In this two-hander, Danielle Carter plays Catherine, a desperate 46-year-old corporate high flyer who has been trying to conceive for over decade.
The woman she selects to be her paid surrogate is Nellie (Gabrielle Scawthorn), a twenty-something mother from Massachusetts whose relaxed approach to the “job” riles the controlling Catherine.
Their opposing personalities provide both the drama and the comedy of the play as they rub up against each other on questions of abortion, God, family, fathers, diet, health, and even the songs that Catherine wants to sing as Nellie gives birth to Catherine’s baby.
Catherine suggests Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” but Nellie prefers The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated”.
Catherine’s mounting desperation is reflected in her facial expression and body language as she confronts the sometimes infuriatingly relaxed Nellie, who pits her own experience as a two-time mother against Catherine’s strict textbook approach.
They communicate by phone, email and Skype as Nellie’s successful pregnancy, with three developing foetuses in her womb, turns increasingly towards tragedy as first one foetus dies and then the second of identical twins is medically aborted, sending Nellie’s Catholic conscience into a spin.
All’s well that ends well, however, in a play that succeeds in presenting the issues in a very human context.
Until Nov 17. Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli. $32-73. Tickets & Info: http://ensemble.com.au
By Irina Dunn]]>
Whilst the record continues the groups mantra of creating trippy psychedelic dance music which is still incredibly accessible to the vast majority; this time around the group have smoothed out and polished up the rough edges of their sound, which makes for a nicer sonic experience.
For me this album just wouldn’t connect, despite multiple attempts, likely because of the constant genre and style switching. Please don’t take this as an indictment on the record because I know it has been much better received by people close to me so you may fall in that camp. (JA)
The one-hour documentary chronicles Lewis’ career, from his very early slapstick days, to the star-aligned teaming with Dean Martin, to his pinnacle years as a filmmaker, when he wrote, directed and starred in movies that became classics.
In a montage of archival footage, interviews with some notable Hollywood identities and some Australian celebrities, and commentary by Lewis himself, we are shown an artist who took humour seriously and whose talents went well beyond contorted faces and a silly voice.
This is for fans of nostalgia, fans of comedy, and of course, fans of Jerry Lewis. (RB)
Oct 26–Nov 23. Jewish International Film Festival: Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction and Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne. Tickets & info: www.jiff.com.au
BY RITA BRATOVICH]]>
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Ultraviolet is not only Oliver’s debut full length album, but it is also his most ambitious project to date. As Oliver explained, pushing himself to try something totally different to his past singles and EP was of crucial importance.
“I really wanted to do something that would differentiate things a bit from that “business as usual” mindset. So to work with a violinist and double bass player and allow the left of field choices to flow opened up a lot of possibilities, and also made it all very interesting for myself again.”
Luckily for Oliver, bringing in new ideas and musicians wasn’t a hugely jarring experience – he has never had a standing band, rather he prefers to gather specific groups of musicians together depending on what the project or song calls for. “I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out both musically and as a total package, I’m thrilled about the artwork,” he beamed.
The ability to produce and release a polished package in today’s music environment can be a rather difficult and expensive process. “The internet makes it very simple to record something and put it out into the world,” said Oliver. “It’s also very easy to directly communicate with your fans and supporters, but to work within the music industry to release a complete package with physical copies and a media campaign is a totally separate thing.”
In order to combat some of these hurdles Oliver enlisted the help of crowdfunding through a Pozible campaign, which allowed him to begin recording earlier than he otherwise would have. Most importantly though, it gave him a level of reassurance that he was creating something people actually wanted.
“It was a huge confidence boost in terms of realising I actually do have the support of the musical community as well as my friends and family,” he reflected. “Everybody who does this sort of thing has moments of doubt and question whether it’s actually doable, so to hit a target like that and receive so many messages of support was brilliant.”
Tonight’s show, which Oliver describes as “virtuosic chamber pop”, will see him taking the stage alongside his sister Holly Downes on double bass, her partner Chris Stone on violin and Chris’s brother Robin Stone on drums. (JA)
Oct 20. Django Bar, cnr Railway Parade & Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. $15-$20. Tickets & info: www.camelotlounge.com/django-bar]]>
Sightings of these largely nocturnal creatures have been made all over the world, more recently in Sydney, where vigilante groups have formed to combat their evil leering. The ramifications are enormous. Already McDonalds have indicated they will be withdrawing the Ronald McDonald character in the US, putting him on ice until the last of the creepy clowns is eradicated. Psychologists have reported a massive increase in the number of patients suffering coulrophobia (the fear of ‘clowns’), and clown like children’s entertainers are no longer welcome at birthday parties and other kiddies’ celebrations. It’s only a matter of time before Premier Mike Baird passes the ‘Creepy Clown Act’, outlawing them altogether.
The modern day creepy clown is really nothing new, and evil clowns (as opposed to the wholesome variety) have been with us for hundreds of years, villainised in movies like Killer Klowns from Outer Space and personified in the gaudy paintings of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy (aka “The Killer Clown”) who often appeared at children’s parties dressed as Pogo The Clown.
Here in Australia, clowns have not been without their share of controversy. Melbourne’s Zig and Zag (not be confused with the modern day puppets) were an integral part of the early days of children’s television in this country and often featured on the annual Moomba parade. In 1999, after many years of TV exposure, they were named as joint Moomba Monarchs, but were quickly stood down after Today Tonight exposed a child molestation charge involving Zig (aka Jack Perry) back in 1994.
During the week The Naked City spoke with Mt Druitt couple Peggy and Ron (not their real names) who have been dressing as creepy clowns for a number of years – frequenting everywhere from graveyards, to swingers parties and ‘trash and treasure’ markets. “It all began with our mutual love of American hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse,” Ron explained. In 2013, the couple travelled to Tonopah in Nevada where they were married at the world famous Clown Motel by a midget clown celebrant and part-time Elvis impersonator. “Ron was dressed as Pennywise from Stephen King’s It, and I had all the gear from Killjoy Goes To Hell,” Peggy enthused.
Whilst they were once physically threatened by angry vigilantes outside the Rooty Hill RSL, Ron and Peggy have not been intimidated and plan regular creepy clown appearances right across the metropolitan area. They are more than keen to make contact with a NSW country town, happy to host a Creepy Clown get together, similar to the annual Elvis convention in Parkes. “Imagine a whole train full of creepy clowns heading out from Central,” Ron gleefully suggested, freaking out commuters and descending on some tiny country town. Hmmm, sounds like another evil clown movie to me!
Whether the current creepy clown craze will survive its initial burst of viral, web-driven notoriety or cement itself in the fabric of modern cultural tradition, remains to be seen. If it means we’ll see no more of the creepiest clown of them all, Ronald McDonald, then long may it survive. Send in those clowns!]]>
Featuring a huge offering of over 120 stalls offering local produce, handmade goods and international food, as well as a massive musical lineup, this year is set to be one of the biggest festivals to date.
With entertainment options split across the Main Stage program, the International Dance Floor, The Break music competition and a range of free kids activities at the Kids Play Park, every member of the community is bound to find something that caters perfectly to their tastes.
One of the biggest highlights for the day is a performance from Indigenous singer and actor Ursula Yovich, whose unique and powerful voice brings something truly special to blues and soul. Ursula has also recently been named as one of the top 21 most iconic Women of the Australian Stage, so her performance is one you will want to lock into your plans for the day.
Over on The Break stage attendees will see six local bands battle it out to win a recording session and the opportunity to play a paid gig at a future council event.
The International Dance Floor will allow residents see a diverse selection of dance styles from Argentinian folk, to Aboriginal dance by the Gamarada Boys, and even bellydancing.
The kids’ entertainment will feature hula-hoop duo and real-life sisters The La La Sistarz. And all day long a jumping castle, fitness playground and face painters will also keep the kids amused. (JA)
Oct 23, 10am-5pm. Along Marrickville & Illawarra Roads. FREE. Info: www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/marrickvillefestival]]>
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The three-piece put a haunting spin on indie folk thanks to the pure vocals of front woman Georgia Potter. Standout track ‘The Water’ premiered to positive reviews on Triple J’s Home and Hosed.
Unwilling to be categorized into classic beach pop, Moreton’s five-track EP sits somewhere in between serene and melancholy. It is the perfect background music for hours spent sitting in the balcony soaking up the sun’s rays, or curled up in bed with a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. (CB)
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Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) is back for our city’s sixth annual celebration of finely brewed beer and the culture that comes … Read more]]>
Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) is back for our city’s sixth annual celebration of finely brewed beer and the culture that comes with it. Brewing up more than 100 events over 75 different venues, the festival is at the biggest it’s ever been and punters are spoilt for choice.
In its current iteration, SCBW is for the most part a week-long party in honour of Sydney’s thriving array of local brewers and the venues that pour their product – but when it comes to craft beer, Sydney’s cup has not always runneth over.
“We’ve seen this magical progression from…a barren wasteland of just [average] beer, all the way to now in 2016 where we’ve just got the most amazing amount of choice out there,” said SCBW Director Joel Connolly.
Joel came on board with the festival a year in, at a time when he says the extent of Sydney’s craft beer scene wasn’t much more than “a couple of pubs that [offered] the occasional craft beer”.
“One of the big misconceptions [is the] perception that beer is a simple drink that shouldn’t have too much thought put into it. I mostly agree, you don’t have to go in and have a ‘12 per-cent Russian empirical stout’ in order to get a craft beer experience,” said Joel.
“Craft beer is anything that has had some real effort put into the way its made, that’s made with flavour first rather than profit…and there’s a certain local element.”
“[Local] brewers have been slogging their guts out for years, and publicans are really taking a chance on putting more and more beers on tap, and weirder and weirder beers. It’s been one big community effort.”
Matt King from the Marrickville-based Grifter Brewing Company has been a part of Sydney’s craft beer awakening since before many micro-breweries had jumped on the bandwagon – if only “by accident”. He and mates Trent Evans and Glenn Wignall weren’t thinking about commercial prospects when they first started experimenting with home brewing.
But the opportunity to brew something special for Young Henrys (back before they were the bearded, tattoo-sleeved giants of the craft beer market they are now) led to the cult-like popularity and critical acclaim of their signature pale ale (humbly named ‘Edward’) and eventually to the opening of their own brewery.
“It’s pretty hard work standing out from everyone else nowadays,” admitted Matt. The Grifter gang certainly haven’t lost their touch however, collaborating on more than one specialty beer for SCBW. This includes partnering with Canberra brewers Capital on ‘White Cockatoo’, an Australian Wheat IPA launching at The Unicorn Hotel; and messing around with the Frankie’s Pizza guys on something uniquely fruity and full-bodied, which will be officially unveiled at the SCBW Opening Gala.
“Four years ago if you had said there’d be five breweries in Marrickville, I would have said ‘no way’. But at this stage it’s ‘the more the merrier’…we’re all helping each other out and building something together,” said Matt.
The inner west is arguably at the heart of Sydney’s craft beer boom, and the hop fiends at Dave’s Brewery Tours are celebrating this with the Marrickville Magical Mystery Tour. Changing up their usual shuttle bus approach, this walking tour encapsulates the area’s unique history with pit stops at several craft beer venues along the way – including Grifter Brewing, Willie The Boatman, Batch Brewing Co. and others. “Everything [in Marrickville] is within easy ‘striking distance’ on foot,” added Dave Phillips, the founder of Dave’s Brewery Tours.
“My passion comes from helping people understand and really get immersed in our local beer scene, to understand who’s behind the beer and to become fans of it,” said Dave.
Zak from the Good Beer Company, which owns and runs three of the city’s most well loved craft beer venues, believes that the demand for local craft beers is tied to a growing social consciousness about the quality of the food and drink we consume and where it comes from.
“There’s a lot of care for the local, small guys. Everyone wants to be their own entrepreneur, and they appreciate the effort that goes into these handmade craft beers rather than mass-produced, internationally owned businesses. And aside from that, they taste a lot better,” said Zak.
A member of the Good Beer Company family, The DOG Hotel in Randwick boasts a whopping total of 59 craft beers on tap. The DOG will be showcasing the best that NSW and ACT brewers have to offer as part of SCBW’s Pint of Origin series. Reigning in five more pubs across Sydney, Pint of Origin will transform Sydney into a microcosm of the Aussie beer world for the week, showcasing beers and brewers from the six Aussie states to give small breweries a chance to wow beer lovers.
“I see beer as a vehicle for a whole bunch of different things…community is a really big part of it, it draws people together who are passionate about something,” said Joel from SCBW.
SCBW has played an integral role in growing Sydney’s craft beer culture. At almost any given Sydney pub nowadays you’ll find a craft beer selection on tap wide enough to rival the variety of wine and spirits on offer.
“My opinion is that craft beer is for everybody…there is such a giant variety of flavour, taste and style,” stated Joel.
With a massive range of events, from the all-inclusive Opening Gala which kicks off the festival over two sessions at the Giant Dwarf, through to the sold-out Ladies High Tea to Tinnie Cricket and everything in between, SCBW is a great time to find your own flavour in the world of craft beer.
Sydney Craft Beer Week
Oct 21–30. More than 100 events over 75 locations, various prices. Info: www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com
Grifter Brewing Company
1/391 Enmore Rd, Marrickville. Open every day over SCBW. Info: www.thegrifter.com.au
Marrickville Magical Mystery Tour
Oct 22, 11am-5.30pm. Meets at Sydenham Station. $95. Tickets & info: www.sydneycraftbeerweek.com Also see: www.davesbrewerytours.com.au
Good Beer Company – The DOG Hotel, Dove & Olive + Keg & Brew
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Sydney’s trio of top craft beer venues – The Dove & Olive, The Keg & Brew, and The DOG Hotel – are beyond devoted to their mission of spreading the joy of great craft beer. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re celebrating Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) all year round.
With 120 taps across three venues, these pubs are part of the Good Beer Company, who are dedicated to continuously finding bigger and more adventurous beer varieties to offer. From easy drinking pale ales and IPAs through to more obscure varieties like an earl grey and pear blond ale, or an oyster stout brewed with Kilpatrick oysters.
During SCBW the craft beer fanaticism will be stepping up a notch…
The Keg & Brew will be paying tribute to the home of craft beer with the United Kegs of America US tap takeover, with 21 of the 33 taps dedicated to US imports including Rogue Ales, Founders, Victory Brewing Co and Golden Road. Zak Soladi, the Good Beer Company’s resident beer fanatic, notes the Keg & Brew as his “favourite bar to sit at” and “sample some really good beers in a relaxed atmosphere”.
The Dove & Olive will be hosting the biggest nerd-out of the festival with An Evening With Sierra Nevada’s Steve Grossman, who Zak describes as “one of the most knowledgeable guys in craft beer… coming from the craft brewery that kick-started the revolution”. Ask questions about the history of American craft beer while sampling specialty beers from Sierra Nevada’s core range.
The DOG Hotel will be pouring more than their fair share of quality brews from NSW and the ACT over the festival as part of the Pint of Origin. To wrap up SCBW, The DOG will also be hosting a Garden Party and Beer-B-Q with one of their favourite breweries, 4 Pines. “There will be giveaways, a BBQ, Q&As…and of course plenty of 4 Pines beers to enjoy,” says Good Beer Company owner, John Azar.
“Craft beer is a very big passion of mine, and over the last few years we have seen the craft beer industry grow in leaps and bounds, which all of us here at the Good Beer Company find both rewarding and exciting. To see a local market flourish like that is really great,” said John.
The passion for great beer amongst the Good Beer Company team is evident through their lovingly tended venues, while each pub is unique, they all boast homely yet chic interiors and a mouth-watering array of great, affordable food.
During and outside of SCBW, the brand new Duke’s Bistro upstairs at The DOG is a great beer and food destination, “maintaining our craft beer and good food focus in a different style of offering” explained Zak, with French-American style “share plates with an affordable price tag” cooked on “rotisseries custom made and shipped over from France”.
During SCBW, Zak is excited to amp up the craft beer enthusiasm: “I love everyones enthusiasm to get on board with craft beer, whether they’re your beer nerds who are flocking around from venue to venue, or your new patrons who have never tried it before but are willing to give it a go…either converting them or just getting them to really think about what they’re drinking.”
Thu, Oct 20, Metro Theatre
Mi-Sex: These New Zealanders were at the forefront of music consciousness when they released their first album in 33 years ago this September. With Not From Here having had time to gestate with their fans, they now return to the stage tomorrow night.
Fri, Oct 21, The Bridge Hotel
Sally Seltmann: To celebrate the release of her stunning new single, Dancing In The Darkness, singer/songwriter Sally Seltmann will be taking the stage with support from special guests R.W. Grace and Bree Van Reyk.
Fri, Oct 21, Newtown Social Club
Miles and Simone: Having just completed a regional Victorian tour and their “Home Sweet Home” Sunday residency at the Yarra Hotel, this duo are ready to explore Sydney and showcase their warm, accidental love song ‘Never Leave’.
Sat, Oct 22, Leadbelly
Anna Salleh: Enigmatic jazz diva Anna Salleh is one of Australia’s greatest exponents of Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz. Her show Brazil and Beyond has been mesmerising audiences for years and your last chance to see it for 2016 will be this weekend.
Sat, Oct 22, Foundry616
Buried In Verona: After a decade spent lending and shaping the Australian heavy music scene, and becoming one of the country’s most Notorious bands in the process, Buried In Verona will play their final Sydney show this weekend before breaking up. Joining the band as they bid farewell are Capture The Crown, Foxblood and Arkive.
Sat, Oct 22, Factory Theatre
Sirens Big Band: Known for their exciting and engaging live shows, Sirens melds jazz with Middle Eastern, Latin and African grooves, creating original big band music from composers within and outside the band. Led by bassist Jessica Dunn, the ensemble also features Ellen Kirkwood, Loretta Palmeiro and Milan Ring.
Sun, Oct 23, Camelot Lounge
Sarah Grunstein: Sarah Grunstein’s career has been marked by her magnetic charisma, her musical intelligence and sublime expressivity. Passionate about engaging with audiences, her concerts will include her introductory talk with her audiences about the Goldberg Variations.
Tue, Oct 25, Sydney Opera House – Utzon Room
Jaala: Head on down this week for a midweek party celebrating the imminent release of Jaala’s new single ‘Junior Spirit’ from the upcoming sophomore album.
Wed, Oct 26, Newtown Social Club]]>