Ten top events on around Toowoomba this month
MUSIC, art and culture are all on offer in February in Toowoomba.
1. USQ VISUAL ART
Just how creative are the USQ Visual Art Staff? Untold Stories, exhibited from February 14 to March 8 at USQ Arts Gallery, West Street, reveals all. They work across printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing and sculpture. Call 07 4631 1111 for details.
2. TOOWOOMBA CITY LIBRARY
Love your books and a good bargain? Head to the Friends of the Toowoomba City Library book sale this Friday, February 17 from 9am-4pm and Saturday, February 18 from 9am-2pm.
4. SEED TO FEED
If you need to reconnect with your garden, enjoy Seed to Feed, a half-day workshop by local horticulturalist Brian Sams on Saturday, February 18 from 9am-12pm at Millmerran Community and Cultural Centre. Aimed at beginners, subjects include learning how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in backyard gardens, patches and pots. Cost $5. Call 131 872 or go to www.tr.qld.gov.au/change.
4. SUMMER TUNES
Newtown Park will echo with the sound of Summer Tunes on Sunday, February 19. One of Toowoomba's premier parks, it covers an area of 12 ha (30 acres). The concert is in the rose garden from noon to 3pm and will feature the Broxburn Music Club of Pittsworth.
5. FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS
Oh What a Night! That's what you'll be saying after seeing this tribute production to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Empire Theatre. Hear tunes like My Eyes Adored You, Sherry and Big Girls Don't Cry. It's on Thursday, February 23 from 8pm. Cost $59.50 adults. Call 1300 655 299 or go to www.empiretheatre.com.au.
6. THE EVERLY BROTHERS AND BUDDY HOLLY
It became known as the day the music died, when Buddy Holly's plane crashed back in 1959. But Scot Robin breathes new life into the legend's music in The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly at the Empire Theatre on Friday, March 3 from 8pm. Tickets are $66.90 adults. Call 1300 655 299 or go to www.empiretheatre.com.au.
7. GLENN SHORROCK AND BRIAN CADD
Icons of Australian rock and long-time mates Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd have reunited for a tour featuring Axiom members Chris Stockley and drummer Doug Lavery, and legendary singer/guitarists Sam See and Glyn Mason. From songs of the 1960s to the artists' newest albums, take a musical journey across five decades on Saturday, March 4 from 8-10pm at the Empire Theatre. Call 1300 655 299 or go to www.empiretheatre.com.au.
8. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
March 8 is International Women's Day and USQ Shine is holding its annual high tea to celebrate from 2pm in the USQ Refectory. This year's special guest speaker is USQ alumna and CEO of Energy Skills Australia, Penelope Twemlow. Cost is $30-$35. Funds raised will go towards female student bursaries. Penelope hopes her speech will help "empower and inspire other women to ... fight for a society in which the objectification of women makes way for gender-neutral interaction, free from assumptions and expectations. Most importantly, my story will prove that women cannot just fight to be equal but aspire to be the best in male-dominated industries". Book your ticket now at usq.edu.au/shine.
9. BE BOLD FOR CHANGE
Also celebrating International Women's Day's theme of Be Bold for Change is East Creek Community Centre. Enjoy an excellent morning tea, guest speaker and raffles at the centre from 10am-12pm. Book if possible for catering purposes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4639 2755.
10. SHAKESPEARE'S AS YOU LIKE IT
How do you like your Shakespeare? The USQ Shakespeare festival this year presents a reimagining of the classic comedy As You Like It on Thursday, March 9 and Fridays and Saturdays until March 18 at the USQ Arts Theatre. The show features USQ's third year theatre students, guest directed by Matthew Emond. Adults are $25. Call 4631 1111.