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Is Melbourne Festival’s queer pop music marathon too expensive to be radical?

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

Melbourne Festival this week revealed its 2017 program, with one of the most significant works of live performance of the decade at its centre. Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a 24-hour journey through popular music and the history of America, from 1776 through to today, performed by the legendary New York cabaret artist. The Pulitzer

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Blockbuster mentality claims Castlemaine Art Museum

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Time and tide have caught up with one of regional Victoria’s finest galleries, Castlemaine Art Museum, which will close on August 11 for an estimated two years. Citing reductions in revenue, maintenance demands, and governance issues, its board has announced an extensive review, supported by Creative Victoria, Mt Alexander Shire council and Regional Development Victoria.

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Daily Review’s new look What’s On invites you to list your event for free

News & Commentary |

Daily Review has re-launched our What’s On page, and streamlined the design to make it easier for readers to learn what’s happening around the country. Users can now search listings by both location and by genre. We’ve always been passionate about ensuring our readers are able to “get amongst it” and experience the best cultural events happening around

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Jack Nicholson was on to water skullduggery long before the ABC’s Linton Besser

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

As this clip from Roman Polanski’s 1974’s Chinatown shows, Jack Nicholson, playing private detective Jake Gittes in parched and corrupt 1930s California, was a fine role model for ABC reporter Linton Besser (pictured below). While Besser lacked Jack’s tailored suits, classic Ray Bans and sticking plaster across his nose last night on Four Corners‘ Pumped: Who is benefitting from the

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Watch Mariana Bisti’s meditative exploration of Hong Kong by drone

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News & Commentary, Screen |

The Greek architect Mariana Bisti, shot this footage of Kong Kong in February this year while on a 10-week artist residency at the city’s Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. “After my first week there, having spent hours and hours exploring and observing the city’s vastness and density from the ground level with my DSLR camera and notebook,

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Pachyderm by Hugh McGinlay book extract – the crime capers continue

Books, Fiction |

Pachyderm is the second novel of Melbourne writer and musician Hugh McGinlay. As part of Daily Review‘s highlighting of work by self-published writers or those produced by small publishers, this novel is published by threekookaburras. McGinlay’s previous novel was Jinx and Pachyderm follows his characters milliner Catherine Kint and her best pal and barman Boris Shakovsky in another Melbourne crime caper. The

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Why the world will never have another pop culture phenomenon like The Simpsons

News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

There’s a significant number of people from my generation — people who grew up in the late 1990s — who are able to hold almost complete conversations through quotes from The Simpsons. There’s another handful of people who can do so with Seinfeld quotes, and many, like me, who are able to recite near-complete episodes of Friends. These three sitcoms hold

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Daily Review mightily appreciates the kindness of strangers


Daily Review launched a reader support campaign last November in the hope that this temporary measure would get us through some tough times as advertisers increasingly put their funds into Google, Facebook and their own marketing websites. But alas, asking readers for support is the new normal. In the last six months things have got tough for huge media organisations like Fairfax

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