Whazzup Sydney - weekend of 1st August
We're into a new month of winter, with August shaping up to deliver a whole pile of fresh Sydney experiences. The weekend ahead includes new music nights, cutting edge art and yet more pop up markets.
The Basement Cinema Sessions
Prefer to save your dancing shoes for the weekend? Settle in for an evening of music documentaries, as The Basement Cinema Sessions return with a double bill. First up is the 2013 Oscar winner for best documentary, 'Searching for Sugarman', where two South Africans search for 1970s Detroit Folk singer Sixto Rodriguez. This is followed by 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown', a 2002 documentary film by Paul Justman which recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, better known as Motown's recording band between 1959 and 1972. The venue is intimate and cosy, the food and drink are decent and there's good movies. Win.
The Basement, Sydney. 7pm. Free. www.thebasement.com.au
Live at the Riot
Support new, independent music at the Standard with My Sydney Riot and Sailor Jerry. Entry gets you a full musical lineup, featuring B- Massive, Siamese Almeida, The Rumours, Drug Store 66 and The Troubled Romantics, as well as DJs Timothy Snape and Havas. There's also Sailor Jerry for $5 a pop. Facebook tell us that independent music is good, fresh and deserves our attention. We're all ears.
The Standard, Surry Hills. 7pm. Tickets $13.30 on www.moshtix.com.
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's play gets a contemporary Sydney makeover. Based on the Cronulla riots, the modern Capulets and Montagues are two families from very different suburbs. One are described as a 'well-to-do' Southern suburbs family while the other are immigrants living in the Western suburbs. Impulse theatre company present a young cast for this new take on Shakespeare, which may beat STC's upcoming version for originality, as well as ticket prices.
King Street Theatre, Newtown. 7.30pm. $22-$28. www.kingstreettheatre.com.au.
Let's just get one thing straight; there's no such thing as a typical night in the Goodgod Danceteria. In a recent example, their Vivid live show in the Opera House invited guests into an 80s prom, before throwing out the classic hip- hop and gangster rap. Tonight, for the first time at Goodgod, Steve Spacek leads a team of DJs presenting a night of U.K. style selection. In 'Music at.. Tonight,' Spacek says the focus is on good tunes, regardless of the genre. The idea is to keep the crowd guessing as to what will come next; if previous nights in the club are anything to go by, this will be a given.
Goodgod Small Club, Liverpool Street. 11pm. $10. www.goodgodgoodgod.com
DanceKool Volume 27
Fancy your skills as a street dancer? Get down to battle it out against others or simply watch a showcase routine at Marrickville this afternoon. Hosted by Sydney's leading urban dance academy, Dancekool, Volume 27 offers the chance to register for contests in Hip-Hop, Breaking, Popping, Rocking and House. There's guest judges all the way from Thailand and Melbourne, as well as DJs Naiki and Matt Fernandez.
1pm, Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville. Pre- sale tickets $20, Info HERE
Get off those computers; the robots are coming! Watch combatting robots from across Australia battle it out over two days of destruction. All robots are controlled by their creators and aim to beat their opponents through skill or just wanton destruction, in the first event of its kind in Sydney.
107 projects, Redfern. 10am-4pm. Gold Coin donation.
Clare Bowditch- winter secrets
Forget the XFactor- here's your chance to be discovered! Every year singer- songwriter Clare Bowditch takes a different collaborator ( this year it's Spencer) to go on stage with her and create shows across Australia with the audience as her backing band. The night also offers the chance for a singer, chosen by Clare through her audition process, to join her on stage and perform ' One Little River' for the chance to win $1000 in prizes. Previous shows have been described as a mix of comedy, pantomime and dance lessons. Oh and music. You should definitely come for that.
Factory Theatre, Marrickville. 8pm. Tickets $40, available on Ticketek and at the Factory theatre.
Wonder 101: an unusual village fete
Far more than your average craft market, Wonder 101 enlisted its stall holders on the proviso that they couldn't sell average goods. With a designer group including Romance was born and Candy Sparkles, food from the likes of Runcible Spoon and Messina, as well as art in the basement and music in the rafters, Wonder 101 should prove to be anything but ordinary. And if you need an extra excuse to spend, all proceeds go to The Boys and Girls Brigade to provide a safe haven for inner city children.
404 Riley Street, Surry Hills. 10am-4pm.
This biennial event invites over 100 artists to create works during an eight day residency and exhibit them on Cockatoo island. This year the festival included free events and workshops in the run up to the main event, which takes place this weekend. Tickets sold out last year, and this year promises to be even bigger and better, with exhibitions such as 'Seeds: An electronic opera in miniature', dedicated to the many women who are subject to domestic violence, and 'Kino Klinik', where a spiritual guide promises to cure all ails using Hollywood- inspired therapy.
Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. Saturday 3rd 12pm- 10pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. $25. www.underbellyarts.com.au
- Suzanne Rath