What’s on – 296


Part cabaret, part song and dance and part circus makes for one interesting night. Overall, Spiegel’esque is a cabaret, but not like any you have seen before. Including comedy and slapstick, the show is both titillating and quirky, what a mix!

Aside from the entertainment, can we please take a minute to discuss the venue? The show will be performed in a 97-year-old, fully transportable Spiegel Zelt, which when translated to English means Mirror Tent. Featuring all the original fittings, from mirror-lined walls to stained glass windows, the venue itself is a piece of history.

The Spiegel Zelt will be erected in the Italian Forum Piazza (23 Norton St, Leichhardt) from November 23rd – January 15th, during which you can catch the Spiegel’esque show. Giving the Forum a much needed lease on life, catch the cabaret painting Leichhardt red!

Tickets from $49.90. To book visit www.ticketek.com.au.

We have two double passes to Spiegel’esque up for grabs! See our Giveaways page for details.


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This year we lost one of the great playwrights of the 20th century.What better way to honor his legacy than to bask in a performance of one his illustrious works? Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee chronicles marital dysfunction like you have never seen it before; it’s confronting, amusing and shocking, and has been enthralling theatregoers since its debut in 1962. Presented by the independent, not-for-profit Theatron Group, the show will be held in the intimate Greek Theatre in Marrickville, ensuring the audience an up-close-and-personal encounter with George and Martha. Running from the November 25th to the December 17th, you have plenty of time to watch the couple’s all-night drinking session turn into a nightmare of revelations.

For bookings visit www.trybooking.com.

Ciao has three double passes to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to give away. See our Giveaways page for details.


Sun 27 Nov, 7pm
Theatresports Cranston Cup Grand Final

To anyone wondering what on earth Theatresports is, you are forgiven. We must admit we weren’t exactly sure up until recently. In short, theatresports is an exciting mix of improvisation and sketch comedy, played upside down and inside out. There are no limits. If this sounds like your thing, there’s no better time to get your first taste than at the Cranston Cup Grand Final, where the best of the bunch are unleashed on stage to battle it out for the title prize. Featuring finalists from all around the Inner West, come support local comics

Tickets are $69.35/ $59.15 concession: www.improaustralia.com.au.
Where: Enmore Theatre, 118 Enmore Rd, Enmore


29 Nov – 10 Dec
Montague Basement presents Shakespeare

If one Shakespeare play is good, what’s better? Two! In all seriousness, we’ve been watching, reading and performing his works for over 400 years, so there must be something worth seeing in there. Luckily for us culturally lacking folk, Montague Basement has made it easy to catch up on your Shakespeare by presenting a double bill of two of the best: Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew. Directed and performed by local, young dynamic artists, you can bet this Shakespeare won’t be boring.

To book visit montaguebasement.com/tickets.
Where: PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Pde, Erskineville


3-4 Dec
Boomalli Textile Workshop

How often do you have the chance to work with established artists in a gallery environment? Boomalli is providing just that for those with an interest in contemporary Aboriginal art, working in the mediums of pure silk and fleece. The workshop is spread over two days, with workshops limited to six people, assuring plenty of instructorship from gallery artists Annalisa Wilson and Swiss artist Margrit Rickenbach. Best of all, you leave having created your own piece of wearable art. And isn’t that the greatest art of all?

The price is $250, including all materials, refreshments and lunch. Call 9560 2541 to secure your place.
Where: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, 55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt


Sun 4 Dec
Salisbury Hotel Launch Party

If you haven’t been to the Salisbury Hotel recently, then there’s a good chance you won’t recognise it. To celebrate the completion of their renovations, the new owners are throwing a good old-fashioned party, complete with complimentary food, drinks and entertainment. The launch will also feature the official unveiling of ‘The Locals’ photo installation, commissioned by the hotel to pay tribute to community characters. See you there to celebrate Stanmore’s one and only hotel.

Where: The Salisbury Hotel, 118 Percival Rd, Stanmore


Mon 5 Dec, 3.45-5.45pm
RUCKUS Open Workshop

Our friends over at RUCKUS are opening their workshops up to the public, hoping to spread their message of inclusivity in the arts. Run by RUCKUS co-collaborator and facilitator Dean Walsh, along with members of the RUCKUS assemble, the workshop will guide participants through movement modulations and embodied states. It’s open to those with and without a disability.

Cost is $10 to support RUCKUS’s ongoing community work. To RSVP contact alison@ruckus.org.au.
Where: St Stephen’s Church Hall, 189 Church St, Newtown


25 Nov – 21 Dec
Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema

Going to the movies is an all time favourite for date night, friends night, or boring weekday night but why not make that tradition even better by moving it outdoors and plonking yourself on a sunlounge? Ben & Jerry’s are once again bringing their outdoor cinema experience to the Inner West, setting up on the lush lawns of Cadigal Greens at the University of Sydney. The line-up consists of a healthy mix of new-releases, blockbusters and some Christmas flicks. Before your movie chill out with live music and drinks from the bar, with dedicated Sunday sessions featuring free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. You can’t beat that.

To book your tickets visit: www.openaircinemas.com.au.