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This week’s stage scene has been dominated by news from the world of dance. First up we had the opening of registrations for the next instalment of DirtyFeet’s The Right Foot program opening. The Right Foot program is a FREE series of creative contemporary dance workshops for people with, and without, disabilities between the ages of 14-30 years. For the first time ever this year’s program, which runs from Oct 5 to Nov 2, will culminate in a live performance by participants at the Monkey Baa Theatre.
Register now at www.dirtyfeet.com.au
For something a little more immediate Art Attack will be donning their finest tutu and heading up to Chatswood to witness the 2019 Australian Ballet School showcase. The Australian Ballet School’s much-loved annual showcase will feature a program of exquisite dance ranging from pure classical ballet through to contemporary works by over 100 of Australia’s future ballet superstars.
Sep 27-28. The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood. $47-$65+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.ticketek.com.au
Newtown really is a wacky and unique suburb. Perhaps that is why Art Attack feels so at home there? What better way to celebrate this wackiness than by attending the upcoming Newtown Festival, which announced its official date this week. Take a note out of Art Attacks folio and pencil in a reminder to yourself that the Newtown Festival will take place at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park on Nov 10 this year.
Before November though all of the fine fillies, of which Art Attack is most certainly one, will be heading to the races since it’s official Spring Racing Carnival season now. The season kicked off last weekend with Stakes Day at Royal Randwick, where Art Attack scoped out Kate Waterhouse, Sam Frost, Rachel Griffiths, Cyrell Pauly and Miss Universe Australia 2018 Francesca Hung all strutting their stuff on the turf.
Speaking of ladies, it is International Day Of The Girl on Oct 11. As such LEGO Australia has informed Art Attack that they will be hosting a special interactive event which they hope will inspire the next generation of Australian girls. Play Her Way is a fun celebration of imagination and creativity to remind girls that they can now, more than ever, play by their own rules and be whatever they want. LEGO will bring to life the worlds of sport, science, art & design, entertainment and adventure through a colourful variety of interactive experiences, that encourages girls to let their imaginations run wild and explore all of the things they love.
Oct 1-2. Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Sydney. FREE. Tickets & Info: www.legoplayherway.eventbrite.com.au
If you’re planning to attend all of these fabulous events you’re going to need to fill your body with some top quality fuel, and luckily enough Art Attack has just the right stuff for you. Renowned chef Matt Moran’s restaurant Aria has just announced a special 20th Anniversary Tasting Menu, which already has Art Attack salivating all over their keyboard as they type. For more info on the menu head to www.ariasydney.com.au
The music scene in Sydney this week has been buzzing thanks to shows coming up over the course of the next few days and with some very exciting announcements for later down the line.
Tomorrow Sydneysiders can head out and see some of the brightest upcoming songwriting talent at The Newsagency when it plays host to the semi-finals of the 2019 Songwriting Prize. The Songwriting Prize is Australia’s first mental health songwriting competition and looks to shine a light on mental health through positive songs supporting the theme of “songs that heal.”
If you prefer a much more grand and lavish experience, like Art Attack, then head on over to LazyBones Lounge on Wednesday for the Sonic Mayhem Orchestra. After a brief sabbatical the group is back with a show paying tribute to the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, as we approach 12 months since her tragic passing. Expect to hear all the classics along with a bunch of super cool less known b-sides performed in a way that is only possibly with the 14 piece funk machine of Sonic Mayhem Orchestra.
Oct 2. LazyBones Lounge, 294 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. $25. Info: www.lazyboneslounge.com.au
In terms of announcements Art Attack’s little birds have informed us that John Butler and Alfa Mist will both be gracing stages in Sydney later this year.
For UK-based producer, rapper, composer and pianist Alfa Mist the show at Oxford Art Factory on Nov 27 will mark his debut in Australia.
Conversely for John Butler, the upcoming stop at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre in Rooty Hill on Dec 20 will be one of many stops in Sydney this year, but it will be his last for the year.
Art Attack is starting to believe that Sydney cinephiles may be some of the most spoilt in the world for choice. Beginning next Wednesday they will have access to an incredible program of Japanese classics thanks to the Japanese Film Festival’s special satellite program. The Classic Program celebrates Japan’s distinctly unnerving take on the horror film genre, through screenings of films such as Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi and The Ghost Story Of Yotsuya by Nobuo Nakagawa. Tickets are available now at www.japanesefilmfestival.net
If you’ve got kids though perhaps terrifying Japanese films aren’t the best option for you and your family. Thankfully Event Cinemas have a school holiday program which kicks off on Saturday and runs through to Oct 14. The program will feature the very best family-friendly blockbuster films, as well as a range of FREE film-themed arts and crafts activities.
Finally, if you consider yourself a cinema aficionado on the same level as Art Attack then you should snag your Sydney Film Festival 2020 Flexipasses now! Get in early to secure access to the best films, and as an added bonus save between $40 and $200.
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