What happens when you combine alcohol and burlesque with Australia’s largest collection of priceless fossils? The obvious answer is a massive cultural catastrophe, though the reality is much less horrific and significantly more great than any event we could possibly fathom.
Set amidst the sea of taxidermy, scientific specimens and cultural relics that occupy the Australian Museum, Jurassic Lounge Extinction is the final instalment of the seasonally recurring event featuring an ever changing line up of bars, food, live music, performances, interactive games, comedy, workshops, film screenings and live art.
As usual, the cultural contrasts at play here are exquisite. Watch a burlesque parody of Dracula unfold beneath a life-sized whale, snack on some Mexican street food while a Tyrannosaurus-Rex skeleton looms overhead. Have a traumatic injury painted on your face before taking in Australia’s largest butterfly collection or sink a few beers and listen to some jokes in the children’s education wing.
It seems absurd that such an awe-inspiring event is being put to rest. Never the less, it would appear Jurassic Lounge has reserved its finest manoeuvres for the final curtain. Kicking off on September 3 with disco photo booths and hip hop lessons and finishing up with an extinction party featuring Miss Pole Dance Australia on November 5.
Jurassic Lounge is happening every Tuesday night until November 5. Check out the program and pre-book tickets at jurassiclounge.com
Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney
(02) 9320 6000