Weekend planner 

PICK OF THE WEEKEND

World-class Newcastle flautist Sally Walker is launching her new children’s CD in Newcastle today. Walker toured Europe for nine years, appearing with the Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne Chamber Orchestra and more. She now devotes her talents to nurturing up-and-coming students at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. When she returned to Newcastle seven years ago it was with a vision for creating a classical CD composition for children. The album, titled Kaleidoscope, will be launched at Newcastle Museum on Saturday. Families are encouraged to bring their kids along for a live performance of pieces from the CD at the Museum Link Gallery from 11am to 12 noon.

EVENTS

Bespoke Wedding Open Day Sunday. View the hotel's wedding venue options, canapés and drinks included, bridal high tea and wedding night accommodation options. Free entry. 10am to 2pm. Novotel Newcastle Beach, Newcastle.

Hamilton Food and Music Festival Sunday. Market stalls, international cuisine and live music. Free. 9am to 5pm. Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Musica Viva Saturday. Two of the world's finest guitarist Karin Schaupp and Pavel Steidl perform. 7.30pm. Tickets $15. Bookings 4929 1977. Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

Supporters of Cancer Black Tie Charity Ball Saturday. Fundraiser formal three-course dinner with entertainment by Fringe and Friends plus charity auction. Bookings 0412 518 534. Tickets $140. Doors open 6pm. Newcastle Panthers.

Garage Sale Saturday. Furniture, books, clothes and household items. 8am to 1pm. Jesmond Park Uniting Church, Jesmond.

Walk & Talk Flood Tour Sunday. Join an early-morning guided tour and learn how flooding has shaped the city of Maitland. Bookings 4930 1030. 7am to 9.30pm. Costs $10. Eastern end of High St and Horseshoe Bend, Maitland.

MARKETS

Lake Macquarie Farmers Markets Saturday. Fresh produce, gourmet food, plants, clothing and more. From 8am. Speers Point Park.

Adamstown Markets Sunday. Fresh produce, gifts, crafts and more. 7am to noon. Corner of Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday. Fresh produce, gourmet food, plants and more. 8am to 1pm. Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Handmade in the Hunter Saturday. Handmade arts and crafts, food and gifts, 9am to 4pm. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Cherry Blossom Markets Sunday. Boutique handmade market featuring more than 100 stalls. 10am to 3pm. Lindemans Wines, Pokolbin.

Baby and Kids Market Sunday. Quality pre-loved babies' and kids' clothing, toys and furniture. 9am to noon. Entry $4 adults, free for kids. Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Newcastle and Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Market Sunday. More than 230 variety stalls. 7am to 1pm. Wickham Park, Islington.

Hopscotch Sundays Market Sunday. Baby and kids' clothing, accessories, shoes, jewellery for mum and bub and maternity products plus coffee and food stalls. 9am to 2pm. Broadmeadow PCYC.

Maitland Harvest Market Saturday. Fresh produce, cuisine, wines, plants, craft collectables, live music, free kids' rides and fruit. 8am to 1pm, Maitland Showground.

THEATRE

Water Child Saturday. Water Child looks at one couple's desire to start a family later in life. 8pm. 4961 2430. Gallipoli Legion Club, Hamilton.

ENVIRONMENT

Chemical Cleanout Saturday. Maitland City Council residents can safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals. 9am to 3.30pm. Transpacific Industries Depot, Rutherford.

SPORT

Surfest Saturday and Sunday. The annual surfing competition wraps up this weekend. Visit surfest.com for details. Merewether Beach.

Newcastle Triathlon Sunday. Newcastle Triathlon Club's annual Newcastle Foreshore Triathlon (400-metre swim, 16-kilometre bike ride and 4-kilometre run. From 7am. Visit newcastletriclub.org.au. Customs House, Newcastle.

Shimano MTB Grand Prix Round 1 Saturday. Race Australia's best mountain bike endurance riders plus kids' races and music. Free for spectators. Awaba MTB Park.

ART

Back to Back Galleries Anything is possible: Newcastle Printmakers Workshop and local ceramic artists. 57 Bull Street, Cooks Hill.

Curve Gallery Curve collection, group exhibition. 37 Watt Street, Newcastle.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Bungaree, the first Australian; Project: Birabahn (and Threlkeld) Water Stories, works from the collection. First Street, Booragul.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Group exhibition: The Year of the Bird: a Celebration of Hybridity; Maitland International Salon of Photography; Sculptors Richard Goodwin and Michael Snape & ArtStars: artwork by kids from MRAG's after-school program. 230 High Street, Maitland.

Newcastle Art Gallery Collection Companions, selected Australian paintings and sculpture. 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill.

MUSIC

Bar Petite Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Little Black Book.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Skyepoint. Sunday, Kian West, The Party.

Belmont 16 Footers Saturday, The Jungle Kings. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

The Brewery Saturday, Ben Travis, Co-Pilots. Sunday, Uptown.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Monrobot, Skyepoint, Out of Context, Geography of Mars.

Caves Beachside Hotel Saturday, Fin and Ashley.

Delany Hotel Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

Grand Junction Hotel Sunday, Bonjah.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Yolanda Be Cool. Sunday, Any Given Sunday.

The Landing Bar and Kitchen Saturday, Matt Meler. Sunday, Patsan, Skoob.

Lass O'Gowrie Saturday, Love Parade, Sleepy Manpains. Sunday, KL & The Kytes.

Lizotte's Newcastle Saturday, The Red Rose Argentinian Tango. Sunday, The Russell Morris Band.

Murray's Brewery Sunday, Aaron Hood.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, HP Duo. Sunday, Howard Shearman.

Shoal Bay Resort Saturday, Pete Hibbert, Brendan Murphy, Dave Owen. Sunday, The V-Dubs, Cover 2 Cover, Graeme Mills.

Terrace Bar Saturday, Saturday Got Soul.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Incognito.

Wests Leagues Club New Lambton Piano Lounge: Saturday, Stuart Hamilton. Marble Bar: Saturday, The Big Bang. Starlight Room: Sunday, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Pat Capocci, Coral Lee & The Silver Scream, Helen & Friends. Sunday, Steve Edmonds, King Shakey.

MOVIES

3D Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away (G) Using the most advanced 3-D techniques, this is a love story of two aerialists who are separated and must find each other again.

Anna Karenina (M) Director Joe Wright adapts Leo Tolstoy's classic romance novel set in the upper-class world of 19th-century Russia.

Beautiful Creatures (M) A supernatural drama centred on a local teenager and the mysterious new girl in town who uncover dark secrets about their respective families.

Django Unchained (MA15+) Stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave in southern America in 1858, who is freed and helped by a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Flight (MA15+) Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (MA15+) Set 15 years after Hansel and his sister Gretel were imprisoned by a witch in her candy cottage, the pair now make a living tracking and killing witches.

The Impossible (M) The true story of a family who were caught in the 2004 tsunami while holidaying in Thailand. Starring Aussie Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

Les Miserables (M) A man released from prison after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread breaks parole to create a new life for himself.

Lincoln (M) Set during the Civil War in 1865, it follows the US president as he tries to win enough political votes to amend the constitution and ban slavery forever.

Maria Stuarda (E) David McVicar, who directed last season's Met premiere of Anna Bolena, directs the company premiere of the second opera in Donizetti's famous trilogy of operas about Tudor history. (Avoca, Tower Cinemas Newcastle, Scotty's Raymond Terrace)

Movie 43 (MA15+) Twelve comedy sketches, each with a different director, strung together by the story of a washed-up producer pitching insane ideas.

Pocahontas (G) The American legend of a forbidden romance between the daughter of a Native American chief and soldier John Smith.

Safe Haven (M) When a mysterious young woman named Katie washes up in the small North Carolina town of Southport, she is determined not to make personal relationships.

Silver Linings Playbook (M) Bradley Cooper stars as a man fresh out of a mental institution.

The Last Stand (MA15+) Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his action lead return as a lone sheriff forced to defend his sleepy border town from heavily armed bandits.

The Sweeney (MA15+) Based on the '70s UK television series of the same name.

Zero Dark Thirty (M) Follows the efforts of top-secret CIA intelligence forces, who rented a home in Pakistan, near the compound where Osama bin Laden was believed to be hiding.

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