Events: Special | Modern Love | April 15 | Handpicked Cellar Door, Sydney

Events: Special | Modern Love | April 15 | Handpicked Cellar Door, Sydney


There are still a few tickets left for Chapter 2: Modern Love Song (musical variety show only). Purchase here.

Join Heide, Billie McCarthy and DJ Charlie Villas at the Handpicked Cellar Door for a panel discussion and musical variety show exploring the theme ‘Modern Love’ over a glass of vino.

Your full ticket includes entry to panel discussion, musical variety show and a glass of Regional Selections wine. 

CHAPTER 1: Modern Love Story
Panel discussion, 2pm - 3pm
Hosted by Natasha Cica, Heide Museum of Modern Art

What does love mean today, actually? In a time where hook-ups are increasingly brokered by Tinder, Grindr, Bumble and Skout – and mashed up by #metoo and more – how can we truly get up close and deeply personal? Hear the views of four modern Australians on human intimacy, the his and hers of sexuality and gender…and where we’re heading next.

CHAPTER 2: Modern Love Song
Musical variety show, 3pm - 5pm
With DJ Charlie Villas and Billie McCarthy

Love me Tinder love me true! In this world of swipe right love affairs, endless empty exchanges and confusing long-term apathy, we pose the question: Is there still room for romance in 2018? Sydney queer celebrity DJ Charlie Villas and cabaret chanteuse Billie McCarthy think the only way forward is to go back to the epic romance of the 90’s Slow Jams, back to a time when we were allowed to love…Love!

Playing renditions of all your favourite panty droppers of the last 30 years, Charlie and Billie will tell tales of finding love, and losing it, and explore the magical world of ghosting… Unlike the 90’s we support a diverse crowd where Love Wins! So come on a rollicking good ride as we get swept up in mass nostalgia and find a remedy for Modern Love. Tickets to Modern Love (musical variety show only) can be purchased here.


Our Speakers/Hosts


Natasha Cica (panel host) - CEO Heide
Natasha Cica is Director and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne.  She was the founding director of the global consultancy, and has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.


Cassie Workman (panellist) – Comedian
Australia’s most experienced newcomer to comedy, Cassie began her career as Michael.   She is known for her heartfelt and emotive storytelling, her incisive wit, and brutal deconstructions of the status quo.  Cassie’s performance platforms have included Triple J, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Sydney Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and Channel 10.


Kendrah Morgan (panellist) – Curator
Kendrah Morgan is a senior curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. Her book Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed – a double biography of Heide MOMA’s founders (co-authored with Lesley Harding) – was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Colin Roderick Award in 2015.


Zora Simic (panellist) – Historian
Zora Simic is a historian, gender studies lecturer and commentator who teaches the history of sexuality at the University of New South Wales.   She has published widely on the past and present of Australian feminism, including her 2008 book The Great Feminist Denial (co-authored with Monica Dux).


DJ Charlie Villas (Show Host) - DJ/Personality
A regular presence at Sydney’s festival events, bars and a much loved personality at queer parties, Charlie has played at many of Sydney’s best venues. Charlie was featured in We are Your Voice Mag’s “Queer and Transfeminine DJ’s you won’t want to miss”. The experience has driven her passion for digging into many styles and with a deep love of soul music, her sets are a journey through disco, funk, boogie, R&B, reggae, dancehall, global rhythms through to re-edits of classics.


Billie McCarthy (Show Host)  - Singer/Storyteller
Fat, funny and born to sing, Billie has always been too much. A smoky brew of jazz diva, soul songstress and folk balladeer, Billie is now one of Sydney’s most in demand singers. A country girl at heart, Billie has performed all over the world at events such as Groovin’ The Moo, CMJ (New York), Splendour in the Grass and Sydney Festival.


Your full ticket includes entry to panel discussion, musical variety show and a glass of wine. Purchase tickets to the musical variety show only here.


2pm - 5pm 


Handpicked Cellar Door: 50 Kensington Street Chippendale NSW 2008

How to Book

To book your spot, click BOOK THE EVENT on the right and checkout. You will receive an email confirming your order and your name will be automatically added to our guest list.

Terms and Conditions

Must be 18 years of age or over to attend.
Once a booking has been made there are no refunds/transfers available.


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15 April 2018

2pm - 5pm


Handpicked Cellar Door
50 Kensington St. Chippendale
NSW 2008
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02 9392 9190