ARTS REVIEW: ADMAN: WARHOL BEFORE POP

  For most people the iconic artist, Andy Warhol is synonymous with the colourful pop art of Campbell’s soup cans, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the record sleeves from The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. What some people may not realise is that Andy Warhol was an accomplished commercial illustrator and draftsman who worked…

ARTS REVIEW: HAKAWATI AT SYDNEY FESTIVAL

  The term “Hakawati” may not mean a lot to people today. In fact, you’d probably be forgiven for thinking it was something Japanese. Hakawati actually means the art of storytelling in the Arabic tradition where story time is combined with the breaking of bread or sharing of food. It’s a wonderful concept and has…

ARTS REVIEW: MATTHYS GERBER @ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SYDNEY

  To seek out the failings of an image seems like a curious choice of action for an artist. But Matthys Gerber is no ordinary painter. The Sydneysider (who has born in the Netherlands and has lived in Denmark) is the subject of a comprehensive exhibition that is currently being staged at the Museum of…

LIVE REVIEW: AN EVENING WITH JAMES RANDI @ METRO THEATRE (07.12.2014)

  Randall James Hamilton Zwinge (James Randi) didn’t earn the name, The Amazing Randi for nothing. The 86-year-old Canadian-American has built a career on great things, first as a magician modelling his stunts on Harry Houdini’s work before graduating to become an author, skeptic and all-round investigator who lifts the lid on people making falsehoods….

THEATRE REVIEW: BRAZOUKA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  Brazouka made it feel like the Rio Carnival had come to the Enmore. It saw comedian, Billy Connolly acting as the voice of authority and it had the promise of dusky temptresses plus colour and candour from the get-go. It was also a setting where gyrating uncontrollably wasn’t frowned upon but in fact actively…

ARTS REVIEW: INTERFACE: PEOPLE, MACHINES, DESIGN @ THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

  Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum are no strangers to exhibiting information technology (IT) items and computers, as their permanent exhibition,Cyberworld proves. This collection has been joined by a temporary exhibition,Interface: People, Machines, Design. The latter looks at how computers and other IT products have been designed. It’s interesting to see how a handful of companies made…

THEATRE REVIEW: BEAUTY & THE BEAST @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE, PARRAMATTA (18.07.2014)

  The world of Disney is magical and the story of Beauty & The Beast is enchanted. It was originally a book written by Linda Woolverton and has since enjoyed success as a Broadway musical and animated film with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The Riverside Theatre in Parramatta is currently hosting a new adaptation of the show,…

LIVE REVIEW: VIVID IDEAS – ADAM ZWAR & JULIAN MORROW IN CONVERSATION @ MCA (05.06.2014)

  The Vivid Ideas session which brought together Adam Zwar (Wilfred, Lowdown) and The Chaser’s Julian Morrow was officially opened by organiser, Jess Scully. She described the talk as being about drawing two people together whose work she admired and asked them about how you create great content and the process of getting it out there. The one hour in conversation was similar…

THEATRE REVIEW: PINOCCHIO @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (13.04.2014)

  The story of Pinocchio is a well-known one. The little puppet who had to prove himself to become a “real” boy and the owner of the nose that grew whenever he told lies was first written as a serial and released as a book in 1883. It has been translated into hundreds of languages and had…

LIVE REVIEW: GRAPHIC FESTIVAL SYDNEY – RADIO WITH PICTURES FEAT. DON WALKER, CLAUDIA KARVAN, FENELLA KERNEBONE AND MORE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (06.10.2013)

Last year’s instalment of Radio With Pictures at Sydney’s Graphic Festival sold out and it’s easy to see why. The 90 minute show at the Sydney Opera House saw a group of compelling storytellers come together over a mutual love of radio, writing and graphics. It was a multimedia show that fed all the senses. This year the show…