GAYS FOR GOD
In Big Gay Musical, Paul and Eddie have just begun previews for the new off-Broadway musical Adam and Steve: Just the Way God Made ’Em. Paul is looking for the perfect man and Eddie is dealing with how his sexuality and faith can mix. Add to the mix scantily-clad tap dancing angels, a conversion camp to turn gay kids straight and big brassy show tunes. The film screens February 15, 9.30pm at the Palace Academy Twin and March 5, 9.30pm at Riverside Parramatta.
ARE YOU A BUTT BOY?
After playing to sell-out crowds at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger is about to hit Mardi Gras in all its wicked glory for a strictly limited season, before heading back to England for a UK tour. The tasteless little treat, full of filthy fun and homo humour, is playing at the Darlinghurst Theatre from February 17 to March 6.
Bears ON SUNDAY
From 4pm-9pm each Sunday at the Lord Roberts Hotel, the Harbour City Bears present Bears On Sunday. It’s a relaxed vibe with furry fun and chilled music, plus a weekly HCB prize draw. Free bar snacks and free entry. info: www.hcbears.com
The Sydney Convicts will host another of their hugely successful Rugger Bugger shows, RB10 – X-Rated, at the Midnight Shift on Saturday, February 20. Expect to see lots of flesh from the boys, considering the X-rated theme. The fleshy fun starts at 8pm at the Shift’s Saddle Bar. All door takings go to the team’s campaign to get to the Bingham Cup in June this year.
Feel like dancing? Head to the Colombian Hotel on Mondays for same-sex salsa. Bring a partner or come by yourself and you’ll get paired up. Beginners dance at 8pm, intermediate at 7.15pm and at 9pm the venue takes on a club atmosphere where you can show off all your newly-acquired skills. It’s $15 per person or $25 for a couple.
Bears ON SUNDAY
From 4pm-9pm each Sunday at the Lord Roberts Hotel, the Harbour City Bears present Bears On Sunday. It’s a relaxed vibe with furry fun and chilled music, plus a weekly HCB prize draw. Free bar snacks and free entry.
Dirty, known to many underground clubbing fans as a monthly refuge of all things sexy and raw, has been keeping queer Sydney well versed with the very best underground beats and hip-grinding pulsating rhythms. The monthly gig has seen some serious talent on the decks over the past three years as well as an eclectic crowd of regular dirty-people. It’s on again at Phoenix, Oxford St, on Saturday, February 13, with DJs Mandy Rollins and Feisty. 11pm-late.
This Valentine’s Day, Fierce Angel combines with Bitch Entertainment to present February’s sexiest party, Fierce Angel IV: Loved-Up. Soak up the summer afternoon sun along with 800 others on board the Bella Vista, cruising Sydney’s famous harbour for the Loved-Up boat cruise. Music from DJ Eric Kupper, Kyla Sexton, vocal sensation Peyton and more. The cruise runs from noon-4pm, then the party continues at Cruise Bar. Tickets via SameSame and Moshtix.
Tora Hymen is back at the Midnight Shift videobar to host So You Think You Can Drag? Starting on Tuesday, February 16, the night will be judged by local celebrities with a weekly cash prize of $100 and a grand prize of $1000 plus a pampering package from Star Shots photographic studio. To enter, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Zara on 0433 248 684.
Can you handle the campest music in town? We’re talking camp classics and current queeny dancefloor smashes that’ll have you shaking your tailfeather in no time. From 9pm on Friday February 12, Arq presents Camp Attack, with DJs Kitty Glitter and Dan Murphy spinning the camp hits that good taste forgot. $10 entry.
The Colombian Hotel still boasts Sydney’s finest local and international DJ line-up all night long. On Fridays, the entertainment alternates between DJs Chip, Gavyn Vincze and David Smith. Saturdays it’s either Jack McCord or Beth Yen behind the decks. On Sundays, you can catch Sandi Hotrod, Jimmy Dee or Scott Tanner. It all happens at 17 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.
Sunday nights will never be the same again! Get your name marked off the roll and party with your fellow classmates at Sydney’s hottest Sunday night out, Sunday School, at Arq. Fun on the night includes Looney Parq, the new drag spectacular starring Mitzi Macintosh, Antony Ginandjar, Ashley Evans and Kitty Glitter, plus spectacular shows in the Arena between 1am and 2am. Doors open 9pm, entry $5.
The Metropolitan Community Church Sydney prides itself on being an inclusive church: proud, courageous and loving. Weekly services are held every Sunday at 10am (traditional) and 6.30pm (Crave contemporary), although you’re welcome to drop by for a cup of coffee or a chat any time — just ring ahead on 9569 5122. The church is at 96 Crystal St, Petersham.
On February 13 from 8pm to 2am, join politically-minded queers at the Red Rattler for ‘Saluting the National Erection’ — partying for queer resistance to Israeli occupation. DJs Samia, Blanka and Kes will provide the tunes, while Regrette Etcetera and the Samba Bandits will entertain the punters. It’s $10/$5 entry.
BEERS FOR BOOKS
Beers for Books is a thirst-quenching charity concept dedicated to educating children in some of the world’s poorest countries. At the February 17 launch, from 6pm-9pm, $1 from every drink sold at The Local Taphouse on Flinders St, Darlinghurst will go to the charity Room To Read. Special guest for the evening is John Wood, founder of Room to Read. In the last year, Beers for Books events across the world have led to the creation and distribution of more than 34,000 new children’s books.
FRINGE NOW OPEN
Applications are now open for artists who want to take part in the new Sydney Fringe this September in the inner west. Artists should visit www.thesydneyfringe.com.au to submit their project. Disciplines include theatre, comedy, dance, musical theatre and cabaret, physical and visual theatre, music, visual and digital arts, literary, film, craft, food, family and special events. Submissions close April 1.
Valentine’s is the theme of this year’s Trivia Night Fun-d-Raiser for Stanford House and Acceptance Sydney on February 13. Gather a friend or two, bring your food, refreshments and frock up for what has become a fabulous night of fun and frivolity! Hostesses will entertain and titillate as the quizmaster tries to outwit and challenge your mind. Book early as the event usually sells out. Cost $20/$15. Table maximum of 10.
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TASTE OF SYDNEY
The countdown is on to Sydney’s favourite social foodie event of the year, Taste of Sydney. An expected 22,000 Sydneysiders will descend on Centennial Park from March 11-14 as 16 of Sydney’s top restaurants set up temporary industrial kitchens in the Brazilian Fields. Revellers can create their own degustation delights such as an entrée of blue swimmer crab meat sandwich and coriander mayonnaise from Guillaume, risotto with Crystal Bay prawns and zucchini from Pilu and a warm chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream from Restaurant Balzac. YUM.
WILDLIFE BY TWILIGHT
The Australian Museum celebrates the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 exhibition with late night openings until April. The next is on Thursday March 25, when the exhibition will stay open till 8pm, with a special night talk at 7pm. Nevill Drury will tell tales about local legend Rosaleen Norton, in ‘The Witch of Kings Cross’. Norton achieved notoriety in 1950s Australia as a controversial pagan worshipper and artist who performed mysterious occult rituals in her secret Kings Cross coven and paid homage to the ancient Greek god Pan.
The new look Australian Fitness and Health Expo will descend on Darling Harbour for three days from April 30 to May 2. The expo, at the Sydney Convention Centre, will see around 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest in fitness and training equipment, nutrition and supplements, apparel, music and training aids, business solutions and more — an ideal day out for serious fitness buffs.
GIRLS JUDI CONNELLI
Musical theatre legend — and lesbian icon — Judi Connelli returns to the Sydney cabaret stage for the first time in four years this Mardi Gras. With Judi playing four dates only. Connelli’s most recent cabaret performance in Sydney was in Matters of the Heart at Bar Me in 2006. She plays at The Civic Hotel, 388 Pitt St, on February 25 & 26 and March 5 & 6. info: www.ticketek.com.au
The Margaritas are a talented trio of sassy and sexy senoritas with a reputation for reworking — or ‘bitch-slapping’ — classic songs and old-time faves. Their no-holds-barred performances combine cabaret, burlesque and incredible vocals. The group debut their show On The Rocks on February 25 at the Seymour Centre. The show runs until March 6, so get in quick to hear their parodic tributes to songs from decades gone by.
FISTFUL OF DIVAS
Blues singer Linda Hansen is a respected name in Australian music, having won the Australian Blues Music Award for Best New Female in 1995. Now she presents her very own ‘diva-mentary’, A Fistful of Divas. Hansen will perform classics by the likes of Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield and Shirley Bassey in this one-off show at the Supper Club on February 21. Admission is free.
Following the success of her latest album Pour Me Out, Kristy Apps is launching her single of the same name with live concerts around the country. Apps brings her energetic and infectious live show to Outskirts @ The Roxbury on Saturday, February 20, with Girl Most Likely, Joanna Leigh and Emma Wall also performing. Doors open at 7pm. $10 entry.
DYKES ON BIKES
On Saturday, February 13, Dykes on Bikes present the 2010 Bike and Tattoo Show at the Oxford Hotel. With bike events from 2pm and tattoo events from 6pm, it’s a jam-packed day — and night — of entertainment. Be sure to check out the Dykes on Bikes history exhibition upstairs. The fun kicks off at 1pm and goes until late.
BERT GETS LEWD
Bet you never thought you’d see the words Bert Newton and Adults Only in the same sentence. Strap yourself in, because the February 11 episode of countdown show 20 To 1 is a ‘Sex on Screen’ special, counting down the 20 sexiest moments in cinema. Expect more saucy puns than you can poke a stick at from Bert. Screens at 8.30pm on Channel 9. MARDI GRAS FILMS
The Mardi Gras Film Festival kicks off on February 12 and runs until March 6. During those three weeks there’s something for all tastes — from lesbian love stories to queer comedies. Check out the program at www.queerscreen.com.au
Join Pandora Box and the girls as they present some very Aussie, very queer short films and documentaries on Foxtel Aurora on Sundays from 8pm, Tuesdays from 5.30pm and Thursdays 9.30pm with QueerTV. Pandora Box and Matt Taylor deliver all that’s oh so homo in Sydney and around the nation. Aired through Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe, QueerTV is also beamed through a multitude of rainbow avenues on the inernet.
The cult classics just keep coming at the Moonlight Cinema, for those who want to watch their flicks under the stars in Centennial Park. On February 11, catch Ben Stiller’s hilarious male model comedy Zoolander, while on February 16, you can catch geeky comedy Napoleon Dynamite. info: www.moonlight.com.au
Have you been watching So You Think You Can Dance? Season 2 kicked off last week with a whole new line-up of hot, talented Aussie dancers, all ready to get put through the emotional wringer and jump through hoops (literally) for their moment in the sun. We’re still just trying to figure out which of the judges we loathe the most. The show screens 7.30pm Sunday nights on Channel 10.
PUBS AND BARS
JUPITER’S GOES GAY
On the second Friday of every month, Jupiter’s Nightclub in Richmond goes gay. The next event is Friday, February 12, from 9pm. Shows from Miss Willie and her special guests at 10pm and midnight, and music from DJs Shane and Emma all night. Entry is $7 before 11pm and $10 after 11pm. Happy hour is from 9pm-11pm.
Ache 4 House are hosting a charity event on Friday, February 12 at Mars Lounge on Wentworth Ave, with all profits donated to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. Blow My Horn — Haiti Appeal will be held from 8pm-3am, with cocktails, a silent auction, house DJs playing funky soulful disco, and dance battles from street dancers Triple Rebels and Rodrigo Salcedo. $20 on the door.
DANCE IN HEAVEN
On Saturday, February 13 at the Northmead Bowling Club in Northmead, Beverly Buttercup and her Westy Divas host the Heaven Social Dance. From 8.30pm-1.30am, with shows at 10.30pm and midnight, the night is a great relaxed evening of drag entertainment and music from DJ Danz. Check out special guest dance divas Gracie Lou, Lola del Arte, Sue Pernatural and Laydee Kinmee. Entry is $7 before 10pm or $10 after.
PARTY WITH BOB
The hottest ticket in town at the 2009 Mardi Gras Festival was Bob Downe’s Retro Gras at the Supper Club — a mad mix of dancing, cabaret, drag, music and comedy hosted by Australia’s Prince of Polyester. The night is back this Mardi Gras, kicking off on February 19, hosted by the fabulous Bob along with San Francisco performance art legends Mister Tina and Mrs Vera. From 8pm, $15 on the door.
Bingay is a weekly ACON fundraising event hosted by the multi DIVA award-winning drag queen, Mitzi Macintosh. Mitzi’s barrel girl is the all-singing out there dyke Naomi Palmer who recently received her first DIVA award. Bingay has been running every Tuesday night from 1999. During that time, it has raised over $750,000. You can join in the fun every Tuesday night at the Sly Fox Hotel opposite the Enmore Theatre from 7.30pm (show starts 8.30pm). Bookings are advised on 9206 2110 (24 hrs) or 0413 510 172.
The Jenolan Caves will this weekend be transformed into the Opera House of the Blue Mountains as part of a bold new concept in operatic performance spearheaded by the Underground Opera Company. Resonating through the magnificent Grand Arch and Temple of Baal, some of Australia’s finest voices will perform pieces from popular operas with a pinch from classic musicals. On February 13, opera lovers can attend The Grand Arch Valentine’s Concert, while on February 14, they can enjoy the Temple of Baal Experience. Accommodation and show packages are available. Tickets through Ticketmaster.
CAROLE and JAMES
Having sold out their first Sydney concert, iconic recording artists — and former lovers — Carole King and James Taylor will perform a second Sydney show when they begin their world tour in Australia this March. The Troubadour Reunion tour arrives in Sydney a day earlier, with Carole and James performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday, April 5. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
SALT GETS SPICY
Pioneering rap divas Salt-N-Pepa are hot. So hot, in fact, that organisers of this weekend’s Good Vibrations festival have bowed to the buzz and moved the ladies to the main stage — now there’s plenty of room for everyone to push it real good. The festival, on Saturday, February 13, is sold out, but ticketholders should doublecheck set times as a few acts have been shuffled.
Magichour, the self-titled debut from acclaimed songwriting duo Sydney-based Ian Housten Shadwell and Gemma Deacon, is an intricate tapestry of sounds wrapped into dreamy pop songs. Gemma and Ian are best known as the songwriting team behind iconic Sydney acoustic pop classicists, Cactus Child. Catch them in their new incarnation launching the album with a special Valentine’s Day gig from 7pm on February 14 at Clovelly Bowling Club. $10 on the door.
Company B Belvoir kicks off its 2010 season with That Face, the acclaimed first play by British playwright Polly Stenham. Henry’s dropped out of school, sister Mia’s been expelled, Mum’s an alcoholic, pill-popping mess and Dad’s escaped the madness to live in Hong Kong with his new wife. From there it progresses to a confronting showdown, landing somewhere between destruction and regeneration. At the Belvoir St Theatre until March 14.
Fresh from their sell-out season of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at the Wharf last year, Cry Havoc return to the Sydney stage this month with their production of Charles Mee’s Orestes 2.0. Based on Euripides’ post-war tragedy, set in today’s world, Orestes 2.0 is a thrilling channel surf between ancient Greek text and American pop culture, combining in a big bang of contemporary relevance. At the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross from February 17 to March 13.
Spring Awakening, the hit musical merging Frank Wedekind’s controversial, classic play with an indie-rock score by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, has its Australian premiere this month as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s 2010 Main Stage season. The play won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and has subsequently become a music theatre phenomenon worldwide. Directed by Geordie Brookman with choreography by Kate Champion, the STC’s production offers a fresh, new aesthetic. At Sydney Theatre until February 28.
Join self-professed ex-child star, peace activist and saviour Glace Chase as he expounds some profound insights about life in his hilarious new one-boy show, Last Night’s Beauty Queen. From a star-studded debut at the age of seven, Chase has consistently charmed, coddled and scolded the public into making a difference. Chase’s show is playing Sydney venues from February 11, with stints at the Darlinghurst Theatre from February 11 to March 6, Mardi Gras Festival Bar on February 23 and Riverside Theatres on March 16 and 17.