It's less than three months until Christmas Day, but why wait until then for a pressie? Social Santa resides in Backyard Opera year round, delivering you Sydney's best events and things to do each weekend. Here's what we've got for you this week.
Reclaim the Night 2013 discussion panel: Violence Against Women in Modern Australia.
Reclaim the night is an annual event aimed at highlighting and tackling violence against women. This year, the Sydney cell is taking a stand against violence in three main areas. As well as domestic violence and actions against refugees and in the workplace, they will be addressing attitudes towards high profile women in the media (sound familiar, News Ltd.?). Speakers at this evening's event include criminal defence lawyer Cassandra Giudice.
Sutherland Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney. 5.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation. Information: www.facebook.com
Breaking Bad Farewell
You may not have heard of Pacific Penthouse, but unless you live under a rock in Antarctica, you should know that Breaking Bad is ending. The cult series has gained more than enough fans who'll be happy to hit up this event in Glebe for a farewell party with lots of fun prizes. Pacific Penthouse inform us on the events page that they're 'cooking again.' Let's just hope they don't mean in the Walter White sense of the phrase. Awkward.
Pacific Penthouse, Glebe. 6-12pm. Information:
Moving House Presents Prom.
They're everywhere these days, and now Astral People and Future Classic are headlining at Prom. To be precise, Ben Fester and Chad Gillard are joining forces with Moving House DJs, Adi Too Easy and Modern Fairytale at a secret location. Make sure you score your date quickly; there's only room for 500 debutantes.
Somewhere in Sydney. Information and tickets: www.facebook.com
The Falls Farewell
Their first farewell date has sold out, so get in quickly for this one. The Falls, a.k.a Sydney duo Melinda and Simon are playing the super intimate, graffiti covered, BYO labyrinth that is Hibernian House. Off the back of a successful tour with The Lumineers, these will be the last local gigs for the pair before they jet off to the States. Did we mention capacity is extremely limited?
Hibernian House, Surry Hills. 7.30pm. Tickets $15. Information: www.facebook.com/events
Australian Centre for Photography Open Day
A creative mind needs access to a creative community, and photographers will find one here. Whether your best pictures are on Instagram or on your 5D, the Australian Centre for Photography Open Day promises to have something for you. Those interested in enrolling in a course will find up to date information and the chance to chat with people in the know. If you'd prefer to play, there's a pinhole camera section, a blurb table to help you create fancy photo books and talks by currently exhibiting artists.
Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington. 10am. FREE. Information: www.tmp.acp.org.au
The Fringe Festival is drawing to a close, but there's still time to check out one more show. One for the Gen Ys, 'Toast' is a coming of age story about the beauty of indecision and the importance of baby steps. Why is it named after a breakfast item? You'll have to wait until the end to find out.
Old Fitzroy Theatre, Woollomooloo. 9pm, Sept 24-28. Tickets $20-$24, meal packages also available. Information: www.toast-2013.com
Finish your weekend on a high, as Gigi Fontaine presents a kitsch night of Las Vegas mayhem. She'll be joined by local bands, 'The First Husbands', 'Brother Speed' and 'Polographia' and the sponsors are kindly putting on an open bar. Careful with it if you don't want to be dragged up the aisle to the neon alter, or lose your shirt at the casino games. It's for a good cause though, as all cash raised goes to the Young Centenary Foundation to support medical research.
Club 77, William Street, Sydney. 6.30-10.30. Tickets $30-$40. www.facebook.com/events
- Suzanne Rath