What's on this week | 16 - 22 September
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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Bedtime Stories | Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September
Think of the fantastical tales your parents used to read to you in bed when you were a child, and then imagine them coming to life in a secret location. Laugh, squirm and dream along as Bedtime Stories catapults towards its unexpected ending, keeping you on edge from scene to scene.
Cal says a gifted underachiever is “just a beautiful way of saying your average”. This hilarious show looks at all the things in life that she still hasn’t quite nailed. Come along for the comical ride as Cal explores important questions like does anyone eat brussel sprouts by choice? Has she done enough with her life? And does she have imposter syndrome or is she just faking it? Cal has questions about everything and through these musings, she uncovers some fun and unexpected observations.
River of Light | Until Saturday 28 September
This art-meets-technology water fountain, light-and-laser spectacle will illuminate the night and our river.Following the phenomenal success of the 2018 telling of a Dreamtime creation story of the river – seen by almost 500,000 people – this new local story will again be told by Yuggera and Toorbal man Shannon Ruska working with Oracle Liquid.
Hilarious, surprising and completely on point, Anne Edmonds is the rockstar of Australian comedy and everybody knows it. Her punchlines don’t just sting, they poison. Make sure you check out her surprising, on point show, which will have you cackling out loud days later.
Bruno Major | Wednesday 19 September
With super chilled out vocals, Bruno’s blissful, soulful music is made up of R&B and alternative sounds with some killer storytelling lyrics. Don’t miss his debut Australian tour hot on the heel of his first album ‘A Song For Every Moon’ and his sold-out North American tour and UK arena tour with Sam Smith. Amassing over 250 million streams online, don’t miss the chance to see him live in Brisbane.
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Everybody is talking about Muriel! Experience one of the most loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical.
A gripping, darkly funny drama by Steven Oliver (Black Comedy, Black Queen Black King) about a spiritual force and a family's need to connect with it. With a stellar Indigenous cast, it deep-dives into contemporary family politics and the connection between culture, grief and our humanity.
Get ready to submerge yourself in this burlesque extravaganza where Parisian glitz and glamour continue to create a party of Gatsby-esque proportions. Vintage French flair, risqué humour, spectacular aerials, comedy and big dance numbers will astonish and delight with opulent, cheeky, edge-of-your-seat theatre.
As the sun goes down, the pavement along King Street will light up with new artwork created by Ngugi woman Elisa Jane Carmichael, inspired by the poetry of Aboriginal writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal. It explores dusk and the element of fire as well as her own cultural identity and heritage.
Communal Table | Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 September
Arrive as strangers and leave as friends. Join eight extraordinary performers and 88 guests over a three-course meal in an evening for the adventurous and the curious.
Fangirls | Until 5 October
The new musical comedy about a poorly understood force of nature. This world premiere by gifted young comedian, singer and playwright Yve Blake is stacked with insanely catchy numbers that will take you straight back to your first crush and make you feel ALL THE FEELS.
Beer InCider is a tasting festival that brings together over 50 independent breweries and cideries, some of Australia's best Aussie bands and good food to the Brisbane Showgrounds each September. It's a deliciously rocking event. They’ve even got a wine and cocktail bar, ping pong arena, handball courts and Brewer’s Stage. ‘Cos really, what’s better than enjoying a great band with a craft beer in your hand?
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where teams of creative people transform on-street car parking spots into temporary public parks and other spaces for people to enjoy for the day. From interactive art spaces and green sanctuaries to live performances and free workshops, this is a unique opportunity to see parking spaces from a different angle and liven up our city's streets.
From West End leading man to time-travelling hero, John is the epitome of entertainment. With boundless energy and an incredible voice to match, John’s charismatic stage presence will leave you breathless, with a smile as big as John’s on your face.
Many people have a favourite piece of orchestral music, even if they don’t think of themselves as classical music fans. Maybe they only know one piece, but it’s music that occupies a special place. They’ll select five or six pieces and the stories that go with them. On the night, these members of the public will be their special guests. They’ll invite them onto the stage to tell their stories, then they’ll be given a special place onstage near where the conductor normally stands, while the full force of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays their favourite music.
Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova queen, Lisa Ono, is bringing her warm smile and beautiful music back to Brisbane again. Lisa will bring more everyone loved classic pieces, as “La Vie En Rose”, “Take Me Home Country Roads”, “Jambalaya”, “Catupiry” and “Quizas Quizas Quizas”, with her special multicultural life experience and touching voice.
What better way to unwind before the working week than with a jazz session in the intimacy of The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent? Featuring a superb line-up of Brisbane’s finest jazz singers and musicians, this event is one for all the cool cats ready to chill out.
Oz Comic-Con | Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 September
Oz Comic-Con is Australia's ultimate celebration of all things pop culture featuring appearances from film and television stars, comic writers and illustrators, voice actors, gaming tournaments and freeplay opportunities, activations from film studios and partners, industry panels and workshops, and exclusive merchandise that can't be found anywhere else.
Fire up the group chat, warm up those wrist muscles, and don your sweatband - ping pong is bouncing into West Village. Five ping pong tables across the weekend, ready for you to show off your mad table tennis skills.
Welcome to the Moreton Bay Region, a hidden gem of flavour on your doorstep. Come with them on a month-long culinary journey of local produce, masterclasses, events and more.
Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight at the Queensland Museum, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
Nothing compares to the sweet, juicy bite of your first mango of the season and now you can get in early with the Brisbane Night Market Mango Festival in Rocklea. It will feature all things mango, including mango-inspired street food and drinks, mango games, and a mango eating competition.
Quilty | Until 13 October 2019
‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
"A Generous Life" examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. A charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades was also a muse for artists from William Dobell to Jeffrey Smart.
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.
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 Lachlan Flanagan, Philip John, Laura Mulcahy, Nikolaine Martin, Bone Rivers and Solar.
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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