Start blocking out your diaries, Brisbane, and grab your besties; this weekend is stuffed to the brim! New bars, international films, pop-ups and more, you'd better get planning! Here's the best of what's on this weekend in Brisbane.
Thursday the 1st
Spanish Film Festival
Anyone partial to a foreign language film knows that the annual Spanish Film Festival is a must-do on the cinefile calendar! This year, 30 Spanish language films — including the closing night screening of the 7 GOYA award winner 'Witching & Bitching' — will grace our screens for two weeks of La Buena Vida! Muchas Gracias!
When: May 1-14
Where: Palace Barracks and Palace Centro Cinemas
Showroom Opening | Paddington
This beautiful little store in Paddington will soon become your one stop shop for all those hard to find online items. With an eclectic rotating collection of homewares, fashion and crafted items, plus a workshop hosting creative classes, Showroom is every interior stylist's dream, and open today!
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am
'Let Your Light Shine' Screening | IMA
IMA Brisbane is screening American animator and performance artist Jodie Mack's latest offering, the 3D visual film 'Let Your Light Shine'. Known for her kinetic and elaborate visual cinematography, Mack's latest offering incorporates imagery of 'wasted consumer objects' and colourful mash-ups that are nothing short of breathtaking.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta | Chilliwow
Join the crazy cats at Chilliwow as they celebrate 'Cinco de Mayo' in a four-day long fiesta extravaganza! Think Mexican cuisine, culture, music, and some fine tequila to ring in this colourful holiday!
When: 5pm-11pm, 1st-4th May
Friday the 2nd
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band Australian tour | QPAC
It's been 30 years since beloved British actor Hugh Laurie (from Blackadder/House, for any of you living under a rock!) has graced our shores, so fans of his incredible music will be desperate to get their hands on these tickets! Performing with the Copper Bottom Band, expect a soulful mix of Blues, Tango, Southern and South American music.
Price: Tickets are $91-$153
Greaser Bar Opening | Fortitude Valley
This 'blink and you'll miss it' newcomer on The Valley bar scene is a Friday night game-changer! Behind the dimly lit bar you'll find an impressive collection of tequilas and whiskeys, plus some excellent American and local brews. A must-try are the cheeseburgers and their already legendary fried chicken. This bluesy rock n' roll bar will probably become your new favourite dive bar, so we suggest you check it out.
Can't Get Enough of Indie Rock Party | The Hi Fi
With an enormous line up to impress even the pickiest musos, The Hi-Fi are set to showcase eight independent local artists including Flannelette, Dead Wolves, The Thrill, Cassia, and Sydney based band Side Track Fiasco. Get out there and support some superb home-grown talent Brisbane!
Price: Entry is $20
Saturday the 3rd
'How to Dress Parisian' Styling workshop | French Rendez-vous
Worry your style is less 'Je ne sais quoi', more 'Je ne sais fail'? Drop by to visit the stylists at French Rendez-vous, who stock the very best upcoming French fashion labels, and book yourself in for a free styling event to teach yourself the ways of dressing 'a la parisienne'!
When: Every Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm and Saturday 3pm-5pm until May 3. Bookings essential.
Belvedere BEAT | BlackBird
On the first night of a national tour, Belvedere vodka are putting on quite the event at BlackBird. Enjoy an exclusive evening of VIP luxury with a killer view, specially created Belvedere vodka cocktails, elegant canapes, and live performances and sounds provided by Sydney DJ's, Dem Foxes.
Sunday the 4th
Group the Children According to Height Exhibition | LA51 Gallery
LA51 Gallery is showcasing eight hand picked artists in this stunning collaborative exhibition of textiles and crafts. Lovers of unique and colourful homewares and fabrics will also be able to pick up pieces by Monte Lupo Arts, one of the artists showcased in the exhibition.
Monday the 5th
Virtually Yours | Fallow
The works of Melbourne's most progressive artisan jewellers, Alicia Hannah Naomi, Julia deVille, and Redivivo, are in store at Fallow for their totally tactile ten day Virtually Yours exhibition until the 15th of May.
When: 5th to the 15th of May
Wednesday the 7th
Wing it Wednesdays | Green Beacon Brewing Company
The guys from King of the Wings are gearing up for a night of awesome wings, great beer and sweet tunes at Green Beacon Brewery. And, hold onto your seats everyone, they'll be taking up residency here every Wednesday! Life is complete.
When: 5pm-8pm, every Wednesday
The Goodnight Society Pop-Up
The Goodnight Society design beautiful organic pyjamas using original patterns and quirky prints. Come and check out their colourful collection at their oh-so-cute pop-up store on James Street. Just in time for Mother's Day!
When: 6th-11th May,
Where: 60 James Street, Fortitude Valley