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Sat, 21 May 2016

BAND OF HORSES

Filed under: Tours — site admin @ 2:47 pm

BAND OF HORSES
Having declared their return to Australia this July for Splendour In The Grass, Band Of Horses are proud to announce a headline performance at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Sunday 24th July.
An exclusive pre-sale ticket link will be sent to subscribers of the Handsome Tours mailing list on Friday, 29 April at 8.30am.
For Sydney fans, Band Of Horses are hinting at a special headline performance to be announced soon. Stay tuned for more news in coming weeks.
Band Of Horses brand new album ‘Why Are You OK’ is set for release in June via Interscope Records/Universal Music Australia. The album was produced by Jason Lytle, Executive Produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Dave Fridmann.
Don’t miss Band Of Horses performing all new songs and beloved classics in Australia this July!
Sun 24 July, at The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

KINKY BOOTS by Cyndi Lauper

Filed under: pop music, contemporary music, rock music, Theatre, General — site admin @ 2:44 pm

CYNDI LAUPER’S SMASH-HIT MUSICAL!
15 - 27 NOVEMBER
HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE, MELBOURNE
SEASON COMMENCES 12 OCTOBER
KINKY BOOTS is Cyndi Lauper’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit that has the world on its feet!
Opening in Melbourne this October, and inspired by true events, Kinky Boots is the story of Charlie and Lola, both struggling to live up to their fathers’ expectations. Through their unexpected friendship, and a fabulous idea, this joyous musical proudly proves by accepting others for who they are, you learn to accept yourself.
Sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out!

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy

Filed under: Dance, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:41 pm

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy
2016 Program
[MIS]CONCEIVE (17-22 May)
Desert Body Creep (17-22 May)
BLAAQ Catt (17-22 May)

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy fortifies its reputation as a hub of creative audacity, co-presenting seven inspired productions from 4 – 23 May as part of Next Wave 2016 program.
Extending across dance, theatre and music from emerging and early career artists, the program exemplifies the commitment to social and cultural diversity of Next Wave and Darebin Arts Speakeasy, particularly within the Northcote Town Hall’s strong, historical connectedness to indigenous arts.

“We are thrilled to partner with Next Wave for the third time. Our curatorial focus is centred on powerful, political work, with a strong indigenous thread running through many of the shows. Additionally we wanted to capitalise on our previous successful presentations of contemporary dance, so four of the works are by leading young choreographers and performers”, said 
Darebin Arts Programming Co-ordinator Beau McCafferty.

Following stand out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt (17-22 May) is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now). In an exploration of hope, longing and connection, this darkly comic story fuses the ancient with the contemporary, bringing two worlds into one. Weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling, Spearim reflects on the complexities and harsh realities of life for a contemporary, young Aboriginal woman.

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, [MIS]conceive, (17-22 May) rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions and prescriptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia. Kelly uses a mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles including hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern to simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity.

Desert Body Creep (17-22 May) feeds on the corpse of a post-everything world and sees dancer and choreographer Angela Goh share the stage with a giant gummi worm. Exploring the transition from dead to undead, wriggles and writhes through an hallucinatory landscape, proposing a strategy towards new forms of life.

DAREBIN ARTS’ SPEAKEASY NEW WAVE 2016 PROGRAM
4 – 22 May @ Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
www.northcotetownhall.com.au

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy

2016 Program
[MIS]CONCEIVE (17-22 May)
Desert Body Creep (17-22 May)
BLAAQ Catt (17-22 May)

Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy fortifies its reputation as a hub of creative audacity, co-presenting seven inspired productions from 4 – 23 May as part of Next Wave 2016 program.

Extending across dance, theatre and music from emerging and early career artists, the program exemplifies the commitment to social and cultural diversity of Next Wave and Darebin Arts Speakeasy, particularly within the Northcote Town Hall’s strong, historical connectedness to indigenous arts.

“We are thrilled to partner with Next Wave for the third time. Our curatorial focus is centred on powerful, political work, with a strong indigenous thread running through many of the shows. Additionally we wanted to capitalise on our previous successful presentations of contemporary dance, so four of the works are by leading young choreographers and performers”, said 
Darebin Arts Programming Co-ordinator Beau McCafferty.

Following stand out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt (17-22 May) is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now). In an exploration of hope, longing and connection, this darkly comic story fuses the ancient with the contemporary, bringing two worlds into one. Weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling, Spearim reflects on the complexities and harsh realities of life for a contemporary, young Aboriginal woman.

In his debut full-length dance-theatre work, [MIS]conceive, (17-22 May) rising performer and choreographer Thomas E.S. Kelly (Vicki Van Hout, Shaun Parker and Company) explodes the misconceptions and prescriptions of what it is to be a young urban Aboriginal person in Australia. Kelly uses a mash-up of traditional and contemporary styles including hip hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern to simultaneously reject, reveal and re-educate modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity.

Desert Body Creep (17-22 May) feeds on the corpse of a post-everything world andsees dancer and choreographer Angela Goh share the stage with a giant gummi worm. Exploring the transition from dead to undead, wriggles and writhes through an hallucinatory landscape, proposing a strategy towards new forms of life.

DAREBIN ARTS’ SPEAKEASY NEW WAVE 2016 PROGRAM
4 – 22 May @ Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
www.northcotetownhall.com.au

Adi Sappir Instead of a Love Poem

Filed under: contemporary music, CD Launches — site admin @ 2:37 pm

Hello good people,
I hope you’re all travelling well.
In the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed recording with Neil Kelly at Run Stop Sound studios. The recording of Instead of a love poem is complete!

The 6 track EP is available for purchase on my website: www.adisappir.com.au
and will soon be available on itunes, spotify, etc - I’ll keep you posted!

my upcoming gigs:

Saturday May 21st 11:30am
Solo at Coburg Library
Cnr of Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg

Wednesday May 25th 8pm
Solo at Clifton Hill Hotel
89 Victoria Pde, Clifton Hill

Roberto Alagna Aust Tour - 27th July Hamer Hall Melbourne

Filed under: classical music, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 2:34 pm

Roberto Alagna
A rare chance to hear the world’s supreme tenor.
Melbourne performance 27 July – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
With guest soprano Siobhan Stagg

“Alagna’s emotional performance earned ovation after ovation” –
The New York Times

Roberto Alagna, one of the greatest voices of this generation and the most charismatic artist working in opera today, will tour Australia this July performing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This will be Roberto Alagna’s debut tour of Australia.
Alagna’s landmark Australian appearances follow on the back of a three-month season starring with the New York Metropolitan Opera in the role of Canio (Pagliacci), as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and his debut performance in Manon Lescaut, as Chevalier des Grieux.

Set to be a highpoint on the Australian cultural calendar, Alagna will delight audiences with arias, duets and the most loved romantic classic songs at his one night only concert.

This is a rare chance to hear this magnificent Italian/French tenor, one of the most sought after opera stars in the world who performs on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages and is invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals.

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Time: 7.30pm
Bookings: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183
ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

The Australian Burlesque Festival: 28 May to 2 July 2016

Filed under: cabaret, Dance, Gigs — site admin @ 2:31 pm

The Australian Burlesque Festival: 28 May to 2 July 2016
Featured Shows
28 May: Shake-O-Rama Blue Mountains
This show is set to sell out. Featuring some of the best burlesque & variety acts in our opening event.
Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Jacqueline Furey, Elena Gabrielle, Dolores Daiquiri, Diesel Darling, The Sugar Duchess, Hannie Helsden, Bettie Bombshell

9 June: Funfair Circus Melbourne
Opening night in Melbourne at the fantastic Spielgeltent. Featuring some amazing international and local circus, burlesque and slapstick acts.
Zelia Rose, Aurora, Honey B Goode, Sugar Blue Burlesque, The Cheese Girls, Leo & Teo, Anndala The Hooper, Monet Petit, Skopalova, Grace Cherry, Coney Bow, Carletta The Great, Mike Kay, Hannie Helsden, Johnny Domino

17 June: Shake-O-Rama Canberra
One of our most popular shows. Always sells out. Featuring international star DIRTY MARTINI (USA) and many other sensational performers.
Dirty Martini, Jacqueline Furey, Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Elena Gabrielle, MisRed Delicious, Pickled Tink, Lord of Mis Rule, Gemma Sheree

18 June: The Big Tease Sydney
The Big Tease is by far our most glamorous and classic show. A star-studded event with DIRTY MARTINI (USA) Selling fast.
Dirty Martini, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Alyssa Kitt, Elena Gabrielle, Lola The Vamp, Valerie Stunning, Ruby DeLure, Amber Topaz, Scarlett, Trillian,
Bella de Jac

24 June: Shake-O-Rama Adelaide
ABF is back after a two year hiatus. Come along and see some huge names hit the stage.
Dirty Martini, Jacqueline Furey, Alyssa Kitt, Zelia Rose, Dolores Daiquiri, Elena Gabrielle, Gin House Floozies, Kitty Devine, Lyra La Belle, Rebelle Velveteen, Flavella L’Amour, Sapphire Snow

To book tickets to these shows and others please visit the website link below.
Burlesque Workshops are available to attend in most cities but are sold out or selling fast.
WWW.AUSTRALIANBURLESQUEFEST.COM
Photo credit: 3 Fates Media

Sun Rising - Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins Tribute show

Filed under: bluegrass music, rockabilly music, country music, rock music, folk music, Gigs — site admin @ 2:28 pm

Sun Rising - The Songs That made Memphis
Friday June 24 2016
@ The Thornbury Theatre
Sun Rising is Australia’s premier tribute show to the most famous and iconic record company in history—Sun Records. The show pays homage to label founder and producer, Sam Phillips, who recorded some of the most influential music and discovered some of the industry’s biggest names including Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and many more!

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