Weekend Planner, September 24-25, 2016

The annual Mattara Festival at the Foreshore kicks off this weekend, with carnival rides, live entertainment, an animal nursery, a Lego workshop and more to get the school holidays off to a good start.

The annual Mattara Festival at the Foreshore kicks off this weekend, with carnival rides, live entertainment, an animal nursery, a Lego workshop and more to get the school holidays off to a good start.


Living Smart Festival 2016  8am to 2pm,  Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Discover ways to introduce sustainable living into your everyday life. The festival will include demonstrations and workshops on low-waste cooking and eco fashion, a native plant giveaway, free children’s activities, farmers markets and more. It is a fun day out for you to explore simple, affordable ways to reduce your impact on the planet.

Mattara Festival of Newcastle Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm, Camp Shortland, The Foreshore. Runs until October 3. The festival program includes markets, arts and cultural displays, rides and daily stage entertainment. For the full festival program go online to mattarafestival.org.au.

The 5th Annual Newcastle Pinfest Saturday, 9.30am to 1.30pm; 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and Sunday, 9.30pm to 3pm. Caves Beachside Hotel, 27 Mawson Close, Caves Beach. More than 50 pinball and arcade machines from the 1960s to now, all on free play. Your entry ticket entitles you to a chance in the draw to win a new Hankin Cocktail Arcade Machine. Tickets $15 per person, $25 for a family. Proceeds to MS Australia, beyondblue and Hunter Community Legal Centre. Go to pinfest.com.au for details.

Providore J’adore 11am to 4pm, The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara. A pop-up market with more than 20 Hunter artists, artisans and creators showcasing their bespoke local produce and products. On offer will be handmade and unique jewellery, bespoke fashion and leather goods as well as divine homewares and gifts.

Chinese Film Festival 6pm, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. Mr Six (MA 15+) is the story of a young man caught in a dispute with a well-connected young drag-racing street gang leader.

Albion Farm Gardens Charity Event Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Paterson Road, Woodville.

Gresford Photographic Exhibition  Saturday ad Sunday, 10am to 4pm, St Anne’s Hall, Church Street, Gresford.

St Stephens PWA Fashion Parade  2pm to 3pm, 79 George Street, East Maitland. St Stephens PWA Courtesy of Bronwyns Boutique. All proceeds to brain cancer research.

Hunter Valley Gemology Club Inc. Open Day 9.30am to 3pm, 1 Maize Street, East Maitland. Lapidary display including gemstones, silver jewellery, cabochons and other lapidary articles. Stalls selling a range of lapidary items, a raffle and a barbecue available. All welcome, no entry fee.

Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri Movie Night 6.30pm to 9pm, Kurri Kurri Public School. The club is doing its bit to raise awareness of mental health issues among the region’s youth by holding a free movie night. Gates open at 4.30pm and the movie, Inside Out, screens at 6.30pm. T

Wollombi Music Festival Gates open 10.30am, 2758 Wollombi Road (next to Wollombi Wines). Two stages with an eclectic mix of Australian bands; markets; food stalls and more.

Alzheimer’s Hunter Region Fund-raiser 10am to 2pm, Palm Lake Resort Fern Bay Clubhouse. Market stalls, raffles, a bike race, food, Christmas gifts. Last year’s event raised more than $9000 for The Cancer Council.


Pop-Up Chinatown Street Festival 10am to 3pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Guest MC is comedian Michael Hing. Entertainment from Ji Wu Koon, a Sydney-based Dragon and Lion dance team. The Confucius Institute will host Tai Chi displays, Chinese language classes and hands-on demonstrations to teach you how to tie Chinese knots, and workshops for paper cutting and folding. Chopstick competitions, get dressed up in traditional costumes and learn the art of dumpling making with the Australia-China Youth Association. The kids will also love Beijing Opera face painting, a photo with roving dragons or a cuddle with the Giant Panda. Entry is free.

2016 Spring Cruiz-In  7am to 3pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Open to all vehicles including veteran, vintage, classics, modern, hot rods, kombis, bikes and trucks. Vehicles start at Bunnings Wallsend and leave in groups between 7.30am and 9am, heading off on a 71-kilometre “cruiz”. There will be a Show and Shine display of about 500 vehicles; DJ Vinnie playing 1950s and ’60s rock and roll; and activities for the children including face painting, an animal farm, pony rides, a jumping castle, mini putt putt and aqua golf. There will also be trade and craft stalls. An entry donation of $5 for vehicle display participants.

Catho Vintage Surf Board Show n Shine Swap Meet  9am to 6pm, 69 Flowers Drive, Catherine Hill Bay. Vintage surfboard swap meet. Live music and food. 

Lemon Jam Noon to 4pm, Lemon Tree Passage waterfront. A free, all ages, monthly music event. Also, children’s activities, raffles, a playground and plenty of parking. Entry is free.

World Travel and Cruise Expo 10am to 3pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. With leading airlines, tour operators, destination experts, travel services and cruise providers, this event will provide you with a one-stop shop to research and book your next holiday.


Handmade In The Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wine, Pokolbin. 

Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7am to 1pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point.

Swansea Markets Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Galgabba Street, Swansea. 

Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale 

Port Stephens Markets Saturday, 9am to 1pm, 2645 Nelson Bay Road, Salt Ash. 

Tomaree Markets Saturday, 8.30am to 2pm, Nelson Bay Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.  

Newcastle & Hunter Vietnam Veterans Inc. Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Wickham Park, Islington.

Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle. 


Finite Gallery Caves Beach Junior Art Prize, opening 2pm to 4pm on September. Showing until October 9.

Art Systems Wickham Reflections of the Remote: Journeys to Namibia and the Kimberley, by Kerrie Coles. Until October 3.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Silvana Wirepa: Face’brook – a portrayal; Into The Mystic: Journeys into the artists of Warnarn; In The Round: Sculptures from the Max Watters Collection. Until October 30.

Alchemy Art Space Novosketches. Until September 28.

cstudios Art Gallery Hunter Women Artists. Until October 2.

Gallery 139 The Artist as Mentor. Until September 17.

The Lock-Up Judo-House Pt. 6 (The White Bird), Nigel Milsom. Until September 25.

Newcastle Museum Come See Our Circle exhibition, featuring the art of Jeannie Baker, until October 30. A Newcastle Story; Fire and Earth, until December 31. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Your Collection: Off The Wall; Your Collection: Presence and Absence. Until September 25. Click: Schools In Focus. Until October 2. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery  Frugal Forest, until October 9. From Matter to Manner: The Sculpture of Paul Selwood, until November 6. Silence Equals Consent, Variations on Theme of Strings, Elizabeth Maxwell; Robert Brain: an Autobiographical Tapestry, until November 20. Art Express, until October 16. 

Curve Gallery Forest, Brett McMahon. Until October 8. 

Gallery Sixty One Revisited Two Thousand words. Until September 28. 

Newcastle Art Space Augmented and Beyond Casablanca. Until September 25. 

University of Newcastle Gallery Friends of the University of Newcastle, Margaret Olley Postgraduate Scholarship & Student Art Prize. Until October 1.  

Cooks Hill Galleries  Bruce Rowland – figurative and still life; Shannon Woodward – cubist figurative; Susan Weaver – expressionist landscape seascape; Bernd Heinrich – abstract.

Mulberry and Flax Saturday, 10am to 3pm, 137 Hunter St, Newcastle (near Rivers). Watch some of Newcastle’s expert artisans at work. There will be demonstrations of Tibetan and Mayan spinning, macrame, English paper piecing and knitting. Free entry, children welcome. 


The winner of tickets to see Ronan Keating at the Civic Theatre on November 10 is A.Cunningham, of Wickham.


Blithe Spirit A man is caught between two wives in Noel Coward’s lively comedy when a medium calls up the ghost of his dead first wife. Maitland Repertory Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until October 1, and 2pm Sunday.

Bugsy Malone Amusing musical written for young performers showing the rivalry between two gangster mobs in the 1930s. Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Daily at 11am from Monday to September 30, plus 7pm on Wednesday, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm from October 1 to November 5 and 2pm Sunday on October 9 and 23.

Light Bites & Tasty Treats Nine bite-sized Aussie comedies staged at the Edinburgh Fringe which look at post-modern art, eating in fast food stores, and other topics. Opening show of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre. Straylight Australia, at Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin. September 28 to October 9. Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.

Table Manners Comedy, with songs, by Newcastle’s Maureen O’Brien about six people interacting in a popular restaurant. The Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church. Saturday at 8pm, plus 2pm Sunday.

The Snow Queen Writer-director Pamela Whalan amusingly brings together in this musical Hans Anderson’s fairy story about a young boy who becomes a captive of the title character and life in contemporary Newcastle. Saturday at 2pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Salt. Sunday, Mick & Josh.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Outerphase.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Open Fire.

Bar 121 Saturday, Shivoo.

Bar Petite Saturday, CrocQ.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, Disco Biscuits. 

Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Lennie Live.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Jake Folbigg, Loko. Sunday, Franky & Johnny.

Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, The Rod Stewart Show.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Defaced.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Overload.  

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, V-Dubs.

The Bradford Saturday, The Fedz.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE Club Night.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Hellread. 

Catho Pub Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Cash Walkin The Line.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Alias Duo.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Harry Thurbly, Lawson.

Club Kotara Saturday, Blacklisted.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Pete & Kate Sneddon.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Viagro. Sunday, Acoustic Mayhem.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Jon Schatz.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Dos Eager.

Croatian Club Wickham Sunday, Riff-Raff.

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Jerome.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Hayden Johns.

D’Albora Marina Saturday, Karen O’Shea. Sunday, Grace Ellen.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, TK.

Dungog RSL Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Project XI. Sunday, Emile.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Tommygun.

Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Louis Burt.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ Delicious, Kidd Kaos.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, Beth Gleeson.

Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, The Retro Rockets, DJ Bubby.

George Tavern Saturday, Modern History.

Grain Store Saturday, Grace Ellen. Sunday, Ryan Daley.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Robbie T.

Greenroof Hotel Sunday, Ben Travis.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Jen Buxton, Dog Dirt.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Greg Bryce, Purple Rain. Sunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Uptown. Sunday, Howard Shearman, The Gracetones.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Melody Feder.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Code Red.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Damien.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Marissa.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Rubber Bullet. Sunday, The Jungle Kings.

King Street Hotel Saturday, KL Party. 

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Formula.

The Landing Saturday, Matt Semmens.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Hurricane Fall.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Introvert, The Kava Kings, Coast & Ocean.

Lizotte’s Saturday, The Marvin Gaye Experience. Sunday, Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell & Kevin Bennett. 

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Chris Phillips.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Loko.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic Trio. Sunday, TK.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Emily Smith.

Maryville Tavern Sunday, DJ Tone & Dan Phelan.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Anyerin.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Andy Show.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Saturday, Creedence Show Plus Women Of Rock.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Dave Carter.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The Remedy Trio.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Arley Black. Sunday, Jake Davey.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Lennie Live.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Michael Passfield. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones. Sunday, Mike Horbacz.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Howard Shearman, Matt Meler. Sunday, CrocQ.

Rathmines Bowling Club Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Damien.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Steve Werren.

Royal Crown Hotel Dudley Saturday, Steve Werren.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Junior And Luana.

Royal Inn Waratah Saturday, Alessandro.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Loren Ryan. 

Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Kenny Jewell.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Swamp Stompers, Urban Chiefs. Sunday, Alby Pool & No City Limits.

Star Hotel Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.

Stockton Bowling Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, The Flattrakkers.

Sunnyside Tavern Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Swansea Hotel Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Phonic.

Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Alex Lahey, Rachel Maria Cox, Hot Spoke, DJ 5 Per Cent, Ricky Bonomini.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Max Jackson Duo.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Steves. Sunday, Dave Owen.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Greg Bryce. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Rumour.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Matt Gaudry.

Weston Workers Club Saturday, Tezza & The Twistops.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Cruzers.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Talk Of The Town. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Hey Poncho, Three Of A Kind. Sunday, Mark Wells, Kevin Borich.

Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.


Bad Moms (MA) When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

Blair Witch (MA) College students enter the Black Hills Forest to see if the disappearance of James’ sister is connected to the Blair Witch. As night falls, the students realise the legend is all too real after they are visited by a menacing presence.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (M) Breaking up with Mark Darcy leaves Bridget Jones over 40 and single again. With her career and love life back from the dead with an American named Jack, things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant.

Captain Fantastic (M) In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. (Regal)

Don’t Breathe (MA) A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong.

Dough (M) An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. (Regal)

Girl Asleep (M) The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning 15 she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.

Goldstone (G) Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry. (Regal)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG) Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush.

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta.

Love & Friendship (PG) Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter – and herself. (Regal)

Mr Six (MA) When Mr. Six’s son, Xiaobo is caught in a dispute with a well-connected young drag-racing street gang leader, Xiaofei, Mr. Six must step up to help defend his son. (Event Newcastle)

National Theatre: War Horse (E) Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. (Event Newcastle)

Nerve (M) A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers”.

Pete’s Dragon (PG) For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. To his daughter, Grace, these stories are little more than tall tales, until she meets Pete.

Snowden (M) NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press. (Event Newcastle)

Spin Out (M) Billy and Lucy have grown up together in a small, close-knit country town, where they form one of the town’s most formidable ute-driving teams. When Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city, sending Billy into a spin.

Storks (G) Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

Suicide Squad (M) A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.

Sully (M) On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (M) Based on the first part of The Fab Four’s career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. Ron Howard’s film explores how The Beatles became a phenomenon. (Event Newcastle & Kotara)

The Fourth Phase (CTC) Iconic snowboarder Travis Rice makes his highly-anticipated return. (Event, Glendale)

The Magnificent Seven (M) With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns.

The Secret Life of Pets (PG) Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favourite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.

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