Thu, Apr 2, Enmore Theatre
Hein Cooper: In a truly life changing moment while playing a small pub show in Sydney Copper was discovered and quickly signed to Indica Records and rose to prominence internationally. Weaving together indie pop sounds with emotive lyrics with his vocal performance the threads holding it all together. Hein return home for a brief run of shows before heading back to Canada for yet another tour so seize the opportunity while it presents itself to catch a brilliant Aussie talent.
Fri, Apr 3, Newtown Social Club
Rolls Bayce: Brisbane trio finally set to embark on their first Australian headline tour before heading off to the UK for The Great Escape Festival. Embraced by Triple J it sure has been a rollercoaster ride for the trio since releasing their self titled EP in November. This is the first chance fans have to get in on the ground floor before the inevitable rise.
Sat, Apr 4, Goodgod Small Club
Luke Escombe: Singer-songwriter/guitarist closes out his tour celebrating the recent release of his Creeper Vine EP this weekend in Marrickville. Drawing musical inspiration from Chick Berry, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones, Escombe’s new release features some interesting views on modern urban life and the challenges it entails.
Sat, Apr 4, Lazybones Lounge
Harry Coulson’s Rain Dogs: This young Melbourne jazz trio come to Sydney for an intimate show. Combining an impressive mixture of blues and jazz with supreme musicianship this is a fantastic opportunity for jazz fans to catch a new exciting talent before they explode and play much bigger venues.
Tue, Apr 7, Jazzgroove @ Foundry 616
Adrian Cunningham Quartet: The now New York based Aussie instrumentalist briefly returns home this weekend to play with his long time quartet for their only Sydney show this year. Having formed in 2004 the group went on to record four studio albums, a live DVD and played many of the countries biggest festivals before Adrian would set his sites abroad. Relocating to New York in 2008 Cunningham quickly ascended the ladder to become one of the busiest reed players on the scene, with regular slots at famous venues and as part of the Wycliff Gordon quintet and Grammy winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks.
Wed, Apr 8, Venue 505]]>
A huge 6.2 by 3.4 metre rainbow flag in Taylor Square, Darlinghurst has been declared permanent following a unanimous City of Sydney … Read more]]>
A huge 6.2 by 3.4 metre rainbow flag in Taylor Square, Darlinghurst has been declared permanent following a unanimous City of Sydney decision this week.
The flag was originally approved in March last year, but only as a temporary fixture to honour the past and present contributions of LGBTIQ people in the area until permanent artwork could be constructed in 2018.
The motion tabled by Liberal councillor Christine Forster at Monday’s council meeting ensured the existing flag would be included in, rather than replaced by, the 2018 artwork.
“Look it was a no brainer in my opinion. Of course it stays there. Why would we take it down?” Ms Forster told City Hub just after the March 30 meeting at Town Hall.
“I had people talking to me saying that they would get dozens of people up here to shout and scream about it if I thought that it wasn’t going to get through, but I was fairly confident it would.”
The flag, which is the largest rainbow flag in Sydney, was installed in October 2014 and was a central part of this year’s Mardi Gras parade.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore provoked criticism from Ms Forster on social media when she allegedly referred to the flag as “temporary” at a recent public address. Ms Forster, speaking to media at the time, called those comments “pointed”.
“The Lord Mayor is insisting that the flag will be removed, but I think that would fly in the face of the wishes of the community, which I believe would want to see it remain, alongside the artwork,” Ms Forster said at the time.
As this week’s council meeting Ms Moore said she did not recall ever using the word “temporary”, but Ms Forster again insisted she had.
The installation of the flag cost the council $52,000 in taxpayer money.
Head of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership Stephan Gyory said the flag helped enliven Taylor Square and was supported by local business.
“I don’t think anyone has come to Australia to visit the flagpole, but I reckon anyone who gets to Taylor Square goes ‘that’s a pretty cool flagpole’,” Mr Gyory said.
Some social media users drew comparisons between the decision over the rainbow flag and the State government’s decision to temove a rainbow crossing at Taylor Square.
“Please keep the rainbow flag at Taylor Square. Why spend more tax dollars to remove it? It’s the rainbow crossing all over again.” wrote Twitter user ‘Matt Effect’.
The ‘rainbow crossing’, a colourful pedestrian crossing once also located on Oxford Street, was controversially removed by the State government following the 2013 Mardi Gras parade.]]>
The Old 505 Theatre Company’s production of Seeing Unseen is set in the future and tells a story about the now, that started as a reflection of an obscure historical topic.
Kerri Glasscock, co-collaborator, performer and theatre company co-founder explains, “Often the work that we do stems from historical sources, and interestingly enough (although) this show is about modern technology and the world we live in now, it actually started from a development where we were examining the court life of Shakespeare, which is bizarre.”
Seeing Unseen challenges the way we receive and accept news and information, and explores what life might be like for people who have lived for longer with the technologies that package and deliver information to us. With revelations that unfold throughout the piece, half the joy is working it out in the end.
The work of this theatre company in particular is revolutionary as the scripts are not the product of a single writer, but they are written collectively from improvisations that happen during rehearsal. This would not be possible without their access to a permanent venue, unlike so many artists in Sydney who cannot afford rehearsal space.
The Old 505 Theatre Company celebrates ten years of devising independent productions this year.
8 – 26 April 2015. The Old 505 Theatre Company. Suite 505, 342 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills. $22 – $33. Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/EVPE.]]>
Her passion and enthusiasm for the precinct are immediate, but come with a warning as she discusses the reasons behind her current exhibition ‘Colourful X’.
“What I absolutely love about Kings Cross is that it’s inclusive. The community is made up of people from all walks of life. Any lifestyle goes and nobody is judgmental, but I am concerned that within a blink of an eye it could all disappear.”
Like many who observe the rampant gentrification of the area, Jenna is worried that the area is losing many of the great characters and personalities who have helped define the community in recent decades.
With the Colourful X exhibition, Jenna has set out to document some of KC’s most recognisable identities, each portrayed in large and very engaging stencil and spray paint portraits. In some ways, it’s homage to the bohemian past but also recognition of a culture that still survives despite all the negativity often associated with KC. As Jenna notes:
“Kings Cross became known for its bohemian nature in the early 1900s when the area became a haven for artists, musicians, writers, actors and a more unconventional lifestyle. Remnants of that unique identity are still here in 2015, so let’s shift the focus to acknowledge the beauty that exists, the community, the history, the culture and colour.”
The portraits include author and long time observer of the Cross Louis Nowra, former Les Girls dancer Ayesha Kazan, striptease dancer Elizabeth Burton and Tap Gallery director Lesley Dimmick; just some of the people you might have encountered at the Piccolo Bar in Roslyn Street over the past three to four decades. Naturally, the Piccolo’s ebullient proprietor Vittorio Bianchi is part of the exhibition, hot on the heels of his own biographical theatre show “Piccolo Tales” at the same venue.
One of the most familiar faces on Darlinghurst Road in recent years was Kings Cross biker Randall Nelson, who sadly passed away last year. Known to everybody as ‘Animal’, there was seldom a day when his colourful bike was not parked somewhere along the strip. His inclusion in the exhibition is of course a given.
Whilst not as prolific during daytime hours, John Ibrahim is synonymous with the Cross’s current nightclub culture and is the subject of one of the exhibition’s most striking portraits. Likewise long time denizen of the hood, musician Continental Robert Susz is another seldom sighted during daylight hours but a long time regular around the live music bars, clubs and late night takeaways.
You can check out the Colourful X exhibition at the GKJE Gallery at level two of the Mercure Hotel at 226 Victoria Street in Potts Point through until April 28.]]>
Jenna YoNa Bloom. A Colourful X GKJE Gallery 1, Mercure Sydney, Potts Point, Level 2, 226 Victoria Street, Potts Point. April 1-28]]>
With the Easter break and the associated school holidays impending, parents everywhere are searching for entertainment options for the kids. While we all know about the more common and expensive options, it is important to note that there are also affordable, unique options available.
Newtown’s King Street Theatre plays host to the best of these options next weekend with their Glee Club Fun show. This show is an interactive live kid’s show, taking inspiration from the family favourite television show Glee.
Created by the team from Next Move, this unique show sees the cast inviting kids on stage to sing and dance to some of their favourite songs, along with some of their favourite Glee characters. (JA)
14-18 April, King Street Theatre, Newtown, $17-20 or $60 for family (children under 2 free but must book a seat), kingstreettheatre.com.au or 0423 082 015.]]>
The Liberal Party comfortably hung onto government at last Saturday’s election but the Greens stole the show, gaining more representation in NSW … Read more]]>
The Liberal Party comfortably hung onto government at last Saturday’s election but the Greens stole the show, gaining more representation in NSW parliament than ever before.
Greens MP Jamie Parker retained the close seat of Balmain against strong opponent Verity Firth while Jenny Leong comfortably won the hotly contested seat of Newtown against Labor’s Penny Sharpe.
In rural NSW, the Greens’ opposition to the extraction of coal seam gas held them in good stead as they took Ballina and at the time of publication still had a chance of defeating the Nationals in Lismore.
The mood was ecstatic at the Greens election after party, where Mr Parker spoke to the crowd about the Greens’ future growth.
“They said we couldn’t do it,” he said to thunderous applause.
The mood at Verity Firth’s post-campaign headquarters was not quite so triumphant.
Ms Firth arrived at the venue alongside Tanya Plibersek, federal member for Sydney and deputy leader of the Opposition.
Ms Plibersek praised Ms Firth’s campaign, saying that she was the best candidate Labor could have asked for in the electorate.
The ALP’s failure to win Balmain and Newtown has placed pressure on the party, prompting some to say Anthony Albanese’s federal seat of Grayndler could be in trouble at the next election.
Paul Boundy has been a campaigner for the Greens for over ten years and said although Mr Albanese has a strong following, the Greens could be in with a shot at the seat.
“If a party is more favourable at a state level then they’re probably going to be more favourable at a federal level as well, and I don’t know the exact numbers but I reckon it’ll be close,” he said.
“He’s quite popular but I think we could have a chance.”
Labor’s Paul Pearce failed to reclaim Coogee, despite a six percent swing towards him. Mr Pearce said he didn’t think Mr Albanese would be in any trouble at the next election.
“If the people who are Greens who consider themselves Left want a good spokesperson in parliament they would obviously support Anthony Albanese,” Mr Pearce said.
“He’s leader of the Left in the party, he’s never taken a step backwards on good Left policies and it would be extraordinarily stupid to be knocking off Anthony for a Green who’s going to sit there and be irrelevant to the political process.”
Mr Boundy said the notion of a “token” Greens candidate was a misrepresentation and with the party’s growth came the ability to make a difference.
“I don’t think it’s ever a ‘token’. I’d prefer the term ‘symbolic’ because that means you’re just meaningless but we can actually make a difference,” he said.
“I can just see the Greens growing and growing now.”
The relationship between the Greens and the Labor party is anything but harmonious, especially as the third string party picks up steam.
Luke Foley told Fairfax Media last week that the Greens were “an enemy because they are seeking to replace the Labor party”.
Randwick Greens councillor Murray Matson said this was unfair as the Greens exist in their own right.
“I do feel that the Labor party should stop this jealous protecting of what it sees as its place in the political spectrum. We’re not there for the Labor party. We’re there for climate change issues, social justice issues, and issues of transparency and accountability in the electoral system,” he said.]]>
Hot off her recent win at the Grammy Awards for Best Music Album for Eve, Benin born vocalist, author and activist Angelique Kidjo is set to return to Australia for a run of shows in conjunction with the Byron Bay Bluesfest, with the final stop being in Sydney next weekend.
The win at this years Grammy Awards makes Kidjo a two time recipient of the award, which she described by saying “I still can’t believe it but it is a reality that I have come to embrace. It is great when your work is recognised by your peers and it means a lot to me.” As a follow up to Eve Kidjo has just released Sings, which was produced alongside a gigantic 110 piece orchestra that one would assume would be extremely taxing. However, according to Kidjo, this was a challenge she wanted to embrace. “There are so many different sounds that come around, that come and go and you just feel humbled doing it. It’s a challenge as a musician but it’s a great challenge because I can grow into that and discover new avenues for my own voice.”
For Kidjo, music has always been a passion project that helps her spread her message of “one music, one people, one human family.” From an early age, this mindset was slowly formed. “As a child, the traditional musicians in my country told me over and over again when you have a talent, whatever it is; it’s not for you to keep. It is for you to use to empower other people.” Over the years, Kidjo has demonstrated this through her music, advocacy and philanthropic efforts. Whilst speaking to Kidjo, it was clear that she has never taken any of her success for granted and is thankful for all of the support. “I am always humbled and grateful to live off my passion and to be able to travel around the world through music to meet new people and cultures” she said.
Despite all of the seriousness behind her message, Kidjo stressed that music is also still about the fun. “We have fun on stage and the public can see that and have fun with us. The beauty of our show is that I like people to participate, to sing and to dance. That’s just how we do it in Benin. It’s communion time: it’s a moment where you leave your worries, enjoy, pause and think about yourself. I just want people to come, loosen up and have fun”
Apr 12, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, $79-114+b.f, sydneyoperahouse.com]]>
On Thursday April 9th, The ArtHouse Hotel will play home to an intriguing night of Burlesque performances. Featuring some of Sydney’s most captivating performers, The Secret Hideaway will offer guests a weeknight escape into the alluring neo-burlesque world.
Amongst the list of performers is Katie ‘Mae de la Rue’ Bell, recent runner up in this year’s Sydney Burlesque Idol. Mae de la Rue began to perform Burlesque in Australia in 2012 and has since found success overseas, which has included showcasing her enticing performance style at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Of the Sydney Burlesque scene, Mae de la Rue describes it as ‘energetic’, but despite its popularity, says that many do not understand it. “We’re just trying to create something that is really welcoming and available to people who have never gone to burlesque, they can come and get a feel of what the entire scene is about.”
Hoping to become a monthly occurrence, guests are invited to enjoy a type of Burlesque that’s flavoured with Australian music and moves, and allows for the Australian humour to shine through.
Mae de la Rue says, “The Secret Hideaway is a great place for people who have never scene burlesque before. It’s an intimate place so you can get a really good view of everything on stage”.
9th April, ArtHouse Hotel, Sydney, Tickets $25 ($20 for ArtHouse members), email@example.com, 0429591576]]>
City Hub has survived two long decades but in light of recent rising costs and decreasing revenues, the paper now needs your … Read more]]>
City Hub has survived two long decades but in light of recent rising costs and decreasing revenues, the paper now needs your help. This week City Hub announced our first crowdfunding campaign,hoping to gather community support in fundraising $50,000 to help ensure the future of our paper. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-make-your-news-limited
Community funding isn’t a new phenomenon, but in the past 10 years it has certainly become easier with new crowdfunding platforms such as Pozible, Kickstarter and Indiegogo: platforms for entrepreneurs to find financial support from their communities and a place where you can donate to the organisations you find worthy.
As new media enterprises cannibalise old media revenues, many small and independent news organisations have turned to these campaigns to help fund individual stories and projects, kickstart new independent media, and reinvigorate and revive long-standing newspapers facing high publication costs and debt.
2014 was a big year for crowdfunding. Sydney’s Star Observer managed to raise over $100,000 to fund the restructuring of the paper after 35 years as a not-for-profit publication. Another alternative paper, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, also worked to collect enough money to fund both an extensive archive system and one last issue exploring the history of the paper after it was shut down.
Each of these scenarios relate in three ways: locals in these communities appreciated this independent voice within media, and realised that to keep that voice, they would have to chip in and provide support. Because of that, each of these campaigns were successful.
After two decades as a paper developed for the locals, City Hub hopes to see the same results throughout our next six week campaign.
“As a result of diminished local news coverage, Sydney has suffered,” publisher Lawrence Gibbons said. “As the government prepares to privatise publicly owned utilities, as more and more publicly owned land is sold off to developers, as more and more dwellings are crammed into our already densely populated inner city neighbourhoods without the infrastructure to support them, as the state government prepares to merge small and accountable local councils into massive, soulless urban bureaucracies, the need for fearless, independent news coverage is more vital than ever. There are countless stories begging to be told. And so we turn to you the community we serve and ask you to fund the stories you want.”
The first issue of City Hub was distributed on August 24, 1995 with the promise to “print the news and raise hell,” offering a free-of-charge alternative to Australia’s media conglomerates for over half a million residents across inner Sydney.
Over the next 10 years the paper expanded to adopt three new breakouts — City News, Inner West Independent and the Bondi View — each covering localised news in their area.
Throughout its 20 year reign, City Hub has remained a pioneer in free speech and freedom of the press, providing both a voice for the community and the news they deserve to hear.
City Hub established its reputation as the paper not afraid to ask the tough questions in the first issue, when we uncovered the government manipulation leading to Rupert Murdoch’s empire taking over the Showgrounds. Since then, the paper has been known for thoroughly investigating the actions of high-profile figures such as the Lord Mayor Clover Moore, reporting our findings even in the face of lawsuits in order to deliver honest news to the community.
Sydney has been sold off to developers block by block and City Hub has consistently reported on the behind-the-scenes deals that plague our community, providing a forum for local opposition that would otherwise go unheard. The paper produced substantial coverage on the controversial development of Barangaroo and the sell off of Millers Point, all while letting locals know how they could get involved.
The paper has twice been featured on ABC’s MediaWatch for marks of excellent journalism. In 1999, the paper exposed the corrupt politics behind the famous Chiquita Banana corporation and its sponsorship of Bananas in Pyjamas. Just a few years later, City Hub spent time further investigating Rupert Murdoch’s reports of the improper disposal of heroin needles behind a safe injecting site in Kings Cross, only to find the needles belonged to a nearby resident who used them to medicate her diabetic cat.
In their 10th anniversary issue, the paper spoke out against government censorship and called for an Australian bill of rights to protect the free speech of Australian citizens.
Since the beginning of publication, City Hub became a paper not afraid to stand up against the big guys while still valuing the stories and concerns of its neighbors. City Hub was published as an independent city newspaper that always kept the locals in mind, and so it has remained.
In July of 2014, the organisation was forced to revert back to one publication, City Hub, as a result of increasing production costs. However, the paper continues to cover and distribute news “from Bondi to Balmain”, keeping the interest of our readers at heart even amidst tough publishing decisions.
Now the paper is facing a loss of income. Any money raised throughout the crowdfunding campaign will help the paper stabilise debt and increase the longevity of the City Hub.
As a truly local paper, City Hub is also providing local rewards to contributors who show their support. The paper has worked to collect over 100 different giveaways as a way to thank their advocates. To see what;s on offer, to share the campaign with your friends and to contribute visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-make-your-news-limited]]>