Theatre
Revel in punk-rock rebellion at Green Day’s American Idiot
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Revel in punk-rock rebellion at Green Day’s American Idiot

If you’ve ever been near a radio, chances are you’ve heard of a little band called Green Day. The trio, fronted by the incomparable Billie Joe Armstrong, is known worldwide for making some of the most recognisable punk-rock jams to come out of a 30-year strong career. Not content with just ruling the airwaves, Billie Joe thought he would try his hand at creating a musical – turns out he’s really good at that, too. American Idiot will burst onto the QPAC stage from Thursday February 23, weaving songs from the iconic Green Day album into a rock solid narrative that packs way more than a punch. more

Food
Meats, beats and brews combine for the BBQ and Beer Roadshow
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Meats, beats and brews combine for the BBQ and Beer Roadshow

Picture yourself, if you will, nestled in the lush grass on a warm summer’s day. Sitting in your lap is a plate of juicy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat that has been lovingly prepared by a barbecue expert. In your hand is an ice-cold craft beer, the perfect accompaniment to your feast. Is this a dream? No, dear reader – this could very much be your reality when the BBQ and Beer Roadshow rolls into the Doomben Racecourse this Saturday February 18. Wear your loosest pants and don’t forget the wet wipes. more

Dance
Landscape with Monsters thinks outside (and gets inside) the box
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Landscape with Monsters thinks outside (and gets inside) the box

When it comes to word association, there are certain notions that seem intrinsically linked to the idea of ‘circus’. Clowns? Sure. Trapeze? You bet. Red noses? Obviously. Well the circus is indeed coming to town, but definitely not as you know it – Landscape with Monsters is a groundbreaking production taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from February 22–25, ditching the gimmicks to showcase the magic of human movement. more

Community
We’ve just launched another huge giveaway game – just because we love you
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We’ve just launched another huge giveaway game – just because we love you

The look of love is in our eyes and we're looking right at you, dear readers. It's true – we really, truly love you. That's why from February 14 – Valentine's Day, in case you forgot – until Thursday February 16, we're showering you with gifts. Forget the mushy cards and long-stemmed roses, we're giving you the opportunity to take part in another huge giveaway game so you can share the love. more

Exhibitions
Brisbane Street Arts Festival arrives to reveal the city’s true colours
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Brisbane Street Arts Festival arrives to reveal the city’s true colours

Ask anyone about the street art scene in Australia and they will generally be quick to point a finger at Melbourne as our country’s capital of cool. This, my friends, is incorrect. The old River City is making a name for itself as a culture hub, thanks in large part to the maverick renegades who are dedicated to reducing the stigma behind street art. The Brisbane Street Arts Festival is a big part of this worthy cause, returning in 2017 to quite literally paint the town for a month-long stint that reaches out across the suburbs. more

Dance
Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of contemporary dance at SUPERCELL
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Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of contemporary dance at SUPERCELL

Let me hear your body talk, Brisbane – we know that dance is a universal language that most everyone can understand, so it comes as no surprise that there are so many beautiful variations of the art form. One of the most compelling styles is undoubtedly the contemporary genre, blending narrative and mind-bending moves to create the ultimate form of self-expression. SUPERCELL: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane is an ambitious offering coming to the Judith Wright Centre from February 18–25 to bring the wildest forms of body movement from around the world to our own backyard. more

Community
Explore and embrace Asian culture with Brisbane City Council’s LIVE program
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Explore and embrace Asian culture with Brisbane City Council’s LIVE program

We may be at the tail end of summer, but by no means is Brisbane cooling off. Our fair city has gotten a whole lot spicier since BrisAsia Festival has been heating up the streets with a range of shows, workshops, activities and food (of course). February is set to be a killer month – Brisbane City Council’s LIVE program has everything from cool tunes to delicious food all ripe for your discovery. We’ve picked some of the best events from the program for you to check out – be sure to bring an open mind and an empty stomach! more

Theatre
Single Asian Female arrives to shake up a sensitive subject
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Single Asian Female arrives to shake up a sensitive subject

When it comes to theatre, race and gender are two subjects that often yield some pretty heavy material. It’s a sensitive topic for many people, and rightly so – we’re living in a strange time where both of these issues are at the forefront of the world stage. Taking a far more tongue in cheek (but no less poignant) approach is Single Asian Female, the new play from Brisbane’s own maverick babe Michelle Law. This fresh comedy is taking over La Boite Theatre from February 11 to March 4 to confirm that if you think the people at your local Chinese take-away are talking about you in their native tongue, they definitely are. more


Dance
Be captivated by the opulent spectacle of The Sleeping Beauty
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Be captivated by the opulent spectacle of The Sleeping Beauty

The world of ballet is often associated with pure magic – timeless stories are combined with breathtaking costumes and opulent sets to take you away from your everyday life. One of the most shining examples of this is The Sleeping Beauty, a classic production that personifies everything that ballet stands for no matter how many incarnations it goes through. The Australian Ballet’s lavish production is returning to QPAC from February 24 to March 4 for a special encore season that is sure to dazzle. more

Community
The round-up: where to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2017
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The round-up: where to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2017

Just when we were resigned to the back-to-work doldrums after the dizzying fun of the festive season comes another reason to fill up our social calendars. The annual Chinese New Year celebration is one of the most vibrant events to take place across the world, celebrating the turn of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster with celebrations spanning late January to mid February. If you are keen to take in the action this time around, we’ve compiled a handy list of festivities taking place across Brisbane. more

Music
Get your music festival on for free at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
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Get your music festival on for free at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

When you think of crawling, your mind will probably wander one of two ways – babies who can’t walk and multiple-stop romps (usually involving delicious drinks). Falling into the more exciting category is the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, a you-beaut free festival taking over Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 11 in a tidal wave of sonic goodness. If bands, brews and venue hopping like a boss are your jam, this is one night you’ll want to clear your schedule for. more

Theatre
Be charmed by the theatrical retail fairytale Ladies in Black
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Be charmed by the theatrical retail fairytale Ladies in Black

Anyone who’s worked in retail can tell you how incredibly dry the industry can be – from lazy bosses to know-it-all customers, most people hardly think of department stores as much more than a place to buy stuff. However, there was a time in history when the humble ‘shop’ was far more than it appeared – these institutions were a beacon of prestige and a conduit for social change. Coming to QPAC from January 28 to February 19 to lift the change-room curtain is Ladies in Black, a musical extravaganza that will have you looking at your local Myer in a whole new light. more

Inspiration
Choose your own adventure at the World Expeditions Himalaya information night
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Choose your own adventure at the World Expeditions Himalaya information night

Have you ever pictured yourself scaling the ancient peaks of the mighty Himalaya like a boss? Adventure is out there, dear readers, but sometimes it can fall by the wayside when the practicalities set in. Planning the itinerary, knowing where to go and learning how to maximise your time overseas is a pretty daunting task, especially when you want to do it all. Combining inspiration with knowledge is the Himalaya information night at World Expeditions, a free session on Wednesday February 1 aimed at uncovering the best ways for budding explorers to carve their own path. more

Community
The round-up: where to celebrate Australia Day in 2017
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The round-up: where to celebrate Australia Day in 2017

These days it’s pretty difficult to pin down what makes someone a quintessential Australian. Our increasingly diverse population is one of the things that makes Australia so vibrant, but it also makes it tricky to define what it is to be ‘true blue’. One thing we think Australians of every walk of life appreciate is a public holiday, and we’ve got one coming up! The Australia Day public holiday lands on Thursday January 26, which means that many will be looking to take advantage of a four-day weekend. If you are keen to get out and about on Australia Day, we’ve collated this bonza list of events, perfect for celebrating in style with our fellow Aussies. more

Community
Glamour, glitter and grit – celebrate the queer community with our top five picks at MELT 2017
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Glamour, glitter and grit – celebrate the queer community with our top five picks at MELT 2017

The year is 2017 and while we may have a jerk of a human Cheeto leading the free world, some things are looking up. There is change in the air, and Brisbane is helping to lead the charge. Coming into its third year, MELT is a festival that celebrates all that is wonderful about queer culture. Although there is still a ways to go in the fight for equality and acceptance, MELT is all about taking these struggles, throwing some glitter on them and using them as a vehicle for moving forward. From heartfelt talks to eye-popping art and musical theatre, we’ve picked the top five things to check out when MELT returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse from January 25 to February 5. more

Music
Enjoy the icons and discover new favourites at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
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Enjoy the icons and discover new favourites at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

In an age where it seems like music festivals are dying out, it takes a special recipe to stay afloat. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has hit the nail on the head, returning to our city for its tenth year as a purveyor of boundary-pushing talent. Combining live tunes, indie markets and a distinct vibe, Laneway has the star power of a festival with the soul of a basement show. Rolling into the Brisbane Showgrounds on Thursday January 26, Laneway proves once again that sometimes doing things differently is what pays off in the long run. more

Food
Sink your teeth into homegrown tastes and talent at Great Australian Bites
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Sink your teeth into homegrown tastes and talent at Great Australian Bites

Here in the great southern land, we have a lot to be thankful for. The weather is primo (heatwaves notwithstanding), the scenery is sublime, the food is fresh and we have some very talented entertainers in our midst. Bringing together all of these elements is Great Australian Bites, a three-day celebration over the January 26–28 Australia Day long weekend showcasing the best that Brisbane has to offer. more

Exhibitions
From iconic bands to dancing horses, GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival brings the party
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From iconic bands to dancing horses, GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival brings the party

A certain special Brisbane icon has recently ticked over into the double digits – the Gallery of Modern Art has been making our fair city exponentially cooler for a decade now, and this particular birthday is the gift that keeps on giving. Adding to the already impressive list of things the gallery has done to celebrate, the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be taking over GOMA from January 18–22 in an explosion of colour, education and entertainment. more

Music
Prepare to push the limits at An Evening With Amanda Palmer
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Prepare to push the limits at An Evening With Amanda Palmer

There are certain names in the entertainment industry that will always have an element of pure curiosity attached to them – one such figure is Amanda Palmer. The controversial multidisciplinary performer has made a name for herself through a warts-and-all approach to her shows, blending punk rock and cabaret together to create a unique sound delivered with tremendous heart. On Friday February 3 and Saturday February 4, the Brisbane Powerhouse invites you to spend An Evening With Amanda Palmer – expect the unexpected. more