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calendar of events: perth + fremantle

Here's all the news on events, shows, concerts, festivals and anything else you should see if you're in town. There's always something on, whether it be concerts, theatre, sport or something for the kids that you're interested in. Click on the individual event for more information. Details are subject to change, check the organisers' websites for the latest information.



to 4 Sep The Rise of Sneaker Culture Exhibitions|Displays

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture. Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and now heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation. On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Sophia Chang, Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.
Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

to 3 Sep Black Swan State Theatre Company: Switzerland Theatre|Dance|Film

When using words for weapons, how far do you go before it cuts too deep? The late Patricia Highsmith penned some of the most exhilarating suspense novels of all time, some becoming major cinematic adaptations including; The Price of Salt recently released as the film Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. Now the acerbic author herself is centre stage in this edge-of-your-seat thriller by acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith (Honour, The Female of The Species, Ninety and Day One, A Hotel, Evening). The subject – writer Patricia Highsmith, lives a reclusive life in the Swiss Alps surrounded by her collection of books and antique weapons. The unlikeable genius facing the end of her life has withdrawn completely from the world, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Until one day a young man, Edward Ridgeway, intrudes into her place of refuge. He’s yet another irritating delegate from her publisher demanding a contract for one final instalment. Specifically another psychological thriller featuring her beloved muse and most infamous literary creation, Tom Ripley.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

to 3 Sep Beauty and the Beast Theatre|Dance|Film

The Tony Award winning smash hit musical based on the Disney animated film version of the much loved fairytale. Featuring the stunning Academy-Award winning musical score that made the animated film such a hit, plus another seven songs created for the Broadway show by master composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice, it is a classic tale of love, sacrifice, jealousy, revenge and redemption exploring an age-old theme: the true meaning of beauty.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

1 Sep Paco Peña Guitarra Music|Concerts

Guitarra is a guitar quartet comprising of arguably the world’s greatest guitarists within their chosen genre of music. The quartet is led by Paco Pena described by Guitar magazine as the world’s greatest Flamenco guitarist. Paco is joined on stage by four-time Aria award nominees Slava and Leonard Grigoryan (The Grigoryan Bros). Leading jazz guitarist Jim Pennell and former Chain guitarist Phil Manning will also join this incredible line up. The concert features these world class musicians playing individual sets with the finale being an incredible eclectic combo that explores their individual musical styles and gets right to the heart of blues, jazz, classical and the Flamenco guitar.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

1–30 Sep Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival 2017 Festivals|Celebrations

Find yourself in a carpet of wildflowers in a Floral Fantasy for the Kings Park Festival. Visit the world's biggest display of Western Australia's famous wildflowers from every region of the state without leaving the city. Enjoy free and fascinating guided walks, 'Mysterious Coiffures' by French street artists Christophe Pavia and Adélaïde Daraspe, the Future Keepers outdoor exhibition, roving Adorable Florables wildflower characters and Perth's best native plant sale.
Kings Park, Fraser Ave, West Perth Ph: 9480 3600

2 Sep Todd McKenney & Georgie Parker - Duets Music|Concerts

Todd McKenney and Georgie Parker, two of Australia’s most respected entertainers, unite for their first tour, Duets – Together In Concert. They will sing and dance their way through an exciting live show – everything from Elton John/Kiki Dee to Tina Turner/Jimmy Barnes, Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers, Annie Lennox/Aretha Franklin and many more delights; the ultimate night out!
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

6 Sep WASO: Inspiring Wagner Music|Concerts

The mid nineteenth-century was a time of great social and artistic upheaval, and the world of music was not immune to the forces of change. Leading composers such as Liszt and Schumann experimented with new genres, tonalities and forms, and their music was imbued with the poetic and romantic fervour of the time. Building upon Liszt's early experimentation with chromatic harmony, and, like Schumann, seeking to create a new vision of German opera, Wagner revolutionised music with his audacious new harmonies, gargantuan orchestras and grandiose dramas. In the second half of this concert, Asher Fisch and the Orchestra take us on an exhilarating journey through the pinnacle of Wagner’s operatic ambition – his four-opera Ring Cycle. Through five orchestral extracts from the Ring, they showcase Wagner’s immense artistic achievement and his mastery of orchestral writing
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

6–17 Sep Crazy Horse: Forever Crazy Music|Concerts

Forever Crazy is a cabaret performed by substantially nude female dancers and is synonymous with sensual sophistication, seductive costumes and provocative style. Featuring the best of acts from the legendary cabaret, Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a multicultural cast of ten stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. The effect is so stunning that it is hard to determine where skin ends and the reflections begin. The result is a unique show that engages the mind as much as the eye! A truly tantalizingly Parisian cultural phenomenon not to be missed!
Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Ph: 13 61 00

7–16 Sep The Zone Theatre|Dance|Film

In situations of extreme stress, who would you turn to? In a tumultuous time, communities come together to support and grow. The Zone is an explosive dance work, created by Raewyn Hill, that explores the notion of community forming in extraordinary circumstances. Profound yet playful, the performance chronicles the creation of community told through Hill’s stunning movement language.
State Theatre Centre, Cnr William and Roe Sts, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

9 Sep International Rugby Sport

Australia v South Africa
nib Stadium, 310 Pier St, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

9 Sep WASO: Wagner’s World Music|Concerts

Everything that was written after Wagner’s great opera Tristan was, in some way, influenced by it. Leonard Bernstein called Tristan “the central work of all music history”, and the Prelude and Liebestod contains some of the most achingly beautiful music ever composed. Following arias from Die Walküre and Die Meistersinger sung by acclaimed Australian bass-baritone Shane Lowrencev, Asher Fisch explores Wagner’s musical legacy through the spacious grandeur of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony (his memorial monument to Wagner) and the overture from Chabrier’s opera Gwendoline. We conclude with Richard Strauss, who drew upon Wagner’s expanded orchestral palette, added his own dash of flamboyant audacity and composed the work that made the then 25-year old a star – the virtuosic orchestral showpiece Don Juan.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

9 Sep Green Pasture Singers Music|Concerts

The Green Pasture Singers is a Perth based choir which sings traditional and contemporary African Gospel and Soul as well as songs across a range of genres. Join them for a soulful choral experience.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

14–30 Sep West Australian Ballet: The Great Gatsby Theatre|Dance|Film

Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the 1920s as West Australian Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby to the stage. Nick Carraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties and beautiful women. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip, Carraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lies beneath.
His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay St, Perth Ph: 1300 795 012

14–16 Sep Radio Active Music|Concerts

Radio Active is a high-energy celebration of chart toppers from the 1950s right through to today's hit music. The show features a diverse repertoire of popular music from pop to rock, RnB to soul and funk classics in a spectacularly produced concert with a huge cast of highly talented young musicians and singers.
Geoff Gibbs Theatre, ECU, Bradford St Mt Lawley 9370 6895

14–15 Sep Puttin’ On The Ritz Music|Concerts

Travel back to the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king. The dazzling theatre spectacle Puttin’ On The Ritz brings to life the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. Direct from London with a cast of West End stars, this is a song and dance extravaganza with special guest Rob Mills.
Regal Theatre, 474 Hay St, Subiaco Ph: 1300 795 012

16 Sep The West Australian Pole Championships Exhibitions|Displays

Witness some of WA’s finest pole dancers as the WA finalists battle it out in three divisions, giving pole dancers of all stages and styles the opportunity to show off their strength, flexibility and creativity.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

20–25 Sep Perth Fashion Festival Festivals|Celebrations

Now in its 19th year, Telstra Perth Fashion Festival is one of Australia’s premier fashion events. It has cultivated an international reputation for fostering some of Australia’s most sought after creative talent and showcasing Western Australian designers on a global stage.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge

20 Sep Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Music|Concerts

Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 600 million YouTube views and 2+ million subscribers by taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

20 Sep Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Music|Concerts

Postmodern Jukebox return to Australia bringing their vintage twist to modern pop songs. Dress to impress and plan on having a night to remember!
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

22 Sep James Reyne: All Crawl Music|Concerts

James Reyne singing nothing but Australian Crawl, with possibly the best band on the planet bringing you all the songs you know and love.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

23 Sep to 7 Oct Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Rules of Summer Families|Children

Drawing inspiration from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer is an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory puppetry work exploring rules and how they affect our relationships and our identity. You will follow the emotional journey of two boys who experience the importance of closeness and the unspoken rules of friendship. It’s the story of a boy’s rite of passage and his path to understanding the world and his place in it.
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle Ph: 9335 5044

23 Sep Brahms: A German Requiem Music|Concerts

The German Requiem is a work of gentle, personal consolation and noble spirituality. Scored for large choir, orchestra and soloists, it soars to splendid romantic expressiveness with achingly beautiful arias. Unlike other oratorios and requiems, the focus of this work is less on fire and brimstone and more on large magnificent choruses meshed with solo arias that express the emotional intensity of the bereaved. The magnificent singing of the Perth Symphonic Chorus will be enhanced by Sara Macliver (soprano) and Christopher Richardson (baritone).
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth Ph: 13 61 00

23 Sep Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole: The Great Country Songbook Volume ll Music|Concerts

As individual artists, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole have stayed at the forefront of Australian country music for close to two decades, each with an impressive list of awards and top selling albums. Now, Australia’s most entertaining duo will be bringing you their versions of the greats, delivered with high energy and a few laughs in true Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole style.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

23–30 Sep Perth Royal Show Exhibitions|Displays

The IGA Perth Royal Show is Perth's biggest community event attracting 400,000 visitors from the city and the country every year. With a rich history spanning 170 years, the Show is an iconic social and cultural event which showcases WA agriculture, small business and entertainment.
Claremont Showgrounds, Ashton Ave, Claremont

24 Sep WASO Chorus: Lux Aeterna Music|Concerts

Choral singing touches the soul like nothing else, and Bach’s masterful Chorales are some of the greatest choral music ever written - a joy to both sing and experience. These great masterworks are framed by music of twentieth-century masters, including Samuel Barber’s sublime Agnus Dei, (the choral version of his much-loved Adagio for Strings) and a new work by WASO’s Composer in Residence, Lachlan Skipworth.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth

28–30 Sep WASO: Jump, Jam, Jiggle! Families|Children

In these 50-minute interactive workshop performances, children will enjoy a hands-on musical journey of instrument playing, song and dance inspired by the music of Holst’s The Planets. At the conclusion of the performance, children can “Meet the Musician” to learn more about the instruments of the orchestra and the people who play them.
Wardle Room, Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth

30 Sep Beatlemania on Tour Music|Concerts

Relive the heyday of the world’s favourite pop act with Beatlemania On Tour, the complete live tribute show that recreates a true Beatles experience. Authentic costumes, replica instruments and all songs performed with exquisite attention to detail and in their original key. With sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand this is a must-see spectacular for all Beatles fans.
Astor Theatre, Beaufort St, Mt Lawley

30 Sep Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madzar Music|Concerts

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape whenstep onto the stage. This is how great artists play: with imagination, with attention to style, with flexibility of technique, and above all a great sense of being in love with the music.
Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Tce, Perth