EAT your way through the weekend at the Italian Food and Wine Festival or head to the Australian Museum for the world’s best nature photography. Here are all the events to plan for in the week ahead.
THE BOYS ARE BACK
The much-applauded musical Jersey Boys returns to Sydney, bringing you the tunes of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Portraying the true story of the American pop band behind smash hits such as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry — this one is a must-see for music lovers. Croon to all their biggest anthems and revisit the band that sold more than 175 million records. It’s playing at the Capitol Theatre from August 29.
Jersey Boys, capitoltheatre.com.au
THE SECRET SINGER
If you’re in the mood for a feel-good musical this week then be sure to catch The Secret Singer, featuring Australian theatre stars Genevieve Lemon and Kate Mannix. The production brings you the story of two women whose lives are changed by singing lessons. It’s showing at the Eternity Playhouse from August 28 to September 9, tickets range from $35 to $54.
The Secret Singer, darlinghursttheatre.com
FLIGHT AND DELIGHT
Comedian, writer and producer Caroline Reid is set to bring her hilarious alter ego Pam Ann to Sydney in her new show, Flight Attendant Star. It’ll be the same lewd, acerbic airline satire that fans all over the world have come to expect from her. It’s on at the State Theatre on September 1, tickets range from $59 to $199.90.
Flight Attendant Star, statetheatre.com.au
CELEBRATING THE KING OF POP
The only Michael Jackson show to feature the celebrated singer’s actual staff, singers and band members is coming back to Australia. William Hall will step into MJ’s shoes and perform all of his biggest pop anthems — complete with all the authentic touches and flair. It’s playing across a number of NSW venues from August 29 to October 13.
Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour, abstractentertainment.net
THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES
The award-winning production The Almighty Sometimes is quick-witted, refreshingly honest and perfect for parents who want to see themselves reflected on stage. Kendall Feaver’s story centres around a mother who struggles to protect her daughter as she takes on a risky personal experiment. You can see it at the SBW Stables Theatre until September 8, tickets range $30 to $60.
The Almighty Sometimes, griffintheatre.com.au
If you’re looking for a voice to match Freddie Mercury’s, then look no further than Marc Martel. He has an uncanny vocal likeness to the legendary singer — hear him in the Ultimate Queen Celebration tour perform alongside master musicians at the State Theatre on August 31, tickets $80-$128.
Ultimate Queen Celebration, ultimatequeendownunder.com
TIMELIGHT BY RIVERSIDE
British clarinetist Julian Bliss performs alongside Australasian piano group NZTrio. Expect classics such as John Psathas’ Island Songs and Ross Harris’ There May Be Light at this vibrant collaboration. Today at the Riverside Theatre, tickets $44.
If you didn’t catch enough of Aydan Calafiore on The Voice Australia 2018 grand final, then this is the chance to hear him live as he tours with his new single Something About You. Sing along to favourite tracks such as Despacito and Runaway Baby. The singing sensation will perform at the Oxford Arts Factory today, tickets $55-$76.
RESONANT BODIES COMES TO SYDNEY
National and international powerhouse singers will push creative boundaries as the Resonant Bodies Festival makes its way Down Under. Audiences can expect to be enthralled by experimental music from six diverse vocalists. The full festival program can be viewed on the website. It’s on from August 31 to September 1 at Carriageworks, tickets range from $35-$60.
Resonant Bodies Festival, carriageworks.com.au
FOOD + DRINK
ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Your spag bowl and vino lunch can get an upgrade at the Italian Wine and Food Festival. Regional flavours from Sicily through to Trentino will be on offer and you can brush up your skills at the pasta and gnocchi-making workshops or the Italian wine masterclass. Chef, author and presenter Silvia Colloca will make her festival debut, sharing her best cooking tips on stage. It’s on August 26, at a new venue — the Australian Technology Park, tickets $25-$135.
Italian Wine and Food Festival, italianwinefoodfestival.com.au
FOOD TRUCK FARE IN LIVERPOOL
Eat to your heart’s content at this vibrant Western Sydney celebration, with a range of food truck fare, music and art. Try Japanese fried chicken, Berlin Bangers’ special wursts, and a pop-up restaurant and bar in a shipping container. It’s on today, 2-9pm, Railway St, Liverpool.
Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool, liverpool.nsw.gov.au
STYLE WITH A SIDE OF WHISKY
The District Brasserie has curated an evening of fine food, exquisite drinks and styling tips from men’s style blogger Sam Wines and leading suit brand P. Johnson Tailors’ founder Patrick Johnson. The menu by chef Mark Knox includes charred meats, seafood and more. On drinks duty will be handcrafted whisky distillers Balvenie who will talk guests through a range of single-malt whiskies. It’s on August 30 at the District Brasserie, tickets $120.
Chifley’s Men’s Whisky and Styling evening, chifley.com.au
NOLA SMOKEHOUSE AND BAR
Nola Smokehouse and Bar has launched the Plantation High Tea, bringing together sweet and savoury treats, including lobster rolls, smoked chicken, lemon meringue tartlets and more. For drinks, there will be the choice of bottomless Southern Iced Tea or fresh lemonade plus a glass of champagne or a selected cocktail. It’s on August 26, price $70 per person.
Plantation High Tea, nolasydney.com
AN EVENING WITH DESIGNERS
Celebrate The Strand’s Spring Summer 2018 collection with an intimate evening amid their artisan community. There will be live music, champagne and exclusive offers. The annual event is an opportunity for fashion lovers to acquaint themselves with the artists behind their favourite brands and boutiques, including renowned designers Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, Rebecca Vallance and Vanessa and Cheryl Manning. It’s free and it’s on August 29, The Strand Arcade, Level 1.
Evening with our Designers 2018, strandarcade.com.au
FASHION SPRING CLEAN
Sydney fashionistas can kickstart their spring clean with the Footprints Ecofestival Clothes Swap. If your closet is full of unwanted clothes in good condition, swap them with a stranger for free. Bring up to six items that are clean and undamaged and drop them off before the swap officially begins at noon. Swimwear, sleepwear and activewear are not accepted, nor anything that is dirty, torn, stained or in a poor condition. For more information, head to the website. It’s happening on August 26 at Whites Creek Valley Park, Annandale.
Footprints Ecofestival Clothes Swap, www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Developed by the South Australian Museum, this evocative exhibition brings together more than 100 photographs that present incredible animal portraits and landscape pictures from across Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. The exhibition features the work of finalists who were selected from more than 2000 entries, submitted by more than 500 photographers, across 16 countries. The exhibition is showing at the Australian Museum until January 27, 2019, tickets $21.
Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year, australianmuseum.net.au
BEC JUNIPER FLAT EARTH THEORY
Artist Bec Juniper’s new exhibition Flat Earth Theory is inspired by Australian nature, specifically the interaction between water and earth. The opening reception with the artist is on today at Wagner Contemporary.
Bec Juniper Flat Earth Theory, wagnercontemporary.com.au
Mosman Art Gallery has collaborated with Parramatta Artists Studios on an exciting new exhibition — New Sacred. On show until September 8, it showcases nine artists whose work reflects Australia’s multicultural identity. Listen to various panel discussions about the art at a public open day. It’s on Sunday, 2pm-5pm, free but bookings essential, Mosman Art Gallery.
Making Room: Sacred Spaces from the private to the public, mosmanartgallery.org.au
BAD IS BACK
Sydney Crime Writers Festival is back bringing together leading fiction authors and investigative journalists to showcase the best in Australian crime writing. The festival has added the Danger Prize night, hosted by novelist Candice Fox, for the ultimate pub quiz. It’s on at the Justice and Police Museum from August 31 to September 2, tickets $20.
BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, badsydney.com
A NIGHT OF TOLSTOY
Celebrated Australian actor David Wenham, known for his performances in Lord Of The Rings and Pirates Of The Caribbean, is appearing with the Sydney Art Quartet in a thrilling series of concerts. Included is a retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata by the much-loved Aussie star, accompanied by music from the legendary Czech composer Leos Janacek. Telling the story of a crime of passion, Tolstoy’s novella was banned in Russia and the USA when published. The event is on at the Yellow House Gallery on August 29, tickets $90.
Words Are Weapons, sydneyartquartet.com
THE NEXT GENERATION OF WRITERS
If you want to meet the next generation of Australian writers, then come along to the National Young Writers Festival program launch. Evelyn Araluen and festival directors Maggie Thompson and Caleb Triscari will share what’s in store for 2018. The launch will include live readings and performances.
National Young Writers Festival launch, cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
VOICES FROM THE ASHES
Living Holocaust survivors are now scarce. Come along to this fascinating panel discussion about the importance of oral history and survivor testimony. The free event is on at Sydney University on September 6.
Voices from the Ashes, sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au
RUNNING FOR PREMATURE BABIES
Put your young ones on the track this Sunday and help raise funds for premature babies. The fourth annual Kids’ Fun Run will see kids run as many laps of the 450m course as they can, collecting stamps along the way. Running For Premature Babies was started by Sophie Smith in 2007 after she and husband Ash lost their firstborn triplet sons. The kids’ run is happening at Grant Reserve, Coogee, tickets $20-$50.
RFPB Kids’ Fun Run 2018, runningforprematurebabies.com
OUT AND ABOUT
Get ready for spring by heading to Centennial Parklands for a day of nature. The Wild Play workshop for parents and carers teaches families how to spend more time outdoors and the benefits of outdoor play. On today, 10am-noon, tickets $25-$40.
Wild Play, whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
HIGH ON CRIME TUESDAYS
Spend Tuesday evening sitting at the edge of your seat watching Al Pacino in the shoes of Cuban refugee Tony Montana in 1983’s Scarface. The gritty crime drama is the final instalment in a series of hard-boiled classic crime films playing at The Chauvel. Scarface screens on September 4, marking 35 years since its release, tickets $10.
BEST OF ARMENIAN FILMS
Now in its third year, the Armenian Film Festival has curated 15 films from around the world that tell stories about the Armenian people and their culture. This weekend is your last chance to catch this showcase of incredible talent before the festival finishes on August 26. Expect to see films ranging from comedy to drama and documentaries, plus short films. It’s happening at Event Cinemas Top Ryde and the full program is available on the website.
Armenian Film Festival, affsydney.com
THE MINDS BEHIND BORDER POLITICS
Learn from respected barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on screen and on stage at this special screening of his film Border Politics. Directed by Judy Rymer, the film follows Burnside as he travels the world and documents the treatment of refugees across Western democracies. The conclusions he reaches are haunting and insightful. The special event is on at the Hayden Orpheum today at 3pm, tickets $22-$27.
Border Politics, orpheum.com.au
TIME FOR COMEDY
Get your comedy fix at this year’s AAMI Just For Laughs, featuring comedians including Bill Bailey, Ken Jeong, Iliza Shlesinger, Reggie Watts and more. The line-up is part of the week-long festival that has been making Sydney laugh for the past eight years. You can view the full program on the event’s website. It’s happening at the Sydney Opera House from November 20 to 25.
AAMI Just For Laughs, justforlaughs.sydney
ALL THINGS MICRO
Siteworks is back to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the theme for this year is “Micro”. The annual spring event will bring together contemporary artists, scientists and environmentalists to showcase work that focuses on the miniature and microscopic. It’s on September 29 at the Bundanon Homestead, tickets $12.
Siteworks 2018, bundanon.com.au