Don’t hang up those dancing shoes quite yet, friends. Just because the weekend’s over doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to the good times. Brisbane’s not planning on slowing down any time soon and neither should you. That’s why we’ve rounded up these five awesome things to do in Brisbane this week. We’ve got everything from woodworking workshops with your gal pals to chilled Wednesday night jazz sessions. All you have to do is scroll down.
Monday 22 January
Clay Your Pet at Cork & Chroma
The creative legends themselves, Cork & Chroma, have something truly special up their sleeves this week to help you get over your Monday-itis. Four words, guys: hand-sculpted pet portraits. As part of their Clay Play series of workshops, Cork & Chroma will be showing you how to create the perfect miniature replica of your fur baby from air dry clay. Taking place over two weekly sessions, Cork & Chroma’s team of local artists will be guiding you through the full process of creating a sculpted replica of your woofer or catto. And, as always, BYO wine is encouraged. A place you can be free to truly express your love for your real soul mate AND adult grape juice? Heck yes! The sessions will take place on the 22nd January and 29th January, with both kicking off from 7pm. For more information, and to secure your place, click here.
Tuesday 23 January
Woodworking 101 Evening
Ladies of Brisbane, this one’s for you. Brought to you by the minds over at She Skills, this four-week woodworking class is designed to get you out of your head and enjoying the feeling of making something with your own hands. Taught by women, for women, these workshops will show you everything from how to use a range of tools to how to create a variety of simple timber joints. Then, finally, you’ll be unleashed to create a small project of your own to take home and proudly show all your mates. The workshop is designed to teach you what is possible with a little bit of time and practice, with sustainability being the idea behind the whole shebang. World-friendly, stress-relieving and empowering – what more could you ask for from a Tuesday evening? The first class will take place on the 23rd of January and the course will finish on the 13th of February. For all the details, and to book a ticket, click here.
Wednesday 24 January
Ruckus Chapbook Slam
What better way is there to get over the mid-week slump than by attending a Ruckus Slam spoken-word poetry session? But this isn’t just your regular ol’ slam poetry evening, this Ruckus Brisbane event is a chapbook slam, which means the poets will be given a whopping eight minutes each to do their word slinging thing. Taking place at the New Globe Theatre, the evening will see 10 competitors compete for a cash prize and the title of best poet of the evening. Heckling, yelling, singing and general hoopla is encouraged, which means you’re pretty much encouraged to have fun. What will those crazy kids over at Ruckus think of next? Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. For the full details, click here.
Jazz Nights At Press Club
Does smooth tunes and comfy leather booths with your favourite people sound like your perfect Wednesday evening? Friends, we’d like to introduce you to Brisbane staple, Jazz Nights at Press Club. Taking place every Wednesday night from 9:30pm at Press Club, in the Fortitude Valley, the Shannon Marshall Band takes over the intimate space for one magical musical journey. Accompanied by a changing cast of special guests, the band will belt out classic jazz music well into the evening to ensure those toes keep tapping. Pro tip: combine your music-listening session with one of Press Club’s famous signature cocktails (espresso martinis and froze, anyone?), then kick back in a plush lounge and unwind. Yes, you can thank us later. For all the details, click here.
Friday 26 January
Tacos Al Pastor In Brisbane
Bringing the smells and flavours of Mexico’s vibrant street food culture direct to Brisbane, tacos al pastor will be hitting Wandering Cooks again this Friday night and we couldn’t be more pumped. Whipped up by the food-wizards behind MX Flavour, tacos al pastor is a dish composed of thin layers of pork marinated in garlic, vinegar, chilli and achiote – the ingredient responsible for the dish’s distinct colour - which is then roasted on a rotating spit. Afterwards, the now-tender meat is sliced off into a warm corn tortilla, topped with a generous slice of pineapple, chopped onion and coriander and is served with whatever type of salsa you fancy. We’re not going to lie, MX Flavour’s selection of salsas is low-key mind-boggling. Based on a recipe that has become a staple in the cuisine of Mexico City, these tacos are about as authentic as you can get. Run, don’t walk. Wandering Cooks takes place on the corner of Fish Lane & Cordelia St from 5:00pm. For all the details, click here.
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