Lake Mac Big Weekend Superboat Championships, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 2pm: Watch high octane vessels race at speeds of up to 200km/h. The best viewing spots will be from Warners Bay foreshore to Eleebana and Marmong Point foreshore reserve. Find out more at superboat.com.au. Water sports, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm: Marmong Point Sailing Club is offering free water sports on the lake for families and a BBQ. Warners Bay markets, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm: Warners Bay foreshore will come alive with markets, food stalls, children’s amusements and live entertainment. Community displays, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm: Further along the Warners Bay foreshore (adjacent to South Creek) will be more markets and community displays from the Scouts, Guides and RFS as well as activities for the children. The Colour Run, Sunday, 7am to noon: Five-kilometre run at Tulkaba Park at Teralba. Registration fee applies.
Discover Sailing Day 10am to 2pm, 95 Hannell Street, Wickham. The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club is hosting a free community event. All are invited to try sailing and experience the enjoyment of being out on the water on a sailing boat.
Punchy’s Carpark Party 4pm onwards, The George Tavern Greenhills. On September 19, 2015, Dom suffered a life changing injury during a rugby grand final. He is now a quadraplegic. Punchy’s Carpark Party is a music and celebratory event to welcome Dom home. There will be live music from GenR8, Melbourne Street, Misbehave, Raave Tapes, Sundays Record and DJ Tim Coffey. The secure carpark setting will feature street food stalls, pop-up bars, VIP areas and the chance to win some major raffle prizes. Tickets $25 pre-purchased online; $30 at the gate on the day.
Pepper Tree Wines Spring Food and Wine Celebration 11am to 3.30pm, Pokolbin. Enjoy a casual lunch prepared by Newy Burger Co and listen to The Big Bang. Cost is $55 per person which includes food and wine tokens, a tasting glass, Contango coffee voucher and optional 30-minute masterclass with winemaker Gwyn Olsen. Bookings essential by phoning 1800 655 965.
Blues, Brews & Craft Beer Festival Jewells Tavern. Entry is free and tickets for craft beer tastings are $10. Live music from 3pm.
Orchid Show Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 3pm, Windale Gateshead Bowling Club. Held by The Australasian Native Orchid Society.
Jimmy Jurd Memorial Race Day Noon to 5pm, Newcastle Jockey Club. Fund-raising event in memory of 23-month-old Jimmy Jurd, who lost his battle with brain cancer in August. Tickets $80 per person and include race entry, nibbles on arrival, gourmet buffet lunch and drink vouchers.
Cessnock Relay for Life 10am to 10pm, Badeley Park, Evans Street, Cessnock. There will be a jumping castle for the kids, live performances, food options, games and prizes. This year’s relay will help to purchase a transport vehicle for patients and their families in the Cessnock area, as well as fund vital research to help beat cancer.
Kotara High School Reunion 7pm, Blackbutt Hotel. Year 10, 1976, 40-year reunion. Students and teachers welcome.
Hunter District Bromeliad Society Annual Show 8.30am to 3pm, Henderson Park Hall, 42 Lockyer Street, Adamstown. Free entry. Plants for sale.
Grandparents Day at Black Hill 10am to 3pm, Black Hill Uniting Church. Old wares and antiques on display. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, plants, cakes, books, white elephant and pick-a-box stalls.
Surf Life Saving NSW Family Fun Open Day Swansea Belmont Surf Club, Blacksmiths. There will be a giant jumping castle with slides; bars open 11am; Kylie Jane performing from 2.30pm; BBQ and burgers. All welcome.
Tomago House Vintage Fair 9.30am to 3pm, 421 Tomago Road, Tomago. A fund-raising and community engagement event combining the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children and the National Trust NSW. Vintage and non-vintage themed stallholders, along with an eclectic and unusual display of homewares, gifts, art, jewellery, fashion and great food and entertainment.
Embrace Life Newcastle 10am to 5pm, Newcastle Jockey Club. More than 40 wellness businesses will be on site; yoga classes; workshops, chill-out areas and live local performances. Early bird tickets cost $12; $15 on the day.
Gone Fishing Day 10am to 3pm, Honeysuckle Drive Foreshore, Newcastle. Free how-to-fish tuition, casting comps, goodie bags with bonus lures, expert fishing classes and touch tanks plus lots of kids’ activities. Organised by NSW DPI Fisheries. No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Lake Side Spring Wedding and Celebration Expo 10am to 2.30pm, Sinclair’s Events, Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay. Meet caterers, florists, celebrants, cake decorators, stylists, DJs, lighting specialists, floral artists and photographers.
The JR Reunion 2pm to 6pm, Honeysuckle Hotel. Reminisce about The Jolly Roger, meet old friends and enjoy music from DV8, Flashback, Roadhouse and Idol Motion.
SAVE THE DATE
Grandparents Day at Hunter Wetlands Centre, October 30. Entry is free for anyone bringing grandparents to the Hunter Wetlands Centre on this day. There will be guided walks and buggy tours, kite making, Aboriginal stories and music, and reptile encounters. Morning tea is free for all grandparents at the cafe.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines.
3 Peas Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Teralba Public School.
Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle East.
Belmont Anglican Church Monthly Markets Saturday, 7am to noon, 24 Church Street, Belmont.
Clocktower Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, Hamilton.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 8am to 1pm, Newcastle Showgrounds, Broadmeadow.
St Brigid’s Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Station Street, Branxton.
Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 8am to noon, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown.
Hunter Street Organic Markets Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.
ART & CULTURE
Art Lovers Movement Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, Morisset Memorial Hall.
Soul Food Lake Macquarie Sunday, 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. Musicians, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and Indigenous cultures.
Acrux Art Gallery Domestic Disruption. Until October 26.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Beach & Bush. Until October 23.
Timeless Textiles Retrospective of Felt in Australia: Polly Stirling. Until November 6.
Back to Back Galleries Barbie and Ken group exhibition. Until October 16.
Gallery 139 Imbued. Until October 29.
Art Systems Wickham The nature of WABI – SABI. Amy Gow, Bronwyn Lusted, Cathy Miers, Sally Reynolds, Jules Visser. Fund-raising event for Ugandan Women of Destiny. Until October 16.
Opening October 21: Sea Scrolls, an exhibition of scrolls to celebrate 50 years of print by 28 members of the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop.
Newcastle Art Space Taking the arts by the horns; Aeon. Until October 16.
Finite Gallery Caves Beach Open Art Prize. Until October 30.
Cooks Hill Galleries Figure vs Landscape. Works by Bruce Rowland, Shannon Woodward, Susan Weaver, Bernd Heinrich and Pro Hart. Until October 17.
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.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery 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. The Hospital, Robyn Werkhoven, until November 20.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Glass: Art Design Architecture; Research Through Design. Until November 6.
Newcastle Art School Front Room Gallery Momentum, an exhibition of work from Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts students. Until October 21.
Bugsy Malone Amusing musical written for young performers showing the rivalry between two gangster mobs in the 1920s. Young People’s Theatre, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, until November 5; plus 2pm Sunday matinee on October 23. ypt.org.au.895.
FlatSpin An out-of- work actress is pursued by mysterious people when she is mistaken for the woman whose flat she is minding; comedy-thriller by Alan Ayckbourn. Club 71, at St Peter’s Anglican Hall, Hamilton. Dinner and show at 7pm. Saturdays, until October 29; Fridays, October 14 and 28; Sunday, October 23. 4944 8189.
Giselle A country girl is enthralled by a new man in town, unaware that he is a count already promised in marriage; moving and amusing dance classic. Australian Ballet Regional Tour, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Tuesday and Wednesday, at 7.30pm. 4929 1977.
Hecuba Reimagined Contemporary reworking by Carl Caulfield of Euripides’ classic Greek play shows nothing has changed in 2500 years in the way war impacts on people; drama with dark comedy. Stray Dogs Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Wednesday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, until October 22; plus 2pm matinees on October 19 and 21. 4929 1977.
Oh My God, I’ve Been Kidnapped and I Hate What I’m Wearing A 1960s showgirl in Kings Cross finds herself pursued by police; transfer of a comedy by Drew Fairley from Sydney’s The Old 505 Theatre to Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, as part of Hunter Valley Summer Theatre. Wednesday to Saturday, at 8pm, plus Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm, until October 23. huntervalleysummertheatre.com.au.
Open Up Comedian Alex Williamson opens up about his exploits, with songs adding to the amusement of his most degenerate thoughts. Frontier, at Newcastle City Hall. Saturday, at 8pm. 4929 1977.
The Nerd A young architect is visited by a man he has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam, with the arrival of the inept nerd causing chaos; comedy by Larry Shue. DAPA, at DAPA Theatre, Hamilton. Friday at 7.30pm, and Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, until October 22; plus Sunday, October 16, at 2pm. 0416 252 446.
Other Desert Cities A family Christmas get-together becomes increasingly more chaotic as more skeletons are revealed in Jon Robin Baitz’s comedy. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until October 22, plus Saturday matinee at 2pm on October 15. 4952 4958.
5 Sawyers Sunday, Perry Carter.
48 Watt Street Sunday, Katie Noonan.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Me And Him.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Callum And Dave.
Bar 121 Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.
Bar Petite Saturday, Junior & Luana.
Bay Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Voodoo Express.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Emily Smith, Cruzers. Sunday, Bloom.
Belmont Bowling Club Sunday, The Jungle Kings.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.
Belmont Sporties Saturday, Siren.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Secret Society.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, The Lamplighters. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.
The Bradford Saturday, Australian Trilogy Show.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Emma Louise, Fractures, Mezko, The Stiffys (warehouse).
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi Show.
Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder. Sunday, Storm Cellar.
Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Greg Bryce.
Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Mick Jones.
Club Kotara Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Robbie T.
Colliery Inn Saturday, Pete & Kate Sneddon.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Matt Gaudry.
Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Defaced. Sunday, Callum and Dave.
Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Soundabout.
Customs House Sunday, Jason Bone.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Bobby C.
D’Albora Marina Saturday, Kim. Sunday, Howard Shearman.
Denman Hotel Sunday, James Naldo.
Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Hayden Johns.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Overload. Sunday, Stephen Boyd.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Trataka.
Family Hotel Maitland Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Jacinta.
Finnegans Saturday, Smooth J.
FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, The Andy Show. Sunday, Jessie Hallett.
Gallipoli Legion Club Saturday, Yes Commissioner.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Paparazzi.
George Tavern Saturday, Sunday’s Record.
Grain Store Saturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, Brown Bear & Hooves.
Greenroof Hotel Sunday, Mike Horbacz.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Alias. Sunday, Damien.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Ace Efalent, Buffalo Trio, Stone Sun, Southern End.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Greg Bryce, Dos Eager. Sunday, CJ and Sam.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, DV8.
Hope Estate Saturday, Rock Symphony in the Vines presents the music of David Bowie.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Project XI.
Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Eye On You.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Ghost Road, Steve Edmonds Band.
The Junction Hotel Saturday, Advocate Duo.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Gen X. Sunday, The Blues Bombers.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Zac Waters.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Jarred Hoogwerf.
The Landing Saturday, Melody Feder. Sunday, Dave Carter.
Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Alpen Akustik.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Wolves In Fashion, Half Way Homebouy, Kiara Taylor, Flame & Matt. Sunday, Andy & Co.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Alex Lloyd.
Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.
Lucky Hotel Saturday, Cam Hughes, Kylie Jane. Sunday, CrocQ.
Mark Hotel Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, The Shedmasters Band.
Mary Ellen Saturday, Redline. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Darren. Sunday, Brooke Harvey.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Max Jackson.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Tommy Gun. Sunday, Roxy.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Soulplay.
Neath Hotel Saturday, Matt Scullion.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Rave On. Sunday, Night Moves.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson. Sunday, Ty.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Rooney West.
Pedens Cessnock Saturday, The Smarts.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth. Sunday, Kim.
The Pourhouse Saturday, Tim Broadway.
Premier Hotel Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Busta Thong.
Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, The Banddits. Sunday, Ben Travis.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Lauren Arms. Sunday, Jerome.
Rathmines Bowling Club Saturday, James Naldo.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Alessandro.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, State FX.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Whiskey Business Duo.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Shawn Lidster.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Defaced. Sunday, Kelly Griffith.
Seven Seas Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, The Steves.
Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, The Remedy.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Reilly Fitzalan.
Star Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac Trio. Sunday, Bruce Mathiske’s Guitar Lounge.
Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Solid Gold Rock & Roll Party with Dave Cochrane.
Swansea Hotel Saturday, Lenny & Carter. Sunday, Shooting Molly.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Fabba, D’Lish.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Dave McCredie.
Toronto Diggers Saturday, Franky & Johnny.
Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers.
Toronto Workers Saturday, KR Duo. Sunday, Pistol Pete.
Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Jim Overend.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Springfest II ft. Arcades and Lions, Treehouse Children, Auxfire, In Motion, Jones The Cat, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Red Slim and more. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Wangi Hotel Sunday, Ian Henry.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Deborah Sinclair.
Warners At The Bay Saturday, Loko.
Westfield Kotara Saturday, Tim Harding.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Years.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rubber Bullet.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Afro Moses. Sunday, John Larder, Steve Edmonds.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.
Heddon Greta Drive-In Saturday, Pete’s Dragon at &.30pm, followed by The Magnificent Seven at 9.30pm.
Asura – The City Of Madness (CTC) Detective Han (Jung Woo-sung), who for years has been secretly doing dirty work for the corrupt mayor Park Sungbae (Hwang Jung-min), is now pressured by a ruthless prosecutor Kim Cha-in (Kwak Do-won) to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor. Feeling trapped, Han persuades his young partner Sunmo (Ju Ji-hoon) to take over his work for the mayor, but things start to get tangled in unpredictable ways. As things are getting worse, only the most evil survives in this dog-eat-dog world.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (CTC) It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman.
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. (Regal)
Deepwater Horizon (M) On April 20, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
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. (Regal)
Hello, My Name is Doris (M) With help from her best friend’s granddaughter, a smitten woman concocts schemes to get the attention of a younger co-worker. (Regal)
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise (PG) Chronicles the unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong United. (Event Kotara)
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. (Regal)
Inferno (M) When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
Joe Cinque’s Consolation (CTC) In early 1997 Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University, confides in friends that she plans to kill herself to put an end to a mysterious illness. With doctors unable or unwilling to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrate, and her plans grow more macabre.
Julieta (M) From the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Skin I Live In, this Spanish drama weaves together three short stories by Alice Munro.
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 Frederica. (Regal)
Masterminds (M) A night guard at an armoured car company in a southern US state organises one of the biggest bank heists in American history.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (M) When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance (CTC) The sell-out 25th anniversary live gala performance featuring performances by original cast members Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga.
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. (Lake Cinema)
Shin Godzilla (CTC) The 31st Godzilla film and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise, Godzilla Resurgence has Japan once again struggling to defeat the giant reptilian intruder.
Sing Street (PG) A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. From the writer/director of Once. (Regal)
Skip Trace (M) Veteran action movie director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) teams up with Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville in this East meets West buddy action-comedy.
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.
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. (Regal)
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. (Lake Cinema)
The Carer (M) Sir Michael Gifford alienates everyone as he suffers from an incurable illness. When his daughter sets him up with a companion who is a refugee, surprising changes begin to occur. (Regal)
The Girl on the Train (MA) Devastated by her recent divorce, Rachel spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking and becomes entangled in a mystery.
The Hurt Business (MA) From the producers of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Generation Iron comes The Hurt Business which examines the rise of mixed martial arts fighting through the eyes of today's top stars.
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.
Young Frankenstein (PG) An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. The 1974 classic. (Regal)
The winner of the “spring break” two-night stay at Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour is D.Williams, of Belmont North.