Fancy a bit of culture during your lunch hour? Due to the overwhelming response last year, His Magesty’s lunchtime concerts are back for 2002, as Julie-anne Sprague reports.

THEY’RE back. After a successful 2001, the lunchtime concerts at His Majesty’s Theatre will commence on February 7. The 40-minute concerts begin at 12.30pm and cost just $6. The doors open at 12pm so you can arrive early to buy lunch at the theatre, or you can bring your own. His Majesty’s general manager Rodney Phillips said the concerts were a big success and attracted a lot of CBD workers during their lunch break. Also making a return to the theatre calendar is the Cabaret Soiree, which starts up in April, Morning Melodies from March, and the MajKidz (theatre workshops for kids).

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Who’s chatting to liquor licensing? Well, we can tell you that Auro Pty Limited is applying for a tavern licence in East Perth, South Perth’s Rosie O’Grady’s is aiming to get an extended trading permit and Tidarat Chatnoraset is applying for a restaurant licence for Racha Thai Restaurant in Northbridge.

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The Terrace Hotel is now The Goodearth Hotel. The Goodearth? “What on earth”, you might say? But there is a reason behind the change. The hotel is owned by the Teo family of Singapore and they are aligning hotels around the country to the Goodearth name. It means a unity of family and togetherness. The Brisbane hotel is now known as The Goodearth Hotel and the family is looking to acquire property in Melbourne and Sydney.

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44 King Street has received quite some interest in the search for a head chef. Mark Rogers says he’s had about 15 applications and will decide who to appoint shortly. We’ll keep you posted.

The Greek also is on the lookout for a head chef and will be making a decision in the next few days. New to the Greek is a garden area, which has grown from what used to be a driveway. It makes sitting outside of this Northbridge restaurant all the more enjoyable.

Fishy Affair’s head chef has departed for fresher waters and the restaurant has received applications for the position this week.

Carlie Bell from Black Tom’s has left and will be the restaurant manager at Oriel Cafe. Black Tom’s is not replacing Mr Bell, but is searching for a duty manager. Black Tom’s has launched its new summer menu, which has a lot of lighter meals and includes gourmet pizzas.

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Elizabeth Moschetti at Villa D’Este has had a baby girl, which may come as a surprise to many regular customers as there were few visible signs of the imminent arrival.

Natasha was born a couple of weeks ago and mother, daughter, and father, Enrico, are all doing very well.

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Subiaco’s B Restaurant has geared up for the warmer weather by offering a whole crayfish lunch special on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For $25 you can enjoy a fine piece of seafood with either a Crown Lager or glass of wine. And B Restaurant’s Friday lunches are back for 2002. Making the weekend start early, this lunch is a great reason not to return to the office. They’ve become popular so book early to get a VIP table (the best spots to watch the fashion parades).

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The Claremont Showgrounds will go country later next month. The Perth City Muster event has attracted big names like Lee Kerrnaghan, John Williamson, Gina Jeffreys, Smokey Dawson and WA-born Adam Brand.

Organisers are expecting about 7,000 people to boot up and head down to the showgrounds and say people from Queensland have purchased tickets and will be scooting over for a day of country fun.

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Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. Next week Gusto will help you lads with some inside advice on where to take your special gal, or provide a section for you gals to circle, highlight and add the words this sounds good. If you’re on the other side of the coin and will be providing the candles and a delectable meal, then send the details to

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Quarry Ampitheatre at City Beach will provide the backdrop for three new ballet performances this year.

The West Australian Ballet presents Breathless, a collection of performances that will take place later this month. The Australian premiere of A Million Kisses to My Skin by British choreographer and dancer David Dawson, a new work from Australia’s Natalie Weir and West Australian ballet’s Holly Croft and Matthew Thompson all will produce breathtaking ballet performances. The Breathless program will commence on February 14 at the Quarry Ampitheatre.

The performances begin at 8pm, however organisers are opening the gates at 6.30pm for those of you who want to have a picnic dinner before the show starts. Tickets start at $24 and are available at BOCS.

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Friends’ first wine dinner of the year will be a tribute to Tom Jones. That’s right, the music legend will be celebrated, along with the food and wine of course. Evans and Tate’s award winning shiraz will accompany the main course and Moss Wood’s semillon will accompany the entree. The dinner will take place at Friends Restaurant on February 7 at 7pm. Tickets are $110 and include the show, dinner and wines.

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Savoia’s chef Christian Montagne has designed a new summer menu. If you visit to check out the new delights that will be featured you may also notice the new water garden under the glass observatory and new decor additions. The Savoia team say they are planning a big year of events and are awaiting a new liquor licence to enable some of those to take place. We’ll be sure to let you know what the events are and when you should be there.

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