Articles for the Month of January 2020

Chicks With Picks Fair Day After Party

Chicks With Picks Fair Day After Party
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Chicks With Picks has been running monthly showcase events for woman and non-binary performers for ten years, and our party after Fair Day every year is always a big night! We have live bands as well as open mic sets from a mixture of established acts and fresh new talents.

This year our show features indie rock queens Bandintexas; tasty jams from Cookbook Book Club; the cheeky country tunes of The Cassy Judy Experience and music you hear in your pants from Sepora. If you'd like to play an open mic set you can sign up by emailing us at chickswithpicks.sydney@gmail.com

Mardi Week 2020 at the Green Park Hotel

Mardi Week 2020 at the Green Park Hotel
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This year, the Green Park Hotel is throwing a WHOLE WEEK of Mardi Gras events in partnership with Pride Yak, and they’re all completely FREE.

Forget tickets, queues or cover charges.... your favourite local will be blacking out the windows, bringing out the disco balls and turning on the lasers parties the likes of which the Greeny has never seen before!

And we’ve got something for everyone...

Stuck for a date for Mardi Gras? Our 7 COLOURFUL DAYS OF FREE EVENTS kick off on Monday 24th Feb, with a very special edition of ‘Bachelor in the Park’, our very own speed dating night.

Once you’ve found your Mr Right (or Mr Right now), we roll into the rest of the week: Drag Trivia with the Liquor Sisters, The Ultimate Drag Bingo, hosted by Cassie Nova, before we leap into the serious business of being fearless and footloose, with 4 nights of parties until 2am from Thursday 27th Feb to Sunday 1st March!

SEE THE EVENT SCHEDULE HERE


LINE UP INCLUDES:

Kate Monroe
Special Guest Peyton
DJ FrenchKiss (FRA)
Corey Craig (USA)
Jason Conti (Melb)
Hamo Tevita
Wayne G (UK)
Colin Gaff
Rob Davis
James Turnbull
Kristy Jade
Deejay Chip
Alex Taylor
Baby Bear


See you on the dance floor!

Orlando

Orlando
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"I would like, Your Highness, at the present moment, to feel as though I am only one thing."
"Poppycock! Don’t be a bore Orlando."

Based on Virginia Woolf’s novel-length love letter to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando follows its protagonist on a romp through five centuries, a gender transition, several great loves, angst™, and one very average poem about a very large tree. Join us on a journey where time is Orlando’s play-thing, and queerness, melodrama, and identity are celebrated in all their undefinable intricacies.

100% of ticket sales will be donated to Twenty10 - a Sydney-based support service for young LGBTQIA+ people.

Greg Gould + Peyton + Joanne + The ONJ Show

Greg Gould + Peyton + Joanne + The ONJ Show
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THE BOY IS MINE SINGLE LAUNCH + THE OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN SONGBOOK

To launch the first single #TheBoyIsMine from Greg Gould's upcoming album (a duet with the incredible Peyton) we invite you help us celebrate in style at the fabulous Universal Sydney (formerly Midnight Shift) for a 2 hour concert event (during Mardi Gras week) not to be missed!!

PLUS Melanie Lewin stars in The Olivia Newton-John Songbook performing all the hits from Xanadu, Grease, Physical, I Honestly Love You and more in her debut performance of OLIVIA!

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED SO FAR...

  •  GREG GOULD Award winning/internationally acclaimed vocalist
  •  PEYTON UK Soul singer, X Factor UK Finalist, "Higher Place" hitmaker
  •  JOANNE ARIA Award Winner - Highest Selling Single 1998 'Jackie'
  •  MELANIE LEWIN The Olivia Newton John Songbook
  •  VICTORIA ANTHONY - Multi-Award winning DJ + Trans advocate
  •  SIMON DUNN Australia's first openly-gay bobsledder/ rugby player + LGBTQI advocate

MORE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

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Falsettos

Falsettos
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Nominated for five 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Falsettos is an hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvah’d son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door.

It is a seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed Off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart. Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this timely musical about middle class family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

POOF DOOF - Big Gay Pool Party

POOF DOOF - Big Gay Pool Party
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BREAK OUT THE BUDGIE SMUGGLERS AND GREAT READY TO POP OFF.

POOF DOOF TAKES OVER THE IVY POOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY !!!!

THIS IS ONE BALL BANGER THAT YOU *DO NOT* WANT TO MISS.

A PARTY OF WILD PROPORTIONS TAKING YOU ON A JOURNEY OVER TWO LEVELS AT THE INFAMOUS IVY POOL.

FUN IS THE WORD AND MUSIC IS THE ANSWER - DUTCH KISS & ATOMIC BLONDE ARE SET TO MAKE A SPLASH ALONGSIDE SIZZLING OVEREXPIRED.

MARDI GRAS AND SYDNEY HOUSE LEGENDS SVETA AND KATE MONROE ARE SET TO CAUSE A MAD RACKET OF FUN BY THE POOL.
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT *CUBICLE 6* OUR NAUGHTY SECOND STAGE DEEP IN THE IVY CHANGEROOM.
A DARK AND DIRTY TECHNO OASIS.

A RAVE CAVE FEATURING AUSTRALIA’S VERY BEST TECHNO TASTEMAKERS, INCLUDING TINAH, POWERHOUSE TROY BEMAN AS WELL AS OUR LOVELY LAYDEHS ESTEE LOUDER AND WILLO - THIS IS SURE TO POP YOUR CORK !
THIS IS ONE EVENT THAT IS GOING TO MAKE YOU WET.

LETS DANCE.

(THE POOL IS OPEN… SPLASH)

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They Took Me to a 'Queer' Bar

They Took Me to a 'Queer' Bar
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A darkly funny and honest exploration into the power of the dance floor and the possibility to create magic when the world shuts you out. Inspired by Sydney’s historical queer lineage and those that came before us. Can you fall in love under the light of a bathroom stall?

The Flying Nun by Brand X
Created and Performed by Tommy Misa
Sound Design by Jonny Seymour
Supported by Dino Dimitriadis

Photo credit: Dean Tirkot

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tommy Misa is an Australian multidisciplinary artist of Samoan, British, Chinese and German ancestry. Tommy often devises work with focus on the intersections of lived experience and with common themes of race, class, mental health, addiction and queerness, often using humour as an approach. Tommy has trained at the Atlantic Acting School in NYC and locally at NIDA, The Hub Studio and the Australian Theatre for Young People. Tommy has worked across film, theatre and extensively in the queer club/performance scene in Australia and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Secret Garden Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras and for Gay Times Festival and the Sydney Biennale in 2020.

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Tricky Thick: A Fat Burlesque Revue

Tricky Thick: A Fat Burlesque Revue
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See plus size performers dance, strut, shimmy and strip in Australia’s first fat only burlesque show. Everything you thought you knew about fat bodies and who belongs on a stage is about to be shattered.

Created by Kelly Heylen

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Fat, femme and fabulous, Glamazon is new to burlesque but experienced in all the ways that count. She is on a mission to smash tired old stereotypes about who gets to be on stage and isn’t afraid of smashing the patriarchy along the way.

A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement

A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement
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L to R: Mim Loftus, Pam Stein, Suzanne Hollis. Photo: Phillip Potter

Given the dominant patriarchal approach to history, it’s unsurprising that the role women played in the early lesbian and gay movement is often given minor consideration to that of men.

Yet lesbians played a pivotal role, despite being faced with misogyny and sexism, even from some homosexual men. The place of lesbians within the Women’s Liberation Movement was also initially contested by some of their sisters. Against these odds, gains in the areas of the status of women, lesbian mothers and opposition to the harmful practices of psychiatry were many.

To explore these issues and mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Australasian Lesbian Movement, the Pride History Group and First Mardi Gras Inc. a community organisation for 78ers, are holding a joint forum – A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement.

Speakers will include lesbians who were pioneer members of CAMP and other early lesbian and gay groups.
 

2 - 4pm Saturday 15 February
Beneledi House, 194 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
(next to the library on the corner of Wigram Road)
RSVP: info@78ers.org.au

This event is the first in a series planned to celebrate 50 Fabulous Years of Liberation.

Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session

Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session
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A dedicated time and place to catch up with your queer family in the middle of the Mardi Gras season.

Accessible, casual, affordable, as always. Disability friendly, family friendly, all genders and sexualities.

Tunes and beers and queers, but without the flashing lights and thumping bass. Dance if you want to, dress up or down. It’s time to chill out and have a debrief.

Entry is free. Donations to our running costs appreciated. All profits will go to our chosen charity, the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.

See the Queer Daze Facebook page here for updates!

Gaywatch Sundowner Drinks at Tamarama Surf Club

Gaywatch Sundowner Drinks at Tamarama Surf Club
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Lifesavers with Pride have been saving lives and celebrating Surf Life Saving since their first parade entry in 2007. Now, as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, they are ready to welcome you down onto the beaches and into their surf clubs so you can get all up close and personal with the very handsome girls and fit fellas.

What better way to prepare for the Mardi Gras parade the following day, than to head down to Tamarama Beach for a late afternoon dip in the summer waters, then up to the Tamarama Clubhouse, where you can hang with the folk for a few drinks looking over the beach as the sun sets into the evening.

We'll have some tunes spinning by the ever popular DJ Dan Murphy (a lifesaver himself at one of our local beaches when he's not on the decks), plus we'll do the Aussie thing and throw some snags on the BBQ for you to soak up that alcohol. Enough of an early mark for either a good nights' sleep before the big parade day, or for you to head out to do some serious clubbing for those who just can't get enough of your time in Sydney.

So regardless whether you're a Sydney local looking for some fun, an 'out of town'er here for the weekend, or an interstate or international visitor here for a week or so, swing on by to say hi to the team in the red and yellow. Our sexy lifesavers are keen to welcome our travelling visitors the only way they know how. By teasing you with their six packs, cracking open a cold one and showing off their skills with the kiss of life.

Ticket gives entry to Tamarama Clubhouse and free BBQ. Drinks available for purchase at the Club Bar.

Martine Gutierrez 'Body en thrall' exhibition

Martine Gutierrez 'Body en thrall' exhibition
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California-born and New York-based Martine Gutierrez is a versatile creative. The moving image and photography featured in the Body en thrall exhibition exemplifies the breadth of Gutierrez’s talents as a photographer, model, graphic designer, music producer and creative director. In each of her projects, the artist subverts the usual dominant narratives of lifestyle, celebrity and beauty with a self-reflective and non-binary vision of identity – one that is inclusive of mixed heritage and gender diversity. Gutierrez takes control of her image to question what signifies a real, authentic native-born woman.

In the series Body en thrall, featured in her self-published 124-page magazine Indigenous Woman (2018), the artist has deftly employed the imagery and slogans of the advertising industry. The series eludes to the visual ambiguities of the artist-model’s gaze vis a vis the viewer and the power play between being held captive (in thrall) and the ability to captivate (enthrall). Poised alongside mannequins, in vignettes that perpetuate elite popular culture and luxury consumption, the artist gives rise to her personal revolution as a femme artist of Guatemalan heritage. Gutierrez says: 

While gender is inherently a theme in my work, I don't see it as a boundary. The only profound boundaries are those we impose upon ourselves. …Our interpretation of these constructs is subjective and not immutable. Reality, like gender, is ambiguous because it exists fluidly. 

Gutierrez’s profile as a musician was first realised in 2012 when her unpublished single Hands Up supported Maciek Kobielski’s short film for Yves Saint Laurent’s Cruise Collection. Since then her soundtracks have been favoured by fashion houses such as Christian Dior and Acne Studios. Gutierrez has also modelled for fashion labels Truss and Eckhaus Latta.

Visit the Australian Centre for Photography's website here.

Image credits:
Shown on website: Martine Gutierrez, Blame the Rain (still), 2014. Courtesy and © of the Artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
Shown on mobile site: Martine Gutierrez, Body en thrall, p.113 from the Indigenous woman series, 2018. Courtesy and © of the Artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York

ABOUT THE ARTIST

In 2019, Gutierrez was included in Venice Biennale 58 and her work featured on the cover of the January edition of ArtforumIndigenous Woman (2018) magazine was rated no.38 of The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade by Ben Davis, art critic for ArtNet. Gutierrez was also listed as one of 50 artists in the Artsy Vanguard 2019.

Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012, the artist has had solo exhibitions at the RISD Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth; Boston University Art Gallery; and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at: New Britain Museum of American Art; The New Museum, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; and Kunstmuseum Bonn. Martine Gutierrez is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery, New York.

The EAGLE Sydney

The EAGLE Sydney
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A new name on the Sydney fetish scene. A space to be yourself.

The EAGLE Sydney - a pop up fetish bar from Feb 22-28. Located in the Dugout Bar, Burdekin Hotel Darlinghurst - entrance Liverpool Street.

Each night a different fetish theme - come in the fetish of the night and receive a free drink. Leather, Rubber, Pups, Sports Gear+Sneakers and more. All fetishes welcome every night. GEAR is encouraged, not enforced - come explore yourself.

Free Entry every night. DJs most nights
All sexes and sexualities welcome.

Sat 22 - BLUF Social and OPENING NIGHT
Sun 23 - RUBBEr
Mon 24 - BIKEr
Tues 25 - MAXIMUM FETISH
Wed 26 - KICKr
Thu 27 - WROOF
Fri 28 - UN:RUL:LE

Details and information on facebook or the website!
 

POOF DOOF After Party

POOF DOOF After Party
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POOF DOOF IS GONG INTERGAYLACTIC THIS YEAR AT THE SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE AND WE’RE HOSTING A RAVE TO REMEMBER AT IVY ON MARDI GRAS NIGHT!

SATURDAY 29TH FEBRUARY POOF DOOF IS THROWING A CLASSIC DOOF TO END ALL DOOFS ON THE BIGGEST QUEER NIGHT OF THE YEAR.

CALL YOUR GIRLFRIENDS, DM YOUR BEST JUDYS, SNAIL MAIL YOUR SISTAS AND WOOF YOUR DADDIES - EVERYONE IS INVITED TO OUR QUEER DANCE UTOPIA THIS MARDI GRAS!

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POOF DOOF Welcome Party

POOF DOOF Welcome Party
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ARE YOU READY FOR AN INTERGAYLACTIC POOF DOOF WELCOME PARTY THAT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD!?

ROCKET NO.9 TAKES OFF FOR PLANET POOF DOOF ON 22ND FEBRUARY AHEAD OF DOOF’S EPIC ANNUAL ENTRANCE IN THE SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE.

TRAVEL IN LIGHT YEARS WITH US ON A DANCE FLOOR ADVENTURE TO THE STARS WITH THE BEST IN HOUSE AND TECH SOUNDTRACKING YOUR JOURNEY.

WE WELCOME ALL SPACE PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE EARTH WHO ARE VISITING THE HARBOUR CITY TO OUR INTERGAYLACTIC POOF PARADISE!

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