SHIFT BIRTHDAY

The Midnight Shift is celebrating 25 years of hot gay nights with a special event on Saturday 19 August. US DJ Chris Cox is flying in for a six-hour set, assisted by Chip and Shigeki. Doors open at 10pm, tickets are $30 ($25 Club card holders), limited number of advance tickets available.

JESS MCAVOY

Keep an ear out for Jess McAvoy. She’s bringing her delicious voice to Sydney on Thursday 24 August to launch her album Into The Dark at the Hopetoun Hotel, Surry Hills, before moving to Sydney permanently. McAvoy has toured with Ani DiFranco, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set and the Waifs and caught the attention of Triple J and Rage programmers. The show starts at 8pm.

BOOK OF REVELATION

Head On director Ana Kokkinos will attend a preview screening of her new film The Book Of Revelation and Q and A session at the Palace Academy Twin on Tuesday 22 August from 6:30pm. She will be joined by The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert producer Al Clark and novelist Rupert Thomson for a post-show forum. The Book Of Revelation is an R-rated erotic mystery starring Tom Long, Greta Scacchi, Anna Torv, Deborah Mailman and Colin Friels.

BLACK PEARLS

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Support Group is hosting its second Black Pearls party and cabaret on Friday 25 August. The party is at the Flinders Hotel from 8pm to 5am and is a fundraiser. Vanessa Wagner will MC and DJs Sister Agz from Koori Radio 93.7FM, Corey Czok and Dan Murphy will provide the music. Organisers are also promising great live shows, with entry by gold coin donation.

DANNII COMES HOME

The always-dazzling Dannii Minogue is helping the Homesexual event at Home nightclub celebrate its first birthday with a live performance tonight, Thursday 17 August. Organisers are promising an intimate show from Dannii, who is in town to promote her new album The Hits & Beyond. The night goes from 8pm until late. For tickets and more information, visit the Homesexual website.

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