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WEEK 2: 8th – 14th

8th May, 6pm | Backchat #1 // beginnings // | The Moon Café, Northbridge | $5

Introducing ‘BACKCHAT’ a new monthly arts and culture forum! If you consider yourself an artist (on any level) then come down to The Moon Café for the inaugural very first BACKCHAT event. Here you’ll be able to connect with fellow artists, throw ideas into the air and collaborate, showcase your work and listen to different guest speaker every month (this month’s speaker will be Jenn Garland). Since this is the beginning of BACKCHAT, the theme for this month is… ‘BEGINNINGS’ and all artists are encouraged to create work around this!

10th May, 7pm | Op Shop Prom Night | Curtin Tav, Bentley | Free

In a time where ‘ethical fashion’ is on the rise (for good reason) and students are on an endless cycle of being ‘broke’, balls and prom nights have been sidelined post year 12 ball. But perhaps there is an answer to all our woes: Op Shop Prom Night! Gather your pals and head down to your local Good Sammy’s (or your fave op shop) and hunt for that perfect outfit. So the ‘ethical’ aspect of that is covered, but what about the fact that we broke? You ask. There’s no need to furrow your brows because entry’s free and there will be student priced drink specials! Now go get glammed up (ethically, of course).

11th May, 8pm | Rideout Vibes | Babushka, Leederville | $10

Question: where can one find a brilliant collection of artists who each experiment with different genres to express their unique creativity? Answer: Rideout Vibes. Rideout Vibes will be showcasing four eclectic artists at Babushka: the first is Grim Flamingo, a 5-piece alt-rock-jazz-funk amalgamation that will get you in the right vibes. Following will be GHAST, an experimental low-fi electronic producer; Vespertine Vescada will be the third act bringing some progressive metal sounds to our ears. Lastly, the headline act: Yung Buddah, fusing experimental electronic beats with rap to bring us into the late night.

13th May, 10am | Sneaker Saturday | Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth | Free

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is well and truly evident and the soles of our feet will forever be grateful for that arch support. Sneaker Saturday will be the first chance for you to see the WA exclusive international exhibition! With over 150 sneakers on display dating back to 1860, the sneakers will come from the archives of Adidas, Nike, Puma, private collectors such as the hip hop group Run-DMC and sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love), and sneaker collabs between celebrities and artists! For all you sneaker-heads, welcome to your heaven.

WEEK 3: 15th – 21st

15th May, 7pm | Pint of Science Perth | Orient Hotel, Fremantle | $5

“Think Up and Drink Up” is the motto, and no doubt you will both think and drink your brain into a nice state of expansion. Pint of Science returns back to Perth for another three nights of thinking and drinking. Kill two birds with one stone (metaphorically) by quenching both your thirst for knowledge (brought to you by your local scientists) and your thirst for…well that bevvy. Themes for each night include “SPACE BAR”, “IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD” and “BIO ZONE”. Entry’s only $5 but be sure to grab a ticket!

18th May, 8pm | Clam Jam Thursdays w/ Abbe May | Mojos Bar, Fremantle | Tickets

Every Thursday in May, the legendary Abbe May will be clamming and jamming with some of her fave artists all night long! On the third Thursday of the month, she will be clearing out Mojos with the dark & psychedelic Moana and alt-grunge-rock outfit Nectar. Make sure you head down to at least one of these Clam Jam Thursdays for a night that’ll blow ya socks off. 

19th May, 8pm | Demon Days Single Launch | Mojos Bar, Fremantle | $10

Four-piece neo-jazz-funk-soul-and-something-else Demon Days are jetting off their new and smooth single “Hurricanes of Light”. Come down to Mojos for a funky set with a little bit of extras including what will be a killer supporting lineup (TBA), t-shirt throwing, a generous hug (for a low low price of $2) all wrapped up in what will be a guaranteed Good Time™. 

WEEK 4: 22nd – 28th

25th May, 6:30pm | RAW Perth Presents ‘Fixate’ | Rosemount Hotel, Perth | $20

RAW Perth are back again with another extraordinary exhibition showcasing the amass of local talent rising out of our arts scene. The theme this time around is FIXATE and, as always, the artist lineup is full of creative explosion! Artists include musicians Noah Dillon and The Plastic Attraction, visual artists Bec BartellSunny & FineNicola Davies, photographers Nice Guy & Photographer and Immer Photography, and many, many more! Be sure to grab a pre-sale ticket to save on some do$h.  

26th May, 6pm | We Must Catch Up // Dr Perdita Phillips | Paper Mountain, Northbridge | Free

In this interactive exhibition, “We Must Catch Up” explores the act of talking through doubt in a time of confusion and compromise. In the gallery of Paper Mountain will sit a 2.4 metre high mountain for two people to sit, talk and catch up. Exhibition participants are encouraged to join the artist on top of the mountain to engage and reflect on the current emotions running through society. An exciting way to engage the audience, the exhibition requires registration for those who want to participate in “We Must Catch Up”; however other visitors are allowed to view the exhibition. 

26th May, 8pm | Group Therapy Records Launch | The Bird, Northbridge | $5

Perth artist run label and music collective Group Therapy Records are throwing a party to celebrate the birth of something new ‘n’ exciting (a new musical collective)! Head down to The Bird for a great time with some great bands and great vibes (three great things = a night of no regrets). Lush and psychedelic “trip hop” Shy Panther, the soulful Em Burrows Band, alternative-prog-jazz group Grievous Bodily Calm, and Segue Safari DJs will be taking the stage for your entertainment! 



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