BACK TO BLACK
After a sell-out event last year, the Manhunt Black Party is back for more at Arq on June 18. Dress to impress in your favourite black outfit even if that means black speedos, underwear or leather. Anything goes, as long as it’s black (and sexy helps). Not to mention sexy cage dancers direct from LA. Tickets are $25/30 — and will sell out. Men only.
The Gay and Married men’s Association (GAMMA) is holding its next meeting on Wednesday June 16. The discussion topic is ‘Looking after your sexual health’, with advisers from ACON to field questions and provide information. ACON building, 9 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills, 8pm. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 804 607.
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 Kitty Glitter, Charisma Belle, dancers Antony and Josh, plus spectacular shows in the Arena between 1am and 2am. Doors open 9pm, entry $5.
Wrong Prom: Blues Brothers is coming to CarriageWorks on 23 June, this time with DJ Matt Vaughan of Phoenix’s Loose Ends night on the decks. This mass dance class inspired by the classic tunes from The Blues Brothers (and Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin) is a perfect chance to get the boys suited up and out there dancing. Warm up and shake your tailfeather with friends. info: www.carriageworks.com.au
Potts Point Poofs is a new social group for — you guessed it — poofs in Potts Point. The group is open to anyone in the area, and is about encouraging queers to meet up and make friends in their local suburb. To find out about upcoming events, join the fledgling group’s Facebook page, or email email@example.com
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
After a long illness that kept him from performing for more than 10 years, openly gay countertenor Francisco Romero will perform a ‘welcome back’ concert at the Crows Nest Uniting Church on Sunday, June 27 at 2pm. Winner of the 1997 Vienna International Music Competition, Romero’s concert will include baroque opera arias and romantic and contemporary songs in English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Although Ben Hur will not debut at ANZ Stadium until October 22 and 23, the mammoth task of moving the production from its home at the Stade de France in Paris to Sydney is already in full swing. With a performance space the size of two football fields, it’s an epic production the likes of which this country has never seen. info: www.benhur.com.au
FIT FOR FREE
Use the facilities at Lifestyle Fitness gym for free on Saturday, June 26. Featured on the day will be free personal training, massages, zumba class, nutritional seminars, child minding and more. The gym is at 672 King St, Erskineville.
Betty Airs settle into the Oxford Art Factory Gallery for a brief residency in June, with a rotating roster of special guests, including Made In Japan, Halal How Are You? and The Jewel and the Falcon. The band formed when three guys met each other at a local watering hole and bonded over a love of early 1950’s rock and roll music, The Ronetttes and grunge. They play free gigs on June 19 and 26.
Female duo Bluehouse are bringing their legendary live show to Newtown on June 17. Touring most recently with guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel and playing to sold out audiences, Jacqui Walter and Bernadette Carroll will be joined on stage by ‘rock pig’ Julia Day. Put simply, these women are compelling singer songwriters with powerhouse vocals and the stage presence to match. Catch them at Notes Live from 7pm. info: noteslive.net.au
Hans Sparrow is giving the public what it wants with another drag outing, Kings Kings Kings. On June 26, seven wicked Kings will be taking over the Oxford Hotel’s Supper Club and Polo Lounge for a night of delicious drag. DJ’s beLLa and Fu-Chi will be providing the dancefloor sparkle ‘cos this is most definitely a club night as well as a hot theatrical experience. Rex Everything, Sister Muscle Mary, Solid Gold, Alex, Tyler, & Leo De’Lush will be strutting their stuff on stage.
The Crime & Investigation Network will launch its channel’s biggest local production for 2010 with the Australian premiere of Tough Nuts: Australia’s Hardest Criminals on June 24 at 7.30pm, presented by bestselling crime author Tara Moss.
KIRBY FOR COMPASS
Filmed before, during and after his final days on the High Court of Australia, the Compass documentary about former Justice of the High Court Michael Kirby explores the personal, moral and spiritual convictions of one of Australia’s most compassionate thinkers and incisive legal minds. It screens at 10:20pm on Sunday June 27 on ABC1.
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs invites commuters to abandon the clogged roads and crowded trains of peak hour in June to experience one of history’s most mysterious and sublime works of art, the Mozart Requiem. The choirs will perform the requiem in a special series of concerts at City Recital Hall, Angel Place, June 17-19. Tickets: $45-$80. info: www.cityrecitalhall.com
FLORENCE FLIES IN
With three sold out shows at the Enmore Theatre, it’s clear Sydney audiences are in love with the lush, anthemic sounds of Florence and the Machine. To meet the huge demand, a fourth and final show has been announced for Hordern Pavillion on Sunday August 8. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek, so be quick.
Following a three state tour, the passionate, masculine and highly physical adaptation of R&J comes to Sydney’s Seymour Centre from June 29 until July 3, 2010. Staged in the background of a repressive Catholic boys’ boarding school where the play has been banned, four students sneak out at night to secretly explore the roles for their own enjoyment.
PUSHING FOR POWER
Everyone wants power, success, sex and if time permits, love. Welcome to the world of Push Up, where a momentary lapse can cost everything. Set within the headquarters of an expanding corporation, the play by contemporary German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig explores sexual and political maneuverings in a contest of the survival of the fittest: competition is fierce and timing is everything. It plays at the Newtown Theatre from June 16 to July 10. info: www.newtowntheatre.com.au