Behind the Lines
If you think you can possibly re-live 2020's mix of disruption and uncertainty, this exhibition will take you there through some of the best political cartoons from around the country. Developed by the Museum of Australian Democracy, the travelling exhibition was officially opened in Dubbo by cartoonist Cathy Wilcox. From Saturday June 5 to Sunday June 13. 10am to 4pm. Western plains Cultural Centre.
You can catch Daniel Townes and Jacques Barrett in Dubbo on Thursday, June 10 or in Wellington on Friday, June 11. Townes will bring sharp one-liners, savage social commentary and dark-but-hilarious tales of his own failings, alongside international headliner Jacques Barrett, who has 12 years of experience on the world comedy and festival circuit. June 10, The Establishment Bar. June 11 Wellington Civic Centre. 7pm. Over 18s only. $30. More info dubbo.com.au/events/calendar/p2.
NSW under 13 rugby championships
For the first time Dubbo will play host the the junior championships, with an expected 750 players coming from NSW Country Zones, as well as Sydney District, the ACT and Melbourne. Friday, June 11 to SUnday, June 13. APex Oval, Dubbo.
If board and table-top games are more your style, then this weekend the city will also host DubCon. This convention will feature old favourites and new challenges. Bring your own games, try games others have bought along; buy them for yourself. Saturday, June 12 to Monday, June 14. Kumiai Ryu Martial Arts System, 55 Wheelers Lane, Dubbo. $10 per day, $25 three-day pass.
Historic rail ride
For those who like their train travel old school, Transport Heritage NSW's historic Locomotive 3801 will return to Dubbo next month. Book a ride in the beautifully restored carriages when the train runs from on an hour-long trip from Dubbo Railway Station towards and back. There will be trips at various times on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13. Buy tickets online at thnsw.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/11177.
This is a first-of-its-kind workshop for aspiring songwriters to go up a gear in creativity and technique, garner inspiration and motivation, foster connections and learn skills from some of the greats. The Regional Sessions will have Australian folktronica singer/songwriter Sophie Payten, known professionally as Gordi, as keynote speaker and workshop mentor, along with songwriter panel members L-FRESH the LION, Sally Seltmann, Ilan Kidron and Alex Lahey. Western Plains Cultural Centre on Tuesday June 15. Details and tickets at www.apraamcos.com.au.
Men's Health Dinner
A dinner for men to hear about some of the health issues they need to focus on. Three-course meal plus two speakers - Bruno Efotyi, who founded Tradies in Sight after witnessing effects on mental health among regional tradesmen, and Tom Robertson, a former Dubbo junior who went on to higher honours playing for Australia. Wednesday, June 16. $60. Dubbo RSL Club.
Sam Buckingham is touring her new album, "Something More". Known for her soul-baring acoustic performances, her new show now includes live looping and sampling. Sam has previously toured with the likes of Kasey Chambers, James Reyne and Washington. Friday, June 18. 6pm. The Establishment Bar. $25. www.establishmentbardubbo.com.au/buytickets/somethingmore
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
The travelling convoy that is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow will hit Dubbo next week. An all killer, no filler line-up of headliners and talented newcomers providing a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song. Friday, June 18. 8pm. Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. $32-$39. drtcc.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/3364
Feel the passion
Experience the thrilling Spanish colour and rhythm's of Bizet's famous opera through Opera Australia's singers, live chamber orchestra and a children's chorus. This new production includes gorgeous sets and vintage-inspired costumes. Saturday, June 19. 7.30pm. Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre. $26-$61. drtcc.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/1167
Book it in
Learn about being "gentle on yourself" at this free wellness session. Organised by Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), it will feature country music singer Melinda Schneider and author, writer and journalist Jen Cowley, who will MC. Bookings essential. Dubbo RSL Club, Sunday, June 20 from 10am. Registrations at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/be-gentle-on-yourself-dubbo.
Moon in a Dew Drop
This exhibition will introduce audiences to works from across Australian-Chinese artist, Lindy Lee's, extensive career. Lee uses an array of processes, including flinging molten bronze, burning paper and allowing the rain to transform surfaces. On display at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo. From Saturday, May 22 to August 1, 10am to 4pm.
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