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Belvoir Bring Theatre to the Masses

November 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm


10537286_10152295816526710_7914468533368362988_oThe Belvoir St Theatre is a Sydney institution. This year it will celebrate twenty years of it’s Unwaged Performances Program which invites keen theatre goers to matinees, free of charge. (Source)

The play bill for 2014 at the Belvoir St Theatre has been impressive. Just last month, director Eamon Flack offered audiences his take on the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, showcasing the talent of Luke Mullins (Angels in America) and Australian tour de force Pamela Rabe. In the coming months, audiences will be drawn into a Dickensian Christmas with  Anne-Louise Sark’s direction of A Christmas Carol which promises to put a modern spin on the classic tale of second chances, and finding joy in each little corner of the world.

But the theatre is certainly not cheap. Belvoir has enjoyed a rich history of community connections and  for twenty years now, has invited members of the public to come for a free Thursday matinee. This is all part of the theatre’s Community Access Program which aims to bring Australian theatre to everybody, regardless of age, financial constraints or physical location.

10373021_10152306982101710_5312823340127510398_oRose Riley and Pamela Rabe in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (Source)

While concessions and pensioners are welcomed frequently at a little under the normal cost, it’s good to know that everybody can come to the theatre if they stay in the Belvoir loop. There is a full house of 320 seats for the taking in the Upstairs theatre but the keen ones had better get in there fast as these Unwaged Performances have a history of long lines of enthusiastic audiences weaving out the door and down the street.

These performances are just a fragment of the Belvoir community experience. Local groups and charities are frequently invited to apply for the Charitable Tickets Program which helps to fill the theatre with audiences who wouldn’t normally have access to it.

Australian theatre at its finest, the Belvoir St Theatre is bringing theatre to all those who want it.

Unwaged Performances:

Thursdays at 2pm

To check eligibility visit here

Step Back in Time at the ArtHouse Hotel

November 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

drsketchysHeading out for a quiet drink on a Tuesday night will be forever changed with one visit to the ArtHouse hotel. Flex you artistic muscles for a night of live Burlesque drawing, courtesy of Dr Sketchy.  (Source)

Taking inspiration from Brooklyn, NYC, the ArtHouse hotel plays host  to live models and artists of all skill levels for an evening of drawing and debauchery. Dr Sketchy’s live burlesque drawing class was devised in 2005 in an effort to bring a new flavour to life drawing. But this class is not just for seasoned artists, it’s for everybody. It’s completely up to you whether you use your time beneath the red glow of the bar light to refine your sketching skills, or you just grab a group of friends to enjoy the bar food and cocktails while you attempt a quasi-masterpiece of your own making.

sketchAn art sample from a night with Dr Sketchy (Source)

If you want to just go and soak up the atmosphere, the ArtHouse hotel has a generous menu that you can enjoy including a James Squire beer battered fish and chips or stuffed portabello mushrooms. It wouldn’t be night of scandal however without a cheeky cocktail, and this menu doesn’t disappoint. If you want to keep up that burlesque era feel, then it’s worth sampling the disaronno sour, a double serve of almond liquor mixed with a healthy measure of sours and egg whites. There are also small cocktail jugs to share which are sure to refresh and impress.

Dr Sketchy’s is on every Tuesday at the ArtHouse Hotel. Don’t be shy, have a peek.

The ArtHouse Hotel

275 Pitt St, 2000

Tickets are $25 and include:

  • Entry to Dr Sketchy’s
  • Welcome drink
  • A-Reserved seating
  • Sketch pad and pencil

For more ticket information visit:


Kick it in Cairns

October 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

Jewellery at Shi Sha

For too long Byron Bay and Nimbin have held the eastern coast crowns of best ‘alternative’ towns. Ryan Auberson-Walsh thinks it’s time to have another look at somewhere a little further north – 1874km to be exact – and wander the streets of Cairns – the human hub of the Great Barrier Reef.

Tuck in at Sydney’s Takara

October 31, 2014 at 10:44 am
Chicken or fish? Takara's lunch bento.

Chicken or fish? Takara’s lunch bento.

We Sydneysiders are truly blessed when it comes to experiencing the best of Asia – it’s on our doorstep after all. But choosing lunch isn’t that easy. Enter Takara. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

3 Melbourne CBD concept bars you need to try

October 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm
The Croft Institute's ground level bar. Source

The Croft Institute’s ground level bar. Source

No matter where in the world we are, there’s nothing quite like spending an evening sharing a drink with pals in a themed venue like a creepy house or a good Mexican cantina. These are three of Melbourne’s best offerings – and some of them are insanely cool. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Walk the Dreamtime in QLD

October 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm
Rex Creek, Mossman Gorge National Park

Rex Creek, Mossman Gorge National Park

In Far North Queensland, it’s not always safe to venture into nature. But at Mossman Gorge National Park, families can relax and enjoy the sounds of the bush. Words by Ryan Auberson-Walsh

Twisted Classica at ACME

October 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

acmeaspargusChef Mitch Orr’s asparagus spears with toasted quinoa and brown butter  (Source)

In the food world of ceviche, cronuts and kale chips, it’s refreshing to see the humble spaghetti getting another look in.

Mitchell Orr,  Edd Loveday, Andy Emerson, Cam Fairnbairn are the team behind ACME, a new addition to Rushcutters Bay where some fresh culinary surprises are in store.

But it’s not your standard bolognese at ACME. Chef Mitchell Orr offers  twisted classics like asparagus spears dipped in brown butter and toasted quinoa. A plate of this with some deep fried artichoke is sure to tide you over as you choose your main course. These posh bar snacks are best enjoyed with ACME’s unique signature cocktails, all devised by seasoned mixoligist Ed Loveday . If you’re in the mood for something strong and fresh, the ‘Celery’ fuses rye whiskey, citrus and soda is perfect.  For something a little more daring, ‘Purple Drank’ is definitely a winner with it’s combination of gin, vermouth, Campari and beetroot.

ACME-009-590x393One of the magnificent seven: fettucini, black sesame and and spring vegetables. (Source)


But pasta is the star here, despite the restaurant being decidedly un-Italian.  Orr plays with our family favourites pairing macaroni with pigs head and egg yolk. If you want to slurp some spaghetti, the bucantini with goat, mint and spicy nduja is delicious excuse to eat like a kid again. There are seven pastas on the menu but you had better enjoy each dish while you can, because Orr has hinted that the menu may change when you least expect it.

The ACME experience is not complete without sampling the dessert menu and Andrew Levin has certainly nailed the sweet and salty trend with his Malteser ice cream topped with bacon bits.

ACME is bringing a new life to Sydney’s food scene. Get in quick and grab a spoon.

60 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay 

8068 0932

Opening Hours:

Tues-Sat from 5pm

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