Irish dance tradition
Rhythm of the Dance heralds a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular and busiest Irish dance shows in the world. It preserves the traditions of Irish step dancing in a modern format that has made it a leader in its field.
There are 22 dancers, three tenors and a band.
Details: Joan Sutherland Centre, Thursday, August 22, 8pm. All tickets $69. Bookings: 4723 7600.
Chills and suspense
Frankenstein 1930: The classic horror story is on stage with all its chills and suspense at John Lees Centre, Evan Street, Penrith on Friday, August 23, at 8pm and then on Saturday, August 17 and 24 at 2pm and 8pm.
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/49089 or 4735 5422.
Tough Beauty is an arresting new theatre work by director Claudia Chidiac and Australian writer Finegan Kruckemeyer in consultation with young people from western Sydney.
Written in response to the escalating statistics of young female violence, Tough Beauty was based on forums and workshops with teens over the past three years.
It is a raw and honest look at a frightening and important evolution in the history of Australia's young girls. Initially borne from YouTube fight clips and schoolyard insults, Tough Beauty highlights the change.
Where once there was a playground, now there is a war zone. It's about keeping your eyes down and your fists up.
ISomebody who knows Tough Beauty described it thus: "There's the girl who's new. There's the quiet girl. There's the girl with no boyfriend. And the one with too many. There's the girl who looks different, the girl who's asking for it. And there's the girl who's just . . . She doesn't even know she is - but she is. And then there's me. The girl who's scared of nothing. The girl there are rumours about."
Tough Beauty is at the Joan Sutherland Centre, Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24. Tickets: $25-$35. Bookings: 4723 7600 or www.jspac.com.au.
Summer holiday memories
IF YOU went on an Aussie holiday in the mid-20th century you must have some photos or slides.
Holiday snaps from the 1950s-70s are wanted by Penrith Regional Gallery for an exhibition in November, Holiday and Memory.
There will be a visual art exhibition, with Lewers House being turned into a summer holiday house and Ancher House transformed into a loungeroom with a slide show.
Dark nights, caravans, winding roads and oversized pineapples loom large, summoning memories of fun in the sun, surf and bush retreats, accompanied by recollections of vinyl car seats, dripping ice-creams, wet cozzies and Aerogard — all part of the long, hot Australian summer.
The exhibition will be on show from November 16 to February 23, open daily 9am-5pm.
To enter your snaps or slides, you can scan and email them to the gallery on firstname.lastname@example.org with a detailed caption including the place and date of the image. Include your full contact details.
Or you can deliver your pictures to the gallery for scanning, where you will fill in a form giving all your details.
All pictures will be held securely until pick-up.
Submissions close on October 1. Details: 4735 1100.