The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s award-winning play, is showing at the Eternity Playhouse as part of the Mardi Gras festival. It tackles love, loss, and the stranglehold of convention by switching between 1958 and the present.
Lilyfield’s own Geraldine Hakewill stars as Sylvia, a woman who in 1958 discovers that her husband is having an affair with another man. “Watching how these two time periods play out together, you get to see how society’s views on homosexuality, love and relationships have changed over the years,” she notes.
With LGBT issues so topical, the time is ripe for this riveting production. “I hope audiences will be moved, that it will make them question their prejudices, that it will make them feel more compassionate towards themselves and other people. And I hope they keep talking about it after the play is over.”
Tickets are $35-$40, www.darlinghursttheatre.com or call 8356 9987. Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst, 5th Feb – 6th Mar.
Monkey Shoulder’s Chinese New Year
Want to celebrate Chinese New Year but unsure how? Monkey Shoulder Whisky anticipated your dilemma and in collaboration with the City of Sydney has responded with two pop-up whisky bars: open from 5-10pm in Martin Place from 6-14th February and in World Square from 15-21st February.
The celebration will reflect the characteristics of the Year of the Monkey: cheerful, inventive and energetic. All things monkey will be celebrated with a selection of cocktails with names such as Monkey Mojito’s, Monkey Old-Fashioned and Jungle Juice. Monkey Shoulder wants to showcase the versatility of their liquor and change the way you think about Scotch whisky.
Their reputation suggests they will not disappoint – they are, after all, responsible for the world’s first triple malt whisky. And as you sip their liquid gold, find out what the new year holds via a free fortune cookie.
Monkey Shoulder is giving away three VIP passes, which authorise free entry and a drink on arrival to their pop-up bar. See our Giveaways page for details.
Monday 8th Feb, 10am-10pm
Lovers of American football will no doubt have cleared their Monday schedule for the famed Super Bowl. If you’d rather not enjoy the spectacle alone in your living room, Zanzibar is screening the game live from 10am. Kick back with your mates and enjoy the great food and drinks Zanzibar has on offer. Their famous foot-long hot dog with slaw, chips and a schooner is just $15 for this event. To book your seats, call Zanzibar on 9519 1511.
Where: Zanzibar, 323 King St, Newtown
Thursday 11th Feb (ongoing)
Ultimo Senior’s Choir
As we get older, the time comes to relax and take pleasure in the finer things in life. And what pursuit is finer than music? Beginning on 11th February, a community choir will be meeting from 1-2:30pm every week at the Ultimo Community Centre. This group will specialise in singing Australian and Chinese folk songs. Head over in the afternoons to make great friends as well as beautiful music.
Where: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry St, Ultimo.
Saturday, 13 February
Inside Out screening
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Cinema in the Park, fireworks and activities. Communities for Communities and Rhodes Multicultural Association in partnership with City of Canada Bay are celebrating the Year of the Monkey with Lunar New Year festivities including a screening of the Disney film Inside Out at Rhodes Foreshore Park. This free family event includes plenty of entertainment, food and activities starting from 5pm. Movie will be screened at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9.30pm. All happening at Rhodes Foreshore Park, Cnr Mary St and Shoreline Dr, Rhodes.
For more information, please visit communitiesforcommunities.com.au.
Sun 14th Feb, 2pm-7pm
SXR Bike Love Party
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the one who means the most to you – your bicycle. SXR invites you to their Bike Love Party, dedicated to sharing the love of our trusty two-wheeled friends. Come dressed to impress and ready to flaunt it for a photo shoot of yourself and your beloved, followed by some bike maintenance tips, an instagram competition and a round of bike speed dating. It’s even open to those who don’t own a bike – All you need is your bicycle, a picnic, and all of your bike love.
Where: Federal Park, Annandale
Thursday 18th February
4th Annual Mardi Gras Reception
Join special guest speakers and celebs at the LGBTQI Action Group at Leichhardt Council’s admin building between 7pm-9pm. Leichhardt Council will host its 4th annual “Feel the Love Leichhardt” Mardi Gras reception in an ongoing effort to grow the Mardi Gras festival throughout Sydney’s inner west.
Friday 19th February
Sydney City Farm volunteer activity day
The City of Sydney is establishing an innovative community farm on a half hectare of land on Sydney Park Road. You are invited to get your hands dirty for a half day of preparing the garden beds, enriching the soil and figuring out exactly which delicious edibles should be planted. Sydney City Farm is a social enterprise which will eventually be entirely community managed and expand to include compost facilities and a farmers’ market. Participation is free but booking is essential. Activity runs from 10am-12:30pm. Call 9265 9333 to secure your place.
Where: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters