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Puccini For Beginners, a new romantic
comedy about a lesbian feminist writer whose
anxieties propel her into a love triangle of
operatic proportions by Maria Maggenti (The
Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in
Love) screens 7pm Tuesday June 5 at Dendy
Newtown, bookings queerscreen.com.au or
1300 306 776. It also shows as part of the
8th Brisbane Queer Film Festival, June 1-7
at newly-refurbished Brisbane Powerhouse.
Tickets and packages available at
PLAY LIKE A GIRL
The ongoing jam sessions for grrl musos
are on the last Tuesday of every month at
303 High St, Northcote, Victoria. Nat Allison
will head up the June 26 session. Info at
Gurlesque are at it again for the Queen’s
Birthday on Sunday June 10. Hunker down
at Sydney’s only lezzo stripjoint, The Imperial,
Newtown from6.30pm. Info myspace.com/
gurlesque_stripjoint. And The Red Corvettes
join the Sirens of Seduction (Olga Sidorova
& Wendy Dys) and others in a show of
physical theatre about the adult entertainment
industry at The Kirk, Cleveland St Redfern
June 30. Info thekirkgallery.com.au bookings
(02) 9698 5914.
Feeling creatively blocked? Anita Oates
(pictured) starts a 12 week course based on
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron from June
13. More info from Anita 0417 257 414 or
Brisbane’s GangStars present LezVegas
includes with all-star lineup Melissa J Evans,
Kristy Apps, Ruth Gardner & Shiv, DJ Renae
Stanton, and drag kings galore. Sunday June
10, Planet Nightclub, 27 Warner St, The
Valley. Dress saint/sinner. $25 pre-booked,
$30 door. twanggang.org.au/GangStars/
Visit the beautiful NSW Blue Mountains this
Queen’s Birthday long weekend, June 8-
11. Take a bushwalk and enjoy the winter
scenery, check out the Bent Art Exhibition at
Katoomba Civic Centre, the frock up for the
Three Sisters Annual Dance and Talent Quest
at Blackheath. Café cruise on Sunday then
glam up for the Queen’s Birthday ‘Latin Affair’
Costume Ball at Leura (bookings essential).
Attracting over 25,000 spectators, the lantern
parade is a winter solstice spectacular
featuring larger than life lanterns, illuminated
sculptures and costumes, pyrotechnics,
parade bands and performers. Free/gold coin
donation. June 23, 2pm-11pm. Full weekend
schedule at lismorelanternparade.com.au.
What led to the idea of Get Together?
Renee Schembri (Bitch): I wanted to do an event
that puts top female DJs against the top male in a back
to back spectacular that brings our crowds together.
People in the industry told me I should ‘get together’ with
Tim Duggan as we had similar ideals.
Tim Duggan (Fag Tag): I’ve always thought an event
where girls party freely with boys would be a great
change from the usual nights on offer. When Renee and I
started chatting it made sense to continue the June Long
Weekend tradition of raising money for ACON by partying
the best way we know how.
Why should boys and girls support mixed nights?
Renee: Mixed nights give us the opportunity to come
together as a community and party with all our friends.
Share with us all the talent lineup of Get Together.
Tim: We’re thrilled to have Sneaky Sound System as
headline act since taking the world by storm with their
platinum-selling debut album. Their hit “Pictures” spent
more than three months at the top of club charts. They
are joined by some of the best local talent battling it out
in back-to-back style: Alex Taylor takes on Kate Monroe,
Chip fronts up against Brisbane’s Neroli and Scott Pullen
battles Sista P. We’ve also got DJ Renae Stanton on
the decks with the sexy-as Nancy Vice (the girl behind
TV Rock’s huge “Bimbo Nation” track) as well as Kyla
Sexton on vocals. A special outdoor marquee is being
erected outside of The Forum where music legends
Stephen Allkins (Love Tattoo) joins Sveta, Beatrix and GI
Jode to lay down funk, soul and disco beats.
If Renee were a gay boy and Tim were a lesbian,
what types would you be?
Tim: I’d be a spunky little punk chick with short spiky
hair and impeccable taste in music. I’d hang out at Bitch
on Fridays and….hold on, I think I’m Renee! She’s the
Renee: A buff body and a huge…wardrobe. Tim would
be it cause he’s a cutey, loves his music, dresses well,
and puts on damn good parties.
Get Together: Saturday June 9. Tickets $55 bf
until sold out at SameSame.com.au, HUM Records,
Moshtix, and Bitch at Middle Bar. Info bitchnews.
com.au. Sunday June 10 official girls recovery
Middle Bar Kinselas.
Photo: David Taylor
Photo: Fiora Sacco
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