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WHO’S THIS WOMAN! No – seriously, this woman is the new DR WHO! Yes, a brand new era begins with a new Doctor in JODIE WHITTAKER, new companions and a host of new monsters. You can see ‘Dr Who’ every Monday night in HD on ABC TV. Series 11, episode 1 (63 mins) aired on Monday, 8 October 2018 with a repeat on Tuesday, 9 October. At the DR WHO AFTER PARTY on Monday, 8 October, a bunch of enthusiastic WHOVIANS, led by Rove McManus, told you what they thought of it all. See the news and the banner at the bottom of the page for more info. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT - OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON TUESDAY, 9 OCTOBER 2018!

  

WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

DOCTOR WHO HITS OUR SCREENS WITH A BRAND NEW LOOK!

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming season of DR WHO, spoiler free, direct from the broadcaster. Fans tuned in to see Series 11, Episode 1, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ on Monday, 8 October 2018 on ABC1. Those who missed the first episode in the much too early time slot were able to bring themselves up to speed with a repeat on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 on ABC Me.

The 13th Doctor is played by English actress JODIE WHITTAKER – the first woman to play the titular time-travelling alien. English actress and singer Sharon D. Clarke will also join the series in a returning role, and the season will also have a number of guest actors. The queue of British acting royalty lining up to play a role in the current series is quite astonishing.

There's a new lead writer – Chris Chibnall, who wrote the British crime drama Broadchurch, which is rather weird. Devotees of that show will remember Jodie playing the mourning mother of a murdered child (a very different kind of role) over three seasons of Broadchurch, and of course the tenth doctor, DAVID TENNANT, starred as Detective Inspector Hardy in that series. All we need now is for Olivia Colman to turn up and we can all shout ‘Snap’.

This season will have 10 STAND ALONE EPISODES, each 50 minutes long. Chibnall, who is also the executive producer, says there will be no barriers of entry for anyone who hasn't seen the series before, with a new Doctor, new adventures and new monsters. ‘If you've never seen Doctor Who, you are in for an absolute treat,’ he says. ‘If you have seen it before, I hope it's all the things you love about Doctor Who.’

At the DOCTOR WHO AFTER PARTY, WHOVIAN superfans, Adam Richard, Tegan Higginbotham, Cal Wilson and Bridie Connell, led by popular Whovian host Rove McManus, discussed the episode and delivered their verdict. WHOVIANS will continue to review the show, answer your questions, and basically geek out about Doctor Who in their own inimitable way on Mondays on ABC Comedy.

Dr Who Fans can find out more on the ABC website at http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/whovians. If you missed the first silly session, you can catch up on iView at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/whovians.

OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE 2018 IS ON NOW!

Bring out the strudel and don your Dirndl or Lederhosen! OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE 2018 hits the Brisbane Showgrounds over two big weekends in October. Missed the first weekend? No worries – you can still experience another weekend of all things German from Friday, 12 October to Sunday, 14 October 2018. Check out the extensive program of events at https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au.

With plenty of food, fun and an array of entertainment, OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE is an authentic German festival, perfect for an after-work drink, a get-together with mates, or a cultural outing with the family. From pretzels and beer steins to yodelling and lederhosen, it promises an authentic Bavarian experience. You can also enjoy rides, roaming entertainers and vintage German cars.

The Brisbane Oktoberfest was nominated as one of the Top 10 Oktoberfests around the world, and it remains Australia’s largest German festival. Watch and learn how to dance like a German, dress like a German, speak like a German, and cook like a German.

Purchasing tickets to Oktoberfest Brisbane can only be done online via the official Oktoberfest Brisbane website at https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/tickets or at the gate on the day. Book your tickets online to make group bookings and get special deals. All minors (young people under 18) get FREE RIDES ON SUNDAYS.

NOTE that Oktoberfest Brisbane is a completely cashless festival. Save time and set up your Digital Wallet and Top Up your Credit so that you can hit the ground running when you arrive – they say it’s as easy as 1-2-3. For all the Cashless details, head over to their Digital Wallet page at https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au/digital-wallet.

BIFF IS BACK!

The popular long-running BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) is now under the remit of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Across 11 days and eight venues, BIFF 2018 celebrates contemporary international and Australian film culture with 100+ films and 24 special events from Thursday, 11 October to Sunday, 21 October 2018. This year you can enjoy new release features and documentaries, shorts programs and retrospectives, which will run alongside live music, conversations, panel discussions and more.

See the website https://biff.com.au/festival-details to check out ticket information and to DOWNLOAD A PROGRAM PDF. Most ticket prices are Adult $16.50, Concession $12.50, QAGOMA Member $11.50 and Child $10.50. The Opening Night Party and film will cost you $84 and the Closing Night Party and film is $46.

There are also other special events, including 'In Conversation' and Films sessions, et cetera. Go to https://biff.com.au to find a film for you, schedule and ticket information, and festival details as well as a VIDEO TRAILER OF THE FESTIVAL.

MI CASA, SU CASA – BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE

It’s back with a bang for the ninth year and it’s one of the most popular events in the annual calendar for Brisbane citizens and visitors. The best of Brisbane’s vibrant and character-filled built environment is open and free to snoop around for one weekend on Saturday, 13 October and Sunday, 14 October 2018.

During BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE, sponsored by the Brisbane City Council, 114 buildings, the most ever, will unlock their doors to locals and tourists alike. There will be a children’s program, speaker series, and a photography competition. See the full schedule of events. You can also follow what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Now’s your chance to discover Brisbane’s architectural and artistic offerings through guided tours showcasing our public art and historical landmarks, poke around private homes and open buildings, significant institutional structures (lots of classic churches), take walking tours, hear talks and enjoy live music.

Entry to all buildings is FREE, but some private homes and special heritage places offer pre-booked tours only. Bookings for these buildings are now open – visit the website at http://www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au to book your spot. If you’re quick, you might still be able to pick up the FREE Open House Booklet and/or the Map and Day Planner from your local library.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. See NEWS PAGE 2 where we remember author, screenwriter, producer and Ned Kelly nut IAN JONES, and congratulate intrepid veteran reporter KEN BLANCH, who finally got a pardon for a man after a gross miscarriage of justice many years ago. VAMPIRES LURK on the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. Check out the new Sciencentre SPARKLAB at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages), and find out what buildings you can explore during BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE, at the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages)

THE GREAT MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY!

Calling all witches and vampires! It’s almost that time of year again … where ghouls, ghosts, ballerinas and faeries dominate the landscape, bent on thrilling and chilling in the most fun way possible! That’s right, it’s time to start preparing yourself for THE MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY, a FREE, family-friendly and alcohol-free community event to be held on Saturday, 27 October 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. (FIREWORKS at 9.00 p.m.)

For a great day on the bay, you are cordially invited to dress up and hit the esplanade for a day and night of non-stop entertainment, starting at 11.00 a.m. There will be two stages with shows beginning at 12.30 p.m., plus food stalls, A STREET PARADE at dusk, FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK from 7.00 p.m. and FIREWORKS at 9.00 p.m. Watch as Manly Harbour Village transforms into a Halloween-themed location, with the whole Village dressing for the occasion!

MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE is just 20 minutes drive from the heart of the city of Brisbane on the edge of picturesque Moreton Bay. View on Google Maps.

For more information about what’s on offer, contact the Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre on (07) 3348 3524, go to the website at http://manlyharbourvillage.com/event/halloween-street-party-2018 or find the street party on Facebook.

THE NEW SPARKLAB SCIENCENTRE IN BRISBANE GOES GANGBUSTERS!

At the new Sciencentre experience SPARKLAB at the Queensland Museum, you can follow your curiosity and bring out your inner scientist as you question, investigate and wonder about the world around you.

The target age is kids from 6–13 years, but nobody took the slightest notice of that during the school holidays. A horde of excited children of all ages flooded in to check out 40 new interactive exhibits to explore Earth and Space, Matter, Light, Sound, Perception, Forces Energy, Structures, Maths and design.

Visitors discovered how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) affect our everyday world across three zones:

  1. Our World and how it works,
  2. How we perceive our World (do we all perceive it the same way), and
  3. How can we change our world, and what does this change do.

This particular exhibition is ON NOW and runs until Monday, 31 December 2018 on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum, Cultural Precinct, Corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. SparkLab is open daily from 9.40 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Entry times commence at 9.40 a.m. and then hourly from 11.00 a.m. until last entry at 3.00 p.m. Running late? See one of their friendly staff members.

SPARKLAB IS A TIMED ENTRY EXPERIENCE. They recommend that you purchase tickets in advance, particularly during school holiday periods to avoid disappointment (see the website below). NOTE that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years) and that large bags, food and drink can’t be taken into the exhibition.

The Museum Ticket Desk is on Level 2 of the Queensland Museum. TICKET PRICES vary, from general admission: Adult $15, Concession $13.50, Child 4-15 years $12.50, to special entry prices for Health Care Holders and their children, as well as family tickets and school excursions. Admission for children under 5-years-old is FREE.

Go to http://www.sparklab.qm.qld.gov.au/Sciencentre for more information. You can also check out the Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/qldmuseum and see pics on this website at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages).


Go to NEWS PAGE 2 where we remember author, screenwriter, producer, and Ned Kelly nut IAN JONES, and congratulate intrepid veteran reporter KEN BLANCH, who finally got a pardon for a man after a gross miscarriage of justice many years ago.

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 

UPDATES

9. Oct, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during October 2018, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
Last Christmas the 12th Doctor, played by PETER CAPALDI, went out in a blaze of glory and regenerated into JODIE WHITTAKER. The reaction of fans of the show (some of them filmed) varied from shock, to delight (mostly from young women), to caution, cursing and grumbling (mostly from males). UK viewers voted Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the Thirteenth Doctor the top TV moment of 2017. The new Dr Who uttered a quiet ‘brilliant’ before the TARDIS began to explode (as indeed did some Whovians), throwing her out of the doors and sending her plummeting towards the ground. Creators have been digging about in the wardrobe department and have issued Dr Who with a long blue coat, wide leg trousers with suspenders, boots and a t-shirt with a horizontal rainbow across it – not to mention quite a few sets of earrings. She also comes complete with a West Yorkshire accent: this is not surprising, given that’s where Jodie hails from originally. Who are the companions, you ask? There are three new companions, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, who will be played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, respectively. We await the new adventures of Dr Who with nostrils aquiver. (Poster photo courtesy of the BBC)