What's On: Brisbane
Orpheus and Eurydice
TWO of Queensland's foremost arts organisations present Orpheus and Eurydice. This circus opera is infused with desire and longing that melds sublime music and singing with the raw physicality of movement. Opera Queensland has partnered with internationally renowned contemporary circus company Circa to stage Christoph Gluck's spellbinding opera from October 24-November 9 at Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC's) Playhouse. Orpheus and Eurydice is inspired by the ancient Greek myth about Orpheus, the god of music, and his journey to the underworld to save his beloved bride, Eurydice. Go to oq.com.au.
Everyone loves a wedding
THE Australian hit musical, Muriel's Wedding the Musical, is set to delight audiences at Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC's) Lyric Theatre. Written by PJ Hogan and directed by Simon Phillips, the show features an incredible soundtrack of addictive new songs by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, plus all your favourite ABBA hits! This multi-award-winning musical produced by Global Creatures runs until October 26. For tickets, go to qpac.com.au.
100 Years of Brisbane women
THE New Woman exhibition at Museum of Brisbane recognises the lives of Brisbane women artists over the past 100 years on a scale never seen before. It's a snapshot of the art, personal stories and the enduring legacies of Brisbane's most significant and ground-breaking women artists between 1920-2019 reflected in painting, photography, sculpture, performance and installation works. The stunning salon hung exhibition features artworks from more than 80 artists including works from Daphne Mayo and Vida Lahey in the 1920s through to present day works from Emma Coulter, Rachael Haynes and Elisa Jane Carmichael. It's on show until March 15, 2020. Go to museumofbrisbane.com.au.
The grand dame comes back
THE grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring Precious Possums and is touring Brisbane on October 1 and 2 with Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life. In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, "failed actor and attention seeker" Barry Humphries. Go to tegdainty.com.
Italian Film Festival
THE Lavazza Italian Film Festival is on again at Palace Cinemas until October 16 presenting the best new contemporary Italian cinema and most cherished classics on the big screen. For almost two decades the Festival has celebrated Italian language, culture and la dolce vita. Find out what this year's crop of filmmakers has in store for you at italianfilmfestival.com.au.
ROARING Twenties Cinema is a silent movie night held monthly at Metro Arts, 109 Edward St Brisbane. The intimate, air-conditioned Lumen Room (located on the ground level of Metro Arts) transports patrons back to the 1920s with a two-hour immersive program on October 25. The night's program includes screening a short followed by a classic or rare Twenties feature from the Golden Age of Silent Cinema. Pre-book your tickets, go to stickytickets.com.au.
Good food and wine
THE Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show will be a three-day sensory journey featuring over 200 exhibitors and 800 wine varieties from October 25 to 27. There will be a spectacular line-up of culinary experiences with Australia's top chefs including Miguel Maestre, Matt Sinclair, Alistair MacLeod, Matt Golinski, and Matt Moran. Go to goodfoodshow.com.au /brisbane.
Mini British Film Festival 2019
PRESENTED by Palace, the MINI British Film Festival will screen nationally from October 29. Such is the popularity of the Festival, the 2019 edition will run for an extra week longer until November 24, Palace Barracks, Palace James St. With 20 new release titles plus a retrospective on Dame Helen Mirren and some restored gems, this year's selection sees British cinema at its best. The full programme will be announced in early October. Go to britishfilmfestival.com.au or facebook.com /britishfilmfest.