Though this month is traditionally about finding new and inventive ways to warm your body in the safety of your home, we felt compelled to highlight the myriad of activities that could be all yours if you braved the blustery outdoors. Rug up and travel the short distance between cinemas for Sydney Film Festival or gawk at the remaining Vivid Sydney events. Start a new trend by wearing a snuggie outdoors or buy those camping hand warmer rock thingos – it's time to get out there. We’ve got tips for how to spend your Queen’s Birthday public holiday and costume shops for that cosplay outfit you’ll wear at Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
Find the biggest events in June
Vivid is the largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere, running over 23 days and nights with an extensive program of Light, Music and Ideas events. Last year, visitors flocked to the cathedral of lights in the Botanic Gardens and took thousands of shots of the Sydney Opera House lit with ‘Songlines’.
Dr Jane Goodall is known for her tireless work in helping to raise awareness about the relationship between humans and our primate relatives. For one night only you can listen to Dr Goodall talk about the ongoing work of her foundation in helping to protect Chimpanzees and other great apes, as well as the challenges involved in living as a conscious global citizen. The talk, presented by Think Inc., will ask audience members to consider the question “what separates us from other animals?”.
As Choir of Hard Knocks and Sydney Street Choir founder Jonathan Welch says, “Singing for an hour a week in a choir has now been scientifically proven to help build your immune system and fight cancer, build neural pathways for those who’ve had strokes and can't speak ... the list goes on.” It’s also anecdotally proven to make you feel happy.
Film events in June
Every Wednesday evening, the Art Gallery of NSW welcomes you into its hallowed halls and throws the ultimate in absolutely free mid-week social and cultural events. Until 10pm, Art After Hours offers a regular program of live music, lectures and celebrity talks, drawing workshops, film screenings, gallery tours and other events – and, of course, nocturnal access to its latest exhibitions. Through March, Art After Hours is focusing on Australian art legend John Olsen, in conjunction with their exhibition John Olsen: The You Beaut Country. In addition to guided tours of the show, there will be a series of talks taking you inside his world and work. See what else is on offer after hours via Sydney's new Wednesday-night Culture Up Late initiative.
June on stage
Premiering on London's West End in 2012, Alexander Dinelaris's musical version of The Bodyguard is based on the 1992 film starring your ’90s boyfriend Kevin Costner as an ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect a superstar from her stalker, and Whitney Houston as the damsel-in-distress, Rachel Marron. It's coming to Australia in 2017 (thanks to producers Michael Harrison, David Ian and John Frost) with Fijian-born singer-songwriter and original Australian Idol Paulini making her theatrical debut in the role of Rachel Marron, and the rest of the cast TBC. Tickets are on sale from October 31. Check out what Time Out London said about The Bodyguard.
Based on the 2005 movie and with songs by Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots transports audiences from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the catwalks of Milan. It won six Tony Awards including Best Musical (trumpling Matilda, no less). Below is Time Out Melbourne's 3-star review of Kinky Boots: Audiences only have to cast their minds back to 2005 for proof that quaint independent British films can be adapted into successful big-time Broadway musicals. That was the year Billy Elliot premiered on the West End. Now comes Kinky Boots, which also began in 2005 as another of those dour little films, such as The Full Monty or Brassed Off, that the English seem to love so much: a story championing, while simultaneously patronising, the working class. The difference – and it is significant – is that this show has been adapted by Americans. Cyndi Lauper created the music and lyrics, Harvey Fierstein has written the book, and the show is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. There’s no denying the wealth of experience these creators bring, but they are all a long way from Northampton in the East Midlands of England, where the story is set. This isn’t necessarily problematic – Lauper was from a working-class background, Fierstein has inside experience of the homophobia that underscores the plot, and Mitchell certainly knows how to put on a show – but it does mean the economic and social realities of the story are constantly upstaged by the razzle dazzle. When his father di
Laugh through June
Rock with Laughter happes on the last Thursday of each month, and features a professional emcee and headliner with a couple of sets by locals. It's free, and there's $6 Tooheys New and Hahn Super Dry, house wines and selected spirits from 5pm till midnight. Click through the Dates & Times tab for line-up info.
Sundays at Cafe Lounge are now hosted by John Conway, that national man of mystery – and Australia's answer to Fallon, if Jimmy were blonde, drunk and being attacked by bees, and if his guests were mostly made up. Join John and sidekicks Aaron Chen and Sam Campbell from 7pm (or get to the Lounge at 5pm for happy hour and some pre-show lubrication). Entry is free, donations are welcome after the show.
Comedians Jamie Kirk and Ben Kochan host this open mic room, previously called POS Comedy; but it's still a space for comics to try new material and develop their craft in an intimate room (40 max audience). Comics have up to 4 minutes per set, and can sign up on the Cactus Juice facebook page from noon on Mondays. The show starts at 8pm, and includes two feature acts and a support doing longer sets.