28 July

Sydney scoops the Helpmann Awards

Hugo Weaving as Macbeth

We hate to skite – but when it comes to Sydney’s culture, that’s our job. So we’re pleased as punch that Sydney stole the Helpmann Awards for theatre and dance this year, picking up the following awards:

Best Direction of a Play: Kip Williams for Suddenly Last Summer (Sydney Theatre Company)

Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role In A Play: Helen Thomson for After Dinner (Sydney Theatre Company)

Best Female Actor In A Play: Pamela Rabe for The Glass Menagerie (Belvoir)

Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role In A Play: John Bell for As You Like It (Bell Shakespeare)

Best Male Actor In A Play: Hugo Weaving for Endgame (Sydney Theatre Company)

Best Play: The Glass Menagerie (Belvoir)

Best Ballet or Dance Work: Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind

Best Choreographer: Rafael Bonachela for Frame of Mind

Best Female Dancer: Chloe Leong for Sydney Dance Company’s performance of William Forsyth’s Quintett

Best Male Dancer: Cass Mortimer Eipper for Sydney Dance Company’s performance of William Forsyth’s Quintett

More good news – Sydneysiders can buy tickets to see these two Helpmann Award-winning musicals:

Les Misérables – winner of Best Musical, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Kerrie Anne Greenland), Best Male Actor in a Musical (Simon Gleeson);

Anything Goes – winner of Best Choreography in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Musical (Caroline O’Connor), and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Alex Rathgeber).… Read more

28 July

Nigel Milsom wins the $100,000 Archibald Prize

Judo house pt 6 (the white bird) – portrait of Charles Waterstreet by Nigel MilsomJudo house pt 6 (the white bird) – portrait of Charles Waterstreet by Nigel Milsom

Newcastle artist Nigel Milsom, who gained some notoriety in 2013 after winning the Moran Prize for portraiture while he was still serving a jail sentence for armed robbery, has won the 2015 Archibald Prize with a portrait of his lawyer, Charles Waterstreet.

Of the 47 finalists for this year’s prize, Milsom’s was not necessarily a clear contender – until you see it in the 2.3-metre flesh. Check out Time Out Sydney’s favourite Archibald Prize finalists, and make sure you head along to vote for the People’s Choice and scope out this year’s Wynne and Sulman Prize finalists and winners.

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes 2015 – until September 27 at the Art Gallery of NSW.Read more

17 July

OutsideIn Festival add more acts


OutsideIn have announced the second slew of acts that will be hitting Manning Bar for the boutique festival. The Red Bull Music Academy stage will welcome a bunch of local and international producers and DJs to its stage, which is usually more akin to a club dancefloor than a festival mosh.

They’ve lined up homegrown talent including Cassius Select, Melburnian production duo GL and Future Classic’s Charles Murdoch (who’s latest release ‘Straws’ is on heavy rotation at Time Out HQ) as well as Feki, Magda Bytnerowicz and Max Gosford. On the international front you’ll have the aural pleasure of hearing from DMZ bossman Loefah, Brit MC Chunky and grime maestro Stormzy.

First release tickets are already sold out, but second release tickets are still available.

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24 June

Canadian clothing retailer Kit and Ace announces Sydney location, opening date

kit-and-aceJust one year after Shannon and JJ Wilson began bringing ‘technical luxury apparel’ to Canadian customers with their first store in Vancouver (and oversaw seven subsequent openings across North America), they’re coming to Sydney.

This August, Kit and Ace will swing open the doors on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, with a 150-square metre shop that encourages locals to engage with the brand via innovative initiatives. The shop will feature sourced elements that are inspired by the surrounding neighbourhood and created by local artists and contractors.

Among the store’s highlights will be a Supper Club table (used to host monthly dinners with local creatives), a feature light and feature well, and a so-called ‘iconic piece’ in the fitting area. The clothes, meanwhile, will mesh technical elements with luxury fibres and are meant to carry the wearer from day to night – think machine-washable cashmere, for starters.… Read more

22 June

Madonna confirms first Australian tour dates in 23 years

The drought is over. After a notorious string of cancellations and broken promises, Madonna is making a long-awaited return to Australia as part of her globe-spanning Rebel Heart tour. Her concerts are legendary spectacles that incorporate cutting-edge videos, dizzying choreography, controversial imagery and a panoply of social messages – and they’ve turned the pop diva into one of the most successful touring artists of all time.

But she hasn’t played Australia since wayyyy back in 1993, when she lit up the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of her Girlie Show tour. Fans here have awaited her return for more than two decades – and they’ll get what they’ve been wishing for when she plays Allphones Arena on Sat Mar 19 and Sun Mar 20, 2016. For now, those are the only two dates she’s playing at the venue; she’s also slated to hit Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sat Mar 12 and Sun Mar 13, along with Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sat Mar 26 and Sun Mar 27.… Read more