Book Review: Brodie Lancaster’s No Way! Okay, Fine is a crash course in the power of thinking like Kanye

Shortlisted for the 2015 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers, No Way! Okay Fine is the first book from writer, editor and occasional DJ Brodie Lancaster. A series of personal essays, Lancaster tackles just about everything, from growing up in a small town and a year spent in New York City, to early brushes with feminism and far too much time spent trying to be the “right kind” of fat, all presented with a hearty dose of related pop culture, movies, and music.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: Woman of Substances, Journalist Jenny Valentish investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol.

Many people love a drink in fact they will indulge at least once a week in a session of binge drinking or occasionally in some Class A’s, their habit is recreational and generally the individual gets on with their life relatively unhindered with some help from a Berocca and a Nurofen. But for others the use of alcohol and drugs can turn into a life threatening addiction that is uncontrollable and terrifying. For woman the impacts of drug and alcohol abuse are made even more difficult because very little research has been done on the subject.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Call of the Ice is a sweet contemplation on one man’s childhood hero (Performances in Melbourne to July 2nd)

I’ve never had a hero like Tamblyn Lord. Well, unless Ash Ketchum, the protagonist of the 1990s animated children’s television show Pokémon, counts. Lord’s latest theatrical exploration, ‘Call of The Ice’, chronicles the voyage he painstakingly took in January 2016 to recreate the journey of his childhood (and lifelong) hero Sir Douglas Mawson.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Circus Oz shows us what it really means to be Australian in electrifying new show Model Citizens (Performances until July 16th)

I’ve been to many a circus show over the years where death defying acts are the norm however, this brand new concept show from Circus Oz has me feeling mighty proud of the creativity and ingenuity of our Australian creatives. Set under the Big Top along Birrarung Marr, the show begins with host Mitch Jones asking a couple of pretty important questions: “Have you ever wondered what makes us, us? And who are we anyway? Well tonight, we’re going to take you on a journey into the world of the model citizen.”... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Blanc de Blanc is salaciously seductive take on cabaret circus (MAP57 in St Kilda’s Winter Garden until 30th July)

Do you enjoy watching scantily clad men and woman perform tantalising tasks, whilst  sashaying across a stage enclosed in the famed Speigeltent? Well do I have a treat for you, Blanc de Blanc has just landed in Melbourne! So come one come all to St Kilda’s Winter Garden where things are about to get just a little bit naughty.... Read More | Share it now!

POPSART: La Boite’s HWY – Deconstructing ‘Australian-ness’ through theatre

Australian theatre is so male and white. Main stage subscriber theatre is irrelevant. Theatre is a boutique heritage industry. I have been having these conversations for years and to varying degrees these statements are true. But culture is not static, it grows and evolves and theatre is now transforming itself; driven by the artist that are making it to become relevant, to have central to itself makers of diverse back grounds and to find forms that keep it alive and capture new audiences. A program such as La Boîtes HWY‘s showings, panels, conversations and workshops, is a vital part of this growth.... Read More | Share it now!

Theatre Review: Revolt. She said. Revolt again. jolts you with hard hitting social commentary (Performances in Melbourne until July 9th)

By definition, revolt means to “take violent action against an established government or ruler”, so the fact it is in the title of the show holds great weight in the tellings of this story. This original work by Alice Birch explores the notion of what being a woman means in the 21st century, and how our language is used as a form of abuse against women. It is an insightful look at how funny some very normal topics can be, but also extremely graphic when it comes to the hard hitting social commentary.... Read More | Share it now!

Book Review: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks is a detailed and intimate look at HeLa’s amazing origin story

For decades the human race has benefited from someone and they didn’t even know her name. She was known simply as “HeLa” to those in the know and it was a cell line that has been used extensively in research and lead to some major medical breakthroughs. The book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will commit Henrietta Lacks’ name to the history books at long last. In this volume – which was originally published in 2010 and reprinted now to coincide with the HBO special of the same name – science journalist, Rebecca Skloot finally puts Henrietta Lacks under the microscope and makes us realise why we should all be eternally grateful to her.... Read More | Share it now!