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What’s on in Sydney: November 17 to 22

TALK Sydney Architecture Festival wraps up with The Architectures of Affordability as Australian designer Timothy Hill and British architect Paul Karakusevic discuss the hot topic of how housing could be made more reasonably priced. 5.30pm, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, city, $50,

STAGE Comedian Maddie Houlbrook-Walk’s The Ugly Show blends theatre, sketch comedy and performance art to examine contemporary beauty standards. 6.30pm, Flight Path Theatre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, $35,


DANCE The Australian Ballet’s powerfully reimagined Sylvia (until November 23) features sword-fighting ballerinas and a gender-flipped pas de deux in its tale of three heroines of ancient Greek mythology. 7.30pm, Sydney Opera House, $45-$305,


FILM Clipped ARIA Best Video Nominees Showcase gives viewers a chance to watch the top music clips of the year on the big screen and even find out a little bit about how they were made. 8.30pm, Golden Age Cinema, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, $22.50,


STAGE In Kasama Kita (until December 7) Filipino-Australian playwright Jordan Shea uses his mother’s migration experience as the inspiration for a story of three nurses-in-training who travel from the Philippines to Balmain in 1974. 7.45pm, Belvoir, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills, $20,


MUSIC Helpmann Award-winning singer Robyn Archer performs The (Other) Great American Songbook, delving into tunes that show the darker side of the US, with tracks from Stephen Foster, Rodgers and Hart, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and even pop star Pink. 7.30pm, City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, city, $60,


STAGE For verbatim theatre piece To Be Honest (until November 23), writer and director Stefo Nantsou interviewed young people from western Sydney about homelessness and its effects. 7.45pm, Riverside Theatres, cnr Church and Market streets, Parramatta, $32,


FAMILY Christmas in the City aims to get Sydneysiders into the Yuletide spirit with the unveiling of the Martin Place Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus and live performances from kids’ favourites Jimmy Giggle and Justine Clarke. 6.30-9.30pm, George and King streets, Pitt Street Mall and Martin Place, city, free,

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