Pigalle

"I really love French disco from the late 70s to the early 80s", I whispered into the ear of my friend, Sue, as we watched and listened to the DJ, and waited for the show to start, a production called Pigalle at Sydney Festival. DJ warms up the crowd at Pigalle at Sydney Festival As [...]

A Life in Three Acts – Bette Bourne

Duckie at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11

"OMG, I've been there", I whispered in the ear of my friend, as an image of the The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London flashed on the screen. We were sitting watching the play, "A Life in Three Acts" at the Sydney Theatre Company this afternoon. Even a couple of hours before going to see the [...]

Name in Lights

Kate Croll in lights at Sydney Museum

It's not a very good photograph, is it? If you squint hard enough, though, you might be able to recognise the name "Kate Croll". Along with myself, Kate's name has been "up in lights" as part of a project that's part of the Sydney Festival. According to the associated festival blurb... Iconic American conceptual artist [...]

Festival First Night

Emmylou Harris at Sydney Festival Opening Night

"She looks a bit bored", my friend Kate said to me, referring to the expression on the face of Emmylou Harris, as she performed tonight at Sydney Festival First Night. I'm not a huge fan of Emmylou Harris, but I was keen to see her perform. I thought she looked more like Deborah Harry, actually. [...]

Sat On My Lap

Looks like the work of Luke Temby on the walls of Surry Hills

As Kate and I walked around the streets of Chippendale, we noticed posters featuring artwork by Luke Temby. I noticed another one tonight as I came home from dinner at Emad's on Cleveland Street. The art group I belong to has bought a couple of works by Temby, and he has created this crazy kind [...]

Hot in the City

As I listened to the radio this morning, Liz Ellis played the classic summer song, "Hot In The City" by Billy Idol. Twelve hours later, and as I walked home, the song was back in my head. It was appropriate for the weather. Also as I walked home tonight I found myself stuck behind a [...]

Festival Party

"Did you see Grace Jones" was the most popular conversation opener at last night's "Sydney Festival Opening Night Party" at Hyde Park Barracks. Damo and I arrived there just after eleven. Quite early really, as the main crowd didn't really arrive until about 11.30. Once inside, we had a bite to eat, a drink, and [...]