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Make it a date: events not to miss this August

Film festivals, live theatre and a tequila launch - these are the events we're hitting up in August.

Melbourne International Film Festival
1-18 August

Over three weeks at Melbourne's Capitol theatre, there will be 382 films (including 31 world premieres) so even the most selective cinephile is sure to find something to get excited about. The Opening Night Gala screening of The Australian Dream is an important one to catch. It focuses on the story of AFL star and proud Wiradjiri man, Adam Goodes, from his pre-draft days to his post-AFL career, as a prism through which to examine Australia’s continuing struggle with racism. No Time For Quiet will also premiere at the festival, and with cameos from Courtney Barnett and local punk trio Cable Ties, it’s a must-view for the music lover. Bring popcorn, there’s a lot to see.

Wonderland by Bonnie Curtis Projects
2-11 August

Bonnie Curtis Projects are the Sydney-based dance company pushing all the boundaries. This month you can catch them perform Wonderland at the Annandale Creative Arts Centre. This one-of-a-kind interactive experience will bend the limits of imagination and reality (and flexibility). A surreal adventure in a dreamlike world.

Stonefield at The Lansdowne
2 August

After the release of their new album Bent, Stonefield are touring Australia before heading back to the States. The psych-rock superstars from country Victoria will play one show in Sydney at one of our favourite local haunts, The Lansdowne, so get your tickets quick if you don’t want to miss out. The four Findlay sisters know how to put on a show so put on your best Stevie Nicks inspired number and be prepared to get sweaty.

Storeroom Vintage x 1800
17 August

Storeroom Vintage is the Crown Street institution that stocks the best in vintage streetwear. 1800 is the tequila brand with a smooth as silk drip and an ethos of being ‘Just Refined Enough’. For one day only they’re teaming up to bring 1800 pieces of hand-selected international designer clothing, which attendees can browse while sipping on bespoke premium cocktails created by the brand’s tequila specialist – complimentary with purchase. Drinks include include J’adore 1800, MO’SCHINO MO’PROBLEMS, The Devil Drinks 1800, and Shut the Dior, alongside designer threads from the likes of Gucci, Fendi and Versace. A match made in heaven.

Become The One by Corey Black and Justine Roche
7-20 August

This photography exhibition from emerging artists Corey Black and Justine Loche is a study of the Lacanian sensitivity towards bodily autonomy and transgression. Using black and white stills, the artists have crafted a show that depicts the human body (mostly in close-ups and fragmented) in a transformative state.

20 August – 1 September

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle. Chicago is having its Australian premier at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, and if there has ever been a time to put on you dancing shoes and sing your winter blues away, this is it. Created with the legendary choreography by Bob Fosse, it sassy, sexy and bound to be a fun time.