It's the weekend. Make the most of it with a little help from the Herald.


Cinema Under The Stars 5.30pm, King Edward Park. Pack a picnic blanket and watch SING! when the sun goes down. Lots of family-friendly activities plus live entertainment, too.

Sand Sculpting Workshop and Competition 9am to 11am, Blacksmiths Beach. Join master sculptor Dennis Massoud for a sand-sculpting workshop before putting your new skills to the test in a fun, family-friendly sand-sculpting competition. Skills workshop 9am to 9.30am, sand-sculpting competition 9.30am to 11am. Bookings not required. Bring two buckets per person.

Newcastle Street Art Walking Tour 2pm, meet at Foghorn Brewhouse. Tickets $20 at; duration 90 minutes. 

Aquatic Challenger Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2pm, Swansea Swim Centre. Enjoy taking on this inflatable obstacle course on water. Six years and over; $2.50 per person, $5 per family.

WaterWorld Central Saturday and Sunday, Doyalson-Wyee RSL Club. The park runs on set two-hour session times from 10am to 4pm. Wristbands are $25 for children; $10 for adults.

Newcastle Fire and Flow Jam 6.30pm, Gregson Park, Hamilton. Drumming circle at 8pm.  

Op Shop Tour with Raid My Wardrobe 9.30am to 12.30pm, 8 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Cost $38, book at

Shine for Emma Dunlop 1pm, Clare Castle, 17 William Street, Raymond Terrace. A fundraiser for Emma Dunlop, who is fighting stage 4 melanoma. Raffles; auction; BBQ; live music. 

Screen on the Green 7.30pm, Maitland Park Bowling Club. Sausage sizzle and film The Emoji Movie

Free Art January 10am, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Fun art-making activities. 

Hunter Valley Wrestling Ready 2 Rumble 2018 7pm, Club Maitland City, Rutherford. 

Christmas Lights Spectacular Saturday and Sunday, 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens. Lights, rides, food stalls, live entertainment and more. Until January 27.

Nelson Bay Family Carnival Saturday and Sunday, 7pm onwards, Fly Point Park. 


Hunter Wedding Expo 10am to 2pm, Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, Wests City.

Free Art January 10am to 5pm, Maitland Regional Art Gallery. Fun art-making activities. 


The Lake Mac Festival of Surfing is at Redhead Beach January 20 and 21 for longboards, short boards and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). There will be markets and beach activities, plus the $23,000 ECS Boards Surf SUP & Paddle Battle – the richest prize money for SUP events in Australia. 


Lake Macquarie City Farmers Market Saturday, 7.30am to 1pm, Speers Point Park. 

Medowie Markets Saturday, 8am to 12.30pm, outside the Bull ‘n’ Bush Hotel, Medowie. 

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Darling Street, Broadmeadow.

Tomaree Market Sunday, 8.30am to 1pm, Tomaree Sports Complex park, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay.

Wollombi Village Market Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Wollombi. 


Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Board; Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures (surf lifesaving); At The Beach. Until February 4.

Finite Gallery Caves Beach School holiday workshops, go to for details.

Cooks Hill Galleries The Summer Collection, online exhibition. Until February 4.

The Lock Up Final Remembering, by Lottie Consalvo. In the Halls of My Youth, by James Drinkwater. Until January 21. 

Newcastle Museum Dinosaur Revolution, until January 28. 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Art Maker, Patron, Lover, by Gary Grealy. Until March 18. David Archer: Archer’s Arcadia. Until February 4. Passchendale – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Taking a closer look, by Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Until February 18. Free tours, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am, until February 18. Also, Art Cart, Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Art Systems Wickham Lost & Found: Memory, by Maggie Hall. Ends Sunday.

Gallery 139 The Doggie Show. Until February 4. 

Timeless Textiles The Nature of Things, by NCEATA. Until Ends Sunday.

Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Sun, Surf and Sand. Until January 20.


Dead Centre and Sea Wall This double bill by Tom Holloway and Simon Stephens looks at factors that alter the relationship between a couple, with the woman moving from England to Australia in Dead Centre to try to escape her past, and the man looking in Sea Wall at issues in a coastal region that affected them. Stooged Theatre, at the Catapult Dance Studios, Newcastle West. Saturday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm, until January 21, plus Friday, January 19, at 7.30pm.

For the Love of Mrs Brown Widow Mrs Brown uses internet social media to try to get a romantic partner for Valentine’s Day, and her family use diverse means to win relationships; amusing live version of the TV series with writer-actor Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Nightly from Thursday, January 18, to Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, plus 2pm Saturday.

Honk Jr Lively musical adaptation of fairy tale The Ugly Duckling, with a young cast playing the farmyard animals with very different views of a very unusual baby bird. Maitland Musical Society. Maitland Pro Cathedral (St John’s Hall): Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 2pm. James Theatre, Dungog: Saturday, January 20, at 7.30pm, Sunday, January 21, at 2pm.

Mo Comedy in January A showcase of Newcastle’s comedic talent, including Isaac Butterfield, Soame Chopra, Brendon Knott, Glenn Majurey, Andrew Milos, Clinton Starrett and Steven White, hosted by award-winning comedian, Jason Starrett, to raise funds for Movember. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Thursday, dinner and show from 6pm; show only at 8.30pm.

Take Me to Neverland Newcastle playwright Riley McLean reworks, with comedy and drama, the story of Peter Pan and shows how his experiences as an orphan and psychiatric patient left him determined not to grow up. Bearfoot Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Thursday, January 11, to Saturday, January 13, at 7pm, plus 2pm Saturday.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Perry Carter. Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Pat Vs Cat. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Dave Feint.

Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Steel City.

Bar Petite Saturday, Jerome.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Robbie Long.

Beach Hotel Saturday, D.Love. Sunday, Misbehave.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Akmal, Cruzers, The Andy Show. Sunday, 2 Left Feet.

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Belmont Hotel Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Code Red.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Siren.

The Bradford Saturday, Beau Hatch Duo.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Solomon Campbell, Phil Shaw, Ryan Paul, Tomas Truban, Tomek (Glasshouse), The Venom Lips, Friday Night Zoo, Kingsley James (Warehouse). Sunday, Four Year Strong (US), Knocked Loose (US) (Glasshouse), Bermuda Bloom, Wysper (Warehouse).

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Mardmax.

Catho Pub Saturday, Bob Allan. Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Holly Mae.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Phonic.

Charlestown Golf Club Sunday, Phil McKnight.

Club Catalina Sunday, Roxy.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Colliery Inn Saturday, Zane Penn.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, 2 To The Floor.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, Ryan Daley, DJ Willan, Robbie Long, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, Casey Bellamy, DJs Eclipse & Grizzy, D.Love, DJ Kstar, DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Brien McVernon. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Viagro.

Customs House Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Sunset Club.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Kazzie.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Cotton. Sunday, Wayne Rogers.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Big Bang. Sunday, Cotton Sax & Strings.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Bad And The Ugly.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Misbehave.

Finnegans Saturday, Chunky Dip.

Flow Bar – Old Bar Saturday, Kim Churchill.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Katie N Feff.

George Tavern Saturday, The New Cool.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, 24 Hours.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Georgia Maq, Spencer Scott, Rachel Maria Cox. Sunday, Scumbag, Grim Disparo, Loose Unit, Body Melt.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Brendan Murphy, Paperboy. Sunday, Howie & Alex.

Hexham Bowling Club Sunday, Anthony Lee.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Lisa Hunt & Forever Soul.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Sundays Record.

Hotel Jesmond Sunday, Crawfish Stew.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Jewells Tavern Sunday, James Naldo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Anthems.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday,  Sister Rosicky, Dane Overton & The Joy Williams Band, Bravo Victor. Sunday, Lovegas.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Russell Morris, Whistle Dixie. 

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, KR Duo. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Sunday, The V Dubs.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Easy Daze. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Max Jackson.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Matt McLaren. Sunday, Tyler John.

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Full Throttle. Sunday, Metro’s Muso Muster.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Gen-R-8, Alessandro.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Holly Mae Wilson. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Green Ginger.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday,  Allon.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Xyz.

Pelican RSL Club Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Premier Hotel Sunday, Trancemission.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane, The Gaudrys. Sunday, Loko, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Boney Rivers.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Tailgate Drive.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Crawfish Stew Band.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Kristy James.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Singleton Diggers Saturday, The Way.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Summerland Kings.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Kristy James.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Andy Abra Band. 

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Marriah.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Jim Neal.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Witchery.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Ethan Latsinos. Sunday, Max Jackson.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Beau Hatch.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Hummdinger. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Michael Bryers. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Duncan Woods.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Jackson Halliday.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The DuoTones.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Dr Zoom. Tuesday, Angamus.

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Phoenix, Rock This City Band. Sunday, Kellie Cain, Kevin Borich.



18-20 For The Love Of Mrs Brown (UK) – Newcastle Entertainment Centre

20 Thrashville ft. Frenzal Rhomb, Batpiss, King Parrot & more – Dashville

26 In Hearts Wake – Cambridge

27-28 The Black Sorrows – Lizotte’s


3 Iron Chic (US) – Hamilton Station Hotel

10 Crossroads Blues In The Vines ft. Buddy Guy (US), Ian Moss, Diesel, Russell Morris – Roche Estate

10 Tim Hart (Boy & Bear) – Lizotte’s

11 Celtic Woman – Civic Theatre

15 Unwritten Law – Small Ballroom (Marina to shoot)

16 Tori Forsyth – Small Ballroom


Ali’s Wedding (M) After a white lie which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric’s eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl. (Lake Cinema)

All The Money In The World (R) The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Breathe (M) The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (Tower)

Call Me By Your Name (M) Summer of 1983, Northern Italy. An American-Italian is enamored by an American student who comes to study and live with his family. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them. (Tower) 

Coco (PG) Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

Darkest Hour (PG) Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

Downsizing (M) Imagine what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall & propose a 200-year global transition from big to small.

Ferdinand (G) After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home.

Final Portrait (M) The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. (Lake Cinema)

Home Again (PG) Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (Lake Cinema)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG) Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose.

Murder On The Orient Express (M) When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. (Lake Cinema) 

Paddington 2 (G) Now happily settled with the Brown family, Paddington picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Pitch Perfect 3 (M) Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.

Stars Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (M) Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.

The Greatest Showman (PG) The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG) Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.

The Post (M) A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four US presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police.

Three Summers (M) At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band meets a folk music-hating Theremin player and sparks literally fly. (Lake Cinema)

Wonder (PG) A boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s an ordinary kid.


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