It's the weekend. Enjoy it with a little help from the Herald.


Commonwealth Games Baton Relay From 7am, Lee Wharf (behind 7 Honeysuckle Drive), Newcastle. The Commonwealth Games 2018 baton will arrive by tug boat. After a short ceremony, the baton will make its way to Bar Beach.

Orica Team Challenge 7am, Saturday and Sunday, Stockton Beach. Open to all surfboard clubs in Australia. Part of Surfest 2018.

Glow Walk 5pm, Nobbys Surf Lifesaving Club. A fund-raiser for Hunter Transplant Research Foundation.

Story Time with Nicola Bolton 11.30am to 12.30pm, Gallery 139, 139a Beaumont Street, Hamilton. Join the author and illustrator of You can’t catch me. Dogs welcome. BYO coffee or refreshment. 

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory McDonald Jones Stadium, Broadmeadow. Gates open 1.30pm; Foxtel Youth League grand final kick-off 2pm; Hyundai A-League kick-off 5.35pm; Westfield W-League vs Melbourne City FC kick-off 8.15pm.

The Lock-Up Experimenta Opening Weekend 4pm Saturday: panel discussion; 5.30pm Saturday: opening drinks; 10am to 4pm Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday: join in on a collaborative artwork developed by artist Briony Barr; 10am to 2pm Saturday and 11am to 2pm Sunday: artist Gail Priest invites audience members to experience her artwork, Sonolexic


Summer Run 10 Kilometre Series 8am, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Wickham. Race two of the series.

Breakfast With The Animals 9am to 11am, Ling’s Cafe and Store, Ellalong. Cost is $5 per child, and they can feed, play with and pat the animals

Soul Food 10.30am to noon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery. This month’s theme is Footprints in the Sand.

M.A.D Rickshaws Motorists Appreciation Day 8am to 3pm, Bargoed House, Old Pacific Highway, Swansea. Hot Rods and custom cars. 


Camp Quality Rock on the River, March 10, 840 Hinton Road, Osterley.  A night of fun and entertainment to raise funds for Camp Quality to support children impacted by cancer and their families. Hosted by NBN’s Gavin Morris, the event features live music, a BBQ, raffles, auctions and activities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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

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

Farmers & Artisan Market @ Toronto Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Toronto Foreshore Park, Toronto.

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

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

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

Newcastle City Farmers Markets Sunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showgrounds, Broadmeadow. 

Surfest The Pines Market Sunday, 10am to 4pm, 36 Hereford Street, Stockton. 

Monthly Marketsat Jesmond 8am to 1pm, Heaton-Bimingham Gardens Bowling Club, 48 Mordue Parade, Jesmond. 

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

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


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

Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi The Proposal Exhibition, by Emily Morrison. Until February 11.

Newcastle Museum Rock This City; Shadows of Sacrifice.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery Archer’s Arcadia, by David Archer. Ends Sunday. 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. 

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

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Stencil Art Prize 2017. Ends Sunday. 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. Until February 18. 

Newcastle Studio Potters & Back To Back Galleries Evolve, NSP student exhibition. Until February 11.

Acrux Art Gallery Nature Close Up: Laman Street Art Prize. Until February 11.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery Board; Living Cultures; Five Islands School. End Sunday.

Timeless Textiles Urban Narratives, by Eszter Bormemisza. Until February 10. 

Gallery 139 The Doggie Show. Until February 6. 


I Ought to Be in Pictures Neil Simon comedy about a 19-year-old girl who treks from New York to Hollywood to try to make the screen-writing father who deserted the family 16 years earlier accept her acting ability. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm.

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 7pm; go to for details.

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.

The Empire Strips Back – Star Wars Burlesque Sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba Fett, and other amusing adults-only Star Wars characters. Russall S. Beattie, at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Saturday at 8pm.

Year of the Rooster A young man, bullied and ignored by those around him, trains a rooster to be a cockfighter, believing its success will improve his status; Australian premiere of a dark comedy by US playwright Olivia Dufault. Knock and Run Theatre, at the Royal Exchange, Newcastle. Nightly at 8pm until Saturday.


5 Sawyers Sunday, Jerome.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday, The Wireless Chronicles #1.

Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Purple Hearts. Sunday, James Naldo.

Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Spank N The Monkey.

Bar Petite Saturday, GW Freebird.

Barcito Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Battlesticks Bar Saturday, Nano. Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach Hotel Saturday, Misbehave. Sunday, The Col Tegg Experience.

Bellbird Hotel Saturday, Ashley Knight.

Belmont 16s Saturday, Tom Burlinson, Max Jackson, The Years. Sunday, Blue Water Cowboys.

Belmont Hotel Saturday, Redline.

Belmore Hotel Saturday, Guerrilla Radio.

Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Triple Zero.

Bimbadgen Saturday, Boyz II Men (US), TLC (US), Blackstreet (US). 

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Hornet.

The Bradford Saturday, All Access 80s.

Cambridge Hotel Saturday, ColourSound ft. Luke McEnallay, Tom & Luke Massey, Ben Pailas, Jake Small (glasshouse), Archy Punky, Pals, Pleasure Coma (warehouse). Sunday, E4444e, Dying Adolescence, Space Carbonara, Shysters.

Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Gasoline.

Carrington Bowling Club Saturday, Becky Lucas, Alex Jae, Ethan Andrews, Elena Terol, Jack Tideswell.

Catho Pub Saturday, John Larder, The V Dubs. Sunday, Hurricane Fall.

Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows Saturday, Jade Holland Band.

Central Charlestown Leagues Club Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.

Central Hotel Stroud Saturday, James Naldo.

Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Rendezvous.

Clarendon Hotel Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Club Catalina Sunday, Mark Lee.

Club Kotara Saturday, Loose Bazooka.

Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Barracuda.

Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Witchery.

Country Club Hotel Shoal Bay Sunday, Casey Bellamy, DJs Eclipse & Grizzy, D.Love, DJ Kstar, Midnight DJ Ules.

Criterion Hotel Carrington Saturday, Pete G. Sunday, Roxy.

Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Mark Wells. Sunday, Gareth Hudson.

Customs House Sunday, Sunset Club.

Cypress Lakes Saturday, Jerome.

D’Albora Marina Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Denman Hotel Sunday, Chris Unicomb.

Duke Of Wellington Saturday, Prestige Inc.

East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, Emile.

Easts Leisure & Golf Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, Maryanne Rex Duo.

The Edwards Saturday, Marissa Saroca.

Finnegans Saturday, J Smoove & MC Bones.

Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Vortex.

Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Rock Factor.

George Tavern Saturday, Bandditts.

Grain Store Saturday, Matt McLaren.

Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Kings Of Kong.

​Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Iron Chic (US), Hey Lady, Good Thanks. Sunday, Mr Alford, Jess Holland.

Harrigan’s Pokolbin Saturday, Gen-R-8. Sunday, Troy Kemp.

Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, 2GoodReasons.

Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, The Search Party. Sunday, Mark Wells, Paparazzi.

Hotel Delany Saturday, Dos Eager.

Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Boltman.

Jewells Tavern Saturday, Phonic. Sunday, Anyerin.

The Junction Hotel Saturday, Lauren Arms.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Bob Allan.

Lambton Park Hotel Saturday, Crawfish Stew.

Lass O’Gowrie Sunday, Toni & The Stone Hearts, Friday Night Zoo, Family Dog.

Lizotte’s Saturday, Backsliders, Roy Payne. Sunday, Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young & Tom Petty show.

Mark Hotel Saturday, Russell Snape. Sunday, Melbourne Street.

Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Overload.

Maryland Tavern Saturday, Zac & Ben.

Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Greg Bryce.

Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Zane Penn. 

Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Sunday, The Brindle Pigs.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, 24 Hours, Alessandro. Sunday, Jason Bone.

Morisset Country Club Sunday, Darren Rolling Keys.

Murray’s Brewery Sunday, Nano.

Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Joel Oakhill.

Neath Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.

Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, Dr Zoom. Sunday, Jessica Cain.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Beth Gleeson.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Loko.

Northern Star Hotel Saturday, John Larder.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort Saturday, Karen O’Shea.

Oceanview Hotel Sunday, Loose Change.

Oriental Hotel Sunday, Vanishing Shapes.

Pedens Cessnock Saturday, Smokin Rosie.

Pippis At The Point Saturday, Shaka. Sunday, Kristy James.

Potters Brewery Saturday, Todd Schmoo.

Premier Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, The Years.

Prince of Wales Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley.

Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, Karen O'Shea.

Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Xyz.

Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, Jamie Martens Duo.

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Sami.

Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Michael Hawke.

Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Big Night Out. Sunday, Jayde Corner, Sunday Soul Sessions.

Shenanigans at the Imperial Saturday, The Faves. Sunday, The Andy Show.

Shortland Hotel Saturday, Big Pete.

Small Ballroom Saturday, Los Scallywaggs, Los Tones, Crocodylus, White Blanks, Mild West, Joey Equine & The Glue Factory, Ill Sylvester, Lady Petrol, The Medheads (all ages).

Soldiers Point Bowling Club Saturday, Roy Orbison tribute.

South Newcastle Leagues Club Saturday, Brendan Murphy.

Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, The Swamp Stompers, Dane Overton, The Joy Williams Band.

Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, DJ Symon. Sunday, Misbehave.

Stockton RSL Club Saturday, Shooting Molly.

Swansea Hotel Sunday, Soundabout.

Swansea RSL Club Saturday, Kim and Mik. 

Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Sunday, Nick Saxon.

Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Hummdinger.

Tea Gardens Country Club Saturday, The Brown Bull.

Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Bernie.

Toronto Diggers Saturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Boney Rivers. 

Toronto Workers Saturday, Kristy James. Sunday, Pistol Pete.

Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Kevin O'Hara. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Wangi Hotel Sunday, Brendan Watson.

Warners At The Bay Saturday, The Remedy.

Westfield Kotara Saturday, Tom Christie.

Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Big Bang.

Wests New Lambton Saturday, Loko. 

Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Ron Knight Duo, DV8. Sunday, John Larder, Leeroy & The Rats.


Darkest Hour (PG) Within days of becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

Good Morning Vietnam (M)  In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. (Kotara, Event)

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG) A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. (Regal) 

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.

Jane (E) Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgan uses a trove of never-before-seen footage to tell the story of Dr Jane Goodall’s early explorations and research in Tanzania, focusing on her ground-breaking field work, her relationship with her cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that were the subject of her study. (Tower)

Just To Be Sure (M) When 45 year old widower Erwan discovers by accident that the man who raised him isn't his real dad, he begins a search for his biological father. (Regal)

Let Yourself Go (M) A psychoanalyst named Elia goes to the gym and meets a personal trainer who changes his life. (Regal)

Mamma Mia: Sing-along (PG) The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA. (Regal)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (M) Young hero, Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

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. (Event, Kotara)

Nick Jnr’s Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol (G) Cool down with the Paw Patrol as they make a splash to save the day in two underwater adventures.

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. (Regal/Lake Cinema)

The Shape of Water (MA 15+) Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret – a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (MA) After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move: painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. (Tower)

Wonder (PG) Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. (Lake Cinema)


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