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So Hot This Week: Nov 17

Saturday

Summer Dance ft. Gilles Peterson, Henry Wu + Maia Bilyk

Local heroes ASTRAL PEOPLE are returning to soundtrack your sun-soaked afternoons each month with Summer Dance – a series of outdoor parties. Kicking off the season is international club DJ, record label boss and legendary radio producer/presenter Gilles Peterson, South London’s Henry Wu who will be taking his modern fusions of jazz, broken beat and garage out from the UK underground and Sydney’s own Maia Bilyk who brings her groove-centric funk, soul and house blends. National Art School, Darlinghurst, 3pm, $49.90

Sunday

Soul Of Sydney 7th Birthday ft. Afro Moses

Join Sydney’s friendliest dance floor as Soul Of Sydney celebrates seven years of feel-good boogie, disco, afro-beat, soul and funk. Featuring a very special dose of West African inspired funk, roots and rhythms, Afro Moses is one of the undisputed heavyweights of the sound and will be joined by his full band to get everyone grooving. Secret Location (revealed on day to ticket holders), 2-9pm, $10 (pictured)

Wednesday

The Failure Debate

The Failure Debate answers the question ‘Is it good to fail?’. Explore hard work and the joys of losing from the six unique point of views as we hear two teams of winning professionals compete to prove whether or not it is good to fail. The night’s festivities will include a performance by Sydney artist collaborative, Make or Break (Connie Anthes and Rebecca Gallo). Verge Gallery, Darlington, 6.30pm, free

Thursday

Please Explain: Why is My Curriculum White? Panel Discussion

In response to the ‘Why Is My Curriculum White’ campaign, this edition of Please Explain considers Omid Tofighian’s recent article in The Conversation that challenges our education system to rethink and reframe Eurocentric norms that currently provide the foundations from which to learn. Joining him are Western Sydney based community workers and artists who base their practices in diversifying ideas of ‘the norm’ and seek to tell complex, diverse and sometimes paradoxical stories of who we are today. 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket, 6.30pm, free (register online).

Friday

Winda Film Festival

Now in its third year, the Winda Film Festival celebrates Indigenous film from all over the world from award-winning feature films to shorts from the bush. This year, the festival will showcase an array of diverse films by Indigenous filmmakers from over nine countries with 20 nations and language groups represented. Event Cinemas George St, Sydney, Friday-Sunday, $0-50

Dickin’ Around

Ladies, tired of being paid less because you lack a certain dong? Make one and conquer your industry and social circle! 45% workshop, 45% party and 10% god-knows-what, this three hour journey will show you how to sculpt your very own wang. Grab a drink (or a few) and craft your dream (and useless) clay snake-whale under the guidance of your mildly offensive, mostly delightful host Millie Hall. All materials and paints supplied, just cum as you are. If you have enough pricks in your life and would prefer to make a vulva, you are very welcome. Down / Under Space, Chippendale, 7pm, $37.44

Bus Stop Funk Arts & Music

Bus Stop Funk Arts & Music Events goal is to use Music & Arts as a tool to promote an inclusive community, to show the power of positivity and kindness. All proceeds will go to Bus Stop Films Charity. Day 1 is all about visual arts with over 30 artists showcased ranging from street artists, designers, painters, sculptors plus the opening night film. Day 2 sees more local artists accompanied by live DJs, a BBQ, Raffle Draw and more. During this time we will also be holding an ‘Open Deck Session’ in which anyone can sign up for a slot to showcase their creativity on the decks. Flatspace, Sydney, Friday – Saturday, $0-20.

Ongoing

Star Wars: Identities – The Exhibition

Who would you be if you were a character from Star Wars? Find out as you build your own personal and unique Star Wars hero in this interactive exhibition featuring 200 original Star Wars objects. Along the way, discover rare treasures from the Lucasfilm archives and see original costumes, props, models and artworks up close as you go behind the scenes of the movie-making process. Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences aka Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, $6-105

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