Let the Latin music rhythm get you moving as The 1950s Latin Lounge performs its first concert in 2020 with music from Desi Arnaz, Yma Sumac and Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway hit West Side Story. Soprano Ali McGregor and burlesque diva Imogen Kelly will have you feeling the Latin passion with music from Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Wednesday to Saturday, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Town Hall, from $65, sydneysymphony.com.au
Feeling sweet? Learn more about beekeeping and keeping your own beehive as The Urban Beehive holds beginner courses at Centennial Parklands. Learn how to handle bees, identify eggs, larvae, pollen and honey inside your hive and how best to keep them in an urban environment. If you develop a taste for honey, you can purchase your own bees to take home to your beehive. February 16, Centennial Parklands, $308, centennialparklands.com.au
Australian artist Fiona Foley’s powerful work over three decades will be on display in Who are these strangers and where are they going? at the National Art School Gallery. The oldest Aboriginal song features in a new soundscape as Foley tells the story of her ancestors’ first sighting of Captain Cook on the Endeavour in 1770. The survey also includes photographs from her Horror Has A Face series, exploring the exploitation of Aboriginal people through opium in Queensland. Saturdays until February 8, NAS Gallery, Forbes Street, free, nas.edu.au
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Sydney will feature a line-up of Australian musical artists including Tones and I, Ruel, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Hockey Dad and Spacey Jane. Get your groove on afterwards at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, where yet-to-be-revealed lineups will host an afterparty fundraiser to raise profits for the NSW bushfire crisis. Not only will attending this event help support upcoming musicians, but it’s a chance to contribute to a good cause while dancing the night away. Sunday, 11am, The Domain, Adult $180, lanewayfestival.com
And you thought watching concrete set was dull. Artists, designers and architects from across Australia will explore the beauty and utility of the material in an exhibition of products, projects and art. The exhibition will explore the role concrete plays in society with functional, expressive, poetic and aesthetic works. Until March 18, 6-8pm, Australian Design Centre, free, australiandesigncentre.com
The ultimate femme fatale dances with death in Opera Australia’s Carmen. John Bell’s production offers a vibrant take of the Bizet classic, with no shortage of lust and love. Colourful sets and costumes bring to life Spanish classics including the famous Toreador Song and Habanera, as lovers Carmen and Don Jose find themselves joined in a web of fate. Until March 26, Sydney Opera House, from $48, sydneyoperahouse.com
Light up the skies by setting loose a latern at The Calyx, watch a traditional Lion and Dragon dance, learn about Chinese Astrology, visit the Oriental Garden, sample scallops and dumplings, or stretch your muscles with some Tai Chi as the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney celebrates Lunar New Year. You can also leave the garden with an orchid: a symbol of fertility and abundance. Until February 9, The Royal Botanical Garden, The Calyx, rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Deanna Ruseska is an intern journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.