The sound of WIldfire is deep and repetitive, pushing into itself and finding no resistance as it drops. Continuing to call inwards, the song controls each eruption as though there is no floor, pushing up and down simultaneously in space.
Short, though each part of this EP is, it stretches itself in a space where there is no time, surrounding it’s listeners pushing and pulling with subtlety. (SP)
Star Rating: ***]]>
Thu, Aug 27, Oxford Art Factory
The Drones: Following widespread praise for their recent tour shows, The Drones have been convinced to add a Sydney show to their schedule tonight. Playing tunes from their seminal record Wait Long By The River And The Bodies Of Your Enemies Float By, released 10 years ago, along with some new favourites, this is one Sydney fans shouldn’t miss.
Thu, Aug 27, The Factory Theatre
Oh Mercy: Heading out for the first national tour since band member Alex Gow returned to Australia to record their new album, Oh Mercy take over the Oxford Art Factory tomorrow night. This will also be the first tour featuring new band members on keys, viola, drums, bass and a second guitarist.
Fri, Aug 28, Oxford Art Factory
Volumes Music Festival – feat The Laurels & Gold Class: Sydney’s answer to the esteemed South By Southwest Festival takes over Oxford Street venues the Oxford Art Factory, The Cliff Dive and Brighton Up Bar. Gracing the stages over the day are two of Australia’s fastest rising young bands in The Laurels (described as Sydney’s best live band) and Gold Class (an aggressive post-punk version of The Smiths, hailing from Melbourne).
Sat, Aug 29, Oxford Square
Super Best Friends: Following the success of their album Status Updates earlier this year, these super best friends return to the spotlight for their current tour. Known as the band that brought back the political rock album, this is the perfect time and environment for the guys to be performing in Sydney.
Sat, Aug 29, Captain Cook Hotel
Tom Ferris & Sam McNally: For the first time since their respective performances at The Basement in 2010 and 2011, this spectacular jazz fusion pair team up for a hugely anticipated double headline show.
Wed, Sep 2, The Basement]]>
Leichhardt Council will operate a shuttle bus service to counteract poor public transport in certain areas of the LGA.
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Leichhardt Council will operate a shuttle bus service to counteract poor public transport in certain areas of the LGA.
Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous told City Hub that the bus was needed to provide the community adequate transport.
“There is always the issue when providing public transport, there is the issue of cost shifting between the local and state government,” Clr Porteous said.
“Local government is way more responsive to the needs of the community than the state government because we are talking to them and we know what they want and need,” she said.
The bus will operate on Mondays and Thursdays during the day, and offer an after school service which will transport local school students to after school activities.
Clr Porteous said the bus will also stimulate the local economy.
“We already have a community bus service to help people get around if they have a disability. Now this bus is also to get to parts of the local government area that are not necessarily serviced well, and to encourage people to get down to the shopping centre, and to be able to move around the municipality and visit the local shops and cafes,” she said.
“But the bus is for everybody, and everyone should be using it and seeing it as a good facility in the area.”
She said the trial, which began on August 24, would figure out where there is a need to potentially roll out more services.
“We’re providing the bus as well for after school service, to help out local schools and parents.”
The bus has 52 stops all in the local area.
Residents can check available routes and stops on the Leichhardt Council website.
The bus is also currently available for hire on days other than Monday and Thursday.
The trial will run for 12 months.]]>
Through her witty dialogue and physical humour, Rowston recounts the journey she has undertaken to uncover the truth about her ancestors. Along the way, Rowston has met a number of characters who all claim to have a Kelly connection. “…Regardless as to whether that yarn is true, there’s something about the telling that brings us closer to ourselves, our legacy and this country,” said Rowston.
Rowston says that 6 Degrees of Ned Kelly will provide an appreciation of the rich stories that live below the surface of our culture. “It’s amazing what you discover about people and their past if you just ask,” she said. (NB)
Sept 2-6. The Village Theatre, Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville. $15-$25. Tickets & info: www.sydneyfringe.com
By Nyssa Booth]]>
Earlier this month, Clr Moore publicly promised to help fix problems associated with the development’s predicted population boom.
Mr Jenkins said he was worried her commitment may be wavering.
“I am concerned that Councillor Moore doesn’t have the same commitment and sympathy to the local residents that she displayed on that night,” he said.
“She seems to be emphasising the need to consider the application according to law,” Mr Jenkins said.
Alexandria Residents Action Group (ARAG) and FOE have voiced concerns over insufficient transport infrastructure, education and child-care facilities in the area surrounding the development.
Clr Moore promised to speak with the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) to defer the development application until a plan for necessary infrastructure was in place.
Mr Jenkins said the DA needed to be deferred to allow for proper infrastructure planning.
“It’s going to be a constant game of catch up if these apartments are allowed to be built right now,” Mr Jenkins said.
However, he has said that he was happy the Lord Mayor listened to the concerns of the 100 Erskineville and Alexandria residents at the Alexandria Town Hall meeting on August 12.
Clr Moore indicated the need for methodical planning.
“Given the rapid pace of development, it is absolutely crucial that the right infrastructure is in place for existing and new residents,” she said.
Mr Jenkins also said the development exacerbates the impact of proposed rail cuts to services in the area.
Under Sydney Metro plans, train services will be cut to St Peters and Erskineville stations.
“All of the transport statistics that Transport for NSW use as a guide for services fails to take into account that increase in population,” Mr Jenkins said.
The CSPC are taking submissions for the Ashmore Development Application, which closes next Monday.]]>
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Local councillors and politicians have voiced their concerns about the sale, claiming it will restrict the growth of Sydney’s startup community and the technology industry.
The government’s proposal allows funds from the sale to further develop UrbanGrowth’s Central to Eveleigh Transformation Program.
Opponents have argued that the development of Central to Eveleigh corridor will result in the loss of heritage buildings and sites.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told City Hub of her concern for businesses as well as the local community following the privatisation.
“The local community and the City of Sydney have significant concerns about the sale of ATP, which may put at risk a clutter of innovative businesses, public access to the site for the local community and heritage buildings,” Clr Moore said.
The ATP is currently home to over 100 tenants in science, technology, communications and consulting businesses. It also facilitates many conferences and exhibitions, spanning the fashion, health and travel industry.
Greens Newtown MPJ enny Leong also disagreed with the sale, citing the ATP as a part of Sydney’s industrial heritage.
“The ATP has significant value to local, national and also international heritage,” Ms Leong said.
“We are in a time when we should be protecting green space. The last thing we should be doing is handing our park over to private interest,” she said.
In May 2015, Ms Leong put in a notice of motion to halt the sale of ATP, and has been working on collecting online signatures for an expression of interest to Urban Growth NSW.
“We are working really closely with the community and locals in the area but also the broader NSW community, who are strong allies in protecting our industrial heritage,” she said.
“One of the key actions is calling on the Minister for Planning and the Heritage Minister to take action and realise that this site should not be sold off.”
“The government is not looking at the ATP site holistically. I think we need to recognise that it was a site for innovation when it was the train yards and we need to ensure that it remains a place of innovation.”
The NSW Government has said the Central to Eveleigh Transformation Program aims to “further build upon the strengths of the area over the next 30 years”.
A statement from UrbanGrowth said the project aims to “transform” the “under-used government owned land in and around the rail corridor”.
“The program aims to continue to provide access to public transport, education and health facilities and job opportunities,” the statement read.
The area to be developed contains 13 hectares of heritage buildings, including the former Eveleigh Railyards.
Scott Farquhar, Co-Founder of Australian Software Company Atlassian, also expressed his concerns over the sale of the ATP to The Australian Financial Review earlier this month, outlining how he felt it will continue to hinder generations to come.]]>
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A young married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), move to Los Angeles and have a chance encounter with Gordo (Edgerton), a sinister school friend from Simon’s past.
Gifts start appearing on their doorstep followed by unannounced visits, and this rekindled “friendship” has dire consequences on their marriage.
Edgerton is compelling as the socially inept Gordo and his directorial debut is remarkable, keeping audiences at the edge of their seats.
Not an entirely original story, but movie-goers should be enthralled by the nail-biting suspense and the clichéd scare tactics commonly utilized in films of this genre. The twists and turns in storylines will have audiences questioning the true identity of the villain.
This psychological spine-chiller reinforces Edgerton’s astute talent both behind and in front of the cameras. (MMo)
The bridge is part of the construction of the South East Light Rail which will run along Moore Park.
Ecotransit spokesperson Gavin Gatenby said there were other solutions which would have been cheaper.
“The idea you need a pedestrian bridge every place you have a light rail stop is dubious,” Mr Gatenby said.
“However, it would have made a great deal more sense to have put a pedestrian underpass next to the underpass that they’re already putting in for the light rail,” he said.
Mr Gatenby said said there were “shorter, cheaper, and more convenient” solutions the state government could have chosen.
“What would have made much more sense, and it would have been cheaper, would be to have widened the planned light rail underpass by about 5 metres providing a tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists as well,” he said.
Mr Gatenby believes that more attention needs to be focused on the developments around transport infrastructure, and how decisions are made.
“The Tibby Cotter bridge was part of this obscene land grab by the Sydney Cricket Ground trust for a bit of slab of Moore Park for a tennis stadium. It was a Trojan horse for that,” he claimed.
“At a cost of $38 million, it’s a standout example of corruption of process. A standard pedestrian bridge across six lanes of traffic usually costs about $5 million. A recent one at Heathcote with two lifts and stairs was $5.5 million.
Another recent example was in The Blue Mountains, which was only about $3 million,” he said.
“This is just crazy, this isn’t proper rational planning, this is a mad free-for-all by the big developers and the big engineering companies and the Sydney Cricket ground.”
A spokesperson for Transport NSW told City Hub in a statement that another pedestrian bridge was being drafted.
“A detailed design for a pedestrian bridge near Sydney Boys’ and Sydney Girls’ schools in Moore Park is currently being drafted. This design is being done in consultation with both schools, the Department of Education and the
Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust,” the spokesperson said.
“While the bridge will be open to the general public, the main purpose will be safe access for school students using the upcoming Sydney Light Rail stop at Moore Park.”
“No other pedestrian footbridges in the area are being proposed for the Sydney Light Rail project.”
Last week, draft plans for a new 60,000 seat stadium, underground car park and tennis stadium in Moore Park leaked to the Wentworth Courier had Clover Moore outraged, describing it as a “land grab” and threatening to green space.
Greens MP Mehreen Faruqui suggested that now these plans were exposed, the Tibby Cotter Bridge finally made sense.
“The Roads Minister urgently needs to come clean with people about the bridge,” Dr Faruqi said.
“Did the public pay $38 million for a walkway between the SCG and an underground carpark – not for pedestrians and cyclists, but for motorists?”]]>
The Sydney Fringe Festival is bigger, better and more flamboyant than ever–packing more mayhem, madness, culture, colour, creativity and naughtiness than ever … Read more]]>
The Sydney Fringe Festival is bigger, better and more flamboyant than ever–packing more mayhem, madness, culture, colour, creativity and naughtiness than ever before.
Winning hearts since its inception in 2010, this alternative arts and culture festival is the largest festival of its kind in NSW. Strictly unconventional, it is a toast to artists expressing themselves in unique ways and the audiences who submerse themselves in experiences like no other.
Not to be chained by any specific form of visual or performing arts, the festival boasts of an eclectic mix of burlesque, cabaret, circus, comedy, exhibitions, films, musicals, stand-ups and much more; spread across five cultural villages of Sydney’s Inner West with over 300 productions. We sought out the best of of five genres on show…
Presented by Sparkle Theatre Company, Strip! is a one-act play melding performance genres by Clara Klemski. Set in Sydney, it tells the story of Victoria (Hannah Raven Smith), a burlesque dancer. Interestingly enough, Victoria is also campaigning for pre‑elections. To make matters even more challenging, she must also escape from the Independent Commission Against Corruption!
“(Strip!) marries dramatic script with stylized Burlesque. Its a joy for me as an actor and burlesque artist to have the opportunity to combine my two loves in one beautifully composed story,” said Hannah, who also performs under her Vaudeville Burlesque alter ego Hannie Raegan.
This show tackles issues of sexuality, public persona and politics. “Strip! explores censorship and creative expression… the play challenges conservative, conformist societies and explores what happens when we unleash ourselves from community expectation,” explained Hannah.
Clara elaborated: “Strip! came to life as a project about ‘upstanding’ professionals living double lives… The play focuses on a sexy creative pursuit burlesque… What I think will be interesting to audiences is the question of whether we can accept ‘slashies’ as multi‑faceted, valuable people.”
From burlesque to exhibitions, Sydney Fringe has got it all. On the visual arts front is an exciting video and multi-media installation by Mexican duo Sissy Reyes and Jorge Mansilla, also known as Purple Moustacho. The Genderator is as authentically unusual as the festival.
Jorge explains the character of ‘The Genderator’ as “a lone piece of a bigger equipment who profits from genderizing neutral objects”. The Genderator is Purple Moustacho’s surreal take on the absurdity of gender advertising and consumerism; and it fits in perfectly with Sydney Fringe. “He is shameless, absurd and terrifying at the same time. He is the puppeteer’s hand pulling the strings of gender identity,” explained Sissy.
On the serious and dramatic side, Sydney Fringe presents Dark Vanilla Jungle. A wonderful artist-driven show that talks about a girl’s craving for family and home. Mad March Hare Theatre Company presents this award-winning play by Philip Ridley.
“It’s about abandonment and what can happen to the children that fall through the cracks of the system. It’s about the violence against women. And it’s about love,” explained Claudia Barrie, the lead performer.
“At the heart of the story is the idea that under the right circumstances we all have the capacity to release the monsters within,” said Fiona Hallenan, who co-directs the show alongside Emma Louise. “[Ridley] writes about the language of violence and the very human, visceral struggles we go through to get what we want–what we need to survive.”
It’s not just about the serious stuff, the Sydney Fringe is also known for unleashing upon its audiences awesome waves of laughter. Showcasing his comedy material at Fringe is Casey Talbot from Brisbane, who brings his stand-up show A Case Study.
“It’s the story of my life,” explained Casey. “It’s a collection of stories and anecdotes from my 10 years of performing standup around the country and the world.”
Casey describes his show as: “a hilarious observational and improvisational take on the life of a 30‑something man meeting the challenges of marriage, mortgages, mayhem and medicine.”
Rounding up our picks is Shapeshifter, a one-woman comedy show produced and performed by Sydney-based actor and comedian Josipa Draisma. For this intriguing performance Josipa’s character shifts “like a chameleon” into a set of absurd yet entertaining characters that include a pop megastar, a manipulative mother, and a caped crusader.
She explained her inspiration: “A few years ago I discovered the work and teachings of clown and bouffant through comedian Phil Burgers (a.k.a. Dr Brown), which connected me immediately with… my unadulterated sense of play.”
Part monologue, song, and improvisation, Shapeshifter is an attempt to break norms and induce unstoppable laughter. “It’s the kind of laughing that makes your belly ache. It’s cathartic and magical,” said Josipa.
Running throughout September, this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival is here to sweep you off your feet and expose you to the wonder the Sydney arts scene is. Get set to escape to a world of limitless, unadulterated awesomeness.
CITY HUB’S PICKS OF THE FESTIVAL:
Sept 1–6. Kings Cross Hotel, Level 2, 244 – 248 William Street, Kings Cross. $20.
Sept 3–11. The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Free.
DARK VANILLA JUNGLE
Sept 1–12. Old 505 Theatre, 505/342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. $16+bf.
CASEY TALBOT – A CASE STUDY
Sept 1–5. The Bunker, Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville. $9–$14.
JOSIPA DRAISMA – SHAPESHIFTER
Sept 3–5. The Fuse Box, Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville. $9–$14.
Tickets & info for all events: sydneyfringe.com or (02) 9550 6087
Clr Wy Kanak told City Hub that Liberal councillors were stalling plans through excessive consultation measures.
Safety assessments have delayed construction, and Clr Wy Kanak said he was concerned state government funding could be withdrawn.
Just under $3 million had been allocated for the bike paths from NSW Roads and Maritime Service and Waverley Council allocated $2 million from the council’s infrastructure fund.
Clr Wy Kanak put forward an motion at a council meeting on August 18 to ensure RMS rolls over the funding for the bike paths into the financial year.
He said he thought Liberal councillors had stalled on the issue through community consultation that was unending.
“If the libs aren’t strong and definite about a separated cycleway on Spring Street in Bondi Junction they will by default lose that money,” Clr Wy Kanak said.
“The Liberal councillors weren’t clear if they were going to fight hard for our $3 million for making the separated bike paths.”
Speaking to City Hub, Mayor Sally Betts refuted this.
She said the council was in continuous consultation with stakeholders and the state government.
“Considering that Dominic Wy Kanak voted against the bike path two months ago, and I had to work pretty hard to get them to support my rescission motion, it is disingenuous of him to try and say he is saving the funding allocated for it,” she said.
But Labor Councillor John Wakefield disagreed with Clr Betts’ comments.
“What councillor Wy Kanak and myself did was to ask for a review of the treatment of the bike lane outside the bus depot,” he told City Hub.
Clr Wy Kanak said he voted against the proposed bike path plan because it was “obviously” unsafe.
“We requested that it be deferred, so we could get it redesigned, the buses trying to get in and out. Bus users have to walk across the bike lane, to get into the bus. It was not a good situation.”]]>