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The best nail artists in Sydney
Nail art has flourished from a DIY underground affair right into mainstream salons. Miss Lauren LaRouge is one of Sydney’s most in-demand nail artists, dazzling the digits of Sydneysiders who are looking to turn their nail beds into miniature canvases. “People think it’s this crazy over-the-top thing, but once people try it – even starting with a feature nail – they usually get hooked,” says Miss LaRouge, while painting pastel pink polka dots and leopard spots on Time Out's claws.A trip to Japan originally piqued Miss LaRouge’s interest in nail artistry, and on her return home she started using herself has a mani mannequin. “I did a course in Sydney, which was great for hygiene, acrylics, but nail art is just one small component, so I taught myself a lot and practiced on myself.” Lauren’s background in burlesque dancing – she’s an MC and ukulele-player over at Oxford Street’s Slide – dovetailed neatly with her newfound passion. “I used to add things to my costumes, bling them up and embellish them. I then took this to my nails.” This soon enough spread to the hands of friends and family, before she made the big jump and quit her office job to pursue her passion full time.Rather than the production-line set-up that many salons employ, Lauren ensures her little corner at Indulge Studios is one filled with sass, colour and solid client banter. “A beautician once told me that I shouldn’t bother getting into nail art and that the industry was dead, but I want to put the love back
The best barbershops in Sydney
Finding the right barber can be a lifelong search — ask any man who’s had too much or not enough of his locks cavalierly lopped off and stepped out onto the street disaffected. Thankfully, there are experts in this area who excel in getting the discerning man’s ‘do’ just right. Here, some of Sydney’s best barbers are recommended.
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Whisky and Cheese Night at the Whiskey Co-Op
We all know that cheese goes down a treat with wine... But did you know it also pairs perfectly with Scotch whisky? Time Out Live presents this whisky and cheese night hosted by Surry Hills bar The Wild Rover in an evening that explores the dark spirit and the dairy delight via tastings and helpful guidance. On the night you get to sample six whiskies from distilleries including Talisker, Johnnie Walker and Dalwhinnie. Each will be paired with a different cheese from across the globe, courtesy of The Stinking Bishops. It doesn't matter whether you're a whisky noob or a seasoned pro – this evening of firewater and fromage will offer something new to anyone that loves either whisky or cheese (or both). So, get in quick, the event takes place on Mon Apr 30 and your ticket gives you six whiskies and six cheeses for $60. The evening is brought to you by the Whiskey Co-Op (Wild Rover’s very own whiskey collective), Simon McGoram (Diageo whisky ambassador) and Newtown cheese merchants, the Stinking Bishops. Learn more and book tickets here.
Playwave partners with Sydney Theatre Company for exclusive teen event
Playwave is giving teens the chance to snap up tickets to this exclusive night out at Sydney Theatre Company for just $25. On Wed Apr 18, you'll have the chance to witness Hugo Weaving in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Before the show, Playwave will host an intimate pre-show gathering and conversation with STC Artistic Director Kip Williams. You'll get a chance to meet other like-minded young people, before sitting down to an open conversation with Kip Williams. Sydney Theatre Company’s directing associate Jess Arthur will guide the conversation, discussing and dissecting the Brecht classic, giving you a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the five star production. There will also be time for Q&As, giving you the chance to pick the brains of one of Sydney's most respected directors. After, you'll get to see Hugo Weaving in his powerful performance in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 play tells the story of a small-time gangster who heavies his way to a position of absolute power within the vegetable trade and city politics, using evasion and violently ruthless coercion. It’s a gripping piece of crime fiction with plenty of bloodshed, betrayal, corruption, twists and turns. Time Out Sydney gave it five stars, so you can expect a night of wonderfully entertaining and shocking theatre, all for just $25. Find out more about Playwave.
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