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The Sunset Markets are on every Friday night this summer from 1 December to 23 March 2007 (excluding 22 December, 29 December and 5 January… so night quite every Friday!) in the cbd of Joondalup.
They feature market stalls, music, food, street performers and exhibitons.

Listen to live bands most weeks as you stroll through the markets, watch buskers, have a coffee, grab a bite to eat and soak up the festive atmosphere.

See the City of Joondalup website for a bit more information.

The markets are part of Joondalup’s free Summer in the City events, which also include the Scorcha Youth Music Festival, some concerts in February and March, and the Joondalup Festival at the end of March.

Just a while after writing a post about the Funk Club in Leederville on Friday nights, it has been announced that the Funk Club is also back in Fremantle!

On Saturday 14 October 2006 there will be a big party at the Swan Basement, Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle, the new location for the Funk Club in Freo.
It all kicks off at 8pm with the Chameleon Brass Band, Funk Club House Band, The Crux, Loco Ren, Charlie Bucket, Phil Cooker and DJ Sorted.

It is a New Orleans themed event with a Gumbo flavour and there will be prizes for best dressed.

Entry is $10 and $7 for members.

After that the Funk Club will be held at the Swan Basement every Saturday night! And of course at the Leederville Hotel every Friday night. All info at the Funk Club website.

The weekly Fremantle Village Art Markets are back!

Every Thursday, from 5 October to 26 April 2007, the markets will be held under the Moreton Bay Figs at picturesque King’s Square in the middle of Fremantle.
There will be more than 45 stalls, free lunch time concerts and free kids workshops.

The market will be open from 10am to 5.30pm, and stalls will be selling a large variety of wares, from aromatherapy, clothing and photography to jewellery, fruit and vegetables, toys and much more.

The lunch time concerts take place from 12.30 to 1.30pm, and will feature local and touring bands.

Fremantle Village Arts Market

The free kids workshops will be held from 3.30 to 4.30pm (2.30 to 4.30 in school holidays), and involve crafty activities.

Fremantle Village Arts Market

Fremantle Village Art Markets page at Freo Focus.

DSCN2001Last week I went to see the Big HOO HAA with friends. It’s on every Saturday night at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, upstairs at the Brisbane Hotel in Highgate (just north of Northbridge, along Beaufort Street).It’s improv comedy, in the style of ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ Two teams of comedians competing against each other, often going by audience suggestions.

You can book tickets via BOCS, or get there before 8pm and get your tickets at the door and go back downstairs to get a drink. The show starts at 8.30pm.
Apparently it’s a full house every week (it certainly was last week), so do make sure you book, or get there early. Tickets are $15, $12 concession.
As I said, it starts at 8.30pm. There’s two short breaks (well, there was when we went!), which means you can go downstairs to get a drink in you like, and it finishes around 10.30/11pm.

I was quite impressed with the Brisbane Hotel; an old building, but newly renovated. Very flash! Plenty of parking around the back (for a fee) and in the streets surrounding.

Overview of regular comedy nights in Perth.
Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den website.

funkclubWe recently went to the Funk Club for the first time with friends and had a great time dancing the night away! I sometimes wonder how I have never heard of certain things in Perth, even if it’s being going for a while, and quite close to where I live (we lived in Mt Hawthorn last year)!!

The Funk Club is a weekly affair, held every Friday night upstairs at the Leederville Hotel at The Rosemount Hotel in North Perth.
It kicks off at 8pm, with the Funk Club House Band up first. Then there’s usually a guest band and dj.

The types of music that are played include funk, ska/reggae, jazz, fusion, hip-hop, world music, r&b and electronic forms of music.

Entry is $8, but if you become a member for $12, entry will only be $5.

The Rosemount Hotel is located at 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth – map

Funk Club website

If you love live comedy, you could see it from Tuesday through to Saturday every week in Perth.

Every Tuesday:

Shapiro Tuesdays at Lazy Susan’s – upstairs at the Brisbane Hotel, Highgate

A club for new and established comedians to come down and hangout, try new bits, polish their favourites, and just have a laugh…. $5 entry. From 8.30pm. 

Every Wednesday:

The Laugh Resort Comedy Club – Upstairs in the ‘Glasshouse’ of The Brass Monkey, Northbridge.
The show runs from 8.30pm till about 11pm, doors open at 8pm. Price is usually $10 ($8 concession), except the occasional special show.
The Laugh Resort is a not-for-profit organisation, but most of the comedians are professionals that also perform other gigs (see below) and are available for special (including corporate) functions.

Every Thursday:

Comedy Lounge – 509 Charles Hotel, North Perth.
Shows run from about 8 to 10pm. Price is usually $12 or $10 concession and could be up to $25 if a big national or international act is on.
The Comedy Lounge offers different types of packages for special functions.

Every Friday:

Stand up comedy at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, upstairs at the Brisbane Hotel, Highgate.
Show starts around 8.30pm. A few more dollars ($15/12), but it is Friday.

Every Saturday:

Big HOO-HAA (improvised comedy) also at Lazy Susan’s.
The Big HOO-HAA has been going since 2002, and the two teams of comedians use audience suggestions to create improvised sketches, in the style of shows like ‘Who’s Line Is It Anyway?’ This is also from 8.30pm, for $15/12.
The Big HOO-HAA can also perform at special functions, including fundraisers.

Also read ‘The Big HOO-HAA – every Sat night‘, a post I wrote in September 2006 after I attented the Big HOO HAA for the first time.

Special events:

Other than these regular shows, there are often special comedy nights, or big name comedians visiting Perth. I will post about these when they are announced, so keep an eye on the comedy category!
If you have anything to add, please leave a comment!

2006 05 27 1139This afternoon Pascal and my brother biked part of the way to the city. They parked the car at Mt Henry Bridge, and then biked all along the Canning and Swan Rivers to the city, stopping at things like the Como Jetty on the way. They did a bit of shopping (bought some cd’s for Pascal’s birthday which is today!), visited the new Borders store and had a drink at ‘The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar’, which is at Barrack St Jetty, so with a view over the Swan.
Pascal used to bike a lot when we lived in Mt Hawthorn; to work everyday in Subiaco and often to King’s Park or the city in the weekend. And occasionally I joined him and we biked around Lake Monger or Herdsman Lake.

But now we live a bit further out (Thornlie area), and there aren’t to many nice spots around here (except the hills). Luckily we have just bought a bigger car, and the bikes fit in the back, so that will make it easier.
2006 05 27 1135

Perth biking info

For all bike related news in Perth, plenty of cycle maps and other info, see the website of the Department for Planning and Infrastructure. Some of the maps are just for sale, but there are also pdf files with the paths of the Perth Bicycle Network, and other bike rides with maps and directions, which you could print out.
I enjoy biking around the river, Herdsman Lake, or King’s Park. You can also bike along the ‘Sunset Coast‘, but I’d choose a time when there won’t be too many people walking there, because that can get annoying, it’s a shared path! Also, think about the wind (Freo Doctor) when deciding which way you will bike (if you do it one way)!

Remember that you can take your bike onto the train, though there are special rules in rush hour.

Mountain biking

Then of course there is mountain biking in the Hills! First of all there is the Mundaring Loop Trail, which is a reasonably easy ride of about 17km. There is also the Railway Reserve Trail, which must be quite a lot harder, as it’s 40km, and goes through John Forrest National Park! Remember though, you can always do part of the route.

And last but not least (of my little list at least), the Munda Biddi Trail.

Comparable to the famous Bibbulmun Track (for walking), stage 1 (Mundaring to Collie) of this mountain bike trail opened in July 2004.

For more cycling links, see here.

Edit: Perth Trails also has bike routes (thanks Rebecca), and Bikely is website to create and find bike routes, and has a few Perth ones on there already (thanks Dee!)
If you have any tips on cycling in Perth, please leave a comment!

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I mostly post about the big events happening in Perth, but there are a lot of smaller events that happen in specific area’s that the rest of the city won’t hear about.

Keep an eye out for posters and notices, and also check out your council’s website. A lot of these smaller events are often free, including things like concerts in the park, or samba lessons!
Click here for a list of councils and their websites in WA.

If you know the name of your council, it should be easy to find.

As an example, and something that interests me, this Sunday there is a Dutch Community Cultural Day on at The Agonis in Gosnells. I only happened to stumble across this two days ago, when I was on the City of Gosnells website!

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