation, part performance piece, HANDS I BURNT re-imagines Hans Christian Andersens’ The Little Match Girl.

WHAT: Performance
WHEN: 7pm
WHERE: 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
HOW MUCH: $20-$25 – more info here

Saturday 24th September

MCA Social - All That Glitters

Art, music and live performance gathered together in a wonderful social night to raise funds for the annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 and under, Primavera.


WHAT: Party – MCA Social 2016
WHEN: 8pm-12am
WHERE: MCA Harbourside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
HOW MUCH: $130 – tickets and info here.

Manly Artist Market

Artists from all over the region display and sell art, showcasing their latest creations. Part of Manly Arts Festival.


WHAT: Artist Market – Manly Arts Festival
WHEN: 10am-4pm
WHERE: Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club
HOW MUCH: Free – more info here.

Silent Dinner Party

No communication, no texting and no technology. Artist Honi Ryan invites you to step outside your comfort zone and be apart of a living art installation.

WHAT: Silent Dinner Party
WHEN: 7-10pm
WHERE: Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
HOW MUCH: $95- more info here



Sunday 25th September

The Intervention

Closing the 2016 Queer Screen Film Festival, Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) Melanie Lynskey (But I’m a Cheerleader) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) team up to reveal secrets, insecurities and truths in The Intervention. 

WHAT: Film Screening
WHEN: 6pm
WHERE: Event Cinemas George St
HOWMUCH: $19 – more info here

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