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Community Billboard 18 February – 25 February

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected.

The Squares - Free Live Jazz

The squares are a bebop jazz quartet, playing the repertoire of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and others.

Avant-garde in its day, this music is as fresh and relevant today as ever, challenging and satisfying the listener in equal measure. The Squares hold true to the original sensibility of bebop, while adapting it for the contemporary context.

Putting it another way, these guys swing hard!

Also, don’t miss $10 negronis

Free Scavenger Hunt in the Rocks

Urban Hunt is a modern day scavenger hunt played using Facebook Messenger. This month we are offering you the chance to play the History in The Rocks trail for free!

Gather up a team of 2 to 4 people and take on the timed trail. Once you reach the start location, we will send you cryptic clues as you make your way around this beautiful part of the city. The trail even includes a halfway pit stop at one of Sydney’s best pubs with fantastic views!

Take on the rest of the city in our global leaderboard, or sign up a few teams and create your own race! Don’t fancy racing? Feel free to ignore the time and enjoy your surroundings. There is plenty to see and do.

To play, just head to our website and click Message Us to sign up. Use the promo code WHATS-ON to play for free!

Hunts can begin any day of the week between 10am and 3pm.

Good luck!

In/Visibility: Mini Graff residency

Contextual and layered, street art uses the city as an open gallery but, in contrast to the gallery or museum, as these works are unauthorised, their authors must be ‘anon’, or a Jill Posters. The boundaries of the public realm are constantly policed and criminalised. Unlike the gallery-bound history of ‘institutional critique’, street art plays a vital role as a field critic: one who inhabits the site of practice, and therefore often addresses otherwise invisible issues of cultural and urban homogenisation and exclusion. We are alerted to the presence of these subliminal or unexpected registers of cultural or social commentary, as it is art that appears in the ‘wrong place’ (Doherty, 2015), outside the narrative structure and prompts of the gallery and outside the twin registers of officialdom and commerce.

The Judas Kiss

“An emotionally rich drama illuminated by Hare’s customary insight and humanity” – The Globe and Mail.

The Red Line Productions, in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras presents The Judas Kiss.

In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His masterpiece, The Importance of Being Ernest was a hit in the West End, he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.

The scene is the Cadogan Hotel in 1895, where Wilde gathers his thoughts after losing a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, the father of his lover Alfred Douglas, aka Boisie. The Marquess, enraged by the couple’s recklessly public and, in Victorian society’s view, amoral affair, openly insulted the writer and thus a lawsuit ensued. Now the defeated writer struggles with a burden of conscience — flee to France to escape persecution or stay and stand his ground, even when Boisie’s love is fickle and inconstant.

Mardi Gras Film Festival

The event runs 15 February to 2 March and features a world premiere, four international premieres, a massive 31 Australian premieres and MOONLIGHT, the winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama.

The range of films cover important issues like safe schools, marriage equality, economic migration, political asylum, and the struggles of ageing, alongside a lot of fun films celebrating the sequined, sexy and sultry side of queer life.

The Festival Bar will run every night from 6pm to late at Event Cinemas George Street.

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