Impress your friends by being among the first to see the latest Jim Carrey
comedy and help raise money for diabetes research with a charity preview of
Bruce Almighty. Carrey plays a self-absorbed TV producer who criticises God
(Morgan Freeman) for not fixing the world. God grants him divine powers and
challenges him to do better. Proceeds from the screening will go to the Diabetes
Transplant Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Drinks from 6.15pm, film
starts at 7.15pm. Today, Randwick Ritz Theatre, 43 St Pauls Street, Randwick.
Tickets are $25, available from the Diabetes Transplant Unit on 9382 4840.
It is one of the great plays of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, but a
professional production of Uncle Vanya hasn't been seen in Sydney for a decade.
So there is much to look forward to in this production, translated by Oleg
Bichenkov and Neil Armfield, and directed by Anthony Weigh. It stars Cecily
Polsen, Blair Venn, Peter Corbett, Rachel Gordon, Russell Cheek, Maggie Dence
and Maeliosa Stafford andClaire Jones, pictured. The production is in memory of
the late Nick Enright, who was to star as Vanya but died not long before
rehearsals began. Tonight at 8, Darlinghurst Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Avenue,
Potts Point. Tickets $27/$21, on 8356 9987 or www.darlinghursttheatre.comUntil
AT THE STUDIO
Cultural diversity, youth and independent performers are the themes at the
Opera House Studio for the rest of the year. The program for July to December,
released yesterday, ranges from an in-depth examination of bingo with Sandman
and Flacco (pictured), in What's Wrong With Bingo, to the US singer Meredith
Monk. The eclectic music program includes World Music Mix and the Asian Music
and Dance Festival. Gough Whitlam even gets a guernsey, with Ian Munro playing
waltzes celebrating the life and times of the former PM in Dancing with Whitlam.
A new partnership with Triple J will see the radio network's Live at the
Wireless series in the Studio, as well as the 2003 Studio Music Sessions. Dance
is a strong part of the program, including the work of choreographer Lucy Guerin
in two productions. Scratch Nights will give new artists a chance to perform in
front of an audience, who will provide feedback think Gladiator without
theblood. For full details go to www.sydneyoperahouse.com/thestudio
``When many people picture a transsexual they see a hairy-chested man in a
pink tutu, doing drag acts on Mardi Gras night," says the subject of Ruth
Cullen's documentary Becoming Julia. This Australian film, which has its world
premiere at the Sydney Film Festival today, should go some way to dispelling
such notions. Billed as ``the story of a bloke from Bathurst who became the
woman of his dreams", the 50-minute film is a transgender tale that follows
Paul's rebirth as Julia, pictured. Cullen says she wanted to make a film that
deconstructed gender, to find out what made a man and a woman. 4.45pm, State
Theatre, Market Street, Sydney. The festival finishes tomorrow, though the
Sydney Travelling Film Festival will continue in Laurieton in August.