Kicking it old school
There’s plenty happening to celebrate the 2013 Heritage Festival this year, from exhibitions and walking tours to concerts and theatre productions running until Friday 31st May. Don’t miss your chance to step back in time.
Leichhardt Library has already kicked things off with a special exhibition for the Federation of Migrant Workers and their Families 40th Anniversary – celebrating the community milestones achieved by FILEF and our Italian community at large. The exhibition showcases posters, photos, newspaper articles and other memorabilia from the group’s events over the last 40 years. You can check out the exhibition for free at the library until Tuesday 28th May. The FILEF Theatre Group will also be putting on a free presentation at the library on Thursday 9th May from 6pm, which will include excerpts from past plays, live music and acting, plus a sneak peak at scenes from an upcoming play about the plight of asylum seekers. Book by calling 9367 9266.
For more information visit www.localnotes.net.au.
The Ham Funeral
Don’t miss this adaption of Patrick White’s legendary play that sparked outrage when it first premiered back in 1961. Playing at the New Theatre until Saturday 25th May, come along and be intrigued by this vintage piece of Aussie theatre…
Part vaudeville, part lyric poem and part gothic drama, The Ham Funeral is set in dingy inner-city boarding house, where a naïve young poet is drawn into the strange world of his grotesque landlords – Mr and Mrs Lusty, whom live in the basement. When Mr Lusty dies, his widow Alma prepares a fabulous funeral in his honour but as relatives gather like scavengers, the young poet finds himself lured into a dangerous sexual game with comically tragic consequences. Loosely based on the true story that inspired William Dobell’s painting ‘The Dead Landlord’ and on White’s own recollections of the seedy world of London boarding houses, this strikingly original play remains as intriguing as it was fifty years ago. Visit www.newtheatre.org.au for more info and tickets ($32).
To WIN a double pass to the show on Thursday 9th May at 7.30pm, email email@example.com.
Saturday 4th May
Soccer star in Leichhardt!
Leichhardt Council is helping to bring international soccer superstar and World Cup-winning Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro to Leichhardt to meet fans this Saturday.
Be at the corner of Norton and Marlborough Streets at 12pm to see the man himself. Norton St will be temporarily closed from 10am to 2pm to allow the welcome ceremony, where Cannavaro will be named an honorary member of the community. Soccer fans should not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.
More information visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au.
Sunday 5th May
Mother’s Day ‘Pop Up’ Markets
Struggling to find that perfect present for Mum? With a fantastic range of gifts all in one place, the pop-up market this weekend is a great option. Running from 10am until 2pm and located in the Drummoyne Medical Centre car park, with stallholders including: Juxtapose, Art Mulapa, Face Painting by Natalie, Red Roses and White Petals Florist, Jennie Estwick Vision, The Cup Cake Shop and Canada Bay Council, plus a Drummoyne Business Chamber sausage sizzle, face painting and prizes. This one-day only
family-friendly event should not be missed.
Where: 69 Formosa St, Drummoyne
Until Sunday 12th May
Opening on the 30th of April at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Frances Feasey’s new exhibit The Welcome explores her personal experiences with rural New South Wales; areas that she believes most people consider inaccessible and “hard to endure.”
Utilising two of Feasey’s favoured styles: luminous realism and abstraction, this exhibition combines light-focused environmental landscapes with emotionally evocative abstract works to demonstrate the beauty of our state. Those with a love for rural Australia will enjoy this.
Where: Pidcock St, Camperdown.
For more information visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au.
Thursday 16th May
Danny G Felix at Harold Park Hotel
On Thursday 16th May come to the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe for a mind-blowing Urban Fusion performance by the Sydney-based Danny G Felix Project. Led by eponymous frontman Danny G Felix, a graduate of Newtown High School of Performing Arts, the outfit plays music that blends modern hip-hop with big band jazz and Latin flair. With their first studio album released last December and their leader referred to as “one of the most exciting young jazz players to emerge in Australia,” the Danny G Felix Project is not to be missed.
For more information visit www.sydneymusicspace.com.au/upcoming-artists.html.
To WIN a double pass to the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 16th May
Volunteer Expo 2012
It’s National Volunteer Week from the 13th to the 19th of May so if you are interested in joining six million Australian volunteers come to the Inner West Volunteer Expo at Ashfield Town Hall from 1pm to 7pm. Aiming to raise awareness about volunteer opportunities, this Expo will feature information stalls, demonstrations from community organisations and two guest speakers.
For more information visit www.volunteernetwork.org.au.
Saturday 18th May
Round She Goes
Don’t miss the first Round She Goes women’s fashion market in Sydney this month, taking place from 10am to 3pm at Marrickville Town Hall (303 Marrickville Rd). Run by Emma Morris – a lover of op-shopping, fan of designer bargains and finding vintage treasures – this award-winning preloved fashion market will feature 60 stalls showcasing second-hand and vintage clothing, accessories and even some groovy craft pieces. Entry is just $2!
More info: www.roundshegoes.com.au.
Sunday 19th May
Million Paws Walk
If you care for animals, or just wish to enjoy a fun family-friendly Sunday, come to the Million Paws Walk in Homebush for a day of stalls, entertainment and, of course, a walk with your four-legged friend. With 30,000 animals entering New South Wales’ shelters annually, the RSPCA needs public support more than ever so why not join in on the festivities. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for children/concessions when bought online.
For more information and tickets visit www.millionpawswalk.com.au
Wednesday 22nd May
By Any Other Name
By Any Other Name is an interesting new queer adaption of Shakespeare’s famous love story Romeo & Juliet playing at the Sidetrack Theatre this month. In this version of the tragedy Romeo and Juliet are the only straight couple on stage as the tables turn the majority into the minority. The Capulet’s are a house of women and the Montague’s a house of men. Juliet is expected to marry the sexy, successful lady Paris but what will become of our young straight lovers in a world where gay is ‘normal’ and straight is ‘queer’? Don’t
miss Leichhardt local Jasper Garner Gore in the lead role of Romeo.
Tickets $20-$28, more info and bookings at www.sidetrack.com.au.
Where: 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.
Compiled by Max Kobras