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INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT TELLS OF WORLD WAR I REPATRIATION

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Back in April 2019, Monash University awarded posthumous degrees to four students, as well as a certificate of recognition to one student of the Melbourne College of Pharmacy, whose education was cut short by World War I. Inspired by this, Monash students have developed Return; the way back home, now open at the university’s Clayton campus, running through until June next year.


The exhibition explores the different ways trauma impacted soldiers and their families when they returned home after World War I, all told via interactive technologies designed by Monash University Master of Design students. And it’s impressive.
Featuring unique items held by Monash University Library, the University Archives and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the exhibition particularly honours the legacy of Sir John Monash, who was commissioned 8 days after the armistice was signed to oversee the repatriation of the surviving Australian soldiers and their dependents.
For the soldiers who…

SYDNEY GREETS CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S KURIOS WITH THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE

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Be assured, there’s never any notion of buyer’s remorse after purchasing tickets for Cirque du Soleil, and KURIOS, now showing at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter, is no exception.


The show lives up to the standard and the hype generated by a reputation cemented in skill, grandeur, acrobatic ability, and performance storytelling. The preview (published earlier) tells of a world where the unreal becomes reality. Writer-director Michel Laprise has looked to steam-punk for the art direction. There’s plenty of metal, leather, box and bin shaped robots, glowing filament lamps under glass driven magically around the perimeter of the stage, wandering mechanised gramophones … it’s a wonder to behold.
The style appears retro, but the technical ingenuity of staging the acts defies definition, as distraction and deception occupy the audience from spying the stagecraft (and the safety mechanisms), often disguising the next movement of the performance, resulting in gasps and cheers from the audience…

HOW MUCH SCARE CAN YOU BEAR?

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There's loads to fear this 'Shocktober' as Palace Encore presents classic horror movies on the big screen, most of which might otherwise only be seen online. This Halloween season, catch five epic flicks that pioneered the 'jump scare' and were the ultimate date-night films when released.


Curated by Palace Cinemas, no strangers to the best in classic and cult cinema presentations around the country, these fright-night flicks will screen from October 4 through to the 31st, depending on your location.

The Exorcist, being the incomparable scream of the crop, will have your head spinning along with original scream queen Linda Blair, while Jason Miller as Father Karras attempts to cast the devil from her. When first released in 1973, some audience members fainted at the intensity of the scenes.


Also on the program for the month, 1968's Rosemary’s Baby sees a naive Mia Farrow fall victim to the needs of satan worshipping neighbours, while director Tobe Hooper's or…

HOW ‘TORN’ WAS ‘BURNED’ BEFORE NATALIE IMBRUGLIA MADE IT A SMASH

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Cover versions of songs are often touted as ‘not being as good as the original’. Music history is awash with remakes, remixes and re-imaginings of popular tunes that find a new audience in a new era. Sometimes shelved projects and ‘rough-cuts’ never make it to release until picked-up and offered to other performers who, whether due to good luck or good timing, turn a previously discarded gem into a smash hit.


Australian Natalie Imbruglia’s rendition of TORN in 1997 certainly set that sleeper of a tune alight, with her version peaking at number one on singles charts in Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Spain and Sweden, and on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts. It reached number two on the ARIA Singles Chart in her native Australia and the Italian, Swiss and United Kingdom charts, selling upwards of 4 million copies worldwide.
But the song itself travelled a chequered path on its way to history making sales, and subsequently further.
BEGINNINGS "Torn" was writte…

SONGS FOR NOBODIES – The acclaimed one-woman show returns

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Following her phenomenal sold-out season in London’s West End, Australia’s Bernadette Robinson returns to Sydney and Melbourne for a limited engagement in this hit play.

Quite the spellbinding one woman performance, it is a tour de force of imagined encounters between five mid-20th Century divas: Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, and five ordinary women.

Bernadette Robinson’s critically acclaimed performances in multiple sell‐out seasons of this show have confirmed her standing as one of Australia’s leading performers. She was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2012 as Best Female Actor in a Play, appeared in the role of Beatrice in Nick Enright and Terry Clarke’s The Venetian Twins, and has enjoyed lead roles with Chamber Made Opera and Wellington City Opera.


In writing SONGS FOR NOBODIES, Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith has mined a rich seam of longing, humour and quiet frustration in this work to conjure the alchemic effect these wom…

OUTDOOR MUST-SEE MOVIES IN BED THIS SEASON

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After 4 consecutive years in Sydney, Mov'in Bed is undertaking its first national tour this season, making its way through Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
With a spectacular 150 beds under the stars, Mov’in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world, and could well be the most comfortable. Blankets, glow side tables, mattresses and a premium pillow experience by Ecosa (yep, they are great) are on hand to keep this ‘cinema’ experience warm, cosy and comfy.
First landing in Perth's Ozone Reserve, this must-do movie night is accompanied by a giant screen and surrounding stereo sound system for the screenings, crossing the 4 cities from October to May (see movinbed.com for local details).

The movie line-up has been curated with care by a dedicated team of cinema lovers, and there’s no doubt the selection has been designed to cater for a diverse taste in films.
It’s good to see a few of the latest releases are included in the screenings, with the highly anticipated J…

ABORIGINAL ART MARKET RETURNS TO CARRIAGEWORKS IN NOVEMBER

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SOUTHEAST returns to Sydney’s Carriageworks in November, shining a spotlight on south-eastern Aboriginal art and culture as a distinctive presence within Australian art.


Across the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November, this Aboriginal arts fair, curated by Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones, is almost double the size of last year, with more than 60 artists and collectives presenting traditional and contemporary practices. The work is showcased in a variety of mediums including ceramics, jewellery, weaving, photography, carving, textiles, painting and publishing. According to the curators, artists have been selected to celebrate the creative diversity of southeast Australian Aboriginal art, from regional and coastal New South Wales, the ACT, eastern Victoria and Tasmania.

Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones* said that while SOUTHEAST is a curated showcase celebrating the cultural and visual heritage of south-eastern Aboriginal Australia, it also offers a special opportunity to ‘meet the …