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‘Where is he? We’re going to be late. What did he mean by chaos?’ THE MILLION PAWS WALK on Sunday, 20 May 2018 won’t really be chaos, but please do stay at home if your dog isn’t trained to socialise with other pooches – things could get ugly very quickly. Maybe make a donation instead. (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, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, the SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PLANETARIUM is offering a jam-packed weekend of events with a variety of shows available at 40% off Cosmic Skydome show tickets. Head for the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Mt Coot-tha, on Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
  • The BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY will be filled with workshop activities, guided walks, delicious food trucks, and magnificent music from the Amadeus Orchestra and several of your favourite bands. Head for The BandstandBrisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, on Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • During BYB18, some 5,000 people will descend on McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge for the annual BACKYARD BONANZA. This year there will be NEW and FREE FUN ACTIVITIES for everyone, including some delicious munchies. Go to McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge on Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
  • THE 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS is Australia's largest classical music festival. Orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists from south-east Queensland will perform concerts across the city at various venues until Sunday, 3 June 2018. Don’t miss the huge GRAND FINALE CHORAL SPECTACULAR in the Brisbane City Hall Main Auditorium on Sunday, 3 June 2018. 

 

The Event: BRISBANE PLANETARIUM CELEBRATES 40 YEARS – 40% OFF FOR ALL WEEKEND SHOWS ON 26 MAY AND 27 MAY 2018

Date and time: Saturday, 26 May and Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Venue: Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: The Planetarium is offering 40% off Cosmic Skydome show tickets across the weekend, with a variety of shows available. Age recommendations apply for specific shows – bookings are strongly recommended. 40% off Cosmic Skydome admission prices apply. The Booking Office will be able to take bookings. For more information, go to https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/arts-culture/sir-thomas-brisbane-planetarium

What’s happening: Residents and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations for the SIR THOMAS BRISBANE PLANETARIUM'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY with a jam-packed weekend of events. The Planetarium opened on the 24 May 1978. You can view the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander astronomy exhibition, Skylore. There will also be a historical photographic display of the Planetarium's early days for visitors to enjoy.

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium features entertaining and informative shows for adults and children. All general audience and children's shows include two parts, the main feature and a tour of Brisbane's night sky, which is recreated in the Cosmic Skydome and presented by the Planetarium's astronomers. The Planetarium is closed on Mondays and public holidays. Find out Planetarium opening hours.

 

The Event: BANDS IN PARKS: BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY

Date and time: Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: The Bandstand, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong. View on Google Maps.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information, visit the website at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/event/botanic-gardens-open-day-2. No bookings are required. For more information phone (07) 3403 2535.

What’s happening: At the BOTANIC GARDENS OPEN DAY we will celebrate the botanic gardens of Australia and New Zealand and the green spaces where we relax with family and friends. Open Day will be filled with workshop activities, guided walks, delicious food trucks, and magnificent music from the Amadeus Orchestra, the South Brisbane Federal Band and the River City Steel band.

 

The Event: THE BACKYARD BONANZA

Date and time: Sunday, 27 May 2018 from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Check out https://www.facebook.com/bybevent.

What’s happening: The Brisbane City Council proudly sponsors BYB (aka Backyard Bonanza), an annual celebration for the Bracken Ridge and surrounding communities. During BYB18, some 5,000 people will descend on McPherson Park in Bracken Ridge. There will be two stages of entertainment, including children’s character shows, professional bands, and community and school-based choirs, dance groups and instrumental ensembles. 

This year there will be NEW and FREE FUN ACTIVITIES for everyone. The whole family will love the free Lions miniature steam train rides, Youth Zone, kids’ workshops, and amusement rides. Come and join in the celebration, and enjoy exciting live entertainment, delicious food stands, community group stalls, local displays, and balloon twisting and face painting for the kids. What more could you want?

 

The Event: 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 3 June 2018.

Venue: Various times and locations around Brisbane.   

Ticket price: Ticketed events. To find out what’s on, how much it costs and to book, go to 4MBS and http://www.4mbs.com.au/festival-of-classics.html.

Prices for the GRAND FINALE CHORAL SPECTACULAR in the Brisbane City Hall Main Auditorium on Sunday, 3 June 2018 are BALCONY: Adults $55, 4MBS Subs/Conc. $50. STALLS: Adults $50, 4MBS Subs/Conc. $45, and youngsters from 5–17 years $10. Tickets are available at 4MBS Ticketing on (07) 3847 1717 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 7 days a week, or visit http://www.4mbs.com.au.

What’s happening: THE 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS is Australia's largest classical music festival. Orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists from south-east Queensland perform concerts across the city centred around a theme – whether it be to mark the anniversaries of specific composers, or simply celebrate the wonderful music that has come out of a particular location. This year's theme is The British Connection.

As a GRAND FINALE, and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of 4MBS Festival of Classics, 4MS CLASSIC FM, the BRISBANE CHORALE and THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR will present a CHORAL SPECTACULAR at the Brisbane City Hall on Sunday, 3 June at 3.00 p.m. The concert will feature some of the greatest choral classics of all time, bringing together Queensland’s two finest symphonic choirs with Orchestra Corda Spiritus and international soprano Eva Kong, star of Opera Australia. 

Look forward to excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, plus Bach’s Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, Parry’s Jerusalem, and opera choruses by Verdi, Wagner and Mascagni. This musicfest will be conducted by Emily Cox, Kevin Power and Chen Yeng, with compere Jason Barry-Smith joining the artists in the magnificent surrounds of the Brisbane City Hall Main Auditorium. If you love choral music, don’t miss this one.

 

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‘I’m happy and I’m beautiful – what more could you ask for? I’m a Wakita dog, and in Japan I’m considered very valuable, but I like Australia best. Yes, my fur isn’t really suited to the Queensland sun, but it’s May so it’s not too hot, and I still look stylish. That’s all I’ve got to say really! Oh, and I’m wearing my human companion.’ (Photo by L.J. May S/S)