Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 19/01/2020
If not now, when? Perhaps in about two weeks when the apocalypse truly hits. Nothing will be off the table then.
10) ‘Choose Love’ Screening
What: ‘Choose Love’ explores many different facets of forgiveness, addressing new scientific findings, and raising some important questions. The documentary describes a journey of transformation through growth in knowledge and awareness. The seeds of a new form of humanity are present in empathy, love, and the true character of forgiveness. True stories that describe a process of openness, forgiveness, and love that breaks down prejudice and divisions. We need to change ourselves to change the world because it is only by feeling strong and grounded that one can find the power for forgiveness.
Why: Located at the Elizabeth Picture Theatre, just past the bevy of depressed, homeless people suffering under a complex institutionalised and politicised system. They won’t harass you on your way to the cinema if you just walk fast and look straight ahead.
9) ‘Why Not Now?’ Encore Screening
What: Alan Watts was one of the first to interpret Eastern wisdom for a Western audience and had a rare gift for simplifying complex philosophical subjects to make them accessible. ‘Why Not Now’ follows Watt’s remarkable life and weaves a fascinating story through the wealth of material and lectures that were left behind after his passing.
Why: The guy responsible for the comically superior attitude of your most gassy hipster acquaintance has a movie about himself.
8) Jason Delphin (Live)
What: Hailing from Devonport Tasmania, 35 year old Jason Delphin’s music is inspired by a rare combination of punk, blues and jazz or some may say, after hearing him play, ‘cow punk’. His one-man-band style includes the use of genuine kick and snare drums, high hats, plus his signature 3 & 4 string cigar box guitars. Jason is committed to keeping it “sounding dirty” with unpredictable and improvised raw sounds. Experience him live.
Why: Thought dirty, raw music couldn’t sound overproduced? Boy, you were wrong.
7) Fight Fire With Fire
What: Fight Fire With Fire is a variety night where drag, music, performance art, dance and visual art come together in celebration of community and finding strength in empathy and each other. All funds raised through this event will be donated to: Rural Fire Services, WIRES Emergency Fund for Wildlife, and Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Why: Nothing so encapsulates the empathetic nature of humanity like a reminder of unbridled selfish consumption causing environmental catastrophe intermittently punctuated by the jittery hand of curious arsonists.
What: It’s time look back and celebrate another great 12 months for Aussie craft gin distillers. And what better way to do it, than with the annual Hottest 100 Aussie Gins countdown, accompanied by yet another massive party?
Why: It’s the end of January, work has begun again and it’s time to get back to your regular routine of the slow, measured destruction of your liver.
5) Aussie Vintopia Wine Tasting
What: Come and enjoy a wine tour of this vast land, sampling a range of white, red and sparkling wines from some of the most world renowned growing regions in the world – which happen to be right on our doorstep. You’ll learn about different grape varieties and how the Aussie climate and landscapes shape the wines we love.
Why: For a truly authentic experience, there’ll be dishes of ashes next to the peanuts to sprinkle on your Shiraz.
4) Send It Festival
What: The biggest party ever to hit the Gold Coast! Get ready to SEND IT! Featuring Australia’s biggest DJ Acts including: Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher, Mashd N Kutcher, Brynny, Press Play, Lockdown & New World Sound, ALL right here on the Gold Coast!
Why: A music festival solely for DJs. Apparently assaulting every corner of every club and bar in every city in the world just wasn’t enough of a platform for them.
3) Walk Off The Earth 2020 Tour
What: Following a sold out 2017 tour, Canadian indie pop band Walk off the Earth are set to return to Australia in January 2020 for another string of spectacular performances. After their brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” exploded on YouTube, the band has gone on to take the world by storm, selling out venues across the globe and collaborating with some of the biggest names in music.
Why: Get an exclusive live preview of the new track for the Nutella ad.
2) Fatboy Slim Live Tour
What: You’d better be ready to ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ – Frontier Touring is ecstatic to announce the return of revered DJ and prolific producer Fatboy Slim in January 2020. More than your average DJ set, Fatboy Slim’s sets take things to a whole new level. Iconic singles like ‘Praise You’ and ‘Weapon Of Choice’ make an obvious appearance, but it is the attention to detail in his carefully designed visuals that elevate an already stellar performance to an almost religious experience, meticulously programmed to sync up with whatever is played in the moment and transcend the gap between live music and visual accompaniments.
Why: The granddaddy of flash mobs and big beat did not suddenly disappear in the 80s. Proof that time travel does not yet exist on a future timeline.
1) Holy Green Festival
What: Holy Green is a diverse Australian music festival, held each year over the Australia Day long-weekend and inviting thousands of music fans to gather. Here they are treated to performances from local & international artists from the worlds of alternative, indie pop & rock with 2020 featuring Bastille, The Jungle Giants, Meg Mac, Winston Surfshirt, Running Touch, Owl Eyes, Adrian Eagle and a TBA mystery act.
Why: It’s an apt title for a music festival. If there is any green left on this burnt piece of toast we call a country, it’ll be a f***ing miracle.