Nine things to do in the region this week (July 15 – 21)

Musicals, shows and theatrical performances abound in the area this week. Photo: File.

There’s plenty to do in the area this week, especially if you like musicals, live music, circuses and markets.

Running All Weekend is the Feel-Good Family Musical Goldilocks and the Three Brothers in the auditorium of Bega Uniting Church.

On Friday, budding cartoonists aged 10 to 14 can join cartoonist Louie Joyce in a visual (comedy) storytelling workshop. You can also catch The Last Sin at the Civic Theater in Wagga Wagga or at The Superstars of Country concert with Jason Owen and Hayley Jensen in Queanbeyan.

To kick off the weekend, Saturday in Merimbula The Year of Magical Thinking tells the story of Joan Didion’s life after the sudden death of her husband, Angela Lount and Leo Joseph perform jazz, blues and soul music at Yass, the Curious Chaotic Cabaret brings drag queens, music, comedy and sideshows to Wagga Wagga and Jason Owen back on stage at the Superstars of Country concert in Goulburn.

At the end of the weekend, Cronulla duo Matt and Dylan perform their best country hits in Tilba and Moss Vale holds its annual Christmas market in July.

The whole weekend

Theater troupe in costumes

Start your weekend with theater at the Bega Uniting Church Auditorium. Photo: Onset Theatre, Facebook.

Goldilocks and the Three Brothers

When: Friday July 15, 7-8 p.m., Saturday July 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. and Sunday July 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Bega United Church Auditorium, 125 Gipps Street, Bega
Cost: Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased here.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if all your favorite fairy tales collided during a theatrical performance? Head to the Bega Uniting Church Auditorium starting this Friday to find out. Goldilocks and the Three Brothers is a pantomime of fairy tale hilarity that will have the whole family laughing.


Flyer for the event with cartoonist Louie Joyce depicting him and one of his sketches

Cartoon workshop with Louie Joyce

When: Friday July 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Goulburn Mulwaree Library, 184/194 Bourke Street, Goulburn, NSW, 2580
Cost: Tickets are $5 for children 10 and older and can be purchased here.

Budding cartoonists and artists aged 10-14 are invited to join award-winning comic book creator and illustrator Louie Joyce, to learn the basics of visual storytelling, world-building and drawing techniques. Participants will create their own comics. Joyce has taught at the University of Wollongong, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wollongong Art Gallery, Australian Comic Arts Festival, Comic Gong, JMC Academy and UTS Sydney, as well as at libraries, NSW events and schools.

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Lilith discovers that murder is easy, love is difficult, and happiness must be earned by The Last Sin. Photo: Civic Theatre.

The Last Sin

When: Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, Burns Way (near Tarcutta St), Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here.

In this theatrical performance, protagonist Lilith discovers that murder is easy, love is hard, and happiness is earned. When happiness crumbles and love leaves, she embarks on an existential quest for revenge. Produced by The Persona Collective and written and directed by Keeden Hendriks, this show is part of The Curious Oddball Takeover.

X-Factor star Jason Owen holding the collar of his jacket

The X Factor Star Jason Owen is coming to Goulburn this Saturday. Photo: TalentOz Entertainment.

Country Superstars: Then and Now

When: Friday, July 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Royal Hotel Queanbeyan, 85 Monaro Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets start at $38 and can be purchased here.

Popular Australian country music artists Jason Owen and Hayley Jensen bring their national tour Country Superstars: Then and Now in Queanbeyan. The two-hour showcase features covers of classic songs from internationally acclaimed country artists such as Dolly, Denver, Underwood and Urban. Expect a tasteful mix of ballads, rhythmic numbers, soulful solos, medleys and duets, plus original songs performed by two fabulous Australian musicians.


White-haired woman in a yellow sweater

The Year of Magical Thinking unpacks an important period in the life of Joan Didion. Photo: Twyford Hall.

The Year of Magical Thinking

When: Saturday July 16, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Twyford Hall, 16 Market Street, Merimbula
Cost: Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased here.

In this critically acclaimed solo performance, Joan Didion’s famous memoir is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actress Jillian Murray. The Year of Magical Thinking is a very personal account of loss through the lens of hope, revealing a surreal and overwhelming time in Joan Didion’s life as she comes to terms with the sudden loss of her husband John and later her daughter Quintana . This joyful, fun, and deeply moving tale of one woman’s journey to find acceptance and learn lessons along the way is not to be missed.

Two people sitting and smiling

Angela and Leo will bring jazz, soul, blues and funk sounds to Yazzbar this Saturday. Photo: Canberra Blues Society.

Angela and Leo at the Yazzbar

When: Saturday July 16, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: yazzbar, 81, rue Comur, Yass
Cost: Free.

Yass’ home to fine wine, live music and delicious food, Yazzbar is ready to host fabulous live music from the talented Angela Lount and Leo Joseph. Gathered for a special performance, expect the best in jazz, soul, blues and funk music.

circus performer

Prepare to be entertained with circus acts, live shows and plenty of drag racing entertainment. Photo: Civic Theatre.

The curious chaotic cabaret

When: Saturday July 16, 8 p.m.
Where: Wagga Wagga Civic Theater, Burns Way (near Tarcutta Street), Wagga Wagga
Cost: Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here.

Join The Vaudeville Collective as they showcase some of The Curious Rabbit’s favorite artists doing what they do best in the Curious Chaotic Cabaret. Drag, music, improv theater and circus performances abound with Rose Quartz and her court of drag queen Dizzy Dilemma and Hooly Dooly. This show is part of The Curious Oddball Takeover.


    sons of atticus musicians with guitars

The duo Cronulla Sons of Atticus bring a country vibe to the Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House. Photo: Son of Atticus, Facebook.

Son of Atticus @tilbavalley

When: Sunday July 17, from 12 p.m.
Where: Tilba Valley Winery & Ale House, 947 Old Hwy, Central Tilba

They recently released their first EP Jack’s Motel and performed at Sydney’s Factory Theater and Cronulla’s Jazz and Blues Festival. Now the duo of Cronulla, Matt and Dylan, known as the Sons of Atticus, are set to perform some of their best original country tunes in Tilba.

Christmas presents

Moss Vale celebrates Christmas in July this Sunday. Photo: Visit the Southern Highlands.

Moss Vale Christmas Market in July

When: Sunday July 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: 16 Illawarra Highway, Moss Vale

Moss Vale Showground hosts the Moss Vale Christmas Market this Sunday in July, with produce from many local artisans. Think crafts, jams, relishes, soaps, candles, handmade gifts and art. There will also be plenty of concerts, rides and fun activities for kids, including miniature train rides throughout the day. With plenty of parking, a beautiful location, and a pet-friendly environment, the whole family can share in the festive spirit.

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