CLUBS

DIRTY ANNIVERSARY
On November 14, Dirty at Phoenix celebrates it’s anniversary in style with a rocking party, including tunes from Mandy Rollins and Seymour Butz. The fun starts at 10pm and it’s $15 entry.
info: www,mandystribe.com

SADDLEBAR OPENS
Sydney’s newest gay men’s establishment, Saddlebar, opens at 9pm on Thursday November 12. Situated at Level 1, 85 Oxford St, it’s free entry, so you have nothing to lose in checking out the newest addition to the Oxford St strip.

BOLLYWOOD DANCE PARTY
Trikone Australia brings a taste of Bollywood to Sydney on November 21 with the Bollywood Dance Party, an amazing night of dance, shows and drums from 9pn at The Loft @ UTS, Broadway. There’ll be a DJ on hand playing remixed and original Bollywood dance music, drum (dhol) players and extravagant shows too. Entry $25/$20.

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


COMMUNITY

GAY MEDITATION
The Sydney Gay Meditation Group is a social gathering of gay and gay-friendly people interested in spiritual development. The group is not specific to any religion or meditation technique, and novices are welcome. They meet 7pm Tuesdays at Club Swans in Kings Cross. Silent meditation is followed by discussions and herbal tea at the free meetings.
info: www.sydneygaymeditationgroup.com

SAME-SEX SESSIONS
The NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby is holding information sessions this month to help educate the community about the impact of the Government’s reforms to laws regarding same-sex relationships and parental recognition. The latest session is to be held on November 16 from 6.30pm at the
Erskineville Town Hall.
info: www.glrl.org.au


DIARY

LOSE YOUR TUNICK
Photographer Spencer Tunick, famed for his mass portraits of nude figures in public, is coming to Mardi Gras next year to create a new artwork. If you’d like to shed your clothes and inhibitions in the name of art — or just to feel a cool breeze between your legs — on March 1, register your interest at www.mardigras.org.au/tunick

CELEBRATING DESIGN
Celebrating Design is a one-day event showcasing jewellery, ceramics, leather bags, textiles, glass and more, direct from the artisans and craftspeople who made them. It’s the perfect event for those looking to pick up unique, handcrafted gifts. The event is on Saturday, November 21, from 10am-5pm at Springwood High Hall, Grose Rd, Faulconbridge. Entry: $5/$2.50

AL GREEN
The prince of soul, the Reverend Al Green, is coming to Australia in 2010. Amazingly, the tour will be the first time the 63-year-old soul, gospel and R&B crooner has performed in this country. Backed by his unbelievable 12-piece band, Green will play a special free open-air concert in The Domain as part of the 2010 Sydney Festival First Night celebrations, plus two intimate shows at the State Theatre.
info: www.algreenmusic.com


FREE

WINTER WONDERLAND
If you want a taste of winter before another long, hot summer sets in, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art on November 14. Sydney artist Michaela Gleave will be transforming the Museum’s front lawn into a magical winter wonderland using a huge load of fake snow. While you’re there, venture into the Museum to check out what’s on offer — it’s free to enter.
info: www.mca.com.au

MAKE FREE ANIMALS
On November 14, Object Gallery is hosting a free animal-making workshop in association with the groundbreaking exhibition Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture currently on show. In the exhibition, children will be able to see how Australia’s Indigenous artists have been inspired by animals and will be able to make a sculpture of their own to take home. The workshop is suitable for children aged 3-12, but ‘kidults’ are welcome too.
info: www.australianmuseum.net.au

GIRLS

LADIES HIP-HOP
Ladies Love Hip-Hop comes to Melt, 12 Kellett Street, Kings Cross,on November 13 from 10pm to late. The night is for women who love hip-hop, and anyone who loves women in hip-hop — from Missy Elliott to our own Killa Queenz. It’s $15 entry, with happy hour for cocktails and beers from 10pm-midnight.

WENDY SINGS EMMYLOU
Acclaimed singer Wendy Matthews is launching an ambitious new project. The ‘A Little Bit Of Country’ series will see her perform the songs of her favourite country singer/songwriters accompanied by her full band. The first performance, on Thursday November 19 at The Basement, will showcase the songs of alternative country legend Emmylou Harris. Fans will also be treated to a second set of Wendy’s greatest hits.
info: www.wendymatthews.com.au

DENISE SCOTT
Loveable comedian Denise Scott is bringing her sold-out Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Number 26, to the Sydney Opera House from November 19. Based on her hit memoir, All That Happened At Number 26, published in 2008, Number 26 is a hilarious tale of true family relationships told with unbridled honesty. In keeping with the show’s theme, Scott’s son (and popular musician in his own right) Jordie is the show’s musical director.
info: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

LIPPS INDOORS
Due to continuing bad weather, the regular LIPPS picnic has been replaced with an indoor event from now on. The first is Pocket the Girls, an afternoon of pool with the girls on Sunday November 15 from 2pm until 5pm at Club Marconi, Restwell Rd, Bossley Park. Refreshments including woodfired pizza, homemade pastries, coffee and gelato are available, as well as drinks at the bar.
info: [email protected]

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

BOYS

CHUNKY
Calling all beefy blokes, furry fellas and cute cubs! Chunky comes to the Clarence Hotel on November 14 from 9pm-late, with tunes provided by a big list of DJs playing over two rooms — including DJ Rob and Troy Cox. Tickets on the door. $10 HCB members, $20 non-members.

GAY WATERFIGHT
Sydney’s biggest-ever gay waterfight comes to Centennial Park from 1pm on November 21. Bring your water bombs and supersoakers and invite all your friends for a water fight and BBQ in the sun. Organisers want it to be a massive splash, so spread the word amongst friends and anyone else you want to get wet. Check the ‘Sydney Gay Waterfight’ page closer to the date for the specific location.

NAKED BARBER
Looking for a close shave? The Naked Barber is a men’s mobile grooming service that specialises in body shaving/clippering, haircuts, cutthroat shaving and hair colouring.
info: www.thenakedbarber.com.au

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

ON SCREEN

COFA SCREENING
In the COFA (College of Fine Arts) annual ’09 screening, graduating digital media and time-based art students show video, animation, motion graphics and time-based works on the big screen at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington. It’s a great opportunity to see the work of fresh young talent on the big screen. The screening runs from 6pm-10pm on November 17. info: www.cofa.unsw.edu.au

DARLO MOVIE NIGHT
As the evenings start to get warmer, movie nights are no longer to be enjoyed on the couch. Each week, The Darlo Bar in Darlinghurst hosts the Tuesday Night Movie, a free film screening to be viewed under the stars. On November 17, you can enjoy the comic stylings of Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, while on November 24, you can swoon with a loved one to the romantic adventure The Princess Bride.
info: www.darlobar.com.au

MEET RUBY
At 500 pounds, Ruby Gettinger is faced with the decision to either change her current lifestyle or face certain death. Naturally, Ruby also decides to have a bunch of camera crews follow her every move as she struggles to stay away from the fridge. Somewhat illogically programmed on Foxtel’s Style Channel, usually the stomping ground of pencil-thin models, Ruby premieres at 8.20pm on November 17.

PUBS AND BARS

B-SIDE
Never before have the heavy hitters of Sydney radio come together to do battle in this way. Whose record collection will come out on top? Who owns the entire back catalogue of Sun Ra? Who chills out to Kraftwerk? Who plays Radiohead on air, but secretly listens to David Hasselhoff at home? Sydney radio DJs including Fenella Kernebone, Dan Zilber and Tim Ritchie will battle it out each Sunday from 2pm at the Beresford Hotel’s beer garden. Free entry.
BIG FAT GAY
Thursday nights from 9pm at the Taxi Club in Darlinghurst, My Big Fat Gay Night is a fun mix of drag shows, DJs and sexy male strippers, all hosted by TV’s Pandora Box.
info: www.thetaxi.com.au

DUNGEONS & DRAG
Thursday nights from 9pm, get set for a brand new show at Arq — Dungeons & Drag Queens. The drag spectacular stars Minnie Cooper, Mitzi Macintosh, Charisma Belle and Tora Hymen, with music from DJs Kitty Glitter and Alex Taylor,
info: www.arqsydney.com.au

SONG

CHRIS SORBELLO
Fledling electro-pop singer Chris Sorbello has been making waves this year with ’80s-tinged tracks like Danger Zone and So Lonely. She releases her debut limited edition EP on November 18, and to celebrate, she performs a showcase at the Piano Room, Kings Cross, from 9pm that day. It’s a great chance to hear an up-and-coming pop star who, if all goes well, should be huge this time next year.
info: www.myspace.com/chrissorbello

DICK & CHRISTA
After a sell out show, legendary jazz pianist Dick Hughes and his daughter Christa are returning to Slide to perform yet another of their rockin’ shows on November 18. The duo’s authentic interpretation of classic early jazz and blues songs combined with their entertaining and somewhat rowdy presentation make them one of Sydney’s truly unique acts. They’ll be performing songs by Memphis Slim, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Lee Wiley, WC Handy and a lot more.
info: www.slide.com.au

ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Robbie Williams is coming to Australia later this month, and a handful of lucky fans will get the chance to see the star perform in an intimate environment when he plays an exclusive gig at The Metro on November 25. Outside of the ARIAs, it’s the only chance to see Robbie play during his Australian visit. Tickets will go on sale November 19 at 9am and can only be purchased with a Debit MasterCard.

STAGE

BURNING DAYLIGHT
Marrugeku’s Burning Daylight is coming to Sydney from November 12-15 at Carriageworks Theatre. Burning Daylight is a dance theatre piece that combines the unique performance styles of Western Australian Indigenous dancers and musicians with Malaysian martial arts and the company’s visual and acrobatic performance language. It’s a karaoke night, Broome-style, where country meets hip-hop meets Japanese love song. info: www.carriageworks.com.au

CABARET
Running from November 19 to December 19, New Theatre’s staging of the classic musical Cabaret couldn’t be more timely, with Liza fever still at its peak after the diva’s recent visit to town. See the raucous, ultimately moving tale of love and lust in pre-war Berlin told as Kander and Ebb intended it. info: www.newtheatre.org.au

STRANGE ATTRACTOR
It’s been getting rave reviews, so you’d better hurry up and see the Griffin Theatre Company’s Strange Attractor before it closes on November 21. From the writer of Brides of Christ and Bastard Boys, the plays tells the tale of a Western Australian mining town whose population is thrown into disarray following a cyclone. It’s playing at the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross.
info: www.griffintheatre.com.au

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