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Eating with the AU: Sake Restaurant and Bar Launches Cherry Blossom Festival

Only in it's sophomore year, the celebratory Cherry Blossom Festival at Saké Restaurant & Bar is back, improving on it's first year with a bigger number of events, spread across the three Saké restaurants in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The month-long celebration is focused at ushering in the light and airy joy which cherry blossoms ('sakura') bring not only to Japan, but to the culture around the world.

Photo Gallery: Furnace and The Fundamentals - Metro Theatre, Sydney (29.08.14)

Furnace and The Fundamentals raised the roof at the Metro Theatre on Friday night with a blistering set of classic rock and pop covers.

Sydney Fringe Review: "Fringe Ignite: Heat The Street" ft. Lime Cordiale + All Our Exes Live in Texas - Crown Street (31.08.14)

The Sydney Fringe Festival has officially kicked off its 5th annual edition with their first ever street party in Surry Hills. Fringe Ignite: Heat The Streets saw bars and shopfronts on Crown Street transform into free entry pop-up music venues, while street musicians roamed and people danced. No one needed to close down the street, no one needed to set up a big stage and close down business in the area. From 4pm until 8pm earlier tonight, the Fringe introduced a new type of street party that we could - and should - see take over more hubs of our city.

Live Review: Kingswood + The Sinking Teeth - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (26.08.14)

Kingswood played their first of two sold out shows to a huge crowd at Newtown Social Club, and showed us why they have a reputation for being one of the best live acts going around.

Party with the AU: Risque Revue at Slide Bar - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Slide already has a well cemented reputation as Sydney’s premier Cabaret venue, so I jumped at the chance to view their new dinner show, Risqué Revue.

Live Review: Megan Washington + Teeth & Tongue + The Tambourine Girls - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (28.08.14)

“Like seriously, what kind of crime can only be solved by a horse?” Megan Washington asks. It’s mid set at the Oxford Art Factory, and Washington is riffing about mounted police. “This is my joke for when I go into stand up. Which will be never.”

F&L News: Magnum Sydney Pleasure Store returns to Westfield CBD for the next 8 weeks

Do you remember walking into the infinitely shiny Westfield Sydney last July and navigating that huge sea of bodies which snaked from Zara all the way into the shopping centre? Remember how you followed it out of curiosity and it led you to a glowing haven of DIY ice cream? I sure do, and it doesn't have to just be a distant memory from yesteryear any more; the Magnum Sydney Pleasure Store pop-up is back! And offering more toppings, a longer stay, and the same irresistible greatness that made it one of the most absurdly popular pop-ups in Sydney.

Theatre Review: Mythbusters "Behind the Myths" - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (23.08.14)

There was an air of excitement in auditorium of the Qantas Credit Union Arena. There was almost crackle of electricity running through the crowd, which could have been quite a real possibility considering that we were all there to see Mythbusters – Behind the Myths.

Photo Gallery: Gabrielle Aplin Secret "Pop Up" Show - The Vanguard, Sydney (26.08.14)

Gabrielle Aplin performed a "secret pop-up show" for fans in Sydney tonight. Mikki Gomez was there and brings us these photos from the special, intimate gig at The Vanguard.

Eating with the AU: Dilmah Pop Up Dinner, Barrel and Beast - Surry Hills (Sydney)

You’re seated at a nice restaurant, you’ve just ordered your meal and the waiter asks you what drink you’d like to accompany it. What do you say?

Live Review: Courtney Love - The Enmore Theatre, Sydney (24.08.14)

“Doesn’t it feel good to have your tits out?” Courtney Love stands on stage, dressed in a white lacey dress, knee high black boots, and a silver tiara perched on her head. Her orange Rickenbacker is slung low at her waist as she directs the crowd to undress. “I need more bras, throw them up!” They obey, and suddenly bras are being thrown from the crowd at the Enmore.

Live Review: RISE Featuring Mantra + Briggs + Remi + Grey Ghost - Oxford Art Factory (22.08.14)

RISE, A photo documentary of Australian hip-hop years in the making, has just been released by respected photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, so what better way to celebrate than bringing the scene together for performances which were more like mini-festivals, set in intimate gig spaces around the country? Hunder's RISE tour was a curated celebration of hip-hop, culminating in more than a handful of surprise guests, reinforcing the unique collaborative and community aspect that hip-hop delivers.

Photo Gallery: Busby Marou + Darren Middleton + Karl S Williams - The Basement, Sydney (23.08.14)

The wonderful sounds of Busby Marou were joined at Sydney venue The Basement by Darren Middleton and Karl S Williams on Saturday night. Robin Sarmento was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Win a double pass to see 'The Motherf**ker with the Hat' in Sydney!

Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and a misplaced hat. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat plays from 19 September to 19 October at Eternity Playhouse.

Drinking with the AU: Choya Fruit Liqueur (Umeshu) Cocktails at The Owl House - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Choya Fruit Liqueur (Umeshu) has officially launched in Australia, bringing with it that impossibly sweet and sour taste to bars, restaurants, and retail outlets around Australia. The slightly tangy liqeuer, which is made from Ume (or Japanese plums), is a clean-tasting and exciting drink to introduce into the Australian market, and one which changes the face of many classic cocktails as deftly demonstrated at a special launch event within the tiny acclaimed small bar that is The Owl House.