What’s on in Sydney: May 19 to May 25

Drinks

Sparkling Sydney is the first local festival dedicated to all things bubbly. Sip on more than 60 sparkling wines, plus graze on snacks from Jimmy Liks, Safran and Blue Eye Dragon. 11am-5pm, Pirrama Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, free, sparklingsydney.com.au

Talk

As part of the Keepers of the Flame: The Legacy of Murch & Miksevicius art exhibition, this afternoon the artists’ daughters, Michelle Murch and Carolyn Leigh, are joined by Cassi Plate, Meg Stewart and Good Weekend editor Katrina Strickland for the Living Art Legacies panel discussion. 2pm, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly, free, northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

Music

Acacia Quartet’s Testament recital sees the string ensemble traversing from classical to contemporary with a program featuring works from Mozart, Debussy, Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian and young Australian Alice Chance. 3.30pm, Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney, $48, theindependent.org.au

Stage

Artist Lara Thoms and ex-funeral parlour manager Scott Turnbull have teamed up for the darkly humorous The Director, in which they examine the big business of death. 5.30pm, Sydney Opera House, $35, sydneyoperahouse.com

Sheridan Harbridge is a hotshot criminal lawyer in Griffin's Prima Facie.

Sheridan Harbridge is a hotshot criminal lawyer in Griffin’s Prima Facie.

MONDAY, MAY 20

Stage

Sheridan Harbridge stars in Suzie Miller’s 2018 Griffin Award-winning one-woman show, Prima Facie (until June 22), as a hotshot criminal lawyer who has her eyes opened to the legal system’s shortcomings in providing justice for women in rape, sexual assault and harassment cases. 7pm, SBW Stables, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross, $52, griffintheatre.com.au

TUESDAY, MAY 21

Film

The German Film Festival (until June 9) commences with an opening night screening of Balloon (rated M), a historical thriller set in 1979 following two families building a hot air balloon to escape East Germany, followed by an after-party. 6.30pm, Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington, $60, germanfilmfestival.com.au

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

Music

Sydney Art Quartet’s collaboration with photographer Bill Henson Chiaroscuro (until May 23) is a concert featuring music from Arvo Part, Boccherini and Shostakovich set amidst Henson’s  solo exhibition, his first in Sydney in seven years. 7pm, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington, $98, sydneyartquartet.com

THURSDAY, MAY 23

Music

Rising British indie-pop musician Laurel shows off her debut album Dogviolet, a collection of love songs written at her home studio, on her first-ever Australian tour. 8pm, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, $51, moshtix.com.au

The Vivid Sydney Light Walk switches on.

The Vivid Sydney Light Walk switches on. Credit:Wolter Peeters

FRIDAY, MAY 24

Festival

Vivid Sydney Light Walk (until June 15) kicks off around Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Royal Botanic Garden, Luna Park and more with highlights including illuminated animations from Pixar, a colourful underwater world and an interactive playground of slime. 6-11pm, various locations, free, vividsydney.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Festival

1 Million Women, a global community fighting climate change, celebrates the organisation’s 10th birthday with the LoveEarth Festival. Revellers can watch a short acoustic set from Midnight Oil, learn about zero waste living from experts or shop a sustainability focused marketplace. 9.30am-2pm, Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, $30, eventbrite.com.au

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