My picks for this weekend

April 18 and 19 2015

Artists of Mosman, 2088
Residents of Mosman and friends and volunteers of the gallery have submitted works of art which reflect the artistic community in and around this much loved gallery. The annual exhibition this year includes contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. Artist Erika Beck (who has a current exhibition Forces of Nature on at the Gallery) will give a talk on Sunday 19 April at 2 pm.
When and Where: On till 3 May, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman.

Celebrating Shakespeare
To celebrate William Shakespeare’s birth 451 years ago, the State Library will be bringing out its copy of the First Folio Title “Mr William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies” for a special viewing. Containing 36 original plays, this is the only known copy in Australia. Rare books expert Maggie Patton will be on hand to answer questions. Free. No bookings required.
When and Where: Thursday 23 April, 12 pm to 5 pm, Shakespeare Room, Mitchell Building, State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie Light Station Tour Day
Every so often the Macquarie Light Station, Australia’s oldest light house flings open its spiral staircase to the public and you can take a guided tour of this wonderful building. $5/$3 and family tickets $13. Bookings 8969 2100.
When and where: Sunday 19 April, 10 am to 4 pm, Macquarie Light Station, Old South Head Road, Vaucluse.

Kids Proms Concert: Inner West Community Band
Warning to parents: The music of Frozen will be played by the IWCB at this kid friendly concert on Sunday. See the instruments close up, meet the band member and Let it Go ….! Music also form Blues Brothers, Big Fun in the Sun and children’s nursery rhymes. It is trumpet and sax city! Entry by donation.
When and where: Sunday 19 April, 10 am to 11 am, Leichhardt Town Hall

Australian Piano Quartet – APQ
Take a look inside the Frank Gehry building AND hear the fabulous APQ in their recital “Inside Out”. The program includes Julian Yu’s Piano Quartet, Jack Symonds Responsorium and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat major. Daniel de Borah (piano), James Wannan (viola), Thomas Rann (Cello) and Rebecca Chan (violin).
When and where: Thursday 23 April, 7 pm, Dr Chau Chak Wing, Building 8, UTS Business School Auditorium (Level 2, Gehry Building), 14 – 28 Ultimo Road, Sydney

Your Friend the Enemy
A new exhibition starting this weekend – with an intriguing title which came from a note that Turkish soldiers in WWI wrote to the Australian soldiers thanking them for goods (mainly tobacco and papers) that Australian soldiers allowed to be sent through the no mans land to the Turks. The letter was signed of “from your friend, the enemy”. A soldier at the time, Idris Pike, the grandfather of artist Idris Murphy, recounted this anecdote in his letters sent back home. This exhibition stemmed from a group of invited artists and filmmakers who travelled to Turkey last year on an art expedition – many of the artists have a connection with Gallipoli. The end result was the 16 works that are featured in this exhibition by artists including Amanda Penrose Hart, Jonathan Throsby, Idris Murphy, Guy Maestri, Euan Macleod, Peter O’Doherty, Elisabeth Cummings. Curator John McDonald is speaking on Sunday 19 April at 3pm in the public program
When and Where: On now National Trust, S H Ervin Gallery, Watson Road, The Rocks

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Its just a jump to the left …. Now 40 years on, the perennial all American sweethearts, newly engaged Brad (Stephen Mahy) and Janet (Amy Lehpahmer), break down in their car on a dark and stormy night in the middle of nowhere. They happen to spot a curious castle where they hope to make a phone call. Inhabited by Dr Frank N Furter (Craig McLachlan) and his queer folk from the planet of Transylvania including Riff Raff (Kristian Lavercombe), Magenta (Jayde Westerby) and Columbia (Angelique Cassimatis), this is one night they will not forget, but the audience might. The subversive dark edge of the story has been replaced by high camp and boys own jokes. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, this production has been polished within an inch of its suspenders and the songs (Time Warp, Sweet Transvestite, Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch me) attempt to be belted out over the high volume band. There is no dark undertone to make you just a bit frightened of Frank- he is all heels and no heart.
When and Where: On now at The Star, Pyrmont

Mount Wilson Autumn Festival
The colours of Mount Wilson are glorious at this time of the year and the Mt Wilson Progress Association hosts a special festival with open gardens at Nooroo, Merry Garth, Jalscene, Bisley, Wildenstein, Wollemi and Carmathen gardens. There is a speakers forum at the Old Mt Wilson School house with Michael Bates talking on the Sydney school of garden design at 10am. Megan Halcroft will talk about native bees and their importance in the eco system (11.30). Paul Kirkpatrick will talk on French ornamental vegetable gardens (1.30) and Barbara Landsberg on creating gardens., There are stalls at the Village Hall, plant sales and morning and afternoon teas.
When and Where: Saturday, 18 April 9- 4pm, Mount Wilson, Blue Mountains

Alchemy – Ali McGregor
Opera soprano who nails it with her cabaret brilliance, performs in her solo show at the Hayes Theatre with mashups, 80’s pop ( think Madonna and Salt n Pepa).
When and where: 21- 26 April Hayes Theatre Greenknowe Avenue Potts Point

Death Trap
Ira Levin’s excellent thriller is one shock after the next. A Broadway classic, Jo Turner directs Andrew McFarlane (Sidney Bruhl) a playwright with his best work behind him who, with his wife Myra, played by Sophie Gregg concocts the perfect murder of a young playwright Clifford Anderson (Timothy Dashwood). Neighbour and psychic Helga Ten Dorp (Georgina Symes) predicts impending death – but whose is it?? A two act stage thriller that twists and turns till the end. Also stars Drew Fairley. Detailed and good set design by Michael Hankin.
When and Where: On now at Eternity Playhouse.

Light Show
Coinciding with the James Turrell exhibition at the National Gallery, this exhibition features 20 light installations. Sculptures from international artists from the 1960’s to the present. It is illuminating and dazzling- there is a total wow factor! Highlights are David Batchelor’s Magic Hour where the glow of screens is reflected onto a wall behind the art work. The gallery itself has been sculpted to allow works to be installed – including one from James Turrell. Brigitte Kowanz’s Light Steps are beautiful and the stunner is Anthony McCall’s You and I – which takes you back to every moment you tried to put your fingers up in the light from a projector – but then so much more.
When and Where: Museum of Contemporary Art

Short story workshop
Sunil Badami (Host of Sunday Takeaway on ABC local radio and also on Triple Js Lunch with Myf Warhurst), a writer known for his Australian stories and essays will be presenting a workshop on how you write a good story – how you start one and how you finish it! And if you work hard in this course you will be able to enter it into the Pittwater Short Story Award. This is a two hour course and will help you get through your writer’s block. $30.
When and Where: Wednesday 29 April, 6.30 to 8.30, Berkelouw Books, 12 to 14 Park Street, Mona Vale. www.faberwritingacademy.com.au/shortstoryworkshop

The Triumph of Modernism: In the Art of Australia
Works by acclaimed artist Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Imants Tillers, Howard Arkley, Jeffrey Smart and Joy Hester are the focus by an exhibition curated by Edmund Capon at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre. Many of these works come from the collection of TarraWarra Museum of Art in Victoria. It is a wonderful journey through modern Australia and the Australian identity. Free.
When and where: On now until 24 May, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

Endgame
This is an outstanding performance by Hugo Weaving in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’. Directed by Andrew Upton, this is, like many Beckett plays, bleak and seemingly full of despair. However this play is performed with such a remarkable ability to bring out the humour in the dire situation that Hamm (Hugo Weaving) finds himself. Originally written in French and then translated by the playwright to English, the plot is about a blind and crippled man Hann who is looked after by his not particularly smart and unable to sit servant Clov (Tom Budge). Hann’s father Nagg (Bruce Spence) has no legs and lives in a bin next to his mother (Sarah Peirse) who also has no legs and lives in another dustbin. Nothing really happens except windows being opened, dialogues going in circles and general despair but remarkably there is extraordinary humour in this piece. A superb production with set and lighting by Nick Schlieper.
When and Where: On now at the Roslyn Packer Theatre (Sydney Theatre), 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

Maybanke Lecture 2015
The annual Maybanke Anderson Lecture will be given through the Sydney Community Foundation by Lucinda Brogden (Commissioner, National Mental Health Commission). This years lecture is Women and Work: A Crack in the Lens.
When and Where: Wednesday 6 May, 6 pm to 7.30 pm, Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circula

The Bugalugs Bum Thief
This wonderful children’s show is on at the Monkeys Baa Theatre at Darling Harbour. Based on the book by Tim Winton, it is the astonishing story of the town of Bugalugs where everybody wakes up one morning to find all their bottoms missing. The hunt is on but sometimes people don’t get the right bottoms. The town needs to rally around to catch the bum thief. Just under an hour. $25 per person or $90 for family ticket. www.monkeybaa.com.au or 8624 9340.
When and Where: On now till 24 April, 10.30 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm and 1 pm. Darling Quarter Theatre, Darling Harbour.
There will also be a season at the Glen Street Theatre. Tickets $21, bookings www.glenstreet.com.au or 99751455.
When and Where: 29 April to 2 May, Wednesday to Friday 1.00 pm, Thursday to Friday 10.30am and Saturday 10 am and 12 noon. Glen Street Theatre, Belrose.

Southern Highlands Autumn Gardens Weekend
Eight cool climate gardens in Burradoo, Berrima and Bowral will be open on the weekend with their divine autumnal colours. Unusual and hard to find plants grown locally, will be available at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Growers Group. Tickets available for the gardens at www.shbg.com.au. $35 for an all weekend pass to 8 gardens and $10 for 3 secret gardens only. $5 per garden and school children are free. Enquiries 02 4862 5444.
When and where: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April, 10 am to 4 pm, Bowral, Burradoo and Berrima, Southern Highlands.

Giselle
The Australian Ballet performs the romantic and tragic love story of Count Albrecht and the beautiful peasant maiden Giselle. An absolute crowd pleaser, Madeleine Eastoe performs her farewell performances as Giselle and Kevin Jackson plays the role of Count Albrecht. This is magical and exquisite performance that is both technically outstanding and will take your breath away. The pas de deux between Ako Kondo and Chengwu Guo is stunning. Dimity Azoury as the Queen of the Wilis is superb. Legends of the Australian Ballet Steven Heathcote returns as the Duke of Courland Olga Tamara as Berthe, Giselle’s mother. Andrew Killian is excellent dancing the role of Hilarion. Maina Gielgud has produced this work and Nicolette Fraillon is the chief conductor and music director.
When and Where: On now until 22 April at the Sydney Opera House

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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