The Illawarra weekend guide

May 10-11

Our pick

Lake, Saturday

The stage will literally be flooded for the performance of Lake at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. This is award-winning Brisbane choreographer Lisa Wilson's first full-length piece and it merges contemporary dance, video, sound and design to create an immersive experience. The performance grapples with our fascination with, and fear of, water. Those in the front row may get wet.

Time: 8pm Saturday. Tickets: $49 from merrigong.com.au.

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

Lake at IPAC

Lake at IPAC

Music

Illawarra Choral Society, Saturday

The Illawarra Choral Society’s  concert, Sing Light, Sing Shadow featuring Brahms’ Requiem,  is on at Wollongong Town Hall at 2pm. Soloists are Louise Lavilles and Daniel Macey. Tickets: $25, Concession $22. Details: 42275088.

Jam N Bread, Saturday

A free monthly  music-making event at Port Kembla Community Centre celebrating international music. On Saturday, Jam n Bread will feature  musicians from the Pacific Islands. All ages and   musical abilities welcome. Time: 11am-2pm.

Owen Campbell, Sunday

Australian blues-rocker Owen Campbell (pictured) hits Towradgi Beach Hotel to support the launch of his new single Remember to Breathe. Time: 3.30pm. Entry is free.

Art exhibitions

Mann-Tatlow collection of Asian art, until July 20

The Mann-Tatlow Collection of Asian Art includes Asian ceramics, objects and items of furniture from  neolithic times  to the early 20th century. Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery. Times: noon-4pm until July 20. For further details  see wollongongartgallery.com.au.

Scrap sculpture 1980-2014, until Sunday

A retrospective of  34  years of drawing, mixed media, sculpture and painting. Venue:Wollongong Art Gallery. Further details: wollongongcitygallery.com.

Locale, until June 6

Artist Frank Nowlan’s exhibition Locale depicts houses in and around his home town of Thirroul, bringing out the quirky and  other characteristics that encapsulate the small towns of the  South Coast. Venue: Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul. Details: egganddart.com.au.

Dandies and Lions, until May 22

Thirroul artist and 10-time Archibald Prize nominee Paul Ryan is holding an exhibition entitled Dandies and Lions  in the Southern Highlands until May 22. Venue: Gallery Ecosse, Exeter Road, Exeter. Times: Friday and  Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. 

Of interest

Cabaret, Saturday

The Vault hosts Eat It,  with Hanz Der Chef (aka Benny B) as your MC, smooth sounds from the Oxford Groove featuring Mike Gordon, aerialist Louise London, burlesque star Isla View (pictured), comedian Regan Kerr, spoken word artist Zohab Khan and songs from Jo Caseley. Venue: The Vault, Port Kembla. Time: Doors open at 7.45pm. Tickets: $20 at the door.

Out and about

Comedy, Saturday

Aussie comedy legend Mick Meredith (pictured) returns to Wollongong to support the release of his new album  

Mid Laugh Crisis. Venue: Builder’s Basement, Master Builders Club, Wollongong. Time: 8pm. Tickets: $15 

plus  booking fee from wollongongcomedy.com.au.

Charity, Sunday

The 2014 Mothers Day Classic Fun Run takes place at Stuart Park, Wollongong. Come along to help raise money for breast cancer research. The Wollongong event offers a two kilometre and five kilometre walk or run. Online registrations are  open at  mothersdayclassic.com.au or you can register on the day.

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