Newcastle Art Gallery Artist forum 2pm to 3pm, Sodeisha. Speakers: James Collis (exhibitions coordinator Newcastle Art Gallery), Professor Kevin White (RMIT Melbourne) and exhibiting artist Satoru Hoshino. Also, 7pm performance Crawling through mud by Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub. Award-winning Australian choreographer and performer Kristina Chan presents an exclusive commissioned work, inspired by the seminal 1955 performance Challenging Mud by Kazuo Shiraga.
The Hunter Record Fair 9am to 4pm, Lexington Parade, Adamstown. Entry $3.
Regional Australia Bank The Show – Newcastle and Hunter Saturday and Sunday, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow. Features an animal nursery, rides and showbags, fireworks (Saturday night), campdrafting, rodeo and entertainment in the centre ring, food, wine and beer tasting, kids cooking workshops and more.
Surfest 2019 Saturday and Sunday, March Wandiyali Indigenous Classic at Merewether Beach. Plus, Wandiyali Cultural Gathering 10am onwards, Jefferson Park, Merewether. Food, market stalls, activities, cultural workshops, live music and more.
NRL Trial Match Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks at Maitland No.1 Sportsground, High Street, Maitland. Gates open 8.45am; 9am Under 16’s Newcastle Knights Development Squad v Central Coast Roosters; 10.30am Under 18’s Newcastle Knights Development Squad v Central Coast Roosters; Noon Tarsha Gale Cup Newcastle Knights v St George Dragons; 1.30pm Jersey Flegg Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks; 3.15pm ISP Newcastle Knights v Newtown Jets; 5.30pm NRL Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks.
Cloud Wine Garden Party Noon to 7pm, Hope Estate, Pokolbin. Wine, craft beer, DJs, a silent disco and a gourmet two-course lunch in the vineyards.
Lakefest 2019 LMYC Lakefest Regatta Day 2; Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association Boatfest.
Newcastle Pro Wrestling 7.30pm, Club Maitland City.
NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Saturday and Sunday, Blacksmiths Beach. Age championships (under 9 to 14); open First Aid events.
McGrath Foundation Pink Stumps Day 1pm to 6pm, Valentine Rugby League Field, Croudace Bay.
Clean Up Australia Day 2019 Go online to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/join-a-clean-up and enter your postcode to find out where you can help in your local area.
A-Plus Contracting Blues Tag Gala Day St John Oval, Charlestown. Open ladies Blues Tag with 14 teams competing. First game kicks off at 9am; final at 6pm. All proceeds from gate takings going to White Ribbon Australia.
Wine Barre 3pm, Drayton's Family Wines, Pokolbin. A 55-minute workout followed by a VIP wine tasting.
Lake Macquarie Paddlefest 8am to 4pm, Speers Point Park, Speers Point. Organised by Toronto Sunrise Rotary Club, there will be kayaks, paddle boards; dragon boats and more.
Benefit Night for Ross E. Smith 1pm onwards, Jewells Tavern. Raffles, a sausage sizzle and live music.
Special Olympics Hunter Valley Bocce Charlestown Bowling Club.
48 Watt St Open Day 11am to 2pm, 48 Watt St, Newcastle. Walk through a real wedding set-up and chat to vendors while you snack on brunch canapés and sip on wine and beer.
Autumn Season's Plate 12.30pm to 4pm, Dalwood Estate, 700 Dalwood Road, Dalwood. Cost $150 per person, bookings essential.
One Song Sing: Listen to the Music 5pm, The Station Newcastle. A farewell to Renew Newcastle, weather permitting.
Rock Auction 2019 Noon, Newcastle Lapidary Club, 2 Dora Road, Adamstown. Rocks, gems and other lapidary equipment.
SAVE THE DATE
Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary at Laguna is holding open days on March 10, May 12 and August 4. Sanctuary tours 11am to 3pm - meet the rescue animal residents and hear their stories and enjoy a cruelty-free lunch. Register your interest on the sanctuary's website.
Also, Raid My Wardrobe founder Rachel Prest has partnered with the newly formed Hunter branch of Dress for Success – a not-for-profit group that supports women in need by providing access to good quality professional clothing, styling, mentoring and training. The next Raid My Wardrobe event is on March 24, 10am to 1pm, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Broadmeadow.
Pelican Foreshore Markets Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Lakeview Parade, Pelican.
The Olive Tree Market Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Civic Park, Newcastle.
Anna Bay Community Markets Saturday, 8.30am to 2pm, Baylife Church, Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay.
Garage Sale Saturday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, St John's Presbyterian Church Hall, cnr Hanbury and Macquarie streets, Mayfield.
Handmade in the Hunter Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, Kevin Sobels Wines, 5 Halls Road, Pokolbin.
Hunter Wine Country Markets Saturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.
Adamstown Lions Club Market Sunday, 7am to 1pm, cnr Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.
Newcastle City Farmers Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Newcastle Racecourse, Darling Street, Broadmeadow.
Maitland Markets Sunday, 8am to 2pm, Maitland Showground, Blomfield Street, South Maitland.
Broke Village Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm, McNamara Park, Broke.
Nelson Bay Legacy Markets Sunday, 9am to 3pm, Neil Carroll Park, Nelson Bay.
Five Senses Twilight Market 4pm to 8pm, Lambton Park, Morehead Street, Lambton. Food, craft beer and fine wine, coffee, live music, entertainment for children, market stalls and more. A fundraiser for The Leukaemia Foundation with World's Greatest Shave activities.
Perfect Sunday Markets Sunday, 2pm to 6pm, Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle.
Maitland Regional Art Gallery Staging Love, by Jumaadi, until March 24. The Poetry of Space, by Tim Winters, until April 28. Charles Blackman: from the MRAG Collection, until August 11. Maitland International Salon of Photography, until May 26.
Newcastle Art Gallery Sodeisha: connected to Australia. Floribunda: from the collection, until April 28. Saturday and Sunday, Art Cart: free art-making activity for kids of all ages, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery First Class 18, until March 31. Saturday: Drop-in Drawing for Teens & Adults, 1pm to 2.30pm. Sunday: Art Space, 10.30am to noon, for young children and their families.
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre Summer in the Bay; Holiday Jewels, until March 14.
SEEN@Swansea, The Swansea Centre, Waves, until March 31.
Newcastle Art Space Transfiguration, by Leeroy Chapman, ends Sunday.
Timeless Textiles Big Ink, by Fiona Duthie, until March 10.
The Lock Up Argo Internal Pressure, by Braddon Snape, until March 17.
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery Approaches To Landscape, by Julia Francis, Jacquie Mather, Jenny Dimmock, Rebecca Rath, Guntis Jansons, Richard Sternl, until March 31.
Newcastle Studio Potters & Back to Back Galleries Moving Through Time, by Mike Moore and Jeff Lees from Highlands Pottery in Sydney. They have perfected a unique method of turning images into permanent ceramic and glass representations of the original subject. Saturday and Sunday only, 11am to 5pm.
Watt Space Gallery Dandelion, by Josiah Cocking; Process and Reality, by Leeroy Chapman; Headlines of Future Past, by Scott Probst; Portraits of Ghosts, by Benjamin Crocker, until March 3.
The University Gallery Common Ground Pacific, by Greg Fuller, Jason Hicklin and Tracy Hill, until March 19.
Museum of Clothing, Maitland 2018 HSC Students Design & Textile Work, until April 13.
Newcastle Museum Fire and Earth; A Newcastle Story; Link Gallery.
Between The Lines Art Gallery, Tighes Hill Local artists, opening exhibition.
Burlesque Idol Women seeking to be burlesque performers show their song, dance and comedy skills in the Newcastle session of a bright national competition. Lizotte’s, Lambton. Saturday, dinner and show from 6.30pm, show only at 8.30pm. 4956 2066.
The Dapto Chaser Mary Rachel Brown's bright comedy-drama peers into greyhound racing and the lives of a family for whom the dog track is good and bad. Pencil Case Productions, at the Creator Incubator, Hamilton North. Saturday at 8pm. stickytickets.com.au; 0421 026 693.
This is Me: The Man Behind the Make-up Newcastle’s Wayne Rogers, a nationally renowned drag queen, looks with humour, song and dance at his life and performances. Hunter Theatre, Broadmeadow. Saturday at 2pm. 4952 3355.
5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Urby. Sunday, Marissa +1.
Anna Bay Tavern Saturday, Shivoo. Sunday, Mick Jones.
Argenton Hotel Sunday, Kaylens Rain Duo.
Australia Hotel Cessnock Saturday, Allstar.
Avon Valley Inn Saturday, Bad Paris.
Beach Hotel Saturday, Club Esky. Sunday, V Dubs.
Bellbird Hotel Sunday, Mardy Leith.
Belmont 16s Saturday, Cruzers, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Bloom.
Belmont Hotel Saturday, Kaylens Rain Duo.
Belmore Hotel Saturday, Sundays Record.
Beresfield Bowling Club Saturday, Code Red.
Blueys Nelson Bay Saturday, Murray Byfield. Sunday, Matt Bowles.
The Bradford Saturday, No Exit - The Angels Show.
Cambridge Hotel Saturday, CRAZE ft. Leotrix, Masif, Deviouz, UA1. Sunday, Clea, Sweater Curse, Skivvy Season, Underlay.
Cardiff RSL Club Saturday, Atomic Blondes Have More Fun.
Catho Pub Saturday, Layth Gunn. Sunday, Loko.
Central Leagues Club Saturday, The Andy Show.
Cessnock Leagues Club Saturday, Jade Holland Duo.
Clare Castle Hotel Sunday, Loose Change.
Club Kotara Saturday, Early Daze.
Club Lemon Tree Saturday, Boney Rivers.
Colliery Inn Sunday, Reg Sinclair.
Commercial Hotel Morpeth Saturday, Greg Sherar.
Crown & Anchor Hotel Saturday, Ryan Daley, Jethro Thorpe.
Customs House Sunday, Max Jackson.
Cypress Lakes Saturday, Tom Christie.
D'Albora Marina Sunday, Chad Shuttleworth.
East Cessnock Bowling Club Saturday, Veronika.
East Maitland Bowling Club Saturday, The 3. Sunday, Karen O'Shea.
Easts Leisure & Golf Club Sunday, Donnie Soper.
Eatons Hotel Saturday, Daniel Arvidson.
Edgeworth Tavern Saturday, The Bad and The Ugly.
Exchange Hotel Saturday, Loko.
Finnegans Saturday, Kidd Kaos & Zannon, Luke La Beat, Tig, JKB, Hooey, Jakesy Hussle.
Gallipoli Legion Club Sunday, Daniel Arvidson.
Gateshead Tavern Sunday, Loaded Acoustics.
George Tavern Saturday, Shaka.
Grain Store Sunday, J.J King.
Great Northern Hotel Newcastle Saturday, Dr. Zoom Duo.
Great Northern Hotel Teralba Saturday, Felix Quinn Music Band.
Gunyah Hotel Saturday, Gen-X. Sunday, City Beats Duo.
Hamilton Station Hotel Saturday, Affinity Minus Perfection, Eviscerate The Crown, Hostel, Cold Era. Sunday, Natalie Henry, Jack Rayne.
Harrigan’s Pokolbin Sunday, Troy Kemp.
Hexham Bowling Club Saturday, The Gaudrys.
Honeysuckle Hotel Saturday, Soundabout. Sunday, Anyerin.
Hotel Delany Saturday, Todd Schmoo.
Imperial Hotel Maitland Saturday, The Walking Phoenix Duo.
Imperial Hotel Singleton Saturday, Whiskey Business.
Jewells Tavern Saturday, Oz Icons with special guest Wayne Pearce.
Kent Hotel Saturday, Stiletto.
King Street Hotel Saturday, Bonka.
Kurri Kurri Bowling Club Saturday, Chad Shuttleworth.
Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Sunday, Andrew G.
Lass O’Gowrie Saturday, Sid Berry.
Lizotte’s Saturday, Burlesque Idol. Sunday Bob "Bongo" Starkie (lunch), J Mascis (US), Peter Black (dinner).
Mary Ellen Hotel Saturday, Sunhill Drive.
Maryland Tavern Saturday, The After Party Duo.
Mattara Hotel Saturday, Bobby C.
Mavericks On The Bay Saturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Zane Penn.
Mavericks On Darby Saturday, Pete Hibbert.
Mayfield Ex-Services Saturday, Smokin Rosie.
Metropolitan Hotel Maitland Saturday, Witchery. Sunday, Brindle Pigs.
Mezz Bar at Wallsend Diggers Saturday, The Years. Sunday, Scully.
Morisset Country Club Sunday, Kelly Hope.
Murray’s Brewery Saturday, Amy Fredes. Sunday, Holly Mae Wilson.
Nag’s Head Hotel Saturday, Mick Jones.
Nelson Bay Diggers Saturday, The Levymen. Sunday, Megan Core.
Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Emily Smith.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Joel Oakhill.
Northern Star Hotel Saturday, Allon.
Pelican RSL Club Sunday, Wayne Dufty.
Pippis At The Point Saturday, Jackson Broadway.
Queens Wharf Hotel Saturday, Hummingbirds. Sunday, Mark Wells.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club Sunday, ROX.
Redhead Surf Club Sunday, Greg Bryce.
Royal Federal Hotel Branxton Saturday, Misbehave.
Royal Hotel Singleton Sunday, The Way.
Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto Sunday, Jamie Martens.
Rutherford Hotel Saturday, Gareth Jay.
Seabreeze Hotel Saturday, Rockit. Sunday, Aaron Hood.
Shaft Tavern Saturday, Jim Overend.
Shoal Bay Country Club Saturday, New Black Shades. Sunday, Matt McLaren.
Shortland Hotel Saturday, Darren Rolling Keys.
Small Ballroom Saturday, Torren Foot. Sunday, Earthless (US), Space Carbonara.
Stag and Hunter Hotel Saturday, Jesse Redwing.
Star Hotel Saturday, Keys On King - Marissa & Jacob.
Stockton Bowling Club Saturday, Picture Book - Simple Red Tribute. Sunday, Marriah.
Stockton RSL Club Sunday, Feeling Alright Trio.
Swansea RSL Club Saturday, The Echoes. Sunday, Jacinta.
Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club Saturday, Gerda.
Swansea Workers Club Saturday, Robbie Urquhart. Sunday, Jake Daulby.
Sydney Junction Hotel Saturday, Mojo Bandits. Sunday, Lithium.
Tea Gardens Hotel Saturday, Jayde Corner.
Tilligerry RSL Saturday, Cotton Sax and Strings.
Toronto Workers Saturday, Project X.
Victoria Hotel Hinton Saturday, Joel Oakhill. Sunday, Just Jade.
Vincent St Kitchen & Bar Cessnock Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. Sunday, Murray Byfield.
Wangi Hotel Saturday, Russell Hull. Sunday, Angie.
Wangi Wangi RSL Club Saturday, The Elton Experience.
Wests Cardiff Saturday, The Snape Trilogy.
Wests New Lambton Saturday, Rubber Bullet.
Wests NEX Saturday, The Big Bang.
Wickham Park Hotel Saturday, Spy V Spy, Urban Guerillas, Sneaky Freakers. Sunday, Floyd Vincent & The Temple Dogs, Chikarma.
Windsor Castle Hotel Saturday, Anyerin.
A Dog's Way Home (PG) A dog called Bella is found in a construction site and has to overcome the struggles of being an outlawed Pitbull. Bella is shipped out to Farmington where she can be safe; however Bella misses her owner so much that she undertakes a 400 mile journey home.
Alita: Battle Angel (M) When Alita awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognise, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who realises that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. (Heddon Greta Drive In)
A Star Is Born (M) A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
At Eternity's Gate (PG) A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Bohemian Rhapsody (M) A celebration of Queen, their music and their lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes to become one of the world’s best entertainers.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (M) When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. (Regal)
Cold Pursuit (MA) Kehoe is a glitzy ski resort in the Rocky Mountains. The local police aren’t used to much action until the son of unassuming town snowplough driver, Nels Coxman is murdered at the order of Viking, a flamboyant drug lord. Fueled by rage and armed with heavy machinery, Nels sets out to dismantle the cartel one man at a time. (Heddon Greta Drive In)
Colette (M) Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. (Lake Cinema)
Escape Room (M) A psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die.
Flying The Nest (G) A plover chick has not learned to fly when his family migrates in the fall. He must survive the arctic winter, vicious enemies and himself in order to be reunited with his beloved one next spring.
Free Solo (M) Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3000 foot high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.
Greta (MA) A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her.
Green Book (M) The Oscar-winning story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who takes on a job as a chauffeur for a highly-educated African-American classical pianist. The mismatched pair embark on a two-month tour of concert venues in the racially-charged south. (Regal)
Happy Death Day 2 U (M) Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori, who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop.
Instant Family (PG) When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.
It’s The Law (M) In a Sicilian town plagued by countless problems provoked by a rampant dishonesty, the inhabitants elect a mayor which promises order and legality. But the truth is that the town is corrupted and dishonest beyond redemption.
King Of Thieves (M) A crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah, quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed.
Mary Poppins Returns (G) In depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins after a personal loss. (Regal)
Ralph Breaks The Internet (PG) Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope travel to the internet in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush.
Stan & Ollie (PG) Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future.
Storm Boy (M) Kingley recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
The Favourite (MA) In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. (Regal)
The Mule (MA) A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. (Lake Cinema)
What Men Want (M) A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts.