What's on: Central Coast
FOLK JAZZ TRIO
THE unusual folk jazz trio Elixir comprises jazz saxophonist Zac Hurren, Australian poet Michael Leunig and singer Katie Noonan. For 19 years they have been exploring the relationship between text and sound. They are performing at Laycock Street Community Theatre at 8pm on Thursday, February 21. Phone 02 4323 3233.
GAIL Davis, senior archivist at the State Archives of NSW, will provide tips and tricks for deciphering old handwriting for all you family historians from 10.30am-12.30pm on Wednesday, February 27 at Tuggerah Library. Places are limited so phone 02 4350 1560 or visit your local branch.
JAZZ, WINE AND CHEESE OPEN DAY
YALLAMBEE Village's next open day event is on March 29. With smooth Jazz from local musicians, great wine and fine cheeses on offer, is there a better way to consider retirement living? The friendly team at Yallambee Village, Yallambee Ave, West Gosford, will be on hand as a guide and to answer any of your questions while you wander through the beautiful gardens, view the range of living options and get to know a few of the locals in a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
THE 4th Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue is on from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3 at Mt Penang. There are 20 bands, including West Coast Rhythm and Blues Revue and RL Boyce with Dom Turner from the USA and Ben Waters and Derek Nash from the UK. There is also a focus on indigenous culture and 50 teams competing in the Australasian Barbecue Competition. For details, go to girrakoolblues.com.au.
'60S VARIETY SHOW
IF YOU were a fan of The Everly Brothers, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Bee Gees or The Hollies, you will love The Roberston Brothers Variety Show at The ArtHouse Wyong on Friday, March 1. Cost is $59.55. Phone 02 4335 1485.
WHETHER it's a painful break-up, meeting the love of your life, or a hilarious first date, everyone's got a love story, and for the past few years The Good Room theatre company has been turning their audiences' love stories into a powerful theatre production in I Want to Know What Love Is. It has played sold-out shows nationwide and comes to The Art House Wyong on Saturday, March 2. They are now calling for the Central Coast's anonymous submissions. To submit, go to wewantyourlove.com. To see the show ($25-$35) phone 02 4335 1485.
ULTIMATE ROCK 'N' ROLL
IT'S hard to believe that rock queen Suzi Quatro is still going strong, but she is, and she's back for the Red Hot Summer Tour Series Two from 2pm on Saturday, March 9 at Mount Penang Parklands. "I will retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence," she said. Also on the line-up are The Angels, Baby Animals, the Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish. Phone 136 100 or go to ticketmaster.com.au.
FAMOUS as a founding member of The Seekers, Keith Potger's solo acoustic performances intertwine their timeless favourites with a touch of Nashville, original ballads and hits from the 1960s-80s, with anecdotes from more than 50 years on the international music scene. He's at Laycock St Theatre from 11am on Wednesday, March 13. Tickets $16-$19. Phone 02 4323 3233.
FLAVOURS BY THE SEA
CENTRAL Coast Council will celebrate Harmony Day with a live multicultural event, Flavours by the Sea, celebrating the region's diversity with a taste of the world's best food, music and art. It's at Memorial Park, The Entrance from 3.30-8.30pm on Saturday, March 16. Go to centralcoast.nsw.gov. au/events or phone 02 4350 5555.
OPERA IN THE ARBORETUM
SATURDAY, March 16 is time to head back to the Pearl Beach Crommelin Native Arboretum for an open-air festival of top Australian opera singers and the Central Coast Chamber Orchestra, presented by the Rotary Club of Woy Woy.
Tickets are $70 for seniors. Phone 02 4342 8183 or go to opera.pearl-beach.com.