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Treat yourself to a Ladies Lunch at Café Ananas
Birthday, baby shower or hens party on the horizon? Gather your girls for a Ladies Lunch at Café Ananas, where they'll be serving a three-course meal of French delights. Guests will have a choice of three items from Café Ananas’s menu, including ricotta ravioli with tomato fondue and basil, lemon sole fillet, Champagne risotto and their signature beetroot salad. Top things off with a sweet treat – maybe a chocolate fondant? Or how about a tarte tatin with caramelised apples and ice cream? Toast to the weekend: you'll get two hours of bottomless sparkling wine with your meal as well. Café Ananas’s Ladies Lunch costs $99 and is served every Saturday and Sunday from noon.
Griffin Theatre Company's The Homosexuals, or ‘Faggots’
Australian playwright Declan Greene (of Melbourne-based queer theatre group Sisters Grimm) has written a provocative new satirical play. Set in Potts Point on Mardi Gras night, The Homosexuals ventures where many fear to tread and asks some extraordinarily difficult questions of Greene's own community: White Gay Men. How was marriage ordained as the number one LGBTQIA issue of our time? Why do some colours in the rainbow flag get to shine brighter than others? And when was it, exactly, that gay men stopped throwing bottles and started buying Prosecco? Lee Lewis directs a cast including Mama Alto, Simon Burke, Simon Corfield, Genevieve Lemon and Lincoln Younes. Playing at the Stables Theatre, Kings Cross from March 17, The Homosexuals is bound to have audience members of every persuasion talking. Tickets range from $35 to $55.
Say farewell to the Opera Point Marquee
The Sydney Opera House has one of the most beautiful vistas on the harbour and the Opera Point Marquee makes the most of it. Now, it's your final opportunity to host an event in this prime location, before it's removed during extensive renovations in mid-May. The Opera Point Marquee accommodates 500 guests for cocktail party events or 250 guests seated (with a dancefloor). With catering from the outstanding crew at Events by Aria, you can bet that the food and drinks will be of a seriously high standard. For more details on events, or to make a booking, call 02 8274 9600 or check out Events by Aria.
Laura Mvula is bringing her gospel repertoire to Byron Bay Bluesfest and a string of shows across the east coast. Her second album The Dreaming Room was released last year in a flurry of excitement and praise. Touching tunes like ‘Show Me Love’ show a tender side to the musician, who has been lauded as one of the brightest musical talents to come out of the UK in recent years. With a genre-bending repertoire that brings classically trained vocals together with baroque soul, Mvula is a force to be reckoned with. Laura Mvula will play her debut Australian show at the Metro Theatre on Wednesday April 12.