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IDOL FAVE REINVENTS HIMSELF & HIS MUSIC
SHANNON COCHRANE catches up with Aussie music favourite Shannon Noll about his new album, his upcoming live shows and the new direction of his music and career...
ore than a decade after he first graced screens on ‘Australian Idol’, Shannon Noll is getting ready to debut a new, fresh sound on his upcoming sixth album. The singer, who rose to fame as runner up on the first ever season of ‘Australian Idol’ in 2003, is currently on his six-date ‘Invincible’ tour, and will perform at The Basement in Sydney on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22. With Noll working hard in preparation for a new album release, the tour dates are unusually spread out to accommodate the star’s other commitments. “We’ve got an absolute mountain of work to get through with film clips, photo shoots, just finishing off the recording process, production, post production all that sort of thing… we couldn’t do too many more shows in that time I think due to all the other work we’ve got,” he said. Fans of Noll can expect his show to feature a mix of old hits and a sneak peak of three new songs he is planning to release as singles from his upcoming album. “We’re basically road testing three new songs at every show so that’s really exciting to see what we get back from the fans on them,” he said. “The lead single especially is very different to what I’ve usually done, it’s definitely way more poppier and a lot fresher so it’s not that sort of old school rock and roll type sound… we’re getting away a little bit from the stuff that I’ve done previously, you’ve got to change it up a little bit.” Noll is famous for his rock-pop anthems and even had the honour of being the only
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Australian male to achieve 10 consecutive top 10 singles, but despite his earlier success, the musician is planning to revamp his sound. “I look at bands like Maroon 5 and also Train and looked at how they’ve come back with a completely different sound than they started with and it’s worked really well for them, so I think it’s all about just evolving with the times and the current trends and the pace of the punters out there… you’ve got to be conscious of that otherwise you’ve sort of missed the boat,” Noll said. While Noll may have had a quick rise to fame under the bright lights of the ‘Australian Idol’ stage, he was no stranger to the music industry after forming his passion for singing during his youth in rural New South Wales. “My dad had a family band and my brothers had a band that they were both in when I was about 12. I’d go watch them rehearse and even help them load into gigs and that sort of stuff just locally, so I think that’s what sparked my interest in it,” he said. “And then I started singing and playing a bit with them on occasion and it only grew from there.” Family continues to be paramount in Noll’s life, as he balances his music career with his duties taking care of his three children. “It’s too hard to take them on tour most times as they’ve got school and sport on the weekend so they’re semi-well hidden from it but I think they are aware of what I do of course, and I suppose kids talk on the playground and that sort of thing,” he said. “But I’m Dad when I’m at home and that’s it.” Going from working in agriculture on his family farm to being a nationally known
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The lead single especially is very different to what I’ve usually done musician was a big change for Noll, who said he is busier than he ever was before. “What ways hasn’t it changed, really? I’ve gone from driving tractors and shearing sheep to singing at venues and doing TV… it’s been a heck of a change but it’s been greatly welcomed and I sort of feel like I’m doing what I was always supposed to be doing,” Noll said. Unlike other ex-Idol contestants, Noll has no regrets about his appearance on the television show and believes he probably wouldn’t have found success without it. “There’s a fair chance I wouldn’t be here today without ‘Australian Idol’, it was a terrific experience and a marvellous opportunity,” he said. “I think most of the people you hear
whinge about reality TV shows are the ones that have disappeared after it, so they missed the boat or haven’t made the most of their opportunity. “All the show does is give you great exposure and builds such awareness of your profile, so I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it.”
Shannon Noll will perform at The Basement in Sydney on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22. For bookings or more information, call 9251 2797 or visit www.thebasement.com.au.
LATIN MUSIC FROM THE HEART
trio of talented musicians led by internationally acclaimed baritone José Carbó are set to bring beautiful Latin music to the stage. Carbó will be joined by classical guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan to present ‘My Latin Heart’ at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 26. The evening promises to deliver world class Latin sounds, with sumptuous song, stunning stings and tantalising tango setting a passionate mood. This will be the first Sydney performance of ‘My Latin Heart’, after its world premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and a sold out show at the Melbourne Recital Hall. The concert will feature a live performance of Latin American songs from Carbó’s 2012 album ‘My Latin Heart’, which was number one on the Limelight Classical Music Charts in 2012 and received an ARIA Award nomination for Classical Record of the Year. Along with the Grigoryans, Carbó will play
the songs his grandfather Donato passed down to him in Argentina as well as soulful classics such as Lara’s ‘Granada’, Piazzolla’s ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Oblivion’. They will also perform brilliant tangos including ‘Caminito’, ‘Mi Buenos Aires Querido’ and ‘Adiós’. With a set list full of songs that capture the heat and passion of Latin America, the concert will take audiences on a musical journey to Buenos Aires. Born in Argentina with Spanish and Italian heritage, Carbó has always had a strong connection with Latin American culture, and began studying music in Rome in his youth. He made his European debut at the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma in Italy, and now performs regularly with Opera Australia and other major orchestras. With the close working relationship between the three performers, Carbó said he was looking forward to presenting the show. “We spent so long together working on the
songs before we went into the studio to record them... the three of us have a great simpatico. Sitting down together in front of an audience to perform these songs that we all love is going to be extremely satisfying,” he said. ‘My Latin Heart’ will be held at the
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 26 at 8pm. Tickets range from $40-$49. For bookings or more information about the show, call 4723 7600 or visit www.jspac. com.au.
perfect way to enjoy a fun, affordable night of entertainment. Urban Stone will perform at St Marys Rugby League Club on Saturday, February 15
at 9pm. Entry is free. For more information, call 9677 7777 or visit www.saintsrl.com.au. Send us your review: shannon.cochrane@ westernweekender.com.au.
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rocking night of music doesn’t have to be expensive, with popular pub band Urban Stone playing a free show this weekend. The Sydney-based quartet, who have quickly built a strong fan base in the few years they have been together, are performing at St Marys Rugby League Club on Saturday, February 15. The group plays a unique combination of funk and rock, with a strong old school 80’s twist and a powerful stage presence that brings a party atmosphere to any venue. There’s no doubt that St Marys Leagues will be rocking, with great music combined with an awesome atmosphere. The band’s music has been described as catchy, unique rock with the band also venturing into other genres such as acoustic, power pop, punk rock, melodic metal and blues music. While many of their competitors simply perform covers, Urban Stone plays a mix of
their own original compositions as well as a set list of over 100 cover songs, with a diverse range of hits from the 70’s, 80’s and current Top 40 tracks. The band is made up of four young, talented musicians: powerhouse rocker and group frontwoman Tina Garufi, Dan Skeed, Slap Kelvin King and ‘The Groovemeister’ Matt Briscoe-Hough. Urban Stone have already played alongside Australia’s most popular rock acts including The Screaming Jets, Gangajang, The Angels, Ian Moss of Cold Chisel and a host of others. They have also received critical attention, with nominations for the ACE Awards Original Music Group of the Year, and success in competitions such as the Sydney Division of the World Wide ‘Global Battle of the Bands’, ‘Clash’ Battle of the Bands and ‘Liverpool Idol’ rock band competition. With their impressive variety of music and technical skill, an Urban Stone show is the
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ocally raised actor Nick Atkins honed his skills at the Q Theatre and now he’s returning to the venue with his first ever solo show ‘A Boy & A Bean’. The show, which is devised by and stars Atkins, is being presented in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. This offbeat yet touching contemporary comedy-drama addresses the important and topical issue of marriage equality head on. After holding its world premiere in PACT Theatre in Erskineville, ‘A Boy & A Bean’ is heading to Penrith and will be showing at the Q Theatre, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre from Wednesday, February 19 until Saturday, February 22. The play uses the classic fairytale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to explore the marriage equality debate, taking audiences into a world where giants dwell in suburban houses, beanstalks take root in corrupted soil and a boy called Jack is caught between love, legislation and folk lore.
Inspired by the amount of attention the marriage equality debate receives in the media and community, ‘A Boy & A Bean’ explores the issue and the controversial history of proposed legislation. Atkins, who grew up in Emu Plains, follows the journey of Jack in search of the giants who have dominated media discussion about same sex marriage in a play that reframes the debate in a compassionate, brave and clever way. Regardless of your personal perspective on same sex marriage, ‘A Boy & A Bean’ is an engaging play that gives audiences the chance to consider information and experience a story that presents the journey of people directly affected by marriage equality. With recent media and political focus on marriage equality, including the controversy surrounding the first Australian same sex marriages in Canberra last year, ‘A Boy & A Bean’ is perfectly timed. With its intelligent and witty reflection on a serious political issue, the play is an
exciting creation from one of Australia’s rising performers. ‘A Boy & A Bean’ will show at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre from
Wednesday, February 19 until Saturday, February 22. Tickets range from $18 to $25. For bookings or more information, call 4723 7600 or visit www.jspac.com.au.
and hundreds of talented producers and award-winning venues taking part, there’s sure to be something for every taste and palate”. The NSW Food and Wine Festival will run
from Friday, February 21 til Friday, March 21. For more information, jump online and visit www.nswfoodandwine.com.au. Come hungry!
CALLING ALL FOOD AND WINE LOVERS
ydney has an ever-growing population of food lovers who like to enjoy the finer things in life, so it’s no surprise that the NSW Food and Wine Festival is back for another year. The festival, which is presented by Citi, will return for its seventh year to celebrate the state’s best wine and local produce, running from Friday, February 21 through until Friday, March 21. It has been expanded from last year’s event, and offers an exciting mix of new food and wine events created in collaboration with New South Wales’ best growers, winemakers, artisan food producers, restaurants, chefs, sommeliers and bars. Kicking off the festival is the popular event Sydney Cellar Door, which will bring the state’s top wineries to the city on Friday, February 21 for a weekend of great tasting food and wine. The event will allow patrons to try samples from the state’s finest wine regions, indulge in food matching sessions and an artisan food
producers market and listen to free live music. Local produce will be put on show at The Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market on Saturday, March 1, with wine tastings, regional long table food sampling and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations all against the beautiful backdrop of Sydney Harbour. There will also be impressive new additions to the festival program, including the Hot and New event, which involves restaurants hosting one-off wine and food matching evenings. At the Spotlight on NSW program series, wine producers are hosting tastings at some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and cafes, while the 5x4 Rising Stars Dinner gives guests a peek into the future of food with young and rising chefs, producers, sommeliers and winemakers. Festival director Joanna Savill said: “We love local and we’re thrilled to be able to offer more amazing food-focused and special wine events this year from the state’s best. With several out-of-this-world regions to celebrate
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Damn Good Divas Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $30 adults/$15 children, 8pm 9625 5500 Out of Salem Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500 Rock n Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Urban Stone Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Trivia Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 3pm 9623 1211 Live Entertainment Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4732 6373 Valentine’s Burlesque Spectacular Show Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $8 members/$12 visitors, 8pm 9830 0600 Bee Gees Show
Blacktown Workers Club $15 members/$20 visitors, 8pm 4722 8180 Chris Drummond Duo Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 Too Many Guitars Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9830 0600 Blackwater Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm 4722 8180 Dave Tice Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396 A Gentleman’s Agreement Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4732 6373 Rock Solid Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Sunday Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Live Music Venue: St Marys RSL
TREASURES FROM THE PAST
intage is a huge trend in fashion and now a pop up auction in Penrith will give buyers the opportunity to go hunting for genuine retro artifacts. After holding the popular summer exhibition Holiday + Memory, Penrith Regional Gallery will stir up nostalgia again with a special Pop Up Auction event on Saturday, February 22. The Gallery has partnered with Tin Monkey Artefacts & Auctions to create the event, and will be selling unique vintage kitsch objects from the 1940’s to 1970’s. The items that Tin Monkey Artefacts & Auctions collect and sell represent a range of eras in Australia’s history, with founders Charlie and Elissa searching through countless garage sales to find perfect vintage gems. The duo first developed a love of auctions years ago, with Charlie working as an auctioneer and valuer for more than a decade. “At Tin Monkey we gather industrial, vintage and eclectic pieces awaking them from
their slumber so that you can share the joy of owning a piece of the past,” they said. “Many of the objects we find once traveled here with their hopeful owners from the four corners of the globe and are waiting for us in deceased estates, garage and auction sales on the east coast of Australia.” Select items that were used to decorate the Holiday + Memory Summer House display will also be on auction, with genuine post-WWII era artifacts available. Whether you’re a die-hard bidder or just want to window shop, any visitor to the Gallery will be able to enjoy the electrifying, exciting experience of a live auction and have the chance to take home a retro treasure. To complete the old school atmosphere, local radio station Vintage FM will be playing retro songs and there will be a retro VW Kombi and Beetle car display courtesy of Club VeeDub Sydney and a gourmet food truck. The Pop Up Auction will be held at Penrith Regional Gallery on Saturday, February 22
from 9am-5pm and items can be collected on Sunday, February 23 and Monday, February 24. The auction catalogue will be available to
view from Wednesday, February 19. For more information about the auction event, jump online and visit www. penrithregionalgallery.org.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Queens of the Outback Venue: Penrith Panthers $37, 8pm 4720 5555 Red Alert Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 9pm 4720 5555 Rock n Roll Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Trivia Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 3pm 9623 1211 Buble Show Venue: Rooty Hill RSL Free entry, 8.30pm 9625 5500
After Dark Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm, 9677 7777 Sydney Singles Night Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Tickets purchased at door, 7pm 9830 0600 Franky Valentyn Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8.30pm, 9830 0600 Titanium22 Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 8pm 9830 0600 Yum Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 8pm, 4722 8180 Red Beard Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4732 6373 The Elvis Experience Venue: Kingswood Sports Club Free entry, 8.30pm 4737 4600
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Christie Lamb Venue: Penrith Panthers Free entry, 3.30pm 4720 5555 Sunday Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211
QUEENS OF THE OUTBACK
ith catchy songs and stunning costumes, the flamboyant musical Queens of the Outback is set to bring some glitz to Penrith. The musical will be performed for one night only on Saturday, February 22 at the EVAN Theatre, Penrith Panthers before the cast of Queens of the Outback continue on their regional tour of Australia. Queens of the Outback has been in development over the past year, inspired by musicals such as ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything’. The show follows three drag queens who pack up their gear and head for a journey across the outback to perform at the 16th birthday party of one of the trio’s daughters. As they travel, the group have hilarious misadventures and end up being temporarily imprisoned, have their car breakdown and even find some romance on the way. The musical’s soundtrack is jam packed
with a diverse range of hits from stars such as Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and Australian rock favourites Cold Chisel. To complete the fun, outlandish vibe of Queens of the Outback, the costumes are colourful and dazzling with plenty of fishnets, feathers and sequins. Producer, creator, choreographer and performer Simon Vowles worked alongside promoter Andrew Malouf for nine months on Queens of the Outback, writing the story, organising the music, casting roles and perfecting the show. “It is really fun. I love big costumes, I love the witty humour. There is such a fun element in this show and we’ve catered to everybody, straight people, gay people, everything in between people, and to every [musical] genre. My three words for this show are fun, fast and fabulous. It is a mash-up musical and for anyone who loves ‘Glee’ or the ‘Pitch Perfect’ type movies, this caters for everybody. It is
layered music on music, it’s all very fast. I’ve tried to cover a whole variety of music genres so that everyone can feel a part of it,” Vowles said.
Queens of the Outback will be showing at the EVAN Theatre, Penrith Panthers on Saturday, February 22. Visit www.penrith. panthers.com.au.
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his biographical film retells the amazing tale of Texan Ron Woodroof, a stereotypical Southern cowboy whose world is shattered in the 80’s when he is diagnosed with AIDS and told he has only a month to live. As his conservative friends and family shun him, Ron attends a hospital for treatment and gets put on a clinical trial for a drug under development but his health begins to deteriorate rapidly. After traveling to a Mexican hospital, Ron encounters another doctor who suggests he tries a different combination of drugs that are not approved in the United States. Ron tries the medication and his health improves, so he decides to carry them over the American border and sell them on the streets to other AIDS patients, setting up a ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ with a transgender woman he met in hospital. As their business grows, Ron comes into contact with a diverse range of people from the same-sex community and his prejudice and discrimination against them begins to fade away. Things are about to unravel, however.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
[ Rated MA15+] Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner & Jared Leto
ABOUT TIME [ Rated M ] Starring: Rachel McAdama, Domhnall Gleeson & Bill Nighy
opular video game series ‘Final Fantasy’ has a new adventure for gamers with ‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’, which has plenty of action to keep players glued to their consoles. The game gives the player control over the iconic heroine Lightning, who wakes up from a deep sleep to discover that the world is set to end in just 13 days and she has been given the task of saving humanity and guiding them to a new realm. Set in a constantly changing, expansive and beautiful environment, Lightning must navigate her way around as she completes her quest and interacts with allies and adversaries. The graphics are particularly stunning in ‘Lightning Returns’, with the game’s artistic direction creating the perfect atmosphere complete with a rising and setting sun and weather elements for a realistic feel. While much of the game is adventure and quest based, Lightning still has combat scenes for players who enjoy action, with a new battle system that gives better control over technique and moves.
achel McAdams has a solid reputation as the queen of romantic comedies, and she didn’t disappoint when she starred in yet another love story, ‘About Time’, playing the shy but sweet girlfriend of a time traveler. Protagonist Tim Lake, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is told by his father when he turns 21 that the male members of his family have always had the unusual ability to time travel. After a rather disappointing New Year’s Eve party, Tim decides to use his powers to change his life for the better, but his search for a girlfriend goes abysmally until he meets Mary (McAdams), and falls in love. Unfortunately, his happiness is short-lived as his time traveling escapades keep interfering with their relationship and Tim must continually go back to the past and try to fix his mistakes. As he gets older and begins a family with Mary, Tim gradually learns that while his gift might give him the chance to do things over, it cannot prevent the ups and downs that all families face throughout life. This is a sentimental, super sweet film.
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merican country music singer Eric Church has released his fourth studio album ‘The Outsiders’, which features the same catchy, Southern rock feel as his previous work. The musician, who sprung to fame in the early 2000’s with a string of Top 20 hits, has toured with some of the most popular country musicians in the world including Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney. His latest album ‘The Outsiders’ follows up from his 2011 release ‘Chief’, which was chosen as the CMA and ACM Album of the Year and also received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. ‘The Outsiders’ sees Church team up with former collaborator Jay Joyce as producer, and has been two years in the making. The lead single ‘The Outsiders’ is a strong, edgy country rock track that also incorporates elements of hip hop and hard rock. It received solid airplay on the radio and good reviews by critics, with its interesting mixture of genres making it unique within the country market. It was followed up
by a more traditional country track, ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’, which is more sentimental than its predecessor. With Church’s intriguing yet highly listenable slant on country music, ‘The Outsiders’ is a unique album.
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CHATTER ON THE BOX with Nathan Taylor
ell, it was the battle of all battles last Sunday when the INXS miniseries ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and the ‘Schapelle’ telemovie went head-to-head in the first official ratings day. It seems Channel Nine’s plan to shift the movie on the newly released Aussie drug smuggler from Monday night to Sunday night didn’t pay off as well as they would’ve hoped with INXS winning the night with 1.9 million viewers as opposed to Schapelle’s 1.02 million. I personally enjoyed both offerings but must admit INXS gave me more. Part two of INXS airs this Sunday on Seven at 8.30pm. Channel Nine comedy-drama ‘House
Husbands’ has been given a huge boost ahead of its third series with big-time Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths joining the cast. Since wrapping up her long stints on American shows like ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters’, Griffiths has been actively involved in Australian drama of late, most recently appearing in Julian Assange telemovie and ‘Paper Giants: Magazine Wars’. After a few months off, ‘Bondi Vet’ is returning to Ten from this Saturday, February 15 at 7.30pm. Now in its sixth year, Dr Chris Brown will work his magic on sick and injured pets… how adorable! I still prefer ‘Harry’s Practice’ to tell you the truth.
Brand new episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ are also coming back to Channel Ten, this time on Saturday nights at 6pm. The first episode which airs on February 22 parodies ‘Homeland’ and is entitled ‘Homerland’. One of the most annoying people in Australia, Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, will host FOX8’s new AFL reality series ‘The Recruit’. The Nova 969 personality will front the 10part series which will provide a player with a guaranteed spot on an AFL team. Fitzy himself played a bit of professional Aussie Rules in his day with Sydney and Adelaide. ‘The Recruit’ will air later this year. I’m not quite sure this one will cut it.
After being Mr Everywhere for as long as anyone can remember, we now live in a world with Grant Denyer off our screens. After dropping out of game show ‘Million Dollar Minute’ late last year comes the news Denyer’s other project ‘Slide Show’ got this axe this week. Channel Nine has announced its highly anticipated drama ‘Love Child’ will go head-to-head with Seven’s ‘Revenge’ from this Monday, February 17 at 8.40pm. In an interesting move to obviously create some social buzz for the show, Nine offered the first four episodes of ‘Love Child’ to 10,000 people on their Jump-in app last Monday.
Wine and Dine
EAT OUT THIS WEEKEND
ou certainly won’t leave Outback Steakhouse with an empty stomach that is for certain! The meals are of a generous portion, and taste brilliant! Why not try some cheesy fries or a famous Bloomin’ Onion for a starter, and then move on to one of the delicious steaks – we love the Victoria’s Fillet the best! It’s not only steak they do well here, either. The Alice Springs Chicken is one of the best items on the menu and a must try dish for any occasion. Make sure you book as it’s one of Penrith’s most popular restaurants. Panthers complex, Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Phone 4732 2577.
f you’re after a quick meal, or a bite to eat with friends over a few drinks, you can’t go past the Peachtree Hotel. You’ll find one of the best club bistros in Penrith! Why not try the delicious chicken breast, marinated in garlic and herbs. Or if you love your steak, challenge yourself and take on the 1KG grain fed rump. There’s of course plenty of schnitzel on the menu and seafood options as well. But perhaps the best of the best is the awesome burgers… all for a fantastic, low price. If the bistro doesn’t suit you, check out the awesome pizzas – best in town, some say!
TAJ OF THE VALLEY
here’s nothing like a delicious butter chicken, with a side of Naan bread to really get the taste buds buzzing! One of Penrith’s most popular Indian restaurants is Taj of the Valley on High Street in Penrith. With a range of lamb, beef and chicken dishes and delicious entrees like seekh kebabs and lamb rolls, the menu at Taj of the Valley offers a full Indian cuisine. If you’re a fan of Indian food and haven’t tried Taj of the Valley, you are missing out. Enjoy a meal out with friends at the restaurant or order a take away and enjoy brilliant Indian food with the family at home. 419 High Street, Penrith. 4721 1833.
CHARDONNAY’S WELL DESERVED COMEBACK by David Ellis
t was way back in 1832 that Chardonnay grapes were first planted in Australia by James Busby at both the fledgling Sydney Botanical Gardens and at his own Kirkton estate in the Hunter Valley, with canes he brought in from France. While the initial wine was instantly acceptable, it was 120 years later in the 1950s that sales of Chardonnay began to peak, and in the 1980s and ‘90s went absolutely gangbusters – until winemakers’ propensity then to chuck oak into their barrels by the shovel-full, saw Chardonnay become so big, fat and oaky that sales suddenly crashed, and softer and less-aggressive Sauvignon Blanc took-over as our white of first choice. Today Chardonnay is enjoying a welldeserved comeback, due to local offerings reverting to being once again more refined, elegant and well-balanced, and without all that wood. One enticing example worth trying is from Western Australia’s Margaret River, a Voyager Estate 2010 that displays vibrant
Chardonnay citrus fruit flavours (in the lime, lemon and grapefruit spectrum), with a nice savoury element, and a clean flinty finish. If you want to impress at that next special dinner party, at $45 this would be a perfect taste-match on the table with seared Red Emperor and braised fennel. One to note: Galloping into the hearts of buy-now-drink-now red wine drinkers is Rymill’s The Yearling Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, the original wine in The Yearling stable and the latest release, the 2012, an absolute cracker. The product of a perfect vintage and the skilled hand of Rymill’s Senior Winemaker, Sandrine Gimon this is one that’s all about nice upfront blackcurrant and cherry fruit flavours, a fresh sweetness, and hints of chocolate and mint. Soft and juicy, yet lively enough to have you and friends really taking notice, do as Sandrine suggests and enjoy with roast rib-eye and root vegetables. Pay $15.95.
54 Peachtree Road, Penrith. Phone 4731 3444.
unique dining experience right in the Penrith CBD, Stonegrill has some of the best cuts of meat you will ever taste, plus don’t leave without trying the delicious sticky date pudding. Bookings are definitely required, especially on weekends as Stonegrill is very popular. This is an interactive dining experience that is great for group parties or work events. Make sure you ask about the three course set menu, which is not only excellent value, but will give you the opportunity to try the best that Stonegrill has to offer.
80 Henry Street, Penrith. Phone 4722 5141.
GIVEAWAY: TATTOO EXPO
ydney is set to get very colourful with the return of the annual Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo, which features the finest local and international tattoo artists. The event, which has been running for six years now, is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will be held from Friday, March 7 until Sunday, March 9 at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park. Local piercing business Let’s Get Pierced, whose parlour is located in Penrith, are set to make the western suburbs proud when they appear as the only piercing business selected for this year’s Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo. They will be joined by exclusive VIP guests Megan Massacre from the popular television shows ‘NY Ink’ and ‘America’s Worst Tattoos’, and pin-up model Sabina Kelley who acts as a judge on the TV show Best Ink. This year is shaping up to be the biggest yet for the Expo, with the line-up slated to feature more than 250 international and local tattoo artists who will show off their talents and share their wisdom. Tattoo artists who are going to appear include
Surry Hills’ The Illustrated Man and Authentic Ink, New Zealand’s Cambridge Body Art, Japan’s Tom Tattoo and Absolute Tattoo based in New South Wales and Queensland. While the Expo still has a strong focus on body art, there will also be a range of entertainment available over the three days including live music, tattoo contests, an Inked Girls model competition, burlesque shows and pin-up pageants. Australia’s number one street bike stunt rider Dave McKenna will also be at the Expo, which features a motorcycle stunt show. Other attractions include a custom bike bar, air-brushing, children’s entertainment, car and bike displays and stalls selling everything from tattoo supplies to alternative fashion. The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo will be held at the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park from Friday, March 7 until Sunday, March 9. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and children under 12 enter free. For bookings or more information about this unique but exciting event, jump online and visit www. tattooexpo.com.au.
FYI has five double passes to the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo to give away. For your chance to win one, email the code word ‘TATTOO’ to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details. Entries close Wednesday, February 19. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/14/00047. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au.
THE SILVERSMITH’S WIFE By Sophia Tobin
illed with intrigue, mystery and romance, Sophia Tobin’s novel The Silversmith’s Wife is a vividly written historical fi ction. The book is set in 1792 in Berkeley Square, which is guarded faithfully by a night watchman who keeps his eye over the streets as the city peacefully sleeps each night. The townspeople’s seemingly quiet lives become a lot messier when the night-watchman discovers the body of Pierre Renard, a well known silversmith who has died from having his throat cut and is missing his valuables. While the case initially seems to be a tragic yet simple theft gone wrong, the town gossip mill quickly establishes that Renard has plenty of enemies and was involved with some very dark, secretive people. When he died, Renard left behind his wife Mary, with whom he publicly flaunted a happy marriage with the pair seeming to be an excellent match together. Despite the façade though, behind closed doors the couple’s life was more problematic and their relationship was dark and often sadistic. The aftermath of her marriage and husband’s recent death have left Mary weak, withdrawn and psychologically haunted by her past. As she struggles with the town’s gossip over the mysterious death, and with her own secrets and issues, Mary
has to find redemption and discover a way to be at peace with her life again. With a rich, intricate plotline and beautiful writing, The Silversmith’s Wife is a dark mystery with shades of romance. It has also done well critically, and was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. The novel was written by Sophia Tobin, who has experience as a silversmith herself and used to work for a Bond Street antique dealer, specialising in silver and jewellery. Tobin wrote the novel after being inspired by research she undertook into a real life silversmith who lived in the eighteenth century. She now works as a library secretary for Goldsmith’s in the UK, and The Silversmith’s Wife is her first novel. Critics have loved the book. “The Silversmith’s Wife is a self-assured, page-turning debut which leaves you guessing until the last – a great read,” said The Daily Mail. “A novel that depends as much on its depiction of character as its evocation of place and time as on the unravelling of a mystery,” said the Sunday Times. And the BBC said: “A sophisticated study of character as much as a crime thriller, it pulls readers into its vivid recreation of Georgian London and the complex skein of events that surrounds the murder”.
GENYQ GIVES YOUTH A VOICE
ou thought young people were all sitting at home, playing on Facebook and Twitter, right? Wrong! Truth is the next generation of successful business people are more savvy, more aware and more energetic than any other business group. GenYQ, a youth networking group operating in Penrith, helps prove this. GenYQ is aimed at young business people in the Penrith region, giving them an opportunity to meet other like-minded people and discuss various issues confronting their businesses or careers. At the most recent meeting at Panthers, a special panel was convened to discuss matters of finance, property and law. For more information, visit www.genyq. com.au. Photos: PhotoCreativity (Bec Higgins).
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