Art attack: Brisbane's happening events calendar
Anthony Smith takes a look at what’s coming up in Brisbane’s art scene.
The launch of a series of themed mini festivals, Vulvalpalooza promises to deliver a diverse and captivating array of talented women. Set in two spaces of the freshest new independent performance house in the Valley, expect live music artists include Kristy Apps off the back of recording her latest EP with Shane Nicholson; Love Like Hate about to embark on a European tour; and rising stars Nikolaine Martin & Switchblade Suzie. Combine this with comedic performance artists Tricky and Animalinda, live visual art and exhibition by Joy French and the velvet sounds of DJ Suma and you have a sanctuary for some amazing females.
Vulvapalooza part one, Friday June 27, The New Globe. ticketbooth.com
The Topp Twins
New Zealand’s national treasures The Topp Twins cross the ditch in July with a boot load of original songs and a diverse cast of hilarious travelling companions: mega-stars Camp Mother & Camp Leader, Ken & Ken, the Gingham Sisters and Mavis & Lorna in the back seat, for three fun-filled shows in Newcastle, Tweed Heads and Brisbane.
Identical sisters Lynda & Jools Topp are more laughs than a possum up your trouser leg and recognised as cultural icons internationally. The Topps refined their craft singing to the Huntly cows and busking in Auckland.
The Topp Twins will have you falling off your seats so don’t miss a minute of their seriously good music and knee slapping, side splitting spontaneous comedy.
The Topp Twins, July 11, Brisbane Power House. brisbanepowerhouse.org
Hell For Leather
Feel the heat: BootCo. promises a hellish night of leather fun with Hell For Leather, the groups July event. Shine those boots and get your leather on to celebrate with the men. Don't have leather but still want to come? That's ok – BootCo. welcomes jeans and a T-Shirt too, or even just a jockstrap. DJ Doug MC with be rocking the decks with some dirty tunes to keep you dancing, while there will be a sexy show onstage and maybe even someone to clean your boots. The BootCo. dungeon will be active again, where those interested in BDSM can watch or experience in a safe space, complete with an experienced DM top to make sure everything is running smoothly.
BootCo. Hell For Leather, July 5, Sportsman Hotel. bootco.com.au
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Brisbane Pride Festival Memorial Garden
The Brisbane Pride Festival once again presents its Annual Memorial Garden Planting. This is a free event provided for the community to allow people to come together and remember loved ones lost. Planted in June, the garden grows over the three month period and will bloom in all its magnificence during the Pride Festival month of September. There will be a BBQ and speeches, and people are encouraged to make a picnic out of the day. Starts 11am.
Brisbane Pride Festival Annual Memorial Garden Planting, June 28, New Farm Park Arbour Area.
Coffee, Cake and Queer History
Brisbane's LGBTIQ History Action Group is hosting another coffee, cake and queer history seminar on Stonewall Day, Saturday, June 28 from 1pm. For a measly five dollars you get a selection of talks from queer historians about the wonderful history of Brisbane and beyond. Speakers will include Phil Carswell who will speak on the early history of the HIV pandemic in Australia.
Coffee, Cake and Queer History, June 28. quac
[Image] Nikolaine Martin is performing at Vulvapalooza.