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Review / ‘Dior and I’ (M) ***

BELGIAN Raf Simons, newly-appointed creative director at Paris fashion house Dior, doesn’t draw designs. He gives written briefs which atelier staff will convert into maquettes for expensive gowns. Other people’s docos about couturieres follow the designer from tabula rasa  through design drawings to cutting and machining fabrics to the obligatory closing shots of skinny young […]

Review / ‘A Little Chaos’ (M) ** and a half

EVERY journey has a first step. For Jeremy Brock and Alison Deegan, writing their debut screenplay for “A Little Chaos” took them straight into the directorial arms of Alan Rickman. Few actors do better sneer than Rickman. “A Little Chaos” is his second directorial effort (he brought Emma Thompson to Australia for “A Winter Journey” […]

Gallipoli Symphony director honoured by UC

THE indefatigable Christopher Latham, former “CityNews” Artist of the Year and director of The Gallipoli Symphony, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra on April 2. Latham, who holds dual French and Australian citizenship, is also the recipient of an Australian Anzac Fellowship from 2015 to 2018 and a reciprocal ‘French Mission […]

‘A trapeze artist without a net’ – Wendy Sharpe draws refugees

IN an extraordinary moment of serendipity, a touring exhibition by the Asylum Seekers’ Centre in Sydney now showing at Belconnen Arts Centre coincides with a play about asylum seekers opening at the Street theatre this Wednesday, March 25 and running until the weekend. (http://citynews.com.au/2015/rare-play-asylum-seekers-comes-street/) Archibald Prize winning artist Wendy Sharpe sat with 39 refugees and […]

Rare play about asylum-seekers comes to The Street

AS “CityNews” predicted a couple of weeks ago, The Street Theatre has popped a rare play into its season this week, with “The Process,” a timely work about asylum seekers that has recently had people raving enthusiastically at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre. It coincides nicely with Belconnen Arts Centre’s current exhibition “Seeking Humanity,”  Wendy Sharpe’s […]

NGA panel talk tomorrow on light – for the ‘common man’

LAST week we reported on naked tours of the “James Turrell: A Retrospective” exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia. This week there’s something slightly less demanding on offer as part of the Gallery’s public programs, a discussion called “Let’s talk about perception” tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm. This will be a […]

Arts in the City / Labours of the much loved

TO mark its 15th year, Gold Creek’s Aarwun Gallery has invited 15 of its  longest-standing and best-loved artists to exhibit five pieces each in a celebratory exhibition called “5×15”. The opening night party included a performance by former “CityNews” Artist of the Year, David Pereira. “360 ALLSTARS” is a physical performance group that looks at […]