Weekend Planner: February 18-19, 2018


Flickerfest 6pm and 8.45pm, Tower Cinemas, Newcastle. Showing the Best of Australian Shorts program at 6pm followed by the Short Laughs Comedy program at 8.45pm, with drinks served in-between sessions. A local film is showing: Melon Grab, starring Newcastle actor and skater Noah Regan, directed by Central Coast filmmaker Andrew Lee and filmed in and around the Central Coast by fellow Central Coast cinematographer Dane Howell. 

The Wandiyali ATSI Indigenous Classic Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 3pm, Merewether Beach. Part of Surfest 2018. A cultural gathering will also be held, celebrating and showcasing Indigenous culture. All are welcome. 

Newcastle Beach Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 5pm, Newcastle Beach. National final with family-friendly activities, giveaways and a beach bar, too. Part of Surfest.

nib Newcastle Knights 2018 Community Season Launch 9am to noon, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. The club’s largest free community event of the season with players, autograph opportunities, mechanical football, face painting, a petting zoo, rugby rumble inflatable ride, live music and competitions.

Feast Fest 4pm to 9pm, Speers Point Park. A twilight food market with market stalls, entertainment, jumping castles, face painting and more. 

Bolivian Festival 6pm to 11.30pm, Barcito, Hamilton. Bolivian food and drink specials; live music; best-dressed prizes. 

The Last Dance 8pm onwards, The Gateway Hotel, Islington. Drag shows; DJ; karaoke and more. 

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne 8pm to 10pm, Sacred Spaces at the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Singleton. A classical instrumental ensemble from Germany performs Vivaldi, JS Bach, Tchaikovsky and Paganini. Bring a picnic to eat in the beautiful Convent gardens before the concert. The gardens will open at 5.30pm.

2018 Maitland Show Saturday and Sunday, Maitland Showground. Rides; showbags; competitions; animals; live entertainment; food and market stalls; vintage cars; precision driving show; fireworks and more.

Go to maitlandshowground.com.au for details.


Endless Summer 11am to 4pm, Charlestown Swim Centre. Live music; games and prizes; an inflatable obstacle course. Free entry for the first 50 young people (aged 12 to 24).

Jazz Afternoon 3.30pm onwards, Wangi RSL, 275 Watkins Road, Wangi Wangi. 

A Community Afternoon Tea with Judy Watson 1.30pm, The Lock-Up, Newcastle. Artist Judy Watson’s work is featured in The Lock-Up’s current exhibition Experimenta Make Sense. Her Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. 

World Travel Expo 10am to 4pm, Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Exclusive travel deals and information.

Cupid’s Undie Run 11.30am to 3.30pm, Nobbys Surf Life Saving Club. A fundraiser for the Children's Tumour Foundation Australia. For more information or to register, go to cupidsundierun.com.au/cities/newcastle. 


A Day On The Green’s Alrighty Monster Line-up comes to Bimbadgen on Saturday, February 24. Enjoy indie-rock anthems from The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads, Tumbleweed and The Fauves.  


Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm,  Foreshore Park, Newcastle East (by the old train shed and duck pond).

Farmers & Artisan Markets @ Lake Mac East Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Quinn Park, Swansea. 

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

Newcastle Flower Markets Saturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

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

Wallsend Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, 54 Cowper Street, Wallsend. 

Hamilton Clocktower Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Beaumont Street, Hamilton. 

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Esplanade (opposite shops). 

Adamstown Lions Markets Sunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow.


Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Katrina Rose. Until March 25.

Art Systems Wickham Figuration, by Peter Ronne and Andrew Sutherland. Ends Sunday.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Resolution; Your Collection: Look Out and Artist Focus: Sally Bourke.   

The Lock-Up Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art. Until March 18. 

Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi Wombolly Metals, by Geoff Boorman. Until March 4.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Gary Grealy: Art Maker, Patron, Lover; Grisaille, Shades of Grey From The Collection. Until March 18. The Enlightening Journey of Mr Hugo Ball, by Andrew Finnie; A Whisker of Light, by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison; Lamentation, by Karike Ashworth. Until April 29. 

CStudios Art Gallery Water and Rhythm, by Rhonda Partridge, Alison Moore, Matt Baker, Jennifer Hollis, Peter Masters, Stephen McDonald, Geoffrey Holmes. Until March 3.

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

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Coming in Waves, by Sue Beiboer; Reflecting on Nature, by Mitchell O’Mahoney. Until March 4. 

Newcastle Art Gallery Everything Changes: Tim Maguire 2002-2017. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Small: Habitat Exhibition. Until March 4.

University of Newcastle Gallery Mojgan Habibi PhD exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Timeless Textiles Sensitive Landscape: Details from Nature, by Anna Gunnarsdottir. Until March 11. 

Gallery 139 Body Bits, by Clare Weeks, Kristian Glynn, Lisa Kirkpatrick, Nadia Aurisch, Susan Ryman, Toni Amidy, Tim Messiter, Hannah Brien. Until February 25.  

Cooks Hill Galleries Insights 2018. Until February 28.

Bobbie P Gallery, Terrigal Bloom – Up Close, by Darren Pedley. Until February 28.


Burlesque The Circus Bright fusion of burlesque, dancers and circus for adults. Birdcage Burlesque and Circus Avalon, at Lizotte’s, Lambton. Saturday, dinner and show from 6pm; show only at 8.30pm.

Little Women – The Musical Four young sisters, led by would-be novelist Jo, try to show in the 1860s that women are as adept as men; adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Young People’s Theatre and Lindsay Street Players, at Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Love Letters A man and woman who began writing romantic notes to each other as teenagers continue the practice throughout their lives; funny and moving work by A.R. Gurney. Bare Productions. Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin, Saturday at 7pm.

Out of Order A junior government minister gets more than he bargained for when he takes an attractive opposition secretary to a hotel bedroom during a parliamentary sitting; comedy by Ray Cooney. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its theatre. Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.​


5 Sawyers Sunday, Howard Shearman Duo.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Mardmax Duo. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, James Naldo.

Battlesticks Bar Sunday, Elisa Kate.

Beach Hotel Saturday, D. Love. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Tailgate Drive.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Uptown/Daniel Arvidson. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Voodoo Express.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, 24 Hours.

The Bradford Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Cattle Decapitation, Ill Natured.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Amigos.

Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, The Mason Rack Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Hendo.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Club Catalina Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Club Kotara Saturday, Loko.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Outerphase.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Sunday, Mick Jones.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Karaoke Widows.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Josh & Liv. Sunday, Emily Smith.

Customs House Saturday, Jordan Fleming. Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Scully.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Redline.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, State FX. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Max Jackson.

Edgeworth Bowling Club Sunday, Tailgate Drive.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.

The Edwards Saturday, James Bennett.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Sunday Avenue, Brian McVernon.

Finnegans Saturday, Bliss.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Marriah.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Smokin Wine. Sunday, Smokin Wine.

George Tavern Saturday, KR Duo.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Baghead. Sunday, Adam Scriven.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Sarah and Zac Re Latched. Sunday, Robbie Long.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Soundabout.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Mojo Bandits.

Imperial Hotel Saturday, Spin Gents.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Thunderstruck.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Something From Nothing – Foo Fighters tribute band. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Overload, DJ. Sunday, Giant Blues Band. 

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Saturday, Maryanne Rex. Sunday, Nick Read.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, The V Dubs.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Burlesque The Circus. Sunday, Karise Eden.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Brown Bear & Hooves.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Love That Hat.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Kevin O’Hara. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Phil McKnight.  

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, The Years.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Alias, DJ Angelo. Sunday, Tyler John.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Karen Soper.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Anthony Lee.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Jason Ray.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Anyerin.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, The Years.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Tim Rossington.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Dos Eager.

Pelican RSL Saturday, The Amigos. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Jackson Broadway. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Kim.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Daxton Monaghan.

Premier Hotel Saturday, The Big Bang Band. Sunday, Anthology.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, The New Cool.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Sundays Record.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Way.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, James Naldo.

Royal Oak Hotel Cessnock Sunday, Lachlan Edwards.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Arley Black.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The Remedy.

Shoal Bay Country Club Hotel Saturday, Junior & Luana, Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Arley Black.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Urban Chiefs.

Star Hotel Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DV8. Sunday, Easy Daze.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Big Pete.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Live Baby Live INXS show.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Croq.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Marriah.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, David Cazalet ‘Elvis Tribute Show’.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Sami. Sunday, Swing Katz.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kim.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox. Sunday, Roxy.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kellie Cain. Sunday, Big Pete.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Bob Allan.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Jazz With A View.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Clean State.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Jessica Cain.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Love That Hat.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Rumour Trio. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Pap N That, Mason Rack Band. Sunday, Tim Rossington, Fish Fry + Pow Wow.


Black Panther (M) T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Darkest Hour (PG) During the early days of World War II, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on.

Fifty Shades Freed (MA) The third installment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy.

Insidious: The Last Key (M) The fourth installment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise.

I, Tonya (MA) Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the US Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Lady Bird (M) The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

Molly’s Game (M) Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.

Phantom Thread (MA) Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Raising Arizona (M) (1987) When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

The Florida Project (MA) Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. (Tower)

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 Post (M) A cover-up that spanned four US presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events. (Lake Cinema)

The Shape Of Water (MA) Set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. (Tower)

Winchester (M) An eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.


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