What's on: Gold Coast
STARSTRUCK: Australian Movie Portraits is for everyone who loves Aussie movies. The exhibition at HOTA's gallery opened this month and runs until April 28 in cooperation with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. As part of the event, you can also celebrate the 70th anniversary of Charles Chauvel's Aussie classic, Sons of Matthew, starring Michael Pate, on Wednesday, March 13. The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and is based on books by Bernard O'Reilly, from the locally famous family. Go to hota.com.au or phone (07)55884000.
Sip and paint
BRUSH and Barrel's Paris by Night at Surfers Paradise from 7pm on Thursday, March 14, embraces the idea that art is good for us all. They say the studio is a place where you can paint, chat, laugh and sing, and leave after three hours with a feeling of accomplishment and a piece of art. They encourage people to come early to meet the other painters, BYO and relax. Everything else - aprons, paints, canvas, bushes and glasses - is provided for you in the $60 cost. Go to brushandbarrel.com.au.
HEAD to Broadbeach from March 15-17 to watch some of the best surf sports athletes in action for free. The pinnacle event on Surf Life Saving Queensland's calendar, the state titles draw more than 2000 competitors. Events run from 7am-2pm daily.
LOVED by authors and would-be writers of all ages and genres, Storyfest is on again from March 20-22. In a free community event from 5pm, Thursday, March 21, at Mudgeeraba Markets Shopping Centre, you can join Walkley Award-winning columnist, author, advertising expert and social commentator Jane Caro, children's author and illustrator Graeme Base, librarian and children's and young adult book expert Megan Daley and young poetry slammer Solli Raphael as they discuss the future of books and what the next generation of publishing and storytelling will look like. For the full program, go to storyfest.com.au.
Women in Surf
CURRUMBIN'S Surf World Gold Coast museum is dedicating a night to the history and evolution of women's surfing, with Women in the Waves from 6pm on Thursday, March 21. MC will be the legendary Rabbit Bartholomew, joined by a host of equally familiar names including Aussie pioneer and 1990 world champ Pamela Burridge, Pauline Menczer (1993) and special guest, the first women's world surfing champion in 1964, Phyllis O'Donnell. Tickets are $10 from Eventbrite. Phone the museum on (07)55256380.
SAMANTHA Beckmann, founder of 2 Bent Rods, eases women into fishing in a relaxed all-female environment. She says it doesn't even matter if you freak out when you touch the bait, there are alternatives. You will learn to read the beach, catch your bait with yabby pumps and a bait net, tie a fishing knot, cast a rod and land a fish, as well as how to clean your catch and get it ready for cooking. All bait and fishing equipment is provided. It's on Saturday, March 23, from 8am-12pm at Murlong Cres on Tallebudgera Creek . Tickets are $100 on Eventbrite or phone 0403713820.
ARETHA Franklin's death last year made us all recognise again exactly why she was known as the Queen of Soul. With support from Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club, Angela Fabian is bringing that music to Gold Coast HOTA on Wednesday, April3, with her show Respect, A Natural Woman. It features some of Aretha's greatest classic hits, including I Say a Little Prayer, Think and Pink Cadillac. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests. Go to hota.com.au or phone (07)55884000.
RUNNING this year from April 3-14, the Gold Coast Film Festival last year had a record attendance of more than 16,000. It brings a huge variety of Australian and international films, filmmakers and film events to the Coast, including more than 150 speakers, and focuses on promoting Queensland (and Australian) independent filmmaking talent and champions gender equality. To find out what's on this year, go to gcfilmfestival.com.
THESE guys have been amazing the world since my childhood, but I didn't realise they had been going for more than 90 years - although, no, not the same players. They combine their amazing basketball skills and athleticism with theatre and comedy and have entertained more than 148 million fans in 123 countries worldwide. On Thursday, April 11, they play Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara as part of their world tour. Tickets through ticketek.com.au from $59 for adults.