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Arts Features

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:52pm

You may remember flipbooks from your childhood – brief sequences of consecutive images that you rapidly flick through to invoke the illusion of movement, lying somewhere between photography and film in effect – montage theory to a tee.

 

Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of photography, film and an intrepid traveller. His show Portraits in Motion was inspired by this idea of...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Chunky Move and Malthouse Theatre’s ANTI—GRAVITY is the creative force to be reckoned with amongst the programs of Asia TOPA and Dance Massive. We talked to the Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Anouk van Dijk, about her dynamic collaboration with visual artist and filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen and their new piece reflecting the elusive, transformative nature of clouds.

 

It was the...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 12:15pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.

 

There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:13pm

There's something particularly exciting about this weekend. Of course, Golden Plains, but also the fact that come Monday your alarm will not be going off for work. Finally, it's the Labour Day Long Weekend and there's lots to keep you busy within Melbourne and it's surrounds. 

 

Ballarat Antique Fair
A small...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:20pm

As a representative body that aims to foster and develop important initiatives within the music community, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is a vital organisation for the many creatives of our nation.

 

2017 heralds the second year of their Love Live Music 60-Second Film Competition, with ARIA-nominated film director and musician Sunny Leunig taking the helm as its...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:42pm

The epic Fun Run by Melbourne participatory arts and dance company All The Queens Men, will see artist Tristan Meecham run 42 kilometres on a treadmill.

 

His performance is a homage to the Greek messenger Pheidippides, who was sent to Athens to announce the Persians’ defeat in the battle of Marathon. He ran the entire distance without stopping, delivered the news and then...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:33pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a big week for us - two Aussie releases, another US blockbuster filmed on our turf, an Iranian award-winner and a Japanese box office smash!

 

There's also ...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:48pm

What started out as a love letter to island life has blown out to an international, multi-disciplinary arts festival, with draw cards as diverse as gypsy-jazz swing quintet the Paris Combo to White Snake, a subtitled work of Chinese theatre about a bloke who falls in love with a woman who turns out to be a magic snake.

 

As the name suggests, the festival runs over ten days...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:59pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we journey back in time to a world where heroine addicts were revolutionaries, Japanese schoolgirls were terrifying, and Ice Cube still had relevance.

 

As usual, on quieter release weeks, I'll put you on to a show that's been keeping me entertained and distracted from...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:53pm

Tell us about Work-Shop and what you are looking to achieve? Have you ever had the desire to learn the ins and outs of hand lettering, wanted to make your own Kombucha or even give taxidermy a crack? Well, that’s where Work-Shop comes in. Our aim is to help you unleash your inner awesome through affordable short courses taught by a rockstar lineup of artists, makers, foodies and life experts....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:52pm

How do yoga teachers influence positive change? Once of the most important roles of a yoga teacher is to live the principals of yoga on and off the mat. They help all of us to become aware of when we are pulled away from being present in our being. By encouraging our students to cultivate a daily practise of yoga, meditation and breath, positive change will be inevitable for all.
 
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Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:49pm

Can you share a bit about your school? We offer the Creative Arts and Culture Training package from Certificate IV to Advanced diploma of Screen & Media. Our students are provided with hands on tuition in Short Film Production on up to 20 films per year, taking students from concept right through to the marketing of their films. Our facilities are industry standard and have just installed...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:47pm

Tell us about El Patio Language School. El Patio has amazing teachers, two lovely schools, helpful admin staff, student study support and lots of fun, which is the best environment for learning a language.
 
What makes Spanish such a beautiful language to learn? I think we all know about those adorable rolled Rs, those guttural G and J sounds and the incredibly hot northern Spanish...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:25pm

The American Civil War is a watershed era of US history, spawning social and cultural changes that are still unfurling to this day. As a source of story and myth, the soil is exceedingly fertile; the battles of Nashville, of Shiloh and Fort Sumter, and of course, Gettysburg.

 

The spectre of Gettysburg is a potent force in the MTC’s latest production, John. Written by Pultizer...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:05pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Oscar season is in full swing - I hope you've tuned your heart strings, 'cause they're about to get a hecka workout.

 

 

 

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Along with Moonlight, this film is leading the charge...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:05pm

How has Anton Chekhov informed Stupid Fucking Bird? Aaron Posner – the playwright of Stupid Fucking Bird – calls it a ‘sort of’ adaptation of The Seagull, and he’s quite liberal with excising chunks of plot and compressing two or more characters into one for ease of modern staging. But he’s remained intensely faithful to the essence of the story.
 
How does Chekhov's The Seagull...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:04pm

What is it? Those crafty cupids down at Punktured are offering a Valentine's deal that's so good it's worth getting hitched with your latest Tinder match to take advantage of it. In the name of love, they'll be offering a two-for-one day while dishing out a free second piercing with every piercing and aftercare product. Sparkle sparkle.
 
Who is it for? You could of course bring...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:59pm

What is the story behind Manflower Co? You know how difficult it is to find a gift for him, especially when you need something little to show your appreciation. For us girls, we have multiple options with flowers being the most popular solution as it ticks all the boxes in terms of price point, satisfaction and convenience. The ability to order online and arrange delivery makes it even more...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:04pm

Neil Hamburger is a difficult act to visualise. He's crass, angry, uncomfortable, and – in his own way - a hilariously important figure.

 

As the wonderfully tragic creation of alternative comedian Gregg Turkington, Hamburger's an unshakable satirical mirror that reflects the social intricacy and ego that comes with the world of entertainment. Turkington has been playing...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

In the trailer for Damian Walshe-Howling’s short film MESSiAH, actor David Gulpilil is seen laughing from the side of a road in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The joy in Gulpilil’s laughter immediately hooks in the viewer; you can see why Walshe-Howling wrote the script for MESSiAH with Gulpilil in mind.

 

“I had heard about this international film competition...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:36pm

The City of Stonnington is sending off the summer in style with a series of shows that marry Broadway, opera and symphony across three exciting nights with The Classics.

 

Opening the series with Opera, the next installment, Broadway is sure to entertain, with a show dedicated to the heroines, divas and vixens of musical theatre. They’ve enlisted some big guns in the musical...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 4:06pm

It's difficult to comprehend the sheer evolutionary magnitude of a decade. 2006 was a strange time - an era where technological advancement was integrating with our social backdrop at a rate more rapid than ever. No one could have predicted how irreversibly our day-to-day lives would change. Social networking was fast becoming a viable reality, the...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:17pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases, and oh boy are there a lot of reasons to be a grouchy fella at this very mo.

 

As it's a quiet week, your bonus is a Netflix Original that I've thoroughly enjoyed, therefore you better thoroughly enjoy it or I'll come to your house and I will cut you.

 

Also, shout out...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:05pm

 

What is it? MOVE is a hot yoga studio located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Founded on a passion for yoga, healthy living and a balanced lifestyle.
 
Why were you inspired to create it? MOVE was born from a desire to create a space for like-minded people in the CBD to practise, revitalise and nourish.
 
How does your studio foster a sense of community? Simply...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:06pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a goddamn glorious week, you guys. Look at this friggin' lineup!

 

The two most critically acclaimed flicks of the week are African-American stories with majority black casts; Batfleck has freed himself (momentarily) from the Justice League; a long-lost pariah returns with A...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:01pm

 

Tell us about your show. The LGBTIQ Sports Festival is the single largest annual event of its kind in Australia and brings together LGBTIQ  sporting and recreation clubs for the ultimate come and try day. Supported and funded by Maribyrnong City Council, the Sports Festival will provide countless free sessions for individuals and groups interested in sport and recreation within the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:59pm

 

What is your show about? The exhibition features a video work that reflects on feminine identity expression by queer women that I know. It’s somewhat of a stereotype that lesbians and queer women express their gender identity as what might be considered androgynous, masculine or butch. But there are also those that feel most authentic when they express their gender in more...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:23pm

‘Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth is an erotic yet profound stageplay unlocking the ancient prostitute.

 

When attending a live production, you hope to be wooed by stage grandeur and expertise, captured by the narrative however flippant or solemn it may be. The Victorian Opera’s newest work ‘Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 5:15pm

Last week, journalists from around Australia strapped on their cameras and flocked to film Melbourne’s homeless community with all the detached curiosity usually reserved for violent car crashes or spree killings. The tennis was used as the excuse for the intrusion, with reporters arguing that the transient community represented a blemish on the otherwise unsullied reportage of the Australian...

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