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Posted 17 Jul 2013 @ 12:15pm

The Persian International Film Festival will showcase stories from around the world from August 22 through September 1.

 

Celebrating contemporary Persian film, the festival will showcase work from Iran, Afghanistan and their diasporic communities around the world. The lineup includes seven recent features, 10 shorts, a full retrospective program and even a football themed...

Posted 16 Jul 2013 @ 2:31pm

Young and emerging artists at the ready, because the MCA has revealed the eight artists selected for the 22nd edition of Primavera, the annual exhibition for Australian artists aged 35 years and under, and we reckon the lineup’s enough inspiration to keep you kicking until it’s your time to shine.

 

Curated by Robert Cook, Primavera 2013 will feature the work of Jacqueline Ball,...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:50pm

Last week we gave you a cheeky preview of the Possible Worlds Film Festival lineup and huzzah, the rest is here!

 

Deep breath, and here we go: Sarah Polley’s acclaimed doco Stories We Tell will open the Festival and close ten days later with the Sydney premiere of Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies. And in between we have 10 Canadian and 10 American films including Noah Baumback’s...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:32pm

Our city’s newest kid on the art fair block, Sydney Contemporary, has announced its talks program, curatorial partnerships and expanded gallery list.

 

From September 19-22, Carriageworks will transform into an inspiring exhibition hall where art enthusiasts and bona fide collectors alike will unite in the name of celebrating all that is great on the commercial gallery circuit. “...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:26pm

You might think Wil Anderson’s a babe, you might not. You might think he’s got the comedic goods, you might not.

 

Or you might even be thinking ‘I haven’t seen that dude since his hosting stint on ABC’s The Gruen Transfer'. Doesn’t mean it’s going to stop us from telling you about his upcoming Sydney gigs, because we think the guy’s pretty rad. Anderson gigs at Enmore Theatre on...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:18pm

It's time to give up bad design for good so y’all better listen up, because Sydney Design is back for its 16th year.

 

Presented by the Powerhouse Museum, the 16-day program features exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops from August 3-18. Program highlights include a retrospective of possibly the creative world’s longest slashee, George Nelson, who’s career as an architect-...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:12pm

The Sydney Shakespeare Company is dedicated to producing intimate performances of the canon and next month they’re tackling one of The Bard’s most controversial plays, The Merchant of Venice.

 

If you don’t recall the work from your high school English days, here’s a refresher: boy longs to conquer the love of girl, boy doesn’t have any money to get to girl, boy loans money from...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 11:20am

A new night of film and music is about to land at the Vanguard. Force Fox Five will screen five short films from some of the country’s hottest young filmmakers followed by presenting live sets from bands that will belt out iconic film songs taken from Tarantino and Lynch flicks.

 

Wednesday July 3 will see shorts Emily (dir. Benjamin Matthews), Mathilda (dir. Matt Chuang), The...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 11:09am

James Franco! Yum! Thanks to Queer Screen, punters will be able to catch the curly lock-sporting babe in controversial filmmaker Travis Mathews’ latest film Interior. Leather Bar.

 

Mathews’ most recent cinematic feat features scrumptious Franco acting out what the director envisaged where deleted scenes from Richard Friedkin’s 1980 cult flick Cruising – a frightening cinematic...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 11:02am

Oi lads! Courtship. Reckon it’s still worth the effort? Landing at the Old Fitzroy Theatre on July 2 and running until July 27, Say Hello First offers a sexy, sassy and completely outrageous look at the games we play in modern-day relationships.

 

Delivered by emerging theatre company Cupboard Love, co-creators Danielle Maas and Joe Kernahan are set to offer audiences a fly-on-...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:55am

It’s time to congratulate Koori Radio 93.7FM for representing Aboriginal Australia for 20 years.

 

To celebrate, Carriageworks is joining forces with Gadigal Information Service to present a month long program, Live and Deadly, comprising art, music and an industry forum designed to engage traditional story-telling and thought provoking debate. And lest we forget about the...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:44am

Make sure you head down to Gaffa Gallery this Thursday June 27 night for the opening night of Cosmic Orb Weavers, an installation of sculptures and geometric drawings by emerging artist Michelle Genders. 

 

Taking inspiration from today’s electronic revolution and increased knowledge of outer space, the exhibition tells the story of a weaver who traversed two dimensional spaces...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:40am

Hosted by The Hamster Wheel’s Ben Jenkins, the next Story Club comes to The Raval (upstairs at the Macquarie Hotel) on Monday June 24 with the theme ‘Why Don’t You Make Me’. 

 

What’s the deal? Invited orators write a story around the given theme, sit in an armchair and read it to you and you LOL. This month’s lineup features professional bandana-wearer and occasional columnist...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:32am

Everything old is new again. Well, sort of. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is launching blockbuster Sydney Moderns: Art For A New World on July 6, which promises to deliver a retrospective of local modernist works produced between 1915 and 1941.

 

Think a CoFA kids’ delight with a lineup including Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith and Roy De Maistre. Keen for more?...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:23am

Tom Stoppard’s classic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is coming to Sydney Theatre Company this August.

 

Pairing Stoppard/Shakespeare master Toby Schmitz with rocker/West End Judas Tim Minchin, the Simon Phillips (Arcadia, Love Never Dies)-directed production follows two hapless courtiers that were childhood friends of Hamlet in their last days, running parallel to the...

Posted 20 Jun 2013 @ 10:35am

Y’all ready for the Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival? Well, it’s time to get set because the final lineup’s here and it’s pretty damn spesh. 

 

Returning to Cockatoo Island next month with more than 100 of Australia’s finest emerging and experimental artists punters should gear up for some seriously impressive dance, performance, electronic sound art, participatory works,...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 4:03pm

From June 18 – July 13 Zetland gallery Sullivan + Strumpf have your art fix sorted.

 

Joanna Lamb’s 15 Colour Series is a set of works inspired by the interior and exterior of domestic dwellings. Influenced by electronic media, advertising and graphic design, Lamb’s images foreground the refined simplicity of foundational structural forms. As the exhibition title suggests, only...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:59pm

Bell Shakespeare and the State Theatre Company of South Australia have announced they will collaborate to bring the great Bard’s Comedy Of Errors to town.

 

Directed by rising star Imara Savage, the Shakespearean classic will tour nationally and will present at the Sydney Opera House Studio from November 14 – December 7. Responsible for brining one of the Bard’s most bawdy...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:53pm

Huzzah! It’s here! After three years in various stages of production, Natalia Savvides’ The Light Box, a freewheeling epic linking the real tragedy of fractured family life to the bizarre world of talking birds and spoons in lab coats, lands at 107 Projects on July 10.

 

Fusing surreal imagery, soundscape and actors’ performances, the James Dalton-directed production will lead us...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 3:46pm

In 1993, Relative Merits opened for a two-week season at Stables Theatre.

 

Now, 20 years on, the play returns to present at King Street Theatre from July 5, for a special 20th anniversary revival of Barry Lowe’s little play that could. Relative Merits is an emotionally charged play about Adam (Jeff Teale), a gay footballer coming out and struggling to deal with his confused,...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:50am

The Museum of Contemporary Art has just announced artist Tully Arnot will be guest curator of the next MCA ARTBAR, Unreal on Friday June 28.

 

Unreal will encourage ARTBAR attendees to delve into the speculative and visionary worlds of artists and eccentrics to explore new realities. Lineup highlights include Chris Petro and Tim Dwyer's aural manifestations, Christine Sun Kim's...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:27am

Drum roll please…Free Fallis back for its fifth season in the Glass Cubeat Oxford Art Factory from June 21 – July 13! 

 

Many a “what the?” will be uttered from the mouths of gig-goers when a lineup of four artists showcase their endurance, movement and artistic process. Curated by mixed-medium artist James Kerr, Free Fall will run on Friday and Saturday nights opening with the...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:22am

Handmade craft, dress-ups, live performance and a techno world of mirrors and estrangement – welcome to Justin Shoulder’s wild theatrical ceremony, The River Eats. 

 

Presenting at Carriageworks from July 3-13 as part of Performance Space’s Show Off season, Shoulder adopts the persona of Pinky, an over-caffeinated, attention-deficient demon whose identity is undergoing a...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:17am

What’s the best way to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary? Look no further than Les Illuminations – an intimate Sydney Dance Company performance set to Britten’s romantic song cycle, which he dedicated to life partner and tenor Peter Pears. 

 

Presented at the Sydney Opera House Studio from August 28-31, Les Illuminations will have Britten enthusiasts satisfied with an...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:14am

John Lennon fans at the ready, because Anna Schwartz Gallery has just the thing for you. 

 

From July 27 – September 28, a 25-channel video installation, Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon), will showcase 25 fans of the legendary Beatle, who have been filmed by video artist Candice Breitz while singing along to Lennon’sPlastic Ono Bandalbum in full. The catch? The...

Posted 5 Jun 2013 @ 3:23pm

An Alphabet Of Arousal is the 20th installment in Sydney Theatre Company's Rough Draft series.

 

A collaboration between STC co-resident director Sarah Giles and writer Angus Cerini (Wretch, Drill Down), the production is the result of a week long creative development program where theatre makers come together to try out new ideas and ways of working and collaborating. Giles and...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 10:32am

Welcome to London Fields where the food’s hearty and cocktails sweet. Located upstairs at The London Hotel this newbie is Paddington’s latest wine bar-cum-restaurant hidey-hole perfect for the post work winter escape. Think fresh, seasonal produce, genius cocktails and vintage surrounds. Dig in folks!

 

The team: Mrs Sippy’s Ian Oakes has expanded his role to oversee the London...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 1:09pm

As part of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art 2013, CoFA is presenting Running the City, an exhibition brining together artists who use cities as their raw material.

 

Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs’ work Run Motherfucker Run is the centerpiece of the exhibition and is a massive immersive installation asking gallerygoers to literally run in order to traverse the...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 1:05pm

Pandora’s Comedy Genome Project has turned two.

 

Designed to offer listeners a personalised listening experience to help them discover comedy they love and to connect comedians with fans, Pandora Comedy has grown from 10,000 tracks to over 25,000 and from 700 to 1,700 comedians. To that end BRAG says wowza and congrats. Featured comedians include Jason Love, Don Friesen, Beth...

Posted 17 May 2013 @ 12:59pm

MCA ARTBAR will bring the party on Friday May 31 to celebrate its first birthday. 

 

The theme for MCA’s special edition, curated by Sydney artist Keg de Souza, is ‘weird science’ drawing inspiration from the teen sci-fi classic John Hughes.While you get your booze on you’ll also be able to enjoy an inflatable planetarium, screenings from the infamous Mu Meson archives, an...

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