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Neil Gibson

Here’s what’s good at MONA this week:


Saturday 9 November 1pm-3pm
MoFolk (Folk at MONA)

Tasmanian singer-songwriter Neil Gibson’s heartfelt lyrics and mad fingerpicking guitar skills have seen him support the likes of Diesel, Jeff Lang and Phil Manning. This weekend at MONA, he’ll be singing, dancing (we made that up), and playing a concoction of blues and roots – all on the lawns. Ace. www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music


Sunday 10 November 1pm – 4pm
JAM (Jazz at MONA)

Dog Trumpet is part Reg Mombassa, part Peter O’Doherty. They’ve been on the music scene for decades – in fact, you might be familiar with Reg already: co-founder and former guitarist of Mental As Anything. Nowadays, he’s a designer for Mambo, and an artist too – whose work you can catch next time you’re at Elton John or Ewan McGregor’s houses. Mental as anything indeed. www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/music


Sunday 24 Nov 2pm

Spirit fingers ready. Last year we did a gospel concert on our lawns. It was a hoot, so we’ve gathered the musical gems again: Andrew Legg, Maria Lurighi, Michael Spiby, Brian Ritchie and The Southern Gospel Choir, as well as a new addition: international superstar Khristian Dentley (Take 6). Whatever the weather, come and play: take selfies in the sun, laze on the lawn, and sing along like you’re Aretha Franklin or Michael Jackson. It’s a one-day sing-a-long gospel choir free-for-all, at MONA. www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/events


MOFO 2014
JAN 15-19, 2014
MONA FOMA is back, but not as you know it; running from Wednesday 15 January to Sunday 19 January 2014, MOFO is skipping across the Port of Hobart and anchoring down at Macquarie Wharf (MAC1 and MAC2 to you) for the first time.
Featuring two stages, three orchestras, more than 200 artists and four hours’ sleep a night (okay, so that hasn’t changed), this MOFO program is all over the place. On purpose.
There’s a dancing robot, a free-styling philosopher, prog-punk space opera, morning meditation, black metal with violins, gender liberationists, ambient electronica, string quartet protest music, a Krautrock pioneer, bluegrass Bach, improvised pipe organ, and the usual Bacchanalian nightclub mayhem of Faux Mo. Oh, and lasers. You know there will be lasers.

Buy tickets now www.mofo.net.au

MONA Cinema. Near the Void Bar; follow the smell of popcorn.

Opens Saturday Nov 9

Alan Bennett’s acclaimed comedic play, The Habit of Art returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre Live 50th Anniversary Encore screenings. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death in Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend, W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.
Alan Bennett’s play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

CINEMONA session times:
Sat Nov 9 at 2.30pm
Sun Nov 10 at 11am
Mon Nov 11 at 1pm
Wed Nov 13 at 1pm
Sun Nov 17 at 2pm
Mon Nov 18 at 11am
Tickets: Adult $25 / Concession $23 / Child $15.
Book at MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online www.mona.net.au/cinemona



In Central Australia truth is more precious than gold. In 1931 Harold Lasseter’s body was found in the desert. Claiming he’d found gold worth millions, he would ‘give it all for a loaf of bread’. Despite hundreds of expeditions since, the gold has never been found.
Obsessed with solving the mystery, filmmaker Luke Walker discovers Lasseter’s 85-year-old son Bob, still wandering the desert on a quixotic mission to find the gold that killed his father and destroyed his childhood.
But now, 80 years on, is it still possible to piece together the fragments of history Lasseter left behind? Armed with a camera and unshakeable belief he will find gold in Lasseter’s story, Walker sets out across six states to unravel the tangle of myths, lies and legend that remain buried with Lasseter’s bones in the heart of Australia and finds himself closer to the gold than anyone has been for 80 years.
CINEMONA session times:
Wed Nov 6 at 11am & 4pm
Thu Nov 7 at 11am
Fri Nov 8 at 11am & 4pm
Sat Nov 9 at 10.30am & 12.30pm
Sun Nov 10 at 2.30pm
Mon Nov 11 at 11am & 4pm
Wed Nov 13 at 11am & 4pm
Thu Nov 14 at 11am
Tickets: Adult $17 / Concession $15 / Child $12.
Book at MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online www.mona.net.au/cinemona


The National Theatre of Great Britain presents the NTLive screening of the Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn, Hamlet) in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, this electrifying new production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church.
CINEMONA session times:
Wed Nov 6 at 1pm
Fri Nov 8 at 1pm
Sun Nov 10 at 2.30pm
Tickets: Adult $25 / Concession $23 / Child $15
Book at MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online www.mona.net.au/cinemona

The lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin are the empassioned stars of Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Deborah Warner’s new production, set in the late 19th century, moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Hot stuff in the snow.

CINEMONA session times:
Thu Nov 7 at 1pm
Thu Nov 14 at 1pm
Tickets: Adult $28 / Concession $25 / Child $15
Book at MONA Museum Reception (03) 6277 9971 or online www.mona.net.au/cinemona


Until November 25, 2013
Mona Library Gallery

The Mona Scholarship exhibition in the Mona Library Gallery, with 2012 recipient Pip Stafford’s ‘A Rat’s Nest’; an experiment in sound and form, chaos and control, warp and weft. Over the course of the exhibition, the installation will continue to unfold before us, illuminating the volatile ecology that we inhabit. It consists of radios, amplifiers, antennae and crystals grown in response to the gallery space. Mona Scholarship 2012 recipient Pip Stafford is a media artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. Her work explores the materiality of networks, systems, communication and ritual, and can be seen in the form of installation, sound, performance, video and more.
Mona Library Gallery, open 10am – 6pm, Wednesday – Monday with museum entry. www.mona.net.au/scholarship


Until April 21, 2014
Museum of Old and New Art

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 – 6pm www.mona.net.au


MONA – Museum of Old and New Art – 655 Main Rd, Berriedale, Tasmania. Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 10am – 6pm (last entry 4.30pm). Entry $20 (free for Tasmanian residents & under 18). Ph 61 3 6277 9900 www.mona.net.au

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