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WINTER ARTS SEASON LAUNCH YOUR SEASON SAMPLER INCLUDES: Live performances – mini Supper Club – snow dome – Winter Photo Booth – Water Labyrinth – and SNOW! FRIDAY 31 MAY 4-8pm Forrest Place

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FoLLoW SHoW Me PeRtH oN features editor Mark Mallabone Arts editor Stephen Bevis design Rochelle Smith, Rachel eaton and Non-Drowsy Design Writers Ron Banks, Pip christmass, Lucy gibson, Matthew Hogan, Nina Levy, Ben o’Shea, Jo Pickup, Heather zubek Cover image australian Dance theatre and city of Perth Photography © chris Herzfeld Season Coordination Di Star and Sarah thillagaratnam

tHe WeAtHer MAy be getting ColDer, but our biggest ever Winter Arts seAson is set to ignite your Winter DAys AnD nigHts. the 9th annual Season sees more than 70 Wa arts organisations, venues and artists giving you near on 200 reasons to head into the city and experience Perth’s hottest arts and cultural offerings. over three whole months, Winter arts brings the city a whirlwind of cuttingedge theatre, music, opera, comedy, cabaret, dance, film, circus, literature, family events, visual arts, and some surprise public art installations. Wa’s best and brightest creatives feature, alongside offerings from New york’s Museum of Modern art and the British Museum, exclusive to Perth. With no shortage of things to do and see, starting at $0!, there’s no better time to indulge in the artforms you love and sample some you’ve never tried before. if you’re not sure where to start, our friends at The West Australian have highlighted their top picks for you among the event listings herein.

the city’s newest and popular shops, galleries, spaces and places to enjoy a pre or post show drink or meal.

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the Winter Supper club returns to Perth town Hall on the last Friday of each month, serving up warming winter foods with free live music performances, giving you a sneak peak of Season events to come. if you’re looking to kick on into the night, the Season’s official Late Night Lounge venues are guaranteed to be open late to chat over a drink and snack about the evening’s cultural adventure. Be sure to get your free copy of the Winter Bites pocket book, full of food and drink discount vouchers for your favourite city restaurants and bars, exclusively during the Winter arts Season. i encourage you to grab your coat and hat and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving arts and culture scene this Season, with events for all ages and tastes to entertain and inspire.

Log on to showmeperth.com.au and use the online calendar planner to create your own personalised program of events or download this brochure as a PDF flipbook. there are so many opportunities to create memorable experiences by combining your arts outing with visiting

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The Australian Dance Theatre presents G

Winter warmers It’s a busy season of creativity and there’s plenty to tempt aficionados and newcomers, write STEPHEN BEVIS and PIP CHRISTMASS

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any people may have long swapped their picnic rugs for granny blankets on the couch but local producers, artists and entertainers are hoping audiences will warm plenty of seats this winter. An alliance of organisations is using the ninth City of Perth Winter Arts Season to promote the sense that audiences don’t need to go into hibernation, even in sun-loving Perth, because the city is buzzing with art and culture all through the year. Many artists say they are inspired by the bleakness of winter. There’s something about the lack of sunshine and the crackle of a fireplace that stimulates profound thought and great innovation. The cultural capitals of the world — London, Vienna, even Melbourne — endure miserable weather and it seems that when it comes to art, a storm spurs

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artists to greater heights than a sunny forecast. The first winter arts season began in 2005 when former Art Gallery of WA director Alan Dodge called for the city’s opera and ballet companies, orchestra, theatres, museums, galleries and libraries to unite under a theme struck by the gallery’s visiting St Petersburg exhibition. This year, the midyear centrepiece is a contest between the gallery and its neighbour in the Perth Cultural Precinct, the WA Museum. The gallery will host Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond, the third show in its partnership with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and the museum’s Secrets of the Afterlife, Egyptian antiquities from the British Museum, is already two weeks into its run. The exclusivity of these blockbuster exhibitions points towards a wider recognition of the need to bolster Perth’s world-

The city is buzzing with art and culture all through the year.

class arts offerings. Along with our burgeoning restaurant scene, our investment in new retail precincts and a sporting stadium, the Winter Arts Season recognises that there needs to be an international-standard arts program available to those interested in more than fine dining and afternoons at the football. Consequently, the full program is an overwhelming feast of options from which to choose. A major inclusion in the program is NAIDOC Week, the annual national celebration of indigenous culture, which stems from the Aboriginal activism of the 1920s. This year, the national focus city is Perth, where NAIDOC Week begins on July 7 with a Welcome to Country and a dance and music extravaganza led by Shane Howard. A strong family and music program awaits audiences

during the upcoming Celebrate WA long weekend. WA music legends Chain and Dave Hole will be joined by Abbe May and Karnivool plus other acts at the State of the Art music festival. In the Perth Cultural Centre, the kids will be able to enjoy plenty of free fun, from puppet shows to art trails through the State gallery. The Blue Room is offering a busy winter of performance, from Travis Cotton’s Robots vs Art to Sea Inside, a waterthemed piece fusing aerial dance with immersive sound and visuals. Black Swan State Theatre Company’s winter program includes Joanna Murray-Smith’s Day One, A Hotel, Evening, plus the Tony Award-nominated Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and the world premiere of Tim Winton’s Shrine, starring Logie Award-winning actor John Howard. Other major performances will include Perth Theatre Company’s production of Lachlan Philpott’s abductionthemed Alienation and Yirra Yaakin’s Yirra Yaarnz, a selection of monologues from emerging WA Aboriginal playwrights. Circus, dance, comedy and burlesque lovers also will be richly catered for. Cirque du Soleil’s crowdpleasing Ovo continues until mid-June and Circus Oz drops into town briefly in August. The Perth International Burlesque Festival swings into gear next month and in August you can catch In Vogue: Songs

by Madonna as part of the popular Cabaret Soiree program downstairs at His Majesty’s Theatre. This winter marks the first visit to Perth in many years for the exciting Australian Dance Theatre, which will present its show G. On the classical ballet front, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake and WA Ballet gears up for its landmark production of Onegin. Folk heroine Joan Baez makes her first visit in 25 years and jazz and classical music aficionados will be well served, respectively, by Hank Marvin’s appearance at Ellington Jazz Club and WASO’s winter program, which ranges over Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Mendelssohn and more. Those who enjoy getting actively involved — rather than merely observing the fruits of other people’s labours — will be able to attend winter workshops on everything from short-story writing and poetry to Chinese calligraphy and the art of burlesque during the Winter Arts Season.

Joan Baez, left, and Joan Miro’s Still Life Glove and Newspaper, 1921, from the MoMA show

HOT STUFF Arts Editor STEPHEN BEVIS selects 10 tempting highlights to warm the senses over the long nights (and short days) ahead. 1 Secrets of the Afterlife The British Museum gives Perth an experience of magic, mummies and immortality in ancient Egypt. WA Museum, until September 22 2 Driving Miss Daisy Stage and screen legends Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones star in this heartwarming tale of friendship between an elderly white spinster and her black chauffeur in the US Deep South. His Majesty’s Theatre, June 8-19 3 WASO plays The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore’s Oscarwinning score for the first in the popular Lord of the Rings film trilogy will swell into life as the orchestra accompanies the screening of the film, augmented by the St George’s Cathedral choristers and the WASO Chorus. Riverside Theatre, June 21 and 22 4 Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined The latest MoMA exhibition is a sublime tasting plate from the artists who changed the face of portraiture, landscape and still life. Art Gallery of WA, June 22-December 2 5G The world-renowned Australian Dance Theatre presents a radical revamp of Giselle in its first Perth performances in 15 years. State Theatre Centre, July 4-7

6 NAIDOC Week From Yirra Yaarnz at the Blue Room Theatre to exhibitions, music, dance and family events, the annual celebration of indigenous culture begins in Perth with a Welcome to Country and concert at Wellington Square. Various venues, July 7-14 7 Don Giovanni Charismatic baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes leads the WA Opera cast in Mozart’s masterpiece about an arrogant seducer who gets his just deserts. His Majesty’s Theatre, July 16-27 8 Joan Baez American folk sweetheart Joan Baez introduced the world to Bob Dylan, marched with Martin Luther King and inspired Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic. Twentyfive years since the last Australian tour, she returns as vital as ever. Perth Concert Hall, August 16 9 Circus Oz The international circus larrikins turn a construction job into a chaotic performance of slapstick and tricks in their first Perth show in six years. His Majesty’s Theatre, August 29-31 10 Shrine Author Tim Winton returns with the final play in his West Australian trilogy, this one about a family dealing with the aftermath of a young man’s death on the roads. August 31-September 15

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Alicia Clements and Will O’Mahony are presenting Great White. Picture by Cameron Etchells

Play time in the city Arts Editor STEPHEN BEVIS previews a season of varied works ranging from aliens, sharks and robots that rule the world to a Pulitzer Prize winner

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ll theatre should aim to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed, say local stage artists Will O’Mahony and Alicia Clements. The Blue Room, Perth’s incubator for new and emerging theatre makers, is the incarnation of this ethos and the venue for O’Mahony’s play Great White next month. Written and directed by O’Mahony and designed by Clements, Great White taps into the semi-mythical fascination with sharks and the existential pull of the ocean. “For all its danger the ocean hold us in its thrall and maybe

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promises something we can’t get on land,” O’Mahony says. Pitting a man and woman against the deep blue sea, Great White is one of several productions rolling through the Blue Room this winter. Already showing are Robots vs Art, Travis Cotton’s apocalyptic comedy about the perils of having robots rule the world, and the Perth premiere of Fat Pig, Neil LaBute’s black comedy dealing with blind love, obesity and social cruelty. “The characters’ humanity by the end of the play is incredibly sad and grotesquely beautiful,” director Emily McLean says. “The struggle over our

restrictive ideals of beauty and watching characters striving to be truthful when that truth is something they are deeply ashamed by, make Fat Pig fascinating.” Despite the cooler weather, the ocean looms again next month in Sea Inside, Russya Connor’s solo show, which combines aerial dance, performance art and audiovisual projections to evoke a mysterious underwater world. “My interest in gravity — both under water and in the air — and its relation to human experience and expression is what has driven me to create this show,” says Connor, who has changed the traditional theatre space to give the audience the freedom to seat themselves. The season closes out in July with Yirra Yaarnz, a Blue Room partnership with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company to give indigenous theatre makers a forum to get their work noticed

during NAIDOC Week. The Blue Room is next door to the State Theatre Centre, where Black Swan State Theatre Company is presenting three plays in the Heath Ledger Theatre over winter. Downstairs, in the Studio Underground, the ever-contentious subject of alien abductions will occupy the minds of audiences at the Perth Theatre Company play Alienation. Written by NSW playwright Lachlan Philpott, the coproduction with Penrith’s Q Theatre Company is inspired by interviews with Australians who claim to have been abducted by aliens. Over in East Perth, a new venue has opened in the premises of the Equity Guild building, where the all-women theatre troupe HIVE (Her Infinite Variety Ensemble) will pay tribute to the pioneering actresses of Restoration London. Running until June 8, HIVE is presenting Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis, a bawdy romp based on a key moment in theatre history when

women were allowed to tread the boards for the first time in the 1660s when the theatres were re-opened after years of suppression under the Puritans. Playhouse Creatures, first staged in 1993, deals with a period under the reign of King Charles II when acting was regarded much the same as prostitution. De Angelis’ play brings to life the famous actresses of that time, including Nell Gwyn, Mary Betterton and Elizabeth Farley, and is a perfect fit for HIVE, which was formed to perform stronger roles for women, says HIVE producer and actor Rhoda Lopez. “April de Angelis has written a great ensemble piece in which each female character is quite different, with their own challenges of the time,” Lopez says. Amid the strong local theatre offerings, one international production is driving into town with two legends of stage and screen at the wheel. Hollywood and Broadway stars Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones will hit the

road for His Majesty’s Theatre next month in their star vehicle Driving Miss Daisy. Lansbury, 87, and Jones, 82, appear with Broadway actor Boyd Gaines in Alfred Uhry’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film directed by Bruce Beresford. Set in America’s racist Deep South, circa 1950, the story deals with an elderly white spinster who slowly befriends her black chauffeur.

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he final instalment of Tim Winton’s trilogy of plays rounds out a busy winter for Black Swan State Theatre Company. Winton’s Shrine completes his collaboration with Black Swan artistic director Kate Cherry that began with Rising Water in 2011 and continued last year with Signs of life. Shrine, about the family fallout from a son’s fatal road crash, is the final course in a seasonal banquet that starts next month with Joanna Murray-Smith’s latest comedy of manners Day One, A Hotel, Evening followed by Jon Robin Baitz’ 2012 Tony Award-nominated play Other Desert Cities. All plays are at the State Theatre Centre, which should be zinging with waspish one-liners when Roz Hammond (The Librarians, Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell) and Jacob Allen (Packed to the Rafters) lead a cast of three self-indulgent couples in Murray-Smith’s satire of the middle classes. Cherry says the Melbourne playwright’s gift for comedic plot twists is at its best in this story about the romantic entanglements of the well-heeled. Cherry has recently returned from an overseas trip which included a visit to Palm Springs, the setting for Other Desert Cities. She is excited that Black Swan secured the local rights to

Other Desert Cities so soon after the Broadway run for the play that mixes national politics with domestic turmoil set off by a daughter’s Christmas homecoming. “I thought it was really interesting that Other Desert Cities has had such acclaim but also is about another city like Perth surrounded by desert and with a rich cultural engagement in which the city itself is used as a political battleground,” Cherry says. “Other Desert Cities and Shrine, although they deal with very different cultures, have that very central issue of generations looking at each other and trying to understand one another across wide gaps.” Australian screen and stage star John Howard (All Saints, SeaChange, Rising Water) appears in Shrine as a well-off winery owner whose life unravels after his son crashes his car into a tree. He finds redemption after meeting a young woman erecting a tacky roadside shrine in his son’s memory. Cherry says she is hoping in the “not-too-distant future” to direct a Black Swan revival of the landmark 1998 play Cloudstreet, adapted from Winton’s 1992 novel. Day One, A Hotel, Evening runs June 15-30; Other Desert Cities runs July 20 to August 4; Shrine runs August 31 to September 15.

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Robots vs Art

The Blue Room Theatre and THATSANONO

Robots have taken over and humans are an endangered species forced to work in the mines. When one robot writes a play, will robot civilisation be forced to feel? Featuring some of Perth’s finest comic actors including Sam Walsh, Damon Lockwood, Renee Newman-Storen and Ben Mortley. The Blue Room Theatre Until 1 Jun | 8:30pm Tue-Sat $15-$25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

Fat Pig by NEIL LaBute

The Blue Room Theatre and Red Ryder Productions

Tom meets Helen and falls for her pretty face and great laugh. She’s ‘plus-sized’. ‘Big boned’. ‘Jolly’. Wickedly funny and heartbreakingly cruel, Neil LaBute’s award-winning Fat Pig tears apart our slavish addiction to ‘ideals’ of beauty, directed by Emily McLean (Dealer’s Choice, Slut) with an all-star West Australian cast.

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The Blue Room Theatre Until 8 Jun | 7pm Tue-Sat $15-$25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis

Driving Miss Daisy

Sea Inside

The Gordon Frost Organisation

The Blue Room Theatre and Russya Connor

In Perth for two weeks only, see two titans of Hollywood and Broadway; five-time Tony Award® and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones, alongside four-time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines.

Turning the regular theatre layout on its head, this performance unfolds around you, with aerial skills and audiovisual projection. Aerialist and performer Russya Connor invites you to make the space your own as she takes you on a gravitydefying journey through a mysterious underwater landscape.

His Majesty’s Theatre 8-19 Jun | Various times From $99* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

The Blue Room Theatre 11–29 June | 8:30pm Tue-Sat $15-$25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

HIVE (Her Infinite Variety Ensemble)

Helen Doig directs Rhoda Lopez, Tiffany Barton, Summer Williams, Claire Munday, and Angelique Malcolm as five Restoration actresses in a comically moving account of the period, with earthy language! Guild Studio Until 8 Jun | Various times $25-$30 www.trybooking.com/BNAU

Day One, A Hotel, Evening by Joanna Murray-Smith

Black Swan State Theatre Company

Great White

The Blue Room Theatre and The Skeletal System

Ocean. Stillness. Dinner. What scares you? Being alone?  Feeling alone?  From the creators of the FRINGE WORLD hit The Improved and written by Equity winner Will O’Mahony, Great White is a new play about two tiny people trapped in a too huge ocean with a too hungry fish. The Blue Room Theatre 12–29 Jun | 7pm Tue-Sat $15-$25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

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City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

In this laugh-out-loud comedy about the romantic entanglements of the well-heeled, forty-somethings Sam and Madeleine and Tom and Stella are good friends. But as boredom sneaks up on them, each of the four embarks on a thrilling adventure with beguiling strangers, resulting in an intricate web where erotic thrill-seeking becomes an intense flirtation with catastrophe. State Theatre Centre of WA 15–30 Jun | Various times $24.50-$69.50* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

ALIENATION

Perth Theatre Company with Q Theatre Company

From award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott (Silent Disco – AWGIE Award Best Play 2011) and acclaimed director Melissa Cantwell comes a newly devised production inspired by interviews with Australian alien abductees. Provocative, witty and human, Alienation will divide believers and skeptics with the question, “how far will you go for what you believe in?” State Theatre Centre of WA 28 Jun–13 Jul | Various times $28-$59.60* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Yirra Yaarnz

The Blue Room Theatre and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in style, Yirra Yaarnz returns to The Blue Room Theatre with a collection of new monologues from Yirra Yaakin’s Writers’ Group of emerging Aboriginal playwrights, mentored by Hellie Turner. This thought-provoking selection of new works focuses on the mythology of the river. The Blue Room Theatre 9–13 Jul | 7pm Tue-Sat $15-$25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

Ladies of the Chorus

Museum of Performing Arts

DownStairs @ His Majesty’s Theatre 8 Jul–27 Sep | 10am–4pm Mon–Fri Gold coin or item of memorabilia 08 9265 0900

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

Black Swan State Theatre Company with Queensland Theatre Company

Brooke returns to her parents’ home with a bombshell: she is about to publish a memoir about a terrible event in her family’s past. Her parents are furious and combative; her brother won’t play her game; her aunt knows way too much. In this family, secrets are currency and everyone is rich.

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When a chorus girl replaces a leading lady to save the show often that performance launches her into stardom. This exhibition applauds those who didn’t reach the stars - those colourful, capricious, dishy and delicious chorus girls. Pert little flirt in abbreviated skirts, They drive us to drink and never bore us, The dangerous, deplorable, Bewilderingly adorable, Delightful dainty darlings of the Chorus

State Theatre Centre of WA 20 Jul–4 Aug | Various times | $24.50-$69.50* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

I’M YOUR MAN

Hedda

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Blue Room Theatre and This One Show

For 18 months theatre-maker/director Roslyn Oades and her tape recorder followed a young boxer from Bankstown through his preparations for a world-title fight. I’m Your Man is the story of who she met along the way: past legends, up-and-comers and failed contenders, all entangled with the fight game.

R Fabretti & M Snorresdotter Rovik reload Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler with their new adaptation from the original Norwegian; an hilarious and searing urban fable of entrapment, the ruthless trade of flesh and a fatal resolve. “Brutal, insightful… like being frenched by an acid tongue!” - Thomas Pressing

PICA 24–27 Jul | 7pm, plus 3pm Sat matinee $20-$30 www.pica.org.au | 08 9228 6300

The Blue Room Theatre 13–31 Aug | 8.30pm Tue - Sat $15 - $25 www.blueroom.org.au | 08 9227 7005

Shrine by Tim Winton

Black Swan State Theatre Company

When a young man dies driving back to Perth from his parents’ beach house, he leaves behind a wreck of a father, a shadow of a mother, and the promise of a love affair that never quite happened. A year later, heartbreak, ghosts and what could have been haunt the ones left behind. State Theatre Centre of WA 31 Aug–15 Sep | Various times | $24.50-$69.50* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

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Dance the nights away NINA LEVY discovers a great contemporary diversity awaits

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t’s been more than 15 years since Perth punters last had the chance to see Australian Dance Theatre on home soil, so it’s no surprise that there’s a great deal of excitement among contemporary dance lovers about the winter season from this internationally renowned company. In July, ADT will present Garry Stewart’s G, a reinvention of the great Romantic ballet Giselle. Featuring Stewart’s trademark explosive and athletic choreography, G is accompanied by a haunting electronic musical score and a panorama of LED screens which reconfigure the stories and themes of the original ballet. The dance program sees locals alongside interstate and international guests, independents alongside large companies and youth alongside experience. One such local artist is choreographer Aimee Smith, whose Wintering duet in June is a response to anxieties over our changing weather patterns. “I wanted Wintering to deal with what it is to be human in this changing world,” Smith says. “Anxiety, melancholy ... these are emotions that are not acceptable to talk about socially in relation to the environment.” The inspiration came when Smith joined an 18-day expedition to the Arctic Circle in 2010. “I’ve always had a great interest in the environment

and natural world and sustainability alongside my interest in the arts and dance,” she says. “There was a St Petersburg sense of sadness Ballet Theatre for me because the landscape STEPS Youth Dance Company is so magnificent but, at the presents a triple bill of works same time, I had this scientific in August, performed by 40 understanding of what is dancers aged 12 to 19. The happening in that landscape. I Threefold program features was juggling these competing works by Kynan Hughes, Shona emotions or conflicting ideas Erskine and STEPS artistic of beauty, fragility, strength, director Alice Lee Holland hope and fear. That’s the idea in collaboration with James that started to grow when I got O’Hara. into the studio with the dancers STRUT dance’s Short Cuts to create the new work that season is an annual event, became Wintering.” which, as the name suggests, The WA Ballet has not one, is a series of short, new works but two offerings this season as from local, independent its production of La Sylphide WA choreographers. With draws to a close. At the spring end of the season, it will present contributions from emerging choreographers, as well as Onegin, by great 20th century established and experienced choreographer John Cranko. artists, this program promises Set to Tchaikovsky’s score, to be a smorgasbord of dance Onegin is a reinterpretation from May 30 to June 2. of Pushkin’s great novel — a Last but not least, if you’re passionate tale of ill-fated love, keen to see what the next anguish and tragic irony. generation of choreography It’s going to be a boon winter might look like, then the for ballet lovers, with Russia’s WA Academy of Performing St Petersburg Ballet Theatre Arts season of Fresh is the presenting a full-length, one for you. This collection classical production of Petipa’s Swan Lake. The company, which of 10 original works is choreographed by finallast toured Australia in 2004, year dance students, scored is known for its magnificent by composition and music scenery, sumptuous costumes technology students and danced and Vaganova-trained dancers. by first, second and third-year From the international to the dance students. local, and the very young, as

SHORT CUTS 2013

STRUT dance

Showcasing the latest short works from emerging and experienced Western Australian dance artists, SHORT CUTS returns with a smorgasbord of new ideas and concepts, providing something for everyone in two programs across four evenings.

La Sylphide

West Australian Ballet with West Australian Symphony Orchestra

King Street Arts Centre 30 May–2 Jun | Various times $15-$18 www.trybooking.com/CRLC | 08 9321 4066

A forest dwelling fairy (sylph) uses her magical gifts to attract a young Scotsman on the eve of his nuptials, ultimately leaving his fiancée at the altar. Based on the tale by French author Charles Nodier and originally choreographed by August Bournonville in 1836, this new production is a magical romantic tale of unrequited love. His Majesty’s Theatre Until 1 Jun | Various times $25-$108* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Wintering

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Swan Lake

Australian Dance Theatre

St Petersburg Ballet

This contemporary dance work is inspired by Aimee Smith’s voyage to the Arctic, integrating dance, image and sound to reveal the fragile yet powerful landscape she encountered. It opens a conversation about climate change through its exposition of the subtle, emotional and disquieting nature within.

“…the most thrilling Australian dance work you could hope to see.”–The Advertiser Fusing the technical prowess of classical ballet with explosive choreography, the eleven formidable dancers of Australian Dance Theatre embody the central themes of hysteria, vulnerability, desire, gender, death and the afterlife in this reinvention of the ballet Giselle.

Swan Lake is the world’s most loved ballet. Direct from a sold out season in Paris, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to Perth for the first time in nearly a decade for seven performances only. Don’t miss this full-length classic 4 act ballet with sumptuous sets, glorious costumes and 50 dancers on stage.

State Theatre Centre of WA 4–7 Jul | 8pm | $25-$65* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

His Majesty’s Theatre 31 Jul–4 Aug | Various times | $95-$153* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

State Theatre Centre of WA 12–15 Jun | 8pm $20-$30* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

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Aimee Smith

COMING SOON

Threefold

Fresh

Onegin

STEPS Youth Dance Company

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

This triple bill of exhilarating, new works is performed by 40 STEPS dancers aged 12 to 19. It features new creations by Shona Erskine and Kynan Hughes, and the West Australian premiere of Scratch the Surface, created for the 2012 Dance and the Child International conference in Taiwan.

Graduating 3rd year WAAPA Dance students showcase their prodigious choreographic talents in this selection of ten imaginative new works performed by their peers, enhanced by students of Lighting and Costume. Composition and Music Technology students create the score, employing neo-classical, electronica and experimental sound techniques.

Inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s novel and set to Tchaikovsky’s powerful score is West Australian Ballet’s first production of this passionate and compelling tale. In a double twist of unrequited love, a disillusioned young aristocrat rejects, in sport, the woman he later recognises as his true love.

Dolphin Theatre, UWA 27–31 Aug | 7:30pm, plus 2pm Sat matinee $20-$24 | www.waapa.ecu.edu.au | 08 9370 6895

His Majesty’s Theatre 20 Sep–5 Oct www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

State Theatre Centre of WA 3 & 4 Aug | Various times $9.90-$23* www.stepsyouthdance.com.au | 08 9226 2133

West Australian Ballet with West Australian Symphony Orchestra

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Free fun is no illusion To celebrate our State, the trick for families is to head to the city, writes JO PICKUP

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hat do you love most about WA? Is it the sun, surf and spectacular horizons? Or the beauty of a barbie in the afternoon

Perth City Magic runs in Forrest Place from July 8-20. Entry passes can be collected from the Murray Street Mall marquee only on the day of the show.

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breeze? But how about those pricey coffees, or the cost of a family night out? (“Did we really spend that much on dinner and a movie?”) While there’s a lot to be proud of in WA, it’s hard to put the ever-rising cost of living into that same “gotta love it” box. But never fear, even if you’re low on dough this June long weekend, the City of Perth’s winter arts program has a host of activities to keep you and the kids in the mood for Celebrate WA Day on June 3 without costing a cent. On the Monday public holiday, there’ll be puppets aplenty in the Urban Orchard at the Perth Cultural Centre, as Spare Parts Puppet Theatre teams with Awesome Arts to host a young children’s program of free interactive surprises. You also can wander into the Art Gallery of WA and follow the family-friendly trail through the State Art Collection. Or make an appearance in the WA Museum’s video booth and record what makes you proud to be West Australian. Then it’s just a hop, skip and jump until there is another occasion to celebrate. You can mark the winter solstice at the popular Winterfest event on June 23 at St George’s Cathedral. Modelled on European winter markets, the evening begins with a traditional candlelit service to choir song followed by live music on the terrace with a feast of hot food and drink. And if you’re still looking for free and easy fun when the school holidays roll around, there’s a Hocus Pocus tent full of options during those two weeks in July. The Amazing Mr Jim — a magician — in the words of his creator, entertainer James Sleight, “is very lovable, though not as bright as his clothes”. He will land in Forrest Place to conjure delights and illusions in Perth City Magic, a series of free half-hour magic shows for kids aged four to 10 throughout the school holiday break. Sleight has been performing as Mr Jim for more

Circus Oz than 20 years, so has had plenty of time to hone his illusions, hypnotics and slapstick tricks for young fans. “To do this work, you need to really, really understand kids and understand their worlds,” Sleight says. “And, you know, the kind of comedy I do, it kind of allows kids to polish their selfesteem a bit. It’s a highly interactive show and, for me, performing is about really listening to them throughout, never talking at them as if they’re a mindless group. “And, of course, there are some gorgeous animals in the show too — which the kids love. We’ve got an appearing dove, which has been with me for many years — she’s been around the world with me, and a vanishing rabbit — she’s a fullbreed Angora, so she’s awfully, awfully fluffy.” Storybook-to-stage adaptations are a rich vein for producers of children’s theatre and this year’s paid ticketed family program includes a fine example in Room on the Broom, at the State Theatre Centre in August. Based on British author Julia Donaldson’s story of the same name, this show is about a witch who loses her belongings in a wind storm. A blend of theatre, music and puppetry, Room on the Broom follows seasons of adaptations of other Donaldson books, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. The WA Symphony Orchestra will join in the fun

by playing Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in a live cinematic event in July. Prokofiev’s 1936 story and musical score has stood the test of time, introducing many generations of children to classical music and to orchestral instruments as each character is “played” by a different instrument. In this modern version WASO will perform the score to accompany a screening of Suzie Templeton’s 2006 Oscar-winning stop-motion film of the story. It’s a rare alignment of the stars that sees the yin and yang of the circus world — Cirque du Soleil and Circus Oz — in Perth close to the same time. The always-refined Cirque du Soleil has been installed for the past six weeks at Langley Park, where its insect-themed show, Ovo, will continue to pull in the crowds until June 16. Circus Oz is more irreverent and rough around the edges than its Montreal mega-circus counterpart, although both troupes trace their origins to the new-circus movement of the late 70s and early 80s. The Melbourne-based circus troupe is in high demand around the world, so its upcoming season at His Majesty’s Theatre, its first Perth show since 2007, will be short and sweet indeed — just three days at the end of August. Juggler, magician and acrobat Jeremy Davies says the construction-site theme of its new show From the Ground Up was inspired partly by building works at the new Circus Oz headquarters and by the freewheeling skyscraper boom in New York between the wars. “Once we got the overalls on and started mucking around, we realised the slapstick nature of it all started to suit that 1930s image of everybody having lunch on the girder while building the Rockefeller Centre,” Davies says.

Room on the Broom

Go to Scitech? Good thinking, 99. ■ Heather Zubek

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amilies can channel their inner Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 to go undercover this winter to help Scitech bring a computer thief to justice. As part of Scitech’s exhibition Top Secret: Licence to Spy, visitors will enter the world of spies and supervillains and embark on a mission to unravel clues to help solve the crime. Visitors will gather the intelligence needed by breaking codes, uncovering microdots, using spy satellites and creating elusive disguises. Top Secret: Licence to Spy reveals how technology and science play a huge part in intelligence gathering. Much of the technology used in the spy industry has some basic foundation in science and simple scientific principles are applied to the design and creation of this technology. Families will discover that, as spies, they will use similar scientific processes used by scientists, including observation, data collection and analysis. “The concept of spying, undercover agents and espionage have strong appeal for people of all ages,” Scitech chief executive Alan Brien says. “This exhibition has been designed to be used in a cooperative fashion to increase family and group participation to gather the intelligence needed to solve the mystery.” But why should the kids have

Top Secret all the fun? Scitech is set to open its doors once again for the next instalment of Scitech After Dark on August 31. Patrons must be aged over 18 to attend, with tickets costing $17. “We often hear parents reliving their memories of Scitech when visiting with their children, so we thought ‘Why not open the centre for an adults-only event so they can embrace their inner child’. With this year being Scitech’s 25th birthday, there is a generation of young adults who grew up with fond memories of Scitech,” Mr Brien says. Participants will be encouraged to dress as their favourite secret agent as they try to unravel clues revealing the thief behind the world’s most powerful computer theft. If all that intelligence work creates a thirst, the superspies can grab a drink from the bar and enjoy some downtime among Scitech’s regular interactive exhibits. Scitech’s science theatre and planetarium also are guaranteed to have them on the edge of their seats with science presenters providing mindblowing entertainment. “With free undercover parking available, Scitech is the perfect spot to come when it’s cold and rainy,” Mr Brien says. “The Top Secret theme will suit the trench-coat weather perfectly.” Top Secret runs until October 14. Tickets ($11-$17) and details: scitech.org.au.

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OVO

Top Secret

Scitech

Celebrate WA

This spectacular production for the whole family is a headlong rush into a colourful eco-system teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love. The incredible cast of 54 artists from across the globe will astound you with their jaw-dropping acrobatics.

Go undercover and unravel the clues surrounding six people suspected of stealing the world’s most powerful computer chip. Gather the intelligence you need to achieve the mission by breaking codes, tapping phones, using spy satellites and locating hidden cameras.

Foundation Day is now WA Day, celebrating the rich history of our state. ‘Come out and play’ as the Perth Cultural Centre comes alive with family activities from origami boats, roving puppets and WA discovery trails, to ‘endangered species’ face painting, yarn and book making, sculpting, music making, and a community canvas project.

FAMILY

Under the Big Top, Langley Park Until 16 Jun | Various times $74-$175 www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo Toll free 0011 800 1548 0000

Scitech Until 14 Oct | Various times $11-$17 www.scitech.org.au

Perth Cultural Centre 3 Jun | 10am – 4pm www.celebratewa.com.au

Celebrate WA – Video Booth & Museum Trail

Celebrate WA – State Art Collection Trail

Celebrate WA and Art Gallery of WA

Celebrate WA and Western Australian Museum

Celebrate Western Australian art on a self-guided family-friendly trail through the State Art Collection and vote for the People’s Choice Award from the nominated works. At 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm you can join a Volunteer Gallery Guide on an exploration of works by WA artists.

Come to the Museum on WA Day and help celebrate the New Museum Project. Pop into the video booth and tell us what makes you proud to be Western Australian. Explore the truly unique collection of Western Australian artefacts, objects and specimens and vote for your favourite.

Art Gallery of Western Australia 3 Jun | 10am–5pm www.artgallery.wa.gov.au

FREE

Winterfest 2013

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WA Day – Come out and play!

Cirque du Soleil

Western Australian Museum 3 Jun | 9:30am–5pm Donations welcome www.museum.wa.gov.au

Perth Upmarket

Perth Upmarket

Perth’s premier quarterly market for original and handcrafted wares brings together over 150 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gastronomy gurus, incorporating a dedicated Junior Upmarket and Gourmet section. Winthrop Hall, University of WA 23 Jun | 10am–4pm www.perthupmarket.com.au

FREE

FREE

Another Twin by Lally Katz

FREE

Winter Supper Club

St George’s Cathedral

WA Youth Theatre Company

City of Perth

St George’s Cathedral warms up Perth’s winter with a Candle-lit Service & Winter Fair.  The service is sung by the renowned Cathedral Consort.  The Winter Fair follows on the Cathedral’s landscaped forecourt overlooking St Georges Terrace.  Hot food, mulled wine, vocal and instrumental music, street performers, fire-eaters, snow-dome, and more.

A town is threatened with a complete takeover by the Internet. In this Western Australian premiere by award winning writer Lally Katz, Fear, Faith and Obsession tangle as science confronts spirituality. Its head v heart, thought v emotion, machine v God in a winnertakes-all conflict that threatens to tear this world in two.

On the last Friday of each month, Perth Town Hall undercroft and foyer transforms into a colourful food market with live entertainment from Winter Arts Season music acts. Stop by pre-show for a bite from one of Perth’s favourite street food vendors or make it your whole night out with an array of savoury dishes, beverage and dessert options, plus live music all evening.

St George’s Cathedral 23 Jun | 5pm

Dolphin Theatre, UWA 28 Jun–6 Jul | Various times Wed-Sat $16.50-$25 www.ticketswa.com | 08 6488 2440

Perth Town Hall 28 Jun, 26 Jul & 30 Aug | 4:30-8:30pm

FREE

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

FREE

STORYTELLING ACROSS CULTURES – BERNDT MUSEUM FAMILY DAY

UWA Cultural Precinct

The universal art of storytelling takes on many forms across different cultures. Come and explore various kinds of storytelling with an afternoon of talks, performances and activities hosted by the Berndt Museum in association with their current exhibition Little Paintings, Big Stories: Gossip Songs of Western Arnhem Land. LAWRENCE WILSON ART GALLERY, UWA 6 JUL | 1PM FREE lwag@uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 3707

PERTH CITY MAGIC

NAIDOC WEEK

NAIDOC PERTH OPENING CEREMONY

NAIDOC Perth

National NAIDOC Week (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) runs annually in the first full week in July - a cultural festival consisting of various events celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and achievements. The festival stems from the Aboriginal activism of the 1920s, with the first NAIDOC Committee convened in 1957. VARIOUS VENUES 7–14 JULY WWW.NAIDOC.ORG.AU WWW.NAIDOCPERTH.ORG

NAIDOC Perth

NAIDOC Week begins in Perth with a Welcome to Country leading a dance and music extravaganza featuring headline act Shane Howard. Highlighting a continued connectedness to the land through song and dance and the idea of Aboriginal corroboree, the day includes rides for the kids, food to enjoy, Aboriginal artists in residence and community and information stalls. WELLINGTON SQUARE, EAST PERTH 7 JUL | 12-4PM | WWW.NAIDOC.ORG.AU WWW.NAIDOCPERTH.ORG

KIDS CUSHION CONCERTS

MADE ON THE LEFT WINTER MARKET

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Made on the Left Side of Australia

Enter the Magical Rabbit petting zoo on your way inside the Hocus Pocus tent where award-winning Best Children’s Magician The Amazing Mr Jim awaits. With laser beams, illusion, doves, bunnies, contortionists, song and dance performances, and a little help from you the audience, this magical school holiday show brings lots of laughs and tonnes of fun.

Introduce kids to the fun of classical music through 50 minutes of storytelling, song and dance. Toot, whistle, plonk, boom, shake, rattle and roll with WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra (EChO), a high-energy 15 piece ensemble featuring one of each instrument of the orchestra – which you can play on after the show!

With winter settling in, you can count on another Made on the Left winter market to brighten Perth’s grey skies. This not for profit organisation is proud to be presenting, for the sixth year, the best independently created art, design, fashion and home wares made on the left side of Australia.

WARDLE ROOM, PERTH CONCERT HALL 12 & 13 JUL | 9:45AM & 11:15AM TICKETS $12* WWW.WASO.COM.AU | 08 9326 0000

STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA 28 JUL | 11AM-5PM

HOCUS POCUS TENT, FORREST PLACE 8–20 JUL | 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1PM & 2PM TIX AVAIL FROM MURRAY ST MALL FREE MARQUEE ON SHOW DAY

PETER & THE WOLF LIVE

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

This classic story comes to life in a multimedia family event like no other. See BreakThru Films’ Oscar®-winning stop-motion animation with Prokofiev’s timeless score performed live by WASO. Also featuring Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. PERTH CONCERT HALL 28 JULY | 1PM & 3PM $20* WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU | 1300 795 012

ROOM ON THE BROOM – LIVE ON STAGE!

FAMILY

City of Perth

FREE

CIRCUS OZ: FROM THE GROUND UP

Circus Oz

CDP presents Tall Stories

This magical musical adaptation is based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s books. Physical theatre, music and beautiful puppetry bring to life this much loved story about friendship, cooperation and sharing for children aged 3-8… and their fun-loving adults! STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA 8-11 AUG | VARIOUS TIMES | $26* WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU | 1300 795 012

With bold, courageous spirit, Circus Oz brings you daring, dynamic, quirky circus, leaving you on the edge of your seat, steamed up and howling for more! Powerful acrobatics contest gravity while graceful aerial artists win your heart, knockabout comedy bowls you over and the musicians save the day with the last beat. HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 29–31 AUG | 7:30PM PLUS 1:30PM SAT MATINEE $35-$75* WWW.TICKETEK.COM.AU | 1300 795 012

WHAT’S ON TODAY? WWW.SHOWMEPERTH.COM.AU

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Christa Hughes, left, and Michael Griffiths

Star power hits the stage Mad and magnificent movie greats inspire the new cabaret show from Christa Hughes, writes LUCY GIBSON

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abaret and blues star Christa Hughes recalls fondly the Friday nights she spent as a young child curled up on the couch watching Australian movie critic Bill Collins talk about old films on television. The young Christa — daughter of acclaimed jazz pianist Dick Hughes — was mesmerised by the films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s and the melodramatic performances of the stars. “Not so long ago, I watched those old films like Sunset Boulevard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” says Hughes over the phone from her home in Sydney. “There was just something quite magnetic about those female characters who were obviously great at some point in their lives but then became a bit mad and weren’t really holding it together very well.”

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And so the idea for a show was born. Hughes, who is known for her wild onstage antics and powerful voice performing with Circus Oz and Machine Gun Fellatio, has tapped into such characters as Norma Desmond and vaudevillian child star Baby Jane Hudson for a new cabaret show, Neurotic Ladyland, a celebration, she says, of “mad and magnificent” women. Featuring jazz pianist Leonie Cohen and Jim Dunlop on drums and backing vocals, Neurotic Ladybird will kick off DownStairs at the Maj’s Cabaret Soiree season and in true Christa Hughes style, it promises to be as eccentric as it is entertaining. That set list suggests just the kind of show audiences have come to expect from a woman Barry Humphries once described as “giving vulgarity a good name”. Hughes performed Neurotic Ladyland at the Famous Spiegeltent in Melbourne and says she is looking forward to taking the show to a more intimate audience at the Maj, where she last performed two years ago with her famous father — the man who educated her from an early age in the music of jazz and blues legends such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Billie Holliday. Hughes performs DownStairs at the Maj from August 15-17. The other Cabaret Soiree winter season shows are Forbidden Broadway, a spoof of show tunes, characters and plots from August 22-24, and Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths (he plays Bob Crewe in the current production) performing Vogue: Songs by Madonna from August 29-31. Elsewhere in the city, Underground Cabaret at the Kings Perth Hotel is also staking its claim as a live musical theatre venue. Underground Cabaret was opened last year by Perth entertainer Paul Peacock and will feature musical theatre and live performances throughout winter. The program kicks off on June 27 with a production of the off-Broadway show Pete ’n’ Keely about a couple of America’s swingin’ sweethearts who reunite for a live television special five years after their dramatic break-up in Las Vegas.

Welcome to tassel town ■ Lucy Gibson

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Melanie Bruyer as A’dora Derriere

urlesque — the very word conjures up images of fishnet stockings, tassels and feather boas. But newcomers to the exotic style of performance shouldn’t be put off by the risque costumes and titillating dance moves, says Perth International Burlesque Festival founder Melanie Bruyer. “I think if people haven’t seen a burlesque show before, obviously they need to come with an open mind but it’s not like it’s too risque either,” says Bruyer, who performs as A’dora Derriere. “It’s not just about a pretty girl dancing on a stage or straight striptease. It’s pure entertainment and we incorporate variety into shows with magicians, circus performers and comedy.” Bruyer studied costume design at Bentley TAFE and spent a year at WAAPA before continuing her studies in Melbourne. It was her combined love of design and swing dance that led her into burlesque dancing. Six years ago, she set up

Bogans in the house I t used to be the pastime of choice for pensioners but the sedentary game of bingo is attracting a rowdier demographic. Whether it’s down to our love of meat pies and VB or just a burning desire to sport a mullet and rock along to AC/DC, more people are channelling their inner Gazza at bogan bingo nights. The premise is simple: audiences dress up in their best flannel shirts and torn jeans for an evening of jokes, air-guitar competitions — oh, and a couple of games of bingo, hosted by an ocker

emcee and DJ. “In normal bingo, the audience yells out ‘legs 11’ for No. 11 or ‘one little duck’ for No. 2,” says Bootleg Comedy director Bonnie Davies. “In bogan bingo, well I can’t really repeat some of the things that get yelled out.” Bogan bingo started in Melbourne six years ago and has spread to Britain, where it has proved to be a big hit with Aussie expats in London. There are bogan bingo nights in almost every State, although WA has seen the biggest boom in popularity. “I think West Australians

Perth’s Sugar Blue Burlesque troupe and academy. “I guess we really started getting people excited about the art form because we were doing it from a vintage perspective rather than striptease,” she says. “We were slow with that because we didn’t want to take our clothes off and show our boobs.” Indeed, Bruyer puts the growing interest in burlesque in Perth down to the fact the style she introduced was that bit more demure. First staged last year, the Perth International Burlesque Festival will feature a host of global and interstate performers. They include headline act Miss Indigo Blue, who, for the past 18 years, has titillated crowds across the world with her tassel-twirling techniques. Described as “not your garden variety”, the Seattle-based neo-burlesque dancer has built her reputation on surprising her audience with her erotic dance skills and retro costumes from the 1930s to the 1960s — not to mention naughty reduxes of popular characters like Holly Golightly, Carmen Miranda and Wonder Woman. Also headlining the festival is Perle Noire, the first winner of the Queen of Burlesque title at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival.

The Perth International Burlesque Festival is at various venues from June 24 to July 6. Details: perthburlesquefestival.com.

are particularly proud to be bogan,” Davies says. Bootleg Comedy will be running bogan bingo nights on the last Thursday of every month at Rosie O’Grady’s in Northbridge and more traditional comedy nights at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow and the Conservatory Rooftop Bar. The Comedy Shack at Rydges Perth has a winter program which includes local act Tien Tran, who has been identified as an emerging talent to watch. He will perform at the Comedy Shack on June 28.

Bogan Bingo

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Rooftop Comedy

CABARET & COMEDY

Josh Thomas | Douchebag

Laugh Resort Inc.

Token Events

Laugh the roof off every Tuesday with the very best local, national and international comedians. Enjoy a night of top comedy featuring a different line-up each week, tasty food, premium beverages, and amazing city views.

Warm up your laughing gear this winter with a stellar line-up every week of home grown talent and visiting guest comedians. Dave Callan, Claire Hooper, Rove, and “Hughesy” are just some of the stars who started out at The Laugh Resort. Come see the next generation of comedy superstars on the rise.

The creator and star of Please Like Me (ABC2) is back, live on stage, with a brand new show. Award-winning stand up Josh Thomas went overseas last year and made a weird choice that he’s pretty sure only bad people make… “Brave, funny and thoroughly entertaining” - Sunday Telegraph

Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge Every Wed | 8:30pm $12-$15 @ door 0421 821 320

Octagon Theatre, UWA 20–23 June | 7pm $32-$40 www.ticketswa.com | 08 6488 2440

Perth International Burlesque Festival 2013

Perth International Burlesque Festival 2013 Opening Party

Conservatory Rooftop Bar Every Tue | 7.30pm Free before 6pm, $10 thereafter @ door bookings@theconservatory.net.au 08 9481 1960

Chuckles Comedy Gong Night

Bootleg Comedy

On the last Monday of every month, you decide what’s funny at Perth’s only comedy gong night. If you’ve had enough, you can gong the comics off! Up to 20 comedians will throw down jokes, audience heckles and more to try and impress the audience judges and make it past 5 minutes on stage. THE Elephant & Wheelbarrow 24 Jun, 29 Jul & 26 Aug | 8:30pm $10 www.chucklesgong.eventbrite.com

Bogan Bingo

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The Laugh Resort Comedy Club

Bootleg Comedy and the Conservatory Rooftop Bar

Sugar Blue Burlesque

Sugar Blue Burlesque

The annual festival of burlesque, cabaret, circus and variety in 2013 takes in Perth, Fremantle, Mandurah, Bunbury, and Albany. Prepare for 4 days in the City of shows, late-night parties, markets, workshops and more, headlined by UK Show stopper Banbury Cross and Burlesque Hall of Famers Indigo Blue and Sydney’s own Imogen Kelly.

Get ready for gorgeous glamour and entertainment at the opening night party for the Perth International Burlesque Festival. The Oz Big Band will provide the swinging soundtrack to the evening’s showcase of stunning festival performers.

Various locations 24 Jun–6 Jul | Various prices www.perthburlesquefestival.com

Pete-n-Keely

The Brown Fox 27 Jun | 7:30pm From $30 +bf www.sugarblueburlesque.com

Comedy Shack

Bootleg Comedy

Paul Peacock’s Underground Cabaret

Comedy Shack

Joe & Daz’s game show party offers prizes as classy as their fashion and comedy as tight as their jeans. On the last Thursday of every month, Bogan Bingo is set to become a Perth institution, so book a table with ya mates, leave the keys to the Torana at home, and rock out to some serious bingo fun.

It’s 1968! Tune in as America’s swingin’ sweethearts - Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens - reunite for a live television special, reliving their illustrious musical careers on TV, in Vegas showrooms, and at the top of the hit parade. The only catch – they haven’t spoken since their big breakup at Caesar’s Palace five years ago.

Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge 27 Jun, 25 Jul & 29 Aug | 7:30pm $15 www.boganbingo.eventbrite.com

Underground Cabaret, Kings Perth Hotel 27-29 Jun | 8pm $25 www.trybooking.com

See our best local comics with the finest international and national stand-up comedians as they stop by Perth between tours of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe. With delicious meals and beverages available during the show, it’s a perfect winter night’s indoor entertainment, on the last Friday of each month.

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

Rydges Hotel PERTH 28 Jun, 26 Jul & 30 Aug | 8:30pm | $25-$30 www.eventfinder.com.au

Judith Lucy & Denise Scott The Spiral

The Last Five Years

An Englishman, An Irishman and A Scotsman

Paul Peacock’s Underground Cabaret

Token Events

In a show not to be missed, two of Australia’s funniest have joined forces for an evening of short stories, tall tales and jokes at each other’s expense. One sought spiritual enlightenment, one ‘found herself’ on all fours by the roadside. Friends. Authors. Shameless. Perth Concert Hall Sat 6 July | 7:30pm $50* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Underground Cabaret, Kings Perth Hotel 11–14 Jul | 8pm $25 www.trybooking.com

A Saucy Little Secret

Exclusive to Perth, this annual event features comedians hand-picked from the rain lashed North Sea islands which never fail to produce some of the world’s most hilarious comics. Join Rob Deering (England), Keith Farnan (Ireland) and Des Clarke (Scotland) for a night of memorable world-class stand-up. Riverside Theatre, PCEC 20 Jul | 8pm | $74.90-$89.90* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Neurotic Ladyland (ft Christa Hughes)

Paul Peacock’s Underground Cabaret

HMS PopUp Productions

Cabaret Soiree

After supporting Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin in Perth on her recent Australian tour, Bri Clark is on the road to stardom with her stirring voice and emotive song choices. Accompanied by Jonathan Warwick, Bri will mesmerise you with her unique sound and star quality.

Have your funny-bone tickled and heartstrings tugged by the tales of five Harlem women who rose to influence modern blues, queer lifestyle and race relations. Direct from Melbourne Cabaret Festival, this acclaimed Perth production features Di Shaw, Libby Hammer, Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy), Natalie Gillespie, Harry Deluxe and Magnus Danger Magnus, backed by Perth’s finest musicians.

The incomparable Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio, Circus Oz) returns with a magnificently mad cabaret inspired by Norma Desmond, Blanche DuBois, Baby Jane Hudson and both Big and Little Edie of Grey Gardens. Accompanied by pianist Leonie Cohen and Jim Dunlop on drums and backing vocals, Miss Hughes is at her vocally stunning best.

Underground Cabaret, Kings Perth Hotel 27 Jul | 7pm $25 www.trybooking.com

Underground Motown

The Ellington Jazz Club 28 Jul–11 Aug | 6pm Tue–Thu & Sun $20-$60 | www.ellingtonjazz.com.au

Forbidden Broadway

CABARET & COMEDY

Bri Clark & Jonathan Warwick

EIS and The Comedy Lounge

This award-winning, powerful yet intimate song cycle musical chronicles the lives of two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over a five year period. The show’s unconventional structure has Cathy telling her story backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically, with the two characters meeting only once, at their wedding in the middle.

DownStairs at the Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre 15–17 Aug | 7:30pm Thu & Fri, 6:30pm Sat $38-$42* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

In Vogue – Songs by Madonna

Little Black Dress Productions and Underground Cabaret

Cabaret Soiree

Cabaret Soiree

Following their successful debut, the makers of Waiting in the Wings get their groove on and pay tribute to the smooth sounds of Motown. Tabetha Rogers features as the cheeky lead singer of the new girl group The Perthettes, alongside Jeanette Beckett and Louise Bell, in a show bursting with sequins and soul.

Gerald Alessandrini’s irreverent ensemble show parodies performers such as Carol Channing, Michael Crawford, Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli in a lighthearted spoof of the show tunes, characters and storylines of contemporary and wellloved musicals Cats, Annie, Les Miserables, Chicago, Phantom, and Wicked.

Underground Cabaret, Kings Perth Hotel 17 & 18 Aug | 8pm $25 www.trybooking.com

DownStairs at the Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre 22–24 Aug | 7:30pm Thu & Fri, 6:30pm Sat $38-$42* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, Jersey Boys star Michael Griffiths IS Madonna. No accent, costume or wig. Just ‘Madge’, accompanying herself at the piano and leading you on a journey through her tough life and tender songs. Strike a pose and get into the groove of acclaimed writer/director Dean Bryant’s one-man pop cabaret spectacular. DownStairs at the Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre 29–31 Aug | 7:30pm Thu & Fri, 6:30pm Sat $38-$42* | www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

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Bakery cooks up a storm The cool months are proving to be really hot on the Perth music scene, writes BEN O’SHEA

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he Bakery has become synonymous with quality live music and, since reopening in 2010 with a significantly revamped courtyard, has established itself as one of the premier performance spaces in Perth. But if you think the Artrage venue is planning a winter hibernation, think again. Over the coming months, expect a typically diverse offering of local and international acts that will warm the heart of any music lover.

Kaki King

Hank and all that jazz ■ Ron Banks

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ank Marvin’s guitar mastery looms large in the history of pop music. As the leader of the Shadows, his guitar sound influenced a generation of guitarists. Lesser known are Marvin’s skills as a gypsy jazz guitarist, a talent not developed until he semi-retired to Perth in 1986. Occasionally over the past few years, Marvin has emerged from his apartment on the edge of the city to join with colleagues for an evening of jazz-styled guitar virtuosity inspired by famous Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. The Ellington Jazz Club will feature Marvin in such an excursion into this musical field on two nights this winter. The British guitarist will forsake his trademark cherry red Fender Stratocaster for the softer acoustic guitar sound that is gypsy jazz on June 7 and 8, at 7pm. He will be joined by Nunzio Mondia on accordion, rhythm guitarist Gary Taylor and double bass player Danny Moss Jr for an evening of swing jazz that will take listeners back to the 1930s.

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Another English-born artist coming to Ellington is Grace Knight, who literally sang her way to Australia in 1976 by entertaining passangers on a cruise ship from Southampton to Fremantle. Thirty years down the track, Knight is one of the country’s most experienced and versatile jazz singers, with an impressive list of recordings, live concert performances and even television appearances in a constantly expanding CV. Her switch to jazz balladeering really began when she was invited to create the soundtrack alongside Vince Jones for the television series Come in Spinner. The Ellington Jazz Club is always a busy place, particularly in winter as its intimate atmosphere is the perfect setting for creating the sound of jazz in its myriad manifestations. A more unusual act to watch out for at the Ellington is A Saucy Little Secret, in which five local singers recreate the era of Harlem in the 1920s when black female singers began to emerge as powerful voices not only for jazz and the blues as a distinctive art form, but as an expression of female strength, solidarity and the overcoming of adversity. It runs July 28-August 11.

It kicks off on June 1 with US six-string virtuoso Kaki King, who was the only woman selected by Rolling Stone magazine for its 2006 list of New Guitar Gods. In a 10-year career, King has released six studio albums, including last year’s Glow, composed film and TV scores, and performed alongside acts such as Foo Fighters. The following night offers a literal change in speed when Chicago’s ghetto house and footwork pioneer, DJ Rashad, drops hip-hop-infused beats at a pulse-racing 160BPM. Anyone who has spent time among the repurposed shipping containers that make up the venue’s beer garden will find it hard to imagine a cooler soundtrack for a pre-public holiday party. LA bassist par excellence Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, releases his eagerly anticipated, Flying Lotusproduced second album, Apocalypse, in July but will give us a preview when he appears at the Bakery on June 8. His unique blend of jazz, funk and experimental electronica makes him an enticing live prospect and has seen him Hank Marvin

recently collaborate with Blur’s Damon Albarn on the Child of Lov project. But it’s not all about the internationals; there are some exciting album launches from WA bands worth pencilling into the diary, too. Perth six-piece Boys Boys Boys! are renowned purveyors of fun and enlisted top Aussie producer Magoo (Regurgitator, Custard) to record their second LP, We Are Excited About Everything. They plan to put the “party” in “launch party” on June 14. On the heavier front, posthardcore act Eleventh He Reaches London unveil their third album on August 24. Since forming in 2002, they have earned a reputation for incendiary live shows and this is sure to be no different. But when it comes to your reputation preceding you, Grammy winner Andrew Stockdale takes the cake. The former Wolfmother frontman, and owner of one of the finest set of pipes in rock music, made his debut as a solo artist in April with new single Long Way to Go and releases the first LP under his own name next month. You can catch him playing the new material at the Bakery on June 20. With the Bakery dishing up treats like this throughout winter, don’t be surprised if tickets sell like hot cakes — visit nowbaking.com.au to secure yours.

Karnivool

Get into a State ■ Matthew Hogan

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f you can only attend one local gig this year, the 2013 State of the Art music festival has got to be it. Following on from last year’s inaugural WA Day concert, which featured Hoodoo Gurus, Drapht, Eskimo Joe and Jebediah inside the Perth Concert Hall plus plenty of bands outside, this year’s line-up has upped the ante. In its first year the event ran the same weekend as the long-running celebration of local music, the WAMi Festival, but this time WAM has joined in to create one of the biggest local music celebrations the city has seen. Inside the Perth Concert Hall on June 2 is where the top-billed showcases will take place, kicking off with a double bill of bona fide blues legends Chain and Dave Hole. This is followed by Abbe May launching her polarising new album Kiss My Apocalypse. May has been a fixture on Australian stages for over a decade now and she’s found herself on RocKwiz and shortlisted for the esteemed Australian Music Prize, but her new album switches things up for the songstress who is usually found toting an electric guitar. The largely electronic dark pop album has meant a massive change in the live show for May and her band, and her State of the Art showcase will be one of the first chances audiences will have to see it in all its glory. Playing the final slot in the concert hall is Karnivool. Their live shows have been few and far between in the last couple of years — singer Ian Kenny has been up to his elbows in hard work thanks to the soaring Birds of Tokyo. The five-piece hard-rock heavyweights have long hinted at a new album and they spent some time recording it in Byron Bay at the start of the year. This State of the Art show will be the first time they will be playing some of the new songs, so it is a performance their fans will not want to miss. Outside the hall, dozens more of WA’s top acts will play across three stages. Tickets to the outdoor stages cost significantly less than you would usually pay to see the likes of Bob Evans, Gyroscope and Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley on their own, so the event is a bargain.

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WASO steps in the ring A full and varied program from our symphony orchestra has music lovers well covered, writes RON BANKS

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ention rings in connection with symphony orchestras and you usually arrive at Wagner’s Ring Cycle. But there is a different kind of ring cycle coming up with the WA Symphony Orchestra’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring — the Oscar-winning score for the first in the popular trilogy of films by Peter Jackson. In June, the WASO will play Howard Shore’s score to accompany the screening of the film, augmented by the St George’s Cathedral choristers and the WASO Chorus at the Riverside Theatre. There will be a special print of the film without the music but retaining the dialogue. Film-score music is popular in symphony programming these days as orchestras seek a wider audience than diehard classical fans. So it isn’t surprising that WASO should include one of the world’s most famous and successful films in its winter programming. Only a month later, WASO will venture into the world of music theatre with a celebration of the long-running musicals of London’s West End.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Vocalists David Shannon and Jenna-Lee James, both with long track records in West End musicals, will present the drama and excitement of such favourites as Les Miserables, Cats, West Side Story, Anything Goes, Jersey Boys and A Chorus Line. Shannon is the latest West End star, having given up a career in furniture making in his native Ireland to become a singer. He has played Jean Valjean in Les Mis and the title role in The Phantom of the Opera among his many credits. James has had a similar career trajectory in the West End, including playing Scaramouche in We Will Rock You, Ben Elton’s take on the music of British supergroup Queen. WASO displays its classical roots earlier in June with an appearance by young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin at the Perth Concert Hall, where he will showcase the music of Prokofiev, Sibelius and Ravel in two evenings of romantic favourites. The ponytailed pianist was taught by his mother from the age of four, and later spent seven years at the School of Music in Madrid before winning a series of piano competitions. Audiences will get another chance to experience Kozhukhin’s youthful zest with a recital at Government House Ballroom on June 17, where he will play music by Wagner, Schubert and Haydn. Prokofiev will get another airing by WASO when his famous Peter and the Wolf is recreated as a combination music and cinematic experience. An Oscar-winning stop-motion animation will bring the score to life in visual terms as WASO once again presents this familyfriendly music. The concert will also feature Benjamin Britten’s equally celebrated Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Britten’s 100th anniversary also will be celebrated with his violin concerto, performed by WASO concertmaster Giulio Plotino. The concerto forms part of a program featuring conductor Simone Young, returning to Perth for her 11th season. The winter season closes with the second concert in WASO’s chamber series at Government House Ballroom featuring Schubert’s Octet.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Don Giovanni

Opera with the stars ■ Ron Banks

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on Giovanni’s bedpost notch count apparently was more than 1000 women, which clearly made him the world’s greatest seducer, a total not even Russell Brand could surpass. His career reached its apogee in Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, which since its debut in Prague in 1787 has gone on to become the 10thmost-performed opera in the world, according to those people who like to make lists. No doubt Don Giovanni is a dangerously attractive creation but Mozart had the moral integrity to punish his dissolute ways so that his mega-sized seduction catalogue became a cautionary tale about overreach. In fact, the Italian title was Il Dissoluto Punito, or the Rake Punished, which gives some idea of where Mozart and his librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte were heading. Not only was Don Giovanni a rapist and seducer (even trying it on with a bride on her wedding

day) but also he turned out to be a murderer when confronted by the father of one of his victims. That a statue of the father (known as Il Commendatore) comes to life and punishes the Don’s evil ways adds a supernatural element to what is already a story filled with intrigue, treachery and the debauching of innocence. It’s a powerful, dramatic narrative filled with wonderful arias, touches of comedy, male arrogance, feminine resolve and moral outrage — the perfect package for opera buffs. WA Opera’s production at His Majesty’s Theatre from July 16-27 will feature celebrated baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes in the title role with James Clayton as Don Giovanni’s long-suffering manservant Leporello, Jud Arthur as the baritone-voiced Il Commendatore, Nicole Car as Donna Anna (whose seduction causes her father’s death in a duel with the Don), Henry Choo as Anna’s fiance Don Ottavio, and Katja Webb as Donna Elvira, the

woman who is on to Don Giovanni and seeking retribution. The production originally was produced for Opera Australia in 1991 by Swedish director Goran Jarvefelt, who has since died. The restaging will be handled by rehearsal director Matthew Barclay, with Brian Castles-Onion, a familiar figure on the concert stage with the WA Symphony Orchestra again conducting the orchestra in the pit. While the senior figures of opera will be dramatising Don Giovanni, artists from the WA Opera Young Artist Program will show their emerging talents in a Morning Melodies concert at His Majesty’s on June 26. Some of these young artists will be performing in principal and chorus roles in Don Giovanni, but in this one-hour concert will present memorable moments from a range of operas. Morning Melodies is a regular fixture at His Majesty’s, and is always followed by morning tea where music lovers can mingle with the performers.

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WA DAY 2013 LAUNCH

Kaki King GLOW Album Launch

DJ Rashad and DJ Manny

Celebrate WA and WAM

The Bakery and Top Shelf

The Bakery and Life is Noise

Brookfield Place will light up your senses with a selection of outstanding West Australian contemporary music talent. Enjoy the relaxed Friday afternoon vibe as artists from the State of the Art Music Festival perform in this free event to kick off the long weekend of Celebrate WA Day activities.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician and artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours.

Chicago’s juke, footwork and ghetto house legend DJ Rashad, and the genre’s youngest-in-charge, DJ Manny, head to Perth on the eve of the WA Day long weekend to speed-up and weird-out The Bakery’s dance floor.

Brookfield Place 31 May | 4-7pm www.celebratewa.com.au

FREE

The Bakery 2 Jun | 8pm $25* www.nowbaking.com.au

The Bakery 1 Jun | 8pm $35* | www.nowbaking.com.au

State of the Art Music Festival Internationally renowned for its amazing acoustics, Perth Concert Hall, celebrating its 40th year, overflows with a stellar showcase of Western Australian music talent. Featuring slide guitar legend Dave Hole, electro/rock/pop/blues siren Abbe May, heavy rock lords Karnivool and a supporting line-up to impress upon the diverse tastes of all ages.

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY

MUSIC

Celebrate WA and WAM

Perth Concert Hall 2 Jun | 12 NOON-11pm From $13.95* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Club Zho – Dans Les Arbres Tura New Music

The unique improvising quartet Dans Les Arbres, comprising three Norwegians and a Frenchman, continues to fine tune its artistic concept, traversing planes of sound with a rare sense of accord. The group’s ECM debut generated rave reviews, with England’s The Wire declaring “There’s no end to the delights of this quite magical disc”. The Bakery 5 Jun | 8pm $15 - $20* | www.nowbaking.com.au

The Collaboratory Perth Jazz Society

Tensnake, Sepalcure and Jimmy Edgar

Hank Marvin (UK) The Ellington Jazz Club

The Bakery and Horizons Touring

Join the PJS on the first Wednesday of each month to see fresh and exciting collaborations between established local musicians, exercising their creative muscles and performing music in interesting and unusual combinations. Get ready to see WA’s best in a whole new way. The Ellington Jazz Club 5 Jun, 3 Jul & 7 Aug | 7pm $7-$15 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

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Next Hype is proud to announce a huge triple bill of international DJs/producers; Tensnake, Sepalcure and Jimmy Edgar will heat up The Bakery dance floor with aspects of house, techno and disco. The Bakery 7 Jun | 9pm $40* www.nowbaking.com.au

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

A guitarist since the age of 16, Hank Marvin became a household name playing lead guitar with Cliff Richard in popular band The Shadows. Now living in Perth, he spends his time exploring various gypsy jazz-styles, playing live with piano accordion, rhythm guitar and double bass. The Ellington Jazz Club 7 & 8 Jun | 7pm $35-$40 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Thundercat

Sunday Piazza Live

Darcy James Argue with WAYJO

The Bakery and Niche Productions

City of Perth

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

As bassist for Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner is no stranger to Australian shores. Now the master of the four-string brings his second album to Australia on his first ever headline tour.

This family live music event offers a changing lineup of diverse, world class acts from Australia and abroad. Music lovers of all genres are invited to the beanbag-laden Piazza for a relaxing afternoon of entertainment. Make a day of it and grab lunch nearby or visit a local gallery to complete your Northbridge experience.

Exciting big band composer Darcy James Argue’s ground breaking music has won international critical acclaim and placed him at the forefront of the contemporary jazz scene. A WA exclusive performance.

The Bakery 8 Jun | 8pm $35* www.nowbaking.com.au

Northbridge Piazza 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jun | 1-3pm

The Bakery 15 Jun | 8pm $25-38* www.nowbaking.com.au

FREE

BOYS BOYS BOYS! Album Launch The Bakery

Perth’s premier party popsters release their second album, We Are Excited About Everything. The night promises maximum party antics with a stellar local music line-up and DJs set to bring you all the singles from the first albums you ever bought. The Bakery 14 Jun | 8pm $10-15* www.nowbaking.com.au

Sarah McLeod The Ellington Jazz Club

This regular WA singer/songwriter night strives to bring diversity to the stage, in June presenting the poetry of leading Perth Hip Hop artists for the first time. Indulge in the poetic stylings of Seasta Chani and other guest artists.

MUSIC

North Street Music

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY

Song Lounge: Hip Hop Night Seasta Chani

The Ellington Jazz Club 17 Jun | 7:30pm $15-$20 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Young Lions

Western Australian Composers Project

Perth Jazz Society

Decibel New Music Ensemble and Tura New Music

Referred to as an “iconic Aussie rock chick”, Australian born musician Sarah McLeod continues to bring her music to audiences across Australia and the world. The former front woman of rock band The Superjesus, she has three ARIA awards and over 300,000 record sales to her name. The Ellington Jazz Club 23 June | 6pm & 8:30pm $22-$27 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Decibel’s residency includes artist talks, open rehearsals and concerts featuring WA  premiere compositions by Stuart James, Christopher Tonkin, Rachael Dease, Henry Anderson, Johannes Leubbers, and Sam Gillies. Part of the Tura New Music Scale Variable Series. Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 25 Jun – 5 Jul FREE open rehearsals | 3-5pm 27 Jun & 4 Jul FREE floor talks | 1pm 5 & 6 Jul Performance | 6:30pm $15-$20 | www.pica.org.au | 08 9228 6300

Experience Perth’s newest and freshest in jazz and improvised music on the last Wednesday of each month. June features the original music of Shaun Rammers (pictured) and Carl Dunai for your aural pleasure. PICA Bar 26 Jun, 31 Jul, 28 Aug | 8pm $8-$12 @ door

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JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY

MUSIC

AGWA Nights - Van Gogh, Dali & Beyond: The World Reimagined

Musicals in Concert starring Todd McKenney

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Australian Performing Arts Network

Experience the latest works visiting from New York’s Museum of Modern Art with all the usual AGWA Nights trimmings: visit the exhibition, attend the 6pm Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond tour by the Volunteer Gallery Guides and enjoy a changing line-up of live entertainment with a drink from the pop-up bar.

Leading man of Australian song, dance and television Todd McKenney stars in APAN’S acclaimed Musicals In Concert series. Supported by APAN’s cast of 200 performers from WA’s finest performing arts schools, Todd performs songs from Legally Blonde, Guys and Dolls, The Lion King, Mama Mia, Boy from Oz and more.

Art Gallery of Western Australia 28 Jun – 22 Nov | Fridays 5:30pm $19* www.momaseries.com.au | 08 9492 6740

Perth Concert Hall 30 Jun | 2pm & 6pm $66-$77* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Grace Knight The Ellington Jazz Club

With ARIA nominations and chart topping recordings, Grace Knight’s career spans a successful three decades. Acclaimed for her live performances, she is recognized as one of the finest interpreters of popular music in Australia today. Her spellbinding shows touch the soul and lift the heart. The Ellington Jazz Club 5 Jul | 7pm $35-$40 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Matt Jodrell Big Band The Ellington Jazz Club

ARTBAR 2013 – Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes Art Gallery of Western Australia

Formed over a love of soul records, ‘90s dance videos and big hair, this band’s dynamism invites you to experience their contemporary take on the heightened hysteria of 1960s music TV. Enjoy MoMA’s Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined exhibition from 6.30pm ‘til show time, with food and drinks available for purchase all evening. Art Gallery of Western Australia 4 Jul | 8pm $47* www.momaseries.com.au | 08 9492 6740

WASO Celebrates the West End West Australian Symphony Orchestra

New York City-based Young Australian of the Year recipient Matt Jodrell, originally from Perth, has been awarded the James Morrison and Bob Wyllie scholarships and the NFAA Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, of only five finalists chosen worldwide. See one of the most outstanding fresh new voices to hit the Jazz community in recent times. The Ellington Jazz Club 19 & 20 Jul | 7pm | $35-$40 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Song Lounge: Acoustic Soul – Matt Allan & Shameem

Tim Davies with WAYJO WA Youth Jazz Orchestra

North Street Music

Stars of the West End, Jenna Lee-James and David Shannon, join WASO and conductor David Charles Abell for a celebration of London’s musical theatre mecca. Featuring popular hits from the greatest musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Jersey Boys and West Side Story. Perth Concert Hall 19 & 21 Jul | 7.30pm From $45* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

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This regular singer/songwriter night showcases WA artists aspiring to be the next Bob Dylan or Alicia Keys. This month features Matt Alan and Shameem lighting up the stage for a night to remember. The Ellington Jazz Club 22 Jul | 7:30pm $15-$20 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

Melbourne born Grammy Award nominee Tim Davies is now based in LA, but his compositions and orchestrations can be heard in concert halls and cinemas all over the world. Combining classic big band themes with traditional and contemporary elements, Davies creates a truly unique sound. State Theatre Centre of WA 9 & 10 Aug | 7:30pm $20-$35* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

An Evening with Joan Baez Maggie Gerand Presents

11th Totally Huge New Music Festival Tura New Music, ICMA, ACMA, WAAPA and Perth Convention Bureau

Dive into the unique, captivating, expansive, ear opening and enriching kaleidoscope of new music expression. Performances, installations, workshops and broadcasts, taking in the 2013 International Computer Music Conference, include Alvin Curran
(USA), Speak Percussion
(VIC), Haco (Japan), Decibel
(WA), Agostino di Scipio (ITAL), Robin Fox (VIC), and Clocked Out (QLD). Perth Cultural Centre 9–18 Aug Various prices www.tura.com.au | www.icmc2013.com

The influence of this American folk singer/ songwriter has seen her introduce Bob Dylan to the world, march in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King and celebrate with Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday. In her first Australian concerts for over 20 years, Baez is backed by multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell and her son Gabriel Harris on percussion. Perth Concert Hall 16 Aug | 8pm $89-$150* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

The Ellington Jazz Club

Eleventh He Reaches London Album Launch

This regular singer/songwriter night showcases promising emerging artists on their way to becoming among WA’s leading performers. Get along so you can be among the special ones to say you heard them first!

Singer and composer Alison Wedding has one foot standing in the jazz tradition and one in the realm of the modern singer/ songwriter. She is taking female vocals in a truly unique direction, performing with some of the greatest names in music.

Eleventh He Reaches London’s third studio full length album Bánhús will wash you in melancholic waves of slow, low end, with vocalist Ian Lenton’s soulful baritone at the helm.

The Ellington Jazz Club 19 Aug | 7:30pm $15-$20 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

The Ellington Jazz Club 23 & 24 Aug | 7pm $35-$40 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

The Bakery 24 Aug | 8pm $20* www.nowbaking.com.au

The Bakery

MUSIC

Alison Wedding (NYC)

North Street Music

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY

Song Lounge: Unearthed

Gregory Porter The Ellington Jazz Club

The Whitlams with WASO West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Following collaborative performances in 2004 and 2007, 3 time ARIA winners The Whitlams again join forces with WASO to present music from their studio albums, along with a few surprises. Expect to hear all the classics, including from their 1997 album Eternal Nightcap - voted into Triple J’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time.

This recently emerged, powerful soul/ jazz vocalist is a twice Grammy Award nominated American singer/songwriter and actor. Real Good Hands, from his iTunes chart-topping album Be Good, was the first song by a jazz artist to be iTunes’ featured Single of The Week. Critics have labelled him the “real deal” in pop, soul and gospel. The Ellington Jazz Club 27 & 28 Aug | 7pm $35-$40 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Perth Concert Hall 30 & 31 Aug | 8pm | From $55* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

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Music from the Coronation St George’s Cathedral

St George’s Cathedral Consort, directed by Joseph Nolan, performs Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I was Glad, Vaughan William’s O Taste and See, Walton’s Crown Imperial, and more music from the Westminster Abbey service on 2 June 1953, when Elizabeth II was crowned “of Australia…and of all her other realms and dominions, Queen”. St Georges Cathedral 2 June | 5pm

Debussy, Haydn & Poulenc West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Soprano Sara Macliver features with WASO and the WASO Chorus in Poulenc’s orchestral and choral masterpiece Gloria, while Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey (pictured) performs Haydn’s Second Cello Concerto. Conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier. WEBERN Passacaglia | HAYDN Cello Concerto No.2 DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun POULENC Gloria

FREE

Perth Concert Hall 7 & 8 Jun | 7.30pm | From $30* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

CLASSICAL

MUSIC

Tokyo String Quartet Musica Viva

Music on the Terrace: Bach and Brahms Government House Foundation of WA

The 8th Music on the Terrace series continues to provide a platform for local performers to show their talents. Starting with a Bach suite for cello and including Brahms’ sonata in D minor for piano and violin, this concert features young WASO stars Louise McKay (cello) and Rebecca Glorie (violin), accompanied by musical director Mark Coughlan (piano). Government House Ballroom 9 Jun | 4pm $42* www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100

Prokofiev & Sibelius

Perth Concert Hall 10 Jun | 7:30pm | $30-$85* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Denis Kozhukhin In Recital

Chamber Jam: Mix’t

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

North Street Music

Acclaimed conductor Arvo Volmer and talented Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin (pictured) join WASO for two nights of sparkling music, opening with a collection of delightful waltzes by Ravel.

Join Denis Kozhukhin and WASO in a one off opportunity to experience this young Russian’s technical prowess up close and personal. Performing a varied program, there will be something for everyone from this remarkable pianist.

Chamber Jam is a regular showcase, classically inspired, with a unique twist. In the cozy, intimate Ellington surrounds, enjoy some remarkable ensembles accompanied by fine wine and tapas. June’s show features Mix’t - Matt Styles (sax), Adam Pinto (piano) and Paul Tanner (percussion) alongside talented WA violinist Sara Duhig and fabulous cello quartet Karijini.

RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.3 SIBELIUS Symphony No.1

Perth Concert Hall 14 & 15 Jun | 7.30pm From $30* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

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After more than 40 years these grand masters of the string quartet bid farewell. Their last Australian performances include pieces that cemented their stellar reputation. Playing Stradivarius instruments, this landmark ensemble of our time performs Schubert’s last great quartet, Bartók’s ultimate work in this genre and a Sculthorpe quartet written especially for them.

HAYDN Keyboard Sonata No.38 | FRANCK Prelude, Choral and Fugue | WAGNER arr LISZT Tannhäuser: Overture SCHUBERT Four Impromptus | PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6

Government House Ballroom 17 Jun | 7.30pm | $50* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

The Ellington Jazz Club 24 Jun | 7:30pm | $15-$20 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Morning Melodies: Opera Concert His Majesty’s Theatre and West Australian Opera

An exciting WA chamber orchestra, the FCO celebrates winter with an extraordinary program including Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and the moving D minor Symphony by Haydn. Conducted by Christopher van Tuinen with pianist Jonathan Bradley, this ensemble has become widely known for its energy and commitment.

In a concert for the young at heart, the rising stars of West Australian Opera’s Young Artist Programme treat you to some of the most memorable moments in opera. Enjoy morning tea in the foyer after the show, or purchase lunch in the Dress Circle Bar with an opportunity to meet the performers.

Wesley Church 22 Jun | 3pm $15-$35* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

His Majesty’s Theatre 26 Jun | 10:30am $27* (incl. morning tea) www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Beethoven Haydn Stravinsky Fremantle Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven & Copland

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture | SIBELIUS Pohjola’s Daughter | COPLAND Clarinet Concerto BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4

Guitar in the Gallery UWA School of Music and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery opens late for a special viewing of its exhibitions with drinks and intimate live performance. WA guitarist Christine Yeong brings her passionate, energetic and unique style of classical guitar playing to the gallery with a program of Spanish, Latin American, English and Australian compositions and her own arrangements.

Perth Concert Hall 28 & 29 Jun | 7.30pm From $30* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 4 Jul | 6pm | Register at concerts@uwa.edu.au 08 6488 7836

Singers and Strings

Wang & Harvey

Ode to Joy

City of Perth

Musica Viva

WA Youth Orchestra

On the last Sunday of each winter month introduce your friends to classical music enhanced by the rich, reverberant acoustics of the historic Perth Town Hall at its best. Enjoy the vocal jazz arrangements of young Australian singers Voyces; the highly regarded Fremantle Chamber Orchestra; and popular Australian soprano Sara Macliver.

Jian Wang came to international attention as a 1970s child prodigy. His career has since taken off globally, now bringing him to Australia to perform with pianist Bernadette Harvey. Showing her virtuosity and imagination in Carl Vine’s Piano Sonata no 1, and Kevin Puts’ Alternating Current, Harvey joins Wang for a repertoire also including Bach and Brahms.

Featuring arguably the world’s greatest symphony – Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony No.9 – WAYO promises a spectacular and memorable evening including a world premiere composition for Perth Concert Hall’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Perth Town Hall | 3pm 30 Jun Voyces | FREE 28 Jul FCO | FREE 25 Aug SwanSongs: Sara Macliver | $45*

MUSIC

Rory MacDonald conducts WASO with 
Principal Clarinet Allan Meyer centre 
stage for Copland’s Latin and jazz 
inspired Clarinet Concerto, originally 
commissioned and premiered by the 
‘King of Swing’, Benny Goodman.

CLASSICAL

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Installation of Rebecca Baumann, Reflected Glory, 2013, ETC Source Fours, mirror, origami paper, Perspex, wrapping paper, dimensions variable (work in progress)

Perth Concert Hall 11 Jul | 7:30pm | $30-$77* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

FREE

R.E SMITH (pictured), New Work - world première BACH/STOKOWSKI, Toccata & Fugue in D minor BEETHOVEN, Symphony No.9 Op.125

Perth Concert Hall 13 Jul | 7:30pm | $15-$29* 08 9328 9859

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dON GiOVANNi By mOzART West Australian Opera

Based on the legendary fictional Don Juan, this opera depicts a final day in the life of the licentious and mercurial seducer Don giovanni, combining the comic elements of ‘opera buffa’ and tragic opera, where short-lived lightheartedness is followed by moral outrage and revenge. HiS mAjeSTy’S THeATRe 16. 18, 20, 25 & 27 JUL 7:30PM | 23 JUL 1:30PM $38-$160* WWW.ticketek.coM.aU | 1300 795 012

muSiC ON THe TeRRACe: RiSiNG STARS Government House foundation of WA

the 8th annual Music on the terrace series presents some of Wa’s most talented young musicians in a concert featuring the superb choirs of Perth Modern School. Under the direction of celia christmass, they will be joined by some of Wa’s best young pianists, violinists, singers and the UWa Brass ensemble.

CLassiCaL

MUsiC

GOVeRNmeNT HOuSe BAllROOm 28 JUL | 4PM | $42* WWW.ticketMaSteR.coM.aU | 136 100

CHAmBeR jAm: BlACK diAmONd TRiO

SimONe yOuNG CONduCTS

Andrew Kay and Associates

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Direct from the heart of Wales, this world famous choir makes its long awaited return to australia. Musical Director Joy amman Davies leads the 70 or so singers, known as the ambassadors of Song, in a broad repertoire showcasing the talents of young Welsh soloists trystan Llyr griffiths and eirlys Myfanwy Davies.

Shostakovich’s tenth Symphony, considered one of his greatest works, journeys you to emotional extremes; from a sinister, brooding opening to an exultant finale. Britten’s Violin concerto receives its WaSo premiere by concertmaster giulio Plotino.

North Street music

chamber Jam is a regular, classically inspired showcase with a twist. in the cozy, intimate ellington surrounds, enjoy some remarkable ensembles accompanied by fine wine and tapas. July’s show is headlined by the versatile Black Diamond trio of tashana tweddle (violin), grace ahquee (violin, viola, cello, double-bass) and Sarah kenworthy (piano, piano accordion). THe elliNGTON jAzz CluB 29 JUL | 7:30PM | $15-$20 WWW.eLLiNgtoNJazz.coM.aU | 08 9228 1088

PeRTH CONCeRT HAll 30 JULy | 8PM | $69-$89* WWW.ticketek.coM.aU | 1300 795 012

mOzART & meNdelSOHN

TCHAiKOVSKy’S ViOliN CONCeRTO

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

the ruins of Holyrood chapel, edinburgh provided the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. Join Principal conductor Paul Daniel leading WaSo in this masterpiece and Mozart’s graceful Night Serenade.

Principal conductor Paul Daniel, Latvian violinist Baiba Skride and WaSo join forces in a concert promising to stir every emotion. Passionate, virtuosic, full of heart-rending melodies and lush orchestral textures, tchaikovsky’s Violin concerto is an audience favourite

MozaRt Serenade No.6 Serenata Notturna MeNDeLSSoHN Symphony No.3 Scottish Paul Daniel appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

PeRTH CONCeRT HAll 8 aUg | 11aM FRoM $25* WWW.WaSo.coM.aU | 08 9326 0000

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mORRiSTON ORPHeuS CHOiR

aRNoLD Tam O’Shanter Overture tcHaikoVSky Violin concerto MeNDeLSSoHN Symphony No.3 Scottish

PeRTH CONCeRT HAll 9 & 10 aUg | 7:30PM | FRoM $30* WWW.WaSo.coM.aU | 08 9326 0000

City Of PErth Winter Arts seAson 2013

aRVo PaRt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten BRitteN Violin concerto SHoStakoVicH Symphony No.10

PeRTH CONCeRT HAll 2 & 3 aUg | 7.30PM | FRoM $30* WWW.WaSo.coM.aU | 08 9326 0000

SWANSONGS in the heart of the city on the Swan, the elegant Perth town Hall marries music and poetry in this inaugural recital series. Pianist David Wickham is joined by some of Wa’s best loved artists in a rare chance to hear first-class singers in the most intimate and direct musical form – the song. PeRTH TOWN HAll | 3Pm 11 aUg gRegoRy yURiSicH, aM - BaRitoNe 25 aUg SaRa MacLiVeR - SoPRaNo 22 SeP katJa WeBB - SoPRaNo $45* | WWW.tRyBookiNg.coM

ACO – Brahms Piano Quintet Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians join American pianist Jeremy Denk in Brahms’ powerful and tender masterwork of 19th-century chamber music, almost symphonic in its breadth and depth. BRAHMS Piano Quintet BACH (arr. Tognetti) Canons on a Goldberg Ground, BWV1087 NANCARROW Two Canons for Ursula IVES Concord Sonata (excerpts)

Perth Concert Hall 14 Aug | 7:30pm $45-$92* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ St George’s Cathedral

Joseph Nolan directs the renowned St George’s Cathedral Choir and Consort with pianists Mark Coughlan and Emily Green-Armytage in a concert featuring Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and Constant Lambert’s ‘The Rio Grande’. St George’s Cathedral 16 Aug | 7:30pm $35-$45* www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100

Songs of Sun and Sand

Perth Town Hall 18 Aug | 3pm $10-$25 www.voyces.com.au

Perth Concert Hall 40th Anniversary Celebration

Chamber Jam: Les Belles Adorées North Street Music

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Hear WASO in all its power, brilliance and beauty, celebrating the Perth Concert Hall’s 40th anniversary in two special gala concerts with Principal Conductor Paul Daniel. TAKEMITSU Signals from Heaven I: Day Signal MOZART Serenade No.6 Serenata Notturna TAKEMITSU Signals from Heaven II: Night Signal MAHLER Symphony No.7

Perth Concert Hall 23 & 24 AUG | 7:30pm | From $30* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

Chamber Jam provides a regular platform for classically inspired acts with a twist. Enjoy the cozy, intimate Ellington surrounds with some fine wine, tapas, and new string quintet Les Belles Adorées. Five of Perth’s leading string players come together to showcase music from every genre with the double bass adding an extra dimension to the string quartet.

MUSIC

Under the direction of Dr Robert Braham, Voyces and invited instrumentalists present a concert of new Australian choral compositions including works by celebrated composers Dan Walker, Joseph Twist, Stephen Leek, and the world premiere of Three Bays by upcoming West Australian composer Stefan Pugliese.

Mozart & Mahler:

CLASSICAL

Voyces

The Ellington Jazz Club 26 Aug | 7:30pm | $15-$20 www.ellingtonjazz.com.au | 08 9228 1088

Schubert’s Octet West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Elias String Quartet Musica Viva

Britain’s leading young chamber ensemble brings its phenomenal sound to Australia. These history-making performances include the latest instalment in the Quartet’s immense undertaking to play through the complete Beethoven cycle, in concerts including his op 59 no 2, alongside a masterpiece from Haydn and an exuberant world premiere from Matthew Hindson. Perth Concert Hall 27 Aug | 7:30pm | $30-$71* www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Hear your favourite WASO musicians perform a one hour afternoon chamber concert in the magnificent Government House Ballroom. Schubert’s Octet is a masterpiece of mood, colour and balance. Modelled on Beethoven’s immensely popular Septet, it surpasses even the great master’s work for its sheer inventiveness. SCHUBERT Octet in F major

Government House Ballroom 30 Aug | 2pm | $40* www.waso.com.au | 08 9326 0000

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The Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh

The aura of genius Art lovers have so many great reasons to leave their warm homes, writes PIP CHRISTMASS

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ow to lure hibernating Perth art lovers out of their winter cocoons and into the streets, theatres, bars, clubs and concert halls of Perth? Give them a couple of can’t-miss blockbuster events to whet their appetites, for starters. The double-whammy of the Art Gallery of WA’s Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined and the WA Museum’s Secrets of the Afterlife should get even the most bear-like hibernators off the couch. One looks at the ways in which some of the world’s most visionary and avant-garde

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artists have interpreted the classical modes of landscape, portrait and still-life painting; one delves back centuries to uncover the meanings behind the Ancient Egyptians’ ritualistic burying of the dead. But they share some important commonalities. Although the works on display are separated by thousands of years, both are likely to inspire wonder at the symbolic and transformative power of art. These two major shows also share a journey to Perth via two of the world’s most esteemed art institutions. Part of gallery director Stefano Carboni’s series of exhibitions from New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond is exclusive to Perth and is the third instalment of a series that has brought us a history of Big Apple photography and a survey

of modern art from Picasso to Warhol. Secrets of the Afterlife comes to us from the hallowed corridors of the British Museum — the second exhibition to be sourced from the London institution after Extraordinary Stories in 2011. More than 100 artefacts are on display, from decorated coffins and mummies to tool sets and the Book of the Dead’s illustrated spells transcribed on to linen and papyrus. This exhibition is another exclusive for Perth. The full visual arts program is an overwhelming crop from which to pick. Worth checking out is FORM Gallery’s Midland Atelier 2008-2013, a suite of exhibitions celebrating the fifth anniversary of this unique artists’ space. With a fascinating mix of artists-in-residence, from jewellers and sculptors to photographers and textile

designers, Midland Atelier is a hub of local and international creativity that shows what can be done when some forward thinkers reconceptualise the use of an industrial space, one which otherwise might have fallen into disrepair or neglect. Indigenous art will be represented through a number of exhibitions in association with NAIDOC Week starting on July 7. The University of WA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery will showcase the work of painters from northwest Arnhem Land, while the Perth Town Hall will exhibit the Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition, an annual event that has emerged from collaborations between local Aboriginal communities and Relationships Australia. The 2013 WA Indigenous Art Awards will be on show at the Art Gallery of WA from August 23. The 16 finalists in the running for the $50,000 first prize include WA artists Churchill Cann, Minyawe Miller, Ngipi Ward and Nora Wompi. At the nearby Gallery Central, the exhibition season includes Parallel Nippon, an overview of the evolution of contemporary architecture in Japan, and Maggie Baxter’s Slip Stitch fibreart show fusing contemporary techniques with those used by traditional Indian village artisans. Memories of Barrack Street, will be revisited through a photographic exhibition at the State Library of WA from August 19-September 6. In Brookfield Place, the free Nomad Two Worlds installation will feature works by WA indigenous artists and New York-based Perth expatriate photographer Russell James.

Perthume artists Grace Gamage and Olivia O’Donnell. Picture by Gerald Moscarda

It’s just good scents ■ Pip Christmass Wood canopic jar, about 700BC, in Secrets of the Afterlife

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ostalgia for a place — a childhood home, a country we have travelled to and fallen in love with — is intrinsically linked to our sense of smell. Who wouldn’t return from India, for example, without being forever reminded of its intense aromatic assault? But what scents do we think of when we think of Perth? Is it the smell of salt water coming off the ocean, the smell of freshly mowed lawn, the smell of barbecues firing up on a Sunday afternoon? For every person you ask, you’ll get a different answer — and not all of them will be complimentary. (The smell of stale beer on a Northbridge pavement, anyone?) Local performance artists Grace Gamage and Olivia O’Donnell have come up with Perthume, a playful multipronged attempt to distil the aromatic essence of Perth. It was after attempting to create their own essential oils by leaving jars out in the sun that they “brewed up” the idea of Perthume. Bouquet Performance, an open public event on June 1, will see them create a live happening in which they will collect the bouquets laid by guests for the ingredients of their first Perthume fragrance. A temporary distillery will then be set up on Beaufort Street — a kind of experimental scent lab where the artists will put found ingredients through the process of steam and tincture distillation. Gamage and O’Donnell will

then hold Harvest with the Artist sessions between June 7-15, where participants can join in the forage for plant matter and materials. The fruits of these labours can then be discovered via a pop-up counter in the Murray Street Mall from June 21-23, where visitors can collect scent samples. “Anyone can visit the Perthumery or come to one of our daily harvests,” Gamage says. “We’ll actually need fresh ingredients from around Perth every day, so we will be walking from the Perthumery to various locations around the city.” Asked to list five smells that make her think of Perth, Gamage answers thus, tongue placed only partially in cheek: “Eucalyptus and river water, Chinatown, the Ibis and Bell Tower curry, the Amplifier hipster, and Perth Museum musk.” This isn’t just a kooky, oneoff gimmick for Gamage and O’Donnell. Last year, the duo created a business called GoGo Creative Learning, which provides visual arts and sustainability workshops to WA primary schools. The artists also are involved in creating pizza gardens and wicking beds for herb and vegetable gardens, so creating scents from natural materials seems like a logical extension of this commitment to sustainable living. “Experimenting and creating different fragrances of Perth is a way of documenting the city that we live in now,” Gamage says. “There are many reasons to criticise Perth and there are many reasons to celebrate it too; in creating Perthume, we hope to do both.”

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The Apache CLIP Award

Clare Peake: A Comprehension of the Farthest Points

Perth Centre for Photography

Ryan Nazzari: The Tiger in Me

VENN Gallery

VENN Gallery

This internationally recognised photographic prize is for new perspectives on Contemporary Landscapes in Photography. The selection criteria focuses on original images which are stimulating and that challenge traditional notions of landscape photography. Perth Centre for Photography Until 9 Jun | Thu-Sun www.pcp.org.au Svetlana Bailey, CLIP 2012 Winner

FREE

Peake’s new body of work continues her interest in conceptual mapping, space and the process of making. It features graphite drawings made from recycled past works and visual diaries as well as a series of grey and tan structures somewhere between decorative pots and architectural forms. VENN Gallery Until 28 Jun | 10am-5pm Tue-Sat Clare Peake, Notations (3) 2013, graphite on handmade paper, 23 x 22 cm

Perth artist Ryan Nazzari presents a series of new self-portraiture drawings in watercolour and pencil. The works combine animal forms with self-portraits to create a vast expanse of colourful imagery which explore the artist’s own personal interior. VENN Gallery Until 28 Jun | 10am-5pm Tue-Sat Ryan Nazzari, The Tiger In Me 3, watercolour and watercolour pencil on paper, 21 x 15 cm

FREE

FREE

From War to Remembrance: a living history of the RSL

EXHIBITIONS

State Library of WA

An exhibition celebrating the formation, purpose and activities of the RSL in WA with memorabilia, art, film, guest speakers, interactive touchscreen displays and a model of the State War Memorial made out of Lego!

Collection in Focus: Made to Remember

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of WA Until 30 Jun | 10am-5pm Wed–Mon Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Medium flax eel trap 2012, glass, 48 x 30.4 cm

FREE

Year 12 Perspectives

FREE

ORIENTing

Towards Perth:

Art Gallery of Western Australia

UWA Cultural Precinct

This annual barometer of what WA youth are thinking and feeling delivers works of technical excellence and emotional complexity, as well as challenging us to reflect, explore and understand the world in which they live.

Featuring the work of Ian Fairweather and his relationship with Asia, this exhibition investigates the artist’s position in Australian art history as a practitioner committed to cross-cultural engagement. Curator Aaron Seeto further explores the re-positioning being undertaken by current Australian/Asian artists as they reflect upon, and engage with, the cultural environment to our north.

Art Gallery of WA Until 30 Jun | 10am-5pm Wed–Mon Joanne Watts, Catharsis 2012 i) wood and black cotton; ii) photographic prints and black cotton i) 160 x 40 x 40 cm; ii) 126 x 31 cm (x3)

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State Library of WA Until 30 Jun | Various times

Collection in Focus is a series of rotating displays providing in-depth exploration of areas within the State Art Collection. Made to Remember comprises significant Indigenous objects, with a diverse selection of works including glass, ceramics, textiles, clothing, and examples of traditional sculpture.

FREE

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA Until 13 Jul | 11am-5pm Tue-Sat

City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

Western Australian women artists before 1950 UWA Cultural Precinct

FREE

From the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the UWA Art Collection are landscapes, seascapes and depictions of Perth by Portia Bennett, Elise Blumann, Audrey Greenhalgh, Edith Trethowan, Elizabeth Blair Barber and  Jean Appleton. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA Until 13 Jul | 11am-5pm Tue-Sat 5 Jul Curator Talk | 1pm lwag@uwa.edu.au | 08 9488 3707 FREE Elise Blumann, Summer Nude (detail), 1939, oil on board, 121.5 x 91.5cm

Secrets of the Afterlife: Magic, Mummies & Immortality in Ancient Egypt

Western Australian Museum

Through over 100 precious objects from the British Museum, experience the journey ancient Egyptians believed would lead them to immortality. Exclusive to WA, see intricately decorated coffins, mummies, masks, beautifully illustrated magical spells and artefacts up to 4,500 year old. Western Australian Museum Until 22 Sep | 9:30am-5pm $12.50-$20 www.museum.wa.gov.au Gilded mask, Ptolemaic-Roman period, first century BCEfirst century CE, Egypt. © Trustees of the British Museum

Trevor Richards: Lighthouse

City of Perth

In the 50th anniversary year of Council House, WA artist Trevor Richards undertakes an art-light project using the facade of this iconic building. The visual material informing the project, along with other works by the artist from the City of Perth Art Collection, will be on display in the foyer. Council House 31 May – 28 Jun | 9am-5pm Mon-Fri Trevor Richards, Sequence 4, pattern 3 (preparatory design) 2012

FREE

pup pup is the boss of the stars

Free Range Inc

Free Range Gallery 31 May – 11 Jun | Various times www.freerange.org.au

FREE

6D CITY 6 City of Perth

For the City of Perth’s annual public art commissioning initiative TRANSART, Sohan Ariel-Hayes presents an expanded cinema artwork that appears as both a giant hologram and anamorphic projection. Its form and narrative are dictated by the viewer, whose presence activates portraits of human characters (and a labradoodle called Ruben) that once inhabited Wolf Lane. 32 King Street 1-30 Jun | 6am-midnight Research, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist. 

EXHIBITIONS

Drawing from dozens of stories, artist Elizabeth Marruffo has sought to capture and celebrate dog ownership. An elaborate recreation of the Canis Major constellation features hundreds of tiny felted dogs suspended in silver stars. Bring a telescope to the opening, enjoy a hot chocolate and tuck yourself in under this blanket of stars.

FREE

Light Locker Art Space

City of Perth

Nomads Two Worlds

Celebrate WA

An innovative and contemporary installation of Western Australian Indigenous artworks, coordinated by Nomad Two Worlds, will feature on canvas covered framed cubes. Go on a guided tour over the WA Day long weekend with the artists involved to find out the origins of these outstanding works. Tour times online. Brookfield PlaCE 31 May – 30 Jun www.celebratewa.com.au

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Embedded within the 99m long mural in Grand Lane, Foodchain, the City of Perth’s youth projects arm, manages this public exhibition space showcasing 2D and 3D works from local early career artists. The space is best viewed at sundown when the lights turn on. Grand Lane 1 Jun – 31 Aug | 24/7 Image courtesy of James Graham

FREE

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Perthume

City of Perth

City of Perth and its youth project arm Foodchain launch TRANSART – TRANSITION, adding early career artists to the City’s annual public art commissioning initiative. At Grace Gamage and Olivia O’Donnell’s temporary Perthumery, join Harvest with the Artist walks 2pm daily, foraging for plant matter to be distilled into scents representing the unique fragrance of Perth. Later, visit the Perthume Counter to collect limited edition samples of the fragrances. Supported by Central Institute of Technology and Propel Youth Arts.

149 Beaufort St 1 Jun Bouquet Performance | 5pm 7-15 Jun Perthumery | 11am-5pm Mon-Sat Murray St Mall 21-23 Jun Perthume Counter 11am-5pm

FREE

EXHIBITIONS

Image courtesy of Jessica Eucalyptus Quinnell.

As We Hear, They Sing, Where The Fates Carry Us

City Of Perth

Daphne Major Research Office sent recordings from one of the rarest parrots in the world, the Western Ground Parrot, to WA’s polar opposite: The Islands of Bermuda. Here the native Gray Catbirds copied and learnt the calls, which were recorded to be played in this Perth sound installation as part of TRANSART – TRANSITION. Aberdeen St, Museum St & Hay St Mall FREE 1–30 Jun | 24/7 Image courtesy of the artist.

Burning Embers

City Of Perth

Parallel Nippon

Gallery Central

Japan Foundation, Architectural Institute of Japan and Consulate General of Japan in Perth present an overview of the amazing evolution of contemporary architecture in Japan from 1996-2006. Gallery Central 8-27 Jun | 10am-4:45pm Mon-Sat SENDAI MÉDIATHEQUE, TOYO ITO & ASSOCIATES, ARCHITECTS_Sendai, Miyagi Pref, Japan _2000_ Photo: © SHINKENCHIKU-SHA - JAPAN ARCHITECT vol.65 “PARALLEL NIPPON”

FREE

This is the third installation for TRANSART – TRANSITION 2013, aiming to integrate temporary, ephemeral, interventionist, performative and audio artworks into the urban fabric of the everyday. Sam Gillies’ work investigates the transformative power of sound to convert a functional and utilitarian space into a unique and vibrant chamber using gentle drones and abstract sounds. Roe Street Car Park arcade (entry off James Street) 10 Jun-10 Jul | 24/7

FREE

Uncertain Surrenders by Toni Wilkinson | Fog by Svetlana Bailey

Perth Centre for Photography

These two solo exhibitions blur the boundaries within landscape photography and intimate portraiture. 2012’s CLIP winner Svetlana Bailey reveals the hidden world of fog in her landscapes while internationally exhibited Perth photographer Toni Wilkinson takes us into the world of motherhood, without the cookie-cutter apron. Perth Centre for Photography 13 Jun-14 Jul | Thu-Sun www.pcp.org.au Toni Wilkinson, Uncertain Surrenders #13

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City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

Metafisica: recent works by Glen Stewart

Free Range Inc

Using a variety of historical painting methods such as egg tempera and verdigris effects, Glen Stewart’s art practice explores how illusory and spatial devices elicit visceral or sensorial responses. He explores various physical and metaphysical states of being through a series of abstract works that both soothe and agitate the viewer. Free Range Gallery 14-24 Jun | 12-3pm Mon-Sat www.freerange.org.au

FREE

From the Atelier

Faultlines

An Improvised Sound Project

FORM Gallery

FORM Gallery

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

Join in celebrating the fifth anniversary of Midland Atelier, a design hub that places leading creatives within the historic Midland Railway Workshops. This exhibition showcases some of the best contemporary interior and lighting design to emerge from the Atelier’s Pattern Shop furniture studio since 2008.

Perth-based artist Nick Statham joins iconic New Zealand designer David Trubridge to present a range of contemporary objects inspired by the landscape of Karijini National Park and developed through FORM’s Midland Atelier International Residency Programme.

Looking at the relationship between sound and the visual arts, this exhibition brings together a group of musicians and sound artists united by their radical approaches to electro-acoustic improvisation and the visualisation of music and sound.

FORM Gallery 14 Jun - 13 Sep | Mon-Sat

FORM Gallery 14 Jun - 13 Sep | Mon-Sat

View of the Pattern Shop studio, 2011. Photograph by Matt Biocich.

FREE

Statham, Faultlines exhibition works in development, wood and mixed media, dimensions variable, 2011. Photograph: Bo Wong.

PICA 22 Jun – 18 Aug | 10am-5pm Tue-Sun

FREE

FREE

Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia 22 Jun – 2 Dec | Various times Wed-Mon $9-$19 www.momaseries.com.au | 08 9492 6740 Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) The Olive Trees Saint Rémy, June-July 1889 Oil on canvas 28 5/8” × 36” (72.6 × 91.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest

My Core

Free Range Inc

Jennie Feyen has produced short films in Perth and Tokyo. A Butoh performance by Dairakudakan Temputenshiki has influenced her first film installation, which explores the journey of a woman who turns her attention inwards, discovering a life force beyond the mental and physical. Her experience is transformative; a fusion of the sexual and the spiritual. Free Range Gallery 28–30 Jun | Various times www.freerange.org.au

Little Paintings, Big Stories: Gossip Songs of Western Arnhem Land

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah Magrib

EXHIBITIONS

Exclusive to WA, this exhibition from New York’s Museum of Modern Art brings us 96 artists who transformed twentieth century art; from Frida Kahlo’s confident self-portrait to Cézanne’s iconic still life and Van Gogh’s roiling olive trees.

FREE

Moment Based Shapes

VENN Gallery

City of Perth

Mahgrib is a solo exhibition of sculptural works by emerging West Australian artist, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. This series of sculptural and installation works – with resin, timber, acrylic, lighting, and found objects - explores the subjective architecture of memory and the retroactive building blocks of personal history that construct our sense of identity.

This exhibition features works from the City of Perth Art Collection that use objects of geometry as a means of communication. Works by artists such as Brian Mckay, Howard Taylor, Trevor Richards, Marion Borgelt, Tom Mùller, Theo Koning and Bevan Honey will be on display.

UWA Cultural Precinct

Explore the connection between people, country and stories, focusing on the Maung language and the relationship between the Berndt Museum and the Lamilami family. Bark paintings, photographs, and sound recordings convey the richness of djurrbilk or gossip songs. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 29 Jun – 14 Dec | 11am-5pm Tue-Sat Bark painting by Gwadbad No. 2 i.e ‘John’, Maung language. RM Berndt Collection, 3rd October 1947.

FREE

VENN Gallery 5 Jul–16 Aug | 10am-5pm Tue-Sat

FREE

Council House foyer 5 Jul – 4 Oct | 9am-5pm Mon-Fri Howard Taylor, Divided Sphere 1974, City of Perth Art Collection

FREE

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Slip Stitch

NAIDOC Art

Free Range Inc

St George’s Cathedral

Perth based artist Maggie Baxter explores line, form and mark, employing weaving, printing, embroidery and applique. Her practice has taken her to India for over twenty years where she works at village level with traditional artisans creating contemporary fusion works that are both wearable and decorative.

This exhibition relates practices and artworks from ten diverse Australian and international contemporary artists. In taking the hypothetical route, these artists allow themselves the freedom from construction, of the physical limitations of space and time, and unobtainable fictional universes.

On the first day of NAIDOC Week, St George’s Cathedral opens a boutique exhibition of indigenous art from private and corporate collections. Aboriginal choir Madjitil Moorna performs at the 5pm opening evening event.

Gallery Central 6-27 Jul | Various times Artist Talk 6 Jul 2pm

Free Range Gallery 6-27 Jul | Various times www.freerange.org.au

Scribble Wrap, direct block printing and hand embroidery on silk

EXHIBITIONS

Hypotheticals Part II

Gallery Central

FREE

St George’s Cathedral 7-13 Jul | Various times

FREE

Majority Rules

FREE

Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition 2013

State Library of WA

Relationships Australia

Discover how political party candidates persuade you to support them at election time, through a collection including how-to-vote cards from 1904 to the present, newspapers covering Australian elections, and much more. Witness how campaigning has changed and determine what influences you at the polls. State Library of WA 8 Jul – 20 Oct | Various times

FREE

St George’s Art 2013

The Iris Awards

Perth Centre for Photography

This annual international award focuses on portraits that are unique, original and engaging while maintaining excellence in photography. Perth Centre for Photography 18 Jul – 18 Aug | Thu-Sun www.pcp.org.au Luke Marshall, 2012 Irish Award Winner, $8 per Rider

FREE

PICA Salon

Enjoy this annual display of Aboriginal artworks grown out of weekly workshops coordinated by Moorditj Yarning, a Relationships Australia program for the Aboriginal community. Now in its fifth year, the project brings together people of all ages to create art and strengthen culture and family relationships. Perth Town Hall 19-22 Jul | 10am-4pm

FREE

2013 Graduating Fundraiser Auction

St George’s Cathedral

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

St George’s Art has become a premier annual art education event in Western Australia, attracting schools from all sectors. Participation in this exhibition provides an outstanding opportunity for schools to present work by students in Years 10, 11 and 12, in the unique setting of the Cathedral.

PICA’s contemporary interpretation of the traditional salon is an exhibition of local, national and international contemporary artists who have contributed to PICA’s 24 year history. Among them are Jeppe Hein, Ross Manning, Paul Caporn, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Patrick Doherty, and Geoffrey Drake-Brockman.

St George’s Cathedral 20-28 Jul | Various times

PICA 21 Jul – 18 Aug | 10am-5pm Tue-Sun

Gallery Central

FREE

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City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013

FREE

This annual art auction raises money for Central’s Visual Arts and Jewellery students’ Graduation Show. Established and emerging WA artists generously provide mini masterpieces for lucky Perth people to acquire at remarkable prices, giving you the chance to start or enrich your collection. Hammer down 6pm 1 August. Gallery Central 31 Jul – 1 Aug | 10am-6pm Tracey Quelch, Central Jewellery Student

FREE

in PLane Site

free range inc

BaRRaCK StReet a time to ReminiSCe

gallery Central

metamoRPhoSiS 2013

Journey into the past for a look at the history of one of Perth’s most favoured meeting places. This exhibition includes rarely seen photographs - including buildings dating back to the 1800’s - selfguided tour material, talks, a memory wall and an opportunity to rediscover the discovered, Barrack Street.

Central institute of Technology developed MorPh to promote the excellence and originality of senior secondary school students in their art and design studies. These works present the ideas and experiences of today’s youth from their perspective and provide a window into the rapidly changing world of our exceptional young people.

STaTe liBrary of Wa 19 Aug – 6 SeP | VAriouS TiMeS

gallery CenTral 19 Aug – 7 SeP | VAriouS TiMeS

heritage Perth

These works are prefaced by the suggestion that pedestrian passage through public urban space is necessarily characterised by slippages in the perception of time and the senses. Artist Dani Andrée distorts perspective, revealing a playful reconstruction of spatio-temporal relationships between artist, object, subject and viewer. free range gallery 5-30 Aug | VAriouS TiMeS www.FreerAnge.org.Au

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Perth Centre for Photography

Titled after Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 album, this exhibition of video, paintings and photography explores the borderlands of the contemporary built environment; the edge of town being a place of physical uncertainty, conceptual ambiguity, freedom from the everyday, and a frontier of possibility, inevitably tainted with doubt and fear. PerTh CenTre for PhoTograPhy 22 Aug – 22 SeP | Thu-Sun www.PCP.org.Au David Mutch untitled #1

winner of the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award 2011 gunybi ganambarr Milngurr 2011 ochre, earth pigment and acrylic binder on rubber 97 x 77 cm State Art Collection, Art gallery of western Australia Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art gallery of western Australia Foundation, 2011 © gunybi ganambarr, 2011

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Venn gallery

A group exhibition of new works by Tom Múller (Perth), yarra Vega (new york City) and Augustyn Schwarzwald (Berlin) examines the globalisation phenomenon and the subtle boundaries between reality and fiction. The show features paintings, installations and video. Venn gallery 23 Aug – 4 oCT | 10AM-5PM Tue-SAT

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our country’s richest indigenous arts prize celebrates the breadth, diversity and excellence of indigenous Australian art. Featuring 16 finalists, these national awards acknowledge the significant contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander artists make to Australian art, culture and society.

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Perth institute of Contemporary arts

Scitech

Artists explore our region and its imaginings, from iran to Madagascar, from yogyakarta and Malaysia to Singapore and Fitzroy Crossing. This expansive exhibition asks us to imagine the kind of confidence we might wish for and need here, today, on Australia’s indian ocean edge.

grab a drink from the bar and explore the Top Secret exhibition (p.14) to see if you have what it takes to be the next 007. Among over 100 interactive displays, enjoy Scitech’s popular ongoing exhibits, bound to rekindle fun childhood memories. Bring your friends for a night out with a difference.

PiCa 31 Aug – 13 oCT | 10AM-5PM Tue-Sun

SCiTeCh 31 Aug | 6PM $17 www.SCiTeCh.org.Au

Danius Desminas and Punkasila, Sukhoi/ Planecrash, 2012. Courtesy of the artists and Darren knight gallery, Sydney.

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Big screen gears up for a revelation A feast of film from around the globe awaits Perth’s cinephiles, writes LUCY GIBSON

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he Revelation Perth International Film Festival tops a big winter for Luna Palace cinemas, which also will play host to the Spanish and Israeli film festivals. After calling the Astor home for the past four years, Rev, as it is affectionately known, will return to the Luna Leederville with a program that will extend to Paradiso in Northbridge and Luna SX in Fremantle. “Our long-term friends will remember when we emerged from the Greenwich Club (at His Majesty’s Theatre) with our trusty 16mm projectors and car-load of films we found a home at the Luna Cinemas (in 1998),” Revelation Film Festival chairman Richard Sowada says. “A lot’s changed since then but for 2013, we’re back there with an expanded program and guest list.” The festival, from July 4-14, will feature the usual eclectic mix of films, including Dario Argento’s 1970s Italian cult horror flick Suspiria. In a festival coup, original soundtrack composers Goblin will perform live during screenings. Music fans also will lap up the documentary Hunter, about WA hip-hop pioneer Robert Hunter, who had terminal cancer and died in 2011. From June 12- 23, Paradiso will present the best of Spanish and Spanish-speaking Latin American cinema with a program which includes the

Banff Film Festival

award-winning Clandestine Childhood. Director Benjamin Avila has drawn from his own experiences growing up in the politically oppressed South America for his first feature, which won 10 Argentine Academy Awards including best film, director, actor (Ernesto Alterio) and actress (Natalia Oreiro). Paradiso also will be home to the Israeli Film Festival from August 21-28. The festival will mark its 10th anniversary with an expanded program featuring some of the country’s best films from the past 12 months. Throughout winter, Luna also will screen highlights from the Palace Opera 2013 season captured live, including performances of Nabucco, featuring Placido Domingo, Rossini’s La donna del Lago and Gloriana from award-winning director Richard Jones. The Banff Mountain Film Festival may have its origins in Canada but this year Australian thrill seekers will be stealing the limelight when it runs at the

State Theatre Centre from May 28-June 1. Crossing the Ice is a 40-minute feature about NSW adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones’ race to become the first people to man-haul their way from Antarctica to the South Pole and back, unassisted. The Banff line-up also includes Ernest, which pays homage to one of the last remaining members of a vanishing breed of mountain men; Endless Roads, about a crew of seven female longboard riders who set out on a 15-day, 4300km road trip through Spain with filmmaker Juan Rayos; and the four-minute feature Lily Shreds Trailside about a Jack Russell terrier which acts as a fearless mascot for the mountain bikers of Utah. Outside in the Perth Cultural Centre, the James Street big screen will continue to operate 24 hours a day throughout winter and will feature a selection of short works from international and independent filmmakers as part of its Screen Arts program.

BANFF Mountain Film festival

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen

Screen Arts

Adventure Reels

Shakespeare’s Globe and Luna Palace Cinemas

Cultural Centre Screen

The 2013 Australian line-up of this prestigious film festival features captivating footage shot in some of the most wild and remote corners of the world. Experience incredible highs and agonizing lows through the lenses of some of today’s most accomplished climbers, paddlers, skaters, snowboarders, canyoners, mountain-bike riders, explorers and adventure filmmakers.

Discover the drama, laughter and magic of being there to see Henry V, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of the turbulence of war and art of peace; Twelfth Night‘s cruelty, comedy, poetry, unrequited love, and exquisite songs; and The Taming Of The Shrew, the Bard’s most outrageous comedy.

Year round, the Cultural Centre Screen features a unique selection of thought provoking, inspirational short works from the international independent underground. Tuesdays see short drama and documentaries; Wednesday - films on design, process and style in media, visual arts and performance; and Thursdays screen new perspectives in visual media.

State Theatre Centre of WA 28 May–1 Jun | 7pm $23-$33 www.banffaustralia.com.au | 1300 795 012

Palace Opera & Ballet

Luna Palace Cinemas

Cinema Paradiso | 1pm 1 & 2 Jun Henry V 22 & 23 Jun Twelfth Night 20 & 21 July The Taming Of The Shrew www.lunapalace.com.au | 08 9227 1771

The 16th Spanish Film Festival presented by Estrella Damm

Perth Cultural Centre Screen 4 June–29 Aug | noon, 1pm & 6pm Tue-Thu www.perthculturalcentre.com.au

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Movies based on a book

State Library of WA

Cinema Paradiso 7 Jun–7 Aug | Various times | $15-$27 www.lunapalace.com.au | 08 9227 1771

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Every year Perth’s Spanish film lovers come together for the largest film festival of its kind in Australia. For eight days, delight in the best of Spanish and Spanish-speaking Latin American cinema, exclusively at Luna Palace Cinemas. Cinema Paradiso 12–23 Jun | Various times www.lunapalace.com.au | 08 9227 1771

Revelation Perth International Film Festival

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Luna Palace Cinemas

See this epic film accompanied live by WASO, the WASO Chorus and St George’s Cathedral Choristers. Ludwig Wicki conducts Howard Shore’s Academy® Award-winning score, capturing the film’s emotion and grand journeys through the power of a full orchestra and massed voices including vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk.

Regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting independent film festivals, this year Rev goes back to the future, returning to Luna Cinemas (Leederville, Cinema Paradiso and SX in Freo) to celebrate their 16th birthday. There’ll be more cinema, guests, discussions and surprises than you can poke a stick at.

Riverside Theatre, PCEC 21 & 22 Jun | 7.30pm www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 795 012

Cinema Paradiso and other Luna Palace Cinemas 4–14 Jul | www.revelationfilmfest.org www.lunapalace.com.au | 08 9227 1771

Based on the book by Australian author Ruth Park, see the all-ages adventure film Playing Beatie Bow in June; The Silver Brumby, based on Elyne Mitchell’s book, screens in July; and in August see Rabbit Proof Fence, based on Doris Pilkington’s true story of three Aboriginal girls on an epic journey across the harsh Australian landscape. State Library of WA 18 Jun, 16 Jul, 20 Aug | 5.45pm

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Luna Palace Cinemas

See the Royal Opera in stunning High Definition. Plácido Domingo steps into the baritone repertory singing the title role of Nabucco; while the ultimate bel canto cast takes stage for the rarely performed romantic masterpiece La donna del Lago; and the award-winning Richard Jones directs a Gloriana, re-creating the excitement of our Queen’s Coronation year.

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AICE Israeli Film Festival

Luna Palace Cinemas

Presenting the best of Israeli cinema across Australia, the festival will screen more films over more days than ever before, with an expanded selection of the best Israeli films from the past year. This program reflects the growing success of the Israeli film industry, which has developed a voice, a character and identity all its own. Cinema Paradiso 21–28 Aug | Various times www.lunapalace.com.au | 08 9227 1771

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Stephen Scourfield around Perth. Belgian-born writer, criminologist and poet Tineke Van der Eecken has brought together a talented and diverse group for a night of language and spirit called Multilingual Poetry. “This will be an incredible session which will see a number of multilingual poets perform their poetry with another poet, Vivienne Glance, translating,” Murphy says. Perth poet Jaya Penelope also will have patrons going on a journey through language and music in her session, The Sacred Voice. She will perform contemporary translations of some of the Indian Bhakti poets as well as snippets of their biographies. Her readings will be accompanied by the melodies of her husband, Indian vocalist Branan Dubh, and tabla maestro Gurpreet Singh playing classical Indian Helen Child as songs. Christopher Marlowe For something completely different, the Rebels and Rogues Poetry Readings promises to be a night of fun and irreverence celebrating the poet rebels and villains of history. The host for the evening will be the murderous Christopher Marlowe, the notorious Elizabethan poet, playwright, drunkard and possible true author of Shakespeare’s plays. Christopher Marlowe, aka comic poet Helen Child, will lead a roguish cast of rebels, including guest appearances by Mary Queen of Scots and Ned Kelly who themselves wrote poetry. “The theme for the night is the rebels and rogues of history and we will explore veryone can relate to poetry. that fine line that exists between the two,” Poems often are read at milestone Child says. events such as funerals and The first heat of the Australian Poetry weddings, and now more Slam also will be held during the festival people are turning to them for their and is expected to be a sellout. The entertainment. winner will go on to the State final and “Poetry is a different art form and it’s possibly head east for the national final. becoming more popular,” WA Poetry Murphy says live poetry audiences have Festival co-ordinator Karen Murphy says. increased in Perth, another sign that “Membership of WA Poets Inc. grows people are enjoying the medium and its every year.” diversity. Running for four days from August “We used to get about 30 or 40 people 15-18, the annual festival will encompass in the audience, but now we can number everything from bush ballads to up to 150. This year, we’re hoping to have translations of Indian Bhakti poetry and most of the events sell out.” offer workshops, public performances and poetry walks in a variety of locations WA Poetry Festival details: wapoets.net.au.

Rhymes for a season Poetry is definitely in motion in WA, writes HEATHER ZUBEK

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arm yourself by the literary fire this winter as two writers take you on journeys around the world and into our most intimate thoughts at the University Club at UWA. As Travel Editor of The West Australian, Stephen Scourfield colours our imaginations with literary brushstrokes of the places he visits. On July 10, audiences will have the opportunity to have all their senses tantalised during the Connected Dinner, An Evening with Stephen Scourfield. He will lead guests on a journey of literature, food, music and photographs, all combining to interpret the very nature of travel. Scourfield will partner stories and photos from around the world with a dish of cultural significance to each tale. Working with the UWA music school, he will also bring live music from each of the regions to serenade each course of the feast. For more of a journey within on the same night, July 10, social researcher and author of 14 books, Hugh Mackay, will discusses the deeper and more challenging questions of what makes a life worth living. For the past 40 years, Mackay has been researching the lives, loves, hopes and fears of ordinary Australians. In his latest book, The Good Life, he draws the conclusion from this research that a good life is not measured by wealth, status or even happiness but is determined by our capacity to put others before ourselves and by our willingness to connect with others in a meaningful way. Mackay will examine our dangerous desire for perfection and how some of our most important lessons in life emerge from tragedy and disappointment. Guests will receive a glass of wine upon arrival, and books will be on sale and signed by the author.

Hugh Mackay – The Good Life

UWA Cultural Precinct

An Evening with Stephen Scourfield

WA Poetry Festival Launch

WA Poets Inc

UWA Cultural Precinct

A good life is not measured by security, wealth, status, achievement or happiness, but by our capacity for selflessness and willingness to meaningfully connect with others. Hugh’s book The Good Life discusses the numerous ways we get distracted from this central purpose, designed to start conversations, ignite arguments and possibly change the way we live our lives.

Dine with author and travel writer Stephen Scourfield as he leads you on a literary and culinary journey interpreting the nature of travel. Taking cues from his 2010 collection of essays and short stories, Connected, Stephen will bring together tales from around the world, each accompanied by a dish with cultural significance to the story.

UWA Club Auditorium, UWA 10 Jul | 7pm $25 (incl. drink on arrival from 6pm) www.extension.uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 2433

UWA Club, UWA 10 Jul | 7pm $99 (incl. 4 course dinner and wine) www.universityclub.uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 8770

Wetlands Poetry Readings

WA Poetry Festival

Take a ginko (haiku walk) with established poet Graham Nunn. This is a chance to relax and write in the wonderful surroundings that Perth has to offer with a widely published national poet that can guide you through your writing journey.

Before European settlement, Perth was covered in wetlands. Now in the heart of the city, a water feature has been reverted to wetlands, staging outdoor performances. See readings in this unique setting from some of Australia’s most talented poets including Allan Boyd, Brian Langley, David Vincent Smith, TT.O, Graham Nunn and storyteller Jaya Penelope.

Cheeky Sparrow www.wapoets.net.au

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Scott-Patrick Mitchell presents The Night Jar

WA Poetry Festival

Queens Gardens 15 Aug | 11am www.wapoets.net.au

FREE

Multilingual Poetry

Wetlands Stage, Perth Cultural Centre 15, 16 & 18 AUG | 1pm FREE www.wapoets.net.au

Poetry Slam

We all contain a night jar, the space where we live out our dreams, filling it with dark secrets and desires. But sometimes night jars overflow, spilling into the day, blurring reality and dreams. Award winning poet Scott-Patrick tells a cautionary tale of what happens when we lose control of The Night Jar. Devised with music by Tomás Ford. Cheeky Sparrow 15 Aug | 8pm $5-$10 www.wapoets.net.au 

Allan Boyd with Special Guests

WA Poetry Festival

WA Poetry Festival

WA Poetry Festival

Join in an evening bilingual and multilingual performance poetry coordinated by award-winning Belgian poet Tineke Van der Eecken. Be charmed with language as you’re introduced to rich and diverse cultures of the world. There will be open mic for anyone inspired on the night to join in this language festivity. Booking essential.

Come and yell, howl, whisper or even rap your poems at the first WA heat of the 2013 Australian Poetry Slam where you the audience can be the judge. Entrants in this literary competition get a microphone and two minutes on stage to impress with their poetry, hip-hop, lyrics, monologues, and other mad spoken word skills.

This two-hour feature poetry performance is your chance to hear local poet Allan Boyd at his very best. Known for his spoken word performances, Allan is joined by other prominent local poets in a night not to be missed. Bookings essential.

Cheeky Sparrow 15 Aug | 9pm | $10-$15 www.wapoets.net.au

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Ginko Haiku Walk

WA Poetry Festival

Enjoy a glass of wine, something to eat, and mingle with this year’s guest poets as they read some of their finest work. Includes readings from Allan Boyd; Brian Langley; Helen Child; Jaya Penelope; David Vincent Smith; TT.O; and Graham Nunn. Limited open mic.

Cheeky Sparrow 17 Aug | 6pm | Door charges apply www.wapoets.net.au www.australianpoetryslam.com/wa

Cheeky Sparrow 17 Aug | 9pm $10-$15 www.wapoets.net.au

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Calligraphy workshop

Get stuck in Don’t be just a spectator, join the fun by attending a workshop, writes HEATHER ZUBEK

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he DIY ethos goes well beyond the hordes at Bunnings each weekend. People inspired by what they see on stage or read on the page will have their chance to have a go for themselves at one of many workshops on offer over the season. There is everything from the lewd to the literate, from learning how to shake that booty and write calligraphy to overcoming the grammar gremlins, and acting on stage. For those who would like to try their hand at writing poetry, the WA Poetry Festival will run a diverse range of workshops. Festival co-ordinator Karen Murphy says poets such as TT.O, from Melbourne, and Graham Nunn, from Brisbane, will be on hand to share their knowledge. Nunn, a writer of haiku and secretary of the Australian Haiku Society, will lead participants through Queens Gardens for a ginko, a nature-and-

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poetry walk. He will share his knowledge of the Japanese medium and encourage participants to create and perhaps share their own haiku. A ginko, or haiku walk, was encouraged by one of the great early Japanese haiku masters Masaoka Shiki. He thought that haiku poets should develop their powers of observation and description through walking in nature, writing notes about what they saw, heard, smelt and touched. These poets would then create and share the haiku afterwards. This act of observing and responding also is part of being a fiction writer, according to Amanda Curtin, writer, editor and workshop presenter for Writing Fiction — Getting Started. “What I hope to do in my workshop is to get participants writing and thinking like a writer through observing, gathering, responding and then applying the ‘what if ’ questions that turn an idea into a story,” Curtin says. Another Perth writer, Susan Midalia, will conduct a workshop focusing on life’s moments and creating stories that are economical yet evocative. Her short-story writing session will focus on using language in imaginative and intelligent ways to suggest complex meanings in relatively few words. “Every word and every sentence have to count,” Midalia says. “This workshop will focus on the short story as the art of suggestion.” Perth women have the opportunity to learn the art of tease in workshops organised in conjunction with the Perth International Burlesque Festival. Skills such as tassel twirling, booty shaking, fan dancing and striptease will be part of the curriculum. “These festival workshops are special as they are taught by guest artists who have flown in from all over Australia and overseas,” says burlesque festival director Melanie Bruyer, aka A’dora Derriere. “A good example is Miss Indigo Blue’s Tassel Twirling class. She is famous all over the world for her amazing tassel-twirling skills and she will be sharing her tips and secrets with the students at the festival workshop.” More and more women are attending burlesque shows and workshops because it’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet like-minded women. “The workshops are really ‘female’,” says festival co-director Melanie Naumoff, aka Coco Poppin. “The workshops help women of all ages feel sexy and see their body in a positive way. The wonderful thing about burlesque is that you don’t have to have a particular body shape or size or even be able to dance at all. Anyone can do the classes.”

Perth International Burlesque Festival 2013 Workshops

Sugar Blue Burlesque

Writing Fiction – Getting Started: A workshop with Amanda Curtin

‘The Glint of Light on Broken Glass’: Short Story Writing with Susan Midalia

This workshop will get you thinking like a writer, introduce the main elements of writing fiction, and start you on exercises designed to focus your attention on craft and inspire your imagination. Writer and editor Amanda Curtin, PhD, AE is the author of novels Elemental and The Sinkings and short story collection Inherited (UWA Publishing).

Acclaimed writer Susan Midalia will teach you the brevity, resonance, economy and suggestiveness necessary for short story writing. Learn to use language and the conventions of fiction – point of view, characterisation, setting and structure – to express ideas and emotion. Just bring writing implements, enthusiasm and a love of words.

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 2 Jul | 1pm | $30 admin-uwap@uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 6827

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 10 Jul | 2pm | $30 uwap@uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 3670

UWA Cultural Precinct

Learn the art of tease in classes led by Festival artists Perle Noire, Dolores Daiquiri, Coco Poppin, and Lila Luxx on burlesque flair, samba, and neo burlesque. Learn 60s Bump, Grind & Pounce with Tasia; Feather Fan Dancing with Banbury Cross; plus Tassel Twirling and how to Go Big with festival headliners Indigo Blue and Imogen Kelly. The Bakery and King Street Arts Centre 25, 26 & 29 Jun | Various times $25-$35 per workshop www.sugarblueburlesque.com

Actors Boot Camp

Actors Studio

UWA Cultural Precinct & the Confucius Institute

WA Youth Theatre Company

WA Youth Theatre Company

Be guided in the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, described as a perfect marriage of art and meditation. Learn basics such as posture, brush holding and layout, and explore different styles of calligraphy including that of several famous calligraphers. This event is presented as part of the current exhibition ORIENTing (p.34).

If you think you’re tough and disciplined enough for Acting School try 5 days of WAYTCo’s boot camp for actors. Professional tutors will challenge, work and inspire you to new levels.

This series of acting masterclasses curated by WAYTCo’s Artistic Director Kirsty Hillhouse will feature a variety of techniques covered by specialist industry tutors.

King Street Arts Centre 15-19 Jul | 10am-6pm $440 (members $275 before 21 Jun) www.waytco.com

King Street Arts Centre 24 Jul – 25 Sept | 6pm Wednesdays $220 for 5 weeks (members $165 before 6 Jul) www.waytco.com

WA Poetry Festival Workshops

Grammar Essentials – what you need to write well

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 12 Jul | 1pm FREE lwag@uwa.edu.au | 08 6488 3707

Auditions Masterclass

WA Youth Theatre Company

WA Poets Inc

Learn the tips and tricks for presenting well at auditions. Get feedback on your audition piece one week and the next present at a mock audition for valuable feedback on your style and technique, how you come across and what to keep in mind. Places are strictly limited.

Explore the dynamics of performance poetry and visual scripting, with esteemed poet TT.O; discover your muse/s and inspiration with Jaya Penelope; and join Brisbane’s Graham Nunn for workshops on Haiku, and on interpreting and writing poetry, its language, myths, beating writers block and getting published. Bookings essential.

King Street Arts Centre 11-18 Aug | 10am-3pm $70 ($55 members) adam@waytco.com

WORKSHOPS

Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

UWA Cultural Precinct

City of Perth

The Blue Room Theatre 16–18 Aug | Various times | $10-$20 www.wapoets.net.au

Writer/educator Alan Hancock looks at grammar and how its changing in a time of global and digital communication. Find out how the history of the English language sheds light on today’s incongruities and why some of the rules you learned in school no longer apply. Bookings essential. City Library 22 Aug | 4pm www.community.perth.wa.gov.au/library 08 9461 3500

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Youth Orchestras

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City of Perth Winter Arts Season 2013 program