Winter is fully here, but that's no excuse to sit in watching Masterchef re-runs. Here's your guide to ten of the best things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Improvisation at the Lybrary. So you've checked out the Sydney comedy scene and convinced yourself you could do better? Head down to the Lybrary bar, where you can learn and play improvisation games with a welcoming group of people at various skill levels.
6.30- 8.30pm, The Lybrary Bar, 87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale. FREE
East is East night market.
Late night shopping has a new contender on the blocks with the opening of the new weekly, 'East is East' market tonight. Closely following the principles of 'East is East' founder Liz Raleigh, every item will be less than $100, and vintage products will also be sold with handmade and locally produced goods.
6.30- 9.30pm, TAP gallery level 1/ 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst. FREE
Unicorns Glitter Bomb Winter Soirée.
Fancy something a little exclusive? Only two hundred tickets will be sold for this new queer club night, the location of which is revealed on the day. The Soiree will feature a full line- up of babes in burlesque and other performances, accompanied by body painting and art, with beats from DJ Sveta, Lady Bones and Unicorns. And it's BYO- what's not to love?!
8.30pm- 4.30am, Sydney, Pre-sale tickets available on pulseradio.net/events/view/3280, $25.
Kinema in the Park.
Sydney's weekly movie night returns to Sydney Park with an enormous outdoor movie screen for this screening of cult favourite, 'Slacker.' Bring a blanket, some food and drinks and settle in under the stars to watch Richard Linklater's 1991 comedy about a group of Texan bohemians.
8.30pm, Sydney Park (near the playground), Sydney Park Rd., St. Peters.
Following a hugely successful recent gig at the Old 505 venue, the Urban Gypsies bring their improvised jazz, gypsy, and world music sound to the Riverside. The band have been off the scene a little since touring their third album, 'Beautiful Catastrophe,' and fans of their original Latin guitar sound will be glad to see them return.
7.30pm, Riverside Theatre, corner of Church and Market Street, Parramatta, $42 (concession $37, youth 30&under $29), www.riversideparramatta.com.au
At First Sight.
Despite a recent spike in sales of vinyl, music sales have dropped incredibly over the past ten years, threatening independent record stores city wide. This full-day festival at Carriageworks is aimed at anybody who still buys vinyl and likes to experience music culture in the flesh. There's still something sensual about placing a record on the turntable, so channel your inner hipster and get down for the free record fair. Stay for music from a line up which includes HTRK, Twerps, The Laurels, Beaches, Super Wild Horses and more.
Record Fair 10am- 6pm, free. Bands from 12pm, $35. Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.
Alison Avron, 'By Your Side,' EP launch at the Newsagency.
The Newsagency touts itself as Sydney's most exclusive and intimate music venue, with a capacity of only 40 people. It was set up by the great Alison Avron, so there couldn't be a better place for her to launch her second EP, produced off the back of a successful Pozible campaign. With similarities to Lily Allen, her show swings from poppy upbeat tunes such as the EP's title track, to darker corners, via the hilarious, 'Imaginary Boyfriend.' This show will sell out!
8pm, The Newsagency, 375 Enmore Rd., Marrickville. $15. www.stickytickets.com.au
Bondi in the summer is crowded with sunburnt, drunk tourists and endless surfer wannabes. Save your visit for winter, when the Bondi Feast festival presents theatre, comedy, music and food over ten days around Bondi Pavillion. This Saturday showcases the first week’s most eclectic mix of events. Start the evening with a workout at 80s Physique Aerobics (5pm); check out Nick Coyle's comedy, 'Double Tribute' at 7pm; enjoy pop culture activists telling teens how it is in 'Bondi Feast versus Teen Makeouts (8pm); Continue the laughing by watching Cameron James: Nite Zoo at 9pm and dance to three piece instrumental trio ' Kallidad' for free in the main bar at 9.45. Phew!
Various times, Bondi. Weekend pass $40, individual tickets FREE- $15. www.bondifeast.com.au
Say Hello First
Sydney Independent Theatre Company have recently moved home, and are now firmly ensconced in the much loved Old Fitzroy Theatre. This fourth production is by emerging company Cupboard Love, and is a fly on the wall look at relationships in the lives of co-creators Danielle Mass and Joe Kernahan. Comprised of over 20 interviews with Danielle's ex- boyfriends, this matinee performance appeals to our hidden voyeuristic tendencies.
5pm, Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. www.sitco.net.au
After all of that partying you'll need a coffee or three. Luckily The Rocks Aroma Festival presents 24 roasters, coffee themed cakes and accompaniments, workshops and a Turkish coffee house. Prefer an Earl Grey to an Ethiopian single origin? There's plenty for food lovers as well, with stalls around Cadman's cottage and George Street. Don't forget to check out this years coffee mosaic also.
10am- 5pm, The Rocks, Sydney. www.therocks.com
- Suzanne Rath