The Illawarra weekend guide

Our pick

Saturday, JOHNNY O’KEEFE: THE WILD ONE

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

Dynamic and award-winning entertainer Rikki Organ will transport you to the glory days of Australian rock’n’roll as he recreates the energy, the excitement and the hits of the Australian King of Rock and Roll together with the Six O’Clock Rock Band in full ’60s costumes.

Venue: IMB Theatre, IPAC. Time: 8pm.

Tickets: $59.90, plus booking fee, from merrigong.com.au

Art

ART /WORKSHOP, Saturday

Continuing Life Drawing with Elspeth McCombe (pictured). For those who attended an earlier workshop or have some life-drawing experience.  Extend your life-drawing skills using ink, pastel, charcoal and pencil. Saturday, May31, noon-4pm. Cost: $65/$50 friends. Materials provided.

 ART EXHIBITION, Until August 24

Explore assemblage works  and help create a city of the future, with an interactive sculpture  by Kate Stehr. The exhibition includes works by David Bowers,  Frederick Braat, Tony Convey,  Alison Clousten, John Davis, Bert Flugelman, Ian Gentle, Peter Hardy, Rosalie Gascoigne,  Ian Howlett, Anita Larkin, Derry Messum, Susan O’Doherty, Peter O’Brien, Tom Risley and Tony Twigg. Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery.

Music and Art

MUSIC AND ART

EXHIBITIONS:

May 9-June 6

Artist Frank Nowlan’s exhibition Locale depicts houses in and around his home town of Thirroul, bringing out the quirky, and the characteristics of all that encapsulates the small towns of the NSW South Coast. It is on at  Egg and Dart Gallery,  Thirroul,  until June6. 

May 17-July 13

An exhibition of outstanding works by 2013 HSC  visual arts students from schools in NSW is on display at Wollongong Art Gallery until July 13.    For further details,  visit artexpress.

artsunit.nsw.edu.au.

May 23-June 29

The inaugural exhibition of richly woven, naturally dyed textures that were bequeathed to the gallery by local collector Nancye Dryden is on at Wollongong Art Gallery until June 29. 

PERFORMANCE:

 Until July 5

The 2014 Wollongong Eisteddfod takes place at various venues across Wollongong. Performances cover music, speech, drama, instrumentals, 

vocals and dancing. The eisteddfod will  continue  until July 5. Ticket prices for events vary. Visit wollongongeisteddfod.com.au for further details or to book tickets.

Out and about

COMEDY, Saturday

After a middle-class upbringing, Chris Wainhouse (pictured) turned out an arty-trendy sort of try-hard, and a magnet for dominant women. A product of his environment, Chris lives a life of weird repetitions with no time for rational thought. Venue: Wollongong Comedy Club, 61 Church St, Wollongong. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets $15 from wollongongcomedy.com.au.

 LOOKING BACK, Saturday

Black in Time is a 65-minute documentary of Helensburgh celebrating the town’s 130th anniversary and includes a history of the Metropolitan coalmine. It is being shown at Helensburgh Workers’ Club on Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets $10 at the door.

Of interest

ARTIST TALK, Saturday, May 31

Tania Maria Mastroianni will discuss her art practice, some personal narratives, blessed events and the installation. Venue: Wollongong Art Gallery. Time: 2pm-3pm. Free, all are welcome. The Sanctuary (of Roses, Love and Loathing) is on display until  July 6

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