your eight-day entertainment and events guide in Australia

FESTIVAL Grab a hot drink at The Rocks Aroma Festival, a celebration of all that is caffeinated. Visit the stalls of coffee roasters, tea makers, chocolatiers and more, watch the latte-art competition or hear live music from Lolo Lovina and Microwave Jenny.

MUSIC Local outfit Bryan Estepa and The Tempe Two play a free gig focusing on the smartly constructed melodies of their new album,Every Little Thing, described in the Herald as something special.

6pm, The Midnight Special, 44 Enmore Road, Newtown, free,

FILM View the top 10 entries in the Get Reel short film festival at a charity event supporting Suicide Prevention Australia. Chosen from more than 1650 entries, the films of 10 minutes or less centre on the theme of “being seen” and aim to provoke discussion of mental health issues.

6pm, Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick, $25,

Monday July 25

MUSIC The Cure bring their goth-pop brilliance back to Australia for the first time in five years. Catch frontman Robert Smith as he delivers the band’s many hits alongside as-yet-unreleased tracks.

7.30pm, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, $99.90-$139.90,

STAGE Discover which productions take home the top prizes at the 2016 Helpmann Awards. The night also includes performances from Sarah Blasko, Marina Prior, the cast of Singin’ in the Rain and the West Australian Ballet.

7.30pm, Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pyrmont, $55-$175,


Tuesday July 26

BOOKS Author Emily Maguire chats about her latest novel, An Isolated Incident, a thriller that delves into dealing with grief and the media’s fixation on young, female victims of violent crime.

6.30pm, Newtown Library, 8-10 Brown Street, Newtown, free, 8512 4250,

MUSIC English singer-songwriter James Blake’s ambitious third album, The Colour in Anything, clocked in at an epic 76 minutes, leading Pitchfork to call it a “wonderfully messy dive into maximalism”. Hear him on a Splendour in the Grass sideshow joined in the support slot by electronic musician Mark Pritchard.

7.30pm, Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, $84.90,

Wednesday July 27

STAGE Eddie Perfect wrote and now stars in the black comedy The Beast (until August 14), which follows three tree-changing couples who organise a nose-to-tail dinner party that goes awry, forcing them to decide how far they’ll go for their supper.

1pm and 7.30pm, Sydney Opera House, $59.90-$94.90, 9250 7777,

MUSIC The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra play a program of Vivaldi, Telemann, Sammartini and Fasch for Blazing Baroque (until August 6) with recently appointed concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen performing a violin concerto.

7pm, City Recital Hall, city, $71-$173,

Thursday July 28

MARKETS Clean eaters with a sweet tooth might like the dessert-themed whole food night markets at foodie destination The Grounds. Attendees can munch away on raw cakes, healthy milkshakes, handmade chocolates and more.

6pm-11pm, The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria, $35,

STAGE Political junkies will have plenty to ponder with the verbatim theatre of The Hansard Monologues: Age of Entitlement (until July 31), an illuminating take on Australian government crafted using the parliamentary debate transcripts.

8pm, Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, $64, 9975 1455,

Friday July 29

CLASS Move that booty for a good cause at Studio Shakedown, a Sydney Dance Company event raising funds for Dry July. Attendees are invited to take part in an easy-to-follow lesson in jazz, funk and hip-hop styles, with no dance experience required.

6.30pm-8.30pm, Sydney Dance Company, The Wharf, Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, city, $25,

FAMILY The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (until July 30) blends animation, puppetry, projection and music to tell the charming tale of a voyager searching the waters for his lost love. Suitable for ages 10-plus.

8pm, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, $35,

Saturday July 30

EXHIBITION View the pretty petals on display at Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden (until October 30), an exhibition of contemporary botanical images from more than 60 international and Australian artists.

10am-5pm, Museum of Sydney, corner of Bridge and Phillip streets, city, $10,

STAGE Mary Anne Butler’s Broken (until August 28) picked up both the drama and literature prizes at the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The action begins with an almost-fatal car crash on an isolated road in the Northern Territory.

8pm, Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, $30,

Sunday July 31

COMEDY For The Full Catastrophe storytelling session, Annabel Crabb, Jessica Rowe, Larissa Behrendt and Richard Glover dish on their most hilarious anecdotes of times when everything went wrong. Audience members can drown their own sorrows when they receive a gin and tonic on arrival.

2pm, Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, $30,

MUSIC Rude boy legend and ex-The Specials member Neville Staple comes out to play tracks from his most recent album, Ska Crazy.

7pm, Newtown Social Club, 387 King Street, Newtown, $47.50-$55,

Look ahead

NEXT WEEK Enjoy the sensuous choreography of German Cornejo in Tango Fire as soundtracked by the music of Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. The passionate moves are performed by Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeassi, as well as a cast of dancers plucked from the tango houses of Buenos Aires.

August 3-7, Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay, $80-$115,

NEXT MONTH American indie rock act Grouplove have sold out one Sydney gig and announced another to meet demand. Sweet-voiced songstress Lisa Mitchell joins them as a special guest for the show.

August 17, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, $54.80,


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