Born Yesterday (MTC Southbank Theatre, Melbourne)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Did Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Brett Sheehy foresee something no-one else saw coming six months ago when he programmed Garson Kanin’s 1946 play Born Yesterday to open the night before Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President? The play might be best known for the George Cukor’s 1950 film version with its unforgettable performance by Judy Holliday

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Adam Liaw on Japanese food in the Zen kitchen – a ‘manual for living’

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Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

If you’ve seen cook Adam Liaw on television then you’d know he’s not your usual television chef. He’s not one of the tanned, shouty ones spruiking chain store produce. In his Destination Flavour travel/cooking series on SBS as with his television beginnings as the winner of the 2010 Masterchef,  Liaw presents as an unusual television ‘personality’ because

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Click here if you want to run a gallery (and some libraries and sports clubs while you’re at it)

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Townsville City Council (TCC) recently made the role of specialist curator of its highly regarded Perc Tucker and Pinnacles galleries redundant. This was met with the dismay of every state gallery in the country and philanthropists who used to donate to the galleries. The removal of the gallery curator, Shane Fitzgerald, was part of the TCC “whole-of-organisation transformational change”.

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Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge worthy of the accolades: Review

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Mel Gibson’s new film Hacksaw Ridge has been nominated for 13 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA). This makes you wonder how you categorise an exclusively American story that’s made in Australia, mostly by Australians and produced with a dollop of Australian taxpayer’s funds. Is it an ‘Australian film’ in the way we think

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Business as usual for Opera Queensland

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News & Commentary, Opera, Stage |

Opera Queensland (OQ) may have attracted the harshest criticism from the Federal Government’s National Opera Review for its poor economic record, but the company’s general manager, Russell Mitchell, says he is optimistic about its future. The Review, chaired by ex-banker Helen Nugent, looked at four federally funded opera companies which also included Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia and West Australian Opera.

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Townsville gallery crisis deepens as philanthropists withdraw millions

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The Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (CAAMD) has weighed into the short sighted decision by Townsville City Council (TCC) to dump the role of a curator from running its two public art galleries and replacing the role with a council workers who will be charged with running the city’s sports facilities and libraries and galleries. In its report outlining its

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