What’s on in Sydney: August 18 to 24

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

EXHIBITION The Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum open their doors for a weekend of free entry with it being the last chance to visit the Australian Museum before it closes for renovations and the Powerhouse's Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year exhibit has just opened. Various times, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, city, and Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, free (bookings essential), australianmuseum.net.au

Andrew O’Keefe and Benita Collings will jump on stage for Celebrity Theatresports.

DRINK Sydney Tea Festival has more than 70 stalls saluting the caffeinated beverage in all its forms, with the more unusual offerings including French Earl Grey gin, tea-flavoured fairy floss and a DIY blending station. 9am-4.30pm, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, $20.95, sydneyteafestival.com.au

FAMILY Outdoor extravaganza Living Laboratory lets little ones be scientists for the day as they meet animals, learn about traditional Aboriginal medicinal plants and discover how to make fossils. 11am-3pm, Woolloomooloo Gate, Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Road, city, free, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

COMEDY Celebrity Theatresports sees names such as Adam Spencer, Benita Collings, Andrew O’Keefe and Peter Berner flex their improv skills in a battle for laughs to raise money for cancer charity CanTeen. 5.30pm, Enmore Theatre, 118 Enmore Road, Newtown, $35-$65, ticketek.com.au

STAGE Meanwhile theatre lovers are invited to pack snacks for the Cause Celeb cabaret picnic, a fundraiser for the Actors Benevolent Fund, with Nancye Hayes, Jonathan Biggins, Paul Capsis and Shari Sebbens among the familiar faces appearing at the 75th anniversary celebration of the organisation. 7pm, The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, $85, actorsbenevolentfund.org.au

MONDAY, AUGUST 19

ART All-female exhibition Marama Dina (until October 13) has 10 artists with Indigenous Fijian heritage taking over the gallery to explore their culture in newly commissioned works. 10am-4pm, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown, free, c-a-c.com.au

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

MUSIC Soweto Gospel Choir picked up the top gong for best world music album at the 2019 Grammys for their most recent release Freedom. Hear their uplifting strains as they play traditional South African anthems, as well as their versions of Amazing Grace and Hallelujah. 8pm, Sydney Opera House, $109.90-$119.90, sydneyoperahouse.com

MUSIC Cult American synth pop figure John Maus, dubbed "a singular voice" by Mojo for his experimental bent, brings out his energetic live show joined in the support slot by sister duo Purple Pilgrims from New Zealand. 7.30pm, Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, $44, factorytheatre.com.au

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

FILM Korean Film Festival in Australia (until August 31) begins with A Resistance, a historical drama about Yu Gwan-sun who as only a teenager helped organise the March 1st Movement against the Japanese colonial rule of Korea. The screening is followed by a Q&A session with director Joe Min-ho and actors Ko Asung and Kim Ye-eun. 7pm, Dendy Opera Quays, 2 East Circular Quay, city, $16, koffia.com.au

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

STAGE New festival Unfold (until August 24) aims to support the work of emerging theatremakers with audience members invited to pay what they can to attend today's readings of Hairworm, April Marlowe’s Abortion and Christmas Special. Various times, Old Fitz Theatre, 129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo, various prices, newghoststheatre.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

MUSIC At Van Morrison Masterpieces jazz vocalist and trumpeter Vince Jones alongside the Astral Orchestra pays homage to the influential songwriter as they play tracks from Astral Weeks, Moondance and more. 8pm, City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, city, $85.90-$96.15, cityrecitalhall.com

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