Leichhardt's Capriccio Osteria & Bar introduces new menu plus all-day dining (Sydney)


Relatively new Leichhardt restaurant Capriccio Osteria & Bar has officially entered into the flavours of summer with their latest seasonal menu, bringing with it the introduction of all-day dining from Tuesday to Sunday. Now that the restaurant has built up a local following around Sydney, it's time for third generation restaurateurs Matteo Galletto (son of the great Lucio Galletto) and Michele Rispoli to really take their osteria to the next level and really add to the rich, renowned Italian scene that has long been established in the inner-west suburb.

Arts Interview: Writer Ben Elton talks about the 2016 Australian return of Queen Musical "We Will Rock You"

Back in August 2003, We Will Rock You first opened in Australia at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Written by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder) and featuring no less than 24 songs from classic rock group Queen, the show was a huge success, with over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries having since experienced the stage production. And now - from 30th April 2016 - the show is returning to Australia for a run of shows around the country. In advance of this, I sat down with writer Ben Elton to talk about the show's legacy, the changes we can expect, his plans for a new TV show in the UK and more...

Arts Review: Miss Universal by Atlanta Eke - Chunky Move Studios, Melbourne (Performances to December 12th)

One of the beautiful things about contemporary dance is its ability to transcend mediums not often explored by mainstream dance disciplines. However, when it comes down to it, there does need to be a message that isn’t clouded by obscurity and organic motive.

the AU interview: Penelope Cain talks about her massive year & the life of an artist.

Trickle Down, Penelope Cain. Courtesy of the artist.

Since finishing her Masters of Fine Arts from the Sydney College of the Arts in 2014, Penelope Cain has been keeping herself busy. Having had work in the Blake Prize, Paramor Art+Innovation award, Hazelhurst Art on Paper and more recently being a finalist in both the Fishers Ghost Award and the Grace Cossington Smith Award - I'm surprised the artist had a moment to spare to answer these questions! Be sure to keep your eye on this one - she is definitely one to watch.

On the Shelf: Stockade Brew Co.'s new range of brews


Relatively new craft brewery Stockade Brew Co. in South West Sydney stayed true to their promise of continual forward movement this year by introducing an entirely new line-up of beers earlier this year. Their commitment to using only high quality ingredients, no sugars for high speed fermentation, and no compromises on purity has, in previous years, seen them take out numerous awards for craft lagers and ales, and their new range looks to be carrying on that reputation. In this 'On the Shelf' we take a look at three of those new brews: The Duel Hoppy Lager, the Chop Shop Pale Ale, and The Sesh Golden Session Ale.

Dutchess Restaurant & Bar - CBD (Melbourne)

Perched atop the crown of Melbourne’s oldest pub, The Duke of Wellington, is a glamorous Manhattan-inspired dining lounge by the name of Dutchess. Despite its location across the road from Federation Square, the restaurant feels miles away from downtown Melbourne, evoking the signature vogue style of nightlife in New York City.

On the Shelf: Il Colle 46 Parallelo Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG


Few things are as summer-appropriate as a nice, crispy Italian Prosecco, and as the weather heats up in Australia we take a look at some very fine, straight forward Prosecco from northern Italy, specifically: Veneto. The Il Colle 46 Parallelo Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG has been spread throughout the nation by Euro Concepts/The Wog with the Grog as part of their carefully curated range in response to fears of a 'Prosecco shortage', which Director Robert Dessanti claims have been exaggarated.

MCA hosts pop-up Gin Garden for summer (Sydney)


Renowned UK artist Grayson Perry is going to have a big presence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney this summer season, with his exhibition My Pretty Little Art Career featuring from 10th December 2015 to 1st May 2016. To accompany and celebrate this big moment for MCA, the street-level entrance has just grown a pop-up Gin Garden inspired by the spirited works of Perry and offering up Sydney something hugely weather appropriate to shake off those glaring rays.

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards winners for 2016


Once again Time Out Sydney have gone through their annual Bar Awards, going through the city's very diverse scene and crowned those who have made the biggest impact throughout the last 12 months. The list of winners is always a great indication of how Sydney's bar scene has grown and where it is headed as we enter 2016.

Theatre Review: Glory Box La Revolucion - Wonderland Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse (Dates until the 13th December)

Brisbane Powerhouse has put on their Wonderland festival, an end of the year soiree that aims to please and pleasure you. As part of the 2015 Wonderland programme Brisbanites got to feast upon internationally acclaimed burlesque show Finucane and Smith’s Glory Box: LA REVOLUCIÓN. From high flying skills to messy spills this show is both dazzling and perturbing.

Theatre Review: Hamlet - Montague Basement at PACT, Sydney (Performances until December 5th)

Annually and without fail, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” sees a flavoursome reworking on a Sydney stage. Big or small, there is one. 2013 saw Belvoir Resident Director Simon Stone’s stripped and minimalistic rendition of the tragedy executed with a wealth of experience – Toby Schmitz playing the titular role, Robyn Nevin as Gertrude, John Gaden as Claudius, Emily Barclay as Ophelia and a series of contemporaries filling the gaps. 2014 saw a variety of drama students presenting on stage, notably Sydney University’s analytically complex reworking. 2015 brings new challenges in Sydney, two Hamlets running rampant on the same nights, with creatives exploring different thematic concerns.

Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein to appear at the Sydney Opera House for the "All About Women" Festival in 2016

Next year on March 6, American musician, writer, artist and all-round funny gal, Carrie Brownstein will be coming to the Sydney Opera House as part of the "All About Women" festival. Following the recent release of her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Brownstein will be talking about life and music, and how they influence each other in a discussion you won't want to miss.

13 events not to miss around Australia this December

Summer is here and with it comes a ton of events happening across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane . Whether you’re into art, magic, festivals, or spreading the Christmas cheer there is something for everyone taking place in the capital cities. Check out our top 12 picks of events across Australia not to miss this December.

Mc'Donalds have announced when all-day breakfast will be available across Australia


This week, fast food giant McDonalds announced the timings for their highly anticipated (and long overdue) rollout of all-day breakfast. News dropped months ago that Maccas were trailing the concept, continuing the global trend of using Australia as a kind of testing ground for their new ideas; now the timing has been confirmed, and all-day breakfast will available nationally by the end of February 2016.

Theatre Review: Les Misérables - QPAC's Lyric Theatre (Performance until January 17th)

Over the past year, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre has been transformed into the African Savannah, the merry old land of Oz, a 1930s luxury liner, and the venue of the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix Dancing Championship. Now, in the final major production of 2015, audiences are transported to the streets of nineteenth century Paris, for the 30th anniversary tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables.