Looking for a close shave? The Naked Barber is a men’s mobile grooming service that specialises in body shaving/clippering, haircuts, cutthroat shaving and hair colouring. info: www.thenakedbarber.com.au
FRANCOIS ON SHOW
French porn icon François Sagat was busy during his recent Aussie trip, finding time to pose for respected gay artist Ross Watson, known for portraits of the likes of Ian Roberts and Paul Licuria. The resulting photographic portrait — a pensive, erotic image of a nude Sagat — can be previewed and purchased from www.rosswatson.com
Fridays have always been furry for Harbour City Bears members. In practice this is represented by a few drinks at members prices at the Oxford Hotel’s Main Bar, accompanied by the sweet sounds from DJ Rob from 9pm. Once the deck has closed at 10pm, it’s time for the Underground to open. The more playful head down to listen to DJ George Roussos (woof) among the hypnotic flashing walls and vibrating dancefloor.
March is party month at Headquarters Cruise Club, with a whole lot of hot activities happening until the end of the month. Coming up this week are naked events on March 21 and 30, a sport-themed session on March 28 and a March 23 piss party. It all happens at 273 Crown St, near Oxford St.
Gay Sydney Nudists is a social organisation for gay or bisexual male nudists. It hosts parties at members’ homes, dinners at restaurants, harbour cruises and any other legal activities the committee decides upon.
info: To join the group call 4972 5357 or email email@example.com
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.
The March 19 party marks Helllfire’s 17th birthday, making this the biggest Hellfire ever, with two Hellfire virgins in the DJ box: Hookie from Starfuckers, the new big thing at Club 77, and Seymour Butz. The fun starts at 9.30pm and runs until 5.30am.
Livin’ Joy! Black Box! Ultra Nate! Gina G! If you’re a lover of early-to-mid-’90s dancefloor pop and house, head to Arqon March 19 for Strictly ’90s. DJs Jake Kilby, Greg Boladian and Neil Hume provide the ’90s tunes, while Arq’s youngest drag queens perform the hits. From 9pm, $10 entry.
Friday nights from 10pm at the Stonewall Hotel, get ready to work up a fierce sweat. Decoda Secret is joined on stage by her sexy male dancers Wil Sabin and Daniel G for a ferociously hot show that’ll have you sizzling. info: www.stonewallhotel.com
Loose Ends at Phoenix Bar on Oxford St happens every Sunday from 10pm, with resident DJ Matt Vaughan and regular special guests playing a swag of dirty electro, house, punk and disco tunes. Free entry. info: www.exchangehotel.biz
Thursdays at the Supper Club, a collection of weird, wonderful and chic DJs come together for All Sorts, from 8pm to 1am. Regular DJs include Tobin Saunders, Ben Drayton and Seymour Butz, plus weekly special guests. Saunders’ other half, the delectable Vanessa Wagner, might even make an appearance from time to time.
Tora Hymen is back at the Midnight Shift videobar to host So You Think You Can Drag? Every Tuesday night, contestants 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.
Sunday nights will never be the same again! Get crazy at Sydney’s hottest Sunday night out, Looney Parq, at Arq. 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.
On Fridays, Stonewall Hotel gets deliciously cheeky when Verushka Darling hosts Let’s Talk About Sex. Also featuring a Wicked tribute show starring Minnie Cooper, Tora Hymen and Antony, it’s a fun-filled way to let off a bit of steam at the end of the working week. $5 cover charge after 9pm, but VIP cardholders get in free. Stonewall Hotel, 175 Oxford St, Darlinghurst.
Did you know that metals from whitegoods such as washing machines, fridges and dishwashers can be recycled for use in train tracks, cars and even planes? What’s more, the City Of Sydney offers a free weekly whitegoods collection service to its residents. If you’ve recently upgraded an appliance, don’t throw your old one on the scrap heap — recycle it.
LONG YANG CLUB
Join the Sydney Long Yang Club for gay Asians for a day of boatingout in beautiful Pittwater on Saturday, March 20. Two boats with a capacity of up to 12 people per boat have been reserved. Participants will meet for breakfast at the Barrenjoey Boathouse at 9am. The boats will set sail at 10am and be back at the boathouse before 5pm. BYO picnic lunch and drinks. To register, call John on 0408 534 125.
The Gender Centre provides services and support for the transgender community. Staff at the centre offer accommodation, counselling, case management and training for those in need, The Gender Centre is at 75 Morgan St, Petersham.
info: 9569 2366
Party Safely with the Bighead is a drug and alcohol internet resource aimed at GLBT people aged 18 to 25. The resource, which takes the form of a choose your own adventure game, aims to address binge drinking and other drug and alcohol risk behaviours. You can check it out at www.partysafely.org.au
The Sydney Gay Meditation Group is a social gathering of gay and gay-friendly people interested in spiritual development. The group is not specific to any religion or meditation technique, and novices are welcome. They meet 7pm Tuesdays at Club Swans in Kings Cross. Silent meditation is followed by discussions and herbal tea at the free meetings.
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.
VICTIMS OF ABUSE
Mike Lew, a leading world expert in the field of adult male recovery from childhood abuse, will host workshops across Australia in April. The Victims No Longer recovery workshops are designed for men who are recovering from trauma during childhood or adolescence. The sessions are open to non-offending male survivors of all forms of abuse and neglect and offer recovery in a safe environment. info: www.asca.org.au/mikelew
The sensational music based on the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, will officially open in Sydney at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, September 18. The season in Melbourne must finish on Sunday July 25 following 453 sell-out performances. There is no extension possible — now it’s Sydney’s turn to get a fresh taste of the Four Seasons! Visit www.Jerseyboysaustralia.com.au to get on the waitlist for the July 1 presale.
Jason Derulo, whose current single In My Head debuted at #1 on the charts, will perform live in Sydney for a special one-off show during his upcoming promo tour. The Watcha Say hitmaker plays at the Pumphouse, Darling Harbour, on March 27. Expect to hear his first two hits plus a taste of the songs on his debut, self-titled album.info: www.jasonderulo.com
JAM NOW SUPA
R&B/hip-hop festival Jamfest has undergone a name change: it’s now to be known as Supafest. Everything else remains the same though, including the killer line-up — Kelly Rowland, Eve, Pitbull, Akon and more (including local electro starlet Chris Sorbello). The concert happens at Acer Arena on April 15.
Pop-trash starlet Ke$ha is the girl behind one of the best pure pop songs of recent times, Tik Tok. The singer heads to Australia this week for a promo tour, and while she’s here she has a treat for Sydney fans: a free live show. Catch her — with an as-yet-unnamed special guest — at the Entertainment Quarter from 6.30pm on Tuesday, March 23.
On Friday, March 19, Sydney Theatre Company presents an intimate post-show performance by three-piece indie band Parallel Lions as part of The Wharf Sessions. The band have just completed a national tour supporting Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey and released their debut album Holding Patterns. Entry to the gig, held at The Wharf, STC, is free and available to all. 10pm start.
STRIKE A POSE
Out of the store and into the streets — that’s where the mannequins will be heading from March 19 to 28, when Double Bay hosts a unique art event. The Strike a Pose festival celebrates Double Bay’s history as Sydney’s favourite fashion precinct. Its highlight will be a special Mannequin Walk through the area, featuring 100 store mannequins decorated by local artists using mosaic, paint, jewels and ﬂowers.
In the last half decade, only one artist from Western Australia has been hung in the Archibald Exhibition. That artist, Peteris Ciemitis, is bringing a collection of his extraordinary and personal portraits to the Depot II Gallery in Waterloo this month. The exhibition, entitled Es, shows until March 26. info: www.ciemitis.com
ACON is running a group for women keen on exploring intimacy issues, starting in April. The 12-week course will provide a place where women can explore how intimacy affects their sense of self, their relationships and their community. If you feel unsatisfied with yourself, your personal relationships or your attitude towards intimacy, this may help.
The Flying Bats Women’s Football Club is holding a special Eurotrash fundraising night in collaboration with Betty’s Turn at the Clarence Hotel, Petersham, on March 26 from 9pm. The dress-up fundraiser will help the Flying Bats send a team to play football at the Gay Games in Cologne. With Eurotrash music, drink specials and a midnight performance from Deb Jackson.
Lesbian one-nighter Moist might just take the award for funniest dress-up theme this year: Mullet clothing party. That’s right, you’ve got to dress ‘business up top, party on the bottom’. Assemble your mismatched outfit and head to Arq on Friday, March 26 from 9pm. $10 on the door.
The Wentworth Falls School of Arts gets some added zest on March 27 with Zest Appeal 3, a lesbian dance in the Blue Mountains. There’ll be great dance music from across the decades and a chillout space for talking and eating. BYO supper and drinks (tea/coffee available). $10 entry, from 7.30pm.
SNATCH & GRAB
Snatch & Grab is Sydney’s coolest indie girl night, held every Thursday at Phoenix, 34 Oxford St. Join the Snatch & Grab Facebook group to keep up to date. And don’t forget to RSVP before each event for discounted entry.
Catch DJs Sveta, Miss Gee, Shalyn Gray, Beatrix and Avra Cybele at the Sly Fox every Wednesday night from 9pm. Surprise shows every week by Mitzi Macintosh and Penny Clifford.
info: 9557 1016
Following the successful — and controversial — Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion shows last year, a full series will burst on to our television screens in the near future. With preparations in full swing, a nationwide search is now on to find unique acts from across the country to perform on the iconic Red Faces segment. Sydney auditions take place on March 27 at the Mosman Returned Servicemen’s Club. Email email@example.com to register. Just one tip: leave the boot polish at home.
The ninth annual Audi Festival of German Films has a heady mix of ingredients guaranteed to tempt the most jaded cinematic appetite, with 30 new features, a ‘menu’ that includes a course devoted to culinary comedies and a ‘mixed platter’ of gala launches, special guests, discussion panels and the ever-popular Golden Gnome Audience Award. The festival runs from April 21 – May 2 at the Chauvel Cinema and the Palace, Norton St.
A celebration of surf culture’s reach beyond the waves into the world of music, art and film, The Happening brings together under one roof: musicians Matt Costa, Zee Avi, Neil Halstead and Will Conner; films from directors George Greenough, Chris and Emmett Malloy, plus the exhibited works of contemporary artists from The Surf Gallery, California. It hits the Bondi Pavillion on March 26.
PUBS AND BARS
For one night only on Sunday, March 21, Opera Bites will present a fully-costumed performance of Madama Butterfly in 45 minutes as well as your favourite opera arias and ensembles at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe — and throw in dinner and a drink. This Opera in the Pub performance presents a usually upper-call art in the relaxed, accessible environment of a pub. Bookings are essential. Call 9660 4745.
COME OUT CRONULLA
It’s time to come out in the heart of the Shire on March 21 at the North Cronulla Hotel. Come Out Cronulla is a mixer for gay and lesbian people in the area, held at the cultural and social hub of the Sutherland Shire. The festivities kick off at noon in the Hotel’s Mango Jam Bar, and run until 4pm. For more info, call Alex on 0439 730 414.
Sydney Harbour’s gorgeous Bungalow8 will throw the Endless Summer… Search for the Perfect Party on Sunday, March 21. Kicking off at 2pm, this public event will treat guests to a killer DJ line-up along with endless summer activities such as the Big Kahuna wave-riding machine and pop-up spa area with its own beach and palm trees. There’s a special $5 sausage sizzle, cheap vodka Red Bulls and music from guest DJs including The Gameboys, Joyride and Alison Wonderland.
FRUITS IN SUITS
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association’s latest Fruits In Suits event is happening this Thursday, March 18. Held at Slide, 41 Oxford St from 6pm, the event is a great chance to mingle and network with other business-minded queers in a relaxed, bar-style atmosphere. SGLBA members get free entry, others $10. Canapes and a free drink on arrival for members.
Fridays just got a whole lot more fun with Cargo Bar’s new weekly event, Good Fridays. Each week, a sexy line-up of resident DJs including Rogers Room, Murray Lake, Miss T and Ember keep the tunes going all night long. There’s also an exotic cocktail list and a variety of tasty bar snack treats on the menu. info: www.cargobar.com.au
Two of the bright young things of the Australian independent music scene, Parades and the Seabellies, are preparing to stake their claim on 2010 by announcing a co-headline tour. To coincide with new music by each band, The Young Cubs and Past Lives Tour will introduce music from their debut album releases to Sydney audiences when they hit the Oxford Art Factory on Thursday, March 18. Tickets through Moshtix.
Maria Venuti is a vivacious personality, with a great natural warmth and exuberance. Combined with a dynamic singing voice, these traits have made her career as a performer, actor and entertainer highly successful. Venuti has played in every major cabaret venue around Australia, New Zealand, the Far East and Japan as well as entertaining our ‘boys’ in the Sinai Desert. Get up close and personal with the woman herself when she performs at Kit & Kaboodle, Kings Cross, on March 21. Tickets through Moshtix.
A Little Lunch Music is a series of spectacular one-hour concerts running each month at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, until November. This month’s instalment, held on March 18, features music from the Sydney Omega Ensemble and Australian composer Matthew Hindson. Tickets are only $10.
Sydney’s favourite queer vocal ensemble Door in the Wall will keep the Mardi Gras festival atmosphere going with it new show Addictive, playing on March 19 and 20 at the Paddington Uniting Church. Songs made famous by the likes of Whitney Houston, the Andrews Sisters, George Michael, Rufus Wainwright and Joni Mitchell will be mixed with less well-known songs from traditional folk, gospel, jazz to rock and pop music.