Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 23/05/2021
10) Double Book Launch: Jacqui Malins & Jerzy Beaumont
What: To celebrate the release of their new poetry collections, Jacqui Malins (“F-words”) and Jerzy Beaumont (“Errant Night”) will be reading from their books.
Why: Remember books? Nor us.
9) G&T and Poetry
What: G&T and Poetry is free and open to all. No preparation or experience necessary. Just turn up and anyone who wants to can read out a poem from the book chosen by the group on the day. It’s a great way to experience the vast array of new Australian poetry arriving every week.
Why: Gin. Making poetry bearable since the 1800s.
8) Moruya Blues & Roots Festival
What: Spread over 2 days, Moruya Waterfront Hotel & Orphan Music Present the VERY FIRST Moruya Blues & Roots Festival! 12 bands. 1 stage.
Why: Blues in the backwoods? How revolutionary.
7) Clayground Members Exhibition
What: CLAYGROUND’s inaugural Members Exhibition celebrating the best of the clay community, marking the start of their ongoing exhibition program.
Why: We feel a joke is unnecessary here.
6) In Conversation: Fernando do Campo and Sophie O’Brien
What: Join artist Fernando do Campo in conversation with Sophie O’Brien, Head of Curatorial & Learning at Bundanon Trust.
Why: A discussion about art…that’s it.
5) Sydney’s Razor Gangs True Crime Tour
What: In the not so distant past, a war raged in Sydney’s underworld – this was the era of the infamous Razor Gang Wars. Return to the scenes of the key events of the Razor Gang wars, discover the soap opera like lives of the most notorious gangsters from Sydney’s past and journey through the hidden parts of one of Sydney’s oldest and iconic locations. A unique investigation into a dark and crime ridden history.
Why: The Australian attitude is proof enough that gun control works. Why use a dinky little pistol when whipping out a razor is so much more terrifying.
4) Storytime with Zanni Louise
What: The delightful picture book Florence and Fox teams up two talented Australian creators Zanni Louise and Anna Pignataro; a must-have for any child who finds it difficult to share. Zanni Louise will be stopping in for a special Storytime at Harry Hartog Bondi!
Why: Shut your mistakes up for an hour.
3) Maximilian Daniels: Past Light
What: Past Light will introduce new geometric motifs and compositional arrangements, informed by the artist’s recent research into architectural principles applied to arched and circular windows.
Why: A topic so boring, it WILL earn you clout if you wax lyrical about it in conversation.
2) Musings: Lina Tesoriero
What: For Musings, Lina Tesoriero has created a pastiche of the muse as a human image interpreted by artists throughout the ages. Everyone knows the bemused face of the Mona Lisa and the comely gaze of Marilyn Munroe, but they are really just the visual representations of people that artists used as their models. In this body of work, familiar images are subverted and we are left amused as we question the conventional idea of the model or Muse in art.
Why: Let’s just hope this artist never falls in love. Or has good sex.
1) Ataraxia and Algorithms
What: This Philosophy Play comprises three interrelated parts to explore the question: Who’s in Control? Us or Technology? (1) A talk by Edward Spence on Socratic-Stoic philosophy and its contemporary relevance to technology’s ethical impact on our wellbeing. (2) Performance of the play The Last Freedom, written and directed by Edward Spence, performed by Nino Lo Giudice, Kathryn Koromilas, Wadih Dona, and Aspasia, in which Socrates, a Proto-Stoic philosopher, explores Love, Freedom, Ethics, Happiness, and Immortality, through Plato’s dialogues, of relevance for the technological era. (3) Open discussion with the audience.
Why: Be bored in the most complex way possible.