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Arts Features

Posted 12 Apr 2016 @ 2:31pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Sadly, we can't say this will be the last week we'll ever have to mention the Divergent series, because distribution models for young adult sagas are effing stupid.

 

Never fear...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 11:00am

I first caught Josh McConville several years ago in what turned out to be, hands down, the funniest theatrical show I’ve ever seen.

 

It was called Noises Off, and saw McConville emerge with a Sydney Theatre Award for his performance. Now he has not one but two Sydney Theatre Company productions under way. As his role in Tom Stoppard’s remarkable Arcadia wraps, he moves deftly...

Posted 7 Apr 2016 @ 9:53am

Stoners don’t exactly have a reputation for being on time – probably the explanation for why Australia’s likely first ‘stoner food’ café, D’Munchies, had a low-key launch to a handful of people, despite causing a social media stir on Tuesday.

 

In typical stoner fashion, however, within five minutes of the ribbon being cut, there was a line of funky Newtown locals that went out...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 12:11pm

Viva España! The Spanish Film Festival is back for 2016, bringing a healthy slice of Spanish culture to cinemas across Australia. 

 

The program has plenty to offer this year, with award-winning Spanish director Daniel Guzmán visiting our shores with his first long feature, Nothing In Return. The full schedule also includes films from Argentina, Chile and Mexico, and to help us...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Frankly, given the horrendously massive turnout to the horrendously horrendous Batman v Superman, it's about time we broadened the horizons and looked for something brighter.

 

Still, there's...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 12:00pm

The last time I saw Ross Noble, he very nearly killed us all.

 

Well, alright, so maybe not directly. Sydney had been lashed by weather so severe that the roof of the Enmore Theatre buckled under the strain, and the performance we were promised had to be postponed. “An act of God!” I hear you cry. “That's not Ross's...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 3:06pm

“Two people could be at the same event but they’ll have a different memory of it,” says actor Jack Finsterer.

 

He’s speaking ahead of his starring role in Griffin Theatre’s latest production, Replay – a story of brotherhood and family that explores the notion of memory decades after the traumatic death of a sibling, asking audiences to decide if it is possible to truly recall an...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 9:00am

Every child who grew up in Sydney, or was fortunate to visit from afar, likely underwent the rite of passage that is visiting the Powerhouse Museum.

 

Its versatility has seen exhibitions celebrating the likes of The Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars, and most recently, that bastion of imagination, the humble Lego block – yet too often our appreciation for all the Powerhouse has to...

Posted 23 Mar 2016 @ 3:30pm

In 2010, a film called I Am Love arrived in cinemas, and immediately stood out in an arthouse cinema landscape rife with so many films marked by a certain stylistic austerity.

 

Here was something that owed more to the plush, decadent style of Luchino Visconti than, say, the austere social realism of the Dardenne brothers. 

 

After a long filmmaking hiatus, I Am...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 11:35am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The folks over at DC are pooling the heroes of their expanded universe for one big all-in brawl, even if it comes rather late - Marvel are already teasing their third.

 

But hey, maybe you find Marvel's happy-go-lucky scamps...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 7:26pm

It’s oddly comforting when even a ‘simple’ question is difficult for an artist to answer.

 

When Kate Blackmore, one of the founding members of feminist art collective Brown Council, is asked what her upcoming performance piece Making History is about, she hesitates. “It’s kind of complicated, actually,” Blackmore laughs. “It’s not a kind of one sentence, ‘This is what the work...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 7:20pm

Every artist – musician, director, performer, sculptor – is serious about their work.

 

How their respective art might be received by the public is largely out of their hands, but the intent behind each creation arrives after sincere and sometimes exhaustive effort. As such, it is no surprise that Simon Stone is passionate about his debut feature film, The Daughter, based on...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 7:16pm

Tell us about your bar: 

 

We’re a craft beer bar and soon to be independent brewery when brewing commences right behind our bar. We’re relaxed and friendly, support local craft breweries and take huge pride in the fantastic array of beers we put on the constantly changing taps. Located down a laneway off Broadway, we have something for new craft beer converts to true beer...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 12:10pm

Israeli-born singer-songwriter Lior Attar has embarked on a career in musical theatre. The artist usually known as Lior is about to take the Sydney stage to play Motel in what might be the world’s best-loved musical, Fiddler On The Roof.

 

As it happens, he was headhunted for the role.

 

“The invitation came out of nowhere,” he says. “I hadn’t grown up in music...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 3:50pm

Ahhh, the '80s. They were a simpler time: a time when video games came in 8- and 16-bit and Michael Jackson ruled the charts with his irresistible cocktail of pop, disco and funk.

 

Looking back now, it really was a matter of time until someone thought up a cross-promotion between the King of Pop, his 1988 concept...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 2:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One of my most anticipated films of the year is upon us, for those with the stomach for it, as well as a shiny new offering from Disney's animation studio.

 

The Witch is far from being the only supersititious tale on offer, however - this week, storytellers looking for outside...

Posted 12 Mar 2016 @ 4:00pm

Cut through Hyde Park along William Street, eyes fixed on the distant glow of the Coke sign, and hook left into Kings Cross. What do you see?

 

Ask some people, and the answer is likely to be strip clubs, prostitution and drunk buffoons beating each other up on the street. But turn off the neon spotlight and you’ll find the Cross is a far more interesting and complicated place....

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 2:12pm

Irish eyes are smiling once again this month ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, which arrives on Thursday March 17.

 

The sad news of the annual parade’s cancellation has been tempered by the announcement of party plans at pubs around Sydney, so we spoke to some of our hot picks to find out what craic they’ve got to offer.

 

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Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 11:56am

Tom Green is arguably the trailblazer of modern-day prank culture captured on film.

 

Before YouTube, Periscope, Vine and Snapchat, Green was terrorising unsuspecting targets with a video camera and his unique sense of humour. A quarter of a decade later, he continues to entertain audiences around the world, and will be bringing the laughs to Sydney on his latest stand-up tour....

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 11:56am

La Bohème, the opulent story of a tragic love affair that inspired the likes of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!, has returned to the Opera House as sumptuous as ever.

 

First premiering under director Gale Edwards’ stewardship back in 2011, Puccini’s perennial favourite has been a stalwart of Opera Australia ever since and shows no signs of retiring. Set in the fading days of the...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 6:42pm

The month of March is upon us, and as all comedy fans know, that means Raw Comedy – Australia’s biggest comedy-based open mic competition – is well under way.

 

After a long series of heats, the state and national finals are now imminent. Triple j breakfast host Matt Okine was a finalist back in 2004, having only performed stand-up three times previously – all during the...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 1:52pm

At first glance, a play written by UK comedian (and soon to be QI host) Sandi Toksvig promises to be a hilarious romp through all things cheeky and irreverent.

 

But as the opening of Bully Boy approaches, the story of lives undone by the psychological horrors of war is no light amusement. The traumas endured by returned servicemen and women is a growing scourge not only in the...

Posted 8 Mar 2016 @ 1:38pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. March is proving to be a bumper month for silver screen scares, but I'm getting ahead of myself - I'm a little too excited about next week...

 

Back to the matter at hand! An exciting sequel, a...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 9:58am

Our wacky ol' mates in Melbourne are at it again.

 

Not content with unveiling the George Constanza-inspired bar that broke the internet and attracted the attention of Jason “Let’s All Please Forget About Dunston Checks In” Alexander himself, our friends in...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 5:00pm

There is something so otherworldly about opera, and also something very misjudged.

 

The nature of the art form never fails to astound, and yet seems so at odds with popular impressions of the craft – rotund ladies with horned helmets; great yawning gentlemen with dessert-sounding names; and perhaps the most enduring myth, that opera is music for the old and out of touch. As...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 2:45pm

The first weekend of March will unveil a side of Marrickville that many people may not know exists.

 

Given the suburb’s proximity to Newtown – erstwhile bastion of all things alternative – it can sometimes be overshadowed by its north-eastern neighbour in terms of culture and diversity, yet the Marrickville Open Studio Trail seeks to remedy that notion. A free Art Month program...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 1:30pm

Sarah Millican is a delight.

 

While you’re happy to sit back and enjoy most comics at a safe removal onstage, Millican is someone you could see yourself quite happily taking home to Mother. What is even better is that she’d probably take you up on the offer. Her latest tour, Outsider, is all about stepping away from familiar trappings and enjoying the weird and wonderful (...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 1:09pm

Back and bigger than ever, the Australian International Tattoo Expo returns to Sydney this month to showcase the best the city has to offer in tattoo talent.

 

The national event, which visits each of Australia’s major cities, has long been a highlight on the calendar for any budding or seasoned tattoo artist. It’s an opportunity to present skills and techniques among their peers...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 11:12am

‘Hilarious chaos’ is the only way to describe an interview with the Workaholics boys: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck.

 

The off-the-wall team will be hitting town next week to host two Comedy Central comedy nights as part of the Spectrum Now festival. Having four boisterous men being patched in from LA offers just a small taste of the insanity that...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 1:42pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The Oscars have come and gone, and you may need to duck into the cinema just to escape the braying of Leonardo DiCaprio's fans.

 

Fortunately, there's plenty on offer this week, and the themes run the gamut from homelessness to heists, from...

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