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WHO WAS JANIS JOPLIN?

who was janis joplin?
To her intimate friends, she was known as Pearl. To her enthralled public, she was Janis Joplin, one of the greatest female singers in the history of rock and roll. Best remembered for her rebellious lifestyle, her distinctive voice and liberal outlook on love and life, she unfortunately died from a heroin overdose in October 1970. She was only...

STILL BLOSSOMING

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still blossoming
After 13 years, Stephen House’s play Miss Blossom Callahann is as hard-hitting and relevant as ever. The scene is set. With the intimacy of the La Mama theatre, it’s like we, the audience, have walked into bedroom of the predominantly scarlet-clad Miss Blossom Callahann and caught her in bed with yet another man, Max  - “the Cat”. We become the...

VAN GOGHS ALIVE AT NGV

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van goghs alive at ngv
NOT ONLY VINCENT, BUT SYLVIA, JOSIEN AND JANNE… For the National Gallery of Victoria International, ’tis the season to be ecstatic. Not only have they pulled off the largest Van Gogh exhibition in Australia, but they’ve lured members of the Van Gogh family here to help launch it. At the media preview of Van Gogh and the Seasons on Thursday, April...

 THE COLOURFUL  PONY AND THE DARK HORSE

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 the colourful  pony and the dark horse
American William Eggleston and Australian Bill Henson are two very different world -class photographic artists . Eggleston's world is vividly coloured and "out there", identifiable, although not without intrigue. Whereas that of Henson is darkly secret with touches of illumination that hint at , but don't spell out meaning. I saw both of these solo exhibitions on one day at...

GLUTEN FREE SEX?

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gluten free sex?
FRAILTY LA MAMA March 8-12, 2017 Written and directed by Sue Ingleton Fittingly, the play FRAILTY premiered at La Mama in Carlton on International Women’s Day, Wednesday March 8th. The day where women’s achievements are extolled and female exploitation is lamented. Using the device of exploring the women in “Hamlet”, legendary playwright/director, Sue Ingleton clearly demonstrates that, in some ways, the plight of...

WHO WAS MAGGIE DIAZ?

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Who Was Maggie Diaz?
MAGGIE DIAZ - BETWEEN TWO WORLDS Fox Galleries 79 Langridge  St, Collingwood 19th February- 8th March 2017 Ph: 03 8560 3583 info@foxgalleries.com.au Suppose you knew nothing about photographer, Maggie Diaz, and you wandered into the Fox Gallery in Collingwood. You'd find an exhibition of mainly limited edition archival pigment prints and a selection of mounted original silver gelatin prints.  You may note that some were shot in...

MARY DEL’ARTE AND THE WILD MAN OF McCLELLAND

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mary del’arte and the wild man of mcclelland
What is the connection between the Honourable Mary Delahunty and a huge naked man? It’s all sculptural, my dear Watson. Sculpture, sculpture, sculpture. Australian sculpture, the once poor cousin of the arts, is the proud focus of the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery in Langwarrin. Remember the Creedance Clearwater Revival lyrics? Big wheel keep on turnin’, Proud Mary keep on burnin…?...

TURBANS OFF TO THANDO

turbans off to thando
Thando in full flight Hats off to Marketing Man and Producer, Ibrahim Mustafa . He has a fabulous line - up organised for 2017's Chapel Summer Sessions. Check the website and don't miss out on Kyle Lionheart on 4 Feb http://www.chapeloffchapel.com.au/  The season has One Nighters only - teasers that leave you wanting repeats to refer your friends to. This weekend I...

XXX FACTOR REECE MASTIN

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xxx factor reece mastin
This  20 year old is aptly described as "a self-assured artist with all the poise , charisma and swagger of a burgeoning  rock star with a hell of a voice." He's graduating from the one X factor to a XXX. Sometimes he growls and screams like a young Jimmy Barnes. Other times, the sandpaper throat turns to honey as he...

‘DAVID HOCKNEY  – ARTIST OR OLD SMARTIST?

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‘david hockney  – artist or old smartist?
Who said an old dog can't learn new tricks? David Hockney, at 80ish, knocks that one on the head in his exhibition "DAVID HOCKNEY CURRENT" at the National Gallery of Victoria (11 Nov 2016 - 13 March 2017). Over  2000 pieces created in the last 10 years.  Where many of his vintage are terrified of technology and cling to thoughts...