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Now heading into its third year, the Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival has rapidly gone from the little-DIY-festival-that-could to one of the region’s most vibrant and punter-friendly. Having already announced a November 25 and 26 event date, organisers are now proud to announce an epic 53-act line-up, a veritable smorgasbord of the best rising talent the great south east can muster across three jam-packed stages.

Music, Comedy and Art – 5 Free Events at Brisbane Powerhouse this Weekend 18-20 March 2011

Brisbane Powerhouse and Brispop present
The Residents – MUSIC
They’re fresh, they’re free and they’re moving in. Fridays are about to get a lot more interesting as some of the best Indie-Pop bands around stake their claim on the Turbine Platform. No ‘one night only’ gigs here. Each band will have an entire month to capture the hearts of Brisbane music lovers with a set every week. So, if you’re liking what you hear, come back again and again.
March: Bang Bang Boss Kelly
Every Friday in March 2011 @ 6pm
Turbine Platform

Saturday Sessions
Brisbane Powerhouse and Jazz Queensland present
Turbine Jazz MUSIC
Cool cats and smooth tunes, cross rhythms and bebop. Highlights in this program include Brisbane jazz trio Misinterprotato renowned for blending inspiring improvisations with pulsating grooves, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Jeff Usher with his A Love Supreme Superband plus Indonesian-Australian collective Temannya si Deva led by master percussionist Deva Permana.
Sat 19 March 2011 – 5pm: Soundscapes
Turbine Platform
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Brisbane Powerhouse and present
Live Spark MUSIC
Sunday 20 March 2011 – 3.30pm: Luke Peacock + Mardi Lumsden and the Rising Seas
Turbine Platform
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Brisbane Powerhouse presents
Livewired COMEDY
Funny, free and freakin’ awesome.
We’re talking about Livewired, our free comedy program. In the past we’ve been entertained by the likes of Tripod, Josh Thomas, Wil Anderson, Gina Yashere, The Bedroom Philosopher and Stephen K Amos. Upcoming artists include Michael Chamberlin and more.
Warning: Livewired is open to all ages but is recommended for people aged 15 years and older. Some concepts and language may offend.
Sunday 20 March 2011 – 6.30pm: Special Guest
Turbine Platform
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Brisbane Powerhouse and Australian Centre for Photography present
The Christmas Tree Bucket: Trent Parke’s Family Album VISUAL
“It was there – while staring into that bright red bucket, vomiting every hour on the hour for fifteen hours straight – that I started to think how strange families, suburbia, life, vomit and, in particular, Christmas really was…” Trent Parke. So began Trent Parke’s latest and much-anticipated new body of work. The Christmas Tree Bucket is humour of the blackest hue. In a dazzling display of virtuoso storytelling Parke snaps the family rituals of Christmas with the in-laws and builds a gritty gothic tale of a nightmare lurking in the suburban shadows. Operatic in its vision and darkly satirical in its style, The Bucket is a photographic masterpiece destined for cult status. Trent Parke, the first Australian to become a Full Member of the renowned photographers’ cooperative Magnum Photo Agency, is considered one of the most innovative and challenging young photographers of his generation. He received numerous national and international awards, including five Gold Lenses from the International Olympic Committee and World Press Photo awards in 1999, 2000 and 2005. In 2003, Parke was awarded the prestigious international W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his series Minutes to Midnight.
Tue 1 – Sun 27 Mar
9am – 5am Mon – Fri + 10am – 4pm Sat + Sun + during performance times
Brisbane Powerhouse
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The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors @ Art Gallery of NSW

Come face to face with the guardian warriors of China’s First Emperor, entombed for over 2000 years

The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors brings to Sydney one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time. This major exhibition presents over 120 objects, 10 of the world-renowned warriors and horses, and significant recent finds from the First Emperor’s mausoleum located in the province of Xi’an, central China.
Continue reading The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors @ Art Gallery of NSW

Boiling Point @ Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane 19 November 2010 [Live Review]

Review: Lana Harris
The show begins before we’ve even entered the room. An usher approaches, explaining that to gain admission, tickets are not enough. We’ll need to remove our shoes and any socks and crowd into the shopfront’s store room, leaving behind our footwear. As compensation we will be given a small torch. Crammed into the dark room with forty other people and their exposed feet, we wait for the show to begin.

There is no extra light provided once the doors to the shopfront are opened. We creep in using our bare feet for balance and our small torches for sight. Bolder venturers have already spotted the still as statue performers; others illuminate kitchenware hanging from the ceiling and news stories on the wall recounting the trial of a 1950’s female that killed her husband by poisoning him.
Continue reading Boiling Point @ Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane 19 November 2010 [Live Review]

Betrayal @ The Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane 10th September 2010 – Live Review

[Image courtesy Queensland Theatre Company]
  Review: Lana Harris

Silence, with its lack of apparent weightiness, is often the hiding place for what we don’t want to acknowledge. Guilt, fear and secrets hide in silence, and so it is fitting that silence plays a pivotal role in a tale which features these elements of duplicity.

Presented by the Queensland Theatre Company, Betrayal is Harold Pinter’s tale of a love triangle. The narrative reveals itself through scenes played out in a stream opposite to the usual: the end at the beginning, flowing through to the beginning at the end. Emma (Sibylla Budd) is married to Robert (Hugh Parker) but commits to an affair with Jerry (Paul Bishop), who is also Robert’s best friend. Emma’s betrayal of her husband is not the only disloyalty. At various points, each pair are pitted against the third person and in doing so, betray not just the others but themselves too.

While on the surface it reads like a tabloid scandal or a soap opera plot, Pinter’s treatment of this uncomfortable subject is both poignant and powerful. We are invited into intimate pivotal moments, witnesses to calculated weavings of pretended innocence and voyeurs of collapsing secrets, the awkward truth bursting illusions. The strength of the acting in these scenes forces the audience to forge emotional responses to these events – responses which seep out as nervous laughter or a sick feeling in the stomach. Parker, in particular, plays his character well, demonstrating a raw and believable portrayal of the cuckold’s agony coupled with a darkly amusing resilience.

Pinter leaves the why of affairs largely untouched, with no hints of moralising. Betrayal is more a sign-posted journey through the features of love, both illicit and sanctioned. Apparently, the play has echoes of Pinter’s own life in it (he was ‘Jerry’) and so it was with first hand experience that Pinter has clearly depicted the chase for devotion and satisfaction.

A great tension soaks Betrayal, with what’s not said often meaning just as much as what is uttered. It is in these moments that the silence of the theatre becomes the most important player on the stage. Realisations occur and each person in the room is aware of the silent roar of intense feeling. At such moments, it was so quiet you could hear the truth sink in. Betrayal’s surreptitiousness proves riveting.

Review: Lana Harris

Show: Betrayal
Venue: Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
Date: 10th September 2010

Betrayal By Harold Pinter @ Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane – 6 Sept-9 Oct 2010 – Press Release


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Cantina @ The Spiegeltent (Brisbane Festival) 5th September 2010 – Live Review

Review: Lana Harris

[Image courtesy Brisbane Festival]

Have you heard the one about the Spiegeltent? A girl and a guy walk into this travelling bar – a pointy topped sphere shaped by mirrors, wood and glass. Golden poles, blood red velvet curtains swooping overhead, low lighting and dancing shadows. Smoky. Drinks service on the curve, booths hugging the circumference. A big-top boudoir with an audience.

The girl and the guy start out cautious in this ringmaster’s playground. They clamber carefully onto the high wire – wobble and steady, wobble and steady. She wears a pair of lasciviously red heels as she teeters. The shoes return sporadically throughout the acts, as do the scene setting ukulele and tinkling pianola. Music through out invokes alternately past, present and future – offered in no particular order. Subject to whims and acrobatics, time periods depart and return often.
Continue reading Cantina @ The Spiegeltent (Brisbane Festival) 5th September 2010 – Live Review

Tim Burton: The Exhibition – Closing Weekend Festivities 7-10 October 2010

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) blockbuster Melbourne Winter Masterpieces show Tim Burton: The Exhibition will present three special late-night events leading up to the closing of the exhibition on Sunday 10 October, 2010.

The late night events will see Thursday, Friday and Saturday editions of the popular weekly Burton Club from 6pm until midnight to coincide with the extended opening hours of the exhibition, also open until midnight for those three days. These events, from Thursday 7 October, are designed to allow visitors a final chance to see this extraordinary show or re-live the experience one last time.
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Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival postponed for 2010

Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival has been postponed for 2010 *Only*… here is the press release from the Homebake team:

“After much deliberation (& some procrastination) – we here at Homebake festival HQ have decided to take a break and postpone Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival for this year only, 2010.

As we’ve not been able to have the ‘planets align’ to a standard we feel appropriate to the long standing reputation of Australia’s largest ‘locals only’ event, we’d rather focus on a positive future and are instead planning for a unique return version of Homebake Festival to take place during the first week of December 2011.
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  What happens when you put thousands of smiling people in a beautiful valley, over a three day period, showcase music, arts and culture across 9 stages and bring in the New Year… PEATS RIDGE!

Peats Ridge is a festival that has been described as a ‘sensual explosion’ (, ‘colourful and memorable’ ( and a ‘musical circus’ (Reverb). Last year saw 10,000 patrons, filled with enthusiasm and excitement, ascend on the valley and with glowing reviews, it was a shining success enjoyed by all.


WICKED THE MUSICAL – Sydney till September 26, 2010

WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (‘My So Called Life,”Once And Again’ and ‘thirtysomething’), and is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…), WICKED is directed by 2003 and 2004 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune). Continue reading WICKED THE MUSICAL – Sydney till September 26, 2010

The Bougainville Photoplay Project @ Brisbane Powerhouse

A one man performance that is politics and performance at its most personal, The Bougainville Photoplay Project is a must-see when it is brought to the Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre by Mobile States from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 August. Continue reading The Bougainville Photoplay Project @ Brisbane Powerhouse

Australian Minescapes – An Exhibition by Edward Burtynsky @ Brisbane Powerhouse, Aug-Sep 2010

Is there beauty in the marks people make on the land? Renowned Canadian photographer, Edward Burtynsky seeks the answer when the Western Australian Museum brings his exhibition, Australian Minescapes to Brisbane Powerhouse from Friday 13 August to Sunday 19 September. Continue reading Australian Minescapes – An Exhibition by Edward Burtynsky @ Brisbane Powerhouse, Aug-Sep 2010

Spare Parts: The School Competition!

  What is Spare Parts?
Spare Parts is an exhibition being held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 9th November until 5th December 2010. The opening night is Friday 12th November 2010. Spare Parts will bring together a diverse range of artists all using pre-loved prosthetic limbs as their canvas.

As an exhibition Spare Parts will create and promote about 40 individual pieces of art and parallel to this, a positive and open conversation about prosthetics.

The diversity of artists is a very important component of the exhibition as is their interpretation of each limb. Those involved range from a world class graffiti artist, tattooists, a poet, painters, comic artists, to one of Australia’s most popular up and coming sculptors.

Beyond the traditional scope of “what is art” Spare Parts will also include a fashion designer, a milliner, a jeweller and a cobbler. Continue reading Spare Parts: The School Competition!

Violent Soho Photographic Exhibition

  OPENING NIGHT- 18+ FRIDAY 16 JULY. 5PM- LATE. Also open for viewing Monday/Tuesday 19th and 20th 7am- 5pm (ALL AGES)

Bleeding Heart Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be playing host to “In a Van: Violent Soho,” an exhibition by Brisbane-based photojournalist, Brad Marsellos.

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That’s Cool But Can You Make It More Sh*t?

To coincide with LCD Soundsystem’s Australian tour this month, LCD Soundsystem and DFA present a visual retrospective of their inspired artwork. The exhibition, titled “That’s Cool But Can You Make It More Sh*t?” will be open to the public from Wednesday July 28 until Tuesday August 3, 11am to 6pm daily, at the Tom Dunne Gallery, 11 Little Burton Street, Darlinghurst. On display will be the works by BUREAU and DFA Art Director, Michael Vadino (NYC) as well as work by other contributing artists. Continue reading That’s Cool But Can You Make It More Sh*t?