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The Cheap List: Brisbane's April Entertainment for Under $40

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Published April 6th 2013
Cheap jazz, fashion, films, circus and music this April
The Cheap List: April Entertainment for under $40

When it comes to entertainment or a night out on the town, it's getting harder to find affordable options that won't break your budget. Well, Weekend Notes has come to the rescue with a list of five entertainment options this April, all under $40. It's a diverse list too, with jazz, circus, fashion, films and musical performance in the mix.

If you can't find anything that appeals to you amongst the following events you can also find some cheap cinematic entertainment in my article Five Film Festivals in April.

Jazz and Shiraz

Logan's very popular Jazz and Shiraz is the chill out, autumn, outdoor jewel in Logan's entertainment crown. Held annually in the beautiful surrounds of the historic Kingston Butter Factory it showcases great Australian jazz talent, Brisbane wines and food from local restaurants. It's strictly NO BYO but bring your friends, picnic basket and rug along for this year's expanded line-up, which includes the legendary Grace Knight, Scat, David de Vito and the Lauren Lucille Quartet. Because tickets are only $20 you can still buy a couple of drinks and stay within the $40 budget.

jazz and shiraz
Image from Logan Entertainment Centre website.


When: Saturday 13 April from 3pm to 9pm
Where: Kingston Butter Factory
Tickets: Cost $20 per person and are available online here or by phoning (07) 3412 5626
More Information: Visit the Logan Entertainment Centre website here.

Wicked Winter Rooftop Styling

Here's one for the girls. We all know that Limes Hotel is famous for it's stylish rooftop bar and the inaugural Wicked Winter Rooftop Styling combines that ambience with the fashionista factor. The night includes cocktails on arrival, canapes and a fashion parade, with prizes, discounts and a goodie bag thrown in for good measure. Get the girls together for night out and you'll still have money left over from your $40 budget.

wicked winter rooftop styling, limes hotel
Image from Limes Hotel website.


When: Thursday 11 April at 6.30pm.
Where: Limes Hotel rooftop Bar, 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $20 if pre-booked or $25 at the door. Available online here.
More Information: See the website here.

Identité by Flipside Circus

Fresh from Darling Harbour's Hoopla Festival, Flipside return to Brisbane for more performances of their versatile and energetic show, Identité. See performers aged between 9 and 18 in tris contemporary performance as they explore the concept of identity through acrobatics and aerial work. Flipside is definitelynot your average circus.

identite, flipside circus
Image from Flipside Circus website

When: From Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 April evening performances at 7.30pm. 1pm Matinee performances at 1pm on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11April.
Where: Judith Wright Centre, Level 2, 420 Brunswick St, (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Valley
Tickets: Unreserved theatre seats $22 each or $70 for a family of 4 are available online here.
More Information: Check the website here.

Monsters Film Festival

No red carpets or new age films at this one. Monsters Film Festival at Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is a film festival with something for everyone. Who doesn't love a good, or bad, flick about mad scientists, aliens, zombies or bloodthirsty creatures? All your favourites - classics, fifties and modern - are here from Dracula to Zombieland to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. If you go on Friday or Saturday evenings you can also enjoy the Aidi GOMA Bar, which is open from 5.30pm.

monsters film festival
Image from festival website.


When: From Friday 19 April to Sunday 2 June 2013. Movies screen on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: GOMA Cinémathèque, Stanley Place, South Bank
Tickets: Available online here. General Admission tickets - Adults $9, Concession/Child $7, Members $6. Five Film Passes (5 tickets to 1 film, or 5 single tickets to different films) - Adults $36, Concession/Child $28, Members $24. Tickets can also be purchased at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to each film.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Angela Harding's Just Like You only Different

When the delightful Angela Harding finishes her gig as Laurie in Harvest Rain's 70th anniversary production of Oklahoma at QPAC, she'll be bouncing right back into her one woman show, Just Like You Only Different at Brisbane Powerhouse. And what a treat that will be. She takes a comedic and quirky look at life, delivering favourite and original songs with her glorious voice and great stage presence.

angela harding
Image from Powerhouse website

When: Saturday 27 April at 7.30pm
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, New Farm
Tickets: Cost $35 and are available online here.
More Information: Visit the Powerhouse website here.
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Why? Everybody wants a bargain.
When: Various dates in April. Check article for details.
Where: Various venues. Check article for details.
Cost: Ranges from $9 to $39, depending on the event. Check article for full details.
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