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Cirque du Soleil's Totem, and a human mirror ball, shine in Perth

CANDICE BARNES The opening night of a Cirque du Soleil show is usually the hottest ticket in town and judging by the throng of sports stars, models, radio hosts and reality TV stars on Friday night, nobody turned down the chance to enter the "grand chapiteau".

Keeping an eye on the kids: how social media is reshaping the family home

A double-sided fireplace transforms kitchen and garden in Local House by Make Architecture.

Ray Edgar Parental anxiety is feeding a new approach to domestic architecture.

Blur at Perth Arena: Reliving the soundtrack to the 1990s

Britpop pioneers Blur returned to Australian shores for the first time in 18 years - performing at Perth Arena on Thursday night

DAVID BAKER Taking to a Perth stage for the first time in 18 years, Blur frontman Damon Albarn said 'it's been awhile. Just a generation or so.'

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What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

Judith Lucy.

From comedy with Judith Lucy and Steen Raskopoulos, to Ginger Meggs and music with Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, we have your weekend covered.

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Reclink Cup in Sydney puts Anthony Albanese in the AFL game

Triple J morning DJ Alex Dyson, left,  original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Tim Levinson -

NICK GALVIN Former deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese is pulling on his footy boots and joining Adam Spencer and hip-hop star Urthboy this weekend to play in a charity AFL match that raises money for arts and sport programs for disadvantaged youth.

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Your guide to the weekend

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to see, hear and do

Jaz Flowers and Lucy Maunder in Heathers the Musical. Photo supplied.

From Heathers the Musical to Brit pop favourites Blur and comedian Alice Fraser, we have your weekend covered.

Gail Williams: Budburst Small Bar still a wee gem in Mount Hawthorn

Budburst Small Bar

Gail Williams One can only begin to imagine the garage sale that Rachael Niall had when she took over the old Wee Bar from former owner, a self-confessed human jackdaw.

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'Don't drink and pluck': Eyebrow queen Sharon-Lee reveals top mistakes

Sharon-Lee has found fame taming the eyebrows of the rich and famous.

CANDICE BARNES There aren't too many people who can say they 'have done two Prime Ministers on [their] dining table]', but it's a statement Sharon-Lee Hamilton Clarke made with great pride.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to see, hear and do

Comedian Dylan Moran is playing at the State Theatre until July 21.

From Australian films Ruben Guthrie and Women He's Undressed to comedy with Dylan Moran and the Royal Samoa Police Band, we have your weekend covered.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May meet and greet Perth fans

The presenters posed with eager fans.

CANDICE BARNES In true Top Gear style, former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May perched themselves on sleek sports cars valued at more than a million dollars during a brief public appearance on Thursday afternoon.

WAtoday Marvin Gaye competition terms and conditions

Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye performed a number of duets before Terrell's death in 1970.

Fairfax Media Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd WAtoday.com.au MARVIN GAYE competition terms and conditions.

Former Top Gear hosts bound for Australia ahead of live shows

Jeremy Clarkson posted this snap of co-host James May to his Twitter account.

CANDICE BARNES Cricket fans might be all about The Ashes, but fans of popular TV show Top Gear are champing at the bit for "The CrAshes" – with former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond to stage a number of live shows in Australia starting this weekend.

Busselton's Southbound Festival to become three-day event

From 2016, Southbound will become a three-day event.

CANDICE BARNES There'll be more time for greasy kebabs, boozy hook-ups and a sweaty jaunt into the moshpit at next year's Southbound Festival, after organisers announced the event would become a three-day affair.

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WAtoday 'Lior' competition terms and conditions

Lior will play Perth's Astor Theatre on 30 October.

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Win a copy of Manny Lewis on DVD!

Carl Barron made his acting debut in the Aussie film.

Fans of Aussie comedian Carl Barron will love Manny Lewis, his feature film debut.

WAtoday 'Manny Lewis' competition terms and conditions

Carl Barron stars in Aussie film Manny Lewis.

Fairfax Media Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd WAtoday.com.au MANNY LEWIS competition terms and conditions.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

Delightful pop group Alpine bring their new album Yuck to the Metro Theatre on Saturday.

From comedians Tessa Waters and Rhys Nicholson to popsters Alpine and rising star Jarryd James, we have your weekend covered.

Perth women-about-town swap daiquiris for downward dogs

Sarcha Thurston (left) and Gigi Mok (right) have swapped the nightlife for a peaceful life.

CANDICE BARNES Turn back the clock a few years and Sarcha Thurston and Gigi Mok were in charge of the hottest parties and gigs in town.Now, both have put the brakes on their fast-paced lives and poured their time and energy into a new yoga studio to open in Mount Hawthorn next week.

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WAtoday Duets: Crossing Over competition terms and conditions

Pianist David Wickham

Fairfax Media Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd WAtoday.com.au DUETS competition terms and conditions.

Win your way in to the exclusive Duets: Crossing Over concert!

Pianist David Wickham will take to the stage with 16-year-old Teya Jerman at the upcoming Duets: Crossing Over concert.

The weather may be crisp, but the entertainment is sure to warm your soul when eight professional musicians take to the stage... with a twist.

Eight seconds between dust and glory for bull riders

Professional bull rider Cody Heffernan prepares for another rough ride.

ANDREW TAYLOR Eight seconds hardly seems long enough for Cody Heffernan to demonstrate poise, grace and control.

Fiona Stanley Hospital named WA's best building

The hospital was recognised in four categories of the WA Architecture Awards.

CANDICE BARNES It's had its fair share of challenges and high-profile patients, but there was some welcome news for Fiona Stanley Hospital on Friday night as it was awarded the state's top architecture prize.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

Comedian Kitty Flanagan is performing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre until July 18.

From school holiday fun with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, plus music from Japanese Wallpaper and comedy from Kitty Flanagan, we have your weekend covered.

Eight Days: Entertainment attractions from June 28 to July 5

An image from the Physie exhibition, depicting pictures  from the sporting world.

NICOLE ELPHICK This weekend only the Powerhouse Museum and Australian Museum offer free entry for all visitors, young and old.

Perth’s proud geeks and gamers gather at Supanova

This trio took the opportunity to pay tribute to V for Vendetta at Supanova.

CANDICE BARNES From stormtroopers to Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z to Disney princesses, pop culture enthusiasts dressed to impress at the first full day of this year's Supanova Expo in Perth.

Dockers party at Pavlich testimonial

Matthew Pavlich

Adrian Beattie There was a big turnout for Matthew Pavlich's testimonial dinner at Crown Perth on Friday night.

Secret Sydney

Florist Lisa Cooper's secret Sydney

Florist Lisa Cooper at Eveleigh.

NICOLE ELPHICK The floral artist reveals the secret to nabbing the best blossoms at the flower markets.

What's on in Sydney: 20 things to hear, see and do this weekend

Susie Youssef.

From a Daft Punk film to opera Turandot, comedian Susie Youssef and two ice-skating rinks, we have your weekend covered.

No TV? How Dad's decision inspired two WA brothers in art

Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah will both exhibit at PICA Salon.

CANDICE BARNES There's a nine year age gap between Perth brothers Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah, but when it comes to their art, they are worlds apart.

What's on in Sydney: 20 things to hear, see and do this weekend

<i>Legally Brown</i> star Nazeem Hussain.

From an encore show by Nazeem Hussain to Tim Rogers and the Bamboos on stage and a musical about a sex-changing dinosaur, we have your weekend covered.

Colourful kangaroos bound for Perth to Bunbury route

A number of notable Aussies submitted their designs, including Mitchell Johnson and Jessica Bratich-Johnson.

CANDICE BARNES The Forrest Highway may have shaved off travel time between the city and the south-west, but the long stretch of bitumen isn't all that attractive. But what if someone placed 20 bright kangaroo statues along the route?

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D'oh! Bart Simpson voice actor Nancy Cartwright bails on Supanova

Bart Simpson.

CANDICE BARNES Nancy Cartwright, the voice of iconic character Bart Simpson, confirmed she had pulled the plug on her upcoming appearances at the Supanova Pop Culture Expos in Sydney and Perth.

Your go-to guide for what's on in Melbourne this weekend

Charged: The La Mama Theatre production of Little Daughters by Annie Ferguson explores the trauma of rape.

Sean Wilson Places to see, things to do: your list of what's on this weekend.

Top gigs in Sydney: Blueline Medic, Ash Grunwald, Sleepmakeswaves and more

Melbourne favourites Blueline Medic play a rare Sydney gig at the Factory Theatre on June 12.

Bronwyn Thompson From a rare appearance by Melbourne favourites Blueline Medic and post-rockers Sleepmakeswaves and This Will Destoy You, we have your weekend in music covered.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

The Doug Anthony Allstars.

From a Doug Anthony Allstar reunion to a mini Miyazaki festival and the Sydney Film Festival's closing night party, we have your weekend covered.

Secret Sydney

Secret Sydney: Rhys Nicholson

Comedian Rhys Nicholson  at one of his favourite Sydney haunts - the bar at Eau De Vie in Darlinghurst

NICOLE ELPHICK The comedian explains why he enjoys performing for Sydney's "aggressive" audiences.

Craft is the place for locally made treasures

Craft is home to the works of some of Australia's most innovative and imaginative craftspeople.

Justine Costigan A tiny space with an extraordinary diversity of objects.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

iOTA is glam rocker Clifford North in  rock'n'roll vaudeville show <i>B-Girl</i>.

From B-Girl and Sydney Film Festival talks galore to a craft party and the Colour Run, we have your weekend covered.

Three days of Singapore fun on a backpacker budget

Inside the temple is a small tooth fragment, believed to have come from the remains of Buddha.

CANDICE BARNES With skyscrapers, bright lights and prestige brands in abundance, a luxurious experience in Singapore is easy to come by. But for those on a tighter budget, there are plenty of attractions well worth a look.

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Mitta Mitta will lure you with its fishing, swimming hole and witches garden

Splashing About In Snowy Creek, Mitta Mitta.

Richard Cornish Six great reasons to visit Mitta Mitta in Victoria.

What's on around town this weekend

May 30 - MUSIC Kurt Elling

Sean Wilson  Pub rock legends, high teas, Calamity Jane and Japanese lanterns are among the happenings this weekend.

Hachi store supplies high fashion for dogs

Treat your dog to new threads at Hachi.

Justine Costigan For the dog who has everything – what about a kimono or bumble bee costume?

My secret Sydney: Bianca Spender

 Fashion designer Bianca Spender at Eugene's in Bronte.

NICOLE ELPHICK It took the fashion designer a trip away from Sydney to embrace her sartorial heritage.

Liz Sheehan: Top notch coffee to blow your hair back at Sprolo

Liz Sheehan

LIZ SHEEHAN With upbeat jazz bouncing out of the speakers and the wooshes and banging of top quality coffee being made - Sprolo takes you away from the cars crawling by on Canning Highway - only metres from the door.

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Winter is coming: What to do in Sydney every day in winter

British comedian John Oliver plays the State Theatre on August 30 and 31.

Louise Rugendyke and Elissa Blake From hot ticket John Oliver to music by Mark Ronson and Blur, more movies than you could hope for, plus ice-skating galore, here's your guide to the best Sydney has to offer this winter. Now just get out and enjoy it.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

The brains behind <i>Mad Men</i>, Matthew Weiner, is at the Opera House on Sunday.

Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Garry Maddox, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From the secrets of Mad Men to the art of Radiohead and a night of Hijinks at Madame Tussauds, we have your weekend covered.

Sorrento charms year round, with its upcoming food festival, beaches, golf and walks

Secluded beaches are plentiful at Sorrento.

Richard Cornish The upcoming food festival is just a starter on the menu of Sorrento's pleasures.

Postcards - the Snapchat of the early 20th century

 One of the Adelaide Botanic Garden postcards.

Megan Backhouse  An exhibition revisits the age when correspondents chose the Adelaide Botanic Garden to ornament their dashed-off messages.

What's on around town this weekend

Works by Kitiya Palaskas are on sale at Markit@FedSquare.

Sean Wilson What's on this weekend.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

Matt Okine  won the director's choice award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and scored a four-star review in Sydney for his new show, on now at The Comedy Store.

From Vivid to the Sydney Writers'Festival and comedian Matt Okine, we have your weekend covered.

What's on in Sydney this weekend: 20 things to hear, see and do

The lights are on in Sydney this weekend, as Vivid lights up the Opera House and much more until June 6.

Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From the lights of Vivid to Little Britain's David Walliams and a Back to the Future anniversary screening, we have your weekend covered.

What to do at Vivid Sydney: The ultimate family guide

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected at Vivid Sydney.

ELISSA BLAKE This year's Vivid Sydney festival is the biggest and brightest yet. Whirling colours will be beamed onto Sydney Opera House from 6pm to midnight nightly from May 22 and can be seen from vantage points around Circular Quay. At the same time light installations and illuminated art works will dot the light trails along the harbour foreshore and stretch from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay via The Rocks and into Campbell's Cove.

Our pick of events in Melbourne and Victoria this weekend

The life of John Lennon is celebrated in <i>Lennon Through A Glass Onion</i> at the Playhouse.

Erin Munro From jazz to opera, markets to festivals, there's plenty to suit all tastes in Victoria.

Garden-related events around town

Flowers as embellishment come under the microscope.

Megan Backhouse What's on in things horticultural.

Visit Mansfield for fine food, the upcoming High Country Harvest Festa and the great outdoors

Craigs Hut.

Richard Cornish Mansfield offers fine food and entertainment set against the backdrop of the great outdoors. 


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