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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.
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