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The Sydney Morning Herald

Papa was a rolling stone

Author: Edited by Jonathan Pearlman
Date: 22/02/2003
Words: 1368
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Metropolitan
Page: 18
Rock up to Tropfest, visit Lesbos, hear about alien abductions or take a toddle for a good cause.

BEST ROCK STARS

Intel Tropfest 2003

An estimated 150,000 people across the country are expected to rock up to the world's largest short-film festival, which is now in its 11th year. The final 16 films, culled from a record 723 entries, feature a crazed neo-rockabilly, a hitman hired by schoolgirls,

a real estate agent on the verge of a nervous breakdown, an amateur boxer facing his first fight and a course on towel-flicking - all linked by this year's signature item: rock. Sunday, 3pm, free, The Domain or the Tropicana Cafe, 300 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst (bookings for cafe essential, 0410 618 936), 9368 0434 or www.tropfest.com.

BEST BLOOMIN' STITCH-UP

Blackheath Flower and Craft Show

It's dahlias at 10 paces this weekend at the 77th Blackheath Flower and Craft Show (that's two years more than the Oscars have racked up). The Blackheath and District Horticulture Society's competitions include the Blue Mountains dahlia championship and best pot plant, floral art, cooking, vegetable, flowers, ceramics, patchwork, knitting and tapestry. Sandwiches and Devonshire teas will be available. Saturday, noon-5pm, Sunday, 10am-3.30pm, $2.50 (children free), Blackheath Community Centre, Great Western Highway, Blackheath, 4782 5382.

BEST POOL PARTY

Diving For Girls

The women of Wollongong are kicking off celebrations for International Women's Day (March 8) a little early with a pool party featuring short films, performances and art displays. Men are welcome if they are accompanied by a woman. Competitions include a dress-up relay, an anything-that-floats race and synchronised swimming. $5/$2, Saturday, 5-10pm, Wollongong Continental Pool, Cliff Road, Wollongong.

BEST PUBLISHED WORKS

Honey Bee Zine Extravaganza

Etisoppo, squatspace and blooma will be among the zinemakers at this swap meet of DIY booklets, letters, linen, tapes, CDs and "boxes of things". Zines available for swapping or purchase include grindcore, punk and anarchy zines, gay pride zines, short story zines, bandzines (including a zine dedicated to Bananarama), artzines, ecozines, a

balloon-making zine and a Mexican wrestling zine. The zinesters and artists will also work on a collaboration called Mish-Mash, made up of two or three pages per zinester on a theme to be proposed on the day, and a group effort in which each frame will be produced by a different artist. Bands and DJs will also perform. Saturday, 1-9pm, gold coins on entry, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, corner King and Bedford streets, Newtown, honeybeezine@yahoo.com.au

BEST RAG TIME

The Stitches & Craft Show

Learn how to tell a cross-stitch from a stitch-in-the-ditch or a back-tack from a bar-tack at this show devoted to sewing and decorating. Crafts include stamping, scrapbooking, stencilling, interior decoration and porcelain doll, teddy bear and doll making. Stalls will sell craft materials and provide information on classes and clubs. Daily fashion parades will also showcase the latest patterns and fabrics. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm, $12/$9/$25 families, Rosehill Racecourse, James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, 1800 770 222.

BEST TOGA PARTY

Return to Lesbos and

Shop Yourself Stupid

Not so much lesbian chic as lesbians in sheets. The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival is hoping to revive the golden age of lesbianism by transforming Shark Island into the isle of Lesbos as it might have been way back BC. An Ancient Greek "welcoming the sun ceremony" will help set the scene, followed by performances including a Greek chorus of poets, roving musicians, circus performers and a finale featuring a battalion of Amazon warriors. The Shark Island ferry departs from Rose Bay, Saturday, 11am-5pm, $45/$30 (gold coin donation for under-15s), 8585 6308. Meanwhile, back on the mainland, the festival celebrates a more contemporary form of decadence as consumers are invited to shop themselves stupid. The annual event is not just about credit-card guilt, however, with a percentage of money spent in participating stores going to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation to raise funds for people living with HIV and AIDS 11am-6pm, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and King streets, Newtown.

BEST MONKEY-FACE

Intimate Vision of Nature

Australian wildlife photographer Pavel German claims to be the only photographer to have snapped the Fijian monkey-faced bat, discovered by Australian scientists in 1990. The images feature in An Intimate Vision of Nature, an exhibition of more than 30 colour photos of animals, plants and landscapes taken by German in Australia and the South Pacific. Other animals include a cuscus, a green and golden bell frog, a tree frog, a wombat and a dragon lizard. Saturday, Sunday, 9.30am-5pm, free, foyer of the Australian Museum, 6 College Street, city, 9320 6000.

BEST ANTI-SCEPTICS

Australian UFO Perspectives

A panel of researchers, investigators and alleged abductees share their insights into the Australian UFO scene. Accounts of sightings and abduction experiences are promised at this conference presented by the UFO Experience Support Association. Speakers include the researcher and hypnotherapist Frank Wilkes discussing his UFO sighting and work with abductees, and the author Rex Gilroy who will present his evidence of a secret underground base in the Blue Mountains. Saturday, 2pm, $15/$10, 6 East Parade, Campsie, 0412 649 428.

BEST STRING MUSIC

The Bourbaki Ensemble

The Bourbaki Ensemble specialises in string music from Eastern Europe. The ensemble, conducted by David Angell, performs Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Dvorak's Nocturne in B major, five Polish folk melodies by Witold Lutoslawski, Leo Weiner's Divertimento on old Hungarian tunes and Brisbane composer Betty Beath's Lament for Kosovo. Sunday, 2.30pm, $15/$8, St Stephen's Church, 189 Church Street, Newtown, bookings ddangell@hotmail.com

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Walk Against Want

There's still time to track down sponsors for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad's annual fundraiser for its work combating poverty and assisting poor communities in Australia and overseas. The Sydney walk sets off from the Victoria Park lake and walkers can choose between a five-kilometre stroll around Glebe or a 15-kilometre route through Pyrmont and Darling Harbour. Participants can walk, run, rollerblade, skip, travel by pram or follow their dogs along the path. Pre-walk motivation is provided at 8.30am with breakfast (gold coin donation requested) accompanied by string music, belly dancers, speeches, yoga and warm-ups. Post-walk celebrations include musical and capoeira performances, and free massages. Those who haven't registered or roped in sponsors for the walk can make a donation. Sunday, 10am (registration and breakfast from 8.30), Victoria Park, corner City Road and Broadway, Glebe, www.caa.org.au/walk

Email event listings to metroevents@smh.com.au or fax 9282 2481.

See Friday's Metro for weekly live music, film, stage and exhibitions listings.

BEST OF THE BEST

BEST COLD HARD FACTS

Talks on Ice

Wildlife enthusiast and author Richard Morecroft is on the panel to discuss initiatives to reverse the damaging environmental impact more than 100 years of human settlement has inflicted on Antarctica. Morecroft will join mountaineer Greg Mortimer as well as film and travel representatives to discuss efforts to address the near-extinction of some species, the contamination of soils and discharge of sewage and rubbish on the continent. Sunday, 2-5pm, free with museum entry $7/$3, Museum of Sydney, corner Phillip and Bridge streets, city, 9251 5988.

 
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