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Sydney Opera House
This Australian icon sits on Bennelong Point and is Sydney’s premiere venue for classical and contemporary music, opera, theatre and dance. As peaceful as it looks now, the House had a controversial beginning: while it was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, by the time the building was completed in 1973 its architect had been fired. Many have pondered the building’s design over the years, comparing it variously to shells, waves and even a family of swans. Utzon never revealed his vision, only that it involved spheres. The Opera House offers different tours that allow you to get intimate with the building, including some hosted in different languages and full ‘experience' packages. If you don't feel like shelling out, it's still free to sit on the steps for a quick lunch and walk by the water and gaze in marvel at those 1,056,000 pearly, self-cleaning Swedish tiles. Where to eat and drink near Sydney Opera House For the ultimate Opera House dining experience, book a pre-theatre dinner at Bennelong, or just pop in for a drink and a snack at the raw and cultured bar. Check out the Opera Kitchen, a harbourfront dining area that features a host of Sydney food identities including John Susman. Meander around to Bulletin Place for cocktails. Later in the evening kick the glamour up a notch at Hemmesphere and enjoy matched cigars and more cocktails into the morning. Backstage tour With access into areas normally reserved for stars and their minders, this tour will have y
Sydney Theatre Company
It’s Andrew’s final season, so one might expect him to throw caution to the winds and get some wish-list i tems out of the way. Overall it’s a rather demure season as far as Big Names, with the exception of Rose Byrne, who will be fronting Andrew’s production of David Mamet’sSpeed-the-Plow. But there’s plenty of top shelf local thesp talent – like Robyn Nevin, Sarah Peirse and Helen Thomson; and there are actors made popular on screen returning to the STC stage – including Lisa McCune, Ryan Corr, John Howard and Lachy Hulme. But there's no William Hurt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman or Steven Soderbergh. And we’ll miss Hugo, Rox and Cate. The big international star of the season is British director Rupert Goold (Enron, Macbeth), now artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre. He’ll be bringing his hit West End production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III to Sydney. Also heading down under from the UK are 1927, with their take on the Golem myth. For an Australian classic, we get Louis Nowra’s Golden Age; for new work, there are premieres by Sue Smith (Kryptonite), Angela Betzien (The Dark Room), and a portmanteau of new works by emerging playwrights Melissa Bubnic, Michele Lee, Nakkiah Lui and Debra Thomas – with a fifth from veteran Hannie Rayson. The Secret River, arguably Cate and Andrew’s greatest programming achievement in their tenure, returns. For new international work: besides King Charles III from the UK, Upton is bringing Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced, from the
Each year this western Sydney cultural hub hosts an exciting programme of theatre, dance, opera, circus, musicals and solo shows. The theatre is also a NT Live screening venue, so throughout the year you can catch London's National Theatre productions screened live in HD. Visit the Riverside Theatres website for the full 2014 program.
Worth visiting for the space alone, Carriageworks is the latest incarnation of the Eveleigh Rail Yards. Built in the 1880s, its cavernous interiors are faithfully preserved, giving it a limitlessness very different from the plush cocoons of most theatres. With a program of large-scale theatre, dance and installation works, and as a host of the experimental and cross-disciplinary theatre company Performance Space, Sydney Chamber Opera and Moogahlin Performing Arts, Carriageworks is gaining a reputation as the venue for the most progressive Sydney drama, dance and art.
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Rhythm of the Day
Nostalgia-fuelled throw back party Rhythm of the Night will be stepping out of the club and into the daylight, when the '90s shindig hosts its first open-air outing at the Factory Theatre. Headed up by DJ Levins, the retro rampage will be spread across two stages, all playing nostalgic bangers from 2pm. Much like the original club night, this edition will navigate hits from all your favourite '90s divas, from Mariah to Janet; all the boys from Backstreet to 5ive, and all the Chumbawamba, Aqua, No Doubt and Vengaboys hits you can handle stuffed in between. To really take you back to 1998, Australia's own 'Jack-Jack-Jackie' Joanne will be doing a live performance, alongside DJ sets from party starters Levins, Ariane, Chux and Radge. You'll also find the Island Boys Food Trucks serving '90s snacks, plus free Zooper Doopers to keep you cool and colourful. Also if you're one of the first 50 revellers through the gate, expect some special '90s surprises. As always, hair mascara, velvet scrunchies and double denim will be wholly encouraged, so get down to Rhythm of the Day.
Regatta Rose Bay launches Sunday brunch
Regatta Rose Bay is set to launch a new bottomless two-hour brunch on Oct 14, taking place in the waterfront restaurant every Sunday henceforth from 10am-12pm. You'll be able to enjoy glasses of Rogers and Rufus rosé and a specially designed brunch menu, against a backdrop of the sparkling Sydney Harbour waters and Rose Bay Marina. Executive chef Logan Campbell has prepared a menu that navigates brunch classics with an Italian twist, all while celebrating local produce and fresh seafood. Each of the dishes will be served in a canapé-style portion so you get to try bites of the whole menu, including truffle arancini with taleggio; mini smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels; bruschetta with tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella; mini jamon and gruyere croissants; vanilla yoghurt pots with granola and seasonal berries; and caramel muffins. Regatta is just 15 minutes from the CBD, and can be accessed by ferry, car, water taxi or boat. Bookings essential and the two-hour brunch experience costs $80pp, which includes a Rogers and Rufus rosé package and a full brunch spread. Find out more about Regatta Rose Bay.
Misfits have a fresh spring menu
Head up the staircase of an unassuming door in Redfern and you'll find Misfits, a buzzing bar and dining space that takes cues from the stars of the '70s and dishes out a groovy soundtrack, joined by modern bar food and cocktails. This month they are swinging into spring with a new menu. Order up beef tartare with a mustard and horseradish emulsion, cured yolk and toast; pan roasted barramundi with clams, pearl cous cous with spring veggies; or roast pumpkin and goat's cheese raviolo with pepitas and sage. The drinks menu also gets a refresh with new cocktails like the Young, Dumb and Full of Plum with Ballantines scotch and Drambuie; or the Smokin' Archie, which showcases gin from the nearby Archie Rose Distillery and stirs in Cointreau, smoked grapefruit soda and blood orange. Along with the new every day menu, the kitchen also has a bunch of daily specials from burger and a schooner Fridays to DJs all night on Saturdays, so pick a night and head on up the stairs to Misfits. Find out more about Misfits Bar and Dining.
Win tickets to Day for Night queer art party
Performance Space’s 2018 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Day for Night returns with a bang from noon on Saturday October 27 at Carriageworks. Day for Night is Sydney’s hottest and most diverse queer art party. Expect trailblazing senior artists together with a new generation of performers, DJs and troublemakers. From stories of Sydney’s secret history of queer underground parties to probing the intersection of race, culture and sexuality, Day for Night is an event to make you think and sweat in equal measure. Artists include William Yang with Stereogamous, Koco Carey, Bree van Reyk, Radha La Bia plus more to be announced. Time Out has four double passes to give away to Day for Night. To win, simply sign up to our weekly email newsletter below by Thursday October 11. Already get our emails? You can still enter by signing up again (it’s OK, you won’t start getting multiple emails from us). ENTER HERE