5 August 2022

Nine things to do in the Riverina this week (5 - 11 August)

| Anna Maskus
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Top view of a large group of multicolored root vegetables

Entertainment ranges from wholesome farmers markets to a spine-tingling immersive nighttime experience. Photo: File.

There’s so much to do in our beautiful region this week and it ranges from wholesome through to, frankly, creepy as heck.

Horror fans can get their spine-tingles on with The Black Phone at the cinemas or get out into the world and really freak themselves out with Nightwalk Immersive – an interactive experience at a secret Wagga location.

On the lighter side there are markets, meetups, art exhibitions and music galore, so read on to find out what you can keep yourself busy with while we wait out this cold snap.

All Weekend

Flyer for movie Bullet Train

Brad Pitt’s highly anticipated blockbuster arrives at Forum this week, and while reviews are mixed, it’s sure to be a hell of an action-packed ride. Photo: Columbia Pictures.

New Releases @ Forum 6 Cinemas

When: Various times all week; see schedule
Where: Forum 6 Cinemas, 77 Trail Street, Wagga
Cost: Adult $19.50, child (3-14 years) $13.50, concession $15.50, senior $13.50, family (2A & 2C or 1A & 3C) $55, book here

Check out all the newness at Forum Cinemas including Lee Kernaghan’s new biopic-cum-musical, the paranormal thrills of The Black Phone, or Reese Witherspoon’s production company’s long-awaited adaptation of Delia Owens’ bestselling book Where The Crawdads Sing. Tickets are $12.50 for the last shows of the heartwarming Falling for Figaro, starring Hugh Skinner and Joanna Lumley. Sunday exclusives include a new production by The Metropolitan Opera of Lucia Di Lammermoor and a Punjabi language film (with English subtitles) Chhalla Mud Ke Nahi Aaya.

Flyer for event called Night Walk

Don’t forget a decent jacket, your internet-enabled device, and a good pair of headphones – the only items you need to fall headfirst into tales of horror, mystery and murder. Photo: Nightwalk Immersive.

Nightwalk: An Immersive Horror Experience

When: Friday 5 August, 8 pm and 9 pm and Saturday 6 August, 8 pm and 9 pm
Where: Night Walk is at a secret location in Wagga City – participants receive starting GPS location coordinates upon booking
Cost: $42.90 per person, click here to book. Suitable for ages 13+ (some coarse language and adult themes)

You arrive at a secret pathway at night in Wagga Wagga. You’ve got your starting coordinates and your fully charged, internet-enabled mobile phone or tablet. You look for the light of the candle waiting for you nearby. You find it and now, it’s time to put in your earbuds or headphones to hear voices speak to you out of the darkness. Something terrible happened here and you’re going to find out what… Night Walk is a unique and fully immersive journey into a dark story of haunting, deceit and murder.

Three surrealist scultures

Super Massive Hooligan, 2020; Retro Hooligan, 2020; Cyborg Symbiosis, 2020. Photo: Grant Hancock.

JamFactory Icon Tom Moore: Abundant Wonder

When: Friday 5 August to Sunday 21 August, gallery opening hours
Where: Griffith Regional Art Gallery, 167 Banna Ave, Griffith
Cost: Free

One of Australia’s leading glass artists, Tom Moore, is displaying his best work at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. Moore uses traditional processes in innovative ways to create fantastical creatures, objects and worlds that can be both amusing and alarming. Playing with the paradoxical properties of glass, this exhibition presents hybrid life forms that challenge our perceptions of the world and our possible future.

Flyer for anti domestic violence event The Apron Project Showcase

This showcase raises awareness of domestic violence in towns across NSW while raising much needed funds for women’s services. Photo: The Art Centre Cootamundra.

The Apron Project Cootamundra

When: Saturday 6 August to Thursday 11 August, 10 am – 4 pm daily
Where: The Arts Centre, 18 Wallendoon Street, Cootamundra
Cost: Free entry

Since 2015, The Apron Project has raised much needed awareness of the growing domestic and family violence epidemic. Artists across Australia and overseas have united to create works of art on aprons, which are auctioned online. Over 100 artists have presented more than 300 aprons. You are invited to join Annabelle Daniel OAM and Deputy Mayor Leigh Bowden at The Arts Centre Cootamundra to launch the 2022 Apron Project and check out the fantastic artworks for yourself.

The Soroptimists will be providing morning tea at the launch. Head over on Saturday and Sunday to participate in the event’s community art segment and create a small piece of art that will be raffled on Wednesday 10 August. Proceeds go directly to Young Crisis Accommodation Centre. The online auction will run from 11 to 31 August.

Flyer for conservation and art exhibition

In this exhibition, the powers of art and conservation combine. Photo: Griffith Regional Theatre.

Rescue of Riverina Native Birds Exhibition

When: Wednesday 3 August to Monday 22 August, 10 pm to 5 pm
Where: Griffith Regional Theatre, 1 Neville Pl, Griffith
Cost: Free

Griffith Regional Theatre is holding a group exhibition for selected Riverina artists to raise awareness about the endangered Plains Wanderer, Australasian Bittern, and Mallee-Fowl and their habitats. Visitors will learn about conservation and management efforts, which are integral to the species’ recovery.


Flyer for Bidgee Blues and Roots Club event

Bidgee Blues and Roots Club also holds regular open mic afternoons on the first Sunday of each month. Photo: Bidgee Blues & Roots Club.

International Blues Music Day 2022 – Bidgee Blues & Roots Club

When: Sunday 7 August, 2 pm – 9 pm
Where: Duke of Kent Hotel, 125 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga
Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Blues club members, book here

Did you know that the Bidgee Club is one of the few Blues Clubs in Australia which has been holding annual International Blues Music Day events since its inception in 2012? Albeit a day late this year, the Bidgee Blues & Roots Club is playing host to three national music acts – Steve Edmonds Band, AMRAP Metro chart toppers The Sunbears, and ARIA Awards winning Collards, Greens & Gravy. Local support bands will bring together an excellent afternoon of incredible Aussie Blues music in one of Wagga’s best pubs!

Flyer for music concert by Deadnecks

Incorporating elements of bluegrass, country, folk, jazz, rock and psych that roll right through you like a steam locomotive burning down the tracks, Deadnecks is sure to put on a cracking show that’s best enjoyed with a bevy in hand. Photo: Deadnecks.

Deadnecks @ Birdhouse

When: Sunday 7 August, 6 pm to late
Where: Birdhouse, 246 Baylis Street, Wagga
Cost: Free entry

Melbourne outfit Deadnecks bring their jam band experience to Birdhouse. Spawned from the utmost appreciation for one of the greatest bands to ever do it, The Grateful Dead, Deadnecks started as a bit of fun jamming between friends but has quickly grown into something much more. The passion project now aims to revitalise the counterculture movement of the 60s and early 70s on a small scale. The band consists of local Wagga boy Evan Sillence jamming alongside Fergus Kuhar, Gus Cox, Laura Murray and Blake Savanah.

Anthenium building in Junee

Just 30 minutes drive from Wagga, Junee is the perfect location for a family day out. Photo: You, Me & Junee.

Junee Rotary Farmers Markets

When: Sunday 7 August, 8 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, 75 Broadway, Junee
Cost: Free entry

This market is held on the first Sunday of each month in the car park of the Junee Exies. The market features freshly baked, hand made and fresh-picked goods from all over the Eastern Riverina region. Regular products include wine, olives, cheese, flowers, bread, pastries, green groceries, organic beef and condiments. This is a child-friendly market with musicians, food stalls and a great atmosphere. Small or seasonal producers interested in having a stall are encouraged to contact the organiser John Higginson at Junee Rotary on 0437 279 509.


Flyer for Roteract Club event

Rotaract Clubs across Australia are part of an organisation of 210,000 individuals in 9100 clubs covering 170 countries. Photo: Rotaract Wagga.

Rotaract Wagga August Social Meetup

When: Monday 8 August, 6:30 pm
Where: The Victoria Hotel, 55 Baylis Street, Wagga
Cost: Free entry

Come along to the Wagga club’s August Social Meet Up to learn more about Rotaract and score a free drink. This month, the Rotary International-sponsored club are event planning, setting goals for the next six to 12 months and having a good yarn while they’re at it. If you’re having trouble finding them, message the Facebook page (or just show up and wander around aimlessly asking tables if they are the Rotaract table). Rotaract Wagga is a group of individuals aged between 18 and 30 interested in helping the local community and the world at large.

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