ONLY AT ARQ
Drag For Dollars will return to ARQ Sydney on Thursday, 16 July with Mitzi Macintosh. The competition starts at 11pm where rising drag talent battle it out for a cash prize of $100. DJs include Alex Taylor, Jake Kilby and Kitty Glitter. On Friday, July 17 Melissa Tkautz will perform in the Arena for a Retro Sexual night. DJs include Jake Kilby and Justin Scott. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $10.
Every Thursday night, Pure Night Club in Wollongong will run a GLBT night called Taboo. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $10. info: email@example.com.
Disgraceland is a weekly GLBT night at Nevermind Nightclub on Oxford St. Performances by Courtney Act, doors open at 9pm.
info: Search for Disgraceland on Facebook.
Attention Deficit Disco or A.D.D is hosting the party of the season with HORSE MEAT DISCO on Friday, July 17 at the Supper Club from 9pm with DJs Doug James and GI Jode plus many more.
Krave is on this Saturday, July 18 at the Grand Hotel in Wyong. Doors open at 10pm with a $10 cover charge. The night will feature top DJs.
Bitch will celebrate its 4th Birthday on Friday, July 24 at the Oxford Art Factory with DJs Sista P, GI Jode, Renae Stanton and Beatrix, Doors open at 9pm and entry is $10 before 10pm and $15 after.
The MO, strictly a men’s only party, will be held at Manacle on Friday, July 24. Doors open at 8pm and cover charge is $10. DJs include Chip and Ben Drayton.
Every Sunday night Boutique Sydney will host Sound Factory with DJs Murray Hood, James Tobin, Troy Cox and Brett Austin. Doors open from 8pm with 2 for 1 cocktails until 11pm. Entry is free until 10pm with a $10 cover charge afterwards. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disco Heaven is the popular Saturday drag show at the Midnight Shift club starring Minnie Cooper, Decoda Secret and Charisma Belle. Club doors open from 11pm. Entry is $10, $5 before midnight. DJs include Kitty Glitter and Greg Boladian.
The Newcoast Metropolitan Community Church is meeting this Sunday, 19 July at the Senior’s Hall, Wesley Uniting Church, Beaumont St, Hamilton, 10am. info: newcoastmcc.org.au.
Come Out is about to embark on a new project focuses on how to plan to write, produce and perform an original script. The group will meet every Monday from July 20 at the Belmore Community Centre from 6pm.
info: 0439 730 414.
The IKEA Home Project has artists and fashion luminaries like Del Kathryn Barton and Akira Isogawa creating a Klippan sofa cover. The sofas will be exhibited at CarriageWorks from July 29 and sold via an online auction at graysonline.com. Proceeds to the Victorian Bushfire appeal.
Neon is a support and social group for transgender people on the Central Coast and will meet on Wednesday, July 29 from 7pm.
info: 4927 6808.
Pillow Talk is a new group for young guys and girls to talk about communicating with your partner about what you both want and making relationships and hook-ups safe and fun. This sex and ethics group is for young people between the ages of 16 and 26.
info: 9206 2000 or email
Company B is inviting young playwrights based in NSW, who have had a work produced in the last year, to enter the 2009 Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award. The winner receives a rare opportunity -“ a $10,000 new play commission, with the support of Company B throughout the development process. To be eligible, writers must be under 35 years of age and have had a play produced within in the past year in Australia or internationally. To download full guidelines and the application form email email@example.com,
PLWHA BLUE MOUNTAINS
PLWHA Blue Mountains have weekly luncheons, every Wednesday at 10 Station Street, Katoomba from 12:30pm. You will find them next door to the Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre, just down a few doors from their old premises. Please phone Warwick the day before on 4782 2119 or 0449 026 878 so he can make catering arrangements.
The Open Door is a Christian based support group for the GLBT community in Penrith and the Blue mountains. The group follows a simple format of coffee, discussion, reflection and prayer time. The meeting takes place every Sunday at 74 Laycock St in Cranebrook from 6pm. For more details contact Pastor Sue Palmer on 0411 330 212 or log onto www.theopendoor.org.au.
To mark International Sisters’ Day, Nivea and SISTER2sister are putting free photobooths at Westfield Bondi Junction to celebrate on Saturday 1 August. Images from the day will be uploaded to the SISTER2sister gallery on the NIVEA website. The image that best celebrates sisterhood will win a pampering weekend at the Elysia Villa in the Hunter Valley.
The National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage is on Saturday August 1 at Town Hall from noon. March to Darling Harbour for an illegal mass wedding outside the Labor Party National Conference.
Dolphins Parramatta will hold its next dance party on Saturday August 1 at Parramatta Golf Club, entry is $8. Doors open at 8pm.
CaBEARet with Justin J Bear (pictured) is back at the Clarence Hotel on Sunday August 2. Show starts at 6pm and entry is free. Dinner is available from the bistro.
Three Sisters Social Group, a GLBT group based in the Blue Mountains, will hold it’s next dinner on Tuesday 11 August. The group will hold its annual general meeting on Friday 14 August.
info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 47573 9949.
Cranked by Canada’s Green Thumb Theatre is a candid and compelling look at lost dreams and unrealized ambitions, showing as part of Sydney Opera House’s youth and education program. This powerful play examines the rising epidemic of crystal meth use by young people with an intense mix of lyrical spoken word and music. Cranked runs from Tuesday 19 to Saturday August 22. Tickets start at $17.
info: 9250 7777 or
Twelve emerging ceramic artists from six different countries are brought together for New Friends, Art and Adventure – a ceramic art exhibition at the Japan Foundation Gallery from Thursday, July 16.
The Thomas Dux Food Festival is on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July at the Thomas Dux Grocer in Surry Hills from 10am each day. The store is located at Shop 1, 285a Crown St.
Bondi Beach Fashion Fest is celebrating its official launch in a pledge to become an Eastern Suburbs icon fashion festival for Sydneysiders and fashionistas. Taking place this Saturday, July 18, witness the transformation of Gould St into a -˜Fast and Fierce’ Grand Prix Race track. The festival starts at 11am.
The MATERIALBYPRODUCT: The Curtain Gown gets Bones exhibition, is at the Object Gallery in Surry Hills until Sunday, August 30. info: 93614511.
Emerging artists will re-write Aesop’s fables, examine the performance of teaching and launch a new publication this month at Firstdraft Gallery in Surry Hills. It’s been described as part magazine, part documentary and part novel. The exhibition opens this Wednesday, 22 July from 6pm.
Red Bull Street Style will see the finest and freshest footballers go head-to-head in a search for Australia’s best freestyle footballer. The national final will kick off at noon this Saturday, July 18 in the main pool of the Bondi Icebergs Club.
THE CITY LIFE
Yianni’s City Life TV show is looking for new and interesting guests. The show will be filmed in August at the Polo lounge every Monday night. If you’re an entertainer, artist, community group, or just really funny email email@example.com or call 0419 983 341.
A treat for lovers of Surrealism this week on Sunday Arts as the National Gallery of Victoria hosts the first full retrospective of Salvador Dali’s work ever staged in Australia. The exhibition attests to his legendary status as a self-promoter par excellence. Art historian, Chris McAuliffe examines Dali’s enduring legacy to contemporary art and culture. Sunday Arts play on ABC1 Sunday July 19, 5pm.
On Tuesday July 21, SBS will screen Liberal Rule, the politics that changed Australia. The program offers the first detailed retrospective of Howard and his political journey and starts at 8:30pm.
The final film-line up for the 2009 Russian Resurrection Film Festival has been announced. Launching Friday 21 August at the Chauvel Cinema, audiences will see 19 films played, including 10 recent award-winning and box office breaking releases that range from historical epics to moving dramas.
BE A PRESENTER
Channel [V], in collaboration with Homebake, has launched a nationwide search for a new presenter. Visit channelv.com.au to register your interest.
After much media hype, low-budget Australian budget film Cedar Boys will launch nationwide on Thursday July 30. Set in the western suburbs of Sydney, the movie stars Hollywood actress Rachel Taylor. A few of the movie’s featured songs, I Don’t Give A Damm and Such a Fool, are by Australian pop singer and DJ Ray Isaac.
PUBS AND BARS
The Stonewall Hotel will celebrate International Drag Day with a cocktail party on Thursday July 16. The cocktail bar opens at 8:30pm. Dress in drag and receive complimentary drinks between 9-10pm. Special shows all night.
The Beck’s Thursday night social club is a weekly event at the Paddington Inn.Â With top Sydney DJs, the night also features $5 Becks beer, wine and spirits.
The Golden Sheaf is re-opening with a bang. The four day launch is a jam packed music festival featuring established and ground-breaking Australian acts. Wednesday July 15 will see Ruby Rose kick off the official opening party with festivities continuing until Sunday July 19.
Bollywood Nights dancers will perform at Posh Spice in Newtown every Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm.
info: 95576399 or poshspice.com.au.
Ever had the urge to put a harmonica to your lips and start playing the blues? Harmonica player Tony Maguire can get you started at a special beginners blues harp workshop on Sunday July 19 at the Harp Irish Pub in Tempe from 11:30pm. info: 0402 388 742 or email
Portia Turbo’s (pictured, left) trivia nightsÂ are on Wednesdays from 7pm at The Penrith Hotel and Thursdays at The King’s Park Tavern from 7pm.
Each Wednesday at the Ivy Bar from 6pm, live performances at 7pm.info: merivale.com.
Sydney band, Tokenview have recently landed iTunes Single Of The Week and will lend a hand to support the charity Project Futures at its launch party on Friday 24 July. 100 percent of profits will go directly to the Somaly Mam Foundation to help combat child sex trafficking in Cambodia.
Tickets for the third and final Sydney show of Beyonce’s (pictured)Â tour will go on sale this Monday July 20. Jessica Mauboy will support the national tour. The final show has been scheduled for Sunday September 20 at ACER Arena.
Lisa Mitchell will headline an Australian tour with guests Oh Mercy and Whitebirds and Lemons to mark the release of her debut album Wonder, released July Friday 31 through Warner Music. Mitchell will play at the Metro Theatre on Friday September 25.
The Ten Sopranos with Penny Pavlakis is currently on a national tour, The group will perform at the Riverside Theatre on Wednesday August 12. For more details call 88393399.
The second tour of The Jack Daniels set in 2009 will see Faker perform at The Metro on Friday 7 August. As a bonus for Sydneysiders, there will be a limited number of guaranteed entry tickets available for The Metro show. There is no door charge.
The Black Eyed Peas will tour in support of the most successful album of their career, The E.N.D. Tickets are now on sale for their Sydney show at Acer Arena on Friday October 2.
The Supper Club continues to showcase the best cabaret performers every Sunday with Trevor Ashley’s Showqueen. Entertainers Rupert Noffs, Lincoln Hall and Ben Giraud will perform this Sunday July 19 and Jenny Vuletic with Elenoa Rokobaro and Sophia Ragelevas on Sunday July 26. info: poloandsupper.com.au.
Thanks to the MODART 2009 project, young composers are able to collaborate with professional musicians outside the walls of their classroom or conservatorium. The project will showcase its latest collaboration with the Song Company on Saturday July 19 at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre in Leichhardt. Doors open at 4pm.
info: 8272 9500.
Part dark comedy and part suspense thriller, Dealing with Clair is a thought-provoking satire on the property obsessed suburbs and the lengths we will go to achieve financial success. Premiering at the SBW Stables Theatre on Friday 24 July.
Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q is coming to town and its opening night will be a community fundraiser for ACON. The premiere is at the Theatre Royal on Saturday August 8 at 8pm. info: acon.org.au.
Gareth Hale and Norman Pace return to stages around Australia with a stop over at the Revesby Workers Club on Saturday August 29 at 8:30pm.
info: 9772 2100 or