TONY’S HARD ON
The next edition of Hard On, coming to Phoenix on July 17, is a salute to Tony Ward: the Madonna-loving, Hustler White-starring Italian hunk of questionable sexuality whose spectacular bod was immortalised for all eternity in Madonna’s Sex book in 1992. The Hard On fun kicks off at 10:30pm.
Chunky gets festive with a Christmas in July celebration on July 24 at the Midnight Shift. All manner of beefy blokes, furry studs, cute cubs and hot daddies will enjoy music from DJs Rob, Gavyn Vincze, Troy Cox, Luke Leal and Mark Alsop, plus Santa and a complimentary Christmas buffet. info: www.chunkyparty.com.au
Coming to ARQ again on July 23, Fantasia is largely aimed at the Asian community and their friends, lovers, and admirers, with fantastic drag shows by Sara Lee, Kiki Fetch and Sue Nami, as well as resident DJs Sandi Hotrod & Danny T. Doors open at 9pm, $10 entry.
Rainbow Visions presents its annual winter ball at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday, July 17. This year’s theme is Studio 54, with comedienne Denise Gold and Newcastle’s own Peter Allan hosting. Tickets are now on sale for $115 per person at ACON on Maitland Rd, Islington.
Rainbow Babies’ Babies and Toddlers group meets every week at parks in the inner west around Newtown every Thursday at 10.30am. In the event of wet weather, they meet upstairs at Martini Café, in the south end of King St. For more details, call Nadine on 0425 278 229 or email [email protected]
Busking for change is a Charity Event started by Josh Pyke which aims to help raise urgently needed funds to address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities. This year Josh is back with a stellar lineup featuring Holly Throsby, Boy and Bear and a DJ set, to raise more greatly needed funds for the ILP. Busking for change will be held on August 27 at the Annandale Hotel.
SYDNEY LEATHER PRIDE WEEK
Those looking for information on their legal rights and responsibilities can attend an SM and the Law forum, presented by a leading Sydney criminal lawyer. The venue will be announced to registered attendees – book at [email protected] 6.30pm to 9pm, entry is $10 SLPA / $15 non-member
The Oxford Hotel will play host to a Leather Cocktail Party from 8pm to 1am, with DJs Matt Vaughn, Mandy & Feisty. info: [email protected]
Saddlebar SLPA Dog Tag takes over Saddlebar from 8pm to midnight, with the three Dungeon DJ Spin-off finalists all vying for the chance to play at the following night’s Inquisition party. Entry is free for members and those in gear, $5 for everyone else. Elsewhere on Oxford St, The Gaff will host Hellfire from 9:30pm, with DJs Mandy Rollins and Feisty and a diverse line-up of female burlesque and fetish performers. $25 entry, $20 for SLPA members.
It’s time for Sydney Leather Pride Week’s biggest party, Inquisition 18: Rebooted, at the Arthouse Hotel from 10pm-6am. DJs at this mega event include Mike Kelly, Sveta, Stephen Allkins, Spin Off Finalist, George Roussos, Chip and Kam Shafaati. Tickets, from $65-85, are available from SAX Fetish, Mannhaus, Maxxx Black, Daisy, online and at the door (if available). info: www.sydneyleatherpride.org
Keep on kicking on at Inquisition Recovery at Phoenix from 5:30am, with DJs Johan Khoury, Troy Cox, Coxy and Dan Murphy. info: www.risingdayclub.com.au
Nikki ‘Diesel’ Follett will give an educational talk on ‘Butch, and the Lost art of Manners’ from 7pm to 9pm. The venue will be announced to registered attendees – book at [email protected] Entry is $10 SLPA, $15 non-members.
Gallery burlesque is a non-profit (entry by donations) event which is on the third Wednesday of every each month, with the next event on July 21. Six artists will showcase their artwork, and there’ll be music and burlesque throughout the night: Five burlesque beauties and one great singer-songwriter, Stanmore Phoenix.
info: from 7:30pm at Sol Sutra, 239 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
ON YER BIKE
Monstrosity Gallery in Woolloomooloo is hosting the Bourke Street Festival on Wheels, happening on July 23-24. The festival sees the launch of cycling related art at Monstrosity Gallery, and just down the street will be bands, cycling stunts and general misbehavin’ over two days.
Calling all surfie chicks! Coast Out, coming to Coffs Harbour from October 29-31, is Australia’s first gay and lesbian surfing competition. It’s also an arts and cultural festival, and whether you’re a novice surfer or a keen wave rider, there are events and competitions to suit every skill level. Join the CoastOut Facebook group for more info.
The Wonder Woman Show is a fundraiser presented by Caroline O’Sullivan, featuring Sydney’s leading female comics including Liesel Boderek, Lynn O, Sue Lewis and Sheniel Diamond. Hosted by Gill Minervini, with music from DJ Nicole plus auctions and prizes.
info: $30 entry, from 8pm July 16 at the Cleveland Hotel.
CANADA ON SHOW
The first and only annual Canadian film festival outside Canada, Possible Worlds unfolds from August 2 to 8, running a week of film premieres, filmmaker Q&As, industry talks and parties. Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown are the host cinemas.
Sydney Theatre Company will host a screening of the award-winning documentary The Future Makers on Monday 26 July at 6:30pm. This documentary explores the visions of these leaders and follows them as their projects unfold: people creating solutions that won’t cost the earth.
Pubs & Bars
Happy Bastille Day! There are a swag of French-themed parties happening around Sydney this Wednesday, July 14, including a celebration at Slide hosted by Parisian drag diva Claire De Lune. Slide will be transformed into a Moulin Rouge parlour for a delicious dinner and show evening, with amazing food from a French chef and live performances from Suzie Q and the Carousel Can Can Dancers. Bookings through Ticketek.
The Key Largo Bar in Rushcutters Bay opens its door every Fridays for twelve weeks to an exciting new Songwriter Competition, hosted by internationally renowned singer-songwriter Dennis Aubrey. It’s free, and the atmosphere is cool and relaxed. And aspiring singers – there are great cash prizes to be won. Bookings/enquiries: [email protected]
British rock band Kasabian are huge in the UK – they’ve played the Glastonbury Festival and sold out Wembley Stadium. Their new album, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, is their best yet and it’s rapidly grown their Australian fanbase – the boys are about to play their biggest venues to date here, including Hordern Pavillion on July 24. Tickets through Ticketek.
Sliding forth from the icicle that is Melbourne city winter, one man band Great Earthquake comes to town for his much anticipated Sydney album launch to headline The Revenant Club no. 3 at the Oxford Art Factory on July 21. He’ll be joined by bluesy sex symbol Loene Carmen, party punks Myth and Tropics, psychobilly rockers Leroy Macqueen and the Gussets and more. All that for only $5 on the door.
Manchester’s great white hope Delphic return to Australia as part of the Splendour In The Grass circus and to play a clutch of headline shows around the country in August. After a very brief whip around the country earlier in the year, one of 2010’s most exciting debutants – thanks in no small part to killer debut album Acolyte – will play The Gaelic on August 3.
Join the always irreverent Miss Lilly Monster and her special guests Kris Brown and Mary Sherman for a riotous adults-only Christmas in July cocktail party filled with songs, laughs and the occasional hippo on July 22 at the Seymour Centre. Miss Lilly Monster’s Christmas Cocktails will have you questioning the real meaning of Christmas — how does Santa deliver all those presents to children all over the world in one night and not lose any weight?