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

Music
Take a sonic summer holiday with Nouvelle Vague at So Frenchy So Chic
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Take a sonic summer holiday with Nouvelle Vague at So Frenchy So Chic

There’s something so quintessentially dreamy about France – from wine and cheese to twinkling lights, the whole culture is wrapped in style and sophistication. It’s no wonder that Nouvelle Vague is one of the country’s most popular musical exports – the hypnotic sounds and offbeat covers of the group have stolen the hearts of many. The group’s appearance at the Brisbane Powerhouse’s So Frenchy So Chic concert series is happening on Friday January 20 to bring tunes that will make you swoon. more

Theatre
Ramp up the camp and cabaret at Liza’s Back! (is Broken)
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Ramp up the camp and cabaret at Liza’s Back! (is Broken)

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that gender bending is pure entertainment – anyone’s who’s watched RuPaul’s Drag Race can attest to this. Seasoned cabaret queen and Australian drag royalty Trevor Ashley has been using this art form to make people laugh for decades now, so you know he’s got the formula for a winning show locked down. His latest creation Liza’s Back! (is Broken) comes to QPAC from January 17–22 to pay homage to the showbiz greats – sequins mandatory. more

Music
Experience music, magic and community spirit at the Woodford Folk Festival
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Experience music, magic and community spirit at the Woodford Folk Festival

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If the answer isn’t Woodford Folk Festival, you may be in for some serious FOMO – from amazing international live music to watching the sunrise with more than 25,000 peaceful punters, it’s a sensory experience many find near impossible to describe. The iconic event once again takes up residence at its physical and spiritual home of Woodfordia from Tuesday December 27 until New Year’s Day, heralding the arrival of 2017 in its own inimitable style. more

Sport
Swing into summer in fine form at the Brisbane International
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Swing into summer in fine form at the Brisbane International

There are certain things that personify a Queensland summer – fresh mangoes, ice-cold beer and of course, a cheeky spot of tennis. The Brisbane International returns to the Queensland Tennis Centre from January 1–8 in 2017 to thrill audiences with a host of international talent and off-court entertainment, making for a perfect start to the New Year. more

Markets
Be your own Santa at Brisbane’s best Christmas markets
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Be your own Santa at Brisbane’s best Christmas markets

Oh boy, would you look at the time? It seems that true to form, Christmas has crept up on us like a warm kitten (and left a similar trail of adorable chaos in its wake). As much as trudging to the local mall to get all of your presents in one hit is a tempting prospect, one of the coolest gifting options is to support local and handmade businesses. Whether you’re having a bit of a panic attack in regards to your lack of organisational skills or just want to check out some festive fun, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas markets between now and when the Man in Red visits. more

Kids
Settle in for family-friendly holiday fun with SummerSet
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Settle in for family-friendly holiday fun with SummerSet

As much as they are a blessing, school holidays can also be a serious challenge. The first couple of weeks roll by and it feels like there aren’t enough movies, museums or parks in the world to keep your kids entertained. That being said, why not try something different this year? QPAC’s SummerSet series is running through to late January 2017 to answer all of your kid-friendly amusement prayers – and don’t fret for your sanity, because these are the sorts of shows that even adults can enjoy (no disrespect to Peppa Pig). more

Markets
Lick limited-edition Gelato Messina and shop local at Christmas on Cribb
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Lick limited-edition Gelato Messina and shop local at Christmas on Cribb

Alright, people. It’s time to stop messing around and acknowledge that the festive season has well and truly dawned on us for another year. Whether you fall on the total Grinch or Buddy the elf side of the Christmas cheer spectrum, Christmas on Cribb is one special event you won’t want to miss. The two-night market is happening in Milton on December 15–16 and bringing with it exclusive eats, unbeatable value and gifts you definitely won’t find in a shopping centre. more