For one night only, Arq Sydney pays tribute to the decade that defined dance music on Friday, September 18. Doors open at 9pm with DJ Jake Kilby, Greg Boladian and Neil Hume. Taking place on the Arena level, the night will feature spot numbers by drag queens Summer Salt, Carmen Geddit, Millie Poppins and Natasha Knowles and Beyonce G Spot. Entry is $10.
Civil Disobedience is back for another night of fun at the Civic Underground, Civic Hotel, on Saturday, September 19. DJs include Stephen Allkins and Matt Vaughan. Doors open at 10pm and entry is $15.
Thud Club is at Gilligans, Oxford Hotel, on Friday, September 25, with DJs Feisty, Mark Alsop, Sandi Hotrod and Craig McKellar. Doors open at 9.30pm and entry is $10.
info: [email protected]
Bad Dog is at the Marrickville Bowling Club on Sunday, October 4. Doors open at 10pm.
info: Tickets are $40 + BF from Spank Records, So Music or $50 on the door.
Sydney Star Observer is proud to announce that Paris-based DJ Leomeo will headline Extra Dirty on Sunday, October 4. Held at Q Bar and 34B, the event will also feature DJs Big Daddy, Mandy Rollins, Feisty, Mark Murphy, Rob Gilbert, Scott Pullen and Sveta. Pre-sale tickets are $45 + BF from Bang, Spank! Records, and Hum.


The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the City of Sydney will bring Shop Yourself Stupid once again to Darlinghurst on Saturday, October 3. Join the Big BBQ or enjoy live music and entertainment in Taylor Square from 11am. Shop Yourself Stupid is also looking for volunteers to help out on the day.
info: 9283 8666, email [email protected] or register online at
The National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) has launched a survey seeking strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect. The survey is part of a nationwide campaign to gain insight into the sensitive issue of child abuse and to develop more effective ways to prevent it.
info: Take part in the survey by visiting
ACON will run a free four-week cruising workshop for men interested in saunas or sex clubs. During the course, participants will learn how to cruise, how to reject unwanted advances, information on sexually transmitted infections and how to get the most out of saunas and sex clubs. The course starts on Tuesday, September 22.
info: To enrol contact 9206 2000 or email [email protected]
The Parramatta Queer Forum will host the Parramatta Pride Picnic on Sunday, October 11, at Parramatta Park. The event starts at 11am with games, drumming, face painting, BBQ, tug-o-war, kites and various stalls.
info: pa[email protected]


The Book Kitchen, Box Fresh and Formaggi Ocello are banding together to host the Origins of Food degustation on Friday, October 2. Founded by Greg Everett, the night promises to be one of four held each year to celebrate the seasons. Tickets are $90 for three courses and matching wine or $60 for three courses without.
info: Bookings on 0415 272 171.
The Portuguese sensation, Mariza, is back at the Sydney Opera House for one show only on Monday, October 5. Mariza will perform tracks from her highly praised new album Terra, supported by a five-piece band. Tickets start at $74.
info: Bookings on 9250 7777 or at
Pyrmont Bay Park will explode with the gourmet delights of the Hunter Valley on Sunday, October 11. The inaugural Hunter Valley Uncorked Pyrmont event will showcase the best of more than 100 Hunter Valley Wines and produce.  Over 20 wineries and restaurants will be on hand with their first class offering giving visitors the opportunity to relax in the park and sample product.
WILMA Lesbian Fair Day is on Sunday October 11 in Campbelltown from 10am. WILMA is seeking lesbians who wish to have a stall to sell their arts and crafts or recycled clothes or goods, or those who wish to provide entertainment or facilitate a workshop. Workshop ideas include drumming, talking circles, a young lesbian speak out, and a dyke dog show. The fair is located at 2 Bugden Place, Campbelltown.
info: Email [email protected]


On Saturday, September 19, CarriageWorks will hold Sydney’s largest exchange event, Rethreads. People can swap vintage music collections, books and clothing. Starts at 9am.
To mark the launch of Voodoo Magic, a range of intense slimming and shaping hosiery products, the brand will hold a Voodoo Magic Launch Pad at Customs House every Thursday and Friday during October. The pad will act as a semi-permanent fashion sanctuary with style gurus on hand to help transform outfits and offer styling advice plus many more extras.
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: Call 9265 9333 or email [email protected]
Calling Knitters
Sydney knitters are invited to participate in I Heart Kings Cross, a collaborative knitted installation along the main strip of Kings Cross. Knitting circles are held every Saturday in September at the Fitzroy Gardens from 10am. During October, the knitted pieces will be installed on trees, poles and landmarks as part of Sydney’s biggest annual public arts festival, Art & About.


A reinvention of the original Oscar-winning hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors, and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts. This diverse and creative powerhouse shows students from all walks of life who are given a chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting fame. In cinemas nationwide from Thursday, September 24.
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 and Metro Screen.
The second series of Project Runway Australia will come to an end Wednesday, September 16, at 8.30pm. The final three, Anthony, Lauren and William, will showcase their designs after months of preparation. Project Runway screens on Arena.
A romantic comedy that takes off into a funny, true-to-life dissection of the unruly and unpredictable year-and-a-half of one young man’s love affair. Staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film is showing at selected cinemas.


Join Sandi Hotrod and guest DJs every Sunday at the Colombian Hotel from 5pm.
On Saturday, September 26, the Hotel Gearin is hosting a fundraiser, Dragorama II: The Born-Again Virgins Ball, for local GLBQT groups in Katoomba. Doors open at 9pm and the night will be hosted by Ms Euphoria Jism. The event will also feature performances from Cliche Le Femme, Kitty Furliner, Lulu Cumtwat and music by DJ ElScorcho. Entry is $10 with all proceeds going to the PLWHA and PINKFEST 2010.
info: [email protected]
This Sunday, September 20, Stonewall and Polly Petrie are hosting a special Polly’s Follies DIVA Fundraiser.
Meanwhile, the DIVA Launch night will be held on Monday, September 21 at the Polo Lounge (upstairs of the Oxford Hotel) from 7.30pm.
Pandora Box (right) will host My Big Fat Gay Night at the Taxi Club every Sunday with special guest performers and DJs each week. The Taxi Club holds karaoke nights every Friday night with Clinton Rocksmith. Doors open at 8pm. Entry is free to both events.
Lipstik is a new night for the GLBT community at the Hostage X in Wollongong opening on Thursday, September 24. Doors open at 9pm and the night will feature special guest DJs.
Midnight shift
Catch Retro Sundays at the Midnight Shift with DJ Justin Scott and A Tale of Two Titties with Maxi Shield and Verushka Darling. Entry is free.


Belgian chanteuse Micheline Van Hautem will bring her new show, Brel with Chocolat, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Erwin van Ligten to the Vanguard on Saturday, October 10, and then to the Factory Theatre on Friday, October 16.
Indie electro-rockers Polaroid Fame have been hard at work writing and recording their debut album, We Live Your Life, and will perform at the Supper Club on Thursday, October 1. The album is set for release on Sunday, September 20.
Canadian band Dragonette is gearing up for their first-ever album release and will play at the national Stereosonic Festival on Saturday, November 28, at Moore Park. Tickets are now on sale for the spring festival. info:
Philharmonia Choirs
A new choral work inspired by one of Australia’s best-loved World War II poems will receive its world premiere alongside two timeless statements on armed conflict at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, November 1. Andrew Schultz’s Beach Burial promises to be a highlight of War and Peace, a poignant concert by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs that delves into the horror and hardship of wars fought throughout history.
info: Bookings on 9251 3115 or visit
Australian pop starlet Samantha Jade will perform at the National Breast Cancer Foundation Sydney Global Illumination cocktail party at Toaster Bar, Circular Quay, on Thursday, September 24. The singer will perform a song she wrote exclusively for the event. Tickets are $195.
info: Bookings at


Following a highly acclaimed sell-out season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Tegrity: Britney Spears in Cabaret is coming to Sydney for a limited season at new cabaret venue, Raval. Opening on Thursday, October 8, the show is a satirical and realistic look at the perils of fame and is described as ‘adroitly scripted, hilarious and bittersweet’.
info: Tickets can be purchased through

Orchestral Masterpieces
One of Australia’s most talented cellists, Patrick Murphy, will feature in Strathfield Symphony’s Orchestral Masterpieces at Petersham Town Hall on Saturday, September 26. The program will feature one of Debussy’s masterpieces’ Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun and Murphy will perform Cello Concerto in E Minor by Edward Elgar. Tickets start at $15. Bookings on 1300 306 776 or
Forbidden Planet is a new monthly cabaret night at the Notes, Newtown. Next event is Saturday, September 26. Forbidden Planet features a host of outstanding entertainment including performance poetry, absurdist theatre, burlesque, circus, comedy, music and live art. Entry is $15.
info: Tickets on the door or by visiting
The No Chance in Hell Hotel is the latest hilarious comedy by Kate Smith and Drew Fairley and is on at the Darlinghurst Theatre until Saturday, 26 September 26. Following the whodunit crime genre, the comedy sends up cop shows like CSI and Law and Order. Tickets start at $32.
info: Bookings on 8356 9987 or

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