2NUR-FM’s Arts News
24th, 25th and 26th May, 2019
Theatre – The Micro Theatre Festival
Annual festival of short plays performed in three intimate spaces, with the stage encompassing the venue. Four plays will be performed at each venue on each night.
Theatre – Suddenly, Last Summer
Tennessee Williams’ classic drama, performed by the teenage members of the Lindsay Street Players, about a traumatised young socialite committed to an asylum after witnessing her cousin’s death.
Theatre – Goori Dooki
The premiere of a new work, by Hunter writers Ray Kelly and Brian Joyce, about a Goori Dooki bird helping an elderly indigenous man and his grandson rediscover lost memories, songs and language. Each performance will be followed by a short language workshop suitable for all ages.
Concert – Leaving Jackson
Country performers Jeff Carter and Brooke McMullen pay tribute to the music and careers of Johnny Cash and June Carter. IncludesRing of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Walk the Line andA Boy Named Sue.
Concert – Original Sin: The INXS Show
A tribute performance to the classic hits of the Aussie rock band, including Don’t Change, Kiss the Dirt, I Send a Message andJust Keep Walking.
Concert – Guitar and Strings
One of Australia’s finest guitarists, Bruce Mathiske, plays two of his Suites For Guitar and Strings; and the Christ Church Camerata chamber group plays Vivaldi’s Concerto For Four Violins and Ludovico Einaudi’s I Giorni.
Concert – Canned Heat
The original members of the American country-blues quartet celebrate four decades with their classic hits, including Going Up the Countryand On the Road Again.
Concert – John Williamson
Aussie performer John Williamson with original compositions from his 52ndalbum, Butcherbird,as well as several of his popular classics.
Cinema – The Chaperone(PG)
A comedy/drama, set in the 1920s, about a Kansas woman whose life is changed dramatically when she chaperones a talented teenage dancer on a trip to New York. Stars Elizabeth McGovern and Hayley Lu Richardson.
Cinema – 2040(G)
Australian actor/writer/director Damon Gameau blends dramatized sequences with documentary to explore how the future could look by 2040.
Cinema – The International Science Film Festival(G)
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest science-based film festival, SCINEMA, comprising documentaries from global film-makers. Includes questionable dietary supplements, the quirky world of slime, and an experiment by marine scientists involving swimming among 700 starving sharks.
Event – The Caravan and Camping Show
More than 300 exhibitors, a 4WD demo track, camp-oven cooking, a fishing show, a reptile awareness show, and (on Saturday and Sunday) a freestyle bike show.
Event – The Newcastle Comedy Festival
Inaugural event performed at five CBD venues and featuring local, national and international comedians.
Event – The Spiegeltent: Deluxe Deluxe
A cabaret extravaganza performed in a glamorous travelling tent and featuring international circus and nightclub acts. Includes individual performances from drag-queen Carlotta, indigenous dance troupe Djuki Mala, and comedians Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson and Joel Creasey.
Event – Friday Bar Eats-n-Beats
A weekly food-and-music event with market stalls, international cuisine served from food trucks, local musicians and a free kids’ zone.
Event – The Write Here! Festival
An inaugural event featuring creative-writing workshops, information stalls, talks by more than a dozen experienced authors, and tips on creating picture-books and how to get work published.
Event – Belmont North Markets
Arts and crafts, plants and vegetables, clothing and baby products, oil paintings, free children’s games, Devonshire teas and a sausage sizzle.
Event – 50 Shades of Green
An end-of-financial-year warehouse sale of 2500 plants, including succulents, cacti and indoor, shade and hanging plants, plus a sale of ceramics.
Event – Bird Sale
Hosted by the Hunter Valley Agricultural Society, with more than 2000 birds of all types, colours and sizes for sale.
Event – Family Fun Day
Variety’s annual event which includes live entertainment, rides, a petting zoo, food stalls and kids’ activities.
Event – Belmont Beers, Blues and BBQ
Hunter craft brewers and food vendors, live music and a global barbecue cuisine. Tickets include two beer tastings, two food tastings and a reusable souvenir cup.
Event – The Newcastle Colour Frenzy
Join a fun and colourful 1km-5km run or walk (self-paced and untimed).
Event – Autumn Fair
Market stalls, plants, arts and crafts, food and antiques.
Event – The Newcastle Racecourse Market
Fresh produce, gourmet food, and arts and crafts from local artisans.
Event – The Nordsy Fair
Includes stalls, food, rides, live music and local produce.
Event – The Medowie Car Show
Charity car and bike display, plus raffles, stalls, amusements and live entertainment.
Event – Raid My Wardrobe
More than 50 stalls of quality, pre-loved women’s fashion, including clothing, jewellery, handbags and accessories.
Event – Open Day: Sandgate Cemetery
Includes cemetery walks and talks, a display of vintage hearses, harp playing, art and flower shows, presentations on the history of grave-digging, and performances by The Marching Koalas.
Event – Quilters’ Bus Trip
All welcome to join a bus trip, hosted by the Shamrock Quilting and Sewing Group, to visit craft shops in Raymond Terrace, Stroud, Taree and Tea Gardens.
Exhibition – A Thread of Colour
A display from seven women of items which have been knitted, quilted, crocheted, wood-turned and spun.
Exhibition – Under Twenty-Seven
Detailed black and white portraits by Dr Ella Dreyfus of her son and his soccer team which track the boys’ growth with a new portrait every seven years.
Exhibition – International Salon of Photography
Seventy award-winning international photos in the salon categories of Colour, Monochrome and Nature.
Exhibition – Solomon Island Dreaming
Rose McAlister’s homage to the people, beauty and landscapes of the Solomons.
Exhibition – Cats and Dogs: All At Sea
Historic images by Sydney photographer/photojournalist Sam Hood, who recorded vessels which passed through Sydney Harbour, as well as the lives of their crew members and their seafaring pets.
Exhibition – Underworld
More than 130 candid mugshots of Australian criminals taken by New South Wales police during the 1920s.
Exhibition – Flora of the Hunter Region
Marks the launch of a new book describing 54 endemic trees and large shrubs, with botanical illustrations produced by Newcastle University’s Natural History graduates.
Exhibition – Old Worlds, New Beginnings
Marks the 70thanniversary of Greta Migrant Camp, which catered for 600 refugees displaced by World War Two. Highlights the social, economic and cultural contribution these people, and many subsequent migrants, made to the Maitland region.
Exhibition – Streets of Our Town
A selection of artistic subdivision plans of the Hunter from the 1880s to the 1950s.
Exhibition – Ten Years of Newcastle Productions
The recognisable drawings, prints, zines and murals of artist Trevor Dickinson, who celebrates 10 years of capturing familiar Newcastle locations.
Exhibition – Cubbyhouse
Alysha Fewster’s tribute to the building of a cubbyhouse in the bush as a means of interacting and bonding with the ecosystem.
Exhibition – The Nature of Abstraction
A survey of the work of the past four decades of abstract painter Virginia Cuppaidge.
Exhibition – Charles Blackman
A tribute to the late Australian artist Charles Blackman and featuring his early drawings and quick studies, which highlight his personal and artistic lives.
Exhibition – Cutler Footway: My North
The expansive landscapes and colourful still-life studies of Queensland by former art critic and broadcaster Bruce James, who, in 2003, left Sydney and returned to his northern hometown of Ayr and became the painter Cutler Footway.