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In Stitches Comedy Festival – Brisbane, 17-29 June 2008

In Stitches
12 nights of comedy, stand up, live music and a free outdoor program… In Stitches at QPAC brings together some of Australia’s most popular comedy performers for two weeks of laughs, music and random acts of weirdness.

Acts include:
Jimeoin, Puppetry of the Penis, Fiona O’Loughlin and Raymond Crowe, Cal Wilson, The Young Guns of Comedy with Tahir, Carita Farrer, The Kransky Sisters, Ahn Do, Julia Morris, Scared Little Weird Guys, The Chasers, The Umbilical Brothers and Sarah Pember.

Links:  QPACqtix

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer.

Originally from Perth, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre at the University of Western Australia in 1995, then an Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of WA – part of the WA Academy of Performing Arts – in 1998.

In 2002, he moved to Melbourne, where he began to develop the solo comedy shows which have gained him public and critical acclaim in the last three years. He developed his unique style during an 18-month period when he played regularly in the famous 40-seat cabaret room of The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, before

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Racecourse Road Street Party – 20 July 2008

As part of Brisbane Festival 2008, the ultimate street party reclaims Racecourse Road for one massive day only.

Check out the three stages of FREE live music and create your own soundtrack to a perfect day out with the amazing sounds of jazz, world music, funk, pop and rock performances coming to you from all around Australia. The day’s performance includes Australia’s premier original soul/funk outfit Pablo Discobar, roots group Afro Dizzi Act, The Tonights a trio unbounded by genre, indie rockers Kristy London and The Other Halves, singer songwriter Emma Dean, Australia’s hottest latin band Chu‘Kale’ and many more.

This incredible day will also feature heaps of activities for children and families with face painting, workshops in circus, physical theatre, juggling, dance and kite making plus more than 150 stalls offering gourmet produce, community information and arts and crafts for sale. Complete your day by visiting the retail stores and restaurants that make Racecourse Road the hub of North Brisbane.

FEATURING
Pablo Discobar, Kafka, Afro Dizzi Act, Emma Dean, Chu‘kale’, The Tonights, Tim Loydell & the Deckchairs, Kristy London & the Other Halves, 8 Ball Aitken

VENUE
Racecourse Road, Ascot QLD

DATE & TIME
Sunday 20 July – 10am to 5pm

TICKETS
FREE. No bookings required.

TRANSPORT
TRANSLink 13 12 30 or www.translink.com.au

Train: Ascot Station
Bus: Racecourse Road, Kingsford Smith Drive & Lancaster Road
CityCat: Bretts Wharf
Parking: Eagle Farm Racecourse with a gold coin donation to charity and limited street parking available

MORE INFO
Food and beverages will be available for sale from a variety of stalls and cafes and restaurants along Racecourse Road. Umbrella making, kite making, jewellery, circus and dance workshops will run throughout the day.

For information on road closures, alternate traffic routes and parking restrictions visit http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/.

Dropkick Murphys @ Tivoli – Brisbane 27 May 2008

Dropkick Murphys
The Dropkick Murphy’s, who have evolved over the past decade into one of the most beloved punk-inspired bands in the world, played to a sell out crowd at The Tivoli.  

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Links:  The Tivoli  –  The Dropkick Murphy’s  –  Sick Of It All  – FasterLouder 
Photos:  LifeMusicMedia photoset 

Brisbane Zombie Walk 2008 – Review

Brisbane Zombie Walk 2008
BRAINS!!!  At 3pm, Sunday 25 May 2008, Roma Street Parklands filled with zombies that had once again gathered for Brisbane’s annual Zombie Walk.  More than a thousand zombies had arrived and started their pilgrimage through the city.   Onlookers stood back and stared, cars beeped and zombies moaned.  Leaving a trail of blood, they stumbled through to quench their thirst before disappearing into the night.

Bloody good event!

Read the event organisers “post-walk statement” here.
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Links:     Zombie Walk Brisbane  –  Brisbane Blog   
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Brisbane Zombie Walk – 25 May 2008

2008 Brisbane Zombie Walk
The 2008 Brisbane Zombie walk will take play on Sunday 25th May at 3pm!

Starting at Roma Street Parklands, the meeting point will be at the amphitheater near the Wickham St entrance of the park at 3pm. After some mingling the walk will commence, leaving the park and heading towards the center of the city. Participants will then head towards Fortitude Valley. The walk will officially finish up at a small park on Ann Street just short of the Brunswick Street mall. For those zombies craving an after-party, the last leg of the walk will continue to Planet Nightclub on Warner Street.

The after-party is officially ALL AGES! Those of legal drinking age will get a special wrist band so they can buy alcohol. The venue will remain all ages until 9pm.

The cost for the after party has been kept down to a low $5 and the BBQ is only the cost of a gold-coin donation. There will also be other cheap surprises for those who attend. A cheap night out for zombie lovers!
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Links: Official Brisbane Zombie Walk Site 
Photos: LifeMusicMedia 2007 Zombie Walk photoset 

Paniyiri Greek Festival – Musgrave Park, South Brisbane 17-18 May 2008


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The famous yearly odyssey known as Paniyiri will be on again, when Brisbane experiences Hellenic hospitality at its best. The festival will take place at Musgrave Park and The Greek Club in South Brisbane.

While the historic steps of the Acropolis may be some 15,000 kilometres from the grassy flats of Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, all the sights, sounds, characters and culture from the country which produced Homer, haloumi, honey puffs, Socrates, Plato and the famous Zorba will be celebrated in style during the much anticipated festival. Come along and enjoy the dance, music, food, tavli, lectures, effie, trella and cooking at the Paniyiri Greek Festival.

CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: 07 3844 1166
Email: events@thegreekclub.com.au
Web: http://www.thegreekclub.com.au/


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ENTRY INFORMATION
Open Times:
Open from 1400 to 2200 Saturday and 1000 to 1900 Sunday.
Date: From 17 May 08 To 18 May 08
Frequency: Annual

Venue: Edmondstone Street
Greek Club and Convention Centre and Musgrave Park
Edmonstone Street
South Brisbane,Brisbane City
Queensland, Australia
4101

The 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Celebrations

20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Celebrations
South Bank, Brisbane will be alive with activity on Saturday 10 May, when locals and visitors alike are invited to a free community day of celebrations that will feature roving performers reminiscent of the sights and sounds of World Expo 88, an 80s movie marathon, a memorabilia display and the 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Celebrations Fireworks brought to you by 1116 4BC.

The celebrations will culminate in the 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Celebrations Concert brought to you by 4BH 882 in the Suncorp Piazza, recreating the magic of Expo’s vaudeville entertainment program.

The concert is also supported by the Queensland Government, and will feature two classic Australian bands that graced the stage at World Expo 88, now returning for the ultimate encore performance.
Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows and Mental As Anything will headline the 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Concert brought to you by 4BH 882.
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Expo Captured brought to you by Anthony John Group will invite visitors to relive the magic of World Expo 88 with a larger than life photographic display, which will be located in the South Bank Arbour and will remain on display until 22 June.

The Expo Trail brought to you by Brisbane City Council will provide yet another opportunity for visitors to reminisce as they revisit the locations of a number of iconic Expo pavilions.

The self guided tour will mark the locations of key pavilions and attractions, providing imagery and a brief history for each.
The Expo Trail brought to you by Brisbane City Council will be on display until 8 June 2008.

The celebrations will also feature a Kids Expo attraction, International Beer Hall, which will pay tribute to the German Festhaus, and a memorabilia display.

Official television station of the 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Celebrations, Channel Nine, will produce a documentary to commemorate the occasion.
The documentary will air on Nine on the evening of the 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Community Day Celebrations, Saturday May 10.

Links: 
Official SouthBankCelebrates88 site
South Bank Corporation 
Brisbane City Council 
Suncorp 
Queensland Government 
4BH 882 
4BC 1116 
Visit South Bank 

Lee Rocker

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Since the release of his Alligator Records debut Racin’ The Devil, bassist/vocalist/songwriter (and Stray Cats co-founder) Lee Rocker’s solo career has been skyrocketing. Publications from USA Today to Billboard and The New York Times raved about the undeniable power and foot-stomping fun of Rocker’s Americana-based roots rock. OffBeat declared, “What’s most satisfying about Lee Rocker is his ability to graft classic Sun licks and shuffles onto Americana. He bridges the gap between Bruce Springsteen and Hank Williams, Sr.” Bass Player magazine simply said, “He absolutely kills.” Lee’s live shows, fueled by his barnstorming, rocking band, grow wilder each night out. And now, on the heels of the national Stray Cats 2007 summer reunion tour, Lee Rocker is back with his second Alligator album, Black Cat Bone.

The Chicago Tribune describes Rocker’s playing as “muscular and passionate.” The Washington Post says his music consists of “impressive, catchy, driving original songs, frantic romps, finger-snapping swing and brooding slow blues.” Rolling Stone declares, “Lee Rocker’s singing naturally captures the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll. His catchy, well-written songs are very difficult to get out of your head.”


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Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock n roll icon.

As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock n roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from the bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the US, gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way. slim-jim-phantom-sml

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The Caxton Street Seafood Festival – Sunday 4th May 2008

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To experience some of the best live music Australia has to offer this Labour Day long weekend, there’s only one place to be – The Caxton Street Seafood Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held on Sunday 4 May 2008, and along with delicious seafood, wine and beer, there’s a sight and sound for every musical palate.

There’s a massive amount of locally home-grown talent on offer including the likes of Nik Phillips, Nina May, DJ Jimmy Z, the infectiously manic Butterfingers and electro tinged rock band, Elation.

The eclectic mix also includes indie rocker Diana Anaid, jazz diva Grace Knight and trio and Sydney based hip hop and beats label, Urthboy.
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Leonard Cohen

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For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human lives, always with a full appreciation of how elusive answers can be to the vexing questions he raises. But those questions, and the journey he has traveled in seeking to address them, are the ever-shifting substance of his work, as well as the reasons why his songs never lose their overwhelming emotional force.

His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), announced him as an undeniable major talent. It includes such songs as “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “So Long, Marianne” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Good,” all now longstanding classics. If Cohen had never recorded another album, his daunting reputation would have been assured by this one alone.

However, the two extraordinary albums that followed, Songs From a Room (1969), which includes his classic song, “Bird on the Wire,” and Songs of Love and Hate (1971), provided whatever proof anyone may have required that that the greatness of his debut was not a fluke. (All three albums are reissued in April, 2007.)



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Black Mustang

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Black Mustang have quickly established themselves as one of Brisbane’s most undeniably exhilarating new bands. Having developed an explosive live set with teenage kicks and manic pop thrills, their sound veers from rambunctious garage rock n roll to grungy blues-infected dynamos. Black mustangs sheer sonic momentum, combined with their intelligent use of melody, displays a maturity far beyond the band’s tender years. Powerful emotions, spanning from love and lust to fear and frustration are ever present. In short, Black Mustang provides a roller coaster ride of unashamed, delirious rock n roll.

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Buddha Birth Day Festival – Brisbane, May 2-4 2008

Buddha Birth Day Festival

An estimated 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the 12th annual Buddha Birth Day Festival. The Festival is a signature cultural event for Queensland and is now one of the largest Buddhist celebrations in the world.

Endorsing this year’s theme of “Harmony in All”, the Festival promotes a peaceful existence and appreciation of Australia’s multicultural identity and focuses on generating community and individual ‘respect for life’.

Spread over 12 locations throughout the South Bank Parklands, the Buddha Birth Day Festival involves over 700 volunteers, 300 performers, 200 events, 2 performance stages, a fireworks display, 21 information and meditation sessions including 2 multi-faith forums, 18 Cultural, Art and Environmental activities for the children, a Children’s Amusement Area with a number of rides, an Art Exhibition, an organised Festival tour for over 1,000 school children, 50 food and merchandise stalls and 4 Official functions including the Opening Ceremony on Saturday night.

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Links:  Buddha Birth Day Festival Site 
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