Category Archives: Arts

Fluxus, Dick Higgins and Danger Music: A Couple of Hours at First Draft, Woolloomooloo (@firstdraft_)

There is a nondescript “flatiron” building at the bottom of Riley Street, Woolloomooloo next to the PCYC. It is an uninviting building which until recently didn’t even carry signage to alert passers by to its purpose. Since 2014 it has … Continue reading

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Whither The Australia Ensemble? (@AusEnsemble)

A couple of years ago your correspondent noticed something strange about photos of the Australia Ensemble. It looked like a clever marketing ploy to obfuscate the fact there was less product in the box. But was there? Well, yes and … Continue reading

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From the Chook Shed: Senator Brandis Supports Dead White Roosters

Oh, my goodness! The sky is falling. Yes, really. Your correspondent has been talking to Chicken Little. Chicken Little, as you will all be aware is a creation of the Creative Industries: a visual artist and writer was involved in … Continue reading

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“Australia” at the Royal Academy, London: A definitive response

At last. From Dr Janet McKenzie, art historian, artist and knowledgable member of the Australian diaspora, a definitive and perceptive response to “Australia” at the Royal Academy, London. And a masterful put-down of an arrogant British critical establishment. This essay … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job! The Forest Collective Present ‘Shared Lines’ at Abbotsford Convent

Don’t be put off by the headline. Like the picture on a paperback, the header is there to grab attention, and is certainly not intended to suggest that Forest Collective were anything other than competent professionals putting on an intriguing … Continue reading

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Of Music, Mortals and Metamorphoses

A “new” Stradivarius is purchased and needs a name Australian investors, it seems, have been slow to embrace the idea of buying rare instruments of the violin family. This is a great pity, since it could be argued the nation … Continue reading

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Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp: City Recital Hall May 7

Coupling voice with plucked instrument has had a very long and eventful history. The lute has its genesis so far back it denies precision, but certainly was in common use to accompany the voice in the Middle Ages. Today that … Continue reading

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