Opening at King Street Theatre this July, A View of Concrete is the must-see Australian play by Gareth Ellis…
In a sprawling metropolis, where all the trees have been replaced with telephone boxes, the clouds are turning purple, and animals are committing suicide, Billy is becoming a fairy. Along the way the way she meets Neil, a drug-dealing professional who provides people with a means of escape, Jacquie, a conspiracy theorist, and James, who suspects his neighbour is planning an atrocity.
The dystopic setting of A View of Concrete promises to be a thought-provoking and disturbing vista of modern society. Starring Matt Longman, Bec Marzipan, Taryn Brine, and Tim Dashwood and directed by Peter Mountford, the play opens on July 22nd at 7.30pm at King Street Theatre, located on the corner of King and Bray Streets, Newtown.
Tickets are $30/$22. For bookings and more information visit kingstreettheatre.com.au
• To WIN a double pass to the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details.
Life into art
Join this workshop and learn how to write and act from real life with Kate Mulvany…
Kate Mulvany is a well-known face on Australian stage and screen with such credits as Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Macbeth with the Bell Shakespeare Company.
What people may not know is that she was born with kidney cancer, acquired from her veteran father’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and that her highly acclaimed play The Seed was based on this experience.
As an ambassador for Agent Orange Justice and as part of Agent Orange Day on Sunday 10th August, Kate will be hosting a series of 45-minute workshops at the Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville, to teach aspiring writers and actors how to turn their personal experiences into artistic expression. Each session costs $20 with all of the proceeds going to help Agent Orange survivors.
• If you are interested in attending one of these workshops or want more information, email email@example.com. Bookings essential by August 1st as places are highly limited.
Sat 19th & Sun 20th July
Dress a Teapot
The Dress a Teapot event to be held at The Balmain Watch House (179 Darling Street) this weekend is a tea cosy gala fundraiser for The Anganwadi Project, which aims to rebuild and renovate 66 pre-schools for children and communities in need. The exhibition and sale of handmade tea cosies will be supported by a raffle (with prizes from local Balmain businesses), cake stall and morning/afternoon teas, and all the money raised during the event goes directly to The Anganwadi Project. The exhibition, which will feature something for everyone from novelty cosies to traditional crafts, is open 10am to 4pm with gold donation on entry. You can also donate to the cause by visiting event organiser, Jenny Burge’s fundraising page: stepsforschools.gofundraise.com.au/page/BurgeJ
• For more information visit www.anganwadiproject.com
Saturday 26th July
Pole Dance Open Day
Studio Exclusive Pole & Fitness are opening a brand new studio at Drummoyne, and to celebrate they will hosting a fun-filled open day on July 26th from 9am to 2pm, raising much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The event will feature pole dancing demonstrations, advanced tricks, performances of routines, prizes and guests will have the chance to play on the poles and even learn a few simple tricks for beginners. The studio is also running a week of trial classes from Monday 28th July during which all profits will be donated to this important cause. For more information visit: www.studioexclusive.com.au/drummoyne-studio-grand-opening/
• Where: Level 1, 46 Lyons Rd, Drummoyne.
Sunday 27th July
Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Market
Half market, half music festival, all rock and roll. The Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Market is rolling back into town and you should not miss it. For all you vinyl vultures, there will be the Record Fair with over 50,000 LPs and 45s to sift through and for those with a touch of Rockabilly in your soul, there will be dance classes held for beginners. There will also be awesome stalls selling posters, T-shirts and everything band related, as well as plenty of great live shows including Men into Space, a band famous for playing in spacesuits. Why aren’t you there yet?
• For more info visit www.rocknrollmarket.com.au
Tuesday 29th July
If you’re looking to have more energy, improve memory, lose weight and sleep better, this seminar hosted by Tom Grimshaw may have some solutions. Tom Grimshaw, author of How to Live the Healthiest Life, has been researching diet and the other factors involved in maintaining optimal health and energy levels for 6 years now and he’s inviting locals to come along and hear him talk about how you can make an immediate and measurable difference in your life and health. Kicking off from 7pm, entry is $10 and includes refreshments.
• To book your spot call 9518 3442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 1st – Sun 3rd August
Faces and Figures
Australian abstract expressionist artist Peter Griffen will be holding his next Leichhardt studio workshop to coincide with the Archibald Prize exhibition. This three-day workshop starts with a floor talk at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including a viewing of the upcoming exhibition, before moving to the Leichhardt studio for the next two days. Running from 9:30am-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, participants will start by working from a model before moving on to let their imagination run wild and enjoy the freedom of painting to invent, rather than copy. The entire weekend costs $370 ($320 for AGNSW members) and includes all supplies as well as gourmet lunch and wine.
• For more info or to make a booking email JamieM@ag.nsw.gov.au.
Friday 8th August
The first ever black tie Balmain Ball will be held at the Westin, Sydney, this August and promises to be the peninsula’s night of nights on the social calendar with performances choreographed by music legend Paul Mac and dance tunes by internationally-renowned DJ Daniel Rowntree. The event aims to bring locals together and create awareness for those in need in the local community. This year all funds raised will be donated to the local St Vincent de Paul Society to support their work in assisting people in the Balmain Peninsula. Tickets are $250 per head (tables of 10), and bookings can be made through Eventbrite.
• For more information like The Balmain Ball on Facebook.
The month of July
To celebrate this year’s hotted tipple – whiskey – the Royal Hotel is presenting a mouthwatering new cocktail list and whiskey-inspired dessert as part of it’s first ever Rye July, bringing the city’s hottest drinks trend to the Inner West with specially created cocktails including the Rye Apple Sour, Manhattan and The Sazerac, a wide selection of international whiskies, as well as a special Whiskey Rum Cheesecake for dessert. Try it all at 156 Norton St, Leichhardt.
• For more information visit www.theroyalleichhardt.com.au