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Arts Features

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 9:45pm

When Beat speaks to Stewart Reeve, also known as Diamond, he’s just recovering from a cold. “It could be worse," says the host of Dracula’s Terror Byte show. As well as hosting the night Reeve performs stand-up and is also the lead vocalist in the brilliant cabaret show.

 

Reeve has just been made cast manager for the Dracula’s team. Not a bad trajectory for a performer who only...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 8:16pm

 

Hi Alex. Your acclaimed cabaret covers the life and talents of Meryl Streep - what drew you to use her as subject matter?
I found it to be an easy choice. Meryl represents all that is good and holy. She’s almost other worldly she's that good. Quickly she became the vessel for a story of a 17 year old girl who feels out of place in her own life but through her love of Meryl...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 7:55pm

 

Can you tell us a little bit about Manxious and what you'll be doing in the performance?
Manxious is about everyone’s most hated modern day moment when in a post-romantic rendezvous haze you sit there waiting for a reply text message. It’s the story of my love life, but it’s anyone and everyone who has ever had a fling and lived to tell their anxiety riddled tale.
What are...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 3:07pm

The circus is back in town. Though, in contrast to previous years, the Melbourne launch of the new Circus Oz show isn’t doubling as the world premiere. Entitled Twentysixteen, the show has been ready since April, with the cast embarking on a regional Victorian tour that took in Warrnambool, Horsham and Mildura. Then, feeling sufficiently warmed up, in May Circus Oz made its way to Sao Paulo,...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:22pm

Hi there Charlotte! Can you give us a rundown of your Melbourne Cabaret Festival show, 26 & Under?
Sure! The show is basically about being a “young person” and what that means. It’s made up of experiences from my own life that are hopefully very relatable.
 
Could you tell us a bit about the music you'll be bringing to the show?
Myself, accompanist Greg Lavell, and...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:20pm

A life drawing class in a cabaret show, The Naked Truth is a performance touting itself as ‘part portrait-in-song, part art class'. Beat has a chat to Perth-based performer Taryn Ryan about the show she’s bringing to the 2016 Melbourne Cabaret Festival, which came about after the WAPA musical theatre graduate took up modelling for life drawing classes in her first year of study.

 

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Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:12pm

Sam Simmons has long been recognised as an eccentric, which could suggest that he don’t care what people think of him. But of course Simmons is a professional entertainer, so it’s essential for people to think positively or remain curious for his job to continue. However, when performing his latest show Not A People Person at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, he offered a...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 6:05pm

Don’t let Imogen Spendlove’s age deter you. Fifteen years isn’t a lot of time, but this youngster has managed to cram a slew of achievements into her short life, and they are only continuing to roll in. With over seven and a half million combined views on her YouTube channel, slots on national television singing competitions, and a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most promising young singers...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 5:52pm

Blood on the Dance Floor calls itself a work about the need to love and be loved. It’s also about place, blood lines and the experience of being gay, blak and HIV positive. Blood on the Dance Floor, presented with Ilbijerri Theatre Company, is a multi-disciplinary work involving theatre, text and image as well as choreography. Beat speaks to choreographer Mariaa Randall, a Bundjalung woman...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 7:47pm

In 1935, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev composed a ballet based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While the ballet continues to be performed around the world, the music’s communicable capacity isn’t dependent on the adjoining dance performance or the play’s narrative. Rather, it’s a universally adored score that’s now seen as one of the crowning achievements in the 20th century...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 1:28pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. That's right, we're back! After May's trailer BONANZA, I'm reining this beast in to a sedate and reasonable pace at five films a week, as is tradition.

 

American summer releases are slowing down, and June's off to a...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 5:19pm

Sebastian Maniscalco is a multi-dimensional comedian, whose comedy tends to focus on absurd, silly or incongruous everyday activities, specifically relating to contemporary America. Within this framework, he includes details of his upbringing and illustrates his own temperament – particularly his inclination towards anger and taking a negative view on things. And indeed, while he’s best known...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 5:15pm

Opening at Arts House this June, Mira Fuchs is an expressive dance piece that asks a lot of questions. Created by interdisciplinary performance artist Melanie Jame Wolf, it draws on an eight-year period she spent working as a stripper in a gentlemen’s club. Unsurprisingly, Wolf was initially hesitant to speak openly about this phase of her life.

 

“For a long time I was very wary...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 10:27am

Trivia nights can be a time to excavate the mental cobwebs, chew some fat and recompense from your intellectual shortfalls a week earlier. The first question is unveiled and everyone admits they’ve done their homework as the intimidation game takes its first stride. Eyes dart across the room in uncertainty as swindlers attempt to lip read or eavesdrop those more intelligent a few paces away....

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 4:57pm

Anyone that's ever watched a film by Martin Scorsese knows that he loves to unite his love for both music and film. Pick up any title from his impressive directorial catalogue and you'll find a cornucopia of amazing tracks and scores. To celebrate both ACMI's SCORSESE exhibition their screening of Scorsese's Vinyl – his latest project about the music industry in the 1970s - we've chosen five...

Posted 22 May 2016 @ 7:05pm

The music video is a cherished art form, capable of captivating the imagination and enhancing the experience of your favourite tracks. In celebration of their creation, the St Kilda Film Festival presents SoundKILDA – a large and loud viewing of the best clips moulded by contemporary Australian creatives. Melbourne director and producer, Alex Badham is just one of the talents who’ll have their...

Posted 22 May 2016 @ 7:02pm

Martin Scorsese is a titan of American cinema, and the huge Scorsese exhibition opening at ACMI next week is a must-see for film lovers of all stripes. Alongside manifold archival curiosities, the exhibition contains an equally-appealing series of programs, such as the Essential Scorsese screenings and the Scorsese Film Club, which is hosted by ACMI's Head of Film Programs James Hewison.

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Posted 20 May 2016 @ 10:39am

Melbourne is one of the most prolific cities in the world when it comes to record stores. Each month, new eclectic vinyl outlets are opening up all over the city. April saw the opening of Special Request Vinyl Record Bar in Coburg while Rocksteady Records is expected to open sometime this month on Lonsdale Street. To everyone’s admission, searching for that rare Ty Segall Cents 7 inch or King...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 6:36pm

A curious standout of this year’s Next Wave programme is Desert Body Creep,an experimental dance piece where the movement relates to a worm feasting on the remains of human values and cultural achievements. It sounds like a grotesque and dystopian premise, but via the decomposition process, the worm actually makes way for cultural transformation. OK, it’s a complex conceptual foundation, but...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:23pm

 

If your eye is regularly drawn to objects that are eclectic, distinctive and handmade with love, look no further than the Finders Keepers Market. A bi-annual three day market that features over 250 art and design stalls, the Finders Keepers Market is renowned across the country for selling a range of exquisite wares, spanning fashion, jewellery, accessories, art, textiles, stationary...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:20pm

 

Hi there. Who are we speaking to and what do you do for the Belgrave Big Dreams Market?
My name is Dee Appleton and I'm the Founder and Manager of The Big Dreams Market.
 
Can you tell us about some of the specialty wares you have on offer?
We have a very diverse range of stalls including bespoke timber furniture, handcrafted leather works, amazing jewellery,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:18pm

 

 Hi there. Who are you and what do you do for the Fitzroy Market?
My name is Fiona and I am the creator of the Fitzroy Market. I also manage the market.
 
What speciality wares have you got on offer?
All the 75 stalls at the Fitzroy Market have to be pre-loved or handmade. Plus we have a bit of everything – loads of plants, vinyl, vintage cameras, Turkish towels...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:15pm

After seven years and a whopping 357 market days, the iconic Mulgrave Markets shall be celebrating their birthday with a massive Party Market on Sunday May 22. With over a hundred stalls of fresh food and handmade craft stalls, live music, kids entertainment and even a dog parade, it's set to be a day jam-packed with fun. For market manager Sue Brown, it's a passion and a delight.

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Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:12pm

 

The St Kilda Esplanade Market is set against the iconic backdrop of St Kilda Beach. It's a vibrant makers market that features over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, screen printed t-shirts, wood products, jewellery from gold and silver to pearls and opals, bags, hats and a delicious new foodie zone. An inspiring weekly destination for Melburnians and tourists alike. Open...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:11pm

The Dandenong Market has a longer history than most – having run for over 150 years, dating back to 1866. Beat had a chance to chat with the current General Manager of the Dandenong Market, Jennifer Hibbs, whose role is integral in the running of the community favourite.

 

“It’s a big job,” says Hibbs. “We have 200 market traders spread throughout 8,000 square metres – and 100,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 9:00pm

Wednesdays through to Saturdays on Melbourne’s north are always a buzz thanks to one of Darebin's oldest and most revered hallmarks, the Preston Market. This multicultural hub has been offering the community top quality produce, meat, deli items, bakery goods, clothing and more on these days for nearly half a century, and as market receptionist and operations manager Aylin Aloski explains,...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:55pm

Hi there. Who are we speaking with and what can you tell us about your market?
Hello there. You are speaking with Dee of Wild About Melbourne Pop Up Makers Market.
 
Where does Wild About Melbourne usually appear?
We are a pop up Makers Market, but we do have our regular haunts. We favour the Darebin suburbs of Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir. You'll find us...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:43pm

Hey there. What's your name and what do you do for A Plus Market?
My name is Erin. I am the founder, creator, organiser, marketer and everything in between for A Plus Market. Focusing on empowering women to make sustainable and ethical fashion decisions, through A Plus Market I aim to promote alternatives to mainstream throw away fashion. Reduce, reuse and be fashionable is my mantra....

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:27pm

Melbourne Independent theatre company, The DIG Collective, want to have a chat. They don’t care if the subject matter is difficult, all they care about is that the chat happens, and it happens right. The company’s latest work, DoubleSpeak, is a play surrounding the art of conversation, and challenging ones at that. DoubleSpeak hones in on the mode of language and how using...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:24pm

From Shutter Island to Goodfellas and Taxi Driver to Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese is the man behind some of the most seminal films of recent times, seemingly permanently branded into pop culture consciousness. With ACMI's forthcoming comprehensive exhibition,  the life's work of the celebrated auteur will be delved into and explored. Curator Kristina Jasper takes us into the world of...

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