Gallery Exhibition: Sam Kissajukian
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.
300 Paintings in Lockdown
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
** 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
A Very Queer Christmas
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
Mayeflower ft. NECKO and Lemonise
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
GSO Presents: Strings for Life
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.
And following this we will be playing some light pop classics which we invite you to sing along to.
Gallery Exhibition – Camille Macpherson Dewell
Camille Macpherson Dewell (She/Her)
I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the country on which I stand.
Live Jazz by The Sazeracs – Every Tuesday
Live Jazz by The Sazeracs from 7:30 on Tuesdays in the Gig Bar. Entry is free but bookings recommended to guarantee your seat.
We all know it’s the season to be jolly, but did you know the North Pole also has a dark side?
Drag Trivia with RIOT!
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!
Billy Joel’s Coffee House
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.
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!
Chrisnukah Magic with Jack V
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
Lucid Hoops ft. Deadshowws, DFMR and Grub
Gallery Exhibition – Zeek22
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.
Yasmina Sadiki & Dust3y
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.