MONTH OF MAY
Abbe May is developing her forthcoming album, Bitchcraft, and she needs your help. Every Wednesday in May, May will be performing at Mojo’s Bar to test and try new songs in front of a live audience, before she settles down in the studio it record it all. Each week will feature different supports. May 6 sees angelic folk outfit Flooded Palace and the sassy Elli Schoen. May 13 will feature punk country band Jeff’s Dead and the garage pop trio, Abacaxuva. On May 20 see Fall Electric and dreamy folk songstress Lucy Peach. And May 27 features the scumbag guitar music of Kitchen People and the velvet baritone of David Craft. Each night begins at 8pm and tickets are $20 at the door.
STATE OF THE ART 2015
The line-up for the State Of The Art 2015 is a doozy. Headlining will be Birds Of Tokyo in their only Perth show as part of their national tour. Also performing is You Am I, The Scientists, Downsyde, Gareth Liddiard from The Drones, Katy Steele, Sable, The Love Junkies, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Rob Snarski, Holly Rollers (in a reunion show), Rainy Day Women, We Two Thieves, Lois Olney, Mt Mountain, Lower Spectrum, Grace Barbe, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Koi Child, Hideous Sun Demon, Lilt, Rag N Bone, Marksman Lloyd and The Community Supergroup (featuring Diger Rokwell, Empty and Wisdom 2th).
A further announcement will be made for the State of the Art Surrounds and Free Stage entertainment, ensuring there’s something for all ages. This will be the fourth annual State Of The Art festival and will feature as part of the WA Day long weekend on Saturday, May 30, at the Perth Cultural Centre.
GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL
Cinema Paradiso will be hosting the Audi Festival Of German Film, bringing 50 new German language films to our screens. From shorts, to documentaries to feature films, including special guests from Germany, the festival will showcase the creativity and diversity in German film from Thursday, May 28, to Sunday, May 31. Tickets available at lunapalace.com.au.
The Sydney Hotshots have launched their latest show, the My Love Tour.
Featuring dance tributes to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake plus specially choreographed dance moves celebrating Fifty Shades of Grey, and Magic Mike. Australia’s #1 Touring Male Revue – The Sydney Hotshots – once again delivers the most exciting full length, electrifying male revue show Down Under.
Catch The Sydney Hotshots at the Paddington Ale House in Mt Hawthorn on Wednesday, May 6. Full details at sydneyhotshots.com.
JAZZ IT UP
The Perth International Jazz Festival returns for its third year with over 52 jazz performances set to play across 17 venues. There will be ticketed and free events across the Perth CBD, and for the first time the festival will team up with Celebrate WA for the WA Day Long Weekend to present Jazz At The Cultural Centre on Sunday, May 31. Festival highlights include renowned jazz bassist Richard Bona, Grammy-nominated pianist Barney McAll, Perth-born Parisian hip hop artist Rachel Claudio, award-winning vocalist Tina Harrod and Polish jazz band, Artur Dutkiewicz Trio. Alongside this will be performances from local artists including the burgeoning talent of WAAPA jazz students. The festival will run from Friday, May 29, until Sunday, May 31. Tickets are on sale at perthjazzfestival.com.au.
MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC
Mother’s Day is a day to give back to the pillars of our community, our mums. And what better way to give back then to help raise money for breast cancer, a disease that one in eight Australian women has a chance in getting during their lifetime.
The Mother’s Day Classic is a national fun-run, held on Mother’s Day each year, to raise funds for research into breast cancer. Established and organised by Women In Super, the idea was created by the late Mavis Robertson and Louise Davidson when they discovered that research can improve the survival rate of the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.
The event has grown from a just a few thousand participants in Sydney and Melbourne to more than 130,000 people taking part in 104 locations including all capital cities.
Co-founder Louise Davidson says the event has become a Mother’s Day tradition for many families.
“We get feedback about how important Mother’s Day Classic is to women with breast cancer and to the families of those lost to the disease, with mums telling their kids that they’d rather walk or run for breast cancer research than have brekkie in bed on Mother’s Day. Survivors tell us that participation in the Mother’s Day Classic makes them feel supported and recognised, an experience from which they draw strength.”
All proceeds from the Mother’s Day Classic are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since 1998 the Mother’s Day Classic has raised 24.3 million dollars, funding supports a range of research projects, from enhanced detection, to improved treatment options, to support for the physical and emotional wellbeing of women with breast cancer.
“We’ve been humbled that thousands of families and individuals have made the event a regular part of their Mother’s Day celebrations over the past two decades,” Davidson says.
“Mother’s Day Classic is a celebration of spirit and hope that together Australians of all ages, walking and running in cities and country areas, can contribute to making breast cancer history.”
Head to mothersdayclassic.com.au for more details.
FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The City of Fremantle presents its annual Fremantle Heritage Festival, a celebration of the rich history of the port town from the distant and recent past. The vintage, retro and historical fabric of Fremantle will be on show throughout the 10-day festival. There will be returning events such as Arthur Grady Day when an array of vintage motorbikes, busses, cars, tools and even prams will be on display in Kings Square. And new events such as Disco Divas, a ‘70s themed roller disco. The West Australian Maritime museum will join in the festival with The Unknown Museum, where the public are invited to go behind the scenes in an exclusive look at the Maritime Museum’s storerooms and history workshops.
This year will also feature the Conversation Heritage Awards Night, rewarding owners, architects, builders, groups and individuals who have contributed to preserving the physical and social heritage of Fremantle. The festival runs from Friday, May 8, to Sunday, May 17.