The Illawarra weekend guide

• School holiday guide

• The Illawarra gig guide

OUR PICK: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Until January 25

The Roo Theatre Company will present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s production  until January 25 at the Harbour Theatre. The family musical uses country, rock and pop tunes in an uplifting show. 

Performances are at 1.30pm and 7.30pm and tickets are $20  for adults and $15 for children and concessions. Details here.

EVENTS

Albion Park Show, Saturday and Sunday

The annual Albion Park Show features a demolition derby, ute show, the showgirl competition and fireworks. The 127-year-old show highlights the area’s agricultural, horticultural and industrial activities.

It is on at the Albion Park Showground and entry is $16.50 per adult and $6.60 for children. Details here.

Kiama Seaside Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday

Street theatre shows featuring international and local street artists will perform at Kendall’s Beach and East Beach holiday parks. 

Acts include a comedy trapeze duo from Israel, a juggling and musical clown duo from Switzerland and Austria, the box man from the UK and local act Heidi rodeo Hillier with her hula hoops. 

The festival also features evening shows at the Sebel outdoor lawn  and a pop up arts centre - a hub of workshops on subjects like dining appreciation, how to write a book and Aboriginal weaving. Details here.

Sunset Cinema, Saturday 

Dirty Dancing - the classic summer holiday camp story of Baby and her crush, Johnny Castle - will screen at the IMB Sunset Cinema at the Wollongong Botanic Garden. The movie starts at 7pm, with tickets  from $17 for adults and $11 for children.  

Group packages are available. Details here.

MUSIC

Summer Nights, Saturday

The finale of Summer Nights includes a night of homegrown music with a free session of acoustic music. Performances begin at 7.30pm at the Wollongong Town Hall. Details here.

Jebediah, Saturday

Pioneers of the Australian 1990s grunge scene, Jebediah will play at Waves at Towradgi Beach Hotel on Saturday night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from $34.70. Details here.

Steve Edmonds Band, Sunday

This band has earned a reputation as one of the country’s coolest blues and rock acts. They will play at the Sports Bar at the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 3pm. Entry is free. Details here.

Chaka Khan, Saturday

Summer Sounds in the Domain with Chaka Khan will feature the queen of funk-soul singing. Details here.

PERFORMANCE

Eclipse, Saturday

The audience will be plunged into darkness for a unique experience with Mali superstars Amadou and Mariam. The couple create blues-infused Afro-pop and use darkness to make the sound richer. 

Venue: Sydney Town Hal. Time: 8.30pm. Details here.

ART

Presence & Absence, until February 23

Featuring works in traditional and new media exploring the ambiguous relationship between presence and absence, this exhibition  features work by artists Ben Cauchi, Paul Dawson, David Eastwood and Leonie Watson at the Wollongong City Gallery. Entry is free.

The Green Cathedral, until February 9

Wollongong Art Gallery is hosting public programs, workshops and exhibitions  that look at the region’s surfing culture.

Local: Current 2013, until February 2

This exhibition is a survey of recent work by 10 Illawarra artists. It is the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions investigating local artists’ practice. At the Wollongong City Gallery. Details here.

The deadline for this free service is noon, Thursday, two weeks before publication. Fax details to 4221 2338; post to PO Box 1215, Wollongong, 2500; or email to whatson@illawarramercury.com.au

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