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What's happening around town this weekend

Sean Wilson and Erin Munro The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a line-up of internationally renowned soloists for a recreation of one of the greatest concerts of all time.

Gail Williams: Setting The Standard for good bar food in Perth

Gail at The Standard

Gail Williams  Well, The Standard is certainly setting the … ahem.. standard for exceptionally good bar food in Perth.


Taste of Perth chefs reveal the best (and worst) of fine dining

Fine dining event Taste of Perth will return to Langley Park in May.

CANDICE BARNES They might be responsible for whipping up mouth-watering dishes on a nightly basis, but Perth's top chefs are also passionate diners too.

Rhys Muldoon: Man About Town

Get a heads-up on Mother’s Day: Rhys Muldoon.

Rhys Muldoon God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

The Aviary Mother's Day competition terms and conditions

Asian-inspired fare will be served up at The Aviary on Mother's Day.

Fairfax Media Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd The Aviary Mother's Day competition terms and conditions.

Win a Mother's Day lunch for four at The Aviary!

The Aviary will serve up Asian-inspired fare on Mother's Day.

Treat mum to a special lunch with a view this Mother's Day with some delectable Asian-inspired delights whipped up at The Aviary.

Away with the birds: Quirky hobby brings joy to Singapore men

The sound of birds echoed through the park.

CANDICE BARNES It's a bizarre sight – hundreds of hooked poles tower above a patch of perfectly manicured lawn in Singapore's Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood.

Pablo Francisco review: obscure gags didn't dampen comedian's charm

Pablo Francisco finished ended his Australian tour in Perth on Friday night

CANDICE BARNES His stardom is a product of the internet age, but for those in the audience less familiar with American pop culture, many of Pablo Francisco's gags didn't quite hit the mark.

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Melbourne listings

See <i>As You Like It</i> at Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Sean Wilson What's on around town this weekend.

Autumn leaves pretty - and pretty useful

Autumn colours in Fitzroy Gardens.

Megan Backhouse Their flaming colours are beautiful but burning them is perhaps not the best use for autumn's fallen leaves.

Gardening and related events around town

Megan Backhouse What's happening in the Melbourne gardening scene.

Sydney's top gigs April 24-30

Rapper 360 plays the Metro on Saturday.

Bronwyn Thompson From rapper 360 to Charli XCX, we have the week in live music covered.

Backstreet Boys competition terms and conditions

Backstreet Boys will play Perth Arena in May.

Fairfax Media Australia and New Zealand Pty Ltd Backstreet Boys' competition terms and conditions.

Backstreet's Back... and you could win a double pass!

Kevin Richardson is now back with his Backstreet Boys bandmates.

They filled dance floors with hits like Everybody (Backstreet's Back) and made hearts melt with the likes of All I Have To Give – but next month the Backstreet Boys will be here in Perth to serenade their fans in person.

Smales High Tea and Diamond Masterclass

Smales High Tea and Diamond MasterclassClick for more photos

The champagne wasn't the only thing sparkling at a special high tea event at Smales in Subiaco on Sunday - the jewellery store brought in diamond artisan Brian McHardy to share his expertise about the precious stones. Mr McHardy answered questions about the "Hearts On Fire" cutting process as guests nibbled on a selection of classic high tea treats.

Gail Williams: going mad (men) for gin and oysters at Frisk

Gail Williams Frisk review thumbnail.

Gail Williams Westwinds. Tanqueray. Sipsmith. The Botanist.


Gardening events around town

Megan Backhouse Landscape designer Sam Cox will speak about the need for heavy mulching, additional watering and appropriate plant selection in the current climate.

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

Demi Lovato plays the Hordern Pavilion on Friday, April 17.

From Disney graduate Demi Lovato to the NSW Swifts and Tim Freedman's take on Harry Nilsson, we have your weekend covered.

Frog porridge and flat whites: A look at Singapore's foodie scene

The local coffee is a lot different to the typical Aussie flat white.

CANDICE BARNES If your idea of Singapore cuisine is limited to a bowl of curry-flavoured vermicelli from the Chinese shop down the road... read on.

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Six reasons to visit Richmond

Kicker: One of the many trackside murals in Richmond.

Richard Cornish Walks, fine dining, rock'n'roll, and an evocative corroboree ground.

Doctor Who's Billie Piper flies into Perth Oz Comic-Con minus TARDIS

Billie Piper is in Perth for OZ Comic-Con this weekend

Brendan Foster Former Doctor Who companion Rose Tyler – aka Billie Piper – doubts a woman will ever play the role of the TARDIS driving, sonic screwdriver carrying, Time Lord.

Perth to host the masters of magic as The Illusionists 2.0 comes to town

Tied up and on fire, will he escape?

James Mooney A word of advice It's better to just let your mind wonder, otherwise it's likely your sanity will disappear, trying to work out how a magician tricks you the way they do.

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

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) 

Ph: Jay Maidment

?Marvel 2015 Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver).

From a Marvel movie marathon to Hugo Weaving tackling Beckett and a beer festival, we have your weekend covered.

Win a double pass to Comedy Virgins!

Randa Khamis will be one of the local musicians turning to comedy for one night only.

Do Perth musicians have a sense of humour? Well, we’re about to find out as seven local industry identities take to the stage for their first stand-up comedy set.

Parmi-geddon: the five best (and worst) parmigianas in Perth

The Parkerville Tavern (left) was the best of 2014, while the South Beach Hotel also came up  with the goods.

Shaun Turner Perth parmi afficionado Shaun Turner takes us through the five best (and worst) sauce and cheese-topped schnitzels in Perth.

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

Michael Franti

George Palathingal, Garry Maddox, Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From yoga with Michael Franti to lots of long-weekend parties, an easter egg hunt and the Sydney Swans, we have your weekend covered.

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

Jason Schwartzman in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

From yoga with Michael Franti to a mini Jason Schwartzman film festival and an Easter egg hunt, we have your weekend covered.

Rhys Muldoon: 'We somehow forgot that my (then) girlfriend was to appear in court, first thing in the morning'

Rhys Muldoon recalls the time he was, momentarily, defence counsel in court.

Rhys Muldoon Drink can get you into trouble, admits Rhys Muldoon, who became, for five seconds at least, a very unlikely defence counsel after a night on the town.

Trivia pursuit: Shortlist's ultimate pub quiz

What Australian sketch comedy show introduced the characters of Kath and Kim?

Andrew P. Street Do you know your Beatles history from your periodic table? Can you name the members of Monty Python or the Marvel movies? Take Shortlist's ultimate pub quiz and find out.

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

Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra in Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos.

George Palathingal, Garry Maddox, Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From Kate Winslet in the gardens of Versailles to the pumping Jurassic 5 and a No Lights No Lycra celebration of Earth House, we have your weekend covered.

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

Kate Winslet in <i>A Little Chaos</i>.

From Kate Winslet in the gardens of Versailles to the pumping Jurassic 5 and a No Lights No Lycra celebration of Earth Hour, we have your weekend covered.

Propeller: Driving foodie highs in down-to-earth North Fremantle

Propeller, Gail Williams

Gail Williams It’s easy to become a pretentious tosser when describing food, especially very good food, writes Gail Williams.



WA Police Band's new album more than a pipe dream

WA Police Pipe Band at the national championships in Ballarat.

CANDICE BARNES We see them at events and can hear them a mile off, but why does WA Police have a pipe band?


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

Elise McCann as Lucy.

Garry Maddox, George Palathingal, Elissa Blake, Sharne Wolff, Sarah Thomas and Louise Rugendyke From the musical, foodie and cultural delights of Spectrum Now to a farewell tribute to Leonard Nimoy and a tribute to the Freedom Ride, we have your weekend covered.

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

Elise McCann as Lucy. Photo credit: Kurt Smeddon

From a tribute to Lucille Ball to a Leonard Nimoy farewell and a Freedom Ride concert, we have your weekend covered.

Night Noodle Markets: Masak Masak moves in from Melbourne

Masak Masak will dish up its popular beef rendang at the Night Noodle Markets.

It's normally based on the other side of the nation, but Melbourne restaurant Masak Masak will set up a temporary home in the Perth Cultural Centre when the WAtoday Night Noodle Markets get underway on Wednesday night.

Nobu arrives in Perth for birthday, with cake but no message from Tony Abbott

Nobu doles out some advice at his Crown eatery.

Gail Williams Nobu Matsuhisa, the globetrotting celebrity chef with 30 restaurants around the world bearing his name, had two confessions to make after flying into Perth to party at Crown tonight for his 66th birthday.


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

Comedian Dave Hughes is touring with his new show <em>Pumped</em>. He plays the Comedy Store Friday through to Sunday.

From the comedian Dave Hughes to opera in the pub and a vintage screening of Friday the 13th, we have your weekend covered.

New York bar Marie's Crisis brings singalong to Spectrum Now festival in Sydney


MICHAEL KOZIOL West Village singalong bar Marie's crisis is bringing its eccentric form of night-time entertainment Down Under.

Women are tougher than men, and other life lessons learnt by tattooist Leslie Rice

Colourful story: Tattooist and fine artist Leslie Rice.

SARAH THOMAS Leslie Rice and his team of tattooists will be imparting their wisdom and showing off their skills at the Australian Tattoo & Body Art Expo this weekend.

Perth weather: weekend events brace for WA rain

Wakeboard athlete Bec Gange will be among the competitors at the Action Sports Games.

CANDICE BARNES A number of popular events are scheduled to be held in Perth over the next few days, but with forecasters predicting up to 50mm of rainfall on Saturday, a few shindigs may turn soggy.

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Mandurah prepares to go crustacean crazy for annual Crab Fest

24 food vendors will dish up seafood treats at Crab Fest.

CANDICE BARNES It's the 16th time the Crab Fest has been held and along with the fancy dining experiences, there is plenty of free family fun worth checking out.


Gail Williams rates the top five lunch venues in the Perth CBD

Gail Williams

Gail Williams There’s a reason why office workers in the Perth have a certain spring in their step. And it’s all to do with food.

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What's on this weekend

Sinead O'Connor headlines the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival.

Sean Wilson What to do when out and about in Victoria.

Retail therapy... Mim found Ena

Mim found Ena stocks hand-made items from around the world.

Justine Costigan This Northcote store is a haven for all things hand-made.

In the galleries in Melbourne this week

Work from Brent Harris' <i>Dreamer</i>.

Dan Rule Melbourne artist Brent Harris lets loose with large oils.

What do Perth kids think about Sculpture By the Sea?

Man On Ball gets the tick of approval from Evan.

CANDICE BARNES From giant babies to an oversized ball and chain, there’s a lot to love – and hate – at this year’s Sculpture By the Sea.

Australia's most popular Nonna?

Nonna with her grandson Marco

James Mooney If it's been a while since you've done something nice for your grandparents, you may feel a bit guilty if you search for theFacebook group Nonna.

My perfect weekend: Abe Forsythe

Abe Forsythe likes to ride his scooter around the city with his son, Spike.

GARRY MADDOX Abe Forsythe, filmmaker and actor

Celebrity chefs locked in for Perth foodie festival

Celebrity chef Adriano Zumbo will head to Perth for two special events.

Local gastronomes will be able to rub shoulders and sample delicacies prepared by some of the nation’s best chefs at a number of special events, including WAtoday's Night Noodle Market, later this month.

Rare Perth Mint coins on show to delight numismatic fanatics

The 1813 Holey Dollar and dump were Australia's first silver coins.

CANDICE BARNES They’re often used to feed parking meters, vending machines and arcade games, but there are those among us who hoard coins... just because.

Fly By Night launches crowdfunding bid to stay open in Fremantle

The club occupied the Artillery Drill Hall site for 28 years.

CANDICE BARNES The Fly By Night Musicians’ Club might have lost its home, but the live music venue has confirmed it will stay in Fremantle – providing it can raise enough cash.


Gail Williams: emoji faces during the waiting game at The Raffles Hotel

Gail Williams reviews The Raffles...

The fingers began drumming the table. The pangs of hunger were getting unbearable and the conversation was trickling down to a pathetic dribble where we resorted to doing Julie Bishop emoji faces.

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Perth couple's paddlin' proposal at Adventure World

Happy couple Eben Brunet and Natasha Dines in the paddle boat.

CANDICE BARNES It might be known for its roller coasters and water slides, but all the action at Adventure World was centred around the paddle boats on Monday, where one visitor received a romantic surprise.

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Top five: French Film Festival, Neneh Cherry, Freak Winds, Mardi Gras and more

Drag queen Joyce Maynge will be bringing her sparkle to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.

From the Mardi Gras parade to '90s music queen Neneh Cherry and the French Film festival, we have your week covered.

Six reasons to visit Coburg

Coburg Market.

Richard Cornish From a family-friendly bar to a ''ghost tour'' of the old Pentridge prison to drive-in movies, the choices at Coburg are plentiful.

Perth stargazers on track to break world record

Budding astronomers have flocked to participate in the world's largest astronomy lesson.

CANDICE BARNES Close to 1,000 people are expected to lift their eyes to the skies on Saturday night in a bid to set a world record.

Fifteen big ideas for Sydney in 2015

<i>Illustration: John Shakespeare</i>

NICK GALVIN Residents share their plans for a better city.

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