Community Billboard 3 August – 10 August 2016

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected.

Aboriginal Astronomy

Join Muruwari man Willy Stevens as we look to the stars to learn from Indigenous knowledge systems that understand, explain and predict nature.

Willy Stevens is a Muruwari man from north-west NSW. Willy is currently researching Muruwari astronomical traditions and delivers the Dreamtime Astronomy program at the Sydney Observatory and Powerhouse Museum. Willy presented the City of Sydney’s 2013 NAIDOC Week Rideabout tour and was most recently invited to talk on Aboriginal astronomy in Armidale as part of the concluding activities of 2015 National Science Week.

This is a free public talk, refreshments provided, register online to attend.

Let us change your view of the city.

Brought to you by Henry Halloran Trust and Cities Network.

WHEN: Thursday 4 August 2016 from 6pm to 8pm

WHERE: Redfern Community Centre
29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern

COST: Free

Aladdin the musical

Aladdin is the must-see show of the year and “Broadway’s biggest new hit!” – Entertainment Weekly.

From the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy. The New York Times says it’s “Fabulous!” and “Extravagant!” and USA Today call it “Pure Genie-us!”

With exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects. Disney’s Aladdin is, as NBC-TV declares, “Exactly what you wished for!”

WHEN: Wednesday 3 August to Friday 23 September 2016
Wednesdays to Saturdays, 8pm to 11pm
Sundays, 6.30pm to 9.30pm
(Matinee performances on Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday. Check website for details.)

WHERE: Capitol Theatre
13 Campbell Street, Haymarket

COST: From: $60

Dorian

The Sydney University Dramatic Society Presents: Dorian.

A new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray by Nadia Bracegirdle, Dorian explores obsession, love, vice, and what it means to place aesthetic ideals above all else. In this decadent and carefree world is an underbelly of shame, fear, blackmail, and violence, which begs the question: how far are we willing to go to maintain our ideals?

With Tom Mendes, Chloe Lethlean Higson, Max Melzer, Anita Donovan, Tim Doran, Illeana Prieto, Lizzie Westbrook, Harry Winsome, Nathan Wylie and Jess Zlotnick.

Adapted by Nadia Bracegirdle
Director: Jane Hughes
Producer / Assistant Director: Alex Smiles
Production Designer: Imogen King
Stage Manager: Maddy Picard
Assistant Stage Manager: Christopher Starnawski
Lighting Operator: Ruby Willis

Dorian contains violence, murder and references to suicide.

Inspired by the words of a new acquaintance, the young Dorian Gray gazes upon his freshly-painted portrait and wishes that the image might grow old while he might remain young. To the detriment of all around him, his wish is granted.

“…Marvellously young and marvellously beautiful. Youth and beauty are the only things worth having in this world…”

WHEN: Wednesday 27 July to Saturday 6 August 2016
Wednesdays to Saturdays, 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: Great Hall, University of Sydney
Science Road, Camperdown
Cellar Theatre

COST: Cost
Adult: $10.00
Concession: $7.00
Access Card Member: $5.00
SUDS Member: $3.00

International Blues Music Day

Australian blues legends The Backsliders return to The Basement as part of International Blues Music Day to launch their new release Heathen Songbook, an album of driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds with original 21st century new blues anthems with Australian overtones.

Dom Turner, Rob Hirst and Ian Collard (along with some very special guests) will play tracks from the new album as well as songs from their 30-year history.

International Blues Music Day is proud to host Australia’s most celebrated blues soul rock organ player! He’s been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of the Lachy Doley Group and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since.

Australian blues sensation P J O’Brien knows how to get a blues party started. His fat and funky fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again. Along with frequent flyer points PJ has gathered a swag of awards including Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent and Song of the Year, Chain Australian Blues Awards.

Doors open 6.30 for dinner, music kicks off around 8pm.

WHEN: Saturday 6 August 2016 from 6.30pm to 11.45pm

WHERE: The Basement Nightclub
29 Reiby Place, Sydney

COST: General Admission: $29.50

Three Sisters

Sport For Jove Theatre present a new Australian translation of one of theatre’s defining works...

Seymour Centre resident theatre company, Sport For Jove Theatre, are proud to present a brand new Australian translation of one of theatre’s defining works, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, as part of the Reginald Season.

Translated by Karen Vickery (Chekhov’s Jubilee (STC)), Sport For Jove’s Three Sisters is a brilliant recreation of a universal masterpiece by one the world’s greatest playwrights. The show tells the moving story of the Prozorov family in an emotionally charged portrait of life, our dreams and trivial realities, exposing the ordinary and extraordinary flux of the human experience.

A new Australian collaboration with one of the world’s most valued works of art, Three Sisters is an essential theatrical experience not to be missed.

WHEN: Thursday 28 July 2016 - Saturday 13 August 2016
Thursday 28 July 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Friday 29 July 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Tuesday 2 August 2016 from 10.30am to 1.45pm
Tuesday 2 August 2016 from 6.30pm to 9.45pm
Wednesday 3 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Thursday 4 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Friday 5 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Saturday 6 August 2016 from 1pm to 4.15pm
Saturday 6 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Tuesday 9 August 2016 from 10.30am to 1.45pm
Tuesday 9 August 2016 from 6.30pm to 9.45pm
Wednesday 10 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Thursday 11 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Friday 12 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm
Saturday 13 August 2016 from 1pm to 4.15pm
Saturday 13 August 2016 from 7pm to 10.15pm

WHERE: Seymour Centre
Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale

COST: General: $42.00
Concession: $35.00

Material Girls

Gallery Klei invites you to witness three Sydney based artists whose explorations of the materials stone, steel, and wood, will challenge your perceptions of the material and have you seeing them from a fresh perspective.

Each artist draws upon space, tension, and form – both present and not – to mislead or guide you to a new conclusion or sensation.

Please join:

Shannon Smith
Samantha Stephenson
Laura Sutton

at the opening night for an experience, a chat, and a glass of wine.

WHEN: Friday 5 August to Friday 19 August 2016
Opening night: Friday 5 August, 6-8pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 5pm

WHERE: Gallery Klei, Albion Place, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

COST: FREE

Hard to Believe: NSW Parliament House - A documentary film about the killing of prisoners of conscience for their organs in China

It’s happened before. Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.

It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.

This riveting 1 hour film will provide you with insights into a human rights abuse in China which most people have never heard reported.

Join award-winning China analyst and investigative reporter, Ethan Gutmann (featured in the film), President of the Israel Transplantation Society, Professor Jacob Lavee (via video link up, featured in the film), Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting Medical Advisory Board member, Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh and Clinical Ethicist, Deputy Director of the Macquarie University Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, Professor Wendy Rogers for the Australian premiere screening of the documentary Hard to Believe, followed by Q&A panel discussion.

“This documentary is extremely important for those involved in organ donation and transplantation, human rights, healthcare, ethics and the law. The credentials of the interviewed experts are impeccable.” – Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Supported by:
The Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
The Australian Council for Human Rights Education

This is a not for profit event.

Also screening at Event Cinemas, George Street, Sydney on 3 August 2016, 6.45pm to 9pm

WHEN: Thursday 4 August 2016 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

WHERE: 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
NSW Parliament House - Theatrette

COST: $15

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