With the COVID lockdown covering all of the state to varying degrees, restrictions may be in place relating to identified hot spots. Check with NSW Health for current information before travelling or attending events in the community. COVID-safe rules will apply under public health orders. Check with organisers close to the date to find out if events are going ahead.
ARIA Award-nominee Julia Jacklin will perform a rare solo performance, drawing on songs from across her entire catalogue as well as some never-before-heard tunes. Saturday, August 14. 7pm. Orange Regional Conservatorium. $46.95. Tickets from events.humanitix.com/hometowns-julia-jacklin-orange/tickets.
Go behind the scenes of the groundbreaking ABC sci-fi series and explore First Nations storytelling, language and creativity in production design, costumes and props. An official opening will be held on Friday, July 23 from 6pm to 8pm. Free, but bookings essential due to limited space. Orange Regional Museum. Phone 02 6393 8444. Until October 3.
Set your tastebuds to delight with this fine and fabulous Italian feast by Chef Orazio. Enjoy a delicious four-course menu with matching wines. Friday, August 6. Philip Shaw Wines, 100 Shiralee Road, Orange. $180. 02 6362 0710.
These works are the result of Orange-based artist and poet Angela Malone being drawn to a friend's orchard to paint. Malone captures the landscape's external reality with her own emotional and inner world, working quickly and often abstracting elements. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. 10am to 2pm.
Roll up, roll up. Hudsons Circus is in town. Featuring 18 performers, animals and a variety of acts there will be actions, thrills and laughs aplenty. There will be circus workshops in the big top for children aged five to 15 years old (once daily, July 30 and 31). Bathurst Showground. Performances until August 1. Tickets at the gate. Visit www.hudsonscircus.com.au to book tickets and workshop attendance.
Etched in Fire
Over six decades, Gulgong-based master potter Chester Nealie has amassed a wealth of scientific and technical knowledge of clay and glazes.This show charts his career and also includes works by colleagues. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. 10am to 5pm. Free.
Maybe harness racing is more your cup of tea. If so, Bathurst Harness Racing Club will be holding a four-race meeting where you can see the action from the heated clubhouse. Wednesday, August 4. Gates open 5pm. Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway, 169 College Road. Visit www.goldcrowncarnival.com.au.
Stirring the Ash
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A collaboration between painter Euan Macleod and photographer Andrew Merry. Explores the elemental, complex narrative of fire as both a destructive and creative force in the Australian landscape. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. 10am to 5pm. Free.
Written by award-winning Australian playwright Peta Murray, this is a play about marriage, happiness and the pursuit of the perfect foxtrot. It tells the story of Peg and Cliff Small, an ordinary, suburban, middle aged couple who were once prize-winning ballroom dancers. Friday, August 27. 8pm. Orange Civic Theatre. $46 to $28.
Craft & Cuppa
Come and join our friendly Craft, Cuppa and Chat Group. Bring your own projects to work on or join in sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, learn something new, or just come for the cuppa and a chat. Every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm ... except on the first Tuesday of each month, which is for Millthorpe CWA branch meetings. Held at the newly refurbished Millthorpe CWA Hall, 21 Pym Street. $2.50
Catch the legendary songwriter and 'voice of the Stolen Generations' on his final national tour. Archie Roach's brilliant "Tell Me Why" celebrates his eponymous memoir and latest album. The five-piece band includes pianist Paul Grabowsky and guest vocalist Emma Donovan. Tuesday, August 17. 7.30pm. Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. $65. Tickets at www.bmec.com.au/archie-roach-2021.
For the calendar
The seven-day lockdown is over so now's the time to plan ahead. There are businesses, communities and events aplenty eagerly awaiting your return. Search for events in the community and then start spreading your wings a little further each time to find at least one thing to do every weekend. Most communities have a what's on list so start by checking out council websites or simply googling "what's on [insert location here]".