Empty pockets? The Grinch was definitely on to something. Here’s our under $25 wish list of things to see and listen to over the next few days.
Thursday: Alex Cameron
Alex Cameron (one third of Seekae) is a one of those strange but brilliant characters. You have to see him live to find out why. Or you could visit his piss-take website for a sneak preview. It’s a little bit awesome. He supported King Lizard and the Gizzard Wizard a few weeks back and this will be his last solo gig at Freda’s for free!
8pm, Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St, Chippendale, Free
Thursday: White Reindeer Exclusive Film Screening
Get out your favourite knitted pom-pom sweaters - golden oldie films like Home Alone and Gremlins are playing alongside an exclusive contemporary acclaimed film, White Reindeer. It won the Boston Underground Film Festival Best Feature gong this year and promises to deliver a brilliant dose of deadpan humour.
Golden Age Cinema, Surry Hills, Thursday 9pm, Friday 6pm, Saturday 6.30pm. Tickets $20 (+bf)
Friday: Melodie Nelson
One of Sydney’s best lesser-known singers, Melodie Nelson (Lia Tsamoglou’s pseudonym) will feed your souls at the local volunteer run Rat in Marrackville. Cozy up on the couches as she serenades you with her violin and magnificent vocal strength.
8pm, The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, Free
We splurged a little on this one, but Pond is like Tame Impala’s badass little brother. Formed with some of the same members (Nick Allbrook, Cam Avery, Jay Watson), it’s not hard to predict that these Perth kids will put on an exhilarating performance. The last time this grimy psychedelic rock band played at the Metro, it got hard to see (or think) straight through sneaky puffs of smoke around the stage. If you can’t catch them at Falls, do it now. It won’t be long before their concerts start costing more than you can afford.
8pm, The Metro, Tickets $22 (+bf)
Friday: Little May
Check out Laneway Festival’s last minute addition, Little May at one of Sydney’s smallest (intimate) upstairs gig venues. We suggest getting there for the Friday show because right after Little May performs it’s the end of an era (again) at Brighton Up Bar’s last 60s dance party for the year.
8pm, Brighton Up Bar, Tickets $13.30/15 (door) performing on Friday and Saturday
Friday: A Very Shire Christmas featuring Papa Vs Pretty
Contrary to popular belief, the Shire still counts as Sydney. Songs from Papa Vs Pretty’s new album, White Deer Park (named after only the best kids TV show ever – The Animals of Farthing Wood) will feature on the night including their singles, My Life Is Yours and Smoother which, FYI was first heard as a recording by dialing in a 1300 number.
7pm, Studio Six, 6 Boyle St, Sutherland, Tickets $22 (+bf)
But fireworks are just an expensive carbon dioxide filled waste of taxpayers’ money you say! We hear you, but aren’t they pretty? We’ve all walked around the city at night and heard fireworks go off - but it’s rare that you can actually see them. Maybe a faint glow in the distance if you’re lucky. So soak up a better view with the last display of brilliant bright lights over the water on Saturday – if you can get past the horrendous floating inflatable giant Santa’s.
9pm, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour
Saturday: Halfway Crooks x Hoops Xmas Blow Out
It’s always a good night at Goodgod and this time they’re packing the entire place out with you lot and getting not one but SIX DJs to join in the Christmas cheer. They’ve got Anna Lunoe, Bad Ezzy, Captain Franco, Elston and Evins & Nina Las Vegas locked in for the night.
10pm, Goodgod Small Club, $10/15, Facebook Event
Sunday: One Day Sundays Xmas Block Party
Day of rest? Nah. How could you with DJs like Sampology, Morgz (Thundamentals), Joyride and Adit and Raph in the beer garden at The Vic’s Xmas Block Party?
4-11pm, The Vic on the Park, 2 Addison Road, Enmore, Free, Facebook Event
Yoko Ono Art and Life Film Program
Ah, #summerofyoko. It’s amazing, but not surprising how many people hate her. I mean, who wouldn’t be overly jealous of Lennon’s lover? Sure, her artwork is a little bit OTT but Beatles fans will appreciate these film screenings - especially the famous couple’s Bed In events in Amsterdam and Montreal and the WAR IS OVER! (If you want it) billboard campaign. Check out the film reels on Sunday. Although if you need to do that holy-shit-I-don’t-have-presents-for-anyone-yet last minute Xmas shopping, you can also pop by on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until January 25.
10am-5pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks
By Lauren Della Marta