ENJOY NY EVE AT PIRRAMA PARK WHARF
Looking to end 2013 on a high note? You're invited to an exclusive outdoors event being held at Pirrama Park Wharf on Tuesday, 31 December from 3pm. With spectacular views of the western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pirrama Park Wharf is the ideal location to enjoy Sydney's world famous New Year's Eve fireworks displays at 9pm and 12 midnight.
THE STAR'S XMAS SHOPPING NIGHT + MORE
This month, Sydney's premier entertainment destination, The Star, is hosting its Christmas shopping night on Thursday 12 December from 6–8pm, with 40% off Calvin Klein; 20% off G-Star Raw; 45% off LK Boutique (excluding Kailis); 10% off full-priced IM Lingerie; up to 50% off selected items at Moda Emporio; and 20% off The Star gift cards.
Prizes are up for grabs from Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and Chanel, as well as a $1,000 LK Boutique voucher for the customer who completes the highest final transaction. The night also includes bubbles, Christmas sweets, food tastings, live music and ice skaters on a custom-built ice rink. Just head to the Ground Level, harbour side entry of the Star, off Pirrama Road, Pyrmont.
In addition: other festivities at The Star include Christmas dining events and a 'Bad Santa' themed party at the Rock Lily Live Music Bar. If you're interested, you can also book a private function at the venue to mark the season.
The venue is also hosting performances by Grammy-winning R&B sensation Alicia Keys (17 Dec) and Australian musical comedy trio Axis of Awesome. Plus: the ten-week season of Grease: The Musical at The Star's Sydney Lyric Theatre will end on Sunday, 22 December, so be quick!
For more info, call (02) 9777 9000 or visit star.com.au
THE ULTIMATE VIDEOGAME ARCADE
Step into the world of Pac-Man, Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog and other popular videogame characters when the blockbuster attraction Game Masters opens for a six month season at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo on Friday, 13 December.
Curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, where it was a mega hit last year, Game Masters celebrates the work of the world's most influential videogame designers, from pioneering creatives such as Tomohiro Nishikado (Space Invaders) and Ed Logg (Asteroids) to industry giants including Nintendo (Donkey Kong) and Blizzard Entertainment (World of Warcraft).
Best of all, the highly interactive exhibition offers attendees the rare opportunity to play more than a hundred of the most ground-breaking games ever produced for arcades, consoles, PC and mobile platforms. Game on!
Tickets start at $15. Book now at ticketek.com.au. For more info, visit powerhousemuseum.com
THE CURIOUS CASE OF H.A. MINTOX
Behind every enduring innovation lies a vast cemetery of failed inventions. Acclaimed author/illustrator Shaun Tan explores this forgotten realm in The Oopsatoreum, a new exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum built around the fictional tale of Henry Archibald Mintox — a strikingly original but spectacularly unsuccessful inventor who came to be known as the 'Edison of Australia'.
By reimagining artefacts from the Museum's own collection as series of curiosities conceived in Mintox's back shed — e.g. mouse slippers, a handshake gauge, the puppy confidant — Tan seeks to remind visitors that all inventions, no matter how successful, begin as a daring act of imagination.
Interactive, engaging, thoughtful and playful, The Oopsatoreum is at the Museum from Saturday, 7 December 2013 to Thursday, 6 October 2014.
Entry into the exhibition is free with general Museum admission. For more info, visit powerhousemuseum.com
WORLD WAR II AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM
The Second World War is the subject of not one, but two fascinating exhibitions opening at the National Maritime Museum in Pyrmont on Thursday, 19 December.
The first, Mission X — the ragtag fleet, celebrates the daring and courage of Australians sailing under the US flag.
The US Army Small Ships Section was made up of some 3000 requisitioned Australian vessels of every imaginable size and type. In their hastily refitted and sometimes armed boats, Australian merchant crews under contract to the US Army plied the dangerous waters between northern Queensland and New Guinea to establish a supply lifeline to allied forces fighting the Japanese.
The small ships went where bigger vessels couldn't. Covered in palm fronds they hid by day in jungle estuaries and landed cargo as diverse as water, food, fuel, fresh troops and heavy equipment by night, bringing back the wounded and the dead.
The second exhibition, Persuasion, marvels at the US propaganda posters from World War II.
Whereas the American propaganda posters from the First World War employed hyperbole and graphic imagery to illicit sheer hatred of the enemy, those produced for World War Two were subtler — after all, the American Public of the 1940s, exposed as it was to 'mass media' advertising, was far more sophisticated, far more savvy, and far more suspicious of heavy handed methods.
The enemy was no longer evoked as a blood thirty half man half ape that devoured women and children, now it was an invisible menace that threatened the American way of life.
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