With preparations well under way for the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, organisers have announced the appointment of Courtney Act – the nom de plume of gender illusionist Shane Jenek – as the inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ambassador.
The announcement also comes as Mardi Gras release the full trailer for the Mardi Gras Party which sees our newly crowned ambassador making sure all are ready for the party of the year. Donning their frocks, giving their hair that extra “oomph”, making sure their tan lines are in order and that no sequin is out of place, the video is sure to wet the lips of anticipation.
The honorary title has been bestowed on Shane (and Courtney) by the Board of SGLMG in recognition of his ongoing commitment and support to SGLMG and its values and purpose: To inspire the world to love each other through the power and beauty of diversity.
The Ambassadorship is intended to provide a positive role model for LGBTQI young people, to inspire them to strive to achieve their goals whilst remaining true to, and proud of, their identity and individuality.
Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said “we’re so excited to announce that Shane will be our first Mardi Gras Ambassador, helping us to communicate our message of infinite love around the globe. Shane is a powerful role model for young LGBTQI people, a shining example of what can be achieved by staying true to yourself and being proud of your individuality.”
Courtney is no stranger to the Mardi Gras, and will be bringing her hit cabaret show Boys Like Me to Sydney Theatre on Tuesday 25th February, direct from sold out seasons in NYC and Los Angeles. Her successes overseas have also catapulted her onto the small screen, recently being announced as one of the competitors in Ru Paul’s Drag Race – Season 6 – set to air in February of next year.
On becoming Mardi Gras first official Ambassador Janek said, “Sydney during Mardi Gras is my favourite place and time on the planet. To be announced as the official ambassador is really exciting. Living overseas the past few years has ignited my patriotism and where ever I go my accent reveals my homeland. It always sparks conversations about what a magical country Australia is and about of one of the greatest GLBT Pride festivals in the world, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.”
“I tell everyone, the best way to see the Mardi Gras Parade is in it! So book your flight, book your accommodation and get on social media to find a float you can be on at this Mardi Gras.” Shane says
As a Mardi Gras ambassador, Shane will represent SGLMG at LGBTQI community and civic events such as Pride festivals around the world, as well as feature in an international promotional campaign for Sydney’s world renowned Mardi Gras festival.
For more information about Mardi Gras’ jam-packed calendar of summer events, head to http://www.mardigras.org.au
Rekorderlig Cider returns as the official cider sponsor for iconic Sydney Festival in 2014, creating a beautiful themed outdoor bar to feature at Festival Village, the new day-to-night highlight of Sydney Festival.
The Rekorderlig Bar will feature a striking, wooden deck with Rekorderlig bean bags and comfortable deck chairs for festival goers to relax as well as long wooden share tables to get together with friends and enjoy the range of Rekorderlig flavours on offer. Open from 4:30pm, the Rekorderlig bar will offer jugs of your favourite cider flavour to share in its perfect serve, including fresh garnishes and tasty fruit additions.
Located adjacent to the Rekorderlig Bar, the Rekorderlig Gazebo will be the ultimate weekend music and party destination. The unique location will showcase exciting Sydney DJ’s throughout the duration of the festival. You can find the DJ line-up here – http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Free/Rekorderlig-Gazebo/
The annual Sydney Festival event kicks off 2014 with a bold cultural celebration of music, quality art and performances. This exciting, cultural, summer celebration in Sydney, Hyde Park, will occur from 9thJanuary – 27th January 2014.
* Rekorderlig Cider at Festival Village will be located at Hyde Park North, entry near the Archibald Fountain.
In addition aaward-winning Swedish Cider, Rekorderlig, has launched their first brand film in cinemas nationwide including the St George Open Air Cinema this January 2014.
The Rekorderlig Cider brand film features the four Beautifully Swedish Collective members, following the ambassadors doing daily activities that are unique to each of them. These individuals are rising stars in trendsetting and unique in their field, representing inspiring aspects of the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle. The film highlights each Collective member including; stylist and fashion blogger Caroline Blomst on a fashion shoot among the spring blossom, professional snowboarder and thrill seeker Chris Sörmancarving down snow-capped mountains, professional kite surfer Erika Lindberg riding the waves and talented artist and lifestyle photographer Agnes Thor capturing an Autumn moment.
The brand film captures the fun-loving spirit of the Swedish people and the Rekorderlig Cider brand, shot in various locations across Sweden and Barbados. From kite surfing in the sunshine to snowboarding high in the Swedish mountains, the film highlights the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle worldwide and Rekorderlig’s versatility throughout the seasons.
Directed by: Adam Alexandroni, The Apartment A
Soundtrack: Sweetness Alive by Goldroom feat. Say Lou Lou
We’re very excited about some of the acts that are coming up at The Star!!! Read on to find out more info:
The Star Event Centre is fast becoming the ‘must play’ venue for both local and international acts visiting Sydney, as stars line up to perform at the $100 million state-of-the-art venue. From international singers, such as Alicia Keys and Ricky Martin, to Chinese superstars and local entertainers including Cosentino and Trevor Ashley, there’s something on offer for everyone.
Ricky Martin – 14th October
Sydneysiders will have the chance to see The Voice judge, Ricky Martin, perform for the first time in ten years! He’ll be shaking those famous hips to his smash hits including Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs, as well as performing some of his newest material in an intimate live performance.
Tickets from $119 – $229 via Ticketek.
Gym Class Heroes – 23rd October
New York hip-hop outfit, Gym Class Heroes, will take to the stage for an exclusive live performance at The Star. The band behind the hit single, Cupid’s Chokehold, shot to fame in 2005 with their album, The Papercut Chronicles, offering a unique blend of hip-hop, rap, funk and reggae. Since then they have collaborated with some of the industry’s best, including Darryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Estelle, Busta Rhymes and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.
Tickets $61.50 via Ticketek.
Australian Independent Music Awards – 7th November
Australia’s powerhouse of musicians come together to celebrate their talents at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards. On arrival, guests will enjoy the Deck Pre-Show from the Event Centre rooftop overlooking Sydney, with exclusive live performances. The main show will feature a number of performances and 22 genre awards. Tickets from $50 – $150 via Ticketek.
Trevor Ashley’s Star Struck – 8th November
Back by popular demand, luck will be a lady once again when Trevor Ashley returns in true style to Sydney’s most fabulous and exciting new venue. Fresh from his hit run on London’s West End, Trevor will transform into some of the world’s greatest loved divas in a show featuring new and old hits. Expect the high energy of Tina Turner, the madness of Bette Midler, the elegance of Shirley Bassey and the anthems of Cher – all channelled with the inimitable Ashley spin.
Tickets from $82.50 – $132.50 via Ticketek.
Olly Murs – 9th November
British pop star, Olly Murs, hits Australian shores this November for his first official tour. Performing with his full band, Murs will be playing hits such as Troublemaker, Army of Two and Dear Darlin’. Murs’ third album, Right Place, Right Time, saw first single, Troublemaker feat. Flo Rida, reached the Top 5 on the ARIA charts, was a #1 Airplay hit, and is now certified triple platinum
Tickets from $76.46 – $202.88 via Ticketek.
One Republic – 12th November
American Pop Rock Band, One Republic, led by recent The Voice Australia mentor and high profile hit maker, Ryan Tedder, will perform a single show at The Star Event Centre, rocking a swag of songs from their hugely successful three album repertoire, including Apologize, Native, Counting Stars and current chart topper, Something I Need. Tickets $99.90 via Ticketek.
Jessica Mauboy – 15th November
Jessica Mauboy is hitting the road with her national To the End of the Earth tour which will see her visit all major metro and many regional centres across the country. She will be performing her biggest hits including songs from The Sapphires, as well as unveiling brand new songs from her forthcoming album, including current hit single, To the End of the Earth.
Tickets from $89 – $199 via Ticketek.
Cosentino – 16th & 17th November
Australia’s own world-renowned, award-winning Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, will take his spectacular The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness Tour on the road to audiences this October and November. Fans can expect to witness Cosentino’s uniquely original and innovative performances brought to life, packed with mind-blowing illusions and death defying stunts.
Tickets from $79.90 – $279.60 via Ticketek.
Alicia Keys – 17th December
Alicia’s intimate performance at The Star Event Centre is part of her Set the World on Fire Australian tour. She will be performing hits from her fifth studio album, ‘Girl on Fire’ along with songs from her other albumns including Songs in A Minor and The Element of Freedom. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and more than 30 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Tickets from $139 – $239 via Ticketek.
More details have been unveiled about the unique experiences that await you at The Rocks Village Bizarre, taking place over eight Friday nights from 1 November to 20 December.
Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Rocks Village Bizarre will see The Rocks and its enchanting laneways transformed into a world of mystery, market stalls and wandering minstrels with a twist.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Creative Producer, Michael Cohen says to expect the unexpected when you visit the event.
“It’s more than just an event; it’s a weekly adventure into weirdly wonderful – and one that will change each and every Friday. We encourage everyone to make repeat visits after work to ensure they get to experience all that The Rocks Village Bizarre has to offer. Areas will be transformed and there will be curious things on offer at every turn. You never know what you’ll find along the way.”
The Rocks Square will be the hub of the festival, taking us on a journey through time with a new theme every week. Witness the transformation from the 1920s and the roaring speakeasy bar the Gin Mill Social, then travel off the planet for Club Bizarre, where all the time zones are warped and the secrets in store all the more tantalising. Or why not travel into the future for Zin Party Mode“, where money is no longer in use and a bartering system will challenge even the most daring of guests to live by a new set of rules, all in party mode
Along the journey around The Rocks, guests will experience everything from love potions to magicians in the edgy but safe Greenway Lane. The Cabinet of Curiousities will be unlike anything you’ve seen before. Move into Kendall Lane and you’ll find the Irascible Dr Mackellar’s, where you can partake in rousing oddments to complete your journey.
Not all performers will be content to remain hidden away amongst the laneways, however, with the streets of The Rocks set to be bursting with roving performers. From the Croon-a-Cart‘s karaoke party-in-a-trolley, made up of DIY computer hardware, to collective entertainers 110% who will march through the rocks with Olympic precision, synchronising their efforts as they inspire endurance and optimism in all of us.
Need someone to talk to? At Cleland Bond, enter the universe of Kino Klinik, operated up by The Mook Gwa Institute. At the Klinik, patients will be invited to undergo a one on one therapy session with the spiritual guides looking to the stars… of Hollywood… for their inspiration. It’s unlikely you’ll leave seeing cinema or yourself in the same light again…
Want to do more than just watch? Register online for the innovative and unique role-playing experience The Rocks Push Game. Set amongst the mysterious spaces of the Rocks, the game is a real-time, interactive adventure where The Rocks Push gangs of the 1880’s and 1890’s are brought to life. Registration details can be found at www.therocks.com
The inaugural Bike Shorts Film Competition will be another way the public can get involved in the Village Bizarre, and are encouraged to submit their works into one of two categories. Entries of fun and quirky 5 minute shorts or15 second instagram clips can be submitted until 5pm, Monday 25 November.
Finalist films will be screened at Magnificent Revolution’s bicycle-powered cinema on Friday 6 December. Prizes include $1,000 cash, GoPro cameras, overnight local accommodation and mentorships with Firelight Productions. Visit www.therocks.com for all competition details.
You never know what to expect at The Rocks Village Bizarre. Every nook, cranny and laneway of the area will reveal new surprises, innovative adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences. Your very own playground of markets and mystery is waiting for you…
So curious folk, get ready to end your working week in the mysterious world of The Rocks Village Bizarre – every Friday night from 1 November to 20 December.
The Rocks Village Bizarre is curated and presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, proud managers of The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. While preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, the Authority’s team of creatives and resident experts produce large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours to drive visitors into the precinct and support the precinct’s tenants. The Rocks is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and myriad experiences worth savouring.
WHAT: The Rocks Village Bizarre
WHERE: The Rocks
WHEN: Every Friday through November and December
6.30pm – 10pm
INFO and BOOKINGS: therocks.com
Every so often I’ll find myself asking why I run three blogs for no income and work over 75 hours a week… Well it’s times like these that I get such fulfilment and reward for dedciating so much of my time into doing something that I love!
I started Sydney Social 101 in Feb 2012 as a ‘hyper-local’ blog to provide what’s on, behind the scenes, social spy, product/ event/ venue reviews and go-to guides for Sydney.
The blog has since gone from strength to strength and regularly gets over 5,500 UV per month. I’m really excited to say that the hard work has paid off and that Sydney Social 101 has been selected as a finalist in the Pedestrian.TV Blogster awards in the ‘Tech, Media and Design’ category – specifically the ‘media’ section!
It is especially a great achievement for me as I’ve actually been in the UK since Nov last year due to having to have a serious operation, so have been running this blog remotely for the past 10 months! With the help of a team of amazing contributors, I have been able to continue the growth and success of www.sydneysocial101.com
I would be forever grateful if you could please click on this link and click ‘like’ to share on FB and tweet and +1 to get the word out about Sydney Social 101 having the massive honour of being selected.
The name of the game is to get as many ‘likes’ as possible on the site and I’m game for the challenge!
It is so rewarding to see hard work paying off! I have no advertising on any of the blogs, I don’t do sponsored posts and I have a team of volunteers who attend events and movies for me whilst I’m in the UK!
Fingers crossed that Sydney Social 101 makes an impact and gets lots of likes 🙂
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Thanks so much in advance!
Residents of Bondi, Bronte and Paddington have been the first in Australia to experience neighbour-to-neighbour car-sharing through local start-up, Car Next Door.
It’s a concept that’s already running successfully overseas, and which promises benefits
for people’s hip pockets, health, and the environment. Car Owners who join the platform get a small device (nicknamed “Fred”) installed in their car, set an hourly and daily rate for it, and then list their car’s availability on the online booking platform.
What next? “It’s really simple,” says Car Next Door CEO and Bronte local Will Davies. “You just leave your car where it’s normally parked. Borrowers look online for a vehicle near them, and book it. They can swipe in and drive – there’s no need to exchange keys.”
Danni, a Bondi resident and Car Next Door borrower, has ditched the costs of car ownership for the flexibility of pay-by-the-hour car access. “I ride my bicycle everywhere,” says Danni. “I only need to
use a car once every couple of weeks. If I do need a car, I can rent one for an hour or two from a neighbour, and it only costs me five or ten dollars. For me, it makes a lot of sense.”
Sarah, who lives near Bondi Beach, has listed her car for rent through Car Next Door. “I catch the bus to work, so my car used to sit by the kerb most of time doing nothing,” she says. “Renting my car out helps to offset the costs of owning it. I also like the fact that it helps others in the community who don’t own a car, but may need to use one now and then.”
Neighbour-to-neighbour car-sharing is also a winner for health and the environment. Research from the U.S. has found that car-sharers drive on average 40% less than car owners. They tend to walk, ride or use public transport more often, and use cars as a backup. This means more activity for them, and less pollution and congestion for Bondi. “We’re all about saving people money, building community, and helping the environment,” says Davies. “Anyone who lives in Sydney can tell you that there are way too many cars around. We think this is part of the solution.”
1May 2013 Hotel Marlborough, Newtown
The Marly invites you to come play in its garden
Last night, Sydney Social was invited to the VIP opening of Hotel Marlborough’s new Garden Bar in Newtown.
As the name suggests, The Garden Bar is an outdoor courtyard (heated during the chillier months) that has been opened up and transformed, showing off an indoor/outdoor hangout like no other in Newtown. The interior hosts a wild mash of styles, from feminine and romantic, green and organic, to edgy exposed brick and providing a stark contrast to the Marly’s classic exterior.
Fun, fruity cocktails were served alongside tray after tray of backyard classics by new Head Chef, Ernie Priestley. Having previously worked at the Abercrombie Hotel, Norfolk Hotel, Keystone, Merivale and Universal, Ernie has packed the menu with classed-up pub favourite, heaps of vegetarian offerings and old school Aussie classics such as fish fingers and a cheese platter. We highly recommend the fried scallops!
The new refurb plays up the garden theme with lush greenery, a sweet assortment of candy colours and a whimsical love seat. Touches of exposed brick and pops of lipstick are part of the overall re-launch of the Hotel Marlborough. “We have respected the heritage of the venue on the exterior, restoring heritage cream tiles and specially hand blown green tiles – but new venue like the Garden Bar will sit a long way from what the old Marly offered,” said Paddy Coughlin, CEO of the Riversdale Group.
The Iconic establishment has a rich history with more than 150 years of trade. “I love the history of the Marly, and it’s a great looking pub. It lost its way in recent years though so we’re going to give it a fresh new focus, and the timing couldn’t be better. Newtown is undergoing a massive resurgence in terms of pubs and clubs and as biggest and one of the best positioned in the area we’re looking forward to leading the charge for change,” adds Paddy.
The night could not have been more perfect for a night in the new Garden Bar. A full house of media and VIPs and celebs including Roy Billing, Michelle Leslie and Adam Zammit, Sally Singleton, Callan Ward, Jon Giles, Stephen Coniglio, Dom Tyson, Phil Davis, Toby Greene, Stephen Gilham (AFL Players, GWS Giants) partied with Singo, Paddy Coughlan, Ned Kelly, Mark Carnegie and Geoff Dixon in celebrating the re-birth of the Marly.
The Garden Bar at the Hotel Marlborough is open from 12PM – very late seven days for a cheeky backyard bevvie and burger
Hotel Marlborough – 145 King StreetNewtownwww.marlboroughhotel.com.au
I had seen the same trailer for this film a number of times, each time I got more excited to see the final product. I hoped this would be a funny film that reached the same level of comedy as Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin. Did it live up to my hopes??
The film is about two lonely young boys who become best friends over a love of magic. Years later they grow up to become Burt Wonderstone, (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton, (Steve Buscemi).
Their shows become bigger and bigger until they finally have centre stage in the grandest casino in Vegas. All is not well as they two start to drift apart over their repetitive boredom of the same tricks each night and Burt’s big headedness. In the meantime there is a new street magician Steve Gray, (Jim Carey), who is performing daring street magic. Soon the friendship breaks and they need to find a way back to the top.
It is obvious that Burt and Anton are taking off Siegfrid & Roy, while Steve Gray is meant to be Chris Angel. There are other nods to magicians like David Blaine. Carell and Buscemi are a great double act even if they don’t look like a great pairing. Carey is back to the Carey we all know, and some may love, with other the top acting, after all that’s what he is best for. He does steal the show with some outrageous over the top tricks, which I wont spoil. The first one will turn a few stomachs. The main characters are back by Olivia Wilde, Burt & Anton’s assistant (Amazing), and Alain Arkin, Burt’s magician mentor. Both characters add a lot of humour outside of the main three.
A lot of the film is predictive but most are in this genre. It is the constant jokes that you would expect from comedians of this calibre that keep the film going. I’ve noticed with a lot of comedy films recently that the jokes start to slow down about half way through as if they are out of steam, not here!!
If anyone is a fan of Steve Carell or Jim Carey, then this is them at their best and you wont be disappointed. No its not an Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin, but this is definitely a film I would love to see again for an abundance of funny stand out moments. I haven’t heard a cinema audience laugh out loud for so long.
Sydney Social 101 gives The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 8/10. It was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s resident critic!
The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its full program with over 150 amazing shows that will take place throughout Sydney and beyond, making it the biggest festival ever!
“With an overwhelming amount of applications and the addition of new venues including the iconic Harold Park Hotel, the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood, and an innovative new Container space at the Factory Theatre, Festival organisers have taken the plunge and rolled out 50 per cent more shows than ever before,” said festival director Jorge Menidis.
Continuing the expansion to new places, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will visit regional New South Wales and Queensland for the first time ever with a line-up of some of the funniest and freshest acts from the Festival.
Following the first and second announcement of stellar headlining shows, the complete Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 program has now been unveiled and includes both Festival debuts and the return of crowd favourites.
Making his Enmore Theatre debut is the irrepressible David O’Doherty, pitching their tent at the Seymour Centre is the masters of physical comedy the Pajama Men and everyone’s favourite felt-faced raconteur Randy, will complete his first Sydney solo show at The Metro Theatre.
Performing at the Sydney Comedy Festival for the first time is UK-based Kiwi Jared Christmas, YouTube sensation Alex Williamson and the masked Mexican wrestling marvel El Jaguar.
Celebrating comedy from all over the world, the program also includes Singapore’s hottest new comics in The Sons of Singapore, a United Nations line-up of comedians including Angelo Tsarouchas and Tahir in the world famous Ethnic Comedy All-Stars and from the creators of ‘From Lebanon with Love’, Two & A Half Lebs.
Alongside the seemingly endless array of solo shows, the Festival’s much-loved showcases and special events will return bigger than ever before including the Secret Show, 60 in 60 and a re-vamped Festival Awards. Due to popular demand, Sydney’s biggest night of comedy, Cracker Night, will expand from one night to two and include a second Enmore show.
Rounding out the program is the return of the Festival’s Late Night Club at the Enmore Theatre’s Yalumba Wine Bar, where every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Festival guests can rub shoulders with their favourite comedians over a delicious beverage or two.
WHAT: The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 11th May 2013
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney
TICKETS: On sale now
COST: Prices are varied. Visit http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966