ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

THEATRE: S-27

Humans reduced to numbers, ideals reduced to bitter realities. This earnest staging of Sarah Grochala’s prizewinning play sets up in stark and simple relief the … Read more

THEATRE: VS MACBETH

From its first performance in 1606, Macbeth has been plagued by misfortune. Supposedly a curse of the dark arts punishing Shakespeare for reproducing verbatim certain … Read more

MOVIE: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

This old bestseller-to-movie chestnut; I’m usually a fan. And since this is a Swedish production of a darker-than-you-expect bestseller, I had high expectations that it … Read more

CALLING ALL CARS – HOLD, HOLD, FIRE

Hold, Hold, Fire is a debut album, but these guys are pretty well set up right now. They’ve worked the national live circuit, hard, and … Read more

THEATRE: FEELGOOD

The theatre is an unforgiving space for mistakes. So when the protagonist, press secretary to the British Labour Prime Minister Eddie, played by Anthony Hunt … Read more

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – BEAT THE DEVIL’S TATTOO

Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, Black Rebel Motorcycle’s fifth album, is what is known in common parlance as, “a return to form”. In 2005 they revamped … Read more

TONY ALLEN – SECRET AGENT

If your idea of a drummer recording a solo album stops at Phil Collins, please leave the room now. Tony Allen taught himself to play … Read more

THE VAMPIRES – SHELLOWDENE

More Guggenheim jazz from Sydney familiar Jeremy Rose – it seems he has his finger in many pies of late, releasing this CD as well … Read more

EXHIBITION: DREAMS – ABORIGINAL WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE

A week or so past International Women’s Day, it’s encouraging to hear a battle cry from some of the most marginalised women in Australia. The … Read more

GIG: ARTHUR RUSSELL – TAPES OF THOUGHT

From minimalism and Ginsberg to proto-punk and the Modern Lovers to underground disco and David Byrne, Arthur Russell’s plethora of musical experiments – frequently caught … Read more