WEDNESDAY March 7
This is the last week you can see Circus Joseph Ashton’s their Infamous burlesque show in the Illawarra.
A combination of sexy circus acts, raunchy dancing, live music and cheeky comedy Infamous is an 18+ event.
It’s on at Kully Bay Park in Warrawong until Sunday.
A modern feminist spin on an 1950s classic musical, starring Virginia Gay (Winners and Losers) at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre until March 11.
This stripped-back, rough-and-ready reimagining shucks off the buckskin and brings a barrelful of dirt and grit to the stage.
From the moment they enter the theatre, audiences are immersed in the world of the Wild West – alive with whores, gamblers, habitual jeopardy, and of course some much loved songs.
Live captioning for the hearing impaired and post show Q&A available during the season.
Running until Saturday www.merrigong.com.au
Press for Progress exhibition
Wollongong’s Project Contemporary Artspace brings together 22 artists to celebrate International Women’s Day with 85 mixed medium works on show.
Collage, textiles, printmaking, drawing, installation, sculpture, construction, artist books, photography and painting.
Running until Sunday at the gallery on Burelli Street, Wollongong. www.projectgalllery.com.au
THURSDAY March 8
She'll Be Right International Women's Day show
A new female variety show at the Servo Food Truck Bar, 6 Wentworth Street in Port Kembla.
Celebrating Women and a new entertainment venue with comedians, musicians, circus acts and storytellers. Tickets $10: available now thru TryBooking or on the door. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
More on their Facebook page.
IWD at Wollongong Art Gallery
Presentations from guest speakers Dr Sarah Nicholson and Gabrielle Jones, whose books will be available for purchase on the day.
There will also be a special performance by featured poet Adara Enthaler, former Enough Said Poetry Slam featured performer.
FREE at Wollongong Art Gallery, from 11:30am to 1pm. Hosted by the South Coast Writers Centre.
FREE Movie: Wonder Woman
Celebrating International Women's Day, Shellharbour City Library will be screening Wonder Woman at 5pm –Shellharbour Civic Centre on Cygnet Avenue.
Gold coin donation at the door appreciated. All proceeds go towards Domestic Violence initiatives, Illawarra Women's Health Centre. Bookings essential 4221 6222.
Strong Women Exhibition Opening Night
Earlier this year, Bruce Ferguson and Jamie Cole of the Little Blowhowle Art Bar in Kiama asked local photographers and artists to submit portraits of a strong woman in their life whom embodied strength, resilience, fortitude and compassion.
Artists include Matus Bardiovsky, Tanya Wallis, Peter Izzard, Phil Winterton, Robyn Sharp, Jon Harris, Lea Tucker, Diana Thomas, Daniel ONeill, Arja Valimaki, Melissa Ritchie, Jamie Cole and Bruce Ferguson.
All artworks will be for sale, with 50 per cent of the proceeds donated to SAHSSI, a specialist domestic violence and homelessness service for women and children in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven District.
Opening night – 5:30pm Thursday. The exhibition runs until April 1.
Women’s High Tea
A free high tea with “pamper station” at the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre. Special guest speaker and entertainment.
From 10am to 2pm – 2/10 Belfast Avenue in Warilla. RSVP call 4255 6800
FRIDAY March 9
Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival
Kiama town centre will be buzzing with live music next month with 90 gigs across 40 venues scheduled for the annual Jazz and Blues Festival.
In the event of rain, all concerts will continue as planned except for Saturday’s concert in Hindmarsh Park, Sunday’s will move to the Kiama Leagues Club.
See the full program at www.kiamajazz.com
SATURDAY March 10
Lego Brick Spectacular
Across Saturday and Sunday at the Illawarra Turf Club, Kembla Grange Racecourse from 10am to 4pm.
The Illawarra Annual Brick Spectacular will raise funds for the KidzWish Foundation and will feature a wide range of world class displays created by SydLUG volunteers.
Brick Spectacular has multiple sessions throughout the day, each with a limited capacity so that you can get up close to all of the impressive models. Once your session begins you can stay as long as you like.
Cost is $5, register HERE
NSW Wavesailing Competition
This weekend the NSW/WA teams event will be run at Gerroa/Windang (depending on conditions). Traditionally the season closer, the teams event is all about fun through team rivalries. The AGM and presentations will also take place.
Come down to Seven Mile Beach for a great display of wind surfing.
For more information visit: facebook/nswwavesailing
Old Bike Jamboree
The Illawarra Classic Motorcycle Club is holding its 22nd Annual Red Scarf Rally on March Saturday and Sunday at Black Beach, Kiama.
Expect to see around 80 classic, veteran and vintage motorcycles encompassing years from the very early days until the present.
The bikes will be on display from 8.30am to 10am prior to leaving for runs to Berry via Kangaroo Valley. On return around 2pm they will once again be on display.
The Lab Cabaret presents Dollhouse – a cabaret variety show raising funds for Circus Monoxide.
Star performers include circus artist Alicia Battestini, trapeze expert Louise Clarke plus more. Organisers aim to “fill the gap” after The Vault in Port Kembla closed.
Doors open 7pm, tickets $28 via www.trybooking.com/TNYU OR $30 at the door. 3/3 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow.
A fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child – raising dollars to help bring joy to needy children at Christmas in Fiji, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Vanuatu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
The markets will have cakes, preserves, jams, scrap-booking, car wash, trash and treasure, craft, jumping castle, face painting, books, sausage sizzle, plants, coffee and tea.
From 8am to 1pm at Albion Park Uniting Church on Russell Street.
SUNDAY March 11
Guinea Pig Show
Registrations from 9.30am – 11:30am at the Russell Vale Community Hall.
Categories include: Fastest Eater, Craziest Hairstyle, Heaviest, Fancy Dress and Best Presented.
Up to around 80 pedigree guinea pigs from the Illawarra, Sydney, Canberra, the Central Coast and beyond will be on show.
FREE entry for spectators.