Balmain Sinfonia hits a high note
In honour of Macquarie University’s 50th Jubilee, Balmain Sinfonia are presenting a brilliant program of classics, as well as a surprise selection of music from the times of Lachlan Macquarie.
Highlights of the program include Beethoven’s piano concerto no.4 in G Major, featuring Clemens Leske as the soloist, and Saint-Saens’ beautiful Organ Symphony no.3. The program will also include admired music from the times of NSW governor Lachlan Macquarie, who was in office from 1810-1821.
The soloist, Clemens Leske, is one of Australia’s most illustrious pianists. After studying at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, Leske went on to play with all of Australia’s major symphony orchestras and won the ABC Young Performer of the Year award in 1990. Join the Balmain Sinfonia, and one of Australia’s premier pianists, for this outstanding afternoon concert on Sunday 14th September, 2.30pm, at the Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University.
Tickets are $25 (or $20 concession), available at the door or by visiting www.balmainsinfonia.com.
Take your family for a sail
The 2014/2015 sailing season will be officially starting on September 6th at the Concord and Ryde Sailing Club as they celebrate 70 years of boating on Parramatta River.
The Concord and Ryde Sailing Club, the most westerly sailing club on the Parramatta River, is renown for being family friendly. With its fleet of Optimist Dinghies and a family friendly attitude, this is a great club for people of all skill levels. Head Training Officer David McClean has even developed his own special training program that is suitable for anyone over the age of nine.
But why not get the entire family involved? Their Family Learn to Sail course will be commencing with their first theory class on Tuesday 9th September, then every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8pm, and the practical classes will be running every Saturday morning from 9am.
This is a great opportunity for all families who are interested in getting out of the house, trying something new and having a great time whilst doing it.
For more information on their sailing courses, visit www.concordrydesailing.org.
Fri 29th to Sun 31st August
Terravita is the inaugural exhibition of a new group of eleven talented artists from Warringah Printmakers Studio. Aiming to demonstrate the wide range of skills and techniques involved in printmaking, such as intaglio, relief printing, lino cuts and photopolymeprints, this exhibition will be highlighting one of the most innovative and contemporary art forms on the scene. Terravita will be housed at the Balmain Watch House and will be open between 6pm-8pm on Friday and between 10am-4pm over the weekend.
For more info and images, visit terravita.weebly.com
Sunday 31st August
Unity Walk and Run
Beginning in 2008, the Unity Walk and Run is a fundraising event held at Sydney Olympic Park that gives a voice to those living with, or affected by Parkinson’s disease. Now in its seventh year, Unity Walk and Run has already raised over $1.2 million for the more than 80,000 people across Australia living with this condition. Featuring a 4km run, a 8km run and a leisurely stroll around the area, this is a cause everyone can be a part of, regardless of their fitness level. If you’re free, make sure to come down and help in the fight against one of the most common and debilitating neurological disorders.
For more info or to register for the event, visit www.unitywalkandrun.com.au
Weds 3rd to Sat 6th September
Marrickville Council has teamed up with Sunnyfield Disability Services to present a collaborative arts exhibition that is truly unique. Pairing the work of seven local artists with that of twelve people living with a disability who have been mentored through Sunnyfield’s ‘Hatch’ program, InSide Out is said to, “reflect on the internal expression of people without a voice breaking down the barriers that are often associated with disability”. This showcase, which will encompass a wide range of art forms, is deserving of support. Come check it out.
Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown, 11am-4pm
Saturday 6th September
Zombie Prom 1986
With some things, you only get one shot. You know, like your high school formal…or life. Unless of course there was some kind of, I don’t know, zombie prom, then you could have a second chance at both. Wait, there is a zombie prom? In fact, it is the Vanguard’s third annual Zombie Prom, complete with the entire graduating class of 1986 from Shermer High School returning from the grave. If the idea of shuffling around in leg warmers to Simple Minds on repeat gets your blood spurting, then this is a night not to be missed.
For more info, visit www.thevanguard.com.au
Friday 12th September
Three Blokes Telling Jokes
Three Blokes Telling Jokes is exactly what it says on the wrapper; a solid hour of three guys on a stage making you laugh till your sides ache. Coming from the hilarious brains of Andrew Barnett, Matty B and Scott Dettrick, this show explores the utterly ridiculous swathe of humanity that is middle class Australia. If you are into beer, barbies and big belly laughs, come down to the Factory Theatre as I reckon you’ll like this.
For more info or to buy tickets, visit www.fringecomedy.com.au
Saturday 13th September
Pelvic Floor Discovery
Taking care of your pelvic floor is all about feeling great and being able to do whatever you want without worrying about control or support, but unfortunately the important facts about this body part are rarely shared with women. Luckily for you, there is someone willing to share this information. Hosted at Balmain Sports Medicine from 1pm, this session will be led by women’s health educator Katalin Janssens and is highly recommended for ladies of all ages and fitness levels.
For more info or to make a booking, visit www.discreetlyfit.com
Until the end of September
Leichhardt Library Photo Competition
This inaugural photo competition has come to a close with the winners being announced. First prize went to Indira Gonsal-Korale for her snap of local sub-culture, titled Painting the Town, while runner-up went to Mark Gardiner for his moody black and white picture Across the Tracks. All forty-two entrants will be on display at Balmain Library until the end of September.
For more info, check out #leichlibsnappers on Instagram or visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Library