Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald


Hissyfest 2017: Hot + Cold Civic Theatre Playhouse. A dynamic and diverse festival of 10 original short plays. Recommended for mature audiences. 

Metropolitan Players 40th Anniversary Concert 7pm to 11pm, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, corner Laman and Auckland streets, Cooks Hill. 

Scone Literary Festival Saturday and Sunday, 9.45am to 3pm, Scone Arts and Crafts Centre, 63 Kingdon Street, Scone.

Remembrance Day Services Kearsley Community Hall: 10.30am to 11.30am; Lake Macquarie Memoral Park, Toronto: 5.30pm; Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch: 11am.  

Newcastle Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Fair Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, 27 Young Road, Broadmeadow. Jewellery-making demonstrations and stalls. Free entry and parking. 

Warners Bay Public School 125th Anniversary Spring Fair Markets 1pm to 6pm, Warners Bay Public School, 88 Mills Street, Warners Bay. Market stalls, rides, entertainment and more. 

Style Session 3pm to 5pm, Love It Again, 482 Pacific Highway, Belmont. 

Carrie’s Place “Allsorts” Fundraiser – Bandfest Noon to 6pm, Grand Junction – The Junkyard, 88 Church Street, Maitland. Six bands in six hours plus raffles and novelty prizes. A fundraiser for Carrie’s Place, which supports people experiencing domestic violence and homelessness.

Carrington Village Markets 9am to 2pm, Carrington Public School, 88 Young Street, Carrington. More than 50 stalls, entertainment, children’s activities and more. 

Christmas Lights Spectacular 5.30pm to 10pm, Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin. Rides, inflatable fun zone, Santa photos, animatronic Santa’s Factory and more. Until January 27.

Hunter Charity Race Day Noon, Newcastle Racecourse, Broadmeadow. In support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. 

Waratah Brass Band Garage Sale & Auction 9am to 3pm, Belmont Salvation Army.

Glow Hard Fun Run 6pm, Maitland Showground. A 5km course for the deaf and hard-of-hearing as well as AUSLAN lovers. 

World Wide Aquathon 9am to noon, Lambton Pool and First Splashes Swim School, Toronto. Three hours of fun and fitness to raise funds for Beyond Blue.

Monster Garage Sale 7am to 1pm, West Wallsend Baptist Church.

Twilight Festival 3pm to 7pm, Cameron Park Community Centre. Family activities, food stalls, live music and games. Gold coin donation appreciated.

Colour Run 3pm to 6pm, Coal Point Public School. $5 entry free, fundraiser for the school. 


Making Do: Mending and Recycling Clothes in the Twentieth Century 1pm to 4pm, Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle West. 

Santa’s Arrival 10am to 2pm, MarketPlace Raymond Terrace. Special guests, live music, a show ‘n shine, free activities and animals from Oakvale Farm. Also, greet Santa at 9.30am at The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara.

Christ Church Camerata 2017 Presents: Wind & Percussion 2.30pm to 4pm, 52 Church Street, Newcastle. 

Awaba Public School Vintage Fair 10am to 3pm, Awaba Public School, Mulbring Street, Awaba. Vintage cars, market and food stalls, rides, entertainment, a fashion parade, high tea and more.

Movember Motorcycle Ride Meet at Belmont South car park on the lake at 10.30am. 

Cymanfa Ganu – Traditional Welsh Singing Festival 2pm, Brunkerville Uniting Church. Hosted by The Welsh Society Newcastle and Hunter Region.

Soul Food – A Sense of Time 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art gallery, 1A First Street, Booragul.

Merewether Beach Clean 10am, Merewether Surf Life Saving Club.


On December 3 the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run returns to town for its 40th year. The run enables a diverse group of motorcycling enthusiasts, as well as the general public and local business owners, to donate toys and raise much-needed funds for distribution to needy children and families. The new “end location” is Wickham Park, which will come alive on the day between 10am and 3pm with motorcycle displays, entertainment, live music, market and food stalls, children’s activities and more. The Toy Run urgently needs $15,000 worth of sponsorship from local and regional businesses before December to support the running of the event. Online donations, rider registrations and other information can be found at newcastletoyrun.com.au.

Picture: Stuart Hazel

Picture: Stuart Hazel


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

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

Kurri Kurri Markets Saturday, 9am to 11am, Rotary Park, Kurri Kurri. 

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

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Warners Bay Park, 438 The Esplanade, Warners Bay.

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

Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, Pokolbin.

Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. 

Wollombi Village Markets Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Wollombi. 

Singleton Sunday Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, John Street, Singleton. 

Adamstown Lions Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, corner Glebe and Brunker roads, Adamstown. 

Newcastle Racecourse Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Jockey Club, Broadmeadow.  


Newcastle Art Gallery Painting Memory: From The Collection. Until January 28. 

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Genius Loci, by Tanya Matas, Janet Steele, Jane Blackall, Julie Batts and Shelagh Lummis.

The University Gallery Michelle Catanzaro; Sally Bourke, Nicole Chaffey. Until November 18.  

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery and Wollombi Cultural Centre Salvaged, by Leesa Knights. Until December 3.

Acrux Art Gallery Conditional, by Alison Smith, Caelli-Jo Brooker, Ahn Wells; Cover, by Lisa Kirkpatrick. Until November 18. 

 Eric and Robyn Werkhoven.

Eric and Robyn Werkhoven.

Cooks Hill Galleries Saturday, 3pm to 5pm: Art Talk with Catherine Hickson.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Drawn To Print, by David Fairbairn. Art(ful) Futures: Of The Mind, by Craig Elkington, Peter Holbrook, Janet Kirtley, Joy Laloli, Tim McLean, Glenda Mears, Jade Phoenix, Lynette Reeves and Darryl Soo. Until December 3.

Finite Gallery Low Tide, by Carole Elliot. Until November 26.

Art Systems Wickham Comedy and Tragedy, by Eric and Robyn Werkoven. Ends Sunday.

The Lock-Up Transmission, by Billy and Lulu Cooley, Jason Coulthard, Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Cherie Johnson, Nicole Monks, David Leha, Steaphan Paton and Vicki West. Until December 3.

Timeless Textiles Down the Creek, by Judy Hooworth. Until December 3.

CStudios Art Gallery The Rising Tide, by Paul Haggith. Drinks with artist Saturday, 4pm t 4pm. Until December 2.   

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Passchendaele – A Ridge Too Far, Photography in Battle; Bruce Roxburgh. Until January 28. Lionel’s Place. Until April 8. Fiona Foley; Wild, Wanton & Unimagined, by Alison MacDonald. Until December 3. Otherworldly: A Sensory Experience of Art, by Bliss Cavanagh. Until November 19.

Gallery 139 Rockin The Suburbs, by Nadia Aurisch, Ellie Kaufmann, Peter Lankas, Jo Shand, Dane Tobias. Until November 26.

Watt Space Gallery Harbouring Life: Architectural projects by graduating Bachelor of Design (Architecture) students. Ends Sunday.

Down the Creek, by Judy Hooworth.

Down the Creek, by Judy Hooworth.

Front Room Gallery Newcastle Art School Exhibition by Advanced Diploma Visual Arts students. Until November 17.

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe; The Stubborn Scorpio Cafe and Art House Local artists.

Newcastle Museum Dinosaur Revolution, until January 28.


Cock A man and his two love interests meet to discuss their relationships in Mark Bartlett’s comedy. Stooged Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm, until November 18, plus 5pm Sunday shows on November 12 and 19, and a 7.30pm Wednesday show on November 15.

Hissyfest 2017: Hot and Cold Ten short plays by young and established writers, directors and actors, with a mix of subjects and styles that use the title theme. Tantrum Youth Arts, at the Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday, at 2pm and 8pm.

Move Over, Mrs Markham Brisk comedy by Ray Cooney and John Chapman. Newcastle G and S Comedy Club, at St Matthew’s Anglican Church Hall, Georgetown. Saturday, dinner at 7pm, show at 8pm (final shows).

Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare’s comedy about soldiers finding romance during a victory celebration is set in a World War II English garden in Upstage Theatre’s outdoor production at Maddie’s, Bolwarra. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 8pm, until November 18.

Relative Values Comedy by Noel Coward. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm; then Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until November 25, plus 2pm Saturday matinee November 18.

Roman and Jules Contemporary musical version by Newcastle’s Meri Bird. Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, Adamstown. Friday and Saturday, dinner and show from 7pm, show only at 8pm, until November 25; plus 2pm matinee Sunday, November 19.

Slut: The Play Teenage girls reveal experiences that have led to them being called sluts by adults and young males; engaging drama based by writer Katie Cappiello. Hunter Drama, at the Young Actor’s Development Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday, at 8pm, plus 2pm Saturday matinee.

Kitty Flanagan: Smashing The popular comedian looks at love songs, sex, chimps, clowns and psychics. Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday, at 8pm, plus return Civic performance on November 25.


Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, Twilight Musical Dialogues – Spain & South America.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Witchery.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Outerphase.

Bar Petite Saturday, Truman Smith. Sunday, GW Freebird.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Entity aka Eddy Tolhurst. Sunday, Codi Kaye.

Bay Hotel Bonnells Bay Saturday, Overload.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Sunday Avenue. Sunday, Overload.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Pete Gelzinnis. Sunday, Klassic Blak.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Snape Trilogy. Sunday, Red Dirt Country Band.

Bimbadgen Saturday, Stevie Nicks (US), The Pretenders (US), Ali Barter.

The Bradford Saturday, Pat Vs Cat.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE Skellism. Sunday, Creo, dave, Stranger Than Friends.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, The Core.

Catho Pub Saturday, Maryanne Rex. Sunday, Christie Lamb.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, Four To The Floor.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Club Kotara Saturday, The Leadbellies.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Jon Matthews.

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

Criterion Hotel Weston Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Customs House Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Jerome, Sunset Club.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Denman Bowling Club Saturday, Arcane.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Dan Killen.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Redline.

East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Andrew G. Sunday, Roadhouse.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The Smarts. Sunday, Karen O’Shea.

Easts Golf & Leisure Club Saturday, Tyler John.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Blue On Black. Sunday, James Naldo.

Exchange Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out.

Finnegans Saturday, DJ Sonic, DJ Extraordinate & Steve Zappa. 

Flow Bar (Old Bar) Sunday, Grace Turner.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Paparazzi.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Lunasea.

George Tavern Saturday, Phonic.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Shooting Molly. Sunday, 24 Hours.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Sunday, Ruby Gilbert, The Wayward Henrys, Ramblin’ Ash Constance.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Rob Long, Loose Bazooka. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Paperboy.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Triple Zero.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Boltman.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Live Baby Live – INXS show.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Bonny Rai.

King Street Hotel Saturday, Will Sparks.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Murray Byfield.

Lakeside Village Tavern Saturday, Siren.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Crocodylus, Waxfinz, Wavevom, Ill Sylvester.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Harrison Craig. Sunday, Ross Wilson, Benny Black.

Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Adrianna Mac. Sunday, The Gleesons.

Mark Hotel Saturday, The Remedy.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Blues Bombers. Sunday, Bonny Rai.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Georgina Grimshaw.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Too Pretty For Punk.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Briens Band. Sunday, The Rattlesnakes.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Lennie Live.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Brien McVernon.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Counterpart, The Vallies - tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. 

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Just Jace.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Amigos.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dos Eager. Sunday, Jake Davey.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Pete McCredie.

The Pourhouse Saturday, Jamie Martens.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Lithium, Mark Wells. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Pete Hibbert, 2GoodReasons. Sunday, The Years, Wharf Life.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Max Jackson.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Xyz.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Katie N Feff.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Boney Rivers.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Project X. Sunday, Jessica Cain.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, Mark Wood.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Kellie Cain.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Lycanthrope, Convex, Lowgazer, Burial at Sea and Mitch Bryant.

Snake Gully Hotel Saturday, Brazillian Brothers.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Bad Luck Kitty.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Sunday, Geoff Achison.

Star Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Station Hotel Kurri Kurri Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, Amigos.

Swansea Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Time Slip.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Max Jackson.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Kazzie.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, 40 Up Club.

Toronto Workers Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Arley Black.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Daxton Monaghan.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Jon Schatz. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi Hotel Saturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Brett O’Malley.

Wangi Wangi RSL Club Sunday, Reg Sinclair. Tuesday, Wayne Rogers.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Wicked.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, Gen-X.

Weston Workers Saturday, Anthology.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, Jake Rattle & Roll.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, The Rock Factor. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Chikarma, The Ride Ons. Sunday, Greg Bryce, Ghost Road.


A Man Called Ove (M) Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with new neighbours. (Regal)

Bad Moms 2 (MA) Amy, Carla and Kiki struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays.

Barbie: Dolphin Magic (G) Barbie and her sisters work at a coral reef researching dolphins.

Battle Of The Sexes (PG) The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. (Lake Cinema, Regal)

Blade Runner 2049 (MA) Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner unearths a secret that could plunge society into chaos.

Casablanca (PG) 1942 classic film set in Casablanca in December 1941, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. (Regal)

Conor McGregor: Notorious (MA) A all-access account of Conor’s meteoric rise from claiming benefits and living in his parents’ spare room in Dublin to claiming multiple championship UFC belts and seven figure pay-packets in Las Vegas.

Daddy’s Home 2 (PG) Father and stepfather, Dusty and Brad have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas.

Detroit (MA) A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history. 

Geostorm (M) When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat.

Home Again (M) A single mum’s new life in LA takes an unexpected turn when she takes in three unlikely house guests.

Jigsaw (MA) Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. 

Kedi  (G) (Turkish for “cat”) – a filmed tribute to the cats who roam the streets of Istanbul, the humans who care for them and the beautiful city they all call home. (Regal)

Loving Vincent (CTC) A feature film about the life and mysterious death of Vincent Van Gogh. (Tower)

Maudie (PG) An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. (Regal)

Monsieur Chocolat (M) The history of the clown Chocolate, the first black circus artist in France, which has a great success in the late 19th century. (Regal)

Murder on the Orient Express (M) A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of 13 strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect.

My Little Pony: The Movie (G) When a dark force threatens Ponyville and the Mane 6, they go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (PG) Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town, is 10 years old today, which means he’s now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer.

The Mountain Between Us (M) Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive on a remote mountain.

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. (Tower)

Thor: Ragnarok (M) Thor must face the Hulk in a gladiator match and save his people from the ruthless Hela.

Tommy’s Honour (M) Set in Scotland in the late 19th century, this true story charts the origins of the modern game of golf through the tale of the family that pioneered the sport. (Regal)


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