What happens when an ordinary 20-year-old gay man living in Brisbane is plagued by a terrifying nightmare of killer vampires? What happens when his nightmare starts forcing its way into reality? Find out in gay author CJ Nichols’ new, independently-published novel, The Quiet Ones – Volume One of the Kildir Chronicles. For more information or to order the book, visit www.cjnichols.com
SEVEN 2 NINE
Have you been living with HIV for a while? Would you like to meet others in a similar situation? Seven-to-Nine is a monthly support group for men living with HIV. They meet to discuss their experiences, exchange information and develop friendships. The next meeting is on July 29 in Newtown. info: call Hedimo on 9361 6011 for a confidential chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To celebrate its 13th birthday, Stonewall Hotel will be transformed into a Pink Palace of pleasure for one night only on Friday July 30. Think pink flamingos, pink pigs, pink dollars, pink wigs and pink music – three levels of pink pleasure from 9pm-late. Giveaways, great music and fabulous shows. Entry is $10 (VIP Cardholders $5). Dress code: pink, of course!
Get ready for Action on Saturday July 31 at Midnight Shift’s Level One. From 10pm onwards, DJs Alan Thompson, Carlos Zarate, Eddie Coulter and Joe Rasmussen will entertain. Presale tickets – $30 plus b/f – are now available from Midnight Shift and HUM Records.
Friends of Barangaroo will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday August 3 at 6pm in Sydney Town Hall. The subject: Barangaroo Overdevelopment. Former Supreme Court Justice Barry O’Keefe is the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and will moderate a panel discussion based on questions submitted by the public. The public can submit questions prior to 3 August by visiting the Friends of Barangaroo website: www.friendsofbarangaroo.org
The Gender Centre has started up a new transgender FTM (female-to-male) support group. It’s called FTM connect, and the next monthly meeting is on Friday August 13. It’s a peer-support group; a place to share your own experiences and listen to those of others in a similar situation.
Comedy rock superstar Tim Minchin has announced a new Australian tour for next year, complete with a 55-piece orchestra. Tim Minchin Versus The Orchestra Tour will include brand new material from the barefooted piano-basher, alongside those much-loved Minchin classics — as never heard before, with Australia’s state symphony orchestras. Minchin and co. play the Sydney Opera House on March 24 and 25. Tickets through Ticketek.
Due to an unprecedented demand for tickets, Wicked will close in Sydney two weeks later than originally planned, on Sunday September 26. No further extension is possible. All remaining tickets for Wicked’s Sydney season go on sale on Monday August 2, so be quick — this is your last chance to see the warbling green lady get winched into the rafters!
Urban beekeepers George & Charis Schwarz will talk about their 35-year experience tending local bees during their 15-minute presentation at The Real Deal at Sydney Sustainable Markets – Farmers Market at Taylor Square, Saturday 31 July. All are welcome at this free presentation scheduled for 11am, no need to register. Turn up early, as there’s also a 10:30 presentation on ethical coffee.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Robyn Beeche moved from Sydney to London in the mid 1970s. From catwalk shows to clubs, she captured the leading artists and designers of the time, and worked extensively with artists and designers including Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery and Mary Quant. See the photographic fruits of her labour in London Calling, an exhibition showing at the Australian Centre for Photography right now.
Perv is proud to present an arousing evening of Lezsploitation films at the Red Rattler on July 30. Come along and enjoy a scintillating double bill with your host Sister Muscle Mary. A cornucopia of sleazy Sapphic cinematic delights: sex crazed nuns, horny prison inmates, hypnotic lesbian vampires and so much more! On offer on the night are sleazy ‘70s nunsploitation flick Images In A Convent, plus a 2007 doco featuring the best clips of the genre.
From 8pm on Saturday, July 31, Red Raw comes to the upstairs lounge of the Camperdown Hotel, 138 Parramatta Rd. The regular events attract large crowds of women – mainly the 35+ crowd – with a smattering of gay boys. DJs Prue, Faye Raye and Randa will be on hand to play a dance floor-ready mix of songs from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. $10 on the door.
Indie Gems: A Festival of Fresh Aussie Films is screening at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta from August 5 to 19. The program is filled with a mixture of inspiring and entertaining Australian films, plus there’s a free filmmaker’s workshop. Films on offer over the two-week program include The Jammed, Men’s Group and Playing for Charlie.
BRAND NEW LAUGHS
Cheeky British comic Russell Brand will release his new DVD, Scandalous – Live at the 02, on Friday August 6. The lively set, recorded during his sell out UK wide ‘Scandalous’ tour – which recently visited Australian shores in two hyper-sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, rolls out 80 minutes of boundary pushing, fantastically original material, confronting ideas that others would never dream of voicing.
Pubs & Bars
DANCE OF COLOUR
The next Kaleidoscope Social Dance is held at Hotel Parramatta on July 30, and welcomes the GLBTIQ community with open arms. The dance runs from 8pm-3am, $8 entry, and in the hour beforehand, there’s a special queer singles mingle happening – $15 entry to both events. The event is proudly sponsored by Parramatta Lesbian Social Group.
The NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) is proud to launch the ‘Rights Night’ networking sessions at the Colombian Hotel from 7pm on August 3. This series of events are designed to bring members of the gay and lesbian community together to enjoy a drink, mingle and hear about topical social justice issues affecting our community. Kellie McDonald, Convenor of the GLRL, will launch the event and speak briefly about upcoming adoption reform in NSW. Free for members, $5 non-members.
PRICE IS RIGHT
Join legendary Australian singer/songwriter Rick Price as he revisits the best loved songs of his career at the Cosmopolitan Cafe on July 31. Fans can enjoy dinner while Rick performs acoustic versions of classics like Not a Day Goes By, Tenterfield Saddler and Walk Away Renee. Rick is touring the country following the release of his new album, Revisited, which sees him revisit the best loved songs of his career. Tickets through Moshtix.
ON A MISSION
On July 29, the Oxford Art Factory presents a veritable smorgasbord of rock’n’roll – featuring The Mission In Motion, Ladies & Gentlemen and Yell Yell rebellion. The Mission In Motion are preparing to release their much anticipated debut album Somewhere Safe – the band have leapt from strength to strength, earning their reputation as one of the hardest working touring bands in Australia. Tickets through Moshtix.
Marta Dusseldorp and Anita Hegh feature in Australian playwright Anthony Weigh’s Like A Fishbone, as part of Sydney Theatre Company’s Next Stage program. The play is a sparse, emotionally affecting tale of the discord between a woman whose daughter was the victim of a school shooting, and the architect whose job it is to create a memorial of the tragedy.
info: it’s playing at STC until August 7, www.sydneytheatre.com.au
OH MY GOD
In the United States more than 70,000 people wait to receive a new heart each year but only 10,000 are available. How does a donor heart get assigned and who makes the decision? This is the job of the God Committee; a group of medical professionals whose difficult task it is to determine who gets a second chance at life. The God Committee is a vexing production that will have you questioning your own ethics – it’s now playing at the Ensemble Theatre in Milsons Point.