LESBIAN ICON SEMI-FINAL

Nine of Sydney’s best lesbian singers will take to the stage on Friday 8 December for the semi-final of Lesbian Icon. The always popular event is on at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Enmore, from 7pm. Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 on the door. Book at www.moshtix.com.au or on 9209 4614.

DIAMONDS AND PEARLS

Gay and lesbian dance night Diamonds and Pearls is on again on Saturday 25 November. Punters can look forward to an evening of drag delirium from the Westy Divas, including Beverly Buttercup, Brandy Alexander and Marcia Monterey. Special guests will include multiple DIVA-winner Chelsea Bun and Tina Swallows. Diamonds and Pearls is on at Moorebank Sports Club, Lot 1, Heathcote Rd, Hammondville, from 7:30pm to 2am. Tickets cost $10 or $7 concession. For more information visit www.diamondsandpearls1.zoomshare.com or call 0401 979 664.

CRIME THRILLER ON STAGE

Gay actor and Auslan interpreter Alex Jones is helping Australian Theatre of the Deaf bring the mysterious story of late Australian crime writer Patricia Carlon to the stage. New play The Cat Lady Of Bexley tells the story of the reclusive crime writer who kept her deafness secret most of her life. The play explores Carlon’s life and the challenges of living with deafness. Jones is one of the interpreters in a production performed in Auslan and English. The Cat Lady Of Bexley is on until 25 November at the Sidetrack Studio Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville. Book on 9310 1255 or by email to info@atod.org.au.

J BEAR IN CABEARET

Fresh from a performance at HIV/AIDS charity the Luncheon Club’s 13thbirthday, singer and one-time Mr Manacle J Bear has announced his last cabaret show CaBEARet for 2006. J Bear said the 3 December show would feature the best and worst of CaBEARet from 2006. The show is on Sunday 3 December at Manacle, Patterson Lane, Darlinghurst, from 9:30pm. J Bear will also perform at the Christmas Eve service at Town Hall, alongside the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir and other artists.

FREEMASONS AT ARQ

Acclaimed UK DJs and producers Freemasons are bringing their show to Arq this Saturday 18 November. The group will play its latest tracks, remixes and classics from the likes of Beyonc?Jamiroquai and Fat Boy Slim. Local DJs including Jake Kilby and Luke Leal will support. Tickets are $25 on the door and doors open at 9pm. Arq is at 16 Flinders St, Taylor Square.

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