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Thursday 18 August 2016
Arts Comedy Theatre

pink flappy bits: review

Emily Holding
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Cabaret’s roots date back to the 1880s when bohemian poets, artists and composers would gather in French saloons to share creative ideas. It developed into a style of alcohol-infused risqué musical performance, notoriously characterised by improvisation, audience interactivity and small, intimate venues. In 2016, performers Tara Dowler and Louise Mapleston infuse cabaret, musical comedy and…
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Wednesday 27 July 2016
Arts

word travels presents: desireé dallagiacomo

Bridget Conway
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It’s a cold-bitten evening and I’m getting myself out of the house for an evening of poetry. Nestled in-between pubs and tourist shops in Sydney’s historical Rocks area, I find a woman with a makeshift sign that catches my eye. I’m here, and I’m in for a ride. I go inside and then up some…
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Friday 22 July 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: above us only sky

Erin Seaward-Hiatt
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In Above Us Only Sky, Michele Young-Stone, an MFA grad and the author of The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, once again digs into a quirky pseudo-realism that’s based in the great conflict of growing up. In an interview, she admits that Above Us Only Sky is a few different things rolled into one: it’s…
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Wednesday 13 July 2016
Celebrity Culture Featured Music

what lana del rey teaches us about the “perfect” girl

Iryna Byelyayeva
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With today’s power and abundance of social media, it’s very rare to discover an artist’s music without already having some sort of preconceived idea about what you’ll think of them. Lana Del Rey’s music has always been clouded for me with the pervasive opinion that she’s a fake. Little criticism about Lana Del Rey’s career…
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Thursday 30 June 2016
Arts Comedy Theatre

mother’s ruin: review

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Mother’s Ruin: A Cabaret about Gin is a riotous journey through the history of gin and its associations with the most scandalous of women. Once the scourge of the masses, now drink du jour, gin is an unlikely but surprisingly entertaining topic for a cabaret. Performed by Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood, under the direction…
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Monday 27 June 2016
Arts Featured Feminism

women in magic: a saw point of the industry

Eden Gillespie
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Hollywood blockbuster, Now You See Me 2, features a boisterous and strong female illusionist by the name of Lula, a well-established magician standing proud amongst her male cohorts. The coin has flipped and this time the woman in the film is not the sexy assistant donning a sparkly leotard and feathers. Instead she is the…
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Wednesday 8 June 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: lemons in the chicken wire

Sarah Randall
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Alison Whittaker’s debut collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, is a refreshingly authentic and accessible new addition to the Australian poetry landscape. The collection is grounded in simplicity yet explores complex issues such as sexuality, racism and family negligence. Whittaker, who received the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship, also explores the history…
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Wednesday 8 June 2016
Art Arts

q&a with kelly hammond

Bridget Conway
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Australian photographer Kelly Hammond is stepping outside ‘the system’ and quite literally, into the wild unknown. With her project ‘Women Of the Wild,’ she is exploring what it means to reconnect with the feminine energy of the natural world, and is doing so by traversing the lines between male and female, natural and constructed, and by challenging…
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Monday 6 June 2016
Film

what Spirited Away taught me about feminism

Emma Hardy
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  Like many little girls, I grew up idolising Disney princesses. Ariel was my favourite; I never took her voicelessness too literally. When I was six years old I suggested my parents name my newborn brother ‘Prince Charming’. In my young eyes there could be nothing better. They went with ‘Liam’ instead. Once I was…
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Monday 6 June 2016
Featured

what is her name? : cordelia

Anna Samson
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‘What is Her Name?’ is a series of short essays that explore the reality of what it means to be a woman living in a patriarchal world. Each essay takes the name of a woman whose place in history or in culture serves as a platform for examining different female experiences. The accumulative aim of…
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Sunday 5 June 2016
Books Featured Feminism World

interview with ira trivedi

Eden Faithfull
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Ira Trivedi is the bestselling author of What Would You Do to Save the World?, The Great Indian Love Story and There Is No Love on Wall Street. Her latest book and first work of non-fiction is India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st century, a landmark book on India’s new social revolution…
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Friday 27 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: sydney writers’ festival—‘why women should rule the world’

Eden Faithfull
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This is a review of a session held at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  * It’s not often that you’re able to sit in a room filled with proudly self-proclaimed feminists, listening to a panel of admirable and notable female authors, thinkers and activists describe exactly why you should have the right to rule the…
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Tuesday 24 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: sydney writers’ festival—’ferrante fever’

Lauren Strickland
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  This is a review of a session held at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival.  * What is it that we find so fascinating about a reclusive novelist? There are plenty of writers who have attempted anonymity, with varying degrees of success: Harper Lee and Thomas Pynchon both spring to mind. These authors have chosen…
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Tuesday 24 May 2016
Arts Books

lip lit: sydney writers’ festival—’gloria steinem: life on the road’

Eden Gillespie
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  This is a review of a session held at the 2016 Sydney Writers’ Festival. * When I first entered the room and upon seeing so many older women, I was unsure if I would feel comfortable as a member of the new generation of feminism. I wondered whether Gloria Steinem, a prominent 82-year-old American…
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