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Five Dock’s best!

Casa Barilla is excited to be kicking off a new celebrity chef series this month with their first master class featuring guest chef Paolo Gatto from Five Dock.

Food lovers are invited to take a seat at the chef’s table at this Casa Barilla cooking class on Tuesday 27th May and see firsthand how chef Paolo prepares an amazing two-course dinner for you to enjoy. All the way from Sicily, Paolo and his wife Rita opened Gatto Matto Trattoria in Five Dock a couple of years ago and it has quickly become known for traditional Italian cuisine with a contemporary edge – this event will be your chance to learn a few of the kitchen secrets.

The class goes from 6pm to 8.30pm and costs $50 per person, which includes drinks on arrival, all food, matching wine and a gift bag filled with Barilla goodies and the chef’s recipes for you to take and try at home! For bookings and more information email silvia@barilla.net.au.

Casa Barilla: 4 Annandale St, Annandale.

★ To WIN a double pass to this cooking class, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter.



whats-on-Why-torture-is-wrong-and-the-people-who-love-themTo the stage!

One of America’s most acclaimed playwrights comes to the Inner West with a play that is both challenging and hilarious.

Don’t miss the Australian premiere of ‘Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,’ showing at the New Theatre from June 3rd to 28th.

The play by Christopher Durang follows the story of Felicity – a girl whose world plunges into crisis when she wakes up after a drunken blackout to find she’s married a violent stranger called Zamir. And that’s not the worst of it… could her father be involved the shadow government? Is her mother insane, or just an obsessive theatre buff?  And what’s with the secret agent who impersonates cartoon characters?

Come along for the ride as this provocative satire examines the paranoia generated by the US ‘War on Terror’. Performances will run Thursday through Saturday at 7.30pm, and at 5pm on Sundays.

Tickets are $32, or $27 for concession, and available at newtheatre.org.au.

★ To WIN a double pass to the show on Tuesday 3rd June, see our Giveaways page for details on how to enter.



 Mon 12th May to Sun 29th June
Who Lives Here

‘Who Lives Here’ is the latest exhibition by artist Kerry Pryor and is an associated show of the Head On Photo Festival, the largest photography festival in Australia. In this show, Pryor introduces us to the lives and homes of a group of orphaned children living in Ethiopia. She first came into contact with these people as a freelance photographer shooting for Beyond the Orphanage, which she said was such a touching project that she felt the need to share their stories with the world.

Where: Leichhardt Library, inside the Italian Forum. 


Wed 21st to Sat 31st May
Of Being and Becoming

The latest exhibition by photographic artist Ling Yuen will be opening on Wednesday 21st May from 6pm to 8pm at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery. This exhibition is a series of photographic portraits that seek to examine how our family stories not only contribute to our sense of uniqueness, but also our ideas of collective belonging. Ling Yuen’s work is the perfect start to an evening.

Chrissie Cotter Gallery: Pidcock St, Camperdown.


Fri 23rd May to Sun 1st July
Animal Farm

Celebrated as one of the greatest novels of the 20th century and undoubtedly the most astute allegory for the horrors of totalitarianism, George Orwell’s Animal Farm is above all else a fascinating and human tale, despite the animal characters. Adapted to play by Nelson Bond and directed by Rachel Jordan, Archway 1 Theatre’s rendition of this fantastic story is sure to capture all the heart and horror of Orwell’s original piece. If you haven’t read the book, then this is a great way to experience this tale for the first time.

For more info or to make a booking, visit www.archway1theatre.com.


Fri 30th May to 25th July
Marrickville Movie Club

Cinema buffs looking to revisit old classics and meet like-minded people should join the Marrickville Movie Club that meets every second Tuesday and the last Friday of the month at Marrickville Library (www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/library/). Entry is free for anyone that wants to come along to take in a screening. The group will be watching Platoon from 10am on May 30th, New York, New York on June 10th and Rouge on June 27th. For more information on the program or to reserve your seat, call 9335 2173.

Marrickville Library: cnr Marrickville & Petersham Roads.


Sunday 1st June
Inner West Wellness Community Festival

This is your perfect opportunity to take a look into the world of natural therapies as Embrace Life, Live Life hosts the Inner West Wellness Community Festival at the Ashfield Town Hall and Civic Centre, from 10am to 5.30pm on June 1st. The event will teach locals how to beat the winter blues and stay healthy by showcasing a wide variety of local natural therapy businesses, speakers and practitioners, as well as organic and natural products.
For more information contact co-founders Deborah Shepherd and Susie Wells at info@embracelifelivelife.com.au or visit embracelifelivelife.com.au.

Ashfield Civic Centre: 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield.


Saturday 7th June
Beethoven with the People’s Pianist and TMO

Held at Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC Centre in Ultimo, The Metropolitan Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto no.5 with charismatic conductor Sarah-Grace Williams and featuring vivacious Australian pianist Ambre Hammond. Known as “The People’s Pianist” for her work in bringing her music to people in remote corners of the world, Ambre is one of Australia’s most passionate and hard-working musicians. Ticket prices are $45 for adults and $30 for concessions.

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


Tuesday 17th June
Ursula Kolbe Artist in Conversation

Local artist and author Ursula Kolbe will be at Balmain Library from 6pm to discuss her latest book Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses with fellow educator Chris Stevenson. Ursula, who has over 30 years experience in childhood education as an author, teacher and university lecturer, calls for parents to relax on scheduling activities for their children. As she discusses in her new book, it is her theory that unstructured play leads to a crucial development in creativity and imagination. Parents and childcare workers should make sure not to miss this enlightening event.

Where: Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room, Darling St, Balmain. 

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