I had seen the same trailer for this film a number of times, each time I got more excited to see the final product. I hoped this would be a funny film that reached the same level of comedy as Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin. Did it live up to my hopes??
The film is about two lonely young boys who become best friends over a love of magic. Years later they grow up to become Burt Wonderstone, (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton, (Steve Buscemi).
Their shows become bigger and bigger until they finally have centre stage in the grandest casino in Vegas. All is not well as they two start to drift apart over their repetitive boredom of the same tricks each night and Burt’s big headedness. In the meantime there is a new street magician Steve Gray, (Jim Carey), who is performing daring street magic. Soon the friendship breaks and they need to find a way back to the top.
It is obvious that Burt and Anton are taking off Siegfrid & Roy, while Steve Gray is meant to be Chris Angel. There are other nods to magicians like David Blaine. Carell and Buscemi are a great double act even if they don’t look like a great pairing. Carey is back to the Carey we all know, and some may love, with other the top acting, after all that’s what he is best for. He does steal the show with some outrageous over the top tricks, which I wont spoil. The first one will turn a few stomachs. The main characters are back by Olivia Wilde, Burt & Anton’s assistant (Amazing), and Alain Arkin, Burt’s magician mentor. Both characters add a lot of humour outside of the main three.
A lot of the film is predictive but most are in this genre. It is the constant jokes that you would expect from comedians of this calibre that keep the film going. I’ve noticed with a lot of comedy films recently that the jokes start to slow down about half way through as if they are out of steam, not here!!
If anyone is a fan of Steve Carell or Jim Carey, then this is them at their best and you wont be disappointed. No its not an Anchorman or 40 Year Old Virgin, but this is definitely a film I would love to see again for an abundance of funny stand out moments. I haven’t heard a cinema audience laugh out loud for so long.
Sydney Social 101 gives The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 8/10. It was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s resident critic!
The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its full program with over 150 amazing shows that will take place throughout Sydney and beyond, making it the biggest festival ever!
“With an overwhelming amount of applications and the addition of new venues including the iconic Harold Park Hotel, the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood, and an innovative new Container space at the Factory Theatre, Festival organisers have taken the plunge and rolled out 50 per cent more shows than ever before,” said festival director Jorge Menidis.
Continuing the expansion to new places, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will visit regional New South Wales and Queensland for the first time ever with a line-up of some of the funniest and freshest acts from the Festival.
Following the first and second announcement of stellar headlining shows, the complete Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 program has now been unveiled and includes both Festival debuts and the return of crowd favourites.
Making his Enmore Theatre debut is the irrepressible David O’Doherty, pitching their tent at the Seymour Centre is the masters of physical comedy the Pajama Men and everyone’s favourite felt-faced raconteur Randy, will complete his first Sydney solo show at The Metro Theatre.
Performing at the Sydney Comedy Festival for the first time is UK-based Kiwi Jared Christmas, YouTube sensation Alex Williamson and the masked Mexican wrestling marvel El Jaguar.
Celebrating comedy from all over the world, the program also includes Singapore’s hottest new comics in The Sons of Singapore, a United Nations line-up of comedians including Angelo Tsarouchas and Tahir in the world famous Ethnic Comedy All-Stars and from the creators of ‘From Lebanon with Love’, Two & A Half Lebs.
Alongside the seemingly endless array of solo shows, the Festival’s much-loved showcases and special events will return bigger than ever before including the Secret Show, 60 in 60 and a re-vamped Festival Awards. Due to popular demand, Sydney’s biggest night of comedy, Cracker Night, will expand from one night to two and include a second Enmore show.
Rounding out the program is the return of the Festival’s Late Night Club at the Enmore Theatre’s Yalumba Wine Bar, where every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Festival guests can rub shoulders with their favourite comedians over a delicious beverage or two.
WHAT: The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 11th May 2013
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney
TICKETS: On sale now
COST: Prices are varied. Visit http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966
Hands up if you like The Hangover… No not the dreaded morning after feeling of fear and sickness… The amazing Hangover movies of course!
Here at Sydney Social 101 we’re HUGE fans!
As we’re lovely and kind folk, we thought we’d share the trailer with you, our loyal fans to give you a glimpse of what’s to come!
We can confirm that we are just a smidge *insert a LOT* excited about this one!
As the night of the Academy Awards is upon us, Sydney Social 101 would like to take a look at the films that have been short listed.
Who’s your money on? Why??
Good luck to all the nominees!!
Back for it’s 21st installment, Australia’s largest short film festival Tropfest had a stellar line-up of talent and celebrity guests yesterday!
This year, taking to the black carpet was a host of Aussie superstars, including Hollywood heavyweight Sam Worthington, who was one of this year’s judges.
The ‘Clash of the Titans’ star, who won ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘2000 Tropfest festival’ for his role in short film ‘A Matter of Life’, revealed to the media beforehand what he was looking out for while judging.
“The thing I want to see is how the films connect with the audience,” he confided.
Also attending the bash as judges, was ‘Packed to the Rafter’s’ Rebecca Gibney, ‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski and actor Richard Roxborough.
The traditional signature item in each film this year was a balloon, and the story lines in each flick were original, ranging from water fights to time travel or milkshake bombs and many other themes portrayed in the 16 finalist clips.
The official event was held yesterday at The Domain in Sydney, with live sites set up across the country in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Wollongong, Hobart and Surfers Paradise.
The winner of the evening was Nick Clifford for his masterpiece ‘We’ve All Been There’, about a pregnant waitress who is down on her luck. Nick scored himself the top prize with a heap of goodies as well as a trip to LA for a week of meetings with film industry directives.
An impromptu award was created by ‘Avatar’ star Worthington yesterday, who offered $3000 for best personality in a feature. He handed this to Sydney Pensioner and dancing busker Raymond Borzelli, who appeared in Jefferson Grainger’s film ‘Better Than Sinatra’, which came in second place.
For more information on winners, check out the official website now – http://tropfest.com/au/
Sydney Social’s roving reporter Jennifer Fletcher attended last night’s event.
This Valentine’s Day there is plenty to treat your other half to, or yourself!
Here is a comprehensive list for you to have a glance at, to give you inspiration for the day of love!
Valentine’s Day at Arras
At this stunning restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s the perfect choice for an inner city splash out. Think amazing food, stunning intimate interior and LOTS of brownie points! There’s a five course menu and an eight course degustation to choose from.
Bucket List Bondi
“Come in to The Bucket List and break bread with your Valentine on February 14!” – The lovely guys at Bucket List: Bondi ‘s beach-front trendy eatery, have baked a special heart shaped loaf.
Top chef Tom has created a platter that he calls -‘Love to Share’. It promises to be amazing and has a bit of an aphrodisiac theme -rock oysters, tartare of salmon served with avocado crème, fresh figs , almonds, pomegranate and zucchini flowers … which will be sure to get you in the mood! at $40 it is incredible value.
Valentine’s Day with the Keystone Group
GAZEBO WINE GARDEN
The Scoot N Root
Glass of Madam Coco rosé, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start and a main course – $55 per person
Glass of Taittinger, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start, a main course and dessert – $99 per person
*Have dinner with us then head then over to Darlinghurst Theatre to see Torch Song Trilogy. If we book for you – we can get you a concession rate to the play for $35!*
Fall in love at The Winery
Indulge in a desert tasting plate for two for $26 which can be ordered on the night.
Surf, Wine and Love at Manly
A delicious dinner, decadent desserts and a wine list to swoon over! We also have a rose, chocolate and glass of bubbles for $15 to make your dinner that little bit extra special.
NEWTOWN HOTEL – THE ANIMAL
Get animalistic this Valentine’s Day
Enjoy bubbles on arrival, a flower for your valentine and a feast for 2 from our Greek Eatery – $55 per person
AND if you are flying solo this Valentine’s day…
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ
Who needs boys anyway?
$35 Banquet menu including cocktails on arrival.
MCA Café’s “Sounds on the Terrace”
At the MCA Café in the Rocks, guests can soak up free live music and spectacular views from Circular Quay to the Harbour Bridge at the Café’s Sculpture Terrace where Sounds on the Terrace takes place. This is the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s evening with pre-dinner drinks before your dinner reservation nearby. Or you can make a night of it in the relaxed ambience, sipping champagne and enjoying shared plates with friends and loved ones. New Sydney-based act, Recall will feature music composed by Daniel OʼLeary on the night.
MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace
The MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level Four of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The understated but luxurious finishes of the Sculpture Terrace provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Open to the public as well as Museum visitors, the café has a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a coffee. The seasonal and sustainable menu changes daily, to utilise fresh, local produce.
Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 05.30 PM – 09.00 PM
Location: MCA Sculpture Terrace, Level 4 Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
More Info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/sounds-terrace-14-feb/5822/
Vaucluse House Tea Rooms
At the Eastern Suburbs’ historic Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering will present an exclusive dining event featuring live entertainment for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. The Tearooms are situated within the grounds of the Vaucluse House Estate.
Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by award-winning caterer, Fresh Catering, together with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. With bookings available after 6pm, the price for each guest is $65. Live harp music will feature throughout the night, filling the room with a touch old school romance.
Celebrate Valentines at The Star Casino
This February, The Darling hotel will be running its special ‘Be My Darling’ package including an overnight stay, romantic breakfast for two in your room and two cocktails at Cherry bar. For those seeking extra relaxation, it’s possible to upgrade your booking to a Jewel Suite for an additional $250 that entitles guests to a couple’s massage to the value of $350.
(Be My Darling $399; Jewel Suite Upgrade $250; to book quote “BEMYDARLING”; available Sunday-Thursday February 2013; 1800 800 830;www.thedarling.com.au)
In celebration of the month of love, The Spa at The Darling is offering two exclusive pamper sessions for both men and women – The Romeo and The Juliet. For the guys, what’s not to love about an invigorating sports massage, followed by a relaxing scalp massage and a refreshing beer afterwards as part of the treatment? The Juliet includes an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, the short and sweet pedi and an indulgent glass of champagne at the end.
(The Romeo – 1hr 15 $200; The Juliet – 1hr 30 $200; available February 2013; 1800 800 830; www.thedarling.com.au)
The contemporary Japanese restaurant will be serving an indulgent eight course menu, created by renowned chef Chase Kojima, including some of the restaurant’s most famed dishes such as its signature sushi and Abalone Tempura. Chef Kojima brilliantly fuses traditional Japanese culinary craftsmanship with modern Australian flavour.
($120 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/sokyo
BLACK by ezard
Award winning chef, Teague Ezard, has put together a seven course degustation menu for Valentine’s Day showcasing what makes BLACK by ezard one of Sydney’s top restaurants. From a delicate sashimi through to a luxuriant wagyu rump, the menu features the perfect balance of Australian and Asian flavours.
($130 per person, matching wines $70 per adult; bookings required; www.star.com.au/black)
Stefano Manfredi brings the best of romantic Italy to your table at Balla this Valentine’s Day with a four course set menu beginning with an antipasti feast, followed by a choice of fresh pasta, a main course of either wood grilled John Dory or veal tenderloin, finishing off with a delicious Italian dessert.
($125 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/balla)
With its stunning harbour views, Cherry bar is the perfect setting for a stylish pre-dinner tipple to begin your evening. Choose from a host of impeccably made cocktails, made with only the finest ingredients, including fruity Bellinis, aromatic Mojitos and robust scotch based drinks.
Rock Lily: Thursday 14th February
It’s rockabilly night at The Star’s live music venue this Valentine’s Day with a dance competition open to everyone! Strut your stuff on the dance floor to Australia’s best live swing acts for the chance to win prizes galore.
7:30pm-9:30pm – Aston Martinis
10:00pm – 11:30pm – Jordan C Thomas
(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, Rock Lily operates on a first in best dressed basis;www.star.com.au/rocklily)
24/7 Sports Bar Thursday 14th February
It’s set to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for cricket lovers this year as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Brad Hadden make an appearance at the 24/7 Sports Bar. There’ll be a chance to get the players’ autographs, listen to a short Q&A and enter a competition to win a framed signed bat by the Australian Cricket team.
(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, 24/7 Sports Bar operates on a first in, best dressed basis)
For bookings, more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.
So as you can see there is PLENTY to choose from! Hope you have a simply wonderful day and celebrate it with those that mean the most to you!
The day that they call Valentines Day is almost upon us, on the 14th February couples, singles and friends and family use this opportunity to tell their loved ones just how much they mean to them.
From experience I have found that there is definitely a split opinion when it comes to Valentines Day Celebrations. They usually come in the following two categories:
These people believe that there shouldn’t be just one day that you are forced to, by society, to proclaim your undying love to your partner, friends and family. They often refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’. They feel that you should be able to make grand gestures ‘just because’, not just because it’s Valentines Day, and well that’s the done thing…
Singles also fall into this category, these singles hate romance being paraded in front of them. They ask for the ‘sick bag’ and they’ll probably arrange an ‘anti-Valentines’ evening – Cue takeaway, horror/ comedy DVD and the rest of their single/ anti-Valentines loved up friends.
Then there’s the:
This category of people love everything there is to love about Valentines, they love what it stands for, they love any excuse for a grand gesture and embrace it with both arms and share the love. They’ll book/ cook a special meal for their nearest and dearest, they’ll have flowers delivered to their respective other’s workplace and they’ll probably splash out on an expensive gift.
Singles also fall into this category too – they might go to all lengths to bag a date as they don’t like to be alone on Valentines Day. They might even want to celebrate the ‘day of love’ with their best friends and toast all that Valentines Day stands for in their minds – A day to show how much you love your friends and family. If grand gestures can be celebrated anytime, why not today?!
I have been guilty of falling into all of the above categories at some point in my life. What I can say is that I do believe that you should be able to show your loved ones how much they mean to you anytime sure, however I do think then why not celebrate Valentines Day? The day of love, romance and grand gestures – seems like the perfect time for me. (I’m of the school of thought, that if you want to do big romantics acts at anytime of year, then do! Just because you choose to do one on Valentines Day too, doesn’t use up your quota!)
Here are a number of gift suggestions, for either your partner (girl or guy), your friends on family members:
Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/
This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit your loved ones perfectly:
With a nod to adventure this fragrance conjures the grace and beauty of remote destinations. Light yet sophisticated, Galapagos makes the most of kaffir lime with an added hint of lemon, verbena and kumquat. http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au have put this gorgeous gift together in hope of someone pampering themselves from head to toe in indulgence!
Instead of automatically reaching for these obvious gifts shoppers should think about going for something a bit different this Valentine’s Day.
JOYA-Australia created a special package with a thoughtful and more unexpected gift that will keep you and your Valentine relaxed and your relationship rolling smoothly – on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Couples all over the world have been discovering JOYA – freely rotating crystal spheres in smooth, handy timber holders – makes massaging easy, enjoyable and relaxing for both partners, opening the door to a wonderful way to connect with each other and to enhance each other’s well-being.
http://www.joya-australia.com.au – Starting price is $74
Something a little bit cheeky…
Swarovski Crystal Vajazzles that can be worn all over the body! They are a huge hit with celebrities and have become the ultimate easy DIY adhesive to compliment any outfit for any event especially great for Valentines Day to be able to spice things up in the bedroom and do something unique!
They’re funky and very affordable $10 each and last for 7-10days, they make your body sparkle and glisten in the sun with 7 stunning designs to choose from, including some Hearts Vajazzles and Funky Heart Swirl designs.
They’re all waterproof, sweat proof and ocean proof!
They can be purchased online from http://www.playfulmansion.com.au/catalog/accessories-9113
Rebello Wines ‘Strawbellini’
An internationally acclaimed sparking wine made from fresh Sunny Ridge Strawberries from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
It’s the only strawberry and moscato sparkling blend sold in Australia.
Strawbellini is available at premium liquor outlets across Australia and online at http://www.rebellowines.com.au where it can be purchased for $19.
DIY Ladies Tool Kit
This contains a comprehensive choice of quality manufactured tools in hot pink. Perfect for doing repairs at home and around the office.
Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!
Remington Runway Curls (H480AU) – RRP $93.95
Treat your special lady to these innovative velcro rollers and let her create romantic inspired curls with ease. Four separate sized rollers create runway ready curls in almost any length for salon professional results at home.
Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/
This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit the guy in your life:
Mr Metro is aware of the importance of good grooming. More men than ever are interested in taking better care of their skin & a simple daily ritual of cleansing, moisturising & grooming will maintain great looking healthy skin.
Remington Black Diamond (R7150AU) – RRP $203.95:
Spoil the man in your life to the Aston Martin of smooth shaves with this luxurious new rotary
shaver. Featuring an exclusive Black Diamond Technology, coupled with Remington¹s Pivot & Flex functionality this tool offers smooth results like no other.
DIY artisan cheese making kit:
Mad Millie bring you the Specialty Cheese Kit with which you can you make your very own heart shaped cheese this Valentine’s Day.
The French Neufcahtel is a cream cheese in the shape of a heart and is sure to melt the heart of all romantics out there this Valentine’s Day.
Surprise and impress your loved one with the gorgeous heart shaped cheese and create the most romantic French inspired picnic for your partner by teaming it with their favourite wine or champagne.
Available via: http://www.madmillie.com/
A NEW premium Sportswear and Streetwear fashion brand on the Australian market, known for it’s innovative style, form and function. It’s the type of clothing you grab from your wardrobe, wear and enjoy 24×7. BCNU has been designed differently to traditional gym gear instead it’s a style of clothing that can be worn for training, handing out, play’n or just lazing around at home.
Added feature of sportswear range is that it features material which has moisture management system built into the shorts and training tops, vest which draw moisture away form the skin, keeping a guy dry and comfortable whilst working out.
The BCNU range consists of sports shorts, tank tops, athletic vests, hoodies and sweatshirts that are bold and masculine featuring brilliant colour choices.
Check out the website http://www.bcnuclothing.com to view the entire collection
iSwim Waterproof Case w/Headphones
Enjoy your tunes on the beach, in the pool, on the boat or anywhere! Keep your iPod or mp3 player safe from water, sand and dirt in a truly waterproof, sealable case that will not only protect it from weather or waves, it’ll float if dropped in water too.
Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!
Finally for friends, lovers and family… you can’t go wrong with a gift from Red Balloon:
Valentines Day Gift Guide Ideas from Red Balloon can be found here: http://www.redballoon.com.au/valentines-day-gifts
Spending a day on the water, leaping from a plane or learning to cook a killer soufflé are some of the top ways we choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to online experience retailer redballoon.com.au.
After selling more than 1.7 million experiences in just over a decade, RedBalloon is a popular choice for the loved-up wanting to celebrate February 14 in a romantic or adventure-fuelled fashion.
Top Valentine’s Day experiences in 2012:
2. Eating out and cooking classes
3. Massages, beauty and spa treatments
4. V8 and rally car experiences
RedBalloon customer Sheri Gould was one who opted for the skydiving option, proposing to her boyfriend Max after leaping from 14,000 feet on Valentine’s Day last year.
As part of a daredevil skydive proposal arranged by RedBalloon, Sheri surprised Max with a skydiving experience – little did he know Sheri was taking the biggest leap of her life.
“I was very nervous as we boarded the plane – I had to jump first so that I could be on the ground and on one knee ready to pop the question when Max landed,” Sheri said.
“There was a huge banner reading ‘Will you marry me?’ laid out on the ground as Max came into land, and a film crew capturing the moment for TV.
“It was a real logistical and emotional exercise. But when he said yes it was the happiest moment of my life.”
Sheri and Max plan to wed in Sydney this year.
For both of you:
Love is sweet and so is chocolate! And to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Australia’s favourite chocolate-based cafe Max Brenner, is inviting you to treat your someone special to its new range of romantic, love inspired gifts.
Bursting Heart Chocolate Box; intimacy meets fashion as this heart shaped chocolate box designed with tattooed imprints and pulsating colours, expresses your love. Bursting with milk chocolate cubes filled with delicious hazelnut praline and roasted coconut, this original treat includes the romantic inscription; “Gift It to The One You Love”. (RRP: $21.50, 80g). The heart shaped tin will serve as an eternal reminder of a love that lasts all year round- even after the last morsel of chocolate is gone.
Sweet Love Praline Box 9; this delectably sweet and delightful gift includes nine of Max’s signature Pralines presented in a ‘Sweet Love’ designed box featuring a heart shaped window revealing the chocolate within. Add that extra bit of romance by filling it with Max’s newest Praline –whipped milk chocolate ganache enrobed in white chocolate and adorned with the words “Sweet Love”. (RRP: $21.50)
Sydney Social 101 hopes that you all have an amazing Valentines Day, no matter what you decided to do! We hope this guide has provided you with some inspiration with regards to gifts!
COMING UP: Where to celebrate Valentines Day – Sydney venues to spoil the one you love…
Hey sweetheart, now that this old dive is closing up… I know of a swingin’ new place. Some guy told me about it a few days ago, he said it was a hip honky-tonk with it’s door all hidden up behind one of them hot dog joints? And the hot dogs aren’t half bad either, he says – anyway, whaddaya say sweetheart? I’ll buy you a gin soda, take you for a dance…
It’s a warm midnight and the pavement is slick from a passing summer shower. The lights have gone up and it’s time to move on, but this ol’ suburb has been kicking off its heels and crawling in to bed or wandering further abroad… up until now.
A phoney fifties’ coke machine makes a secret entrance to a space you’d never expect: welcome to The Soda Factory, Surry Hills’ newest late-night sweet spot. They’ve stripped out the Mars Lounge, Tone and all that fleshy interior to present the stunning industrial bones of this beautiful old building, and there’s a top-notch cocktail menu to match.
And with it’s late-trading license, The Soda Factory will have the tunes sorted. Expect a regular offering of live acts, international DJ’s & local vibe controllers to engineer your nights from chill in the early evening to some sweet, sweet d-floor action later on, expect to leave early… if you know what we mean.
Bar owner and Experience Entertainment Director, Graham Cordery says, “Surry Hills is one of the most diverse and trendy suburbs in the world, but when it comes to late night offerings, there’s been something missing.”
He knows how to make a place work, too: with Experience Entertainment at the helm of ivy’s weekly shindigs for the last 2.5 years and bringing home AHA’s Best Entertainment Venue two years in a row, his standards for a good night out are understandably pretty darn high.
“Just like Surry Hills, there’s going to be a little bit of something for everyone when we open our doors.”
Joining Cordery’s wealth of experience in the electronic music scene, partner Michael Chase brings a world of experience in live music acts to the table, mastering the delicate confluence of old-school classics and contemporary beats, from Buddy Holly to Dangermouse. Chase’s background at MGM Distribution paints a picture of one of the most well-respected names in the music industry – and with that clout comes some serious pulling power.
Aside from big names, early evening punters might be treated to some select live sets. “The live music component will also try to support some of the best up-and-coming and indie talents out there,” Chase explains. “Earlier in the night or mid-week nights we’d love to get some great acoustic sets on.”
At this bar & music venue, the stage will find itself under the feet of the coolest touring bands and exclusive guest DJs. This exciting hybrid of bar & creative space boasts a first for Sydney, evoking the experience of a smoky late night New York club. That’s how you’ll find New York’s DJ SPINNA manning the decks for the launch party on Saturday 23rd February and the legendary Grandmaster Flash a few weeks later.
But don’t worry if you left your dancing shoes at home: you’ll still find a spot at the bar to suit, with a drinks menu designed by mixologist Mitchell Warters, straight from London. He’s spent the last two years perfecting the art of the delicious drop at Richard Branson’s exclusive members-only Roof Gardens cocktail bar on High Street, LDN. But rather than a traditional serving of spirits and classic cocktails, Warters will be creating some unique and exciting signature drinks for The Soda Factory to complement the old school atmosphere.
Warters’ philosophy is all about flavour-focused, accessible, unpretentious cocktails with an adventurous streak, but not too intimidating. His playful approach to cocktails includes nostalgic numbers like root beer floats with gourmet ice cream and switched out bubbles (like raspberry lemonade and vodka ice cream). The pina colada and martini get new twists, too. A focus on quality will bring you a more ‘adult’ selection of organic vodka, lychee, ruby red grapefruit and sage, or pepper tequila, basil, strawberry and cranberry juice.
The soda syphon will also make a triumphant return with a boozy makeover, serving up share cocktails of sparkling apple and rum as well as gin and lemonade and similar classic pairings. 12 classic cocktails, 12 original cocktails and late-night service: there should be no shortage of delicious dance-floor lubrication going on at this hip new bar.
For those ones in the know, The Soda Factory will offer the highest quality entertainment and beverages in a wonderfully central location, long into the night and beyond.
So whether you stop for a nightcap hot dog at Bobby’s Boss Dogs – the fast food joint that conceals this hidden gem – or pass through it as you wander out in the early morning glow, there’s a secret spot waiting for you at the bottom end of Surry Hills – but don’t just go telling everyone, alright? Shh, it’s just this way…
Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am
Thursday 5pm – 2am
Friday 5pm – 5am
Saturday 7pm – 5am
Thurs Feb 21st (VIP launch) DJ SPINNA (NYC)
Sat Feb 22nd – Public Launch Party feat DJ SPINNA
Sat March 2nd – GREG WILSON (UK)
Thursday March 15th – ELECTRIC EMPIRE (Live)
Sat March 16th – DROP OUT ORCHESTRA (Sweden)
Friday March 22nd – GRANDMASTER FLASH (USA)
Beeeeennnnnddddddd and snap!
Last week Sydney Social 101 was invited to attend and review the Opening Performance of Sydney’s Legally Blonde The Musical! The international award-winning hit has arrived in Australia, playing now at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.
I am going to begin by saying (just in case you don’t read to the end) that is by far and away one of the most fun, energetic, gripping musicals I’ve ever seen! I would recommend it without hesitation! It’s literally like watching the movie, but with music, and better!
Sydney has welcomed the musical after Legally Blonde ran for three triumphant years in the West End, over two years on Broadway and is currently on a major UK tour. The winner of seven major awards including the coveted Best New Musical 2011(Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got!
Sydney’s VIPs came out to celebrate the opening night in style! Guests included The Veronicas, Natalie Braithwaite and Australian Idol 2011 winner Reece Mastin to name a few.
All Socials credited to photographer Matt Watson
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School to win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette and Emmett plus her Chihuahua, Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much betterto be smart.
Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde the Musical is the award-winning London and Broadway sensation created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). This funny, feel good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year. Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with Australia’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!
The all star Australian cast includes Lucy Durack (Wicked) as Elle Woods, Rob Mills (Young Talent Time) as Warner, David Harris (Miss Saigon) as Emmett, Helen Dallimore (The Wharf Revue) as Paulette, Erika Heynatz (Next Top Model) as Brooke Wyndham and Cameron Daddo (Big River, Packed to the Rafters) as Professor Callahan.
Legally Blondeis produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and John Frost, in association with MGM ON STAGE, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber.
Howard Panter, joint Chief Executive and Creative Director of Ambassador Theatre Group said, “Legally Blonde The Musical has been a roaring success on both sides of the Atlantic, critically acclaimed, getting standing ovations night after night, and record repeat business. I have no doubt Australia will take Legally Blondeinto their hearts as well and have an Elle of a party at the theatre. I am thrilled that Legally Blonde The Musical, the success story from Broadway and London has come to Australia, and that I am producing it with John Frost in our first collaboration.”
John Frost is excited to be co-producing Legally Blonde. “This show is 100% pure entertainment, and I know Sydney will fall in love with the show as much as I have. I’m delighted to be working with Howard Panter for the first time, and to be presenting my third major musical in 2012 at the beautiful Lyric Theatre.”
The Australian Premiere of this award-winning Broadway and West End sensation was secured for Sydney with the assistance of the NSW Government through Destination NSW and the City of Sydney.
Legally Blonde is the funniest and most fabulous musical around. The best show in town, case closed.
(FIVE STARS) “The best legal high in town. A Triumph!” – Time Out
(FIVE STARS) “Perfection. Ridiculously Enjoyable” – The Independent
”Legally Blonde simply blows other musicals out of the water. Sensational” – The Sun
Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season: To January 27, 2013
Performance Times: Tues 7pm, Wed–Sat 8pm, Matinees Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm & Sun 3pm
Price: $75.90 – $139.90
Bookings: 1300 795 267 or ticketmaster.com.au
Groups of 12 or more (02) 8240 2290