Forget the rain, the Herald has your weekend sorted


Illuminate Boomerang Park This free family-friendly event will make a vibrant spectacle of the popular Raymond Terrace parkland. From 4pm until 9pm, there will be a lantern display and parade, skating under lights, circus performers and fireworks.

The Flowers of Spring Sing along to songs about flowers, such as Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Edelweiss at the Dungeon, Adamstown Uniting Church, from 2pm. Entry is $10.

Mozart Does Prague The story of Mozart's love affair with the Bohemian capital as told in music by The Barbarians from 2.30pm. This concert is a fundraiser for the Musica Viva in Schools program in the Hunter. Tickets $25. Children under 16 free. Tickets at the door.

Santa Pet and Family Photos Pet Barn East Maitland is raising money for Dog Rescue Newcastle. Every pet and child receives a gift from Santa. Photos are $25, and printed while you wait.

Sloan's Dance Academy Dance Spectacular Students aged three to adult will participate in The Bucket List at Civic Theatre Newcastle from 2pm. Tickets are $38 for adults.

Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2017 launch See Newcastle's diverse emerging artists and their work at 91 Chinchen Street, Islington.

To the Surface Join exhibiting artist Tim Maguire and internationally renowned pianist Dorian Ford for a collaboration of video art and music from 3.30pm at Newcastle Art Gallery. Costs $25. Bookings on 49745100.


Warners Festival The 10th annual beer and cider festival is on at Warners at the Bay from noon until 5pm. There will be food and live music, as well as 35 breweries, eight Hunter wineries, and five cider houses participating. Tickets are $60 via Ticketbooth.

Tip Jar Awards Night The inaugural Tip Jar song competition awards event kicks off at The Cambridge from 6pm. Expect a short and sweet celebration of songwriters as the judges and public voting category winners are announced. 

Bubbles and Boobs In support of Pink Ribbon, Mortgage Choice Maitland, Hunters Quarter and Cockfighters Ghost are hosting a champagne breakfast with wine tasting at Hunters Quarter, Pokolbin, from 9am. It costs $90.

Christmas Art Bazaar Hunter Arts Network’s third Art Bazaar is on at Lambton Park from 9am to 3pm.

Raid My Wardrobe Pre-loved fashion event at Newcastle Basketball Stadium, 10am to 1pm, Entry is $5. Free parking. On-site ATM.

Limelight KC Dance HQ’s Belmont and Kurri students come together to present their annual review with students as young as two performing alongside adults at Civic Theatre Newcastle from 2pm. Tickets are $40 for adults.


Olive Tree Market Saturday, the first of three Christmas markets at Civic Park from 9am to 3pm.

Sunset Gather Saturday, sunset markets in Gregson Park, Hamilton, from 4pm until 8pm.

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.

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.

Heart & Soul Christmas Market Sunday, handmade market at Cardiff RSL from 10am to 2pm.

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

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

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


Art Systems Wickham Rethinking(ing), by John Heaney and Sandra Burgess. Until November 26.

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. Ends Saturday.

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. Ends Saturday.

Cooks Hill Galleries Drawing the Line, by John Maitland. Until December 4.

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.

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. 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. Ends Sunday.

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


Alex Williamson - Make the World a Banter Place. The “overwhelmingly politically incorrect” title comedian shows audiences how to banter. Frontier Comedy, at Newcastle City Hall. Friday, at 7.30pm.

Caught in the Villain's Web (or More Sinned Against Than Sinning). A sinister lawyer plots to deprive a rich but troubled family of its country mansion; amusing melodrama presented with a pre-show light supper. Maitland Repertory Theatre, at its venue. Friday and Saturday, supper from 7pm, show at 8pm; Sunday, supper from 1pm, show at 2pm. Ends December 3.

Cock. A man and his two love interests, one male, the other female, meet to discuss their relationships in Mark Bartlett’s comedy. Stooged Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at 7.30pm; Sunday, at 5pm (final shows).

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. An abandoned baby boy, Mowgli, is raised by a panther, and aided or attacked by other animals; lively musical with young performers. Young People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Saturday at 2pm and 5pm, until December 9 (no 5pm show December 2); Sunday, November 26, at 2pm.

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 (final shows).

Relative Values. A young English earl plans to announce his engagement to a Hollywood starlet at a family gathering, but his relatives want to end the match; comedy by Noel Coward. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, until November 25, plus 2pm Saturday matinee November 18.

Roman and Jules. Contemporary musical version of the Romeo and Juliet story, by Newcastle’s Meri Bird, with the title characters teens who meet at a Newy football match. 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.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore. A violent member of an Irish liberation army returns to his island home when he’s told his pet cat has been injured; dark comedy by Martin McDonagh. The Lowbrow Outfit, at the Incubator Theatre, Hamilton North. Nightly from Wednesday, November 22, to Friday, November 24, at 8pm; Sunday, November 26, at 6pm (no Saturday show).

WOW Fest –Hip Hip Horray! Short plays and musical numbers developed by the young students of Hunter Drama. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Nightly from Monday, November 20, to Saturday, November 25, at 6.30pm.


5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Sean Andrews. Sunday, Jerome.

Anna Bay Tavern Sunday, Mick Jones.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Purple Hearts.

Bar Petite Saturday, DJ Nicolas. Sunday, Ron Knight.

Bateau Bay Hotel Sunday, Todd Schmoo.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Elisa Kate. Sunday, Pana.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Trainwreck, Marissa Saroca. Sunday, The V Dubs.

Belmont Hotel Sunday, Ashley Knight.

Belmont Sporties Club Saturday, The Klassics.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, 3 Of A Kind.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Solid Gold Party.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Phase III.

The Bradford Saturday, Kate N Feff.

Burwood Inn Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, Palace 1st Birthday. Sunday, The Ultimate Wild Tour.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Gen-R-8.

Catho Pub Saturday, Duncan Woods. Sunday, Sideshow Annie.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Pete Hibbert.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Paparazzi. Sunday, Kids Disco.

Civic Theatre Saturday, Sloans Dance Spectacular. Sunday, KC Dance HQ Limelight.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Pete McCredie.

Club Kotara Saturday, The Years

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Mike Vee. Sunday, Roxy.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Zane Penn.

Customs House Saturday, Kaylah Anne. Sunday, Sunset Club,

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tim Harding.

D'Albora Marina Sunday, Max Jackson.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Frick N Orson.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Jumpin Jukebox.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Rag N Bone. Sunday, James Osborn.

Everglades Country Club Saturday, Sami. Sunday, Boney Rivers.

The Exchange Saturday, 4 Letter Word.

Finnegans Saturday, Potbelleez, Tig, Luke La Beat, Extraordinate, Benny B, Coco Levon, Lawson & Oh! Webber.

FogHorn Brewhouse Saturday, Ben Travis.

George Tavern Saturday, Dos Eager.

Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Extreme Mobile Entertainment.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, The Years.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Graves, Void of Vision.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, James Martens Overload. Sunday, Kirsty James.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, Rendezvous Duo.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Bobby C, Davis & Jayne.

Hotel Delany Saturday, The Feds.

The Imperial Hotel Saturday, Arcane. Sunday, Murph.

Iron Horse Inn Saturday, Grand Theft Audio.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, The Remedy.

Kent Hotel Saturday, Purple Rain. Sunday, Keith Hall Blues Band.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Sami.

Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Bin Juice, dave, Tennyson King.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Badloves. Sunday, Sunday Lunch with The Robertson Brothers (Everley Brothers Show).

Lochinvar Hotel Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Mary Ellen Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Jackson Halliday. Sunday, Mike Vee.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Jon Matthews. Sunday, Kazzie.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Smarts,  Matt Shepherd. Sunday, Jungle Kings.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Layth Gunn.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Holly Mae Wilson.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Pap & That.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Green Ginger.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Deuce.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Pistol Pete.

Newcastle Airport Sunday, Max Jackson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Trancemission – Bowie and ’80s band.

Newcastle Jockey Club Sunday, Glen Harrison.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Mark Wood.

Pelican RSL Saturday, DV8.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Dean Kyrwood Duo. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Max Jackson.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Loko. Sunday, DV8.

Racecourse Hotel Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth Duo.

Railway Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Joel Oakhill.

Roche Estate Saturday, LIVE.

Rockpools Cafe Bar and Function Centre Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Tiali.

Shamrock Hotel Saturday, Phil McKnight.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, Arcane. Sunday, Murph.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Brien McVernon.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Cash From Chaos.

Swansea-Belmont Surf Club Sunday, Kaitlyn Simms.

Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Tyler John.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, Ash Mountain.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Mental As Anything.

Toronto Workers Saturday, The Rattlesnakes, Voodoo Rhythm Shakers. Bad Luck Kitty. Sunday, Brendan Murphy.

Town Hall Hotel Saturday, Robbie T.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Sunday, Kempy.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Ben Woodham.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, Mardmax. Sunday, Pete McCredie.

Warners Bay Hotel Saturday, X&Y.

Westfield Kotara Rooftop Saturday, Hayden Johns.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Misbehave. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Boe & Jye, The Snowdroppers. Sunday, Mark Wells, Mal Eastick.


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.

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.

Conor McGregor: Notorious (MA) An 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.

Gifted (M) Comedy-drama about a single man’s suitability to raise his niece when she’s found to be a maths prodigy. (Regal).

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.

Hamstead (PG) Emily Walters is an American widow living a peaceful, uneventful existence in the idyllic Hampstead Village of London, when she meets a local recluse, Donald Horner. (Lake Cinema).

Hey Duggee Cinema Experience (G) Join Duggee and the Squirrels for the first time on the big screen for one big hour of woofs, sing-a-longs and fun.

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.

Justice League (M) Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

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)

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.

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.

Suburbicon (MA) Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality.

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

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)

Victoria & Abdul (M) Judi Dench is Queen Victoria in a comedy-drama about the monarch and her unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal), based on the extraordinary true story. (Regal)


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