Founded by Dulwich Hill musician Josh Pyke, the annual Busking for Change charity event returns this year in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Over the past five years, Josh has raised $43,000 for the ILF, which is an organisation that was set up to help address the literacy crisis in remote Indigenous communities. This year Josh is hoping to reach $50,000 for the charity and you can help him hit his target by coming along to his Busking For Change show on Thursday 4th September at The Roller Den, Erskineville.
Joining Josh onstage this year will be his friend and fellow musician Urthboy (aka Tim Levinson), whose last three records were nominated for the Australian Music Prize. Urthboy is also the frontman of popular hip-hop group The Herd, who have been nominated for a number of industry awards since their formation on 2001.
Down to business
Calling local business people who are ready to move their business forward and look to the future – don’t miss the annual Inner West Small Business Expo! This premier local B2B event will hit Burwood Community Hub on Friday 22nd August and is bringing with it an amazing program of speakers ready to share their expertise on the theme of ‘Dealing with Change’. Guest speakers include Westpac Senior Economist Matthew Hassan, Paul Wallbank, Vicki Harding from Flying Penguin Extraordinary Educational Toys (pictured) and Patrick Zuluaga from PMZ Marketing.
Doors open from 9.30am to 2.45pm and the first event starts at 10am. Don’t miss the 1pm Panel (Session 4), where you’ll get the chance to ask speakers questions. Entry is $33 for access to all information sessions, the Q&A panel and refreshments, and you can come and go as you please. Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet new clients in a welcoming space and gain valuable insights into the challenges posed by the current business environment.
Where: 2 Conder St, Burwood (5 minutes from the station). For a full program or to buy tickets visit www.innerwestbusinessexpo.com.
Until 1st September
Wall 2 Wall Mural Comp
Spotted a bare brick wall that’s itching for a makeover? Well here’s your chance. Leichhardt Council is inviting artists to submit an inspiring design for the annual Wall 2 Wall mural competition with entries open until September 1st. This year’s prize pool offers $4000 for first place, $2000 for second place and $1000 for third place. Plus, if your design is chosen as a winner it will have 24/7 exposure on a public wall.
• For more information visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Wall2Wall
Friday 22nd August
Ian Stephen and the Imperfectionists
Former frontman of the 80s post-punk Melbourne band the Slaughtermen, Ian Stephen moved to America in 2001 to continue his career. Fittingly so as his musical style has always been heavily influenced by Americana, country and Southern gospel. Now he has released his eighth solo album Per Sempre, Italian for ‘forever’, and will be playing a one-off gig at the Petersham Bowling Club. Described as being about love, hate and the eternity of the two, this album has an incredible mix of genre styles, including tracks sung in Spanish and French. For any Ian Stephen fans, this is an exclusive event not to be missed.
• Where: 77 Brighton St, Petersham.
Saturday 30th August
Sons of Sun
If you love old school rock n’ roll you’ll love this play about Sun Records in Memphis. Titled ‘Sons of Sun – Elvis, Jerry Lee, Johnny and Me,’ the show tells the story of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, his assistant Marion Keisker, and the musicians they recorded. A three-piece band fronted by John Kennedy brings the music to life, performing 35 songs from Elvis Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and more. Tickets are $32.70 from stickytickets.com.au.
• Camelot Lounge: 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville.
Saturday 30th August
Rockin for Refuge
The only thing better than live music is live music that is raising money for charity. There seems to be a lot of this going around in the Inner West. Rockin for Refuge is an awesome musical event that will be using all funds raised to support the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown, a NGO that helps people with basic needs like food, jobs, medical care and accommodation. There are going to be plenty of great local bands and artists performing so make sure to head down to the Red Rattler from 2pm to midnight to rock out to a great cause.
• Red Rattler Theatre, $20
Sunday 31st August
No Soul in Technology
At 6.30pm at the Vanguard, Sydney based bluesy-soul revivalist Chich will launch his debut CD, which was recorded live in the style of the great soul singers of the ’60 and ’70s at Leichhardt’s Love Hz studios. Chich floats between rock ‘n’ soul and sweet sultry ballads and this event will feature a set from the man himself as well as an acoustic set from Goodchild, plus you can take a live recording of the night home with you! Tickets start at $21.80 from www.thevanguard.com.au.
• Where: 42 King St, Newtown
Wed 3rd to Sat 6th September
Harry and Liv
Harry and Liv is a slice-of-life comedy about a brother and sister, both musicians, who live together in a small apartment and struggle to pay the rent because they bought a grand piano. Winner of both the Judges Choice and Best Newcomer awards at Short + Sweet Cabaret, Harry and Liv is written and performed by actual siblings and Marrickville locals Evan and Charlotte Kerr. If you have the time, make sure to join these two as they sing and bicker their way into your heart as it is a really fun and down-to-Earth show. Purchase tickets at sydneyfringe.com.au.
• Glebe Justice Centre: 37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe
Saturday 16th August
Yaralla House Open Day
Take a walk through one of Haberfield’s oldest and most beautiful estates, Yaralla House, this Saturday from 10am to 1pm at the Sydney Local Health District Open Day. Locals young and old are invited to enjoy a BBQ and entertainment with face painting for the kids, CPR workshops and health information stalls on offer, plus the opportunity to discuss the Yaralla Estate Management Plan. SLHD has established a Community Advisory Committee to advise on how best to use the estate and welcome ideas from locals. History buffs will also enjoy the heritage tour of the property and have the chance to meet the local ranger and ask questions.
• More information at www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/Yaralla/