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Back in the day…

On May 24, 1964, The Beatles made their 4th appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America, with an interview and pre-recorded performance of You Can’t Do That. The Beatle Boys recreate the magic of “the four mop tops” and Beatlemania 60 years later with 35 chart-toppers, along with other timeless hits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles – All You Need Is Love show. As The Beatle Boys say in their publicity: “To this day, the 1964 tour (of The Beatles) changed social and cultural attitudes in this country overnight, creating a whole new pop culture. It changed fashion and it changed us. Boys started to wear their hair longer and girls their skirts shorter. We changed and we never looked back.” Catch The Beatle Boys at the Concert Hall, QPAC, on May 9 at 7.30pm. Visit


What to watch

This year marks 55 years since the Apollo 11 mission from July 16-24, 1969, that landed the first humans on the Moon. And what better way to celebrate Man’s amazing scientific feat that blasted astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space than revisiting history through the nostalgic comedy-drama The Dish on Netflix. The top-grossing Australian film of the year 2000, starring Sam Neill and a host of favourite Aussie actors, tells the true story of the Parkes Observatory’s role in relaying the live television footage of those first steps on the Moon. Watch it (again!) to relive all the small-town humour and the proud Aussie ‘recovery’ after a monumental stuff-up.


What’s a big deal

The Curated Plate food and drink festival from July 26 to August 4 has an event for every taste among more than 90 on offer. The initiative is a celebration of local produce and producers, restaurants, experiences and chefs, plus unique natural assets from the sea to the hinterland. The 2024 highlights include: the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival at Spicers Tamarind, Maleny; Tom Hitchcock’s Chef’s Table at Spirit House, Yandina; Peter Kuravita’s Smoke and Charcoal BBQ Lunch at Australia Zoo’s Warrior Restaurant; Brunch on the Balcony at The Mapleton Public House; the Hinterland High Tea with Adriano Zumbo at Maleny’s Tiffany’s; and Chefs in Conversation at Altitude Nine, Maroochydore. Visit


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Where to dine (and save)

The early bird gets the deal at Select ‘All dates’ or a specific day, choose your region such as Brisbane or the Gold and Sunshine coasts, and when you wish to dine. The specials appear like magic – some up to 50 per cent off. But you have to be quick and you may have to sit down to dinner at 5.30pm (great if you’re going to the movies or a show).


What to book

The Brisbane Writers Festival  has just launched its page-turning 2024 program. The 2024 festival, from May 30-June 2, is an unmissable adventure from beginning to end, with more than 150 live events including author talks, panel discussions, special events and workshops. More than 60 Brisbane authors will feature alongside a star-studded line-up of national and international guests, with most events held in the festival hub at the State Library of Queensland in the South Bank Cultural Precinct. Australian headline authors include Melissa Lucashenko, Julia Baird, Kate Ceberano, Chris Hammer, Trent Dalton and Bryan Brown, while international highlights include Booker Prize-shortlisted author Paul Murray, bestselling crime writer Michael Connelly, fantasy legend Naomi Novik, English novelist and screenwriter Louise Doughty, and superstar fantasy author Samantha Shannon.  Go to

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