Aria Moderna is opera for the digital generation at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Photo: Supplied
Anywhere Theatre Festival It’s fabulous affordable theatre but not where you know it – in swimming pools, barber shops, online, in a fitness centre, on the city streets, a shed, a beach and a hospital. Various venues May 9-11.
Opera on the Beach Head to Greenmount Beach at Coollangatta this weekend for this dazzlingly epic open-air production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. It’s the largest cultural event ever staged on the Gold Coast, and over 3000 people are expected to attend each of three performances over the weekend.
Global Fiesta Saturday is multicultural fun day at Springfield’s super park, with international food stalls, non-stop dance and music performances, workshops children’s activities & more. Robelle Domain Park, Springfield May 10. 11am-5pm, free.
Happy Mother’s Day The inimitable entertainer/conductor Guy Noble leads the QSO in this ‘chocolate box of concerts’ with classics including Dvorak’s Songs My Mother Taught Me. QPAC Concert Hall. Saturday May 11 at 11.30am. Tickets $65-$75.
A Tribute of Sorts For something completely different get along to QTC’s Bille Brown Studio theatre for this quirky intimate show of the rare hilarious and damaged variety. Bille Brown Studio, 78 Montague St South Brisbane. Saturday May 10, 7.30pm. Tickets $27.50-$30.
Beyond (Circa) Circus mixes it with cabaret and theatre in this spectacular awe-inspiring and edgy show that comes to the Brisbane Powerhouse direct from Berlin. Brisbane Powerhouse May 9-11 7pm $35-$40.
Spanish Film Festival Catch the very best Spanish and Latin American dramas, comedies, thrillers, romances and family friendly films at the Palace Cinemas. Palace Centro & Barracks. May 9-11. Tickets $15-$20.
Edited by Jodi Panayatov from Must Do Brisbane.
Friday May 9
10.00am. Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth. This weekend is your last chance to see this enormous and significant exhibition. Heritage features 99 expertly crafted animals all gathered around a serene watering hole, and try to take in the scale of Eucalyptus. The exhibition also features Head On, Cai's masterwork of wolves, for the first time in Australia. Tickets $16.50 available online.
5.00pm. Green Jam Sessions. Every Friday at dusk, talented musicians from the Queensland Conservatorium showcase a repertoire of jazz standards, contemporary grooves and laid back funk. QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green, South Bank. Free event. More information online.
6.00pm. Knockoff. Kick-start your weekend with free stand-up comedy on the Turbine Platform. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Free. More information online.
7.30pm. It’s Dark Outside. An old man wanders into the wild. As the sun sets, he is swept up in a surreal world, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. Using puppetry, animation and live performance, this heartfelt adventure delivers a grand epic western about dementia and redemption. Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley. Tickets $29/$24 available online.
7.30pm. Stiff. Angel Delight inherits her father’s funeral home business, on the condition that she continue to operate it for another five years. She doesn’t know a lot about funerals, so instead turns it into an undercover ‘‘massage parlour’’. Sex, suspenders, death by misadventure and unorthodox embalming techniques all feature in this quick fire comedy. Studio Theatre & Cafe, 645 Wynnum Road, Morningside. Tickets from $35 available online.
8.00pm. Little Boxes. In a ring of cramped flats, six peculiar people live in self-imposed isolation, only distantly aware of their own misery. Their boxes are impenetrable, until the TV explodes, triggering a chain reaction of unstoppable calamities. Can they cure themselves of the apartment complex? Presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. The Shed, MacArthur Street, Northshore Hamilton. Tickets $24/$19 available online.
8.00pm. Bard Wars VI: The Jedi Returneth. See the final instalment of Shakespeare’s great unknown work of space fantasy, presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. SYC Studios, 18 Manilla Street, East Brisbane. Tickets $15/$10 available online.
9.30pm. Aria Moderna. This evocative spectacle of light and sound fuses a rich electro-opera soundscape with urban projection art. Watch three classical voices create experimental crossover music with Brisbane’s best electronica producers. Presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets $30/$26 available online.
Saturday May 10
9:00am. Vinyl Fair. After a huge success in 2013, the Vinyl Fair is back again in 2014. Over 50 dealers will be selling their wares in the biggest Vinyl Fair in Queensland on the 10th of May. Find rare, ridiculous and rad pieces from all over the world, and shop whilst accompanied by live music from The Wet Fish. Whale Mall, Queensland Museum and Bodhi Tree Terrace, GOMA. Free. More information online.
10.00am. Pattern Bandits. Brisbane artist Jemima Wyman has transformed GOMA's Children's Art Centre to explore the relationships between pattern, people and architecture. Children can enter the brightly coloured and highly patterned world of the artist and explore different patterns, from kaleidoscopes, tessellations, camouflage and harlequin, with specially designed hands-on and multimedia and activities. Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank. Free admission. More information online.
10:30am. Bundaberg Distilling Co. BTC Cup Day. Enjoy the first day of the 2014 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. The BTC Cup will host a number of previous winners including Black Caviar and Apache Cat, and will finish the day with a performance by The Potbelleez. Doomben Racecourse.Tickets start from $20 available online.
1.30pm & 7.30pm. Coppelia. Jealous of her sweetheart Franz's interest in Doctor Coppélius's mysterious 'daughter', Swanilda sneaks into his house to confront her rival. But all is not as it seems - and when the doctor discovers Franz is another intruder, delightful mayhem follows. Expect comic chaos in this captivating ballet from the Queensland Ballet. QPAC Playhouse, South Bank. Tickets $90 available online.
2.00pm & 8.00pm. Admission: One Shilling. Award-winning actor Patricia Routledge - best known as Hyacinth in Keeping Up Appearances - stars alongside classical pianist Piers Lane in this recreation of Damn Myra Hess’ famous WW2 lunchtime concerts. QPAC Concert Hall, South Bank. Tickets from $69 available online.
3.00pm. The Unusualist. Fresh from over 50 sell-out shows of The Illusionists 2.0, internationally renowned magician, comedian, mime artist, inventor and unusualist Raymond Crowe brings his intimate, extraordinary and unconventional show to QPAC. Brimming with originality and unusuality, he'll make you laugh, cheer and gasp with his uniquely breathtaking skills and hilarious audience participation. Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. Tickets $59 available online.
1.30pm & 7.30pm. The Science of Doctor Who. Join comedian Rob Lloyd and four scientists as they separate fact from fiction about the universe's most beloved time traveller. Bring along your smartphone or tablet for an interactive element. Presented by RiAus and BBC Worldwide. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets $57.50 available online.
7.00pm. Breakfast Creek Hotel 125th Anniversary Ball. Breakfast Creek Hotel is this year celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a Ball. There will be live entertainment featuring iconic Australian party bands Hot Sauce, Full House and Rusty and the Ayers Rockets. Tickets are all inclusive, with Brekkie Creek Beef, canapés, spirits, beer, wine and champagne. Proudly supporting the ALH Breast Cancer Fundraiser Appeal for the P.A Research Foundation. 2 Kingsford Smith Drive, Breakfast Creek. Tickets $125 available online.
7.30pm. 4000 Miles. From one of America’s brightest playwrights, the play explores the funny but frustrating relationship between 21-year-old Leo and his 91-year-old Jewish grandmother Vera. As a couch surf on the back of a breakup turns into an extended stay, the two are forced to remember a painful family history. Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite. Tickets $28/$22 available online.
7.30pm. The King and I. For decades, The King and I has captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna Leonowens, brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King's children. This revival stars Lisa McCune as the heroine governess and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the King. This sumptuous production features stunning scenery and magnificent costumes, as well as all the songs you know and love, including Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance. Lyric Theatre, QPAC. Tickets $70 to $160 available online.
8.00pm. Machina. The family and friends of a young man deal with the fallout after he uploads his consciousness to a social media network. A thoughtful play about our relationship with technology. The Loft, La Boite. Tickets $28/$22 available online.
8.00pm. Public Toilets, Private Words. A cabaret comedy flush with the philosophical musings of the drunken and the damned. Set in toilet cubicles from around the world, three intrepid performers transform into dozens of characters, launching into song, bashing on drainpipes and occasionally bursting into dance. Judith Wright Centre, Fortitude Valley. Tickets $23/$19 available online.
Sunday May 11
9.30am. Deep Oceans. Journey to a dark and mysterious world deep below the Earth’s surface at this exhibition which showcases odd real-life creatures as well as myths and legends about monsters of the deep. Queensland Museum, South Bank. Tickets $12 available online.
10:00am. Journey Through My Mind. This exhibition celebrates 23 years of acknowledging the wonderful artistic achievements of people living with mental illness across Queensland. More than 150 artists will display their artwork at the Exhibition, and each piece of work sold during the seven day Exhibition delivers 90 per cent of the proceeds directly to the artist. Artwork prices range from $20 to $5,000. This event is an initiative of Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ). King George Square, Brisbane. Entry by gold coin donation.
11:00am, 1:00pm & 2:00pm. Meet Me at the Museum. Amelia has come to a realisation so significant that its consequences are lethal. Audience members don headphones and are guided through the Queensland Museum. Their discoveries help uncover Amelia’s secret, and piece together the circumstances of her life. Presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. Tickets $20/$15 available online.
7.00pm. RUFUS. The Worlds Within Worlds tour is the band’s biggest to date, and these are their last Australian shows before heading to Berlin to record a new album. The Tivoli, Costin Street, Bowen Hills. Tickets from $39.75 available online.
7.30pm. Dinner With Friends. Join ImproMafia as performers draw on audience experiences to explore the lives of five friends as they negotiate a decade together. Do they remain close, lose contact, explode and break, or build into something remarkable over time? Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace. Tickets $15 available online.
7.30pm. Alexander. This tale of deceit, betrayal and murder follows a god among men, whose power would make the whole world fear, and tear his family apart. Presented as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. Oxley Bowling Club, Englefield Road, Oxley. Tickets $22 available online.