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What's on this week

Author: Edited by Jane Hampson
Date: 07/03/1999
Words: 1866
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Time Out
Page: 12

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, 10.30am-6pm.


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, Sydney.


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.

Price: $10.

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 competition. 8.30pm.

Price: $12.

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.

Price: $10.

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 26.

Price: $12 (for talk). Exhibition free.

Phone: 02 9356 2955.



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 family.

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.

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