I thought that Luke Morris' Wine Science Show was really interesting and really funny. It was the first time this comedy festival that I felt the delicious abandon of a belly laugh. That intoxicating sensation of laughter is a science of its own.
It is rare to see such emotional vulnerability in the world. In theatre, usually someone is 'playing' a character. There is a subtext that the character is imagined, or that it is some kind of creation of a writer, a director, a producer, and an actor. I am not saying that is a bad thing, [...]
Ambience is everything for a sunny Sunday afternoon tipple. Inside with Bob Dylan playing on the stereo and people discussing the finer points of the Spanish language or outside in the breeze under the umbrellas? I love the Robbie Burns. They have the most delicious tapas. It is such a nice place to get warm [...]
Ismael's Ghosts was a very interesting and emotionally sophisticated film about the life and work of Ismael (Mathieu Amalric). On a seaside holiday with his girlfriend Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg), they are visited by Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), Ismael's former wife, who has been missing, presumed dead for 21 years. Carlotta's audacity and immaturity are beautifully contrasted [...]
It is always fun to come home after a festival and look up the music of the bands I saw. Bashka is a Turkish band, and their music feels so rich on this cosy, rainy Saturday morning. World music on the weekend. It transports me to places I have never seen but only heard about [...]
The streets were buzzing tonight on my walk home. Huge queues outside of both gelato shops and even Alimentari was open tonight. So lovely. All the way down the street, people were out at bars enjoying the last vestiges of summer.
Heaven! I am 3/4 the way through a bottle of the most lovely sparkling wine and the music is pouring through these solar and wind powered speakers. It is a festival for Harmony Day in Fitzroy and it is a superb end to the summer. The last band is the Tek Tek Ensemble and from [...]
Even though I really wanted to see this play and was stoked when Mistress Butterfly texted me on the way home from work to ask if I would like to come along, I didn't really enjoy it. The story did not capture my imagination. I wanted to relate to something along the lines of writing [...]
Whenever I press play on the tunes that Monarchy have selected for a DJ mix, I always feel like breaking out the cocktail umbrellas and pomegranate mojitos. Hehe. It is a sure way to turn any evening into a party. This particular song is by a Sydney act, who (in some form) were making amazing [...]