This Week in Sydney: Back to Uni Edition

Some cool things going on that’ll distract you and your mates from the harsh reality of resuming your studies next week

USyd isn’t giving us much time to recover from Splendour before we go back to our books, and Mother Nature is being especially cruel to us, with reports that this weekend in particular is looking to be the warmest July weekend in 27 years. Life is hard, so we’re here to help – we’ve thrown together a few event suggestions for you to commiserate with your uni mates in the days before classes start next week.

Wednesday, 26th July

The worst thing about Christmas in Sydney is that it’s normally hot as hell. I mean, going to the beach is great and all, but singing about snow and reindeer and stuff whilst the sun’s at full bore is a bit weird. So whilst it’s actually winter, celebrate Christmas in July at Lentil as Anything on Wednesday night at 6.  Lentil as Anything will be serving “all your festive favourites with a vegan twist.” Catch up with friends over some classic Christmas fare that’s cruelty-free and delicious.

Also on Wednesday is Sophie Joyce’s exhibition Choke Me; Don’t Suffocate Me at Goodspace Gallery in Chippendale. For one night only, this series of photography and collages explores “the conflicting need to be sexually expressive and the repulsion felt when people overstep boundaries” and “raises questions about the ways [sexual assault] survivors can navigate commitment and functional relationships within a toxic dating culture.” Sexual assault, particularly in and around campus, is a critically important issue, and there ought to be more awareness spread about it.

Thursday, 27th July

You’re still obsessed with vaporwave, but the rest of the squad have very different tastes in music. Fret not! The QUE Collective are presenting Svndri. at the Lord Gladstone from 7pm onwards – described as “an evening of genre-diverse entertainment… by a smorgasbord of local DJs and bands”. There’s a little something for everyone, so get on down. Entry’s free.

The USU are also hosting a Welcome to Sydney party at Manning Bar to welcome new international students to Sydney. They promise “free food and entry for everyone… dance all night, win great prizes and make new friends from all around the world.” Learn a phrase other than “voulez-vous coucher avec moi” and register via the Facebook event. ACCESS members need not register and will get one free house drink as well as 15% discounts on all drinks all night!

Friday, 28th July

Need to laugh away the pain of less than perfect exam results? Comedy wunderkind and the world’s best football reporter Aaron Chen is headlining Green Nights Comedy at The Gaelic Club in Surry Hills on Friday night. Joining him are other big names like Freudian Nip, Zoë Coombs Marr, and many others with even more TBA. It’s only $10 at the door for what is a huge night of comedy. 8pm start, get amongst it.

Is it too early to be nostalgic for the 2000s? Personally I don’t miss the Black Eyed Peas or Razor scooters, but if the era’s nostalgic for you, then get the gang together for the Millennium Bug 2000s Party at the Hudson Ballroom. The theme is Hollywood – “wear something hot and don't forget to pack your flip-phone. There will be bar tabs for the best dressed and other surprises throughout the night.” Check the Facebook event for ticket information.

Saturday, 29th July

Two things I appreciate but can’t do are freestyle or draw. Good thing Giant Dwarf have Sketch the Rhyme – “Sydney’s favourite freestyle rap & speed drawing game show”. Basically, artists try and illustrate the MC’s bars. It’s like Eminem playing Pictionary. Redfern, 7pm for an 8pm start, check Facebook for details.

Happy Mag are also holding a banging launch party to celebrate their forthcoming fifth issue. Come on down to the Lady Hampshire on Parramatta Road from 7:30 to hear some of the Happy Mag team’s favourite artists. Did we mention it’s free?

Sunday, 30th July

Tio's Cervecería in Surry Hills is celebrating World Tequila Day in a big way on Sunday. How’s this for a pitch: “a massive free tasting, discussions directly with the distributors as well as food, delicious cocktails and a good helping of Mexican culture… one-half exposé, one-half party.” Learning more about inebriology (note: totally not a word) without having to stump up for a class? Sounds good to me. Get on down from 3pm to 5pm.

And for a final idea, seeing as Sunday’s forecast to be a whopping 25°C with clear skies all day, why not have a picnic or go to the beach? The Bondi Markets are on every Sunday – do some thrift shopping and enjoy the good weather before you’re holed up in Fisher poring over readings and wishing it was November.