Five reasons Dark Mofo is now one of Australia’s must-have experiences

Buildings dressed in blood red lighting; hipsters running around a rocky, pitch-black industrial playground ducking in and out of old warehouses with a hot toddy in hand; inverted polly waffles cooked over campfires and handed out to shamelessly salivating foodies; a single helicopter performing impressive choreography over Hobart’s spectacular waterfront while being blasted by an atmospheric and densely layered siren song; a legendary German band creating thick soundscapes with home-made instruments in one of the country’s coolest live music venues. This was – is – a tiny slice of Dark Mofo, now one of the most in-demand art festivals in the country – certainly the most unique – and I tried desperately to soak it up all during the two nights down in Hobart this year.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: The Bodyguard is salvaged by the songs of Whitney Houston (performances until June 25th)

Through May and June, Sydney’s The Lyric Theatre will serve as the first Australian venue to host The Bodyguard, a production which is as much a tribute to the life and music of Whitney Houston as her iconic 1992 feature-film debut of the same name. I write “iconic” because the film is fondly remembered for the electric performance the late, great diva brought to the otherwise so-so tale of a pop superstar, Rachel Marron (played by lead Paulini Curuenavuli), who falls in love with the bodyguard employed to protect her from a persistent stalker. Of course, there’s much more to the film’s plot than that, but presenting the bare bones is purposeful, as that’s pretty much all one will find in Alexander Dinelaris‘s economical adaptation. Lawrence Kasdan’s original screenplay has been significantly reduced, stripping away details (as well as characters and sub-plots) to make room for a more-is-more approach to Whitney Houston’s back-catalogue, including songs which weren’t in the film nor on its record-holding soundtrack.... Read More | Share it now!

Carriageworks to operate 12 new artist studios and community spaces in January 2017

Sydney’s iconic Carriageworks is set to open an enormous expansion in January 2017 following a recent partnership with UrbanGrowth NSW and the acquisition of The Clothing Store, a heritage part of the historic Railway Workshops network in North Eveleigh. Announced today, the arts destination will put out a public call for expressions of interest for artists to participate in a subsidised studio program and deliver workshops as part of the Clothing Store, a facility which will include 12 new artist studios as well as creative industry and community spaces.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: Eric André – The Comedy Store, Sydney (09.12.16)

Eric André may very well be one of the hottest comedians in the world right now. Sure, you’ve got his standout role in FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, but it’s his own The Eric André Show, for which he “plays” an incompetent and slightly deranged talk show host, that has really propelled the comic onto a whole new level of comedy. It’s one that moves away from the nihilistic realities of Louis C.K or the sly social jabs of Dave Chappelle and pulls on self-destructive absurdism. On first watch the criminally short Adult Swim show may seem like Tom Green for the meme generation, but dive a bit deeper and you may start to notice that the often perplexing zaniness is stuffed full of substance, flipping the traditional Talk Show into a self-deprecating nonsensical wave of crass editing, non-sequitur interviews, and even some violence. It’s satire on steroids, escalated by André’s fearless blend of Jackass badassery and Space Ghost Coast to Coast oddity, often balanced with his deadpan co-host: funny man in his own right, Hannibal Buress.... Read More | Share it now!

An underwater smartphone photography exhibition pops up in Sydney this week

A special pop-up exhibition will hit Surry Hills this week to highlight the works of ocean photographer and social media influencer Mark Fitz (@_markfitz) and the possibilities of works shot exclusively on a smartphone (in this case the iPhone 7 Plus). The exhibition, which has been created by impact protection pros Tech21 has been designed to showcase their new waterproof Evo Aqua 360 Edition case, which Fitz has used for each work to put together a collection of images captured on and around the Great Barrier Reef and Mackay.... Read More | Share it now!

QT Gold Coast to host 48 hour immersive art series Hotelling

Offbeat, charming and brimming with character are the most apt descriptions when thinking about QT Hotels & Resorts; anyone who has been a guest at one of their properties around the globe would tell you that broad thinking and artful design have come to define the chain, evidenced by Australian iterations like QT Gold Coast, which will host a new expansive art program this weekend by the name of Hotelling. ... Read More | Share it now!

Eric Andre announces Australian stand-up debut

It’s time to ranch it up! One of the hottest comedians in the world right now, Eric Andre, has just announced that, for the very first time, he’ll be coming down to tour (some of) Australia before the year is over, performing twin stand-up shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The man’s daring and boundary-pushing approach to awkward-as-hell comedy has seen his Adult Swim hit, The Eric Andre Show rise in popularity over the years, and if you’ve been watching then you know this is going to be one unforgettable tour. ... Read More | Share it now!

Hannibal Buress is bringing his Hannibal Montanabal Experience tour to Australia

In between doubling over with belly laughs while watching Adult Swim’s outrageous The Eric Andre Show, you may notice the charming dead-pan Hannibal Buress as the show’s grounded – and relatively sane – co-host. Well that man, who is also well known for his role on Broad City, is set to tour Australia later this year, performing around the country for the first time since 2011 as part of his new stand-up comedy show The Hannibal Montanabal Experience.... Read More | Share it now!

Vivid by Numbers: Vivid Sydney smashes records, picks up Guinness World Record

Last month saw Vivid Sydney come and go for another year of spectacular lights, music, and ideas, bringing in eyes from around the world as the Harbour city turned into a palate for more than 150 artists from 23 different countries, 658 speakers, and an impressive lineup of live music acts. Of course, attendance seems to be no problem for the major event, now one of the most celebrated cultural happenings on the city’s calendar, which has once again broken records and attracted 2.31 million visitors from across Australia and around the globe.... Read More | Share it now!