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Give it up for the Brisbane Comedy Festival!

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: ROSS NOBLE – HUMOURNOID. What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand-up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see. This is it. ‘Brilliantly inventive quirky stand-up… see him and marvel,’ said The Sun. ‘The great improviser,’ noted The Guardian. Unscramble your brain, and from Thursday, 21 March to Saturday, 23 March 2019, Ross Noble will scramble it again. Head for the Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall. Tickets are $49.90 for adults, $46.90 concessions, and a $6.60 transaction fee applies. Suitable for ages 15+ NOTE that this performance contains strobe lighting. 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, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.  

  • Science will be taken out of the lab and onto the street during WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE this month (check the schedule for Queensland REGIONAL AREAS as well). Now in its fourth year, the festival returns with both free and ticketed events featuring brilliant performances, enlightening conversations, fascinating demonstrations and more, from Wednesday, 20 March to Sunday, 24 March 2019.
  • Here's the scoop on Brisbane's hottest AND coolest festival. THE BRISBANE ICE CREAM FESTIVAL is on again, returning for its third outing with a bigger and better program with both free and ticketed events; you need to register. Take your taste buds down to the Peters Ice Cream Factory site at West Village, West End, on Friday, 22 March 2019 to Sunday, 24 March 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • The WEST BRISBANE ORCHID SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW will allow orchid growers and enthusiasts to show their plants for all to enjoy. There will be demonstrations and the opportunity to purchase plants and accessories. Plant yourself in The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong, on Saturday, 23 March and Sunday, 24 March 2019.
  • THE FEAST OF THE SENSES FESTIVAL is North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience, showcasing the region’s impressive variety of rare and exotic fruits and lots of other epicurean delights for enthusiastic foodies. The Cassowary Coast’s major festival is an hour’s drive south of Cairns. Take your tummies to Innisfail from Thursday, 28 March to Sunday, 31 March, 2019.

 

The Event: THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE

Date and time: Wednesday, 20 March to Sunday, 24 March 2019.

Venue: Primarily at the Queensland Museum, Cultural Precinct, Corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane (go to the website at http://www.qm.qld.gov.au to find visitor information), as well as several other venues. Go to https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au for more information about the festival.

Science enthusiasts in REGIONAL AREAS also will be able to join in the action, with exhibits and presentations visiting Gladstone, Townsville, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Chinchilla. To find out when events will be visiting your area, go to  http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/WSFB-2019-PROGRAM-GUIDE.pdf to DOWNLOAD THE WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL PROGRAM.

Ticket price: Various prices for various events. See the FESTIVAL PROGRAM DETAILS at https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/2019-festival-program, and the PROGRAM AT A GLANCE here http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/PROGRAM-GUIDE-2019-At-a-glance.pdf

What’s happening: Science will be taken out of the lab and onto the street during WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE this month. Now in its fourth year of bringing brave new ideas to Queensland, the festival returns with brilliant performances, enlightening conversations, fascinating demonstrations and more. This year’s line-up includes cutting edge science programs, international guest speakers, and a range of free events.

The program will explore a range of fascinating topics, including Advancing Medical Science, Life on Earth and Beyond, The Story of Space, the Coolest Jobs in Science, and the World of Wearable Tech. And of course, the effects of climate change – ‘Sometime this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors,’ says Tim Flannery.

One of the most popular highlights of the festival is The Hatchery, where visitors can see a rare glimpse of hatching turtles in their incubation chambers and the first moments of their ocean lives as they’re introduced to a sea water environment in specially-designed tanks.

Ground-breaking physicist and World Science Festival co-founder, Professor Brian Greene said that the festival had something for everyone, from novice to enthusiast, including a fun and educational kids program.

‘We love to get people fired up about science, whether through discussions of cutting edge discoveries or performances that capture the drama of exploration into the unknown,’ Professor Greene said. ‘Science is the future and so it’s vital for the next generation to dream of pushing the frontier of knowledge.’

THE FESTIVAL’S REGIONAL PROGRAM IN 2019 will again provide Queensland communities the opportunity to get involved locally in the World Science Festival Brisbane. Programs designed to engage community members in stimulating and inspiring experiences will be unique to each location, and will offer a selection of STEM-related activities such as discussions with leading scientists, workshops, hands-on activities and visual displays.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this spectacular event. Check out the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for pics and more information about what’s on.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE ICE CREAM FESTIVAL

Date and time: Friday, 22 March 2019 to Sunday, 24 March 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Peters Ice Cream Factory site at West Village, West End.

Ticket price: Tickets are FREE but you must register for a timed session. To ensure a fair lick of the ice cream cone there will be three timed sessions – from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m., and 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, with seventeen vendors in attendance. You can register online for a maximum of four tickets here http://brisbaneicecreamfestival.com.au.

What’s happening: Here's the scoop on Brisbane's hottest AND coolest festival. THE BRISBANE ICE CREAM FESTIVAL is on again, returning for its third outing with a bigger and better program. This year Brisbane Ice Cream Festival will run for two whole days, with extra exclusive ticketed events as well as a little adult flavour. To see what events you can attend, check out the website above.

 

The Event: WEST BRISBANE ORCHID SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW

Date and time: Saturday, 23 March from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and Sunday, 24 March 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: The Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, 152 Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.

Ticket price: $4. EFTPOS is available for plant sales; cash only for entry. No bookings are required. For further information, phone James Weeks on (07) 3851 4818.

What’s happening: The West Brisbane Orchid Society, located in The Gap, Brisbane, holds monthly meetings with orchid displays and judging. Members enjoy guest speakers, technical advice and a chat over a cuppa. The society also runs two orchid shows a year at the Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, where you can admire beautiful displays of orchids.

The WEST BRISBANE ORCHID SOCIETY AUTUMN SHOW will allow orchid growers and enthusiasts to show their plants (30 plus classes, varieties and types) have them judged, and displayed for all to enjoy. Demonstrations on orchid re-potting and care are regular events throughout the show. There will also be the opportunity to purchase plants, media, fertilisers, pots and accessories used for orchid growing, and chat with orchid enthusiasts about the upcoming season.

 

The Event: FEAST OF THE SENSES FESTIVAL – INNISFAIL

Date and time: Thursday, 28 March to Sunday, 31 March, 2019.

Venue: Rankin Street, Innisfail, Queensland (an hour’s drive south of Cairns).

Ticket price: Various events at various prices. Events range from FREE, to $5, to AU$80. Go to the website at https://www.feastofthesenses.com.au/content/events to book in for the event you want to go to. If you have queries, phone 0413 010 625 or 0447 037 476, or email the organisers at manager@feastofthesenses.com.au.

What’s happening: THE FEAST OF THE SENSES FESTIVAL is North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience, and the Cassowary Coast’s major festival centred in the town of Innisfail, an hour’s drive south of Cairns. Presenting a smorgasbord of fine fare, the festival has grown into a celebration of this vibrant and multi-cultural local community, attracting visitors from throughout Australia and overseas.

The festival showcases the region’s impressive variety of rare and exotic fruits, which have been collected over the past 30 years from all corners of the tropical world, and it also includes an impressive range of produce, including meat, seafood, herbs, spices, and wine. Combined with the many ethnic cultures in the region, and the unique concentration of Innisfail’s Art Deco features, Feast of the Senses celebrates everything that makes this part of the world stunning.

Events in 2019 include: Innisfail’s got Talent, Food Trail No. 1 Innisfail to Mission Beach, and Food Trail No. 2 Innisfail to Silkwood. There will also be a Sunset Cruise, a Gala Dinner, and a Market Day Extravaganza. THE FEAST FAMILY FUN ZONE from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on the Riverfront is free entry (but ride fees apply).

One of the events of which the festival is most proud, is the achievement of the Guinness World Record for the Longest Banana Split on 25 March 2017, when 3,000 people from across the Cassowary Coast and beyond created 8,040 metres of lushness; beautiful Cassowary Coast bananas topped with Mungalli Bio Dynamic yoghurt and beautiful local fresh fruit with ice cream from Movenpick Cairns. Yum!

 

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: Forget beer yoga and laughing circles. The only way to get those stomach muscles working is at the best FREE COMEDY NIGHT in town – KNOCKOFF. This hoot of an event has been extended to a second location for the Brisbane Comedy Festival this year. Take in the laughs at the original home of Knockoff at the Brisbane Powerhouse, or head into the City for a Triple M style Knockoff, including a Dad joke-off as well as live music acts. If you want to kick off the weekend with the ultimate dose of FREE COMEDY while you and your mates enjoy a drink in a chilled atmosphere, then Knockoff from work and hang out with the funny people. KNOCKOFF IN THE CITY DATES: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 22 March (on Fridays only) – head for the Triple M Stage, King George Square, Brisbane City Hall. KNOCKOFF AT THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE DATES: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 22 March (on Fridays only) – take in the show at the Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. AH! – we should mention that these performances are suitable for people over the age of 15, on account of there may be a wee bit of mild coarse language. Just turn up! (Photo by L.J. May)