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Arts Features

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 8:20pm

Acclaimed artist and composer Dylan Sheridan has been praised for his sonically arresting and visually surreal live performances. Reigning from across the Bass Strait, the Tasmanian talent is returning to Melbourne for this year's Next Wave Festival and is bringing his brand new piece, The Horse, along for the ride.

 

“It’s a real sort of concerto for saxophone,” says Sheridan on...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 10:21pm

Australia’s longest running publicly owned short film festival is back for it’s 33rd year and is set to start rolling next Thursday night. The St Kilda Film Festival offers up a ten-day program including Australia’s Top 100 Short Films, the music videos of SoundKILDA, a filmmaker development program and various free events in between. According to the festival’s director, Paul Harris,...

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 11:51am

Conceptual artist Elizabeth Surtees launches her debut exhibition, Perceptions, this week. Over the past five years, the Melbourne-based Surtees has gained renown as a freelance make-up artist, but in 2014 she began to experiment with more overtly expressive art forms. OK look, we’d like to say we discovered Surtees’ work thanks to our on-the-ground surveillance of Melbourne’s visual arts...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 11:51am

If you’re hanging for a different kind of night out, karaoke is definitely the way to go. Melbourne is a hot-spot for karaoke bars, with plenty dotted all over the city. So if you’re up for something a a little adventurous and potentially (read: most definitely) embarrassing, why don’t you and your mates pour out a glass and pick up the mic? It's all here with Beat's Guide to Melbourne's Best...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:24pm

All India Bakchod are the most famous name in Indian comedy, but this week’s Melbourne performance marks their debut Australian outing. Two members of the four-man collective, Rohan Joshi and Tanmay Bat, have been to Australia previously. Though, it wasn’t for the purpose of performing subversive, politically potent comedy.

 

“Two years ago Tanmay and I came down and we did some...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:22pm

Curators are the new black. At least, that's how it seems of late. The voice of the curator has rarely been more recognised than in today's cultural climate. As a result, it's pretty neat having Next Wave's Georgie Meagher sit down and discuss the shape of the 2016 festival, and what people can expect from this celebration of the unexpected.

 

“I think the whole idea of the...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:20pm

Australian video artists Xanthe Dobbie and Tiyan Baker have launched themselves into the cyber-galaxy of YouTube to reveal the on and offline lives of six of the country’s biggest YouTube celebrities, crafting installations to run as part of the Next Wave Festival. We caught up with co-creator Xanthe Dobbie, for an insight into her process and creativity.

 

Q: How did you come up...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 9:14pm

While Daniel Tobias isn't exactly talking penis jokes, he is talking balls. The twist, however, is that this is comedy springing from near tragedy, after Tobias was diagnosed with stage four testicular cancer. Stage five is death. Spoiler: he lives! And thus was born the hilarious one-man show, The Orchard and the Crow.

 

“I'm finding there are new things all the time,” Tobias...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 3:11pm

All trailers must go! Dear readers, your beloved TL;DR will be taking a month-long sabbatical over the course of May, but fret not! Do you really think I'd leave you bereft of any access to trailers, release info and snappily-worded if unsolicited opinions for a whole month? I'm not a monster, you guys.

 

So here for your delectation and delight is every flipping movie coming out...

Posted 2 May 2016 @ 4:21pm

La Bohème is soon to arrive on the southern shores after years of fairly outrageous success at the Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne will at last get to see why Puccini's masterpiece has become such a celebrated production. To lead us into the tragic opera (first performed in 1896), Opera Australia's artistic director Lyndon Terracini delves deep into what makes Bohème tick, and in the process...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 2:53pm

For four years, Bella de Jac has been perfecting the art of burlesque, with her hard work and talent gaining her the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia in 2015. Now, with a group of Australia's finest, she's bringing the wonder to Melbourne with Crowned and Dangerous: the Miss Burlesque & Mr. Boylesque Australia 2016 Victory Lap Tour.

 

"It was always unexpected, because...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 1:12pm

It’s a simple pleasure to us all. Whether you’re pit-stopping midway through an elongated road-trip or you have half-an-hour to kill before meeting up with a friend or beginning work, stumbling across a hidden thrifty surprise never fails to enthuse. They are often tucked away in the most unbeknownst locations that not even the most clued in of locals would be aware of. That's why we've put...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 12:18pm

For four years, Bella de Jac has been perfecting the art of burlesque, with her hard work and talent gaining her the coveted Miss Burlesque Australia in 2015. Now, with a group of Australia's finest, she's bringing the wonder to Melbourne with Crowned and Dangerous: the Miss Burlesque & Mr. Boylesque Australia 2016 Victory Lap Tour.

 

"It was always unexpected, because...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 11:47am

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is commonly noted as the writer of To This Day, a self-reflection piece that strips away an emotional veneer, revealing his personal experiences as a child. However, his profound ideals often land in his wider-scoped surroundings, allowing audiences to experience an emotional journey and to accept it as the norm. Drawing inspiration from a range of sources,...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 10:13am

“It’s been dear to me for a very long time,” says award-winning actor and performer Brent Hill. He’s talking about Little Shop of Horrors, the musical revival directed by Dean Bryant and choreographed by Andrew Hallsworth. Hill plays the lead, Seymour – a character nerdy in the old-fashioned sense – who works as an assistant in a flower shop while fostering a love with Audrey (played by Esther...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 9:38pm

Beat talks to Jessica Hogg who’s bringing PhotoMarathon, a nine hour open access photography competition, to Melbourne. When Hogg moved here from the UK, it was obvious to her that the event was perfect for Melbourne – so she decided to make it happen.

 

“I was involved in the event twice back in UK," says Hogg. “PhotoMarathon seemed like something that Melbourne ought to have....

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 7:50pm

Jez Butterworth's The River arrives as a mysterious play about a man and a woman who sneak away to a secluded cabin to go fly fishing in the moonlight. But, as in all good dramas, things might not be what they seem.

 

Red Stitch Theatre has previously brought two other Butterworth plays to the stage, The Night Heron and The Winterling. Red Stitch’s version is directed by John...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:50pm

Welcome to the Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the last mammoth week of April, and Marvel is calling DC's all-in. The combined universes are here, ladies and gents, and here to stay.

 

Unlike me - I'll be jetting off for the next month and TL;DR will be taking a sabbatical. Fear not, dear readers, for I shall soon gift thee...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 11:24pm

It’s ironic that Jefferies would be performing in Melbourne around the time of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, while not actually performing as part of it. He’s Australian comedy’s most un-Australian Australian, so of course his contribution would be separate. Before Australians could get a taste of Jefferies’ emerging joviality, he had taken his shtick overseas. Nowadays, things...

Posted 23 Apr 2016 @ 10:34pm

Beat talks to Mark Leonard Winter and Robin McLeavy, the two leads of the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of  Miss Julie, directed by Kip Williams. August Strindberg’s 1888 play is set on Midsummer's Eve on the estate of a Count in Sweden....

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:59pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. As the mid-year releases tend to come in uneven spurts, I've decided to let a couple of next week's premieres sneak in early and get a mention today.

 

This week's newcomers are...

Posted 18 Apr 2016 @ 11:21am

I recently took a hour-long time-out from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to indulge in a spot of house hunting. Chatting with a prospective flatmate, I went over the highlights and lowlights of the festival and, eventually, we stumbled upon an intriguing question: what sort of person do you have to be to pursue comedy? I left the house ruminating on the subject, as...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:47pm

In 2000 Paul Elliot, founder of Polyester Records and Polyester Books, was interviewed by triple j after his presentation on censorship at the Young Writers’ Festival. Elliot, never afraid to speak his defiantly libertarian mind, was characteristically critical of the Commonwealth Customs agency’s modus operandiand cultural awareness. “I said something like, ‘These customs officers aren’t that...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:25pm

 

When Jack Gleeson first hinted at leaving acting for film and television, it seemed to be the only thing everyone could talk about. For some, it seemed like he was turning his back on Hollywood. And so when the moment of his untimely demise as King Joffrey Baratheon in the fourth season of Game of Thrones came, one question loomed large ­– what next?
 
When it comes to the...

Posted 16 Apr 2016 @ 11:22pm

The mile. It’s an elusive phenomenon in contemporary athletics talk and has been aloof from major championship track and field competitions for almost 50 years. It remains the only imperial distance where the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) hold an official world record and is perceived as one of the most difficult track running distances. The enigma embodies a...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 6:23pm

The Melbourne Showgrounds are set to welcome some of the world’s finest animated and non-animated screen-gods to its residence for the 2016 Supanova Pop Culture Expo. There will be Game of Thrones, there will be Smallville and even Ginny Weasley will be popping in. With so much to look forward to, here’s our tips for your Supanova weekend.

 

 

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Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:27pm

Look, let's get down to brass tacks here. If you'd asked me a week ago who the Pajama Men were, I would have stood there silently imaging some 1950s' Doctor Who storyline while you got slowly creeped out about why I was staring intently into middle distance. I'll certainly never look at pyjamas, or the men who love them, the same way again. Shenoah Allen dips into the foundation of the...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:16pm

Widely lauded comedian Paul Foot has touched down in Australia for his upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows. He spoke with Beat on the meeting point between religion and surrealism, his plans for the rest of the year and his favourite Comedy Festival moments.

 

Q:  Your current festival show is described as a highlight reel of the best bits of your previous...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:10pm

In September 2014, the Hellenic Museum launched its Gods, Myths & Mortals exhibition. Slated to stay on display until 2024, Gods, Myths & Mortals is made up of many precious Greek antiquities, including pottery, statues, figurines, jewellery, weaponry and icon paintings, all on loan from the Benaki Museum in Athens. The artefacts span 8000 years of Greek history, dating from the...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 10:07pm

They’re real, you guys. I saw one. With my own human eyes. On a dance floor. At the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras After Party, no less. They’re real.

 

I spotted my friend Jake from a distance and walked through the sweaty throng to hug him and say hello. I hadn’t seen him since last Mardi Gras. He was wearing overalls over a bare chest. Fair enough. 
 
Jake...

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