Events are subject to last-minute postponements or cancellations due to the COVID restrictions.  Please contact venues or see Facebook for updated details.  Masks are to be worn at all indoor events.

Art Sale: Maitland 

Annual fundraising sale of more than 300 paintings, prints and sculptures by local and collectable artists.  Maitland Art Gallery, High Street, until 12 September.

Lake Cinema, Boolaroo

From the Vine (M): A comedy/drama, with Joe Pantoliano, about a downtrodden Italian man finding new purpose in life when he returns to his hometown to revive an old vineyard.  Friday (5pm), Saturday (midday and 5pm) and Sunday (midday and 5pm).

The Misfits (M): An adventure/thriller, with Pierce Brosnan and Tim Roth, about an international criminal joining a band of unconventional thieves to carry out a daring gold heist.  Friday (7.30pm), Saturday (2.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday (2.30pm and 7.30pm).

Lake Cinema, Main Road, Boolaroo.  4958 5810.  Cash only.  Bookings available only for the 7.30pm sessions. 

Dark Stories: A True Crime Tour – Newcastle

Guided tours of the alleyways and backstreets of the East End to learn of Newcastle’s dark criminal history.  Friday and Saturday.  Departs both evenings from the corner of Scott and Watt streets (next to Customs House) at 7.30pm.  Bookings essential: http://www.darkstories.com.au/newcastle

Dark Stories: A True Crime Tour – Maitland 

Guided tours of Maitland’s alleyways and backstreets to learn of the city’s dark criminal history.  Friday and Saturday.  Meet at 7.30pm in front of Maitland railway station.  Bookings essential: http://www.darkstories.com.au/maitland

**Carl Barron – Skating Rink For Flies

The August performances at the Civic Theatre have been cancelled due to COVID restrictions and rescheduled for between 13 and 23 January, 2022.  Tickets: 4929 1977 or https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

**Bjorn Again – Mamma Mia! We Are Back Again

The 6 August Civic Theatre performance at 8pm has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions and rescheduled for Saturday, 27 November.  Tickets: 4929 1977 or https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

Raw Comedy

Watch aspiring comics performing five minutes of original material in the country’s largest and most prestigious open-mic comedy competition.  Civic Playhouse.  Friday (8pm).  Ages 16+.  Tickets: 4929 1977 or https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

Walking Tour: A Taste of Maitland

A guided coffee-and-culture tour, on flat and accessible ground, to discover Maitland’s rich history.  Meet at The Cabin Collective, 511 High Street.  Saturday (9am-12.30pm).  An all-weather event.  Bookings: https://events.humanitix.com

Exhibition: Light On Morisset – Inside the Hospital

Explore the fascinating history of mental-health care at Morisset Hospital via never-before-exhibited photos and authentic objects, as well as reading about and listening to the experiences of patients, staff and residents.  SEEN@Swansea Art Gallery, 228-234 Pacific Highway, Swansea.  From Saturday until 10 October (daily 10am-2pm).  Gold-coin admission.

Crystals, Gems and Jewellery Festival

A display and sale of minerals, crystals, gems, fossils and jewellery.  Souths Leagues Club, Llewellyn Street, Merewether.  Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm).  Tickets at the door.  Free admission for children under 12. 

**John Waters: The John Lennon Songbook

The 7 August concert at 8.30pm at Belmont 16s has been cancelled and rescheduled for Friday, 26 November.  Tickets: 4945 0888.    

**The Empire Strips Back

The 7 August Civic Theatre performance at 8pm has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions and rescheduled for Saturday, 26 February, 2022.  https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

**Paul Kelly: On the Road Again

The 8 August Civic Theatre concert at 8pm has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

**Concert – Brian Cadd and Russell Morris

The 8 August performance at 8.30pm at Belmont 16s has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions and rescheduled for Tuesday, 21 December.  Bookings essential as seats are limited: 4945 0888.    

**Emerge: Haydn, Mozart and Mannheim

The 12 August Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra concert at 7.30pm at the Civic Theatre has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.  https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office

Barka: The Forgotten River

On tour from the Broken Hill Art Gallery.  Artists Badger Bates and Justine Muller, in collaboration with the Wilcannia community, with artwork, lino print, ceramics and steel sculpture to highlight their love of the Barka (or Darling) River and its indigenous people, the Barkandji.  Maitland Art Gallery, High Street, until 12 September.    

Shadow Boxer

A showcase of art, photography and memorabilia highlighting the sporting and cultural aspects of the world of boxing.  Includes workshops, films, paintings and discussions, plus a tribute to Maitland-born boxer Les Darcy.  Maitland Art Gallery, High Street, until 26 September.    

The Castanet Club: An Exhibition You Can Dance To

A nostalgic celebration of Newcastle’s famed Castanet Club (1982-1991), which featured an irreverent mix of music and comedy from a diverse group of young performers, including Mikey Robbins, Glenn Butcher and Stephen (“Sandman”) Abbott.  This display recalls the Club’s history via band posters, costumes, pop-art, photos and performance footage, plus a recreated 1980s Cooks Hill share-house where many of the Club’s ideas and characters were hatched.  Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle, until 31 October.  Closed Mondays.

An accompanying book on the Club’s history is available for sale

John Gollings: The History of the Built World

On tour from Victoria’s Monash Gallery of Art.  A display by John Gollings, Australia’s pre-eminent photographer of the built environment, which documents new buildings and cityscapes as well as architectural history and heritage.  His compositional photographic techniques and special effects invest architecture with personality, portraying buildings as lively habitats rather than just static monuments.  Newcastle Museum, Honeysuckle.  Until 31 October.  Closed Mondays.

Broken Chains – Prisoners Unlocking Potential

A solo display of 10 photorealism portraits of former prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, Stephen Fry, Robert Downey Jnr and Malcolm X.  The artist is author and former inmate Damien Linnane, whose work seeks to break down the stigma of prison and to humanise the incarcerated.  Wallsend Library, Bunn Street, until 7 November.  No bookings required – just drop in during library hours (from 9.30am Monday to Saturday; from 1.30pm on Sundays). 

Max Dupain: Art and War

A display of work by respected wartime photographer Max Dupain, who captured daily life at various military bases, including Papua New Guinea’s Goodenough Island and the RAAF Rathmines base.  Rathmines Centre, Stilling Street.  Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 28 November.  Gold-coin admission.

Art and Dementia: A Guided Exhibition Tour 

A 90-minute social viewing of exhibitions aimed specifically for people living with dementia and for their carers.  A trained guide will use art as a means of conversation, encouraging visitors to express their thoughts and emotions.  Maitland Art Gallery, High Street.  Daily until 9 December.

Coming Soon – Morpeth Ghost Tour

Discover the dark history and ghostly hauntings of Australia’s oldest river port.  Friday, 13 August.  Meet outside Morpeth’s Courthouse Museum at 7.30pm.  An all-weather event.  Not suitable for children under 15.  Bookings:  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/ejynn/morpeth_ghost_heritage_tour_l/buy-tickets

Coming Soon – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Metropolitan Players’ presentation of the popular musical about the adventures of three lip-sync performers – two drag queens and a transsexual – when they travel to an outback gig in a battered bus named Priscilla.  Features more than 20 hit songs from the 70s and 80s.  Parental guidance advised as the show contains adult themes.  Civic Theatre.  From 18 to 28 August.  Tickets: 4929 1977 or https://civictheatrenewcastle.com.au/visit/ticket-office