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Arts Features

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 11:36am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, everyone wisely backs off the major releases, because the alpha is in the house and hungry for box office dolla$.

 

That's right, folks: for those still not suffering from costumed-hero fatigue, Benadryl Cumberbund...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 4:08pm

Need somewhere to spend your Halloween weekend? Don't have a costume yet? Beat's got you covered.

 

LuWOW
Before the curtain comes down on Melbourne's favourite tropical tiki lounge bar, The LuWOW is gearing up for one extra spooktacular Halloween. On Friday October 28, a huge celebration of Quentin Tarantino's 1996...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:44pm

Who are we speaking to and how are you involved in the exhibition?
We are Tony and Janet Peake the owners of Kustom Lane Gallery, a family runLowbrow Art Gallery that we established in 2007.We are hosting the exhibition Kona Kustom Kulture, the art of Brad ‘Tiki Shark’ Parker. We have been selling Brad's art in the gallery for the past seven years.
 
What should visitors...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 1:13pm

Sorry God, you were relegated to Fleur Kilpatrick's laptop trash can. “I very briefly wrote in God in one draft, God said about three lines and I wrote God out again”, the award-winning playwright tells Beat of her latest work.

 

Bible stories have captured her imagination in recent times, with Kilpatrick currently writing her way through a trilogy of plays about religion and...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:03pm

“Sisters and brothers, welcome to the Great Southern Land, welcome to Australia,”  so proclaim The Wiggles, just some of Welcome to Australia's group of high-profile ambassadors. 

 

Refugees and asylum seekers have surely got to be right up there with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as the most contentious arrivals to Australia, at least since the days of the Tampa crisis in 2001. ...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 12:42pm

From a humble beginning on frozen ponds in Montreal Canada, choreographer Alexandre Hamel grew tired of the rhinestones, bright lights and score cards of the figure skating industry. Searching for more, he risked it all to break the ice and founded Le Patin Libre - the world’s first and only contemporary ice skating company.

 

“I started ice skating when I was three-years-old....

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 2:30pm

Melbourne, can you feel that? Is that – yep, I think it is – sunshine? This weather is about to take a turn for the better. I can feel it in my bones, plus the barometer I got as a communion present from my Nonna when I was 14 is telling me the same thing. Thanks Nonna, and thanks Melbourne. To celebrate this newfound glorious sun, we've put together the very best places in Melbourne that you...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 3:40pm

It's a remarkably busy time in the world of Holly Throsby, who is doing a daring balancing act between the various roles in her world. She's a doting mother to a young daughter – “She's almost two now, and she's really hilarious,” Throsby laughs. She's a singer/songwriter, working incrementally on a new album with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann as Seeker Lover Keeper. On top of all of that,...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 9:55am

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One movie for every day of the week this time around. 

 

There's more Tom Hanks than you can poke a global conspiracy at this year, but there's also brand new Aussie drama, real crime, three-quarters of the Ghostbusters, and the return of three masters - Almodóvar, Anno and Chan....

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:43pm

Hey. Who are we speaking to and what do you do for CERES?
Hi, this is Beck. I manage the CERES Organic Grocery at CERES Environment Park. 
 
Tell us about some of the produce and other market offerings that CERES has on offer for Melburnians. 
We source organic, seasonal produce from local farmers and from the organic wholesale market. We also stock a large range of...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:42pm

Tell us about some of the specialty items Wild About Melbourne has on offer. Are you bringing anything new to the this installment?
There are new and fabulous makers coming to our markets, plus some returning favourites. Our Thornbury market will once again be tantalised by the world's most delicious salted caramel fudge by SMALT. Plus the ladies at the Bowls Club make a delicious...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:40pm

As the second biggest market in Melbourne, the Dandenong Market has long been considered a fixture of community life. Founded in 1866, it started off auctioning livestock but has now developed into a destination for foodies who are searching for the finest quality food and bargain hunters who want to procure unique items. The market will celebrate its 150th anniversary by hosting the Jubilee...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:21pm

“It was never ever done under the cover of darkness. It was always done in broad daylight, bold as brass. And this isn't like today, it's not like these fucking artists running around London or Melbourne or any of these other cities where it's pretty much accepted, short of doing it naked and pissing on a portrait of the Queen it would be difficult to get yourself in trouble. So this is a time...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 12:05pm

In today’s society, children are seldom granted authority over their adult constituency and are often unable to exhibit their true offering. As a result, Canadian organisation Mammalian Diving Reflex have devised a plan to manipulate the adult-child hierarchy with a ground-breaking exercise. Haircuts by Children is as simple and as hazardous as it sounds – an exercise which turns the tables...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 11:01am

In 2000, Clinton Walker dropped his three-pronged attack: a book, film and CD bundle named Buried Country. The trio of works were linked in their desire to unearth and document the history of Indigenous music in Australia, tracing the art form from its early beginnings all the way through to its contemporary incarnation. To that end, as both an exhaustive study of an underexposed style and a...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:34am

“Poetry holds a mirror to society, and shows what that society is going through. It’s authentic and truthful, and yes, sometimes dark, but that was the basis for Ancient Rain.” Filled with excitement over the world premiere of Ancient Rain, Camille O’Sullivan sounds like she’s singing at all times; her melodic voice floats around as she talks about the raw and honest part that poetry plays in...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:31am

Who says David Bowie is dead? It certainly doesn’t feel like he is. Spend any time talking to one of the musician’s many devoted fans and it’s almost like the man has simply taken a long overdue vacation. He’s distant, rather than gone, and there’s the palpable sense that he might still be able to surprise us – as though a new album might drop any day.

 

Indeed, only recently it...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:28am

It's a remarkably busy time in the world of Holly Throsby, who is doing a daring balancing act between the various roles in her world. She's a doting mother to a young daughter – “She's almost two now, and she's really hilarious,” Throsby laughs. She's a singer/songwriter, working incrementally on a new album with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann as Seeker Lover Keeper. On top of all of that,...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:26am

Lady Eats Apple is the largest-scale production to ever come out of Geelong’s subversive Back to Back Theatre. It’s one of the flagship events on this year’s Melbourne Festival programme, which speaks to the theatre’s reputation for presenting ambitious works of immersive theatre. During a week of performances at Hamer Hall, Lady Eats Apple endeavours to be transformative in more ways than one...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:24am

It would be safe to assume that you've never seen dance quite like Attendance before. The first in the three-part exploratory choreography series Thank You for Coming: Attendance shatters expectations with its experimental theatrics and abstract approach to movement. The boundary-pushing approach in exploring the vastness of human connection comes from the creative mind of choreographer and...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:21am

It's hard to imagine a concept like secret music. So ubiquitous is music these days, we have it blaring in our earbuds, streaming down the internet, booming through shopping malls; it's used liberally in film, TV and advertising. Driving in our cars, we have the radio on. Hanging out at home, stereo on. In this multi-media world of ours, we can access music whenever and wherever we want to and...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:19am

Gravity is an essential component of the work of a circus performer, and an element Canadian dance makers, Les 7 Doigts De La Main, aim to challenge and explore in their latest production, Triptyque.

 

Transcending beyond the common understanding of movement, the show will take audience members on a two-hour journey, demonstrating the sheer strength and unique capabilities of the...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:13am

British-German theatre renegades Gob Squad will be gracing Melbourne with a very special twist on a classic work of literature. They'll be performing an interactive interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's seminal masterpiece War and Peace, but as the collective's Sean Patten describes it, this may prove to be an experience you've never seen before.

 

"I think anyone who's expecting to...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 11:07am

Melbourne Festival is here, and you best believe it's bigger than ever. We've sifted through the immersive program to offer some of our top picks. 

 

Les Tambours de Feu 

 

Drums, pyrotechnics and brazen passion come together in Les Tambours de Feu, a spectacular free event...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 1:54pm

With The Polished Man founder, Elliot Costello.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about the origins and goals of The Polished Man?
Polished Man originated from a trip I took to visit a project partner Hagar International in Cambodia. One evening, I met a young girl named Thea. Due to our language barrier, we played naughts and crosses and other games for hours. At the end of...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 1:01pm

The premise of The Money is simple. Presented by UK theatre company Kaleider, the show involves a group of audience members engaged in a discussion about how to spend a certain amount of money. They must reach a unanimous decision by the end of the night or else the money carries over to the next show. And that’s it. It’s so simple that it seems impossible to guarantee each show will be an...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:00pm

Spontaneity is an invaluable tool for keeping theatre performances fresh and captivating, and this is particularly the case when it comes comedy. Tourette’s syndrome makes UK theatre-maker Jess Thom neurologically unable to stay on script, which means unpredictability and spontaneity are rampantly present in her show Backstage in Biscuit Land.

 

Biscuit Land will have its...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 12:57pm

Generally speaking, mainstream movies and television don’t do the world’s best job of accurately portraying the lived experience of people with disabilities or the deaf community. While there are some notable exceptions – it’s been far and few between. The Other Film Festival (TOFF) kicked off in 2004 to rectify this imbalance and has run every two years since, featuring local and...

Posted 19 Sep 2016 @ 7:36pm

Melbourne Festival is back for 2016, bringing with it a plethora of brilliant performances for you to sink your teeth into. From cutting edge drama and thought provoking theatre to reality-bending circus and dance, there's something for everyone in this year's program. That's why we're breaking the program down to offer up some of our top picks. But remember, this isn't a be all and end all....

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 11:41am

Melbourne-based director, writer and actor Nathan Hill is no stranger to the power of cinema. His works encapsulate the pure thrill, shock and excitement of independent genre-filmmaking, and his latest sensation Revenge Of The Gweilo has the honour of closing this year's Melbourne Underground Film Festival. 

 

"I don't write a film that looks like a sci-fi blockbuster on paper...

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