What ‘Til Wed – 6th to 8th January
We’re back with the first edition proper for 2014 of What ‘til Wed; where we bring you the best picks for your early week jams, art, cinema and performance. This week is shaping up to be simply brilliant, with a whole lot of acts who’ve played at various festivals over new years hanging around to do sideshows, as well as some fantastic art and theatre.
Capturing the Creation of the Sydney Opera House – Monday through Wednesday – Customs House
In celebration of the Sydney Opera House’s 40th anniversary, Customs House is housing an exhibition of black and white photographs taken by the late photojournalist David Moore, and curated by his daughter Lisa. David was commissioned to photograph the Sydney Opera House's construction, a job that spanned from 1962-1979. The exhibition runs through till the 26ths of January at Customs House on Alfred Street.
For more info see http://www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org
The War On Drugs – Monday – Oxford Art Factory
After an outstanding 2012 including incredible performances at Harvest festival and a number of sold out sideshows, The War on Drugs return to Australia this summer as part of Falls Festival. The band is also playing intimate sideshows at Melbourne’s Northcote Social Club and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, ahead of the release of their new album. Tickets for the Sydney show available from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/the-war-on-drugs/68340
Bonobo – Monday – Sydney Opera House
Marking a decade since the release of his earthy electronic masterpiece Dial 'M' for Monkey, Ninja Tune stalwart Simon Green (Bonobo) finally makes his Sydney Opera House debut. Due to popular demand, a second show has been added on the same night at 9:30pm to follow his sold out 6pm show. Don’t miss out on this incredibly talented live performer, with his pioneering brand of live-band electronica and new re-works of his most recent album The North Borders. Tickets from https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/tickets
Empire by Spiegelworld – Tuesday – The Entertainment Quarter
Empire is a New York production that is a cross between circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, with a strong twist of sex appeal. Housed in the antique 700-seat Spiegeltent, the show features a mix of local and international talent performing stunts, musical numbers comic routines. The season of performance begins this Tuesday, and for a taste of what you’ll get check out this video;
Vampire Weekend – Wednesday – The Hordern Pavilion
With their most recent album Modern Vampires of the City hitting #1 both here and in the US, Vampire Weekend are continuing their meteoric rise and confirming their place as one of the top indie-rock outfits around. Following epic performances at Byron, Lorne and Marion Bay for Falls Festival, the boys are performing a stand-alone headline show at the Hordern. Tickets are still available from http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/showtickets.aspx?sh=VAMPIREW14&v=HOR&p=EHOR2014608
By Zanda Wilson