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The Scarborough Hotel’s home for local artistic talent, Matthew Gillett Gallery, is stepping up its program with a new art market, Mercato Arte. After putting out the call for artists, performing artists, poets and stallholders, the room is set to expose the breadth of artistry from the South Coast and beyond – all, of course, situated at the edge of a stunning location. 2015 is shaping up to...

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From Wednesday February 18 – Saturday February 21, Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres are presenting The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, a theatre production focusing on the experiences of four African women (Yarrie, Aminata, Big Mama Rosemary and Yordy) from four different African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Kenya and Eritrea, respectively) as they escaped the horrors in their...

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Love is dangerous. Young Canadian surfer Nick Brady (The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson) learns this lesson the hard way in Escobar: Paradise Lost. Travelling in Colombia, Nick falls in love with local lass Maria (Claudia Traisac) and is invited to meet her family. Romantic, si? Until it turns out Maria’s uncle is the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, played by the inimitable Benicio Del Toro...

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The Australian Ballet’s 2015 season is starting with a bang. The Capitol Theatre will play host to a week-long Sydney exclusive production of the classic Swan Lake. Graeme Murphy is at the helm of this rendition, having taken it on tour to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and it’s also had a sold-out season in Melbourne, too. Murphy’s interpretation is inspired by, of all things, the royal love...

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Weooooaoooaoaooow! That’s the sound of a punk band’s guitar reverberating, and that’s what The Smith Street Band’s axes have been doing since the release of their uppercutting political charity single, ‘Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’ and their 2014 album, Throw Me In The River. The Melburnian punk rockers have just strummed the first chord of their 26-date national tour,...

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Rufus Wainwright, dreamy songwriter and son of Loudon Wainwright III (the name that never fails to impress), is coming Down Under for a legion of adoring fans in March. The junior Wainwright’s visit follows the release of his new compilation, Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright, which features cuts like ‘Out Of The Game’, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘The One You Love’. He’ll melt hearts at the State...

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First Aid Kit, those venerable folkster sisters from Sweden, are returning to our warm shores to play an east coast tour in March, as well as the Golden Plains and WOMADelaide festivals. After releasing their third album, Stay Gold, last year, and rocking everyone’s socks off at Splendour, they’ll again serenade the crowd on Wednesday March 11 at the beautiful Enmore Theatre.

 

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Och aye! Belle and Sebastian are Scotland’s favourite indie band, which makes them England’s favourite British indie band whenever they win something or have a platinum album. Wait no, that’s Andy Murray. Anyway, the Glaswegians have just released their ninth album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, through Matador/Remote Control.It has been received very well: Kevin Harley of The Independent...

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If you love all things Michael Jackson, this is your chance to shine. Thriller Live, a West End production, is touring Australia and visiting Sydney in February. The show is two hours straight of MJ hits, with a live extravaganza matching the King of Pop’s stage verve. Australians MiG Ayesa (whom you might remember from Rock Star: INXS) and Prinnie Stevens have both featured in the London...

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Sarah McLeod (of The Superjesus fame) has teamed up with Mick Skelton (Baby Animals) for a rockin’ tour of the east coast. They’ll be playing a bag of songs from McLeod’s solo career, as well as Superjesus hits and a few other covers. This unstoppable road train of looseness is going to make only three stops, one of which will be on Friday February 6 at The Basement, with The Art’s KJ playing...

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Mountain Sounds Festival is one of the newer Australian festivals around, and my, is it brimming with Australian talent. The Kite String Tangle, Safia, D.D Dumbo, The Jungle Giants and Tkay Maidza are all appearing, but the just-announced cherry on top of that mouth-watering ice-cream cake of a lineup is Alison Wonderland. The festival is at Mount Penang Parklands, near Kariong, which is...

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The Canberra-born and Merimbula-raised Kim Churchill has been making a right old splash on the folk scene, with last year’s release Silence/Win the fruit of a long labour. The 24-year-old surfing songwriter has played sets at Glastonbury Festival and in support of Billy Bragg and Michael Franti. Now he’s coming to town to play Oxford Art Factory on Saturday January 24, and we’ve got a special...

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The Art Gallery of NSW has given the people what they want, opening its doors until 9pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday for the rest of January. Meanwhile, the new Art After Hours program is underway each Wednesday, with celebrity and artist talks from the likes of Luke Sales, Leo Schofield and Annabel Crabb. It’s all in support of the pop art exhibition Pop To Popism,featuring Andy Warhol...

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There’s some quality dance action going down at the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney on Sunday January 25. It’s Sankeys’ 20th Anniversary Tour, presented by the party crew at Code, with three big headliners – Darius Syrossian, Yousef and Dillan Joseph – and more. The event is on a Sunday, but don’t fret – it’s a long weekend, because Australia Day falls on the Monday, so you can get loose to...

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Roots/reggae stars and regular festival favourites Blue King Brown have released their new album, Born Free, after two years of work – and it’s a return to the top of their game. Pursuing their patented socially conscious lyricism, frontwoman Nattali Rize and co. move in new musical directions on the record. Born Free features collaborations with Jamaican legends The Congos and Jesse Royal as...

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Film fanatics, listen up: Australia’s leading short film festival, Flickerfest,is returning this summer with what is set to be a stellar program. Featuring the best 100 short films of the year, the festival will be running from January until May at 50 venues across Australia. The festival is now in its 24th year and is ready to celebrate a diverse range of talented filmmakers and actors, with...

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Three of Sydney’s foremost performing arts companies are combining forces for the Sydney Festival performance Puncture. Legs On The Wall, FORM Dance Projects and VOXhave brought together 42 young physical theatre artists and contemporary dancers to perform alongside Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’young person’s choir in a work that explores human interaction amongst young people. Created by some...

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The Daily Telegraph called Bale de Rua’s last Sydney production “innovative, captivating and enthralling … a show that makes audiences want to move”. The Daily Telegraph said that! About a cultural event that wasn’t sport! Wowee. If you don’t know already (and how could you not, loyal readers; it had a big front page story last week) the new show Baila Brazil is a big Lusophonic spectacular; a...

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One of world electronic music's true innovators, Dubfire, lands in Sydney this week to headline the Saturday December 20 edition of the CODE party at the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney. The Sci+Tec man will play an extended DJ set in a summer-friendly intimate outdoor setting, joined by a host of local selectors including Space Junk, B_A, AboutJack, Micky Price and Ed Wells.

 

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Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm group The PutBacks have banded together to release Dawn, an album that beautifully combines soul, rock, country and indigenous sounds to tell stories that are gritty, brutally honest and hard-hitting. The collective will be packing its bags and embarking on an Australian tour this month to share the newfound sound and fresh content with a...

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Still stuck for New Year’s Eve plans? NYE On The Harbour is returning to welcome in 2015, which makes it the place to be on Wednesday December 31. The party is renowned for hosting some of the best dance acts around, and this year boasts a lineup of boisterous and fun-loving artists including Hermitude, Yolanda Be Cool, Crooked Colours, Hayden James and more. The celebrations will be held at...

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If you like your cabaret shows with a side of acrobatics, you are in luck. Coming to town as part of Sydney Festival 2015, Limbo is a mix of the sultry, the contortion-y and definitely the unique. Set in an otherworldly plane between heaven and hell, it has managed to sell out shows all across the globe. The show is set to a live brass, hip hop and beats soundtrack by Sxip Shirey.

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Each year, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is awarded to a stage production of outstanding merit. There have been eight musicals in the history of the award to win the commendation, and in 2010 Next To Normalwas added to the list. In 2015, it’s coming to Sydney. Applauded for its brutal honesty and insight into the reality of living with mental illness, and its poignant commentary on social mores...

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To celebrate the end of a long year and the arrival of summer, we have three double passes to give away to Hijinks, Sydney’s only underwater party, which returns to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium with The Final Countdown on Thursday December 18.

 

Hijinks brings to life the underwater tunnels of the aquarium after hours, with pop-up bars, performances, comedy, crafts workshops, games...

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What’s the one thing that could make Doctor Who more dramatic and spectacular than it already is? A symphony orchestra, of course. These are the ingredients behind the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which will make a return to Sydney with a brand new show next year, following a successful 2012 visit. The fifth Doctor himself, Peter Davison, will be on hand to host the event, joined onstage...

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Vive la France! One of the highlights on the Sydney Festival each year is back for 2015, with So Frenchy So Chic In The Park set to take over St John’s College at the University of Sydney on Saturday January 17. In keeping with the name, it’s a very French and very chic celebration of all things from urban Paris to the rural provinces, with a soundtrack by some of the finest French artists:...

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Bill Murray showing a 12-year-old the wonders of strip clubs, race tracks and pregnant showgirls wouldn’t be surprising as a headline, given Murray’s irrevocable sarcasm and general strangeness. However, it’s simply the premise for St. Vincent, a black comedy/drama by first-time writer/director Ted Melfi. Australia’s sweetheart Naomi Watts joins the fold alongside Melissa McCarthy and Jaeden...

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Jane Tyrrell has already made a splash in the music industry through her involvement in Australian band hip hop band The Herd, but she’s now ready to take her music in a different direction, developing a solo career in the electronic-indie sphere. Having just released her dynamic debut album Echoes In The Aviary, Tyrrell is making waves – she’s embarked on a national solo tour as well as being...

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SOL REPUBLIC, one of the world’s most cutting-edge audio lifestyle brands, is once again announce partnering with one of Australia’s number one dance music festivals, Stereosonic.

 

For the third year in a row, this dream team is joining forces to deliver fans across Australia another unforgettable music experience. Thanks to SOL REPUBLIC, BRAG is offering you the change to win a...

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Grace (AKA Grace Woodroofe) is returning to stages across the country this week with her ethereal soundscapes. Having just wrapped up a tour with Alt-J, the Western Australian singer is launching her single ‘Pluto’ and offering up a taste of the new music she’s been working on with the likes of Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) and Sam Spiegel (Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

 

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