As another month draws to its inevitable close, and the prices of chocolate drastically drop (damn you rabbit!), it’s easy to get a head start on that mid-year lull. But have no fear, the new April wind is bringing over some much needed awesomeness, ready to sweep us off our feet. This week at The Urban List, we’re thinking sake on tap, stories from the heart, award-winning art, stand-up fuelled laughs and cinema experiences with a twist. What more could you ask for?
Saké’s Dragon Lounge
After Sydney’s latest weekday party? Saké’s Wednesday night’s Dragon Lounge is where you might want to find yourself after dinner. Here you can order by the bottle (yes, that includes spirits and sake) as well as share cocktails like the green tea martini (that’s served in a teapot) and the zombie vs dragon (that’s served in a fishbowl). Here your glass will always be full… along with your stomach thanks to the likes of the highly acclaimed menu at Saké Restaurant, brimming with salmon filled sashimi tacos, wagyu beef tataki and green Kit-Kat and yuzu soufflé. Saunter on up after a dinner downstairs or stroll in for opening from 9pm for a lavish night out, scored by the beats of Sydney’s best DJs and entertainers #happyhumpday.
Where: Saké Restaurant & Bar, The Rocks
When: Every Wednesday from 9pm
Cost: Free (until the drinks start a’flowin)
Underground Cinema: FBI
Throw away the buttery popcorn, uncomfortable as hell cinema chairs and that couple kissing in the fifth row (yes PDA is a crime)—get ready for an interactive, cinematic experience, Quantico style. That’s right, your endless weeknight marathon binges of Criminal Minds have paid off because you’ve finally become an FBI agent, hell bent on justice and saving the world. Donning a pen, some paper and a uniform, new recruits will convene at 1900 hours at a secret Sydney location for a thriller screening (R18+) where codenames, codebreaking and involvement are compulsory and encouraged. But, of course, like any exclusive on-your-feet FBI affair, agent positions are limited so be sure to sign up to claim your spot here.
When: Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th, 7:00pm
Story Club at Giant Dwarf
Giant Dwarf hosts no ordinary book club. Story Club sees five budding go-getters write and recite hilarity, heartbreak and everything in-between around a pre-determined topic of inspiration—this week’s aptly titled ‘There’s No Place Like Home’. And with the likes of Partick Lenton, Kate Mulvany, Jonathan Holmes, Kristen Drysdale and Zoe Norton Lodge at the helm, there really is no telling what will happen. Take a seat, drink in one hand, plate in another and settle in for what can only be described as a uniquely unique evening.
Where: Giant Dwarf, Redfern
When: Monday 4th (doors open from 7pm, show begins at 8pm)
Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
Art meets Australia for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize. This year’s recipients, Sydneysider Jack Lanagan (Emerging Artist Category) and Tasmanian Pat Brassington (Established Artist Category), not only share the victory and undoubtedly wonderful bragging rights but also a showcase of their works in none other than the National Art School, Sydney. The exhibition itself, which will be home to 43 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading artists, will house Brassington’s insightful photography and digital media work ‘Pair Bonding’, infused with surrealist flair along with Lanagan’s ‘Studies in Light, Movement and Time’; an installation complete with images and sculptures playing upon a motif of ceramic vases. Both to inspire and question, this exhibition is a must for any and all Sydneysiders wanting a taste of what Australian art truly has to offer. Wanting to take a piece home with you? Works are on sale here.
Where: National Art School, Sydney, Darlinghurst
When: Monday 14th March – Saturday 14th May
Comedy Night at Hotel Paragon
Laugh away your Monday-itis and start your week with a new ritual of hilarious proportions. Launching this week, Comedy Cooper’s at the Quay promises Australia’s top comedians, wining and dining you with the lols as you dine amongst the cool bistro vibes of the Paragon. Kicking off with a bang, tune in for the antics of Peter Berner, Katie Burch, Andrew Barnett and Chis Radburn – jokes and anecdotes sure to throw your dad jokes right out the window. Grab your pals and head on down to the show, or better yet spend an extra cool $15 for dinner and the whole shebang. Whichever floats your boat, we can promise the drinks and the jokes will be flowing.
Where: Ryan’s Paragon Hotel, Circular Quay
When: Monday 4th April, 6pm
Cost: $10 for Show only or $25 Dinner & Show
Image credit: Sake Restaurant and Bar