Monday, November 29, 2021
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CULTURE

CULTURE

The Boomkak Panto

The Boomkak Panto at Belvoir is a fairy tale, and the villains loudly booed by the willing audience meet a bad end and the queer AF love story triumphs – a great night on the town.

Albert Namatjira

Vincent Namatjira was 18 when he returned from being fostered in Perth to live with extended family in the desert in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory. It was here that he learned he was the great-grandson of the famous Albert Namatjira. ...

Lamb

Jane Bodie’s generational saga Lamb is a play with songs rather than a musical and an increasingly popular genre.

Student writing lights up Redfern

This week Story Factory is lighting up Redfern Street...

Home Chat

The venerable Genesian Theatre returns to the stage after lockdown presenting the Australian premiere of Noël Coward’s Home Chat.

Buzz builds (again) for cartoon show – opening December 1!

The hotly anticipated SSH Cartoon Show, postponed for months due to stay-at-home health orders, has been rescheduled and will open on Wednesday December 1, from 5pm. Don't miss it!

Priest and poet, baker, neighbour

Born in Gippsland, Anglican friar Noel Jeffs studied theology...

Nine Days

It took only four months to see Nine Days. The week we went into lockdown was the week I was scheduled to see a critics’ screening of the film. So, to say I was eagerly looking forward to finally seeing it is an understatement.

Nina Gotsis EP – ‘You can live inside these songs’

Sydney musician Nina Gotsis has released a new EP, Music Colours, featuring members of Youth Group and Xylouris/White.

Folk-infused indie rock made in England

Singer-songwriter Toby Martin’s latest offering embodies his ongoing fascination with the way that environment affects music and lyrics. A recent four-year stint in the UK inspired the songs on I Felt the Valley Lifting, his third solo release.

Sydney Street Choir back at Redfern Park

The Sydney Street Choir is back for weekly rehearsals.

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay AO, author of The Kindness Revolution, believes that people are capable of great kindness, and that the Covid pandemic demonstrated this.

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

Blak & Blu – it’s happening

Entries are now closed for the Blak & Blu pen on paper art prize, to be awarded at the Orchard Gallery in Waterloo on December 11 (the exhibition was originally planned to open September 11).

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Climate change, the fate of a now extinct Bronze Age culture, the rise of right-wing politics and global injustice also make their appearance in the detailed electronic epistles of the two women in Sally Rooney’s third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You.

International success for local filmmakers

Filmed over five years, I’m Wanita is the story of Wanita Bahtiyar, flamboyant country singer from Tamworth, as she heads to the US to realise her lifelong dream of recording an album in Nashville, honkytonk capital of the world.

Home

“In a snowy mountain village, my family had lived peacefully for hundreds of years ...” – so begins Karen Hendriks’ new picture book for children aged 7 and upwards and inspired inspired by the author’s mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

A History of My Brief Body

Situated in the context of other seminal queer texts, these pieces are a “kind of memoir”, Belcourt writes, that “stretch well beyond the boundaries my personal life”.

‘The World’s Best Film’ at 15th Annual Sydney Underground Film Festival

The World’s Best Film Director: Joshua Belinfante 15th Annual Sydney Underground...

The Labyrinth

What sets The Labyrinth apart, though, is both the beauty and simplicity of Lohrey’s writing and the magnitude of the tragedy that has caused her narrator, Erica, to flee Sydney for a tiny coastal town.

How to draw – online tutorials

Due to Covid lockdown the SSH Cartoon Show opening has been postponed (date TBA), and the exhibition extended indefinitely.

Uplifting Sydney images snapped by young photographers

Zoe Morris’s photo “Grumpy Cat”, shot in South Eveleigh,...

Australian Theatre Live

Australian Theatre Live touts itself as “Australian story telling...

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Award-winning author Ellen van Neerven has gathered a bumper crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories in Flock.

On the street and online this library helps the homeless

While Martin Place fell into an uncharacteristic quiet during...

Covid crisis highlights need for Arts and Creative Industries reform

Across the arts community the impact of Covid-19 is catastrophic. Venues have shut their doors with little or no notice and organisations have been forced to cancel their programs and activities. It's time the Federal Government stepped in with real support.

 ‘I hope the book will reach kids like me’

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Outlines

Outlines is the inaugural season of video works displaying boundary-pushing artists and technologists who are reimagining the future of performance.

Fable fun on Planet Zoom!

Community-based theatre company Natalie Mitz Productions continues to create...

Local art groups support and inspire

Art is expressive, therapeutic, political and historical as shown...

Five things wild and wonderful

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Sea Country

“My people are proud, strong people. We are the descendants of Mannelargenna of the Pairrrebeenne / Trawlwoolway clan,” Aunty Patsy Cameron writes to introduce her generous tale of the environment and traditions that have shaped her life and kin.

The Tale of the Whale

If you want to motivate your kids (aged 4 and up) to be eco activists – try The Tale of the Whale. It’s a clarion call to us all to think about our oceans and their creatures and to stop our seas being the garbage tips for our over-indulgent lifestyles.

The Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Smuggled – an illegal history of journeys to Australia

Authors Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman are associate professors, at the University of New South Wales and Monash University respectively. They are also both the children of European refugees and have taught and researched extensively on migration issues.

Where the Heart Is

Author Irma Gold was inspired by a newspaper piece about an oil-drenched Magellanic penguin chick that washed up on an island outside Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and was rescued by an islander named Joao who named him Dindim.

Music and more in store

Whether you descend down a narrow, dimly lit and...

Navigating consent? Grab this new guide

Welcome to Consent is a new book by adolescent health experts Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang, and it is timely, given disclosures by Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame, the removal of the federal government’s “milkshake” ad, and the Women’s March 4 Justice on March 15.

Youth opera company for social justice

The Cooperative’s performances of Puccini’s Tosca at Pitt Street Uniting Church on June 17 and 19 drew large audiences.

Pride Month show depicts diversity

As part of Pride Month, Pride Sydney and TAP Gallery put on an art competition allowing artists from all backgrounds to display their works with a chance of winning a prize.

Wildlife photography exhibition captures beauty and fragility

If you’re looking for a day out that will inspire you and your family the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on at the Australian National Maritime Museum is the perfect pick. Great for the school holidays – but go anytime, really. Highly recommended.

Casey Barnes brings his catchy country music to Paddo

Country music star Casey Barnes is set to play in Sydney for the first time in two years. His gig in Paddington is part of his east coast tour for his latest single “Come Turn Me On”, a playful party-starting song about missing home.

Growing Pains

The lush collage art this in picture book is a delight – adding whimsy and gentleness to a tender tale of empathy, kindness and care for the environment, and how to draw on the strengths of others to overcome your fears.

‘You are home, Dimitris’

NEWTOWN: More than 350 mesmerised audience members, swayed, clapped...

SandSong

SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s first new full-length work for three years, and in keeping with their unique signature style it combines authentic storytelling, superb technique and a powerfully emotive performance.

Creativity at the centre of our neighbourhood

WATERLOO: On May 15 the Orchard Gallery at South...

Growing Up Disabled in Australia

On Sunday, May 2, Carly Findlay, editor of Growing Up Disabled in Australia, spoke to an attentive audience at the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). Our reviewer, Melinda Kearns, offers insights here about the session and the book.

The Cherry Orchard

The uppermost theme of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is not merely large-scale change but how to adjust to a change that is already in the process of taking place. Consequently Eamon Flack’s up-dated, thought-provoking and up-beat adaptation and staging of Chekhov’s much-loved play has much of importance to offer to our present, uncertain times.

Announcing the Blak & Blu prize

The Orchard Gallery is excited to announce its first art prize – the Blak & Blu prize – with $1,000 on offer to the winning artist.

Kate Wadey Trio brings silky sounds to Zetland

ZETLAND: A couple of weeks ago, I got to...

My Year of Living Vulnerably

Two years after his widely acclaimed One Hundred Years of Dirt, journalist Rick Morton has produced another gritty but inspiring work, My Year of Living Vulnerably.

Intact

The declared mission of new company, Fuser Production, is “to stir the human spirit” and incite “awe, challenge and inspiration through original and compelling art” and Intact, its debut performance, is deeply engaging and awe-inspiring.