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Thursday 20 February 2020
Peter Grose in conversation with Tom Keneally  
Peter Grose joins Tom Keneally in the Tom Keneally Centre to discuss his new book, Ten Rogues, that tells the unlikely story of convict schemers, a stolen brig and an escape from Van Diemen’s Land to Chile.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Feb 20 Cost: Free
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   admin@smsa.org.au
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Friday 21 February 2020
Greek Cafes and Milk Bars of Australia  
Join Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszeweki on a nostalgic trip to the days when the Greek Cafe was the gathering place for every town and suburb in Australia. The cafes, the people, the decor, the milkshakes, the sundaes and the innovative sweets that combined to create a unique experience.
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Time: 10:00am-11:30am Feb 21 Cost: Free
Venue: Events Room, Campsie Library and Knowledge Centre, 14-28 Amy St,, Campsie
Submitted by: Canterbury-Bankstown Libraries www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/community/..
Bookings: (02) 9789 9423  Enquiries: libraries@cbcity.nsw.gov.au
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Talks with artist Jonathan Jones and special guests  
In this special talk series, Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones responds to his site-specific art installation "untitled (maraong manaouwi)" at Hyde Park Barracks, for the museum's reopening. Jonathan discusses themes and issues raised by the artwork with leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Various dates, Fri 21 Feb to Sun 15 March.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Feb 21 Cost: Free
Venue: Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Living Museums sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/event..
Enquiries: 0282392211
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Language Learning Across the Lifespan  
Join Dr Jill Murray (Macquarie University) to discuss "Is learning a language possible for older people?". Do seniors’ language learning experiences differ from those of younger people in the ways that approach, undertake, and measure the success of their learning? The answers to these questions are yes and yes!
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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Feb 21 Cost: Free, but bookings are essential.
Venue: Room 311, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Democracy Matters: Behind the Scenes on Election Day  
What are the checks and balances that keep our elections fair and independent? How does the Australian Electoral Commission manage the greatest peacetime logistical operation each federal election? Find out with Sandy Killick.
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Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm Feb 21 Cost: $22
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Gertrude Lawrence: A Flamboyant Life  
Join Walter Mason to discover Gertrude Lawrence and the epitome of the party girl. Enjoy some glamour and fun as we explore the literary, historical and social worlds of this unique creative. Discover the unexpected fame of an odd looking girl, the productive partnerships and her theatrical life.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Feb 21 Cost: $49 incl. a light supper.
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Saturday 22 February 2020
Australia on the Map  
Over a period of forty years from 1606 to 1644 and based on sixteen separate discoveries, Abel Tasman and other Dutch explorers were the first to put Australia on the map. Join Ian Burnet to discover how Australia was put on The Map.
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Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm Feb 22 Cost: $39
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Artist Talk: Seikatsu Kogei with Ryuji Mitani  
Woodworker Ryuji Mitani will provide his perspective on Seikatsu Kogei, or “lifestyle crafts”, background on his works in the Seikatsu Kogei: Objects for Intentional Living exhibition and the beauty of everyday life that informs his practice. After the interview, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
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Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm Feb 22 Cost: Free
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park (access via lifts), 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/artist-talk-se..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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Sunday 23 February 2020
Talks with artist Jonathan Jones and special guests  
In this special talk series, Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones responds to his site-specific art installation "untitled (maraong manaouwi)" at Hyde Park Barracks, part of the museum's reopening program. Join Jonathan as he discusses themes and issues raised by the artwork with leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 21 February to 14 March.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Feb 23 Cost: Free
Venue: Hyde Park Barracks, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Living Museums sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/event..
Enquiries: 0282392211
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Tuesday 25 February 2020
Fabulous Europe on a Budget  
A European holiday doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Armed with a little knowledge, join Adrian Muir to make use of the internet and a number of other resources to ensure your continental experience doesn’t break the bank.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Feb 25 Cost: $38
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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How to Build Greener Cities  
Building Life Cycle Assessor Ceire Kenny will tell us about embodied carbon in our buildings and what we should be looking to do to build greener cities. Talk at 7pm. From 6 pm all welcome at Cellini's (opp Hobbyco, lvl-2, Queen Victoria Blg).
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Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Feb 25 Cost: donations accepted
Venue: Lvl 3, Norman Selfe Room, SMSA, 280 Pitt St, Between Bathurst St and Park St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia au.citizensclimatelobby.org/
Enquiries: 0467004892   george@ccl.org.au
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Saving Cliefden Caves  
The spectacular fossils of Cliefden Caves have been threatened with inundation to provide water storage and flood mitigation for nearby Canowindra. Cavers and geologists have opposed the proposal for many years. Ian Percival, a paleontologist will describe the features that would be lost.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm Feb 25 Cost: Free
Venue: St Andrews Uniting Church, Corner Vernon and Chisholm Sts, South Turramurra
Submitted by: STEP Inc www.step.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 94898256   jillpgreen@gmail.com
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Thursday 27 February 2020
What is Germany's Role in the World?  
From Washington to Warsaw, and from Beijing to Brussels many countries are at the moment wondering where Berlin's foreign and security policy is heading. Burkhard Jahnicke poses the question; "Just what is Germany’s Role in the World?"
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Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm Feb 27 Cost: $29
Venue: David Stewart Room, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Speaking of Music… The Magic of Solo Violin  
The Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts present a celebration of Bach’s solo violin pieces by Dr David Hush FRSN. Featuring performances by Anna Da Silva Chen and, World Premiere of Partita for Solo Violin, composed by David Hush and commissioned by the Royal Society.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 27 Cost: $15 SMSA and RS Members, $20 Guests and General Entry
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   admin@smsa.org.au
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Friday 28 February 2020
What is an Oratorio?  
An oratorio combines words and music with choir, soloists and orchestra, creating one of the grandest genres of classical music. Join Susan Deas to explore how oratorios work, with examples by great composers.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Feb 28 Cost: $49 incl. a light supper.
Venue: David Stewart Room, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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