THURSDAY MAY 6
Australian Chamber Orchestra
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is back in Wollongong Town Hall with their third series for 2021, Schubert's Quintet.
Artistic Director Richard Tognetti will lead the Quintet in an intimate but brilliantly grand performance, which will see audiences connect with musicians more than ever before.
Tickets through www.aco.com.au
Another production by the Illawarra's So Popera, with the hit pop musical Jersey Boys running from Thursday until Sunday at the WIN Entertainment Centre - the lead role is a former Cirque du Soleil performer.
The musical is a documentary-style show chronicling '60s rock group The Four Seasons and includes many of their hit songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man", "My Boyfriend's Back" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You".
When Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi met, they were just four New Jersey teens singing together under street lamps, scraping for gigs and money in their working-class neighbourhood.
As the quartet rises to international stardom, they celebrate the highs and endure the lows that come hand-in-hand with fame. Each member of the group takes a turn narrating events, illustrating how a ragtag group of guys from New Jersey -- and their decades-long friendships -- became music history.
Tickets through www.ticketmaster.com.au
Carole King Tribute
Entertainer Esther Hannaford will take on the persona of Carole King for a concert tour celebrating 50 years of King's hit album Tapestry.
Jet bassist Mark Wilson will be leading the accompanying band on tour, which will head to Anita's Theatre in Thirroul on Thursday.
The concert tour will feature all songs from the album as well as a selection of hits King wrote for fellow musicians.
Tickets are on sale now: www.livenation.com.au
FRIDAY MAY 7
Felicity Urqhuart & Josh Cunningham
Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham (os The Waifs) have made an album together The Song Club and touring it nationally.
They'll be performing at The Music Lounge inside the Wollongong Town Hall on Friday.
For details, visit: www.merrigong.com.au
Midsummer Nights Dream
Shakespearean comedy in modern dress, from April 30 until May 9 at the Roo Theatre in Shellharbour.
The play is set in Athens, and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta.
For more details and ticket, visit: www.roo-theatre.com.au/
50 Shades the Parody
A tongue-in-cheek musical parody of the best-selling 50 Shades of Grey is coming to the Illawarra stage at Anita's Theatre, Thirroul, this Friday and Saturday.
The stage adaption explores the steamy relationships between the well-known characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, as seen through the eyes of three women in a book club.
50 Shades! The Musical Parody is at Anita's Theatre Thirroul, May 7 and 8. www.anitastheatrethirroul.com
SATURDAY MAY 8
Romantic Evocations Concert
Illawarra violinist Matthew Tsalidis teams up with pianist Emelia Noack-Wilkinson for a recital concert at the Church On The Mall in Wollongong, titled 'Romantic Evocations'.
It will feature works by Brahms, Bartok and Beach - with the concert starting at 5pm.
Tickets from www.trybooking.com
Classical Concert Series
Renowned flautist, Ana De La Vega and violinist, Daniel Roehn will be accompanied by Tahlia Pretrosian on the viola and Paul Ghica on the cello at three concert events at the Kiama Anglican Church.
Tahlia Petrosian is an Australian violist. She is the major German Orchestra Gewandhaus Leipzig and very well known!
Paul Ghica is a fantastic Romanian-born cellist. He studied in Chicago and has played a lot internationally but is now based in Australia playing most often in the Opera Orchestra.
The full concert programme includes works by Mozart and Beethoven.
They will olay three concerts over Saturday and Sunday - Tickets are available for purchase from the Kiama Visitor Information Centre located on Blowhole Point Road in Kiama or via tel: 02 4232 3322.
SUNDAY MAY 9
Here are some of the venues around the Illawarra doing Mother's Day brunch / lunches:
- Wests Illawarra
- The Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow
- High Tea at North Bar, Novotel
- Steamers Bar and Grill
- High Tea at Five Barrels Brewing
- Central Hotel Shellharbour
- Breakfast at the Shellharbour Club
- High Tea at Ravensthorpe
Wunderkammer is an exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery which embraces the traditional Victorian 'Cabinet of Curiosities', to explore the texture and beauty of discarded objects in their raw form and imbue them with new life and function, connecting disparate components to create contemporary relics.
The works are by Saxon Reynolds - Wollongong High teacher by day, steampunk artist by night.
Mr Reynolds will be creating new works in person at the gallery for the public to watch and chat with on May 8, 9 and 23; and June 5, 6 and 20.
Open day at Grevillea Park
From 10am to 4pm Grevillea Park in Bulli is open to the public, and includes plant sales this Saturday and Sunday.
There is an entry fee of $7 per adult, children are admitted free. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times. The chapel will not be open.
Prices for plants range from $5 for tubestock through to $100 for grafted.
So pack a picnic, bring a blanket and visit the new sundrenched picnic area. And don't forget the vine forest walk out through the back gate, it's dried out nicely after recent rains and there are ferns everywhere, at least a dozen different species to spot.
For more details visit: https://illawarragrevilleapark.com.au
MONDAY MAY 10
Hills and Wings: A Celebration of Guy Warren
UOW is celebrating the life and art of Archibald Prize winning artist Guy Warren, in an exhibition that showcases his work and his immense contribution to Australia's artistic landscape.
Hills and Wings: A Celebration of Guy Warren and his Work is at the UOW Gallery (building 29) and comprises artworks by Mr Warren as well as some of the artworks that he acquired while he was director of the UOW Art Collection, a role he held from 1992 to 2005.
It's on at UOW until July 28. The gallery is open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm).