SATURDAY 21

AURORA 4TH ANNUAL DINNER
The Aurora dinner raises funds for such organisations as Twenty10 and the Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service. There will be an address by Meredith Burgmann, president of the Legislative Council, and entertainment by Caroline O’Connor and Tim Draxl. The venue is Sydney Town Hall from 6:30pm. Limited tickets are still available at $150 -“ phone 9331 5276 or go to www.auroragroup.com.au for information.

GHETTO BLASTING: THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Bridget Haire will be hosting this hypothetical focusing on where our community might be in 2050. It runs from 3pm till 6pm at the Pride Centre. Contact Bronwyn Winter 0412 770 424 for more details or check out www.mardigras.org.au.

SELF DEFENCE FOR MEN
Penny Gulliver will conduct a free self defence workshop for men to promote physical and psychological strategies for the prevention of homophobic violence. It’s at the Pride Centre from 1pm to 6pm. Phone Brad Gray on 9206 2066 for information.

 

SUNDAY 22
 

SELF DEFENCE FOR WOMEN
Penny Gulliver will conduct a free self defence workshop for women to promote physical and psychological strategies for the prevention of homophobic violence. It’s at the Pride Centre from 1pm to 6pm. Phone Brad Gray on 9206 2066 for information.

SUNDAY RECOVERY @ HOME
Home Nightclub is hosting a recovery dance party from 6pm. DJs on the Terrace will be Kate Monroe and Alex Taylor, while Kelly Lynch and Chip are playing in the Silver Room. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for Pride and New Mardi Gras members. See www.pridecentre.com.au or www.mardigras.org.au or phone Sydney Pride Centre on 9331 1333 for more.

A SPIRITUAL CELEBRATION
The Metropolitan Community Church will conduct a special Pride Week event from 7:30pm at its premises at 96 Crystal St, Petersham. Admission is free. Speak to Greg Smith on 9569 5122 or go to www.mccsydney.org.au for information.

MONDAY 23
 
OUTBURST -“ CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF LESBIAN AND GAY PRIDE
This open art exhibition by GLBT&Q artists takes place at the Tap Gallery, Level 1, 287 Palmer St, Darlinghurst, from 23 to 29 June. Gallery hours are from noon to 6pm daily and viewing is free. Information is available from Lesley Dimmock on 9361 0440 or go to www.tapgallery.org.au.

 

WEDNESDAY 25
 
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP
Sydney Leather Pride has organised a workshop dealing with aspects of the leather lifestyle from 7pm at the Pride Centre. It’s free for members of the Sydney Leather Pride Association or for Pride members, $5 for others. Information is available from Minotour on 0419 424 509 or www.sydneyleatherpride.org.

TABLE TENNIS
The Pride Week table tennis event is at St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore, from 7pm. The cost is $7 and you can contact Helen on 0401 066 262 or check out www.teamsydney.com.au.

THE BOXING CLUB
The hit of Mardi Gras 2002 returns but this time it’s for Pride Week. And don’t be deceived by its title -“ this is a public speaking contest. Jump into the ring at the Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, from 7:30pm. Admission is $5. Get details from Julianne Sanders on 9331 1333 or go to www.glrl.org.au.

SQUASH
Play squash for Pride Week at the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre, Darlington, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Cost for the night is $12 and more information is available from Carin Clonda on 0413 211 961.

MALEBOX
You could find Mr Right or Mr Right Now at Stonewall’s popular Wednesday night party. For Pride Week, they’re asking for a gold coin donation for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. From midnight there are prizes every half hour including $100 cash, a City Gym membership or a Body Bronze membership and more. It’s hosted by Ricca Paris with DJs Luke Leal and Chip.

 

THURSDAY 26
 
PACIFICA -“ A CELEBRATION OF CULTURES
Pacifica features performances from across the Pacific, including the legendary Carmen, Miss Asia/Pacific and the best Asian and Polynesian drag performers in Sydney. Ricca Paris will be hosting and DJs will be announced. Stonewall Hotel is asking for a gold coin door donation. You can phone Deborah Dmoch on 9360 1963 or go to www.stonewallhotel.com.au.

ASIAN BALL 4
This year’s Asian Ball is at the Shift’s nightclub with a spectacular opening performance by the Chinese Dancing Lions. Doors open at 8:30pm but make sure you’re there by 9:30pm for the shows, followed by the dance party. DJ Shigeki will be playing till late and tickets are $10. For more information, phone Mark Chisholm on 0409 381 104.

SYDNEY PRIDE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY GALA
Showcasing the hilarious talents of Sydney and international gay and lesbian stand-up comedians, the gala starts at 8pm at the Macquarie Hotel, Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. Tickets are $20. Contact Roan McChesney on 0425 231 608 for details.

 

FRIDAY 27
 
SYDNEY PRIDE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY GALA
Showcasing the hilarious talents of Sydney and international gay and lesbian stand-up comedians, the gala starts at 8pm at the Macquarie Hotel, Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. Tickets are $20. Contact Roan McChesney on 0425 231 608 for details.

GIRLS NIGHT WITH GAY BOYS WELCOME
Margot Natoli’s Bumpher Bar evenings have been very popular at the Lava Bar in the Burdekin Hotel and here’s a chance to see what they’re all about. Doors open at 9pm and admission is $7. Phone Margot on 0410 338 331 or check out www.bumpherbar.com.au.

QUEER SCREEN TRIVIA NIGHT
For film buffs, this is one of Pride Week’s more popular events. The trivia night opens at 6:30pm for 7:30pm start. Paddington RSL is the venue, and prices are $10 for Queer Screen members and $12 for non-members. Contact Queer Screen at 9332 4938 or www.queerscreen.com.au.

SENSUAL MEDITATION WORKSHOP
A free Raelian sensual meditation workshop takes place at the Pride Centre from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Go to www.rael.org for details.

WORKSHOP -“ WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE
A special out-of-town Pride Week event, this workshop is free from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Salar Caf?Watts Street, Newcastle. Contact Kel Watson on 4967 4957 for information.

LOUD AND ROWDY FOR GLTIBQ

Following the writing workshop, they’ll be getting loud and rowdy at the Salar Caf?rom 7pm. The address is Watts Street, Newcastle and it’s another freebie. Phone Kel Watson on 4967 4957 for details.

ORGY OF DRAG V
One of the most spectacular and popular annual events of Pride Week is the Orgy of Drag at the Stonewall Hotel. There’ll be more drag queens than you can poke a stick at as well as Flim*Flam* Comedy and a drama or two from 9pm till very late. All proceeds from the $5 door donation go to ACON. Contact David Wilkins on 9206 2110 or go to www.acon.org.au for information.

 

SATURDAY 28
 
WOMEN ‘S WORKSHOP -“ BASIC TOOLS OF WRITING
A special women’s writing workshop is being held from 4:30pm till 6:30pm at the Salar Caf?Watts Street, Newcastle, and it’s free. For information, phone Kel Watson on 4967 4957.

COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES
Dance classes for various levels from raw beginners to advanced beginners are regularly held at the Whoosh Studio, 18 City Rd, Chippendale. For Pride Week, the cost is $10 and one-hour classes start at 1:30pm and 3pm. Phone Shane O’Brien on 9281 6666 or check out www.whoosh.biz if you want more information.

30TH ANNIVERSARY SPEAK OUT
The 73ers present a speak-out that aims to raise awareness of the history of the lesbian and gay movement and encourage participation in the ongoing pre-1978 lesbian and gay history project. All are welcome from 2pm to 5pm at the Pride Centre and it’s free. Contact Dianne Minnis on 0411 213 019 to find out more.

RIOT 69 DANCE PARTY
This night sounds like riotous fun from 9pm till late at the Stonewall Hotel. The gold coin door donation goes to Twenty10 as well as all the Dancer Dollars collected by Stonewall’s hot male dancers -“ put your money in their pants for Twenty10. DJs for the night are Shigeki, Peter Fam and Ronnie James and glamour divas Mogadonna, Tess Tickle and Courtney Act will lend a hand or two. Contact Deborah Dmoch on 9360 1963 or go to www.stonewallhotel.com.au for information.

5K & 10K RUN
These runs will be the healthiest activities of Pride Week. Starting time is 9am at the Paddington Gates of Centennial Park, Oxford St. The cost is $5. Phone Wayne Morgan on 0416 251 681 or go to www.sydneyfrontrunners.org for details.

 

SUNDAY 29
 
THE SYDNEY STAR OBSERVER 2003 AWARDS NIGHT
Sydney Pride Centre presents the Sydney Star Observer awards night at the Paddington Town Hall from 7pm. It’s a cabaret-style evening with special guest presenters, DJs, fantastic entertainment and a surprise finale featuring the 73ers. Comperes are Gillian Minervini and Portia Turbo. Tickets are $20, with a discount for group bookings. Contact Sydney Pride Centre on 9331 1333 or go to www.pridecentre.com.au for more.

BGF BAKE-OFF
The popular and tasty bake-off competition takes place this year at the Midnight Shift from 2pm with lots of celebrities on hand. Admission is by $5 donation. You can find out more from Marcus Blease on 9287 1124 or check out www.bgf.org.au.

FIT-X GYM FUNDRAISING CABARET
Entertainers, raffles, drag acts, comedians, singers and musicians are all features of this free cabaret from noon till 8pm at the Pride Centre. Contact Ingrid Cullen on 9517 9118 for details.

SQUASH
The Pride Week squash event starts at 10am at the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre and goes to noon. The cost is $12 and the number for information is 0413 211 961 -“ speak to Carin Clonda.

 

 

 

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