Arts & Entertainment

CHARLATANS – WHO WE TOUCH

I own the Charlatans 1990 The Only One I Know single (vinyl 45), a brilliant slice of Manchester/Brit pop. It announced that The Stone Roses and the Happy Monday's had some serious baggy trouser competition. While a series of set-backs, internal and external, meant they never really got to those lofty heights, the Charlatans can […]

L.W. MAJOR – WHERE THE SUN HITS THE TRAINS

‘Big dreams and humbling reality’ is how L.W. Major describes the journey of recording his debut album, Where the Hits the Trains. I’m sure this is no overstatement for the Sydney-based musician who not only wrote all nine songs, but also independently tackled the arduous task of recording them. But it’s a good thing Major […]

THEATRE: OUR TOWN

You know that you've seen something special when the foyer is buzzing with excitement after a performance. So it was with the Sydney Theatre Company's rendition of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Set in a fictional sleepy town just outside New York at the turn of the 20th century, the play follows the lives of children from […]

THEATRE: THE BALLAD OF BACKBONE JOE

The Suitcase Royale yank their inspiration from unusual magic hats. As a band, their music hails from the swamps and tinpan alleys of USA, with shades of bluegrass Australiana. As a theatre trio, they shamelessly plunder the cultural junkyard with rag and bone zeal. For The Ballad of Backbone Joe they’ve turned to an obscure […]

THEATRE: THE TRIAL

Before he prematurely passed away from tuberculosis, Kafka exhorted his friend Max Brod to burn everything he had written, unread. Luckily for us, Brod turned out to be a disloyal friend. The Trial is one of the Bohemia-born writer’s masterworks. It sets up the prototypal Kafka-esque world of imprisonment, paranoia and absurdity, into which a hapless […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: HELLO YOU

Do you want to be charmed and entertained? Yeah! Do you want to take a journey through people’s obsessions, desires and shortcomings? Um, ok. Do you want to be vaguely violated in a weird and fun kinda way? Uhhh ... Well, if any of these spark your interest or tickle your fancy, Hello You may […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: IN THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE OF LOVE

The latest reincarnation of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tragedy is like a Cornetto, all fun and no boring bits. In the Slaughterhouse of Love: Romeo and Juliet is the theatrical lovechild of No White Elephants production team, Erica Brennan and Amanda Laing. This is the most passionate and erotic reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet yet, created by […]

MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Manhattan Short Film Festival began as a modest art-house project in 1998 when aspiring actor/director Nicholas Mason left Australian shores to pursue his craft in the Big Apple. While immersed in Manhattan's hip downtown arts scene, the resourceful Mason struck upon the idea of screening a series of short films onto the side of […]

SYDNEY FRINGE: IT’S A GUY THING

Modern cabaret is in danger of falling into bad habits - riffing on past glories, or trying too hard to be progressive and edgy. It’s a Guy Thing manages to side-step these traps and delivers a funny, challenging and emotionally intelligent show. Kobi Jae sings songs of men and masculinity, taking the audience on a […]

INTERPOL – INTERPOL

Interpol's debut album Turn On the Bright Lights was a statement in name and sound. It was fresh and vital, it harked back to classic bands like Joy Division yet moved definitely forward. Since then the band have struggled. Two solid but scratchy albums followed, and this eponymous fourth album seems to be making a […]