My picks for this weekend

November 22 and 23

Belle of the Cross
Directed by David Ritchie. This play stars Gertraud Ingeborg and written by playwright Angelika Fremd about a homeless woman from Kings Cross in the 1990s. Also stars Colleen Cook. Tickets:$32/$26
When and where: On now until 29 November, Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling Street Woolloomooloo Tuesday to Saturday 8pm Sunday 5pm

Twilight Market at Penrith
The Penrith Regional Gallery hosts its Christmas twilight market on Sunday 30 November. Food, artisan stalls and vintage wares.
When and where: Sunday 30 November 2pm to 7pm Penrith Regional Gallery, 86 River Road, Emu Plains

HomeGround
To celebrate indigenous music dance and culture, this festival is on the Western Broadwalk at the Opera House on Saturday and Sunday. There will be the Dancestry ground stage as well as musicians including Dan Sultan, Richard Frankland and the Charcoal Club, Ursula Yovich and lots more. Free
When and where: 22 & 23 November, Western Broadwalk Sydney Opera House

MCA – Corroboree Sydney
Corroboree Sydney will be celebrated at the Museum of Contemporary Art with story time on Monday 24 and Thursday 27 November at 10.30am for kids aged 3 – 5. The Big Adventure Family Fun Day is on Sunday 30 November from 10.30am to 4pm. The Black Arts Market is on Sunday 23 November from 10am to 5pm with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander makers across New South Wales. A purpose built installation, the Boat shed, is at the MCA where Black Fella films will screen
When and where: 22 November to 30 November, Museum of Contemporary Art

Corroboree Sydney
This is the second year of the Corroboree Sydney Festival and the Art Gallery of New South Wales is part of this festival. This weekend at the Art Gallery there will be water colour and stencil workshops, talks by artists Richard Bell, Esme Timbery, Ivy Pareroultja and Jonathan Jones. Indigenous musicians will also perform. The Corroboree Sydney Art After Hours discussion on Wednesday 26 November will be Hetti Perkins with AFL player Adam Goodes. Daily tours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Collection.
When and where: 22 November – 30 November Art Gallery of New South Wales

Lane Cove Music Concert
The Bel a Cappella chamber choir with musical direction by Anthony Pasquill presents Christmas music including works by Thomas Tallis, Anton Bruckner, Benjamin Britten and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. Tickets are $20 at the door and school age children are free.
When and where: Tuesday 2 December 8pm Lane Cove Mowbray Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Avenue, Lane Cove

German International School Christmas Workshops
Learn how to make your own gingerbread house or Christmas tree with a series of six Christmas Workshops on Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November where you can in no time be a brilliant fairytale baker. Bookings are required for the 1½ hour workshops on at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day. Bookings on www.trybooking.com/108288 or 9485 1900 $38 per gingerbread house. $21 per gingerbread star and $14 per gingerbread man.
When and where: Saturday 29 November and Sunday 30 November German International School Sydney, 33 Myoora Road, Terrey Hills

Kings Cross Library : Queer Films
Exploring a variety of issues in queer cinema, Paul Struthers and Nashen Moodley will talk on Friday 28 November at Kings Cross Library from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Bookings 9265 9333 (free).
When and where: 28 November Kings Cross Library

I, Bunyip
Celebrating 170 years of storytelling in Aboriginal communities. This play is about characters from Australia’s oldest stories. Tickets are $30.
When and where: Saturday 22 November and Sunday 23 November, midday to 3pm at Sydney Opera House

2014 Philip Parsons Fellowship & Memorial Lecture
This annual lecture given by a prominent member of the theatre scene, will be given this year by Ralph Myers, outgoing Artistic Director at Belvoir will talk about “The Artistic Director: on the way to extinction?”.$10
When and where: Sunday 30 November – Upstairs Belvoir Street Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
Bookings:9699 3444

2014 SCA Degree Shows
Sydney College of the Arts’ a new contemporary art gallery will be showcasing work by more than 170 graduating students. Works include photo media, print media, painting, sculpture, screen arts and jewellery. Free entry
When and where: 19 – 25 November (Undergraduate) 4-10 December (Postgraduate). Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Rozelle Campus, Kirkbride Way, Callan Park 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Compendium Exhibition
The Compendium is a survey of contemporary Australian photography and the launch of this book and the exhibition of the photos is on in Chippendale. The works are from a number of Australian photographers including Caroline McLean-Foldes.
When and where: Spot 81 Gallery, 81 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale between Cleveland Street and Broadway

The Wost Kept Secrets
Bontom Productions presents a play about an ex New South Wales Premier and his wife living in a fractured marriage but staying together for the sake of appearances and their adult children. Starring Rhett Walton as the ex Premier and his wife played by Sonia Todd, What happens when you are an ex Premier? Are their legacy issues or do you feel that you have still got something more to contribute? George Steeper believes this is the case and will stop at nothing to achieve his dreams. His wife Annie is potentially the brains in the family and perhaps there is other roles to fill. The cast also includes Sam Boneham and Matthew Morrow as the two Steeper sons and their girlfriends Lauren Pegus and Paige Leacey respectively. Directed by Tom De Angelis.
When and where: On now at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale

Cyrano de Bergerac
It is all about the nose. Richard Roxburgh plays the lead role, a man who is soldier, poet, raconteur and childhood friend of the radiant and orphaned Roxanne (Eryn Jean Norvill) but who is damned by his ugly and large nose. This is the heartbreaking story of the unrequited love held by Cyrano for Roxanne as she falls in love with fellow soldier Christian (Chris Ryan) and asks Cyrano to be Christian’s friend. Christian soon realises that he is lacking in the poetry department and Cyrano, seeking at any cost to be closer to Roxanne, believes that between Christian’s good looks and Cyrano’s magical words, the two can woo Roxanne. The cast also includes Alan Dukes, Josh McConville, Yalin Ozucelik, George Kent, Julia Zemiro, Bruce Spence, Emily Tomlins, Michael Pigott, Gabriel Gilbert-Dey, David Whitney and Aaron Tsindos. Set designed by Alice Babidge.
When and where: On now at Sydney Theatre

Switzerland
A sleek and suspenseful two hander starring Sarah Peirse as acclaimed and controversial American author Patricia Highsmith, living as a recluse in Switzerland when she is visited by a young man, Edward Ridgeway (Eamon Farren). Written by Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Sarah Goodes, this “Sleuth” like thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat. Ridgeway, an awkward and nervous young man, ostensibly from Highsmith’s publisher, presses the contrary and complex author into agreeing to write a further instalment about her favourite character Ripley. Highsmith is prickly, rude and frightening. She has a go at every minority group. Ridgeway is patient but firm – he wants her signature on the papers. Set in a solid bunker like lounge room with all the personal effects of Highsmith in their perfect position, Michael Scott-Mitchell’s design reflects the solid walls that Highsmith has built around her life, sheltering her from the unloving comments of the American writers and critics. There is a stunning twist which you won’t see it coming! Fabulous performances by Peirse and Farren.
When and where: On now at the Drama Theatre Opera House

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ redemptive play about Ebeneezer Scrooge (Robert Menzies) is set on a large and sparse stage, a no frills set (Michael Hankin), bare and plain just like Scrooge’s view on life. His grumpy bah humbug approach to the festive season is pitied by his nephew Fred (Eden Falk) and put upon employee Bob Cratchit (Steve Rodgers). Scrooge finds himself alone on Christmas Eve when he is startled by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley (Peter Carroll). Marley warns Scrooge that because of his meanness, the spirits of Christmas past (Ivan Donato), present (Kate Box) and future will soon be visiting him. This play is about the possibility of a second chance, the stingy old man that realises his errors and mends his ways. The spirt of Christmas future frightens the living daylights out of Scrooge and opens up the previously closed over well of generosity. Also featuring Miranda Tapsell as Tiny Tim and Urusla Yovich as Mrs Cratchit. A play to reflect on the power of redemption and a perfect piece of theatre for the Christmas season. Directed by Anne- Louise Sarks and adapted from Dickens’ novel by Benedict Hardie and Anne-Louise Sarks.
When and where: On now Belvoir, Surry Hills

The way things work
There is a sense of familiarity about this play for Sydneysiders – oops yes, the regular allegations of corruption in political circles and business that taint due process and decision making at the highest levels. This sharp two hander starring Nicholas Papdemetriou and Ashley Lyons is set in three scenes but one act of just on 100 minutes. Each scene is linked but it takes a little while to realise the linkage but when you do, the penny well and truly drops. Writer Aidan Fennessy was inspired (or depressed!) by the proliferation of corruption in NSW and portrays the enormous web of corruption that infests politics, powerful families and institutions and the personal cost that it extracts. The Rock Surfers present this excellent production directed by outgoing artistic director Leland Keane
When and where: On now at Bondi Pavilion

Daylight Saving
Nick Enright’s play directed by Adam Cook is set squarely in the brick shaped mobile phone and cassette playing very late 80’s / early 90’s. The lyrics of Toto’s Africa stream out at interval reminding you of the era when the landline constantly ringing was the most annoying thing in the household. This is a story of a marriage on the verge of collapse where new celebrity restauranter Flick (Rachel Gordon) and sports agent Tom (Christopher Stollery) are just too busy with their careers to have time for each other. An old flame from the US exchange at the end of Rachel’s high school, Joshua Makepeace (Ian Stenlake), appears in Sydney and tries to rekindle the flag swaddling affair that he and Rachel enjoyed had when they were 17. Tom who is 24/7 busy with his international tennis wunderkind Jason Strutt (Jacob Werner) aka the Kiama killer, needs a trip to LA and a Monte Carlo tantrum from his tennis prodigy to remind himself of the value of the marriage that may be just about to die. Stephanie (Helen Dallimore) is Rachel’s friend who is obsessed by and furious with her Catholic boyfriend Brendan and his giving her up for Lent and provides nothing but chaos for Rachel. Bunty (Belinda Giblin) the perfect Pymble tennis playing mother of Rachel has some of the best lines and is of no comfort whatsoever to her stressed out daughter. A very fun performance, 2 hours with interval.
When and where: On now at Eternity Playhouse Burton Street Darlinghurst

Sarah Robson – Spatial interventions 1994-2014
This exhibition features minimalist geometric wall and floor pieces with isolated single colour forms.
When and where: 8 November – 14 December, 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday. Free. Manly Art Gallery Manly

Christmas Gift Fair
The annual gift fair at Darling Point’s historic house Lindesay, is on soon with over 80 stalls featuring gourmet food, antiques, linen, jewellery and afternoon tea.Catch public transport to Edgecliff and then walk or catch the bus. Admission $5
When and where: 20- 22 November 10- 4pm. Lindesay 1 Carthona Avenue Darling Point

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: On now, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street.

Tiny Stadiums
This the annual live art and installation festival centred around Erskineville which this year looks at contemporary living in Erskineville and surrounding suburbs. Local and interstate artists comment in their art works and site specific installations on family and subcultures in the area. Curated by the group Groundwork for the third year, the artists in this years festival include Cake Action, Hissy Fit, Lottie Consalvo, Frances Barrett, Deep Soulful Sweats and heaps more. Free. Tiny Stadiums
When and where: Finishes Saturday 22 November from noon to 8pm PACT centre for emerging artists 107 Railway Parade Erskineville

A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is performed at Belvoir with Robert Menzies, Cate Box, Peter Carroll, Eden Falk, Steve Rodgers, Miranda Tapsell and Ivan Donato. Directed by Anne-Louise Sarks. Suitable for kids aged 8+.
When and where: Belvoir, on from 8 November to 24 December, Tuesday 6.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 5pm.

Balmain SinfoniaA collaboration with violin superstar Susie Park, the Balmain Sinfonia will perform a Brahm’s violin concerto, Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas overture and Dvorak’s Symphony No.6. Conducted by Gary Stavrou. Tickets: $25/$20
When and where: Sunday, 7 December – 2.30pm, Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde

Children’s Festival of Moving StoriesAs part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival this is a special offshute for children with Stories from the Pyjamaverse at Parramatta Riverside on Friday 28 November. A roadshow of authors at various libraries and Russ Travelling Story Bus from 14 to 28 November in western Sydney. Pyjamaverse starts at 5.30pm with members of the Wanderers, the Eels, Geronimo Stilton and craft activities. Authors including Morris Gleitzman, Melina Marchetta and poet Ahmad al Rady will be there – 5.30pm to 7.30pm
When and Where: 14 November – 28 November, Parramatta

Inessa Galante
Soprano Inessa Galante from the Latvian Opera will perform at the City Recital Hall with operatic hits from her albums. She will be accompanied by Australian pianist from Roland Peelman, Artistic Director of the Song Company. Tickets: $85/$95 www.cityrecitalhall.com.au or bookings on 8256 2222
When and where: Wednesday, 26 November – 7.30pm City Recital Hall, Angel Place

Beyond Desire
The Hayes Theatre presents an Edwardian musical by Neil Rutherford about a murder mystery where a recent university graduate receives a telegram stating that his father has been found dead in a hotel room and he races back to London with his friend James to untangle a sordid family secret. Starring Blake Bowden, Chloe Dallimore, Ross Hannaford, Nancy Hayes and Christy Sullivan. Music score by Kieran Drury. Tickets: $55 Bookings: www.hayestheatre.com.au or phone 8065 7337
When and where: 21 November to 13 December Previews 21 November to 25 November 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point

Orchestraseventeen88 – an evening with the Viennese titans
Conducted by Benjamin Bayl, hear a fabulous program which includes Beethoven’s Overture to The Preachers of Prometheus, Mozart’s Flute Concert in G Major, Schubert’s Symphony in C Major. Georgia Browne will perform a solo on classical flute. The special feature of this concert is all of these works will be performed on authentic period instruments and Georgia Brown will play the wooden classical flute. Tickets: $75/$65
When and where: Saturday, 22 November at 7.30pm The New Hall Sydney Grammar School, College Street, Darlinghurst

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.

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

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

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

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

Jackie French: Magic Books
Author and children’s laureate Jackie French will talk about the book that gets even reluctant readers to turn the pages. Tickets: $10, Bookings: www.swf.org.au
When and where: Bankstown Arts Centre, Wednesday, 3 December – 6.30pm

Mem Fox at Riverside
Australian children’s author Mem Fox will talk about her books and how to engage readers. Tickets: $10, Bookings: www.riversideparramatta.com.au or 8839 3399
When and where: Lennox Theatre, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Thursday, 4 December – 6.30pm

Festival of Carols
The UNSW Collegium Musicum presents the Festival of Carols at UNSW with the Burgundin Consort and the UNSW Handbell Ensemble. Dene Olding on violin, Patrick Keith on piano and Lloyd Grant on organ. Choral director Sonia Maddock will lead the choir.
When and where: Sunday, 30 November – 5pm, University of New South Wales, Sir John Clancy Auditorium

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.

The Legend of King O’Malley
Presented by the theatre company Don’t Look Away, this is a musical tale of one of Australia’s colourful politicians King O’Malley. Originally written by Bob Ellis and Michael Boddy, this is a revival show exploring the contribution of this American born House of Representative Member, best known for his pat in establishing the Commonwealth Bank, taking the “u” out of “Labour” for the Australian Labor party and also for helping to select Canberra as the nations capital. Tickets: $35/$25 bookings: www.seymourcentre.com or 9351 7940
When and where: Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre, 26 November to 13 December, Monday – 6.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday – 7.30pm, 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval

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

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C S Lewis’ tale about the four children who venture into the icy world of Narnia. Directed by Laura-Beth Wood with musical direction by Sam Lee. Tickets: $39.50/$34.50, There are also family tickets available at reduced rates, www.chatswoodmusicals.org or 1300 795 012
When and where:

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

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.

Granville Family Festival

With a huge array of food stalls, fireworks, rides and demonstrations, the Granville Family Festival is a big fundraising for the Granville Public School.
When and where: >Saturday December 6, 11am to 10pm Blaxcell Street, Public School Granville

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

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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