Perfect Day is a day club open every Saturday and Sunday from midday at The Gaff. On Saturday, August 22, catch DJs Mark Alsop, Murray Hood, Brett Austin, Scotty Tanner, James Tobin, Man and Dan Pearce. Entry is $10.
Arq Sydney will present Retrosexual: Pop Icons on Friday, August 21, on the Arena level. Doors open at 10pm with DJs Jake Kilby and Justin Scott. A special ABBA show by Penny Clifford and Christy McNichol will take place. The night is also the official DVD launch of BBC series Beautiful People and will feature giveaways of the new release. Entry is $10.
The Hunter region’s social and support network, Rainbow Visions, will host a Cirque de So Gay Ball at the Newcastle City Hall on Saturday, August 22, from 7pm. Comedian Julia Morris will do a spot number with special shows throughout the night. Tickets are $100 or $70 for concession, which includes a three-course meal and complimentary table wine.
Second-round tickets are now on sale for Sleaze Ball 2009: Game On. The party will be held at the Dome and Hordern Pavilion on Saturday, October 3. DJs include Sammy Jo, Alex Taylor, Greg Boladian, Paul Goodyear, Feisty, Mandy Rollins, Scott Pullen and Sveta.
info: www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.
The Sydney Rams Ten Pin Bowling League will hold a bingo night on Saturday, August 22. With proceeds going to MCC Welfare Services, the event will be held at the Marrickville Bowling Club from 7pm. Over the past 14 years the Sydney Rams have raised in excess of $22,000 for Sydney gay charities.
Coastal Castaways is holding a community fundraiser for the Forster Prostate Group in Forster on Saturday, 29 August, at the Pacific Palms Recreation Club.
info: 0401 880 352 or coastalcastaways.tripod.com.
The Long Yang Club is a social organisation advocating friendship and cross-cultural understanding among gay Asians, their partners and friends.
Sydney Spokes Cycling club is a social group for the gay and lesbian community and has been running for over 23 years. The club holds weekly rides all over Sydney.
The Sydney Outfielders are a mixed slow-pitch softball league held at Moore Park. The club has over 145 players and will begin its next season in October.
info: If you’re interested in joining email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year Daffodil Day is on Friday, August 28. Visit this Cancer Council initiative’s website to order merchandise boxes and fresh daffodils to sell or simply to donate.
GAY AUTHOR VISITS
Wayson Choy is one of Canada’s most loved gay authors and will be in Sydney on Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1, to talk about his new book, Not Yet. Taking place at Berkelouw Books in Newtown from 6pm, the author will also hold a signing session after his talk. Framed by Choy’s two brushes with death, Not Yet is an intimate and insightful study of one man’s reasons for living.
Britain’s most adventurous violinist Anthony Marwood will leads the Australian Chamber Orchestra on a national tour in September. This year’s program covers work from the likes of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Catch Marwood at the City Recital Hall for three shows from Saturday, September 5. Bookings on 8256 2222.
The Rising Dayclub will join forces with Rogue Dance in Melbourne for Sleaze Ball with their event, Free Disco Bus. Although the venue is yet to be announced, the event will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 2pm. The party will feature 15 DJ’s from around the country. Tickets start at $35.
Physical theatre and dance will return to Sydney in a new production called MIRRORMIRROR at Riverside Theatres. Launching at the Parramatta theatre from Friday, October 2, the show will be an aerial-based collaboration between Stalker Artistic Director David Clarkson and dancer choreographer Dean Walsh. Tickets are $25.
info: Bookings 8839 3399 or visit riversideparramatta.com.au.
Peats Ridge is a three-day festival in the Glenworth Valley. Kicking off on Tuesday, December 29, the festival brings together an eccentric mix of music, arts, culture, sustainability and camping.
As part of the free Twilight concert series, Australian composer and performer Hayden Wolf will bring his show Red Liquid Condition to Allans Music on Tuesday, August 25. Doors open at 6.30pm.
info: RSVP to book your place on 93743201.
The Chinatown Night Market is on every Friday Night from 4pm-11pm at the Dixon St Mall, Sydney. The market features clothing, knickknacks and food stores.
Portia Turbo’s free trivia nights are on Wednesdays from 7pm at The Penrith Hotel and Thursdays at The King’s Park Tavern from 7pm.
The MATERIALBYPRODUCT: The Curtain Gown gets Bones exhibition is at the Object Gallery in Surry Hills until Sunday, August 30. info: 9361 4511.
The Doody Street Markets are every Thursday from 4pm-9pm at 65 Doody St, Alexandria. The markets feature live music, fashion and gourmet food stores and children’s entertainment.
Every Monday night the Beresford Hotel will hold a special movie night. Free popcorn is provided.
The City of Sydney is running free cycling courses. These courses are available to anyone over 18 years old, who is not a beginner. It teaches low-risk and responsible riding and is designed for people who can already ride but want confidence to ride on city streets.
info: More details call 9265 9333 or email email@example.com.
Fresh from a tour of Japan, Burlesque performer Mimi Redlips will perform at Glitz, Glamour and Gags at the Hornsby RSL Club on Friday, August 21. Entertainers Kitty Flanagan, Jackie Loeb and Amelia Jane Hunter will also perform on the night. Tickets are $35 and doors open at 7pm.
info: Bookings on 9477 7777 or visit www.hornsbyrsl.com.au
Central Coast social group, Lesbians on the Coast, will hold a Pink Drinks Trivia Night on Saturday, August 22, at Point Clare.
info: For more details call 0431 753 326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LADIES HIGH TEA
Join fashion designer Rachel Gilbert for high tea on Saturday, August 22, as she talks about high fashion with the girls. The event will be held at the Heritage Ballroom inside the Westin Hotel from 2pm.
info: Bookings on www.ticketek.com.au
BLACK OR WHITE
Moist is back at Arq Sydney for a Black or White party on Friday, August 28. Drag king Javante Swing is returning to the stage with Mytee Max and the Moist dancers. DJs include Shalyn Gray, Sandi Hotrod, Miss Match and Miss Gee. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $10.
It’s Betty’s Turn at Manacle on Friday, August 28. Kicking off at 9pm, the night will feature DJs Jasmine and Mariam with an hour performance from The Lady Sings It Better.
info: 9560 0400.
The Blue Mountains lesbian social group, MADDIES: Mountains Arts Devotees, regularly attends films, theatre, exhibitions and concerts.
info: If you’re interested in joining the group call Sam on 0425 203 974 or Dianne on 0417 257 791.
Catch new TV show My Family Feast on SBS on Thursday, August 27, at 7.30pm. The show is a celebration of food and looks at the stories of Australia’s most culturally diverse families.
QueerDoc 2009’s opening night is Thursday, September 3, at Dendy Newtown. Starting at 7pm, the festival will kick off with the premiere of Canadian documentary, Fig Trees. The QueerDoc opening night party at the Bank Hotel follows the screening. Tickets are limited.
info: Bookings on www.queerscreen.com.au.
Short film night, Caught Short, will celebrate its fifth birthday on Thursday, September 3, at Tap Gallery from 7.30pm. The night will celebrate the event with an independent film exhibition and showcase of Australia’s short filmmaking talent. Entry is $10.
The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) on Channel 10 comes to an end from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood as America crowns its favourite dancer on Friday, September 5 at 7.30pm. Before the winner is revealed, the top 20 dancers return to revisit some of the season’s most memorable routines, a performance by hip hop dance team The Rage Boyz Crew as well as a solo showcase from Talia Fowler, who won the second series of SYTYCD Australia.
BARS AND PUBS
The Glamazons will bring their show Taco Bells to the Midnightshift Videobar every Wednesday from 9.30pm. The show stars the sexy Ripley Waters and Sydney drag identities Millie Poppins and Summer Salt. The venue also has Latino-inspired cocktails on the drinks menu.
On Tuesday, August 25, The Clarence Hotel is tasting wines from the Fosters Group. The night is called PLONK and is all about good fun, drinking and important information on the wine. Starting at 8pm, the cost of the night is $10 which gets you a tasting glass for the night and the opportunity to sample all the wines as well as the bistro’s finger food.
The Stonewall Hotel hosts Malebox every Wednesday from 9pm. It’s the biggest pick-up night in Sydney with hosts Keren St James and David Olsen. DJs include Dan Murphy and Justin Scott. On Thursday nights catch Late Night Trading with host Polly Petrie from 6.30pm.Â Then from 10pm catch Boylesque with dancers Wil, Heath, Daniel and host Verushka Darling.
FRUITS IN SUITS
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association will host Fruits in Suits at Slide on Thursday, August 20 from 6pm. Entry is $10 for guests and free for SGLBA members.
info: For more information email call Mark on 0411 544 433 or email email@example.com.
POP! is a non-stop pop music night in the Lounge Bar at The Colombian Hotel on Thursdays. This Thursday, August 20 catch DJ Dan Murphy from 9pm. DJ Jimmy Dee will play in the main bar from 10pm.
The Song Company will return to Campbelltown Arts Centre to perform a program entitled Sound and Silence on Saturday, 22 August, at 7.30pm. This show of songs will feature a mix of serious and light-hearted compositions from throughout the ages and will explore the essence of music as shaped by two vital forces: the urge to express and the desire for stillness and peace. Tickets are $25.
info: Bookings on www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au.
The legendary star of the West End and Broadway, Elaine Paige, will be recreating many of her starring roles in the biggest musicals of the modern era in her new show, Celebrating a Life on Stage. The performer will tour Australia in October with a stopover at the State Theatre on Saturday, October 31.
info: Bookings on 136 100 or email www.ticketmaster.com.au.
Flo Rida’s recently announced headline shows have changed, due to the change of itinerary for Beyonce’s upcoming national tour, on which the performer appears as special guest. Originally at the Enmore Theatre on Wednesday, September 9, the singer will now perform at the Metro Theatre on Monday, September 14. All tickets are valid for the new show date and venue without the need to exchange
info: Tickets for all shows are on sale through Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au
Britain’s popular comedians Jeff Green and Eddy Brimson will headline in a stand-up double bill, Best of British, for an exclusive two-week season at the Comedy Store in The Entertainment Quarter from Tuesday, 18 August. Comedian Julia Clarke will be the support act. Tickets start at $10.
info: Bookings on www.comedystore.com.au.
Bad Jazz will launch on Wednesday, 19 August, at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.Â Starrings Ben Wood and Scott Witt, this hilarious satire about making art takes the concept of the play within a play to new levels. Tickets start at $27.
info:Â www.darlinghursttheatre.com or 8356 9987
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, one of Broadway’s most successful writing teams, will share personal stories of Broadway, take questions and perform some of their award-winning songs. The co-creators of Seussical, the animated feature Anastasia, and many other well-known shows are in Sydney for one show only. It’s on Monday, September 7, at 8pm at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place.
info: Bookings on www.broadwaytoaustralia.com or call 8256 2222.
The Gangsters’ Ball is a fully themed night of non-stop entertainment featuring the biggest names in Australian and international burlesque, cabaret and swing. At the Metro Theatre on Saturday, September 5, performers include Meow Meow, Mark Winmill and the Velvet Set 10-piece Swing Band. Bookings on www.metrotheatre.com.au or call 9550 3666.