Meshel Laurie’s Buddhist approach to break-ups (and breakfast radio)

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Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

Comedian and Buddhist, Meshel Laurie’s new book Buddhism for Break-ups offers sage but humourous advice on how to survive a broken relationship — and thrive. But we’ll get to that in a minute. Firstly, how does Laurie apply Buddhist principles such as calm, clarity and mindfulness to her day job spent in the raucously loud and the competitively cut-throat world of commercial

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Heide Museum hires a new leader as both its director and CEO

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Could Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne be past its recent management upheavals with the appointment of a new leader who does not come from the customary curatorial background? Natasha Cica, the new director and CEO of the museum from April, (currently in Belgrade and “unavailable for interview”) is, according to Heide chairman Steven Scala: “an experienced and effective

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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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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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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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