Yesterday 60 fluoro-clad dancers descended on Fed-Square for a disco with a difference. They took the ol’ saying of ‘Dance to the beat of your own drum’, to a new level, with each dancer tuning into beats – courtesy of local DJ Mark John – via wireless headsets, making for a ‘silent’ disco. The quiet riot was staged in lieu of this weekend’s Australian Audio and AV Show, which will showcase the headsets used, alongside stacks of other brand new AV tech products.
When a show has been seen by over 65 million people and received more than 100 major awards, it’s one you’re going to want to see again and again.
Brace yourself, Les Mis fans:the pathos-laden musical is coming to Melbourne in an Australian production, and the cast has been announced.
Jean Valjean is played by Simon Gleeson (Mamma Mia!, Love Never Dies, Chess)
Javert is played by Hayden Tee (Being Earnest, My Fair Lady… He also played Marius in the 20th anniversary West End production of Les Mis, fact fans)
Fantine is played by Patrice Tipoki (The Lion King, Wicked)
Madame Thénardier is played by Lara Mulcahy (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Mamma Mia)
Monsieur Thénardier is played by Trevor Ashley (Little Orphan Trashley, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical, Hairspray: The Musical, Jerry Springer: The Opera)
Enjolras is played by Chris Durling (Jersey Boys, Grease… and he’s a member of Bindi Irwin’s Crocmen)
Marius is played by Euan Doidge (Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Grease)
Newcomers Kerrie Anne Greenland and Emily Langridge play Eponine and Cosette respectively.
Dear The Internet,
If there’s one thing that we can all agree on in these social media-savvy times, it’s that everyone has the unfettered right to access our private information. And not just commercial entities like Facebook, who want to let us know about about over-40s dating and weight loss secrets, or ASIO who are enthusiastic about informing the US secret service about who you’re emailing. This whimsical curiosity also extends to our potential employers who want to get a better idea of the real you, right down to intrusive questions about your medical history.
Fairfax earlier reported on the application form for Chevron, an energy and mining company who are extremely interested in whether or not their applicants are sufficiently fertile. In fact, they’d like to know if you – or your partner – have had any stillbirths, abortions, or any offspring with birth defects – and with good reason. After all, they expect a certain level of photogeneity when sending out PR shots of company picnics, and there’s a reason there’s no date on the Chevron calendar marked “Bring Your Freakish Monster Spawn to Work Day”.
Now, you might inexplicably feel that maybe the ins and outs of your partner’s reproductive history is not, in fact, any fucking business of your employer, much less your potential employer.… Read more
We have no words. You decide.
Kensington’s Revolt was turned into a music industry hidey-hole last night. The cavernous theatre space was filled with a who’s who of every genre of the Australian independent scene as it played host to the eighth Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. It’s a joint initiative between Carlton Dry and AIR – the non-profit Australian Independent Records Association.
HG Nelson kicked off proceedings, noting “the ARIAs have been rubbish for a long time” and underlining the fact that AIR recognises the achievements independent artists. HG introduced Harry Angus of the Cat Empire, who gave a heartfelt speech about the fact that everyone from his careers counsellor to his bank manager advised him that being a musician wasn’t a viable path in life. The bar charts representing the decline in record sales that you see in newspapers, he said, missed the point about music’s purpose.
Musicians, he said, are practitioners of an ancient craft (along with prostitutes, priests and politicians). A musician’s work becomes part of someone’s life and memories: “At three in the morning, when they’re feeling sad and alone, they reach for you – and that’s the business we’re in.”
Best independent artist Flume
Best independent album Flume: Flume
Breakthrough independent artist Vance Joy
Best independent single/EP Vance Joy: God Loves You When You’re Dancing
Best independent hip-hop album Seth Sentry: This Was Tomorrow
Best independent country album Catherine Britt: Always Never Enough
Best independent blues and roots album Paul Kelly: Spring and Fall
Best independent hard rock, heavy or punk album King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: 12 Bar Bruise
Best independent jazz album Jonathan Zwartz: The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air
Best independent dance/electronica album: Flume: Flume
Best independent dance/electronica or club single: Flume: ‘Holdin’ On’
Best independent classical album Amy Dickson: Catch Me If You Can
Best independent label Future Classic
Carlton Dry Global Music Grant Winner ($50,000) King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard… Read more
A round-up of four very different stores, offering everything from Japanese cute-quirk, to glamourpuss plus-size dresses, to hip-hop streetwear and gentlemen’s attire…
Daiso: QV Building
Good news if you’ve a yen for bargains: Japanese discount variety chain Daiso has expanded its Melbourne presence to seven stores. The new QV store opened in September, joining Daiso outlets at Abbotsford, Bourke/Swanston Streets, Highpoint, Chadstone, Doncaster and Caroline Springs. Everything at Daiso is a flat $2.80. Head there for adorable and ingenious homewares, beauty and personal care items, stationery and craft supplies, and Japanese foods and drinks.
Daiso: QV Building, 221 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Husband-and-wife team Kerry and Angelo Pietrobon founded their niche fashion label Harlow nearly a year ago – and it’s as glam as the name suggests. They specialise in plus-size clothes that do away with frumpery. We talk to Kerry about the ideas behind her designs.
Harlow, 420 Victoria St, Brunswick
Pickings and Parry
Ever wondered how working-class guys in old photos managed to look so dapper? Wonder no more. Jaunty Briton Chris Pickings has just opened Pickings and Parry, a Fitzroy men’s emporium purveying heritage workwear and manly accoutrements. It’s very Ernest Hemingway, with a dash of Steve McQueen.… Read more
If you’re a fiend for chasing the next hot thing when it comes to restaurants and bars, you’ll have noticed it’s been tumbleweed city out there of late. And now all of a sudden we’ve had a crash landing of three serious mega stars in one week.
Lee Ho Fook
Of all the millions of eateries that have burst onto Smith Street to light up our lives this year, none has been more hotly anticipated than Lee Ho Fook. The name comes from a Soho takeaway popularised by Warren Zevon’s song ‘Werewolves of London’ – but this joint ain’t about beef chow mein. Heading up the restaurant is Chinese-Australian chef Victor Liong, and the guy has moves. A Sydney import, he’s worked under Mark Best at the legendary Marque restaurant making ethereal science-y snacks, and he was last seen deep-frying the chilli crabs at the Merivale Group’s fancy Canto joint Mr Wong. Now he’s taken over the Boire site, where he’ll be wok rocking Collingwood with new-style Chinese, cocktails (by ex-Little Blood legend Paul Ramsay) to a soundtrack of house and Rihanna. Oh – and for Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th of October the eats are fiddy percent off.… Read more
The Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, has been named ‘Landscape of the Year’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards. Designers Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and Paul Thompson took out the competition from a shortlist of nine other entries from Thailand, the UK, Lebanon, Sweden and China to claim victory. The festival has been dubbed the ‘Olympics of Architecture’ – so winning the award is a pretty awesome achievement for Melbourne as a city, and of course, the designers.
The jury judging the competition commended the project for its brilliant use of Australian flora, originality and strong evocation of Australian identity. With Melbourne’s definitive artistic flare it doesn’t come as a surprise that the city has won another award for its unique architecture and innovative design. Opened in 2012, the Australian Garden is located in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and showcases 170,000 Australian native plants across 1,700 species. With its bold contemporary design you can explore the nature and landscape of rural Australia without venturing too far out of the city.
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cnr Ballarto Rd & Botanic Dr, Cranbourne.
By Cassandra Huckstep | Photo by John Gollings… Read more
Old South Melbourne ain’t what she used to be – deliciousness is moving in…
Bellota: This wine bar has saved South Melbourne’s thirsty souls with wild wines, bluesy tunes and charcuterie. 181 Bank St, South Melbourne.
Iain Hewitson’s diner: Good old Hewy is opening an American-style diner with Chin Chin’s ‘wine guy’ Neil Prentice. Opposite the markets.
Dear the Internet,
Your Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been in Indonesia assuring president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that he is “fair dinkum about doing what we can to help Indonesia in every way” in terms of their sovereignty, which is Abbott-speak for “protect our northern oceanic borders for us and we’ll continue to ignore your human rights atrocities in Papua New Guinea.”
And heck, you might see yourself as being a pretty dinkum sort of a cobber – but are you sufficiently dinkum to contribute in a proactively bonza manner in this brave new Abbottscape?
Fortunately, with the help of senior advisors to the Departments of Immigration and Foreign Affairs & Trade (and not Science, obviously, since we don’t have one of those anymore), we have constructed this quiz to establish quickly and definitively whether you are a patriot or a traitor.
Incidentally, this will also form the basis of our citizenship test just as soon as the new Senate takes power in 2014 (after Palmer United senators add the necessary extra questions like “Australia was specifically founded to be mined, the industry for which should therefore never be taxed or subject to environmental regulation: agree, strongly agree, violently agree, threateningly agree”).… Read more