1. American Express Open Air Cinema
American Express Openair Cinemas takes place from February 6 to March 15. Card Members purchasing a ticket to the American Express Lounge receive their own bean bag, cushion and blanket as well as some tasty treats (fresh popcorn, ice cream, wine).
This year’s program will kick off with a screening of the hotly anticipated Little Women (6.2). In addition, an exciting mix of new releases such as Jojo Rabbit (7.2), The Gentlemen (10.02), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (09.02), Bombshell (26.02 and 08.03. Hustlers (19.2) Joker (24.2) and Knives Out (15.2, 9.3). Family flicks will include Jumanji: The Next Level (9.2, 20.2), Dolittle (22.2, 5.3), Spies in Disguise (15.02). Cult classic, Magic Mike heats up Valentine’s Day.
2. Totti’s by Merivale
The Royal has been an iconic watering hole in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs since 1907. Merivale reopened the hotel’s much-loved front bar in September, preserving the classic local as a place to grab a quick drink and game of pool, and just opened Totti’s last month.
It’s a casual Italian eatery of woodfired meats, hand-crafted pastas and classic Italian cocktails in a relaxed, 185-seater restaurant and courtyard – an evolution of Eggert’s Dirty Italian Disco pop-up that won over the hearts and taste buds of Sydneysiders at the Tennyson Hotel last year.
3. Bondi to Manly Walk
It’s the new walking track that links all coastal and harbourside walking tracks and paths between Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. It’s an 80km urban walks that’s a joint initiative between the City of Sydney, Mosman Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Council, Property New South Wales, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and Bondi to Manly Walk Supporters.
4. Sydney Mardi Gras in Bondi
Many forget that Sydney Mardi Gras parade is the last event of a15 day program of over 100 events – from live performance, sport, social activities, workshops and more. From February 24 to March 10, Bondi Pavilion Gallery will be the home of Rhys Jones’ newest exhibition, Male Man. A free event, it’s an exploration drawings, photography and installation, the artist captures a flawed push for perfection at a time in which masculinity itself appears to be crumbling.
In the words of the artist: “Masculinity is in flux. The effects of traditional masculinity on the male psyche have revealed the extent to which men are both the jailors and prisoners of their own emotional wellbeing. Gender stereotypes are being questioned
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