A Day On the Green Saturday. Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Sunnyboys, Jo Jo Zep & the Falcons, Tex Perkins & the Dark Horses, and Stephen Cummings perform. Gates open 2pm. Bookings through Ticketmaster. Bimbadgen Winery, Pokolbin.

World Wetlands Day: National Art & Photography Competition Saturday. An exhibition of winning and selected works from the 6th annual national art and photography competition, 11am. Hunter Wetlands Centre, Shortland.

Nobbys Lighthouse Headland Sunday. Take a stroll along the Newcastle harbour breakwall and continue up the hill to Nobbys Lighthouse for breathtaking views of the city, 10am to 4pm. Free. Nobbys Lighthouse, Newcastle.

The Comedy Super 7 Saturday. Comedy show featuring Chris Franklin, Chris Radburn, Gary Eck, Simon Kennedy, Mick Meredith, Steve Philp and Jason ‘‘Rash’’ Ryder, 8pm. Tickets $28. Bookings 49027600. South Leagues Club, Merewether.

Wedding Expo Sunday. Discover the lakeside wedding destination and meet the region’s best wedding suppliers, 10am to 2pm. Free entry. Mercure Lake Macquarie Raffertys Resort, Cams Wharf.

Artist Forum Saturday. Join the gallery’s assistant curator Diarne Wiercinski in conversation with artists from the Art & Australia collection, discussing their work on display and the progression of their practice in recent years, 11am to noon. Free. Bookings 49745100. Newcastle Art Gallery, Cooks Hill.


Anna Bay Community Markets Saturday. Books, toys, organic produce, plants, jewellery and more, 8.30am to 2pm. Gateway Family Presbyterian Church, 43 Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay.

The Olive Tree Market Saturday. The first Olive Tree Market for 2013 features new products from stallholders including clothing, bedding, textiles, organic skincare and cards, 9am to 3pm. The Junction Public School.

Nelson Bay Craft Markets Sunday. Fresh produce, market stalls and entertainment. Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay.

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

Maitland Markets Sunday. More than 600 stalls including handmade goods, gourmet food and quality art, 8am to 2pm.

Drayton’s Family Market Saturday. A mix of handmade and commercial stalls plus live music and barbecue facilities, 9am to 3pm. Drayton’s Family Winery, Pokolbin.

The Store Trash & Treasure Market Saturday and Sunday. Antiques, collectables, clothing, plants, art and crafts, toys, furniture, jewellery and more, 8.30am to 3pm. The Store, Newcastle West.

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

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday. The first market of the year returns with fresh produce, gourmet food, plants and more, 8am to 1pm. Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

Salt Water Market Sunday. More than 80 stalls, children’s entertainment, live music, fresh food and a surfboard swap meet, 9am to 2pm. Swansea Public School, Swansea.


A-League Saturday. Newcastle Jets vs Sydney FC, 5.30pm. Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow.

Hunter Track Classic Saturday. Featuring the best track and field athletes from across Australia in events including relay, hurdles, sprinting and shot put, 5pm. Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale.


Daylight Saving Saturday. A lonely wife invites a former boyfriend to dinner on the last weekend of extended daylight hours, with unexpected and hilarious results; a romantic comedy by Nick Enright, 8pm. 49524958. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton.


Inner City Winemakers Organic Mind: Four Indonesian Artists, 28 Church Street, Wickham.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Big Scope: Painting and Place. First Street, Booragul.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists Grant; G W Bot: Thirty year survey; Ian Howard: Portrait and Landscape; Children’s Book Illustration; Two Australian Sculptors: Richard Goodwin and Michael Snape, 230 High Street, Maitland.

Nanshe Deva Dolls. 148b Beaumont Street, Hamilton.

Newcastle Art Gallery Collection Companions; Art and Australia collection; A Japanese Aesthetic; Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose. 1 Laman Street, Cooks Hill.

Timeless Textiles Tracey Deep.


 Bar Petite  Saturday, Tiali. Sunday, The Dreamcatchers.

 Belmont 16 Footers  Saturday, The Capulets. Sunday, Phillip Crawshaw.

 Blackbutt Hotel  Saturday, Kotadama.

 The Brewery  Saturday, Kylie Jane, Ally-B. Sunday, Rubber Bullet, Miss Surfest – Heat 2.

 Cambridge Hotel  Saturday, Sticky Fingers.

 Cardiff Panthers  Saturday, Rattle & Hum – U2 Show.

 Delany Hotel  Saturday, Juicy Fruit.

 Exchange Hotel  Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

 Great Northern Hotel  Saturday, J.Smith, Bears With Guns.

 Grand Junction Hotel  Saturday, Floyd Vincent & the Childbrides. Sunday, The Snowdroppers.

 The Junction Hotel  Saturday, Marissa Saroca.

 Kent Hotel  Saturday, Gen-X.

 King Street Hotel  Saturday, Ember. Sunday, Cassette.

 Lass O’Gowrie  Saturday, Post Paint, The Super Super, Musketeer. Sunday, The Jimmies (3pm), James Thomson (6pm).

 Lizotte’s Newcastle  Saturday, James Morrison. Sunday, Ruby Boots, Leroy Lee.

 Pippis At The Point  Saturday, Kim & Mik. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

 Shoal Bay Resort  Saturday, Aaron Hood, Pistol Pete, Revolver. Sunday, 2 Funky, Dean Kyrwood, Kellie Cain.

 Warners At The Bay  Saturday, Hornet.

 Wests Leagues Club New Lambton  Saturday, Zane Penn Duo.


ANDREA BOCELLI: LOVE IN PORTOFINO (CTC) Andrea Bocelli, the world’s most beloved tenor, is making his cinema debut as his Love in Portofino concert from August is released for a limited time at selected cinemas.  The cinema event also features a world exclusive interview with Bocelli at his home. (Tower Cinemas Newcastle)

BACK TO THE FUTURE: PART II (PG) Experience this classic in the awesome sound and screen of Titan XC. Marty McFly has just got back from the past, when he is once again picked up by Dr Emmett Brown and sent  to the future. Marty’s job  is to pose as his own son to stop him being thrown in prison. Unfortunately, things get worse when the future changes the present. (Reading Cinema)

FLICKERFEST Australia’s leading short film festival brings an award-winning programme of the best of Australia’s and the world’s short films to the big screen. (Avoca)

THE MAGISTRATE (CTC) Academy Award nominee John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce. When amiable magistrate Posket marries Agatha, little does he realise she’s dropped five years from her age and her sons. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps. (Avoca)

FLIGHT (MA15+) Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who  crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly everyone on board. (Event Cinemas, Glendale.)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (M) Comedy starring Bradley Cooper as a man fresh out of a mental institution, living with his parents and trying to get his life back together. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker. (Tower Cinemas, Newcastle, Event Cinemas, Glendale, Hoyts Cinemas Charlestown.)

ZERO DARK THIRTY (M) Following the September 11 attacks on the United States, a decade-long hunt began for Osama bin Laden. The movie follows the efforts of top secret CIA intelligence forces, who rented a home in Abbottabad, Pakistan, near the compound where bin Laden was believed to be in hiding. 

DJANGO UNCHAINED (MA15+) The latest from director Quentin Tarantino takes its lead from spaghetti westerns.  Jamie Foxx stars 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).

GANGSTER SQUAD (MA15+) Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn star in this 1940s chronicle of the LAPD’s battle with the US east coast Jewish Mafia.

GUILT TRIP (M) Barbra Streisand stars as Joyce Brewster, a widowed mother embarking on a road trip with her inventor son, Andy (Seth Rogen). 

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (M) Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) must go on a quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

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.

THE INTOUCHABLES (M) An uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, based on a true story of friendship between a disabled millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street-smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy). (Avoca)

JACK REACHER (M) From  best-selling author Lee Child comes one of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen – ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise).

LES MISERABLES (M) When Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released from prison after serving 19years for stealing a loaf of bread, he breaks parole to create a new life for himself, but has to evade Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe).

LIFE OF PI (PG) A groundbreaking movie about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and  discovery.

PARANORMAN (PG) Norman is harbouring a secret – he can communicate with the dead.

PARENTAL GUIDANCE (PG) Old-school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal) meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids.

QUARTET (M) Dirty secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert. Directed by Dustin Hoffman, and stars Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) The story of a group of heroes, each with extraordinary abilities.Also showing in 3D.

SKYFALL (M) Daniel Craig reprises his role as 007 James Bond, who finds his loyalty to MI6 chief M  tested when her past comes back to haunt her.

DAY ON THE GREEN: Elvis Costello

DAY ON THE GREEN: Elvis Costello