What's On

This Weekend in Brisbane

By Sophia McMeekin - 20 Feb 2014

French Rendez-Vous

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Black Bear Lodge

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Philip Bacon Galleries

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Summit Restaurant & Bar

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What's up in Brisbane this weekend, you ask? Well, quite a bit actually. We've got some fresh exhibitions, new bars to check out, great live music, pop up shops, divine degustations, and a magazine launch. Here's everything you need to know about what's on in Brisbane this weekend.

Thursday the 20th

French Rendez-Vous Pop Up | Wintergarden
French fashion comes to Wintergarden during the month of February as James Street's French Rendez-Vous pops up. With a new shipment of ready-to-wear clothing from Paris just in (including items by Les Prairies de Paris, Suzie Winkle, My Pants, and Margaux Lonnberg) you're sure to find something to fall head over heels for.
When | For the whole of February

John Steel Singers and Jeremy Neale | Black Bear Lodge
What a bunch of lady killers. Brisbane boys, The John Steel Singers, and Brisbane's darling, Jeremy Neale, are brining their slick jazz sound to Black Bear Lodge.
When | 7pm to late

40 Years 40 Paintings | Philip Bacon Galleries
To celebrate his iconic Brisbane gallery, and long career as an influential art dealer (you can read all about him here), Philip Bacon Galleries are showing 40 of Bacon's rare and important works, including pieces by Fred Williams, Jeffrey Smart, Margaret Olley, Rupert Bunny among others. A not to be missed exhibition. 
When | Exhibition runs until Sunday the 15th of March
Price | Entry is free

Havana Club Rum Tasting | Depo
Calling all rum fans: West End's Depo is hosting Karel "Papi" Reyes as he walks you through a very fine selection of Havana Club rum, with canapés to accompany. Bring your Dad along, he'll love you for it. Phone 07 3846 6537 to book.
Price | Free 
When | 5:30pm – 7:30pm

With Flaws Issue 9 Launch | Winn Lane
Issue 9 of With Flaws — a v. cool arts magazine that supports independent musicians, artists, photographers, writers, etc. — is hot off the press and will be released on the 20th of February. To celebrate there'll be bands(like Kill Frank, Woolpit and Makeout Creek), beers (thanks to the kids at Green Beacon), and lots of fun going on, just in front of Atavist Books.
When | 6pm- 10pm
Price | Free!

Friday the 21st

Friday Slow Down | Bleeding Heart Gallery
Kick-start your post work relaxing with beers, beats, and a BBQ at this CBD Queenslander cum art gallery. And, not only will this kickin' Friday drinks session get your weekend started right, they'll also be giving 100% of profits to a chosen charity for the week. If you've got a big group you can book a table on 07 3229 0395.
When | From 4pm
Price | Beers start at $6.50, and a sausage will set you back $4

Friday Flavour | Shelter Bar
Play bartender at The Story Bridge Hotel's Shelter Bar every Friday night, where you can create you own delicious jam jar cocktail, for only 10 beans! And, if you purchase a cocktail jug on the night you might win a special gift from Swarovski. 
When | Each Friday from 6pm – 9pm during February
Price | Jam Jar Cocktails are $10 

Oh You Pretty Things Exhibition Launch | Bird Gallery and Studio
The gap between selfie and self portrait will be bridged at this unique exhibition which features mixed-media self portrait work by local, national, and international creatives. Entertainment will be provided by local band Mega Orge, and there will be a full bar in operation.
When | 7pm
Price | Entry is $5

Saturday the 22nd

Month of Love | Summit Restaurant & Bar
Are you sad that Valentine's Day has been and gone for another year (or maybe you forget to celebrate on the day and need to make amends)? Dry your tears, you old softie, because Summit Restaurant (perched at the top of Mt Coot-tha) is hosting a whole month of love, with a very special romantic package available for February. They are offering patrons a welcome cocktail, divine 6-course meal, with a matching wine tasting for each course, and a box of chocolates to round out the evening.
When | For the whole of February
Price | $175 per couple

Sunday the 23rd

2014 Battle Against Ovarian Cancer  | Sandstorm Beach Club, Nathan
Join the fight against Ovarian Cancer, and have a great day out in the sun watching some world-class beach volleyball as the 2014 Battle Against Ovarian Cancer comes to Nathan. Queensland sporting legends Natalie Cook and Petero Civoniceva, among others, will be hitting the beach to support Queensland's women, and the Cherish Foundation. Register your team to get involved!
When | 7am to 4pm
Price | Minimum $550 pledge donation per team

Wednesday the 26th

Beer and Cheese Evening | The Standard Market Co.
The cheese connoisseurs from our Gasworks fave, The Standard Market Co. are teaming up with our other Newmarket fave, Newstead Brewing Co. for a night of beer and cheese. Yes, we know, how delicious does that sound? They are teaming 5 boutique beers with 5 fantastic gourmet cheeses, and Michael Conrad (of Newstead Brewery fame) along with Michael Dean (from The Standard Market Co.) will both be on hand to explain the unique characteristics of each course, and why they work so well together.
When | 6:30pm - 9pm
Price | Tickets are $50 Per Person and can be booked by calling 0402 007 118 or emailing [email protected]

The Elephant Relaunch | The Elephant (Formerly The Elephant and Wheelbarrow)
Formerly The Elephant and Wheelbarrow, this Fortitude Valley saloon has has a facelift, with a brand new design, new beer garden, new bar and deck upstairs, and an outdoor pizza kitchen and rotisserie. Tonight it opens its doors to the public, so be sure to come in, join the opening night celebrations, and check out the new look.
When | 6:30pm
Price | Entry is free

7 Course Green Papaya Degustation with Lien Yeomans | Lutèce
Vietnamese chef Lien Yeomans (known for The Green Papaya restaurant and her Green Papaya cookbook) will be hosting a heavenly 7-course dinner at Lutèce. Each delicious course will be accompanied by Hentley Farm Wines.
Price | Bookings are $135 per person. Phone (07) 3161 1858 to book

Get Your Tickets To…

Cloudy Bay Clam Bake | Stokehouse
San Francisco comes to Stokehouse next Thursday with this decidedly 1950's themed clam bake, with includes clam chowder on a cob bread bowl (is there anything better than edible bowls), freshly shucked oysters, and barbecue shell fish as well sparkling and Sauvignon Blanc from the gang at Cloudy Bay. The guys from Gas Grooves will also be there to soothe your ears with groovy beats and soulful sax. To be transported to this San Franciscan fish market, call 07 3020 0600 to book.
When | 27th of February from 6pm to 9pm
Price | 75 Per person

Pharrell Williams Live | The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds
Coming to Aus for Future Music, Pharrell is playing one solo show in Brisbane, and we think you should nab yourself a ticket now.
When | 12th of March, 6pm
Price | Tickets are $81.50

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