What are you doing this weekend?


Highlights for the week ending Wednesday 21 February 2018

Love Lanes Festival, La Boheme Auditions, GMS’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, 5 Lands Art Exhibition at The Art House, Art Studios’ Group Show, plus more exhibitions, competitions, markets, great gigs and concerts from local musicians and much more!

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Poetry at the Pub Monday

Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm.  All meetings include an open reading bracket.  Gold coin donation requested.


Feb 19th – Peter Bakowski

Peter Bakowski is an Australian poet. His poems often use deceptively simple words and images, reminiscent at times of words in a child’s picture book, but with some stylistic similarities to the work of writers such as Charles Simic. or Vítězslav Nezval. Born in Melbourne, to Polish-German immigrants. He commenced writing poetry while travelling through Texas in 1983. His early works, including his first book Thunder Road, Thunder Heart (1988), show the influence of American Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. His poems have appeared in over one hundred literary magazines worldwide. He has lived in Melbourne and London, and travelled widely throughout Australia, Europe, North America and Africa, occasionally as an artist-in-residence. His travels have provided a wide range of material for his work. Raised a Catholic, in 1994 he married Helen Bourke, an Irish-Australian seamstress. They live in Melbourne with their son Walter. His book In The Human Night won the 1996 Victorian Premier’s Award, the C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the same award, for his book Beneath Our Armour.

Upcoming program

March 19th – John Carey

Launch of “Duck Soup & Swansongs”

A lot of the funnier satirical poems (but not all of them) are in “Duck Soup”. Who remembers the Marx Brothers? The calmer more contemplative poems (but not all of them) are in ” Swansongs” where there is a mood of elegy at times. In his blurb, Peter Boyle said of the collection: “Witty, finely crafted genuinely funny… I can think of very few poets with such a capacity for sustained humour and inventiveness.  Underlying Carey’s poems is a clear-sighted voice that registers the follies, pretensions and violence of humanity.” The mood of elegy applies to myself in a sense. I’m not likely to do another collection (my fifth). Not that I’m sick, I’ll keep writing. Just a bit tired in terms of the whole process. We always hope and believe that each collection is our best.

Launch of Brew: 30 Years of Poetry At The Pub Newcastle

At Newcastle Writers Festival

5.30-6.30pm Saturday 7th April Newcastle somewhere around Town Hall

Newcastle’s Poetry At The Pub is Australia’s longest-running spoken word venue. PATP celebrates 30 years of poetry with the publication of Brew: 30 Years of Poetry At The Pub Newcastle – selected poems from 34 anthologies, edited by Dael Allison. PATP President Clark Gormley will host the session and Brew will be launched by Judy Johnson, followed by readings by PATP poets.

Newcastle Writers Festival after-party reading

7.30pm Monday 9th April at the Wicko


April 30 – TBA

May 21 – TBA

June 18 – TBA

July 16 – 52 Poem Project

July 30 TBA

August 20 – Steve Armstrong book launch Broken Ground


Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.



Information courtesy of P@tP publicity

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WDG presents “The Odd Couple” (Female Version)

TOC Flyer Front

If you saw Wyong Drama Group inc’s riotously funny Vicar of Dibley last year, then here is another chance to enjoy the comedic talents of Jillian Logan. Audiences loved Jillian as the Vicar and now she shows her remarkable theatrical range as the director of WDG inc’s next production: Neil Simon’s hilarious The Odd Couple (Female Version).

We all know the male version, but don’t believe you’ve seen it all! Simon’s most popular play has been re-gendered with Oscar and Felix becoming Olive and Florence, two complex and complicated women navigating the pitfalls of  women in the 1980’s. Jillian brings out the warmth, spirit and heart and the wit of those cracking one-liners, showcasing the exceptional talents of actresses on the Central Coast

The Odd Couple (Female Version) brings to the stage some of the WDG inc’s seasoned performers as well as some brand new faces. Shayne Leslie (Calamity Jane in WMTC’s production) heads up the fantastic cast as Olive Madison with Sally Bartley (WDG inc’s The Children’s Hour) playing her counterpart, the ever tense Florence Unger. Who doesn’t love a game of Trivial Pursuit? Olive’s New York apartment is all but dull when her friends come around for an evening of fun, laughter and difficult questions. The night takes an unexpected turn and Olive ends up with a housemate. The comedy and drama continues when the Spanish brothers who live in the building are added to the mix.

This ‘Odd Couple’ hits The Arthouse stage on the 16th of March with a combination of matinee and evening performances over that weekend and the following weekend. Do not miss your chance to see this hilarious show.

For tickets contact The Art House Wyong on 02 4335 1485 or visit http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au

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Information and images courtesy of WDG publicity.

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2018 Youth in Performing Arts auditions


Preparations are currently underway for the 2018 Youth In Performing Arts (YIPA) Concert series, which will take place at Laycock Street Community Theatre in May.

The YIPA concert series will showcase the best young talent on the Central Coast in a series of four variety concerts. YIPA aims to give young emerging talent the opportunity to participate in a quality program featuring all aspects of the performing arts.

Performers wishing to audition must be either attending High School and/or no older than 21 years. They should be residents of the Central Coast LGA or attend a Central Coast school on a full time basis.

Audition days will be held for bands, dancers, drama, vocalists, instrumentalists and other performance genres.

Auditions will be held in March commencing Sunday 18 March, Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25th March. The YIPA committee will also be visiting various high schools, dance studios and music schools across the Central Coast for auditions.

For more details and an audition form check the YIPA Facebook page, send an email to
youthinperformingarts@gmail.com or visit http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/theatres/our-theatres/yipa

“We just can’t wait to see what the young performers of the Central Coast have to offer in 2018. It’s going to be exciting”. Karen Morrow, YIPA Director.

YIPA is proudly supported by Central Coast Council.

Information and image courtesy of Gary Jackson,
YIPA Committee

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If you missed my spot on Meredith Gilmore’s Coast Arts radio show last weekend, you can listen online now at http://bit.ly/TheatreontheCoast-forFebruary2018

As broadcast on Coast Arts radio program Sunday January 28 2018,  COAST FM 963 Gosford, Central Coast Community Radio.



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Sunday 4th – 2pm to 6pm

The 1st Sunday of every month the Central Coast finest blues muso’s come and join forces to play out on the deck surrounded by beautiful bush land


 Saturday 10th  7.30pm

The Retrospectives philosophy is simple: get the crowd on the dance floor and keep them there! We do this by being selective with the tracks we choose – catchy, upbeat, well-known old favourites you can sing along to – many of which you just don’t hear other bands playing. (Counting the beat, Fung-Fu fighting, Mamma Mia, I See Red, Boots Are Made for Walking, Lonely Boy, 500 Miles, I Ran, Turning Japanese, and Video Killed the Radio Star – the list goes on….).



Sun 11th  @ 3pm – 6pm

BANDDITTS was conceived from the brains of Jordan Fleming and Bryce Gleeson.
After stints in bands together for many years, the two drifted apart and formed their own separate projects. They settled into life working in bottle shops and bars for a while before reuniting years down the track and realising that this was not living. That was it. They quit those bartending and bottle shop jobs and BANDDITTS was born.
Now, the two frontmen are nothing but committed to writing, playing and experiencing.


Sun 18th 3pm – 6pm


TC2 [ Trent Crawford Duo]

Saturday  24th  @ 7:30pm

The TC2 is a powerful pair of string break’n , skin smash’n musicians who have

Spent yars honing their skills performing all over this fine land of ours. It’s no secret you want to go out on the weekend and have a good ol’ time – The TC2 are here to make that easy for you ! Delivering up a fun filled dose of musical treats , you’ll be toe tappin,hand clapp’n.booty scoot’n in no time ! The TC2 play a mixture of original music , along with tracks from classic artists like Neil Young , Creedance , Tom Petty , Elvis ect as well as modern artist like the Lumineers , Jimmy Eat World , Kings Of Leon , The Offspring and everything in between , The TC2 ultimately plays what the room wants , all with a big fat bang !

DECK SESSIONS W/ Honey and The Bluestones

Sunday 25th   @ 3pm – 6pm

 HONEY and The Bluestones proclaim it’s all about the groove and connection with the audience, while celebrating a mix of legendary and classic songs from past to present day.

With years of experience between them; Honey and The Bluestones bring their own thing, punctuated by their passion in sharing an eclectic list of Soul , Funk and Blues numbers putting on a fun show for fans of good music.

Information courtesy of

Loren McHenry, Marketing loren@hardysbayclub.com.au

Tucked between the bush and the bay, Hardys Bay Club is happily pokie machine-free, family friendly, full of personality and quirky characters and unlike any other on the Central Coast of NSW. Great food, music, weddings, craft beer and of course the best beer garden and deck on the Coast! Hardys Bay Club, 14 Heath Road, Hardys Bay NSW 2257 t: (02) 4360 1072 http://www.hardysbayclub.com.au

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New Exhibition at Shorethyme

Shorethyme Sunburnt Country Feb 2018

This show is a collaboration of work by Cheryl McCoy who has concentrated on Central Desert County and work I have researched and done based on the Pilliga in North West NSW. This show went to Pilliga last year and now we bring it to the Coast . The work comprises our interpretations and impressions of our country through multilayered prints. Research, drawing, plate making, and eventually printing on flat bed press and then hand colouring, with a variety of processes and techniques used to create this body of work.

Exhibition now extended until the 5th March.


Information and image courtesy of Therese Wilkins.

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