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ISSUE 118 18.01.13

PULL OUT AND KEEP! PENRITH’S NUMBER ONE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE

GIG GUIDE

WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND

GIVEAWAY

PASSES TO AMF BOWLING PENRITH

WEEKLY WINE

SHARKTOOTH SHIRAZ WITH BITE

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DAVE BATTAH STEPS INTO STEWART’S SHOES


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Cover Story

SINGING IN ROD STEWART’S SHOES

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NATHAN TAYLOR goes one-on-one with internationally renowned Rod Stewart impersonator, Dave Battah, about forging a career starring as one of the world’s most successful male artists…

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t was 2002 and the world was in the midst of the ‘War on Terror’. One place that was the prime target for Coalition forces was Afghanistan – the very same place Canadian-born Rod Stewart tribute artist, Dave Battah, decided to tour his internationally renowned show. “Performing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was one of the highlights of my career in 2002,” Dave told FYI. “All through the 90’s I did the military entertainment tours throughout Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Bosnia and the North Pole, entertaining troops from all over the world. I always feel very proud to be able to bring peace and relaxation to these troops.” Dave said he rarely feels nervous performing in some of the world’s most dangerous and volatile places. “I’ve never been nervous doing any of these military shows,” he said. “First off we have military escorts and we fly over in military aircraft. I’ve never been frightened because I’ve always loved that type of thing.” Dave got his start playing the man known as ‘Rockin’ Rod’ more than 20 years ago after performing one of Stewart’s songs in a cover band. “I wasn’t a Rod Stewart fan to begin with but after performing one his songs one day on stage my agent said, ‘You should do a tribute’,” Dave recalled. “So lucratively I decided to put a Rod Stewart tribute show together and from there I became a fan.” The British-born Rod Stewart is one of the most popular artists of all time, selling in excess of 100 million records worldwide.

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One thing that makes the ladies (and some men) swoon is Stewart’s uniquely raspy voice – which is probably the most challenging element for impersonator Dave to replicate. “I spent most of my career... copying other people’s voices. Whenever I performed a cover [song] I’d always like to try and do the voice of the artist who was singing it,” he said. “With Rod Stewart, he has a deceivingly high voice and with a rasp on there. Even with the show together I was still perfecting it and it took me a couple of years to get it right.” Dave said even to this day he is developing Stewart’s voice. “It’s pretty well-developed but I sometimes hear him do new things when I revisit some of the songs and I’m conscious of it,” he said. “It’s always going to be a work in progress but I’d say it’s mostly developed now considering I’ve been doing it all over the world since 1990.” But what does the man himself think of it all? By chance, Dave met Rod Stewart’s band when they were visiting Toronto for a concert at the Skydome. They were so amazed by his likeness to Stewart that they invited him backstage. “We were in the same room before the show and his band said Rod wanted to meet me,” Dave recounted. “I was watching him across the room when all of a sudden the stage manager came in and dragged everyone on stage. However, the band came up to me and said, ‘he was flattered at what you do’. I’m not planning on hunting him down or anything but I would like to meet him one day.” Dave is regarded as one of the best impersonators in the world. He even spent

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I’m not planning on hunting him down but I would like to meet him many years living in Las Vegas performing as Rod Stewart and sharing the stage with Elvis, Cher, Tom Jones and Neil Diamond impersonators in the Imperial Palace’s highly successful, long-running ‘Legends in Concert’ show. Dave is currently on tour in NSW and on February 8 will be bringing his spectacular two-hour live show, ‘Forever Rod’, to the EVAN Theatre, Penrith Panthers. Dave said he’ll be performing all of Stewart’s biggest hits including material from the hugely successful ‘The Great American Songbook’ collection. “Rod won multiple Grammys for his ‘American Songbook’ catalogue, so I can’t ignore them in the show but we mostly stick

to the old classics that he released during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. “The three most popular songs on tour are always ‘Maggie May’, ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’ and in Australia, ‘Sailing’ is also very popular.”

Don’t miss the world’s best Rod Stewart impersonator, Dave Battah, star in ‘Forever Rod’ at the EVAN Theatre, Penrith Panthers, on Friday, February 8 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $31.50. To book or for more information call 1800 061 991 or visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au.


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Local Gigs

Annual Thong Throwing Comp 3.30pm

CHILDREN’S MOVIE FESTIVAL

Gold Coin Donation

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Closest to the beer wins the prize. Raffle on the day BBQ, Cooler & Hamper to be won.

FREE Entertainment Friday January 18th - 8pm

Saturday January 19th - 7pm

Friday January 25th - 8pm

Saturday January 26th - 7pm

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FULL $10 LUNCH MENU Complimentary beer, wine or soft drink (members only). 7 to choose from. Monday-Friday Only

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t’s hard to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays but not anymore! Coming to the Q Theatre during these January school holidays, ‘Little Big Shots’ is here to inspire the kids. ‘Little Big Shots’ stands as Australia’s only major children’s film festival. Each year Australia is proud to have this travelling show on the road to bring great films from around the globe to the children in cities and towns across Australia. The international film festival boasts local and international children’s short films, animations, documentaries and even childproduced films.

Each movie is individually funny, moving and engaging where the movies aim to discuss world culture, languages, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. Better yet these movies will entertain your kids, make them laugh, think and create. The ‘Little Big Shots’ film festival will be hosted by the Q Theatre at Penrith’s Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, January 22. There are different packages designed to be suitable for all families and engage different age groups. There are films aimed at children in their early childhood, aged two to five-years screening at 9.30am and films for targeting kids aged four to 10-years on from 11.30am. Tickets can be purchased for $10 to $12 at www.jspac.com.au or by calling 4723 7600. The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is located at 597 High Street, Penrith.

RECHARGE

SUNDAY RAFFLE

Starts at 7pm Tickets on Sale from 5pm A variety of prizes including Meat Trays

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TALENTED TEN SAXES IN PENRITH

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n a world first that has never been seen before in Australia, Penrith Panthers are bringing you the Ten Saxes. On stage, as the name suggests there will be 10 saxophonists who will all perform together at the same time. In what can only be described as a wonderfully unique show you will be amazed and delighted at the smooth sounds that can be made from this instrument. The famous saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1842 and was unlike any other instrument before it because of

its conical shaped body that amplified the volume of its sound. These 10 extraordinary musicians can play anything from the Blues Brothers, to Bach, from inspiring movie themes such as ‘Rocky’ to the playful tune of ‘The Simpsons’. In their performance at the Evan Theatre, they will be playing hits such as ‘Tequila’, the theme from ‘Peter Gunn’, ‘Just the way you are’, ‘I still call Australia home’ and ‘Rock around the clock’ just to name a few more! After hearing these songs in wonderful new arrangements tailored to the different saxophones being played, you will have a new appreciation of this incredible instrument and these talented performers. The Ten Saxes will perform at the Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Saturday, February 9. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are $31.50 and can be purchased by calling 1800 061 991.


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What’s On The...

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SMALL SCREEN

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udd Apatow, the producer of comedies such as ‘40-Year-OldVirgin’ and ‘Funny People’ yet again hits the funny bone with the hilarious comedy ‘This is 40’. Featuring an all star cast including funny man Paul Rudd, the exceptionally humorous Leslie Mann, the hysterical Melissa McCarthy and Megan Fox, you won’t be able to contain your laughter. The comedy expands upon the story of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann), supporting characters from the blockbuster hit ‘Knocked Up’, as we see first-hand how they are dealing with the challenges of life. The film follow their lives as middle aged parents who both deal with turning 40, juggling their finances and their children. There have been mixed reviews from critics. One said: “The film has much to say about family dynamics as a couple’s wavering love”. Many viewers are saying that the movie went for too long and became aimless towards the end.

elcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-star resort, where monsters and their families can live it up without those pesky humans to bother them. Dracula has invited friends including Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy and werewolves to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 18th birthday. All is going “spooktacularly” until an ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and starts chasing the lovely Mavis. The film did extraordinarily well at the box office making over $142 million. The family is sure to enjoy this animated comedy that guarantees laughter and frights all the way through. This PG rated film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher and Selena Gomez. Kids will be thrilled with the eye-catching animation, non stop jokes and gross gags. One critic has summed the movie up to be: “Monstrously entertaining, frequently hilarious and lively with a fast paced animation as well as entertaining”.

This is 40 [Rated MA] Starring: Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA [Rated PG]

Starring: Adam Sandler & Selena Gomez

AUDITIONS

Are being held for an upcoming production of Eurobeat to be staged on the 1st & 2nd Weekends in May 2013 INFORMATION NIGHT Wednesday January 30th from 7:30pm in the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (Orchestral Room) AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT Monday 4th February 2013 from 7:30pm Wednesday 6th February 2013 from 7:30pm Alan Mullins Hall in the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

For enquiries please ring Grant on 0433 156 543 Or Belinda on 0418257893 (after hours)

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he ‘Powers Rangers’ were huge in the 90’s with nearly every kid pretending to be their favourite character in the schoolyard. Now the famous team are back in a whole new video game for Xbox 360 titled ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai’. Prepare to experience the ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai’ universe in an entirely new way using the super cool hands-free Xbox 360 Kinect. Morph into the Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink or Gold Ranger and master the mystical and ancient Kanji symbols that control the elements of Fire, Water, Forest, Earth, Sky and Light. The new game comes with a host of features that will no doubt have you playing for hours as you fight your way through Moogers and Nighlok. Players can also train alongside their favourite Ranger for an intense ‘Super Samurai’ martial arts workout session or better yet play alongside a friend and take down the Nighlok as a team. ‘Super Samurai’ is only available on Xbox 360.

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onsidered by music critics to be one of the best albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ has been re-released for its 35th anniversary, featuring three CDs worth of music from the band, including the re-mastered edition of the album, live performances from the 1977 tour and previously unreleased vault recordings. Since 1977, the album has sold over 40 million copies, making it the eighth highest selling album ever released. Famed for its unique fusion of acoustic and electric instrumentation, the deluxe album includes 38 tracks, including remastered recordings of ‘Dreams’, ‘Never Going Back Again’ and ‘Don’t Stop’. The Grammy-award winning album is ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’. But it is perhaps the tracks on the third disk that are the most highly anticipated – previously unreleased tracks, including early takes, alternative versions, instrumentals and duets. Fleetwood Mac’s fan-base is diverse

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and growing, with the group often regarded as one of the most enduring bands of all time. In 2011, ‘Rumours’ re-entered the Billboard charts at number 12, showing that the album has retained its original appeal, even after over 30 years. ‘Fleetwood Mac Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition’ will be released on January 25.

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RUMOURS - 35TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION

THE Q PRESENTS

LITTLE BIG SHOTS

A fun-filled film festival for kids, by kids, about kids!

TUESDAY 22 JANUARY

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Weekly Wine

SHARKTOOTH’S A SHIRAZ WITH BITE

PENRITH PANTHERS

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hen you’ve made wine in the USA, France and Italy as well as Australia, and you have a Jimmy Watson Trophy under your belt as well, it’s really saying something when you describe fruit from a particular vineyard as “the kind of thing winemakers dream of�. And that’s how the McLaren Vale’s Serafino Wines’ chief winemaker, Charles Wish, sums up fruit from the company’s Sharktooth Block vineyard that goes into its flagship Sharktooth Shiraz. “When I joined Serafino in 2009 I was blown away by the exceptional fruit off that block,� Charles said. “It definitely was the kind we winemakers dream of.� For Shiraz buffs, Charles’ Serafino 2009 Sharktooth Shiraz really is quite outstanding – it is deep purple in colour and with a palate that’s full-bodied, rich and intense with

wonderful dark berry fruit flavours. While not cheap at $70, it’s certainly more than rewarding for that special occasion, teamed with a good flame-grilled fillet of beef or simply on its own. One for lunch: We’ve long been fans of the consistently excellent Richland label Pinot Grigio crafted by Bill Calabria at his Westend Estate at Griffith in the NSW Riverina. And his latest from the 2012 vintage lives up to what we’ve come to expect from its predecessors. The product of Bill’s excellent fruit and his winemaking expertise, this is a drop that’s quite pungent with ripe pear and lemon aromas, and has a palate that’s richly full-bodied with crispy apple, lychee and spice fruit flavours. It’s excellent value at just $10.95 to enjoy with a range of foods from traditional Italian antipasto platters, to Asian Pad Thai and noodle dishes.


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he Star Buffet at Penrith RSL is by far the region’s most popular dining spot – even of an evening on a weekday there are hundreds of locals enjoying everything this all-you-can-eat restaurant has to offer – and with good reason too. Star Buffet presents an incredible range of dishes from all over the world. Start in Asia and enjoy honey chicken, spring rolls, satay chicken, mongolian beef, chilli mussels, special fried rice, noodles and a range of dim sims and hot steamed pork buns. Personally, the garlic prawns with fried bok choi cannot be surpassed. Then, head to the Chinese barbeque station to pick from a selection of marinated meats including roasted duck, char sui (BBQ Pork), crispy pork belly, honey soy chicken and more. But what if half the family isn’t in the mood for Chinese? The Star Buffet has its very own sushi train – you will be tantalised by a range of simple nori rolls, hand rolls and sushi, through to different types of salads and sushimi. But if your tastebuds are craving modern Australian cuisine, head to the carvery where you will find an array of salmon, fish, seafood, beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Enjoy these succulent meats with baked potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

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Are you still hungry? There’s still the fresh seafood and salad bar to explore. The fresh prawns are simply divine, as are the mussels and squid. And help yourself to one of the many green salads that look delicious and have a crisp, clean flavour, which balances out the other dishes. Whilst it is tempting to go back for second and third servings of the main meals – and many people do – I suggest you leave enough room for dessert, because Star Buffet has excelled in offering a delectable range of sweets, cakes, slices, fresh fruit and to top it off, their very own mouth-watering fondue fountain. I can’t go passed the ingenious chocolate mousse and marshmallow dessert served in a shot glass or the creme brulee. Sumptuous meals and impeccable service, this is a dining experience that you won’t forget. The Star Buffet is located inside Penrith RSL on Tindale Street, Penrith. Call them for more information on 4728 5277. – Reviewed by Cassandra O’Connor Want your restaurant featured in FYI? We’re the home of entertainment, so you should! Email Cameron.Wallace@ mediaview.com.au to find out how you can be included.

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DAY MEETING 1st Race 1.40pm

FREE ENTRY

KENO & PLATINUM TAB Facilities CASH HOUSIE

Wednesday’s From 10.30am & Friday’s 6.30pm

ECONOMY BUSTER MONDAYS

Showground Markets Every Wednesday From 8.30am-1.30pm

$2.50 Morning Tea from 10.30am to 11.30am. Plus mini raffles, strips of 10 numbers for only @ $2. Mothers Groups more than welcome.

FRIDAY NIGHT BADGE DRAW First draw 6.30pm

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What’s On FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

RIKKI ORGAN RELIVES ROCK OF AGES

January 19 Blacktown Workers $7.50 members, $10.50 visitors

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January 20 Penrith Panthers $72

Retro Friday Night Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 The Frocks Venue: St Marys Leagues Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Skyz The Limit Venue: Penrith Gaels Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Fabba Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Kerri Lewis Duo Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 7.30pm 4737 4600 Matt Lyon Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 8.30pm 4720 5555 AWF Pro Wrestling Venue: Penrith Panthers $25, 8pm 4720 5555 The Shy Guys Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Coldplay/U2 Venue: Rooty Hill RSL

The only way to watch movies at Hoyts Penrith!

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Members free, Visitors $10, 8pm 9625 5500 Comedy Corner Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8pm 9625 5500 Club Envy Venue: Penrith Hotel $10, 9pm 4721 2060 Osaka Monaurail Venue: The Joan $46, 8pm 4723 7600

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 Power of Two Venue: Blacktown Workers Free entry, 9pm 9830 0673 Rikki Organ relives Rock of Ages Venue: Blacktown Workers $7.50 members, $10.50 visitors, 8pm 9830 0673 Double Barrel Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600 Rock and Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Yum Venue: Penrith Gaels Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180

Freddy Mack Jazz Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Everyday People Band Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Harmonicas Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 9pm 4720 5555 The Bandits Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Live Entertainment Venue: Penrith Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 Pink Chevys Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Aimee Francis Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 12pm 4720 5555 Reece Mastin Venue: Penrith Panthers $72, 7pm 4720 5555 Email nathan.taylor@mediaview.com. au to have your gig listed!

We Let the Music Do the Talking www.fusionfm.com.au Ph 47 311678

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Songwriters in the Round HOSTED BY LUKE O’SHEA IN THE CLUB LOUNGE

THURSDAY 24 JANUARY & 7 FEBRUARY 8PM FREE SHOW ADULTS ONLY 18+

CLUB LOUNGE EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE CLUB LOUNGE 6PM-12AM $20 PER PLATE

The Angels FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY 8PM $41 ADULTS ONLY

Sunny Cowgirls Each week three different songwriters will perform their songs in acoustic mode and share their inspirations for their songs. Each night will showcase not only top-shelf entertainers but the beautiful and mystical craft of song writing.

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY 8PM TICKETS $29.50

JOIN NOW TO RECEIVE GREAT SPECIALS!

Book online at www.rootyhillrsl.com.au or call 9677 4916 1086WWD545


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Must See Gig

ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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he State Theatre is alive, with the Sound of Music. Based on one of the most successful movie musicals of all time, a sing-along version of 1965 film is about to take Sydney by storm. In a stage show that has proved to be none other than a tremendous success, the Sing-A-Long A Sound of Music will be returning to the State Theatre for three performances only. Enjoy the original film in all its classic grandeur back on the big screen but this time, don’t feel guilty about belting out those classics like ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘My favourite things’ and ‘Edelweiss’. Year after year, an incredible spirit fills the theatre, as fans cheer for the flawless and legendary Julie Andrews, wolf-whistle the gorgeous Christopher Plummer, hiss at the Baroness and boo the Nazis! Be there for the ultimate memorable moment when Fraulein Maria and the Captain finally kiss.

But “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start”. Watch the oroginal Sound of Music film on the big screen at the State Theatre and dress up as your favourite characters. For those who don’t know the lyrics off by heart to this classic there are subtitles to encourage everyone to join in the singing. The sceenings will be hosted by ‘South Pacific’ Marika Aubrey who will be there to guide you in a pre-vocal warm up and sensational costume parade that is guaranteed to thrill those Sound of Music diehards. Feel free to dress up as girls in white dress with blue satin sashes, a gaggle of nuns, goats and goat herders or even the Alps themselves! The-Sing-A-Long version of this family favourite has already played in over 12 countries, sold a whopping 1.5 million tickets and staged over 3,000 performances worldwide. Sing-A-Long A Sound of Music definitely needs to be experienced first hand and finally

crossed off the bucket list. It is a great family night for both young and old that must not to be missed! The Sing-A-Long Sound of Music screening including lyrics is being shown at the State Theatre in Sydney on Friday, February 22 through to the Sunday, February 24.

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International Regatta Centre Gate A, Old Castlereagh Rd, Penrith Lakes www.lakesiderestaurant.com.au Ph: 4729 3222

It starts at 7.30pm and runs over a four hour period until 1.30am. Bookings are essential for this amazing performance through Ticketmaster.com.au or by calling 1300 139 588. For adults the ticket price is $55, concession tickets are $45 and children $35.


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Cafe Whitewater is now open 7 Days New menu has been especially prepared. Why not come & try some great dishes

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FULLY LICENCED • Light Meals • Takeaway Meals

Cafe Whitewater

LOCATED IN PENRITH WHITEWATER STADIUM, McCarthy’s Lane Cranebrook P: 4730 4746 www.penrithwhitewater.com.au Ample Parking Winter Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3.30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

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Giveaway

King Henry’s Court Café/Restaurant

Catering • Gift Shop • Function Centre

Come in for our Everyday Lunchtime Escape Menu

$10

with a complimentary Juice

3 Course Set Dinner Menu

$20

FYI has 10 single game passes to the new AMF Penrith centre to give away. For your chance to win one, send an envelope with your name and phone number on the back to Weekender AMF Competition, Suite 2, 42-44 Abel St, Jamisontown 2750. Entries close Friday, January 25. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/12/01138. Terms and conditions at www. westernweekender.com.au.

Monday - Friday

OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT

OPENING HOURS Monday-Sunday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Monday – Friday 8.30am till late • Saturday 10.30am till late Sunday 8.30am till 3pm www.facebook.com/kinghenryscourtrestaurant

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We are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2013 with all of our wonderful customers

74 Henry St Penrith | Ph 4721 1155 | Fax: 4722 9989

www.kinghenryscourt.com.au • luke@kinghenryscourt.com.au

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YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

t’s only been open for less than a month but AMF Bowling and Recreation Centre is already one of the most popular Penrith hangout spots this summer. Featuring an impressive 26 lanes, laser skirmish facility, dodgem cars, fully-licensed bar, 52 gaming arcade machines and event room – the new AMF looks phenomenal and promises plenty. When the previous AMF Penrith on Woodriff Street closed its doors in 2009, the local community was crying out for its return.

“The people of Penrith are just passionate about bowling, and this new centre takes bowling to that extra level and gives Penrith a new place to come and have fun,” AMF Penrith Manager, Kylie Bouwmeester, said. AMF Penrith is located at 62-72 Batt Street, Jamisontown and is open seven days from 9am until late. To book a lane or for more information call 4721 0328 or visit www.amfbowling.com. au.


Television

CHATTER ON THE BOX with Nathan Taylor There was a swag of winners from this week’s Golden Globe Awards, which includes winners for television as well as movies. Some of the major television winners included ‘Homeland’ which picked up Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Damien Lewis) and Best Drama Actress (Claire Danes); ‘Game Change’ which took home Golden Globes for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series as well as Best Actress (Julianne Moore) and Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris); and lastly the Foxtel show ‘Girls’ surprisingly won Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress (Lena Dunham). Some big news broke this week over at ‘Today Tonight’ with ex-Channel Ten news

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presenter Helen Kapalos named as host of the controversial Channel Seven program. Kapalos replaces the likeable Matt White and hopes the new ‘Today Tonight’ will feature more hard-hitting stories. However, it’s not quite known just how much say Kapalos will have on the stories that get produced. One thing that could really hurt the ‘TT’ brand is if it goes too serious with an overkill of political and international news. If people want that then they usually tune in to the ABC or SBS. Don’t be surprised if we do see a change but then a back flip if ratings dwindle. Lovers of Ellen DeGeneres received awesome news last week with the announcement that the talk-show queen will be heading to Sydney to film segments for her top-rating show. Ellen went all ‘Oprah-style’ in her announcement that saw 400 audience members receive a seven night trip to Australia as well. No details have been released as yet regarding her filming schedule and whether she will produce any full episodes here but I’ll let you know when they do. Children’s TV show host, Shura Taft, has been named as the new host of popular Channel Seven series, ‘The Mole’. Taft replaces Tom Williams and Grant Bowler, who hosted previous versions of the show in the last decade. ‘The Mole: Culture Clash’ will begin filming soon, with the series to air later in the year. Despite speculation it was going to end, long-running series ‘Bones’ has been

renewed for a ninth season. “After more than 150 episodes, ‘Bones’ continues to be one of television’s most dynamic and consistent dramas,” FOX entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly said. Plenty of shows are coming back over the next few weeks including ‘Home and Away’ which returns this Monday, January 21 at 7pm. Fresh episodes of ‘Glee’ are also back on Ten, starting off with a double-episode from Wednesday, January 30. And after all the promos ‘The Block: All-Stars’ will finally go to air Monday, February 4 at 7pm on Nine.

Lastly, very exciting news for comic book fans with Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pilot likely to receive a series pick-up. ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is a loose spin-off from the movie blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ that Whedon directed and will also see Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson. ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’. is a fictional espionage and law-enforcement agency in the Marvel Comics Universe, which has been featured throughout many Marvel films including ‘The Avengers’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Iron Man’. The new show has been described as “intense, epic, funny and silly”. If picked up, the show will air later this year.

Sales Representative

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Vicary’s Famous Woolshed Sing & dance the night away with our Famous Bush Band including a Delicious 3 Course Dinner & FREE Wine Tasting!

Would you like to work for a leading local business that’s been part of Penrith for over 21 years? Enjoy authentic mouth watering Indian Cuisine which would please the fussiest of eaters

Do you want to work with a fun and dynamic team of professionals?

NEW YEARS SPECIAL AVAILABLE NOW

Are you an experienced sales rep in any field?

If you can say yes to these questions then we want to speak to you! Due to some exciting changes in our business, we’re looking to add an experienced sales rep to our team. With a mix of business development and account management, this will be a broad and varied role. This may well develop into a leadership role for the right person.

15 mins South of Penrith

4773 4161

LITTLE INDIA RESTAURANT 391 High Street Penrith

 4722 3391

Email: little.india.foods@gmail.com

www.littleindiafoods.com

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- Bookings Essential Northern Road, LUDDENHAM

Are you up for a new challenge this year?

To be considered for the role you will need strong written and oral communication skills, a solid background in sales of any sort and the persistence to succeed in a competitive sales environment. To apply for this role email your CV and cover letter to Simon on simon.gould@mediaview.com.au. 1086WWD536


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Escape for the Day

• 18 Holes of Golf • Electric Cart • Burger

$85.00 per person Offer available until 28th February 2013 Twin Creeks Drive, Luddenham NSW 2745 Phone: (02) 9670 8888 (option 1) e-mail: golfshop@twincreeks.com.au www.twincreeksgolf.com.au

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FYI January 18