“We don’t really like doing them [festivals] because it’s a ‘one shot’ for the area, everyone trades year round so we came up with DoDarlo to encourage local business to do fun things,” said Győry.
DoDarlo had its first run in June, and this December it makes its next appearance. There will be 25 businesses involved on the day from Tap Gallery, Radio Free Alice, Old Growler, My Little Cupcake, and of course The Record Store.
The businesses are spread out around the area so you can spend a whole day walking around the east Sydney suburb exploring. Every shop who is a part of the event will have special deals, workshops, taste testings and giveaways, it’s just dependent on the store.
Guests visiting the event will be given limited edition gift labels designed by local artist Jodee Knowles. If your business is in Darlinghurst and you want to be a part of DoDarlo, Győry encourages you to sign up at the DoDarlo website. (AMal)
Dec 5. Various stores in Darlinghurst. Free. Info: dbp.org.au/do-darlo-xmas
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“This idea came to be a while back,” explained Balla. “I suppose it’s because I…loved the work of people like Joel Myerowitz, Gary Winogrand, Helen Levitt and Vivian Maier. They’re all amazing photographers and they have this ability to go out and create timeless images just with a click of the shutter.”
For Balla, photography provides an “infinite, endless array of possibility” which she perceives to be a rewarding challenge when narrowing down what subject matter is most intriguing to her.
Each image in Where the Sidewalk Ends evokes the mood of a film still, telling discreet, emotionally charged stories of the characters they depict.
“[The images are] these kind of moments in time, which are almost warped…like a moment which has become endless,” Balla explained. “And [it is] this moment which you are looking at and seeing what is going on, what has happened, what is about to happen, who are these people… and you really try to decipher it.”
Where the Sidewalk Ends will provide the audience with enjoyment, and a sense of suspended animation, as the images offer more questions than they answer. (NB)
Until Dec 6. Yellow House Gallery, 57-59 Macleay St, Potts Point. Free. More info: beckerminty.com/events/]]>
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After their previous successful theatrical shows––The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman, AKA Bob Dylan (A Lie) and Lenny Bruce: 13 Daze Un-Dug In Sydney 1962––the talented duo return with singer, songwriter, guitarist and stage and screen actor Terry Serio. The remarkable cast also includes Abe Mitchell, Branden Christine, Lenore Munro and Dorje Michael Swallow portraying Keef’s disparate and infamous group of friends, lovers and fellow musos like Chuck Berry and Queen Liz.
A Riff on Keef is an unforgettable evening full of “masterminding bands, coups and crimes” as the audience takes an uncharted and unofficial journey through Keef’s philosophy on life and his search for the secret chord in a hilariously absurd way.
“Rock stars are the gods of our time, we examine their lives like we once did those of the Buddha or Christ,” said Di Fonzo. “Any fan of popular culture will know [Keef] is ripe for satire of the highest and most hedonistic order.” (ASha)
Until Dec 12, Mon–Sat. SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod St, Kings Cross. $20-$38.Tickets & info: griffintheatre.com.au or 02 9361 3817.
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Cocaine may be the party drug of choice in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, but push below the surface and you find a seedy chain of crime, corruption and abuse that crushes the most vulnerable and feeds on their proverbial corpse.
Tom Conroy is Jimmy, a small-time dealer who gets caught in the gears of the supply chain. Colin Friels is Grubbe, the hard-bitten cop intent on taking down a big player. Behind it all looms the shadowy, surreal figure of La Madre, the spirit of sex and death.
Dark and disturbing from the outset, the opening folk tale is of a young boy who gets tricked into going into a butcher shop where he gets slaughtered and stitched up with drugs. The sense of unease is only amplified by the use of two child actors throughout the production. One of the later scenes where a child carries a bag leaking blood all over the stage is almost too much to take. (Is this just shock for shock’s sake?)
Staging and lighting is as shiny and manufactured as the scenes it portrays, while the script regularly breaking into Spanish and German dialogue does not help audience engagement.
Friels sparkles in his ensemble parts, and plays Grubbe with the grittiness and charisma we all know well, but it sits uneasily with the bizarre moments of surrealism. Perhaps this production is trying to be too many things.
Mortido is a harrowing experience. But it is hard not to wonder, ‘What is the point?’ (GW)
Until Dec 17, Tues–Sun, various show times. Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $49-72. Tickets & info: belvoir.com.au/productions/mortido/ or 02 9699 3444.]]>
The rules of these simple games are social, with the main goal being to bring together like-minded people and create a space that is fun, welcoming, accessible and non-intimidating for people to experience new ideas and learn more about gaming.
The creators of the event hope to unite Sydney gamers of all types by bringing in as many gaming types as possible including large-scale social party games such as Werewolf and Two Rooms and a Boom, a live mega game based on The Martian, tutorial roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons (as well as lectures and presentations by Dungeon masters and experienced players), board and card games, room escapes, and Mario Kart all day every day.
The venue is open from noon to midnight with a drop-in drop-out approach during the day, and ticketed sessions during the evening where there will be one-on-one solo interactions for hardcore gamers, talks by industry luminaries and commentators and many other gaming events. Whether you’re a geek obsessed with video games and roleplaying, or a newbie who’s into the occasional social party game, this five day mini-festival has something for everyone. (ASha)
Dec 1–5. The Old 505 Theatre, 5 Eliza St, Newtown. $10-$25 per event, or $100 unlimited festival pass. Tickets & info: wearemoonshot.com or see the ‘GameFest 2015′ Facebook event.
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In a pleasant twist on the dramatic ‘hardship that a fighter must overcome’ trope, this time it isn’t the fighter himself that must endure but rather his trainer, Rocky Balboa.
Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Adonis Johnson Creed is powerful and compelling, with a simmering rage and intensity as the young man battles not only opponents in the ring but in his own mind and his struggle with the in the legacy of his father.
Fans of the Rocky series will be pleased to see a number of homages to the original and its many sequels, but this film is strong enough to fight on its own behalf.
This time period is the primary focus of Stephen Frears The Program, which is inspired by journalist David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. With the film being based on the journalist’s recount of the story, it follows a documentary style format.
Ben Foster’s portrayal of Armstrong is uncanny and cannot receive enough praise. Another key figure in the ultimate downfall was Floyd Landis who is played by Jessie Plemons, who also puts in a supreme performance.
The biggest problem with the film is that it covers such a long time period it can sometimes feel rushed and as though it is only skimming the surface, this is even more pronounced for an avid cycling fan who followed this story intently from the moment rumblings began. If you are a casual fan however this film is certainly worth checking out. (JA)
The Graduate is based on the 1963 novel by Charles Webb, which sees Benjamin Braddock, a fresh college graduate return home. He doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life and is trying to figure it out. One day he meets Mrs Robinson, his parent’s friend and a bored housewife who seduces him. Things start to get complicated as Benjamin starts to fall in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Elaine.
Hall is excited to be playing Mrs Robinson for the last time in Sydney, as she loves the city.
“I am so thrilled the stars have finally aligned and I am bringing the sultry Mrs Robinson to Sydney,” she said. “As this will be the last time I play this role, it makes the Sydney season very special to me. I have always loved Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning next year with this amazing production of The Graduate and to spend time in your glorious city.”
Tim Dashwood will be playing Benjamin Braddock along side Hall. This version of the production has been performed at Broadway, West End, Toronto and Perth, just to name a few.
The Graduate will play a strictly limited season in December 2016. (AMal)
December 2–9 2016. Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd, Sydney. $69-$119. Tickets & info: ticketmaster.com.au
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“We’re not worrying about what this sounds like, instead we’re writing to please ourselves and whatever comes out naturally,” explained frontman Ben Dowd.
During the recording process this time, the band has taken a somewhat different approach to previous sessions by writing tracks whilst in the studio, and also by having all of the band members involved in the writing process. Ben said the new approach has been “really exciting, because you never know what you’re going to come out of there with”.
With the new all-inclusive writing process, Ben also feels like Apes are now finally “keyed in on what Apes is, and we’re writing the first Apes music rather than trying to sound like bands we admire.” Apes’ recently released single ‘Dimensions’ is a perfect representation of this new direction, as they try to “tap into a new sound but keep the qualities that people already know us for.”
Outside of studio time, Apes have just wrapped up a tour supporting The Darkness which proved to be both a very educational experience as well as a wonderful warm-up for their own national headline tour. “We didn’t really know what to expect form those guys, but their work ethic as well as how above and beyond they got for fans was just insane. I honestly didn’t expect to be able to take so much away from this tour as I did, and can’t say enough about those guys and their touring crew,” said Ben.
For Ben personally, he was taken aside by Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins for a one-on-one teaching session: “He sat down with me for 20 minutes and at not one stage did it ever feel fake. Those guys just genuinely care, which is awesome because they didn’t have to do that at all. I learned so much and definitely plan on using it in the future.”
With their own national tour coming up, the band enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to tour with The Darkness as it proved to be the perfect way to shake off any rust that formed since they last performed in January. “You get really nervous getting back into the swing of things, so it probably takes a show or two. The tour with The Darkness was really great and our confidence is really high now going into our own shows,” Ben said excitedly.
Nov 27. Beach Road Hotel, 71 Beach Road, Bondi. FREE. Info: facebook.com/apeshq]]>
Thu, Nov 26, Max Watts
Luke Morris: Since 2012 – when Morris took the bold leap to quit his job, buy a car and play his way up and down the coast – he has put hundreds of kilometres on the clock, but it’s all been building and perfecting his honest and captivating intimate live show.
Thu, Nov 26, Venue 505
The Bennies: After taking some time off to recuperate and recover following a whirlwind start to 2015, The Bennies are back for another headline tour this week. Known for their energetic party rock vibes, they have been touted as must sees and actually live up to the hype.
Fri, Nov 27, Factory Floor
Jeremy Neale: Celebrating the release of his latest EP, Let Me Go Out In Style, Neale arrives in Sydney this weekend to close out the tour, so expect a really polished great performance. The result of four producers, many great musicians and Neale’s desire to explore different romantic and pop influences on his path to becoming a master songwriter – this is some of his best work yet.
Sat, Nov 28, Newtown Social Club
Swim Season: Having built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s hottest acts due to their mastery of hooks and solid live performance, the band now hits the road this week to showcase their debut EP Cascades.
Sat, Nov 28, The Roxbury
Cleftomaniacs: A local choir with thirty-plus members from right across the city will be performing their Summer Harmonies Concert to officially welcome in the hotter months. The choir isn’t made up of purists, but rather a group who aims to provide the most harmonious and beautiful listening experience possible.
Sun, Nov 29, Glebe Town Hall
Alin & Melike: After a run of sold out concerts this pair are returning to their favourite club venue for a night of passion and music imbued with the fire of Spain and the Mediterranean. The pair have excited audiences for a number of years, taking their listeners on a rich musical journey through diverse cultures.
Sun, Nov 29, Camelot Lounge
Leah Senior: To celebrate the release of debut LP Summer’s On The Ground, Melbourne based singer songwriter Senior is holding an album launch party this week. Having grown up listening to her mother singing arias whilst she herself blasted rock music in her bedroom, its obvious where her distinct sound (which falls right between the two) comes from.
Wed, Dec 2, Vanguard]]>