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Saturday 25 April 2015
Arts Comedy

deanne smith get into it: review

Bridget Conway
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As part of the  Sydney Comedy Festival, I was privileged to catch Canadian-American comedy act DeAnne Smith for her one-off Sydney show, Get Into It, on Thursday night. It’s a shame that she’s already come and gone from Sydney, considering she clearly belongs here. DeAnne is a lesbian and let the audience know this from…
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Monday 20 April 2015
Arts Comedy Theatre

rose callaghan and mates 2: review

Jessie Adams
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Rose Callaghan and her mates Kelly Fastuca and Will Sylvince took to the stage at Hugs and Kisses nightclub to deliver some choice anecdotes about dating, fame, living the creative life and ‘rooting.’ Hugs and Kisses is a mysterious venue. Even by Melbourne standards of laneway obscurity, Hugs and Kisses is tricky to find. A…
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Friday 17 April 2015
Arts Comedy Theatre

lady sings it better: review

Eliza Graves-Browne
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Lady Sings It Better is an impressive cabaret group of four women, who are performing in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, that deliver a clever mix of musical talent and entertainment, with underlying feminist themes and hard-hitting pop culture critiques. The ladies, Maeve Marsden, Libby Wood, Annaliese Szota, and Fiona Pearson,…
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Tuesday 7 April 2015
Arts Theatre

eastend cabaret perverts: review

Ad Hoc
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The words ‘DANGER WANK’ are firmly on repeat in my head and I can definitely blame EastEnd Cabaret for that. Their new show Perverts, part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, offers many such couplings of filthy thoughts and deeds which perhaps never should have gone together, but thanks to these two smutty songstresses, it’s…
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Friday 3 April 2015
Arts Theatre

jumpy: theatre review

Bridget Conway
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As part of a joint project between the Sydney Theatre Company and the Melbourne Theatre Company comes Jumpy, a witty British play starring Jane Turner (of Kath & Kim fame) that’s all about midlife crises, motherhood, and upholding feminist ideals decades after feminism became a thing. Written by playwright April De Angelis and directed by…
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Wednesday 1 April 2015
Arts Comedy

ruby wax sane new world: review

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My current thesis was once described by a kindly reviewer as like ‘watching somebody psycho-analysing themselves,’ and I would call that a pretty accurate observation of my mode of research. It is an intense picking apart of ‘me-ness,’ that is the well-trodden reflexive testing ground of the mentally askew. My research considers ways that trauma…
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Thursday 26 March 2015
Music

album review: pretend you’re mine, pearls

Tessa Ryan
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Melbourne band Pearls has just released an album that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners. For a debut album to make such a bold statement about a band’s identity is a huge achievement in itself, but Ellice, Cass and Ryan have made the task seem a lot easier than it probably is. Seemingly…
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Wednesday 18 March 2015
Music

album review: sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit, courtney barnett

Eloise Baker
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My interest in Courtney Barnett was first piqued because she reminded me of fellow Melbournians, Lower Plenty. I fell swiftly in love with her music because it is strong, wry and steers clear of the ‘music for the masses, perform and grin routine’. Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is Courtney’s…
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Thursday 12 March 2015
Featured Feminism

in case you missed it: all about women festival 2015

Hollie Pich
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International Women’s Day. The Sydney Opera House. A day all about women. Can you imagine anything better? I sure couldn’t, so I signed myself up to a whole day of listening to and engaging with amazing, inspiring women who are changing the world and inviting us to join them. Breaking the Wife Drought with Annabel…
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Wednesday 11 March 2015
Arts Music

album review: beat the champ, the mountain goats

Serrin Prior
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There was once a troubadour named John Darnielle. As a child, he found his heroes in the ring of professional wrestling. There, fearless warriors played their part in a system of justice as black and white as the screens of the televisions upon which they appeared. Years later, that childhood fire of passion still burned bright…
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Wednesday 25 February 2015
Film

film review: wild

Emma Robinson
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Reese Witherspoon produces and stars in Wild, the story of a young woman whose life falls to pieces and her journey to put herself back together, based on the bestselling memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The film opens with Cheryl alone in the American wilderness, clearly at the end of her tether. A series of flashbacks…
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Tuesday 10 February 2015
Film

film review: birdman

Jade Bate
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  Stepping out of the theatre after watching Birdman, one thought kept going through my head: where has Michael Keaton been hiding all these years? As one of the most beloved comic actors of the 80s, with iconic films such as Beetlejuice and Mr. Mom, along with playing the Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s Batman…
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Monday 9 February 2015
Film

agent carter: the hero we deserve

Hollie Pich
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  Agent Carter, Marvel Universe’s first female-led adaptation, offers a break from your regularly scheduled programming. It’s a wonderful mash-up: part espionage thriller, part comic-book adaptation, and part historical drama. There are secret identities, car cashes and fist fights, gadgets and conspiracies, and crime fighting teams (all in the first episode!). Most excitingly this television…
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Friday 30 January 2015
Arts Music

album review: broke with expensive taste, azealia banks

Tessa Ryan
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Those who aren’t familiar with the music of Azealia Banks will likely have seen her name somewhere on the internet. Most of her notoriety has stemmed from her ongoing beef with Iggy Azalea; a lot of which has been carried out over a series of tweets fired at each other. The rest of her notoriety…
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