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African Rhythm & Roots Festival

A highlight of the multicultural arts event calendar, this weekend the African Rhythm & Roots Festival will showcase the sounds, sights, tastes and spirit of West Africa. The Festival is launching for the first time in Sydney thanks to the efforts of the West Africa Festival Inc (WAF), a not for profit organisation which has […]

Review: The Turquoise Elephant

Griffin Theatre’s latest offering is urgent, hilarious and uncomfortably close to reality. The staging is immediately tremendous and imposing, jutting into the unreserved audience seating. A bejewelled Roomba patiently perambulates about the clinically white stage as the audience files in. The Turquoise Elephant takes place inside the triple-glazed luxury compound where the outspoken and restless […]


This French language psychological thriller from director Paul Verhoeven opens with a violent rape scene which sets the tone for the disturbing, dark and puzzling journey ahead. Isabelle Huppert crushes female archetypes with her stoic depiction of Michéle Leblanc, the CEO of a successful video game company who conducts both business transactions and personal relationships with the […]

Hell or High Water

Chris Pine and Ben Foster star in the all-American crime drama Hell or High Water. They play Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster), two brothers who've reunited for the greater good. Toby wants to give his children a better life by securing them a home, no matter how fatal or illegal it may be, and Tanner […]

A Very DLUX Video Lounge

Video art is versatile; whether you revel in the low-brow glow of moving pictures or struggle to grasp the intersection of the digital and the real in a gallery space, there's no denying its versatility – it can be shown on a monitor, projected on a wall, sculpture or building, or played on a TV. And […]

Keeping Up With The Joneses

This light action-comedy might be in many ways predictable, but that doesn't make it any less hilarious. The Gaffneys (Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis) have their quiet, suburban lives turned upside down when a ridiculously good looking and sophisticated couple moves into the neighbourhood, the Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot). While Jeff (Galifianakis) gets […]

Brewing Responsibly: Sydney Craft Beer Week and the cultivation of craft beer culture

BY ALANNAH MAHER Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) is back for our city’s sixth annual celebration of finely brewed beer and the culture that comes with it. Brewing up more than 100 events over 75 different venues, the festival is at the biggest it’s ever been and punters are spoilt for choice. In its current […]

Best of the Brews: Sydney venues championing craft beer

BY ALANNAH MAHER Sydney’s trio of top craft beer venues – The Dove & Olive, The Keg & Brew, and The DOG Hotel – are beyond devoted to their mission of spreading the joy of great craft beer. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re celebrating Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) all year round. With 120 […]

Sing Out, Louise

Love a good show tune? Ever fantasised about leaning over a piano in a smoky bar and belting out one of your favourite musical hits to rapturous applause? Hold on to your martini, because you might just have your chance. Sing Out, Louise is overtaking Oxford Street’s Polo Lounge, the event invites the public to […]

Review: No Regrets – The Edith Piaf Story

Sydney's cabaret lovers, jazz aficionados and 'little sparrow' fanatics were offered a rare treat when Nikki Nouveau brought her Edith Piaf tribute to The Basement. Nouveau has been winning over Melbourne audiences throughout the year with No Regrets – The Edith Piaf Story. From early on in the performance, it is obvious that this is […]