24 May

Russell Brand announces Australian tour in October

Russell Brand joins Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City on 14 October 2014. Photograph: XP

“We’ve been told freedom is the freedom to fulfill our petty desires,” says British comedian, actor, author and political figure Russell Brand, in the announcement of his national tour. “but TREW freedom is freedom FROM our petty desires”.

Hitting our shores in October, Brand will come armed with biting political criticism and the dogged determination for truth that has earned him more than a million subscribers to his Youtube web series, The Trews.

Fans of Brand – who rose to fame as a stand-up comedian – can still expect his sharp observational humour and electric charisma. Whether he’ll pull out anything else in his attempt to give the power back to the people remains a mystery.

Asked by Time Out in a recent interview whether he’s concerned that fans of his comedy don’t like his political material (or his recent book, Revolution), he said that “I do have concerns, because I’m a comedian and I don’t want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic first pump – unless it’s an anal one.Read more

28 April

Joan Baez, the queen of folk returns to Melbourne

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Joan Baez was on the forefront of the civil rights movement and galvanised a generation with her songs of freedom. While her former lover Bob Dylan gave her some of her best known hits (eg. ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’), she’s probably even more famous for the iconic performance of ‘We Shall Overcome’ at Woodstock. After touring to rave reviews in 2013/2014, it’s a privilege to have her back so soon.

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17 September

Want to get a table at the Fat Duck? Here’s how

"It's going to be this delicious" *not a quote

It’s 10am and there’s way more techno pumping and more Champagne doing the rounds than we’re used to on a Wednesday. But Heston Blumenthal doesn’t make announcements quietly.

Six months ago, the mad scientist chef-slash-genius behind the Fat Duck in Bray dropped the bomb that he was moving the entire operation (staff and all) to Melbourne for a six month pop-up at Crown Casino before turning it into an outpost for one of his other hatted restaurants, Dinner.

Australia understandably lost its collective mind,  and since the announcement, tens of thousands of people have registered interest in dining the Fat Duck. The problem? If you’re a maths fan, you’ll realise that with 45 seats and only a limited number of services in six months, you’ve got sod all chance of getting a seat.

Time Out suggested a cage match system for walk-ins whereby you could fight for a table while booked tables watch.… Read more

16 September

The Adventures of Margaret and David – 5 stars

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Richard Linklater, step aside. Your cinematic experiment has been usurped. And it took a little under a fortnight.

Sure it was impressive in Boyhood to see young Ellar Coltrane grow over 12 years from 6 to 18, but that Oscar-tipped effort pales in comparison to the 28 years in which Australian cinema, television and audiences have grown up with Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton.

As the makers of this generation spanning epic have finally unveiled the first plans for the twist ending in which our heroes hand over their mantle of quality arbiters to the comments section of YouTube and a particularly artistic emoji, it is time to take stock of the genuine masterpiece that has stood the test of time and popcorn.

The pair of critics were cast in 1986 at an age … well, roughly that of Coltrane. Since that day, their performance in this epic meta-feature film has been nothing short of outstanding.… Read more

11 September

Megan Washington announces free pop-up show in Melbourne

Everybody loves a free concert, and Megan Washington – whose long-awaited second album There There will be released tomorrow – knows it. So she’s going to be celebrating her new music with a series of free pop-up shows in three Australian cities, starting tomorrow in Brisbane. She’ll hit Melbourne on Saturday and finish up in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Head to Fed Square to hear the ARIA winner sing from 1pm. And while you’re at it, read what she had to say about making the album in her interview with us.

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