The Best Stuff To Do In Sydney This Week


As Sydney shakes off the shackles of the government’s bogus lock out laws, let us take to the reopened streets to celebrate. From gigs to exhibitions to a really good bowl of noodles, here are the best things to do in the harbour city this week.

Rosina Gunjarrwanga, left to right: Wak, 2016; Wak, 2019; Wak, 2019.

Primavera – Oct 11, Museum of Contemporary Art

Kicking off today and running all the way through till february next year is the MCA’S annual Primavera exhibition, which showcases emerging Australian artists under the age of 35. This year, Sydney artist Mitch Cairns has curated the show, which includes drawing, painting, sculpture, sound and video works. Asked to select artists who “represent current trends and styles emerging in the next generation”, Cairns has chosen Mitchel Cumming, Rosina Gunjarrwanga, Lucina Lane, Aodhan Madden, Kenan Namunjdja, Zoe Marni Robertson and Coen Young to display their works.

Installation view of ‘Elevator Music’

Jasper Knight’s Elevator Music – Chalk Horse Gallery

If a solo show is more your cup of matcha, head to Chalk Horse in Darlinghurst to check out Sydney artist Jasper Knight’s newly opened exhibition, Elevator Music. The show features a series of paintings based on photographs he took from the window of a taxi in Hong Kong. Using a palette of white and muted grey, Knight reconstructs the industrial urban landscape of the region in a unique and thought-provoking way.

The Felice Brothers – October 14, The Lansdowne

I know, Monday night gigs are a bit of an ask, but breaking the school night routine might be worth it for this one. The Lansdowne has played a lead role in resuscitating Sydney’s live music scene, and the talent they book is consistently good. Case in point: The Felice Brothers. The New York folk/Americana four-piece make the kind of music of Jack and Rose would have played at their wedding, if only global warming had begun melting ice sooner. Get yo tickets to the barn burner here.

Night Noodle Markets – Oct 11-18, Hyde Park

Instead of having your dinner delivered mangled and lukewarm from the poorly insulated backpack of a bike rider, head over to Hyde Park to canoodle with the noodle. Starting tonight, Sydney’s famous Night Noodle Markets begin, featuring over 30 food stalls including a new Thai-inspired range of desserts from rave enthusiasts Gelato Messina. The market runs for eight nights straight, which means you can take ‘grocery shopping’ off this weekend’s To-Do list. Probably keep ‘shower’ on there, though.

Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty years in Australia, Oct 11 – Nov 24, National Portrait Gallery

Vogue Australia has been in business for 60 years now, and they’re throwing a fancy photography exhibition to celebrate. On show will be stunning portraits of the iconic Australian women who’ve graced its shiny pages over the years. Take a hit to your self esteem as you walk down fashun lane with the likes of Elle McPherson, Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett and many more.

The Garage Sale Trail, Oct 19-20

I know this sounds like a bit of a nerdburger recommendation, but I’m actually genuinely looking forward to it. Next weekend, on Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of October, more than 18,000 garage sales will take place across suburbs in Australia. We all know the dire state of the planet, and our unhealthy consumer culture is partly to blame. Instead of buying new shit that will likely end up in landfill by year’s end, buy old shit that will likely end up in next year’s garage sale for some other poor bugger to pick up on a whim. To find out where the sales are in your neck of the woods, check out the map here.

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