Weekend Picks: Jokes, songs, dances, acrobatics and films

It’s an all joking, all singing, all dancing, all screening week around the country, like Christmas has come early! Russell Brand, Sarah Silverman and Stephen Merchant (on his debut stand-up tour) are cracking jokes around the land, our ARIA Award sweepster, Gotye, shows just how much he deserved the gongs as he gets around the country, Reece Mastin starts singing, and Regina Spektor brings her piano to town. For opera lovers, Madama Butterfly has its final week in Melbourne, festival friends can enjoy Homebake in Sydney, Meredith Music Festival is in country Victoria, and A Day On the Green in Launceston. Jon English performs his latest endeavour, Rock Revolution, in Canberra, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO opens in Adelaide, discover the wonders of surfing in the Surf Darwin Film Festival, and get some naughty cabaret fun with Rip Roaring Burlesque in Hobart and Star Wars Burlesque: The Empire Strips Back in Sydney. Winning times all around.    

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