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Nick Mitzevich is the director of the National Gallery of Australia, surprising no-one

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Nick Mitzevich, the current director of the the Art Galllery of South Australia and a former director of the University of Queensland Art Museum and Newcastle Region Art Gallery will lead Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia (NGA) from July 2. Mitzevich takes over from Gerard Vaughan, who will retire after he was appointed in 2014 and championed by the gallery’s chairman Allan Myers who

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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away


The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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Alice in Wonderland: Adrenaline- Junkie, Justice-Freak

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The exhibition Wonderland now on at Melbourne’s ACMI begins with Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice in Wonderland and follows Alice’s journey through her many cinematic appearances from 1930’s silent Alice in Wonderland to the recent Tim Burton blockbusters. The exhibition looks at the importance of Lewis Carroll’s creation, and how technological innovations and filmmakers’ unique voices have added intriguing new layers

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Things you might have missed this week

News & Commentary |

Are you ready for Prime Minister Peter Dutton? Last week, Fairfax political editor Peter Hartcher wrote that “Quietly, the Liberals’ expectation now is that Turnbull will not be leading them to the next election”. Hartcher is a mover-shaker in Canberra, and he also opined that while Julie Bishop had the numbers to replace Turnbull, Peter

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has ruined Drag

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Trixie Mattel is the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3. There is a certain irony that Brian Firkus’ perfectly executed parody of plastic, mass-produced womanhood (Barbie) seized the crown in a reality TV-show franchise that has “Barbie”-fied the art of drag: taking a staple of underground queer nightlife and turning it into a basic

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