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SIPFest Film Festival Spend a night on a beanbag under the stars at Shorts in Paradise, the brilliant little Gold Coast film festival showcasing top local and national short films. Neal Shannon Park, Alison St, Surfers Paradise. Saturday April 26, 7.30pm-9pm. Free.
The King and I Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic stage show for all ages has been delighting audiences for 60 years and now it’s Brisbane’s turn. Australia’s leading stage stars Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes play Anna and the King of Siam. Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Tickets from $69.60.
Handmade Expo For a market with a difference head to the Ipswich Turf Club this Saturday, with everything gorgeous and handmade under the sun along with pioneer steam train rides. Ipswich Turf Club Bundamba Apr 26 8-2 Free.
Creative Kidz Big Day Out Catch a madcap science show, rainbow slime, a musical forest, tie-dying, candle sculpting, tug-of-wars, street science, story telling and face painting for free on Sunday. Bob Gamble Park, Riverheart Parklands, King Edward Parade, Ipswich. Sunday April 27, 11am-3pm. Free.
Edited by Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.
Friday April 25
5.00pm. Green Jam Sessions. Head to the Melbourne St Green at QPAC on Friday nights, with free jazz under the stars and an open bar. More information online.
6.00pm. Knockoff Comedy. Kick-start your weekend with free comedy on the Turbine Platform. This week, ImproMafia entertain with an hour of unscripted, spontaneous fun, using audience suggestions to make up comedy on the spot. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Free. More information online.
6.00pm. More or Less Human. In an exhibition of new performance and sculptural works, artist Leena Riethmuller invites viewers to encounter their bodies in different ways. Building on her past somatic experience inquiries, Leena turns the gallery into a space for both reflection on the individual body and a chance to encounter the bodies of others. Metro Arts, Edward Street. Free. More information online.
7.30pm. The Great War: Anzac Day Concert. Brisbane folk legend John Thompson, who played Song Man in the spectacular production of War Horse last year, has developed a multi-media performance based on songs and stories of the First World War. Thompson will play classic and contemporary versions of songs from the era – perfect for singing along. Trinity Hall, Church Street, Fortitude Valley. Tickets $25/$20 available online.
7.30pm. Puppet Up! Uncensored. This wild and spontaneous show features over 80 original Jim Henson puppets manned by a cast of six master puppeteers who inject their own quirky humour into each unique performance. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets $65/$50 available online.
8.00pm. The Last Flapper. Based on her letters and stories, The Last Flapper is a definitive portrait of the glamorous, fun loving and tragic Zelda Fitzgerald. Set in an insane asylum on the last day of her life, Zelda plays both doctor and patient as she relives her whirlwind past. Zelda tells of her innocent rebellion as a southern belle, her destructive marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald and her mental disintegration. Also playing Saturday night. Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace. Tickets $31/$25 available online.
Saturday April 26
9.00am. Ipswich Festival. Head west and discover a world of culture and entertainment at the 2014 Ipswich Festival. With music, theatre, art, games, exhibitions, displays, food, light shows and more, there’s something for everyone. More information online.
10.00am. Pattern Bandits. Brisbane artist Jemima Wyman has transformed GOMA’s Children’s Art Centre to explore the relationships between pattern, people and architecture. Children can enter the brightly coloured and highly patterned world of the artist and explore different patterns, from kaleidoscopes, tessellations, camouflage and harlequin, with specially designed hands-on and multimedia and activities. Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank. Free admission. More information online.
12pm. Metal Heart Festival. Are you ready for 12 hours of heavy metal? Then head to The Tivoli to see 19 bands from around Australia and New Zealand, including 8 Foot Sativa and Frankenbok. The Tivoli, 52 Costin Street, Bowen Hills. Tickets from $25 available online.
1.30pm & 7.30pm. Coppelia. Jealous of her sweetheart Franz’s interest in Doctor Coppélius’s mysterious ‘daughter’, Swanilda sneaks into his house to confront her rival. But all is not as it seems – and when the doctor discovers Franz is another intruder, delightful mayhem follows. Expect comic chaos in this captivating ballet from the Queensland Ballet. QPAC Playhouse, South Bank. Tickets $90 available online.
7.00pm & 9.00pm. The Bombshells Ball. An evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices! The Bombshells Balls is a night featuring both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes. Metro Arts, Edward Street, Brisbane.Tickets $25/$20 available online.
7.30pm. Dance Noir. Featuring a cast of exquisite and captivating young dancers, this production explores voyeurism and other people’s bedrooms. ) and steps out of the Bordello’s smoke-and-mirrors world to visit other bedrooms. Desire. Lust. Possession. Obsession. Power. Pride. Longing. Judith Wright Centre, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. Tickets 434/$29 available online.
7.30pm. Stiff. Angel Delight inherits her father’s funeral home business, on the condition that she continue to operate it for another five years. She doesn’t know a lot about funerals, so instead turns it into an undercover ‘‘massage parlour’’. Sex, suspenders, death by misadventure and unorthodox embalming techniques all feature in this quick fire comedy. Studio Theatre & Cafe, 645 Wynnum Road, Morningside. Tickets from $35 available online.
7.30pm. The King and I. For decades, The King and I has captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna Leonowens, brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s children. This revival stars Lisa McCune as the heroine governess and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the King. This sumptuous production features stunning scenery and magnificent costumes, as well as all the songs you know and love, including Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance. Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Tickets $70 to $160 available online.
8.00pm. An Evening with Petula Clark. Embracing every aspect of show business, Clark’s worldwide career has virtually defined the term "international superstar". She has been a massive star since World War II – on stage, screen, TV, radio and in the pop charts. Petula’s concert will include all of the hits from the 60s, new songs from her latest album Lost In You, as well as selections from movies and stage shows. QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank. Tickets from $79.50 available online.
8.00pm. Spoilt! In this solo work created and performed by comedian Liz Skitch, five spoilt women unravel as the worlds of a reality ‘star’, celebrity trainer, botoxed celebrant, small-dog loving PR consultant, and bridezilla collide. Skitch flips the dark side of narcissism and self-improvement sunny-side up in this electric comedy masterpiece. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets $35/$25 available online.
Sunday April 27
9.00am. Ipswich Gala Doll Fair. Part of the Ipswich Festival, this all-day event showcases anything and everything relating to dolls, bears and related items. Traders come from all over southeast Queensland and New South Wales to sell, and there are free doll and bear evaluations from 11-12 and 1-1.30pm. Civic Centre, Nicholas Street, Ipswich. Tickets $10/$8 and just $2 for kids. More information online.
9.30am. Deep Oceans. Journey to a dark and mysterious world deep below the Earth’s surface at this exhibition which showcases odd real-life creatures as well as myths and legends about monsters of the deep. Queensland Museum, South Bank. Tickets $12 available online.
10.00am. Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth. This anticipated exhibition features three huge installations, including two newly commissioned works directly inspired by the landscapes of southeast Queensland, which the artist visited in 2011. Marvel at Heritage, which features 99 expertly crafted animals all gathered around a serene watering hole, and try to take in the scale of Eucalyptus. The exhibition also features Head On, Cai’s masterwork of wolves, for the first time in Australia. Tickets $16.50 available online.
11.30am. Music on Sundays 2: (Not) The Last Night of the Proms. A fun, larrikin slant on the lighthearted and traditional Proms farewell. Take some classics, add a scoop of nationalism and a few sea shanties, some glorious voices, buffoonery from host Guy Noble, the mischievous raconteur, stir the lot with rousing choruses whipped into the melee and there you have a tried and tested celebration, aka Last Night of the Proms. Wouldn’t miss it for quids! QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank. Tickets from $62 available online.
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