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2012 Round-Up: Best of Brisbane Arts

Best of Brisbane Arts 2012: Arts Ed’s Pick Coming up with our annual best-of lists at Rave Magazine was always a challenge. How do we condense an entire year’s worth of artistic and/or musical output into a brief list? How do we justify what stood out above the rest? It’s Christmas and we are drunk; … Continue reading

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Meredith 2012

Meredith Music Festival Dec 7–9, 2012 Review by Chris Harms The Meredith Music Festival occupies a special place in the hearts of its regular patrons, many of them willing to trumpet its superiority to other Australian festivals at a moment’s notice and at surprising length. For outsiders and newcomers to Melbourne who profess to love … Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: Piazza Fontana

Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy SUZANNAH BENTLEY continues her Lavazza Italian Film Festival report, this time taking a look at a period thriller. Based on the real-life events surrounding the 1969 bombing of a bank in Milan, Piazza Fontana explores the lead-up to the explosion and its subsequent investigation. From the 1960s until the 1980s, Italy experienced … Continue reading


Piece of Cake DENIS SEMCHENKO interviews CAKE’s delightfully droll frontman JOHN MCCREA ahead of the Sacramento, CA band’s Harvest 2012 stint — and even though he’s in “I can’t believe I’m talking to the singer I first saw on MTV in 1996!” awe, he cannot resist wondering about the proverbial girl in a short skirt … Continue reading

PREVIEW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: Italian Film Festival

Lavazza Italian Film Festival SUZANNAH BENTLEY samples some films from the festival, beginning with Ivan Cotroneo’s directorial debut, Kryptonite! Read on to WIN one of two double-passes to Palace’s Italian Film Festival. Set in the perplexing and colourful world of 1970s Naples, Kryptonite tells the story of nine-year-old Peppino, a bespectacled misfit. Peppino watches as his … Continue reading

CABARET REVIEW: We Love You! (As Much As Everybody Else Does)

SUZANNAH BENTLEY has an otherworldly experience at GHOSTBOY’s absurdist neo-cabaret comedy collaboration with cross-dressing instrumentalist SIR LADY GRANTHAM. David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger appears from a trapdoor in the floor. He carries a banana that he breaks in half and slams down on the table in front of me. Apparently it contains potassium and I should try … Continue reading


Rush Hour Zenobia Frost reviews Under the Radar’s fifteen. Brisbane’s Liesel Zink choreographs this public dance work, fifteen, which blurs the lines between audience and participant, theatre and public space. To get my biases out of the way, I admit that dance is an art form that I’m still learning how to appreciate. Zink’s A … Continue reading

ARTS BLOG: Queensland Poetry Festival

Queensland Poetry Festival Words by mr oCean Photos by Elleni Toumpas There are moments in certain concerts when you feel like you and the performer are alone, floating in space, with an emotional conduit running between you. When it’s really working, you come down from that knowing that everyone else in the room felt it … Continue reading

THEATRE: Short+Sweet Theatre Festival

In Short SARAH BOOTHROYD chats to SEAN DENNEHY, director of the Queensland SHORT+SWEET THEATRE FESTIVAL, about keeping it brief. SARAH BOOTHROYD: Tell me about Short+Sweet’s 10-minute play format. What are the advantages? SEAN DENNEHY: The format allows playwrights, directors and actors to crystallise their physical, emotional and creative journey within a form that has no … Continue reading

PREVIEW: Brisbane Writers Festival

Brisbane Writers Festival This September, Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) celebrates 50 years of readers and writers gathering to share their love of words. It’s perfect timing — 2012 is the National Year of Reading, and reading and writing are in the spotlight.  BWF started as Warana Writers Weekend in 1962, expanding in 1985 to Warana … Continue reading

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