My picks for this week

October 20 to October 27

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra: Ottoman Baroque
Paul Dyer visited the Whirling Dervishes in Konya, Turkey and was inspired to produce an Ottoman Baroque concert featuring a Turkish inspired march by Lully Connor. German composer, Telemann’s take on Turkish sound, Allegri’s Choral Works Misere, Boccherini’s Fandango and traditional improvised music from Turkey. There will be a narration by Alan Maddox and the artistic director and conductor is Paul Dyer. Tickets from $68 – $160.
When and where: Wednesday, 22 October, Friday, 24 October, Saturday, 25 October, Wednesday, 29 October and Friday, 31 October 2014 at 7pm. Matinee: Saturday, 25 October 2014 at 2pm. City Recital Hall, Angel Place,

Halloween at Centennial Park : Spooks In the Park
On Saturday 25 October dress up in your scariest, spookiest outfits and head to Centennial Park to play ghostly games and go through spiders webs, and you may get chased by zombies. Suitable for kids aged 6 to 14. This event goes in groups of 4. $15 per child or buy 4 tickets for the price of 3.
When and where: Saturday 25 October noon till 6pm The Learning Centre Education Precinct off Dickens Drive Centennial Park

Calpurnia Descending
The Sisters Grimm (Ash Flanders and Declan Greene) have come up with yet another queer theatre piece that is astonishing on so many levels. Starring the incomparable Paul Capsis and the almost unrecognisable Sandy Gore and Sisters Grimm repeat performer, Peter Paltos. This is a story set in the 1930’s about Broadway actress, Beverley Dumont, who mysteriously disappeared from the Broadway stage to become a recluse in her apartment. A chance visit by a telegram girl, Violet St Clair (Ash Flanders) leads to a new starring role on Broadway for this former diva. But is everybody really on the level? From a gripping melodramatic and incredibly over the top stage play, a film sequence with Hitchcockian elements emerges and is followed by a CGI sequence of contemporary iconic visuals. Tickets are all sold out but it is still possible to get Suncorp Twenties tickets on the day. 1 hour and 20min, no intervals.
When and where. On now. Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company.

Carnival of the Bold
This is an Arts For Social Change Event on 25 October in Redfern. Artists and leaders who are changing the agenda will gather to discuss how they are seeking to raise public consciousness and engage in social, humanitarian, cultural and environmental causes. Some of the artists include Kym Vercoe who is part of Version 1.0 who wrote a play “Seven Kilometres North-East” about her journey to Bosnia and the horrific atrocities that she uncovered in relation to the hotel that she was staying at. Freelance photographer William Yang is also a contributor and Aboriginal artist Jason Wing. There will be performances, exhibitions of works by artists all on the theme of social change.
When and where: 25 October 2014 Cleveland Street Theatre, Redfern

The Wharf Revue 2014 Open for business
Written and created by the creative and clever crew of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott, this years Wharf Revue has sharpened its skewers and gently slices, dices and juliennes (well Julie Bishop at least) its victims. Also starring Amanda Bishop reprising her Julia Gillard and introducing her versions of Christine Milne, Miranda Devine and Jacqui Lambie. Douglass Hansell is also in the cast crossing the political spectrum from Palmer party candidate Glen Lazarus to Blinky Bill Shorten. The appearance of Bob Brown (Jonathan Bigins) in a pair of AFL length shorts rapping that he has “his green thang” was a delicious sight as was the Keating and Gillard all singing tap dancing duo. Tickets at Glen Street or on 9975 1455.
When and where: On now till October 18 Glen Street Theatre Belrose

Howie The Rookie
Mark O’Rowe’s play is directed by Toby Schmitz and thrusts us into the feisty and mean world of the Dublin streets. Meet Howie the program exclaims and Howie tells his story in the intimate setting of the Old Fitzroy Theatre in Woolloomooloo. The second monologue comes from the rookie who tells the story of the Ladyboy – the gangland thug. A night of beautiful Irish storytelling. Howie Lee (Andrew Henry) tells a story of his feud of honour against The Rookie Lee (Sean Hawkin) which goes way out of control ending in a devastating tragedy. Tickets: $32/$26
When and where: On now until 25 October, 8.00pm – Tuesday to Saturday, 5.00pm – Saturday and Sunday, Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo

Society of the Arts: James Crabb
Classical accordion player, James Crabb, will perform a program of solo and chamber music including Le Grand Tango (Piazzolla), Sofia Gubaidulina (De Profundis) and Elena Kats-Chernin’s (Blue Silence).Bookings: 9581 6070
When and where: 22 October at 7.30pm, Orchestra Room, Roderick West School of Music, 119 Prospect Road, Summer Hill ($30/$20)

Glory Days
Exclaim Theatre Company presents the Australian premier of this Nick Blaemire and James Gardner work about four best friends who reunite on their old school football field and facing adulthood. Direction and choreography by Elisabeth Evans. Musical direction by Ben Kiehne. Starring Aaron Robuck, Julian Kuo, Damon Grebert-Wade and Tim Dal Cortivo.
When and where: 24 October at 11am and 8pm, 25 October at 8pm, 26 October at 5pm, Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street, Surrey Hills ($25)

Calpurnia Descending
The incredible Sisters Grimm (Ash Flanders and Declan Green) will present a new work at Sydney Theatre Company. You may recall their spectacular work Summertime in the Garden of Eden (Griffin) last year. This play stars Paul Kapsis, Ash Flanders, Sandy Gore and Peter Paltos. The Sisters Grimm are independent queer theatre makers. This play is set in New York in the 1930s with Paul Capsis staring as Broadway diva Beverly Dumont who is trying to resurrect her shattered career and reputation. Combining the high camp of Sisters Grimm and the biting satire – this will be one to see. Tickets $65-$30.
When and where: On now until 8 November, Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Company, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Miracle City
Nick Enright and Max Lambert’s Miracle City is directed by Darren Yap (The Serpents Table) and stars Peter Kowitz, Blazey Best, Mike McLeish, Hillary Cole, Cameron Holmes, Esther Hannaford, Josie Lane and Marika Aubrey. This is about the Truswell Family whose dream is to build a religious theme park. This is a very funny musical and is keeping up the new tradition of The Hayes Theatre of fabulous musicals for Sydney. Tickets $49/$44. Booking or 8065 7337.
When and where: On now till 16 November, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point

Singing WorkshopThe “Yes You Can Sing” workshop hosted by Tanya Christensen is on with six free singing workshops. No auditions or fees. Just come along and sing. Phone 9817 4764 or
When and where. Sunday afternoons, 26 October 2014 to 30 November 2014, 3-5pm. EJ Ward Community Centre, 189 Underwood Street, Paddington.

Harry Seidler: Painting toward architecture
Presented by Sydney Living Museums, this exhibition looks at one of Australia’s most famous architect’s pioneering and distinctive career and his work in office towers, houses, apartments and public buildings. This exhibition is curated by Vladimir Belogolvsky and Sydney Living Museums’ Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon. It looks at his journey from Austria to England and his work in Australia including collaborations with Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Oscar Neimeyer, Sol LeWitt, Lin Utzon, Dick Dusseldorp and Max Dupain amongst others. There are family photographs and personal effects.
When and where: Museum of Sydney, cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney from Saturday 1 November ($10)

Don McCullin: The Impossible PeaceWar photographer and landscape photographer Don McCullin has a new exhibition on at the State Library – “The Impossible Piece”. This exhibition features war photographs and landscape images from 1958 to 2011.
When and where: On now – State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street

UNSW Galleries
A suite of new exhibitions feature at the UNSW Galleries in Paddington under the umbrella title of Signs of Life. Three separate exhibitions explore the nexus between Art and Science. The first is Body Image, curated by Felicity Fenner and Dr John McGhee looking at art, animation and medical science. The second exhibition, Amnesia Lab is curated by Professor Jill Bennett with Felicity Fenner and Shona Illingworth – a collaborative research project which looks into the human brain and the processes of memory. The final exhibition is Quo Vadis: The Last Drawing Show which focuses on the art world as a visual art practice and has been curated by Dr David McNeill.
When and where: On now until 8 November, UNSW Galleries, Cnr Oxford Street and Greens Road, Sydney

My Trip
This is a photographic exhibition with works by Micky Allan, Max Pam and Jon Rhodes. The 43 works in this exhibition were produced during the 1970s and 1980s and include photographs of Australian indigenous people, foreign landscapes and documenting chance encounters. Free.
When and where: On now until 7 December Art Gallery of New South Wales

Brett Whitely: West of the Divide
This is a Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition, together with the Brett Whitely Studio and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and features 35 works (painting, sculpture and drawings) from Brett Whitely’s collection.
When and Where: On now until 30 November, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba

Joshua Yeldham: Surrender
This is a survey exhibition of work by Australian artist Joshua Yeldham on at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Many of the works are of Australian landscape, including Pittwater and Hawkesbury and the Hawkesbury River.
When and where: On now – 2 November, 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday Free, Manly Art Gallery

The Art of Lucy Culliton
Haven’t we been waiting all year for this. One of Australia’s most loved contemporary painters, winner of the Mosman Art Prize and Portia Geeach Memorial Award, the works of Lucy Culliton will be on display at the Mosman Art Gallery. Some of the activities in the public programme include an Art Forum on Sunday, 9 November 10am – 12 hosted by Hanna Gadsby with Lucy Culliton, Cressida Campbell and Del Kathryn Barton.
When and where: On now Mosman Art Gallery

Peter Sculthorpe: CelebrationA free public performance by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music students to celebrate the music of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. Performances of three of Sculthorpe’s signature works (Kakadu, The Burke & Wills suite and Canticle V) performed.
Personal reminiscences will be given by Professor Anne Boyd, Professor Matthew Haindson, Dr Ross Edwards and Kim Williams. Saturday, 25 October 2014 at 7pm at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Verbrugghan Hall.
When and where. Free – bookings essential on

Five decades at Watters GalleryOn Sunday, 26 October 2014 artists, Euan Macleod and Reg Mombassa with curator, Glenn Barkley will talk about the iconic Watters Gallery – $7 / $5.
When and where. Sunday, 26 October 2014, 3-4pm, FH Ervin Gallery.

Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace
This exhibition is a series of war photographs and landscapes from 1958 to 2011 by artist Don McCullin. A keynote lecture will be given by the Exhibition curator Robert Pledge on Saturday, 27 September 2pm – 3pm at the Metcalfe Auditorium. $15/$10.
When and where: On now State Library of NSW Macquarie Street

The Wharf Revue 2014: Open for BusinessOn at Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company starring Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Douglas Hansell and Phillip Scott. Tickets from $40 – $63. Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott.
When and where. Wednesday, 22 October until Saturday, 20 December 2014, Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre Company.

Primavera 2014: Young Australian artists
On now the Museum of Contemporary Art presents the annual Primavera exhibition of works by Australian artists under 35 years. There are works by artists from across Australia. The works include drawings, paintings, sculpture and video, ceramics and textiles. Artists include Nick Dorey, Luciene Rickard, Paul Yore, Ishamel Marika and many others. Curated by Mikala Dwyer
When and where: On at the Museum of Contemporary Art Circular Quay

Children of the Sun
Andrew Upton has adapted Maxim Gorky’s 1905 tragicomedy for Sydney Theatre Company and the play stars Justine Clarke, Toby Truslove, Jacqueline McKenzie, Helen Thomson and Chris Ryan. Directed by Kip Williams and set design by David Fleischer.
When and where: On now till 25 October Drama Theatre

This exhibition draws on original artefacts from Mexican museums and takes you through the 500 year old story of the Aztec civilisation focussing on daily life – food, religious rituals, animals and jewellery, death and sacrifice, the afterlife, weapons and war. Sculptures of the Aztec Gods – some of them very cruel! Dioramas of how crops were farmed, sometimes in canals. Step up to the temple in the centre of the exhibition and look around the base at the sacrificial offerings! Some fascinating insights into the Aztec life including that education was compulsory for boys and girls and there was incredibly strict discipline and if you were rude to your parents you might have been pricked with spines or made to inhale chilli smoke! Exhibition tickets $24 /$14 and family $62 Australian Museum
When and where: On now at the Australian Museum College Street

European Prints and drawings 1500- 1900
From the Art Gallery of NSW, 150 works on paper feature in this exhibition. Artists include Rembrandt, Delacroix, Cezanne, Klimt, Munch, Gainsborough, Goya, Constable.
When and where: On now till 2 November Art Gallery of NSW The Domain

River to River
Lachlan and Nepean Rivers and their communities. This exhibition featuring contemporary sculpture and weaving by artists Bev Coe and Bronwyn Berman is on at the Penrith Regional Gallery.
When and where: On now till 16 November, Penrith Regional Gallery 86 River Road, Emu Plains

Best Wishes: Korean Folk Paintings
In partnership with the Sydney Korean Cultural Office, Korean Folk paints from the Gahow Minhwa Museum Collection featured at the Penrith Regional Gallery.
When and where: On now till 16 November. Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Road, Emu Plains

The City of Forking Paths
This is a magical twilight walk listening to an audio narration accompany a film on a smartphone of the area that you walk from Customs House to the Quay and then to The Rocks. As a local, re-discover your own city and the amazing buildings and stories that have that built the city especially in The Rocks area. As a foreigner or from other parts of Australia, delight in this guided tour of a special part of Sydney. A specially commissioned artwork for the Biennale, Canadian artist Janet Cardiff together with George Bures Miller came to Sydney last year and spent several months in The Rocks, living and experiencing the area. They set about making a film (at night) which immerses you in your surroundings and introduces a soundscape, music and noise that accompany you on a delightful journey. So while watching the film and listening to the narrative which includes fictitious scenarios and confusing sounds, you are directed on this walk wending your way through laneways and streets, pausing to look at places you may normally just rush past and not notice. You take this walk on your own leaving space in between the next person to allow a gap to experience it yourself – indulging in an hour of aloneness and art. This film makes Sydney look like part of a noir film – moody and edgy but fascinating and historic. Given the proposed changes to The Rocks, this may soon be a historic record of the area. This audio video walk is a permanent gift to the city and is downloadable onto your smartphone or you can borrow a phone (leaving your credit card and photo id at Customs House). Suitable also for kids but from age 8 and above. Flat shoes recommended as it takes just over an hour – and then you need to walk back from the Rocks to Customs House to return the smartphone. Free! and on forever! or as long as technology will allow.

When and where: On now (and forever!) after sunset. Customs House Circular Quay.

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