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Every Dog has its Day!

Every man and his dog (woman, child, non-specific gender) will be gearing up for THE MILLION PAWS WALK on Sunday, 20 May 2018 to raise funds for the RSPCA to help animals in need. Give your fur child a treat and register now at https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au. (Photo courtesy of funnydogsite.com: modified by L.J. May)

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

  • Tune in to the ABC and move closer to the TV – STARGAZING LIVE IS BACK IN 2018! Renowned Physicist Professor Brian Cox, and rock quiz chick and presenter Julia Zemiro, will be joined by a team of scientists and space enthusiasts, including CSIRO's Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith, as they explore the wonders of the night sky across three big nights at 8.00 p.mfrom Tuesday, 22 May to Thursday, 24 May 2018.
  • The 30th anniversary of THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW (the most highly anticipated marine event in the southern hemisphere) will be held on the Gold Coast in May. Live the dream over four days at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, from Thursday, 24 May to Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
  • Plan your festival now, grab your loved ones, partners, family and friends, and make a date to attend a glittering 10 days of MELT, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. Enjoy a scintillating program of theatre, comedy, music, cabaret, dance, musical theatre, queer tech, gaming and visual arts at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 May 2018.
  • THE 2018 ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL makes it easy for performers to perform anywhere but a theatre, for anyone to host or experience a performance in a space they wouldn’t expect. Download the guide and find out what’s on where. The Festival is ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 May 2018.

 

The Event: STARGAZING LIVE IS BACK IN 2018!

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Thursday, 24 May 2018.

Venue: The event will be covered on TV, Radio, iView and online #Stargazing and broadcast over three nights from Siding Spring Observatory in NSW. Come closer to the TV and watch the coverage from your sitting room or local STARGAZING LIVE STAR PARTY. Go to the website at http://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/stargazing to find out what’s on and when.

Ticket price: It’s free to watch! Unless you’re at a party and have to bring the booze or a plate, that is.

What’s happening: STARGAZING LIVE IS BACK IN 2018: on TV, Radio, iView and online #Stargazing. Broadcast over three nights from SIDING SPRING OBSERVATORY in NSW, the series will immerse audiences in a celebration of the night sky, with a focus on features that are best experienced from Australian soil. Siding Spring is Australia’s premier observatory, a UNESCO certified Dark Field site, and a world leader in the search for planets orbiting distant stars.

Renowned Physicist and thinking woman’s crumpet (shame!) PROFESSOR BRIAN COX, and rock quiz chick and presenter JULIA ZEMIRO, will be joined by a team of scientists and space enthusiasts, including CSIRO's Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith as they explore the wonders of the night sky across three big nights from Tuesday, 22 May to Thursday, 24 May 2018.

On Wednesday, 23 May 2018, you might like to answer the call of the Australian National University (ANU) and STARGAZING LIVE for all Australians to help smash the Guinness World Records title for the most people in one country stargazing at the same time. They are asking over 30,000 people across multiple sites to simultaneously observe an object in the night sky through a telescope for the same 10-minute period. The current Guinness World Records title, set in 2015 by the ANU, is 7,960 people across 37 locations.

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HOW DO YOU JOIN THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT? Organisers are putting the call out to schools, astronomy societies, community groups, and all budding galactic explorers across Australia to join our World Record attempt for the Most people stargazing – multiple venues.

They invite you to host your very own STARGAZING LIVE STAR PARTY on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, or attend one of the many free community Star Parties being held throughout Australia – and participate in this new World Record attempt! Register your interest in hosting a Star Party. Head to your local ABC Facebook page for information on attending a free Star Party happening in your community.

Sign up for a free ticket from the list of public Star Parties and get set for an evening under the stars with your friends and family. Can't find an event near you? Keep checking back in as they will be updating the list regularly. You could even plan to host an event yourself. Have a look at the fact sheet and register to host your own star party! Want to know more? Visit the Stargazing site. HAPPY STARGAZING!

 

The Event: SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW – 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Date and time: Thursday, 24 May to Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast.

Ticket price: See the website at http://wwwsanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au for costs. If you’re an RACQ member, you can get 2 for 1 tickets – to purchase tickets call 1300 220 966 or visit http://www.racq.com/discounts for conditions, limits and exclusions for each offer. Tickets must be pre-purchased from RACQ.

What’s happening: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of THE SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW on the Gold Coast, the most highly anticipated marine event in the southern hemisphere. Held over four days, the event showcases hundreds of boats and thousands of marine products. This year’s boat show will feature iconic Gold Coast-based manufacturer Riviera, which will unveil a world premiere boat model at the event. Riviera will also display its multi-million-dollar display of luxury motor yachts to accompany their new model.

Joining Riviera at this year’s event is a list of long-term-exhibitors including Integrity Motor Yachts, Whitehaven Motor Yachts, Palm Beach Motor Yachts, Grand Banks and more. More than 300 exhibitors are on board and more than 170 boats will be on display for show-goers to enjoy. You can dream!

 

The Event: MELT – FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 May 2018.

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

Ticket price: All events in MELT are ticketed, except for the ones with FREE listed on them throughout the guide (and there are quick a few of those). To find out what’s on, pick up a guide at your local library or visit the website for more and to book at http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org – follow the links to MELT or call the Box Office on (07) 3358 8600 (a $5.95 fee applies per transaction).

NOTE: The Brisbane Powerhouse car park has over 100 free car parks. During busy times, a one-way link road connects to New Farm Park car park which provides more than 200 additional car spaces. If you’re driving, the Powerhouse recommends that you arrive early to allow time for parking.

The 195 and 196 bus services stop at the end of Brunswick Street at Oxlade Drive, on the East side of New Farm Park. The 199 bus stops at Merthyr Road and Hawthorne Street. Both stops are a short walk away from the Powerhouse. The ferry terminal is currently closed for upgrading. For more information on public transit schedules and stop locations, visit http://ww.translink.com.au.

What’s happening: Plan your festival now, grab your loved ones, partners, family and friends, and make a date to MELT! For a glittering 10 days from, MELT, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, will present a scintillating program of theatre, comedy, music, cabaret, dance, musical theatre, queer tech, gaming and visual arts at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Festival Director JAMES LEES says: ‘Over the last year, we have been walking through living history together with our community and with our allies... Though a little tired and bruised, we came out on the other end with an overwhelming YES and a revitalised sense of hope and positivity for the future. Our 2018 Festival offers a place to meet and for our broader communities to come together – to celebrate our shared experiences and also to heal and to become strong again.’

FREE EVENTS (and these are just a couple) INCLUDE: 

  • GAYMING NIGHT + VIRTUAL DRAG, a Hella Queer and inclusive AF Gaming experience brought to you by the Hella Gay Game Collective, on Thursday, 24 May 2018 at 4.00 p.m.
  • The Bowery Haus CLOSING PARTY on Saturday, 26 May from 8.00 p.m. until late (suitable for ages 18+). Come as your interpretation of the Australian icon for this dazzling fashion/costume dance party.

  

The Event: THE 2018 ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 May 2018.

Venue: Various locations and prices. See the guide at http://anywhere.is/download-the-guide,

Ticket price: Book now on http://www.anywhere.is for all 2018 Anywhere Theatre Festival shows! In Brisbane, Noosa and on the Sunshine Coast – most prices vary between $10 to $25.

What’s happening: The Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited is a Brisbane-based not-for-profit company with a vision to propel a world-wide trend for exciting, engaging, passionate performance regardless of access to traditional theatre infrastructure. Or, as they prefer to say it: ‘Anywhere makes it easy for performers to perform anywhere but a theatre, for anyone to host or experience a performance in a space they wouldn’t expect.

Their main thing is the ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL running annually in May in Brisbane and now on the Sunshine Coast. They say, ‘We know there is a better way for performers and producers than waiting for rare slots in theatres and losing life savings presenting in fringe festivals where there are more performances than audiences members and the entire budget goes on venue hire and paying for everything but the creation of the work.’

In seven years, Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited has presented festivals in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales with over 2,112 performances to over 417,800 people. Download a copy of THE 2018 ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL GUIDE at http://anywhere.is/download-the-guide, which gives details of all shows, location maps of Brisbane, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, a festival planner and much more (well, at least a few more things).

 

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‘So what are we waiting for – let’s roll!’ Head for THE MILLION PAWS WALK on Sunday, 20 May 2018. In Brisbane, gather at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt, South Bank. Event Time: 8.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Walk Start Time: 10.00 a.m. Walk Length: 3.5 km. If you’re not in Brisbane, go to the website at https://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/QLD/find-a-walk, and enter your city to find a walk near you. (Photo courtesy of funnydogsite.com: modified by L.J. May)