Dress Up Attack!
Dress Up Attack! is the reason we become parents: you can dress up your babes in adorable outfits and educate them on Aussie music history at the same time. If you missed out on the mini-fest at Vivid earlier this year, make sure you get tickets for the main event at Marrickville’s Portugal Club before they sell out. Kimya Dawson (Alphabutt) leads the line-up alongside ’90s power-pop outfit Custard and Bunny Racket – performing with a new album recorded in LA with guitarist Robby Krieger (The Doors) and drummer Brant Bjork (Kyuss). Plus, mother of two Angie Who will be performing songs from her new parent-friendly kids’ album Littlefolk and kiddie band Benny Time will open the festival. There’ll be free activities all day, including storytelling and acting workshops from NIDA, for ages 2-5 and 6-8. Melbourne musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi will be running Paint What You Hear workshops, engaging kids with classical and contemporary music and visual art. And the ever-popular Dad Joke Bar will be open for mega LOLs. One of the highlights is Awesome People Reading Books, where kids can sit and listen to stories read by local personalities. Previous readers have included Kamahl, Holly Throsby, Kirin J Callinan and Jay Frenzal. Dressing up on the day is part of the fun, so start planning those matching parent and baby outfits now. Khaleesi and baby dragons, Batman and Robin, Goblin King and baby Toby… the possibilities are endless.
Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash
Peppa Pig is the most watched kids’ show on Australian TV, seen daily by 250,000 viewers. So it’s no surprise that the live show keeps returning to Sydney with more tour dates than ever before. If ‘Peppa’ is a word you can’t say in the house unless you’re going to deliver on that promise, make sure you book tickets to one of these upcoming shows at the Riverside Theatres, the Concourse and Roslyn Packer Theatre. The stage show includes sing-along songs by BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson, and bigger puppets than previous shows. In Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash, Peppa and her pals are on a mission to fix the leaking nursery roof by hosting a village fete. The show features all the main characters from Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig to Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Time Out gave the show five stars when we saw it at Riverside Theatres in its debut year. Four Eric Carle stories are brought together with vibrant puppets and a revolving set that captures the attention of even the youngest audience members. It’s designed for toddlers and up, but the gentle storytelling is mesmerising for all ages. This Australian-made production brings to life The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kids will recognise the rhythmic verse and they can shout out the words as they watch the 75 puppets dance, swim, fly and leap across the stage.
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In collaboration with Bell Shakespeare and commemorating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, FODI (Festival of Dangerous Ideas) presents Mercy – a panel and performance inspired by the iconic playwright’s The Merchant of Venice. In a reimagination of the 16th century courtroom scene, Mercy brings together both performers and academics to discuss the contemporary relevance and timelessness of human dilemmas such as mercy, justice and the law. By exploring these universal concepts, the panel will question whether our obsession with ‘justice’ blinds us from realising the potential for something better. The esteemed panel includes philosopher and author A.C. Grayling; South Sudanese child soldier-turned-lawyer Deng Adut; Shakespeare scholar and renowned feminist Germaine Greer and former High Court judge and human rights activist Michael Kirby. Performers include John Bell, James Evans, Andrea Demetriades, Brian Lipson, Damien Strouthos and Jacob Warner.
The Bank Hotel gets a charcoal barbecue
The Bank in Newtown has been a drawing crowds to the Inner West for decades. These guys know how to throw a party. Now the Bank is unveiling a new charcoal barbecue to have pride of place in the venue’s famous beer garden. It will be operated by a new head chef, Zac Smart (SoCal in Neutral Bay), who has devised a fresh menu based around the flavours emparted by barbecue techniques. But don’t expect the American style of barbecue that’s all too familiar to Sydney pub goers. Smart is more interested in the Latin American side of the equation, with flavours like house-made chimichurri and romesco sauce, chancaca and chillies. The menu features dishes such as cauliflower and spiced yoghurt; octopus and romesco; and half chicken and ancho, which are all cooked over charcoal. Small plates such as barbecue corn, tomatillo salsa and manchego, and the piquillo peppers with mushrooms and pinto beans, round out the dining experience. Try the new menu at the open launch party in the beer garden on Wednesday August 31, 6-8pm. Cocktails and food samples will be available and DJ Gonzo will be spinning the tunes. It’s also an opportunity to check out the beer garden’s design tweaks which channel a back-lane party vibe, with art by Sydney artist Lauren Webster.
Corbett & Claude opens at Rhodes Waterside
Brisbane pizza and cocktail legends Corbett & Claude have opened their first Sydney restaurant at Rhodes Waterside shopping centre. The newly opened restaurant joins the ever-growing list of cuisine retailers in the centre’s emerging food precinct. Focused on shared food in a relaxed atmosphere, Corbett & Claude serve delicious small plates (think grilled haloumi with peach-muscatel chutney and crisp chicken with chipotle aioli), gourmet pizza (all the classics and many more), pan-fried linguine and gnocchi, salad and of course, dessert. They’re also the first on-site bar at Rhodes Waterside, so you now have a place to drink away your buyer’s remorse and put your feet up after shopping til you drop. Choose from 12 on-tap craft beers (including C&C’s very own house lager) and an impressive selection of cocktails including C&C’s Winter Elixir (pampero blanco rum, peach and pear liqueur, ginger, mint and fresh lemon) and Mr Claude Espresso Martini (allpress espresso, liqueur 43, Kahlua and Ketel One vodka). Corbett & Claude join Lilly’s Espresso and Cucina, Mama’s Wok, Rhodes Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, Ribs & Burgers, Smokkim Korean BBQ, and many more.