What's on this weekend August 9-10

Circus Oz will perform at Her Majesty's Theatre on Saturday night.

Circus Oz will perform at Her Majesty's Theatre on Saturday night.

Circus Oz

When: August 9, 2pm.

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat

Details: The brand-spanking new 2014 Circus Oz show draws inspiration from the pre-digital, analog and the subsequent exponential explosion of options, data and ideas. With two hours of entertainment there will be the strong women, stunt jumping flyers, death defying aerialists, jugglers and more. Adults cost $60, concession $55, children $15. For more details, phone 5333 5888 or visit www.hermaj.com

Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry documentary

When: Sunday, 2pm.  

Where: M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka), 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat.

Details: The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be screening ‘Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry’. Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Bookings recommended. Adults cost $10, concession $7. For more details, call 1800 287 113 or to book tickets, go to www.made.org

Recreating the Eureka Flag – Stitching, Session 4

When: Saturday, 11am - 3pm.

Where: M.A.D.E, 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat.

Details: Through this community project, M.A.D.E will replicate as closely as possible the original flag to see how long it takes. Working with local textile groups and guilds, the Eureka Flag will be recreated stitch by stitch to real scale, using the original sewing methods. This is a wonderful opportunity to imagine what the three women may have been thinking and feeling as they committed an act of revolution with a sewing needle. Booking required for a 30-minute stitching session. No cost. For more details, phone 1800 287 113 or visit www.made.org

Royal South Street Celebrating Chopin Competition

When: Saturday, various times (refer website)

Where: Oddie Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Details: The Art Gallery of Ballarat will once again host a section of the Royal South Street Society’s annual competitions, as pianists battle it out for the honour of winning the Royal South Street Society’s Chopin competition. Various entry costs, refer to website. For more details, phone 5320 5858 or visit www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au

BCMA musical theatre students presenting The Little Mermaid Jr.

BCMA musical theatre students presenting The Little Mermaid Jr.

BMCA musical

When: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm.

Where: Mount Clear College, Gay Gough Theatre, Olympic Ave, Mount Clear.

Details: Come along for a fun-filled musical afternoon with BCMA musical theatre students presenting The Little Mermaid Jr & You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Tickets range in price for the one show or double show and are available through www.trybooking.com or at the door.

Damian Duff will line-up in the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup on Tuesday.

Damian Duff will line-up in the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup on Tuesday.

Soccer extravaganza

When: Tuesday, August 12, kick-off at 7.30pm.

Where: Morshead Park, 910 Pleasant Street South, Ballarat.

Details: Melbourne City FC continues its inaugural Westfield FFA Cup campaign in Ballarat with an opening round clash against Sydney FC. The teams will play the round of 32 match at Morshead Park – the newly-redeveloped facility which will host the Bahrain national team pre-competition camp during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in January. Both sides will field near full-strength squads for the clash that shapes as an important pre-season hit-out for the start of the National A-League season. City has already confirmed international superstar Damian Duff will line-up in the re-branded club's first official match under the new title. Tickets cost adults $10, children $5, children under four admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the gate 90 minutes before kick-off. For more details, email Ballarat Red Devils at info@ballaratreddevils.com.au

School bands extravaganza

When: Thursday, August 14, starting at 7pm

Where: Mt Clear College, Olympic Avenue, Mt Clear

Details: Come, listen and be entertained by some of the best school bands in Ballarat. Hosted by the Lions Club of Sebastopol and district, this evening will showcase the talents of the four school bands, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat High School, Mt Clear College and Phoenix P12. Adults cost $5 and gold coin donation for children under 14. Proceeds to go to the oncology day care centre at Ballarat Health Services. For more details, phone 5345 3344. 

Gig Guide


Irish Murphy's: No Plans

Battlers Inn: Two in Tandem, 4pm, gold coin donation

The Old Hepburn Hotel: Cam Kettle, 9pm, $5

The Grapes Hotel: Doug Jolly, 9pm, free

The Globe Hotel: Southern Star, 9.30pm, free entry

The Farmers Arms: Misbehavin, 8pm, free entry

Peter Lalor Hotel: David Anderson in The Stables & karaoke in The Bar, $5 (Lalor VIPs free entry), 8.30pm

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine: The Forest presents Laserfront with support from The Astros and Howl, $10, 8.30pm

The George Hotel, The Lane Cider Bar: Live music by Brodie Glen, 9.30pm, free

The George Hotel, The Lounge: Rewind 80s, 9pm, $10 (tickets at the door); DJs in The Lounge, 12-3am, free


The Old Hepburn Hotel: Sideshow Brides, 4pm, $10 (Folk/country)

The Eastern: Free live music from 3pm

Babushka Bar: Healers of Hurt Tour, Songwriters in the Round mini tour with Marisa Quigley, Talisa Jobe and Dean Haitani, $10, 6pm.

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine: Bellwethers, two sets, 4-6pm, free


Karova Lounge: Peking Duck, $25+bf

Peter Lalor Hotel: Wednesday night karaoke, free entry, 9pm

To have your entertainment event included in the Gig Guide call Alicia Thomas on 5320 1631 or email features@thecourier.com.au before 4pm on Monday.