The Illawarra weekend guide

March 8-9

OUT AND ABOUT

Rockin’ Vintage Roll Festival, Sunday 

The inaugural Rockin’ Vintage Roll Festival will take place on Sunday at Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul. A one-day extravaganza of the best rock’n’roll, rockabilly and vintage culture the South Coast has to offer, with internationally acclaimed entertainers, market stalls, hot-rods, fashion, Kustom Kulture  and rock’n’roll dancing. The Rockin’ Vintage Roll Festival will see people come out to play in their finest rockabilly threads and vintage best. From 10am, entry by gold coin donation.

Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival, all weekend

The 2014 Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival features jazz, blues, swing, roots, boogie, gypsy rumba, rag and honky tonk music. Enjoy concerts, cabaret, roving bands and other events in cafes, restaurants, clubs and parks for free. Details here.

Suitcase Markets, Sunday

The Wild Rumpus Suitcase markets showcase everything from stationery, cards, jewellery, homewares, kitchenware, pottery, clothing and accessories. Thirroul Community Centre, 12pm to 3pm.

KidzWish fun run, Saturday

The stunning harbour precinct and blue mile of Wollongong will come alive with a festival of fitness, health and family fun that offers everyone the chance to have a go. Held in partnership with Elite Energy, the triTHEGONG KidzWish Fun Run and Walk is the perfect way to stretch your legs with some friends. There are events for all ages and entry prices vary. 

Location: Wollongong Harbour, Lang Park, 11:30am to  2pm. Details here.

THEATRE

Shakespeare in the Garden, Saturday

Come along to Wollongong Botanic Garden to enjoy the Eaton Gorge Theatre Company’s fourth year of presenting Shakespeare in the Garden. Tonight is The Tempest. Enter via Madoline Street car park. Starts at 7pm.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saturday

Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts presents William Shakespeare’s ever-popular comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play is set in the present in a patriarchal world, defined by paparazzi and glittering status. The play runs until March 15 and is starting on Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 concession and $40 for family tickets. Details here

MUSIC

Marta Pacek and Blue Venus, Sunday

After spending two years touring North America and Australia on the back of her last album, Rebel Baby, Marta Pacek was ready to stretch and grow in the studio. Her new songs interested  producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus and Julia Stone, Glen Hansard), who also brought his bass playing and beats to the project. She comes to Jamberoo Pub on Sunday as part of the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival. Details here.

Vault Cabaret, Saturday

The outrageous Kiki comperes a night in which artists from the escarpment join local folk to create some ol’ school highland mayhem at the Vault Cabaret. Acts include the inimitable Nick Rheinberger and his band and juggling maestro Neisha Murphy. The Vault, 72 Military Lane, Port Kembla. Tickets $20. Doors open  7.45pm.

Click here for the Illawarra gig guide

The deadline for this free service is noon, Thursday, two weeks before publication. Fax details to 42212338; post to POBox 1215, Wollongong, 2500; or email whatson@illawarramercury.com.au

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