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Arts & Entertainment

QUIET CHAOS (CAOS CALMO)

Can a movie about grief be charming? In this case, it can, as it follows newly widowed father Pietro (Nanni Moretti) and his daughter Claudia (Blu Yoshimi). They’re both dealing with the irreversibility of death, but this is not a clear-cut tale of tragedy. (AB)

SILVERSUN PICKUPS – SWOON

Don't be fooled by the big names in the production list, or the fancy artwork, or the radio hype surrounding this new album from Silversun Pickups. It is a vapid affair, laden with high-end production tricks and by-the-book pop hooks, designed and crafted with expert hands to amount to a perfectly bankable "indie" treat. Hard […]

AU REVOIR SIMONE – STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT

Their name says it, their lyrics reiterate it: "I'm moving on / Hope your coming with me". Beneath the layers of smooth synths and antique compressed drum machines, behind the sweet, gentle little girl melodies; these are songs that tell of the hint of melancholy, the slight fear of the unknown when life moves on, […]

JONATHAN KANE – JET EAR PARTY

Jonanthan Kane – formerly a drummer in the New York band Swans – has released in to the world an instrumental album that will defy a lot of the labels thrown at it. The promo calls it “ass-thumping Americana”, elsewhere it's a “blues” album, and that kind of influence is certainly there. The title track is […]

ST VINCENT – ACTOR

St. Vincent's Actor is a beautifully crafted album – perhaps too crafted and controlled – but it exudes some stunning poise. “Just as I'm about to get bored, suddenly she busts out some choice noise,” I was told over dinner this week, and I admit I had a parallel experience. Strangers opens in the way […]

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL RETROSPECTIVE: GIRLS 24/7

Girls are front and centre in this selection of films by women directors from the 1960s up to the mid-1970s. With newly restored 35mm prints of classics like Angès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman to rarely seen films like Wings by Larisa Shepitko and Barbara Loden’s Wanda, Girls 24/7 […]

STEVE EARLE – TOWNES

Often mislabeled as a country artist, Steve Earl is three parts roots and one part rocker; and he owes all three of those roots parts to his mentor Townes Van Zandt. It is not exaggerating to say Earle idolised Van Zandt, and owes his career to the man. Having graduated from the shadow long ago, […]

SHANE WARNE THE MUSICAL

This little musical has big shoes to fill. It’s not just the tale of cricket’s most adored and maligned hero: it also follows in the footsteps of the immensely successful Keating!, which singlehandedly made musical theatre in Australia cool again. Luckily, Eddie Perfect and his team of creative merry-makers have stepped up and delivered a […]

DOUBLE BILL AT PERFORMANCE SPACE: ROSIE DENNIS AND POST

Deception, flattering, lying, deluding, talking behind the back, putting up a false front, living in borrowed splendor, wearing a mask, hiding behind convention, playing a role for others and for oneself … is so much the rule and the law among men that there is almost nothing which is less comprehensible than how an honest […]

AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM OPEN DAY

From kangaroo skeletons to live snakes, taxidermy pelicans to fossilised cicadas, butterflies to crystals and dinosaurs to DNA, The Australian Museum is home to 16 million bizarre and beautiful natural history specimens and cultural artefacts - but only 3-5% of them are on public display at any given time. The Museum’s free Open Day next […]