On Thursday, September 3, Oxford Art Factory will play host to the city’s most anticipated DJ play-off, In an ABSOLUT World DJs Rock. Sydney’s most celebrated DJs and a host of surprise personalities will come together in a creative showcase. Kicking off at 7pm, a special selection of ABSOLUT cocktails will be on hand.
info: Join In an ABSOLUT World DJs Rock’s Facebook group and RSVP to get your name on the list.
Gay Bash is on this Friday, September 4, at The Cross Nightclub, Kings Cross. Doors open 10pm. DJs include Sirens, Dangerous Dan, Nina Las Vegas, National Treasure, Bitch Science, Booms, Sleater Brockman, Nolaan, Berko, Jaime Doom, Perfect Snatch, Goldie & Willard, Sex Azza Weapon plus many more. Entry is $10.
Mongrel is on at Phoenix Bar on Saturday, September 5, with DJs Steve Sonius and Ben Drayton. Doors open at 10pm.
info: Entry is $15 or $10 if you’re wearing footy shorts.
WoofClub is on at Manacle on Sunday, September 6, with DJs George Roussos, Rob Davis and Tony Svehla. Doors open at 2pm.
Dirty is at Phoenix on Saturday, September 12 with DJs Mandy Rollins and Seymour Butz. Doors open at 10pm and entry is $15. Extra Dirty returns to Qbar and 34B on Sunday, October 4. Doors open at 9pm and the DJ line-up will be announced in Sydney Star Observer in coming weeks. Pre-sale tickets available from Thursday, September 3, from Bang Clothing, Spank Records and HUM.
Make sure you visit Queer Screen’s website to get your tickets for QueerDoc 2009, which opens this Thursday, September 3. Documentaries showing at this year’s festival include Holding Hands, Sounds like Teen Spirit and College Boys Live. The festival closes on Sunday, September 13, with a screening of US documentary This is Family at 7pm. All screenings are held at the Dendy Newtown.
info: Bookings on www.queerscreen.com.au
Come Out will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, September 19, at the Woodstock Park and Community Centre, 22 Church St, Burwood. Acting as a fundraiser for the community group, entry is $10, which includes food. The event starts at midday with all financial members eligible to win a lucky door prize.
info: 0439 730 414 or email email@example.com
The Healthy Parenting and Natural Living Seminar is on Monday, September 14, at Glebe Library. Topics covered include the difference between natural, organic and certified organic, why certified organic is beneficial to people and the planet, and the environmental impact of synthetic chemicals and pesticides. Tickets are $15 online or $20 on the door. The seminar starts at 7pm.
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the City of Sydney will bring Shop Yourself Stupid once again to Darlinghurst on Saturday, October 3. Join the Big BBQ or witness live music and entertainment in Taylor Square from 11am. Shop Yourself Stupid is also looking for volunteers to help out on the day.
info: 9283 8666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.bgf.org.au.
Australia’s hottest new all-star celebrity female impersonation show, Divine Divas, features the talents of some of the country’s brightest and most talented female impersonators. Tina Sparkelle has brought together some of Australia’s sexiest boys to become even hotter showgirls in the show, which opens on Saturday, October 10, at the State Theatre. Divine Divas pays tribute to some of the greatest divas in history including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
info: Bookings on 136 100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au.
GOD OF CARNAGE
Gale Edwards returns to Sydney Theatre Company to direct a stellar cast in the comedy of bad manners, God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. The satire will premiere on Thursday, October 8, at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. The cast includes Russell Dykstra, Marcus Graham, Sacha Horler and Helen Thomson. Tickets start at $30.
info: Bookings on 9250 1777 or visit sydneytheatre.com.au
National Bandanna Day is CanTeen’s biggest annual fundraiser and awareness day. This year’s goal is to sell one million bandannas. National Bandanna Day is on Friday, October 30, with six fresh bandanna styles including designs by Industry Clothing.
info: 1800 226 833 or visit www.bandannaday.com.au.
Academy Award-winning composer of the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, A R Rahman, will give a free concert at Parramatta Park on Saturday, January 16, as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival program.
Paddington Markets showcases the very best of Australian contemporary art, craft and fashion design, directly from the artists and craftspeople. An integral part of the Oxford St shopping strip, catch the market every Saturday between 10am-4pm.
The latest production starring students from the Australian Institute of Music is Dusty, The Original Pop Diva. Directed by Jennifer Murphy, the musical opens on Thursday, September 3, and plays for four days only. The AIM concert venue is at 1–51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills. All performances are free but bookings are essential.
info: For performance times and bookings call 9219 5444 or visit www.aim.edu.au.
FREE DOG CLASSES
The City of Sydney’s final dog obedience classes for 2009 start Saturday, September 19. The six-week course is free but places are strictly limited. The classes cover basic dog obedience including teaching dogs to sit, come when called, stay, drop to the ground, walk on a leash without pulling and socialise with other dogs.
info: To book a place call 9265 9333 or email email@example.com
Eveleigh Market is an undercover, traditional, authentic weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market starting at 8am. The market is home to more than 80 regular stallholders featuring a seasonal fresh and value-added produce.
The Glebe Markets are on every Saturday at the Glebe Public School between 10am-4pm. The Glebe Markets are a great place to collect vintage clothing and sample gourmet foods while relaxing on the lawn and listening to live bands.
Acclaimed director Ana Kokkinos will be joined by actors Miranda Otto and Victoria Haralabidou for a special advance screening of Blessed and a Q&A session at Dendy Newtown, on Wednesday, September 2, at 6.30pm. Showtime presenter Nell Schofield will host the Q&A. Tickets start at $10. Blessed will be released nationally on Thursday, September 10.
info: Bookings on 9550 5699.
Holding Hands will screen as part of QueerDoc 2009 at the Dendy Newtown on Saturday, September 5. The documentary looks at the brutal hate crime against Craig Gee and Shane Brennen in 2007. The screening is at 7pm and will be accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
info: Bookings on www.queerscreen.com.au
The Sydney Underground Film Festival provides a platform for the development and promotion of work by emerging and more established filmmakers around the globe. Held over four nights, the festival will include twenty-two screenings of more than 120 films on two screens at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville from Thursday, September 10.
info: The full festival program is now available at www.suff.com.au/program.
The Queer Fruits Film Festival is held at Star Court Theatre, Lismore, and will screen an award-winning program of local, national and international queer films on December 29 & 30.
info: Bookings on www.tropicalfruits.org.au.
PUBS AND BARS
A KYLIE NIGHT
Pre-Loved at The Flinders Hotel will hold a Kylie Minogue party on Saturday, September 5. DJs include Beatrix and Scottie. Doors open at 9pm and entry is free.
Trash And Treasure
Trash And Treasure returns to Hermanns Bar with a Pillow Fighting Festival on Saturday, September 12. A pillow-fighting platform will be set up under lights and surrounded by seating in the huge outdoor space at Hermanns Bar. DJs include Ben Drayton, Avra Cybele, Monk Fly, Mashy P, Deep Cycle, Chris Lego and performances by Faggot Rooster and Dallas Dellaforce.
info: 0418 678 335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carnival of Electric Illusions is a party with DJs Petro and CatinaBox at the Abercrombie Hotel on Saturday, September 12. Doors open at 9pm. The party will also feature performances by Dr El Suavo, Thomas Ford, Mat Glowman and Lady Killers. Entry is $10.
Sunday Pollys Follies starring Polly Petrie and a cast of thousands is an amateur drag night. If you’ve wanted to dress up and do a spot number, head to the Stonewall Hotel every Sunday night and register with Polly Petrie. Shows start at 9.30pm.
Camp Camperdown is a new GLBT night at the Camperdown Hotel on Thursday nights from 8pm. The weekly event features guest DJs and performances.
Head to Showqueen at the Supper Club on Sunday, September 13, to see the cast of Avenue Q perform popular songs from the musical — minus the puppets. The night will feature multi-award winning cabaret performer Mitchell Butel and Showqueen favourites Josie Lane and Chrissy O’Neill. Show starts at 8.30pm with tickets starting at $20.
Paprika Balkanicus is returning to Australia with an electrifying show of mind-boggling musicianship and witty stage antics. The band performs a fiery blend of traditional and gypsy music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe with a repertoire of songs mirroring the longing, passion and joy of these hidden places. Catch them at the Sydney Opera House on October 7 & 8.
Tickets for a third Ben Folds concert at the Sydney Opera House are now on sale. Taking place on Sunday, September 6, the performer will be armed with a piano and his perfectly crafted pop tunes. This rare concert in-the-round will feature hit tracks such as You Don’t Know Me from his latest release Way to Normal.
info: Bookings on 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com.
The Motown Event is a concert celebrating 50 years of Motown hits. The show will star The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, and The Miracles. The concert will visit the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday, February 19, 2010. Bookings on 1300 723 038 or visit ticketmaster.com.au.
Part drama and part action, Petroleum is set in a Mad Max-style world of violence, sex and political unrest. Showing at the Factory Theatre, this play by Wayne Tunk opens on Friday, September 18. Performances run from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm until Saturday, October 10. Tickets start at $16.
info: Bookings on 9550 3666 or www.factorytheatre.com.au.
THE ONLY CHILD
This spring Simon Stone returns to B Sharp with The Only Child, a contemporary reworking of Henrik Ibsen’s nineteenth-century masterpiece Little Eyolf. Opening at the Belvoir St Downstairs Theatre on Friday, September 18, this play explores a young couple’s struggle to deal with the sudden disappearance of their child and the impact their grief has on their crumbling relationship. The show stars Gareth Davies, Shelly Lauman and Anne-Louise Sarks. Tickets start at $23.
info: Bookings on 9699 3444 or www.belvoir.com.au
Comedy act The Goodies are back on stage in Sydney four years after the Still Alive tour sold out around Australia. Featuring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie’s video bits, the team will perform at Riverside Theatres on Thursday, October 15. Tickets are $55.
info: Booking on 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au
LIGHT THE NIGHT
The 2009 Light the Night fundraising concert for leukaemia research is on Monday, October 19, at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place. Starting at 7.30pm, the night will feature performances by musical comedy act Tripod, Katie Noonan, Lior, David Harris plus many more.
info: Bookings on 8256 2222 or online at www.cityrecitalhall.com