MUSIC Sounds of Then (This Is Australia) hitmakers GANGgajang plan to take a break from touring, but are having a last hurrah. Tonight’s show kicks off with a screening of 1987 surf movie Mad Wax prior to the band rocking out. 7pm, Brass Monkey, 115A Cronulla Street, Cronulla, $40, brassmonkey.com.au.
STAGE Reg Livermore’s saucy and satirical 1975 cabaret creation gets a second life in 2020 with Betty Blokk-Buster Reimagined (until January 26). This time around Josh Quong Tart stars with The Sydney Morning Herald‘s review calling his interpretation “simply extraordinary”. 9pm, Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Hyde Park North, city, $79-$89, sydneyfestival.org.au.
MONDAY, JANUARY 20
STAGE David Williamson’s new dark dramedy Family Values (until March 7) examines Australia’s response to the refugee crisis with Andrew McFarlane starring as a federal judge who is celebrating his birthday with his wife and children when an asylum seeker turns up as a surprise guest. 7pm, SBW Stables, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross, $62, griffintheatre.com.au.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
FAMILY At Puppets with Bite (until January 24) kids can get crafty while learning about carnivorous plants as they create their own chomping puppet. Suitable for ages six to 12. 10.30am and 12.30pm, The Calyx, The Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquarie’s Road, city, $20.50, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
MUSIC Canadian indie pop group Walk off the Earth came to fame via their popular YouTube cover versions with their take on Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know racking up more than 180 million views. Catch them performing hit tracks as well as original material from their most recent album Here We Go!. 8pm, Sydney Opera House, $69-$137.50, sydneyoperahouse.com.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
MUSIC Saxophonist and composer Jeremy Rose leads the Earshift Orchestra in Iron in the Blood, a jazz adaptation of The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes’ bestselling history book on the convict era, complete with narration and visual projections. 7.30pm, City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, city, $55, cityrecitalhall.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
STAGE Embrace your inner Sherlock at interactive performance Murder Mystery at Sea: The Great Ratsby (until January 25) as a 1920s gangster plot unfolds on the Edwardian steam yacht SY Ena while attendees try to hunt down clues. 6pm and 8pm, Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, $70, sea.museum.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
COMMUNITY Sydney Lunar Festival (until February 9) kicks off with Lunar Lanes, a brand new block party that includes LED lion dancers weaving through the streets, on-site food trucks and a pair of 2.8-metre-tall golden rats perfect for grabbing a selfie with. 5-10pm, Dixon Street, Haymarket, free, whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.