What’s On: Sunshine Coast
UNITE INSPIRE PAINT
CALOUNDRA Arts Centre Association Friday Art Group Unite Inspire Paint 2020 exhibition and sale of fine art is on in January. There will be quality artworks by Caloundra and proximate local artists, including inspiring creations in watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media from traditional to contemporary, to semi-abstract, and a smattering of the challenging modern genre. Open at Caloundra Arts Centre Association (CACA), 5 North St, Caloundra, from January 4-7 from 9.30am-3.30pm and January 8 from 9.30am-12pm. Entry is gold coin. For details see caloundraartsand crafts.org.au.
JOHN Waters is bringing his tribute to John Lennon to The J Theatre at Noosa for two shows at 3pm and 8pm on January 11. Created and performed by the veteran Australian actor/musician and singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography and reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs. Tickets: $55. Go to thej.com.au or phone 07 5329 6560.
& FOOD FESTIVAL
ON from January 17-19, the 24th Ginger Flower and Food Festival promises to delight the senses with food, flowers and entertainment celebrating the best of the Coast. The Ginger Factory will burst with colour and flavours, showcasing an exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias. Presenters Soil to Supper's Cath Manuel and horticulturalist Paul Plant will share their words of wisdom during the garden talks. The free festival will have an exciting line-up of chefs, including Matt Golinski, Lisa Maher from Makepeace Island and Dylan Campbell. Go to gingerfactory.com.au/ginger-flower-food-festival.
TAKE your grandkids to the Yandina School of Arts Hall, at Farrell and Stevens Streets, Yandina, for the Indee's summer pantomimes Hansel & Gretel and The Mad Hatter's Tea Party (Alice in Wonderland). The show is packed with colourful costumes, laughter and music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 children or a four-for-$40 ticket (four people, any age, any size). Children are encouraged to dress as their favourite storybook character, and join in audience participation segments to win prizes. There's free popcorn for kids under 10. The shows are on 2pm on January 11, 3pm on the 12th, 3pm on the 18th and 11am on the 19th. Phone 07 5472 8200.
AUSTRALIA DAY PARADE, BUDERIM
ON January 26 from 9-11.30am, the main street of Buderim is lined with thousands of locals and visitors to watch the military vehicles and marchers, Lighthorse brigades, bands, vintage cars, clowns, sporting clubs and a host of other local organisations as they march down to the Buderim Mountain State School oval. The Buderim Men's Shed organises oval activities for parade participants to set up displays after the parade.
AT THE PROMS
THE February 16 spectacular salutes the famous BBC Proms Concerts of London's Royal Albert Hall, including well-known favourites Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Radetzky March and Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory. Acclaimed violinist Ian Cooper, opera stars, prima ballerinas, pipe band and the Blue Danube Orchestra will evoke the sheer exuberance of An Afternoon at The Proms Spectacular. Bring your flags. Bring your noisemakers and come join the fun and frivolity. Starts at 2pm. Go to theevents centre.com.au/product/an-afternoon-at-the-proms-a-musical-spectacular.
INGRID JAMES & THE BOYS FROM PRAGUE
THE Jazz & Blues Collective presents the last performance in the Queensland leg of the Ingrid James + The Boys from Prague tour at Maroochydore's Old Soul Lounge Bar on February 9. Doors open 1pm; show starts 2pm. Ingrid James has joined forces withinternationally acclaimed Czech guitarist Libor Smoldas, Jakub Zomer (hammond organ/voice) and drummer Sacha Kloostra. They will present a fun program of swing, blues and bossa novas, all set to the rich grooves and sounds of hammond organ, guitar, voice and drums. Tickets: $25; seniors $22. Go to ticketebo.com.au/jazz-blues-collective.
U3A OPEN DAY
THE Sunshine Coast U3A has an open day on January 11, 9am-12pm, at the University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre. Meet the tutors and check out some of the 136 courses currently on offer. U3A actively promotes wellbeing through meeting new people, making new friends and getting the mind and body working in new ways. Annual membership can be renewed on the day; cost $40, or visit the U3A office in Block B at the university. There is free parking on site. Go to u3asunshine.org.au/www/membership-and-classes.
DRAWING (COAST) LINES DISPLAY
HELENA Jackson-Lloyd presents a series of large-scale drawings exploring the rhythms, cycles and patterns of natural life evident in the coastal zone. It's at Maroochy Library, 44 Sixth Ave, Cotton Tree, until February 1. The free exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 9am.