The Sunset Series returns!
War Memorial Park in Lilyfield will come alive with the sounds of blues and roots music on Sunday 23rd March at Bluesfest 2014. If its finger picking blues or a fusion of soul, jazz and blues you love then these artists are for you.
Commencing at 4pm is local artist Dan Hopkins who swings from sweet urban country blues finger style to swampy lap slide guitar playing, creating a smorgasbord of authentic southern style foot stomping folk, roots and blues. Following Dan at 5pm will be Rozelle local Trude Aspeling who is one of the most versatile vocalists in Australia. Her sensational repertoire covers soul, gospel, Latin and blues. Trude has toured the world’s major festivals and will now bring her own brand of soul and sultry blues to Lilyfield.
While the sun is setting at 6pm settle in to hear seven-time Aria award winning artist, Wendy Matthews (pictured above), work her magic. Wendy has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic artists such as Jimmy Barnes and Kate Ceberano, she takes songs from every genre and makes them her own, from jazz to blues, rock to gospel, and soul to outright infectious pop. Don’t miss her performing all her hit songs!
For more information visit www.sunsetseries.com.au.
Sunday 16th March
The Bairro Português Petersham Food and Wine Fair, will hit Petersham from 10am to 6pm, bringing with it fantastic food and entertainment for all ages! Masterchef finalist 2013, Christina Batista, will MC this year and is looking forward to digging in to all the Portuguese flavours on the day. “The food scene in Australia has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade but there are still some rather dated perceptions I’d like to tackle – like for example that all the Portuguese eat is chicken,” she said. Well there’s sure to be more than just chicken at this event, with food stalls offering Portuguese tarts, specialty coffee, Ginjinha liqueur, paella, traditional bread and churros. Visitors to the fair can also look forward to face painting, crafts, and a photo booth.
Where: Audley and Fisher St, Petersham.
Month of March
March at MarketPlace
Celebrate Seniors Week at MarketPlace Leichhardt with free bingo for Seniors Card holders and the chance to win $20 MarketPlace gift cards. On from 9am to 11am, March 18th, 19th and 20th in the Food Court – just bring your ID and Seniors Card to join the fun! The green-minded shopping centre is also encouraging residents to turn off lights from 8.30am to 9.30pm on Saturday 29th March as part of EarthHour. Centre management asks all of its retailers to support the event by switching off all non-essential powered items at the end of trade on Saturday. The Centre received a highly commended award at the 2013 NSW Government Green Globes Awards in recognition of a 50% energy reduction since 2008.
For more information visit www.marketplaceleichhardt.com.au.
Tuesday 18th March
The Goldner Quartet
Treat yourself to a selection of wine and food samples, and hear a first-class performance of music at the Goldner Quartet concert at City Recital Hall from 6pm. This performance will take audiences to seven countries in 80 minutes and features inner west musicians Dene Olding (lead violinist) and his wife Irina Morozova performing a program tailored to each of Sydney’s Sister Cities: Portsmouth, Wellington, Guangzhou, Florence, San Francisco and Nagoya. All concerts include at least one Australian composition, further enhancing Sydney’s ties with each Sister City. Tickets are $55, call 1300 797 118 to book your place.
For more information visit goldnerquartet.com.
Saturday 19th March
Speed dating for sustainability lovers
Building or renovating residents won’t want to miss Marrickville’s free Speed Date a Sustainability Expert event – and they don’t even need to be singletons! Everyone is welcome to explore their environmental options by attending this special event where guests get a 13-minute “date” with leading sustainable home experts including designers, architects and builders offering advice on how to make homes and gardens greener. “The experts will be all in one place, ready to mix and mingle and offer great advice – from information on solar panels and solar hot water, to environmentally-friendly home renovation. We want to make it as easy as possible for our community to go green at home,” says Mayor Jo Haylen. The event runs from 2pm to 4.30pm at Marrickville Town Hall (303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville).
Register at www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/speeddate.
From Wednesday 26th March
The Marrickville Golf Club is inviting Inner West artists to enter an art prize this month to celebrate the life of the old timber bridge that crosses the river between Marrickville and Earlwood. The bridge is being replaced later this year and the golf club is asking artists to submit their artistic impressions of the bridge as they see it so we can all remember once it’s gone. There will be a prize pool of $1000 to be shared across three categories: open, high school and under 12. It’s $10 to enter and entries must be hangable. So whether painting, sculpting, drawing or photography is your thing – get to work and submit your entry by March 26th. Winners will be announced at a special exhibit on March 28th, where works will be for sale.
For more info call 0405306640.
Saturday 29th March
Sydney Vegan Festival
The inaugural Sydney Vegan Festival hits the Factory Theatre, Marrickville, this month with vegans from around the world gathering for live music, food and market stalls. Heading the line-up of guest speakers and cooking demonstrators is Brooklyn vegan chef Isa Moskowitz, creator of Post Punk Kitchen, who will be joined by fellow cook Terry Hope Romero, who co-authored the book ‘Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan’ with Isa. Also not to be missed is an appearance by internet cooking sensation, The Vegan Black Metal Chef, who hosts a unique show featuring black metal and guided vegan recipes. This is an 18+ event, tickets are $49+bf. For more information and tickets visit www.factorytheatre.com.au.