A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 16th 2012
Cockroaches, music & magic
[ADVERT]January is a month of renewal, a time when you can make a fresh start in the brand new year and get your New Year resolutions into gear. If your New Year's resolution is to get out more to enjoy and experience the multitude of events Brisbane has to offer, here's a list of unique events to celebrate.
From cockroach races to trying out different music genres to losing yourself in an intriguing night of magic, get out of your comfort zone and embrace the new. If you survive the apocalypse on 21st December 2012, you deserve to treat yourself to something different.
On Australia Day, try to put aside your aversion to the little cockroaches some people commonly term "pests" and join in a tradition dating back 30 years, when two old punters argued in a bar over which suburb had the biggest and fastest cockroaches, starting the cocky races held at the Story Bridge Hotel.
You can gain entry with a gold coin donation and gates open at 11am for the first race at 12pm. If you are baffled at why a bunch of cockroaches can draw such a large amount of people, just head over anyway to enjoy the street stage live bands through the day. Any excuse to party, right? If bands and cockroaches are not your thing, pretend you are at a high school carnival and dunk the poor volunteer at the dunking machine.
The racing rules are simple. Punters pay $5 to buy a cockroach and $5 to enter it in the race. All cockroaches are numbered and participants can bring their own cockroach as well.
Prizes are as follows: 1st place - sponsors prize and trophy, 2nd place - $25 Cash, 3rd place - $15.00. Scientifically bred cockroaches (of the highest calibre) can be purchased from the Stewards. If you have the best stable costume, you and your team can be in to win a $2000 Party at the Story Bridge Hotel, not to mention 'Miss Cocky', a competition to find an ambassador for cockroach racing.
Held at the Sandgate Townhall, the 2013 Music by the Sea Festival will run from the 11th to 13th January. The festival has been running since 2002 and is held in a restored heritage listed architectural hall with new air-conditioning, dance floor, lighting and superb acoustics. A multitude of different genres will be playing at the festival, including classical, folk, jazz and world music.
Get ready to be entranced by performers including Elena Kats-Chernin, a reknown compose/performer, Tamara Cislowska ready to wow everyone as a concert pianist, Tinpan Orange a talented roots/indie band, Vishten, a folk ensemble all the way from Canada, Gregory Page a singer/songwriter from USA, Kingfisha, a Brisbane reggae band, Judit Molnar, a soprano from Hungary, the Brisbane Chamber Orchestra and Geoffrey Fabila on the didjeribone/electronica to name a few. Be prepared to laugh with a comedy act from The Birdman.
Tickets are on sale now. If purchased before 24th December, adult tickets go for $20 on Friday evening or $60 for whole day Saturday or Sunday. It is free for children below 12.
Tickets bought after 24th December are $30 on Friday and $70 for Saturday or Sunday.
Between 18 January and 23 January at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), get ready to be blown away by a world's first magical spectacular. Seven of the greatest magicians are gathering together for a magical extravaganza, all ready to thrill our socks off.
Perfect for the family, the astounding stage effects will have you wondering how they managed to pull it off. Magicians include the escapologist Andrew Basso, who is claimed to be the "natural successor of Harry Houdini". All the way from Italy, Andrew is the master of thrilling escapes under water, 150 feet in the air, and from explosives, chains, padlocks and cars bursting into flames.
Jeff Hobson, dubbed "the trickster", is the host of Las Vegas, leaving the audience hooting with laughter. Brett Daniels, the grand illusionist is famous for his levitations and ability to defy the laws of physics. Kevin James "the inventor" is a collector of the strange and unusual. Some of his magic acts are performed by David Copperfield and Nicholas Cage in the film Adaptation.
Dan Sprerry aka "the anti-conjurer" is described as Marilyn Manson meets David Copperfield, dabbling in the bizarre and macabre magic. Mark Kalin as "The Gentleman" performs his own experimental theatre in Reno, Nevada, achieving the largest stage illusion of all time - making an American Airlines Jumbo Jet disappear at the Hilton Reno. Jinger Leigh, the rose among the thorns, is captivating as she captures the art of dance with illusion. With such an incredible all-star line-up, don't miss the talents on display.
B reserve tickets start from $79 and A reserve tickets are $99.
Event times are as per below:
Fri 18 Jan 2013 7.00pm
Sat 19 Jan 2013 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Sun 20 Jan 2013 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Tue 22 Jan 2013 2.00pm & 7.00pm
Wed 23 Jan 2013 2.00pm & 7.00pm