CLUBS

VENUS OR MARS
On October 9, Jupiters Nightclub in Richmond is hosting Mars Women/Venus Men, a colourful queer night with performances from drag queens and kings. The fun kicks off at 9pm, with $10 entry and drink specials until 10.30pm.
info: www.myspace.com/jupiters_nightclub

FOMO
Ready to get sparkling clean? Head to Arq on October 9 for Fomo foam party. With music from DJs including Kitty Glitter and Justin Kilby, the foamy fun kicks off at 9pm. It’s $20 on the door — be sure to dress appropriately!
info: www.arqsydney.com.au

MIRAGE
Saturday nights at the Stonewall Hotel, you can catch the sexy spectacular Mirage. Three big shows with Decoda and her luscious dancers Wil and Dan. $5 cover charge, but VIP members get in free.

LOOSE ENDS
Loose Ends at Phoenix Bar on Oxford St is kicking off again for Spring. The weekly party happens every Sunday night from 10pm, with resident DJ Matt Vaughan and regular special guests playing a swag of dirty electro, house, punk and disco tunes.
info: www.exchangehotel.biz

PUBS + BARS

BAR BENEFIT
On Sunday October 18 the Stonewall Hotel will host an Old Skool T-Dance for Paul MacFarlane, who has worked in Oxford St venues for 20 years but has recently been diagnosed with cancer. The event starts at 3pm, with a $5 door donation and $10 Long Island Iced Teas. $5 from every Long Island Iced Tea sold will be donated to Paul.
info: www.stonewallhotel.com

SHOWQUEEN
On October 11, Showqueen kicks off for another season at the Supper Club. The first performer is Michael Cormick, who’s starred in a multitude of stage productions including Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast. He’ll be joined by special guests Christie Whelan and Mark Trevorrow.
info: www.showqueen.com.au

LIZA ON AN E
Trevor Ashley’s fabulous new drag show is a tribute to Ms Minnelli herself, Liza On An E! The all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza takes in all of Liza’s biggest hits, from Cabaret to New York, New York. It’s running at the Civic Hotel for five shows only from October 22.
info: www.ticketek.com.au

DRAG FOR DOLLARS
Thursday nights from 9.30pm, Sydney’s budding drag queens will take to the stage to compete in Drag For Dollars at Arq. Come and see the best — and worst — of the city’s drag talent. Hosted by Mitzi MacIntosh with music from DJs Kitty Glitter and Alex Taylor, it’s free entry to watch the comp.
info: www.arqsydney.com.au

MANACLE CLOSING PARTY
The popular Manacle night is finishing up at the Clarence Hotel this week — but be aware, the Clarence itself is not closing. The Manacle closing party is on Saturday October 10 from 9pm to 6am.
info: www.clarencehotel.com.au

BOYS

FOCUS ON MEN
For the month of October, RAW Gallery in Hunter St Mall, Newcastle presents A Focus On Men, a photographic exhibition of the male in all his forms. The exhibition reflects on the diversity of men in the community. The gallery is open Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
info: www.workingwithmen.org.au
SKINNY DIPS
Skinny Dips Resort and Spa will hold its annual five-night Gathering of Natural Men in October. This year’s gathering includes a welcome barbecue, underwear dance party and a beer and pizza pool party. The party kicks off on Friday, October 23.
info: www.skinnydips.com.au
GAY NUDISTS
Gay Sydney Nudists is a social organisation for gay or bisexual male nudists and host parties at members’ homes, dinners at restaurants, harbour cruises and any other legal activities the committee decides upon.
info: To join the group call 4972 5357 or email gay_sydney_nudists-owner@yahoogroups.com
JELLY WRESTLING
SLICK Season III, gay men’s jelly wrestling, is back at the Clarence Hotel every Wednesday night from 7pm. Every contestant receives a gift bag with the swimwear they’ll wrestle in, a session at Sunlounge, sample lube, a six-pack of Pure Blonde, plus more. Entry is $5.
info: Contestant entry forms are available to download by visiting www.clarencehotel.com.au
GAY DADS
Gay Dads NSW will hold their monthly social dinner on Monday, November 2, at the Bank Hotel’s Thai restaurant. The dinner starts at 7pm. info: www.gaydadsaustralia.com

Bears on sunday
From 4pm-9pm each Sunday at the Lord Roberts Hotel, the Harbour City Bears present Bears On Sunday. It’s a relaxed vibe with furry fun and chilled music, plus a weekly HCB prize draw. Free bar snacks and free entry.
info: www.hcbears.com

COMMUNITY

SOUL SPIRIT
The Spirit Of Soul Festival is a not-for-profit arts and music festival created to raise awareness of mental health issues, and it’s running until October 11. Activities in the coming days include a music night at Red Rattler in Marrickville, a music memorabilia auction, and a Sunday family day and barking mad dog show.
info: www.spiritofsoul.com.au

HEALTH FORUMS
As part of Mental Health Week, two forums are being held on GLBTIQ health at the Rex Centre, Kings Cross. On October 7, take part in a forum on wellbeing from 6.30-8pm. At the same time the following day, you can attend a forum on depression. The forums are free and will include speakers from organisations such as beyondblue and ACON.
info: downoutglbtqforum@gmail.com

RADIO CELEBRATION
Community broadcaster Radio 2SER this month celebrates 30 years on the air. To commemorate the milestone, they’re having a month of parties and events — more than 20 in total, running right up until November 1.
info: www.2ser.com

DANCE IN HEAVEN
Northmead Bowling Club will host the Heaven Social Dance from 8.30pm on October 11. A non-profit social dance supporting the Western Suburbs Haven, the night will include two drag shows and music from DJ Danz, plus hosting duties by Miss Beverly Buttercup.
info: www.heavensocialgroup.zoomshare.com

QUEER DISCUSSION
Macquarie University’s QueerSpace will host an interfaith forum on Tuesday, October 13, where representatives from various faith groups and academics will speak about sexuality and faith. The forum is to be held on Level 3, U@MQ Building, Macquarie University from 5.30pm.
info: muqueerspace@gmail.com

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS
The Feminist Bookshop will hold a trivia night to celebrate 35 years of operation on Thursday, October 22, at the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe. Doors open at 6pm with a $25 cover charge, which includes finger food.
info: Bookings on 9810 2666 or email feministbookshop@iprimus.com.au

GENDER CENTRE
The Gender Centre is a support group for transgender people. The centre invites guest speakers to address topics such as hair removal, hormones, employment and other group requests. The Gender Centre is at 75 Morgan St, Petersham.
info: 9569 2366

DIARY

ART SYDNEY
Featuring art that will be loved by collectors, curators and first-time art buyers, Sydney’s most popular annual art fair, Art Sydney, returns to the Royal Hall of Industries from October 22-25. Body illustrator Emma Hack will be among the artists, and she’ll be painting bodies on the October 22 VIP night.
info: www.artsydney09.com.au

NIGHTCAFE
Duck flying furniture, swig from a bottle of red and listen in on conversations at Nightcafe, running for three performances only from October 26 at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The movement piece is presented by Dancenorth and blends dance with live gypsy music. info: www.dancenorth.com.au

RIVERBEATS
Running from October 31 to November 14, Riverbeats ’09 is an elaborate, citywide showcase of artistic excellence in Parramatta. The showcase event will be Riverbeats Live on Saturday, October 31, with one night of free entertainment and music, mixing traditional culture with cutting-edge performance to create a focused, visual feast for the senses.
info: www.riverbeats.com.au

JOIN THE CIRCUS
Cirquinox returns to the Blue Mountains on Sunday, November 8. Held in Everglades, Cirquinox showcases the talent of local circus and physical theatre performers. Learn how to hula-hoop with the showgirls or be entertained by the amazing fire-breathers. From trapeze and aerial acts to clowns, stage shows, games and face-painting, the colour and thrill of the carnival will ensure a great day out for all. Entry is $10 with activities starting at 10am.
info: www.cirquinox.org.au or call 0425 221 203

SCULPTURE PRIZE
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is the only national prize for freestanding sculptures up to 80cm. The award of $10,000 will be announced on Friday, October 23, followed by a free public exhibition of finalists to run from October 24 until November 1 at the Redleaf Council Chambers.
info: www.sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au

FREE

NIGHT MARKET
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.
info: www.chinatownnightmarket.com.au

TIGER SHOWCASE
On Thursday, October 15, Australia’s best artists, designers, photographers and fashionistas will converge in Sydney for the Tiger Translate 2009 Global Showcase. Held at Wharf restaurant, Tiger Beer has invited artists from around the world explore the theme of ‘Change’ through their art. Partygoers can also check out live street art plus music from DJs Russ Dewberry and Little Bambalam. info: Apply for free tickets by visiting www.tigertranslate.com

FREE FOR KIDS
Here’s one for the kiddies: the Sydney Children’s Festival has a brilliant free literary program happening until October 17, with activities like ‘Living Library’, featuring child-friendly talks and readings by acclaimed children’s authors like Andrew Daddo and Anna Feinberg.
info: www.sydneychildrensfestival.com

FREE

GET FROCKED
All-girl cover band The Frocks will give a one-off performance at the Wenty Leagues Club in Wentworthville on Saturday October 10 from 10pm. Free entry. info: www.thefrocks.com.au
LESBIAN DAY
Happy International Lesbian Day! To celebrate, WILMA Lesbian Fair Day is running from 11-3pm on October 25 at 2 Bugden Place, Campbelltown. The four hours of fun, entertainment, workshops and shopping is open to lesbians, bisexual women and their friends. $2 entry. WILMA is currently seeking lesbians who wish to have a stall, provide entertainment or facilitate a workshop.
info: email jackdraper@aapt.net.au

FILM FESTIVAL
World of Women Film Festival is a short film festival that promotes the talents of women in key creative roles in the film industry. The festival will screen films with a thematic perspective of Seeing The World Through The Eyes of Women. Filmmaker Q&As and filmmaker forums will feature at the festival held October 14-18, at the Chauvel Cinema, AFTRS and Metro Screen.
info: www.nsw.wift.org/wow

LADIES HIP-HOP
Sick of the sausage-fest that is the mainstream hip-hop club scene? Check out Ladies Love Hip-Hop at Melt in Kings Cross on October 16. Featuring Sydney’s best female DJs, dancers and MCs, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the women in hip-hop. 10pm-late, $15 entry. Drink specials 10pm-midnight.

QUEER CENTRAL
Catch DJs Sveta, Miss Gee, Shalyn Gray, Beatrix and Avra Cybele at the Sly Fox every Wednesday night from 9pm. Surprise shows every week by Mitzi Macintosh and Penny Clifford.
info: 9557 1016

SCREEN

COST OF FAME
British journalist and television presenter Piers Morgan talks with Pamela Anderson as part of documentary series, The Dark Side Of Fame. The blonde bombshell talks about her childhood, being discovered at a football game and reveals how that infamous sex tape saw the light of day. The episode airs on Wednesday, October 7, on ABC2 at 9.30pm.
info: www.abc.net.au

GET GLEEKED
If you’ve enjoyed the first few episodes of Channel 10’s camp treat Glee, just wait for this week’s episode, screening 7.30pm, October 8. It’s the gayest storyline yet, with lovely gay teen Kurt teaching the entire school football team the dance to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — don’t miss it!

TASPRIDE FILMS
If you’re looking for a quick break down south, the TasPride festival is the perfect excuse — a two-week gay and lesbian festival taking in Hobart and Launceston. Among the many activities on offer are a number of film screenings, including AIDS opera Fig Tree, lesbian comedy I Can’t Think Straight and doco Gorrrgeous Vonni! The festival runs from October 31 – November 15.
info: www.taspride.com

TRAVELLING QUEERDOC
QueerDOC travels to Canberra with special screenings at the Dendy from Saturday, October 10, until Monday, October 12. Films being shown include The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, Be Like Others, Football Under Cover and quickDOCS, Aussie shorts. Bookings on 6221 8900.
info: www.queerscreen.com.au


SONGS

RHONDA BURCHMORE
Cabaret returns to Sydney with the launch of Civic Cabaret at the Civic Hotel in October, playing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The first season of Civic Cabaret will see the Sydney premiere of Rhonda Burchmore’s new show, Red Hot and Saucy. Her show is a tribute to the saucy and blue entertainers and opens Wednesday, October 21.
info: Bookings on 132 849 or visit www.ticketek.com.au

TAYLOR SWIFT
The country popette might not be Kanye West’s favourite artist, but we think she’s alright. She’s just announced her first proper Australian tour, with a stop at Acer Arena on February 6. Tickets on sale October 15 through Ticketek, so get in quick.

GENEVIEVE MAYNARD
Since her time as frontwoman of ’90s rock band Stella One Eleven, Genevieve Maynard has gone on to release three stunning solo albums. She launches her latest, The Hollow Way, with a show at the Vanguard on October 8.
info: www.thevanguard.com.au

cassie davis
Hitmaking songstress Cassie Davis is up to the fourth single from her debut album, after hitting the charts with songs like Differently and Like It Loud. To celebrate, she’s performing an all-ages gig at the Oxford Arts Factory on October 17.
info: www.moshtix.com.au

bluesfest
Pre-early bird tickets are now on sale for the 21st annual Byron Bay Bluesfest. Now held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, the festival will be held over the Easter long weekend in 2010. The artist line-up will be announced in coming months.
info: Bookings on www.bluesfest.com.au

WOMEN OF SOUL
To pay tribute to Michael Jackson, Women of Soul — Casey Donovan, Madam Parker and Prinnie Stevens — will celebrate his music with a series of concerts. The girls will perform some of Jackson’s finest classics and will visit the South Juniors, Kingsford, on Friday, October 23, and Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club on Saturday, October 31.
info: Bookings for South Juniors by visiting www.southsjuniors.org.au and for Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club by visiting www.releagues.com.au

bluesfest
Pre-early bird tickets are now on sale for the 21st annual Byron Bay Bluesfest. Now held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, the festival will be held over the Easter long weekend in 2010. The artist line-up will be announced in coming months.
info: Bookings on www.bluesfest.com.au

STAGE

spamalot
Regals Musical Society is hosting the Sydney premiere of Monty Python’s Spamalot. “Lovingly ripped-off” from the screenplay of the Pythons’ Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this take on the tale of King Arthur, the knights of the round table and their quest for the Holy Grail will be playing at Rockdale Town Hall from Friday, October 9. Tickets start at $24.
info: Bookings on 9533 2862 or visit www.theregals.com.au

DIVINE DIVAS
Australia’s hottest new all-star celebrity female impersonation show, Divine Divas, features the talents of some of the country’s brightest and most talented female impersonators. Tina Sparkelle has brought together some of Australia’s sexiest boys to become even hotter showgirls in the show, which opens on Saturday, October 10, at the State Theatre.
info: Bookings on 136 100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

MORE LARAMIE
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is an epilogue of sorts about the aftershocks Matthew Shepard’s murder caused in the small American town of Laramie, Wyoming. Those who were moved by original The Laramie Project can discover how the town is coping ten years on. It’s playing on October 13 at 7pm at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.
info: www.seymourcentre,com.au

JAMIE KILSTEIN
US ‘guerilla comic’ Jamie Kilstein has been described as the new Bill Hicks and won plaudits from comedians including Janeane Garofalo. See the hilarious troublemaker in action at the Comedy Store from October 13-17.
info: www.comedystore.com.au

TAMING THE SHREW
The Bell Shakespeare Company presents a not-so-classic, all-female take on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy at the Sydney Opera House from October 20. The gender-bending production mixes women playing men with women playing women in delicious style.
info: www.bellshakespeare.com.au

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