Mardi Gras Month in the Inner West
Don’t leave all your partying for parade night when the Inner West Council is celebrating all throughout the Mardi Gras month. This year is the fifth annual Feel the Love Reception, organised in partnership with the Inner West Council LGBTIQ Working Group, and is calling on the theme ‘Get Connected’ with hopes to unite all the LGBTIQ communities from the former council areas.
The event, which will be held at Petersham Town Hall on the February 16th, will additionally host a ‘Get Connected Expo’ where Inner West services will have information stalls. On the morning following the reception, the community is invited to attend the Official Rainbow Flag Raising Breakfast at Balmain Town Hall, when local council buildings will raise the rainbow flag in recognition of our vibrant LGBTIQ community.
Both events require bookings. Visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au for further information.
Pics in the Park: Local outdoor Cinema
The holiday season may be wrapped up, but we still have plenty of warm summer nights to make the most of. One way to do just that is by grabbing a blanket, some snacks and joining your neighbours for a movie under the starts. Organised by the Inner West Council, Pics in the Park takes place each Friday night and runs through February until March 10th, with showings alternating between Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt and Mort Bay Park, Balmain.
Kicking off at sunset, each night will feature family-friendly short films before the advertised feature film. While the events are free, there will be opportunity for a gold coin donation which will then go directly to Twenty10 – a not-for-profit organisation that supports young people of diverse genders, sex and sexualities.
Upcoming titles include Clueless, The Legend of Tarzan and Paper Planes. Pics in the Park is an alcohol-free event.
For further information or to see the full program of upcoming films visit www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au.
Sun 5 Feb, 1-5pm
Posters for Social Change Workshop
Often left unrecognised, posters are repeatedly the building blocks of social change movements. From suffragettes, to anti-war movements, to more recent campaigns, posters can have a great effect on educating the population. This workshop will run-through artwork that has impacted Australia and the world, while taking a look at the techniques and designs used to create them. Following the educational portion of the workshop, each attendee will create their own political poster and have it printed on the special Risograph press. Power to the people!
Tickets are $70. Visit weteachme.com/rizzeria for further information.
Where: The Rizzeria, Shop 2, 359 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
Tues 7 Feb, 7-9pm
Fetish: An Art Show
With Valentines Day fast approaching, why not explore something new to get you in the mood for romance. The team at Studio Kink are excited to present their inaugural art show, which will showcase local artists including the photography of Ciao’s relationships writer Cat O’Nine Tails and pieces from Bianca Wolff and Mastertouch. Perhaps most exciting is the inclusion of the Red Collection by the late Noel Graydon and the fact that Studio Kink is the only gallery to have the full collection, which was first featured in the National Gallery, on display.
For further information visit studiokink.com.
Where: Studio Kink Sydney, Caroline Ln, St Peters
7 Feb – 4 Mar, 7.30pm
The Little Dog that Laughed
Teaming up with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the New Theatre is bringing the clever, comedy The Little Dog that Laughed to the Inner West. The play offers a scathing attack on Hollywood double standards and stereotypes. Tickets are $32, with concession prices available. Visit www.newtheatre.org.au to book or for further information.
Where: New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown
Sun 12 Feb, 10.30am
Sydney Rock & Roll Alternative Market
Rock your Valentine off their feet with a gift from Sydney’s Rock and Roll Alternative Market, with plenty of unique vinyl, fashion, artwork, cult DVD’s and collectables on offer. Aside from the shopping, you can look forward to a full entertainment line-up Spurs for Jesus, A Band Called Twang, The Hellcat III, The Drey Rollan Band plus DJ’s and even a beginner’s swing dancing class! Give in and let your inner rocker loose for just one day – you deserve it.
Entry is $6, with kids under 12 free. For further information visit www.rocknrollmarket.com.au.
Where: Manning Bar, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Sun 19 Feb, 10am-8pm
Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day
One of Sydney’s biggest events in the Mardi Gras calendar (second only to that big parade), drawing crowds over 80,000 strong. Fair Day showcases a bit of everything, from entertainment on the main stage, dancing at the lounge tent, a broad selection of international cuisine, all while browsing the stalls of local businesses. Most importantly, however, is the opportunity to learn about our local LGBTIQ organisations and how you can support their work. The event is completely free, however, a gold coin donation is appreciated.
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown.
22 Feb – 26 Mar
Boomalli presents Good Looking
The latest offering from the local Indigenous artist collective, Good Looking, showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the LGBTIQ community. Coinciding with the lead up to the annual Mardi Gras celebration, the exhibition gives space for artists to express both their sexual orientation and their communities. Opening night will feature performances by Kerrianne Cox and the Dreamtime Divas, with MC Kathy Malera-Bandjalan. Located locally in Leichhardt, come along and support the work of homegrown artists.
Where: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, 55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt