CLUBS

TAXI CLUB

It’s karaoke from 8pm with Clinton this Friday, July 24 at the Taxi Club. On Saturday, July 25 you can catch the Diva show with Darlene from 11:30pm. Entry is free for both nights.

info: thetaxi.com.au

ALL MALE SHOW

On Friday, July 24 Arq Sydney will hold a hot all-male show in the Arena. Dancers include Wil Sabin and Daniel Garofali. DJs on the night are Sandi Hotrod and Dan Murphy. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $10.

info: arqsydney.com.au.

SLIDE PARTY

Slide will hold a Kristmas in July party on Saturday, July 25. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9pm. DJs include Troy Cox, Dan Murphy and Stryker.

info: slide.com.au

SOUND FACTORY

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 two for one cocktails until 11pm. Entry is free until 10pm with a $10 cover charge afterwards.

info: info@boutiquesydney.com.au

MIDNIGHT SHIFT

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.

info: themidnightshift.com

COMMUNITY

YOUNG VARIETY

Young Variety will hold it’s Op Shop Ball on Saturday, July 25 at the Hyde Park Residence. Doors open at 6:30pm with entertainment from Dom Knight and Nacho Pop. Tickets are $120, which includes canapes, cocktails and all beverages.

info: www.varietynsw.org.au

TAYLOR SQUARE

A new public art program in Taylor Square will celebrate the area’s artistic flair and be guided by the voting public via text message. Three artworks will be chosen and installed sequentially over an 18 month period. The artworks will celebrate Taylor Square’s diverse community and the 40th anniversary of the gay movement in Australia.

info: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

CMA MEETING

Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship group working the twelve step program of recovery.  Meeting times are every Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 8pm, Thursday at 7pm, Friday and Sunday at 8pm. The CMA meetings are held in the Mission Australia Building in Surry Hills.

info: 0439714143 or sydcma.com

TRIVIA NIGHT

The NSW Young Lawyers Employment and Industrial Relations Committee, International Law Committee and Human Rights Committee will hold a charity fundraiser for ACON. The three committees are organising a trivia night with a game show theme at the Menzies Hotel’s Sporters Bar on  August 13 at 6pm. Entry is $15.

info: Aaronallegretto@hotmail.com.

OPEN DOOR

The Open Door is a Christian based support group for the GLBT community in Penrith and the Blue Mountains that meets every Sunday at 74 Laycock St,  Cranebrook from 6pm.

info: 0411330212

DIARY

AGM

The SGLBA Annual General Meeting will be held at Polo Lounge on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30pm.

info: info@sglba.com.au

SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

The Mantra Oyster and Seafood Festival will take place on Saturday, October 17. The festival offers Sydneysiders the chance to sample the best Australian seafood on Woolloomooloo’s wharf. The event starts at 1pm.

info: mantarestaurant.com.au

JEANS FOR GENES

Jeans for Genes is a major fundraiser of the Children’s Medical Research Institute and is on Friday, August 7.  Merchandise and badges can be purchased from volunteers at Circular Quay, Martin Place and the Queen Victoria Building Forecourt.

info: jeansforgenes.org.au

CITY2SURF

Australia’s biggest run, The Sun-Herald City2Surf, is on Sunday, August 9. This 14km race starts at Hyde Park and ends in Bondi Beach. The general public are able to take part in the event or cheer on runners from the side of the road.

info: city2surf.com.au

FUNNY FEST

The first blockbuster weekend comedy festival, World’s Funniest Island, will comprised of more than 200 performances by local and international artists. The event will be held on October 17 and 18 at Cockatoo Island. One-day tickets are $119.90 and two-day tickets are $209.90.

info: worldsfunniestisland.com.

LOCAL ARCHITECTURE

The 2009 Sydney Architectural Festival is set to be held on Monday, October 5 at Customs House in Circular Quay from 10am. Highlights include tours of Sydney’s architecturally significant sites and an architectural photography workshop.

info: sydneyarchitecturalfestival.org

FREE

BURNING SEASON

The Burning Season Exhibition is a free exhibition at Customs House and is on display until Sunday, July 26. The multimedia exhibition coincides with Australian film The Burning Season, which looks at the deliberate lighting of fires across Indonesia.

info: sydneycustomshouse.com.au

ACTING WORKSHOP

A free four-hour workshop is available for people who have never participated in any kind of TAFTA course and is taking place on Saturday, August 1. The workshop will cover aspects of screen performance focusing on the Actors greatest enemy, the screen test and much more. TAFTA is located 10A Northcote Street in St Leonards.

info: meagan.hughes@westnet.com.au

NATIONAL TREE DAY

City of Sydney and Planet Ark’s National Tree Day event is held at Sydney Park on Sunday, August 2.  Planting starts at 11am and tools will be provided. Other activities include a live native animal show, meet and greet with Fifi and the Flowertots, worm farming demonstrations, environmental stalls and a free BBQ.

info: treeday.planetark.org

GREENER HOME

A free seminar on how to have a clean and greener home is taking place at the Home Ideas Centre in Alexandria on Tuesday, August 4. The event will kick off from 6pm. The seminar will be presented by Dr Angelique Edmonds of Sustainable Know How. Bookings are essential.

info: RSVP to events@homeideas.com.au or by calling 9304 4900.

STAIRWELL GALLERY

Thanks to the Dead Space Living Artists initiative an ABSOLUT Stairwell Gallery will transform Sugamill into a 24 hour art gallery. Taking place on Thursday, August 6 the night will offer our city’s underground talent a high profile platform to exhibit and sell their work. Doors open at 6pm.

info: RSVP to rsvp@sugarmill.com.au.
ROCKING IT UP

On Friday, August 7, Sydney-band Red Riders will perform at the The Wharf Sessions. This gig is apart of the regular series of free post-show gigs at Sydney Theatre Company’s harbourside home in Walsh Bay. The show starts at 10:30pm.

info: sydneytheatre.com.au

ON SCREEN

SEASON FINAL

The final of The Sculpture Diaries examines sculpture in the landscape. Art critic Waldemar Januszczak visits the giant mountain carving in South Dakota of Lakota Indian Chief Crazy Horse, started 60 years ago as an antidote to the Mount Rushmore presidential carvings.

info: The episode will appear on ABC1 on Sunday, July 26 at 8:30pm.

HELPMANN AWARDS

The Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live on Monday, July 27 from the Sydney Opera House. The ceremony will be shown on Foxtel’s Bio Channel from 8:30pm.

info: helpmannawards.com.au

NIGHT OF LAUGHS

On Thursday, August 6, Caught Short screens a collection of short films that will have you laughing all the way home with blind dates, internet trading, not so perfect uncles and little conjoined twin detectives. Great prizes provided by Metroscreen will be given away. The night will kick off at 7:30pm at Tap Gallery. Entry is $10.

info: filmcaughtshort.com

ONCE BITTEN

SBS will premiere Once Bitten on Thursday, August 6 at 8:30pm. This two part series from Screen Australia follows couples across Australia and New Zealand to uncover the myths, the truths and the real issues faced today with relationships.

info: sbs.com.au

THREE BLIND MICE

The long awaited and much anticipated feature film Three Blind Mice will have a limited release in selected cinemas around the country from Thursday, August 20. A film by Matthew Newton, the movie tells a story of three young Navy officers hit Sydney for one last night on land before being shipped over to the Gulf to fight.

info: threeblindmice.com.au

BARS AND PUBS

XMAS IN JULY

Gay4play.com.au and The Luncheon Club will hold a XMAS in July fundraiser on Saturday, July 25 at The Flinders Hotel restaurant from 7pm. Tickets are $55, which include a three course dinner with nibbles and coffee. Get in quick as there are only 30 places available.

info: Bookings on 93563622 or on flindershotel@internode.on.net.

THE ALEXANDER

Every Friday night the Alexander Hotel in Leura holds a gay and lesbian friendly night from 7pm. A bistro is also available for dinner.

info: The Alexander Hotel is located 62 Great Western Highway, Leura.

OXFORD HOTEL

Sylvana will play at the Oxford Hotel on Tuesday, July 28. The popular performer will sings an array of covers from Bette Midler to Shirley Bassey. The bistro is open until 11pm. Performance starts at 8pm.

VINTAGE NIGHTS

Zeta bar’s famous VIP Room will hold Vintage Nights on Thursday, July 30. Inspired by the Prohibition era, the night features vintage and forgotten classics cocktails. The cost of the night is $40 per-person including cocktails, canapes and special recipes to take home.

info: zetabar.com.au/vintage.

MIDWEEK FUN

Every Tuesday at the Stonewall Hotel will see popular drag queen Penny Tration host a Karaoke Night from 9:30pm. Also on every Wednesday night is Mailbox with DJs Luke Leal and Dan Murphy from 9pm.

info: stonewallhotel.com

MOVIE NIGHT

Every Monday night the Beresford Hotel will hold a special movie night. Specials include pasta with a glass of house wine or beers for $15. Free popcorn is also provided.

info: theberesford.com.au

SONG

THE SCRIPT

An extra show has been added to The Script’s Sydney tour to meet unprecedented demand. The show will take place on Wednesday, September 30 at the Enmore Theatre. Tickets to The Script’s second and final Sydney show are now on sale.

info: Bookings on 132849 or ticketek.com.au

TOURING DUO

Steven Isserlis and Denes Várjon are touring the country in a dedication to Robert Schumann. The duo will visit the City Recital Hall in Angel Place on Saturday, July 25 and Monday, August 3.

info: musicaviva.com.au

A NIGHT OF SONGS

Created by leading Australian musical theatre and comedy star Katrina Retallick and acclaimed writer James Millar, Impossible Blonde will bring to life the extraordinary lives of seven inspiring and renowned blonde icons. Retallick will star in the show at Trevor Ashley’s Showqueen on Sunday, August 2 from 7pm.

info: poloandsupper.com.au

PATTI AND MANDY

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin are bringing their once-in-a-lifetime musical event, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, to Sydney. The duo will perform at the State Theatre on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. Both shows start at 8pm. Tickets start at $99.90.

info: Bookings on 136100 or ticketmaster.com.au

EP LAUNCH

Grace Before Meals will arrive at The Vanguard on Saturday 8 August to celebrate the Sydney launch of their double EP Subtle Inflections : Inadequate Responses. The group combines their love of soft, creepy and passion for music with a maddened carnival stomps. Doors open at 8pm.

info: myspace.com/gracebeforemealsamen.

STAGE

AIDA RETURNS

Verdi’s Aida is an ancient Egyptian extravaganza and will return in a new production at the Sydney Opera House until Saturday, September 19.

info: opera-australia.org.au

SHOWTIME

Leland Kean returns to the Old Fitzroy Theatre to direct a darkly comical tale of three men, a lighthouse and a game of chance. Rock, Paper, Scissors is the first Australian play to be set in Shetland with previews starting on Thursday, July 30. Tickets start at $21.

info: rocksurfers.org or 1300438849

COMPANY B

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 will receive $10,000 for a new play.

info: To download full guidelines and the application form email

bsharp@belvoir.com.au,

THEATRESPORTS

See celebrities join with professional comics to improvise live comedy scenes while helping raise money for CanTeen. Confirmed stars include celebrity chef Tony Bilson and former boxer Jeff Fenech. It’s at the Enmore Theatre on August 15 from 8pm. Tickets from Ticketek.

info: celeb.improaustralia.com.au

CARRIAGEWORKS

Run is the newest performance installation by De Quincey Co that explores extreme energy and motion. Eight performances will be presented from Thursday, August 20 as part of Performance Space’s winter season at CarriageWorks. Tickets start at $20. Bookings through Ticketmaster.

info: performancespace.com.au

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