The Top 10 Songs of 2018

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Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Another year, another bumper crop of tunes. But while some years display a discernable shift in musical trends or production styles, 2018 was a year of fragmentation. Great albums were peppered out throughout the year across a broad spectrum of genres.  Drake, George Ezra, Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande were among the familiar names to

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Who’s as dumb as a rock?

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How dumb is a rock? The time has come for an answer. We simply cannot have the US President, Donald Trump, hurling it about with gay abandon into public discourse, without an answer.  In the latest incident, Trump described Rex Tillerson (above left), who for barely more than a year was his secretary of state,

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Delving into the plagues (and alt-right conspiracy theories) of our times

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Christmas and new year are times to reflect and take stock, so let’s consider what is plaguing the modern world, with the top plague-producers, America. Despite his ranting and twittering about making business great again, the most notable venture Trump-the-Crook has spawned is a vast industry of research, thinking, and hyperventilating about why roughly one in

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Fred and Mary Schepisi bring artists together for a cause

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Charity: not so sweet when you’re an artist who spends a fair whack of your working year fielding requests from fundraisers to donate work. Even the most generous artist can be forgiven for greeting yet another charity auction pitch with the enthusiasm typically reserved for door-to-door doom merchants or solar-panel telemarketers. That’s something painter Mary

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Picasso, art and #metoo

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Hannah Gadsby excoriated Picasso in her viral Netflix Nanette show: as a misogynist and child abuser (P was 46 when he got with 17-y-o Marie-Therese Walter) his work is disqualified from being celebrated; “genius” is no excuse. A male and institutional blind eye is turned for his (and their) benefit. The excellent Hermitage show at the

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Best theatre of 2018: Jason Whittaker’s Sydney picks

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Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

From opera to musical theatre and drama classic and contemporary, I’m genre agnostic when it comes to picking the best theatrical experiences of 2018. The standout Sydney stage shows spoke to the moment in distinctive ways, from #metoo to race relations, mental health, environmentalism … and the pitfalls of bricking yourself into a pyramid. In

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