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Hobart Baroque 2014 dates announced

Hobart Baroque Executive Director Jarrod Carland
30.09.13 5:48 am

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Last year at the Theatre Royal: The Australian premiere of the Royal Opera House’s L’isola disabitata

Organisers have announced the dates for the second annual Hobart Baroque festival of early music. .

“Hobart Baroque generated so much local, interstate and international interest, “said Executive Director Jarrod Carland, “that we have decided to announce the dates well in advance especially so that interstate patrons may plan their visit.

The festival with open on Friday, March 24 and run until April 6,

“Once again we will be using the Theatre Royal for a major opera production, but the festival will be much. expanded with no fewer than ten events in the historic Hobart Town Hall which proved to be a perfect venue for intimate baroque performance,”

Mr. Carland said that in addition there would be performances in Federation Concert Hall and City Hall.  “And because we have had a longer lead time for planning we have been able to involve the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra next year.”

“We have an exciting line-up of international headline performers but we will also showcase the talents of an impressive group of young Tasmanian musicians. Indeed, throughout the entire program we have placed particular emphasis on young performers who represent the future of this unique event.”

The full program will be released in mid-October.

However patrons are encouraged to register interest and those who do so will be given priority booking.

“We are confident that this second Hobart Baroque will build on the success of the inaugural event which was awarded two coveted Helpmann nominations, a unique honour for a new cultural event.

Sunday Tasmanian: Hobart Baroque promises to be bigger and better in 2014

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Moonah Arts Centre: Sisongke

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
27.09.13 5:04 pm

Moonah Arts Centre’s popular 2013 Friday Night Concert Series continues on Friday October 5 with local world music choir, Sisongke presenting :

FROM EAST TO WEST

Sisongke is a joyous dynamic community choir based in Hobart.

The name “Sisongke” means “together” in Zulu, and reflects the choir’s history and distinct repertoire of World Music, including music from Africa,  the Pacific Islands, Aboriginal music, Italian, European Folk Music, etc. 

For this concert under the musical direction of Lyndall Edwards, the 25 person strong, Sisongke will be presenting a one hour program of music featuring in particular songs from Asia. The Chinese song ‘Mo Li Hua’, will be accompanied by flute and song choices will also include two traditional songs from Japan.

This concert is a must for anyone interested in choral world music and learning a little bit more about Hobart’s vibrant community choir scene.

Where: Moonah Arts Centre, 65 Hopkins St Moonah
When: Friday October 4
Times: Doors open from 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Entry by Gold Coin Donation

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Prize to paint picture of people’s favourite

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers
27.09.13 5:02 pm

Residents of the North West Coast will have the chance to help a local aspiring young artist
to take home the People’s Choice Award, when the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture
Prize (TPP) comes to the Devonport Regional Gallery later this month.

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was proud to once again be associated with the
Tasmanian Portraiture Prize and was looking forward to awarding the last prize in this year’s
competition – the People’s Choice Award.

“This award is always exciting because it expresses the views of the wider Tasmanian
community about which piece of art they found the most interesting as part of the
exhibition and why,” Mr Sayers said.

“I strongly urge all Tasmanians to come along to the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture
Prize exhibition when it comes to their areas and cast their vote for the People’s Choice
Award, which can be done online at http://www.taspp.com.au.

“Voting for the award will close at the end of the exhibition season, with the winner
announced on 26 November, receiving $500 in prize money to further their artistic career.”

The exhibition will feature the works of the 33 finalists, including this year’s winner, Untitled
(solitude), by Alex Davern and runner up, Nik Lee’s digital piece, The land shadowed by
everyone’s moving mountain, Chapter nine.

Chair of the judging panel and editor of the national journal Art Monthly Australia, Maurice
O’Riordan, said the calibre of entries in this year’s TPP was very strong, showcasing
everything Tasmanians have to offer the art world.

The award, now in its sixth year, had 2011 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize
winner Robert O’Connor and renowned visual artist Greg Leong, joining Mr O’Riordan on
the judging panel.

More than 70 entries were received for this year’s competition, which was established to
create a platform for emerging Tasmanian artists to exhibit their talents, while also creating
a piece reflecting life in 21st century Tasmania.

As the winner of the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, Alex Davern
received $5,000 in prize money and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in
Sydney, while Nik Lee received $2,000 to assist with studio rent.

RACT Insurance encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the State’s emerging
artists at the TPP exhibition in the Devonport Regional Gallery from 28 September – 27
October and the Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston from 2 – 25 November.

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Horrormathèque comes to Hobart

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
26.09.13 7:47 am

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Good news for genre fans!

Hobart – 26 September— For too long Tasmanian filmgoers have been starved of one genre… horror.

Australians are as fond of a good thrill or chill as any movie fans, but there hasn’t been a huge push to promote the genre in this country since the golden age of ‘Ozploitation’ in the 1970s and 80s. 

As such, even mainstream releases often don’t make it across Bass Strait, to the disappointment of fans, who must watch the latest fare on DVD or blu-ray at home. (Or may even be tempted to illegally download them).

The Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival has been attempting to fill this gap since its inaugural festival in 2012, and is now stepping up its efforts with the introduction of a new screening series….. Horrormathèque.

“We want to show that there’s an audience for quality genre films here,” says Stranger With My Face’s Briony Kidd. 

“Firstly, to ensure that more of these films come down to Tasmanian in future. Secondly, we want to back the genre filmmakers of Australia. They’re making some great stuff at the moment but it’s often not well supported by the local market”.

An example of this would be the film The Loved Ones in 2009, directed by Tasmanian Sean Byrne and starring Tasmanian actor Robin McLeavy (Hell on Wheels).

“It was a fantastic film and acclaimed all around the world,” says Kidd, “But the way our exhibition structure is set up meant that it didn’t do very well here, which is really frustrating.” 

Sean Byrne is now working on projects in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of other successful Australian horror filmmakers like James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious), now the toast of Hollywood.

“It’s great to have success overseas but we want to make our own genre films for Australian audiences,” says Briony Kidd.

“We have our own sensibility and plenty of things to say through dark and twisted storytelling.”

The first Horrormathèque screening this Friday night, 27 September, is the highly regarded new ‘home invasion slasher’ film from Adam Wingard, starring Australia’s Sharni Vinson. It’s getting rave reviews around the world.

Tickets must be pre-booked online at http://www.strangerwithmyface.com and include a free drink beforehand at a nearby pub. This is the only screening of You’re Next in Tasmania, arranged exclusively by Horrormathèque

Further information

Horrormathèque is a screening series hosted by Stranger WIth My Face. Unlike the main festival, it has a broader focus and includes horror films of all kinds, including ones directed by men. It’s about promoting the idea of seeing horror/thriller films communally in Tasmania… with an appreciative crowd, the way they are best seen!

Upcoming screenings:

You’re Next – 27 September, Hobart
100 Bloody Acres – 5 October, Hobart

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
web: strangerwithmyface.com
twitter: @swmf_hff
facebook: swmfhff

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UTAS Arts School, Sunday: Mary Meets Mohammad

Heather Kirkpatrick Director / Producer Mary Meets Mohammad
26.09.13 7:05 am

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MISSED SEEING MARY MEETS MOHAMMAD AT THE STATE CINEMA?

MMM RETURNS TO HOBART!!

6.30PM THIS SUN 29TH SEP at Deschaineux Theatre. UTAS Arts School, Hunter St, Hobart. 

Tickets at door $15, $12, $10.

Thanks to Wide Angle Tasmania and Amnesty International for supporting the evening.

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Spinifex Country

Flinders University Arts Museum
26.09.13 6:10 am

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MONA: Lose yourself in the music, the moment

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
25.09.13 5:12 am

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MONA: If you tilt your head right ...

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
25.09.13 5:01 am

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If you tilt your head right, you can see the weekend from here.

This weekend at MONA, we’ve got music in the Nolan Gallery and the Void, sustainability Q&A’s in the cinema, the Mona Scholarship exhibition opening, and an assemblage of other entertainments to keep you out of trouble, or drop you right into it.

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Saturday 28 Sept 1pm-3pm
MoFolk (Folk at MONA) CHRISTO JONES
Christo Jones and his self-built rig: guitars, keyboards, samplers and pedals. Epic, melodic and beautifully twisted symphonic-pop in The Void at MONA. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music

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Sunday 29 Sept 1pm-4pm
JAM (Jazz at MONA) THE JACQUI WALKER BAND
A blend of bass, guitar, drums, stellar vocals and blues, soul and R&B, in The Void at MONA. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music
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Sunday 29 Sept, 7.30pm
THE DISCOVERY ORCHESTRA
Under the artistic direction of Conductor Peter Tanfield, The Discovery Orchestra challenges traditional ideas of what music is, should be, and can be, through a whole swag of orchestral musicians. (Most of whom are not already signed with a symphony). This is their debut performance, so come along, and make a little history, baby. In the Nolan Gallery, supported by MONA. Tickets $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971.

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Plan ahead - - Saturday 19 Oct 7.30pm
ASTA – SYNERGY TOUR
Synthesiser please… Since emerging on the Australian music scene in 2012, young Tasmanian songstress Asta has been on fire – as has her heart. She’s run the gamut of supports and festivals and now she’s wrapping up her first nationwide tour, ‘Synergy’, with Berriedale hosting the final blast. Come on down to funky town, thirteen-metres underground in The Void at MONA. Tickets: $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and on the door.

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CINEMONA
MONA Cinema. Near the Void Bar; follow the smell of popcorn.
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THE EARTH WINS
IF WE LISTEN SO DO WE
Sometimes we damage the Earth, and sometimes the Earth strikes back. The first Australian-produced film shot with IMAX-quality Cineflex cameras to be released theatrically in a decade is screening at Cinemona: ‘The Earth Wins’ was shot entirely from the air across four continents and blurs the line between an environmental and symphonic documentary that offers us a new perspective on our relationship with the planet. School group bookings available; study packs too.
Fri Sep 27 at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sat Sep 28 at 2pm: Special Q&A screening with Director Jerry Grayson plus guest speakers Kirsha Kaechele (MONA) and Rodney Dunn (The Agrarian Kitchen) discussing sustainability issues raised in the film($15). Film only at 4pm.
Sun Sep 29 at 2pm: Special Q&A screening with Director Jerry Grayson, Producer Sarah Hine and guest panelists ($15). Film only at 4pm.
Mon Sep 30 at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Bookings: Special Q&A screenings $15; Adult $10; Concession/Under 18/Students/Groups $9 from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971
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TURANDOT
Lucky last: the final screening of Turandot, the fourth of the Met Opera’s Winter Encores Season, at Cinemona. Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking 2009 production of Puccini’s last opera. It’s a favourite, a classic, and all of that. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous ‘Nessun dorma’. Super swoon.
Thu Sep 26 at 11am.
Bookings $27 / $22 / $15, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971

THE AUDIENCE
Helen Mirren returns to her acclaimed role as Queen Elizabeth II in a riveting new play by the author of The Queen, Skyfall (co-writer), Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Frost/Nixon, presented by NT Live, screening at Cinemona.
Thu Sep 26 at 2pm
Sat Sep 28 at 11am
Sun Sep 29 at 11am
Mon Sep 30 at 11am
Thu Oct 3 at 2pm
Bookings Adult $25 / Concession $22 / Child $15 from MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona

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ART AT MONA
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Opens Friday September 27, 2013
A RAT’S NEST
The annual Mona Scholarship exhibition opens in the Mona Library Gallery, with 2012 recipient Pip Stafford’s opening of ‘A Rat’s Nest’, continuing until November 25, 2013. The 2013 Mona Scholarship recipient will also be announced on the opening night (Sept 26). http://www.mona.net.au/scholarship

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Until April 21, 2014
MONA’s major exhibition for the year, ‘The Red Queen’, is an assemblage of major commissions, exciting art loans and yet-unseen works from David Walsh’s collection. The idea behind the exhibition is ‘‘art that explores why art is made’’. Is art necessary to human survival and evolution? Whatever you decide, it’s a lot of fun. Take the kids – there’s a jingly trampoline and a room with 40 TVs. Entry is $20 (free for Tasmanian residents and under-18’s). Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm http://www.mona.net.au
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MONA Museum of Old and New Art 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tasmania
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Entry $20 (free for Tasmanian residents & under 18). Ph 61 3 6277 9900 http://www.mona.net.au

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Leo Schofield AM named as new Patron of Island magazine

Island Magazine Chair Dr Polly McGee http://www.islandmag.com
24.09.13 7:59 am

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Australian advertising, restaurant critic, arts industry and festival director luminary Leo
Schofield AM was named as Tasmania’s literary publication Island Magazine’s new patron
yesterday.

Mr Schofield spoke at the launch of edition #134 of the magazine of his passion for
Tasmania, as well as the need to continue to be in dialogue with a global audience who were
captivated by Tasmania’s exotic and diverse arts scene.

“Island is an impressive publication. Content, design and the range of ideas expressed
therein are outstanding by any standards. It will be my mission to make it more widely know,
better appreciated and an influential voice for the arts and culture not only in Tasmania but
also for all of Australia, and even beyond.”

Island Magazine Chair Dr Polly McGee welcomed Mr Schofield’s commitment to be patron to
the Magazine, and spoke of a new era in arts organisation management that was market
driven, for a publication which was more than a magazine, and aimed to be a cultural voice
for Tasmania.

“The days of total funding dependency for arts organisations are over – that message was
very clear when Island lost funding support two years ago and had to radically revision a
market driven product that had the capacity to grow revenue and become sustainable.

“We have taken a long hard look at the place of Island in the literary magazine landscape,
and how we can integrate new forms of media, new audiences, new revenue streams and
new collaborations. Having someone of the calibre of Leo as our patron offers support,
mentoring and networks to Island to help us deliver our new vision,” she said.

Island Magazine releases four editions a year, as well as partnering with UTAS’ Inglis Clarke
Centre to produce four editions of ‘The Tasmania Papers’ in 2013.

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Bluesfest 25th Anniversary 2014!

Bluesfest Byron Bay
24.09.13 6:21 am

Bluesfest 2nd Announcement 25th Anniversary 2014!
It’s time for Bluesfest Legends and a heap of Blues & Roots!

Today Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held over the Easter long weekend (17 – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, opens the 2nd chapter to its 25th Anniversary special edition!

After the first announcement focused on headliners John Mayer & powerhouse Dave Matthews Band, as well as compelling contemporary musicians, this is what Bluesfest diehard fans wait for every year. It’s all about Legends, Blues & Roots and a perfect blend of Funk & Reggae.

Second Bluesfest Announcement:
Doobie Brothers •  Aaron Neville
Gregg Allman •  Boz Scaggs
India.Arie •  Suzanne Vega
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Dr John & The Nite Trippers
JAMAICAN LEGENDS feat. Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie, Bitty McLean
Jimmie Vaughan • The Wailers
Ozomatli •  CW Stoneking
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
Grandmothers of Invention •  The Magic Band • Robben Ford
The Paladins •  Music Maker Foundation Feat.  Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King
plus many more to come

Peter Noble, Festival Director, says:
‘’Here come the Legends. We are so proud to be bringing you the Doobie Brothers and just like Steve Miller Band at Bluesfest in 2013, they have hit after hit after hit. Talking about Steve Miller, we are announcing Boz Scaggs, who is an original member of the Steve Miller Band and he will give us the real ‘Lowdown’, (one of his many great hits) – a really classy white soul man, if EVER there was one.

Gregg Allman is the leader of Southern Rock’s greatest band – The Allman Brothers – hell…. they created Southern Rock and this is his first ever Australian tour.

Although Aaron Neville has toured Australia before in The Neville Brothers and as a guest for The Blind Boys of Alabama, this is also his first Australian tour, so we are going to hear all his hits.
Live, Gregg and Aaron are both just great and they are going to deliver us very hot shows.

We have tried for years to get India.Arie and Dr John to come back to Bluesfest and are so proud they have agreed to come to our 25th.

One of Bluesfest’s all time favourite bands The Paladins will return – they played the first ever Bluesfest at the Piggery in Byron Bay in 1990 – when Bluesfest was a club festival – and we haven’t seen them here in a decade – These guys Rock(abilly) – with deadly passion.

Other festival favourites returning include Jamaican Legends featuring Ernest Ranglin and Sly & Robbie, Jimmie Vaughan, Ozomatli, CW Stoneking and The Wailers and we have waited a number of years to welcome each and every one of them back.

Suzanne Vega will play Bluesfest for the first time and one of our all time favourites the Music Maker Foundation – the non-profit organisation who almost singlehandedly keep the pure Blues flame alive in the South of the US today - will once again send the real deal smoking Blues to our yearly juke joint at Bluesfest, where they will play every night. This year includes Little Freddie King playing Australia for the first time and Bluesfest favourites Pat Wilder and Cool John Ferguson.

The Music Maker Foundation delivers one of our most jam packed shows at Bluesfest – the word soon goes out and their stage is the place to be – each and every night – to experience real blues – hot, sweaty, sexy and down home – an absolute don’t miss.

And – I am proud to announce a VERY special billing of two bands that will both play Australia for the first time. Believe me, it is hard to get them to play almost anywhere and these will be real unique, almost ‘one of a kind’ shows – The Grandmothers of Invention – featuring members of the original Mothers of Invention, performing the songs they created with Frank Zappa back in the day.
NOT to be outdone will be performances by the The Magic Band – YES – Captain Beefheart’s band – the one that played on Trout Mask Replica.

Both bands feature original members from that time – and they will perform faithful renditions of the classic songs they created – WOW.

And like Otis Redding used to say – “’If you think we gonna stop now – we ain’t gonna stop now” – in true Bluesfest style – stand by – there’s plenty more to come – I’m beginning to get excited.

ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED
John Mayer – Dave Matthews Band              
Two Incredible Performances
Erykah Badu – John Butler Trio
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Iron & Wine – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Devendra Banhart – Morcheeba
Gary Clark Jr – KT Tunstall
Allen Stone – Valerie June – Nikki Hill

Bluesfest playing schedule is available on http://www.bluesfest.com.au
All Festival and Camping tickets are on sale through http://www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310
Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster on http://www.ticketmaster.com.au

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A new creative hub breathes life into old Mercury building

Duncan Abey, Mercury
23.09.13 2:29 am

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SOMETHING is rumbling inside the old Mercury building in Hobart’s Macquarie St.

Behind its signature art deco exterior, the empty newsrooms and long-silent printing halls are being transformed into restaurants, art galleries and a creative industries hub that will give it new life.

Arts patron Penny Clive, who with husband Bruce Neill bought the building and surrounding structures from Davies Brothers this year, said maintaining the site’s industrial heritage was at the top of their priorities.

“This is just amazing for us, because they are just the most amazing set of buildings sitting untouched right in the middle of Hobart,” Ms Clive said.

“It just offers us in the arts so many opportunities to interact with these spaces.

“We plan to work within the core industrial past, and I hope it eventually turns into an arts think-tank for Tasmania.”

Where printing presses once rumbled into the night in the main building’s basement, a 60-seat restaurant is taking shape, designed by architect Ryan Strating and headed up by award-winning Peppermint Bay chef David Moyle.

In the next room, Hobart’s Detached Cultural Association will make its new home alongside gallery space for exhibitions.

Upstairs, Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael will develop the project’s creative hub. He said the hub would grow to include industries including design, architecture, festivals, advertising, visual and performing arts and new media, helping put Hobart at the forefront of creativity in Australia.

Overseeing progress on site yesterday, Ms Clive revealed a secret weapon behind the transformation: former Mercury electrician Dean Ware.

Mr Ware spent more than two decades getting to know the building’s nooks, crannies and quirks.

“Dean has been such a key person in the development of the building, because he brings a connection to the past,” Ms Clive said.

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Moonah Arts Centre: Steve Young Trio

Michael McLaughlin Community Cultural Development Officer Glenorchy City Council
20.09.13 7:03 am

Moonah Arts Centre’s popular 2013 Friday Night Concert Series continues on Friday September 27 with The Steve Young Trio presenting:

“The Piano Has Been Drinking…(Not Me)”— A tribute to the legendary Tom Waits
Steve Young returns to the Moonah Arts Centre Friday 27th September to perform an evening of Tom Waits’ music.
One time State-side, now local jazz Pianist and Singer, Steve Young offers soulful renderings of Waits’ songs with an imaginative sense of theatre, cool jazz, grizzled blues, and dark poetic ballads. 

Tom Waits has created an aural universe through 24 albums spanning a 40 year career; all the while, transforming his song-writing and persona according to his own whims.  He evokes the feel and sounds of the past, yet is contemporary and timeless at the same time. 

Waits stands alone, yet evokes a who’s who of literary figures - Kerouac, Bukowski, Mark Twain -  as well as the music of Louis Armstrong, Lead Belly, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kurt Weill, Brecht, folk legends and jazz heroes. Like Bob Dylan, he is one of American music’s great mysteries.

Wait’s unique singing voice has been described by critic Daniel Durcholz as being “soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” He evokes such raw, undiluted emotion but when he sings his more “mainstream” songs, especially in a jazz style,  his voice is rolling, gravelly and deep -  the unmistakable Tom Waits’ sound.

The one hour concert promises to be a journey of vivid imagery and powerful emotion.  There’s something for everyone, from diehard Waits’ fans to the curious newcomer.

Steve Young will be joined by Isaac Gee on Double Bass, Ben Brinkhoff on guitar, with a special guest ...or two on the menu.

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David Roche Legacy – Antiques & Art Collection, Adelaide SA

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
19.09.13 6:00 am

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The David Roche Foundation manages, maintains and displays the collection David Roche (1930 - 2013) left in trust earlier this year for the Australian nation. Renowned Sydney antiques dealer Martyn Cook has been appointed Inaugural curator. Together with Collection Manager Ann Preston Flint, they are producing specialized exhibitions under a major theme. Read More:

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Devonport Regional Gallery: Tasmanian Portraiture Prize

Astrid Joyce: Education and Public Programs Officer Devonport Regional Gallery 45-47 Stewart St Devonport 7310
19.09.13 5:12 am

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2013 RACT INSURANCE
TASMANIAN PORTRAITURE PRIZE
Devonport Regional Gallery
28 September – 27 October
Opening 27 September, 6pm

The RACT Tasmanian Portraiture Prize featuring the award winning work of Tasmania’s best emerging artists will open at the Devonport Regional Gallery (DRG) on Friday 27th of September at 6pm and will be on display until the 27th of October 2013.

Now in its sixth year, the youth portrait prize is for artists aged 30 and under, the prize is a collection of 2D work depicting living Tasmanians. The 2013 judges Robert O’Connor, Maurice O’Riordan and Greg Leong were faced with a tough task in finalising their decision.

This year’s winner was North Hobart’s Alex Davern for his piece, Untitled (solitude). The acrylic work on canvas depicts a single figure taking a bath. Alex explains, “This is a portrait of Shey Bissett. It captures a moment of solitude in the bathroom. To bathe for many people is a simple way to relax, de-stress, and release tension. This painting is an expression of my solicitude towards Shey, it visualises positive emotions such as relaxation and a sense of freedom and space, but still there is unease and tension.”

Chair of the judging panel and editor of Art Monthly Australia, Maurice O’Riordan, said the calibre of entries in this year’s TPP was very strong, showcasing everything Tasmanian has to offer the art world. “It was a very tough decision for Robert, Greg and I, however, Alex’s portrait offered an interior space to the portraiture genre that intrigued us all,” Mr O’Riordan said.

“The way in which his piece, Untitled (solitude), embodies the individual and interior setting
was quite unique, not to mention the composition, scale and technical skill. “Alex should be very proud as he is certainly a deserving winner.”

This year’s TPP runner-up was Launceston’s Nik Lee for his digital piece, The land shadowed by everyone’s moving mountain, Chapter nine. Each year the TPP award a people’s choice award, this award is announced at the end of the exhibition period. People can cast their votes online through their website. http://www.taspp.com.au/

RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he was proud to once again be associated with the
Tasmanian Portraiture Prize and its contribution to art and creativity in the State.

The 2013 competition received more than 70 entries and was established to create a
platform for emerging Tasmanian artists to exhibit their talents, while also creating a piece reflecting life in 21st century Tasmania.

“The Gallery is thrilled to be hosting the RACT Tasmanian Portraiture Prize again this year, it is great to support young and emerging talent. This year’s prize has a lot more entries from the North and North West so we expect it to be a popular show.’’ DRG’s Education and Public Programs Officer Astrid Joyce said.

Alex Davern, the winner of the 2013 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize, receives $5,000 in prize money and a trip for two to the Archibald Prize exhibition in Sydney, This year’s runner up, Nik Lee will receive $2,000 to assist with studio rent.

RACT Insurance and the Devonport Regional Gallery encourages all Tasmanians to come along and support the State’s emerging artists at the TPP exhibition from 28 September – 27 October

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Alex-Davern
Untitled (solitude)
2013
137-x-122cm
Acrylic on canvas

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Estella Mason
Marilyn (Jayden)
2013
Digital photograph


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Nik-Lee
The-land-shadowed-by-everyones-moving-mountain-Chapter-9
2013

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MONA: The Earth Wins

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
19.09.13 5:08 am

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Sometimes we damage the Earth, and sometimes the Earth strikes back. The first Australian-produced film shot with IMAX-quality Cineflex cameras to be released theatrically in a decade is screening at Cinemona: ‘The Earth Wins’ was shot entirely from the air across four continents and blurs the line between an environmental and symphonic documentary that offers us a new perspective on our relationship with the planet. School group bookings available, study packs too. Tickets fromwww.mona.net.au/cinemona and 6277 9900.

Cinemona session times
Wed 18 Sept, 2pm + 3pm + 4pm
Thurs 19 Sept, 10.15am + 11am
Friday 20 Sept, 10.15am + 11am + 2pm + 3pm
Saturday 21 Sept, 11am + 12pm + 4pm
Sunday 22 Sept, 2pm + 3pm + 4pm
Monday 23 Sept, 11am + 12pm + 1pm
And more. Check online.
Bookings $10 / $9, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971

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MONA: Never a dull moment

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
19.09.13 5:05 am

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Here’s what’s coming up at the Museum of Old and New Art.

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Opens September 27, 2013
A RAT’S NEST
The annual Mona Scholarship exhibition opens in the Mona Library Gallery, with 2012 recipient Pip Stafford’s exhibition ‘A Rat’s Nest’, opening to the public on Friday 27 September and continuing until November 25, 2013. The 2013 Mona Scholarship recipient will also be announced on the opening night. http://www.mona.net.au/scholarship

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Until April 21, 2014
THE RED QUEEN
MONA’s major exhibition for the year, ‘The Red Queen’ is an assemblage of major commissions, exciting art loans and yet-unseen works from David Walsh’s collection. The idea behind the exhibition is ‘‘art that explores why art is made’’. Is art necessary to human survival and evolution? Whatever you decide, it’s a lot of fun. Take the kids – there’s a jingly trampoline, obstacle table tennis, and a room with 40 TVs. Entry is $20 (free for Tasmanian residents and under-18’s). Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm http://www.mona.net.au

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CINEMONA - MONA Cinema. Near the Void Bar; follow the smell of popcorn.
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Ends Friday
POMPEII
Cinemona presents an exclusive private view in high definition of the British Museum’s major exhibition ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’, focusing on the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, this fascinating show will take audiences around the exhibition with insights from renowned experts who will bring these extraordinary objects to life. With accompanying music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.
Cinemona session times
Wed 18 Sept, 12.15pm
Thurs 19 Sept, 12.15pm
Friday 20 Sept, 12.15pm
Bookings $15, $13, $10, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971

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Ends Friday
THE EARTH WINS
Sometimes we damage the Earth, and sometimes the Earth strikes back. The first Australian-produced film shot with IMAX-quality Cineflex cameras to be released theatrically in a decade is screening at Cinemona: ‘The Earth Wins’ was shot entirely from the air across four continents and blurs the line between an environmental and symphonic documentary that offers us a new perspective on our relationship with the planet. School group bookings available, study packs too. Tickets from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and 6277 9900.
Cinemona session times
Wed 18 Sept, 2pm + 3pm + 4pm
Thurs 19 Sept, 10.15am + 11am
Friday 20 Sept, 10.15am + 11am + 2pm + 3pm
Bookings $10 / $9, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971

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Opens Saturday
TURANDOT
The Met Opera’s Winter Encores Season kicks off at Cinemona with ‘Turandot’, Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking 2009 production of Puccini’s last opera. It’s a favourite, a classic, and all of that. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous ‘Nessun dorma’. Super swoon.
Cinemona session times
Sat 21 Sept, 1pm
Sun 22 Sept, 11am
Monday 23 Sept, 2pm
Thurs 26 Sept, 11am
Bookings $27 / $22 / $15, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971

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Saturday 21 Aug 1pm-3pm
MoFolk (Folk at MONA): ALAN GOGOLL
Local boy Alan Gogoll has been playing the acoustic guitar for yonks and seemingly, has become quite good at it. In-between appearances at Falls, Taste and Cygnet Folk festivals, he’s released two albums - one of which he’ll be playing on Saturday in The Void at MONA. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music

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Sunday 22 Sept 1pm-4pm
JAM (Jazz at MONA): ROAM
Acoustic jazz, brought to you by ROAM: Amelia Johnson, Mark Schmalfuss, Oliver Plapp and Ritnarong Coomber. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Joe Pass – in The Void at MONA. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music

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Sunday 29 Sept, 7.30pm
THE DISCOVERY ORCHESTRA
Under the artistic direction of Conductor Peter Tanfield, The Discovery Orchestra challenges traditional ideas of what music is, should be, and can be, through a whole swag of orchestral musicians. (Most of whom are not already signed with a symphony). This is their debut performance, so come along, and make a little history, baby. In the Nolan Gallery, supported by MONA. Tickets $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971.

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Saturday 19 Oct, 7.30pm
ASTA – SYNERGY TOUR
Synthesiser please… Since emerging on the Australian music scene in 2012, young Tasmanian songstress Asta has been on fire – as has her heart. She’s run the gamut of supports and festivals and now she’s wrapping up her first nationwide tour, ‘Synergy’, with Berriedale hosting the final blast. Come on down to funky town, thirteen-metres underground in The Void at MONA. Tickets: $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and on the door.

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MONA
Museum of Old and New Art
655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tasmania
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Entry $20 (free for Tasmanian residents & under 18)
Ph 61 3 6277 9900
http://www.mona.net.au

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Hundreds of primary school choir students are counting down the sleeps until Singfest

St Finn Barr's Catholic School Music teacher Daniel Townsend
17.09.13 5:26 am

Now in its fifth year, Singfest is a choral celebration involving 20 northern Tasmanian government, Catholic and independent schools, with more than 600 students involved in the event.

Held in Launceston’s grandiose Albert Hall, Singfest has become so popular it is now held over two days, with several massed items and individual school performances.

For the massed items, choirs are assigned one of three parts which they rehearse at school. On the day of the performance, the choirs sing together in stunning vocal arrangements they will have only imagined up until then.

Choirs have been practicing week in and week out, many since first term, in preparation for this exciting event.

Non-competitive and not-for-profit, Singfest is all about kids singing. This year’s repertoire includes contemporary pop songs, a rollicking English folk number and delicate tunes which will have you reaching for the tissue box.

St Finn Barr’s Catholic School Music teacher Daniel Townsend is a proud member of the Singfest committee. His school will participate this year, singing an item with a difference.

“For our item, we will be accompanying ourselves with ukuleles,” Mr Townsend said. “Singing and strumming. It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of hard work.”

As for Townsend’s involvement on the committee, he is adamant it’s for the love of music.

“We are all volunteers and we do it because we love music and we believe every child should be celebrated. As a committee, we communicate every other day and are busy working towards Singfest on top of all our other work as teachers.”

Singfest is Wednesday September 25 and Thursday September 26. Tickets are available now through Theatre North.

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MONA Scholarship exhibition - Sept 26

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
16.09.13 7:07 pm

Here’s a spark of chemistry ...

MONA SCHOLARSHIP

2012 RECIPIENT PIP STAFFORD
EXHIBITION OPENING

2013 RECIPIENT
ANNOUNCEMENT

For more than a decade, the Museum of Old and New Art has offered an art prize for up and coming Tasmanian artists. Growing steadily over the past 11 years, the Mona Scholarship prize now totals $12,500.

Emerging Tasmanian artists can apply to Mona for the prize, but there is no cash - the money is for making art.

It is to be used to buy materials and equipment for an exhibition at MONA, 12 months after receiving the Scholarship. That exhibition is held at the MONA Library Gallery, with one piece selected for inclusion in MONA’s permanent collection. The remainder of the works can be sold to the public, with the artist keeping the profit.

As of 2012, the MONA Scholarship has awarded 14 Tasmanian artists $175,000. 

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2012 MONA SCHOLARSHIP EXHIBITION
A RAT’S NEST by PIP STAFFORD

WHEN Friday 27 September 2013 – November 25, 2013
OPENING 6PM Thursday 26 September 2013
WHERE MONA Library Gallery, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Road Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania

Mona Scholarship 2012 recipient Pip Stafford is a media artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her practice explores the materiality of networks, systems, communication and ritual and her work can be seen in the form of installation, sound, performance, video, online and printed matter.

She graduated from the University of Tasmania, School of Art, with a BFA Hons in 2011 and her work has been shown at CAST Gallery, PICA, Inflight ARI and as part of the Next Wave Festival. She has been artist in residence at CESTA, Czech Republic and Casula Powerhouse, Sydney.

In 2013 she produced Networked Art Forms and Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits and is the recipient of the MONA Scholarship. She is one-half of Taxonomy Publishing, with Scot Cotterell, has collaborated on projects with Amy Spiers and the League of Imaginary Scientists and was the co-founder of ONO Project.

‘A RAT’S NEST’ BY PIP STAFFORD
Sept 27 – Nov 25, 2013
MONA Library Gallery

“… a slightly tarnished machine, covered with silver knobs and gleaming switches, nestled in a rat’s nest of intricate cabling, sat blinking feverishly, stuck in an infinite loop of consume and recycle.” - Kim Cascone, Ten Years of Not Being There, Vague Terrain 15: .microsound, 2009.

‘A Rat’s Nest’ is an experiment in progress; an installation that unfolds and explores the relationship between sound and form, chaos and control, warp and weft.

It consists of crystal, radios, amplifiers, antennae and crystals grown in response to the space, A Rat’s Nest makes audible the electromagnetic frequencies that surround us. The crystal radios are spider-forms for creating delicate sounds and for exploring the frequency of rocks; crunching, folding, crackling noises are sourced from the space they inhabit. The crystals are a foil; fragile indices of liquid and solid form, the potential for the crystalline structures dissolving and sliding away from one another is real.

The work uses fragile and shifting materials to explore notions and actualities of chaos, control and equilibrium. It is a volatile ecology. ‘A Rat’s Nest’ is also site for a performance, performed by the artist, which uses the crystal radios to generate an ephemeral sound work, which will then continue, uncontrolled, for the duration of the exhibition.

MONA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS 2001- 2012
2001: PHAEDRA BROTHERS - Painter
2002: ANDREW EVANS - Sculptor
2003: KATHRYN FALUDI BALL - Photographer
2004: PHILIP MCKAY - Painter
2005: ALAN YOUNG - Painter
2007: REBECCA COOTE - Sculptor, glass
2007: ROB O’CONNOR - Painter
2008: ALICIA KING - Bio-artist
2008: JAMES NEWITT - Time Based Media
2009: SARA WRIGHT - Ceramicist
2009: JUDITH ABELL - Sculptor
2010: CATH ROBINSON - Installation/Sound artist
2010: SONIA HEAP - Installation artist working in dress
2011: ALYSSA SIMONE - Digital Media
2012: PIP STAFFORD - Media artist
2013: To be announced on Thursday 26 September 2013 at MONA

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thINK | BIG DRAW free drawing festival


16.09.13 2:45 pm

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Local arts educator Bradfield Dumpleton launches his latest creative brainchild –
thiNK – a free drawing festival for people of all ages as part of The Big Draw
international drawing festival 2013. The event will be held in The Thinkubator at
Channel Court Shopping Centre in Kingston between 7 – 13 October.

This new and inspiring event consists of a series of free, one-day drawing
playshops open to 120 participants over the week. Participants will spend a day
immersed in drawing games and activities designed to make them think and
draw in new ways. Drawing (no pun intended) on The Big Draw theme of “Draw
Tomorrow” the participants will draw interconnected panels to add to the Brain
Tree, a huge evolving drawing mural.

The focus of the event is for participants to use drawing to think about
connecting: connecting lines, ideas, people, synapses, community. Making
creative connections in the brain has positive flow-on effects for health and
wellbeing.

One of the highlights of thiNK is that has been developed to enable broad
community participation. A day has been set aside for the very young (0-7), two
days for kids aged 8 – 13 years, a day for young people 12 - 24, and a day for
the young-at-heart aged 50 and over. On one of the days the Migrant Resource
Centre will be bringing a group of young people from a range of cultural
backgrounds along to participate. This will further enhance the cultural exchange.

The thiNK drawing festival will culminate on Friday 11 October with an official
opening and exhibition of the completed mural and other artworks. It will then be
open to the public the weekend of 12 & 13 October. During the open days there
will be the opportunity for anyone to draw & contribute to the public artworks
gallery.

All information about the event and bookings can be found at:
bradfielddumpleton.com

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Theatre Royal: Brian Kennedy and Shane Howard, 8pm, September 25

Paula Xiberras
16.09.13 3:09 am

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For the final show of Brian Kennedy’s Australian tour he is joining forces with one of Australia’s finest singer songwriters Shane Howard, exclusively for the Theatre Royal Hobart, 8pm on September 25.

The concert promises to be an outstanding evening in song and story telling ... a true Celtic Australian sojourn.

Brian Kennedy is an exceptional performer. His most recent album ‘VOICE’ entered the UK charts at No. 3. The single ‘Best Days’ is his lyrical reaction to the recession and the album further cements Brian’s reputation as an outstanding vocalist, guitar player, songwriter and interpreter.

His work with Van Morrison has been well documented where he has featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’. Brian ended up sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. That unique Irish voice can be heard harmonising and answering Van on five of his major hit albums.

For one night only Brian joins forces with one of Australia’s finest, Shane Howard, who is admired and respected for his integrity and commitment to music. For more than 30 years his songs have continued to champion the cause of the common man, the environment and the injustices endured by Australia’s Aboriginal people. He writes universal songs of love and life and ‘combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions… Howard¹s songs have a global reach.’ Aziz Choudry, Montreal.

• You can win a double-pass to hear Brian Kennedy & Shane Howard at the Theatre Royal, 8pm, September 25. There are five double-passes on offer. First in - to write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) -  best dressed.

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Decision to cancel funding to Launceston music festival is shortsighted

Kim Booth MP Member for Bass
14.09.13 8:56 am

The Tasmanian Greens Member for Bass Kim Booth MP has written to the Launceston City Council to raise strong concerns over its decision to cancel funding to the annual Breath of Life music festival.
Mr Booth said the event was a major economic boost for the City of Launceston, and urged the Council to immediately reconsider its decision regarding funding.

“The Breath of Life festival is not only a fantastic local event which brings big name acts to our City, as well as showcasing local talent, but it’s also a massive boost for the economy” Mr Booth said.

“With up to 16,000 attendees last year, it is believed this event injects approximately $2.3 million into the local economy annually, filling hotel rooms to capacity in the greater Launceston area.  However it costs organisers around $1.4m to stage.”

“Bars and restaurants are full and retail outlets receive much needed patronage.  Given the challenges small business, retail and hospitality are facing in the North, I am at a loss as to why Council would be so reluctant to support such a worthwhile event.”

“I will be continuing to advocate for the Festival to ensure its successful continuation into the future and have today written to the acting General Manager urging that Council reconsider the matter.”

“To lose such a worthwhile event to another part of the State due the rejection of a funding request for $20,000 would be a crying shame,” said Mr Booth.

Download: Letter from Kim Booth MP to Launceston City Council General Manager

Sep14_Leter_from_Kim_Booth_MP_to_LCC_ATTACH.pdf

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OWL program to promote senior social media use

OWL project Officer Kitty Taylor
14.09.13 6:08 am

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Seniors creative members of our communities are set to become social media savvy thanks to an innovative program on offer by Tasmanian Regional Arts.

TRA’s Older, Wiser and connected onLine, or OWL program, sets out to engage senior members of the arts community through workshops and coaching to promote participation in social media by the over 60 age group.

Enrolments are now being sought statewide at the following locations and dates:

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Only 15 places available per location, be quick to secure your place.

For more information and enrolments please contact OWL project Officer Kitty Taylor.

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Falls Festival Ticket update

Two Fish Out of Water
12.09.13 4:06 pm

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THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVALTICKET UPDATE

Tickets to The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Lorne, Victoria sold out in just half an hour after going on sale to the general public on Wednesday morning! Tickets to Marion Bay, Tasmania and Byron Bay, New South Wales are currently selling strongly with Byron Bay expected to sell out shortly.

To make travelling to Tasmania even easier for interstate patrons,Falls has just announced an increase in the quantity of their Gimme Shelter ticket options and the availability of Tepee Life in Marion Bay. The Gimme Shelter ticket option provides patrons with the use of a tent and sleeping mat, all included in the exclusive 3day ticket price.Just arrive onsite and step straight into a fully pitched tent without the hassle of lugging it all the way from home. For friends travelling in larger groups, Tepee Life is an excellent option, they can hire the use of a lovely 2, 4 or 6 person tepee made from discarded corporate advertising banners. This can be purchased separately to tickets here: http://www.tepeelife.com.au/falls-marion-bay/

In 2012, 55% of the sold out crowd attending Marion Bay were from interstate locations and the festival is trying to make the journey to Falls even easier for their patrons over this busy summer holiday period.

“It was great to see so many people from all across Australia celebrating the New Year in Marion Bay last December. The ticket price is deliberately kept lower than that of its mainland counterparts in Lorne and Byron Bay to allow for patrons additional travel costs.” Paul Piticco, Festival Director. 

Tasmania is the perfect place to holiday over summer with a wide range of events and activities in full swing. MONA is open, Taste of Tasmania is starting, Sydney to Hobart is racing plus a never-ending list of scenic natural wonders to be explored.

TRAVEL:
Best to book your travel early while availability is high and costs are low, check out the Falls website for all of your options: http://marionbay.fallsfestival.com.au/getting-to-tasmania/

ABOUT THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2013:
A world-class line-up of music, comedy and arts in a relaxed festival environment. The coastal locations are beautiful and all camping is free. The 2013 line-up has been released with more local acts to be added to the program later in the year.

THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 LINEUP (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):
MAIN PROGRAM: !!! (CHK CHKCHK), ASTA, BIG SCARY, BOMBINO, BONOBO, THE CAT EMPIRE, CHET FAKER, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, CYRIL HAHN, EMMA LOUISE, FLIGHT FACILITIES, GOSSLING, GRIZZLY BEAR, HANNI EL KHATIB, HERMITUDE, HORRORSHOW, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW, JOHNNY MARR, LONDON GRAMMAR, MGMT, NEIL FINN, OLIVER TANK, THE PAPER KITES, POND, THE PREATURES, THE ROOTS, THE RUBENS, RUFUS, SOLANGE, THUNDAMENTALS, TOM ODELL, VAMPIRE WEEKEND, VIOLENT FEMMES, VIOLENT SOHO, THE WAR ON DRUGS, WHITE DENIM, THE WOMBATS.
BOOGIE NIGHTS: THE CORRESPONDENTS, HOT 8 BRASS BAND, HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, LATE NITE TUFF GUY, LEGS AKIMBO, MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO, TOM THUM.

EVENTS:
Dec 28 – Jan 01 in Lorne, VIC (est. 1993) 18+ event – sold out
Dec 29 – Jan 01 in Marion Bay, TAS (est. 2003) All ages – on sale
Dec 31 – Jan 03 in Byron Bay, NSW (est. 2013) 18+ event – on sale

Follow the festival here:
fallsfestival.com -  Twitter -  Facebook -  YouTube -  Instagram

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Republic, MONA: Briana Cowlishaw

Emily Cheung
12.09.13 3:32 pm

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Sydney jazz pop artist Briana Cowlishaw announces new single, album and national tour

Prominent Sydney jazz pop artist, Briana Cowlishaw has announced the release of her new single, Paper Mache City lifted from forthcoming album of the same name, due out October 4.  To celebrate the new material, Cowlishaw will be hitting the road with her six-piece band on a nine-date national tour set to kick off at The Ellington in Perth on October 4 and concluding at The Dungeon in Newcastle on November 21.

Written and recorded while Cowlishaw was living in the US, the album was born out of the multi-dimensional musical frenzy of NYC.  Wholly inspired by her surroundings, Cowlishaw gushes, “New York City has this eclectic combination of inspiring art, people, architecture, creativity – a real rat-race type adrenaline, a pretty cut throat lifestyle and financial reality, and that feeling that anything is possible!”

With a unique and creative flair for writing, Cowlishaw studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Performance at The Australian Institute of Music (AIM).  “Every song I have ever written has come from on experience I’ve had.  So many of my songs were inspired by my travels, but also just every day experiences like walking down the street and noticing an old man smiling by himself.  Things like that really inspire me and make me ponder about life and what it’s all about.”

Influenced by legends of the game such as Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, the album is a collection of stylistically and sonically diverse songs, fusing elements of pop and folk with an underlying jazz language and all its delicacies. A playful and quirky approach with beautiful compositions, Paper Mache City moulds its own niche in the Australian music landscape.
 
The film clip for the fun, upbeat lead single, Paper Mache City was filmed live at Venue 505 in Sydney.  You can view the clip here:: http://youtu.be/_BnR5OTwZ7I

NEW SINGLE |  PAPER MACHE CITY |  AVAILABLE ON ITUNES SEPTEMBER 16
NEW ALBUM | PAPER MACHE CITY |  AVAILABLE ON ITUNES OCTOBER 4
NATIONAL TOUR DATES |  ON SALE NOW

http://brianacowlishaw.com    https://www.facebook.com/brianacowlishawmusichttps://twitter.com/brianacowlishaw  http://www.youtube.com/supercowlishaw

NATIONAL TOUR DATES

Friday 4 October |  The Ellington |  Perth, WA
Doors at 7pm, $20 http://www.ellingtonjazz.com.au

Sunday 13 October |  The Clarendon |  Katoomba |  Blue Mountains, NSW
Doors at 3pm, $15 entry http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ or 02 4782 1322

Thursday 17 October |  The Loft |  Canberra, ACT
Doors at 7pm, $15 entry on the door

Thursday 24 October |  Blue Beat |  Sydney, NSW
Doors at 9pm, $20 entry http://www.bluebeat.com.au

Saturday and Sunday 26/27 October |  Bennetts Lane |  Melbourne, VIC
Doors at 8.30pm, $25 entry http://www.bennettslane.com

Sunday 17 November |  MONA arvo Jam Session |  Hobart, TAS
1pm - 4pm Void Bar http://www.mona.net.au/

Sunday 17 November |  The Republic Bar |  Hobart, TAS
Doors at 8pm http://www.republicbar.com/


Thursday 21 November |  The Dungeon |  Newcastle, NSW
$25 entry http://www.dungeonjazz.com.au/

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Bett Gallery: Toby Pola, loose nut

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
12.09.13 1:11 pm

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Bett Gallery: Tom O’Hern, Dead Dog, Friday 13 Sept, 6-8pm

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
12.09.13 7:32 am

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Art at MONA

Rebecca Fitzgibbon Events Media Manager Museum of Old and New Art
12.09.13 6:34 am

Hello culture critters,

There is so much happening at MONA, I included some pictures to ease your eyes.

Thoughtful, hey?

You are.

And the dear sweet woman provided piccies with each of the items but the ageing Ed did not have the energy to post ‘em!x

ART AT MONA

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Ends Monday 16 Sept
Works sampled from 10 years of Australian artist Todd McMillan’s absurd and melancholic video-art practice come together in ‘TEN YEARS OF TEARS’, on show at MONA in Roy Grounds’ modernist masterpiece, The Round House (which now serves as the Mona Library). Entry is $20 (free for Tasmanian residents and under-18’s). Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm http://www.mona.net.au

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Opens September 27, 2013
The annual Mona Scholarship exhibition opens in the Mona Library Gallery, with 2012 recipient Pip Stafford’s opening of ‘A RAT’S NEST’, continuing until October 19, 2013. The 2013 Mona Scholarship recipient will also be announced on the opening night. http://www.mona.net.au/scholarship



Until April 21, 2014
MONA’s major exhibition for the year, ‘THE RED QUEEN’, is an assemblage of major commissions, exciting art loans and yet-unseen works from David Walsh’s collection. The idea behind the exhibition is ‘‘art that explores why art is made’’. Is art necessary to human survival and evolution? Whatever you decide, it’s a lot of fun. Take the kids – there’s a jingly trampoline and a room with 40 TVs. Entry is $20 (free for Tasmanian residents and under-18’s). Wednesdays to Mondays, 10am - 5pm http://www.mona.net.au


CINEMONA


Ends Friday 13 Sept
POMPEII An exclusive private view in high definition of the British Museum’s major exhibition ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’, focusing on the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Introduced by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, this fascinating show will take audiences around the exhibition with insights from renowned experts who will bring these extraordinary objects to life. With accompanying music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the exhibition to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.
Wed 11 Sept, 11.45am
Thurs 12 Sept, 11.45am
Friday 13 Sept, 11.45am
Bookings $15, $13, $10, from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971
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POMPEII FOR SCHOOLS Specially created for children aged 7-11, ‘Pompeii for Schools’ is presented in a lively and entertaining style designed to engage a young audience, the film explores behind the scenes of the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition ‘Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ and links to the curriculum across a range of subjects, including history, science, art and design, PSHE and citizenship. In similar spirit to ‘Horrible Histories’, children’s television presenters Ed Petrie and Naomi Wilkinson, accompanied by children from London primary schools, discover what life was like for Romans living in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. From blind food tasting and simulating volcanic explosions, to Latin lessons and excavating Roman remains in the British Museum basement, ‘Pompeii for Schools’ tells the dramatic story of events leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius and its devastating impact on the inhabitants of both cities.
Wed 11 Sept, 10.15am
Thurs 12 Sept, 10.15am
Friday 13 Sept, 10.15am
Standard prices $20 adult / $18 conc / $15 child or school / group bookings $15 / $13 / $10, from Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971



Thurs 12 Sept 2pm
SLEEPING BEAUTY A gothic romance with music by Tchaikovsky. Perrault’s timeless fairy tale, about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years, was turned into a legendary ballet by Tchaikovsky and choreographer, Marius Petipa, in 1890. Choreographer Matthew Bourne (‘Nutcracker!’ of 1992 and ‘Swan Lake’ with an all-male cast of 1995) takes this date as his starting point, setting the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine, at the height of the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. 2013 Olivier Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Standard prices $23 adult / $21 conc / $15 child, plus school/group bookings, from Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971.



Friday 13 Sept, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
SHARKNADO The cult made-for-TV movie they wouldn’t show on TV —because sharks are better than that. And bigger, actually. ‘Sharknado’ Hobart screenings are exclusive to Cinemona in a new one-night event, Cinemona Pscyfidelity Experiment 1.0, premiering on lucky Friday the 13th, 2013. But be there early – DJ Metal Yves will be mashing your favourite chainsaw and marine science tunes in The Void bar before and after screenings. Tickets are $15 / $17 / $12 from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona


Opens Saturday 14 Sept
THE EARTH WINS Sometimes we damage the Earth, and sometimes the Earth strikes back. The first Australian-produced film shot with IMAX-quality Cineflex cameras to be released theatrically in a decade: ‘The Earth Wins’ was shot entirely from the air across four continents and blurs the line between an environmental and symphonic documentary that offers us a new perspective on our relationship with the planet. School group bookings available, study packs too. Session times and tickets from http://www.mona.net.au/cinemona and 6277 9900.

MUSIC


Saturday 31 Aug 1pm-3pm
MoFolk (Folk at MONA) Fiddle-singer, Norwegian Hardanger Fiddle player and South Indian Karnatic violin specialist, JENNY M. THOMAS is never predictable. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music


Sunday 1 Sept 1pm-4pm
JAM (Jazz at MONA) Gothic tales of Australia’s dark history re-told. MOFO 2013 was the Tasmanian debut of JENNY M. THOMAS AND THE SYSTEM and they now return as part of their current national tour, reclaiming lost Australian cultural territory with songs of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation - dragged out of the songbooks, ripped apart, then lovingly put back together again. For those who like their pop music intelligent and their folk music without beards. http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music



Sunday 29 Sept, 7.30pm
Under the artistic direction of Conductor Peter Tanfield, THE DISCOVERY ORCHESTRA challenges traditional ideas of what music is, should be, and can be, through a whole swag of orchestral musicians. (Most of whom are not already signed with a symphony). This is their debut performance, so come along, and make a little history, baby. Supported by MONA. Tickets $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971.



Saturday 19 Oct 7.30pm
Synthesiser please… Since emerging on the Australian music scene in 2012, young Tasmanian songstress ASTA has been on fire – as has her heart. She’s run the gamut of supports and festivals and now she’s wrapping up her first nationwide tour, ‘Synergy’, with Berriedale hosting the final blast. Come on down to funky town, thirteen-metres underground. Tickets: $25 / $20 from http://www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events and on the door.


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MONA
Museum of Old and New Art
655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tasmania
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Entry $20 (free for Tasmanian residents & under 18)
Ph 61 3 6277 9900
http://www.mona.net.au

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Despard: Art & Object

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
10.09.13 1:43 pm

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Dear friend of Despard Gallery, please see your invitation for tomorrow evening the 11Th of September for this eclectic exhibition.

We hope you can join the artists for a drink to celebrate the exhibition opening.

In particular we welcome Bill Yaxley - legendary artist who lost the family home and studio in the savage fires that
destroyed many areas around Dunalley.

Jeff Mincham also had a lucky escape as the fires around Cherryville came close to the family home in the Adelaide Hills.

Both artists are showing works for the first that reflect their experience.

http://despard-gallery.com.au/art-object-bird-mann-mincham-morrison-morruc=

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Shakespeare in the Garden AUDITIONS!!!! 24/25 Sept 2013

Ros Peck, Directions Theatre Pty Ltd
10.09.13 1:24 pm

Directions Theatre is calling for actors aged 18+ to audition for the classic comedy “A Midsummer Nights Dream” playing 7 February – March 1 2014 in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and March 8 at Delamere Vineyard, Pipers Brook. For an audition appointment on either 24/25 Sept call Ingrid on 0419 536084

Directed by Maeve Macgregor four young lovers flee to the woods to escape the perils of Athenian law and end up in a twisted tangle of confused affections, six amateur actors meet in a secret grove to rehearse in earnest; all the while the fairy king and queen wage a war of jealousy and mischief. Whether it’s the meddling fairies, the theatrical antics of Nick Bottom and Peta Quince, the lovers’ haps and mishaps, or the astonishing poetry, audiences will be enchanted by this well loved comic masterpiece.

A Midsummer Nights Dream
Venue : Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
Times / Dates: 7PM Tue to Sat 7 – 1 March 2014
Prices: $25/$15
Booking details (Online / Phone): Centertainment, Gate Sales from 6PM on night of performance

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Rediscover the Arts on Bruny Island

The Long Gallery
09.09.13 4:54 pm

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Arts | What's On