Sunday, August 2
FOOD Aw shucks, it's time again for The Morrison Oyster Festival (until August 31). Specials include a daily $1 oyster happy hour starting at 6pm every night and chef Sean Connolly's menu, including oyster po' boys and an oyster omelette.
11.30am-10pm, The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, 225 George Street, city, various prices, 9247 6744, themorrison.com.au.
MUSIC Tap your toes to a few old-fashioned alt-country tunes as Joshua Seymour plays tracks from his debut solo album, Rope Tied Hope. He's striking out on his own after playing with Melbourne-based Americana band Cherrywood.
6pm, Shady Pines Saloon, 4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, free, facebook.com/joshuaseymourmusic.
MARKETS The Wonder 103 fete raises funds for Surry Hills-based youth charity The Boys and Girls Brigade. Get along to the hip bazaar to shop goodies from local businesses, such as sweet treats from Gelato Messina, flower crowns from Lisa Cooper and a sock stall from fashion label Vanishing Elephant.
9am-4pm, The Girls and Boys Brigade, 404 Riley Street, Surry Hills, entry by gold coin donation, girlsandboysbrigade.org.au.
Monday, August 3
STAGE Neglected Musicals shines the spotlight on the rarely seen 1969 Broadway show Dear World. The cast is set to perform the script with only one day's rehearsal and Genevieve Lemon, Simon Burke and Amanda Bishop have signed up to sing their hearts out.
2pm and 8pm, Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, $40, 8065 7337, hayestheatre.com.au.
BOOKS Lovers of memoirs will want to discover first-hand who takes out the top prize for the National Biography Award 2015. Shortlisted for the honour are titles from Philip Butterss, Gabrielle Carey, Philip Dwyer, David Leser, Helen O'Neill and Liam Pieper.
11am-12.30pm, State Library, Macquarie Street, city, free (bookings essential), 9273 1770, sl.nsw.gov.au.
Tuesday, August 4
STAGE Co-written by Sancia Robinson and Wendy Harmer, What is the Matter with Mary Jane? (until August 8) draws on Robinson's 12-year battle with an eating disorder. The brutally honest work finds dark laughs in the subject matter, as well as insightfully handling the complex issues surrounding mental illness.
10.30am, Seymour Centre, corner City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale, $25, 9351 7940, seymourcentre.com.
ART Hiromi Tango's vivid, intricate and tactile artworks are on display in her new exhibition, Fluorescence (until August 22), with the pieces inspired by her complicated relationship with her father.
10am-5pm, Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland, free, 9698 4696, sullivanstrumpf.com.
Wednesday, August 5
FAMILY Based on the native fauna illustrations and children's books of Wendy Binks, Stripey (until August 8) is a stage adaptation following the hunt for a missing emu chick. Suitable for ages four and up.
10.30am and 1pm, Glen Street Theatre, corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose, $21, 9975 1455, glenstreet.com.au.
CLASS Scalabrini Village, a not-for-profit aged-care provider, invites members of the public to attend lessons in basic Italian as taught by residents. The scheme was prompted by a 70-something inhabitant who became popular for the impromptu classes she provided to staff.
3-4pm, Scalabrini Village, 167 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights, free (bookings essential), 8977 1600, scalabrini.com.au.
Thursday, August 6
FILM For David Stratton's Great Britain Retro Film Festival (until August 19), the beloved film critic expertly curates a wonderful selection of flicks. On the schedule for first day of screenings are such classics as David Lean's Brief Encounter, Merchant Ivory's A Room with a View and the Archers' The Red Shoes.
Various times, Hayden Orpheum, 380 Military Road, Cremorne, $20, 9908 4344, orpheum.com.au.
STAGE An experimental new piece from Branch Nebula called Artwork (until August 8) has real people from all walks of life performing on stage for the first time.
8pm, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, $35, 136 100, carriageworks.com.au.
Friday, August 7
SPORTS The Netball World Cup (until August 16) gets under way with our reigning world champions, the Diamonds, vying to again come out on top. The first day of competition takes in the opening ceremony as well as the preliminary round matches in which Australia plays Trinidad and Tobago.
9.30am-9.05pm, Allphones Arena, corner Edwin Flack Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, Sydney Olympic Park, $36.70-$92.75, 132 849, nwc2015.com.au.
STAGE Belinda Giblin stars in the Australian premiere of Blonde Poison (until August 15), based on the true story of Stella Goldschlag, a Jewish woman who lived illegally in Berlin during World War II and became a "catcher" for the Gestapo.
7.30pm, Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo, $40, oldfitztheatre.com.
Saturday, August 8
MUSIC Mozart's light-hearted comedic opera The Marriage of Figaro (until August 29) features soprano Nicole Car in her Australian debut as the Countess, Helpmann Award winner Taryn Fiebig as Susanna and Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko as Count Almaviva.
7pm, Sydney Opera House, $44-$330, 9318 8200, opera.org.au.
FESTIVAL Uberfest turns up the volume on independent and original Australian acts across all genres. The line-up for the winter music festival includes rock four-piece Stormbird, alternative metal band Fifth Dawn and indie acoustic outfit the Somedays.
2pm-midnight, The Lewisham Hotel, 794 Parramatta Road, Lewisham, $25-$30, facebook.com/uberfestival.
Sunday, August 9
SPORTS Strap on your most comfortable trainers as The Sun-Herald City2Surf races its route from the Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach. It's not too late to sign up, with registrations open up until the day before the big event.
7.50-9.30am, corner Park and College streets, city, $85, city2surf.com.au.
FOOD Popular Newtown brewery Young Henrys hosts Young Blood Valley, a collaborative day of drinking and feasting with the clever culinary minds of Bloodwood using Yarra Valley cheeses to create tasty snacks matched to beer-tasting paddles.
Noon-7pm, Young Henrys, 76 Wilford Street, Newtown, various prices, 9519 0048, younghenrys.com.
NEXT WEEK Catchy indie-pop trio The Grates are on tour for the first time since 2011. See charismatic frontwoman Patience Hodgson tear up the stage, along with support slots from Sydney's Straight Arrows and Brisbane's Pleasure Symbols.
August 14, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, $30, 1300 438 849, moshtix.com.au.
NEXT MONTH Ever wondered how you'd fare if the zombie apocalypse arrived? Run For Your Lives gives participants a chance to find out as they sprint through an undead-infested five-kilometre obstacle course. Runners can even choose whether to take part as a survivor or as one of the brain-eating horde of monsters.
September 5, The Dairy, Western Sydney Parklands, 400 Cowpasture Road, Abbotsbury, $69-$79, runforyourlives.com.au.
The lads of American rock band Wilco have proven themselves a generous bunch, giving away their surprise new album, Star Wars, as a free download at wilcoworld.net until August 14. The new tracks have been very well received, with Rolling Stone calling them "the sound of a band reconnecting with the fun of rocking out together in a room". And for those who prefer a tangible copy of their music, the record will also be available for purchase on CD come August 21 and on vinyl on November 27. Out on dBpm Records/Anti.