When: Thursday, 5 April - 5:30pm; Thursday, 12 April - 5:30pm; Thursday, 19 April - 5:30pm; Thursday, 26 April - 5:30pm; Thursday, 3 May - 5:30pm; Thursday, 10 May - 5:30pm; Thursday, 17 May - 5:30pm; Thursday, 24 May - 5:30pm; Thursday, 31 May - 5:30pm; Thursday, 7 June - 5:30pm; Thursday, 14 June - 5:30pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia , 140 George St, The Rocks, NSW
How much: $0
Get your fill of art and culture for the week at the Thursday Lates series so you can free up your weekend to nurse that hangover guilt-free!†After a series of record-breaking attendances at the MCA, the gallery has decided to swing its doors open late on Thursday evenings until the smack bang middle of the year, June 14.
Each week, enjoy the current exhibitions, hear informal talks by curators and other creative penseurs on the curious, the controversial and the deeply personal.†Soon enough youíll be walking around talking like Craig Schuftan from Triple Jís much-missed Culture Club. Here are a few tasters to get you riled up and ready.
If youíre keen to get a little challenged, attend a free speech session - for free! Snap. Get up on your soapbox and address audiences at the MCA at Soap Box. You know, get something off your chest. Everyone, including your boss, in-laws and ex-lovers (who might be there perhaps out of view behind a column or something) actually do want to hear your ranting and raving. How liberating! Lectures, freestyles, sermons and other spoken-word art forms are welcome. If youíre not so assertive, rally and jeer as an onlooker. Itís tempting to go just in case a fight breaks out.
Perhaps thatís all a little nuanced, and you would rather get universal. Australian Aboriginal Astronomy Project talk on April 26 is what itís all about. Hear astronomer Duane Hamacher from the Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrophotonics speak about a collaboration of researchers studying the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Indigenous Australians. Coolness.
For the souls of quills and ink, Poetís Corner (no, not the wine) features Eileen Chong, contributor to the publication for Volume One: MCA Collection.
Aside, the ritzy new MCA cafe is open day and night, too, so you can come for dinner and then catch up with the artwork.†What a dreamy way to end the night.
Also running overnight on Thursday nights is Christian Marclay's the Clock.
By Dianne Cohen