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Wed, 8 June 2016

Eagle And The Wolf-Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train

Filed under: blues music, country music, CD Launches, Gigs — site admin @ 4:56 pm

Eagle And The Wolf announce debut Sydney headline show at Newtown Social Club
Special Guests: Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train
Singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys and country-blues musician Kris Morris met and decided to make a life and music together as Eagle And The Wolf. Together they are truly magical.
Their debut single ‘Mama, Son and The Holy Ghost’ has had a huge response. After premiering on Triple J’s Roots ’N’ All it was also playlisted on Double J and reached Number 1 on the Amrap Chart.

Their self titled album, ‘Eagle & The Wolf’, a collection of ten songs co-produced by the duo alongside Syd Green (Matt Tonks, Dirty Lucy, Iota) in an old farm house in the Southern Highlands is as raw and heartfelt as it gets and the performances are stunning. Released in March the album has received rave reviews from Rhythms Magazine, Rolling Stone and Sydney Morning Herald to name but a few.

Now Eagle & The Wolf take to the stage with a full band for their very first Sydney headline show with Harry Hookey and Grizzlee Train along for the ride.
Hookey will be joining Eagle and The Wolf after a year of relentless gigging that has seen him playing shows and festivals from one end of Australia to the other (literally), throughout Europe and Cuba! His debut album ‘Misdiagnosed’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Blues & Roots album and he won the International Songwriter award for the title track in 2014. He recently supported the UK’s Jamie Lawson on a national tour and is in the studio recording his 2nd album, due out later in 2016.

A romping stomping roots duo, Grizzlee Train take the sound of vintage blues and drench it with filthy modern guitar licks and pulsating percussion. They have spent much of the last year touring nationally and internationally as part of the Kasey Chambers band. Grizzlee Train’s debut EP ‘Come Back Around’ was released in January 2015 to a wave of positive reviews and continues to be frequently spun on national radio all over the country. A truly dynamic duo, they blend an old school core with sharp new-age kicks - a stripped back firing of raw energy and honest music.

Eagle And The Wolf with Special Guests Harry Hookey & Grizzlee Train
When: Sunday June 19
Where: Newtown Social Club, 387 King St, Newtown Ph (02) 9550 3974
Time: Doors open 6pm, Show starts 630pm
Tix: $15+bf pre sale, $20 door

Two Hearts Duo String Fever gig

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, Gigs, General — site admin @ 4:51 pm

We’ll be playing there with our Two Hearts Duo - keyboards + cello + both of us on vocals. A huge range of music from instrumental to jazz to pop.
Kofi Beans
Date: Friday June 10
Time: 6:30-9:30 pm
Venue details: 139 Main St, Croydon Vic, 03 9725 3339 (bookings are recommended)

Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Josh Lawson, Ewen Leslie and Damon Herriman

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 4:47 pm

An all-star Australian cast has joined Larrikins, the DreamWorks Animation blockbuster set in the Outback and slated for 2018.
Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacki Weaver, Josh Lawson, Ewen Leslie and Damon Herriman are all onboard.
Harry Cripps wrote the script, and described the film as “a musical about guys and their friendships” at Screen Australia’s recent Family Film Forum.
Tim Minchin is doing the music and co-directs with Chris Miller (Shrek the Third, Puss in Boots).

Noni Hazlehurst Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde

Filed under: Film, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 4:45 pm

Noni Hazlehurst will lead a session on power and influence in the media at the 2016 Screen Futures Summit, presented by The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and ACMI.
Taking place in Melbourne from June 30-July 3, the summit will run for three days across ACMI and RMIT with over 100 sessions. Christos Tsiolkas will be joined by producer Tony Ayres to discuss their upcoming TV adaptation of Tsiolkas’ novel Barracuda, and Eva Orner will participate in a Q&A via satellite with human rights advocate Julian Burnside after a screening of her documentary Chasing Asylum.
The team from The Family Law will participate in a Q&A, as will the makers of Logie-winning teen drama Ready for This.
Industry leaders Sue Maslin, David Vadiveloo, Julie Kalceff, Rosie Lourde and Rebecca Mostyn will discuss diversity on screen, and Warwick Thornton will be joined by Philip Batty, Neil Turner and Curtis Taylor to talk about the role community media plays in communicating and preserving Indigenous culture.

Organiser Kate McCarthy Ficai called the summit a “unique opportunity to hear directly from our industry and to really dive in to the insights and questions our speakers pose as we navigate our way through our collective future. Screen Futures is for anyone working in the education and media sectors as well as general screen enthusiasts of all ages.”
The Youth Media Festival, for young filmmakers and students, will run concurrently on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

Steal Hollywood blockbusters from interstate and overseas $20 million Funding

Filed under: Film — site admin @ 4:42 pm

The NSW Government has launched a new plan to steal Hollywood blockbusters from interstate and overseas, with a new $20 million fund to boost entertainment jobs and the state’s economy.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the new Made in NSW fund would double the existing NSW Government funding for the screen industry to almost $40 million over the next two years.
“Our great state is already home to hit Aussie TV shows like Rake, A Place to Call Home and Love Child and recently accommodated big-budget international films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Alien: Covenant,” Grant said. “Now I’m putting other states and countries on notice that we’re going after their productions – who knows, NSW could host the next Star Wars blockbuster or Game of Thrones series, or we could steal Offspring from the Victorians. “We’ve got gorgeous and unique locations, extraordinarily talented local actors, directors and producers, and world-class post-production companies.
“My message is clear – you should come here because NSW is simply the best state to make film and television, and we are putting our money where our mouth is.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the $20 million fund, to be managed by Screen NSW, will be included in the June 21 NSW Budget.
“More film productions in NSW will mean more jobs and investment across our great State,” Berejiklian said.
“NSW is a world-class destination for film and television production and this funding will help us attract even more productions to our State.”

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway

Filed under: acoustic music, contemporary music, CD Launches, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 4:38 pm

Lloyd Spiegel Solo Tour and Signature Guitar Giveaway
After a wildly successful year in 2015 on the back of his award-winning ‘Double Live Set’ album, Aussie acoustic blues master Lloyd Spiegel is headed back on the road in June/July for his first solo tour in 7 years.
This tour celebrates the launch of Spiegel’s new Cole Clark signature model guitar - an instrument designed with these new solo shows in mind. Spiegel has worked alongside Cole Clark Guitars for the past 15 years and has had a hand in every advancement in technology and design at the company in that time. Says Lloyd: “I received the honour of my first signature guitar in 2012. It served me well, but now that I’m returning to solo performing I needed something different to evolve with.

The 2016 LS signature model is built with Australian Blackwood top, back and sides. The extremely hard top was picked to suit my aggressive, hard hitting style and withstand the tour schedule I keep.”
Thanks to the good people at Cole Clark, audience members attending shows on the tour will have the opportunity to win Lloyd’s signature guitar (RRP $3299) fresh out of the workshop.
Tour Dates
Thursday 16th June
The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf online, $30 door
Tickets: http://oldmuseum.org/?p=4124

Friday 17th June
Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi, QLD
Doors 7:30pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets: 07 5442 8144

Saurday 18th June
The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW
Doors 7:00pm
$30, $25 concession
With Marshall Okell
Tickets: www.byroncentre.com.au

Thursday 23rd June
The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$20 + bf online, $23 door
Tickets: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/heritagehotel/book/event/42032

Friday 24th June
The Agrestic Grocer, Orange, NSW
Doors 6:30pm
$20 online
Tickets: https://theagresticgrocer.yapsody.com/event/index/38453/live-at-agrestic-lloyd-spiegel

Saturday 25th June
The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
Doors 7:30pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/10322/lloyd_spiegel_@_camelot_lounge.aspx

Sunday 26th June
Canberra Blues Society, The Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Doors: 4:30pm
$20 + BF Online, $22 door, $15 CBS Members
Tickets: http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?eventId=62269

Friday 1st July
The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets: 03 5255 1566

Saturday 2nd July
Baby Black, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Doors 6:00pm
$20 presale, $25 door
Tickets from the venue

Friday 8th July
Hickinbotham Winery, Mornington, VIC
Doors 5:00pm
Tickets: 03 5981 0355
Dinner and show available

Friday 15th July
The Wonderland Spiegeltent, Harbour Town Docklands, VIC
With special guest Cass Eager
Doors 8:00pm
$25 + bf
Tickets: https://www.wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au/whats_on/event/196f6ce2-fb94-4bf9-896b-f62de4521bf9

Friday 29th July
The Gold Dust Lounge – Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo, VIC
Doors 7:00pm
$20 online, $20 door
Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/37967

Win A Lloyd Spiegel Signature Guitar.
To win a new Lloyd Spiegel signature model guitar - lovingly christened ‘FL2EC-LS-BLBL’ - all you have to do is put your name and contact details on an entry form available from the box office or merch table at each show. Place your entry form in the barrel at that show. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received at all shows and the winner will be notified on July 31, 2016.

Lemony Puppet Theatre Picasso and His Dog

Filed under: children's entertainment — site admin @ 4:34 pm

Darebin Arts Loud Mouth and Lemony S Puppet Theatre
present Picasso and His Dog
FRI 8 & SAT 9 JULY - 11AM & 2PM, SUN 10 JULY - 11AM
Free post-show puppetry making workshop will run for
30 minutes after each performance

Also playing Hothouse Theatre, Albury 29 June – 2 July
The Melbourne premiere of Picasso and His Dog, by award-winning independent company Lemony S Puppet Theatre, will warm the hearts of children and their families these winter school holidays, with a gorgeous mix of live art-making, puppetry and magic realism.

Picasso and His Dog is inspired by the remarkable true story of the great 20th Century artist Pablo Picasso and his artistic muse Lump. One fine spring morning in 1957, Lump the sausage dog arrived at Picasso’s villa, looked into the deep, brown eyes of the artist and decided he was home.

Telling the story of a man and his dog, their deep love and the art their friendship inspired, Picasso and His Dog is a visually stunning and deeply moving celebration of what it is to create and to be creative as well as the extraordinary bond between dogs and their humans.

Produced for children 4+ and their families, Picasso and His Dog introduces Lump, an elongated sausage dog to the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre stage from 8 – 10 July. Budding puppeteers can enjoy a free participatory puppetry making activity in the foyer after each performance.

Picasso and His Dog is presented by Darebin Arts Loud Mouth - a City of Darebin Arts program that presents a year round program for children and families of exciting, innovative and participatory theatre from around Australia.

Lemony S Puppet Theatre is the coming together of two widely respected and highly skilled puppet theatre makers, Sarah Kriegler and Jacob Williams. With over 20 years’ theatre experience between them, the collaboration has seen the small company garner a big reputation with their works which have been seen throughout Australia and across the world.

Most recently, the Company received rave reviews and a Green Room nomination for their acclaimed work Apples and Ladders, which toured nationally and internationally.

“…intelligent, moving and beautifully crafted – a credit to the talents of its creators” Apples and Ladders, The Age.
Creative Team
Writer/Director – Sarah Kriegler
Designer – Jonathon Oxlade
Design Assistant – Yvette Turnball
Performers – Ben Grant, Tamara Rewse, Jacob Williams
Sound Designer – Jethro Woodward
Lighting Designer – Rachel Burke
Dramaturg – Margaret Cameron
‘Lump’ Puppet Builders – Annie Forbes & Tim Denton (About Face Productions)
Puppet Builder – Jacob Williams
Production/tour management – Rainbow Sweeny
Producer – Simon Bedford

Hothouse Theatre, Albury - Wed 29 June – Sat 2 July

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