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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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Halloween at Kings Cross Hotel
Halloween is nearly upon us and to celebrate, Kings Cross Hotel is hosting a party across all of its four levels. Whip out your scariest witch or zombie costume, accessorise with a jack-o-lantern and get down to the Kings Cross Hotel for a night of thrills and chills. The party will kick off at 9pm and carry on until 3am. Expect R&B and hip-hop favourites in the underground Dive Bar; classic pop anthems on the ground floor; and electronic and house music on the rooftop. For those who like to walk on the wild side, head to the balcony level where the playlist is full of ghoul-ty pleasures. Be prepared for the all the songs you wouldn't play in polite company - come on, you know the ones. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Jameson Caskmates at the Time Out Hop-up
What do you get if you age whiskey in craft beer barrels? Something like Jameson Caskmates. It’s the fruit of a collaboration between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of local craft brewery in County Cork, Ireland. They hatched a plan to send a few Jameson casks to the Franciscan Well Brewery and see how this might influence their craft Irish stout. Neither head brewer nor whiskey master knew what this experiment would bring, but both men hoped that some Jameson magic might rub off on the fine Irish stout – and they were delighted with the results. The empty casks journeyed back to the Jameson Distillery after the beer had been bottled, full of new stout character from their sabbatical at Franciscan Well. The Jameson Master of Whiskey generally prefers not to mess with a good thing, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to repeat the experiment – this time re-filling the stout-soaked casks with Jameson Whiskey. So how does it taste? While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, the whiskey sings a different tune, with notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirming the stout influence. You can grab the whiskey every day of Craft Beer Week at Time Out’s Hop-Up ale yard. Just upgrade your craft beer of choice to a boilermaker, and you’ll get the chance to pair it with the whiskey – neat or on the rocks, whichever you prefer. And it gets even better. On Saturday 22, Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October, members of the Jameson Crew
The Argyle Halloween weekend
To celebrate the spookiest night of the year, the Argyle is transforming into an extravagant, multi-sensory shop of horrors. The creatures of the underground will be coming out to play and, luckily for you, they’re headed straight for the Argyle. The venue has gathered up the weirdest and wackiest performers to entertain you across the weekend – expect contortionists, bearded ladies, snake charmers and even bed-of-nails performers. Yikes. There'll be special cocktails and snacks available for purchase, as well as a killer line-up of DJs to carry you through the night, including sets from Jesabel, KIN, Press Play, Glover and many more. If you’re planning on going on a Friday, be sure to dress up in costume and take advantage of free entry before 9pm. Or, if you're all set for Saturday, be quick to get those tickets – first release are selling for $30 each and second release for $40 each.
Jamie's Italian spring/summer menu
Spring has sprung and fortunately for you, Jamie’s Italian have been busy perfecting their new spring/summer menu. Don't worry; not too much has changed – Jamie has kept a bunch of his favourites to complement the new options. Start your meal off with the new primavera bruschetta from the nibbles and antipasti menu – lemony zucchini, peas and beans with hazelnut and lovage pesto and Bella Lodi. Or, if you want to head straight for the mains, try the new Gennaro’s chicken primavera – chargrilled and butterflied free-range chicken breast served with peas, beans, zucchini and hazelnut and basil pesto. Then there's fresh crab spaghetti – served with chilli, fennel, capers, white wine and garlic; or silky spaghettti carbonara – sweet tender leeks with golden smoky pancetta, cracked black pepper and parmesan.Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for those of you who aren’t interested in carb-loading. Jamie’s new classic caprese salad – heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil – is joining the salad menu and the Super Food Salad is here to stay. Desserts include an epic choclate brownie with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and caramelised amaretti popcorn, and the molten chocolate praline pudding – warm chocolate cake with a liquid praline centre, served with vanilla ice cream and praline.