Affect Me Saturday, 7.30pm-8.15pm, Alchemy Cafe, 488 Hunter St (part of Crack Theatre Festival). After meeting a stranger for coffee in the morning, artist Bonnie Cowan (pictured above) will spend the day developing a performative response to this interaction. At 7:30pm, Bonnie will perform this freshly-squeezed work at the same café to the (now, not-so) stranger. Café patrons can watch and listen: to observe this rapid-response performance as a voyeur.
Coding club for the computer averse Saturday, 11am-12.45pm, Creative Wordshop, Suite 51, Level 1/164-170 Hunter St (entry on Market St) (part of National Young Writers' Festival). This is a free workshop (please book) for tech-daunted writers who want to dip into digital creativity by learning coding with Tully Hansen. Sign up via program at thisisnotart.org or direct trybooking.com/316671
Coastal Wave Translator Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4.30pm, Newcastle Museum, 6 Workshop Way (part of Critical Animals). A sound installation converting wave data collected from buoys near Australia’s offshore detention centres into a face-melting siren.
National Young Writers Festival Ball Class of 1998. Saturday, 8pm, CBD Hotel, Hunter Street. There are always great parties (the other is TiNA’s Birthday Party at Watt Space Gallery). The ’90s themed NYWF Ball wins!
Once More with Feeling Sunday, 6pm. Watt Space Gallery (part of Critical Animals). A night of Buffy to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. I’m keen for the open mic, but will stay for the sing-along musical episode. 6pm panel; 6.45pm 'How Buffy Saved My Life' open mic; 7.30pm, 'Once More With Feeling' interactive screening.