My picks for this weekend

October 27 to November 1

Henry V Damien Ryan directs Shakespeare’s story of a young and green King Henry V who has to step up to lead his men into war against the French but in the non traditional setting of London during the Blitz in WWII with a superbly designed set by Anna Gardiner. The classic text is interspersed with a cappella singing. Starring Michael Sheasby, Matthew Backer, Gabriel Fancourt, Eloise Winestock, Darcy Brown, Drew Livingstone.
When and where: On now, Playhouse, Opera House

The Great Koala Count
If you want to find out about koalas and learn how to spot them – and do this as part of the annual national Koala survey, Kellie Leigh will talk about her research on the koalas in the Blue Mountains. When and where: Sunday Nov 2 11am Faulconbridge Hall, Home Street Faulconbridge

A Further Shore – Bombs, babes and sons of beaches.Manly Art Gallery & Museum presents a collection of beach images reflecting Australian beach culture with informal, posed, documentary and fun images collected by Sydney photographer, Robert Dein, over 30 years. Many of the photos are from unknown photographers. Join gallery director Michael Hedger in conversation with collector Robert Dein on Sunday 16 November 2pm.
When and where: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, West Esplanade Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm. Entry free. 8 November – 26 April.

Cafe of the Gate of Salvation – Bondi Junction
One of my favourite a cappella groups, the COGOS perform their hits with their soloists as well – all at the Jam Gallery in Bondi Junction with the Heavenly Band. Tickets $25. Kids welcome too.
When and where: Sunday 9 November 6pm Jam Gallery 195 Oxford Street Bondi Junction

German International School Open Day
Learn about what the German International School can offer with its open day this weekend featuring the bilingual education benefits, talk to staff, students and view the classrooms and programs.
When and where: Saturday 1 November 12- 3pm 33 Myoora Road Terrey Hills

New Breed : 2014 Choreographers
Five up and coming Australian choreographers have put together diverse and exciting dance pieces which will be performed by Sydney Dance Company artists at Carriageworks from November 5. Charmene Yap, Juliette Barton, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Gabrielle Nankivell and Lee Serle. Fun social commentary in the piece Dogs and Barista’s, where the limitations of each are explored. A stunning solo piece by Gabrielle Nankivell and the complex and intricate Wildebeest. Tickets are $35
When and where: Nov 5 to Nov 8 – only 5 performances Carriageworks

Sarah Robson – Spatial interventions 1994-2014
This exhibition features minimalist geometric wall and floor pieces with isolated single colour forms. Sarah Robson will discuss her artworks and the ideas that have informed her art practice on Sunday, 9 November from 2pm-3pm.
When and where: 8 November – 14 December, 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday. Free.

Opera Australia Community choirs on Saturday
500 amateur singers conducted by Simon Kenway will perform at the Opera House and these choirs are from the Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, German, Korean, Portugese, Chinese, French and Arabic communities. These singers aged between 17 and 84 form the OA Community Choirs and will sing opera! Opera singers Hyeseoung Kwon, Shane Lowrencev, Anna Dowsley and Diego Torre join the community choir singers
When and where: Opera House Saturday 1 November 2pm

Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective
It’s Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy with Slinky Malinky and Scarface Claw! This exhibition features 50 original drawings of these wonderful characters by New Zealand author and illustrator, Lynley Dodd. Grab a chair in the reading room for story time and craft activity at 10.30am every Wednesday or watch the Hairy Maclary animated tales. There will also be a free family fun day on Saturday, 22 November, where you can come dressed as your favourite Lynley Dodd character and Dame Lynley Dodd will be there!
When and where: From 1 November – 15 March at the State Library of New South Wales

Shopkeepers of Newton: Photographs by Nic BezzinaNewtown is a colourful and diverse suburb and photographer Nic Bezzina captured the alternative spirit in Newtown between 2009 and 2013 and these photos are on display at the State Library. Shopkeepers from Reactor Rubberware, Cat Protection Society, Bob Gould and many others.
When and where: 1 November, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street.

Foundations FestivalJoin in the fun of the big street party along Church Street to celebrate the day in 1788 when Governor Arthur Phillip travelled up the Parramatta River and ordered a settlement to be made where the tidal water became fresh water. Parramatta’s birthday will be celebrated with sports activities with the Wanderers and the Eels, an open kitchen and a great music line up. Free.
When and where: Sunday 2 November Parramatta

PlanetFestThis is an outdoor festival at Sydney Olympic Park with giant dinosaurs, national park rangers, aboriginal craft, a visit by Costa Georgiadis.
When and where: Sunday 16 November 10.30am – 8.30pm. Kathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park

Gnomebrook – The Story of Glenbrook’s Unique Australian Gnome Convention Each year on Australia Day the Australian Gnome Convention is staged at Glenbrook Park and over 2,000 gnomes turn up – cheeky gnomes, well travelled gnomes and Blue Mountain locals. Glenbrook Cinema hosts a film by Murray Fahey about the rise of the Australian Gnome Convention and tickets $20 (includes light refreshments). If you miss the premiere, there will be matinee screenings on Friday, November 7 and Sunday, November 9. This movie is travelling to also Cootamundra which is the scene of the 2009 Great Gnome Rescue and will also be in Roseville Cinema and at the Cremorne Orpheum.
When and where: Thursday, November 6 – Glenbrook Cinema, Blue Mountains

Latin FiestaCarlos Alvarado conducts a Latin concert with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Mariangela Martinez-Alvarez on violin. www.kpo.org.au The programme includes Bernstein’s Mambo from Westside Story, Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Copland’s El Salon Mexico.
When and where: Saturday, 15 November 7.30pm Brigidine College 325 Mona Vale Road St Ives.

Pop to Popism The Art Gallery of New South Wales big summer show Pop to Popism starts this weekend with over 200 works by famous pop artists. Get your fill of David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Brett Whiteley, Martin Sharp, Martha Rosler, Peter Blake, Maria Kozic and heaps of others.
When and where: From 1 November, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Spring Chamber Music Concert: GlenmoreMembers of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra join in at Glenmore House with the Spring Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, 9 November. A seasonal lunch is available by Anna Simamora.
When and where: Sunday, 9 November, Moores Way Glenmore House

Vino Paradiso
This is an international food and wine festival at the Australian Technology Park. Try your hand at grape crushing (clean your feet first). There is a treasure hunt and photo booth. A series of master classes will also be available to teach you about wine, beer, cider, sake and spirits. An artistic Great Wall of Wine will be created by eight Sydney artists. Follow a trail for the Treasure Hunt to win food and wine prizes. Magic shows, balloon making, craft, face painting and games for kids. Tickets $30 www.vinoparadiso.com.au. Master classes include cheese and wine master class, cider and how it is made, gin and beer from grain to glass, I love the smell of nebbiolo in the morning and France v Australia sparking or champagne?
When and where: 31 October – 2 November, Australian Technology Park, Redfern.

Sculpture by the Sea
Take the annual walk along the cliff walk from Tamarama to Bondi to see the outdoor sculpture. The usual rules apply- go really early or at sunset when the crowds thin out. Bring your wallet if you are keen to buy a sculpture!
When and where: On now Tamarama to Bondi

Growing a greater Sydney, connecting people and places
This is a one day presentation in Parramatta bringing policy makers, architects, urban designers, researchers and the community together to talk about Parramatta. The panel includes Tony Jones, David Pitchford, Paul Donegen, Bob Meyer, David Holme and Philip Graus, Rolfe de la Motte, Peter Poulet, Rod Simpson, David Borger and Helen Lochhead. Tickets $160 – bookings on www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org
When and where: Friday 7 November – 9am to 5.30pm Riverside Theatre, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta

The Rocks Village Bizarre
Every Friday night from 7 November to 19 December Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority takes the laneways of The Rocks and fills them with exciting stalls, installations and foods. Some of the windows of the shops will be transformed into arts installations. Take a wander through The Rocks mystery magic music and markets.
When and where: Friday nights from 7 November until 19 December – 6.30pm to 10pm The Rocks

The world of native bees: A talk
An alternate way to spend the morning of Melbourne Cup day, acknowledged bee expert! Martyn Robinson will give a talk about native bees and what you can learn about them.. Tickets $22/$15 – bookings on www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or 9231 8182
When and where: Tuesday 4 November – 10am to 11.30am (The talk is on at 10.30am with refreshments beforehand) Joseph Maiden Theatre, Botanic Gardens

Singing at The House
On Sunday morning each month the Opera House and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs invite members of the public to join in choral singing. Music will be taught on the day with free 90 minute sessions and then a short performance. No need to prepare just join in the singing. The songs include work from musical theatre and on 7 December the focus is on Christmas Carols and seasonal songs.
When and where: First Sunday of every month starting 2 November Sydney Opera House

Notorious Criminals and Breakers
The Justice and Police Museum has a new exhibition about a grandmother Caroline Grills who baked cakes and slices but included just that added extra ingredient – rat poison! The story of Mrs Grills and many other infamous criminals is told in this exhibition as well as the clever criminals who were experts in safe breaking and other criminal endeavours that may not be practised as much these days! Tickets $10/$5
When and where: Weekends only on now from 10am to 5pm Justice and Police Museum, Corner of Phillip and Albert Streets, Circular Quay

Curating feminism – A new wave of creating art
Several curators from the University of Sydney’s Contemporary Art School in Rozelle have combined forces for a new exhibition which is now open and featuring works by Kelly Doley, Virginia Fraser, Hissy Fit, Alice Lang, Philippa Veitch, Jo Holder, Alana Hunt and many others. The basis of the exhibition is to engage in the curiosity about feminisms role in contemporary art and its relevance to art making today.
When and where: On now until 7 November (With a conference on the weekend of 24 and 25 October) Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Rozelle Campus Kirkbride Way, Callan Park, Lilyfield

Sydney Open
This is where Sydney’s historic and architecturally inspiring buildings are flung open and members of the public get to go behind the scenes. You can buy a city pass to have a look through CBD buildings including Grosvenor Place, Australia Square, MLC Centre and many others. New buildings this year include the Lowy Institute, Eternity Playhouse, with the Reserve Bank. There are some great tours of the Queen Victoria Building and as well as focussed tours at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre and the new central park building on Broadway. Tickets on sale with a city pass from $40 and focussed tours for $30 bookings on www.slm.is/open
When and where: Sunday 2 November Various venues in Sydney

Sydney Architectural Festival: Bridge Ahoy!This is a series of curated ferry cruises around Sydney’s iconic bridges which will be done at sunset and sunrise. There are four cruises over the first two weekends of November. Bridges that are included are the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Glebe Island Bridge, Gladesville Bridge (plus Fig Tree and Tarban Creek bridges), Meadowbank Train Bridge and Urhs Point (Ryde) Bridge. No mention of the Tom Ugly Bridge! There will also be some on board entertainment. Tickets $95 per person which includes the champagne breakfast or sunset cocktails – bookings on www.ice.org.au/book or 9897 5744
When and where: Saturday 1 November – 6am and 3pm Sunday 2 November – 6am Sunday 9 November – 3pm

Greg Hansell: Open Studio Weekend
Over the next two weeks artist Greg Hansell will be exhibiting his works in an open studio at Windsor. One of the works “Coming Home” on the James Craig in Sydney Harbour captures the movement and majesty of this ship.
When and where: 1 and 2 November – 10am to 5pm. 31 George Street, Windsor

V.D
Pete Malicki’s comedy directed by Lisa Eisman stars Eliza St John which is a one hour one woman show about Sophie who gets a new cat each Valentine’s Day and has now collected 10 cats. The play focuses on Sophie and her love affairs and the power politics in her job. Tickets $27/22
When and where: 28 October to 15 November Tuesday to Saturday – 9pm Sunday – 7pm Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo

2014 Moran Prizes
The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize will be displayed as part of the Moran Art Prizes Exhibition at Juniper Hall in Paddington.
When and where: 29 October to 15 February Juniper Hall, Oxford Street, Paddington

Wenona Art Fair 2014 The Wenona school in North Sydney will feature an art exhibition from its alumnae and members of the local artistic community. Beautiful works in particular by Caroline Foldes.
When and where: Thursday 6 and Friday 7 November – 10am to 3pm The Independent Theatre Foyer, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney

Henry V
Damien Ryan from Sport for Jove directs for Bell Shakespeare this classic production set in 1941 during WW II about a king who unites his country. Tickets $35/$79
When and where: On now till 15 November (2 hours and 30 minutes) Sydney Opera House Playhouse

Jewish International Film Festival Starting from Monday and going through till mid November at Bondi Junction the Jewish International Film Festival 47 Australian premiere screenings. Some of the highlights include The Farewell Party which is a quirky comedy which was an award winning film at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, Zero Motivation about an army base in Southern Israel which is a black comedy about female soldiers. The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is a documentary about this vaudeville stars career through the 1920s. The Decent One is about Heinrich Himmler as a notorious war criminal. The Good Son is about a 22 year old Israeli man who wants to have sex reassignment surgery and not tell his parents. Details at www.jiff.com.au
When and where: 29 October to 16 November Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Emerald City
With a last moment cast change Ben Winspear takes one of the lead roles together with Mitchell Butel in David Williamson’s classic Emerald City. Also stars Lucy Bell, Jennifer Hagan, Kelly Pateaniti and Gareth Yuen. Set design by Ken Done, direction by Lee Lewis. Tickets $49/$32
When and where: On now until 6 December at Stables Theatre Kings Cross 7pm – Monday to Friday and 2pm and 7pm – Saturday. On from 10- 13 December at Riverside Parramatta.

Honeybees Summer Concert
Raising money for Medicins Sans Frontiers, the Honeybees Choir will perform at Sydney Boys High with their incredible soulful a cappella music. There will be solos and most of the group singing and the magic of this choral singing. Tickets $35/20 at the door if available or book stickytickets.com.au
When and where: Saturday 8 November – 7.30pm Sydney Boys High, Moore Park

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

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 is a must 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 www.hayestheatre.com.au 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 kingsthreewee@aol.com.
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 Peace”. 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

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

Aztecs
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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