Winter is on the way but that's no reason to stay indoors, Sydneysiders make the most of ‘thinking season’ with talks and ideas festivals like Sydney Writers’ Festival, Vivid Ideas and Semi-Permanent. It’s also whale-watching season and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Don’t forget Mothers’ Day! We’ve got lists of the best florists in Sydney.
The biggest events in May
The GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest was dreamt up by the Local Taphouse owners Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone over a drink in 2011. Now, the beer and cider extravaganza will be hitting up Sydney Showground. In addition to the beer stalls from local and international brewers, the SpecTapular beer festival will also have 180 different festival beers on tap – beers brewed exclusively for the festival – which is the most the festival has ever had.
Nineties punk heroes Green Day are returning Down Under, having sold out their 2009 21st Century Breakdown tour, with their brand-new album Revolution Radio. Formed in California in the late ’80s, and breaking through into mainstream success with their 1994 album Dookie, the group (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool) have successfully married a cynical view of contemporary American politics with blistering pop punk. Fans will be happy to hear that their 2010 Broadway hit American Idiot is also making its Australian premiere in 2017.
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’. They heard talks from game-changers Spike Jonze, Beau Willimon and Margaret Zhang. Plus, they let people sleepover at the Opera House. The full Vivid Sydney program is announced on Tuesday March 14.
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.
This exhibition, jointly conceived with the National Gallery of Victoria, represents the most comprehensive survey of Olsens work to date, spanning seven decades and various mediums – from his best-known paintings to ceramics, tapestries and works on paper. The focal point for the exhibition, and its namesake, is the 'You beaut country' landscape series from the ’60s. Olsen painted these after a stint studying in Europe, during which time he developed his unique vision of the Australian landscape.
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Every month the Story Gods (aka Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton Lodge) pick a theme and offer up sacrificial celebrities on the alter of storytelling to wax lyrical in front of a crowd baying for blood or bard-iness. Click through the Dates & Times tab for the line-up for each show. Ben Jenkins and Zoe Norton Lodge chat about Story Club Story Club was founded when we were at university. Or when one of us was. Frankly, it was a while ago so the details are sketchy, but for the first four years of its life, Story Club's home was a small bar in the University of Sydney. It started mainly as a way for Zoe to test material for her creative writing assignments and for Ben to finally achieve the goal of delivering stand-up from the seated position. Since then things have gotten out of hand. The idea behind Story Club remains simple: true stories told around a theme from a broad range of people. Since the inception, our chair has played host to the bums of poets, playwrights, academics, enigmatologists, journalists, sportspeople and the odd former Premier of NSW. At its home in Giant Dwarf in Redfern, people grab a drink and listen to around half a dozen folks read from our story book, which is, if we're being honest, slightly too big to be practical. In addition to the regular monthly events (that take place on the first Monday of every month), Story Club also does a bunch of satellite shows. For something that began as an elaborate excuse for a bar tab all those years ago, Stor
Having built up the biggest open mic night in Sydney, Mug and Kettle have now retitled and moved to a new home – next door to their old home – at Beats Eats Drinks (B.E.D.) on Glebe Point Road. Molotov Comedy will still be a sign-up-on-the-night affair: comedians should turn up from 6.30pm to add their name to the list, with 4 minutes guaranteed stage time and running order drawn from the hat. Your regular show runners are local comedians Paige Hally and Tom Sanderson, with the odd drop-in emcee. Mug and Kettle also run Treehouse Comedy at the Forresters, and Eveleigh Comedy at the Eveleigh Hotel. Looking for impromptu comedy? Here are some other top open mic nights in Sydney.