A combination of music, theatre and performance art, US group Genitorturers delight in pushing boundaries and challenging convention. Led by founder and head mistress Gen, the group’s shows can include live piercings, brandings and S&M, with an emphasis on female empowerment.

The group promises its shows have more sex appeal than Blackadder in really tight tights. Genitorturers’ debut Australian tour includes a show in Sydney on 11 November at @Newtown, 52 Enmore Rd, Newtown. Book at More information at the Genitorturers website.


Long-running community charity The Aurora Group has secured Chris Masters, journalist and author of the controversial Alan Jones biography Jonestown, as special guest at its next Plucked fundraising dinner on Monday 13 November.

Tickets including a three-course dinner from acclaimed chef Tony Bilson, a talk by Masters about Jonestown and a signed first edition of the book, cost $150. The dinner is on at Bilson’s, Radisson Plaza Hotel, 27 O’Connell St, from 7pm. Book at The Aurora Group website or on 9331 5276.


Queer Screen is promising to take viewers on a horror film ride back to the 1940s when it screens camp classic Cat People on Wednesday 22 November as part of its ongoing monthly Retrospective series.

Cat People stars French actress Simone Simon as Irena, a New Yorker who believes she is descended from witches and will become a panther if she sleeps with her husband. The dark tale screens at Dendy Newtown on 22 November from 7pm. Book at the Queer Screen website or on 1300 306 776.


Gay charity group iRIS and are presenting the opening night of director John Cameron Mitchell’s provocative new film Shortbus tonight, Thursday 9 November, at the Palace Academy Twin cinema in Paddington.

The screening, which begins at 6:45pm, is a fundraiser for iRIS. For more information visit the Iris Group website. Advance bookings are recommended at the MCA-Tix website or on 1300 306 776.


High-profile UK DJ Wayne G will return to the Midnight Shift this Saturday 11 November for a special performance. On the same night the Shift will host its regular Queen Kylie tribute show. Tickets to the Wayne G event cost $35 in advance or $30 for Clubcard holders. Doors open at 10pm.

Wayne G will also play at the Shift’s New Year’s Eve party. For more information visit the Midnight Shift website.

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