What’s Cool and Unusual – 3rd December 2013

Wed 4

The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, 2204
7:30pm FREE!

the NOW now Festival Program Launch!

::::We’re putting on a free gig to celebrate and launch the program of the 2014 NOW now Festival so be there to see::::

Robbie Avenaim / Martin Ng
Pollen Trio
Horse MacGyver
Lucas Abela


Fri 6

When: 7pm – 11:30
Entry: $5 (free sausage sizzle)
Where: Firstdraft Depot, 13-17 Riley Street
Woolloomooloo (enter via Haig Lane)

All I Want for Christmas is You
Curated by Marcus Whale

Firstdraft invites you to join us at the Woolloomooloo Depot as we herald the holiday season with a night of experimental sound works and musical performances that proclaim the hopes and tropes of pop music, enacted by some of the most dynamic Australian contemporary artists and musicians working today.


Celebrity fan-fiction with Catcall and Kirin J. Callinan
Samuel Bruce
Fatti Frances
Thomas William (with Jonathon Watts)
Cassius Select
Michael Salerno
O.B. De Alessi
JD Reforma
Scott Morrison & Marco Cher-Gibard

Curated by Marcus Whale

Pop music is an arena for the spectacular intersection of the common and the divine. So as we have branded and adorned ourselves with religious devotion, these gods and goddesses that captivate and elevate us are fantastic constructions that chant ideological slogans from ineffable, mediated stages. As Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and countless others play out mythical intimacies in their music (and their twitters), we, the listener and the fan, create the atmosphere of simulacra that provides sustenance for pop stardom. In one sense, fan clubs – Rihanna Navy, Directioners, Beliebers – enslave their ghostly icons, coveting and re-constructing the minutiae of their every recorded act in globalised acts of fictionalisation. The pop identity is thereby splintered or refracted millions of times through mass dissemination, ever organically developed and respawned atop and away from its source.

So too, artists remix and appropriate the mystic syllables of pop music – Marco Cher-Gibard glitches the tiniest of a cappella R&B cut-ups into android visions, while Michael Salerno delineates Hanson’s haunted interior with technological decay. Others interrogate and embody the exceptional conditions of pop music performance. Fatti Frances’ replication of a pop live show’s widescreen production presents the methods of iconic performance removed from their grand context and miniaturised into a sensual assault. Meanwhile, the flood of correspondence between, towards, among and outward from the endless circles of fan communities breathes the very life into these enormous personal brands, these religions to which we attach our hearts.


Sat 7

Black Wire, 219 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
7pm $8



Sat 7

What: Corpus/Sail On! Sail On! 7” Launch – w/ Oslow & Ted Danson With Wolves
Where: The West Ryde Conservatorium of Punx, West Ryde (more information will be available closer to the date)
How Much: $5 Entry
How: The West Ryde Conservatorium of Punx is only a 5 minute walk from West Ryde Station, Victoria Rd Bus stops and there is plenty of parking in the surrounding areas.

Corpus – 10:30pm
Oslow – 9:30pm
Ted Danson With Wolves – 8:30pm
Doors at 7pm


Sat 7

King St Theatre, 644 King Street ( Cnr Bray St), Newtown
Doors open 6:30
hands on action begins 7:30

Wheel Of Crap

hi folks,

we’ve put together a bundle of entertainment bamboozlement to whack your senses into shape. The night will be hosted by Mr. Nicholas Simon Capper and ‘Dizzy bility’ and this will be the first of hopefully many to come events showcasing homegrown artistic diversity harboring ‘open mind-fulness’. There will be LIVE acts and a group exhibition. Teaming up with the hands on delight-fulness of Reverse Garbage you will get to watch a show, be involved in the creative production, and walk away empowered with the tools to live more sustainably.

BYO CRAP (stuff you’d throw away),your IMAGINATION, SENSITIVITY and expect the unexpected.

your perceptions will be pressed upon – experientially learning will be in order… or rather chaos.

much love.

Justice Yeldham (Lucas Abela)
Girl Plus Boy Equals Art (Bravo Child and Alphamama)
Matt Cornell
D A Carter
Sy Browne (from Golden Orb)
Matty Grey


Sun 8

Blacktown Masonic Centre, 30 First Avenue Blacktown
Doors: 3pm Entry: $15 ALL AGES



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