Romeo and Juliet
“Two households. Both alike in dignity. In fair Cronulla.” This is the beginning of veteran director Stephen Wallace’s exciting modern Aussie take on the Shakespearean classic, Romeo + Juliet.
With the backdrop of race riots that have rages across Sydney’s southern and western suburbs in recent years, Shakespeare’s timeless play of love and loss among feuding families gets a makeover here; telling the story of a beach party crashed, insults exchanged and an unlikely romance. But when one lover is from a well-to-do family in south Sydney while the other is from an immigrant family living in the west, can love prevail? Come along and find out.
Running Thursday through Saturday at 7.30pm, from Wednesday 31st July to Saturday 24th August, tickets are $28 or $22 for concessions. Tickets are available at www.kingstreettheatre.com.au or by calling 0423 082 015.
King Street Theatre: 644 King St, Newtown.
We have one double pass to give away for the Opening Night of the show on Wednesday 31st July.
Opera at the Vanguard
The Vanguard will be bringing its own spectacular version of opera to the stage this month for the first time ever, in a performance complete with costumes inspired by the innovative late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.
Featuring Camperdown resident, Simon Halligan as the ‘warrior king’ alongside three other seasoned Opera Australia performers, Opera at The Vanguard will showcase a collection of classic songs including Nessun Dorma, E’ la solita storia del pastore and those from Carmen – all performed in fabulous costumes that stay true to the grandeur of traditional operatic spectacles.
Owner of The Vanguard, Russall S. Beattie, said it had long been his dream to bring opera to the venue and he’s confident this production will satisfy both veteran opera fans and newcomers to the genre. “This production is designed to not only make opera affordable, but also offer audiences an unusually up-close and intimate opera experience,” he said.
The show will be running from Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th July, with tickets available at www.thevanguard.com.au or by calling 9557 9409. Tickets are $33.80, or $68.80 for the meal and show package.
The Vanguard: 42 King St, Newtown
We have one double pass to giveaway, please specifiy your preferred date when entering.
Wednesday 17th July
Mid-Century Modern Architecture
eBuilding buffs rejoice, we have something interesting for you. Starting at 6:30pm at Marrickville Library, architect Bruce Eeles and designer Annalisa Capurro will be discussing mid-century modern architecture and sharing their perspectives on things constructed from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. The highlight of this event will be the presentation on restorations of modernist buildings and the revival of this style in the USA. Bookings are not required, so feel free to turn up unannounced. For more info visit www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au.
Marrickville Library: Marrickville Rd.
Friday 19th July
Country, Roots & Blues gig
In a busy year that has seen them play the Tamworth, Karuah Bluegrass, and Northern Beaches Music Festivals, Sydney country/bluegrass band Dear Orphans will play a headlining show with support from alternative country band Mem Davis & The Kindred Spirits. The two bands will put on a performance to remember at everyone’s favourite pokie-free live music venue the Petersham Bowling Club, from 8pm to 11pm. Everyone is invited and entry is just $10 so don’t miss out. For more info visit the What’s On page at thepbc.org.au.
Petersham Bowlo: 77 Brighton St.
Fri 19th & Sat 20th July
Exist-ence #5 exhibition
PACT centre for emerging artists is hosting the Sydney leg of the ‘exist-ence #5’ festival of live art, featuring two nights of experimental performances by local and international artists. On Friday there will be presentations by John G Boehme and Henrik Hedinge, followed by Bonnie Hart, and on Saturday there’s live art and performances from a range of artists. PACT centre is at 107 Railway Pde, Erskineville.
For more information visit www.pact.net.au/2013/07/exist-ence-5/
Sunday 28th July
National Tree Day
Feeling a bit green? Well come and do something positive for the environment and plant a tree. Leichhardt Council’s group planting event, running from 10am to 12pm, will assist in the restoration of the bushland on the southern side of King George Oval. The council will be providing all the plants and necessary tools, although they suggest you bring your own sun protection, as well as wear closed shoes. If you aren’t convinced yet, the Council will also be having a sausage sizzle for volunteers afterwards so there’s no reason not to come down and help out. For more info, visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au.
Where: King George Park, Rozelle.
Monday 29th July
Wall 2 Wall Mural Competition
Now in its seventh year, Leichhardt Council is once again calling upon local artists to register for the upcoming Wall 2 Wall Mural Competition.
Designed to both minimise graffiti and foster artistic talent, this competition provides tangible benefits for the whole community. There are three sites available this year; two on Mullens Street in Balmain and one on Norton Street, Leichhardt, and applicants’ designs must connect with the site and its community. With the first prize vlaued at $4000, this is a great opportunity for all local talent to get involved, but act fast as entries must close on July 29th.
For more info, visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Wall2Wall.
Wednesday 31st July
George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help
ABC radio host and Fairfax columnist Richard Glover will have you laughing out loud as he shares his latest book George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help during an author talk at Concord Library (60 Flavelle St, Concord) from 6.30pm on July 31st. The book is a collection of unusually skewed stories of everyday life, creating a bizarre world in which George Clooney’s haircut can help save a relationship. Don’t miss this fun-filled night of laughs presided over by a writer with a keen eye for the absurdities of everyday domestic life. Entry is free with light refreshments provided.
For more information contact the library on 9911 6351.
Sunday 21st July
Leichhardt Council is one of eight councils working to develop a plan to increase energy from renewable energy sources, called ‘Our Energy Future,’ and are seeking community input. If you want to help make your future greener and use locally produced renewable energy in your home, then come along to this workshop from 10am to 12pm at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL and get involved! A morning tea will also be held from 9.30am before the workshop. To register call Jon Stiebel at Leichhardt Council on 9367 9045, or for more information go to the Environment and Sustainability page at www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au.
Where: 20-26 Canterbury Rd, Hurlstone Park.