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06/12 - 10/12 : 6:00pm

Gallery Exhibition: Sam Kissajukian

 
Gallery Lounge
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To coincide with hosting the remount season of his hit comedy show “300 Paintings in Lockdown”, Meraki is proud to have a selection of visual art from Sam Kissajukian on display in our Gallery Lounge!

Currently residing in Sydney, Sam has been working professionally as a stand-up comedian for 10 years.

Recently Sam has had a breakout year as a visual artist. Within 3 months of going public with his art he had numerous acquisitions by international collectors, received extensive media coverage about his art, exhibitions at 107 Projects and a solo exhibition in Perth for which 25 of his works were later acquired by City of Perth at Yagan Square to display on LCD screens for the month of August. After the success of these first exhibitions, he has now been invited to hold another exhibition at the Brisbane Powerhouse in May 2023.

06/12 - 10/12 : 7:30pm

300 Paintings in Lockdown

 
Main Stage
Comedy
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Winner of 2022 Sydney Fringe Festival Award for Best Comedy and Directors Choice Award. Also, Nominated for 5 other Awards at 2022 Sydney Fringe Festival.

Is art a joke? Comedian Sam Kissajukian takes you through 300 paintings he made in 5 months of isolation. A comedian’s take on art, the artistic process, mental health and its ties to creativity.

As a special pairing wi this show, there will also be an exhibition of Sam’s art at the venue.

General Admission: $25

Concession: $20
** For Concession ticket purchases use discount code PAINTINGS CONCESSION during checkout process. Must be accompanied by a valid Student ID or MEAA card at the box office.

‘One of the best comedy acts I’ve ever seen’ – Scoop Magazine
***** ‘Spill your drink onto the chair beside you sort of laughter’ – Fourth Wall Media
***** Bunbury Magazine UK
****½ One of the best stand-up comedy shows I’ve seen in my life’ – TulpaMagazine.com
****½ ‘Australian comedic virtuoso’ – The Australia Times
****½ FringeFeed 2020
**** ‘Downright funny’ – The Music

08/12 : 7:30pm

A Very Queer Christmas

 
Gig Bar
Cabaret
Drag
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This year the queers have stolen Christmas!

Come celebrate the festive season with Kings, Queens, comedians and all that is in-between!

 

Oh come, all ye queer fam, come be delighted by the quirky, chaotic and welcoming cast of Left of Centre. This year local queers have stolen Christmas and are making sure everyone feels welcome in one night of drag, comedy, dance and carolling. This is one jolly night not to be missed

09/12 : 7:30pm

Mayeflower ft. NECKO and Lemonise

 
Gig Bar
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Lemonise: A crazy mish-mash of electric funk shagadelica, Lemonise have risen out of the sidestreets of the Inner West for a sole purpose – to shred.

N.E.C.K.O: “Rock and roll won’t die” sounds like something that was born out of a concoction of frustration and hope, yet it feels as though recent times have proven that believers’ prayers have been answered. Sydneysiders Necko offer an experience that combines blues-rock influences and atmospheric soundscapes that feels like Jimi Hendrix in the post 2020 world. The feature: Alek’s dizzying vocals that blend Kennedy’s wail, Tesfaye’s falsetto and Styles’ confident maturity; floating above Reno’s contrasting heavy and delicate drumming that blends Alter Bridge and Led Zeppelin grooves.

MayeFlower: Tight Grooves and Roaring Guitars. Rock and Roll- No Gimmicks

10/12 : 7:30pm

GSO Presents: Strings for Life

 
Gig Bar
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GSO proudly presents – Strings for Life!

First up is the Bach Brandenburg 6, also known as the concerto for the dueling violas.
Following that is the Haydn Emperor String Quartet.

INTERVAL
A program of music starting with the Elemental Prayer Suite composed by the late Carl St Jacques.
And following this we will be playing some light pop classics which we invite you to sing along to.
13/12 - 17/12 : 6:00pm

Gallery Exhibition – Camille Macpherson Dewell

 
Gallery Lounge
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Camille Macpherson Dewell (She/Her)

 

I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the country on which I stand.

 

Currently studying at the National Art School in Darlinghurst I am lucky enough to experiment with a multitude of different mediums however in this exhibition I am displaying the works that are a bit closer to my heart. All of the works come from my passions and interests in my life with a focus on natural history, exploring scientific and botanical illustrations as well as my lifelong love of fantasy and storytelling. These are all done using fine liners and are mostly done using pointillism; which is a technique that I have been working with for the past 6 years.
13/12 : 8:00pm

Live Jazz by The Sazeracs – Every Tuesday

 
Gig Bar
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FREE EVENT

Live Jazz by The Sazeracs from 7:30 on Tuesdays in the Gig Bar. Entry is free but bookings recommended to guarantee your seat.

14/12 - 23/12 : 7:30pm

Twisted Christmas

 
Main Stage
Cabaret
Theatre
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Have you been naughty or nice?

We all know it’s the season to be jolly, but did you know the North Pole also has a dark side?

This year gather around the table at Meraki Arts Bar for Twisted Christmas, a variety show with all the trimmings. Enjoy a rotating menu of saucy burlesque, spicy comedy, and sweet serenades as we count down the sleeps ‘til Christmas. 
Join us for a rollicking festive night that is as twisted as the stripes on a candy cane.
General Admission: $30
Concession: $25
** For Concession ticket purchases use discount code TWISTED CONCESSION during checkout process. Must be accompanied by a valid Student ID or MEAA card at the box office.
14/12 : 7:30pm

Drag Trivia with RIOT!

 
Gallery Lounge
Drag
Trivia
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FREE EVENT

Come down to the Gallery Lounge every Wednesday for the most fabulous night of Trivia you’ve ever had. Settle in, grab a meal and drink, bust out your ballpoints and let our host RIOT quiz you all night long. Entry is free, but bookings are recommended to make sure you get a table!

14/12 : 7:30pm

Billy Joel’s Coffee House

 
Gig Bar
Comedy
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Meraki is thrilled to present Billy Joel’s Coffee House: an unpredictable comedy showcase featuring some of Sydney’s best alternative and experimental acts.

Billy Joel’s Coffee House guarantees:

> You will see something funny

> You will see something different

> You will see something deranged

Freaks only. See you soon.

15/12 : 7:30pm

Cabaret King

 
Gig Bar
Drag
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Join us for an evening of drag, drinks & deliciousness hosted by one of Sydney’s most loved Drag Kings, Big Rod.

Settle in with an eclectic mix of drag king performers – and watch drag pros take to the stage alongside exciting new talent to see who will be crowned “Cabaret King”. Expect comedy, characters, crooners & choreography – this isn’t your regular lip sync!

15/12 : 9:30pm

Chrisnukah Magic with Jack V

 
Gig Bar
Interactive
Magic
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It’s Christmas! It’s Chanukah! It’s Magic! It’s A Magical Chrisnukah! (Can we trademark that?) Gather your tinsel, bring a cracker and join Jack for a night of Chrisnukah Magic © at the Meraki.

This festive evening promises to put you in the holiday mood and reaffirm your belief in the Holy Spirit*.

*available at the bar

16/12 : 7:30pm

Lucid Hoops ft. Deadshowws, DFMR and Grub

 
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Lucid Hoops: Defined by their blast of alt-rock and punk rock fury, Lucid Hoops embrace their love of the gritty sound of the 90’s while adding their own pinch of madness to the mix. 
 Hard hitting songs with heart, Lucid Hoops’ blistering songs address everything from mental health, societal issues and relationships whilst sharing honest observations from their lives.
Deadshowws: An energetic band that can only describe their sound as ‘Semi-distorted Pop music,’ Deadshowws consists of four best mates, Deazy, Massey, Darcey and Taj. With influences including the likes of Modern baseball, Citizen and Violent Soho, they want to continue to bring their music to new audiences and have a positive effect on people’s lives.
DFMR: Dying for Meg Ryan are a Sydney based, alternative rock band giving you music from the spleen. Back after a 2 year hiatus, DFMR are ready to rock and/or roll with a loud and distasteful mix of a barely hidden contempt for humanity and fart sounds.
Grub: Grub is an energetic and fast-paced rock band hailing from Newcastle, NSW. Their sound takes inspiration from rock, punk and alternative genres and blends it together, creating a unique brand of filth. Combine that with a live show that has been described as “a maelstrom of blistering energy, all serrated edges and teeth” and you have yourself an experience that you won’t forget.
20/12 - 23/12 : 6:00pm

Gallery Exhibition – Zeek22

 
Gallery Lounge
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Zeek22 is a multidisciplinary visual artist developing work that reflects the energy of his environment and identity as an artist who experiments in a wide variety of mediums.

This is expressed through a collection of work that is esoteric and layered.

“my expression is an introspective exploration of my own inner thought. An example of neo-forms of graffiti culture and abstractionism. I like to exhibit myself both as a construct and an individual”.

I was attracted to the provocative stencil work of Blek Le rat, the surrealist paintings of Dali, and the impressionist work of Pollock.
I was introduced to the study of artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey from a young age and began to expand my style – cutting stencils of monkeys, soldiers and stormtroopers – reading about the influence of propaganda on our behavior.

A conscious curation of energy I surround myself with adds multidimensionality to my work, It opens the door to a level of spontaneous experimentation and jazz-like improvisation of colour and form which challenges the interplay of these aspects within a piece as I create it.

I Intend to redirect the momentum of culture.

23/12 : 7:30pm

Yasmina Sadiki & Dust3y

 
Gig Bar
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Yasmina Sadiki is an emerging Sydney based independent artist pioneering a fresh look into the possibilities of Jazz and Neo-Soul through her passion for the art. Over the years she has connected with many producers, artists and musicians from Canterbury and beyond. Yasmina aspires to challenge the scene with a raw but poetic window into her life. Her insightful lyrical expression and nuanced vocal technique whisking us away into her world.

Dust3y has created an authentic, unique & recognisable voice as a producer, recording artist & engineer in New York City’s bubbling underground Hip-Hop scene. Striving for individuality & innovation, Dust3y connects worlds across oceans, hailing all the way from Sydney’s Inner West, sticking true to his roots and working with a number of talented young artists from the United States & Australia.

Yasmina Sadiki and Dust3y began working together back in 2021. Together they bring a unique sound and diversify the potential of Hip-Hop and Neo-Soul. Blending timeless soulful melodies and colourful rhythms to create something genuine and exciting through the lens of love and expertise.

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