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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
Belvoir St Theatre
This once shabby tomato sauce factory is now the entirely respectable Belvoir St Theatre, home of company Belvoir, which stages productions in its intimate 350-seat Upstairs Theatre and its more intimate 80-seat Downstairs Theatre.
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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Bar Luca and Young Henrys join forces
When one of Sydney's best burger joints collaborates with a rock'n'roll beer juggernaut, you know you're in for a good time. And that's exactly what Young Henrys and Bar Luca will be doing for a whole week – a week packed full of burgers, beers and even some love song dedications. To kick off the celebrations, Bar Luca will be doing a burger pop-up at Young Henrys brewery in Newtown on Sunday February 12. They'll be doing a one-off burger, created especially for the kickass brewers, dubbed the Young Henry the Third. It'll see the much loved juicy BL patty sandwiched in with American cheese, bacon jam, YH Real Ale spiked cheese sauce, YH Natural Lager fried onions and Cloudy Cider braised pulled pork. As they were the victors of Time Out's Battle of the Burger, you know this is going to be a burger you want to try. Then they'll be switching places – Young Henrys will join Bar Luca for a week-long residence at the CBD burger bar, as well as BL Burgers on Oxford Street and the Beach Road Hotel in Bondi. On Valentine’s Day they'll be dong special 'Lovers and Loners' meal deals, beer specials and burger-love-song-dedications, and throughout the rest of the week you can enjoy plenty more Young Henrys brews and burgers. Find out more about Young Henrys and Bar Luca's pop-up.
Beer DeLuxe is now pouring Hawthorn Brewing Company
Beer DeLuxe Sydney in King Street Wharf is the home to many a fine brew – more than 150 of them all told. The two-level temple to beer has 20 beers on taps at any given moment and many more by the bottle. Right now Beer DeLuxe is heralding the arrival of Hawthorn Brewing Company’s fine Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pilsner, Witbier, IPA and Golden Ale. Having lived overseas for many years, the team at Hawthorn Brewing tasted first hand the full diversity that exists throughout the beer world. Returning home to Hawthorn, Melbourne, they launched their first brew in 2008 and haven’t looked back. It’s just a sample of the amber goodness to be enjoyed at Beer DeLuxe all year round.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films. The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou and many, many more. Gender equality is especially strong in the French movie world, with 17 new movies from women directors. And here’s another drawcard: the festival is running a competition this year with prizes for attendees of a trip for two to France and a trip for two to New Caledonia. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks of movies to look out for. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to take place at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema and Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace.
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus are big on fun, food and celebration. Along with live bands, DJs and loads of steins of bier, the Munich Brauhaus always has a great party atmosphere. They also offer special bucks party packages – for just $50 per person you can enjoy a round of pretzels, a stein of craft beer, a famous Munich pork knuckle and a round of schnapps shots to finish. So get your mates together and celebrate before the big day. Find out more about bucks parties at the Munich Brauhaus.