Gay Bash is back and will hit The Cross Nightclub this Friday, August 7. Doors open at 10pm with DJs Sirens, National Treasure, Bitch Science, Jaime Doom, Nina Las Vegas, Sex Azza Weapon and performance from Dallas Dellaforce.
The Clarence Hotel will host an Underwear Party this Sunday, August 9. Doors open at 1:30pm with DJ Rob Davis. Entry is $10.
info: 9560 0400
It’s Queer Kandi this Friday, August 7 at Arq Sydney with DJs Jack Mccord, Sean Doyle, Pablo Calamari, Damien Goundrie, Beth Yen and a live performance from Kristen Pearson. Cover charge is $15.
The Gender Centre is a support group for transgender people. The centre invites guest speakers to educate issues on hair removal, hormones, employment and other group requests. It is located at 75 Morgan St in Petersham.
info: 9569 2366.
On Saturday, August 15, Come Out Penrith members will take a day trip to Dangar Island at Brooklyn. Meet the group at the Brooklyn railway station at 10am.
NOT SO STRAIGHT
A new website has been developed by the Mountains Youth Services team in partnership with the Aurora Foundation to provide safe, reliable and anonymous information about sex and sexuality to young people without being exposed to pornography.
QUEER OUT WEST
Every Monday night from 10pm catch the Diva-award winning radio program Queer Out West on 89.3FM. Presenters include Beverly Buttercup, Maxi Shield, Gracie Lou and producer Paul.
The Warehouse Penrith Youth Health Centre runs a GLBT youth service. Groups are for same-sex attracted young people and provide an opportunity to meet and greet and learn about sexual health.
info: 4782 2875
Avenue Q is a new breed of musical and its gala premiere with proceeds going to ACON will be held at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, August 8. Doors open at 8pm with an exclusive after party to follow.
Heaven is looking for a new Westie Diva in their Star Search on Saturday, August 8 at the Northmead Bowling Club. Entry is $7 before 10pm and $10 after. Dan Mobile DJ will spin, with entertainment by Beverly Buttercup, Gracie Lou, Lola del Arte and Sue Pernatural. Doors open at 8:30pm. To enter the Star Search competition email [email protected]
DJ’s Mandy Rollins and Rob Gilbert will bring Dirty to Phoenix on Saturday, August 8. Doors open at 10pm and entry is $15.
NIGHT OF MAYHEM
The Rock Out crew will return to Plus One at 202 Broadway on Friday, August 14. The Rock Out crew will bring their own blend of rock, indie and rock-tronica with DJs Sveta, Renae Stanton, Eliot Coleman and Monkey Azwel. Doors open at 9pm and entry is $5.
The City of Sydney is encouraging local artists and illustrators to explore what contemporary Australia means to them in this year’s Multicultural Art Competition. Entries close 5pm on Monday, August 24.
info: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/grants or call 02 9265 9296.
The Pollys Club is getting together at the Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday, August 25. Doors open at 7pm and Sound Affair will be taking care of the music. Entry is $20.
info: 95576739 or www.thepollysclub.com.au.
Partners is a new program for gay couples where one or both have HIV that provides a safe space to relax, listen and learn, discuss ideas, share experiences and develop strategies to make your relationship even more satisfying and rewarding. The group will meet on Saturday 5 and Sunday September 6 in Newcastle. Cost is $10 per-couple includes refreshments, lunches and information kit.
info: 0417 772 390 or email [email protected]
Second round tickets are now on sale for Sleaze Ball 2009: Game On. The party will be held at the Dome and Hordern Pavilion on Saturday, October 3.
info: www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849.
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.
The official Frantic Boat Party will kick off from Star Casino Wharf at 10am on Saturday, November 14. DJs include Steve Hill, Yoshi, Micky D, Paul Doran and Allure. Tickets are $40.
info: [email protected]
The Fringe Bar markets is on every Saturday from 10am at Fringe Bar in Paddington. It is home to a collection of emerging fashion designers and vintage clothing dealers and is a great place to pick up something unique.
info: [email protected]
An exhibition of woodfired pots and art textiles by Chestie Nealie and Jan Irvine-Nealie is being exhibited at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown. On display until Tuesday, August 18, the gallery opens at 10am.
Australia’s longest-running interior design festival, Sydney Design, will celebrate local and international designs with a diverse program over 16 days. It will features a range of exhibitions, tours, markets and workshops designed to engage and inspire audiences. Sydney Design finishes on Wednesday, August 19.
Rising Tide is a free exhibition, showcasing film and video works by contemporary Australian artists, which have been acquired by the MCA over the past six years.. Catch this showcase at the MCA until Monday, August 23. info: www.mca.com.au
Eveleigh Market is an undercover, traditional, authentic weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market starting at 8am. The market is home to more than 80 regular stallholders featuring a vast array of seasonal fresh and value-added produce.
Pillow Talk is a new group for young guys and girls to talk about communicating with your partner about what you both want and making relationships and hook-ups safe and fun. This sex and ethics group is for young people between the ages of 16 and 26.
info: 9206 2000 or email [email protected]
Jessica Mauboy’s Kia Soul live in the Chapel showcase will premier on Channel 7 on Sunday, August 23 at 11:30am and then Channel [V] on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30pm.
MORE FOOD SHOWS
SBS is beefing up its food programming following The Ashes from Thursday, August 27 when 7.30pm Thursdays becomes the network’s signature timeslot for quality food series. The Real Masterchefs will be found in the network’s new food programming line-up. A whole year of brand new food shows will take our audiences to places other cooking shows simply don’t get to.
From Australian writer and director David Caesar comes Prime Mover -” a diesel charged romance about ambition, pressure, responsibility and the love shared by a man, a woman and his truck. In cinemas nationally from November.
Channel [V]’s Hanging With-¦ Splendour In The Grass delivers the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me with backstage VIP access at this year’s sold out Splendour. VJ’s Renee and Kyle will take the audience past the security and bring you exclusive interviews with bands from this year’s line up. It’s all kicking off on Sunday, August 30 at 12pm.
Jet, one of Australia’s most successful rock bands, will launch their new album Shaka Rock on Channel [V] this week. Catch their live Big Top performance from Luna Park on Channel [V] on Sunday, August 2 from 3pm.
PUBS AND BARS
Catch Portia Turbo’s famous Trivia nights every Wednesday from 7pm at The Penrith Hotel and every Thursday from 7pm at The King’s Park Tavern.
All star trio The Bourbon Boys, are back at the Taxi Club on Thursday nights. Their live performances start at 8pm. info:
LEMONS AT SLIDE
Lemons With a Twist is a monthly after work drinks function providing the opportunity to network and socialise on the first Friday of each month. The next one is on Friday, August 7 at 6pm with DJ Sandi Hotrod and lucky door prizes, canapes and a free glass of wine upon entry.
Straddling the line between nu burlesque and old erotica, Risque Revue is an exciting new dining showcase which takes inspiration from the legendary Paris Lido and Crazy Horse. You can catch the new night at Slide Bar every Friday night. Doors open 7pm. Three course dinner and show is $80 or show for $20.
Club Kooky is getting all piggy at its next party on Saturday, August 15 at Hermanns Bar. Doors open at 9pm. Performances from The Blush Foundation, Sideways Hitchhiker, Imogen Kelly and DJs Gemma and Seymour Butz.
Ticket available from door.
Bollywood Nights dancers perform at Posh Spice in Newtown every Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm. info: 95576399 or www.poshspice.com.au.
The second tour of The Jack Daniels set in 2009 will see Faker perform at The Metro on Friday, 7 August. As a bonus for Sydneysiders, there will be a limited number of guaranteed entry tickets for The Metro show. There is no door charge.
Awarding winning singer Michael Emmett and musical director Michael Coombes will hit Slide on Thurday. August 13. The show has a tight, punchy structure. Dinner and show is $60w. Bookings through Ticketek or from the door. Doors open at 7pm.
The very sexy Brendan Maclean will return to BarMe to show off his brand new songs on Friday, August 14. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $12. Special guests include Jack Colwell and the Owls.
Tickets for Homebake will go on sale on Monday, August 17. The festival will celebrate it’s 15th anniversary this year with special guests Sia, Daniel Merriweather, Sarah Blasko and Short Stack. info: www.homebake.com.au
Popular Showqueen guest Virginia Gay will return to the show, this time as a headliner. The former All Saints star breaks out in her first one woman show, having spent the earlier part of the year doing a three-woman show with two men, Gentlemen Prefer Blokes. Taking place at the Supper Club on Sunday, August 9 with special guest Tim Draxl.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows have announced a national tour and will play the Entertianment Centre on Sunday, February 20. Tickets are sale now.
info: 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au.
The Queen of New York Burlesque, Angie Pontani, is coming back to shimmy her way around Australia with her new show, Sin For Breakfast. The performer is stopping over at The Vanguard in Newtown on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 August. Doors at 6:30pm.
Bangarra Dance is poised to embark on its 20th anniversary Australian tour with a retrospective work called Fire, opening Friday August 28 at the Sydney Opera House. Tickets start at $48.
info: 9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com.
Seven is an emotionally charged and thought-provoking dance production from South Australia which tells the story of seven people who share a common but unfortunate trait -“ they are all in love with the illusion of love.
It plays the Parade Theatre at 8pm on Friday 28 and Saturday August 29. Tickets start at $29.
info: www.ticketek.com.au or 1300 795 012.
Following her successful European and American tours, the legendary Seville-based flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena returns with her new show, Yerbabuena, at the Sydney Opera House from Thursday, August 27. Tickets start at $69. info: 9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com/eva.
Following his smash sell-out run at Sydney Comedy Festival, US phenomenon Tony Woods will be back in Australia for two weeks until Saturday, August 15 with his irreverent, laid back comedy.
Rainbow’s End is a new play by Jane Harrison, staring Christine Anu, which will have its Sydney debut at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on Saturday, August 29.
info: 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au.