What's On

This Weekend in Brisbane

By Lauren Kavanagh - 27 Mar 2014

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There is so much happening in our fabulous city this weekend. From scavenger hunts, to prestigious luncheons and five-course dinners, to Hawaiian inspired race days, there is an event on for just about everyone this weekend in Brisbane. Don't even think about staying at home in your pyjamas. Get your friends together, choose an event (or two) and have yourself a ball! 

Thursday 27th March 

'Cock' | Laboite Theatre
This cheeky titled comedy earned rave reviews in London and NYC, and is coming to Brisbane direct from its premiere at the Melbourne Theatre Company. Directed by Leticia Càceres, Mike Bartlett's razor sharp play stars Green Room Award-winning Tom Conroy and is set to new music by ARIA award-winning singer songwriter Missy Higgins. Cock is a sharp, witty production about a man torn between his longtime male partner and a loving woman, battling it out in a theatrical cockfight. Guests fortunate enough to secure VIP opening night tickets will be treated to a complimentary souvenir show program, drinks and canapés as well as the chance to mingle with the cast of the production! This is normally an invitation only event, so hop to it Brisbanites!

When: Thursday 27th March- Saturday 12th April
Where: Roadhouse Theatre, 
Time: Tuesday & Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday to Saturday 7pm.
Price: Opening night $68, Normal sessions range from $25-$68.

Seven with Another | Brisbane Powerhouse
What happens when 98 creatives — from artists and photographers, to choreographers and mathematicians — put their heads together to produce 49 artworks? You get the Seven With Another retrospective at Brisbane's Powerhouse, that's what! The retrospective will feature work by over 40 noted artists, musicians and other creative minded people; including singer/songwriter Tara Simmons, fashion designer Deanne Mayocchi and industrial designer Alex Lotersztain just to mention a few. While the exhibition officially kicks off today, the launch party is being held next Friday 4th April, which will kick off the month long exhibition and is open to everyone. You'll be able to not only see all creative artworks in one place, but you'll also get the opportunity to meet the artists while enjoying a drink or two. Who needs an excuse to party?

When: Wednesday 25th March-Friday 25th April
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street New Farm
Price: Free

Friday 28th March

Jaffle Menu Launch | Spring Food and Wine
That's right, I did say Jaffle! Er, yum! Think jaffle classics like baked beans and cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meatball, chicken cheddar and bacon and you've pretty much rounded out the savory menu (so delish!). Make the daring decision to move on from the savory jaffles, you'll find yourself faced with the choice between marshmallow and nutella, and banana and caramel. Then there's the Jaffle, Cookie and Milkshake combo'! Three of our favourite things all rolled into one, how could we possibly say no? However, if Jaffles aren't your thing (what's wrong with you?) Spring also offers simple, generous breakfast, lunch and dinner options. 

When: Friday 28th March
Where: Spring Food & Wine, 26 Felix Street Brisbane
Price: $8 – $15

U.R[BNE] Festival Begins! | Queens Wharf
This celebration of the best of Brisbane features clothing swaps, arty events, pop-up bars, markets, a photographic scavenger hunt (see Saturday) and parkour lessons! Running until the 30th of March, this fun and active festival will be encouraging Brisbane kids to make the most of our fair city, and closes with a kickin' after party at Kitty Bar.

When: 28th, 29th and 30th of March
Where: Queens Wharf

MOFO LOVE | The Fox Hotel
Mofo Love is the result of a newly formed partnership between Dirty Love Photography and Moustache Magazine. On Friday 28th March, the Fox Hotel is throwing the biggest creative party known to man (literally) to launch the new gallery of photographic excellence from Dirty Love Photography.All three levels of the Fox Hotel have been secured in true Mofo Love fashion, so there is sure to be a spot for you. Partnered by Ciroc, Captain Morgan and Tanqueray, this will be one night to remember (or forget, as the case may be)!

When: Wednesday 25th March
Where: The Fox Hotel
Time: 7pm

Saturday 29th March

Scavenger Snaps | Queens Wharf
Want a chance to see Brisbane through a new lens? Well Brisbane's Scavenger Snaps event is your chance! Basically, it's a big photography scavenger hunt, set in the heart of beautiful Brisbane city. There's even an opportunity to enter your best photos for the chance to be selected for the 'Scavenger Snaps' showcase. Cool right? Perfect for all you avid photographers who are yet to be discovered. 

When: Saturday 29th March
Time: 2 – 5pm
Meeting Point: Commissariat Courtyard, Queens Wharf Road. BYO Camera
Price: Absolutely FREE!

Official Opening of Famous Last Words: A solo exhibition with Christian Palmer? | REDSEA Gallery
There has been much anticipation and hype surrounding the arrival of this event, now finally "Famous Last Words' is coming to REDSEA Gallery, Brisbane. This exhibition is a collection of 20 works, highlighting the fight to protect endangered species. Christian, through his artwork, brings the voice of the animals to life using his trademark graffiti-style phrases and lyrics. REDSEA is also very proud to announce a local partnership with Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, a great initiative set up by the late Steve Irwin. 

Famous Last Words opened to the public yesterday, however the official opening reception is being held this Saturday, with a special appearance by Christian Palmer. Bookings for the opening event are vital, so get in quick!

When: Saturday 29th March – 13th April
Where: REDSEA Gallery, James Street Fortitude Valley
Time: Opening reception held from 4pm-7pm 
Price: Free! Email details to [email protected] for the opening event

Winemakers Lunch | JellyFish
Two of Australia's finest from the food and wine circuit will join forces to present an exclusive four-course epicurean experience at Jellyfish, showcasing some of Queensland's best seasonal ingredients. Winner of Australia's best seafood restaurant in 2013, the Jelly Fish Winemakers luncheon will be hosted by none other than South Australian Wine Maker Niel Pike, who in 2013 was awarded Australia's Best Riesling. 

When: Saturday 29th March
Where: JellyFish Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier Brisbane City
Time: 1pm 
Price: $150 per person, bookings are essential.

Tiki Village Race Day | Doomben
Boys grab your brightest Hawaiian shirt, and Girls secure those grass skirts, then hula on over to Doomben Racecourse this Saturday for an afternoon of cocktails and races, with lots of entertainment to keep the party going. Just when we thought we couldn't love A&C enough (and we do love it quite a bit), they've come up with a brilliant idea to host a pop up Tiki Bar at Doomben Racecourse.. Alfred and Constance mixologists are offering up cocktails, including the Mango Cooler, Guava Flow and Blue Hawaiian, which are all designed to keep you cool, calm and collected whilst enjoying the races. Sounds pretty awesome hey? Attendees will receive a cocktail on arrival, live entertainment from a Hawaiian Ukulele trio (how cool!), as well as being offered a free shuttle bus to Alfred & Constance for the official after party.

When: Saturday 29th March
Where: Doomben Racecourse
Time: 11:30 am
Price: Tickets are $25 via Ticketek

The Wrecked Em' Markets | Southside Tea Room
Outsider art, nail art, comics, zines, beers, fashion, fun and whatever goes! Furry friends are welcome. In fact, everyone is welcome to the weird and wonderful art oasis in Morningside being held this Saturday, known as The Wrecked Em' Markets. 

When: Saturday 29th March
Where: Southside Tea Room, Morningside
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Price: Free!

Saturday Spectacular | Brew
Our Burnett Lane favourite, Brew is holding a 'Saturday Spectacular', which includes $5 Ribs (umm, yes please!), $10 espresso martinis, and live band entertainment from 8pm. You can also try your hand at back bar drinking (that's $15 for 3 15ml servings!). Change things up this Saturday and take your friends to Brew for a night of fun, good music, refreshing beverages, and of course $5 ribs! 

When: Saturday 29th March
Where: Brew Café & Wine Bar, Lower Burnett Lane Brisbane City
Time: Late afternoon 'til late.

Sunday 30th March 

Panama Sundays | BlackBird Bar & Grill
This is Brisbane's newest Sunday drinks destination! Forget your usual, tired old Sunday sesh, from here on out BlackBird is your go-to venue for the ultimate Sunday. The newest addition to the Brisbane restaurant scene, with a 1920s Gatsby décor and stunning views of the Brisbane River, this venue is a must see, if you haven't already paid the team a visit. DJ's will be on rotation from 2pm til late; including Tim Fuchs, Bowtie, Midnight Tango, Jimmy Ellis & Habebe as well as Yahn and a host of other special guests. So make it your business to get your friends together this Sunday (and every Sunday after that) and enjoy BlackBird's Panama Sunday's. 

When: Sunday 30th March (this event will run every Sunday) 
Where: BlackBird Bar & Grill, 123 Eagle Street Brisbane City
Time: 2pm 'til late
Price: Free (excluding the cost of your beverages)

Tuesday 1st April

A Taste of Italy | Alchemy
Who could possibly reject the offer of freshly made Arancini balls, traditional Pizza and maybe a sneaky bowl of Pappardelle? Heads up all the Italian lovers out there,  'cause Alchemy Restaurant is hosting a 'Taste of Italy' event on Tuesday 1st April where guests will enjoy a lively Italian dinner hosted by Alchemy's head chef Brad Holly while each dish is served with matching wines. The menu pays particular attention to the different dishes and wine selections from each region of Italy — if you are yet to experience Alchemy's incredible food and atmosphere, this is one evening you won't want to miss. 

When: Tuesday 1st April
Where: Alchemy Bar & Restaurant, Mezzanine Level 175 Eagle Street Brisbane
Time: 6:30 pm for pre-drinks, 7:00pm start
Price: $130 per person, bookings are essential.

Wednesday 2nd April

Hat Box High Tea | Emporium
The Winter Racing Carnival is upon us once again, and so comes the time for Brisbane's finest milliners to unveil this seasons trends. To ensure you're looking fabulous throughout the winter carnival, multi-award winning Emporium Hotel has teamed up with The Hat Box, Brisbane's iconic Milliner to present 'The Hat Box High Fashion High Tea'. Guests at this event are encouraged to keep their hats firmly on (yes, I realise you will be indoors), as Ms. Dale Olsson presents her Winter Collection, while they enjoy a welcome glass of Mumm Champagne, a selection of petit fours, Chefs selection of finger sandwiches, home baked scones with cream and jam, T2 Teas and Vittoria Coffee. 

When: Wednesday 2nd April
Where: Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar, 1000 Ann Street Fortitude Valley

Time: 10:30am – 12noon
Price: $55 per person, bookings are essential

Philippe Mouchel | Lutèce
Here's another event for all you foodies that can't possibly be missed. Renowned Melbourne chef Philippe Mouchel will be paying a visit to Roman Bapst's Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar plating up a fab' 3-course lunch, as well as a three or five-course dinner. Both menus will treat guests to a variety of delectable dishes such as John Dory, Shellfish ragout with crustacean jus (yum!), and an incredible caramel mousse with pear brûlèe and hazelnut ice cream, with the option to have each course served with matching wines. Hungry yet?

When: Wednesday 2nd April
Where: Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar, 1/60 Macgregor Terrace Bardon
Price: Three-Course Lunch $70 per person or $90 per person (matching wine)
or Five-Course Dinner $160 per person or $190 per person (matching wine)

First International Screening of #standwithme:  "A World without Slavery" | Lightspace
Catch the first international screening of #standwithme —  The "A world without slavery" doco, which tells the story of Vivienne Harr who developed her own Social Purpose Company to free 500 children from a life of slavery. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to help the children affected by slavery, and Lightspace has kindly donated their space in order to host the screening. 

When: Wednesday 2nd April
Where: Lightspace, 30 Light Street Fortitude Valley
Time: 7pm  9pm
Price: $20 per ticket (tickets available via http://www.tugg.com/go/adh5gm)

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