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Scenes from a Wedding!

SCENES FROM A WEDDING! REVEREND CURRY, the first black head of the Episcopal Church in the United States, began his address by quoting civil rights hero Dr Martin Luther King, and then carried on regardless, abandoning the approved script and citing spirituals, medieval poetry and the experiences of slaves in the American South. By the time he finally finished (some 14 minutes in), he was referring to the newly dubbed Duke and Duchess of Sussex as ‘my brother, my sister,’ and telling them ‘God love you, God bless you’ – ‘We gotta get y’all married…’ before the Kingdom Choir thankfully swung into the soul standard ‘Stand By Me’. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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Coming up - lots of events for July 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.    

  • With hilarious comedy sketches and brilliantly witty songs, Senior Moments is a revue with fun and laughs, and a great cast of favourites who are old enough to know better, all making merry fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully. It’s on at the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, from Wednesday, 11 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018.  
  • After slaving over a hot stage with some of Australia’s best musical mentors, the Golden Oldies will show younger performers how it’s done at nine LORD MAYOR’S FREE SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS. Come along to support Brisbane’s talented seniors as they dance, sing and set the stage alight in performances between Wednesday, 11 July and Saturday, 11 August 2018. See the detailed listing in WHAT’S ON NOW? for venues and dates.
  • Like a good panto? Here’s one with a difference! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, in her adventures through Wonderland, in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed ALICE IN WONDERLAND production, which features masterful sets, lavish costumes and the latest technology in animatronic puppets. It’s ON NOW at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, and runs until Saturday, 14 July 2018.
  • Get ready for some ice skating fun at the SKATING AT FESTIVAL. Brisbane’s iconic King George Square has turned into a winter wonderland offering an open-air ice rink, fantastic rides, great entertainment and delicious food and drink optionsGather your family and friends and head for King George Square NOW until Sunday, 15 July 2018.
  • There are events being held across Australia to celebrate the oldest living culture in the world during NAIDOC WEEK, and in Brisbane, BCC libraries are holding FREE events for people of all ages. Check out the detailed listing to find out which libraries are participating and what’s happening. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 15 July 2018. 

 

The Event: SENIOR MOMENTS – A SERIOUSLY FUNNY REVUE

Date and time: Wednesday, 11 July to Sunday, 15 July 2018 (90 minutes with no interval)

Venue: Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: Phone the QPAC Box Office on 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online.

What’s happening: Senior Moments is a seriously funny revue for slightly ‘old people’ (that’s you – be honest!) about old people – and the young people they have to deal with. Take a look at this cast! JOHN WOOD, MAX GILLIES and BENITA COLLINGS are having some senior moments with GEOFF HARVEY on piano in this somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

With hilarious comedy sketches and brilliantly witty songs, Senior Moments is a revue with fun, laughs, and performers who are old enough to know better, all making merry fun of the trials and tribulations of growing old disgracefully.

 

The Event: 9 FREE LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS IN JULY AND AUGUST

Dates and times: FREE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES between Wednesday, 11 July and Saturday, 11 August 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. except for the Queen Street Mall concert on Saturday, 11 August, which runs from 12 noon to 1.00 p.m. See the detailed listing below for venues and dates.

Venue: See below for venues. 

Ticket price: FREE to attend. No bookings are necessary, except for the performance on Monday, 16 July 2018 at the KEDRON-WAVELL SERVICES CLUB – phone (07) 3359 9122 or visit the venue to reserve your place(s).

What’s happening: In June, both seasoned performers and talented amateurs who dreamed of treading the boards once more, took part in free three-hour master classes with professional mentors, including some of Australia’s top music theatre performers. Now, in this series of 9 FREE LORD MAYOR’S SENIORS CABARET SHOWCASE CONCERTS throughout July and August, you can see and hear the end result of all this slaving over a hot stage.

Come along to support Brisbane’s talented seniors as they dance, sing and set the stage alight in FREE SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES from 11.00 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. in July, and in the Queen Street Mall on Saturday, 11 August from 12 noon to 1.00 p.m. None of the venues are ticketed (just turn up) except for Monday, 16 July at the KEDRON-WAVELL SERVICES CLUB – phone (07) 3359 9122 or visit the venue to reserve your place(s) for that one. Here are where our senior stars are playing:

Wednesday, 11 July at the CARINA LEAGUES CLUB, Carina; Thursday, 12 July at the BRONCOS LEAGUES CLUB, Red Hill; Monday, 16 July at the KEDRON-WAVELL SERVICES CLUB, Chermside* (Note that this is the only venue for which you have to book – phone (07) 3359 9122 or visit the venue); Wednesday, 18 July at THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, New Farm. 

(Breathe!) Thursday, 19 July at the SUNNYBANK HILLS SHOPPINGTOWN, Sunnybank Hills; Tuesday, 24 July at the WYNNUM MANLY LEAGUES CLUB, Manly West; Thursday, 26 July at the BROOKSIDE SHOPING CENTRE, Mitchelton; Friday, 27 July at the SANDGATE TOWN HALL Sandgate, and Saturday, 11 August 2018 in the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD. Be there or be square people!

 

The Event: ALICE IN WONDERLAND – HILARIOUS MADCAP FUN!

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 14 July 2018. Times: Wednesday–Friday: 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Saturday: 12.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Venue: Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm QLD 4005. Click on link for a map.

Ticket price: Adult: $49.90, Child 12 and under: $39.90, Family of four: $129.90, Group of 10+ $34.90 (transaction fee of $5.95 applies to all bookings online, by phone and over the counter). Book online, over the phone at (07) 3358 8600, or at the Powerhouse Box Office, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm.

Box Office opening hours are Monday–Friday: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Saturday: 12 noon to 4.00 p.m., and 60 minutes prior to the performance start time. For more information or online bookings go to the Brisbane Powerhouse website at http://brisbanepowerhouse.org. NOTE: This production is suitable for ages 7 plus, and contains strobe and haze affects.

What’s happening: If you and the kids like a good panto, here’s one with a difference! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland, in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed ALICE IN WONDERLAND production. Don’t miss your chance to tumble with the Tweedle Twins, chase the White Rabbit, boo the boisterous Queen of Hearts, and have tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea Party of all!

A star-studded cast of talented actors and puppeteers use their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination to bring this beloved story to life. This magnificent production features masterful sets, lavish costumes and the latest technology in animatronic puppets that will blow your mind. And watch out for that wretched Queen of Hearts – she’s behind you! Oh, no she’s not! Oh, yes she is!

 

The Event: ‘SKATING AT’ FESTIVAL IN KING GEORGE SQUARE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 15 July 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane. View on Google Maps.

Ticket price: Bookings required. For more information and to book visit Skating At or book at the box office on site.

What’s happening: Gather your family and friends together for some ice skating fun in Brisbane's iconic King George Square. From now until Sunday, 15 July 2018, the square will turn into a winter wonderland offering an open-air ice rink, fantastic rides, great entertainment and delicious food and drink options. The ‘SKATING AT’ FESTIVAL is free to enter and rubberneck, but ice skating sessions and rides require a ticket that can be purchased online (see above) or at the box office on site.

 

The Event: NAIDOC WEEK (NATIONAL ABORIGINES AND ISLANDERS DAY OBSERVANCE COMMITTEE) – CELEBRATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 15 July 2018.

Venue: Various venues across Australia, and in Brisbane City Council Libraries.  

Ticket price: Some events are free and some are ticketed. For what’s happening and costs, go to http://www.naidoc.org.au.

What’s happening: NAIDOC traces its origins to the emergence of aboriginal groups in the 1920s, which aimed to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. There are events and celebrations across the country during NAIDOC WEEK, and in Brisbane, BCC libraries are holding events for people of all ages.

You need to ring the library concerned so that they can arrange numbers (if you don’t know the number of the library you want to go to, ring the BCC Switchboard on (07) 3403 8888 to be put through. Here is a list of some of these events:

  • NAIDOC WEEK CHILDREN’S STORYTIME: In a series of sessions suitable for children aged 2–5 years, there will be a special storytime celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures at the Zillmere Library on Tuesday, 10 July, Brisbane Square Library on Wednesday, 11 July, Sandgate Library on Thursday, 12 July and the Ashgrove Library on Friday, 13 July 2018.
  • YARNING AND POETRY WITH AUNTY THERESA CREED, an elder of the Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta tribe of north-west Queensland, at the Inala Library on Tuesday, 10 July and the Holland Park Library on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
  • INDIGENOUS STORIES WITH CRAIG KEMP: Craig has spent 25 years working as a cultural facilitator, engaging young people with light-hearted and comedic cultural education. Craig identifies with the Iman nation in south-west Queensland on his great-grandmother’s side and the Ghungalu nation on his great-grandfather’s side. He will take you through a series of Aboriginal artefacts used throughout the centuries. Take advantage of Craig’s knowledge at the West End Library on Thursday, 12 July 2018.
  • TORRES STRAIT ISLAND WEAVING CIRCLE WITH AUNTY EDNA BILLY, who will teach you a new skill weaving with natural fibres (and you can take your creation home with you). While you relax and weave, Edna will tell you stories from the Torres Strait. Catch up with Aunty Edna at the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 13 July, Wynnum Library on Saturday, 14 July, and the Carindale Library on Saturday, 21 July 2018.
  • MOVIE SCREENING OF THE ICONIC FILM 10 CANOES, narrated by David Gulpilil and based on an ancient story from the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land – a lush and beautiful cautionary tale that tells of forbidden love and tribal law (2006 – 92 mins. (M). Showing at the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, 14 July and the Brisbane Square Library on Friday, 20 July 2018.
  • WORLD KITCHEN – BUSH TUCKER: Dale Chapman from First Food Co. will take you on a tasting journey through Indigenous foods, cooking techniques and culture. Using ingredients such as bunya nuts, lemon myrtle leaf, wattleseed and lilli pilli, this event will offer a fascinating and tasty introduction to native bush tucker. Tantalise your taste buds at the Zillmere Library on Saturday, 21 July and the Inala Library on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
  • INDIGENOUS SONGS AND YARNS WITH GIFTED PERFORMER GETANO BANN, who will share stories and songs that will delight you and tickle your funny bone. Meet up with him at the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday, 21 July and the Fairfield Library on Saturday, 28 July 2018.

 

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SCENES FROM A WEDDING! Pictured above is ANTHONY LANE’S ‘Daily Comment’ dated 19 May 2018, on Bishop Michael Curry’s improvised homily at the Royal Wedding. Harry and Meghan, heads down, were seen exchanging covert glances and trying not to laugh during the Reverend’s ebullient address. The Queen and Prince Philip remained fairly impassive, although at one point the Duke could be seen wiping his forehead. But the reaction from some younger members of the Royal family (who don’t have the Queen’s iron control) ranged from bemused amusement to outright disbelief. What on earth was the man thinking of by talking about love and passion at a wedding ceremony. Anglicans aren’t used to that sort of thing in their churches. They’re British! (Photo by L.J. May S/S ABC-TV)