What's on this week | 18 - 24 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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ARIA-nominated Australian musician Mojo Juju provides an intimate look at the stories behind the songs from her third album Native Tongue. Contemplating her mother’s Indigenous heritage, her father’s experience as a Filipino immigrant and her own place in the cultural landscape of modern Australia, Native Tongue blends Soul, RnB, Blues and Hip Hop in a show about self-discovery, revealing the true stories that inspired the songs from her latest release.
Film in the hands of a great filmmaker has the power to change lives; the power to bridge cultural divides; the courage to explore and tell our stories; to inform and entertain; to deliver better understanding into hearts and minds. Films which clearly demonstrate a rich slate of diversity – each telling its own story, in its own way, from its country of origin. From the glamorous and multicultural red carpet, to the sophisticated ceremony every year, APSA holds a night of celebration to acclaim Asia Pacific filmmaking.
Bringing a lineup of hilarious scenarios for our stars to experience and audiences to witness in a 70 minute hypnosis extravaganza. Gone are the days of spilling secrets on stage, chicken dancing and people waking up naked. This show focuses on the power of the subjects minds and does away with those old stereotypes of hypnotism you see in Hollywood.
A master of falsetto and stiletto with a phenomenal vocal range spanning over four octaves, this daring deviant marries savage wit, outrageous innuendo and what Express Magazine called “a voice to die for” to drag you screaming with laughter into a world of pleasure, amusement and challenge.
Encounter the exotic and soulful vibe of Tel Aviv with a special six course menu designed by Executive Chef Roy Ner and head chef Dario Manca. Market-fresh local ingredients; a blend of heritage and experience combined with carefully matched glasses of vintage champagne from some of the world’s finest champagne houses.
Full of bare-footed action, danger and their trademark low-fi special effects, this new comedy from the team that brought you Speed: The Movie, The Play and Titanic: The Movie, The Play will have you screaming "yippee-ki-yay".
Vanguard Burlesque | Thursday 21 - Saturday 23 November
Brisbane’s premiere burlesque and variety event, Vanguard Burlesque, returns to Wonderland Festival following multiple sold out seasons with a bevy of internationally recognised performers. Prepare for a night of quirky offbeat glamour and seduction.
The first Domain Test of the Summer returns to The Gabba. Get your family and friends together, head to the Gabba, and soak up the atmosphere.
Meeanjin Markets | Friday 22 - Saturday 23 November
Meeanjin Markets is Brisbane’s largest Indigenous markets and cultural festival. From products to nourish your body and soul using native ingredients, to jewellery, art, fashion and homewares. There are free activities to learn more about ancient customs and traditions through language and stories, or relax on the lawn listening to local and national performers.
Discover a world of bubbles, culinary and wine delights across the entire ground floor of the Treasury Hotel. Sip back and relax as we take you on an indulgent three-hour journey of cheese sampling and wine tasting with a host of live entertainment.
Wonderland Festival kicks off with a 1960s dance party and everyone is invited. Keeping the music pumping will be a live jazz ensemble and the feet thumping will be Brisbane Powerhouse’s favourite swing collective, Swing On In. Grab your dancing shoes and help them kick off Wonderland Festival with the ultimate swing party.
GenreCon 2019 | Friday 22 - Sunday 24 November
GenreCon 2019 is destined to be the best yet, featuring a smorgasbord of leading names in Australian and international genre fiction. Enjoy a spectacular line up of panels, workshops and special events, where you can join over 200 writers, editors, agents and publishers for three days of celebrating genre.
Fire Walk With Us is a live re-imagining of songs and music from the iconic Twin Peaks television series and the prequel film, Fire Walk With Me. Composed by Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch, the music is a masterclass in minimalist synthpop atmospheres, haunting vocals, occasionally off-kilter jazz stylings and sinister soundscapes.
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.
A collection of blatant and honest paintings, Moss describes his work as colourful, meaningful, philosophical, funny, serious, pretty, ugly and BIG. Growing up with split parents, one whom was very religious and the other who had found their livelihood managing a brothel, Moss brings a kaleidoscope of opinions and influences to his eye catching and controversial images.
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.
Over 125 Queensland languages were once spoken, now around 50 of these remain spoken daily. Join the journey of six Queensland communities saving their traditional languages. Rediscover Queensland languages lost and reawakened by the strength of culture, identity and connection to Country.
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 Karrie Hayward, Pauline Maudy & Friends, Eddie Gazani's Gypsy Adventures, The Van Dijk 4, Monique Clare, Trois Enfants Terribles, Camaron De La Vega, Gypsy Cats, Avalon Swing and The Swing Kings.
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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