My picks for this week

September 1 to 7

Sydney Fringe Festival

Kinski and I
As part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, German movie star Klaus Kinski’s memoir Uncut which is about his sexual additions is explored by playwright and film critic CJ Johnston. Written and performed by CJ Johnston and directed by Michael Pigott. Tickets $22 – $18. Bookings
Where and when: Old 505 Theatre, Suite 505, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Wednesday 3 September to Sunday 14 September 7pm and 6pm

The Sydney Fringe features The Vampires and Jann Rutherford performing at The Seymour Centre. Indigenous artists Ursula Yovich, Benny Walker and Leah Flanagan, Art Pharmacy at pop up gallery The Lab, burlesque performer Rosie Rivette will perform at The Newsagency. The Campground is the festival’s headquarters with storytelling and creative arts. Sydney Fringe

Four dogs and a bone
Also part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, Kate Gaul directs a one act play about four people involved in the production of the film- all fighting against each other to get their way! This is a comic satire about the world of film making in Hollywood. Tickets $26- $31. Bookings on try
When and where: 16 September to 27 September Old Fitzroy Hotel Wooloomooloo

Annual History week lecture: The battle within ourselves :POWs in post war Australia
Professor History Christina Twomey will talk about how exPOW’s experienced returning to Australia through their personal testimonies, and how it impacted on their future experiences. Tickets are $560/$45 bookings on 9252 8715 or History
When and where: Tuesday 9 September 6-8.30pm The Mint Macquarie Street

Fathers Day activities

Centennial Park hosts a range of events this weekend which can replace the usual socks, soap on a rope and underpants for Dad this Fathers Day. Instead see the Australian Garden Show with the Fathers Day Chook Auction on Sunday. Play golf, ride horses or cycle through the park for free.
When and where: This weekend at Centennial Park

Parsley Bay biodiversity walk
The natural history of Parsley Bay will be explained as you go on a guided tour this Sunday at Parsley Bay. Free but bookings on 0423 020 648 or email
When and where: Sunday 7 September 9-11am Parsley Bay Vaucluse

Open for Business : The Wharf Revue
Kicking off its annual satirical run, the Wharf Revue opens in Penrith with Phil Scott and Jonathan Biggins. Tickets at
When and where: Saturday 6 September 2pm and 8pm.

Face to Face
Sandra Bates directs the first of the Jack Manning trilogy by David Williamson – Face to Face – staring Glenn Hazedine, Catherine McGraffin, Alexandria Fowler and Jamie Oxenbould.
When and Where: On now The Concourse Chatswood, Cnr Victoria Street and Anderson Ave, Chatswood

Unholy Ghosts
Campion Decent feels the loss of his ailing parents and has written this tragic comedy which takes the audience on the journey of the parents illnesses, their animosity to each other and the way they feel for their only son as he tries to broker a type of peace between his divorced and ill parents. Staring Anna Volska, Robert Alexander and James Lugton. Tickets $35/$28. Bookings 9361 3817,
When and where: On at Griffin Theatre Kings Cross. On now till 20 September. 7pm

The God of Hell
American playwright Sam Shepard’s black comedy about the 2004 US presidential election. Directed Rodney Fisher and staring Vanessa Downing, Jake Lyall, Ben McIvor, Tony Poli.
When and where: Old Fitzroy Theatre 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo. On now until to 13 September.

TaikOz : Towards the Crimson Sky
A new show from TaikOz based on a haiku by Japanese poet Miura Yuzury. The amazing taikoz drumming is blended with the bamboo flutes and a performance on the bass koto – the Japanese 17 stringed plucked instrument. Tickets $70- $30 and just under 2 hours. Bookings at Glen Street
When and where: Tuesday 6.30pm, Wednesday 11am, Thursday to Saturday 8pm Saturday 2pm, Sunday 5pm Glen Street Theatre Blackbutts Road Belrose

Love and Death and an American Guitar
Set in the years after the release of Bat Out of Hell, this is the story of the rock composer Jim Steinman. Written and performed by Toby Francis, directed by Andrew Worboys. Tickets $30 Bookings 8065 7337 Hayes
When and where: Sunday 7 September 8pm Hayes Theatre 19 Greenknowe Avenue Potts Point

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

History Week
As part of the 2014 History Week program, the History Council will focus on World War I. The annual history lecture “The Battle within Ourselves – POWS in post war Australia” is on 9 September at The Mint (6-9pm) and will be presented by historian Professor Christina Twomey. A one day symposium will be on 9 September from 11- 5pm at the State Library NSW “Peace and Patriotism in 20th Century Australia” Metcalfe Auditorium.

Moon Festival Cabramatta
The focus is on food and performances at the Moon Festival on Sunday 7 September with moon cake eating the highlight. Noodle eating and prawn peeling feature in the competitions. Three stages of entertainment and martial arts displays, lion dances, cooking demonstrations and talent shows. The kids lantern parade is at 5pm starting from John Street end of Freedom Plaza
When and where: Sunday 7 September 9-8pm John Street Freedom Plaza Cabramatta

Italian Film Festival
On from 18 September but you can start getting ready now. Highlights include Stijn Conix’s Marina, the Sophia Loren classic Marriage Italian Style, Darker than midnight, Quiet Bliss, The mafia only kills in summer and Song of Napoli – amongst many others. Italian Film Festival
When and where: 18 September to 12 October Palace Cinemas Verona, Norton Street and Chauvel Cinema

Arianna Huffington in conversation with Annabel Crabb

After the success of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, more ideas are explored with an hour long discussion between journalist Annabel Crabb and founder and editor of the Huffington Post Arianna Huffington. Tickets $55.
When and where: 10 September 6pm Carriageworks Wilson Street Eveleigh

Cause Celeb
To celebrate 70 years of the Actors Benevolent Fund, Stuart Maunder directs an “indoor picnic and cabaret”at the Opera Centre in Surry Hills. This show traces the decades of Sydney’s entertainment scene over 70 decades and is written by David Mitchell with musical direction by Michael Tyack. The cast is amazing – Paul Capsis, Geraldine Turner, Katrina Retallick, Helen Dallimore, Mitchell Butel, Christine Douglas, Maria Venuti, Christine Anu, Simon Burke, Genevieve Lemon, Jonathan Biggins, Jackie Love, Margi De Ferranti, Trevor Ashley, Noeline Brown. All proceeds go to the Actors Benevolent Fund. Tracing the Tivoli, the JCW Musicals, Phillip Street Revues, STC, Ensemble, Nimrod, Stables and Belvoir. Tickets are $60 8839 3399 Bookings on Tickets
When and where: Sunday 7 September doors open 6pm and show at 7.30. Joan Sutherland Rehearsal room 480 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

This is a series of songs and short stories about people falling in love and that special magic moment- but also how it all ends up. Tickets $49.90 and bookings on 8065 7337. Bookings online
When and where: Hayes Theatre Greenknowe Street Potts Point Sept 10- October 5 evenings at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2pm. Sunday at 1pm and 5pm

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery: South
13 contemporary artists for Australia, Mexico and South Africa have been inspired by the southern parts of the world that they live in – so Hazelhurst Gallery in Sydney’s south- has decided this is the place for this exhibition! See the site specific car installation by Mexican artist Betsabee Romero, black and white portraits by Zanele Muhali from South Africa. Contemporary art practice is given a good push in this exhibition! Free
When and where: On now till 6 October daily 10-5. 782 Kingsway Gymea

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

What might have been or what could have been – this play is a series of conversations between Roland (Sam O’Sullivan) and Marianne (Emma Palmer) as they meet, fall in love, separate, stay together and contemplate the possible death of one them. Their conversations are repeated and replayed in each scene, sometimes with the roles reversed, all in a choose your adventure style and each time with a different ending. Marianne is a physicist fascinated by string theory, quantum physics and the whole of the “multiverse”, where there are seemingly endless permutations. Sam is a beekeeper making organic honey on the rooftop of a city apartment block. Their universe creates myriad of options as to how their lives may or may not turn out. Like Sliding Doors, each scene folds in on itself, presenting a new fork in their life together. At certain moments it can be intensely irritating but that seamlessly evaporates as you are reminded of the fragility of life, the luck of circumstances and the random happiness that can occur. Simple and elegant direction by Anthony Skuse allows the complex script by Nick Payne, riddled with variations and rewrites of life, to be at the heart of this work. At just under 80 minutes, this is like a beautiful yet complicated equation with recurring variations and poignancy.
When and where: On now till 7 September Eternity Playhouse Burton Street Darlinghurst

Britney Spears: The Cabaret
Perhaps this is more a therapy than a performance! Written by Dean Bryant with musical direction by Matthew Frank, Christie Whelan Browne takes us on the Britney tour with Spear’s songs and life story. Tickets $39/ $35 Hayes Theatre 8065 7337
When and where: On now to 7 September Hayes Theatre Greenknowe Street Potts Point and including a performance on Monday 1 September at 7.30pm

The Elixir of Love
A joyous bubbly opera by Donizetti will brighten even the darkest winter evening. Simon Phillips production of this love story between Adina (Rachelle Durkin / Jane Ede), a feisty and humourous young woman who wants to make sure she gets a say in who she is paired up with, and Nemorino (Aldo Di Toro) who adores Adina but thinks he may not be good enough for her. Enter Belcore (Samuel Dundas) a dashing officer who thinks he may have a good chance with Adina. Nemorino won’t give her up without a fight- or perhaps a drink from a special love potion that travelling quack Dulcamara (Conal Coad) may just happen to have up his bring pink silken sleeves!. The scene is set for the sweet elixir to do its magic- will he get the girl or will she be off and running with the man in uniform?? The set by Michael Scott-Mitchell is a orange and yellow seeped colorbonded Australian outback with clever perspectives for horses and vehicles that travel over the mountains. Gabriela Tylesova’s costumes are stunning with a palette of earthy colours grabbed up from ground. Donizetti’s delightful opera is a glorious evening at the Opera House.
When and where: Opera House

Life Interrupted : Personal Diaries from WW1
Since 1918 the State Library (through the then principal librarian William Ifould) collected the personal diaries of men and women that served in WWI for Australia. These people were ordinary citizens who experienced great sadness, moments of bravery and great loss. Their first hand accounts of the war and the impact on every day lives bring the horror of the Great War very much alive. Some of the diaries cover the first battle in New Guinea by Australian soldiers, the naval battle between the HMAS Sydney and the sinking of the German ship, the Emden. There are accounts from Gallipolli, Fromelles and Pozieres as well as the Middle East Campaign. It is not only the horror of war that is written about but also the lighter side- the souvenirs and trinkets picked up along the way, the countryside, the women and the food. Together with the diaries are images by professional photographer Frank Hurley and amateur photographers using pocket cameras. Free exhibition
When and where: On now daily State Library Macquarie Street

The Gruffalo
Just before the school holidays, the Glen Street hosts the kids play The Gruffalo based on the children’s book of the same name. Welcome to the forest of amazing characters and follow Mouse into the dark woods to find Fox, Owl and Snake. Tickets are $20 and family tickets $70. Bookings 9975 1455 Suitable for kids 3 and above
When and where: 9- 13 September 10.30 and 1pm weekdays 10 am and noon weekends. Glen Street Theatre Belrose

Mosman Art Prize
A diverse offering of work in this years Mosman Art Prize with 85 paintings by artists including Ken Done, Rocco Fazzari, Anh Do, Kerrie Lester, Craig Waddell and many more. This years winner is Michael Muir for his work “Past the stacks”.
When and where: On now to 7 September Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman

Also on at Mosman Art Gallery is an exhibition of the works of artist Josefia Lemon which focuses on the views of Middle Harbour between Mosman and Cremorne. These watercolours and oils are stunning and there is an emphasis on the light as it hits the Harbour waters. Free admission
When and where: On now to 12 October. Mosman Art Gallery Myaghah Way Mosman

Archibald Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2014
The annual exhibition of the winners and finalists in these three art blockbuster awards is on at the Art Gallery of NSW. The Archibald Prize, first started in 1921, is an award for the best portrait painting. The Wynne Prize is for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery or figurative sculpture and the Sulman Prize is for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed media. This years Archibald winner is Fiona Lawrie for her portrait of architect Penelope Seidler. Painted by airbrush, it is a stand out with its arresting ghostly grey and ethereal tones. Rodney Pople’s portrait of Barry Humphries (Well dressed for a Sydney audience), comedian turned cracker of an artist Ahn Do, with his portrait of his father and Joanna Brathiwaite’s portrait of Colleen McCullough (Bright Spark). As usual a range of celebrity type sitters to allow everyone to have an opinion on what did or should have won!
When and where: On now till 28 September, Art Gallery of NSW.

Salon des Refuses
If you are catching the Archibalds at the AGNSW, make it a daily double and head to the S H Ervin Gallery to see the ones that were rejected. This Sunday hear a talk by artists discussing their portraits in the exhibition. Nick Stathopolous and Ben Smith will talk about their portraits
When and where: Exhibition on now S H Ervin Gallery Watson Road The Rocks and the talk is on Sunday at 3pm $7 /$5

My Darling Patricia : Mantle
Campbelltown Arts Centre will host the premiere of Australian theatre group My Darling Patricia’s new work “Mantle” which will take the audience to the middle of the Earth and explore both geology and psychology. Tickets $15/ $10. 4645 4100 Approximatley 11/2 hours.
When and where: September 11- 13 7pm. Campbelltown Arts Centre Campbelltown

The making of Midnight Oil
Manly Art Gallery has a new exhibition delving into the formation of one of Australia’s iconic rock bands Midnight Oil. You can see the collection of stage props, instruments, original lyric music, memorabilia, posters and photos both from the band’s own collections and other private donors. There is unseen film and audio and 25 years of the photos of the bands performers. An apt gallery to feature the works as Midnight Oil had a huge and early following in the pubs and venues on the northern beaches. Free
When and where: On now till 7 September Manly Art Gallery and Museum West Esplanade Tuesday to Sunday 10-5

Little Big Shots: International Film Festival for Kids
Local and international children shorts, animation, documentaries and even films made by kids are part of the excitement at the Little Big Shots International Film Festival. Tickets from $18. Suitable for kids aged 2 to 5.
When and where. Sydney Opera House, 5 – 7 September.

James Morrison and HummingSong Choir
Well known Australian trumpeter James Morrison and jazz vocalist Evelyn Duprai will perform with the Humming Song Community Choir at Brigidene College on Sunday 14 September. Tickets available at the door. 7pm to 9.30pm.
When and where: Sunday 14 September 325 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.

Celestial City
A fascinating look into the history of the Chinese in Australia. From the arrival of the Chinese in Australia during the Gold rush to the deportation of the Chinese boat people arriving in Sydney Harbour in 1888 and right through to well known members of the Australian Chinese community, this exhibition is rich in detail and personal stories. The contribution by the Chinese to the development of market gardens and the supply of fresh vegetables to capital cities is documented in photographs and memoirs. Little known stories such as the 1878 riot at Ah Toy’s workshop on George Street Sydney where 2000 young men attacked Chinese residents with blazing torches in an terrible act of racial warfare. The exhibition also focuses on the specific contributions of Chinese merchants such as Quong Tart, who ran a successful team room which became a hub for suffragettes and progressive thinkers.
When and where: Exhibition on now till 12 October. Museum of Sydney Cnr Phillip and Bridge Street Sydney.

Theatre of dreams, Theatre of play
The Japanese noh and kyogen theatre tradition is one of the worlds oldest theatre forms and masks, costumes, paintings, musical instruments and songbooks from this theatre form have been brought to the Art Gallery of NSW as part of this new exhibition. An intricate set of rules govern who wears the robes, trousers, sashes and headbands which identify the characters in this expressive theatrical exhibition. Tickets $10 /$8 /$7
When and where: On now till Sept 14. Art Gallery of NSW

A song to sing O!
A banquets of Gilbert & Sullivan music and songs in this show by Melvyn Morrow starring Christopher Hamilton. Taking a tour through the Savoy operas and who the G+ S tradition developed. Tickets $23 Bookings 9975 1455
When and where: Tuesday 9 September 11am – 12.15 Glen Street Theatre

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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