MUCH-LOVED ARTIST: A Generous Life examines the legacy and influence of Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923-2011). Margaret was charismatic character, who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend. Pictured: Lemons and Oranges (1964).
MUCH-LOVED ARTIST: A Generous Life examines the legacy and influence of Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923-2011). Margaret was charismatic character, who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend. Pictured: Lemons and Oranges (1964). Natasha Harth

What's on: Brisbane

GET YOUR STRETCHY PANTS OUT BRISBANE

IT'S all about eating in July as Good Food Month starts with Let's Do Lunch at some of Brisbane's favourite restaurants along with some exceptional dinner events. The Night Noodle Markets will return from July 24 to August 4 bringing an Asian Hawker food festival to South Bank.

This year the sizzling food market under the stars will once again be packed with fresh Asian-influenced flavours from returning favourites such as Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, Shallot Thai, Bangkok Street Food, Twistto and Waffleland.

For full program go to goodfoodmonth.com/ brisbane.

A GENEROUS LIFE

ON DISPLAY at GOMA until October 13, A Generous Life examines the legacy and influence of much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923-2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. Margaret was charismatic character, who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend.

She was also a muse for artists including William Dobell and Jeffrey Smart. The exhibition profiles a life that was immersed in art - her own and those she supported.

Go to qagoma.qld.gov.au.

SHOWGIRL STYLE

AFTER dazzling audiences across the seas, the glamorous Parisian revue show Cabaret de Paris returns for three shows on July 5 and 6 to QPAC Playhouse. Expect a stage spectacular with plenty of old-fashioned showgirl glamour combined with the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, quick change performers, illusionists and the famous French cancan dancers! The glittering show features a cast of 18 wearing over a quarter of a million dollars worth of lavish costumes crafted in traditional Parisian style, with feathers, sequins, rhinestones and jewels.

In Saturday's matinee show the dancers are covered, while the two evening performances are topless.

For tickets go to qtix.com.au.

DORIS DAY TRIBUTE

PAY tribute to the late Doris Day with a screening of the 1953 musical classic Calamity Jane, the musical story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

It screens at Metro Arts on July 6. Go to metroarts.com.au.

MEDIEVAL MARVELS

HEAR ye, hear ye, the 30th Abbey Medieval Festival will take place at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology on July 13 and 14. The festival is medieval experience with engaging activities and programs, stallholders and more.

Hark! Get booted and ready for feasting.

Go to abbeymedieval festival.com.

MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE

PAYING on July 17 and 18 at the QUT Gardens Theatre, Geraldine Aron's My Brilliant Divorce is best described as a 'stand-up tragedy', as we follow Angela through her divorce and out the other side. The play is popular worldwide because of its universal themes of love, loss and laughter, and starred Dawn French on London's West End.

Go to gardenstheatre. qut.edu.au.

ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE

TO CELEBRATE World Chocolate Day, Portside Wharf will host Brisbane's only chocolate festival, ChocFest, on July 7. Expect decadent desserts and sweet treats and enjoy delicious chocolate cocktails and hot chocolates on the wharf while listening to live music.

There will be chocolate nachos and chocolate churros tacos, Nutella pizza, a triple chocolate brownie, salted caramel chocolate tart and cherry ripe slice. Dendy Cinemas at Portside will screen the film Chocolat at 2pm.

Go to portsidewharf.com.au.

THE STATE ON A PLATE

SEE the Sunshine State on a plate at Regional Flavours, Queensland's premier free food and wine festival on July 20 and 21. Held in South Bank Parklands, Regional Flavours features free entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts, delicious food, beer and wine, live music, kid's activities and more.

The Queensland Taste Marketplace, a producer market pulsing with more than 80 stalls selling locally made wine, cheese, chocolate, fruit, jam, cakes and more is a highlight. Go to regionalflavours.com.au.


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