Outdoor flicks and fun
Back for another brilliant season, Leichhardt Council’s Pics in the Park program is bringing free outdoor movies to a park near you this month! Local parks will be transformed into outdoor cinemas this summer with screenings of a delightful upwards animation, a thrilling magical tale of illusions and a ghostly classic…
Take a seat on the Village Green at Mort Bay Park on February 7th from 8pm for a screening of short family films from Flickerfest to be followed by the feature film ‘Up’. Then on February 21st, Now You See Me will be showing at Pioneers Memorial Park, telling the story of FBI agents as they track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. The final movie event will be a screening of Ghostbusters again at Mort Bay Park on Friday 7th March from 8.30pm.
All ages are welcome to come along and enjoy a picnic under the stars while supporting a local charity with gold coin donations being collected at each screening to support Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.
For more information visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au.
Privates on parade
Passion. War. Music. Blokes in dresses. What’s not to love?
Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in its debut in 1977, Peter Nichol’s world renown musical Privates on Parade will soon be coming to our fair shores. New Theatre first produced the play back in 1989 and it is returning to Newtown from February 11th to March 8th in collaboration with this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations.
The story follows that of the Song and Dance Unit South East Asia, a group of military misfits posted to Singapore to entertain British troops during the Malayan Emergency of 1948. Described by Time Out, London as “Apocalypse Now given the Kenneth Williams remix or Cabaret retold by Noel Coward”, Privates on Parade is as hilariously farcical as it is fraught with themes of colonialism, homophobia and personal stories of fear and loneliness. Ultimately, this is as much a coming-of-age comedy as it is a satire of one dark reality.
To WIN a double pass to the preview performance of Privates on Parade on Wednesday 13th Feb at 7.30pm, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter!
Weds 5th to Fri 9th Feb
Short+Sweet – the biggest and best festival of micro-theatre shows in the world – is underway and showcasing heaps of amazing talent with over 400 ten-minute plays, handpicked from thousands of scripts being performed at the King St Theatre, Newtown. In Week 5 of the festival, one of these plays is titled “Is it because I’m Indian?” by Rajendra Moodley. A one-man show with just a chair, voices from Raj’s past, many costume changes and a Bollywood dance, this comedy show is not to be missed – but it’s just one of many on offer. Tickets $33, for a full program visit www.shortandsweet.org.
To WIN a double pass to Short+Sweet on Wednesday 5th February, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter!
Wednesday 5th February
For many, holidays are just an excuse to lie by the pool all day, but for others, they are all about experiences and soaking in a culture. If you belong to the latter group, then this event is for you. Join travel writer Walter Mason as he discusses his latest book, Destination Cambodia. With the combination of his distinctive voice, extensive knowledge and wry sense of humour, Walter is able to create an honest and remarkable image of the Cambodian nation. This is a free event at the Leichhardt Library from 6.30-8pm. Bookings essential, call 9367 9266 to book
For more info visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-events.
Saturday 8th February
This free workshop will be held at the Concord Community Centre from 9.30am, as part of the ‘Waste Less in the Bay’ program, which is aimed at helping people to minimise food waste. Chef Gerry Barbara will lead this workshop, putting together delicious and colourful salads and stir fries, perfect for summer, using ingredients commonly found in your fridge. Learn how to mix and match flavours, store vegetables and taste some amazing creations. Bookings are essential though so don’t delay!
Call 9911 6555 to book.
Sunday 9th February
Ludovico Einaudi at the Opera House
From classic orchestral swells to rock infused ballads, the 25-year catalogue from Ludovico Einaudi is varied to say the least. He has written scores for such movies as Black Swan and J. Edgar and collaborated with musical legends like the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ludovico’s latest creation, In a Time Lapse, promises to bring his eclectic style back in full force to Australia for his second visit. If you love the melding of orchestra with a modern touch, this is not a night to be missed. The show will be held in Concert Hall at the Opera House, kicking off at 9pm. Standard ticket prices begin at $49. Visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com for more info.
To WIN a double pass to this fantastic show, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter!
Until Sunday 9th February
Dames of Throne Burlesque
The Game of Thrones TV show went to air three years ago and has become more than just one of the most popular shows on the box; it has become a cultural phenomenon. There are parodies of it all over the Internet and I am sure most people thought it had about reached as far as it could. Well, they were wrong, because now The Vanguard is putting on a burlesque parody of the show. Considering the series’ predilection for nudity, perhaps this isn’t really a stretch. Regardless, this should be a very fun show and I am sure it will be good for a chuckle at $43.80 per head.
The Vanguard: 42 King St Newtown.
Friday 14th February
Romance at the RSL
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL is putting an evening of romance and music in celebration of Valentine’s Day this year, with a special dinner menu and program of entertainment featuring Doug Williams and his band performing the best R&B hits in history including everything from Marvin Gaye to Barry White. These guys definitely know how to set the mood so join in from 6pm to 8.30pm, and enjoy a three course meal ($55 per head) with a glass of complimentary champagne on arrival. Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!
Call 9559 0000 to book.
Friday 14th February
Valentine’s Day at the Royal
Looking for the perfect place to take your special guy or gal this Valentine’s? With its beautiful, botanical atmosphere and live music playing from 9.30pm, The Royal Hotel will have that romantic vibe you’re after. They are offering a delicious two-course dinner with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for $49 per head. Space is limited, book early to guarantee yourself a spot.
The Royal: 156 Norton St, Leichhardt.
Line dancing at LBC
Whether you are the life of the dance floor or just a hopeful beginner, as long as you have a passion to move your feet then Leichhardt Bowling Club has an offer you! Every Tuesday from 10.30 am, the club will be holding line dancing classes suitable for people of all ages and fitness. The style of dance is great for both the brain and body and is a great place to socialise. No need to bring your cowboy boots, or even a partner. Just come down, be brave and give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
For more information, contact Julie Talbot on 9560 0584 or at www.julietalbot.com