Dark, dirty and all-Aussie

Party favourite Extra Dirty returns this Australia Day Weekend in its purest form, with DJs Feisty, Baby Bear and Rob Gilbert delivering deep, dark and dirty sounds. Head to the Midnight Shift from 10pm on Sunday January 27 – tickets available now from Daisy and Bang Clothing ($30 plus booking fee).

info: www.mandystribe.com


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Cindy Pastel, Miss 3D and Twistie (now Pat Gently) worked together as the Showbags since the early ‘80s. Now they return to the stage for a special performance at the Imperial Hotel on Australia Day weekend. And in true Showbag fashion, they are introducing a new girl to the group: up and comer Paris Hilicons. Come and see these legends of drag once again!

INFO: Cabaret Room, Imperial Hotel, Sunday January 27. 5pm, $5 entry. 




Love and other transactions

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When Danny arrives at Marshall’s home to complete what he thinks will be just another ‘job’, he learns his skills are to be utilised in a way he could never have imagine. Showing as part of the Short + Sweet Festival, A Different Client is a short, sharp, 10-minute gay-themed drama. See it at the King

Street Theatre from January 30 to February 2.

INFO: www.shortandsweet.org/sydney


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City of Sydney has dedicated its annual Living Colour floral event to the 35th Sydney Mardi Gras this year with garden displays arranged into hearts, high heels and the pouty lips from pop princess Kylie Minogue. More than 30,000 plants will be planted around the city during the three week lead up to the Mardi Gras parade on March 2.

COLOURFUL CREATURE: Drag icon Criag Criag among some of City of Sydney’s floral displays. Photo: Tomas Nemecek.







Gone but not forgotten

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Adelaide Feast Festival founder Margie Fischer is presenting The Dead Ones, a solo show delving into death, family and memory through storytelling and photography, as part of the Midsumma Festival. Fischer’s previous solo show, The Gay Divorcee, was well-received by audiences. The Dead Ones runs January 29-February 3 at TheatreWorks.

INFO: www.midsumma.org.au



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Two nights, three twinks and some truly hilarious dance numbers. That’s what you can expect from the upcoming comedy show, Twunks at the GH Hotel on February 1-2 from 7pm. Gay comedians Nath Valvo, Joel Creasey and Thomas Jaspers are teaming up to chew over life as twenty-something gay guys. Special guests include Fiona O’Loughlin, Kate Langbroek, Adam Richard, Ben Norris, Em Rusciano, Brendan Maclean, Marni McQueen and Monty Diamond.

INFO: www.midsumma.org.au          

Photo: Daniel Martin Bailey.


Pool party time

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We know you have been working hard all summer for that beach-ready bod and the Manhunt Pool Party will be the place to show it off. DJs will be spinning tunes from noon until 8pm on Saturday February 2 at Wet On Wellington. It’s the last big party for the Midsumma so why not wrap up the 2013 festival by going for a dip.

INFO: www.midsumma.org.au 



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If you’re looking for something provocative and moving this Midsumma Festival, look no further than the Word Is Out 2013 line up. This series of readings and spoken word events at Hares & Hyenas, Fitzroy, features the venue’s regular listings such as Bespoken and Word Slam plus new works. Don’t miss Rapid Fire on February 1 when 12 opinionated people take the stage for six minutes each. The line up runs on Wednesday-Friday nights until February 1.

INFO: www.midsumma.org.au





Escape to the foam on Australia Day

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INFO: Australia Day at Escape is on Sunday, January 27. Entry $25.


New trivia night for Brisbane

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The great people at Slightly Twisted Refreshment Lounge in Nundah are holding a weekly trivia comp with what else, but a twist. Charismatic quizmaster and queer radio star Blair Martin will challenge teams with great prizes on offer. Teams are encouraged to turn up each night to compete for prizes at the end of season. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, entry is $3pp for teams up to four people.

INFO: The next trivia night is on Feburary 7 at 6pm.




Check out all of what’s happening this weekend in a city near you in our What’s On guide here. You can also get the low down on the hottest events on in your town from the Queen of Scene, Dolly Diamond, here. Or check out our What’s Hot section for more details on happening / coming up events here.


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