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The Italian Tenors

Off the back of their sold-out European tour, these three Italian opera singers are coming to take Canterbury by storm. The Tenors, featuring Mirko Provini, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon, will be performing at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL on Friday September 2nd, with promises to deliver all the Italian charm and vocal power the world has come to expect.

Not satisfied with mastering opera, the group walks the line between classical arias and pop hits to deliver something truly unique and captivating. Put simply, you can expect an exquisitely skilled performance that will also have you tapping your toes and bopping your head. They would have you singing along too, but that may be hard for English speakers, as the majority of songs are classic Italian pop tracks, performed in their native language. Come see the trio as they bring a little bit of Italy to the Inner West.

Tickets are $50. To book visit www.chprsl.com.au/shows.


whats-on-bijouBijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction

See Marrickville’s Depot Theatre transform into a 1930’s Parisian café-bar, as Bijou – played by long-time Inner Westie Chrissie Swan – takes you back in time to the shadows of her youth. Sex, romance, violence, costumes, passion and poetry all make an appearance but, really, it’s all about the music. And there’s a lot of it. It is a cabaret after all.

Catch Chrissie Shaw as Bijou from the 17-27 August, with shows Wednesday to Saturday kicking off at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm. With a ten-day run and a local Marrickville location, there is no reason to miss critically acclaimed Chrissie Shaw as she takes to the stage to tell the story of the colourful life and times of Bijou.

Ciao has two double passes for the opening night show to giveaway to two lucky readers. See our Giveaways page for details.


6-7 Aug, 9am-5pm
Sydney Crystal Show

Australia’s premier mineral, crystal and fossil show is here in the Inner West, so it’s time to whip out your inner geology nerd. Featuring all the leading merchants of natural wonders from around Australia in one place, it might be the right time to expand that mineral collection. With food and free parking on site – a rarity in Sydney – all you have to worry about is whether to go for the earrings or necklace.

Entry $10 for adults/$5 for children. Visit www.sydneycrystalshow.com for more information.

Where: Fraser Park, 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville


Tues 9, 16 and 23 Aug, 7-9pm
Caring for Self and Caring for Others

It seems like people who care about others often do so too much, while on the other side of the spectrum we have those who do not care at all. So the million-dollar question is: how do we strike a perfect balance between caring for ourselves and caring for others? Join speaker Bhante Tejadhammo as he tries to find that answer and teaches how to find understanding and acceptance through the suttas. Attendance is free, but dana (a donation) is appreciated.

Registration essential, visit www.buddhistlibrary.org.au/events/caring-for-self-and-caring-for-others.

Where: Buddhist Library, 90 Church St, Camperdown


Thurs 11 Aug, 7-9pm
Spoken at Lentil as Anything

Spoken is an open mic poetry circle, where those new to poetry, experienced writers and anyone in-between can come and share their work. In fact, there is only one condition: a time limit of eight minutes.

Taking place at everyone’s favourite feel good, pay-as-you-feel restaurant, it would be rude not to chow down on some guilt-free tucker before the reading. Not a writer, but love poetry? Not a problem, come along and check out some local talent. You might be inspired to ‘spit’ some of your own lines at future events.

Where: Lentil As Anything, 391 King St, Newtown


Sat 13 Aug, 10am-3pm
Round She Goes Preloved Fashion Market

If we haven’t made it clear yet, Ciao is a big fan of recycled fashion in all forms, so this event is right up our alley. With 60 stalls, you can shop to your hearts content without the guilty conscience, nabbing preloved goodies to a new home. On top of the masses of secondhand and vintage goods, a number of small jewellery designers have been handpicked by organisers to ensure you can complete your ensemble. Bring some friends, grab a coffee, and rummage people, rummage!

Entry is a budget-friendly $2.

Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville


Sat 13 Aug, 6.30pm
Gasoline Pony Degustation Night

When you think of popular Marrickville venue Gasoline Pony, a six-course degustation dinner with matched wines by award-winning Hunter Valley wine-maker Gary Mclean probably isn’t the first thing you envisage. On the back of the success of their recent, sold-out trial, however, this is exactly what they are doing. No VB schooners here – book now to get your dose of fine dining and satisfy your MasterChef-induced desire to be Matt Preston, cravat and all!

Where: Gasoline Pony, 115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville


Sun 14 Aug, 10am-1pm
Vocal Variety Open Day

Feel like it’s too late to pursue your dream of becoming the next Zayn Malik or Lady Gaga? According to All Ages Music School, it isn’t and it doesn’t have to be pop music. Their classes and teachers cover all genres from musical theatre to rock, all the way through to classical and opera.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the open day and get a taste of what a life in the spotlight is like. As they say, you are never too old or too young. Why confine your singing to the shower? Let it go!

Where: All Age Music School, 2B, 391 Enmore Rd, Marrickville