Four artists will auction their art for charity

The opening night of Project Five (Volume 8) at the Darling Quarter Village Green on Friday 30 September 2016 featured the live painting of four headline street artists. The artworks they created are now going under the hammer at an auction at the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre (from 6pm) on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Launching in 2009, Project Five is Australia’s longest-running contemporary street art project that was first conceived by aMBUSH Gallery. The collaboration has raised over $100,000 for Australian not-for-profit arts initiatives, while at the same time commissioning 32 urban artists, and entertaining millions of visitors. It has also hosted kids’ art workshops and a month long public exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery’s outdoor gallery space, OPEN, at Darling Quarter. This year, the charity is Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

The opening night included live painting by the four headline artists, a DJ spinning tunes, wine and canapes being circulated, and a crowd of onlookers observing the creation of the art.

On Thursday 27 October 2016, art lovers can purchase those artworks from the four edgy street artists: Kaff-eine, Brett Chan, Georgia Hill and Mik Shida, for a good cause.

The auction of Project Five (Volume 8) will be presided over by FBi’s prolific deejay Stephen Ferris and Art Market Works auctioneer Anne Phillips.

All hopeful collectors need to do is visit Project Five’s website and register to attend.

Street art aficionados Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire, co-Directors of aMBUSH Gallery, Project Five’s curators and passionate promoters of contemporary street art, say this is not just a chance to own a piece of Australian art history, but also to support Project Five’s nominated charity partner not-for-profit kids’ theatre company Monkey Baa.

 

Come along and see these compelling and powerful works by Australia’s up and coming artists. Buyers of the artwork are not only making a great investment to own a piece of collectable art, they are also supporting artistic experiences for young people.

What: Project Five Volume 8 Auction
Where: Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, 3/1-25 Harbour Street Sydney NSW 2000
Date: Thursday 27 October 2016
Time: 6pm
Cost: FREE

For more information, go to: http://www.project5.com.au/

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Bare Grill Cafe expands to Bourke Street Surry Hills

Bare Grill Cafe has brought their famous burgers to Bourke Street Surry Hills with the launch of their second establishment on Thursday 29 September 2016.

The first Bare Grill Cafe opened two years ago at 1599 Anzac Parade La Perouse. Since then their popularity has grown, especially through their burgers that appear regularly on instagram and get regular shout outs from the Fatties Burger Appreciation Society.

Their burgers range in price from $10 to $45 and either have ingredients such as: a beef patty, American cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, bacon, bare sauce on a milk bun; or southern fried chicken fillets, bacon, liquid cheese, guacamole, coleslaw, lettuce, big bare sauce on a milk bun.

They also have ‘The Herbivore’ burger ($13) for the vegetarians which is made with bbq fried mushrooms, American cheddar cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, tomato, aioli mayo on a milk bun.

Another variant is the ‘Philly Cheese Steak’ burger ($13) which is made from shredded flank steak, caramelised onions, American cheddar cheese, capsicum, mushroom, bare sauce on a milk hot dog roll.

The $45 dollar burger is called the ‘Death by Burger Challenge’ and is made with 10 beef patties, 10 slices of American cheddar, 10 bacon rashes, bare sauce and a milk bun. Whoever orders this is to seek out the wait staff for terms and conditions!

However, the menu is not all burgers and has a range of options such as: salads (coleslaw, Greek salad, garden salad, Caesar salad, and lamb and watermelon salad); steaks (scotch fillet, New York steak, rump steak, and tomahawk steak); sides (mash potato, season vegetables, garden salad, sweet potato wedges, fries, epic fries, epic mac and cheese, southern fried devil wings, onion wings, and garlic bread); pork and beef short ribs; Southern fried chicken; and desserts.

Bare Grills is located at Shop 15, 417 Bourke Street Surry Hills and is open seven days a week from 11am to midnight.

For more information about Bare Grills, go to: http://www.baregrillandcafe.com/

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Angel Muse, the fragrance that you will #hatetolove, launches in Sydney

Mugler shakes up the Angel galaxy by launching a new Angel Muse Eau de Parfum at the Pailisade Hotel at Millers Point on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

The new fragrance comes in a new rose gold coloured futuristic bottle with a silver metal ring. It has been described as having both a hazelnut cream and vetiver scent.

Pink was the theme of the event and the drinks matched the colour scheme. Guests drank pink prosecco, rose and Patron tequilla cocktails made from pink grapefruit juice, lime and a strawberry to garnish. For canapes guests enjoyed: spiced cauliflower with almond crunch and smokey sauce; tomato salad with ricotta, confit eschallot, basil, soft bread and balsamic; fresh prawns and oysters; and an Asian noodle salad with minced ginger, pepper and bean sprouts.

The most impressive food was the dessert table which included: a large pink coloured cake; cup cakes with pink icing; pink glazed donuts; pink marshmallows; pink nougat; red candied apples; large lollipops; pink musk sticks, purple and white candy canes;  and bowls of fresh strawberries and raspberries.

The event was MCed by the former Miss World Australia Erin V. Holland. Other notable guests from the make-up world included celebrity make-up artist Michael Brown.

Guests viewed a video clip with the ultimate rock chick, Georgia May Jagger, starring as the face of Thierry Mugler’s Angel Muse. Georgia May Jagger follows in the footsteps of her mother, Jerry Hall, as the face of Mugler. In the clip, Georgia May Jagger surrenders to her addiction. As she goes to seize the bottle, a number of cosmic like circles form around her as if to be engulfed by a whirlwind of the fragrance. She then holds the bottle close to her.

The fragrance invites women to shamelessly surrender to the fragrance.

Details:

Angel Muse EDP 30ml Refillable – $99

Angel Muse EDP 50ml Refillable – $149

Angel Muse Eco-Refill EDP 50ml- $129

Stockist: Myer and David Jones stores nationally (1800 241 092)

For more information, go to: http://inter.mugler.com/

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WiWander launches new pocket Wi-Fi router for Australian travellers

WiWander launched their new pocket Wi-Fi router at a launch party at Carriageworks on Thursday 22 September 2016.

WiWander provides pocket Wi-Fi router rental with unlimited data to Australian travellers for multiple destinations around the world starting from five dollars a day. WiWander pocket Wi-Fi routers ensure excellent internet connection wherever you are.

Unlike other services that charge customers for the amount of data used, WiWander charges based on the number of days the customer travels. This makes it easier for Australians to know exactly how much they are spending on Wi-Fi before they leave Australia and eliminates the high data-roaming charges.

To use the product on your next trip, make sure you book at least five working days prior to your departure date. The device will be delivered to your door one day before you leave. When you return, they will pick it up the day after you land.

The WiWander pocket Wi-Fi router includes features such as a sleek, light weight and portable design, simultaneous multiple device connectivity and battery life of about six hours.

The WiWander pocket Wi-Fi router is currently available in Singapore from $10/day, Taiwan $12/day, Hong Kong $$12/day, Japan $12/day, China $12/day, South Korea $12/day, USA $18/day, Malaysia $12/day, Thailand $12/day and some countries in Europe $12/day.

At the launch guests enjoyed a variety of canapes from around the world and took photos in the photobooth or in front of large posters depicting New York, Thailand and Rome.

Special guests included: the X Factor’s Matt Price and Jess Dunbar; TV and radio personality Tim Dormer; TV presenter and DJ Danny Clayton; Channel Ten Entertainment Reporter Richard Reid; The Wolverine and The Great Gatsby actor Briden Starr; TV actor Troy Pes; American singer Kyle Bielfield, and singer and songwriter Brock Jays.

Use the special code WIWANDER to get a 10 percent discount on your device when you next travel.

For more information about WiWander, go to: https://www.wiwander.com

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Restaurant, cafe and bar, 84 Union Street, hosts a media and industry party

On Wednesday 21 September 2016, 84 Union Street hosted a private media and industry party with tasty food, beverages and live music.

Located just a stone’s throw away from The Star Sydney, 84 Union Street is one of the few in Sydney that still has live music (from Wednesday to Saturday each week) because it is not affected by lockout laws and residents complaints about noise.

This venue does not look like a typical restaurant, cafe and bar. The walls have majestic landscape paintings and the hallway outside the bathrooms has cartoonish art. The room is lit up with blue, pink and green lights which give the place a casual but smart atmosphere.

There is a diverse range of food including: the 84 Union St tasting platter of crispy pork belly bites, smoked pulled chicken Tacos, handmade Aranchini balls, and crispy dumplings; crispy chicken dumplings; crispy chicken and shitake mushroom dumpling served with Kikkoman sauce; Kilpatrick New Zealand mussels; fresh New Zealand mussels roasted with bacon and Kilpatrick sauce and lemon; wagyu beef sliders; marinated wagyu beef on brioche with cheese, caramelised onion and homemade BBQ sauce; smoky Tasmanian salmon served on toasted bread, lime aioli and fresh dill; roasted duck spring rolls; special handmade roasted duck spring roll with cauliflower piccalilli; grilled satay chicken skewer; grilled marinated cocktail satay chicken skewer with satay dipping sauce; mixed sushi platter; and mixed sushi platter served with Kikkoman and wasabi sauce.

For drinks, guests were spoilt with a range of cocktails including: the Beluga Moscow Mule (a classic Moscow Mule made with the famous Beluga Vodka); the Burlito (a twist on a Mojito using gin and cherry herring liquor; Sloe Negroni (a twist on the classic Negroni using sloe gin); and authentic Sangria (made with the 84 Union St’s signature recipe).

Other drinks included red and white wine and local craft beers such as Akasha beer.

84 Union Street is located at 84 Union Street Pyrmont. It is open Monday to Wednesday and Sunday from 10am to midnight, and Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 1am.

For more information about 84 Union Street, go to: http://84unionst.com.au/


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Indie Spirits showcases the best independent spirits at Frankie’s Pizza

The Indie Tasting, an Independent Spirits Showcase, returned to Frankie’s Pizza in Sydney on Sunday 18 September 2016 after a successful event last year.

It is the first show of its kind in AUstralia, exclusively catering to small independent spirits and this year, for the first time was open to the public (when it is normally only open to bartenders).

The Sydney Indie Tasting showcased over 40 suppliers and 120 boutique spirits to both consumers and trade. The tasting will give attendees the chance to try brands that aren’t even on the market, let alone the backbar and bottleshop.

There was also six free masterclasses which were included in the entry fee, which were offered on a first in best dressed.

The brands I sampled included:

  • Distillery Botanica – a gin handcrafted in Sydney with handpicked botanicals that give it its distinct flavour
  • Del Professore – Vermouth carefully blended with herbs and spices and aged in used oak casks, and amber gins infused with spirits
  • Vantage Australia – A spirit made from the finest Australian native flora and spices to create a unique spirit
  • Sunset rum – Sparrow’s premium aged rum is from the Caribbean and has been winning gold at the World Rum Awards
  • Mozarts Chocolate Liqueurs – Chocolate liqueur that comes in four flavours: chocolate cream, white chocolate vanilla cream, dark chocolate and chocolate vodka
  • The Irishman – Whiskey produced in Ireland since 1870 by the Walsh Clan, the largest clan in Ireland.
  • Elephant Gin – An award-winning premium gin of 45 percent alcohol and made from rare African botanicals
  • Mezcal – Mezcal showcased a few new spirits including Mezcal Gin, Mezcal Eterno (Joven and Anejo) and Mezcal Burrito Fiestero. The well established Mezcal Amores and Mezcal Extinto were also available for tasting.

DETAILS

Indie Tasting Sydney

Sunday, 18 September, 12pm – 5pm

Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Tickets: $40 online, $50 on door (pending availability).

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indie-tasting-sydney-2016-tickets-26191609810

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Chatswood Chase Sydney launches their annual Spring/Summer runway collection

Chatswood Chase Sydney hosted their annual Spring / Summer VIP Runway Event to unveil the latest collections from both Australian and international designers on Thursday 15 September 2016.

The event included a cocktail party with complimentary canapés and champagne, followed by a fashion parade hosted by journalist and Channel Seven presenter, Edwina Bartholomew.

The fashion parade included leading designers such as Carla Zampatti, Camilla, Leona Edmiston, Calibre, Cue, Gorman, Herringbone, Kookai, Marcs, Rodeo Show, David Jones, Seed, and two exciting new retailers to Chatswood Chase Sydney, Maje and Sandro.

Attendees on the night were amongst the first to see The Red Rose Dress, a new work by acclaimed UK paper artist Zoe Bradley and commissioned exclusively by Chatswood Chase Sydney. Standing an impressive three and a half metres tall by four metres long, The Red Rose Dress is a stunning bespoke couture gown consisting of nearly 400 hand-sculpted paper roses.

Attendees also received a complimentary goodie bag filled with fabulous gifts, exclusive offers from retailers and a $25 Chatswood Chase Sydney Gift Card.

On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September, Chatswood Chase Sydney hosted smaller fashion parades, free-of-charge and available for shoppers at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Chatswood Chase Sydney is located at 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

For more information about Chatswood Chase, go to: www.chatswoodchasesydney.com.au

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Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Collection is launched in Sydney

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase launched at the Treasury Room of the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Collection. ‘Désir à l’Anglaise’, was launched for the first time in Australia. The collection was flown straight from the New York Showroom for this event. It was inspired by old English glamour, mixing modern silhouettes with a vintage features such as corsetry, plunging necklines and exquisite hand beaded details.

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase had 104 attendees. Special guests included Miss Universe Australia 2015 Monika Radulovic, Miss World Australia 2013 Erin Holland, actor Grace Huang and Danielle Cormack, Married at First Sight Erin Bateman and Christie Jordee, international designer Isabel Gatuslao and socialite Christa Billich.

Guests indulged in Pommery Champagne and a bespoke high tea designed by InterContinental Sydney. The high tea consisted of a savoury selection of salmon wraps, egg and cucumber finger sandwiches and ceasar salad wraps, and a sweet selection of hazelnut slices, sticky date macaroons, raspberry and dark chocolate tarts, and apple caramel tarts. Warm scones were also served with cherry jam and cream.

All guests were gifted a goodie bag with products or vouchers from Cosmopolitan Bride, InterContinental Sydney, Estée Lauder, Wedgwood, Vera Wang Fragrance, Brooks Brothers, Pommery Champagne, Cerrone Jewellers, Ladureé, Apothetea, Xtend Barre Studio, The Flower Wall, Seed Flora and Siempre Photography.

Vera Wang has turned what began as a single bridal boutique into a fashion and lifestyle empire that spans a wide range of product segments — from engagement rings and ready-to-wear to dinner plates and cosmetics — at pricepoints that stretch from luxury to mass market. The retail value of goods bearing Vera Wang’s name is estimated to be upwards of $1 billion per year. The designer sets the standard in high-end bridalwear, worn by everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Chelsea Clinton.

For more information about Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase, go to: http://www.verawang.com.au/

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Enjoy an endless Aussie Summer with Australian Pineapples

Sydney locals experienced the first taste of Summer on Saturday 10 September 2016 when Australian Pineapples came to the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park with live cooking demonstrations, Q&A sessions and free pineapple tastings.

Pineapples are an aromatic and delicious fruit that originating in South America but are grown commercially in Australia. They are available for consumption all year round, not just during summer. Consumers can add some sweeter varieties of pineapples to their dishes during the cooler months for an endless Aussie summer flavour.

The event was hosted by Australian Pineapples ambassador,  Martyna Angell, who is also the author of The Wholesome Cook. Martyna Angell’s cooking demonstrations occurred at 10am and 12 midday and market goers got to taste two of her creations: spicy pork tacos with pineapple salsa and caramalised pineapple fruit salad.

Recipe cards were also handed out for other dishes Martyna created such as: kingfish and pineapple carpaccio; grilled pineapple teriyaki chicken salad; caramelised pineapple, cinnamon and lime skewers; and pineapple and turmeric crush.

For more information about Australian Pineapples, go to: www.aussiepineapples.com.au

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Spend a ‘Night with the Nail’ every Thursday with Drambuie

Drambuie, a Scotch Whisky liqueur, was relaunched with a cocktail tasting party and some jazz music by Louis Armstrong’s grandson, Herb Armstrong, at the New Orleans inspired bar, The Swinging Cat on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

As part of this relaunch, Drambuie launched a three month bar activation called, ‘A Night with the Nail’, which commences on 8 September 2016 and recurs every Thursday at The Swinging Cat. The evening will promote the Drambuie cocktail, The Rusty Nail, and patrons will be treated to live jazz music as they enjoy the night at the New Orleans inspired underground bar, The Swinging Cat.

Patrons can expect to hear a few phone calls from the Drambuie ‘Barkeep’s Phone’, which will ring throughout the night. Whoever answers the phone first receives a round of Rusty Nail’s for themselves and their friends on the house.

Patrons could also win a Rusty Nail Kit including a bottle of Drambuie, a bottle of Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, a mixing spoon, ice mould and tumblers, by uploading a photo of themselves enjoying a Rusty Nail with the hashtag #nightwiththenail on instagram.

The Rusty Nail is a classic cocktail made with one part Drambuie, two parts Scotch Whisky and a lemon twist over ice. It was made famous by the Rat Pack in the infamous New York nightclubs of the early 60s and served at the renowned ‘21 Club’  that was frequented by Hemmingway, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and JFK.

No one is certain of how The Rusty Nail got its name. Some say it got its name from the immigrant Scot bartenders stirring the cocktail with a rusty nail before serving it to their American patrons. Others say it is likely to get its name from its rusty, amber colour.

For more information about Drambuie, go to: http://www.drambuie.com or http://www.williamgrant.com/

For more information about The Swinging Cat, go to: www.theswingingcat.com

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