ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BUSDRIVER – JHELI BEAM

“Conscious rap failed us,” asserts Busdriver at the opening of Jheli Beam, before launching in to a polysyllabic double-time stream-of-consciousness verse – something to … Read more

THEATRE: NO MAN’S ISLAND

No Man’s Island sets two men (Simon Bossell and Andrew Bibby, of Neighbours fame) adrift in a jail cell, trapped as much by the grimy walls as their own demons. (AB)

THEATRE: ELLING

We open with two single beds on stage. One has meticulously clean, tucked in sheets; the other is rumpled and stained with sweat and filth. … Read more

THEATRE: SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

To state the obvious, Australia in 1953 was a different time. Menzies was prime minister, World War II was a not-so-distant memory, and the arrival … Read more

THEATRE: STEEL MAGNOLIAS

In a Louisiana beauty salon, six southern women – Truvy, Annelle, Clairee, Shelby, M’Lynn and Ouiser – gather in preparation for a wedding. As hair … Read more

THEATRE: CATHERINE OF AVIGNON

A thought provoking and witty piece about humanity's ongoing quest for truth and better understanding of itself. Beautifully written and thoroughly engaging, the story of Catherine is strongly delivered by a solid ensemble of talented actors.

WARREN FAHEY – AUSTRALIA: FOLK SONGS AND BUSH VERSE, VOLUME ONE

Warren Fahey’s invaluable cultural archiving continues with part one of this two volume, ten CD set put out with ABC Music. Volume One is the … Read more

MADDER LAKE – BUTTERFLY FARM

Victorian label Aztec Music are on a mission; to preserve Australia’s rich musical history, in particular those scores of forgotten hard rock and prog battlers … Read more

SONIC YOUTH – THE ETERNAL

The worlds oldest avant-garde, post-punk, art-rock band keep on keeping on. Indeed The Eternal sees Sonic Youth return to their indie roots after some two … Read more

WAKE IN FRIGHT

Mateship quickly deteriorates into mayhem in this startling, surreal study of the Australian national character. Originally released in 1971, it has now been remastered and features standout performances by Gary Bond, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty. (AB)