Top 5 things to do this week
Just beat it
THE memory of Michael Jackson lives on in the hearts of his loyal fans, friends and family. But for one man, who has dedicated his life to the musical genius, Jackson’s death is something he is still dealing with on a daily basis. Kenny Wizz is the man behind the moves, make-up and music. He is the man who keeps the memory alive. With every show he performs, he helps people come to grips with losing a man who changed the face of music and dance. Although Wizz never met Jackson, there is no doubt in his mind that the legend knew of his tribute artist. “For me, this role is more than just dressing up as MJ and singing a few songs. It is about meticulously putting together a show that showcases everything that was great about the performer and being as close to perfect as I can be.” The acclaimed impersonator is in Australia this month performing his HIStory show. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the next best thing when HIStory comes to Gold Coast Arts Centre on Saturday. Tickets on 0755884000 or www.theartscentregc.com.au. For more on the show, visit www.mjhistoryshow.com.
The long & short of it
STARTING with the short, Academy Award-winning animation, The Lost Thing, The Eltham Community Foundation will show two flicks on Saturday at the Eltham Masonic Hall. The long of it is the 1986 Australian cult classic, Malcolm. Working for a tram company in Melbourne, Malcolm is fired after building his own tram. He then uses his mechanical skills for less than moral pursuits. Tickets $9/7 from the Eltham Village Gallery, 66291649.
A different garden
IT HAS been at least a few weeks since Aussie hip hop guys have had their bounce on in the area. So if you’re suffering withdrawals – there’s no need. Botanics, the Sydney threesome, who released their sophomore LP, The Fabric, last month, head to Byron Bay’s Beach Hotel on Saturday. The title track is their first single and sets the pace for the rest of what’s to come. From 9.30pm.
Beneath the sea
STILL in Byron Bay, but with a performance of a different sort, Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (Tim Watts), puts on a show of animation, puppetry and song tomorrow at the Byron Bay Community Centre. The award-winning one-man puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a story of love. Tickets $30/25/15, www.norpa.org.au.
Shake it up Saturday
BRISBANE DJ Danny T had a hit earlier this year with his OH SNAP! collaboration, Whine Your Waistline hitting No. 1 on the ARIA Club charts. You may have heard him on Triple J’s Mix Up too, or if you’ve recently been listening to Kissy Sell Out’s radio slot in the UK. Hey, some of us travel ... Point is Danny T is mixing it up in LaLa Land, Byron Bay on Saturday night. If his MySpace is anything to go by, expect to bounce.