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Arts Features

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped the...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:53pm

Tell us about Work-Shop and what you are looking to achieve? Have you ever had the desire to learn the ins and outs of hand lettering, wanted to make your own Kombucha or even give taxidermy a crack? Well, that’s where Work-Shop comes in. Our aim is to help you unleash your inner awesome through affordable short courses taught by a rockstar lineup of artists, makers, foodies and life experts....

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:52pm

How do yoga teachers influence positive change? Once of the most important roles of a yoga teacher is to live the principals of yoga on and off the mat. They help all of us to become aware of when we are pulled away from being present in our being. By encouraging our students to cultivate a daily practise of yoga, meditation and breath, positive change will be inevitable for all.
 
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Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:49pm

Can you share a bit about your school? We offer the Creative Arts and Culture Training package from Certificate IV to Advanced diploma of Screen & Media. Our students are provided with hands on tuition in Short Film Production on up to 20 films per year, taking students from concept right through to the marketing of their films. Our facilities are industry standard and have just installed...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:47pm

Tell us about El Patio Language School. El Patio has amazing teachers, two lovely schools, helpful admin staff, student study support and lots of fun, which is the best environment for learning a language.
 
What makes Spanish such a beautiful language to learn? I think we all know about those adorable rolled Rs, those guttural G and J sounds and the incredibly hot northern Spanish...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 1:25pm

The American Civil War is a watershed era of US history, spawning social and cultural changes that are still unfurling to this day. As a source of story and myth, the soil is exceedingly fertile; the battles of Nashville, of Shiloh and Fort Sumter, and of course, Gettysburg.

 

The spectre of Gettysburg is a potent force in the MTC’s latest production, John. Written by Pultizer...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 12:05pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Oscar season is in full swing - I hope you've tuned your heart strings, 'cause they're about to get a hecka workout.

 

 

 

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Along with Moonlight, this film is leading the charge...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:05pm

How has Anton Chekhov informed Stupid Fucking Bird? Aaron Posner – the playwright of Stupid Fucking Bird – calls it a ‘sort of’ adaptation of The Seagull, and he’s quite liberal with excising chunks of plot and compressing two or more characters into one for ease of modern staging. But he’s remained intensely faithful to the essence of the story.
 
How does Chekhov's The Seagull...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 2:04pm

What is it? Those crafty cupids down at Punktured are offering a Valentine's deal that's so good it's worth getting hitched with your latest Tinder match to take advantage of it. In the name of love, they'll be offering a two-for-one day while dishing out a free second piercing with every piercing and aftercare product. Sparkle sparkle.
 
Who is it for? You could of course bring...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:59pm

What is the story behind Manflower Co? You know how difficult it is to find a gift for him, especially when you need something little to show your appreciation. For us girls, we have multiple options with flowers being the most popular solution as it ticks all the boxes in terms of price point, satisfaction and convenience. The ability to order online and arrange delivery makes it even more...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 1:04pm

Neil Hamburger is a difficult act to visualise. He's crass, angry, uncomfortable, and – in his own way - a hilariously important figure.

 

As the wonderfully tragic creation of alternative comedian Gregg Turkington, Hamburger's an unshakable satirical mirror that reflects the social intricacy and ego that comes with the world of entertainment. Turkington has been playing...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:45pm

In the trailer for Damian Walshe-Howling’s short film MESSiAH, actor David Gulpilil is seen laughing from the side of a road in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The joy in Gulpilil’s laughter immediately hooks in the viewer; you can see why Walshe-Howling wrote the script for MESSiAH with Gulpilil in mind.

 

“I had heard about this international film competition...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:36pm

The City of Stonnington is sending off the summer in style with a series of shows that marry Broadway, opera and symphony across three exciting nights with The Classics.

 

Opening the series with Opera, the next installment, Broadway is sure to entertain, with a show dedicated to the heroines, divas and vixens of musical theatre. They’ve enlisted some big guns in the musical...

Posted 3 Feb 2017 @ 4:06pm

It's difficult to comprehend the sheer evolutionary magnitude of a decade. 2006 was a strange time - an era where technological advancement was integrating with our social backdrop at a rate more rapid than ever. No one could have predicted how irreversibly our day-to-day lives would change. Social networking was fast becoming a viable reality, the...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:17pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases, and oh boy are there a lot of reasons to be a grouchy fella at this very mo.

 

As it's a quiet week, your bonus is a Netflix Original that I've thoroughly enjoyed, therefore you better thoroughly enjoy it or I'll come to your house and I will cut you.

 

Also, shout out...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:05pm

 

What is it? MOVE is a hot yoga studio located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Founded on a passion for yoga, healthy living and a balanced lifestyle.
 
Why were you inspired to create it? MOVE was born from a desire to create a space for like-minded people in the CBD to practise, revitalise and nourish.
 
How does your studio foster a sense of community? Simply...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:06pm

Welcome to Beat's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a goddamn glorious week, you guys. Look at this friggin' lineup!

 

The two most critically acclaimed flicks of the week are African-American stories with majority black casts; Batfleck has freed himself (momentarily) from the Justice League; a long-lost pariah returns with A...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 2:01pm

 

Tell us about your show. The LGBTIQ Sports Festival is the single largest annual event of its kind in Australia and brings together LGBTIQ  sporting and recreation clubs for the ultimate come and try day. Supported and funded by Maribyrnong City Council, the Sports Festival will provide countless free sessions for individuals and groups interested in sport and recreation within the...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:59pm

 

What is your show about? The exhibition features a video work that reflects on feminine identity expression by queer women that I know. It’s somewhat of a stereotype that lesbians and queer women express their gender identity as what might be considered androgynous, masculine or butch. But there are also those that feel most authentic when they express their gender in more...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 1:23pm

‘Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth is an erotic yet profound stageplay unlocking the ancient prostitute.

 

When attending a live production, you hope to be wooed by stage grandeur and expertise, captured by the narrative however flippant or solemn it may be. The Victorian Opera’s newest work ‘Tis Pity: An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 5:15pm

Last week, journalists from around Australia strapped on their cameras and flocked to film Melbourne’s homeless community with all the detached curiosity usually reserved for violent car crashes or spree killings. The tennis was used as the excuse for the intrusion, with reporters arguing that the transient community represented a blemish on the otherwise unsullied reportage of the Australian...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 2:16pm

Gay liberation in Melbourne has come a long way in the last 40 years – improved public perception once contributed to decriminalisation; now it leverages public backing for gay marriage and adoption.

 

Come January, a vista of diversity and embrace overcomes the city in welcoming the 30th Midsumma Festival. A glittering lineup of cabaret personalities, high-octane theatre, film,...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:08pm

 

Tell us about your show.
Frankie Valentine: Baby Got Back is a collective of female performers driven to explore concepts of the body in a live, multimedia space. We use dance, puppetry, burlesque, circus, film and stripping to entertain and to shine light on the female experience. Vesper White: It’s a real wildcard of a show. We do the weird, sexy, bizarre shit you don’t see...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 1:06pm

 

Tell us about your event.  Queer and Alternative Life Drawing is inspired by events I run at Confest alternative living festival. A variety of models will be posing outside the normal life drawing roles for example in same sex couples or in tableaux of three or more. I can provide informal coaching for new artists so the event is suitable for anyone over 18 with a broad mind and an...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

 

Tell us about your show. I play a character called Rhonda Butchmore – an homage to stage legend Rhonda Burchmore – and in this show I am giving the audience backstage tours of Arts Centre Melbourne as Rhonda with my comedy partner Kyle Minall. Whilst you get to see real backstage locations and learn real facts about the building, Rhonda also throws in a few of her own stories for a...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

 

Tell us about your show. Born and bred in Melbourne, it’s not a global love affair. Four-hundred-thousand audience members across five continents, someone told me recently (in Paris) that it’s the longest lasting and the most awarded provocative variety of our times. True? We just won our 16th award, the International Theatre Institute’s International Presentation of the Year across...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:40pm

 

Tell us about your show. The key theme works around the notion that our identities are expressions of the same female essence and that we each express different aspects of this fundamental nature. Considering ourselves and others in this way can dissolve the idea of difference, inspire curiosity and make it possible to wonder at the breadth and beauty of what being female is.
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Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:37pm

 

Where did the inspiration for your show come from?
Playing to Win is inspired by my search to attain even the slightest level of success,  only to reach my thirties and realise I have no idea what success means. It's stand-up comedy, live music and storytelling blended together as only I can, with rage, humour and a lot of critical thinking behind even the stupidest of jokes....

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 12:01pm

It must be a frightening realisation for a comedian, to learn they’re fresh out of killer anecdotes. It’s something that’s crossed Nick Cody’s mind before. “I worry about that stuff, thinking, 'Oh shit, I did all this fun stuff in the past and now I don’t know if I’m going to get any stories,'” he explains. “I always forget that I will most definitely make mistakes.”

 

“I just...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:48am

To say that Cirque du Soleil’s shows are elaborate production numbers understates their magnitude.

 

For every show, the Quebecoise-based circus phenomenon builds an elaborate microcosmos beneath the big top, transporting patrons to fantastic realms where gasps are guaranteed.
 
While Kooza, the company’s latest show to hit Oz, returns to the meat and...

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