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
There are no nightclubs at Bondi Beach, but on Monday night at around 8.30pm you’d be forgiven for thinking there was a secret, sweaty rave taking place at the Pavilion as hundreds of drenched, red-faced partygoers emerge from the Seagull Room on the second floor. It’s a weekly ritual for locals who want to work up a sweat after work and shake off that feeling of always being on show (an ailment particular to those who live in a suburb of such beautiful people). This is No Lights No Lycra – the weekly, one-hour dance class that takes place in the dark. And we mean dark! It’s pitch black in the room. Our arms are stretched out in front of us so we don’t collide with another dancer, and splintered light shows chairs stacked around the speakers to make sure we don’t cause any serious damage to the sound system. “It is dark enough that people lose their inhibitions,” says Ash Maher, 27, one of the founders of NLNL Sydney. “We tape the blinds to the wall, especially in summer. And we’re going to start bringing black tape because even people’s FitBits give off light.” Maher and her friend Jodie Fisher, 26, started running NLNL classes in Newtown four years ago, and their Bondi nights around two-and-a-half years ago. “They’re both the same concept, but the nights have their own characters,” says Maher. “People love to pump out the big tunes here, and in Newtown they love the ’80s songs.” Ash and Jodie put in hours each week working on the playlists for their nights. They make su
The Tough Mudder exercise course, where you’re put through your paces in a military-style training regime of obstacle courses and endurance tests in the mud, has become a fitness phenomenon. This hardcore bootcamp race is open to gym junkies of all abilities, but if you really want to test yourself, you’ll register for the Mud Run. The full race course is 36 km of running and obstacles that take you through muddy flats, rocky outcrops and dense bushland. You can also take a ‘half’ course that’s confusingly 21 km (not half?) at the Sydney event location in Glenworth Valley. While they normally don’t advocate for racing against the clock, you can test your mudder abilities across two days of both races on November 17-18. Best part is, every entrant wins a Tough mudder T-shirt, headband and 4 Pines beer.
Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud is returning to Australia for an exclusive appearance in conversation with Man About the House presenter and comedian Tim Ross. The pair will take to the Concert Hall stage in one of the most recognisable buildings in the world to chew the fat over the iconic building itself, home designs and how we construct spaces for modern living. McCloud is best known as the host of Channel 4’s long-running show, which has also produced spin-off publications and events Grand Designs Magazine and Grand Designs Live. Kevin’s TV repertoire also includes two series of Man Made Home, Kevin's Supersized Salvage and Kevin McCloud's Escape To The Wild. He wrote and presented his four-hour Grand Tour of Europe and spent two and a half weeks in the slums of Mumbai for Channel 4’s India season. The show will run for around 70 minutes and tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday August 10.
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
Using the expanses of Orange Grove primary school, these markets fill the playground with covetable goods on a weekly basis. Farm fresh fruit and veg is everywhere here and you’re spoilt for choice for truss tomatoes, plump berries, technicolour capsicums and leafy greens. There’s also a glut of small producers for all your smallgood and fancy condiment needs; grab a fragrant saucisson (an air-dried pork sausage); or rummage through bright yellow, ice-filled eskies for some juicy free-range steaks and nab a carton of free-range eggs.The popularity of the bacon and egg rolls from Bowen’s has reached celebrity status, with queues long enough to make you think Bieber is signing autographs at the end of the line. They’re undeniably delicious. But our breakfast of choice is a steaming carton of Eat Fuh pho, purveyors of one of the most fragrant broths in Sydney. Try their vegan option, too; the broth has a rich mushroom aroma that almost overshadows the meat version. And, if the crisp crunch of an organically grown carrot isn’t your thing on a Saturday morning, the market also has tables laden with top notch baked goods. Grab a slab of Flour and Stone’s popular lemon cake or a goat cheese and zucchini savoury tart from Croquembouche patisserie, or collect flavoured seed varieties at Brooklyn Boy Bagels.Food isn’t the only thing on the menu – there’s also a range of handmade and environmentally conscious clothing, second-hand records and jewellery. Find the best markets in Sydney.
Sydney’s most sustainable business-savvy folk are coming together to share advice about environmentalism with Sydney’s motivated business owners. The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo will teach you how to save money while you make changes that reduce your environmental footprint, create positive impacts down your supply chains and develop networks that support the sustainability movement. Plastic is the prime villain in this story, and much of this workshop will focus on the detrimental effects of using and unsustainably disposing of plastics, as well as strategies to reverse its impacts. Besides keeping our oceans healthy and the cost savings, initiatives like Sydney bars and pubs scrubbing plastic straws from their menus and stores like Swop Clothing Exchange focusing on reusable retail provide a whole lot of goodwill and positive feedback from an ecologically aware public. The free two-hour talk is catered and also offers prizes and useful sustainablity packets at the door. You'll need to register to attend.
Christmas is coming early to the North Shore, with Chatswood Chase organising a huge Xmas program in the lead up to the festive season. The annual Santa’s Arrival on November 17 kicks off the proceedings, with a huge day for the whole family. Spread across the centre will be a petting zoo (cue the fawns), festive craft workshops, elves on stilts and carol singers to really get you in the mood, as well as in-store discounts to kick-start your Xmas shopping. In the lead up, you can book your slot of time online for a photo with Santa to avoid waiting in line with thousands of other mums, dads and squirming kids – the recurring nightmare of this time of year. From December 14-24 you can also get your gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation, which is the perfect service for those of us who leave the more tedious parts of gift giving to the last minute.
Food, fireworks and family capture the buoyant spirit of the Loy Krathong festival as it returns to Parramatta for another year. Traditionally held on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, participants release decorated lanterns into the river to symbolise the floating away of their worries as they ring in a new wave of happiness and prosperity. Head chef Sujet Saenkham of Surry Hills staple Spice I Am will return this year to lead a special cooking demonstration – kids are also invited to make their own rice paper rolls. If you prefer your meal ready made, there’ll be plenty of stalls selling all your favourite Thai dishes and desserts, which you can wash down with a sugar cane juice or a Singha. There’ll also be workshops and demonstrations in traditional dance, Muay Thai boxing and other elements of Thai culture. As always, the festival’s highlight is the releasing of krathong into the river after sundown (around 7.30pm). Then, watch your troubles drift away as the firework display colours the night sky.
Local and lovely ceramicist Tara Burke swings open the doors to her studio in Marrickville a few times a month for this series of special creative DIY afternoons. Each of Tara's workshops focus on a different material or outcome – be it a focus on terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, vase making and more. Whether you're a beginner looking to get knuckle deep in smooshy clay or an intermediate ceramicist looking for an avenue to continue learning Tara's Clay Dates are a perfect pick. In November there will be three classes – two Christmas present workshops, in which you will learn hand building techniques that'll allow you to craft 2-8 vessels, which will be ready just in time for Christmas; and one vase workshop, which will focus on using pinching and coil building techniques, to craft your very own vases. Tara will guide you through the four-hour class, giving tips and techniques and showing off the skills she's learned as a ceramicist. One of the tricky parts of ceramics is the lengthy drying and firing process – Tara takes this off your hands and will fire and glaze all your wares, so they are ready for picking up in time for Christmas. You'll also get some delicious snacks to fuel your creativity.
Returning with a whopping line-up of ’00s musical legends, the next R'n'B Fridays Live is bringing out eight-time Grammy Award winner Usher, ‘Turn Down For What’ party starter Lil Jon, Salt-N-Pepa, T-Pain, ‘Mr. Steal Your Girl’ Trey Songz, Eve and ‘American Boy’ Estelle. Plus, Naughty By Nature (‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’), multi-platinum-selling Ginuwine (‘Pony’), Next (who could forget ‘Wifey’?) and Fatman Scoop – because, of course. All killer, no filler.
They are bringing their album Lo La Ru back to Sydney after their successful Opera House show back in March and a massive regional and international tour in the middle of the year. The album, released in June, features singles ‘Million Man’ and ‘Never Ever’ featuring Sarah, an up-and-coming collaborator who has worked with the likes of Flume. Since winning Triple J’s Hottest 100 2016 with ‘Hoops’, the Rubens have turned to local influences in writing this release, recording it from a WWII bunker in their Western Sydney hometown, and it results in bold sonic territory for the band. Their groovy, pop-rock sound will be complemented with support from Little May, and the band themselves are fresh from supporting P!NK on her Australia and New Zealand tour.
Bringing together local artists and groups from around Australia, Midnight Sun offers Sydney’s insomniacs, night-owls and nocturnal mammals a late-night live music refuge. Laughing in the face of Sydney’s lockout laws and championing the local music scene, these Friday night parties don’t kick off until 11pm, with performances starting at 11.30pm. There’s a new setlist every week, sometimes featuring solo artists or acting as a stage for a mini-festival of musicians. The program covers everything from alt-rock to soul jazz, indie-pop and hip hop, and will occasionally operate like an open-mic night. While this is a City of Sydney funded initiative, the local music legend-makers FBi Radio are the musical masterminds behind the project, along with Young Henry’s, who’ll sling a free tinnie to the first 50 punters in the doors. It all goes down at Foundry616, which is a jazz club just on the edge of Chinatown. Entry is $10, so it’s a great opportunity to explore some new music on a shoestring.
The Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning polymath is gearing up to deliver two back-to-back shows on the forecourt of Sydney Opera House in November. It’ll be six month since he released his now infamous video for ‘This is America’, which now has 300 million views and countless opinion pieces in its trail. Donald Glover’s rapper alter ego is working on his fourth album to follow up the five-time Grammy nominated Awaken, My Love! (2016).
The soulful UK singer-songwriter is returning to Australia this November for a full tour in support of his latest album The Thrill of It All. It'll be Smith's first tour of Australia in three years. During that time he’s accumulated a colossal cache of metalware from ARIA, the Golden Globes, the Brits and the Grammys, selling over 12 million albums in the process to become one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists. He’ll grace the Qudos Bank Arena stage on November 14, 16 and 17, singing tracks from his latest record, including hit single ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’. General release tickets for the last two shows are on sale now, while the November 14 performance will go on sale February 16.
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.
You wouldn’t know it today but Sydney used to be a live music city. Pubs everywhere hosted bands all through the week, bands were able to build their careers coming up through the scene, and the city was a paradise for rock'n'roll fans. A new documentary chronicles live music in Sydney from the pub scene of the 1980s through to the current situation. Turn It Up: Finding Sydney’s Sound features interviews with Ian Moss (Cold Chisel), Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Flight Facilities, Hannah Crofts (All Our Exes Live In Texas), Lindsay McDougall (Frenzal Rhomb), Tex Perkins, Trish and Jodi (Clouds), Dave Novak (Polish Club), Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride), Alex Smith (Moving Pictures) and many more. The film tackles issues such as pokies, lockouts and venue closures, asks why music is so important to the culture of a city, and what live music in Sydney looks like today. Time Out is proud to co-present a sceening of this feature-length documentary at Dendy Newtown on Monday November 19 at 6.30pm. All ticket holders will receive a free Young Henrys beer on arrival to get them in the mood of the golden age of pub rock. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay – we have a feeling that this screening is going to be a lightning rod for everyone who cares about live music and the future of Sydney’s nightlife.
One of the best free things to do in Sydney is to see a movie at the Art Gallery of NSW. They offer year-round programs of screenings in support of their major exhibitions and they are always impeccably curated. Rare, odd and astonishing classics screen there routinely. The films screen on Wednesdays and Sundays in the comfortable Domain Theatre, down at the bottom of the building, and it’s recommended that you book your seat online, as they often fill up. To accompany the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition they are presenting Cosmic Futures, a series of visionary Russian movies including works by the great Andrei Tarkovsky. Nobody does existential gloom quite like the Russians, and the movies on offer are some of the most powerful ever made. The films are free, except for the opening film on Sunday November 4: a special screening of the first Soviet sci-fi film, Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924), accompanied by a newly commissioned live score by acclaimed Sydney electronic artist, Lucy Cliché. Tickets are $12-$15. Aelita concerns a lowly Soviet worker who travels to Mars and leads a proletarian revolution; the film influenced the Fritz Lang film Metropolis. Tarkovsky (who died in 1986) is cinema’s metaphysical master, whose mesmerising work spawned an adjective, ‘Tarkovskian’. The gallery is screening three of his greatest films: Stalker (1979), in which a writer, a professor and their guide enter the ‘Forbidden Zone’, a desolate wasteland, to find the my
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.
The best horror movies, just as major as the more reputable stuff, work on a primal level, beyond plot or words. They grab at your bowels. Dario Argento’s 1977 stunner Suspiria, an explosion of colour, gore and vaulting stylistic ambition, is undoubtedly one of them. To know (and to love) the film is to appreciate Italian cinema in a deeper way, for its eeriness and hysteria. Still, it wasn’t quite a slam dunk when it was announced that a fellow Italian – even one as gifted as Call Me by Your Name's Luca Guadagnino – would be re-imagining Suspiria, an obsession of his for decades. Guadagnino knows about getting good performances, and how to brew adult sexiness. But it’s a miracle that he seems to understand Argento’s witch-centric original on an almost molecular level – so much so that he can radically depart from it and still cast his own spell. Scripted by David Kajganich (who also did Guagadnino’s A Bigger Splash, itself an adaptation of the 1969 French thriller La Piscine), today’s Suspiria is a spectacularly strange affair, thrumming with wild blood and weird powers. It’s easily the classiest horror movie made in years, maybe ever, decked out in muted pinks and green marble, and scored, gorgeously, by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, whose arpeggiating piano lines, rumbling synths and cooing vocals create a propulsiveness similar to the experimental German band Can. Traditional horror fans won’t be pleased: almost transgressively, Guadagnino has deprioritised the shocks, even t
Pop-up Globe is a replica of the Globe Theatre of 1614, built to the exact specifications of the Bard and his players. This is how the most popular plays in the world were born and staged: with natural light and unplugged sound, a standing audience of general admission ‘groundlings’, direct-audience address, and dirty jokes telegraphed with obscene gestures. The Merchant of Venice has long been considered a particularly difficult play due to the character of Shylock. To some, the play is one of Shakespeare's greatest pleas for acceptance and against discrimination, but to others, it is starkly antisemitic. But it's also one of his most ingeniously structured works, by turns funny and confronting. The play will be performed by the Pop-up Globe's Southampton's Company, which is made up of both male and female performers. Also at the Pop-up Globe: The Comedy of Errors Macbeth A Midsummer Night's Dream
Pop-up Globe is a replica of the Globe Theatre of 1614, built to the exact specifications of the Bard and his players. This is how the most popular plays in the world were born and staged: with natural light and unplugged sound, a standing audience of general admission ‘groundlings’, direct-audience address, and dirty jokes telegraphed with obscene gestures. Of all Shakespeare's comedies, The Comedy of Errors is probably the most straight-forwardly funny, and should fit perfectly into the intimate Pop-up Globe. The plot touches on some serious themes of displacement and immigration, but it's driven by slapstick, puns and wordplay, following two sets of twins who were separated at birth. The play will be performed by the Pop-up Globe's Southampton's Company, which is made up of both male and female performers. Also at the Pop-up Globe: Macbeth The Merchant of Venice A Midsummer Night's Dream
Siblings Michael, Rosemarie and Constantine Costi clearly don’t spend their time together bickering over the TV remote. The trio, all successful creatives in their own right (Michael is a writer, Rosemarie a composer and Costantine a director), have banded together to create a new musical based on a 1842 short story by Russian novelist and playwright Nikolai Gogol. The darkly funny story of Nikolai, a lonely St Petersburg office worker who decides to sell everything he owns in order to buy a new overcoat and change his life forever, features a Russian jazz trio live on stage and stars Laura Bunting, Kate Cheel and Aaron Tsindos, with Charles Wu (also performing upstairs with An Enemy of the People) as the tragic Nikolai.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: Bell Shakespeare is hoping to jolt us out of complacency with its new production of Julius Caesar. While the play mightn't be Shakespeare's most performed, it's certainly one of his stabbiest, and Bell Shakespeare is promising its production will be full of action as Brutus grapples with the idea of political assassination. The play stirred an international furore last year when a New York production depicted the assassination of a Trump-esque figure. But Bell Shakespeare is taking a slightly more abstract approach to its politics. Director James Evans has spent four years making the company's productions for school audiences, and says his mainstage debut will have a steely, industrial asethetic. "It is contemporary, but not weighed down by modern references – no iPhones or handguns on stage," Evans says. "My particular interest is in dystopias – especially the way in which yesterday’s dystopia becomes today’s normality. Read today’s headlines. Then imagine reading those same headlines in 2015. It would be unfathomable. And yet here we are, in a new reality." The cast is headed up by Kenneth Ransom (Gods of Egypt, Prize Fighter) as Caesar, alongside Jemwel Danao, Ivan Donato, Maryanne Fonceca, Ghenoa Gela, Neveen Hanna, Emily Havea, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Russell Smith and Sara Zwangobani.
Patrick White saw through all of our empty social kindness decades ago. His 1963 play A Cheery Soul, set in a fictional 1950s Sydney suburb that’s all repression and politeness, blows up all the myths we might have then possessed – and still possess even now – about the ways we treat each other. Miss Docker (Sarah Peirse) shuffles around Sarsaparilla with her sticky beak and overbearing opinions, always the first to put her hand up to help. In the play, the phrase “she’s such a cheery soul” has the razorblade shape backhand of a “bless your heart”: Miss Docker is suffocating her fellow residents with her helpfulness, smothering them with her suggestions, and has a habit of leaving a trail of distressed people in her wake. But she seems to mean well, from a distance, and it’s obvious that she’s lonely, and this is suburban Australia in the decades before we collectively decided we could studiously ignore our neighbours. So when Miss Docker loses her home, the proper, yearning Mrs Custance (Anita Hegh) thinks that she and her husband (Anthony Taufa) should offer their spare room to her. What follows tests the couple’s social conscience and, after some over-pruned tomato plants, a damaged roast and a range of disruptive habits that kills the Custance’s intimate life, Miss Docker is shuffled off to a retirement village. And that’s when things get gloriously weird. The ensemble of 11 play, with the exception of Peirse, shifting and varied roles – but most of them play the chor