Being born a girl is hard in any country and the Inner West Roller Derby League is hosting an I Am A Girl film night at the Red Rattler, Marrickville, to help raise awareness of the issues facing women around the world today.
Following a group of girls through their daily life, the I Am A Girl documentary takes viewers on a journey, exploring cultures and societies across the globe including Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Afghanistan, USA and Australia. You’ll meet Manu, Kimsey, Aziza, Habiba, Breani and Katie (pictured) – each on the brink of womanhood and dealing with the realities of being female in their world today. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, audiences will be touched by their stories of courage and resilience, which are not only heart-warming but laced with humour.
The derby league hopes the screening – to be held at 7pm, February 27th – will inspire others to host their own film night, and they will be donating all ticket proceeds to the non-profit organisation Twenty10, which supports young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, through counselling, drop-in services and accommodation. Tickets are $12, and available online or at the door.
Where: 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. More information at www.redrattler.org.
Goodbye Oxford Tavern
The Goodbye Oxford Tavern exhibition by Sydney-based photographer Lyndal Irons documents the final 48 hours before the iconic venue closed its doors. Come along and witness a piece of Inner West history through her revealing photos…
On August 7th 2013, Petersham’s Oxford Tavern closed after decades of topless service and free live performances from showgirls. On its final Tuesday night, dancers came from across Australia, patrons drank the kegs dry and Lyndal was there to capture it all on camera.
The resulting photos will be on display as part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail at the Fracking Redundants Art Gallery, launching at 6pm February 26th and running until March 19th.
“Goodbye Oxford Tavern is a window into a blacked-out venue for people who never went inside, a memento and guestbook for former staff and patrons, and a reminder not to take the unique parts of your suburb for granted,” says Lyndal. Her images mark the end of an era for the suburb of Petersham.
Where: 111A Crystal Street, Petersham (across from the Oxford Tavern itself).
Until Friday 28th February
Sugarat Abattoir Modelling Competition
Street wear, evening wear, high fashion, vintage. Whatever your style, and whatever your field, this modelling competition, led by photographer/stylist Keziah Sugarat, is the perfect opportunity for local, upcoming artists to work on something new and fantastic. Keziah, owner of the Sugarat Abattoir photo studio, is looking for models, designers, writers and anyone with fashion in their heart to join this project. With collaboration from established brands like HLFSTR and Pizzuto, this is a great chance to be noticed, so get stylish and sign up as a designer, judge or model.
Email email@example.com with MODEL COMP ENQUIRY as the subject to get involved.
Monday 17th February
In association with the Carers NSW Together Program, Glebe Town Hall will be hosting a doll-making class led by mental health social worker Sonia Stace. This class, which is absolutely free and includes materials and morning tea, is intended for the carers/parents of children with a disability. Therapeutic doll-making has an emphasis on creating and reflecting on your work and the meanings you connect with it, as well as sharing your experience with the rest of the group. If this program sounds right for you, email your registration request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glebe Town Hall, 9.30am to 2.30pm.
From Thursday 20th February
Addiction theatre show
The Archway 1 Theatre Company presents Addiction – a series of monologues on the theme of addiction, and one of the company’s most popular productions. Written by the A1TC Ensemble and featuring monologues by Jared Jeckell, Annette Staglieno, Hamrah and award- winning playwright Alex Broun, this show is not to be missed. There are six performances only on February 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th and March 1st and 2nd. Showing at Archway 1 (Chapman R,d Annandale), tickets are $22 online at www.trybooking.com/EESP or $24 at the door. For more information visit www.archway1theatre.com.
★ To WIN a double pass to the show, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter.
From Tuesday 25th February
May Street Studios Opening
As part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail 2014, May Street Studios will be opening their doors to the public from February 25th to March 2nd. A group exhibition will be on display whereby key pieces from a range of artists, in a range of mediums, will be showcased and all visitors will have an opportunity to win an original artwork from the MSS artist of their choice. The exhibition is not to be missed so join in and celebrate as the Mayor of Marrickville, Jo Haylen, officially opens the gallery on Thursday 27th February from 6pm to 9pm. The opening offers guests the chance to chat to over 25 of the MSS resident artists and also buy directly from the artists – all at special studio prices. Works on offer are from various disciplines such as painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and assemblage.
For more information visit www.maystreetstudios.com.au.
Friday 28th February
Black tie ball
This exclusive EngeneIC Cancer Research Annual Gala Dinner, hosted by broadcaster and technology reporter, Tim Stackpool, will help raise much needed financial support for the Foundation’s cancer research projects. Guests are invited to enjoy a spectacular night of entertainment by multi award winning performer, Peter Byrne and his “Heartlight” band and will also have the opportunity to take home some fabulous raffle prizes, as well as take part in the silent and main auctions. The event will be held at Doltone House, Pyrmont, kicking off at 6.45pm. Tickets are $225 per person.
For more information visit www.engeneic.com.
Saturday 1st March
Fraser Motorcycles Open Day
Come along for the 2014 Fraser Open Day from 9am to 4pm and enjoy a bit of customer appreciation! With a full day of fun activities planned as well as competitions, food and super specials, there’s plenty on offer for bike lovers and rev heads. If you own a bike that you’re pretty proud of, there will also be a Ride-In Bike Show on the day – register online at www.frasermotorcycles.com.au/2014-open-days for your chance to win a Fraser Motorcycles voucher.
Where: 153-165 Parramatta Rd, Concord.
28th February to 16th March
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Tickets to the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival are on sale now with plenty of foodie related events to experience and tastes to savour. To celebrate we are giving local readers the chance to get out of town and WIN a double pass to the Whet Your Whistle event on March 15th or the Two Masters – Cheese and Sake Degustation on March 11th. Whet Your Whistle is an exciting innovative dining experience that begins with a tour of the Brewhouse, canapes and craft beer tastings (12pm-3pm), while the Two Masters dinner with Master of Cheese Will Studd and Sake Master Andre Bishop can be summed up as an evening of gastronomic indulgence and education supporting the 2011 Japanese Tsunami victims. It might surprise you but cheese and sake are a match made in foodie heaven and this night (7pm-9pm) promises plenty of fun! For more information visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au.
★ We have passes to give away, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter.