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Give it up for the Brisbane Comedy Festival!

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: DAVE HUGHES – HAIRY. Hughesy has a problem. Dave hasn’t had a haircut since last year’s festival. His own fringe is now a face curtain. What has prompted this radical change? Is it a crisis? Is he going through manopause? Why doesn’t he bow to his critics? What does his wife think? Does she even see him anymore? So many questions! Maybe some of these will be answered in his new show. The only way to know is to come along. You can’t rely on a friend telling you what happens. Only your own ears and eyes can be trusted. ‘Stand-up Comedy King,’ said the Herald Sun. Take your hairbrush on Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 17 March 2019, to the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Tickets are $49, and a $6.60 transaction fee applies. Suitable for ages 15+ Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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Coming up - lots of events for March 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.

  • And now for something completely different! The NASH THEATRE presents a DOUBLE BILL OF RADIO PLAYS based on the works of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE and AGATHA CHRISTIE, performed live onstage and featuring live sound effects. To attend an unusual evening of mystery and intrigue, slink into The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. It’s broadcasting NOW and will run until Saturday, 16 March 2019.
  • Brisbane’s FREE outdoor fitness series, the MEDIBANK FEEL GOOD PROGRAM, returns for 2019! Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels. Power walk down to South Bank Parklands and Queens Gardens in the City to indulge in some serious you time. The program is running NOW and continues until Saturday, 30 March 2019.
  • Ipswich will host CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND, the biggest international country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere. Global superstars FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, THOMAS RHETT and LUKE COMBS will headline three days and nights of all things country, at Willowbank, Ipswich, Queensland, from Thursday, 14 March to Sunday, 17 March 2019.
  • Returning to Palace Cinemas in Brisbane, the 30TH ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL marks the 30h anniversary of Australia’s most tantalising multi-cultural movie event. For such a momentous birthday, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected a superlative line-up of 54 features and documentaries – the biggest in the Festival’s history. Take your eyes and curiosity on down to the Palace Barracks and Palace James Street, Brisbane, from Thursday, 14 March to Sunday, 14 April 2019.
  • At THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW, you can enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family. Parents, as well as new and expectant mothers, can get free education, advice, and the chance to see an astonishing array of baby products. It’s FREE ENTRY if you register by 5.00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, 14TH MARCH. On the day, it will be $20 entry per person aged 16 and over. Stroll in to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, on Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 17 March 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

 

The Event: 2 RADIO PLAYS BASED ON THE WORKS OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE AND AGATHA CHRISTIE – NASH THEATRE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 16 March 2019.

Venue: The Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm.

Ticket price: Adult $20, Concession $15, Member/child $12. See the website for dates and times. You can click on a link at https://www.nashtheatre.com to book and pay online. Any questions, phone the Nash Theatre on (07) 3379 4775.

What’s happening: And now for something completely different! The NASH THEATRE presents a Double Bill of Radio Plays based on the works of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE and AGATHA CHRISTIE. Directed by Hazel Mepham, The Adventure of the Irregular Client and The ABC Murders, performed live onstage and featuring live sound effects, will guarantee you an evening of mystery and intrigue.

 

The Event: MEDIBANK FEEL GOOD PROGRAM 2019 – FREE FITNESS CLASSES AT SOUTH BANK AND IN THE CITY

Date and time: The program is running NOW and continues until Saturday, 30 March 2019.

Venue: South Bank Parklands and Queens Gardens in the City.

Ticket price: FREE.

What’s happening: Brisbane’s free outdoor fitness series, the MEDIBANK FEEL GOOD PROGRAM, returns for 2019! Featuring a mix of relaxing workouts plus high energy classes, the Feel Good Program will leave you feeling just that – good, toned, healthy and happy.

Head on down to South Bank Parklands and Queens Gardens in the City to indulge in some serious you time. Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels. To plan your workout, check out the class timetables below at https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/feelgood/program-timetable?sc_lang=en-au.

 

The Event: CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND

Date and time: Thursday, 14 March to Sunday, 17 March 2019.

Venue: Willowbank, Ipswich, Queensland. Go to https://www.cmcrocks.com to find out where it is and how to get there. 

Ticket price: Various prices. Festival-goers can use public transport to travel from the city, or camp nearby. Go to the website above for details of tickets, camping, transport, and timetable.

What’s happening: Ipswich will host CMC ROCKS QUEENSLAND, the biggest international country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere. Global superstars FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, THOMAS RHETT and LUKE COMBS will headline three days and nights of all things country. Go to the website at https://www.cmcrocks.com/lineup to check out the line-up for this event, which is truly astonishing.

TROY CASSAR-DALEY, KASEY CHAMBERS, THE SISTERHOOD BAND, JIM LAUDERDALE, ALEYCE SIMMONDS AND OAKWOOD will be there – but wait, there’s more! This is one BIG EVENT, and tickets aren’t cheap, with one day, three-day tickets available. The allocation for all campground and tents is now exhausted – sorry. People really wanted to make a weekend of it. Check out the ticket prices, pawn your favourite guitar, and get on down to Ipswich now if you really want to go.

 

The Event: FILMS À LA CARTE AT THE 2019 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 

Date and time: Thursday, 14 March to Sunday, 14 April 2019.

Venue: Palace Barracks and Palace James Street, Brisbane.

Ticket price: For sessions, dates, times and costs, click on the schedule here https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule/brisbane,and download the full program https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/content/brochures/BRISBANE_PROGRAMME.pdf.

What’s happening: Returning to Palace Cinemas in Brisbane the 30TH ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL marks the 30h anniversary of Australia’s most tantalising multi-cultural movie event. For such a momentous birthday, Artistic Director Philippe Platel has selected a superlative line-up of 54 features and documentaries – the biggest in the Festival’s history.

Philippe says: ‘Indulge in a voyage into the broad spectrum of French cinema. This upbeat and cheery celebration is also a breath of fresh air to French-Australian shared values: openness, diversity and awareness. Opening to other cultures and international talents, this year’s dynamic selection delivers a broad and diverse vision of contemporary issues, such as social justice, gender equality, and ecology.’

The OPENING NIGHT FILM is The Trouble with You and the CLOSING NIGHT FILM is Kiss and Tell. If you want to go to either of these events, you’d be wise to book in now. Also showing is The Sisters Brothers (a modern masterpiece); Last Year at Marienbad (a timeless masterpiece), and Sink or Swim, (France’s favourite).

 

The Event: THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW

Date and time: Friday, 15 March to Sunday, 17 March 2019 from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: Register for FREE UNTIL 5.00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, 14TH MARCH at https://tickets.lup.com.au/baby-toddler-bne-2019 until 5.00 p.m. On the day, it will be $20 entry per person aged 16 and over. Find out more about the show at https://www.babyandtoddlershow.com.au/brisbane

What’s happening: This is the No. 1 destination for your pregnancy, baby and toddler needs. At THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW, Australia’s favourite parenting event, you can enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family. The show supports parents, and new and expectant mothers, with education and free advice. The show will feature the hottest new products from around the world where you can discover and compare baby brands.

Shop from more than 150 fantastic pregnancy baby and toddler brands, including Baby and ToddlerTown – Bugaboo, Silvercross, Redsbaby, Candy, Lov n Care and Jalna. Head to the advice hub for personalised, one-on-one consultations with the Australian Doula College, Gidget Foundation, Parentline QLD, Red Nose and more. There will also be a limited series of infant and child First Aid courses by the Mater Hospital available.

New this year, the BEGINNERS GUIDE LIVE FORUMS cover a wide range of topics, including sex after childbirth, getting your body back, returning to work, birth plans, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, toddler tantrums and more. Enjoy live performances all weekend by popular children’s entertainers Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. Head to the Meet and Greet area after each show for a happy snap – the kids will love it!

 

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: BREWHOUSE COMEDY. They’re brewing up a surprise act at The Brewhouse for Brisbane Comedy Festival. Blow off your Netflix plans and make your Thursday memorable with this gig, which is sure to surprise and delight. With 12 craft beers available on tap from Newstead Brewing Co., including the limited edition Brisbane Comedy Festival beer, all you have to do is choose your beverage and they’ll look after the laughs. Head for the Newstead Brewing Co., Doggett Street, Newstead, on Thursday, 14 March 2019. Tickets are $22 and a $6.60 transaction fee applies. This event is suitable for ages 18+ Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)