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Wednesday 23 July 2014
Arts

feminartsy at canberra’s front gallery café: a review

Brianna Doolan
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It was just another icy Friday evening in the cold heart of Canberra. The quiet of Northbourne Avenue indicated that all of the public servants had gone home to hibernate, most likely celebrating the weekend with cups of tea and what I imagine to be an endless supply of snuggies. I, on the other hand,…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Art Arts

opportunity: headspace elsternwick announces second art competition

Alexandra Storey
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Are you aged between 12 and 25 and feeling creative?  headspace Elsternwick is very pleased to announce its second art competition! Entry is free and open to all young Melbourne artists, with no requirement that they access headspace Elsternwick’s health services.  Just about any type of artwork can be entered, including drawings, paintings, photography, and…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Arts Books Culture

grown-up fairy tales

Molly Westerman
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We all know ‘Once upon a time’, and we grew up with ‘happily ever after,’ even if the whole Prince Charming thing fell flat in later life. Fairy tales can be comfort food, the stuff of escapism and dress-up. What we may not be so accustomed to is fairy tales’ dark side. Their magic can…
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Tuesday 22 July 2014
Books Culture News

marvel’s thundering announcement: the next thor will be female

Karla Gamero Gomez
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It was recently announced on The View that Marvel’s God of Thunder, Thor, will be portrayed by a woman in future comic adaptations. As a starter to this I would start by saying that gender bending is not unusual when it comes to Norse Gods in comic books, or even historically. Loki has shape shifted…
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Friday 18 July 2014
Arts Books

lip’s tips for melbourne writers festival

Margot McGovern
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Bookworms, take note and clear your calendars: the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is coming to town from 21-31 August. Since it was announced several weeks ago that Sir Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, would be among the keynote speakers at this year’s festival, there has been much anticipation about who…
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Friday 18 July 2014
Books

the bookshelf diaries: claire corbett

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Claire Corbett reveals What are you reading right now? I always read several books at once. I’m reading a lot for my PhD, including an extraordinary book by Israeli security academic Eyal Weizman called Hollow Land, on the…
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Thursday 17 July 2014
Art Arts

exhibition review: douglas gordon – the only way out is the only way in

Emma Breheny
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    Douglas Gordon’s first retrospective in Australia, showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, amplifies over twenty years of his work both physically and metaphorically. Most concretely, a collection of videos in Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now are shown on 101 televisions occupying ACCA’s…
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Thursday 17 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: after darkness

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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As the train lurched forward, the woman grabbed her daughter’s hand and dragged her towards our carriage. She came so close I could see a mole above her lip. She spat. A glob landed on the window in front of my face. ‘Bloody Japs!’ she said, shaking her fist. After Darkness draws the reader into…
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Tuesday 15 July 2014
Film

film review: the lunchbox

Rosie Hunt
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Romantic comedies are not always the most interesting or unique of films, but every so often one comes along that stands out. The Lunchbox is one of these films. A feature film debut from writer and director Ritesh Batra, the movie has been nominated at several international festivals and won multiple awards, including the Critics…
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Tuesday 15 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: claustrophobia

Annalise Bolt
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Claustrophobia by Tracy Ryan leads the reader down a trail of lies, lust and obsession. Penelope Barber, happily married, finds a decade-old letter written by her husband to his ex-lover, Kathleen Nancarrow. It convinces her that their marriage had been built on nothing but a lie and the recipient of the letter becomes the object of…
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Friday 11 July 2014
Arts Books Column

the bookshelf diaries: celeste liddle

Lou Heinrich
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The Bookshelf Diaries takes a peek into the reading life of writers, readers and book lovers. Today, Celeste Liddle, who blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist, allows us to nose through her novel pile. What are you reading right now? Skagboys by Irvine Welsh. Where did you buy it? At the Readings discount outlet…
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Thursday 10 July 2014
Arts Comedy Theatre

theatre review: the magic hour

Jess Oliver
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    Welcome to the Magic Hour- a time of stories and dreams, where the imagination runs wild and the lengthening shadows are never too far away… Written by Vanessa Bates and performed by Ursula Yovich under the direction of Chris Bendall, The Magic Hour is a fantastic one-woman series of monologues that is rude,…
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
Arts Books

lip lit: men explain things to me

Erin Seaward-Hiatt
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In 2008 longtime activist, social commentator, and overall renaissance superwoman Rebecca Solnit made a splash in the feminist blogosphere with her post  Men Explain Things to Me, a bold and quirky manifesto against male-on-female silencing. Ever since her wry critique hit the scene, Solnit has been dubbed the matriarch of mansplaining and has further cemented her…
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Tuesday 8 July 2014
Arts Comedy Theatre

theatre review: glamping with bobby and the pins

Emma Breheny
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  Showing at The Butterfly Club from 3-6 July, female barbershop quartet Bobby and The Pins are making their theatre debut with Glamping, an hour-long jaunt through the wilderness and a score of old-school barbershop favourites. There’s also plenty of dick jokes and the typical highs and lows that come when friends are pushed to the…
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