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A Merry Christmas Message

Soooo, 2010, hey? That was funny.
Not exactly funny in a “haha” kind of way, but more funny in a “haha! We survived! HAHA!” kind of way. By all accounts, 2010 was a rather intense year, one that began in optimism and ended with the feeling of getting off a roller coaster – and all the sense of exhaustion, achievement, reflection, nausea and serious craving for a beer that goes with it. Maybe 15 beers. Hey, we deserve it.

Whether you had a great year or a rocky year, one thing is certain: 2010 gave us a lot to think about, and we hope that Side Street, Sydney gave you a little more, otherwise our existence may be a little pointless and we may cry. We interviewed another glorious array of inspiring individuals, some of whom we have wanted to keep little ornaments of on our fireplace and bring out whenever we have felt sad and deflated and in need of a drinking buddy. Mag Nation’s Sahil Merchant inspired us with his entrepreneurial insight, Spark*’s founders Kaitlin and Aaron Tait galvanised us with their sheer determination to make a difference, Julia Stone made us have a serious girl crush and our lovely photographer Lisa Zhu gave us a reason to celebrate with our exhibition. Every person we spoke to inspired us in one way or another, and gave us another reason to dream. The fact that they can come true is just about the cheesiest and most wonderful thing in the world. We feel like singing a Disney song and prancing around in an ice skating costume right about now. Why an ice skating costume, you ask? They’re just so pretty.

We have a few ideas for how we’re going to move forward next year, but we think ideas simmer best when they’re left alone, which is exactly what we’re going to be doing for the next two weeks while we’re drinking and talking and falling over in front of people we shouldn’t. If you have any pointers or feedback for us, we’d really love it if you comment below or send us an email and we’ll definitely take it into account. Unless of course you’re mean and tell us that we smell funny. You don’t know how we smell, okay?

We can tell you this: next year we’ll continue to bring you features on our favourite creatives and people who are making a difference in Sydney today, along with more creative writing and of course bar and restaurant reviews, because there’s nothing better than a tax deductible glass of bubbly. We may also start to take a hint with the popularity of our recent news features (and how much we LOVE writing them!) and bring that into the forum a little more, to which we encourage you to respond and debate, especially if you don’t agree with us. And we have a few more ideas simmering but we’ll keep hush about them for now, as we don’t really want to bore you too much. It is Christmas, after all.

We know we don’t have the authority to, but we’ll give you a Christmas message anyway: this season (and always), if you’re ever in doubt, try to come from a place of love and you’ll immediately know that the answer is right. That applies to the big issues like asylum seekers and gay marriage right down to the smaller, more individual ones, such as your reaction to your annoying cousin who won’t stop singing 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' at your family barbecue. Bigotry, intolerance, fear and the desire to stuff a sock in said cousin’s mouth all come from a place of hatred, and any reaction that comes from there is wrong. PERIOD. And even you’ll know it’s wrong, because you’ll have to keep justifying it to yourself. This Christmas, try making the number of drinks you had last night the ONLY thing you have to justify to yourself. You’ll still be hungover, but on the plus side, you’ll be a better person.

Love and light for Christmas and beyond,
Seema & the Side Street team xx

The Side Street, Sydney (/Final Episode) HQ, where the magic happens.

Christmas Gifts Determine Happiness, Sometimes

It's almost Christmas! There are only 5 days left, to be exact. If, like us, you haven't exactly finished your shopping yet, this news should make you a little terrified. But fear not! You can buy some goodies and sport the best of Sydney designers right from that little office chair that you should be doing work in. Hey, it's Christmas! SURELY YOUR BOSS WOULD HAVE SOME SYMPATHY. All these beautiful accessories and more are available at Final Episode, and so is a very well dressed reindeer that you should all go and adore.

From the Rooftoop

photo: Lisa Zhu

A Better Burger Joint: Moo

Newtown is as fickle as Lindsay Lohan’s career, but then that’s one of the things that makes it such a great place. Recently a little burger joint called Moo opened its doors right down the Dendy end of King Street. You could call it a ‘gourmet’ burger place if you wish, but that would make it sound prissy and kind of annoying.

Music for Free!: The Preachers' 66 Project

With a ragged allure normally worn by storybook pirates, Sydney favourites The Preachers are a band of rebels in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. They have just embarked on their ambitious 66 Project, in which they’ll be recording and releasing high-quality demos over the next 6 months for free, all the while documenting the process online.

With local producers (Tony Buchen, Basil Hodges), filmmakers (Oliver Heath, Closetakes), fashion designers (St Augustine Academy), artists and photographers working alongside The Preachers to help make each release possible, The 66 Project officially begins this month with the release of 'The Sleeping Serial'.

Their debut self titled EP is now available on Bandcamp for free, as well as downloads of popular off-cuts from the EP, ‘Young’ and ‘Fictional Lover’. Be sure to keep an eye out for tunes ranging from acoustic folk and dark country to full-blown rock ’n’ roll.

words: Jacinda Fermanis



It is the news topic of the moment, and, although time is yet to prove it, it is most likely the news topic of our generation. We haven’t had a My Lai massacre or a Watergate, and I for one had long been of the opinion that we never would again. THAT was investigative journalism’s heyday, when one reporter’s resolve and sheer exploratory skill had the power to take down governments and change the course of history forever. But the times, oh how they have changed, and there are many possible reasons for journalism’s slow and steady decent into the colour yellow. Is it the fact that newspapers have become more concerned with sheltering the advertisers that fund them than exposing the government that said advertisers support? Or is it that journalists have become so deluded by the fact that their opinion actually matters, to the point where what they believe to be true is more important than the facts? Or is it the various censorship laws that have made “Freedom of Speech” an idealistic notion almost as ancient as the founding fathers who established it? Or, of course, is it the sensationalism of news today, a characteristic that very few papers in the world attempt to avoid to save their integrity? After all, the paycheque for integrity isn’t even close to what you get for creating drama – and most drama has a bit of fiction thrown in there for added value.

Sydney's Style Sensation: Tubarosa

One of our secret loves here at Side Street Sydney is fashion illustration, ranging everywhere from the realistic and incredible to the sentimental and adorable. Our newest obsession is with Tubarosa, who definitely fits into the later of the two categories. The alter ego of Annie Wright-Zawada (yes, THAT Zawada – clearly like attracts like...), Tubarosa is the most well-dressed and attractive two dimensional character we’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. In addition to some pretty stylish ensembles, Tubarosa’s site regularly pays tribute to her good friends, showcases beautiful little flower bouquets and every so often, presents a rather tempting recipe for baked treats. We asked Annie to invoke Tubarosa and answer a few questions for us, as well as draw us a special photo of the paper version of herself in the Sydney summer.

Hi, Tubarosa! Tell us where your name comes from?
Hi! My name Tubarosa is a misspelled version of the delicate flowers Tuberose Or Tuberosa. My mother kept an old Italian perfume bottle called Tubarosa in our bathroom and this is where it originated from.

You have quite the fashion sense. Where do you do most of your shopping?
Good question, lately I have found that times are tougher than they ever have been before, so I enjoy shopping in my closet! Most of my most prized pieces were purchased a few years ago or they have been given to me as gifts (I have lots of very talented fashion designer friends).

Clear Skies

photo: Lisa Zhu

Almost Paris: Ash Street Cellar

Tucked away in a side street in the middle of the Sydney CBD, you will find a little gem called Ash Street Cellar. This wine bar and bistro could easily be mistaken for belonging to a street scene in Paris, with its neat rows of wooden arch backed chairs nuzzled against the tiny round tables on “the street” and earthy matching decor inside- all with a view of the rustic looking open kitchen.

Art for Love

Do you know what’s a great thing? Falling in love. Be it with a significant other, a friend, or, in the case we’re about to illustrate, art. We fell in love with Jeremyville a long time ago, but most recently, we have fallen in love with his “Community Service Announcements”, a selection of prints that are at once philosophical, holistic, sweet and downright adorable. We had the most excruciating time choosing a selection for this post, as each one warms our little heart and as corny as it is to say, puts a smile on our face. They all embrace this journey that we’re on and point us in the right direction of thinking positively and being the change we wish to see in the world. OH GOD WE CAN’T STOP BEING CORNY. But you know what? Love is kind of corny, and yet it’s the greatest thing in the world. So today, we’re cool with being corny... and in love with Jeremyville.

You can view the whole selection on his Facebook page, and if you would to buy one or a few hundred for your wall, email

The Stupendous Compendium of Anti Gay Marriage Arguments (and why they're wrong)

ed note: This post has appeared a few places - on Rick's blog and subsequently on Mia Freedman's site Mama Mia, but after discussing with the author of this fabulous article, we determined that the Side Street audience is so different and this issue really deserves full attention across all streams of media. You may remember our story on Australian Marriage Equality posted more than a year ago, and sadly this issue has not gone away. If anything, it is more pertinent than ever, and as Rick Morton so wonderfully describes, the arguments against it are completely idiotic.

There has been a lot of talk about this gay marriage business bringing about the end of the world. Something about The Gays unhinging their collective maws and swallowing villages whole. It’s a compelling argument if you’ve ever been to Mardi Gra and mistaken it for the world’s most fabulous army invading the streets. We’re here, we’re queer and we’re annexing your collection of interior design manuals. However, contrary to popular belief, The Gays aren’t trying to take over the streets. Urban gentrification is about as militant as we get, believe me.

So to help those who feel like they need to keep peddling the marriage-go-round of mistruths, I have compiled this Stupendous Compendium of Anti Gay Marriage Arguments (and why they’re wrong).

You’re welcome.

It’s about religion.
No, it isn’t. Going to church is about religion. Loving thy neighbour is about religion. Marriage is a secular contract presided over by Government. Like taxes. Atheists get married. Religious people get married. Some churches won’t marry inter-racial couples, or previously divorced couples. They’re welcome to. That’s their right. But that doesn’t preclude these people from marriage altogether. Because it’s secular.

The Next Heavyweight: Elliot Ward-Fear

“The next big thing” is a phrase that is thrown around in a seemingly loose manner within the fashion industry at large, but seldom does it have any real consequence to the chosen novice. When said novice has the likes of international heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Bryan Boy express interest in his designs, however, the prophecy is far more likely to be fulfilled. And so it is with near certainty that Elliot Ward-Fear will make his mark in the fashion world, and Sydney will always be able to lay claim to his starting point. If isn’t the praise that drives his success, it will undoubtedly be his passionate ambition and the sheer confidence he has in himself, which saw him set his own forecast for achievement long before it appeared in any blogs or magazines. Forging the ever forgotten relationship between fashion and art with a mark that is truly his own, Elliot has brought an almost foreign avant-garde aesthetic into Australian fashion, and it was one which turned heads throughout the industry when he launched his label this past fashion week. Elliot paused from his plan for world fashion domination to tell us what the future has in store for him and why he owes it all to his family.

Storm Plus Sunset

photo: Lisa Zhu

Literary Treasures: Ariel Books

To all avid readers, Ariel Books is somewhat of a mecca. There is no better way to spend a few hours than leafing through thick coffee table books on art and design, re-reading a classic or finding a new literary love. With two stores – one in Paddington and other in The Rocks – Ariel Books has just as much to offer as any Borders or Dymocks, minus the faceless feel of a big business. Warm and inviting like a library but with the exciting atmosphere of a record store, Ariel Books is the perfect place to escape the summer heat (or rain!) and get lost in the pages of another (less humid) world. Along with an abundance of books, there are also tiny treasures at Ariel such as Moleskines, kitsch Mexican ornaments and... chocolate. And just for the night owls, the store is open until the clock strikes twelve. We chatted to director Steven Blanks.

It's World AIDS Day

AIDS. It's such an easy topic to neglect, and yet such a fatal one to neglect. It is absolutely loaded with stigma, controversy and fear, so naturally, we here at Side Street are fascinated by it. It is in this spirit that we think a day devoted to talking about it and REMEMBERING it is so crucial, as the second it fades from our day-to-day consciousness it becomes shrouded in ignorance and discrimination, and, of course, these are the conditions in which it proliferates. So not only will we be wearing our red ribbons today, but we'll also be bringing the topic of AIDS up in conversation. We hope you'll do the same.

If you're drawing a blank right now, we urge you to read this story that we did with the AIDS Trust of Australia and, well, become smarter while you're at it.

Lesson Learned

Sometimes, a dramatic moment can start with a tiny, thoughtless decision. So there I was, checking my email in a rare quiet moment at work, when I noticed a friend request from Facebook. I was surprised by this because, frankly, I’m already Facebook friends with my friends.

This time, it was not my mum. In fact, the name and the face were completely unrecognisable to me. Like any responsible social networker, I paid no attention to it whatsoever, until a few days later when this person sent me a message asking if I attended a certain high school some time ago. Should I have responded? No. Did I? Yes, yes I did.

Tristan Blair For Sale

It's Monday. It's cold. It's kind of raining. It's NOVEMBER.
This shouldn't be happening.
Only one thing can make us feel better on a day like today: SHOPPING. Call us shallow if you wish, but we'll still be the ones with the nice things. One of our favourite Sydney designers is a certain Tristan Blair, who we have featured once before and whose shoes make us conjure all sorts of sexy thoughts, like "lust" and "HOT" and "YES, YES, OH YES!". Our sister site slash store sells two of his styles, which have been made in Italy and are therefore of the utmost quality and craftmanship. If you decide to like Final Episode on Facebook then you'll get a special code for 15% off and this will of course make you very happy.



photo: Lisa Zhu

Eat, Drink, Be Merry: The Passage

For those of you who knew and loved the Latin bar/club El Barrio in Darlinghurst and cried a little when it closed, let’s all share a moment of silence for what once was.

Although we’re still desperate for another spicy club to replace the spot we liked to make a fool out of ourselves most, we’re pretty happy with what the venue has been filled in with – The Passage, an ideal hub for social gathering, eating, and, of utmost importance, drinking. And oh, does the drinking do alcohol justice. The cocktail list reads like a who’s who of I’ll Get You Pissed and Taste Good Too, and the bartenders clearly know what they’re doing when they’re shaking it like a polaroid picture. But don’t expect any snobbishness arising from these skilled ladies and gentlemen – they’re about as nice as any bartenders can get. In fact, they’re about as nice as any family can get, so you can kind of consider The Passage as your home. One that’s full of nice food and drinks and good times, so, occasionally, better than your home, which is a little sad when you think about it.


Thursdays tend to make us happy, especially sunny Thursdays with glorious sunny weekends ahead. They make for the perfect evenings for art and beverages, which is exactly what is on offer tonight at both Blender and Mils Galleries. We couldn't decide which one to go to so we thought we'd get you guys to face the same dilemma. We're nice like that.

Blender Gallery is playing host to Simon Bernhardt's exhibition "Polaroid Holiday" in what promises to be an arresting collection of images from the acclaimed photographer, and then over at Mils Gallery will be emerging artist Kevin Tran's stunning illustrative work, which is at once both graceful and dynamic.

Oh, to hell with it! We're going to have to go to both. See you there?

Zero Limitations: Bondi Short Film Festival

Back in the early 80s when you went to the movies, there was an intermission. During this intermission, you got snacks and went for a pee. Ah, the good old days. Another neat thing that used to happen was that a couple short cartoons would be played before the “feature presentation” would commence. When you come to think of it, this generation is being robbed. We pay heaps more and yet have lost our ‘extra features’ and short film presentations. But fortunately this weekend, the best of the best of short films will be making their way to Sydney and bringing back the joy of movie-going in the process.

Bondi Short Film Festival eschews the usual film festival traditions and limitations, as the festival’s founder, Francis Coady, explains to Side Street, Sydney: “I had a group of friends who had made all these short films but once they had been shown at one festival, none of the other festivals would show them.” Understandably, Francis thought that was crazy, so he did something about it and set about launching a festival whose mission was to “show the 14 best short films in Australia right now.” Forget entry fees, themes and limitations – the goal was to trust the filmmaker’s imagination.

The Easy Life: Polaroids of Androids

Everyone knows everyone in Sydney. Most people have already figured that out. Here at Side Street, we have friends in the artists that we interview, the bands that we profile and are always finding ourselves surrounded by an endless array of interesting, creative people. Whether it’s six degrees of separation or the result of one too many catered events, at the core of it all we’re a tightly knit group of individuals trying to make our mark (read: stain?), and hopefully make it a mark worthwhile.
One such individual is man about town and Twitter hero Jonny Nail. As co-founder of Polaroids Of Androids alongside Mike Pierce, what once began as a weekly podcast is now his personal means of unrestrained fanboy praise for the various going ons within the Australian music scene.
We accept that Jonny is some kind of genius, and in between photoshopping images of Lil B onto Portia de Rossi he filled in the blanks for us. You can’t rely on the state system to fill in all of your educational gaps, kids.

Hi, my name is: Jonnythan Androids III
And some of my projects include: Polaroids Of Appleroids - a cider business, Polaroids Of Scamroids - a Nigerian Prince business and; Polaroids Of Androids - a really really serious business. About music.
My role there is: chief Intern.
Which means I: get coffee for the big boys upstairs and try and convince everyone we should listen to my band's demo on the work stereo.

Fashion for More than Fun

Oh, fashion. We all love it, even though sometimes we feel a little guilty for loving it. There are people dying out in the world? But at least our clothes are pretty! Meh. So naturally, we lovvvve it when fashion takes on a good cause, as is the case with Billabong’s Design for Humanity, a celebration of fashion, art and music all in the name of charity. With 90% of ticket proceeds going to Unicef’s Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal, you can bop away to The Vines, Operator Please, and Flight Facilities and enjoy a runway show styled by the very talented Lill Boyd of Anna & Boy fame with a clear conscience. There will even be an art exhibition featuring installations by JUMBO, Cara Stricker, Arnie Arnold and The Movement, so it’s quite a little feast for the warm-hearted senses. It’s on this Wednesday night at Oxford Art Factory, and tickets are a very miniscule $25, which will go straight to the eight million children who have been affected by the worst floods Pakistan has endured in living memory. Doors open at 7.30pm.


photo: Lisa Zhu

A Memorable Season: Sydney Theatre Company

With its ability to seamlessly revamp the classics (thank you, Andrew Upton), whip up a few knock out casts, toy with emotions and dominate numerous Facebook statuses, the Sydney Theatre Company knows what it’s doing. And so we decided to give you a quick breakdown of the current works STC has on offer.

All About the Feeling: Andy Bull

Newcomer Andy Bull has been a very lucky boy of late. His latest single, “Dog”, on which he teamed up with intriguing songstress Lisa Mitchell, is a gorgeous piece of indie pop that has proved pretty damn popular. Actually, calling Andy lucky is selling him short; let’s face it, the boy’s got talent; and to be totally fair, he’s not really a newcomer either. Andy’s first album, We’re Too Young, was released in 2009.

In Living Passion: Alice Gage & Ampersand Magazine

Everyone has their own reasons for venturing out into their own endeavours – be it unhappiness with their jobs, a desire for flexible working hours or (likely), a grudge against their boss. But one thing that they all undoubtedly have in common is passion, and, if they’re ever to be successful, faith. Faith in their ability to one day not only do what they love, but actually make a living whilst doing it. It is an ever-elusive concept to most of us, and one that takes guts, drive and hard work – endless, endless hours of hard work – to pursue. For Ampersand Magazine’s editor Alice Gage, her belief in her idea and its ability to transform both magazine stands everywhere and her life is almost infectious, and leads anyone she shares it with to catch it as well. Determination is a force, and it is the exact reason why we are happy for you to mark our words - Ampersand is going to be sticking around for a while yet. We’re not the only ones who have come to this conclusion, either: Alice was recently awarded with the British Council’s Realise Your Dream award, so she’ll be taking her passion to the UK and spreading the rest of the world with it.

A few minutes

Hello! It’s been a while since we’ve had a one on one conversation with you, dear reader, so we thought this random little Tuesday was as perfect a time as any. Shall we each grab a cup of tea and pretend like we’re staring at each other? We like Earl Grey with fresh Australian honey. We might also have a cookie. Or two.
So, we’ll start! We have a little list of things we want to say, and then we would love it if you please respond with your questions, comments, ideas, anything! That way it won’t seem so much like we’re talking to ourselves.

We send out our newsletter biweekly at the most, so we promise we won’t be bombarding you with useless info! We’re also going to start introducing exclusive giveaways and promos to them, so if you’re not already on the list please enter your email and sign up to the right! Every time you do, a puppy is born.

We absolutely love it when we get comments, so please leave them more often, make them as long as you’d like and feel free to speak your mind! However, if your mind is a little devil, we may well delete them. In case you hadn’t picked up on it so far, we’re a POSITIVE site, and we believe that like attracts like. Therefore, we make it our goal to send out as many good vibes as we can, and these vibes can become a bit corrupted when vitriol at any one of our writers or photographers is left on this site. Of course, we’re not going to delete you for merely disagreeing, and if you take a look, you’ll see that we’ve kept many hate messages on. It’s only when said messages are full of irrelevant spite that we’ll be shooting them straight into the trash can. If you can’t respect that, then feel free to delete us from your bookmarks. This site is aimed at mature readers and animals.

Um, “chasing up advertising” has been on our to-do list for the past 12 months. SO LAME. We’re writers and photographers and lovers of all pretty things, but sadly we weren’t gifted with “practicality”. If you can help out in any way or know anyone who can, please shoot us an email and we’ll talk money and all that jazz that we have absolutely zero concept of. We’ll definitely be getting to it ourselves ANYWAY in the next few weeks, so if YOU would like to advertise or sponsor us, email us and we’ll send you a media kit and a big sloppy wet kiss in return.

We could always use more writers, so if you have a way with words and want to inspire others with your wonderful little gift, please shoot us an email. Right now, nobody gets paid, so please don’t get in touch if you are expecting to make money. It may also be worth finding another passion. We are looking to remunerate our writers in the near future (hence the post above about advertising, and we have other plans up our sleeves!) and of course the ones that are with us from the beginning will stick with us as we conquer the world. We’re pretty confident that will happen.

Now your turn! Please send us any feedback at all to We really value what you think, so feel free to be as blunt as possible and let us know what’s on your mind. Granted, we are human beings, so if it’s not nice maybe don’t be TOO blunt... but any suggestions are most welcome!

Above everything else, thank you so much to each and every one of you for reading. We hope you’ve found as much inspiration as we have.

Big love & hugs,
The team @ Side Street, Sydney

Unconstrained Imagination: Birthday Suit

For those who argue that fashion and art are separate and distinct entities, the Sydney label Birthday Suit is a direct challenge to the perception. Featuring vivid, colourful prints and shape shifting silhouettes, designers Techa and Emma blur the boundaries between any established notions of confines within the design world. Rather than constraining their imagination for the sake of commercialisation, the ladies let it run wild and eventually fall to form within their collection. Birthday Suit is for the woman who isn’t necessarily concerned with the practicality within a piece of clothing, but rather, the pure innovative beauty of it. We had a little Q&A with the designers and asked them to select some of their favourite looks from seasons past.

After the Rain

photo: Lisa Zhu

Sydney's Destination Stores: duckeggBLUE

Walking into a retail space and feeling immediately struck with a sense of home and nostalgic longing for a daydream-like memory is an extremely rare moment, and one that is often reserved for chance stumbles upon tiny family businesses on holidays to far-off places. However, for those who have ventured into Balmain and come across the divine duckeggBLUE shops, you know that we are lucky enough to access such an experience in our own backyard. The women’s fashion and lifestyle boutique duckeggBLUE offers a carefully edited selection of classy and casual clothes and accessories, while its sister store, quintessential duckeggBLUE, is an interior heaven of pieces that epitomise minimalist, antique charm. Reminiscent of a grandfather’s shoe factory in the French countryside – with the exact mixture of charm and industrial edge that it would convey – quintessential proves that classic design is not lost in modern-day hands. Both stores have been branded to perfection, each honed with a fine aesthetic that cleverly delivers the message they are trying to get across – one that has been defined by the impeccable taste of their owner, Leanne Carter-Taylor.

In the Interest of a Free World

Imagine for a second, if you will, a world dominated by celebrity glossies and Rupert Murdoch newspapers. We don’t blame you if you’re running fast out of your horrific little imagination right about now; we would be, too, so we just conveniently skipped the aforementioned exercise. Sadly though, that scary scene right there could be the reality if independent publishing one day ceases to exist, which, along with the catastrophic effects of climate change, would possibly make life not worth living. And so in the interest of maintaining our will to wake up in the morning, we will definitely be supporting online Sydney mag Kluster at their fundraiser tomorrow night, and you should too if you’re anything like us (or more awesome than us. Either one.).

State of the Art
will feature live, interactive art by emerging Sydney artists, music provided by DJs and The Border Thieves, silent auctions, giveaways, and, of course, beer. It’s all about supporting the city’s emerging arts community and the platforms that so generously present it. If you’re still on the fence, read our feature with Kluster’s editor, Kat Hartmann, from way back when to get appropriately inspired.

The event is on from 7.30pm at Helen Rose-Schausberger Laboratorium, Level 1, 17 Waterloo Street in Surry Hills. Be sure to RSVP to Since it’s a fundrasier, it is recommended that you bring funds. Suggested donation is $15, and while that covers the free bevvies, you can bring your own too if you’re a picky alcy.

In the Mail: A Lover's Discourse @ Liveworks

If we really think about it, there is beauty in the things we do every day, which is exactly what Liveworks has set about to remind us of. As Performance Space’s energetic celebration of new art and uplifting ideas, the festival will run from tomorrow, 11 November, to Sunday, 14 November and will feature experimental theatre, performance, live art, dance and installation. Indeed, there is something happening every hour within CarriageWorks’ foyer and beyond. To get into the creative spirit of things we took a close look at A Lover’s Discourse, a mere one of the many delicious items in the Liveworks program.


I forget. I remember.

I forget, in time, what she looks like,
I remember what is important.

I forget the way she is sensitive about her body,
I remember that she likes her coffee piping hot, with two Equals.

Art and Science: Urban Future

Art and science are commonly considered to be opposing subjects within the intellectual sphere, but in the case of architecture, they are perfectly symbiotic. As architectural excellence can only be achieved with the full realisation of both the creative and the pragmatic, its makers have been gifted with a rare combination of the best from both sides of the brain. Sydney’s division of the world-renowned Urban Future Organisation (UFO) are a collective of individuals who not only possess the skills necessary for their profession, but have risen through the ranks within it as well. Describing themselves as architects who “seek to share common design strategies in practice and academia with an emphasis on contemporary digital techniques”, UFO are responsible for some of the most incredible maneuvers with space that have been devised in modern day design. We spoke to directors Dirk Anderson and Eduardo de Oliveira Barata, and later asked them to give us a rundown of their five favourite projects under UFO to date.

We worked together on the documentation, fabrication and site construction of Nested House, so this one’s probably a favourite. The dwelling was originally a one bedroom terrace which we proposed a nested object within a box (similar to the musical instrument case analogy).

Our Spring Sky

photo: Lisa Zhu

Movember Madness: A Set of Guidelines

As a general rule, the modern gentleman should be able to hold his own in a tough situation, should not be flashy or vulgar, should be well-informed and, most of all, should be happy to lend his dashingly well-groomed face to Movember.

Now in its seventh slightly itchy year, Movember is the month long charity event that raises funds and awareness for men’s health issues and proves that chivalry hasn’t gone out of fashion. Basically, you grow a Mo that puts Groucho Marx to shame and get every lovely lady or Mo-toting mate to sponsor your efforts. All funds raised are committed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, beyondblue and the Movember Foundation. So, if you know (or are) a valiant, brave and selfless gentleman looking to grow a Mo, Movember registrations are now open at

To get into the somewhat bristly spirit of things we got our hands on a few Mo growing guidelines:

New Storytelling: Lior

Alt-folk girls everywhere can be heard letting out a big, gushy sigh: local favourite Lior has a brand new album and a big fat new tour. Being lovers of the gushy stuff, we wanted to grab the man inappropriately and keep him to ourselves. However, loath to find ourselves in prison, we satisfied ourselves with a mere conversation instead.

Old World Charm: Tea Parlour

Everything old is new again at Tea Parlour, a quaint haven for city girls looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney. The brainchild of Amelia Hepburn, it was opened with revival in mind – a return to old world charm, Biggie tunes and, if you are so inclined, polite conversation over some tea and scones.

Amelia wanted to create the “club feel” of the Country Women’s Association and transport it to the city. “I really like the idea of doing bridge nights and tea leaf reading nights, clothes swaps and book clubs. Sometimes you feel a bit lonely in the big city. Everyone is so fast paced, it’s a bit isolating.” She also found there was little to do in Sydney other than go out and party. “This is a rebellion against our disposable society. Being young in the city, we only seem to have a few pastimes available to us – shopping, binge drinking and night clubbing. I wanted to offer another option that was fun and affordable.”

Brand Spanking New Theatrics

Sinking our wine-drenched selves into New Theater’s chic, creaking seats, we can’t help but feel slightly bohemian and in the mood for something different – so we’re rather lucky Brand Spanking New has returned to the stage for a third, talent-exposing season.

BSN is made up of an eclectic assortment of monologues, short plays, sketches and excerpts that come with subtle twitches, alternate realities, patches of pure innocence, moments of clarity and declarations of love that make cynicism impossible. When it comes to practicality, the stage-bound action unfolds beneath an array of suspended, wind-blown manuscripts – a design that could hold its own in any Biennale line-up. Likewise, the music peppering the play knows how to trigger its fair share of emotion, making the overall experience truly enjoyable.

This Time, With Optimism

Comic illustrator Matt Huynh is presenting yet another series of exquisite work this week at Paper Mill Gallery, a mere five months from the date of his last exhibition. This body of work, Alluvia, is notably different from his previous collection: the play on macabre has been replaced by figures that are almost melodious, evoking an almost opposite sense in the viewer – one of ease rather than unsettlement. It works well with Matt’s signature fluid and delicate style, this time referencing water, life and a holistic and romantic relationship with the future as themes in the new series. On top of being beautiful, we like the concept very much. To celebrate the release, a print folio release and book will also be available for purchase.

Alluvia opens this Wednesday evening, November 3, from 6pm to 8pm at the gallery in Ash Street, Sydney.

Love Hearts

photo: Lisa Zhu

One of Everything: The Winery

Surry Hills has never been short of a drinking establishment and The Winery is yet another, but so much more. Not content with just being a bar (pish! Who does that anymore), they also have a very pleasant restaurant-vibe happening. Avoiding the minimalist look which became derigueur during the ice age of Sydney bar-dom (i.e. before Her Holiness relaxed the liquor licensing laws), The Winery’s look is quirky, but not in an overly cutesy way; quirky dark, not quirky saccharine.

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