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Arts Features

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 8:31pm

 

Billy Blue is an iconic, inspirational space where ideas flourish. They've earned a reputation for creating graduates who push boundaries and challenge conventions. As a leading design college for almost thirty years and purpose built design facilities in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Billy Blue takes pride in providing a learning environment where students can experiment and...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 8:24pm

 

Cosmopoli’French immersion courses are designed in an innovative way to promote French culture while helping Francophiles develop excellent communication skills. Each week, their students are exposed to new cultural experiences such as French film classics, food and dining, French television, music and art through to fashion, styling and meeting with French native speakers - all...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 7:00pm

 

InLanguage is Melbourne’s boutique language school, specialising in teaching Italian, Spanish and French. Located in the historic fire station in Abbotsford, the school not only offers a range of trained and experienced native speaking teachers, but is also quick to reach from the city. Focusing on the student's needs, the classes at inLanguage Boutique are personal, engaging and fun...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 6:53pm

The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn recently celebrated its first birthday in style, with cheap tickets, flowing beer and pumping jazz. For cinema owner Eddie Tamir, it's been a passion and a pleasure. What started as a pet project two years ago to revitalise a "crazy, old building" has turned into one of the coolest attractions in town.

 

Despite Tamir's enthusiasm, it hasn't been easy...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 5:30pm

The phrase “run down by drunken taxicabs of Absolute Reality” is one of the many instances of stream of consciousness genius located within Allen Ginsberg’s 1955 poem, Howl. It’s also the birthplace of the name for pianist Darrin Archer’s jazz accompaniment to the poem. Drunken Taxicabs of Absolute Reality: Howl to Music was commissioned for the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival in 2013. In late...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 4:15pm

People of Melbourne, our resident astrologists have dug out their moonstones and looked into the future once more. Only this time, something bizarre happened. Thom spilled a bit of his Friday arvo pie onto it, and the destiny of millions was subsequently altered. Regardless, they have some grave insights to share regarding your weekend. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty. All will be revealed...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 11:45am

I don’t think it’s any secret that professional wrestling isn’t ‘real’ per se, but it doesn’t try to be, and I’m pretty sure that’s why it’s so misunderstood. 

 

Wrestling is like a television show, with overarching plots and recurring characters, good guys, and bad guys. But instead of being carefully edited and then downloaded to view on a laptop screen, it...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 2:44pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a big week for European cinema, further compounding the #Bregret of more than half of England as they realise the BBC can't do everything.

 

It's election week -...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 9:22pm

Lately, there’s been no escaping the all-conquering sketch comedy troupe Aunty Donna. The infamously energetic jesters have enjoyed a busy 2016, boasting multiple web series and a sold out Melbourne International Comedy Festival season.

 

“There were some periods there where it just didn’t stop,” explains Mark Bonanno of their hectic schedule. “We try to write a new hour, a new...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 12:49pm

Well, here we are again.  It’s election time and that means if you’re over 18, and registered on the electoral roll, you have to bloody well vote or else you can be fined.  By most accounts, the general public lost interest early in the eight-year election campaign.  In the last week or so we’ve seen the return of the time-honoured scare campaign: the ALP’s ‘Medicare will be privatised’ and...

Posted 25 Jun 2016 @ 5:20pm

The masterful Pierre Ulric will be packing mystery, mirth and mayhem when he arrives for a slew of dates to this year's Melbourne Magic Festival. The Québécois-born illusionist has 25 years of passion, 20 years of stage experience, three passports, a thousand skills, countless acclaim and one beautifully enigmatic extravaganza.

 

"I try and get that little moment," Ulric says. "...

Posted 25 Jun 2016 @ 5:18pm

Over eight seasons, RuPaul's Drag Race has grown from a relatively low budget, niche reality show to quite possibly the biggest influence on the current world of drag culture. It has been responsible for discovering talents that (at least in the LGBT world) are now household names. Battle of the Seasons brings together some of the fiercest queens, the tightest tucks and the largest wigs the...

Posted 24 Jun 2016 @ 12:45pm

Let’s hope your fly is not undone, your body odour is not too strong, or your garlic-breath doesn’t prolong, because you’re going on a date and the last thing you need is to make a poor first impression. That’s why Beat has put together a guide to Melbourne’s best dating ideas – and it's not the usual schmaltzy crap. 

 

 
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Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 7:44pm

Sri Lankan-born comedic powerhouse Dilruk Jayasinha will be performing this week at the Emerge In Yarra Festival, a week-long celebration of the rich cultural diversity the Yarra area has to offer. "It's awesome," Jayasinha says. "I did it last year and it was an absolute blast. It's just a really, really cool thing that they've put together, and I'm so excited that they asked me to come back...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 7:41pm

It began as a humble side project. But ten years and an incredible amount of talent and creativity later, musical comedy act The Axis Of Awesome are continuing to kick goals worldwide. While the group Jordan Raskopoulos, Benny Davis and Lee Naimo – can’t quite believe it’s been a decade of songs and laughs already, they’re stoked to be holding down a ten year celebration show in Melbourne this...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 1:24pm

People of Melbourne, our resident astrologists have dug out their moonstones and looked into the future. They have some grave insights to share regarding your weekend. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty. All will be revealed below...  

 

 

 

BY THOM PARRY AND ERIN McCONCH 

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....

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