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The Burning of the Barrel 5.30pm to 10.30pm, Glandore Estate Wines, 1595 Broke Road, Pokolbin. Wine, food from The Cellar Restaurant, cheese platters, live music and, of course, a massive bonfire. Cost: adult $98.50; child $32.50.

Burning of the Barrel. Picture: Chris Elfes

Burning of the Barrel. Picture: Chris Elfes

Learn Bowls Noon, Hamilton North Bowling Club. Free BBQ after the training session. All welcome.

Paddle for the Planet 10am to 2pm, Shoal Bay Beach. Paddle crafts of all types invited to raise awareness for marine conservation. Part of Naturefest.

Red Frogs 2017 Newcastle Gala Dinner 6.30pm, Merewether Surfhouse. 

Waratah Ladies Day Noon, Waratah Oval, Newcastle. Ladies, support the Waratah Rugby Union Club when they take on the Wanderers. Champagne, slushies, nibblies, raffles, prizes and a guest DJ. 

The Sum of The Edwards Ukulele Crusade 10am to noon, The Edwards, Newcastle West. A beginners workshop takes you from zero to four or five songs and six chords in two hours. Ukuleles provided. Cost $25. 


Raid My Wardrobe 10am to 1pm, Newcastle PCYC, Broadmeadow. Grab a bargain and donate your bra to the Uplift Project, which sends bras to women in need in Fiji. Entry $5 at door. 

Rachel Prest, Raid My Wardrobe.

Rachel Prest, Raid My Wardrobe.

Educating the Next Generation of Innovators 9am to 4pm, Academy Xi, 66-68 Devonshire Street, Maitland. A workshop for 14 to 18 year olds with an interest in creation, invention and problem-solving. 

Port Stephens Dolphin Census  11am to noon, Port Stephens estuary. Provides an important insight into the health of the local dolphin population. Part of Naturefest. 

Mums Cottage Garage Sale 11am to 3pm, 29 St Helen Street, Holmesville. There will be a raffle, market and food stalls and activities for the kids.  

Lake Macquarie Boomerang Bag Sewing Workshop 10am to 1pm, Cardiff North Public School. Free, but you must have a safe sewing machine and thread to take part.

Newcastle Stand Up Paddle Club Triple Crown Winter Surf Series 7am onwards, Dixon Park (back-up is Stockton Beach).

Beach Clean Up 11am to noon, Nobbys Beach, Newcastle. Raise awareness about pollution in our waterways and oceans by collecting bottles, straws, bags and other rubbish. 

Fighting Writers’ Block 11.30am to 12.30pm, The Press Book House, 42 Hunter Street, Newcastle. Join other writers to talk writing techniques.


The 2017 East Coast Championships and Festival of the Bands is being held at the University of Newcastle’s Conservatorium of Music on June 11. Thirteen Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney brass and concert bands will compete in the morning, followed by performances in the afternoon. 

Also, the Rosto Festival of the Fleeces returns to Merriwa, June 9 to 11. For the program of events go to festivalofthefleeces.com.au. 


Genuine Farmers Market Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Anzac Park, Marine Drive, Tea Gardens.

The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle. 

Church Garage Sale Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, St John’s Presbyterian Church Hall, corner Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield.

Hunter Street Organic Food Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.  

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

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

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 2pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

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

Maitland Market Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground. 


Newcastle Christ Church Camerata Sunday, 2pm. Sue Carson and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, directed by David Banney, present Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor, plus Elgar’s Serenade for Strings. Cost: adults $30, concession $20, family $70.

Morpeth Gallery World Wildlife Art Exhibition. Ends Sunday.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Make A Face; Showcase 4 Exhibition. Until September 10. Lionel’s Place: Lionel Lindsay from the MRAG Collection. Until April 8, 2018. Jim Anderson: Lampoon, An Historical Art Trajectory 1970-2017; Locust Jones: Back to the Dark Ages; Who Was Les Darcy? Until June 18. Frank Murri: The Prime Ingredient in a Big Piece of Pi; Colonial Afterlives: A Salamanca Arts Centre Exhibition. Until July 23. 

Newcastle Museum A Ticket To Paradise? Ends Sunday. Remembering the Pasha Storm. Until June 11. Shadows of Sacrifice. One Million Stars. 

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Local Artist Uncovered: Marc Brabander. Until July 2.

Newcastle Art Gallery Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Abstract Women Artists. Until July 23.

Old Fire Shed Gallery It’s New Art 2017. Until December 18. 

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Scanlines. Until June 25. Water: This Precious Liquid. Until July 2. CLICK: Schools in Focus. Until June 25.

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Ebb & Flow: Untethered Fibre Artists; The Lady & the Unicorn: Arthur Boyd & Peter Porter; Creature: Max Watters Collection. Until July 2. 

Timeless Textiles The Breath of Felt; Lumpy. Ends Sunday.

The Lock-Up Jamie North: Slidings; Sally Bourke: Brutal. Until June 11.

CStudios Art Gallery Works by Christelle Grey and Phil Stallard. 

Art Systems Wickham Naked Flame. Until June 11.

Gallery 139 AMBEDO: Julia Flanagan, Matthew Tome. Ends Sunday. Meet the artist: Julie Flanagan, Sunday, 11am to 2pm.

Alchemy Art Gallery Maggie Hall. Ends Sunday.

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries IlluminArty, by Linda Gibbins and Emilie Tseronis. Until June 11.

Watt Space Student Gallery What IS Art? Ends Sunday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Lifting the Darkness – The Emergence of Light, by Ken Strong. 

Feelin’ Good Sunday, 2pm, Charlestown Presbyterian Church, 16 Smart Street, Charlestown. The Waratah Male Voice Choir will perform with guest artist, clarinet player Zachary Donoghoe. Admission $20, includes afternoon tea. 


A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody A man’s New Year resolution to murder his wife has her declaring that he won’t, with a mad year following; zany comedy by Ron Bernas. Newcastle Theatre Company, Lambton. Opens Saturday and plays Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at 8pm, until June 17; plus 2pm on June 4 and 10.

Rumours A 10th wedding anniversary party goes awry when friends arrive to find the politician husband with a gun wound and his wife missing; comedy by Neil Simon. Newcastle G and S Players Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Dinner show performances on Fridays, June 2 and 16, Saturdays June 3, 10 and 17, and Sunday, June 11, with meal at 7pm; show only on Sunday, June 11, at 2pm.

The 7 Stages of Grieving Funny, sad and relevant look at Aboriginal history and their hopes for reconciliation; written by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, and featuring Chenoa Deemal. Queensland Theatre & Grin and Tonic Theatre, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, 2pm and 8pm.

The Witches Fast-paced one-man version of Roald Dahl’s story about a boy discovering that witches plan to turn the world’s children into mice. Griffin Theatre Company, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 4pm and 7pm, and Monday, at 10am and 12pm.

Velvet Marcia Hines leads a musical cast as it looks through disco, dance, music and circus at the problems of people in a nightclub. Aurora Spiegeltent, Civic Park, until Sunday. Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, AK Morris.

Argyle House Saturday, Hotel Motel.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Frick N Orson.

Bar Petite Saturday, Mike Horbacz. Sunday, Brien McVernon.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Jade Lee Wright. Sunday, Aqwa.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Arocknophobia.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Loko, Tom Christie. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

The Bradford Saturday, Viagro. Sunday, Dan Killen.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Ministry Of Sound Reunion ft  Bang Gang DJs, Goodwill, John Course, The Potbelleez, Tonite Only. Sunday, San Cisco, Throw Me To The Wolves (Glasshouse), San Cisco DJ set, Raave Tapes vs Sam Djodan DJ set, William John Jr, Joab Eastley, Yev Kassem, Gav The NBN Weatherman DJ set (Warehouse).

The Potbelleez

The Potbelleez

Cardiff RSL Saturday, Gen-X.

Catho Pub Saturday, Jamie Martens. Sunday, Crazy Stone Cult.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Brendan Watson.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, The Big Bang.

Charlestown Bowling Club Saturday, Kim.

Club Kotara Saturday, Soundabout.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Gaz N Gaz.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Saturday, The Smarts.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Roxy. Sunday, Ben Travis.

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Siren.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Alias.

Customs House Saturday, Grace Ellen. Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Dave Owen.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Samantha Broadbent.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Brien McVernon Duo.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Remedy Trio. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

The Edwards Saturday, Dane Fitzsimmons, Bad Luck Kitty.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, The Smarts.

Family Hotel Maitland Sunday, Danny Stuckings.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Adrianna Mac Duo.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Mac's Headroom.

George Tavern Saturday, Dan Runchel Band.

Grain Store Saturday, Anyerin. Sunday, JJ King.

Grand Junction Hotel Saturday, Dave Wells.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Damien.

The Greenhouse Medowie Sunday, Cathy Cannon.

Greenroof Hotel Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, 24 Hours.

Honeysuckle Hotel Sunday, Frets With Benefits.

Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Hotel Delany Saturday, The Fedz.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Jason Bone.

Junction Inn Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Latch. Sunday, The Blues Bombers.

Kurri Kurri Hotel Saturday, Pete Gilchrist.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Holly Wilson Duo.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism, The Autumn Hearts. Sunday, Pinch Hitter, Rachel Maria Cox.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Mick Thomas, Raised By Eagles. Sunday, Andy Firths Nova Swing Jazz Band.

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Reg Sinclair.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Maitland Leagues Club Saturday, Quinn & Brad, The Girl Folder. Sunday, National Music Academy Students, House Band Jam.

Mary Ellen Saturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Max Jackson. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Bonny Rai.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, Triple Zero. Sunday, Giant Blues Band, Wayne Rogers.

Minmi Hotel Saturday, Peter Gilchrist.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, The Andy Show.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Neath Hotel Saturday, The Tantrums.

Nelson Bay Bowling Club Monday, Brassick.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Mike Vee.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Defaced.

Pelican RSL Club Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dean Kyrwood. Sunday, Jake Davey.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Jacinta.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Emmy Rose. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Kylie Jane, KR Duo. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Kaylah Anne.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Marissa.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Hitpit.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Reg Sinclair.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Kristy James.

Seabreeze Hotel Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Chowder Keg. Sunday, Brent Murphy.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Adam Gear.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Vibes for Tribes fund-raiser.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Souths Leagues Club Saturday, Troy Kemp.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Halfway Homebouy, Red City. Sunday, Shawn Lidster.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Zane Penn.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Rave On.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Kyda Rock Duo.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, The Lineburners. 

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Tim Broadway.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Bad & The Ugly. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Tiali.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Arley & I.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Cruzers. Sunday, Dean Bourne –Roy Orbison Show. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Rosie’s School Of Rock, Band Of Burbs, V Dubs. Sunday, John Larder, Grant Walmsley’s Freebird Blues Band.


20th Century Women (M) The story of three women who explore love and freedom in southern California during the late 1970s. (Tower)

A Dog’s Purpose (PG) A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Across The Universe (M) The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (Regal)

Alien: Covenant (MA 15+) The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination.

Alone In Berlin (M) A couple receive news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their own way. (Lake Cinema)

Baywatch (M) Follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon as he butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

Denial (PG) Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. (Regal)

Don’t Tell (M) The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school.

Get Out (MA) A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Going In Style (M) Three senior citizens in their 70s decide to rob a bank. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (M) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together.

I Am Heath Ledger (M) The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey. (Tower)

Jasper Jones (M) On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast, shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. (Regal)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (MA) After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (M) Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy.

Loving (PG) The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. (Regal)

Lion (PG) A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. (Lake Cinema)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (M) Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. 

Snatched (MA 15+) A young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise.

The Eagle Huntress (G) Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle huntress. (Lake Cinema)

The Sense Of An Ending (M) A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Viceroy’s House (PG) Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence.

Warren Miller’s Here There & Everywhere (CTC) It’s been 67 years since ski-film pioneer Warren Miller picked up a camera to capture the wonder, the adventure, the humour and the beauty that is skiing. (Tower)

Wonder Woman (M) An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes.

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in a scene from Wonder Woman, in cinemas now.

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in a scene from Wonder Woman, in cinemas now.


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