Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta is one of the international superstars appearing in the Queensland Ballet's Australian-first production of Romeo & Juliet, with choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Photo: Supplied
Harvest This new art, food and film exhibition at GOMA opens this weekend with a hands-on artist workshop, chef demonstrations, talks, films and a picnic on the green. GOMA, South Bank. Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June, 10am-5pm. Free
Out of the Box Australia’s biggest and best festival for kids aged 8 and under has taken over the entire cultural centre with shows, concerts, art and crafts, workshops, stories and hands-on-fun. QPAC, SLQ, GOMA & QLD Museu. Until July 2 Events free to $39.
5 Flavours The historic naval stores at Riverlife are the stunning setting for this Saturday boutique beer soiree, featuring 5 flavours of beer, 5 choices of delicious tapas and 5 great up & coming musos. Lower River Tce Kangaroo Point.Saturday June 28, 12noon until late.
Art Bites Free for all indigenous-themed fashion workshops and dance workshops are being held in Moorooka this Saturday as the first week of BCC’s free Art Bites program kicks off for winter. Moorooka Sports Club, 76 Koala Rd Moorooka. Saturday June 28, 9am-12noon. Free.
Prosecco Sessions Saturdays just became a whole lot more fun at the Palace Barracks with these bring-a-posse-of-girlfriends to any film sessions including a glass of Italian sparkling wine for $12. Palace Barracks Cinema, Petrie Tce Brisbane. Saturday June 28.
Disney on Ice Treasure Trove Every child’s favourite show on ice returns for 3 days to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre with a fabulous line-up of classic and contemporary Disney characters to delight all ages. Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Melaleuca Dr, Boondall. June 28-30. Tickets $29.50-$54.90.
Indian International Film Festival of Queensland Enjoy a range of features and shorts from one of the world’s most prolific film-making countries. Based at QUT Kelvin Grove, but with other screenings at the Brisbane Myer Centre, this festival runs from June 28 until July 3.
Lines in the Sand Festival Head over to North Stradbroke Island to connect with nature and culture in this three-day arts festival. Go on bushwalks, whale-watching, learn traditional Quandamooka skills in workshops, enjoy a short film festival, environmental forum or performance. June 27-29.
Edited by Jodi Panayotov from Must Do Brisbane.
Friday June 27
4.00pm. Bleeding Heart Gallery Farewell. The much-loved Bleeding Heart Gallery and Cafe on Ann Street is closing down indefinitely due to Brisbane City Council renovations in the heritage-listed building. To celebrate, they’re having a party with all welcome. 166 Ann Street, Brisbane. Free. More information online.
5.00pm. The Seed Project. Head to the Melbourne Street Green for free live music featuring some of Brisbane’s best up-and-coming musicians including Josh Lovegrove, Talltails and Brodie Graham Band. QPAC, South Bank. Free. More information online.
6.00pm. Knockoff. Kick-start your weekend with free stand-up comedy on the Turbine Platform. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tonight features MC Phil Wild with Cameron Duggan, Ting Lim, Angus Gordon and Martin Wong. Free. More information online.
8.00pm. 80s Vs 90s Film Clip Party. Two of the biggest musical decades meet head on in this fun film clip party! New Globe Theatre cinema will play your most requested videos of the 1980s and 1990s on the big screen. Dress up to represent your favourite era or clip and win a prize. New Globe Theatre, 220 Brunswick Street, New Farm. Tickets $5 at the door. More information online.
Saturday June 28
9.00am. Fairfax Festival Weekend. Billionaire, MP and dinosaur enthusiast Clive Palmer is opening up his Palmer Coolum Resort for a weekend of free festivities for residents of his Fairfax electorate. It will feature live concerts by Dean Vegas, family entertainment, amusement facilities, a jobs hub and a community forum with state and federal Parliamentary leaders. 9am-9pm both Saturday and Sunday. Warren Road, Coolum. 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.
10.00am. David Malouf and Friends. Five contemporary artists have paid tribute to the beloved Brisbane author by creating new works for this special exhibition, inspired by the themes and layers of his works. Malouf has then responded to the new works in accompanying texts. A great way to interpret Brisbane through the eyes of creatives. Museum of Brisbane, City Hall. Free. More information online.
10.00am. Outside in Art. This initiative was developed in 2012 to help indigenous inmates upon their release from correctional centres develop their interest in art. The program provides mentoring and support by professional indigenous artists, and this exhibition features work by both mentors and proteges. Pine Rivers Art Gallery, 199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. Free. More information online.
1.30pm & 7.30pm. Company. In Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, confirmed bachelor Robert spends the night of his 35th birthday contemplating his unmarried state. In a series of hilarious vignettes, we meet his good friends, his married friends and the crazy people he’s dated in the past. An honest and witty look at relationships, Company is as contemporary and relevant as ever.
2.00pm. Charlotte’s Web. E.B. White’s beloved children’s classic has been ingeniously brought to life on stage to enchant young audiences. Join Wilbur the Pig, Templeton the rat and Charlotte the spider as they form remarkable bonds in this heartwarming tale of love, friendship and the cycle of life. Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace. Tickets $16 available online.
2.00pm. The Effect. Two young people volunteering on a drug trial fall into an intense flirtation. Is it real, or is it just the effect? For the doctors monitoring them, it reveals deep-seated beliefs about the nature of depression and the possibility of a true “cure”. Bille Brown Studio, 78 Montague Road, West End. Tickets $60/$53 available online.
6.30pm. Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare's tragic tale of star-cross'd lovers is told through breathtaking, glorious dance in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo & Juliet. Tonight’s performance features “The Spanish Ballerina” Tamara Rojo as Juliet, before she flies back to Europe. Tickets $35-$130 available online.
7.30pm & 9.30pm. The Naked Magicians. Good magicians don’t need sleeves, but great magicians don’t need pants. Join Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler as they strip away the top hats and capes and deliver some full frontal illusions. It’s a cheeky magic show like you’ve never seen. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets $40/$34 available online.
7.30pm. Frente. One of the most popular Australian bands of the early 90s, Frente will perform their record Marvin the Album from beginning to end to celebrate 21 years since its release. Including hits like Ordinary Angels and the impossibly catchy Accidentally Kelly Street. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Tickets $45 available online.
8.00pm. The Breakfast Club. Five high school students find themselves in Saturday morning detention. As they scribble away at their essays, the quintet will find out there’s more to them than just a label. This adaptation of John Hughes’ cult 1985 coming-of-age film is a must for anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. Tickets $31/$25 available online.
Sunday June 29
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. The Many Lives of Moreton Bay. Picturesque Moreton Bay – Aboriginal name Quandamooka – conjures up images of sandy beaches, fishing trips and marine life but the beauty of the Bay is not just skin deep. Few know the rich and diverse history of this natural treasure located on Brisbane’s doorstep. Museum of Brisbane, City Hall. Free. More information online.
12.00pm. Pop-Up Suitcase Rummage. Head to the Powerhouse Plaza to nab a bargain as sellers open their suitcases up to buyers. Items include vintage, bric-a-brac, books, clothes, jewellery, records, you name it. Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. Free. More information online.
2.00pm. Jesus Christ Superstar. Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic rock opera screams into 2014, re-imagined for a world driven by social media and obsessed with celebrity. Featuring rock anthems like Judas’ Heaven on their Minds through to ballads like Mary’s Everything’s Alright and I Don’t Know How to Love Him, this musical illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Tickets $52/$46 available online.
6.00pm. All Aboard the Peace Train. The story and songs of Cat Stevens come to life on stage at the Ipswich Civic Centre for one night only in this acclaimed show. Fans will not want to miss out. Ipswich Civic Centre, Limestone Street, Ipswich. Tickets $55/$50 available online.
7.30pm. Town Hall. Bureaucracy and mayhem collide as the council workers of bustling Edenglassie Shire try to make the world a better place, before everything hits the fan. From the dog park to the water supply there’s no issue too small for this team to tackle. Inspired by Parks and Recreation and Grass Roots, Town Hall will be not only a fun night of comedy but completely up to code. Brisbane Arts Theatre, Petrie Terrace. Tickets $12 available at the door. More information online.
7.30pm. Night Songs: A Late Night Interlude. Multi-award winning vocalist Janis Siegel is best known for her work that blends jazz, pop and a capella and her stunning voice which enchants audiences internationally. Fans will also recall her time with the eclectic vocal group Manhattan Transfer. Join Janis for an intimate evening of classic jazz. Tickets $29 available online.