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Aug29

'Mother Goose' Not Guilty

POSTED ON // Monday, 29 August 2011 Written by // Alex Dunkin

'Mother Goose' Not Guilty

Alleged child sex offender Robert Williams Symonds has been found not guilty of charges dating back to the 1980s.

Aug29

Calls for medicinal marijuana

POSTED ON // Monday, 29 August 2011

Calls for medicinal marijuana

An HIV positive man joined calls last week for medicinal marijuana to be legalised in NSW at a Parliament House rally drawing supporters from as far north as Nimbin.

Aug26

Top Researcher to Present in Adelaide

POSTED ON // Friday, 26 August 2011 Written by // Alex Dunkin

Top Researcher to Present in Adelaide

Associate Professor of Latrobe University Lynne Hillier is speaking in Adelaide next month on the current and future situation of LGBTI youth.

Aug24

Pollies oppose marriage equality

POSTED ON // Wednesday, 24 August 2011 Written by // Ron Hughes

Pollies oppose marriage equality

Members of Parliament reported back today on their constituents' views on gay marriage, with most MPs coming down against marriage equality while several favoured civil unions.

Aug21

Fire up for Big Gay Weekend

POSTED ON // Sunday, 21 August 2011

Fire up for Big Gay Weekend

Sydney’s LGBTI community is being urged to reclaim Oxford Street’s golden mile next month, with the first ever Big Gay Weekend fast approaching.

Aug19

Moon eclipses leather competition

POSTED ON // Friday, 19 August 2011 Written by // Michael Magnusson

Moon eclipses leather competition

The Laird Hotel’s 2011 Leather Man Competition winner Luke Moon begins his official duties at The Laird’s Spit ‘N’ Polish tonight (August 19).

Aug15

Tropical Pride Update

POSTED ON // Monday, 15 August 2011

Tropical Pride Update

The annual highlight event for the Far North Queensland’s LGBTQ community, the Cairns Tropical Pride Festival commences this week (Saturday 20th August).

Aug10

Josh Thomas knows everything

POSTED ON // Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Josh Thomas knows everything

His stand up performances have garnered Josh Thomas plenty of praise. But, as he tells GNN, finding material is no walk in the park. Thank goodness for his family, fame and his boyfriend, who provide plenty of comedy fodder for his forthcoming show, Everything Ever.

Jul19

New addition to Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart tour

POSTED ON // Tuesday, 19 July 2011

New addition to Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart tour

Former Westlife band member and Australia’s Got Talent judge Brian McFadden is to join two pop icons – Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart – at a national tour in November and December later this year, it has been announced.

SX News

“I am looking forward to getting back out and touring because the stage is where I feel most comfortable,” McFadden said.

McFadden will perform alongside Stevie and Dave at a series of concerts at all Australian capital cities.

An enduring musical icon, Stevie Nicks is best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac, regarded as one of the best music groups in history. Their 1977 album, Rumours, which won the coveted Grammy Award for ‘Album of the Year’, stands as one of the greatest albums ever made. It recently enjoyed a revival when it was featured in an episode of Glee. In the wake of the show, Rumours returned to the Australian charts at number two.

Stevie has also had an extensive solo career with hits like ‘Edge of Seventeen’, ‘Leather and Lace’, ‘Stand Back’ and ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’. Along with her work with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie has amassed more forty Top 50 hits, selling more than 140 million albums worldwide.

At the concert, Stevie will be performing a range of Fleetwood Macs greatest hits, along with highlights from her solo career.

Joining Stevie on stage is Grammy and BRIT award-winning musician, songwriter and producer Dave Stewart. Best known for his work with Eurythmics, Dave recently co-produced and co-wrote tracks from Stevie’s latest album, In Your Dreams.

Expect to hear Eurythmics classics such as ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ and ‘Would I Lie to You’ as well as tracks from Dave’s stellar repertoire including ‘I Only Want To Be With You (The Tourists)’.

Brought to Australia by McManus Entertainment, this rare concert featuring two icons supported by the talented Brian McFadden is a musical experience not to be missed.

Saturday, November 19, Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Bookings at www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100.
Sunday, November 20, Melbourne Mornington Racecourse. Bookings at www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100.

Jul19

Xchange Hotel to re-open

POSTED ON // Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Xchange Hotel to re-open

One month after closing, south side gay venue the Xchange Hotel in Commercial Road will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 23.

altNew licensee Michael Laing told MCV he has taken a three-year lease.

Laing has been a nightclub promoter for 12 years and has spent eight years promoting gay and lesbian events in Sydney's western suburbs.

Laing said he intends to open the premises under a new name, depending on the terms of the license.

“If we can’t change the name on the license we will call it D&M Bar and Nightclub at the Xchange,” Laing said.

Laing said he intends to do some renovations to the venue as well and, although it will be kept as a gay pub, he will also try to bring in the straight community.

“We are going to market it in a similar way to Sydney’s ARQ nightclub and try and bring in the straight community as well.

"We want to try and bring in a mixture of people so it’s not just focused on the gay community, but they are the majority of the target,” he said.

“There are a couple of ideas that we are running at the moment. Monday we will open just the main bar for shows. Tuesday we are looking at having an Asian night. I’ve spoken to a lot of promoters up here in Sydney who say there is a massive call for an Asian night. That will be more focused as a straight night.

"Wednesday we will have a ‘uni’ night for straight and gay.

"Thursday we want to market as a lesbian night. I know there isn’t a big market for them at the moment and we want give them a night. Obviously guys are welcome in as well but we want to focus on the girls that night with drag kings and things like that.”

Friday and Saturday night will be feature shows and the night club with Sundays as ‘industry’ night, which Laing said “will be the club and pub side of it.”

Laing confirmed the club will retain drag shows, initially on Monday nights in the main bar, and was looking at bringing former drag acts back to perform at the new venue.

Laing has appointed a bar manager from Sydney who has 15 years' experience, but says he hopes that when people hear about the re-opening old staff will enquire about positions vacant.

Although not scheduled to open until the Saturday, Laing said there was already a booking for the Friday night [July 22].

“We have 300 people for that already so we will only be able to fit another 200 people in on Friday. I’m going to make it more of an exclusive night and am speaking to a couple of the old staff that used to work here and get them and the shows to make that an exclusive night just for them and have the grand opening on the Saturday night."

IMAGE: Xchange Hotel. Photo: Benjamin Ashe.