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Make it a date: events not to miss this October

From Sloan Peterson at The Lansdowne Hotel to the highly anticipated opening of ACME's Tennyson Hotel pop-up, Kingdom of Rice, we round up the best events not to be missed this October.

Japanese Film Festival Classics Program 2018
Art Gallery of New South Wales, October 3-31
A night at the movies. Depictions of 'passion and obsession' populate the curated selection of films on offer for AGNSW's 2018 Japanese Film Festival. Featuring masterful cinematic pieces exploring eroticism in its various shades, from heavy, sweeping romances to Passion-fuelled love affairs, the films are adapted from novels composed by renowned Japanese authors including Junichiro Tanizaki to Kyōka Izumi. With each film session free, you can find us here any Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon in October.

Sloan Peterson
The Lansdowne, October 11
Sydney sweetheart Sloan Peterson embarks on her East coast tour in October in support of her new single Our Love, travelling across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Described as ‘a love child of 50s guitar pop and modern garage rock', Peterson exudes an authenticity and presence during her performance that is infectious. Playing support is local band Seaside, fresh from playing Splendour in the Grass.

Kingdom of Rice
Tennyson Hotel, October 12
A delicious pairing between inner-east eatery, ACME, and hospitality group Merivale brings to Sydney a pop-up restaurant at the Tennyson Hotel (you'll have fond memories of its former life as Pinbone's Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco). With doors set to open October 12, Kingdom of Rice offers a menu packed with experimental Khmer cuisine, helmed by head chef and ACME alumn Lilian McCabe and inspired by front of house manager Sophia Thach's Cambodian heritage (she recently spent two years in Phnom Penh), ACME's Mitch Orr and Cam Fairbairn aim to bring “Cambodian food to the hungry people.” Colour is everywhere, from the food to the decor, with mismatched furniture and large communal tables in abundance - grab your friends and grab a bottle of vino from the walk in wine fridge next door for your next night out.

Eleven years of Oxford Art Factory
Oxford Art Factory, October 13
Iconic Sydney establishment Oxford Art Factory celebrates its 11th birthday as one of the city’s most essential live music venues. With live performances from West ThebartonGroove City, Mickey Kojak and special guest DJs, we're cancelling all other weekend plans and donning our most comfortable dance attire. There is free entry with every RSVP, however we'd recommend to get down early so as not to miss out.

Jump in Fire
Mary’s Newtown, October 29
Walk yourself over to Mary’s on the final Monday of each month for a culinary experience you’re not likely to forget. On October 29, renowned chef Luke Burgess (ex Hobart's Garagiste, Gun for Hire, Handsome Man) will be taking over the menu for a night with his own personal remix of a classic burger or sandwich, filled with exaggerated flavours your tastebuds will more than appreciate. The venue will also play host to some of the country’s most highly ranked wine producers, importers, sommeliers and writers, pouring their favourite drops all night, soundtracked by a curated playlist from friends of Mary's and local bands. Table for two, please.