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free there s life in the inner west 198 12th october 2012 every fortnight the best kebabs in the inner west where to dine after the pub shuts win movie tix to rome with love safety not guaranteed plus is taking over the inner west distributed in leichhardt annandale petersham stanmore newtown rozelle balmain drummoyne haberfield five dock concord summer hill shadow dancer fire up for festa melbourne cup fashion fillies free parking why we need it devilish fun at nicholson street halloween festival photo by diana gilhawley fright night thursd a rse asvai­l2pmble y nu bab ay 10am fre e 2 hour parking at the italian forum with any purchase auburn 9649 7900 belrose 9986 3331 blacktown 9622 1937 burwood 9745 6375 campsie 9789 9000 carlingford 9871 4522 caringbah 9525 0309 engadine 9520 8838 five dock 9713 4729 glebe 9660 6919 griffith 6964 7322 marrickville 9560 2488 merryland 9897 1011 neutral bay 9953 0609 revesby 9773 8510 riverwood 9153 7347 toukley 4396 4137 your local store 6-8 norton street leichhardt open mon-fri 8am-8pm sat-sun 9am-6pm ph 9560 7008 cc18118_ciao


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inner west whispers local gossip rumour hearsay and unsubstantiated fact latte leftie we are c!ao satire for the soul the increasingly embattled latte leftie comes out swinging against the lynch mob of cyber-bullies seeking to silence him dear ll ­ as a long-term fan i d like to go on the record as stating that i don t see what the big deal is with you telling a crowd of sydney university resistance members that tony abbott s sister turned into an unabashed mussel-masher out of the shame caused by his intransigence on the gay marriage issue while waving a strap-on dildo around and running your tongue lasciviously between your ring and index fingers i note that much of the ensuing hysterical reportage failed to mention it was a charity event and you were engaging in some lighthearted banter in between auctioning che guevara t-shirts and noam chomsky box sets while acting as the unpaid mc of a fundraising event for hugo chavez s re-election campaign i ve been disgusted with the vicious campaign that has been waged against you and i for one will never be darkening the door of that gutless newtown bicycle shop and erstwhile ciao advertiser that demanded the return of the free razor scooter it had supplied for your use alan bennelong ll replies i should start by apologising unreservedly to mr abbott and his sister in the course of doing that i am obviously obliged to point out 1 i was only passing on what someone had told me so it was in fact a community service announcement of sorts 2 i never would have been forced into making the remark if tony abbott was not the parlimentary equivalent of that murderous albino monk from the da vinci code 3 it s a very short step from taking away a man s razor scooter to punish him for making vicious gratuitous jokes relating to a politician s relative to burning him at the stake for his cherished political beliefs and 4 i will not be lectured about homophobia by this man i will not not now not ever indeed even as anti-clerical heterosexual i was deeply offended on behalf of all safe-sex attracted catholic priests when mr abbott made jokes about having to avoid being taken advantage of in the seminary n email your dilemma to leane senzamici newtown the new angelo rozelle ructions del piero on norton st goodbye sucre l marrickville s new mayor victor macri is looking to take on the title of mr inner west recently spotted at a petersham restaurant opening in a sharp european style suit and very nice hair he is after all a hairdresser the young businessman had all the moves of a smart operator look out angelo l is there another rozelle festival on its way after the success of christmas in july there are rumours of a spring festival l congratulations to deputy mayor pauline tyrell of canada bay council the greens deputy has served office for almost 10 years and earned her dues as well as strategically preferencing the alp l is del piero coming to norton festa sadly he has a game that day and cannot make it but it is rumoured that he will be coming to leichhardt over the next few weeks first fan to kiss him will be immortalised on norton st hint head for bar sport l last year s norton festa dramas have dissipated as new organisers have come on board and cleaned up 2011 s mess organisers last year didn t submit insurance documents waste management or traffic management plans this year the organisers are slick and creative and the event promises to be reinvigorated l the iconic and well-loved mamma maria s will be sadly missed closing after 32 years on king st l balmain s sucre doesn t see out the year l the image of annabelle mcmillan and genevieve fricker in last issue s hot or not in ciao was inadvertently used in a context without their direct permission ciao deeply regrets the hurt caused by this misunderstanding and unreservedly apologises food melissa leong resident chef jared ingersoll winsor dobbin wine c!ao history back in the day a vast tram network covered sydney and rode through the inner west this photo from 1955 shows a tram running up booth street in annandale just six years later sydney s last tram service was closed now serviced by buses this shows just how much our public transport system has evolved only the north annandale pub remains from the photo the clothes and cars are long gone relics of the tram network dot the inner west there s even a section of track still left in glebe plus some decades abandoned tram sheds n julius ruaya design eleanor wales russell edwards art direction editorial nancy merlo melbourne cup luncheon tuesday 6th november at seed cuisine publishing sonia komaravalli contributors russell edwards ben cregan nigel bowen rita mesiti and julius ruaya 1pm to 5pm gourmet bbq luncheon ciao $29 per head drinks sold separately accompanied by a complimentary glass of bubbly big screen tv broadcast raffle and best dressed prizes things we love sunny bins made from a wheelie bin with added solar panels state of the art sound equipment and custom artworks ­ these amazing wheelie bin sound systems are the future of environmentally friendly mobile entertainment and they are created by a couple of creative dudes in st peters if you think they re cool visit c!ao s voice · newcomers to norton st ­ bonarche burgers · drivers who keep their headlights on even though it s a sunny day · `high coffee ­ the caffeine · noisy neighbours addict s version of high tea · cold nights · warm days · drivers that swing out before · the tasty new menu by turning why chef brad sloane at the riverview hotel balmain · zanzibar s heaters running out of gas on cold nights · industrial-style cafes and restaurants · paying big bucks for bad food · peaceful protesting · vietnamese food from thanh · lukewarm coffee · weird smells in the office binh restaurant newtown ciao loves you and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent we try and make you look your best no responsibility is accepted by ciao magazine for the accuracy of 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community life who is the king of kebabs any kebab tastes like an angel crying on your tongue at 3am in the morning after a 15 beer entree but which purveyors of middle eastern fare still stand up in the sober light of day before i ve even left the house on a saturday night i m already looking forward to the end of the evening because the best part of a night out on the town is the pit stop for a late-night bite on the way home there s nothing more satisfying than hoeing into a kebab at 3am after working up an appetite on the dance floor without a second thought about the garlic breath that s sure to follow however while there are plenty of options around the city for late-night eats where are the late night kebab joints closer to home and which can be vouched for here are a few we tried while sober well mostly for a more accurate review r oad test rant the dark side of social media `justice could #destroyingthejoint end up well destroying the joint it s alan jones today but it might be any of us tomorrow hard as it is to believe alan jones was once one of the inner west s best-known residents before relocating to the toaster he had a pad in newtown and used to occasionally hold court at the marly where the then premier bob carr used to dispatch potential police ministers to be vetted and please god given the regal seal of approval by sydney s undisputed king of the airwaves and who among us could have imagined back in those days that carr cringe-inducingly desperate to keep jones and his print equivalent the daily telegraph onside would ever be remonstrating with alan et tu bob very few of the parrot s erstwhile neighbours would be feeling any sympathy for him at present but students of history particularly mao s cultural revolution might be a little uneasy about what putatively spontaneous `people s uprisings which are now easier than ever to organise via social media can lead to here s my prediction jones won t be sacked his ratings will if anything go up most of the advertisers winning plaudits for abandoning him in the heat of the current media firestorm will quietly return to his program a few months down the track and his many blue-collar listeners who already feel marginalised will come to believe even more strongly and not entirely unjustifiably that the mainstream media is not only uninterested in their concerns but outright hostile to them istanbul on king what i like most about istanbul on king street is that when you walk in there after a night of partying they keep the party atmosphere going as you await your kebab ­ it s always busy and has lively music playing along with some bizarre video clip the chicken and beef kebabs are both good and everything is quite fresh as customer turnover is high especially on weekends istanbul is open till 1am weeknights and 4am on weekends prices range from $7.90 to $13.90 3.5/5 there s nothing worse than a badly wrapped kebab victoria yeeros darling kebabs i ve stopped off at this place for a bite after many a balmain pub crawl and have enjoyed the pide and the chicken kebabs my experience was rather different during the day though when i tried a basic beef kebab and found the filling clumped in the centre of the bread which was not well wrapped but rather just folded in half while i usually commend generous serves this thing was overflowing and quickly got soggy and messy ­ but i guess you don t really notice that after a beer or six open till midnight on weeknights and 3am on fridays and saturdays prices start at $5 for a vegie kebab and go up from there 1/5 brothers kebabs burgers this unassuming take-away shop which has been in business for nine years is surprisingly busy and their lamb kebabs are delicious the meat has a wonderful char-grilled flavour they use toasted pita bread that s tightly wrapped and easy to eat without having the kebab fall apart on you and the salad fillings are fresh and crisp mine was a little light on cheese and tomato but no one gets a kebab for the salad anyway ­ it s all about the meat here open till 2am on weeknights 4am on weekends and midnight on sundays you can get a kebab chips and drink for $15 4/5 i know yeeros aren t technically `kebabs but they re the greek version and victoria yeeros is definitely worth a mention ­ after being in business in marrickville for three decades people still rave about it i wasn t disappointed by my lamb yeeros made on crisp toasted pita bread with heaps of succulent slightly salty but very tasty lamb onion lettuce tomato tzatziki and a little sprinkling of chilli powder the meat is spicier and more flavoursome than the others i tried though prices are more expensive open weeknights until midnight and 2am on weekends a lamb yeeros costs around $9.90 depending on what you put in it 4/5 n nm a feast of entertainment marrickville festival is set to attract a crowd of thousands again this year with plenty on offer for the whole family this year s festival will be bursting with exciting entertainment for young and old including band performances martial arts demos and roving buskers the festival will feature a `war of words stage ­ where comedians and poets will battle it out armed only with words ­ plus an international dance floor showcasing 15 dance groups throughout the day among them amera s belly dancing dulwich primary aboriginal dancers and latin motion meanwhile the kids play park located in calvert street car park off illawarra road is guaranteed to keep younger festivalgoers busy with a climbing wall jumping castle and magic show foodies will also be impressed as hundreds of international cuisine stalls line the streets and fill hungry bellies get in on all the fun on sunday 21st october from 11am to 5pm and don t miss one of the most anticipated dates on the inner west s social calendar n where marrickville and illawarra roads marrickville jones won t be sacked his ratings will go up the advertisers will quietly return to his program nothing will change so yes the kind of people ­ many inner westies included ­ who never listened to jones in the first place will get to revel in schadenfreude signing petitions and tut-tutting to like-minded friends but nothing is likely to change apart from the shock jock and presumably every other public figure and who knows even private citizens now having to assume their remarks are being secretly recorded 24/7 for future use against them should they ever say anything out of order in a week or two another celebrity will send out a drunkenly abusive tweet and the moral outrage media circus will move on but it s alan jones you cry he deserves it well maybe but the problem with lynch mobs is that while they might be all good fun while they re chasing after the `right targets they have a tendency to spiral out of control and turn on those who ve done little to deserve being strung up in the public square just make sure everything you ever say print tweet or text can t be misinterpreted or even deliberatly turned against you those social media campaigns may not be such a hoot if the bloodthirsty mob has turned on you what s on compiled by nancy merlo email sat 13th sun 14th october thursday 18th october info@ciaomagazi attn nancy free community events listings are n nigel bowen of their indy series so far in 2012 they ve performed with david helfgott and james morrison in venues such as the sydney opera house and the city recital hall ticket prices are $25 or $20 concession and $10 for children under 16 for more info visit www.metorchestra n cnr marion norton st leichahrdt sat 20th sun 21st october thurs 18th to sun 21st october relay for life this 24-hour charity event in support of the cancer council opens at 7am on saturday at king george park rozelle there will be plenty going on throughout the weekend as participants circle the oval in the overnight relay including a baton parade zumba performance by the sydney uni cheer sqaud competitions and raffles musical performances trivia bingo and sunday morning yoga plus there will be some incredible food on offer to keep everyone energised join the relay for a good cause n more info at 4 2 years 2 bikes a touring odyssey seeing the world from the saddle of a bike is interesting everything goes by a little more slowly allowing you to savour the view aaron and jacqui have ridden across continents with their bikes and cameras and as part of the sydney rides festival 2012 on october 18th from 6pm to 8pm cheeky transport in newtown will be exhibiting a selection of their photos ­ telling their story of traveling the world by bicycle entry is free for more info visit http n where 3 georgina st newtown iranian film festival showing at dendy cinemas in newtown the iranian film festival will give cinema lovers a glimpse into iranian life and offer them the chance to learn why iranian cinema is one of the most talked about cinematic movements around the world there is something for everyone at this film festival from indie films to documentaries all films are for adults only tickets are $17 for adults $14.50 for students and $10.00 for seniors for more info visit n where 261 ­ 263 king st newtown 20th 21st 27th 28th october metro orchestra will get the wind up you sunday 21st october the metro orchestra s indy series the metropolitan orchestra launched in 2009 and quickly developed a reputation for quality performances across sydney playing at leichhardt town hall on october 21st the orchestra will perform pieces from beethoven and mozart this is the final show erkoart erkoart is a bi-annual event that features the works of erskineville artists young and old and is a celebration of erko s creativity the event will open at erskineville public school on saturday evening with an over 18s party while sunday is a day for the whole


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n local gigs thursday 18th october n local movies bang thursdays at the annandale ­ the tongue ellesquire mc rapaport there s nothing i like better than going out on weeknights university work general life commitments ­ eh get yourself out to some excellent hip-hop gigs instead and have a little dance maybe a jump around perhaps a sneaky beer annandale hotel free if you re early or $10 friday 19th october free c d u le tiwinkoebts movies passes a deceptive and fiendishly clever little charmer kira puru the bruise mere women the peep tempel now when i said there was nothing i liked better than going out on weeknights i didn t take into account the fact that i really really like gigs with food excellent food i like kira puru gazing sultrily at me while i eat my meals it s just a thing that i m into the band has new songs and a new drummer they re excellent get into it the vanguard newtown $15.80 $50.80 with eats monday 22nd october safety not guaranteed looper showed us that time travel can be problematic indeed but there was nothing in that very slick sci-fi fantasy that comes close to the sheer demonic fun of colin trevorrow s low budget indie darius aubrey plaza is a cynical young seattle magazine intern teamed up with a even more jaundiced journo d-bag jake johnson plus a nerdy young tyro karan soni they re investigating a mysterious local ad seeking a companion time traveller to go on a journey i have only done this once before safety not guaranteed the adventurer turns out to be a loner science-nut called kenneth mark duplass who does indeed appear to have done this before the script doesn t play these characters for the obvious laughs of so many mocking american movies from the makers of little miss sunshine the notes ominously warn the intent is both more ambitious and amiable ­ the result far far cleverer too ­ fiendishly so m15 at dendy newtown and chauvel cinema from oct 18 n thanks to rialto distribution we have 5 double in-season passes to give away details below romantic complications roman style to rome with love most woody allen movies this is his 42nd now have a younger male star just as perplexed as the auteur sporting the same nuerotic mannerisms and speech patterns that phew allows the 76-year-old to keep his trousers on this time it s jessie eisenberg who doesn t of course after falling for his sensible girlfriend s greta gerwig batty best friend ellen page from juno woody himself plays a grumpy avant-garde music producer married to the perpetually feisty judy davis which may explain why he remains chaste who stages a puccini opera by a fantastic singer who can only perform while in the shower that s only one of a whole series of perhaps unconnected and farcical subplots involving the vagaries of fame love loss sex and this being woody ­ fear of death with penelope cruz as a very wise prostitute her attributes barely contained in a tight red dress and alec baldwin who appears to be a ghost together with the gorgeous colours of italy and the magical atmosphere of the eternal city they all blend seamlessly into a fabulously tasty roman cocktail ctc at palace norton st from oct 18 n thanks to hopscotch films we have 10 double inseason passes to give away details below willy mason listening to triple j in the car the other day because newcastle doesn t get fbi and i heard this little gem it sounds a lot like tunng who has been doing this kind of stuff for years but it still sounds good i don t know if you get eats with this one i hope you do i sincerely hope so the vanguard newtown $36.80 +bf n claire albrecht dredd 3d the 200-storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord ma-ma lena headey and her b-movie bitch the wire s wood harris probably won t convince many rozelle residents of the virtues of high-rise here mega city-one s law enforcer and summary executioner judge dredd karl urban and a fetching rookie olivia thirlby do battle with the scourge of slo-mo a super-dooper new drug which slows time to a fraction of its normal speed lots of splattered body parts follow filmed real slow the highlight being several rapturously prolonged falls from those grungy 200 storeys real class ma15 at dendy newtown from oct 25 best of the rest win tix win tix the perps are uncooperative dangerous liaisons a bite of cherry the inner west s favourite `band burlesque and dj variety show black cherry is turning six this month and celebrating with a huge night of terrifying debauchery at a halloween-themed party kicking off at 8pm on saturday 27th october and rock n rolling until the wee hours of the morning black cherry is throwing a dia de los muertos-themed birthday party where guests are invited to get in touch with their supernatural side and dress up as vampires zombies monsters or ghouls the event features a green fairy absinth bar mexican cantina on wheels live rock n roll karaoke and three rooms of rocking entertainment there will be performances from `mikelangelo and the tin star plus heaps of other bands as well as mind-blowing burlesque shows from the king of burlesque mark winmill and fire-eating sensation tank tickets are $20 or $25 at the door for more information visit or to book tickets go to shadow dancer james marsh man on a wire takes us to belfast and strips away all the politically romantic fantasies we ve ever been fed about the irish struggle in reality it was a horror story by the `90s when this gripping thriller is set one side has resorted to thuggery and murder the other to conniving brutal cynicism there is nothing noble or idealistic about anyone s motives ­ the family scenes in particular give a new dimension to that old saying the banality of terror mi5 agent mac clive owen in a memorable performance has `turned single mum collette andrea riseborough after she botches an ira london bombing he s a master of subterfuge but he lets his guard fatally slip a taut mature and very thoughtful movie with a devastating doublebarreled climax m15 at chauvel cinema on now n thanks to potential films we have 15 double in-season passes to give away details below halloween ain t just for kids family this year erkoart is part of the art about sydney 2012 festival and everyone around erskineville is invited to join in by adding a spot of colour for display around the village for more info visit www.facebook com/erkoart n where erskineville public school swanson st 20th 21st 27th 28th october n the factory theatre 105 victoria rd marrickville to win a double pass to black cherry s 6th birthday bash email saturday 27th october birds of a feather paint together come visit the watch house gallery for an exhibition by judy brownlie and ruth aldrich the duo known as birds of a feather are award-winning artists and have painted together for 28 years the pair work across a range of media from oil paints to prints the exhibition is open from october 20th to 21st and october 27th to 28th opening hours are 11am to 5pm for more info visit www n where watch house gallery 179 darling st balmain an evening out in cabarita reclamation will transform the foreshore of cabarita park into a vibrant exhibition space featuring art installations performances and interactive elements there will be an opportunity to participate in a unique and collaborative arts presentation arts and craft activities for the whole family a variety of food stalls to sample or bring a picnic live music storytelling and performances and a screening of the movie hugo on the waterfront big screen from 7.30pm starts 5 to 10pm free shuttle bus to cabarita park n for more until thurs 1st novemebr through to march 2013 this means upwards of 600 actors are needed to star in an amazing variety of shows actor s auditions will take place during november and festival director pete malicki says actors of all levels of experience are welcome there are also prizes for the best artists in the festival n to register or for more info visit win double movie passes cabaret tix to be in the running to win a double movie pass to to rome with love safety not guaranteed and/or shadow dancer just email with your name and address telling us where you picked up your copy of ciao you can enter both in a single email but if you do ­ give us an order of preference short+sweet the call is out for aspiring actors to register for sydney s short+sweet festival ­ the world s biggest festival of short 10-minute plays this summer s festival will produce 160 short plays showing from january only at the movies oct 18 check out the trailer here hurry to join short+sweet 2012 http community glamour at its best 5


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one suburb fifty faces the balmain art and craft show is one of sydney s leading cultural community events for the whole family and this year features a special `show within a show pop-up exhibition by one of last year s best-selling new artists mertim gokalp local artist mertim will be premiering his first solo exhibition `50 faces of balmain at this year s art and craft show here he chats to ciao about why he chose the people of balmain as subjects for his close-up portraits why did you choose to paint people from balmain i have been painting in my balmain studio for the last three years and balmain inspires me a lot this is where i get my morning coffee where i walk when i take a break to refresh myself under the sunlight while wondering around here i feel happy and free i just thought that this project would be a great opportunity to meet with more balmainians and to allow more people to know my works and i choosing people from balmain as subjects of my paintings was kind of a payback i thought i owed this to balmain as it gives me the energy and inspiration in my life how hard was it finding people who were willing to have their portraits painted usually i am not a shy person if i like someone and think they would be a great subject i approach them and ask them if they would be interested in posing for me most of the time i didn t get refused most of the people actually told me that they felt flattered by the offer in our daily routines people usually don t think about getting their portraits painted but when they are given the chance mostly they like the idea what kind of people did you encounter along the way you would not believe it very very different people all of them had a different story of balmain and i met with quite a few characters i listened to each individual s story and each saw balmain differently i got a glimpse of a different side of this beautiful suburb how long did each portrait take the creative process is both painful and fun while some of them are quite easy and come to life very smoothly some others may be very challenging arts local business for over 25 years designer rugs have complemented the aesthetics of residential homes and commercial spaces throughout the world with rugs of exceptional quality and unique designs by working in collaboration with leading australian artists and designers including akira isogawa easton pearson catherine martin and minnie pwerle this innovative and design-focused company has earned an outstanding reputation for producing custom-made rugs for private clients and commercial professionals alike designer rugs also provide customers looking for ready-made rugs with affordable and creative collections of handmade rugs in a wide variety of styles influences and sizes their experience and expertise in creating individual handmade rugs and carpets to your specific requirements has made designer rugs the leading company for custom-made rugs and carpets and has earned them a reputation for exceptional quality and service all designs by designer rugs are exclusive and their ranges include contemporary and traditional hand tufted and hand knot rugs in new zealand wool wool blends viscose and pure silks selected new zealand wool products in their collections are `green star rated this week their spring sale offers 10-50 per cent off their in-house ranges bella vista and saffron and traditional/antique-wash rugs n designer rugs showroom 509 parramatta road leichhardt tel 9550 9933 a familiar balmain face so there is no single answer to this question the birth of each painting is different than the other one what style of painting did you use in these portraits i adopted an expressionist style in these portraits yet i am also influenced by realism my portraits are not literal representations of people posing or sitting these are subjective portraits of the psyche all portraits reveal something about the subject but they are open to many interpretations as they are enigmatic most of the time n the balmain art and craft show 2 eaton street balmain free admission saturday 9am to 5pm and sunday 10am to 4pm more information at rugged good looks principal partner come along to a late afternoon of wonderment and fun sat 27 oct · 5pm 10pm twilight exhibition&event free entry saturday 3rd sunday 4th november 2 eaton st balmain for more info visit event partners supported by showbiz opal fields 2gb ngc electrical balmain care for kids 6


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promotion an italian affair in leichhardt l sunday 28th october norton street italian festa be our guest reputedly the is back to celebrate its 26th year on sunday 28th october and everyone is invited to join the party in the heart of sydney s little italy there will be hundreds of fine italian produce stalls cooking demonstrations italian specialty experiences and carnival rides and games to keep the kids entertained at this year s street festival and with concerts dance competitions and the best coffee gelato and pizza in the inner west being served all day long the whole family will want to get down to norton street and join the fun n for more information visit norton street italian festa largest street festival in australia festa is a wonderful celebration of what makes leichhardt so special a slice of italy will be brought to the festa on sunday 28th october when be our guest a new travel company launched by anna barletta joins the festival for the first time as a specialist stallholder be our guest is a boutique travel service specialising in authentic italian small-group holidays anna who has neapolitan heritage started the company to take advantage of her inside knowledge of italy to provide holiday experiences that tap into the unique italian way of life after a number of years in the corporate world i decided to follow my heart and share my italian connections with people who want to experience the real italy that i know and love says anna anna has spent the last two months travelling italy finalising the details for the 2013 be our guest tour experiences and recently returned to sydney to join the norton street festa where she will be showcasing a series of sydney-based evening events which she has created to offer her fellow italophiles the italian fix that they crave right here at home so be sure to visit anna at her stand at this year s festa where you ll have your chance to win two free tickets to one of her upcoming events for more information visit the wedding this year will also mark the second live wedding in the rotunda at pioneer memorial park where the festa crowd of thousands joins a lucky bride and groom to celebrate an italian affair to remember the italian affair to remember competition offers couples the chance to win a wedding supplied by local bridal businesses this year s lucky winning couple ross and mercedes lived at different ends of norton street so it was only a matter of time before they found one another they wined dined and wooed around the inner west ­ ross even proposed to mercedes at norton plaza ­ and now they are getting married here on norton street too n ross and mercedes wedding begins at 2:15pm in the park for the kids aside from all the crazy carnival rides there will be face-painting too and plenty more for kids to do at the festa with animal farms rock climbing and jumping castles lining the street children always have a ball at this annual street party for all ages just like your nonna makes it an italian festa is not complete without food and the nonni in casa e cucina is an event that has been running for the past five years at norton street festa food lovers in this year s crowd will learn to cook authentic italian dishes from real the biggest street festival in australia italian nonni as well as guest chef paolo gatto of gatto matto trattoria in five dock the event is in celebration of grandparent s day a day to thank grandparents everywhere for their contribution to their families and wider community n nonni in casa e cucina begins at 10:30am be anna barletta s guest in italy 8


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let the fun begin on the main stage at the festa plenty of local talent is set to hit the main stage on festa day from traditional italian dancers to ciao s very own local supermodels festa is always full of colour music and tonnes of party atmosphere and this year will be no different with the marconi choir kicking things off at 10am putting on an unmissable musical performance to be followed by tarantella dancers and the inner west community band younger festivalgoers are also sure to enjoy dj stefano s upbeat tunes playing at regular intervals throughout the day from 2pm joining these other acts is `the voice of naples claudio sandrelli who has been trained by some of the best singers in italy and only recently returned from a tour there claudio sings traditional and classical neapolitan songs by greats such as mario merola and will be backed on stage by i giovanotti band roseanna gallo one of the elite singers currently performing in the hit stage show serenading `50s `60s `70s is looking forward to entertaining the masses on festa day the charismatic italian singer/songwriter has been the musical director for various carols by candlelight and other local events and her original composition of the `migrant song has been played regularly on 90.3fm italia mia station and rete italia roseanna loves getting her audience involved and is sure to have everyone at festa dancing along norton street ciao s spring fashion parade roseanna loves getting her audience involved and is sure to have everyone at festa dancing along norton street get the ciao look each year at norton street festa ciao caters to the fashionistas in the crowd and puts on a fashion show to remember featuring all the latest trends from the best local shops throughout inner west the annual ciao fashion parade will again be hosted by haberfield local and ciao stylist rita mesiti who can always be trusted to deliver the most stunning looks for the season and keep you up to date with the latest trends throughout summer the show is also a good chance to get some inspiration about what to wear in the lead up to melbourne cup race day and the spring racing season this year a range of stores will be included to suit a wide variety of tastes participating stores from leichhardt are the fun and feminine mia on norton live this and selected fashion outlets from marketplace leichhardt ­ all contributing beautiful quality garments that are available locally newtown store gallery serpentine will also add some edge to the parade with their cool alternative fashion range while balmain store living silk provides some high-class glamour n be at the main stage at 3pm for ciao s catwalk roseanna gallo free pasta-making workshops norton street italian festa promises to be every foodies heaven dishing up the very best in italian cuisine pizza pasta or gelato ­ no matter what you re craving festa will deliver get the kids in on the action by popping over to marketplace leichhardt s free kids pasta making workshops at festa where kids will don an apron and learn how to make spaghetti fettuccine agnolotti and ravioli from scratch participating children will be involved in every stage of production from kneading the pasta dough rolling it out shaping it and even colouring it spinach for green tomato for red saffron for yellow and eggplant for purple when the pasta is ready the mini chefs can choose to either cook it onsite or take it home to enjoy later all ingredients provided will be available at marketplace leichhardt places will fill quickly so be first in and best dressed n for more information visit ciao magazine s spring fashion parade pioneer park at 3pm hosted by haberfield local and ciao stylist rita mesiti this is the place to find out about this season s hottest looks a great opportunity to get some inspiration for your melbourne cup formal or cocktail outfit too the parade will feature the best local fashion from meshea lifestyle mia on norton live this and marketplace leichhardt stores including liana miche boutique bacio and adam eve me if the heart sings a song of love go learn more at or contact buy one coffee get one free for the rest of the year visit us in-store to receive your loyalty card open tuesday-friday 7.00 3.30pm saturday sunday 8.00 3.30pm ciao life in the inner west looking good and moving fast that s ciao 22 norton st leichhardt 9560 4493 community glamour at its best 9


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astrogirlzarro your stars for the week from our real astrogirl aries the fun times return when venus calls you this fortnight with promises of pleasure involving party balloons and marshmallow whip taurus you ll be ready for commitment and security when saturn begins his once-in-thirty years visit to your relationship sector the panel says mel not my type but not bad at all he has a nice smile and looks like a real sweetheart gemini the pace of romance accelerates when mars enters your love zone `treat `em mean keep `em keen is your motto for the next couple of weeks cancer venus and mercury team up to transform your home into a creative environment ripe for some old school arts and crafts activity leo the sun-saturn merger on october 26th compels you to be realistic about your domestic situation learn to set limits with housemates and loved ones virgo mars lights up your home environment this fortnight friends and family will treat your house like central station there ll also be an increase in domestic disputes learn to deal with disagreements diplomatically i definitely rate a guy who s ambitious and quite nice arms too ash libra the new moon in your sign on october 15th indicates new romantic beginnings the possibility of love walking through the door is high so be sure to look your absolute best scorpio now that saturn is firmly planted in your sign you will need to be honest about what isn t working in your life make changes accordingly sagittarius your trademark recklessness is heightened under mars so try taking a step back and breathing for a change before plunging into a course of action capricorn your altruistic side prevails this fortnight you become involved with your community in a meaningful way and take up leadership roles connected to charities or environmental concerns aquarius your leadership skills are renewed under a mars transit making this an ideal time to pursue career goals examine which professional limits are necessary and which are fear-based lover or loser you can you leave your hat on with julius ladies this dude really isn t my type he has nice teeth though and i always identify with a fellow hat wearer leanne pisces thinking of returning to school saturn starts a two-year passage through your education zone indicating a preference for teaching writing and research n http world and live overseas one day he describes himself as unconventional and fit and his best relationship advice is to just be yourself so what does a lad like julius look for in a lady each girl is different but there has to be something about her that captures my attention he says but the real question julius is do you have what it takes to capture our panelist s critical eyes julius 25 is an ambitious media student who likes to wear hats and hopes to travel the ms red looks nice but he d look even better after a couple of beers after three i d probably be buying us matching hats proudly supporting the nicho halloween festival 10


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r.i.p r.i.p r.i.p r.i.p r.i.p nicholson street public school halloween festival presented by the p&c assoc r.i.p happy halloween in 1992 an american family living in balmain east introduced some halloween fun into the school s `fun draising and 20 years later what started out as a low-key affair has evolved into a highly organised slickly run event that is now a `must do event for families in the inner west it was estimated that 3,000 people attended the festival last year with visitors coming from far and wide to join in the halloween fun mrs michelle evans of penrith told ticket sellers on the door that her family travel every year to attend the festival my kids love coming there s nothing like this where we live and we heard about it through friends it s amazing and every year it just seems to get better she said with the ber building works recently completed at the school there will be plenty of space to move around the various spooky stalls this year when the festival kicks off on saturday 27th october from 3pm to 8.30pm onwards so you get a double dose of halloween fun in 2012 be prepared for extra scary fun and halloween high jinks as the creepiest festival in town just took a gruesome turn to balmain ­ dust off that old costume and start channeling your inner ghoul saturday 27th october from 3.00pm to 8.30pm design by spooky sponsors the nicholson st school s p&c sends their appreciation to all their special sponsors that make the event possible every year the nicholson street public school p&c presents their annual halloween festival to raise money for the school and this year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary festival the event attracts witches and goblins from all over the inner west yearly read on to find out how you can join the fun the party people which witch is which ciao chats festival organizer head witch kerry guthrie to find out what horrors are in store for festivalgoers this year how to put together our halloween school newspaper the ghouly news the kids have been writing content for the past few weeks halloween is huge time of year for dean salakas proud sponsor and chief party dude at the party people store in drummoyne who says that every year halloween just keeps getting bigger in the past many parents were scared to let their kids out to go trick or treating however many communities are adopting halloween as more and more events promote the awareness of halloween more and more parents are allowing their kids to go out into their neighbourhood to trick or treat he said dean is on top of all the latest terrifying trends for halloween 2012 and stocks over a thousand scary decorations costumes and confectionary including last year s best selling skull candies jelly brains cauldrons blood sucker lollypops plus so much more among his favourite new products are crawling hands greedy candy bowls that will grab you if you try to touch its candy skeleton chandeliers and a full size animated butler with a pet crow on his shoulder that talks when people get close enough the party people sell costumes that range from $20 to $100 so if you re stuck for something to wear this halloween or to the nicholson st festival check out their website or drop into the drummoyne store n 73-75 victoria rd drummoyne tel 9529 2133 you have a new principal this year how is she coping it s your 20th halloween festival this year how with it all do you manage to keep it going kg our new principal georgia head witch kerry guthrie with most fundraising there s always a bit of halloween fatigue that sets in constanti joined the school now and again the trick is to make it easy for parents in term 2 this year and has undergone several halloween to get involved and by being super organized each initiation ceremonies her office is year the event evolves and now we have 20 years already filling up with hundreds of tombola jars and worth of props decorations and a thick book called last week a headless horseman found his way into halloween festival for dummies which we roll out her office the good news is she takes everything every october each new organizer brings his or her in her stride and fully supports the p&c in their ideas to keep the festival fresh efforts to raise funds that will ultimately be spent on how do you get the students excited about the enhancing the learning environment festival kg are you kidding they don t really need much to get them excited they are so proud that their school hosts such an awesome event however we do have a halloween poster competition and this year we re going to do a halloween limerick competition for the kids one of our parents is a newspaper editor at the australian and he has given the year 5 and 6 classes a tutorial on have you made any changes to the festival this year kg last year we noticed a bit of price sensitivity obviously because people were tightening their belts because of the gfc we really want people to come along to the festival and enjoy themselves and feel like they are getting good value for money so this year we have dropped the prices of a few stalls to make it easier for everyone to join in and have fun do you have a message for all the families reading kg this is no ordinary school fete if you have primary school aged children and want to come along to a totally unique event then come to the festival you will be amazed at the creativity that has gone into putting on this event not only will you and your kids have great fun it s all for a good cause · halloween costumes decorations confectionery and more · australia s largest party store is in drummoyne with over 1000 halloween items in stock · visit our store or shop online now store locations 73-75 victoria road drummoyne nsw 2047 428-430 rocky point road sans souci nsw 2219 phone 02 9529 2133 shop online community glamour at its best 11


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spooky stalls 2012 illustrations by chau truong spooky sponsors costume ideas prestige auto traders the people at prestige auto traders rozelle live and breathe cars and they have been sharing their passion and knowledge with the rozelle and balmain community for years they also support a number of local schools including the nicholson st primary school s halloween festival what do you like most about being in business in balmain and the area itself balmain has an overwhelming sense of community we have found the people of balmain to be welcoming friendly and a pleasure to deal with what do you find to be the most popular car among balmain drivers in the market for a luxury vehicle the most popular luxury vehicles among balmain drivers are predominately audi s and bmw s these are closely followed by mercedes benz lexus and volkswagen box maze weave your way through tunnels of darkness with your friends and make sure you take the correct turns to get back to the beginning after many years of construction experience by the nicho parents we promise to keep you in there even longer this year artspark trick or treat the team from artspark rozelle will be hosting a stall and bringing their love and passion for providing creative experiences for children bridge of doom a feat of constructive genius built of rope you ll wobble as you weave your way across the bridge beware the crocodiles waiting for dinner below balloon pop we have over 500 balloons to pop and some fantastic prizes to give away each balloon has their own individual numbers inside that corresponds with different prizes burst the balloon any way you like ­ sit on it stare at it jump on it squeeze it ­ just pop it deathly treasures stick a needle into our very realistic mummy some even say it s a real body underneath all those bandages the principal did go on long service leave right pick a spot to stick your flag into and you may win one of 3 incredible prizes cakewalk join the mayhem of the `cakewalk if you dare the maestro will make you jump dance backwards do a jig or any move that amuses him the music blares everything is a blur and the one left standing at the end of the round chooses a spooky halloween decorated cake as a prize and gets to eat it too why did you decide to support the nicholson street halloween festival is this the first time you ve sponsored the event having been a part of the balmain community for a few years this isn t the first time we have sponsored the nicholson st halloween festival and we are honoured to continue to support an ever-growing community and to be included in such a great community initiative how does it feel to be involved with such a huge community event prestige auto traders is proud to be a sponsor for such a wonderful event halloween is day that children worldwide recognise we re very excited to be included in the event and show our support to the nicholson st school n 180 mullens st rozelle ph 8755 2200 duck pond try your fishing skills at the duck pond this is especially fun for little visitors and everyone gets a prize except the ducks centre stage disco dj doctor death will start spinning his decks from when the stars come out if you can think of a tragically spooky tune we will play it and you will dance to it frightful photo booth remember cramming into the old passport photo booths well this year our frightful photo booth will snap you and your friends in all your gruesomely ghoulish glory memories you can keep forever chocolate wheel buy a ticket get a paddle with a number on it and wait with bad breath as the chocolate wheel is spun ­ will your number finally be up the prizes are amazing ­ kids toys books and dvd s along with a few adult treats like gourmet goodies or wine the graveyard dig pass through the cemetery and stop by the empty graves dig down if you dare and if you find some old bones you may win a prize spooky sponsors east village commercial hotel the east village commercial hotel is known for having balmain s best wagyu burger and famous for their mussels actually half price wednesday mussels is somewhat of a balmain institution this is their second year as a halloween festival sponsor and hotel manager tim condon is looking forward to being involved again this year what do you like most about being in business in balmain balmain is a great community to be in business in its residents are discerning yet laid back and loyal balmain east in particular is like a small country town in the heart of the city where everybody knows everybody the east village pub has in some sense started to become a bit of a centre for that community which is how it should be you were named best newcomer in smh good pub food guide what makes your food so special our food is all prepared fresh daily from scratch by professional chefs headed by englishman ryan smith who has worked in some of england s finest gastropubs where many others skimp on quality we are committed to providing a restaurant quality meal in a relaxed setting all at pub prices the smh good pub food guide award was a great payoff for that commitment how will you be involved in the nicholson st halloween festival this year last year we co-judged the `best costume with rene from prestige auto traders as for this year we ll wait and see it s the largest community event of the year in balmain east second only to nye in numbers on the peninsular and there is a great buzz along the strip we get a lot of visitors from balmain and beyond for the event so it s a great day n 82 darling st balmain ph 9810 3333 french halloween yum cha little darling diner plays host to the darkest night on the peninsula dress up in your bloodiest outfit and howl away as you devour the tasty morsels dished up by fabulous chef melinda omerod 6pm ­ 10pm also for the month of october little darling diner are donating all proceeds from coffee sales to the mcgrath breast cancer foundation n 485a darling st balmain ph 98105255 good deeds property buyers headed up by veronica morgan of location location location good deeds property buyers is a proud sponsor of the halloween festival veronica morgan and her team are sydney s property buying experts veronica says whether you re buying your home or an investment we ll ensure you avoid costly mistakes our strategies identify quality properties give you with the inside scoop when faced with competition and our experience has allowed us to develop an invaluable understanding of market forces we can manage your entire search and purchase process right from the beginning ­ or simply help you close the deal if you have already found your dream home and don t know what to do next we take the time to understand exactly what you re looking for and know what makes a property likely to perform above an area s median growth rate n ph 9555 5206 the commercial hotel the belgian beer cafe the east village hotel all good things take time craft beer independent wine fine food friendly 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monstrous megadrop slide witch s cauldron and the spine chilling our students have had a lot of colds this year and we ve saved all the snotty mucus from bouncy castle this duel lane slide will keep the thrill seekers amused and the bouncy castle will let the little ones get rid of some of that energy their hankies just for this stall maralyn the witch has lent us her cauldron dip your hand into cauldron of slime find an eyeball and win a prize monster fingers kids will love the yuck-factor of this tasty finger food what s great for parents is they aren t lollies great for a halloween party or pre-trick-or-treating dinner ingredients cocktail sausages mini tortillas tomato sauce toothpicks plaster painting choose one of the many bloodcurdling plaster casts to paint we have ghosts vampires and other weird plaster casts great area for the kids and grown ups to sit down and chill out for a while witch s hairy fairy floss made from real witch facial hair if you re not full from the tombola jars sausages curries and cakes then the green and orange fairy floss will finish you off pick a pumpkin watch out for the evil scarecrow who will be watching your every move as you select a pumpkin or two if the numbers add up right you could win an awesome prize which witch is which can you tell spin the wheel of witches to see if the witch you land on is a naughty or nice method 1 heat the oven to 175 degrees cut a wedge into the end of each cocktail wiener to make a toenail kitchen of horrors when you suddenly realise you ve been at the festival for 3 hours without a break you can come over to the kitchen and top up with a sausage in a roll or try a japanese beef curry or butter chicken with rice ­ yum yum 2 cut the tortillas into strips about 10cm long and 2cm wide discard the ends screamfest ­ horror film festival nicho s answer to tropfest screamfest will premier at this year s halloween festival featuring the students of nicho and directed by the sinister simon scorsese save your screams for this shuddersome cinematic experience 3 soften the strips in the microwave between damp paper towels for 10 to 30 seconds 4 roll each wiener in a tortilla strip and secure with a toothpick 5 bake for 7 to 8 minutes remove them from the oven then fill the toenail with ketchup or mustard remove the toothpicks before serving l il shop of horrors one of the most popular stalls each year chief merchandiser makes sure the shop is well stocked with witch s nails devils horns and heaps of other dastardly delights tombola easily the best value tombola stall in the inner west these are no ordinary tombola jars here ­ last year we made 1,600 jars and still ran out at 7pm a delightfully ghoulish jar of treats stuffed with lollies and/or novelties the tombola stall is a lolly lucky dip ­ pick out a numbered ticket from the witch s hat and find that number on a jar ­ you never know what creepy sugary delights you will get and all for just $3 lucky dip what will you have to put your hand into this year in order to pull out your `lucky prize will it be a shark s bloody mouth a maggot infested wound or a pit of venomous spiders and snakes monster mash feeling ill then forget about balmain hospital ­ you need to visit monster mash a team of crazy doctors and nurses who will happily amputate lobotomise and stitch you up like never before and there isn t a 3-hour wait touchy feely after the wildly successful return last year the parent in charge this year has promised to provide the vomit congealed blood old scabs and slippery eyeballs for you to stick your hands into have you got the nerve to touch them all good deeds property buyers are real estate agents who act for you the buyer not the seller when it comes to purchasing the perfect home or an investment property we can help you to make the right choice and pay the right price we combine our buying and selling experience with an intelligent approach to gain the best results for you our ability to find and secure stand-out properties for our clients is reflected in our track record our office is in balmain and we specialise in buying property within approximately 10 kilometres of sydney s cbd principal of good deeds property buyers is veronica morgan perhaps better known as the co-host of location location location australia relocation relocation australia on the lifestyle channel 103 beattie street balmain email ph 02 9555 5206 wednesday 31st october 6pm-10pm come join us and dress up for an evening of french themed yum cha and entertainment little darling diner s french halloween yum cha how bizarre food and mini cocktails will be flowing all night lucky door prize best dressed prize can t wait to see you there 485a darling street balmain ph 9810 5255 trading hours tues-wed 7am-4pm thurs-sat 7am-10pm sun 7am-4pm little darling diner community glamour at its best 13


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at prestige auto traders we pride ourselves in being able to provide a vast selection of luxury european cars at prices that are affordable selling over 400 cars a month gives you more choice so when it comes to choosing the car for you it s easy why not drop by our rozelle showroom for a coffee and a browse and if we don t have it the chances are it is coming 180 mullens street rozelle phone 8755 2200 email


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