The Di­ary

This month’s top events, plus a sneak peek at what’s on in Oc­to­ber.

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VIC Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land

12-30 Septem­ber Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne aus­tralian­bal­let.com.au Fol­low Alice down the rab­bit hole into the whim­si­cal world of Lewis Car­roll’s book with The Aus­tralian Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion, chore­ographed by Christo­pher Wheel­don.

Pop-up Globe

21 Septem­ber-12 Novem­ber Be­side the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl, Mel­bourne pop­up­globe.com.au Here for a lim­ited sea­son, Pop-up Globe gives Shake­speare’s most pop­u­lar plays – in­clud­ing Othello and Much Ado About Noth­ing – a mod­ern twist, with sweep­ing dances and dra­matic bat­tles.

AFL Grand Fi­nal

30 Septem­ber Mel­bourne Cricket Ground, Rich­mond afl.com.au It’s the big­gest date on the AFL cal­en­dar – the hotly con­tested 2017 premier­ship will be de­cided in front of a crowd of thou­sands on the hal­lowed grounds of the ’G.

Christo­pher Cross

7 Septem­ber Fo­rum Mel­bourne christo­pher­cross.com Come Sail­ing with the Gram­my­win­ning singer-song­writer as he takes you through his time­less hits, in­clud­ing Arthur’s Theme, which won the Academy Award for Best Orig­i­nal Song in 1982.

Gareth San­som

15 Septem­ber-28 Jan­uary 2018 Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, Mel­bourne ngv.vic.gov.au With more than 130 works on dis­play, cov­er­ing the artist’s en­tire ca­reer, the ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates one of Aus­tralia’s most highly re­garded painters of the avant-garde.

Mel­bourne Fringe

14 Septem­ber-1 Oc­to­ber Var­i­ous venues mel­bourne­fringe.com.au Catch a com­edy set with Amer­ica’s Arj Barker and see live art take over Brunswick – just two of the 400-plus events to look for­ward to at this 18-day in­de­pen­dent arts fes­ti­val.

Lionel Richie

7 Oc­to­ber Rod Laver Arena, Mel­bourne li­onel­richie.com The multi-plat­inum-sell­ing artist is per­form­ing his great­est hits, in­clud­ing Hello and All Night Long.

NSW Beau­ti­ful: The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal

From 17 Septem­ber Sydney Lyric the­atre, Pyr­mont beau­ti­ful­mu­si­cal. com.au The Aus­tralian pre­miere of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed bio-mu­si­cal is here. Wit­ness the life and mu­sic of one of the world’s most leg­endary song­writ­ers, in­clud­ing the re­lease of her first hit (Will You Love Me

To­mor­row) in the ’60s and Ta­pes­try, the al­bum that made her an icon.

Fer­ruc­cio Furlan­etto

27-29 Septem­ber City Recital Hall, Sydney opera.org.au Hav­ing per­formed at New York City’s Met and Lon­don’s Royal Opera House, the Ital­ian bass singer is com­ing to Aus­tralia for a se­ries of recitals, ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Igor Tchetuev.

Tina Arena

23 Septem­ber ICC Sydney, Dar­ling Har­bour tinaarena.com Cel­e­brat­ing her 40th year in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness, the pop icon is on tour, mak­ing a stop in Sydney to per­form old favourites.

Just for Laughs Sydney

11-17 Septem­ber Var­i­ous venues just­for­laugh­ssyd­ney.com Scot­tish stand-up Kevin Bridges is among the stars head­ing to Sydney for this in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned com­edy fes­ti­val, which cul­mi­nates in the All-Star Gala at the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Run­ning Fes­ti­val

17 Septem­ber Mil­sons Point to Sydney Opera House sydney run­ningfes­ti­val.com.au Lace up your run­ners and get set for a marathon or half-marathon course that takes in Sydney’s most beau­ti­ful land­marks, in­clud­ing the Har­bour Bridge.

Sydney Fringe Fes­ti­val

1-30 Septem­ber Var­i­ous venues syd­neyfringe.com NSW’s largest in­de­pen­dent arts fes­ti­val re­turns with more than 300 pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing a worldfirst in­ter­ac­tive art show­case from Bri­tish artist Insa that will take over World Square.

Bowral Clas­sic

22 Oc­to­ber Starts in cen­tral Bowral bowral­clas­sic.com.au The Gran Fondo-style event sees cy­clists from around the coun­try de­scend on the South­ern High­lands. Com­peti­tors can choose from three cour­ses, rang­ing from 50 to 160 kilo­me­tres.

NT Par­rtjima: A Fes­ti­val in Light

22 Septem­ber-1 Oc­to­ber Alice Springs Desert Park par­rtji­maaus­tralia.com.au Bril­liantly il­lu­mi­nated for this event, the MacDon­nell Ranges be­come a 300-mil­lion-year-old can­vas.

Dar­win In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

14-25 Septem­ber Deckchair Cinema, Dar­win diff.net.au

Clev­er­man ac­tor Rob Collins is the am­bas­sador of DIFF, which will screen In­dige­nous doc­u­men­taries and in­ter­na­tional en­tries as well as drone films.

Uluru As­tron­omy Week­end

20-22 Oc­to­ber Ay­ers Rock Re­sort, Yu­lara ay­er­srock­re­sort.com.au A rare chance to join award-win­ning as­tronomer Lisa Har­vey-Smith as she guides stargaz­ers through the out­back sky.

QLD Ari­ana Grande

12 Septem­ber Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre ari­ana grande.com The Amer­i­can songstress is bring­ing her Dan­ger­ous Woman Tour to Aus­tralia, with hits that are set to en­ter­tain fans old and new.

Michael Mosley – Live on Stage

6 Septem­ber Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Bris­bane qpac.com.au The man be­hind the in­ter­na­tion­ally pop­u­lar 5:2 Fast Diet talks to Ju­lia Zemiro about health myths, fol­lowed by an au­di­ence Q&A.

Michael Ball and Al­fie Boe To­gether

5 Oc­to­ber Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Bris­bane qpac.com.au Two of the world’s great­est voices will per­form from a song­book filled with beloved Broad­way stan­dards, in­clud­ing a rous­ing med­ley from Les Misérables.

WA Wal­la­bies vs Spring­boks

9 Septem­ber NIB Sta­dium, Perth aru.com.au See our green-and-gold Qantas Wal­la­bies take on South Africa’s Spring­boks as part of the 2017 Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

Joel McHale

18 Septem­ber The Re­gal The­atre, Su­bi­aco joelm­chale.com A com­edy leg­end in his own right, the Com­mu­nity star is bring­ing his charm and spe­cial brand of stand-up to Perth au­di­ences.

TAS Sounds of the Silver Screen

7 and 9 Septem­ber Fed­er­a­tion Con­cert Hall, Ho­bart, and Al­bert Hall, Launceston tso.com.au The Tas­ma­nian Sym­phony Or­ches­tra per­forms mem­o­rable movie sound­tracks, in­clud­ing mu­sic from the Harry Pot­ter, Star

Wars and Lord of the Rings films.

Junc­tion Arts Fes­ti­val

6-10 Septem­ber Var­i­ous venues, Launceston junc­tionarts­fes­ti­val. com.au This cul­tural fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nity and cre­ativ­ity, show­cases some of the best art, com­edy and mu­sic in Tas­ma­nia.

El­ton John and His Band

27-28 Septem­ber Der­went En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, Ho­bart

el­ton­john.com Put on your elec­tric boots (and mo­hair suit) – the leg­end is back and he’s bring­ing his iconic songs.

Me­gan Wash­ing­ton and the Tas­ma­nian Sym­phony Or­ches­tra

24 Oc­to­ber Fed­er­a­tion Con­cert Hall, Ho­bart tso.com.au The two-time ARIA Award win­ner joins forces with the TSO.

SA Royal Ade­laide Show

1-10 Septem­ber Ade­laide Show­ground theshow.com.au The an­nual agri­cul­tural show is big­ger than ever, with an­i­mals, rides and plenty of car­ni­val food – fun for the whole fam­ily!

Dan Sul­tan

15 Septem­ber HQ Com­plex, Ade­laide dan­sul­tan.com To mark the re­lease of his new al­bum, Killer, the alt-rock mu­si­cian is bring­ing his tour to Ade­laide, backed by a full band.

OzAsia Fes­ti­val

21 Septem­ber-8 Oc­to­ber Dun­stan Play­house, Ade­laide oza­si­afes­ti­val.com.au Cel­e­brat­ing the artis­tic and cul­tural ties be­tween Aus­tralia and Asia, this fes­ti­val features ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances, in­clud­ing the dance-the­atre pro­duc­tion Un­til the Lions. Don’t miss the Lucky Dumpling Mar­ket.

ACT Flo­ri­ade

16 Septem­ber-15 Oc­to­ber Com­mon­wealth Park, Can­berra flo­ri­adeaus­tralia.com Aus­tralia’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of spring is in full bloom. Ex­pect a glo­ri­ous dis­play of more than a mil­lion bulbs and an­nu­als across 8000 square me­tres of park­land.

Song­lines: Track­ing the Seven Sis­ters

15 Septem­ber-25 Fe­bru­ary 2018 Na­tional Mu­seum of Aus­tralia, Can­berra nma.gov.au This In­dige­nous-led ex­hi­bi­tion takes you into the heart of Aus­tralia on an im­mer­sive mul­ti­me­dia jour­ney.

An­gel­ica Me­siti

9 Septem­ber-March 2018 Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia, Can­berra nga.gov.au Five ma­jor works from the con­tem­po­rary artist will call the gallery home for six months, in­clud­ing her award-win­ning silent an­them, Rap­ture (2009).

Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land

See Amber Scott per­form the role of Alice in The Aus­tralian Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of

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