Starry, starry night
Don McLean (left) reached a generation with his timeless hit American Pie, as each generation since its release has discovered. The poignant lyricism and unforgettable melody stir deeply — a once-in-a-lifetime song from a legendary performer. This track along with songs including Vincent, Driedel, Everyday and The Legend of Andrew McCrew confirmed McLean was a gifted storyteller with a talent that earned him a place in the Song Writers Hall of Fame. He's at Panthers on Saturday, August 31, at 8pm.
Details, tickets: Panthers reception or penrith.panthers.com.au
Visit a gallery garden
Artists Margo and Gerald Lewers designed and established the Lewers Gallery gardens in the 1950s and 1960s. This spring visitors are invited to enjoy the heritage garden with a special event on Sunday, September 8, when the garden should be in full bloom. There will be a Veggie Garden in a Box workshop from 10am to 12.30pm, a Pop-Up Flower Shop and a chance to explore the outdoor exhibition space. Don't miss a gallery garden tour with heritage gardener Shane Roberts or other self-guided garden tours during the spring season. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Free entry. It's at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, 86 River Road at Emu Plains.
Details: penrithregionalgallery.org or 4735 1100.
Make it a Don's Party
The election is on and there could be no better way of getting in the mood than a date with the outrageous and hilarious Wharf Revue team when they present Whoops! The Wharf Revue 2013 at the Joan Sutherland Centre. Unleashing the Australian premiere of this year's show, the mighty and ridiculous will duck for cover as the team swoops in for another go at poking politics and popular culture in the eye with its carefully sharpened stick. It was written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott combining a cast of colourful characters: Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald, Cardinal George Pell, Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer, Julia Gillard, and of course, the return of Kevin, along with Phil Scott's boisterous songs. The Wharf Revue will be packed full of up-to-the-minute satire which makes it such a hit, year after year. It's at the Q Theatre, Thursday to Saturday, September 5 to 7. Cost: $40 to $55. Election night after-show party: $20.
Details, bookings (essential): 4723 7600 or jspac.com.au.