This weekly open mic night has been running upstairs at Hotel Sweeneys since late 2015, and is booked by comedian Jamie Kirk. Sign up on the Sweeney's Comedy Facebook page for a 4-minute spot, or turn up at 7.30 to hear established and up-and-coming comedians try fresh material.
Retrosweat founder Shannon Dooley, a qualified fitness instructor and NIDA graduate, fronts one of the fastest-growing workout trends in the inner west. Kitted out in hot-pink Reebok Classics, white legwarmers and a striking bodysuit and crop top combo, Dooley looks like the picture-perfect ’80s icon. Modelling herself on the queens of home video fitness – from Jane Fonda to ‘Physical’ poster girl Olivia Newton-John – our instructor adopts a Workout Barbie pose at the head of the class, in front of a mirrored dance hall. We jump around to Don Henley’s ‘The Boys of Summer’, bust a lung to Boy Meets Girl’s ‘Waiting for a Star to Fall’ and thrust in earnest to the Proclaimers’ ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. Dooley throws in a few quips and flamboyant positions to keep everyone smiling, and one class member claims: “I haven’t done the grapevine for 20 years.” Turns out, neither had we. But aside from a few coordination issues, one never forgets how to shimmy sideways while flailing arms and legs in the right direction. Retrosweat really did what it said on the tin: we danced to 12 original ’80s tracks and we sure as heck worked up a sweat. In fact, Dooley claims a high-intensity workout can burn up to 800 calories per class. But fitness alone isn’t the reason fans flock to the party every week. This class is serious fun – and the 50-minute workout is the added sweetener. Besides, where else can you plunge into a squat while holding a pineapple? “Smells better than a kettle
These pint-sized produce markets take place in Pannerong Reserve just back from Rosebay’s main drag selling bunches of aromatic sage, fennel and mint, miniature organic eggplants and juicy grapefruits. On the Tuesday we visit there’s a jazz guitarist, long tables to sit at and umbrellas to lounge under. There are around ten stalls each week, so it’s more of a snapshot of the Sydney market rotation rather a full spread. Grab an eggy quiche lorraine filled with bacon, caramelised onion, shreds of tasty cheese, cream and milk from Tart by Ursula; or get a taste of the Northern Beaches via Berkelo’s hearty loaves of bread. Fresh blooms including leucadendrons, pineapple lillies and proteas come in buckets (or arrangements) from local florist Sweet Pea and Honey Bee Flowers. You’ll also find Gwydir Grove Olive Oils, who bring drums of olive oil (perfect for refilling bottles) and briny, dense olives. Ultra sweet fire grapes and dried sugar plums from Prickle Hill are also a hit.If all this perusing has you hankering for a snack you’ll be pleased to smell the aromas of Jimmy Liks. The former Potts Point restaurant will serve you up a roti ‘taco’, which see the charred flat bread packed with slow cooked curried chicken, pickled cabbage, chilli and fresh coriander. Find more Sydney markets.
Promoter Donte Winbush is behind this weekly comedy club. BonkerZ features pros, semi-pros and emerging comics, and is a co-op comedy club where a percentage of each ticket is donated to the performing comics and to the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Two-time Time Out Sydney Bar Awards People's Choice winner Papa Gede's adds comedy to its cocktails list on the third Tuesday of the month. Tickets are $10 (on the door only). Shows are selling out by 6.30pm, so get there early (doors open at 4pm) – and grab one of their Makers Mark cocktail specials. Click through the Dates & Times tab for line-up info.
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in "Cars 2" when they compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But, the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.
The Jewish International Film Festival hits town this October and November, showcasing more than 60 films from 23 countries. This year’s festival will include 31 feature films and 28 documentaries, including Love, Gilda, a film dedicated to comedy legend and original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner. JIFF's opening night film will be comedy-tragedy The Interpreter, which tells the tale of a Holocaust survivor who wishes to seek revenge on the former SS officer who killed his parents but instead ends up on a road trip with the officer’s son. Other highlights of the program include Russian historical movie Sobibor and Seder Masochism, an animated musical comedy film featuring animation by American artist Nina Paley. The Jewish International Film Festival will screen at Event Cinemas in Bondi Juction and Roseville Cinemas. Check out the full program here.
The Japanese Film Festival returns in 2018 with a packed program of 30 features and one doco, all curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, a non-profit cultural organisation that works to promote Japanese culture abroad. This year, the festival will feature romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, which many people are calling a live-action version of the Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away. Another highlight of the program is the action-packed One Cut of the Dead, which is being touted as a cleverly disguised low-budget but high-concept take on the zombie comedy genre. Keep an eye out for Oh Lucy!, which stars Australian-born and Deadpool 2 cast member Shioli Kutsuna alongside Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour). It tells the intriguing story of a lonely Japanese woman who awakens her alter ego in an English class taught by Hartnett. There’s also Yakiniku Dragon, which brings the award-winning 2008 play about a Korean immigrant family's experience in Japan. The film features a star-studded line-up including Jeon-eun Lee (Okja), Yoko Maki (The Grudge) and Yo Oizumi (Bread of Happiness). The festival will also be presenting a free classic film program at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Oct 3-31) which will feature influential works by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave cinema. JFF will play at Event Cinemas George Street from November 15 to 25.
Sheraton on the Park has been reinvented as the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, and to celebrate, the hotel is hosting Heart for the City – Sheraton's series of immersive experiences offering a new take on local favourites during November. This is all a prelude to Sheraton’s dynamic transformation from a global icon to an inviting community where experiences are shared. Head down to the hotel to check out four Instagrammable Vignettes, a display on Sheraton’s Transformation, and a series of Community Voices talks. And if you feel like a staycation at the hotel, book directly at the hotel for exclusive rates. Instagrammable Vignettes The hotel's Castlereagh Room will be transformed into a wonderland for visitors to explore and take videos, boomerangs, photos and GIFs. Drop by from 11am to 8pm between November 16-21 and keep an eye out for: The Honeycomb – A large-scale 'honeycomb' backdrop creates an Instagrammable moment in the journey. At the base of the honeycomb, guests can find samples of some of the delicious honeys created in the Sydney area. The Book Club – Elegant stacks of books will frame a giant floor-to-ceiling volume, which happens to be open to a page of recipes for the perfect tea and cake. The pages are designed to allow guests to become part of the illustration and snap a photo. The Tea Plant – The backdrop to this vignette is a wall of tea trees and shrubs used in the Sheraton High Tea Watte tea range by Dilmah. An oversized teacup is at the
The barbed-wire fence criss-crossing the Kings Cross Theatre playing space is impossible to ignore. Half of the audience must walk around it on the way to their seats: the concept of conflict, borders and stolen space is immediately front of mind. That’s the whole point of The Serpent’s Teeth, the work by Australian writer Daniel Keene which won the prize for plays at the 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Comprised of two short plays – Citizens and Soldiers – Serpent’s Teeth takes a look at war from two distinct perspectives. The first is the everyday effect of conflict on the lives of ordinary citizens; the second gathers together five families, waiting to receive the bodies of their deceased soldiers from Afghanistan; their sons, brothers and lovers. Keene’s script yearns for our empathy; Keene’s script wants us to remember that everyone who suffers in a war is a human, beloved by someone, similar to us. Structured as a series of loose vignettes in both plays – the shift from one to the next is marked by taking down the wire wall – and directed here by Kristine Landon-Smith, this work is designed for a large ensemble. KXT have 15 actors on stage from nine different cultural backgrounds. They speak their own languages onstage – they make this story one of any time and any place. But that seems to be the ethos of Landon-Smith’s entire production, and sometimes to its detriment. We are so unmoored in place, time and character that the poetic, lyrical language often feels
It’s imperative that you do not eat before you visit the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. You’ll want to save maximum belly space for your personal version of The Bachelorette where you decide who gets your dollars and what delicious produce gets to come home with you. Maybe you like something soupy and savoury first thing? In that case go for the pho stand for a traditional Vietnamese start to the day. There’s a bibimbap stall that will even replace the rice with shredded cauliflower if you don’t believe in cheat days, and a French crêpe stall and a classic bacon and egg roll for creatures of habit. The big hitter is always Billy Kwong, where a perfect fried egg is swaddled in a Chinese pancake, packed with salad and dressed in a luxe ginger tamari sauce. And for breakfast dessert, no visit is complete without a baked treat from Flour and Stone – they soak their lamingtons in a panna cotta mix to make sure they’re extra soft and rich.Once the hounds of your hunger have been quieted it’s time to prepare for your next meal, or seven. Maybe you need the sweet bite of Pickle Hill’s Worcester sauce for the pantry? Or some fresh goat’s curd from Willowbrae? While you’re there you may as well get some smoked salmon, fresh ravioli from Pasta Emilia, free range eggs, a load of beer and barley bread form the Bread and Butter Project, and some jersey milk butter to go on it. If you forgot your sweet French basket the 2 Duck Trading Co stall sells them, so you can pack them full of fresh
Etsy Made Local markets pop up across Australia in the same month giving young businesses the chance to sell their wares at a big event – and giving you the opportunity to buy direct from the makers and stock up on all your stocking fillers in one spree. This is the fourth year for Sydney’s Etsy Made Local and it’ll take place at Loch Ave South, in Centennial Park, for the first time. One hundred local makers will be setting up stalls selling creative, handmade gifts ranging from ceramics and jewellery to vintage clothing and artworks. The pop-up markets are organised by community teams of local Etsy sellers in each location. Stallholders have been locked in, but not yet announced on the event’s Facebook page. Look out for updates and save the date for a pet-friendly shopping trip to the park.
You’ll find massive variety among the 200 stalls that take over Glebe Public School each Saturday morning, but it’s the fashion ones that attracts most visitors. There are rows upon rows of eccentric and colourful vintage clothes, alongside hand-crafted jewellery, accessories and new clothing designed by locals. There are vintage stalls scattered all around the market, but the smaller section just off Derby Lane at the back of the school is a goldmine and a slightly quieter place to scour through racks and try things on. Here you’ll find Muns Vintage, a treasure trove of recycled fabrics turned into new garments. Even if you’re not searching for a new wardrobe, Glebe Markets is a great place to grab some lunch and relax on the school lawns where live musicians serenade the crowd from noon. The lane of food stalls – just opposite the lawn – has old market favourites and more high-end offerings: gözleme, kebabs, dumplings, fancy doughnuts, gluten-free baked goods and tandoori chicken wraps from the Madras Cuisine stall, which has been part of the markets for more than two decades. Best of all, you can get a freshly squeezed, made-to-order lemonade from the Citrus Factory. It’s mixed together in a cocktail shaker and you’re able to request a little more lemon or sugar, depending how sweet your tooth is. Find more Sydney markets.
This weekly Friday-night stand-up smackdown features a headliner and emcee with six shorter support slots from local talent. Even better: Staves brews its own ales, and there's plenty of choice on tap.
Sydney's comedians are pretty fond of this cosy comedy club; more importantly – so are you, voting it Best Comedy Club for the last two Time Out Sydney Comedy Awards. With an intimate vibe and weekly shows featuring at least two names you know and guests you may not, Happy Endings also has the benefit of being beneath El Rocco Room, for pre-show noms or post-show beers.
Ben Kochan and Jamie Kirk run this show every Sunday at Redfern's Eveleigh Hotel, with a night of stand-up featuring up and comers alongside proven giggle merchants.
As if there weren’t already enough fabulous Sydney treats on offer at Steam Mill Lane, this new dining precinct is now hosting three days of sweet summer dessert fun. Sundaes and Sounds is setting up extra sticky stalls in the laneway, with a ridiculously Instagrammable backdrop of astroturf, oversized dessert props and colourful DJ booths, The pop-up offerings include caramelised apples from Love Dem Apples, freshly frozen, personalised ice cream rolls from Cream’d, plus live performances that encourage audience involvement with an open mic. There’ll also be dessert specials running at the regular lane operators like Bang Bang, 8Bit and the Sandwich Shop. Bang Bang’s $12 housemade matcha waffle sandwich with melted marshmallows and green tea gelato doesn’t sound too shabby, especially when paired with an $8 dark chocolate and peanut butter doughnut milkshake from 8Bit.
Artists and makers in the Campbelltown region will be setting up stalls at the Amphitheatre outside CAC for the first ever Handpicked markets. The afternoon-to-evening market will feature 30 stalls by local creatives selling ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woven pieces, leather goods and living sculptures. Stallholders include artist Rosie Deacon (pictured), Yirran Miigaydhu Weavers, Campbelltown Bonsai Society, Hyde ‘n’ Clay, Black Cockatoos Aboriginal Corporation and Studio VanQ. The arts centre is hoping to make it an annual event where you’ll find diverse and distinctive artists and artworks from Western Sydney. They’re also keeping the gallery open till 9pm so you can browse the 56th Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, take part in craft workshops and grab a bite to eat from the Burger Frank pop-up or Pepitas’ vegan, gluten free ice cream truck.
These dog-friendly markets aren’t just a ritual for locals – loyal visitors from all over Sydney trek to Addison Road Community Centre for organic groceries and a wander around Reverse Garbage. You can find pretty much anything here; vintage clothes, books, rugs, eco food wraps to healing crystals, rice bread and tarot reading. There are plenty of stalls selling seasonal fruit and veg, plus Asian greens, honey and fresh seafood. Pick up a paper lunch bag filled with sweet, mini plums and stop by Brooklyn Boy Bagels for a poppy seed dough with cream cheese, lox, dill and caper schmear. If you visit on the first or fourth Sunday of the month, the longest lines will be found at La Casa Latina – a pop-up diner where you can eat authentic Mexican food. It’s a major drawcard for tamales, chilaquiles, tacos al pastor and pazole. Wash it all down with a Michelada – a popular Mexican drink that combines beer, lime, tomato juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce. If the picnic tables are full, there’s plenty of grass behind the community hall to throw down a rug – just watch out for the pony rides passing through. Find the best markets in Sydney.
Halloween comes early to the Cement Fondu gallery in Paddington with this artsy take on our obsession with horror and the post-apocalyptic world. It features photography, ceramics, projections, contemporary dance and, ahem, Muslim black death metal, from Australian and international artists interested in ideas of decay, mutation and destruction. Visitors can walk through a room-sized haunted house installation which reimagines and recreates scenes from gory B-grade horror flicks, catch the Australian premiere of choreographer Angela Goh’s new work 'Body Loss', and see works by international artists Loretta Fahrenholz and Phillip Stearns. The exhibition kicks off with an opening night party featuring American photographer and performance artist Jaimie Warren on October 6. Read about the Warm Bodies Halloween party on November 3.