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American soul music icon Mavis Staples is coming to Sydney in 2020. Staples is a once-in-a-generation artist, a two-time Grammy winner, both a Blues Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a civil rights activist, and a genre-crossing soul/gospel/R'n'B pioneer. Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples will be singing songs from her spectacular twelfth studio album We Get By, her first full-length collaboration with multi-Grammy Award-winner Ben Harper. Staples will also deliver roof-raising performances of hits from throughout her expansive career. So yes, you'll most likely hear a joyous rendition of The Staple Singers' classic 'I'll Take You There'. The Sydney show is on Thursday March 5 at the Metro Theatre and will have seating and standing room available. Her 2020 tour is presented by Bluesfest Touring, which also sees her performing at Womadelaide, Perth Festival, Brisbane, and headlining Sydney and Melbourne’s Twilight zoo concert events. Staples' impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate, don't sleep on tickets to see this living legend perform live.
Drag Me To Lunch with Ginseccos
As if we weren’t already fans of the winning combination of bottomless prosecco, a yummy lunch, drag queens, and ’50s flair. Now the Imperial’s retro weekend lunch party, Drag Me To Lunch, is stepping up its stiletto heels for Mardi Gras season with an oh-so-extra gin pairing. When you think about it, gin is like the drag queen of the spirits – she’s infused with florals, strong and dainty at once, fermented in an over-the-top (copper) closet, she’s not everyone’s cup of tea (but you’d be surprised who she can win over with her charms), and she’ll put some hair on your chest while leaving a lipstick-stained kiss on your cheek. It makes sense that the Impy has paired up with British specialty gin producers Whitley Neill to create three fabulous cocktails to pair with their plant-based lunch arrangement. Sip on a Parma Violet ginsecco on arrival, heady with herbaceous floral notes and juniper; before Quince Gin with notes of stone fruits and citrus pairs perfectly with your starters (the Imperial’s signature coconut ceviche Cali guacamole); and a crisp, tart Rhubarb and Ginger gin to go with your second course (herby half-roasted cauliflower, or a Beyond Meat banger with summer squash). All of this goes down with two hours of flowing prosecco to keep you hydrated (and believe us, the friendly staff will ensure your glass is topped up) and the option to add on a gin-fused dessert created with Whitley Neill’s raspberry gin. The inimitable Peach Fuzz will guide you through t
Enjoy bottomless Spritzes at the Morrison's new long lunches
If there's one thing this city loves it's the word "bottomless". The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room is giving the people what they want with their new long lunch packages every Saturday and Sunday. Alert your group chat and get the gang together for The Morrison's three delicious courses to share, two hours of unlimited Spritzes, and a re-invigorating Espresso Martini to cap it all off.You and your mates can enjoy share dishes from the Morrison's award-winning chef, Sean Connolly. Start your weekend off with a bright and briny plate of freshly shucked oysters with Forvm vinegar and lemon or tuck into zingy bites of popcorn cauliflower with habanero mayo. Keep the leisurely grazing going with some of the Morrison's signature mains and sides, like a gin-cured salmon gravlax salad with cos lettuce, blood orange and pomegranate; duck fat chips; a slow-cooked Wagyu Point End brisket steak; broccolini with lemon, chilli, and olive oil and more. Finish up with a selection of bite-sized desserts from the Morrison's sweet treats menu. The Morrison's long lunch doesn't stop there of course. You and your pals can enjoy two hours of bottomless booze to go with your delicious meal. For two hours you'll be treated to unlimited Spritzes. Sip on a classic Aperol number or try one of the Morrison's signature Spritz inventions like the Anne of Green Gables, a zippy blend of gin, yuzu, lemon, and soda, or try the Rodriguez Brothers delicious mix of blood orange liqueur, rosé, blood orange juice, a
Fire up the group chat: five reasons why Open Court Sessions is your new fave hang-out
Finding yourselves in the throes of relentless “Wyd?” messages in your stale old group chat? Tired of the same pointless pub sesh where you all quietly look at your phones together? Well it’s time to add some lava-hot spice to your catch-ups with Open Court Sessions. A fun, informal hit at your local tennis club with provided snacks, drinks, and pumpin’ music. The sessions are made-up of easy, non-competitive activities: a ten-minute warm-up, 50 minutes of on-court tennis activities, and 30 minutes of chilling, eating and drinking. All you need to do is convince your loutish group thread that the pub is passé. We’re here to help, here are the five reasons you can convince them that Open Court Sessions are your new collective fave activity. 1. You don’t need any skills This is crucial. How many things can you say require next to no understanding of what you are doing before you turn up? If you’ve ever been harangued into a “social” touch footy or netball comp you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Those games have capital ‘R’ Rules and the commitment levels are higher than a New Year’s resolution to quit burgers. Soothe your most unco and flakey of mates with the knowledge that Open Court Sessions encourages all skill levels, from the bi-Kyrgios to the Barty animals, anyone can Hewitt (so sorry, but you knew the puns were coming when you started reading this, surely). If you are actually quite good at tennis and in a group chat laden with friends who are also quite go