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MADISON MCKOY IN ‘YANK DOWN UNDER’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL

 

After a sold-out concert with his band at Sydney’s Factory Floor, Madison McKoy is getting back to basics with a piano and voice performance in his show YANK DOWN UNDER in their new late night cabaret style event 2 x 20 – September Edition.

In this concert you will be taken on a musical journey through Madison’s life growing up in America’s South.

You will hear about his days working in the tobacco fields, superstitions, church, family and haircuts. You might also  recognise songs by James Ingram, Burt Bacharach and Madison himself.

Madison has performed in the musical “Buddy”, “Miss Saigon”, “Sweet Charity” and “What The World Needs Now”.

His film roles include ‘Blood Money”, “2:22”, “South Pacific”, and “Looking For Natalie Wood”.

Madison performs around the traps to promote his soul/rnb CDs “10th Child” (2005) and “Deep Within” (1999). This guy also runs and directs The 8-Week Choir and he teaches English to speakers of other languages.

Doors open at 9:00 pm on Thursday 14 September. Performance is between 10-11pm. $10- no booking fee. The event is 18yrs+

http://www.madisonmckoy.com

For more about MADISON MCKOY in Yank Down Under @ 2 x 20 City Recital Hall Sydney, visit https://tickets.cityrecitalhall.com/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=3634
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USEFUL BOX PRESENTS ‘FROCKS, TALES AND TEA’ @ BORONIA TEA ROOMS MOSMAN

Following on from our successful Frocktails event in February, UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to their newest event, FROCKS, TALES AND TEA in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.

Wear one of their gorgeous Me Mades (if you sew) and join in a Q&A with Jennifer Irwin, the costumer designer for Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia, who will tell us about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jennifer, over an afternoon tea.

Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film.

Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET & OPERA AUSTRALIA. Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

The details
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Boronia Tea Rooms, 624 Military Road, Mosman
Ticket price: $80, includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, our guest speaker and afternoon tea. Purchase from http://www.usefulbox.com.au

FAQ

Where is the venue?
Boronia Tea Rooms is located at 624 Military Road, Mosman.
Bus stop is right outside the door – routes include M30, 143, 183. Taxis will be easy to find on Military Road. Parking is at Bridgepoint shopping centre, via Brady Street, Mosman.

What does the ticket prize include?
You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, will hear from the amazing Jennifer Irwin and be treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea. PLUS the chance to win some great prizes, meet so many new friends and build your sewing community.

How many people will be there?
There will be at least 50-60  people and it will be a wonderful afternoon! Don’t be afraid to come by yourself, we are all very friendly and the aim of the night is to meet other sewists!

Is there a hashtag for this event?
Please use #sydneyfrockstalesandtea for all your pics on Instagram.

For more about Frocks, Tales and Tea, visit https://usefulbox.com.au/products/frocks-tales-and-tea-14th-october
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Featured Image- Jennifer Irwin’s design for ‘Snugglepot’.

MUSICIAN PROJECT ORCHESTRA RETURNS TO THE CON WITH SOME CLASSIC BRUCKNER

The Musician Project Orchestra returns to Verbrugghen Hall in September, to present a performance of Bruckner’s magnificent Third Symphony.

Widely considered the first work in which Bruckner’s unmistakable musical language fully blossoms. The work also demonstrates his special relationship to Wagner. Bruckner visited Wagner in September 1873, offering to dedicate either his Second or Third Symphony to him.

It turned out to be a very convivial meeting and the beer flowed freely. So much so that on his return home, Bruckner realised to his horror that he could not remember which of the symphonies the master had chosen. An exchange of letters clarified the situation: Wagner had chosen the Third, something which was no great surprise, as Bruckner had incorporated diverse Wagner quotes in the work. The concert opens with Wagner’s delicate & peaceful birthday gift to his wife: the Siegfried Idyll.

Returning to the podium will be our Artistic Director, the peerless Max McBride.

DATE FOR THE DIARY
September 30 2017 AT 7pm at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium Of Music,

For more about Musician Project Presents: Bruckner 3, visit http://musicianproject.net.au/september-2017/
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MYRCZEK AND TOMASZEWSKI @ THE BASEMENT

This multi-award winning duo has been created by two young, but already widely acclaimed jazz musicians from Poland, singer Wojciech Myrczek and pianist Pawel Tomaszewski.

The strength of the duo lies in collaboration of two individuals who exude charisma, musical ingenuity and attention to every sonic detail. They engage in a musical dialogue not refraining from ambitious song or crazy improvisation, always adding a touch of humour.

During their dialogue, these artists perform jazz and pop standards that in their interpretation gain a previously unknown form of musical sound. Myrczek & Tomaszewski is without a doubt one of the most interesting voice and piano duos of the past decade.

DATE FOR THE DIARY
Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7:00pm at the Basement.

For more about Myrczek & Tomaszewski (Poland) @ The Basement, visit http://www.moshtix.com.au//v2/event/myrczek-tomaszewski-poland/96455?ref=calendar&skin=291
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UNSW MTS PRESENTS JASON ROBERT BROWN’S ‘THE LAST 5 YEARS!’ @ STUDIO ONE UNSW

The University of New South Wales Musical Theatre Society (MTS) is presenting the show THE LAST 5 YEARS! at Studio One on campus from the 1st – 5th of August.

This musical by Jason Robert Brown tells a story of shattered love, time and dreams , depicting the fragility of relationships and love over its  unique timeline.

MTS says that it has come up with a great cast which will do the show justice. The production will star Lily Stokes as Cathy Hyatt and Jack Dawson as Jamie Wellerstein.

Tickets can be booked at  https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF

Producer: Tash Atkins
Director: Kate Cameron
Musical Directors: Yasmin Stelling and Alexander Mau

For more about UNSW MTS Presents: The Last 5 Years, visit https://www.trybooking.com/QRKF
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YOUNG VISIONARIES @ WEWORK PYRMONT

YOUNG VISIONARIES is a celebration of local creatives, fashion, arts, technology and social good.

All are welcome to attend an evening of inspirational short talks, music and mingling to end the week with a bang!

The evening will feature stories of awesome creators who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression or to influence change across multiple disciplines like tech, fashion, the arts and science.

Presenters include-

Ollie Henderson : on culture as an expression of the political.

Sulange Cunin : on founding Cube Rider, a STEM program taking students on real space mission and more…

Mix and mingle and with some awesome young visionaries making a difference in their industry, get inspired and unwind with drinks on the good folk at Alpha Box & Dice and Sofi Spritz.

There will be live music and Rollie will be giving away a pair of shoes from their latest winter range to one lucky winner – be in it to win it!

DETAILS : 
Friday 7th April between 6 and 9 pm at WeWork Pyrmont, 100 Harris Street, Pyrmont.

For more about Young Visionaries, visit http://ga.co/young-vis
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THE DAYDREAM BELIEVERS : SYDNEY’S ONLY ALL INCLUSIVE CHOIR

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The Daydream Believers choir, the brainchild of Barbara Beinart Pashut, is an Affiliate Choir with Creativity Australia, is  a wholly inclusive choir who welcome everybody – there are no auditions. Everybody is welcome! You just have to have a love of singing and of being part of a community.

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Robert Teicher, current choir master

On Sunday 30 October the choir will celebrate its eighth anniversary concert at the COA at 2 pm. In the meantime the choir meets every Thursday evening between 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm at the Council of the Ageing (COA),  25 Rowe Street, Bondi Junction.  To en quire further about this wonderful choir you can contact Barbara on her mobile- 0413740692, by email- innersens4life@hotmail.com, or by logging on to :- http://daydreambelievers.greenash.net.au/?gallery_showmore=1#gallery-more

 

 

 

 

 

LIES, LIES AND PROPOGANDA PRESENTS BICYCLE BY DANIELLE BAYNES @ THE OLD FITZ

Photo by Matt Ralph

Above photo by Matt Ralph. Featured photo by Sasha Cohen.

Following a critically acclaimed sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lies, Lies and Propaganda bring BICYCLE, written by Danielle Baynes, starring Danielle Baynes and Pip Dracakis, and directed by Michael Dean,  to the Old Fitz.

Upon meeting an enigmatic Transylvanian Count, a Victorian Englishwoman is given a bicycle. But this gift comes with a price: midnight supper at his place. This invitation proves too tempting to resist and her mortal life is changed forever. Bicycle is a one-woman play about conquering fears, parting legs and the unexpected turns life can take after dining with a monster.

The reviews interstate have been outstanding:-

★★★★ ‘Danielle Baynes is a supernatural force to be reckoned with in this fanciful, original dramatic comedy-thriller.’ – THE ADVERTISER
★★★★ ‘This show is utterly surprising: edgy theatre, bold and fierce, especially for feisty women.’ – INDAILY
★★★★ ‘An indisputably modern work jam-packed with ideas about female liberty…’ Great Scott
★★★★1/2 ‘Baynes is spellbindingly captivating in her storytelling…Adding to the beauty is the luscious voice and virtuoso violin playing of Pip Dracakis.’ – GLAM Adelaide
★★★★ ‘The audience is captured with every movement and every word…definitely one to put on the list.’ – Adelaide theatre guide

Lies, Lies and Propoganda’s production of Danielle Baynes’ BICYCLE is playing the Old Fitz from 21 June to 2 July.

All tickets $25 including booking fee.

Performance times Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9.30pm and Sundays at 7.30pm.

For more about Bicycle by Danielle Baynes, visit http://www.oldfitztheatre.com/bicycle/

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END TIMES VARIETY @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

End Times Variety is a new Sydney tonight show bringing together everything you ever wanted, plus less.

Interviews, performances, stories, play and really anything that’s fun from our favourite citizens. A space ripped open to share quality, uncensored and independent ideas. With one of the best MCs around, comedian Chris Endrey.

Humbly thrilled to announce guests:

BEC SHAW (writer brilliant)
BETTY GRUMBLE (sex clown genius)
ELLIOTT DUNN (RN’s Drive producer)
HANNAH REILLY (JJJ’s ‘The Hook Up’ host)
JAY SULLIVAN (dire comedian)
PENNY GREENHALGH (cheek comedian)
PAINTonPAINT (dream pop)

The theme for the first one is obviously ‘Beginning of the End’.

We’ve also asked TANYA PLIBERSEK to come on. She’s yet to say no, but is also probably busy doing something else at this time of the year. Yawn.

Eff yes. See youse there.

Doors at 7:00PM for a 7:30PM performance

DATES
26 May 2016, Doors at 7.30pm.

For more about End Times Variety, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/end-times-variety/
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ART OF MUSIC @ THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Legendary Aria award winning singer Jenny Morris.
Legendary Aria award winning singer Jenny Morris.

Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC is a gala event combining both visual arts and music. Held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales every two years, a group of prominent contemporary visual artists come together to create a music inspired exhibition with each artist choosing an iconic song to use as the inspiration for an original artwork.

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Sydney Festival 2015 preview

January is a lazy languid time in Sydney, so it’s slightly unfair that the art lover’s idylls should be rudely interrupted – but in the best possible way – by the massive feast of cultural events that is the Sydney Festival.

Like a refreshing summer shower, some of the festival’s most appetising events are fleeting, lasting for only one or two nights; others, like a lingering heatwave, bask the greater Sydney region in their glow for weeks.

This year’s 179 events spread from the CBD to the Blue Mountains, 85 of them are free and there are almost 500 performances in total. Eight of them have exclamation marks in their title (one even has two!!) so expect some very exciting shows!

As always with the Sydney Festival, it’s best to get in early: by the time you hear about them they have may have vanished or sold out.

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MUSIC

Tom Stokes, Kate Skinner and Anthony Gee in MUSIC. Pic Kurt Sneddon
Sarah (Kate Skinner) and Gavin (Tom Stokes) try to reach out to a disorientated Adam (Anthony Gee) in Jane Bodie’s new dramatic work, MUSIC. Pic by Kurt Sneddon

My experience over many years of quickly skimming a writer’s program notes in the theatre foyer before heading into a show is that generally they are written in a very dry, bland manner.

This accounts for the reason why I was completely blown away by Jane Bodie’s writer’s note for her new play MUSIC currently playing at Kings Cross’s Stables theatre.

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