NRL Grand Final Tickets

NRL Grand Final tickets go on sale Thursday (July 31). You would need to be truly psychic to pick which two teams will do battle for the 2014 premiership and the Proven-Summons Trophy.

Round 20 of 26 rounds has just been completed and the ladder is showing the tightest of competitions with 12 teams sitting in the Top Eight vying for a finals finish. The only team that has kicked away is Manly, sitting up top on 30, 4 points clear… but that may not be enough to guarantee a Minor Premiership – they still have to play some eager teams in the Brisbane Broncos, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers and the North Queensland Cowboys. All those teams are currently in the Top Eight and need the two points that come with a win because if it comes to deciding on for and against points there will be some sorry losers. Drawing on my psychic abilities – Melbourne Storm vs Penrith Panthers.

If you are travelling from outside Sydney for the NRL Grand Final on Sunday, October 5, Rydges Parramatta is only minutes from ANZ Stadium and has accommodation packages that include return transfers to/from the match and if you are flying in, Rydges Sydney Airport can look after your accommodation needs.

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Stars of the Tokyo Stage

You can catch Stars of the Tokyo Stage at the National Art Gallery in Canberra until October 12 – entry to the exhibition is free.

Stars of the Tokyo stage: Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints reveals the dynamic world of Japan’s kabuki theatre through superb actor portraits created by artist Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) in the 1920s and 1930s. A selection of spectacular kabuki robes further illustrates the extravagance of the theatrical form.

An inspiration to artists for centuries, kabuki draws on Japan’s rich folklore, literature and history, as well as violent, romantic and scandalous events, to present lavish dramatic performances. Kabuki actors – the movie stars of their day – were wildly popular for flamboyant portrayals, extraordinary characters and colourful personal lives. Shunsen’s prints provide a fascinating glimpse into this glamorous world, while demonstrating consummate mastery of traditional Japanese printmaking techniques.

Exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia collection, Stars of the Tokyo stage explores kabuki and modern Japanese printmaking in the context of the astounding changes taking place in Tokyo as the 20th century unfolded. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue and primary and secondary education resources.

There is also a live Kabuki performance on Saturday, August 30 (3:00pm to 4:30pm) when Za Kabuki perform the popular drama Sukeroku and the cherry blossoms of Edo. Places are limited so booking are essential. Cost is $15 adults, $10 members/concessions and $8 children under 16.

If you are visiting Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Kate Miller-Heidke in Canberra

You can catch Kate Miller-Heidke in Canberra on Saturday, August 23 at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Coming off a rock-solid musical foundation, the Brisbane lass is getting a huge following as well as high critical acclaim.

Kate Miller-Heidke in CanberraThe singer’s classical training (she has degrees in music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Queensland University of Technology) takes her indie pop to a very special place.

Kate will be performing with a full band including her long-term collaborator, guitarist, backing vocalist and hubby, Kier Nuttall and musical genius John Rodgers on violin and piano.

She’s original, super-talented and dynamic on stage. For those unfamiliar, there is a video of Kate’s version of You’re the The Voice below (Johnny Farnham even gets a mention).

“Kate Miller-Heidke is a genius. Her unique mix of operatic singing and pop music is a thing of beauty.  Her voice is much more than a supremely versatile instrument – it’s a weapon.” The Mercury Tasmania

“The finest vocals in Australian music… O Vertigo! is stunning” The Border Mail

“A career-best album. Miller-Heidke hits it out of the park… O Vertigo! is an album of smart, challenging and mature pop music.”
Rolling Stone

If you are visiting Canberra to see the show (support act Ryan Keen from 7:30pm to 8:10pm, interval and Kate from 8:30pm to 10:00pm), Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Sports Events Coming Soon

There are a number of terrific sports events coming soon to Allphones Arena and ANZ Stadium and Rydges Parramatta is just minutes away.

On Friday, August 8 The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) gladiators do battle at Allphones Arena, Olympic Park. Action aplenty with the fans’ favourite wrestlers including John Cena, The Shield, Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Erik Rowan, Bray Wyatt, The Wyatt Family, Kane, Rob Van Dam, Cesaro, the USO’s, Emma and Seamus.

On Sunday, August 10, ANZ Stadium hosts one of the most anticipated matches in A-League when the Foxtel-A-League All Stars take on the mighty Italian Juventus.

And on Saturday, August 16, it is Bledisloe Cup time with (hopefully) the Wallabies having a home advantage over those pesky All Blacks. Kick off is 8:00pm at ANZ Stadium. Rydges Parramatta has a great Events Package that includes overnight accommodation in a Queen Room, full buffet breakfast for two in Stock Café and return transfers to the game. Or, if you’d just like the transfers without the parking hassle, you can get the shuttle included with a dinner (includes a beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink at The Winning Post Bar) for $35 per person.

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A Story Behind the Gold Medal

There’s always a story behind the Gold Medal. Many elite athletes have shared stories of their journeys – of the early morning training sessions, of parents being there to get them up, ferry them around and cheer them on, of pennants and minor medals and injuries and setbacks along the way. And many of them have unique stories.

There are well-publicised stories like Anna Meares fighting back from the crash that left her with a fractured vertebrae to win Gold… or James Magnussen bumpy ride through immaturity and ego that could have ended his career but saw him bring home the relay this week to get Gold and a Games record in the Men’s 4x100m relay… but there are no better stories than that of Maddison Elliot, the 15-year-old girl from Maitland who swam her heart out to take Gold and a World Record in the para-100m S8 Freestyle. She was in tears when she looked up from the pool to see her WR time of 1:05.32 and, simultaneously she melted the hearts of commentators and spectators.

At the age of four, Maddison was diagnosed with right-side cerebral palsy as the result of a neonatal stroke. At the London Olympics she became the youngest Australian Paralympic gold medallist in the 4x100m relay and she also won two bronze medals. In last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships she won two gold and a silver medal. Earlier this year she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for “service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”

Yes, there’s a rare story behind this week’s gold medal for Maddison but somehow it feels like the story has just begun.

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2 One Another in Bathurst

The Sydney Dance Company presents 2 One Another in Bathurst at the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on Friday, August 8 at 8:00pm. The Sydney Dance Company’s elite dancers weave a vivid, sensual study of human interaction charting the myriad actions and reactions, gestures and relationships, connections and disconnections that make up life.

Sydney DanceSome of the best dancers in the country combine with composer, choreographer and visual poet to celebrate the power of movement. Set against a pulsating, pixelated backdrop the action is driven by a driving, baroque-meets-electronica soundtrack.

Composed by Nick Wales, 2 One Another has picked up a number of awards including the 2013 Australian Dance Awards for Most Outstanding Choreography (Rafael Bonachela) and Most Outstanding Female Dancer (Charmene Yap) as well as the 2012 Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Female Dancer plus the Helpmann Award for best Female Dancer.

As they say, this production is a ”startling, high-octane shot across the bows of contemporary dance”.

 “This show is not to be missed.” The Age

The non-stop choreography bursts with invention.” Herald Sun

The show comes with a warning that it contains strobe lighting and smoke effects.

If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges Mount Panorama can look after your accommodation needs.

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Queen Gets Photobomb Gold

Yep, when it comes to selfies, Her Majesty the Queen gets photobomb gold. Have a look at the cheeky old dear – she has actually placed herself in the background and looked down the lens with a beaming smile. Our Hockeyroos Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris came away with more than a 4-0 win in their opening match!

Her Majesty also showed good humour during the Opening Ceremony when the officials were fumbling for the note for her to read and she has been thrilling the crowd of athletes brilliantly with casual banter. Our Sally Pearson was given a tap on the shoulder to hace a one-on-one chat and they both seemed to be having a fine old time.  Hmm… is she working the room with a quiet campaign… there is a referendum in Scotland on September 18 to vote on whether the country should become independent from England.

Oh! And meanwhile another ‘Queen’ was strutting her stuff in the velodrome – our flagbearer and the queen of track cycling, Anna Meares, led from the front to win Australia’s first gold medal in the 500m time trial. It was a fabulous first day all round for Australia with 15 medals – five Gold, three Silver and seven Bronze – including a World Record in the pool for the Women’s 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay.

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Busy Week Coming Up

It’s a busy week coming up in and around Rydges Parramatta.

The Sydney Retirement, Lifestyle & Travel Expo 2014 will be held at across the road from Rydges at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse over 3 days - Friday, 25th July, Saturday, 26th July & Sunday, 27th July.

There’s All Star Battle & Cheer at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on 25th & 26th July.

Discover the Americas Travel Show is at Sydney Showground on Sunday, 27th July.

Beauty & the Beast – Musical is playing at Parramatta Riverside Theatre until 2nd August.

You can see CANADA take on the USA in this Exhibition “International Ice Hockey” Match on Saturday, 26th July at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park.  

If you are heading to this one why not park the car here, have dinner and a drink with us for $35 per person and that includes return shuttle to Allphones. Or stay overnight with our Events Package that includes accommodation in a Queen Room, full buffet breakfast for two in Stock Café and return transfers to Allphones.

Rydges Parramatta is only minutes away from Allphones Arena for all your accommodation needs…

Oh! And don’t forget Race Day at Rosehill Gardens is on Saturday, 2nd August. Let the party continue across the road with us at in your choice of our 2 great bars - The Winning Post Bar where there will be LIVE Entertainment or you could just pop upstairs to Champs and dance the night away to our DJ Peter Nick.   We also have 2 great dining venues to choose from – Stock Café where you have the choice of our modern café style menu or Fire & Ice (A la Carte Buffet) or for a more intimate dining experience or a quiet drink, you could dine in our Award Winning Restaurant “Steeds” Club Grill & Bar.

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August at the Glasshouse

It is an extremely packed August at the Glasshouse Theatre in Port Macquarie with concerts, dance and diverse productions.

August at the GlasshouseOn Friday, August 1, it is the second night for the Sydney Dance Company’s 2 One Another… also on Friday (and every Friday) there are free lunchtime concerts from 12:30pm to 1:30pm… On Saturday, August 2, Johnny Cash the Concert returns with a new show, Golden Greats of the Man in Black… Thursday, August 7 sees Taylor Henderson on the road to launch his new album… and on Saturday, August 9 the talents from nine African countries combine in the entertainment extravaganza Cirque Mother Africa (photo right).

Sunday, August 10 (2pm) the charming and talented Rhonda Burchmore takes to the stage… on Tuesday, August 12 it is the soaring voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir… on Friday, August 15 the Sydney Comedy Festival is in town with the hottest local and international comedians from the 2014 festival… and on Saturday, August 16 Tom Burlinson presents his internationally acclaimed Frank: A Life in Song.

On Thursday, August 21, the enigmatic Kate Miller-Heidke and from Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, it is The Magic Flute with fabulous 1930’s costumes, a chamber orchestra and a cast of vibrant singers. On Sunday, August 24, it is the sensational production Oh What a Night!… and Australian and American dance styles interconnect in the one-night-only show Intersections.

If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after your accommodation needs.

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2 One Another in Port Macquarie

2 One AnotherThe Sydney Dance Company presents 2 One Another in Port Macquarie at the Glasshouse Theatre on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1.

The Sydney Dance Company’s elite dancers weave a vivid, sensual study of human interaction charting the myriad actions and reactions, gestures and relationships, connections and disconnections that make up life.

As they say, this production is a ”startling, high-octane shot across the bows of contemporary dance”.

This show is not to be missed.” The Age

The non-stop choreography bursts with invention.” Herald Sun

Some of the best dancers in the country combine with composer, choreographer and visual poet to celebrate the power of movement. Set against a pulsating, pixelated backdrop the action is driven by a driving, baroque-meets-electronica soundtrack.

Composed by Nick Wales, 2 One Another has picked up a number of awards including the 2013 Australian Dance Awards for Most Outstanding Choreography (Rafael Bonachela) and Most Outstanding Female Dancer (Charmene Yap) as well as the 2012 Green Room Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Female Dancer plus the Helpmann Award for best Female Dancer.

The show comes with a warning that it contains strobe lighting and smoke effects.

If you are travelling from out of town for the show, Rydges Port Macquarie and Sails Resort by Rydges can look after your accommodation needs.

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