What's this you say? It's nearly the end of the month, you're skint, and you're planning to stay in this weekend? Not with our guide of things to do around Sydney, you're not. Read on!
'Valentino, The Last Emperor'- film screening.
This year, Newtown Hotel takes part in the 'Newtown is Fashion' festival by screening three documentaries about those who live and breathe fashion. Tonight's movie, 'Valentino, The Last Emperor' is about the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino (played by himself). Be sure to check out the festival discounts in King Street clothes shops, before settling in for the movie.
Newtown Hotel, King Street, Newtown. 7pm. FREE. www.newtownhotel.com.
The Gin Mill Social at Slide
Drag out the flapper dress and cloche hat you bought for the last Gatsby inspired night and check out this hugely popular 1920s themed party. The Jordan C Thomas quartet band will have you dancing to Beat Swing, Jazz and Rockabilly all night, as you feast on a banquet. Dress to impress.
Slide, 41 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. 7pm. Tickets: $82.95- $92.95. Information: http://slide.com.au/theginmillsocial/
Serve the People opening night.
Opening night parties at the White Rabbit Gallery are pretty legendary, owing not only to the fabulous art, but also to the copious amounts of free food and alcohol provided. The latest exhibition, 'Serve the People,' is based on artists' responses to the changes in modern Chinese culture, as well as the legacy of Mao's revolution. Curated by the long term director of the AGSNW, Edmond Capon, it promises to be a cracker.
White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale. 6.30-9.30pm. FREE. Information: http://www.whiterabbitcollection.org/
MCA art bar- Drum Roll Please
Sydney multimedia artist Lauren Brincat curates an evening of music, art and performance at the MCA's monthly art- bar. March with the Australian Navy band, be serenaded by Jack Ladder and Swimwear, take a dancehall lesson or enjoy drinks on the sculpture terrace. Art Bar is an adult's playground.
Modern Art Museum, 140 George Street, Sydney. 7pm. Tickets $20 + BF online. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/180861145427629/?ref=22
The Burning Bridges Festival.
Now into its second year, the Burning Bridge festival is hosted by The Refugee Action collective, in aid of several refugee advocacy groups. The Rhythm Hunters headline, bringing a fusion of percussive sounds never heard elsewhere. They will be supported by Mohsen Soltani, Hazy Cloud and Dirty Sweet Nothings, as well as guest speakers on refugee rights.
The Standard, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst. 8pm. Tickets, $15 plus BF on
If you must exercise, why not be in costume with glow sticks and DJs to spur you on? No, it's not sex at a rave; we're talking about the Glow Run, a new event organised by Puma at Darling Harbour. You can run the 5km course, or just come by and support by dancing in one of the glow zones. On- course prizes will be given for the most inventive outfits.
Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour. 7.30pm start. $60. www.glowrun.com.au/
Afterlife drum and bass:
Will you enter heaven or hell in this monthly Drum and Bass culture night? Presented by Liquidation, 'Heaven' features dub-wise tones from the likes of Royalston (Med School), The Bassix and Pease Hawkins. DSS gives us 'Hell'; demons like Devise and Patto delivering tunes with jungle and basement vibes. Hells yeah!
The Gladstone Hotel, 115 Regent Street, Sydney. 9pm- 3am. FREE. Information: https://www.facebook.com/AfterlifeDrumBass
Missed out on the snow? It's coming to you; all ten tonnes of it, this weekend. The newly renovated Balmain hotel's end of winter party features pop-up bars, DJs Kate Monroe, Cadell and Robbie Santiago, as well as an après ski menu. Onesie optional!
Balmain Hotel, 74 Mullens Street, Balmain. Noon- late. FREE. Information: http://thebalmain.com/
Willoughby Spring Festival
Spring is celebrated throughout September in Willoughby, with a festival which includes music, film, theatre, visual arts, markets and more. The official street party opening is on the 7th September, but there are plenty of side events in the meantime. If you must organise a Father's Day celebration, a picnic at the Fauna Fair could be a good bet.
Willoughby Fauna Fair, Willoughby Park. 10am- 3pm. FREE. Information: http://springfestival.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/
Music Trivia at Rolling Stone Live Lodge
There's only just over a week left to check out the Rolling Stone Live Lodge, which has attracted rave reviews. Sunday night is music- trivia, presented by Sonas, with some awesome prizes on offer. Put together a team of 4 and email your team name and prefered date to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in quick!
Rolling Stone Live Lodge, 197 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. FREE. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/478338735574880/
- Suzanne Rath