What’s on – 245

You’d be barking mad to miss this!

In its inaugural year, the Sydney Dog Lovers Show is coming this November and promises to be the ultimate event for all dog devotees. With great entertainment, education and interaction, this will be the ‘Festival of the Pooch’! 

Held at the Royal Hall of Industries and the Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park on the weekend of November 7th-9th and with an expected attendance of over 20,000, this is certainly the event of the year for any true dog lover. There will plenty of stalls and exhibitors around on the day with heaps of free samples and Christmas specials, as well as plenty of experts to help you find the best breed for your lifestyle.

On the day, make sure not to miss out on the great events like Dock Dogs, where pooches to compete to see which can leap the furthest into a pool of water, or the Pat-A-Pooch zone, where you can cuddle with dozens of different dogs. Whether you like big dogs or small, long fur or short, this is a guaranteed fun day out.

We have three FREE double passes to giveaway, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter. To find more information, visit www.dogloversshow.com.au/sydney




Featured artist Michael Snape
Featured artist Michael Snape

The artiest craft in Balmain

Returning for its 19th year and held again at the Father John Therry Catholic School, the Balmain Art and Craft Show is back with the best collection of local and emerging artists, craft vendors and entertainment!

Kicking off the show on Friday 7th November is the Opening Night Event. This is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak at the artworks for sale, take part in the silent auctions and buy some raffle tickets for fantastic prizes available on the night. The real event will run throughout the weekend of the 8th-9th of November, featuring the highest quality contemporary and indigenous art, a growers market for artesian food produce, plenty of great craft vendors and a wide range of children’s craft and activities to keep them entertained through the day!

The feature artist at this year’s event will be Michael Snape, a painter, sculptor and draughtsman who has been exhibiting across Sydney and Melbourne for 40 years! He works across an array of media, with a focus on steel and wooden pieces that create scenes of collective human movement and abstracted animal forms.

For more information on the Balmain Art and Craft Show go to www.balmainartandcraftshow.com.au 




Thur 23rd Oct-Fri 7th Nov
Curating Feminism

Curating Feminism is the latest exhibit at the Sydney College of the Arts, but more than that, it is also a research project. It attempts to address ideas around the ethics of collaboration between the artist and the curator as, according to Associate Dean Dr Jacqueline Millner, “today, to curate is to create knowledge ­ not to merely represent, publish or exhibit”. This exhibition will feature seven curators working alongside an artist or art collective of their own choosing and the event will feature a range of masterclasses, lectures and speeches on top of the artworks exhibited.

For more info, visit www.sydney.edu.au/sca/galleries-events/curating-feminism/index.shtml



Saturday 25th October
Cirque du Skate

Roll up! Roll up! Come enjoy a carnival party that’s fun for the entire family! This weekend, the Inner West Roller Derby League will be holding an amazing circus-themed party, featuring everything from face painting and balloon animals to derby girl bowling (yes, you actually bowl one of the players at the pins!). Entry is free with all proceeds going towards the much-needed team uniforms, so whether you are after a fun day or just want to help out the team, make sure to come down to the Vic!

Where: Vic on the Park Hotel, 1-6pm



Wednesday 29th October
Laughs for Lifestart

From 7pm at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe, Sam Bowring, Dave Williams and a mystery guest from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be kicking up a storm of side splitting jokes. Tickets cost $40, with all proceeds going toward Lifestart, a charity organisation dedicated to helping children with disabilities by providing them with the opportunities and support they need. So come down, have a beer, have a laugh and help disabled youths across Australia.

Book online at www.trybooking.com/FHXL



Friday 31st October
Vino Paradiso

Calling all discerning food and drink enthusiasts, the inaugural Vino Paradiso Festival is coming to Sydney and bringing with it an unparalleled opportunity to select and enjoy the greatest range of Australian wine, craft beer, cider and food. Hosted at the Australian Technology Park, with an incredible design-savvy, lounge bar styled environment, visitors will be welcome to participate in progressive masterclasses hosted by leading experts, or just kick back with a cocktail in one hand and a delicious meal in the other!

For more info or to make a booking, visit www.vinoparadiso.com.au



Saturday 1st November
Eco Fest at the PBC

To celebrate the steps they’ve taken towards creating an environmentally conscious community club, and specifically their recent installation of solar panels, the Petersham Bowling Club is hosting a FREE festival! Featuring a fantastic bevy of info sessions and stalls on sustainable urban living, such as learning to grow your own veggies and how to make the most of your rainwater, as well as some great live music throughout the day, this Eco Fest will be fun and informative for the entire family! 

For more info, visit www.thepbc.org.au 



Saturday 1st November
Recycled Art Class

Come to the Concord Community Centre to learn how to reuse second-hand materials to create artistic, sustainable sculptures. Effective sustainability is all about saving resources wherever you can, so why not in art? Reusing materials limits the environmental impact of landfill, saves you money and the limitations will help bring out your inner creative designer. Make Art, Not Waste. 

Bookings are essential, visit www.treading-lightly.eventbrite.com.au



Thursday 6th November

Referencing interior and exterior bodies of water, four New South Wales artists come together to present an exhibition of drawings, paintings and mixed media as a liquid continent emerges in this intimate selection of hand-generated works. Oscillating between the tangible and the abstract, the immediate and the ephemeral ­ a form of gentle unknowing takes. This exhibition will be running until the end of January, RSVP is essential to attend the opening night. 

Brixton Lounge, 95 Glebe Point Road, Glebe