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“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” These are the words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from her now-famous 2009 TED talk titled ‘The Danger of a Single Story’. We hear them early on in Hot Brown Honey, delivered by the group’s co-founder and MC, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers. Presiding metres above the stage atop an immense, glowing hive, Bowers quotes Adichie – who, like herself, is a passionate feminist and a woman of colour – and in doing so, effectively casts a line that runs through each of the many acts that make up the 90-minute show. Stereotypes are persistent and poisonous, and tonight, the Honeys are here to smash them. Ironically, the destabilising process begins with a strip tease. The Honeys emerge behind fluttering yellow ostrich feathers, which lift away to reveal Oprah T-shirts, but under that, frilly maid costumes. We’re reminded that in Western-dominated culture, the maid role is one of the few that women of colour have been able to have in the past (both on the screen and stage but also in the workforce). And if you think oppression isn’t still in full force today, then you’re about to find out why you’re wrong. The show surges on through a series of separate acts, often solo pieces by each of the six Honeys: Busty Beatz, Lisa Fa'alafi, Materharere Hope 'Hope One' Haami, Juanita Duncan, Ofa Fotu and Crystal Stacey. They are
The Museum of Contemporary Art's monthly party series is curated by a different artist or collective each edition, and features art, performance and design – with killer views, party tunes and hands-on activities with artists. Since Artbar kicked off in May 2012, we’ve seen the MCA's galleries graced with nude performance art, endurance table tennis, house party-style karaoke, vomit montages, huge inflatables and a live goat. Ah, artists. Never change. May's edition is curated by Melbourne artist Julia Gorman, and coincides with the opening of Vivid Sydney. Artbar tends to sell out in advance, so consider pre-purchasing those tickets. Click through the Dates & Times tab for the line-up for each edition of Artbar.
Get ready to return to the dancefloor with a swing in your step because this huge multi-venue party will be electrifying Kings Cross with some of Sydney's most excellent DJs and bands. The Kings Cross Hotel, along with a handful of Golden Mile’s favourite venues, are joining forces to celebrate and support the heart of Sydney's nightlife scene. Meet Me in the Cross is the result, featuring some of Sydney's best party purveyors including Astral People, Heaps Gay and Future Classic. You'll find headline DJ sets from international juggernauts like Hermitude and Nina Las Vegas and live sets from indie legends like World Champion, Dappled Cities and Mezko. Add in appearances from FBi and Triple J alumni, local DJ collectives and some of Sydney's favourite record labels, and you've got a dancefloor itinerary that's impossible to argue with. The event is a joint initiative by Sydney's nighttime economy ambassadors Keep Sydney Open and Eastside Sydney, a local collective supporting creative and economic pursuits in Sydney’s inner east. Your ticket – which is only $30 – will grant you access to all the Meet Me in the Cross parties on Saturday July 1.