THE north shore's answer to the inner-city short film festival Tropfest is
CROWSFEST, an open-air short film festival on Thursday at Crows Nest. The films
come from students at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School at North
Ryde and directors from the many film houses on the lower north shore. Entries
include THE BENEFICIARY, starring highly acclaimed actor BARRY OTTO. SBS Movie
Show personality MARGARET POMERANZ will open the festival, to be held on the
corner of Willoughby Road and Holtermann Street, or if it rains, in the nearby
community centre in Earnest Place. Willoughby Road will be closed to host live
jazz bands and food stalls. Films start at 7.30pm.
Phone: 9267 2711 (Feehan Communications).
THE German cultural centre, the Goethe-Institut, is marking the 250th
anniversary of its namesake, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE (1749-1832) - writer and
poet best known for the dramatic poem FAUST - with a series of film nights. On
Wednesday Peter Gorski's 1960 interpretation of Faust screens, with two Dieter
Dorn movies the following week - TORQUATO TASSO on Monday and MEPHISTO on
Wednesday. 7pm start for all films. 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra.
Phone: 02 9328 7411.
ANOTHER German legend, screen siren MARLENE DIETRICH, features in double bill
THE BLUE ANGEL and BLONDE VENUS as part of the Chauvel Cinemas's National
Cinematheque next Saturday. In BLONDE VENUS, co-starring Cary Grant, Dietrich
sings Hot Voodoo in a gorilla suit. At Paddington Town Hall, Corner of Oatley
Road and Oxford Street, Paddington. Cinematheque runs on Monday nights (7pm)
and Saturday afternoons (1pm) for members. Membership costs $20 and is available
at the box office, with a pass for four sessions.
Phone: 02 9361 5398.
ENJOY street art from the BELLE EPOQUE (beautiful era) period in Europe -
from the late
19th century to the start of WWI. The Art Gallery of NSW presents a
collection of FRENCH OPERA POSTERS from the years 1867 to 1930, which advertised
operas, burlesque shows, musicals, comedies and ballets. Daily from 10am-5pm
until May 16.
Phone: 02 9225 1744.
FRANK HODGKINSON presents his PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FROM PARIS: 1947-1997
exhibition at the Wagner Art Gallery, 39 Gurner Street, Paddington to March 25.
Sydneysider and recent AM recipient, Hodgkinson, 80, is completing a 32m x 4m
mural depicting life in Sydney - painted in the abstract style for which he is
best known - which was commissioned for the June opening of the Martin Place
GPO. Inspiration for the Wagner exhibition was Hodgkinson's Paris sketchbook,
started in 1947 during his first trip to Paris. The show also features large
canvasses inspired by Hodgkinson's last visit in 1997. Open Monday to Saturday,
Phone: 02 9360 6069.
ANTHROPOLOGIST FE WILLIAMS worked in Papua New Guinea from 1922 to 1943 and
his photographs and notebooks recording the life at the time, plus some
artefacts, go on display next Saturday in a new exhibition, EYE TO EYE, at the
Australian Museum. Williams had an ability to see his subjects as people, said
Dr Jim Specht, the AM's head of anthropology. Open daily, 9.30am-5pm. Until June
27. 6 College Street, Sydney.
Price: $5 full; $2 conc.
Phone: 02 9320 6000.
PRECISION, imagination and beauty meet in the colour etchings and prints of
renowned Canberra print-maker JORG SCHMEISSER, showing at the Australian
Galleries Works On Paper. Schmeisser's craftsmanship is influenced by his
western academic training in Hamburg and studies in the East, particularly
Japan. Until March 27. 24 Glenmore Road, Paddington.
Phone: 02 9380 8744.
KIM Carpenter's Theatre Of Image brings to life two tales from writers PETER
CAREY and DAVID MALOUF. Carey's eXotic PLEASURES (also the title of the double
bill) - from his book of short stories The Fat Man In History - follows the
fortunes of Lily Danko (JEANETTE CRONIN of AFI winner The Boys) after she buys
an exotic bird which comes from another planet. When people stroke the bird it
fulfils their wishes. The play also stars Home And Away's Tony Poli. Malouf's
THE EMPTY LUNCH TIN, from his book of short stories Antipodes, stars ROSETTA
COOK, former prima ballerina with the Queensland Ballet, and Kym Wallis. Set in
the 1950s it is a story about injustice, in which a woman comes to terms with a
mysterious man from the Depression era who appears on her lawn. Opens on
Saturday and runs from Wednesday to Saturday until April 3 at The Seymour
Theatre centre, corner of Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale.
Price: $33 full; $25.50 conc.
Phone: 02 9364 9400.
FRANCO Fontana's OBA OBA dance and music spectacular from Brazil has congoed
into Star City's Showroom theatre. Sexy and energetic, this show, featuring
ELIANA ESTEVAO, has strung a post-performance conga line across Europe and the
US. It will run Tuesdays to Sundays until June 27.
Price: $42.70-$62.70 full; $32.70 conc matinee.
Phone: 02 9266 4800 (Ticketek).
KIDS will delight in the show at THE SYDNEY PUPPET THEATRE. Puppeteers Sue
Wallace and Steve Coupe give performances every weekend at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm.
Kendall Lane, The Rocks.
Phone: 02 9255 1788 (Sydney Visitors Centre).
PIANIST JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET performs Beethoven's Great Fugue on Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday in a guest spot with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Messiaen's Turangalila is also on the program. Conductor is EDO DE WAART. 8pm,
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
Price: $59-$38 full; $53-$30 conc.
Phone: 02 9334 4600.
LOVE THOUGHTS, by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, will premiere at the
newly-christened Studio performance space at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday.
Angela Punch McGregor and Michiko Honda will perform the bilingual work, along
with the Seymour Group. Conductor will be MARK SUMMERBELl. Completing the
contemporary program will be works by Paul Stanhope (Night Prelude, 1997) and
Colin Bright (Red Earth II, 1997).
Price: $25 full; $18 conc.
Phone: 02 9250 7777.
THE staff will be on stage in Tuesday's Conservatorium of Music LUNCHBREAK
concert. Georg Pedersen (cello) and David Miller AM (piano) will perform
Beethoven's Sonata in A Major For Piano And Cello Op. 69 and de Falla's Popular
Spanish Suite For Piano And Cello. 1.10pm, St Andrew's Cathedral, George Street,
Phone: 02 9351 1263.
AT the Side On Cafe, new home of the Sydney Improvised Music Association
(SIMA) THE CATHOLICS play on Friday. The line-up is Lloyd Swanton bass, Sandy
Evans saxophone, Dave Brewer guitar, Fabian Hevia percussion, James Greening
trombone, Bruce Reid lap steel guitar, dobro and guitar and Hamish Stuart on
drums. From 9pm, at 83 Parramatta Road, Annandale.
Phone: 02 9516 3077.
ON Friday the AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, led by Anthony Halstead, revisits
the 19th century in a program of Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Brahms. ACO violinist
and artistic director RICHARD TOGNETTI features as violin soloist. 8pm, Sydney
Opera House Concert Hall. Arrive at 7.25pm for a pre-concert talk. There will
other concerts next Sunday and Tuesday.
Price: $53-$29 full; $41-$23 conc.
Phone: 02 9250 7777.
RAW COMEDY: The State final in the annual search for the next big funny thing
is on Tuesday night at The Harold Park Hotel (also known as the Comedy Hotel),
115 Wigram Road, Glebe. MC is CHRIS FRANKLIN, last year's winner of the national
Phone: 02 9552 2999.
PS: Chris Franklin will be at the Comedy Cellar on Friday and Saturday with
fellow funny-men Craig Eagle and Peter Grose. 8.30pm. The Comedy Cellar is at
the Off Broadway hotel, Broadway Shopping Centre, 2 Bay Street, Broadway.
Phone: 02 9552 2999.
THE Bristol Arms hotel, known as The Bristrol Arms Retro hotel, is running a
competition to find Sydney's "Trooly funniest person", with TARGET PRACTICE
every Tuesday. The action starts at 8pm, followed by Dave Callan and friend. On
Wednesday Callan returns with more mates. 81 Sussex Street,Sydney.
Price: $5 (Tuesday); $10 (Wednesday).
Phone: 02 9262 5491.
THE Olympic City's great development debate continues, this time at the
Museum of Sydney on Saturday. DEBATING THE CITY: CITY LIVING AND
COSMOPOLITANISM, promises to be a day-long smorgasbord of opinions and ideas on
such topics as "hybrid high-rise" and "What makes a city liveable?". JOHN
BIRMINGHAM, author of the cult hit He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, will give
a talk entitled The More Things Change. 11am-5pm. It's on at the corner of
Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney. Bookings essential.
Price: $50 full; $30 conc.
Phone: 02 9251 5988.
TOMORROW at the NEW GENERATION OF ITALIAN ARCHITECTS exhibition, curator Ado
Franchini will give a talk. On at 6pm. Phone for information and bookings. The
exhibition is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays, 10am-4pm, until March
Price: $12 (for talk). Exhibition free.
Phone: 02 9356 2955.
PICK OF THE WEEK
BURNT PIANO, the long-awaited offering from Justin Fleming, opens at Belvoir
Street Theatre on Tuesday. In it, Fleming teams bookish Australian housewife
Karen Idlewild (Elaine Hudson) with 20th-century icon Irish writer Samuel
Beckett. Idlewild meets Beckett in Paris, when she travels there with her
Director is Richard Wherrett and Burnt Piano marks his return to the
theatre he helped establish, after a 20-year absence. Wherrett also directed
Fleming's rather controversial Harold In Italy, for the Sydney Theatre Company
at the Opera House in 1989.
The cast is strong: Ron Falk, as Beckett, teams up with Max Cullen (his last
Aussie gig before he leaves for the European tour of Company B's Cloudstreet),
Sebastian Elmaloglou, Monica Maughan and Thomas Oliver. Opens Tuesday and runs
Tuesday to Sunday until April 11. 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills.
Price: $36 full; $23 conc.
Phone: 02 9699 3444.