What's on this week | 11 - 17 November
Brisbane's calendar is jam-packed with activities, music, eating, theatre and sport. Get the diary out and start planning your week.
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Bespoke | Monday - Saturday 16 November
Queensland Ballet joins forces with leading creative talents including Lucy Guerin, Amy Hollingsworth and Loughlan Prior to produce a series of new contemporary works that reimagine dance. Bespoke creates a multi-sensory experience, bringing together a collaborative space for artists who share a vision to co-create, to disrupt the norm and to embrace the interlacing of technology and dance.
Australia’s most popular science writer and national treasure Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AM is coming to State Library. Dr Karl has sold more than 1.2 million books in Australia. In Dr Karl’s Random Road Trip Through Science, the living legend continues his admirable if ambitious 30 plus year mission to track down all the awesome stories in and of the universe.
Matrix | Wednesday 13 - Saturday 16 November
Using social, political and cultural matrixes as their inspiration, this performance will feature brand-new works by two of Australasia’s leading female choreographers: the highly acclaimed Chinese choreographer MA Bo, and multi award winning Australian choreographer Stephanie Lake. Don’t miss this meeting of cross-cultural creative philosophies, side-by-side in this ambitious, thought-provoking and visually arresting performance.
Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their critically acclaimed comedy tour Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t for the first time to Australian audiences. The jokes come at you at a rapid-fire pace with little set-up and big punch lines as they mock Hollywood and the fickle nature of celebrity, but the comedy truly soars when they lovingly (and relentlessly) roast each other.
Gomez | Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 November
Bursting out of Southport, England in 1996 as a bunch of 20-something self proclaimed music 'nerds', Gomez achieved unprecedented success with their first release 'Bring It On'. After winning the 1998 Mercury Music Prize over Massive Attack and The Verve, and playing two sets at Glastonbury after a fortuitous main stage slot opened up last minute, the band were perfectly positioned to release their now definitive second album 'Liquid Skin'.
Can you sing the lyrics to ‘Truly Madly Deeply’? Could you pick Keith Urban out of a line-up? Use all of the weird, wonderful and utterly useless knowledge in your back-pocket to win prizes and take part in the quirky mayhem of Bris Must Be The Place - Brisbane Music Trivia Night.
The Queensland Government’s first Renewable Energy Pop-up will showcase the latest in renewable energy products, services and technology that are right for you at home, at work and for travel. Come along to this free event and get the latest information and displays on solar and battery technologies as well as electric vehicles, bikes, scooters and chargers.
Enter the raucous, radical then at times sweetly heartwarming world of Queerstories and be moved by an unexpected tale or two from some of Australia’s finest LGBTQI+ storytellers.
An epic choral oratorio which hasn't been performed in Brisbane for over 20 years. Canticum Chamber Choir presents this remarkable work in collaboration with Brisbane Chorale and Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, along with a fantastic cast of South-East Qld soloists and acclaimed conductor Graham Abbott. This is a spectacular classical music treat, not to be missed!
BrisStyle will bring our online sellers virtual stores to life, giving Brisbane handmade lovers a chance to 'shop local' with their favourite makers whilst sipping the best wine from City Winery - the only urban winery in Brisbane.
A great city has been torn apart by a civil war between two brothers. In the aftermath, both lie dead – one hailed as a hero and lying in state, the other condemned as a traitor and dumped in a carrion pile. In this lyrical adaptation of Sophocles’ timeless tragedy, award-winning Brisbane playwright Merlynn Tong adds an urgent modern twist.
Chicago | Until 6 December
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all the jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. Don't miss CHICAGO coming to the QPAC this November and starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron "Mama" Morton.
The Medibank Feel Good Program is a series of free fitness classes held at South Bank Parklands. Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels.
Recharge this Spring with the Medibank Feel Good Program in Brisbane City, a series of free, outdoor exercise classes held at Queens Gardens from 2 October to 28 November 2019. Bookings are not required, and there’s classes to suit all fitness levels. Classes are held at Queen Gardens between George, Elizabeth and William Streets.
From 12 August to 1 December 2019, experience the Women's Work exhibition curated by Brisbane Art Matriachs!, a collective of up-and-coming female arts leaders working towards bridging the gap for women exhibiting in public spaces. Women's Work celebrates the empowering artforms and originality of female creatives through a series of outdoor installations, guided tours and talks. This exhibition is grounded in the belief that the work of all women, within the realm of the domestic and beyond, is invaluable. Find out more about street art in Brisbane here.
Jon Molvig (1923-70) spent the greater part of his productive life in Brisbane where he dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Outspoken and rebellious, Molvig was also a charismatic teacher whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists. This survey acknowledges his contribution to the local art community, features his early, vibrant works drawing on European influences and brings his stylistic eclecticism to the fore.
New Woman | Until 15 March 2020
Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane's female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography.
High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.
Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like Ricardo Bona, Mandi & CO, Charlie Shay, Nikolaine Martin, Julia Rose, Gypsy Rumble, Lionheir, Reverie, Anna & Jordan and O' Little Sister.
Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.
Shake up your end of the week plans with Big Fork Fridays—your fresh comedy hit every Friday night in Paddington. It’s comedy like you’ve never seen before as Big Fork Theatre’s crack team of comedians and improvisers guarantee a brand new night of comedy every Friday night at 7.30pm, direct from the old Paddington Substation.
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