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  1. Tim Finn : White Cloud at Fairfax Studio

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    It is January 2017 and Fairfax Studio in Melbourne’s Art Centre is full of Tim Finn, Split Enz and Crowded House fans. A little older and perhaps wiser.


    The show is White Cloud: a Tim Finn, Ken Duncum and Sue Healey collaboration.

    This production has circled the globe with success for quite a while. Like all great performances and musical scores it is received by this audience with reverence and love.

    Tim Finn enters the stage confident, comfortable looking strong and very handsome underneath his signature shock of white curles. Also on stage are his guitar, ukulele, grand piano, wooden flute and his supremely talented accompanying guitarist who follows his ...
  2. White Cloud: Tim Finn at Arts Centre Melbourne

    By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey

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    "Savage something that we need to remember
    From the wreck of history
    Family images of fading splendour
    Where they lead I’m following...”
    - Tim Finn, White Cloud

    Tim Finn
    , legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of SplitEnz, will perform White Cloud - a musing meditative performance about family, identity and home - this January atArts Centre Melbourne.

    White Cloud alchemises observation and contemplation, photographs and journals, narrative and music to deliver apotent celebration of family, ancestry ...
  3. Regression written by Gabrial Bergmoser directed by Joachim Matschoss



    Funny, moving and thought provoking, Regression explores identity and nostalgia, examining the ways in which people change over time and how the past informs our present whether we want it to or not.

    Written by Gabriel Bergmoser the 2015 winner of the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and directed by internationally renowned playwright Joachim Matschoss, Regression will run for a limited season at Allpress Studio in Collingwood, from August 22- 27. With a talented cast including Tim Constantine, Jason Jeffries, Tom Reed and Samantha Cunnane and innovative use of live music and multimedia, Regression will be an immersive, ...
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  4. ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’


    Rod the therapist (Mitch Ralston), Liz (Kelly Cupo), Audrey (Hester Van Der Vyver), Dad (Paul Dawber), and Emad Liz’s ex-boyfriend (James Ao)

    Dates: Six performances: 29 Oct. – 7 Nov. 2015
    Location: Melba Spiegeltent – 35 Johnston St Collingwood
    Tickets: $35 to $55 – group discounts apply
    Information & bookings: www.audreypopmusical.com


    Hester Van Der Vyver as Audry Hepburn in world premier of ‘Audrey Hepburn and I Consider Our Assets’

    This new Australian musical set in Melbourne which will have it's world
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  5. Lowdown Hokum Orchestra and Burlesque Revue



    Part of 2015 Melbourne Fringe festival

    Performances: Wed. 30 Sept., Thurs. 1 Oct., Fri. 2 Oct. 2015, Sat. 3 Oct., Sun. 4 Oct.

    Location: The Melba Spiegeltent – 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

    Showtime: 8pm


    For world class musicianship and titallating burlesque make a point of catching Doc Whites’s Lowdown Hokum Orchestra and Burlesque Revue at the Melba Spiegeltent situated at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood performing as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.

    Blues man Doc White has selected a stellar line up of musicians and performers including Jazz sensation Nichaud Fitzgibbon on vocals, ...
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  6. Ecco Homo – MIFF 2015



    I had no idea what to expect from the premier screening of Ecco Homo at ACMI as part of the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.

    Strongly feeling the six degrees of separation that bind us all, I was hooked from the very beginning of this touching, revealing, voyeuristic and transforming film.

    Unlike many other viewers in that packed cinema, to my knowledge I had not personally encountered Peter Vanessa Troy Davies during his life, nor was I aware of being familiar with his work or influence. Yet, within minutes his direct influence on my life became clear, beaming into me from the screen.

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  7. Tim Mckew Australian Cabaret Legend


    Tim Mckew at St Kilda's Tolarno Galleries in 1979 image by Henry Talbot.

    I first met with Tim Mckew for a one on one, in his locale at the Abbotsford Convent the other day.

    I had heard about his forth coming Dadaist performance art show, “Come Down With Us” running over three nights in August 2015 on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30, between 6 – 8pm at the William Mora Galleries, and after doing my research the night before, I was very interested to meet the man.

    I discovered that Tim Mckew is a vibrant singer, songwriter, playwright and producer, whose successful career has spanned over five decades in show business ...
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  8. Rob Zabrecky review… by Marion Webb



    ROB ZABRECKY
    , International Guest of the Melbourne Magic Festival, mesmerized his audience with virtuosic skill in his one-man show ‘Turn on the Dark with Zabrecky’.


    From the moment he stalked with hypnotic fleetness of foot to centre stage and performed optical illusions on his head, spectators were
    gripped by the uncanny sense that all odds were being expertly scrambled in the meshes of Zabrecky’s grouchy mesmerist persona.
    One man was required to nurse a smallish cardboard box with breathing holes.

    Another in an outsize dunce’s cap was consigned to the corner upon losing a mysteriouly rigged quiz show. ...
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  9. Rob Zabrecky performing at Melbourne Magic Festival June 29 – 11 July



    The formidable and very funny Rob Zabrecky currently performing his show Turn on the Dark as part of The Melbourne Magic Festival 2015.


    Rob Zabrecky is a seasoned and multi-talented artist in magic as well as being a producer, singer / songwriter, actor, auctioneer and blogger / host with Who’s Hoo.

    His focus and timing are unfathomable.

    Needless to say this show is a must see for anyone that likes to be totally absorbed when being entertained.

    I had the extreme pleasure of filming a one on one interview with Rob Zabrecky after his show the other night. Be assured this will hit the screen next week ...
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  10. Tom Stevens performing at Melbourne Magical Festival



    I swear I’m starting to see The Melbourne Magical Festival as not only vastly entertaining but as spirit cleansing.


    The other night I was part of an interactive audience with the very smooth and super intelligent Tom Stevens performing his mini miracles.

    Mind expanding is a fitting description, because that is what happens when one is present ‘in the flesh’ for these supernatural performances.




    Tom Stevens and yours truly bearing witness ...
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  11. The Melbourne Magic Festival 2015


    President of the Australian Institute of Magic, Lee Cohen starring in The Fairy Magic Show

    From start to finish the2015 Melbourne Magic Festival Gala at Northcote Townhall had me smiling from ear to ear. It proved to be a wonder filled night of magic and joy that encapsulated the multi-generational audience on that night.

    Having seenDynamo be Dynamo, over the years, I’ve acquired a taste for magic. This however, this was the first time that I was part of a live audience with so many multi-talented magicians at play.

    The experience has left me very excited about the future of Magic as a premier form of live entertainment ...
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  12. Melbourne Magic Festival 2015

    Our hat is overflowing!



    The Melbourne Magic Festival
    casts its spell across Northcote’s Town Hall from June 29 to July 11, 2015 and promises to take you to the extreme end of visual theatre with over 250 shows and free events including two international guest magicians from Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle!


    Artistic Director and internationally award winning magician, Tim Ellis, says:
    “It has been eight years in the making but The Melbourne Magic Festival has finally come of age. Already known internationally as the largest event of its kind in the Southern hemisphere, the importance of our festival has been recognised ...
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  13. ‘TOTEM’ Cirque du Soleil Melbourne premiere





    From the moment I was asked to cover opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse I could feel the pulse.


    Every aspect of this dazzling event seemed organically synchronised, from driving into the well manned car park, through to the red carpet photo shoot, then comfortably moving into the magical Big Top tent, along with over 2,000 fellow wide eyed audience members; seemingly as one organism, an expansive collective soul. An energetic force field of maximum flow fuelling consciousness and connect, a most necessary ingredient for the death defying ...
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  14. 'Life is Beautiful' stage production at Astor Theatre 2 Dec. 2014

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    St Kilda's iconic Astor Theatre hosting the live stage performance titled 'Life is Beautiful'. 2nd Dec. 2014.

    Since 1936 the magnificent, ‘Art Deco’ Astor Theatre in St Kilda, one of Melbourne’s iconic purpose built treasures, has played host to outstanding 20th and now 21st century motion picture classics.

    For Melburnians and international tourists alike a night out at the Astor Theatre is a special event. It is a great building in structure and essence and a preserved time capsule of a rich history and a by gone era.

    Amidst ‘her’ long and illustrious career the Astor Theatre is now debuting an outstanding live theatre production titled Life is Beautiful’ proudly ...
  15. The Sun Records All-Stars Australian tour



    Direct from the U.S.A and currently on the Australian Tour are ‘The Sun Records All-Stars, proudly presented by Abstract Entertainment.

    This historically rich interview with Bill Culp, one of the performing artists and writers of the The Sun Records All-Stars gives listeners a birds eye view into the iconic times at Sun Records in the early 1950’s.

    During this ground breaking period powerful cultural energies merged to produce and showcase unique artists. This was the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll as we know it today.

    This show is an amazing opportunity to share the ever evolving high creativity that produced artists like Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, ...
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