What’s On – 284

The Sydney Film Festival Comes to Newtown

Hot on the heels of the Sydney Writer’s Festival, art punters may struggle to catch their breath before the esteemed Sydney Film Festival is up and running from June 8-19. Lucky for us Inner Westies, we don’t have to work too hard to catch some of the action, with Dendy’s Newtown playing host to a number of events over the span of the festival.

In their second year of hosting, the Newtown showings are focused around Sounds On Screen, European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch, and Freak Me Out programs, which results in more than enough to keep you busy. Luckily quality espresso and lots of red wine are on hand to make sure you can go the distance.

To fit all the highlights in one paragraph would be impossible, so head on over to the festival website to see what cinematic masterpieces are on offer.

• For further information, programs and tickets visit www.sff.org.au


HIStory Michael Jackson Tribute Show

The globe-touring Michael Jackson tribute show, HIStory, is back in Australia and taking over Sydney’s State Theatre for a one night only spectacular. Touring to fourteen metropolitan and regional locations throughout Australia, HIStory will show in Sydney on June 24th before moving on to Canberra and Melbourne.

Boasting a revamped production, including refined choreography, updated costumes and new production elements, the biggest change of all to the five-year old show is the introduction of Dantanio, as Michael. Replacing the much-loved Kenny Wizz, Dantanio recreates pop history earning his place as the world’s premier Michael Jackson impersonator.

Watch as he moves through Michael’s musical biography – all the way from ‘ABC’ to ‘Beat It’ and everything in between.

• Ciao has two double passes to HIStory to give away!  See our Giveaways page for details.

For further information visit www.mjhistoryshow.com


16-19 June, 7.30pm
ACA 2016 Showcase

This could be your only chance to catch Australia’s up and coming talent performing in your own backyard before they hit the big time.

Looking to bring life back into the Italian Forum, the 2016 Graduating Company will be presenting a selection of powerful and moving scenes and monologues from around the world. This will be their last time performing at the Actors Centre Australia and is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.

Not only will you be wowed by the Inner West’s local talent, you will get to meet the drama teacher who taught Hugh Jackman how to act!

Tickets essential. For bookings visit www.actorscentreaustralia.com.au

Where: Italian Forum Theatre, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt


Fri 17 June, 8pm
Comedy Fundraiser

Comedy for Strength is the latest fundraiser by The Laugh Stand at Harold Park Hotel and this time they are raising money for Pillars of Strength, an organisation providing support for bereaved dads and families. Losing an infant or having a sick little one is certainly no laughing matter but the night aims to bring a little light to families doing it hard. Headlined by Tommy Dean, the line-up will have you in stitches.

Visit thelaughstand.tumblr.com or pillarsofstrength.com.au. Tickets $20.

Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Glebe


Sat 18 June, 1pm
Reclaim The Streets Mobile Protest Festival

Following their recent Keep Newtown Weird protest-party hybrid, Reclaim The Streets is back at it, this time in response to the forced council amalgamations and to demand a fairer, more affordable city. The collective feels that the removal of democratically elected mayors has come at a critical – and deliberate – time considering the hot debate surrounding WestConnex. If you are angry and want to make your voice heard, this is the event. Or maybe you just want to dance in the street with like-minded folk? That works too.

Where: Sydenham Green, Railway Rd, Sydenham


Sat 18 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
Feed-In Tariff Changes @ The Energy Café

Curious about feed-in tariff charges and what it could mean for you? No worries, the energy ‘barista’ is here to explain how the changes will impact your savings and more importantly, what you can do to offset the effects. A King St café with a difference, the Green Living Centre, is a joint initiative of the City of Sydney and Inner West Council to provide accessible information through workshops detailing how to be energy efficient and beat costs in your home. Not only are you learning how you can save money but also the workshop is completely free. Winning!

To secure your spot visit www.greenlivingcentre.eventbrite.com.au

Where: Green Living Centre, 218 King St, Newtown


Sat 18 June, 4-9pm
Addison Road Street Food Market

See the centre come alive with multicultural food, music, arts and crafts. A monthly event, the markets aim to raise funds to support the start-ups of recent migrants and refugees. This purpose is manifested through the diversity of stallholders, with attendees able to sample cuisines and goods from all across the world. Come along and support cultural diversity, all the while enjoying delicious food and music under the stars. Oh, and did I mention it is completely free? Sounds like great value to us.

Where: Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville. Hosted every third Saturday of the month until December.


Sat 25 June, 9:30am-12pm
Share the Love: Free Microchipping Day

Team Dog, a community initiative promoting animal welfare practices, is sharing the love in the Inner West with a pay what you can microchipping day for cats and dogs. Microchips are limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis so get in early.

Where: Hut 43, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville