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Monthly Archives: November 2010

The trailer for this film begins with that generic movie trailer voice saying: “Herbert West is at the top of his class at medical school. He is brilliant but a little weird”. I want to watch this already. Dedicated medical student Herbert and his girlfriend re-animate dead tissue to bring the dead back to life. What starts as an experiment on a pulse-less cat becomes a nightmare of emphysemic talking heads and angry zombies. And Herbert is in big trouble. He may be brilliant but remember kids, he is still a little bit weird.

30 Nov. 7.30pm. Annandale Hotel at 17 Parramatta Rd Annandale. $5. 9550-1078,


A drawing of a huge penis sits on top of Anna Robi’s head.  Her mother’s index finger is curled inside Anna’s mouth like a fish hook as another drawing of drool drips down her mouth. It’s crude and cringe-worthy and that’s just the promotional photograph for the production. Playwright Maxine Mellor was described by The Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum as “a beautiful woman who happens to have a spectacularly filthy mind”. And her play definitely sounds filthy, Bad Boy Bubby filthy. Stuck in a tiny house with in-bred dogs and sharing a bed with her mother, Anna is looking to escape with Roger whom she is in love with and wants to lose her virginity to. Brace yourself for an original play that will have you itching and scratching all over.

16 Nov – 12 Dec. Old Fitzroy Theatre, car Cathedral St & Dowling St Woolloomooloo. $21-$35. 1300 438 849,

Hmmm… memories of Pepper Kangaroo pizza from The Australian Hotel. But I digress. Once the majestic creatures of the bush and the nation’s iconic representatives, kangaroos are now intensely harvested for food and killed off for being damaging pests. Join Dr Dror Ben-Ami from the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures and animal rights expert Keely Boom, a research fellow with THINK in this final instalment of UTSpeaks for the year in what will be an impassioned discussion about the conservation of the most recognisable Australian symbol.

30 Nov. 6pm drinks for 6.30pm start till 7.45pm. University Hall, UTS Science Building 4, 745 Harris Street Ultimo (diagonally opposite from the ABC). 9514 1734,

No this has nothing to do with Facebook’s doppelganger week where inflated egos uploaded images of celebrity (in most cases barely) look-alikes as their profile pictures. This is an exhibition that pairs up writers and visual artists in a reflective art experiment. Writers write pieces to the theme of Twins/Doppelgangers and the visual artists respond to the writers’ work with a visual piece. The pieces are then swapped again for an entirely different response. For the full effect, see double at this unique exhibition curated by my lovely colleague and Arts Editor at Alternative Media Group Angela Bennetts and friend Alice Fenton of Event Books. Last weekend, so hurry!

Until 28 Nov. Firstdraft Gallery. 116-118 Chalmers St, Surry Hills. 9698 3665,,

Vampires seem to never go out of style. From Buffy and Christopher Pike (the author not the Star Trek character) in the 90s to Sookie Stackhouse and Stephenie Meyer in the noughties and beyond, fangs are bangin’. We know why we love these stories but what is it about them that makes them so… immortal? Join Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Novelist winner William Kostakis (Loathing Lola), nominee Georgia Blain (Closed for Winter), Laura Buzo (Good Oil) and Aimee Said (Finding Freia Lockhart: How Not To Be A Successful Teen) in this panel discussion about young adult fiction.

True Blood fans, this one’s for you…

26 Nov. 6.30-7.30pm. Surry Hills Library, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills. Free.131 500,

Cool bicycle art that has nothing to do with this event.

Love art and the outdoors? Combine the two in a cycling art tour. Bring your own bike or contact the number below to arrange a loan for a bike and peddle around some of our well-known local galleries in Chippendale, Redfern, Waterloo, and Marrickville. The ARTcycle will end with a BBQ and talk by event directors. Galleries visited will include At The Vanishing Point (ATVP), Wilson Street Gallery, Darren Knight Gallery and The Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN) amongst others. Don’t forget the helmut, water and sunscreen.

27 Nov. 10.30am-4.30pm. Starting At The Vanishing Point, 565 King St, Newtown. Free. 9519 2340, 043 491 0422,


“Walking through walls, using sparkly eyes technique to confuse your enemy and killing goats by simply starring at them are just some of the psychic weapons used by the U.S. Military’s New Earth Army. Sounds kooky?”  Click here to read on…


Ok, so I know I’m coming into this late and most Australians would have seen Love My Way. If you haven’t, do it! I’m moving towards the end of season one and my partner and I love it. So far, I’ve done the laughing and crying but mostly it’s just cool to see where some of the biggest Aussie stars started out.

P.S. I’m sorry but I just don’t get Sam Worthington.

Sorry guys, couldn’t find a trailer. This is part of episode one.

Often I find myself asking when exactly that pattern in popular culture emerged. You know the pattern where single women in expensive heels who have dedicated all their time to building successful careers that they lack basic life skills or common sense. And more often than not, I find that these women only find true love when they start letting go of their materialistic obsessions and doing something totally normal like milking a cow on a farm. Incidentally, men who are closer to nature make the best life partners.

While this pattern is popularised to a revolting extent in Hollywood and reality television, on stage, Naked had redeemed itself mainly because of its brilliant cast (Jo Thomas and Sam Clark) and the dark reminder that our drinking culture is not a pattern but a reality. This was of course cleverly softened by a glorious pink set design and musician James Dobinson’s sarcastic arched eyebrow and a half smile as he belted out tunes from Pink, Lady Gaga and The Killers in response to protagonist Jezebel’s single lady dilemmas. Besides a small wardrobe glitch that Jo handled with poise, opening night of Naked went splendidly well and proved to be thoroughly entertaining. Note to self: don’t over think it.

Until 28 Nov. Darlinghurst Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. $27-$32. 8356 9987,

A naked John Lennon curled over Yoko Ono in a fetal position, Demi Moore’s bare pregnant belly for all to see, Miley Cyrus pulling a silk cloth over her breasts as her smeared red lipstick and boney back faces the camera. And behind the camera is Annie Leibovitz. The Vanity Fair photographer started at Rolling Stones and then established a very romantic style of photography that used famous faces in surreal situations. Her Sydney exhibition will be a mix of some of her famous works and personal projects. Rest assured, this will be the hot ticket  event in the art world over summer.

19 Nov – 27 Mar 2011. Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks. $10-$15. 9245 2400,

Tired of the same floral shorts on display at every shop front this season? See original fashion by emerging Australian designers as they launch their labels in this quarterly fashion show. Designers include Lulu and I, Pallas Swimwear, Jessica Turner, Charles Cassedi Sleepwear, Shardie, Anna Cahill and jewellery by Somino. Replete with drinks on arrival, a goody bag and performances by Adrian Espulso and The Deeva’z, you’d have a list for a whole new wardrobe before Heidi Klum can put down on paper the number of children she has.

30 Nov. 7-10pm. Embassy Events Centre, 826 George St, Sydney. Ent via Regent St next to Central Station. $25.