PICK OF THE WEEK
Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival promises a rollicking celebration of all things 1950s and 1960s, with three days of dancing, polished cars, hot rods, retro fashions and rock’n’roll music.
Highlights include international pin-up Cherry Dollface, pictured, appearing in Rotary Park today and tomorrow at 10am and judging the daily Best Dressed Competition at 3.30pm, a Doris Day tribute, a dance competition tomorrow and market stalls
Considered by many to be the best ventriloquist in the world, comedian David Strassman brings his new show, Careful What You Wish For, to the Hunter this week.
He will be joined by Chuck Wood, whose sharp-tongued, caustic, sarcastic humour has been cracking up audiences for years.
Toronto Workers Club April 1, Hexham Bowling Club April 2, Soldiers Point Bowling Club April 3, Belmont 16 Footers April 4, Wests New Lambton April 5 and 6.
Literary Art Exhibition Saturday. In conjunction with the upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival, Back to Back Galleries in Cooks Hill presents SUBTEXT, a unique exhibition that brings the printed word and visual arts together. Local artists such as Anne-Maree Hunter and Sue Stewart have taken books by Newcastle writers and used them as the inspiration for artwork. The exhibition, curated by Dr Margaret McBride, continues until April 13.
Afternoon with Dolls Saturday. Friends of Grossman House host this afternoon with Lin Fitz-Gibbon, an expert in vintage dolls and teddy bears. Brings yours along and hear about the history of dolls as well as receive advice on value and repairs. Bookings essential. 1pm to 4pm, $20 including refreshments or National Trust members $15, Brough House, 73 Church Street, Maitland.
Sunday Pastels Sunday. A workshop under the expert guidance of Jean Davies for beginners of all ages and those finetuning their craft. Free, 10am to 1pm, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
Newcastle Pregnancy Help’s 40th anniversary dinner Saturday. The agency has been supporting Hunter families for four decades, providing free pregnancy testing and counselling for women. Guest speaker Dr Simon McCaffrey, music by New Vine. 6pm, Belmont 16 Footers, tickets $65 including wine available from Bronwyn Melville, 0411 980 400.
Life and Death: A Concert for Celebration and Reflection Saturday and Sunday. Choir V and soloists will be supported by the Scots Kirk Baroque Band in presenting works by composers such as Purcell, Handel, Gibbons, Vittoria and Bach. Tickets $25 or $15 concession, available at the door. Saturday 2pm, Singleton Uniting Church, Sunday 2pm, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Laman Street, Newcastle.
Westfield Pop-Up Demonstrations Saturday. Live cooking demonstrations showcasing a variety of food available at Wests, with shoppers able to sample food prepared fresh. Free, 11am, Westfield Kotara.
Newcastle Charity Boot Camp Saturday. WellFit Personal Training will host its third annual outdoor group fitness to raise funds for the John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Local fitness professionals will be facilitating a range of fun-filled exercise stations in what will be a challenging two-hour workout for those who can last the distance. 8am to 10am, $17.50 per person, Newcastle Foreshore. Register online, newcastlecharitybootcamp南京夜网.au.
Art Zone Saturday. Trained tutors encourage participants to experiment with materials and learn skills in a fun environment. Ages 9 to 12 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Ages 12 to 16 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. $180 per term, First Street, Booragul.
Jam For Nanna book launch. Saturday. Join author Deborah Kelly as she celebrates the launch of her new picture book about a little girl’s bond with her grandmother. Drinks and nibbles, lucky door prizes and recipes to give away. Free, 10am, Belmont Library, bookings essential, 4945 4329.
Tallavera Grove Vineyard Tour Saturday and Sunday. Guided vineyard tour including wine tasting. 10.30am. Costs $12. Bookings essential, 4990 7535. Tallavera Grove, Mount View.
Wine and Chocolate Masterclass Saturday and Sunday. Be guided through wines from Wyndham Estate, matched with premium chocolate from Brix. $15 per person, 2pm, 700 Dalwood Road, Branxton. Bookings essential, 1800 677 366.
Seagrass Walk Sunday. Local coastal group Ocean & Coastal Care Initiatives will help participants discover the secrets of local seagrass. All participants must wear enclosed footwear and a hat and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, 3pm, Pelican foreshore, near Pelican Jetty, Lakeview Parade and Soldiers Road. Bookings essential. Contact Janet White 0487 501 782.
National Rugby League Sunday. Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks. 3pm, Hunter Stadium.
Adamstown Markets Sunday. 7am to noon. Corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Branxton Lions Club Markets Saturday. 10am to 3pm, Branxton Community Hall,
Hamilton Clock Tower Markets Saturday. 8am to 2pm. James St Plaza, Hamilton.
Rotary Community Markets Saturday. 8.30am to 1.30pm. New Lambton South Public School, New Lambton.
Maitland Harvest Markets Saturday. 8am to 1pm. Maitland Showground, Maitland.
Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc Market Sunday. 7am to 1pm. Wickham Park, Islington.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday. 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.
Aftershocks The impact of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake, as recounted to writer Paul Brown and the Workers’ Cultural Action Committee by people caught in the destroyed Workers Club; moving and heartwarming. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday, at 2pm and 7.30pm, Friday, April 4, at 11am, Saturday, April 5, at 2pm and 7.30pm. 4962 3270, 0416 252 446.
Art Systems Wickham White by Kelly-Ann Lees. To April 13.
Back to Back Galleries Subtext, exploring the links between literature and the visual arts. To April 13.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Reflections on The Hunter Brian Roberts and Shirley Cameron Roberts. To April 13.
Cooks Hill Galleries Preview of Master and Apprentices by Bruce Rowland and co-exhibitors Christine Harvison, Amber Carbury, John Maroney, Ellen Howell and Richard Kearney. April 4 to 28.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Wood: Art, Design, Architecture. Your Collection: Charles Collin. Both to April 6.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Shooting Around Corners by Mark Tedeschi, to April 27. Showcase 2014, April 6. International Salon of Photography, to April 6. The Moving Finger Paints by Tallulah Cunningham, to May 4, DomiKNIT by Brett Alexander to May 4. Groovin: The Story of Groovin the Moo to May 25.
Maitland Gaol Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles All Tied Up, an exploration of ties and neck wear and the place they have played in social interaction and identity. To July 20.
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre 24th Muswellbrook Photographic Award. To April 20.
Newcastle Art Gallery Blue + White; Fully Figurative; Peter Maloney: A Focus. All to May 11. New To Video to April 27. Rrapture: Julie Rrap to April 27.
Newcastle Art School Works in Progress from the students of the Advanced Diploma Visual Arts. To April 11.
Newcastle Art Space On the Verge: Paintings by Lesley Instone and Dan Nelson. To April 13.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre. Port Stephens Art Prize, to March 30.
Timeless Textiles American-born fibre artist Kerr Grabowski’s first Australian exhibition, Wearable Narratives, to April 13.
The University Gallery Shadowline: Contemporary Drawing by Nicole Chaffey, Anne Judell, Jennifer Keeler-Milne and Franc Hancock. Spiritlands photography and video by Cherie Johnson, Nicole Chaffey and Tara Standing. Both to April 17.
Watt Space Gallery Ceramics Showcase 2014 Ulterior Connection, Street Stories by Tim Buchano, The Mad Scientist Study by Emma Collins, Mixed Media by Natalie Engdahl. All to April 13.
Wollombi Cultural Centre Mirrabooka by Kevin Gavi Duncan. To March 30.
Argyle House Saturday, Argyle House First Birthday Party. Wednesday, Ramshackle featuring Neil Fleming.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, XYZ.
Bar 121 Friday, Troy Kemp. Saturday, Incognito.
Bar Petite Saturday, Matt Purcell. Sunday, Crocq.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Daley Holliday.
Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, DLove.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, The Gooch Palms, Palms, The Sufferjets, Dog Beach. Wednesday, Iwrestledabearonce, Caulfield.
Catho Pub Saturday, Cash and Co. Sunday, Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Show.
CBD Hotel Saturday, House Party with DJs Jun-Wan, Salvia, Goldboxx, Thialh.
The Edwards Sunday, Soul Shakedown Party.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.
George Tavern Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Great Northern Hotel Saturday, Mayhem 10, Divina, Pants Optional, Kang, Handball Deathmatch, Take Your Own, Driverside Airbag.
Grand Hotel Saturday, Anna Milat.
Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Teej and the Fiends. Sunday, Lyle Dennis and the Moustache Rodeo.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Live it Up Karaoke, Razorhead, Unstuck, Necrologoy. Sunday, Jen Buxton, Jerk Lundie, Wil’s Rock trivia. Tuesday, Disturd, Insidious Process. Wednesday, Great Toad, Organik.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Rip It Up. Sunday, Dai Pritchard Blues Band. Wednesday, Trivia.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Great Toad, Organik, The Way Out. Sunday, Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser with Coal Mouth Blues, Annie O’Dee and the Hot Shots, Walter Junior Band, Kingy’s 2NUR FM Blues Show.
Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday, Ms Murphy. Sunday, Amber Lawrence and Jason Owen. Tuesday, In The Name Of Style with Sam and Jordi Woods.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Hornet.
Museum Hotel Saturday, Paparazzi.
Pedens at Cessnock Saturday, Damnation: The Bon Scott Tribute.
Royal Federal Hotel Saturday, The Nick Raschke Duo.
Shinnies Hotel Boolaroo Sunday, Firewall.
Shoal Bay Resort Saturday, Russell Hull, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Amy Fredes, Russell Hull. Sunday, Good Company, Kazzi Waters.
The Small Ballroom Saturday, Stonefield, Lurch, Chief. Sunday, Mi Casa Su Casa featuring Tales in Space, Yeo, Pierce Brothers.
The Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys.
Vues on the Bay Saturday, Troy Kemp.
Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Jungle Kings. Wednesday Trivia.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Pat Capocci, Helen and Friends. Sunday, Fish Fry, Dave and The Demons.
The Lego Movie (PG) An ordinary Lego minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together. (Event Cinemas Glendale)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (PG) After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, this film finds Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C.
Muppets Most Wanted (G) The entire Muppets gang goes on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, before they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. (Hoyts)
All Is Lost (M) Deep in the Indian Ocean, a determined solo sailor (Robert Redford) wakes to find a shipping container has violently crashed into his boat, severing his connection to the world.
Noah (M) Directed by visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, this film stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins.
300: Rise of an Empire After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian army under Xerxes marches to the Greek city states.
12 Years a Slave (MA 15+) Solomon Northup was kidnapped for slavery in 1841 despite being born a free man. Best Picture Oscar.
20 Feet From Stardom (M) Long-neglected back-up singers to musical legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Sting take centre-stage in this music documentary. (Regal Cinema)
American Hustle (MA15+) An infectious tale set in the 1970s, this story of a con artist couple roped into a corruption crackdown is inspired by true events. All-star cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence. (Regal Cinemas)
Are We Officially Dating? (MA15+) Jason (Zac Efron) and co-worker Daniel (Miles Teller) try to help friend Mikey (Michael B Jordan) after he discovers his wife has been cheating. (Hoyts)
Blue Jasmine (M) A socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, imposes on her sister. Oscar best actress, Cate Blanchett. (Avoca Beach Picture Theatre)
Bolshoi Ballet Lost Illusions. Based on French writer Honoré de Balzac’s novel, Lost Illusions is a new ballet, created in Moscow in 2011 by Alexei Ratmansky with dramaturgy reviewed by French actor, writer and director Guillaume Gallienne. Lucien, a young provincial and budding composer, sets to conquer the Parisian scene in search of glory.
Cuban Fury (M) Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lays dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire.
Dallas Buyers Club (MA 15+) Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof.
Free Birds (G) Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must team up to travel back in time to change history.(Event Glendale)
Ghost. (M) Stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg. (Event Cinemas Newcastle)
The Great Beauty (M) Oscar winner: Best foreign language film. (Event Cinemas Newcastle)
I, Frankenstein (M) Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam finds he has the key that could destroy man. (Nelson Bay Cinema Complex)
Jump ‘n’ Jive Party (G) Follow Little Charley Bear as he shows he’s no ordinary bear (Hoyts)
Le Weekend (M) A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon.
Lone Survivor (MA 15 +) Based on a true story of heroism and survival about four Navy SEALs. (Reading Charlestown)
The Monuments Men (M) Stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and John Goodman.
Mr Peabody and Sherman (PG) The dazzlingly brilliant Mr. Peabody – who happens to be a dog – and his adopted boy Sherman go on a time travel adventure through the defining moments of history.
Nebraska (M) A father and son road trip, from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska gets waylaid at a small town where the father grew up and has scores to settle. (Avoca Beach Picture Theatre)
Need for Speed (M) Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison.
Peter Rabbit, The Tale of the Missing Egg (G) (Hoyts)
Philomena (M) Judi Dench delivers a note-perfect performance in a touching and often funny true story of grave injustice and a mother’s search for her son. (Nelson Bay Cinema Complex)
Pompeii (M) Set in the days leading up to the famous eruption of Mt Vesuvius, which destroyed the ancient city of Pompeii. Kit Harington stars as Milo, an enslaved gladiator, who must fight for his life in the arena every day.
Ride Along (M) Fast-talking security guard Ben joins his cop brother-in-law James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister.
Tracks (M) Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who made a solo trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and the Indian Ocean.
Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (M) Rose Hathaway is a half-human half-vampire. Stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky.
The Wind Rises. (PG) Japanese voice cast: Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert and Morio Kazama. (Event Cinemas Newcastle)
Wolf Creek 2 (MA 15+) The outback once more becomes a place of horror. (Hoyts)
The Wolf of Wall Street (R) Leonardo DiCaprio is the very picture of corporate recklessness and hard-partying lifestyle in this true story of greed and excess portrayed in grand, operatic, often darkly funny style. (Regal Cinema)
Less than one month remains to the seventh annual Sail Port Stephens, Australia’s fastest growing sailing regatta.
The event will kick off with a long weekend of racing on April 11, featuring three sailing events – the NSW IRC Championships and The Pantaenius Port Stephens Trophy from April 11 to 13, followed by the Pantaenius Commodores Cup from April 14 to 16.
“Whether you’re a skipper or crew member out on the water, or family or friends taking it all in from the many scenic vantage points, Port Stephens promises to deliver an exciting getaway with loads to do off the water, including coastal national parks, reserves, plenty of bushwalking, wildlife, marine life, beaches, restaurants, clubs and pubs,” said event co-ordinator Janelle Gardner.