I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Son of a Bitch
22 August – 2 September
The Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown
Director Anna Jahjah brings the Australian premiere of Rodrigo Garcia’s seminal work to Sydney audiences. Exclusive to The Old 505 Theatre, I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Son of a Bitch is sixty minutes of provocative action and powerful screaming. Garcia is one of Europe’s leading playwrights, and his controversial, political and violent style will be showcased by Gerry Sont in the one-man show, accompanied by cellist and vocalist Sister Ursuline. Head here to see a tale of a father who’s master plan for educating his sons entails drinking scotch, sniffing coke and breaking into a museum.
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The Sydney Teapot Show
25 August – 17 September
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49 – 51 King St, Newtown
If you have a passion for the weird and wacky, the Sydney Teapot Show should be your destination of choice this month. The exhibition and competition features hand-made ceramic teapots by potters from around Australia who create ridiculous or intriguing teapots. Categories from Gleebooks’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Comber Consultant’s Unearthing Australia will ensure plenty of thematic teapots on display. Artisan tea store from Newtown, T Totaler, will also be sponsoring The People’s choice category. Come see this 28 year old institution as it moves to Newtown for the first time, at a gallery that has been a fixture in Newtown since the early 90s. The exhibition is part of this month’s Sydney Fringe Festival.
Green is the New Black
Wednesday 30 August, 6.30pm
Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level of Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt
Award-winning author and journalist James Phelps discusses his new book with Inner West audiences. Green is the New Black is a deeply researched account of the lives of women in prison in Australia. The book follows dangerous women including murderer Rebecca Butterfield, Katherine Knight, Kathy Yeo and Lucy Dudko, discussing tales of drug dealers, rapists and fallen celebrities. James Phelps has previously reported for the Daily Telegraph and has written a series of crime books. Join this fascinating discussion on a not-much talked about but unique topic.
The Klezmatics & David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove
Thursday 31 August, 7pm
Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
A thrilling jazz crossover is set to hit Australia. The world-renowned and Grammy award winning stars of klezmer music, The Klezmatics, will be combining with clarinetist David Krakaeur to make some musical magic. Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, a reflective and danceable style steeped in tradition and spirituality. Blended with musical influences of Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, The Klezmatics have been making music since 1986 when they started out in New York’s East Village. Jewish artist David Krakauer has also been remixing the music of his Jewish ancestry with a contemporary style fused with funk and jazz. See the double act both making their musical debut in Australia!
Inner West History Week
2 – 10 September
Marrickville Library, Ashfield Library, Leichhardt Library, Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library
The History Council of NSW’s flagship event hits the Inner West this month, with the 20th annual History Week. The theme this year is POP, to reflect on how the digital age and popular culture has defined our communities. The interesting events rolled across various libraries will consist of walks, talks and films. Catch a visual history of the University of Sydney in the early 20th century through postcard form, go on a walking tour of Dulwich Hill led by local historian Mark Matheson, or reflect on a photo exhibition of cinemas and theatres of the Inner West from the 1900s-1960s. These eight free events will allow young and old to celebrate the rich cultural fabric of the Inner West.
Graeme of Thrones
4 –10 September
Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
Do you love Game of Thrones but get stressed out by the constant throat-slitting and backstabbing? Head to Marrickville’s Factory Theatre for an original and unauthorised parody, a treat for both fans and the uninitiated. With rave reviews at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Fringe World Festival Perth, and sold out shows in London’s West End and the US, the acclaimed show is heading to Sydney for this month’s Fringe Festival. Fair warning – Graeme of Thrones has already caused a woman in Norwich to vomit into her purse and has been banned in Malaysia. This is not one for the faint-hearted.