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■ From a planet on a course to wipe out all of humanity to an ad man’s controversial vision of purgatory, an indigenous superhero on a mission to one of the most notorious plays of the last century, Malthouse Theatre’s Season 2018 will present a series of epic confessions, mad entanglements and beautiful consequences including: The premiere of the stage production of Lars Von Trier’s epic film Melancholia; a theatrical adaptation of Peter Carey’s Miles Franklin Award winning novel Bliss; the Australian premiere of A Pacifist’s Guide To The War on Cancer from boundary-breaking artist Bryony Kimmings; Jada Albert’s break-out play Brothers Wreck; Blackie Blackie Brown, a superhero comic book spectacle by Nakkiah Lui; the premiere of Trustees by Belarusian ‘enemies of the stare’, Belarus Free Theatre and the unflinching revival of the UK playwright Sara Kane’s controversial play Blasted. Season 2018 sees Malthouse Theatre collaborate with some of the Australia’s leading artists including: Mark Leonard Winter, Andrea Demetriades, Osamah Sami, Jada Alberts, Declan Greene, Eryn Jean Norvill, Leanna Walsman, Nakkiah Lui, Zoe Coombs Marr, Anne-Louise Sarks, Sharri Sebbens and Michele Lee alongside international artists Bryony Kimmings (UK), Maddie Rice (UK) Natalia Kaliada (BLR) and Nicolai Khalezin (BLR). Malthouse Theatre season passes for 2018 are on sale now. For more information, visit malthousetheatre.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

TAURUS: (April 21- May 20) Lucky Colour: Lilac Lucky Day: Monday Racing Numbers: 5-2-1-7 Lotto Numbers: 13-21-24-32-39-43 There could be more invitations around and many nights spent with friends could take a toll on your health. Some breakdown in communications could give problems to your financial matters. GEMINI: (May 21- June 21) Lucky Colour: Cream Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: 5-6-2-6 Lotto Numbers: 2-10-28-30-34-37 Loved ones could feel neglected if you keep on working so hard that your time with them is limited. Delegation of some of your duties could give you time for things you really want to do.

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CANCER: (June 22- July 22) Lucky Colour: Yellow Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 4-1-8-2 Lotto Numbers: 20-24-25-34-40-42 Your health should be much better and your energy levels high and there should not be any reason for you not getting everything done in record time. Luck with a surprising person soon. LEO: (July 23-August 22) Lucky Colour: Red Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 6-8-2-1 Lotto Numbers: 12-23-24-30-39-42 A progressive period in which you should get more work done than you have for a long time. Very well behaved person could suddenly surprise you with their attitude. VIRGO: (August 23- September 23) Lucky Colour: Pink Lucky Day: Thursday Racing Numbers: 4-6-2-6 Lotto Numbers: 11-13-29-35-39-44 You could find yourself interested in someone special who has been around for some time. With your financial luck returning very soon you could be planning some travel.

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● Emina Ashman. Photo: Sarah Walker ■ Darebin Arts Speakeasy presents a Jamaica Zuanetti production, as a part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Too Ready Mirror, written by Jamaica Zuanetti and directed by Rachel Baring, tells of three overlapping worlds. Four trapped women. In 17th century London, Nell pleases audiences and the King to keep her place. In present day Melbourne, Ruby performs for camera clicks and the love of Mars. In the future, the Institution tells Lily and Alma to be good girls, to stay safe and never escape. Too Ready Mirror; is a play about sex and power. About performing. About succumbing. About resisting. A Melbourne-based writer and performer, Jamaica Zuanetti graduated with a Master of Writing for Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Currently a playwright in residence with Lonely Company, Too Ready Mirror will be her first full length play, an exploration of female sexuality and empowerment across generations. Performance Season: September 15 -28 Times: Tues – Sun 8.30pm (days vary, please see booking page at website) Tickets: $28 Full, $25 Concession and Grps 4+, $20 Preview and Tuesday Bookings: 9481 9500 or online at www.darebinarts.com.au and www.melbourne fringe.com.au Venue: Northcote Town Hall, Studio 2 – 189 High St, Northcote www.darebinarts.com.au Running time: 60 mins Not suitable for children 15 years and under Content warning: Sexual references, coarse language, smoking, and haze - Cheryl Threadgold

with Kerry Kulkens ARIES: (March 21-April 20) Lucky Colour: Indigo Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 2-5-8-1 Lotto Numbers: 8-16-25-33-37-40 It's the time when you would like to change a few things in your daily routine but to be on the safe side you might have to keep doing things the way you always do for a while yet.

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LIBRA: (September 24- October 23) Lucky Colour: Light Grey Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 8-3-7-3 Lotto Numbers: 7-14-23-27-34-37 There could be some obstacles on your way to success during this period but your determination should get you through. People could be looking to you for some leadership qualities. SCORPIO: (October 24- November 22) Lucky Colour: Dark Green Lucky Day: Sunday Racing Numbers: 5-7-4-1 Lotto Numbers: 12-29-31-34-38-40 Your personal relationships could be in need of improvement. Sometimes it's wiser to give in instead of being pig-headed about trivial things. Try your luck with a Cancer person.

● David Baker and Erin Pocervina in Fish. Photo: Sarah Walker ■ Rollercoaster Theatre Company is an independent ensemble troupe of actors with disabilities. Their performance at the Melba Spiegeltent was an opportunity for the actors, (Andrew Tresidder, Cameron Stanley, David Baker, Melissa Slaviero, Erin Pocervina, Michael Buxton, Shea MacDonough, Ryan New) to trial their self-written compilation of pieces loosely based around the theme of fear. Movement and music were employed to explore different forms of expression and elements of stagecraft included the change of costumes and wigs much to the delight of a supportive audience that included the family, friends and carers of the cast. Assisting in what must have been an organic development of ideas in an extended rehearsal period were the director, Maud Davey, dramaturge, Sarah Sutherland with musicians, Jane Bayly, Chris Lewis and Carolyn Connors. Credit must also be given to set, costume and lighting designers, Adrienne Chisholm and Paul Lim. Theatre can be a stimulating and expressive forum and a marvellous platform for expression enabling both reluctant voices and would be stars to have their moment on stage. Fish was presented by the Rollercoaster Theatre Company at the Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood. - Review by David McLean

SAGITTARIUS: (November23- December 20) Lucky Colour: Royal Blue Lucky Day: Wednesday Racing Numbers: 3-4-8-1 Lotto Numbers: 5-15-24-32-33-41 Your problems with your love life could be solved during this period and happy moments could prevail. Your wishes could have a better chance of coming true during this time than any other for a long time. CAPRICORN: (December 21- January 19) Lucky Colour: Black Lucky Day: Saturday Racing Numbers: 5-6-1-4 Lotto Numbers: 3-5-8-30-34-43 You could be making lots of new friends and taking on some interesting responsibilities that have not bee so obvious before. If planning a business partnership make sure all legal matters are ok. AQUARIUS: (January 20- February 19) Lucky Colour: Aqua Lucky Day: Friday Racing Numbers: 2-6-7-6 Lotto Numbers: 12-17-24-25-40-44 You could help someone much more than you know at this point. Health matters should be attended to straight away before the problem gets too big to handle. PISCES: (February 20- March 20) Lucky Colour: Pale Green Lucky Day: Tuesday Racing Numbers: 7-5-1-5 Lotto Numbers: 3-17-22-32-37-45 Meeting up with people from a different type of life could give you a new interest in life. Your special talent could come in very handy in helping someone increase their lot in life.

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Katie’s 80s

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● Ryan Stewart-Schmidt, Adrian Quintarelli, Ruby Wall, Kotryna Gesait, Alexander Gavioli, Carmelina Di Guglielmo, Melina Wylie, Aaron James Campbell, and Emily Scerri in Take a Seat. ■ Melbourne-based writer/director Kieran Gould-Dowen’s name sparkled in lights outside Chapel off Chapel as patrons arrived to see the second season of his play, Take a Seat. This illuminated recognition seemed a fitting tribute to the dedicated work by Kieran and his team to rework and extend the shorter version of Take a Seat, presented earlier this year to sell out audiences at The Butterfly Club. Set in a waiting room with white chairs, the show tells of twelve people tentatively waiting at different times to be fetched to face judgement and hear their future. The difference between this and other waiting rooms is that every one of the colourful mix of characters is dead. They are also unknowingly grouped in this particular room because each has connected in life with another person there. The unravelling of stories, and heated clashes over faith and life decisions, resolves resentment, softens heartbreak, and unites everyone as they face the unknown. Social commentary topics include drink driving, sexism, drugs, the challenges of parenting, mental illness and racism. The strong cast delivered naturalistic performances, immersing the audience in their stories and limbo-like situation. Hannah Vanderheide (efficient receptionist Jophiel), Adrian Quintarelli (Scott), Carmelina Di Guglielmo (Maggie), Ryan Stewart-Schmidt (Harvey), Ruby Wall (Nasra), Kotryna Gesait (Sophia), Alexander Gavioli (Joey), Melina Wylie (Natalia), Aaron James Campbell (David), Emily Scerri (Ashley), Shrut Parmer (Vikram), Wahyi Kepa (Theo) and Bhaskar Cherukuri (Bhaskar) are all terrific in their roles. Particularly outstanding were Kotryna Gesait and Wahyl Kepa, but all players deliver the script’s dialogue clearly, embodying their characters to bring believability to this fascinating story. Congratulations to Kieran on Take a Seat, and for forming his theatre company titled Thatcher’s Boy Theatre. Keep an eye out for a new play Kieran Gould-Dowen plans to stage later this year. Great to see a local playwright enjoying success. - Review by Cheryl Threadgold

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Mike McColl Jones ● Katie Visser presents Katie’s 80s. ■ After her well-received one-night-only with musical direction by Nicholas Gray. debut of Katie’s 80s at the Butterfly Club in Katie Visser is a performer and singerApril, Katie is bringing the show to the larger songwriter based in Melbourne. venue of Gasworks Theatre for a three-night Since releasing her first single Dangerous run, from September 14 – 16. in 2013, she has performed at Chapel off Nicholas Gray is a Melbourne-based pia- Chapel’s Cabaret Showcases, founded the nist and composer who is currently studying rock trio Peripheral Figures, and was the at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Bronze Finalist in the Global Music Awards and has accompanied such performers such in June 2017 for her song Radio Radio (availas Mama Alto, Ilana Charnelle and Leanne able on iTunes). Chuan. Performance Dates: September 14 - 16 Katie is obsessed with the 80s. She grew Times: 9:15pm (50 minutes) up belting out power ballads about compliVenue: Studio Theatre - Gasworks Arts cated relationships, and soon discovered she Park, 21 Graham St, Albert Park started to live them. Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20, ChilIn Katie’s 80s she shares her story, and dren $15, Group 6+ $20 tells you how to navigate the battlefield of love Bookings: melbournefringe.com.au or through songs from her favourite 80s icons, call) 9660 9666, or visit gasworks.org.au or from Tina Turner to Kate Bush. call 8606 4200. Written and performed by Katie Visser, - Cheryl Threadgold

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Death of 3DB radio legend Don Kinsey

● Don Kinsey as 3DB program manager in 1973 ■ We lost a good man and friend last week. Don Kinsey, 86, of Eltham, died after a public life as a broadcaster, mentor to many, and a community servant. Don passed away on Tuesday last week (Aug. 29) after a recent encounter with prostate cancer. For me, the timing was a shock. He and I had spoken by phone only five days earlier, and Don was bravely staring down his illness. Don Kinsey started his professional life as a mechanical engineer, leaving in 1956 to pursue a career in radio. Don's decision would lead him to be appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community through public speaking programs and a range of executive roles with charitable, child health care and educational organisations. Don was a broadcaster and senior executive at the former Radio 3DB in Melbourne for 20 years and a relieving newsreader with HSV Channel 7. A further period of 20 years from 1976 he spent as Director of Public Affairs at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital and prior to his alleged retirement in 1996, he enjoyed his role as the 'voice and face' of the hospital. During his early years, Don was awarded a Conservatorium scholarship and studied voice production and singing. He founded 'Communicators Melbourne' in 1972, providing courses in effective speaking and business presentation. Don was Chief Commentator at the Royal Melbourne Show for many years. One of his passions was motor

● Don Kinsey at the twioe-yearly Survivors luncheon sport and Don was part of the Grand compering by saying, 'Take your partPrix historical garage team for more ners for the barn dance’, etc. “I became associated with the than a dozen years. He did TV commentary on the band 'Keynotes'. Each year they played at a guest house in Phillip Iscars as they drove the circuit. Don was rebuilding a 1969 land called 'Erehwon' ('Nowhere' Midget MG that he bought for his spelt backwards) and we provided 60th birthday. He also had a 1975 XJ the entertainment. “The owner was usually the 6 Jaguar. In 2013, Don told Mark Richard- compere and in 1955 he announced son of the Melbourne Observer about that I would be the compere at New changing lanes from mechanical en- Year's Eve concert. People commented that I should be on radio. gineering to radio? “I called the Studio Manager at “As a young man I helped at the 3DB who said he liked the sound of dances at our church in Hartwell. I voice but commented I had a terhad a big voice and practised my rible Australian accent. “He suggested I buy the book The Phonetics of English Pronunciation. I read it, practised it and called him back. He offered me a job which lasted for the next 20 years. “Maurice Callard, John Eden and Geoff McComas all gave me a hand and put me on track. After a couple of years I was made supervisor of 3LK - our country station in the Wimmera that broadcast from the Flinders St studios. “I progressed to Program Manager, to Studio Manager and then to Senior Executive. I preferred management and teaching to performing. “Whilst at 3DB people would ask ● Don Kinsey in his 3DB-3LK days, returning from Darwin

● Don Kinsey with 3DB colleague Denis Scanlan me where they could learn to do what use 3DB. He said, 'certainly, and all I did. I put my engineering hat on the staff will work for nothing’. and started asking questions and did Don Kinsey was a proud Freesome study of what we did in terms mason for 60 years. He was of performance. What we did was honoured with the rank of Past Grand speak naturally rather than trying to Tyler, and was one of only half-asound like radio announcers.” dozen to receive the Grand Communicators Melbourne Master’s Order of Service. helped many with a professional Over the past month or so, Don style of presentation. has sworn his fellow Order of SerDon volunteered with assisting vice recipients to secrecy, not wishpeople with public speaking, and ing for his health problems to be devoted countless hours in helping widely known. young people. He was a member of The Dia“The first thing you think of is mond Valley Lodge of Freemasons 'what is the subject of my talk.' Next Victoria. you think, 'what words will illustrate Don Kinsey quoted American the subject?' Then, 'how can I make poet Longfellow in his 2013 interthese words sound effective?' Most view with Mark Richardson: “The people concentrate on the subject. lives of great men all remind us we They don't think about how they can make our lives sublime and desound.” parting leaves behind us footprints Don Kinsey recalled his radio in the sands of time.” days with fondness: “Meeting people I will miss our chats. Several from all walks of life in all sorts of years ago Don asked me to be guest situations. speaker at the ‘44 Club’, a group of “In those days on-air guys had to former senior members of The Herdo everything. Call the footy in the ald & Weekly Times Ltd. afternoon and compere a classical Amongst the gathering was vetmusic concert at night. Also getting eran broadcaster, Dan Webb, who involved in the Good Friday Appeal Don used to also transport to the was fantastic.” twice-yearly Survivors group of He had a passion for the Appeal: media veterans, to which we both “In 1942 four reporters from the belonged. Sporting Globe suggested changing Don Kinsey will be missed by the Appeal to Good Friday from its many. He made the world a better usual October date. place. “They went to see Sir Keith Sincere condolences to Don’s Murdoch and asked if they could wife, Margot. - Ash Long

● With then-fiancee Margot Harry. 1967


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Melbourne Arts The Way Out

● Brigid Gallacher and Dion Mills in The Way Out. Photo: Teresa Noble ■ Part of Red Stitch’s INK program o develop new Australian plays, Josephine Collins’s The Way Out, is set in a dystopian Australian future where sly grog is sold to shore up a lifestyle compromised by environmental disaster and corporate malfeasance. Illicit trading goes hand in hand with betrayal as pub owners, Stewart (Dion Mills) and Helen (Brigid Gallacher) try to outwit the visiting government inspector, Fyfe (Rory Kelly). Into the mix, comes corrupt policeman, Ryan (Kevin Hofbauer), spinner, Harry (Sahil Saluja), and dowager Claire (Olga Makeev), whose broader perspective takes in a time before the civil war that changed everything. There are, perhaps, too many strands within the drama as the audience looks for a cohesive whole. Helen’s act of growing a seedling is considered treasonous; Stewart carries the guilt of his acts during the civil war; Harry ‘spins’ goods between isolated communities and is simultaneously working with the government and for the isolated communities; and, of course, there are self serving individuals who will betray each other or, as Fyfe’s actions suggest, overlook illegal transactions if the proceeds can help fund his political ambitions. There is also unevenness with the character roles. Fyfe seems to be a comic creation, a delightful portrayal, but this doesn’t necessarily gel with the trauma of environmental chaos or families torn apart by the government who are prepared to humiliate and hang people for their misdeeds. The setting, appropriately enough, is an Australian pub and Charlotte Lane has pieces of corrugated roofing extending into the seating arena. The lighting (Claire Springett) adds to the dingy, run down mood. Each and every issue is worthy of greater exploration and Red Stitch’s program to encourage Australian playwrights is an essential ingredient in the conversations that should be taking place where these issues are concerned. Director, Penny Harpham and dramaturge, Jane Brodie, have taken on the challenge of providing a forum for this work to be developed before an audience. The most appropriate means by which these issues can be communicated will be part of that conversation and the readers of this piece can participate in the discussion by purchasing tickets. Red Stitch Theatre. Rear 2 Chapel St, Windsor. Until 24 September. - Review by David McLean

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Comedy, 24 hours straight ■ Improvised comedy show The Big Hoo Haa is being presented over 24 hours straight on September 23-4 at Sokol in Queensberry St, Melbourne. Featuring a who’s who of Melbourne best improvising comedians, the ensemble is special with its unique brand of high-octane impro, killer punchlines and sizzling (and occasionally fizzling) one-liners. It’s 24 hours of non-stop improvised comedy. Dates: Sept. 23-24. Times: 8pm Saturday - 8pm Sunday (24 hours of Hoo-Haa!) Venue: Sokol. 497 Queensbury St, North Melbourne Tickets: $24. Get $1 back with every hour you stay awake. Online: www.melbournefringe.com.au/ event/the-big-hoo-haa-24-hour-show - Cheryl Threadgold

Burrinja, Upwey

■ In Reverie, Emma Koumoourou's explores the intricacies and complexities of human nature. Reverie opened in Sunday September 3. Burrinja Cultural Centre, Cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Drive, Upwey. - Peter Kemp

● Sophie Kneebone, Corey Glamuzina, Matt Saraceni, Sarah Reuben, and Louisa Fitzhardinge in The Big Hoo Haa. Photo: Mark Gambino

Erotic Intelligence for Dummies ■ Pretend Productions and Wilde Applause Creative Productions present Erotic Intelligence for Dummies from September 15 – 22 at the Fringe Hub and Arts House, North Melbourne. Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid flux, with many confessing to feeling a little disenchanted with the monogamy-based dogma fed by society, religion and the media. Award-winning actress and clown, Helen Cassidy, uses her critically acclaimed comedy show Erotic Intelligence for Dummies to take a long, hard, cross-eyed look at the complexities of intimate relationships. Exploring how we can get better at them, the myriad styles of multi-love and our true animal nature. The new sexual revolution is alive and well in the 21st century as a bevy of news articles continue to examine changing attitudes towards traditional monogamy. Blending philosophy, dress-ups, song, puppetry and balloons into a scandalously layered trifle of love, lust and learning, Cassidy creates the ultimate bonding session. Audiences are invited to join the love-in for a hilarious, ridiculous and honest evening of comedy, sex and sass as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. Performance Dates: September 15 – 22 (excluding Monday) at 7.45pm (Sun. 6.45pm) Venue: Fringe Hub @ Arts House Underground, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne Tickets: $30 Adults, $25 Conc. For tickets and further information: www.melbournefringe.com.au - Cheryl Threadgold

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● Helen Cassidy in Erotic Intelligence for Dummies. Photo: Dylan Evans

National Gallery ■ Short Course for Adults Illuminates Australian Art. Art and history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to study landmark Australian art works in depth in the National Gallery of Victoria's short course for adults, Illuminating Australian Art. University curator James Lynch. Each week the program will begin with a lecture or talks exploring a key theme or idea, followed by floortalks in the gallery spaces. The opening session, Becoming Modern, will explore the artistic concerns and developments of the 1930s Australian art world. - Peter Kemp

What’s On Fringe at National

■ For fans of gospel infused music, great local stories and absurd physical theatre, Fringe at The National offers some of the best from September 26-30. A curated program of hand-picked shows includes: Gospolation by The Gospo Collective The Gospo Collective are ready to rock the Melbourne Fringe after sell-out seasons of Gospolicious (2014) and Gospolation (2017) at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. African rhythm meets western harmony, worlds of hymns and hip-hop collide, whilst a fourteen-piece vocal ensemble shows the intricacy of the human voice, backed by accomplished instrumentalists – that is Gospo Collective. Gospo Collective, the country’s leading gospel choir was created out of a love for people, passion for education and a belief that music can transcend us to a level of deeper understanding of ourselves and others. Featuring music by Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Hezekiah Walker, Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and many more, you will hear the greats in a way that you haven’t before. This renowned choral ensemble is joined by a dynamic backing choir with an army of Melbourne local voices. ★ St Kilda Stories by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre St Kilda Stories are a collection of original, bitter-sweet monologues with a seaside aftertaste penned especially for Melbourne Fringe by playwrights from Melbourne Writers’ Theatre. A 1942 AWAS officer and her chocolate Kooglhoupf. An encounter with a seagull on St Kilda Pier. A Pride marcher channelling Wonder Woman. Perhaps you never knew that St Kilda was held together entirely by folklore, hearsay and historical fact, but if you live locally then perhaps you did. The Melbourne Writers Theatre asked a team of writers to come up with five 10minute monologues. What follows will provide laughs, surprises, one strange moment ★ WouldMan by Justin Buchta "Wouldman is like a super hero...a fascinating show...an art that encourages open hearts and minds" - Sydney Fringe Review WouldMan is a one-man performance for all the family. Filled with fun, dynamic imagination; it is a whimsical modern fairy-tale, in the traditions of Pinocchio, The Marx Brothers and The Wizard of Oz. Get ready for a never-before-seen magical journey of comedy, clowning and even acrobatics. WouldMan dance? WouldMan fight? WouldMan dress up as a knight? WouldMan move? WouldMan would, Wouldman stands for wood is good. Justin Buchta is a Sydney-based artist, and creates original works of theatre for both adults and children. He trained for theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School Paris, and an alumni of the Sydney College of the Arts, MVA. He teaches physical drama, specialising in mask, mime and movement to people of all ages at the Australian Theatre forYoung People and NIDA. ■ Gospolation by The Gospo Collective, September 28-30, 7:30pm ■ St Kilda Stories, September 26-30, 8pm ■ WoodMan by Justin Buchta, September 26-28, 11am and 2pm ■ Fringe at The National, 20 Carlisle St, St Kilda; tickets 9525 4611 or www.national theatre.org.au - Cheryl Threadgold

Kingston Arts

■ This engaging ad collaborative show explores the theme of superheroes. The show is the culmination of a series of community master classes hosted by renowned contemporary artist and ceramist Yipoo Srivilasa at his ClayLAB Studio in Cheltenham. Visit Kingston Arts this September to see this new exhibition of pint-sized ceramic superheroes and learn the stories behind them. Exhibition opens Monday September 18 and runs until Saturday October 28. Venue: G1 & G2 Kingston Arts Centre 979 Nepean Hwy. Moorabbin. - Peter Kemp


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Avoca wines served in US ■ Hi everyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week's news.

How did Apple start? ■ Apple was founded as a partnership on April Fool's Day 1976 by three people who originally worked at Atari: Steven Gary Wozniak (1950- ), Steven Paul Jobs (1955-2011), and Ronald Gerald Wayne (1934- ). Apple was incorporated on January 3, 1977, without Wayne, who sold his shares back for $800. Wayne wrote the Apple I manual, drafted the partnership agreement, and drew the first Apple logo. You have to feel for Ronald Wayne who wasn't the visionary like his two partners.

Wine flows in W. Hollywood ■ Great wines from the Blue Pyrenees Estate at Mt Avoca were flowing at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites in West Hollywood, celebrating a significant birthday for Peter Whitfield, Director of Blue Pyrenees Estate. All the September birthday boys together, pictured with Peter are Alan Johnson, Managing Director of Hoteliers International Corporation Australia, Global Hoteliers, and former Consul from the Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles now with Coldwell Banker Real Estate , Ian Hand. Remy Martin established Blue Pyrenees, then called Chateau Remy in Western Victoria in 1963. Remy Martin was committed to discovering the superb sparkling wine potential of the world’s cool climate wine regions and in fact subsequently became the force behind Champagne Houses Krug and Charles Heidsieck. Blue Pyrenees Estate was among the modern Australian wine industry's first ventures into cool climate viticulture. Ample amounts of sunshine ensure the grapes ripen to full maturity with the heat moderated by altitude vineyards and southerly ocean winds. The climate is warm enough to give concentration and power, yet cool enough to give vibrancy and elegance, resulting in remarkable wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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US household debt soars ■ US household debt reached a new record of $12.8 trillion in the second quarter, driven by rising mortgage debt, a strong quarter for auto loan originations, and an uptick in credit-card balances, which reached their highest level since 2009. The report marked the 12th consecutive quarterly increase in household debt, as Americans continue to re-embrace credit as the financial crisis recedes into memory. The total volume of debt is now $1.7 trillion higher than it was in 2013, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly report on household debt and credit. While overall debt has increased, the figures aren't adjusted for the growth of the population or the economy. Total debt was 67 per cent of the nominal gross domestic product in the second quarter, down from as high as 87 per centin 2009.

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Why Oprah didn’t marry ■ After 31 years together, Oprah Winfrey and boyfriend Stedman Graham have no intentions of getting married. However, the 63-year-old star wants people to know that they are both perfectly content with that fact. Speaking in the upcoming September issue of Vogue, the former talk show host was asked what being in a long term relationship, but not ever getting married, taught her about women in our society. "Live life on your own terms," she responded. Winfrey went on to explain that the topic of marriage never really came up between her and Graham. The only time it did was when she asked him what would have happened if they'd ever actually got married. "We wouldn't be together," he responded.

■ Hurricane Harvey, the remnants of which continues to wreak havoc in Texas and made landfall in Louisiana, is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in US history, a veteran weather expert said. "This will be the worst natural disaster in American history. The economy's impact, by the time its total destruction is completed, will approach $160 billion, which is similar to the combined effect of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy," said Joel Myers, president of forecasting company AccuWeather. Myers said the staggering figure represents 0.08 percent of the gross national product, or GDP, which is $19 trillion. "Business leaders and the Federal Reserve, major banks, insurance companies, etc. should begin to factor in the negative impact this catastrophe will have on business, corporate earnings and employment," said Myers.

Facts about Coca-Cola ■ Though US pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented CocaCola in 1886, his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson invented the name. Robinson had beautiful handwriting, and his flowering script is still used today. ■ Coca-Cola was first marketed as a nerve tonic that "relieves exhaustion." ■ The very first Coca-Cola products contained cocaine, about 9 milligrams per glass. It was removed from the drink in 1903. The original Coke was also alcoholic. ■ Coca-Cola is the most widely distributed product on the planet. Coca-Cola was officially launched in 1886, making it 130 years old.

O.J. Simpson prepares ■ The wheels are in motion for O.J. Simpson's upcoming release from prison. An insider says that Simpson, 70, will take mandatory prerelease classes either at his current prison in Nevada or at a stepdown facility within the state. "They are as simple as learning how to balance a cheque book," the source said of the classes. "Some of the classes don't apply to him, some do. There are no pay phones anymore. “Here's how to get a phone if you don't have credit. You don't have much credit when you've been gone for nine years. “They are mandatory and if you don't complete them you don't get released." Simpson, who was granted parole in July after serving nine years on an armed robbery conviction, will also give a DNA sample before exiting.

■ Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers really has moved on from his former long-time girlfriend, actress Olivia Munn. Rodgers was spotted on a date with soccer player Marie Margolius at the Martignetti brothers' Upper East Side celebrity haunt, the East Pole, on Sunday night. They arrived at around 10pm and seemed to be on a date. He wore a baseball cap and asked for the quietest, most out-of-theway table possible. His hat was tilted down. It definitely seemed like he wanted to be incognito. ■ Leonardo DiCaprio, who normally has a thing for blond models under 25, has been spending more time with 23-yearold brunette model Lorena Rae. The Great Gatsby actor was seen with Rae and a male pal having lunch at Hillstone on Park Avenue in NYC, where, a spy tells us, "they seem like an item," and, "they walked out together, he pulled down his hat over his eyes." ■ Cuba Gooding Jr. doing shots of Jägermeister with the bartender at Delilah on the Lower East Side in NYC. ■ Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick dining with friends at Nick and Toni's in East Hampton. ■ Mariah Carey was seen at the new LA luxury apartment building Ten Thousand.

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Melbourne Arts The One

■ Whiskey and Boots present The One by Jeffrey Jay Fowler from September 15-30 in the Fringe Hub, North Melbourne Town Hall. The One invites audiences through the lives of Him and Her, a happy couple who have been together for years. They do things couples do like walk together, talk together, meander through Ikea and crosswords on Sunday mornings … and one day he realises she’s the one, so he gets down on one knee and proposes … Starring the talents of Georgia King and Mark Storen, The One takes a romantic cliché and impales it with marriage’s grim history. It’s a musical re-telling of the classic story of boy meets girl, boy proposes to girl, and everything falls apart. Performance Season: September 15 – 30 Times: Tues – Sat 6.45pm, Sun 5.45pm Venue: Fringe Hub, Arts House, Studio 2, North Melbourne Town Hall. Duration: 60 Minutes Tickets: $25 Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au/ event/the-one-by-jeffrey-jay-fowler/ - Cheryl Threadgold

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Barry’s passion for local history

Woman In Car

● Bridget Mackey in Woman in Car. ■ Multidisciplinary artists The Hunt present Woman In Car, at the Testing Grounds Black Box, Southbank from September 28 - 30 as part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Woman in Car situates experimental electronica in a highly theatrical setting. It throws images and sounds borrowed from horror worlds into a high energy, electronic music set. Lights blind you. You can hear an engine. Is that a car? Ominous music hums. The lights move towards you. You want to run but you can’t look away. A sensory onslaught that blends electronica, performance art and theatre, Woman In Car blows apart the expectations of genre and place by pushing a familiar narrative into bold, genre-bending territory . Supported by the deep, dark, ambient sounds of Rites Wild aka Regional Curse, The Hunt provide a kind of morbid fascination, a collection of visceral and sometimes disturbing images that the audience can’t look away from. The Hunt (Christopher Gray, Bridget Mackey and Grace Purton-Long) are a collective of multi-disciplinary artists who draw on horror genres in film, fashion and literature to transport their audience into an unsettling fever-dream headspace. Visit thehunt.com.au for more. “Woman In Car started as a direct response to Chris’s music,” says Bridget, “I saw him perform as Nightwalks at Long Play and started seeing images appear around him in the dark.” Grace adds: “As we worked on those nightmarish images that kind of sprang from this deep subconscious place, the piece shifted. It became a reflection of the darkness in our world. The increase in violence, rape, consumerism ... a lack of connection between humans and what that isolation does to our minds.” Performance Dates: Sept 28-30 Time: 9pm (duration: 1hr) Venue: The Black Box, Testing Grounds, 1 City Rd, Southbank Tickets: $22 Full, $18 Concession T Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au or call 9660 9666 - Cheryl Threadgold

● The former Woodbourne Primary School, at Murrindindi, south of Yea. ■ Ellis Watts attended the remote Woodbourne State School, at Murrindindi, south of Yea. Ellis went on to settle at Dixons Creek, near Yarra Glen, in the Pinnacle Lane area that wins prominence in winery radio commercials. Ellis won his first name through the family link to the Ellis family who pioneered Ellis Cottage, now at Diamond Creek. His son, Barry, now in his young 80s, is imbued with an interest in local history. Barry has just launched his seventh book, Echoes of the mid-Yarra Valley, which examines the characters and curious residents of the region. Barry’s book serves to bridge the past and present, with references to Dame Nellie Melba who had settled on the family property between Yering and Coldstream. Barry Watts tells the story of a local who entered into a duel at what is today called South● Barry Watts with his latest book, ern Cross Railway Station, a curious Indian Echoes of the Yarra Valley hawker, and a local platypus named ‘Winston’. papers. He began working in magazine pubThe new book has 20 chapters, providing lishing after 16 years in advertising, and in 1971 lively historical snapshots. joined Angus & Robertson Publishers as an Barry Watts was educated at Yarra Glen editor. State School and Lilydale High School, and In 1987 he began teaching creative writing, these days lives at Rosebud on the Mornington and in 1989 joined an adult education center Peninsula, where he operates the Pegasus Book teaching in the Diploma of Professional Writing Exchange. and Editing. He remains an active member of the Yarra Barry's interests include Australian literary Glen and District Historical Society. history, Celtic lore, and magic. He has also studHe writes with passion about growing up in ied right brain creativity stimulation techniques the Dixons Creek-Yarra Glen area in the 1940s. in the United States. The 200-page book is available for $24.95, He is described as an inspirational teacher and available through the Pegasus Education and lecturer who enjoys motivating creative Group. www.bookorphange.com people. Many of his students have won writing Barry has seven non-fiction books published competitions and/or achieved publication. (for adults and children) and his feature articles ★ have appeared in national magazines and newsDisclosure: I first met Barry Watts about 46-47 years ago. Our family had a weekend newspaper distribution business, and Barry was Business Manager for The Sunday Review newspaper started in October 1970 by Gordon Barton, founder of the Melbourne Sunday Observer. Barry was a creative manager for a fledgling weekly newspaper that became an important participant in Australian political history in the 1970s. Before he left for editing and writing duties at Angus & Robertson Publishers, Barry’s work included the distribution of publications such as The Living Daylights (edited by the late Richard Neville); Nation Review (led by Richard Walsh, now a contributing editor for Allen and Unwin); Footy Week/Sunday Sport/Sunday News (published by Harry Beitzel, recently deceased); with a catalogue of other publications such as Rats (Piotr Olszewski/J.J. McRoach); Popular Motorcycling; Lumiere; The Digger; Rolling Stone Australia; even Labor 72. We were a part of all that action. Half-a-century later, Barry Watts still has a passion for the written word, and the people involved in local history. ● The Living Daylights, 1973 - Ash Long

Local Theatre The Mercy Seat

● Kylie Ryan and Alex Rowe in The Mercy Seat. Photo: Dave Swann ■ Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat explores moral dilemmas and uses, as a central conceit, the September 11 attack on the twin towers in New York. It is an emotionally fraught play where Ben (Alex Rowe) and Abby (Kylie Ryan) are grappling with the implications of their affair whilst simultaneously exploring the potential the 9/ 11 catastrophe affords them. As an older executive, Abby has embarked on a relationship with one of her younger and married employees. The generational divide, the workplace impropriety and Ben’s infidelity all provide fodder for drama but LaBute’s inclusion of the disaster infuses the play with life changing potential; the ability to disappear as one of the many thousands of lives obliterated in that tragedy and to continue their relationship unencumbered. As a “two hander” of 95 minutes duration, the acting has to be sustained – an exhausting task for the cast. The dialogue, LeBute’s forte, was crisp. The two characters finish and respond to each other’s sentences as an intimately involved couple might. Both Alex and Kylie embody their parts; the ingenuous and taciturn younger man and the older, worldlier executive. The minimalist set at the Gasworks Theatre was appropriate. Again, the couple has to fill the stage. As individuals they are brutally exposed; their flaws being the furniture rather than any sets or props. Great effort would have had to be taken by director, Natasha Boyd, to work the dynamic between the two to maintain both interest and momentum. Ultimately, La Bute’s conceit isn’t really necessary. Regardless of more worldly events, the couple are desperate to hear the truth from each other. Both are aware, however, of what that truth is and, secretly, may not want to hear it. The resolution, of course, exposes their respective deceits and, perhaps, explains the constant baiting that has occurred between them during their time together. The ‘mercy seat’, by the way, is the lid on the Ark of the Covenant. Opening the Ark exposes both the truth and terrible destruction. Venue: Gasworks, 21 Graham St Albert Park. Until September 9 - Review by David McLean

Gospel vacancies

■ The Melbourne Gospel Singers choir has 1 Alto and 4 Soprano vacancies for singers who can be performance-ready for the choir's annual gala concerts on December 2. www.msgchoir.com.au/ sing-with-msg.html

Stars named

■ Canine stars to play the role of Toto in the upcoming Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz have been named. Taking on the role of Dorothy’s loyal companion will be Australian Cairn Terriers Flick and Trouble, who will share the role of Toto. Producers will be partnering with RSPCA Victoria as their official charity partner.


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■ For me, there is only one James Bond and that is Sean Connery. I have just watched Goldfinger and I remember seeing it at a drive in back in 1965. Sean was the best actor to play James Bond by far and he was such a cool handsome man. Thomas Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, in 1930 to a working class family. His brother Neil also became an actor. Sean was a small boy at school but "shot up" from the age of 12 to be 6’2”. He worked at a variety of jobs as a teenager before enlisting in the navy and served for three years. As a result of an interest in body building Sean entered the local Mr Universe contest in 1950 and achieved third place. This led to modelling jobs and a role in the chorus of the stage musical South Pacific. Sean became interested in dramatic acting and was cast in professional stage plays. He played the lead role in the BBC television production of Requiem for a Heavyweight. In 1959 Sean was cast in the title role in the Walt Disney film Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I met and interviewed the late Diane Cilento who was married to Sean from 1962 till 1973. Sean and Diane discussed if he should accept the role of James Bond in Dr No. Diane told me that Sean had to be trained in matters of

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etiquette and taught how to behave in a sophisticated manner. Diane also suggested that they should add the humour for James Bond and as a result the script featured those famous one liners. Sean also took dancing lessons from the Swedish dancer Yat Malmgren for 11 years. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was not happy when Sean was chosen to play his famous character but became a huge fan when he saw him onscreen in Dr No. Diane and Sean had one son Jason Connery who also became an actor. Dr No was the first in the series of Bond films and was a fantastic success at the box office.

Sean was in five more Bond films: From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever. Sean was a good business man and negotiated a percentage of the profits from each of his Bond films. As the years went by he became tired of playing James Bond and wanted to play other roles in films. My favourite Sean Connery films include, The Man Who Would Be King in 1975 when he teamed with his old friend Michael Caine;In the Name of the Rose (for which he won a BAFTA award); and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade playing the father of Harrison Ford. Sean donated his fee from the film Robin and Marian to charity. His other films included: Marnie, The Molly Maguires, The Wind and the Lion, The Hunt for Red October, Finding Forrester and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Untouchables in 1987. In 1975 Sean married his second wife Micheline Roquebrune and these days they live in Europe. Sean became a grandfather in 1997 when his son Jason and his ex-wife, actress Mia Sara, had a son, Dashiell Quinn Connery. There is an official Sean Connery website at www.seanconnery.com which is worth a look.

Sean was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honors List for his services to film drama. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in an hour-long investiture ceremony at Edinburgh's Holyrood Palace in Scotland. His wife Micheline and his younger brother Neil were by his side. When Roger Moore passed away Sean made the following comment: "I was very sad to hear of Roger's passing. We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him." Roger Moore was my second favourite James Bond but Sean Connery was my absolute favourite. Only last week the presence of Sir Sean Connery was announced to the audience at the US Open in New York . He looked fantastic and as the James Bond theme boomed around the stadium, the proud Scot was given a standing ovation while watching the tennis tournament. Kevin Trask Kevin can be heard on radio The Time Tunnel - on Remember When Sundays at 9.10pm on 3AW That's Entertainment - 96.5FM Sundays at 12 Noon 96.5FM is streaming on the internet. To listen, go to www.innerfm.org.au and follow the prompts.

Jane Harper wins crime book awards

■ Melbourne author Jane Harper’s novel The Dry took out two awards for best crime books by women in the Sisters of Crime 17th Davitt Awards, winning Best Adult Novel and Readers’ Choice awards. It tops off a top award-winning run for Harper, a former Herald Sun journalist. The novel, which first won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, has gone on to scoop the 2017 IndieAward Book of the Year and the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards Australian Book of the Year Award. Rights have been sold in 27 territories worldwide, and film rights optioned to US actor and producer Reese Witherspoon and her Australian co-producer Bruna Papandrea. Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges’ wrangler, said, “The Dry is an atmospheric and claustrophobic read that explores the complexities of life in a rural community through the lens of a devastating crime. “The judges were impressed with Harper’s tight control of the narrative and her well-realised characters. A well-crafted and delivered crime novel.” Harper told the crowd,” No-one knows crime quite like the Sisters in Crime, so I’m thrilled that my novel has been singled out by such a discerning group. “The Dry has been embraced in a way I never could have imagined when I started writing it, and I’m so grateful to the Sisters in Crime for championing not only this novel but all crime writing by Australian women writers.” Hilary Bonney, a barrister, truecrime writer and television producer, presented the awards before a crowd of nearly 100. She talked first about her ‘life in crime’, with Professor Sue Turnbull, who was appointed Sisters in Crime’s ambassador at its 25th anniversary convention last year. The major sponsor for the 2017 Davittswas Swinburne University of Technology’s Dr Carolyn Beasley, the acting department chair of Media and Communication Department, who said: “For us, it’s a bit of a no brainer. As flagship members of a diversity organisation called Athena Swan,

OK. With John O’Keefe Instant ticket sales

■ To prove John Farnham is as popular as ever, 5000 tickets to his Brisbane concert sold within the first hour of release. A promoters dream means a second concert has been added on February 18.

Can you spare a buck, Ellen?

■ Talk show host Ellen Degeneres is one wealthy chic. Her take home-pay is $ 60 million a year. And you thought ex-Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour was laughing all the way to the bank?

Where is Seb?

■ Certain mystery surrounds the disappearance on screen of Nine News reporter Seb Costello , based in London. Most reliable rumour is Seb is taking a break after covering some pretty grizzly scenes in Europe. Seb is a polished reporter and we hope he overcomes his demons and is back on telly in near future.. ● Jane Harper gender diversity and support for the (Penguin Random House Australia). careers and cultural presence of The Davitt (Best Children’s Book) women is critical for Swinburne, just went to Melbourne author and illusas it is for the crime writing scene. So trator, Judith Rossell, for Wormwood we are perfect partners in crime, or Mire: A Stella Montgomery intrigue ‘coies’ as we’d be called in the slang (HarperCollins Australia). of criminal culture.” Cath Ferla was awarded the Davitt This year, 99 crime books by Aus- for best debut book for Ghost Girls tralian women were in contention, a (Bonnier Publishing Australia). 14-fold increase from when the Davitt Thirty books in all for categories comAwards were first presented in 2001. peted for the award. Ferla is a “Every year the books get better Melbourne-based multi-platform and better,” Horwood said. “The self- writer with experience in journalism, assuredness of the debut writers – 30 television screenwriting and educain total – was a joy to behold. The tional publishing, and has taught in judges loved that there were lots of Melbourne, Sydney and Beijing. She brilliant crime and mystery books for is currently undertaking a Graduate children and young people, ensuring Diploma of Mandarin Chinese. the next generation of crime readers. The Davitts, named after Ellen I truly believe we are in a new Golden Davitt, the author of Australia’s first Era for Australian women crime writ- mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in ers.” 1865, cost publishers nothing to enter. Megan Norris, a journalist with 35 The awards are handsome carved years in news and six true crime books polished wooded trophies featuring the under her belt, won the Davitt (Non- front cover of the winning novel unFiction) for Look What You Made Me der perspex. No prize money is atDo: Fathers who kill (Bonnier Publish- tached. The judging panel for 2017 ing Australia), through seven cases, comprises Sisters in Crime national involving 13 innocent children who co-convenor, Michaela Lobb; former died at the hands of their fathers who convenors Jacqui Horwood, Maggie were seeking to punish their mothers. Baron and Sylvia Loader; forensic Geelong-based writer and editor, specialist Debbie Stephen; and ReadShivaun Plozza, took out the Davitt ings Bookshop bookseller and writer, (Best Young Adult Novel) for Frankie Deborah Crabtree.

Filling Laurie’s shoes

■ With the retirement of political doyen Laurie Oakes, his position at Nine has been filled by former ABC News and Current Affairs reporter Chris Uhlmann. Chris has been with ABC-TV for 19 years and starts with Nine in October. Expect a big political news scoop to lauch his arrival. National Nine Chief of Current Affairs and News, Darren Wicks, described Uhlmann as a man of ''integrity, talent, with a hunger for news”.

They said it wouldn’t work

■ Studio 10 had its fair share of detractors when it laumched way back when on Ten. Having just celebrated their 1000 th show Studio 10 threw a party live to air. The program has been extended , allowing for extra interviews, and those minutes long advertorials that pay the bills

Toyota Star Maker

■ Entry is now open for the 39th Toyota Star Maker – Australia’s longest running search for a new country music star. Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Travis Collins, Kylie Sackley, Beccy Cole, Sam McClymont, Darren Coggan, Lyn Bowtell, Kirsty Lee Akers, and Kaylee Bell. Australia’s Star Maker platform sets out to find a new country music star and all the aforementioned winners are leading the way with strong careers both internationally and locally. In 2018, competition will be as tough as ever with former winners setting strong examples of what is possible when committed to a career in the country music industry.


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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn And the minute the words were out of his mouth somebody over in the crowd struck up the doxolojer, and everybody joined in with all their might, and it just warmed you up and made you feel as good as church letting out. Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully. Then the king begins to work his jaw again, and says how him and his nieces would be glad if a few of the main principal friends of the family would take supper here with them this evening, and help set up with the ashes of the diseased; and says if his poor brother laying yonder could speak he knows who he would name, for they was names that was very dear to him, and mentioned often in his letters; and so he will name the same, to wit, as follows, vizz.:— Rev. Mr. Hobson, and Deacon Lot Hovey, and Mr. Ben Rucker, and Abner Shackleford, and Levi Bell, and Dr. Robinson, and their wives, and the widow Bartley. Rev. Hobson and Dr. Robinson was down to the end of the town a-hunting together — that is, I mean the doctor was shipping a sick man to t’other world, and the preacher was pinting him right. Lawyer Bell was away up to Louisville on business. But the rest was on hand, and so they all come and shook hands with the king and thanked him and talked to him; and then they shook hands with the duke and didn’t say nothing, but just kept a-smiling and bobbing their heads like a passel of sapheads whilst he made all sorts of signs with his hands and said “Googoo — goo-goo-goo” all the time, like a baby that can’t talk. So the king he blattered along, and managed to inquire about pretty much everybody and dog in town, by his name, and mentioned all sorts of little things that happened one time or another in the town, or to George’s family, or to Peter. And he always let on that Peter wrote him the things; but that was a lie: he got every blessed one of them out of that young flathead that we canoed up to the steamboat. Then Mary Jane she fetched the letter her father left behind, and the king he read it out loud and cried over it. It give the dwelling-house and three thousand dollars, gold, to the girls; and it give the tanyard (which was doing a good business), along with some other houses and land (worth about seven thousand), and three thousand dollars in gold to Harvey and William, and told where the six thousand cash was hid down cellar. So these two frauds said they’d go and fetch it up, and have everything square and above-board; and told me to come with a candle. We shut the cellar door behind us, and when they found the bag they spilt it out on the floor, and it was a lovely sight, all them yaller-boys. My, the way the king’s eyes did shine! He slaps the duke on the shoulder and says: “Oh, THIS ain’t bully nor noth’n! Oh, no, I reckon not! Why, Biljy, it beats the Nonesuch, DON’T it?” The duke allowed it did. They pawed the yallerboys, and sifted them through their fingers and let them jingle down on the floor; and the king says: “It ain’t no use talkin’; bein’ brothers to a rich dead man and representatives of furrin heirs that’s got left is the line for you and me, Bilge. Thish yer comes of trust’n to Providence. It’s the best way, in the long run. I’ve tried ’em all, and ther’ ain’t no better way.” Most everybody would a been satisfied with the pile, and took it on trust; but no, they must count it. So they counts it, and it comes out four hundred and fifteen dollars short. Says the king: “Dern him, I wonder what he done with that four hundred and fifteen dollars?” They worried over that awhile, and ransacked all around for it. Then the duke says: “Well, he was a pretty sick man, and likely he made a mistake — I reckon that’s the way of it. The best way’s to let it go, and keep still about it. We can spare it.” “Oh, shucks, yes, we can SPARE it. I don’t k’yer noth’n ’bout that — it’s the COUNT I’m thinkin’ about. We want to be awful square and open and above-board here, you know. We want to lug this h-yer money up stairs and count it before everybody — then ther’ ain’t noth’n suspi-

for he respected everybody, he liked everybody, and so it’s fitten that his funeral orgies sh’d be public.” And so he went a-mooning on and on, liking to hear himself talk, and every little while he fetched in his funeral orgies again, till the duke he couldn’t stand it no more; so he writes on a little scrap of paper, “OBSEQUIES, you old fool,” and folds it up, and goes to goo-gooing and reaching it over people’s heads to him. The king he reads it and puts it in his pocket, and says: “Poor William, afflicted as he is, his HEART’S aluz right. Asks me to invite everybody to come to the funeral — wants me to make ’em all welcome. But he needn’t a worried — it was jest what I was at.” Then he weaves along again, perfectly ca’m, and goes to dropping in his funeral orgies again every now and then, just like he done before. And when he done it the third time he says: “I say orgies, not because it’s the common term, because it ain’t — obsequies bein’ the common term — but because orgies is the right term. Obsequies ain’t used in England no more now — it’s gone out. We say orgies now in England. Orgies is better, because it means the thing you’re after more exact. It’s a word that’s made up out’n the Greek ORGO, outside, open, abroad; and the Hebrew JEESUM, to plant, cover up; hence inTER. So, you see, funeral orgies is an open er public funeral.” He was the WORST I ever struck. Well, the iron-jawed man he laughed right in his face. Everybody was shocked. Everybody says, “Why, DOCTOR!” and Abner Shackleford says: “Why, Robinson, hain’t you heard the news? This is Harvey Wilks.” The king he smiled eager, and shoved out his flapper, and says: “Is it my poor brother’s dear good friend and physician? I—” “Keep your hands off of me!” says the doctor. “YOU talk like an Englishman, DON’T you? It’s the worst imitation I ever heard. YOU Peter Wilks’s brother! You’re a fraud, that’s what you are!” Well, how they all took on! They crowded around the doctor and tried to quiet him down, and tried to explain to him and tell him how Harvey ’d showed in forty ways that he WAS Harvey, and knowed everybody by name, and the names of the very dogs, and begged and BEGGED him not to hurt Harvey’s feelings and Mark Twain the poor girl’s feelings, and all that. But it warn’t cious. But when the dead man says ther’s six question ’bout it in MY mind. Well, then, what no use; he stormed right along, and said any thous’n dollars, you know, we don’t want to —” kind o’ brothers would it be that ’d stand in his man that pretended to be an Englishman and “Hold on,” says the duke. “Le’s make up the way at sech a time? And what kind o’ uncles couldn’t imitate the lingo no better than what he deffisit,” and he begun to haul out yaller-boys would it be that ’d rob — yes, ROB— sech poor did was a fraud and a liar. The poor girls was out of his pocket. sweet lambs as these ’at he loved so at sech a hanging to the king and crying; and all of a sud“It’s a most amaz’n’ good idea, duke — you time? If I know William — and I THINK I do — den the doctor ups and turns on THEM. He says: HAVE got a rattlin’ clever head on you,” says he — well, I’ll jest ask him.” He turns around “I was your father’s friend, and I’m your friend; the king. “Blest if the old Nonesuch ain’t a and begins to make a lot of signs to the duke and I warn you as a friend, and an honest one heppin’ us out agin,” and HE begun to haul out with his hands, and the duke he looks at him that wants to protect you and keep you out of yaller-jackets and stack them up. stupid and leather-headed a while; then all of a harm and trouble, to turn your backs on that scounIt most busted them, but they made up the six sudden he seems to catch his meaning, and drel and have nothing to do with him, the ignothousand clean and clear. jumps for the king, goo-gooing with all his might rant tramp, with his idiotic Greek and Hebrew, “Say,” says the duke, “I got another idea. Le’s for joy, and hugs him about fifteen times before as he calls it. He is the thinnest kind of an imposgo up stairs and count this money, and then take he lets up. Then the king says, “I knowed it; I tor — has come here with a lot of empty names and GIVE IT TO THE GIRLS.” reckon THAT ’ll convince anybody the way HE and facts which he picked up somewheres, and “Good land, duke, lemme hug you! It’s the most feels about it. Here, Mary Jane, Susan, Joanner, you take them for PROOFS, and are helped to dazzling idea ’at ever a man struck. You have take the money — take it ALL. It’s the gift of fool yourselves by these foolish friends here, cert’nly got the most astonishin’ head I ever him that lays yonder, cold but joyful.” who ought to know better. Mary Jane Wilks, you see. Oh, this is the boss dodge, ther’ ain’t no Mary Jane she went for him, Susan and the hare- know me for your friend, and for your unselfish mistake ’bout it. Let ’em fetch along their sus- lip went for the duke, and then such another friend, too. Now listen to me; turn this pitiful picions now if they want to — this ’ll lay ’em hugging and kissing I never see yet. And every- rascal out — I BEG you to do it. Will you?” out.” body crowded up with the tears in their eyes, Mary Jane straightened herself up, and my, but When we got up-stairs everybody gethered and most shook the hands off of them frauds, she was handsome! She says: around the table, and the king he counted it and saying all the time: “HERE is my answer.” She hove up the bag of stacked it up, three hundred dollars in a pile — “You DEAR good souls! — how LOVELY! — money and put it in the king’s hands, and says, twenty elegant little piles. Everybody looked how COULD you!” “Take this six thousand dollars, and invest for hungry at it, and licked their chops. Then they Well, then, pretty soon all hands got to talking me and my sisters any way you want to, and raked it into the bag again, and I see the king about the diseased again, and how good he was, don’t give us no receipt for it.” begin to swell himself up for another speech. and what a loss he was, and all that; and before Then she put her arm around the king on one He says: long a big iron-jawed man worked himself in side, and Susan and the hare-lip done the same “Friends all, my poor brother that lays yonder there from outside, and stood a-listening and on the other. Everybody clapped their hands and has done generous by them that’s left behind in looking, and not saying anything; and nobody stomped on the floor like a perfect storm, whilst the vale of sorrers. He has done generous by saying anything to him either, because the king the king held up his head and smiled proud. The these yer poor little lambs that he loved and was talking and they was all busy listening. The doctor says: sheltered, and that’s left fatherless and mother- king was saying — in the middle of something “All right; I wash MY hands of the matter. But I less. Yes, and we that knowed him knows that he’d started in on — warn you all that a time ’s coming when you’re he would a done MORE generous by ’em if he “— they bein’ partickler friends o’ the diseased. going to feel sick whenever you think of this hadn’t ben afeard o’ woundin’ his dear William That’s why they’re invited here this evenin’; but day.” And away he went. and me. Now, WOULDN’T he? Ther’ ain’t no tomorrow we want ALL to come — everybody; Continued on Page 15


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Observer Classic Books From Page 15 “All right, doctor,” says the king, kinder mocking him; “we’ll try and get ’em to send for you;” which made them all laugh, and they said it was a prime good hit. Chapter XXVI WELL, when they was all gone the king he asks Mary Jane how they was off for spare rooms, and she said she had one spare room, which would do for Uncle William, and she’d give her own room to Uncle Harvey, which was a little bigger, and she would turn into the room with her sisters and sleep on a cot; and up garret was a little cubby, with a pallet in it. The king said the cubby would do for his valley — meaning me. So Mary Jane took us up, and she showed them their rooms, which was plain but nice. She said she’d have her frocks and a lot of other traps took out of her room if they was in Uncle Harvey’s way, but he said they warn’t. The frocks was hung along the wall, and before them was a curtain made out of calico that hung down to the floor. There was an old hair trunk in one corner, and a guitar-box in another, and all sorts of little knickknacks and jimcracks around, like girls brisken up a room with. The king said it was all the more homely and more pleasanter for these fixings, and so don’t disturb them. The duke’s room was pretty small, but plenty good enough, and so was my cubby. That night they had a big supper, and all them men and women was there, and I stood behind the king and the duke’s chairs and waited on them, and the niggers waited on the rest. Mary Jane she set at the head of the table, with Susan alongside of her, and said how bad the biscuits was, and how mean the preserves was, and how ornery and tough the fried chickens was — and all that kind of rot, the way women always do for to force out compliments; and the people all knowed everything was tiptop, and said so — said “How DO you get biscuits to brown so nice?” and “Where, for the land’s sake, DID you get these amaz’n pickles?” and all that kind of humbug talky-talk, just the way people always does at a supper, you know. And when it was all done me and the hare-lip had supper in the kitchen off of the leavings, whilst the others was helping the niggers clean up the things. The hare-lip she got to pumping me about England, and blest if I didn’t think the ice was getting mighty thin sometimes. She says: “Did you ever see the king?” “Who? William Fourth? Well, I bet I have — he goes to our church.” I knowed he was dead years ago, but I never let on. So when I says he goes to our church, she says: “What — regular?” “Yes — regular. His pew’s right over opposite ourn — on t’other side the pulpit.” “I thought he lived in London?” “Well, he does. Where WOULD he live?” “But I thought YOU lived in Sheffield?” I see I was up a stump. I had to let on to get choked with a chicken bone, so as to get time to think how to get down again. Then I says: “I mean he goes to our church regular when he’s in Sheffield. That’s only in the summer time, when he comes there to take the sea baths.” “Why, how you talk — Sheffield ain’t on the sea.” “Well, who said it was?” “Why, you did.” “I DIDN’T nuther.” “You did!” “I didn’t.” “You did.” “I never said nothing of the kind.” “Well, what DID you say, then?” “Said he come to take the sea BATHS— that’s what I said.” “Well, then, how’s he going to take the sea baths if it ain’t on the sea?” “Looky here,” I says; “did you ever see any Congress-water?” “Yes.” “Well, did you have to go to Congress to get it?” “Why, no.” “Well, neither does William Fourth have to go to the sea to get a sea bath.” “How does he get it, then?” “Gets it the way people down here gets Congress-water — in barrels. There in the palace at Sheffield they’ve got furnaces, and he wants his water hot. They can’t bile that amount of water away off there at the sea. They haven’t got no conveniences for it.” “Oh, I see, now. You might a said that in the first place and saved time.”

When she said that I see I was out of the woods again, and so I was comfortable and glad. Next, she says: “Do you go to church, too?” “Yes — regular.” “Where do you set?” “Why, in our pew.” “WHOSE pew?” “Why, OURN— your Uncle Harvey’s.” “His’n? What does HE want with a pew?” “Wants it to set in. What did you RECKON he wanted with it?” “Why, I thought he’d be in the pulpit.” Rot him, I forgot he was a preacher. I see I was up a stump again, so I played another chicken bone and got another think. Then I says: “Blame it, do you suppose there ain’t but one preacher to a church?” “Why, what do they want with more?” “What! — to preach before a king? I never did see such a girl as you. They don’t have no less than seventeen.” “Seventeen! My land! Why, I wouldn’t set out such a string as that, not if I NEVER got to glory. It must take ’em a week.” “Shucks, they don’tALL of ’em preach the same day — only ONE of ’em.” “Well, then, what does the rest of ’em do?” “Oh, nothing much. Loll around, pass the plate — and one thing or another. But mainly they don’t do nothing.” “Well, then, what are they FOR?” “Why, they’re for STYLE. Don’t you know nothing?” “Well, I don’t WANT to know no such foolishness as that. How is servants treated in England? Do they treat ’em better ’n we treat our niggers?” “NO! A servant ain’t nobody there. They treat them worse than dogs.” “Don’t they give ’em holidays, the way we do, Christmas and New Year’s week, and Fourth of July?” “Oh, just listen! A body could tell YOU hain’t ever been to England by that. Why, Hare-l — why, Joanna, they never see a holiday from year’s end to year’s end; never go to the circus, nor theater, nor nigger shows, nor nowheres.” “Nor church?” “Nor church.” “But YOU always went to church.” Well, I was gone up again. I forgot I was the old man’s servant. But next minute I whirled in on a kind of an explanation how a valley was different from a common servant and HAD to go to church whether he wanted to or not, and set with the family, on account of its being the law. But I didn’t do it pretty good, and when I got done I see she warn’t satisfied. She says: “Honest injun, now, hain’t you been telling me a lot of lies?” “Honest injun,” says I. “None of it at all?” “None of it at all. Not a lie in it,” says I. “Lay your hand on this book and say it.” I see it warn’t nothing but a dictionary, so I laid my hand on it and said it. So then she looked a little better satisfied, and says: “Well, then, I’ll believe some of it; but I hope to gracious if I’ll believe the rest.” “What is it you won’t believe, Joe?” says Mary Jane, stepping in with Susan behind her. “It ain’t right nor kind for you to talk so to him, and him a stranger and so far from his people. How would you like to be treated so?” “That’s always your way, Maim — always sailing in to help somebody before they’re hurt. I hain’t done nothing to him. He’s told some stretchers, I reckon, and I said I wouldn’t swallow it all; and that’s every bit and grain I DID say. I reckon he can stand a little thing like that, can’t he?” “I don’t care whether ’twas little or whether ’twas big; he’s here in our house and a stranger, and it wasn’t good of you to say it. If you was in his place it would make you feel ashamed; and so you oughtn’t to say a thing to another person that will make THEM feel ashamed.” “Why, Maim, he said —” “It don’t make no difference what he SAID— that ain’t the thing. The thing is for you to treat him KIND, and not be saying things to make him remember he ain’t in his own country and amongst his own folks.” I says to myself, THIS is a girl that I’m letting that old reptle rob her of her money! Then Susan SHE waltzed in; and if you’ll believe me, she did give Hare-lip hark from the tomb! Says I to myself, and this is ANOTHER one that I’m letting him rob her of her money!

Then Mary Jane she took another inning, and went in sweet and lovely again — which was her way; but when she got done there warn’t hardly anything left o’ poor Hare-lip. So she hollered. “All right, then,” says the other girls; “you just ask his pardon.” She done it, too; and she done it beautiful. She done it so beautiful it was good to hear; and I wished I could tell her a thousand lies, so she could do it again. I says to myself, this is ANOTHER one that I’m letting him rob her of her money. And when she got through they all jest laid theirselves out to make me feel at home and know I was amongst friends. I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself, my mind’s made up; I’ll hive that money for them or bust. So then I lit out — for bed, I said, meaning some time or another. When I got by myself I went to thinking the thing over. I says to myself, shall I go to that doctor, private, and blow on these frauds? No — that won’t do. He might tell who told him; then the king and the duke would make it warm for me. Shall I go, private, and tell Mary Jane? No — I dasn’t do it. Her face would give them a hint, sure; they’ve got the money, and they’d slide right out and get away with it. If she was to fetch in help I’d get mixed up in the business before it was done with, I judge. No; there ain’t no good way but one. I got to steal that money, somehow; and I got to steal it some way that they won’t suspicion that I done it. They’ve got a good thing here, and they ain’t a-going to leave till they’ve played this family and this town for all they’re worth, so I’ll find a chance time enough. I’ll steal it and hide it; and by and by, when I’m away down the river, I’ll write a letter and tell Mary Jane where it’s hid. But I better hive it tonight if I can, because the doctor maybe hasn’t let up as much as he lets on he has; he might scare them out of here yet. So, thinks I, I’ll go and search them rooms. Upstairs the hall was dark, but I found the duke’s room, and started to paw around it with my hands; but I recollected it wouldn’t be much like the king to let anybody else take care of that money but his own self; so then I went to his room and begun to paw around there. But I see I couldn’t do nothing without a candle, and I dasn’t light one, of course. So I judged I’d got to do the other thing — lay for them and eavesdrop. About that time I hears their footsteps coming, and was going to skip under the bed; I reached for it, but it wasn’t where I thought it would be; but I touched the curtain that hid Mary Jane’s frocks, so I jumped in behind that and snuggled in amongst the gowns, and stood there perfectly still. They come in and shut the door; and the first thing the duke done was to get down and look under the bed. Then I was glad I hadn’t found the bed when I wanted it. And yet, you know, it’s kind of natural to hide under the bed when you are up to anything private. They sets down then, and the king says: “Well, what is it? And cut it middlin’ short, because it’s better for us to be down there awhoopin’ up the mournin’ than up here givin’ ’em a chance to talk us over.” “Well, this is it, Capet. I ain’t easy; I ain’t comfortable. That doctor lays on my mind. I wanted to know your plans. I’ve got a notion, and I think it’s a sound one.” “What is it, duke?” “That we better glide out of this before three in the morning, and clip it down the river with what we’ve got. Specially, seeing we got it so easy — GIVEN back to us, flung at our heads, as you may say, when of course we allowed to have to steal it back. I’m for knocking off and lighting out.” That made me feel pretty bad. About an hour or two ago it would a been a little different, but now it made me feel bad and disappointed, The king rips out and says: “What! And not sell out the rest o’ the property? March off like a passel of fools and leave eight or nine thous’n’ dollars’ worth o’ property layin’ around jest sufferin’ to be scooped in? — and all good, salable stuff, too.” The duke he grumbled; said the bag of gold was enough, and he didn’t want to go no deeper — didn’t want to rob a lot of orphans of EVERYTHING they had. “Why, how you talk!” says the king. “We sha’n’t rob ’em of nothing at all but jest this money. The people that BUYS the property is the suff’rers; because as soon ’s it’s found out ’at we didn’t own it — which won’t be long after we’ve slid

— the sale won’t be valid, and it ’ll all go back to the estate. These yer orphans ’ll git their house back agin, and that’s enough for THEM; they’re young and spry, and k’n easy earn a livin’. THEY ain’t a-goin to suffer. Why, jest think — there’s thous’n’s and thous’n’s that ain’t nigh so well off. Bless you, THEY ain’t got noth’n’ to complain of.” Well, the king he talked him blind; so at last he give in, and said all right, but said he believed it was blamed foolishness to stay, and that doctor hanging over them. But the king says: “Cuss the doctor! What do we k’yer for HIM? Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?” So they got ready to go down stairs again. The duke says: “I don’t think we put that money in a good place.” That cheered me up. I’d begun to think I warn’t going to get a hint of no kind to help me. The king says: “Why?” “Because Mary Jane ’ll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put ’em away; and do you reckon a nigger can run across money and not borrow some of it?” “Your head’s level agin, duke,” says the king; and he comes a-fumbling under the curtain two or three foot from where I was. I stuck tight to the wall and kept mighty still, though quivery; and I wondered what them fellows would say to me if they catched me; and I tried to think what I’d better do if they did catch me. But the king he got the bag before I could think more than about a half a thought, and he never suspicioned I was around. They took and shoved the bag through a rip in the straw tick that was under the feather-bed, and crammed it in a foot or two amongst the straw and said it was all right now, because a nigger only makes up the featherbed, and don’t turn over the straw tick only about twice a year, and so it warn’t in no danger of getting stole now. But I knowed better. I had it out of there before they was half-way down stairs. I groped along up to my cubby, and hid it there till I could get a chance to do better. I judged I better hide it outside of the house somewheres, because if they missed it they would give the house a good ransacking: I knowed that very well. Then I turned in, with my clothes all on; but I couldn’t a gone to sleep if I’d a wanted to, I was in such a sweat to get through with the business. By and by I heard the king and the duke come up; so I rolled off my pallet and laid with my chin at the top of my ladder, and waited to see if anything was going to happen. But nothing did. So I held on till all the late sounds had quit and the early ones hadn’t begun yet; and then I slipped down the ladder. Chapter XXVII I CREPT to their doors and listened; they was snoring. So I tiptoed along, and got down stairs all right. There warn’t a sound anywheres. I peeped through a crack of the dining-room door, and see the men that was watching the corpse all sound asleep on their chairs. The door was open into the parlor, where the corpse was laying, and there was a candle in both rooms. I passed along, and the parlor door was open; but I see there warn’t nobody in there but the remainders of Peter; so I shoved on by; but the front door was locked, and the key wasn’t there. Just then I heard somebody coming down the stairs, back behind me. I run in the parlor and took a swift look around, and the only place I see to hide the bag was in the coffin. The lid was shoved along about a foot, showing the dead man’s face down in there, with a wet cloth over it, and his shroud on. I tucked the money-bag in under the lid, just down beyond where his hands was crossed, which made me creep, they was so cold, and then I run back across the room and in behind the door. The person coming was Mary Jane. She went to the coffin, very soft, and kneeled down and looked in; then she put up her handkerchief, and I see she begun to cry, though I couldn’t hear her, and her back was to me. I slid out, and as I passed the dining-room I thought I’d make sure them watchers hadn’t seen me; so I looked through the crack, and everything was all right. They hadn’t stirred.

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Terang runner stuck to his guns This Week ■ Wednesday - Shepparton, Thursday Bendigo, Friday - Melton, Saturday - Ballarat, Sunday - Cranbourne, Monday Maryborough, Tuesday - Terang.

Horses to follow ■ Roy George, Save Our Pennys, Christian Major, Babalaas Jack, Madison Louise, Delightful System, Star In Sight, Witzend, Regal Ambition, Sheldons Choice, Amendment Thirteen, Tell Nobody, Dora Pepperell, Comprehen

Hot favourite fate ■ Terang duo Robbie Arundell (trainer) and Mattie Craven (driver) were successful with Big Gun Johnny, a very smart gelded son of Mr Feelgood and Miss Holmes in the (Group 3) Wheelie Waste Warrnambool Breeders Crown Series 19 Silver Pace over 2100 metres at Geelong. Leading easily from gate three, Big Gun Johnny was rated to perfection at the head of affairs, keeping the hot favourite Scooterwillrev working outside him. Kicking clear on straightening, Big Gun Johnny registered a 3.9 metre margin over Redbank Blaze which trailed, with Scooterwillrev a head back in third place. The mile rate 1-57.6.

Proud reflection ■ As the season draws to a close, Cardigan trainer Anton Golino can reflect with pride on a sensation one, having won numerous feature races in both Victoria and New South Wales with his team of impeccably bred squaregaiters. At Geelong on Wednesday, Muscle MassLa Biscuit filly Nieta (Nathan Jack) led throughout to land the (Group 3) Yabby Dam Racing Breeders Crown Series 19 3Y0 Silver Trot over 2170 metres, in a rate of 2-03, scoring by 15.1 metres in advance of Tuscan Dawn and Star In Sight. Four year old French bred Singalo-Pirogue Jenilou mare Destinee Jenilou (Zac Phillips) did similar in the 2100 metre Devcon Properties Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class, winning by 3.5 metres over Cargerie which trailed and Sumo Grin in 2-03.2.

Bec in the sulky ■ Ever reliable 5Y0 Slyvalley-Black Curlew gelding Black Valley brought up two wins in succession (6 overall) at his home track Shepparton on Thursday, when victorious in the 2190 metre Inspired Architect Windows & Doors Supporting Legacy Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class. Trained by Steve O'Donoghue, Black Valley with stable reinsperson Bec Bartley in the sulky scrambled away from 10 metres, but quickly regained his gait to settle on the back of the leader Spirit Walker one of two front markers. Enjoying a lovely trip throughout, Black Valley when taken away from the markers on turning, finished strongly to prevail by 3.8 metres from the pacemaker in a rate of 205.5. Forty metre backmarker The Majestic was five metres away in third place.

At Maryborough ■ At Maryborough on Thursday, Clyde breeder/owner/trainer Jayne Davies landed the Harness Breeders Victoria 2Y0 Vicbred Trotters Mobile with beautifully bred Majestic Son-Maidstone Miss gelding Mascott who was making his first race appearance.

■ Exciting Real Desire-Wanaka Bay gelding Mr Mojito made a one act affair of the Dick and Anne Box Pace for C4 to C6 class over 1680 metres at Terang on Tuesday August 29. Dropping back in class after contesting a quality race at Melton on August 12 when he faded after leading, Mr Mojito starting solo from the second line bided his time at the tail of the field, before going forward with speed to cross the pacemaker Keayang Tora at the bell. Clearing right away from his rivals on the final bend, Mr Mojito recorded an untouched 8metre margin in advance of Keayang Tora which stuck to his guns, with Witzend 12,5 metres away in third place. The mile rate a slick 1-53.9.

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Handicap captured

■ Dunnstown's David Murphy captured the Mitavite Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres at Terang with honest 6Y0 Allamerican Ingot-Lucky Rendezvous mare Eureka Encounter raced by wife Erin in a rate of 2-05.8. Coming from 10 metres, Eureka Encounter travelled sweetly four back along the markers as the favourite Fiery Annie one of three front markers bowled along at the head of affairs. Angling to be one/one trailing Somebuddylikeyou with a circuit to travel, Eureka Encounter easing three wide on the home turn, finished full of running to score easily by 7.6 metres from Im Notta Trotter which followed the leader, with Fiery Annie weakening to finish third 1.2 metres back. Somebuddylikeyou galloped on the final bend after looking a place chance.

Terang’s big night

■ The Western District enjoyed a great night at Terang, with Glenisla (Brad Hunt - Great Western) scoring with ex-Kiwi Glenisla driven by James Herbertson in the Silvan Ridge Business Partners Advisers Pace, Lagertha (Gary and Darryl Lawlor - (Camperdown) the South West Horse Transport Pace and Marg and Jason Lee (Terang) the Restrepo @ Goodtime Lodge Pace. Cardigan's Emma Stewart snared a treble, with Nitro Nikky and Liftntorque (Chris Alford taking the Terang Co-Op 3Y0 Pace and the Dan O'Grady Memorial 2Y0 Pace as well as Isntshejust (Gavin Lang) the Guaranteed @ Goodtime Lodge Pace.

Mighty double

■ Close finishes were the order of the day at Monday's Warragul fixture - the honours going to Drouin co-trainers Gary & Debbie Quinlan and Chris Alford who provided a double along with Lancefield based Rod Petroff. The first of the Quinlan pair was home bred 5Y0 Sundon-Star Spangled Rama gelding Omy Son in the Farewell Harness Review Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2210 metres. After a cosy trip just off the speed being set by Redason, Alford switched Omy Son to the sprint lane at the straight entrance and he finished best to prevail by 1.9 metres over 60 metre backmarker Save Our Pennys (four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-04.6. Redason was 2.2 metres away in third place. Four year old Christian Cullen-Like It Hot gelding Most Happy Cullen has always shown plenty of ability and produced it to capture the 2210 metre We're Supporting Connor Clarke Pace for C1 class in fine style. Racing wide after being extricated from from inside the second line, Most Happy Cullen possied outside the leader Iconic Valor mid-race and after applying plenty of pressure, drew clear over the concluding stages to defeat Magic Impact which trailed the front runner by 4.4 metres in a rate of 1-59. Elteearr was a half head away in third place after racing wide over the latter stages.

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■ Rod Petroff's 4Y0 Village Jolt-Milly Jasper

with Len Baker mare Come On Bonny led throughout from the pole in the Alf Martin Memorial Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres, scoring by 4.9 metres in 1-59.7 over Glam Rock which trailed. Juza which followed the pair was 3.7 metres away in third place. Combining with Romsey's David Miles aboard Artistic Fella-Battling Babe gelding Priddy Easy in the Latrobe Valley Nasho's 3Y0 Pace, Petroff brought up the double. Vacating a mid-field passage at the halfway mark, Priddy Easy sprinted brilliantly to assume control, before winning in a breeze by 7.8 metres in advance of One Tuff Nut which raced exposed in a rate of 2-00.9. Clickncullect (three back the markers), a stablemate of the winner was 1.2 metres away in third place when making his race debut

Pacemaker beaten

■ Junortoun (Bendigo) based owner/trainer Scott Dyer was successful with 8Y0 Man Ona Flight-Whats Risky mare What A Flight in the Gippsland Harness Racing Training Centre Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres at Warragul. A winner first up for the stable at Swan Hill on August 17 after 56 tries, What A Flight driven by Josh Duggan ran home off a one/one trip to defeat the pacemaker Fire House Rock by 1.2 metres, with Sudden Explosion which trailed the leader a half head back in third place. The mile rate 2-00.6.

Cries of joy

■ There were cries of joy coming from the stand at Geelong on Wednesday when youthful Brookfield reinsman Jayden Barker chalked up his second winner - again aboard what has to be his favourite horse - 5Y0 American IdealChrista gelding Twoforsixty trained by "boss" David Miles. The race was the Golden Plains Equine Veterinary Clinic Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres and Twoforsixty raced by Laurel and Marty Miles enjoyed a sweet passage three back along the markers after starting from gate four on the second line. Moving to trail the pacemaker Regal Ambition approaching the home turn as Morvah who was following the leader came away from his back, Twoforsixty zoomed home along the sprint lane to gain the day by four metres in advance of Regal Ambition and Morvah who was a head away in third place. The mile rate 1-59.6. Twoforsixty gave Jayden his first victory in the sulky when successful at a Mooroopna restricted meeting held at Shepparton on June 11.

Sixth success

■ Lara trainer Dean Braun's smart Courage Under Fire-Pixel Perfect filly Carlas Pixel toyed with her rivals in the (Group 3) APG Breeders Crown (Series 19) Silver Pace over 2100 metres at Geelong. With Shepparton based Mark Pitt taking the reins, Carlas Pixel led throughout from gate three, winning by 16.3 metres in a rate of 1-57.5 from Rocknroll Zena which trailed and Graphics (one/two). It was Carlas Pixel's 6th success in 24 outings.

Baker’s Delight Impressive win ■ Village Jolt-Shes Madam Jasper filly Village Encounter was an impressive winner of the Neatline Homes Supporting Legacy Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres at Shepparton. Trained locally at Bunbartha by John Newberry, Village Encounter was given a sweet trip by son Matt from the pole following the leader Sunset Snoozzze which flew away from gate six. Shuffled back approaching the home turn when Sheltonschoice which had raced in the open put pay to the pacemaker, Village Encounter had to be turned sideways in the straight to gain a clear run, but sprouted wings over the concluding stages to blouse Kineta Jane (three back the markers) by 1.2 metres so fast was she finishing, with a game Sheltonschoice third 2 metres away. The mile rate 1-59.1. The Newberry's made it a double for the night when Lombo Idle Belief (Always AVirgin-Sweet Maddy Lombo) led for the majority of the 2190 metre Jarvis Delahey Contractor Pace for C0 to C4 class.

Maiden status ■ Former Sunraysia 6Y0 gelding Elfonzo now in the care of Shelbourne's Lynette Eastman, broke his maiden status at start number 12 when successful in the Harness Breeders Victoria Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres at Maryborough. First up for the camp, Elfonzo a gelded son of Elsu-Our Julieanne was restrained to the tail of the field by Chris Alford from gate five, before then going forward to park outside the leader Dynamite Ike. Surging to the front prior to the home turn, Elfonzo in a punishing finish scored by 2.5 metres in a slick rate of 1-55.3 fromArchduke Joseph and First And Earst which was 18.1 metres away in third place.

Sprint lane used ■ Unhoppled 6Y0 ex-Kiwi ChangeoverCoughin mare Atchoo broke her Australian maiden status with an easy 15.4 metre victory in the Wayne "The Tigerman" Mannix Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Kilmore on Friday. Trained at Long Forrest by Andy Gath and driven by wife Kate, Atchoo pounced on the lead from gate two as the start was effected and was untroubled to register a rate of 1-56.5, defeating Ruth Shinn's Aurore which trailed and Hokuri Railrida along the sprint lane.

Won by a head ■ Most consistent 4Y0 Muscle Mass-Mystic Hush gelding Carnera raced by harness devotees Michael Taranto, Rob Merola, Sam Godino and John Hawke landed the Jack Mason Venville Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2180 metres at Kilmore in a rate of 2-04. Trained and driven by Melton's Lance Justice, Carnera led thoughout from gate two, just lasting by a head from polemarker Iona Spider along the sprint lane after trailing, with Tenden holding on for third after racing exposed.

Taken to the rear ■ Bannockburn mentor Geoff Webster combined with "Hall Of Famer" Chris Alford aboard classy 5Y0 Rocknroll HanoverGolden Flyin gelding Keep On Rocking to capture the Fathers Day @ Trackside Pace for C4 or better class over 1690 metres. Starting from gate six, Keep On Rocking was taken back to the rear as polemarker Virgil Hilts, Wardwell (gate five) and Sirladyn Reba (gate seven) all vied for the front running.


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Catch 22 situation ■ Racing Victoria's Racing General Manager, Greg Carpenter, is attempting to entice Australia's top Melbourne Cup owner, Lloyd Williams, to bring his great stayer, Order of St.George, to compete in this year's Melbourne Cup. Williams has openly stated that if the horse gets 58 kilos weight or more he won't run . The popular owner, who has already won five Melbourne Cups, spends a fortune trying to get the right horse and has been using the overseas stage to do that in recent years. Carpenter will release the weights next week on Tuesday (Sept. 12), and my tip is that if Greg wants Order of St George to run he may give 57.5 kilos, although the topweight must carry 58 kilos. Then is the problem who gets topweight. Order of St George is a top class stayer having won the Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish St Leger is great style and without a doubt is one of the best stayers in the world today. Williams won the Cup last year with his seven- year-old stayer, Almandin, who returned to racing at Moonee Valley recently at his first start after the Cup and ran very well. His new rider, Ben Melham, let him race three wide in the race at the Valley over 2040 metres to give him a good hit out and he was most impressive. Although he has been nominated for this year's Melbourne Cup, he only carried 52 kilos last year and is likely to rise sharply in the weights to around 56 kilos. My tip is that Lloyd likes a challenge an if he gets a tick under 58 kilos will see Order of St George in action come Cup Day this year. As for Almandin, 56 kilos is not a real burden, but he is now eight years of age, and it's pretty tough going especially with an additional four kilos if he gets 56 kilos. In all 140 nominations were received for the Melbourne Cup worth $6.25 million to be run on the first Tuesday in November. This time next year the new stand and surroundings should be up and running on one of the most magnificent tracks in the world. Of the internationals entered there are 18 from the UK, seven from Ireland, three from France, two from Germany, and one from Japan. A total of 33 northern hemisphere-trained horses from 20 different stables have been nominated for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. For the first time we have a nomination from Scotland, namely Nakeeta, prepared by Iain Jardine. Of the locals, Victoria's leading trainer, Darren Weir, has nominated 17 for the Melbourne Cup and 20 for the Caulfield Cup. Leading owner, Lloyd Williams’s trainer, Robert Hickmott, has entered 12 horses for both Cups. The Godolphin team, known as the ‘The Blue Army’, has nominated eight runners from the stables of Saeed Bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby. Two of Appleby's will return to our shores, Francis of Assisi and Qewy, who did very well here last year will be back to do their best. James Cummings, the grandson of 13 times Melbourne Cup winner, the late and great Bart Cummings, now heading up the Godolphin operation here in Australia, has nominated three horses including last year's third placegetter in the Melbourne Cup in Hartnell, as well as Tally, who won the Mornington Cup, and Etymology. Returning to Australia's shores is renowned German trainer, Andreas Wohler, who won the Melbourne Cup with Perfectionist in 2014, will bring the one time favourite for the big two-miler, Red Cardinal and Sixties Groove. The only entrant from Japan is Albert, a winner of the Group Two Stayers Stakes over 3600 metres. The Japanese won the Melbourne Cup in 2006 with Delta Blues, and also had the runnerup Pop Rock. Regarding the Caulfield Cup, 142 nominations were received for their big day on October

● Almandin beats Heartbreak City in last year's Melbourne Cup. Racing Photos. 21, of which 22 were internationals. Melbourne Cups. There were 11 from the United Kingdom, Top Australian trainer, Chris Waller, has seven from Ireland, three from France and one nominated 10 horses for, the Caulfield Cup and from Germany. 13 for the Melbourne Cup with Australasian Top four year-old mare, Yankee Rose, who and Queensland Oaks winner, Egg Tart, enwill do all her racing in Melbourne this spring tered for both features has been nominated for both the Caulfield and He also has nominated,Who Shot Thebarman, for a fourth tilt at the Melbourne Cup of which he has a placing. Caulfield Cup winning trainer, New Zealander, Murray Baker, who won the Caulfield Cup with Mongolian Khan a couple of years ago, will bring Australian Derby winner Jon Snow and ATC and New Zealand Oaks winner, Bonneval, who are among the entries for both races. Other New Zealand entries of note include New Zealand Derby winner, Gingernuts, who has been nominated for both Cups, Brisbane Cup winner Chocante for both and Charles Road for both. While the Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock owned Tiberian, trained in France by Alain Coutetil, has been nominated for the Melbourne Cup off the back of his victory in the Group Two Grand Prix Stakes de Deauville over 2500 metres. World-class Irish trainer, Aidan O'Brien, nominated Order of St George; referred to early for the Melbourne Cup depending what weight he gets and Johannes Vermeer and US Army Ranger for both Cups. Fellow Irishman, Willie Mullins, has entered Royal Ascot winner, Thomas Hobson, Riven Light, Wicklow Brave and Max Dynamite, who ran second to Prince of Penzance in the 2015 Melbourne Cup. In my opinion he should have won the Cup that year after a bad ride by Frankie Dettori, after he knocked a few over in the run and was fined $20,000 for his ride. Yet Max Dynamite got beaten only a halflength by Prince of Penzance. Young Victorian Jockey/trainer, Jackie Beriman, has nominated four year-old mare, Miss Cavatica, for the Caulfield Cup. - Ted Ryan

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● Jameka blitzes them in the Caulfield Cup last year, Racing Photos

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Arts Extra Bayside U3A ■ The 2017 Art and Craft Exhibition will be held at the Brighton Court House, 75 Carpenter St, Brighton. Exhibition opens Monday, September 2 to Sunday October 7, from 10am-4pm daily. - Peter Kemp

Melb. Polytechnic ■ Seeing Glass in a New Light. Using glass as a medium for art, design and architecture will be the focus of the much-anticipated upcoming Glass@Melbourne Polytechnic Exhibition to be held from Saturday September 9-23. The exhibition will be held at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran, will demonstrate a diverse collection of glassworks, from studio to architectural and everything in between. It will be hosted by Glass Inc. and supported by the City of Stonnington. Featuring many of Australia's most prominent and innovating glass designers and artists, the exhibition will be staged in Victoria for more than 20 years and will showcase contemporary glass at its best. There will be something to interest everyone at this event. Along with the ongoing exhibition will be interactive displays where people can build shapes/structures with glass, workshops for those wanting a more in-depth learning experience and talks by renowned glass artists as well as a Makers’Market for those interested in buying exquisite one-off glass jewellery and art pieces. - Peter Kemp

Heide Museum

■ New Acquisitions - The Heide Collection. This exhibition in Heide II celebrates new exhibitions to the museum's collection over the past three years. Among the diversity of works are a large suspended ceiling installation by Koji Ryui, sculptures and prints by Alex Denko, paintings by Davida Allen, and garments with textile designs based on Mira Mora paintings, created by the fashion house Gorman in collaboration with the artist. The display also includes a range of modernistic paintings and sculptures, from abstractions by Sydney artist Jan Riske, to figurative and expressionist works by artists closely associated with Heide's founders, John and Summer Read, including Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester and Danila Vassilieff Exhibition dates: October 14 - March 18. ■ Making History: Nolan at the Newsagent. In July 1942 the young Sydney Nolan held a ground-breaking exhibition in the window of Sheffield's Newsagency in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg. It was the idea of Nolan's benefactors, John and Sunday Reed, to take art to the people rather than to an exclusive audience in an art gallery. The works were mostly experimental landscapes images and the prices low, but nothing sold and many of the paintings subsequently languished in obscurity. Nolan at the Newsagent re-creates this remarkable but little-known venture bringing together the surviving compositions, which have been identified through photographs of the display taken at the time. The exhibition is the fourth in the Making History series, which focuses on artists central to Heide's rich legacy and highlights artworks and material from the museum's collection and archive. Exhibition opens November 18 and runs to May 20. Venue: Heide 1. ■ Sculpture Tour: Mark of the Hand. Learn about the different processes and techniques used by artists in the making of selected sculptures in the park with volunteer guide Nasrin Rasoulzadeh. Dates: Thursday September 21.11am Thursday October 19. 2pm. Thursday October 28. 2pm Thursday November 23 . 11am ■ Garden Talk Edible Flowers. Many of the flowers in Heide's kitchen gardens are both attractive and edible. Join Heide gardener Kate Grace to learn more about the garnishes that might turn up on your plate at Café Heide. Thursday September 28. 11am. - Peter Kemp


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Secret location for shows Secret Life of Francis Bacon

● Garry Roost (Francis Bacon) Photo: John Barrett ■ Popehead: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon is being presented from September 14-19 at Hare Hole (Hares and Hyenas) in Fitzroy. Written and performed by Garry Roost and directed by Paul Garnault, Pope Head: The Secret Life of Francis Bacon is a dark comedic drama exploring the life, art, sexuality, psyche and philosophies of the great artist, Francis Bacon. Caught wearing his mother’s stockings and banished from the family home, we follow the struggle of the young artist who eventually finds that success goes hand –in- hand with tragedy when you are determined to live life to the full. invited to Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. The Francis Bacon Estate has endorsed the play with high praise at Wandsworth Fringe May 2015. Clare Shenstone a close confidant of Bacon found the portrayal as a “Startling … brilliant performance.” Pope Head played the opening night of the MoMA Dubrovnik Francis Bacon Exhibition December 2016; the first of its kind in Croatia. The show also played to a sellout performance at Gest Gothenburg English Studio Theatre, Sweden in May this year. Bacon famously proclaimed: “Life, an age to the miserable and a moment to the happy.” Performance Dates: September 14 -19 at 7 pm, (60 min) Venue: Hare Hole [Hares and Hyenas] 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy Tickets: Full: $25 Concession: $15 Bookings: visit melbournefringe.com.au or call 9660 9666 - Cheryl Threadgold

Grace The Musical

● Michelle Pearson ■ Australia’s singing cook, Michelle Pearson, enjoyed a sellout season of her Comfort Food Cabaret at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and is bringing her travelling kitchen to Melbourne from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17 at a secret Southbank penthouse. Ticketholders will be advised of the address prior to their chosen performance Food and music lovers will be treated to a delicious threecourse meal and award-winning matching wines while being serenaded by the soulful songstress as she cooks for the audience. Comfort Food Cabaret received widespread critical acclaim in its debut season in February and was hugely popular with Adelaide Fringe audiences. Michelle and her well-fed musicians performed to over 900 people at the iconic Adelaide Central Market where audiences enjoyed Pearson’s singing, her welcoming hospitality, heartwarming and hilarious stories and a selection of Michelle’s favourite comfort food. Think grilled haloumi and peaches, slow-cooked pork and tomato sugo with ingredients crowdsourced from Italian neighbourhoods across South Australia, and a sticky date pudding inspired by tales of romance and human connection. Michelle will be joined in Melbourne byAaron Nash on keys, who will perform the perfect playlist to accompany this taste of South Australia, with songs from artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald to Katy Perry and Cold Chisel reflecting the role food and the culture of cooking has played in Michelle’s childhood, romantic encounters, family and friendships. During each performance, audience members will learn how to make recipes and will enjoy a three-course meal of seasonal comfort food matched with Fox Creek wines, beer or non-alcoholic beverages, and will be entertained with song and dinner party conversation. Season Dates: September 15-17 at 7.30pm, 6pm performance on Sunday, September 17. Venue: secret Southbank penthouse, ticketholders will be advised of the address prior to their chosen performance Duration: 130 minutes Tickets: www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/comfort-foodcabaret - Cheryl Threadgold

Media Flashes

■ The ABC has announced the launch of ABC Weather, a new initiative that will explore weather phenomena across Australia and their effects on people and the environment. ■ Felicity Hetherington has been appointed Deputy Editor at Daily Mail Australia. ■ Nick Etchells has joined Ten Eyewitness News Melbourne as a Freelance Reporter.

● Laeticia Garrett (left), Leah Felsbourg, Sophia Cookson, Felix Gould in Grace the Musical. ■ A talented group of secondary students enjoyed the rare opportunity to create history by performing a new Australian musical written especially for them. Huntingtower School presented Grace the Musical about a teenage singer who writes and performs her own songs and dreams about being on the world stage, but is scared to perform outside of her own bedroom or on an obscure YouTube channel. The musical charts the progress of a recognisable Australian teen, Grace, and her friends and foes at school, and how she eventually emerges from her cocoon of shyness to break out and triumph, sharing her musical talent with the outside world. The show was directed by Huntingtower School Drama Co-Ordinator Daniel Borbely, who also wrote the book, music and lyrics, with arrangements by Angel P. Y. Wong and Kate Gould. Leah Felsbourg starred in the lead role of Grace, and the principals also includef Sophia Cookson as Sarah, Laeticia Garrett as Kayla, Felix Gould as Sam and Emmanuel Papastamatisas as Sebastian, with a chorus of Huntingtower Senior School students. www.huntingtower.vic.edu.au - Julie Houghton

Make ‘Em Laugh

● Mikey Halcrow in Make ‘Em Laugh – the Untold Donald O’Connor Story. ■ I don’t know how old I was when I first saw Donald O’Connor’s Make ‘em laugh in Singing in the Rain, but I do remember what I felt when I did. It was the moment I fell in love with ‘Don’. Gene Kelly was obviously brilliant, but for me he couldn’t match it with O’Connor, whose easy style and infectious smile had me from the first tap and twinkle. So I grabbed a fellow Donald fan, and we headed off to The Butterfly Club to watch Mikey Halcrow and Jens Radda, ably directed by Nick Eynaud, pay tribute to the man. While an hour is nowhere near long enough to cover O’Connor’s accomplishments, Halcrow and Radda gave energetic and committed performances to tell the story of his prolific but underestimated career. To Page 39


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Canyon in town ■ Acoustic folk outfit Canyon will perform at the Caravan Music Club on Friday, September 15. Their current self-titled eight-track LP features some impressive covers from music greats Neil Young and Joe Walsh amongst other legendary performers. However, their standout five original songs puts this band into a league of their own. Brilliant vocals and harmonies have to be heard to be believed.

Man in Black ■ Aussie music legend Tex Perkins returns to Melbourne with the Johnny Cash story, The Man In Black. The show has already won Tex and his crew a Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Australian Concert . Tex's reverence for Johnny Cash's career is evident in the way he approaches every song. Melbourne audiences are certainly in for a treat says the media release. Athenaeum Theatre, Nov. 3 and 4.

Champs, Chess ■ A Facebook report suggests that Greg Champion and Johnny Chester have recorded a duet. Keep this old truck tickin will be available “at all good green grocers and it's currently number 83 with a walking stick”, says Greg's Facebook page. Must keep an ear out for this release. - Rob Foenander

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● Darren James, Shane McInnes, Rex Hunt and Robert Walls Attorney-General George Brandis informed ■ There was fund galore when Rex Hunt and his team returned to the 3AW football commen- Senator Hinch that he (Hinch) would not be tary team on Friday night to broadcast the E.J. referred to the High Court. Brandis said that advice from constitutional lawyers shows Hinch Whitten game. Hunt - along with the original 3AW theme is not in breach of the constitution and that his song - was joined by Robert Walls, Shane election was legal. Section 44 of the Australian Constitution McInnes and Darren James. James cut his teeth in radio as a behind-the- disqualifies people “entitled to the rights or priviscenes technician, carting equipment to outside leges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power”. Hinch holds a a US social security card from broadcast locations, and working with Harry his time living in New York in the 1960s and Beitzel and Tommy Lahiff. 1970s. Hinch says that he cancelled his US pension in September last year. His term as a Senator ■ The funeral service to honour the life of 3DB was deemed to have begun on July 1 last year. - Ash Long radio man Donald William Kinsey AM will be held in the Eltham Community Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham on Thursday (Sept. 7) commencing at 10am. Private Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ■ The painful guilt felt by those unable to the the Royal Children's Hospital. Envelopes have their own children is most certainly a available at the Service. worthy topic for theatrical presentation. I commend Pawprint Productions for taking on the challenge of exploring the wide ranging ripples that can ensue from this trag■ Laurie Atlas, now in Queensland, joined edy that affects about one in six families. Richard Stubbs, Peter Stubbs (‘Grubby’) and Emma Wood’s Water Child, directed by Kris Jane Holmes on 3AW’s Weekend Break proWeber, presents with double anticipation – gram for a reunion of the 3XYZoo crew. first a 12-week ultrasound visit for distressJane Holmes is sitting in the chair for Dee ingly childless couple, Jeannie and Mark; and Dee Dunleavy, who is vacationing in New York. a few hours later Jeannie’s small 40th birthday celebration . A sense of foreboding is immediately with us ... Mother-to-be Jeannie’s (Marti Ibrahim) un■ Former broadcaster Derryn Hinch, in his role imaginable grief, following an unexpected as Senator, has been cleared of concerns that 12- week third miscarriage, uncovers he was ineligible sit in Federal Parliament.

Thursday funeral

■ Author C J (Clarence James) Dennis was born in South Australia in 1876. He died aged 61. English songwriter Jackie Trent was born in 1940. Australian TV presenter Simon Reeve was born in Perth in 1961 (56).

■ Australian jazz musician Graham Bell was born in Richmond in 1914. American actor Peter Lawford was born in London in 1923. He died aged 60. Buddy Holly was born in 1936. He died aged 22 in 1959 in a tragic plane crash.

■ There are some talented, focused young actors practicing their craft in the West. Western Edge Youth Arts produced two shows for the Due West Festival. Both very different and engaging. The first show Light of Day had the audience on their feet- literally. Following the actors was a unique concept which worked well in the space allowing us to witness various points of view and responses to a potential disaster. Luckily the weather was kind as every space inside and out was utilized as we were asked to follow any actor. There was great energy from all the cast making it easy to feel part of the action. The story was difficult to follow at times as so much was going on, yet one scene in particular where we could watch one actor and ‘eaves’ drop on others in another room was intriguing and well executed. I felt the actors knew exactly what was happening yet as we only saw part of the show for most of it-the audience were made to wonder …a little too much. The second show At First Glance was longer and more scripted. Once again it involved an energetic, focused cast of many who all had conviction for their character. Some actors were more experienced/ talented than others yet all worked well as an ensemble in a show about love, prejudices, relationships and life. The space could have been used more effectively, particularly the entrances and exits. Everyone used only one side of the stage, yet there was scope for various entrances. A fun, inspiring night of theatre and great to see youth theatre supported by local council and the local community who attended. - Elizabeth Semmel

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wretched, difficult family dynamics – husband Mark (Travis Handcock) resents his wife’s delayed start to trying to have children, sister Katie (Rachel Clayton) mother of three easily conceived children, appears oblivious to Jeannie’s all encompassing pain of infertility, while mother Denise (Stephanie King) just wants her daughter’s obsession to have children to now end, herself unable to watch any more grief from her daughter. “Three miscarriages is enough - perhaps she could get a dog” is one of the memorable (un)helpful tragi-comedy offerings as the group force themselves through a time span of loss, desperation, finger pointing, and finally some sort of redemption. Turn To Page 37 Melbourne

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■ Sir Harry Secombe, Welsh singer, was born in 1921. He died aged 79 in 2001. US comic actor musician Sid Caesar was born in New York in 1922. English actor and comedian Peter Sellers was born in Portsmouth, England in 1925. He died in 1980.

■ Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC fame was born in 1890. He died aged 90 in 1980. Former Australian Prime Minister John Gorton was born in Melbourne in 1911. He died aged 90 in 2002. Actor High Grant was born in London in 1960 (57). He dated Liz Hurley until 2000.

Sunday Sept. 10 ■ Australian musician Peter Robinson was born in Brunswick in 1942 (75). Actress Lynda Stoner was born in Adelaide in 1953 (64). English director Guy Ritchie is 48. He was married to Madonna. UK singer Siobhan Fahey is 58 (1959).

Monday Sept. 11

■ English singer and actress Julie Covington was born in London in 1947 (70). US singer and actor Harry Connick Jnr was born in 1967 (50). Footballer Bruce Doull was born in 1950 (67). US actress Amy Madigan was born in 1951 (66).

Tuesday Sept. 12 ■ Singer-songwriter Barry White was born in 1944. He died aged 58 in 2003. English actress Rachel Ward was born in Oxfordshire, England in 1957 (60). French singer/actor Maurice Chevalier was born in Paris in 1888. He died aged 83 in 1972.

Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of Jocks Journal for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates. Jocks Journal is Australia’s longest running radio industry publication. ■ Melbourne Find out more at www.jocksjournal.com


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TV, Radio, Theatre

Sophie deLightful

● Sophie deLightful ■ Melbourne cabaret performer Sophie deLightful presents Diary of a Power Pussy from September 12 – 17 at The Butterfly Club. The show also features a rotating list of special guest performers. Led by vocalist Sophie deLightful and with live piano by Michael Chalk, the show explores life themes through poetry, music and comedy, accompanied by some sassy burlesque and circus performers. Performance dates: September 12 - 17 Time:10pm (60 minutes) Cost: $25 - $32 Venue: The Butterfly Club (downstairs) Tickets: thebutterflyclub.com - Cheryl Threadgold

Shop I Am

■ Choreographer and winner of the Best Dance Award at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Nebahat Erpolat, returns to the festival to present her latest performance piece Shop I Am. Held over four evenings at No Vacancy Gallery, and programmed for the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Shop I Am is a site-specific work examining the behaviour of fashion on our society. Nebahat Erpolat makes references to popular culture, art and music to engage viewers to rethink fashion and societal identities that are associated with the industry. Two dancers, Emma Riches and Benjamin Hurley, move freely throughout the gallery space. Both rely on human reaction and a wearer or performer to have the ability to question, comment and communicate to audiences through a shared understanding of the body. Her recent dance performance Emptying the Bucket was awarded Best Dance Award at 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2017, Erpolat has worked with Marrugeku on Burrbgaja Yalirrafor Sydney Festival, and is currently is working with Outer Urban Projects on a dance production Vessel. Performance details Dates: Wednesday, September 27 – Saturday, September 30 Time: 6.30pm-7.15pm Location: No Vacancy Gallery Duration: 40 mins Info: www.melbournefringe.com.au/ event/shop-i-am/ - Cheryl Threadgold

Yada, Yada, Yada

● Lauren Edwards and Jude Perl in the 90s sitcom, Yada Yada Yada. ■ Hot Mess Productions present Yada Yada Yetta t-shirt and within a week our producer had Yada, a 90s sitcom special created and per- introduced us and we started brainstorming.” exformed by Lauren Edwards and Jude Perl on plains Lauren Edwards. September 28 at 7pm at the Lithuanian Club, "Even though it might give the impression of North Melbourne. a simple comedy tribute, the show does actually It’s been 20 years since Ross and Rachel were build towards something and I really look foron a break, Elaine busted out her outrageous ward to it every night. I also really love singing dance moves at a work ‘do’, and we fell in love the songs Jude wrote - they are bloody great with the flashy girl from Flushing. Celebrating fun. The whole show is just pure fun ... and some the best decade of television history, Fran and serious wig game." Yetta are doing Melbourne Fringe audiences a Created and performed by Edwards and Perl, massive favour and for one night only are film- Yada Yada Yada: A 90s Sitcom Special has previing a 90s sitcom special. And you’re invited. played to packed houses and rave reviews. Hitting the ever-popular Lithuanian Club ously Performance: Thursday, September 28, 7pm Main Theatre at 7pm on Thursday September (50 mins) 28, Yada Yada Yada: A90s Sitcom Special brings Tickets: $28 Full, $24 Concession and Grps together the much lauded comic stylings of 4+, $20 Early Bird (until 20August) Lauren Edwards and . Described as Bookings: 9660 9666 or online at “Australia’s next Gina Riley and Jane Turner” (Stage Whispers) this 50-minute slice of hilarity www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/yadais a journey through what made iconic 90s yada-yada-a-90s-sitcom-special/ Venue: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North sitcoms iconic. "I love the character of Fran Fine, then one Melbourne. - Cheryl Threadgold day saw a promo image of Jude wearing her

Two Greek-Australians walk into a bar ■ Adapt Enterprises presents Two Greek-Australians Walk into a Bar! After a successful 2017 Adelaide Fringe season, the show is being toured to the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The show features two Greek-Australian artists, Stan Bastiras and Ross Vosvotekas. Stan has performed music for over 30 years, while Ross has been doing comedy for 10 years. The show is a mixture of comedy and musical mayhem, celebrating Greek-Australian culture with eight shows at Hobba. Performance details: September 20 - 29 Venue: Hobba, 428 Malvern Rd, Malvern. Duration:Approximately 50 minutes, no interval Tickets for sale to the general public are available for purchase at the door or online via the Melbourne Fringe website www.melbournefringe.com.au/ event/two-greekaustralians-walk-into-abar Warning: Contains coarse language, adult themes - Cheryl Threadgold

● Stan Bastiras and Ross Vesvotekas in Two Greek Australians .

Review: Water Child

■ From Page 36 Just a little more lightness and comedy in writer Wood’s work, and perhaps 20 minute’s shortening, coupled with a variety of pace from director Weber could add further power to this production. But the marvellously effective soundscape from Jasmine Tolentino, coupled with serious characterizations from Gabriella Mazzarine, strongly portraying gay friend Angela, as well as Ibrahim, Handcock King, and Clayton, makes for a terrific, and emotionally challenging night’s theatre. Water Child, Cross Roads Theatre, Werribee Until September 9 ( varied times) Trybooking $25/conc - Review by Maggie Morrison

Howey Downstairs ■ This year, in addition to their own massive program, the team behind the Butterfly Club will creating a pop-up venue Howey Downstairs (known as Fort Delta Art Gallery during the day. The venue is located at 21 Howey Place (off Lt Collins), and from September 12 – 30, Howey Downstairs will be running shows in the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Over the past 18 years The Butterfly Club have encouraged the zany and the sombre, the wild and the wacky, the beautiful and the inspiring to perform during the three weeks of Melbourne Fringe Festival. This year they are bringing an additional line up of eight productions performing at Howey Downstairs. City of One: A one-man show that examines the questionable foundations of Australia’s cultural identity. Set in the Australian bush, City of One follows the journey a young man who just wants life to be the way it was, but doesn’t understand the cost. City of One seeks to discuss the hidden costs and damages associated with the Australian dream and its surrounding values. Death Boat: A cruise ship approaching a mysterious fog is on the brink of insanity and it is up to the enthusiasm of the entertainers to keep the morale at a high. Corey M. Glamuzina presents a multicharacter narrative intertwined with a variety of sketch. A reverse stripper, an ageing diva and a disgruntled captain are just some of the creations who keep the entertainment alive as the reality of death at sea grows nearer. Socially (un)acceptable: With a more serious tone, Socially (un)acceptable is an unapologetically raw and thought provoking show that takes a bold look at today’s society and its views on sexual assault. This brutally honest piece will break down the beliefs of slut-shaming, victim blaming and rape culture as it explores the need for a cultural shift. The Interpenetration of Opposites: Tracking the relationship of two brothers and their friends through the most important stages of their lives. Exploring tensions and pursuing creative endeavours this piece diverges on issues of love, purpose and the utility of life. Here.Live.Now. Sketch Comedy: A comedy sketch show that combines theatre, improv and music through hilarious dysfunctional moments. Featuring eight up-and-coming performers in Melbourne’s comedy scene Here.Live.Now. will explore issues that can pull us apart as well as bring us together. Boy Story: Cameron and James are two funny boys from Perth; one from the rough suburbs, the other from a fancy suburb close to the beach. Their friendship was forged by their mutual passion for footy and generally being silly sausages. A stand-up comedy double bill by two of WA’s rising stars of comedy. Ben Volchok Presents: Silly voices, sound effects and quick dialogue. Ben Volchok Presents … two episodes of original radio comedy, live on stage. Many characters to listen to and many laughs to be had. The Lucinda Light Show:A one woman cabaret that takes the audience into the depths of being a human. As sacred as it is silly, as raw as it is rehearsed. This show wildly awakes the heart and will have you laughing and applauding until the end. Dates: September 14 – October 1 Venue: 21 Howey Place, Melbourne Cost: $32/$25 Tickets: howeydownstairs.com - Cheryl Threadgold


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Movies, DVDs with Jim Sherlock, Aaron Rourke What’s Hot and What’s Not in Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: GET OUT: Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Horror. Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener. Year: 2017. Rating: MA15+ Length: 104 Minutes. Stars: **** Verdict: Ripping thriller of a young African-American who visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he slowly learns of a mysterious past and horrible truth, and when he decides to "get out," he finds it easier said than done. Startling directorial debut from comedian Jordan Peele, who also wrote and co-produced, starts this chilling journey with delectably disturbing menace (to Run Rabbit Run), and slowly building it's unsettling twists, turns and increasingly gripping tension to a sharp and nail-biting conclusion. The blend of real world paranoia, anxieties, racial undertones and humour turn into a world of nightmares with startling effect. Superbly paced, beautifully filmed and driven by a highly intelligent, fresh and thought provoking screenplay with standout performances, this is top notch nail-biting horror-thriller that the likes of Roman Polanski, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, among others, would have relished and ultimately created at their peak. FILM: McLAREN: Genre: Documentary/Biography/Action/Drama. Cast: Bruce McLaren, Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham. Year: 2017. Rating: M. Length: 92 Minutes. Stars: ***½ Verdict: The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win. In 2005 filmmaker Roger Donaldson paid homage to the achievements of New Zealand biker Burt Munro with the superb and acclaimed "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins. This time Roger Donaldson, the director of such films as "Sleeping Dogs," "The Bounty," "No Way Out," "Cocktail," "Dante's Peak" and "Thirteen Days" turns his sights in the form of a documentary on pioneering New Zealand racing legend, Bruce McLaren. Spoken by those who knew him best, along with a wealth of archival footage, this feature length documentary takes us through his all-too-short life from his humble beginnings in childhood battle with immobilising Legg-Perthes Disease, his early years in racing, to his triumphs in Formula One, the Indianapolis 500, the gruelling LeMans, legendary and groundbreaking racing car designs to his untimely death at the age of 32. Exhilarating, compelling, poignant, respectful and simply straight forward in approach, Roger Donaldson has created a fitting tribute to one of the greatest, most respected and most loved figures in the history of motor racing ... and like me, you don't have to be a petrol-head to be gripped by this extraordinary man and his story. FILM: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS: Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller. Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans, Tyrese Gibson - Helen Mirren (as the mother of Jason Statham's character Deckard). Details: 2017. Rating: M. Length: 136 Minutes. Stars: *** Verdict: Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, but when a mysterious woman convinces him with an offer involving betrayal of those closest to him, the old gang is rounded up yet again, including some former enemies, to get him back. Just when you think you've seen it all through the previous outings from the "Fast and the Furious" team, they're back with even more, much more! More action, more car chases, more chaos, and surprisingly, more humour and lighter than other efforts, as they crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage. No Oscar acting honours here, it know exactly where it's going and exactly who to target, this is totally illogical 'escapist' entertainment that packs a punch! The cast all seem to be having great fun, including Helen Mirren in a brief appearance as the mother of Jason Statham's character Deckard, and even though the ego's of Diesel and Johnson reportedly clashed throughout. The engaging characters we've come to know over that past 16 years years again make this a big, dumb, macho, ridiculously illogical, highly enjoyable eye-popping fast and furious pedal to the metal thrill ride that doesn't fail to deliver. How are they going to top this one!

Rourke’s Reviews: KOFFIA 2017

● Aaron Poole and Daniel Fathers encounter some very strange opponents in the retro horror film The Void, out now on Blu-Ray and DVD. ■ The 8th Korean Film Festival members, terrifying creatures, and in Australia is upon us, and as usual even other dimensions. there is a strong line-up of dramas, Efficiently and imaginatively dicomedies, and thrillers, so there rected by Jeremy Gillespie and should be something to entertain Steven Kostanski, this old-school everyone. production is refreshingly lean and Out of the 24 films playing efficient, lacking the bloated excess around the nation (the festival that sinks many films today. kicked off in Sydney on August 17, Imagine John Carpenter's 1976 and finishes in Hobart on Septem- classic Assault On Precinct 13, but ber 23), 16 are screening in with an enemy that is decidedly Melbourne, at ACMI cinemas in more slimy and supernatural. Federation Square. RATING - **** Although I haven't seen a num- ■ Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. ber of the films playing this year, 2 (M). 137 minutes. Available now ones that I can recommend are: The on 4K, 3D, Blu-Ray and DVD. World Of Us (a superb look at the After the surprisingly entertainfriendship between two young chil- ing original, which subverted the dren); The Age Of Shadows (a styl- superhero formula enough to put it ish spy story from director Kim above the never-ending stream of Jee-woon); The Bacchus Lady (a Marvel/DC films flooding the marconfronting look at old age); Miss- ket now, Guardians Of The Galing (an absorbing abduction thriller); axy Vol. 2 is a considerably more The King (South Korea's answer patchy affair, weighed down by to The Wolf Of Wall Street); and family drama that rarely hits the The Map Against The World (a mark. period drama from blockbuster The main plot thread this time film-maker Kang Woo-suk). deals with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) For more information, including finding out who his father is, while session times and ticket prices, the guardians themselves typically check online at www.koffia.com.au become involved in a number of or www.acmi.net.au, or contact elaborate, explosive encounters, ACMI on 8663 2200. Enjoy. always indulging in comically verOn a side note, if A Taxi Driver bal altercations. is still playing at Hoyts Melbourne The spark of the first film is Central, please rush and see it, as sadly absent, replaced instead with it is marvellous, with an outstand- expensive excess, overstuffed with ing performance by star Song characters and sequences that feel Kang-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer). extraneous or under-developed. ■ The Void (R). 90 minutes. AvailThe finale is especially proable now on Blu-Ray and DVD. tracted, going on for what seems An expertly crafted tribute to low like forever. budget horror films of the 1980s, The best sub-plot concerns the The Void is hugely entertaining, and changing relationship between riwill please fans who remember and vals Yondu (Michael Rooker) and love those flicks that have obviously Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooserved as a major inspiration (in- per), but it is frustratingly cut short. cluding From Beyond, The Thing, Kurt Russell adds panache as and Halloween 2). Ego, but is unfortunately limited by When police officer Daniel the material. Carter (Aaron Poole) brings a A disappointment from writer/ wounded stranger to an under- director James Gunn (Slither, Sustaffed hospital late one night, he per). unwittingly triggers a series of RATING - **½ events that involve hooded cult - Aaron Rourke

Top 10 Lists SEPTEMBER 3 -9 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. AMERICAN MADE. 2. ANNABELLE: CREATION. 3. DUNKIRK. 4. THE DARK TOWER. 5. HAMPSTEAD. 6. MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR. 7. LOGAN LUCKY. 8. CELEBRATE STUDIO GIBILI. 9. VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. 10. THE BIG SICK. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON TO CINEMAS AROUND AUSTRALIA: AUGUST 31: ALI'S WEDDING, ALL SAINTS, GIFTED, GIRL'S TRIP, MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, SMALL TOWN KILLERS, THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD, VOYAGE OF TIME: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE. SEPTEMBER 7: IT, NAMATJIRA PROJECT, THE DINNER, THE GLASS CASTLE, THE LOVERS, THE MIMIC, TOMMY'S HONOUR, TWENTY TWO. THE DVD AND BLU-RAY TOP RENTALS & SALES: 1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Volume 2 [Sci-Fi/Action/Adventure/Chris Pratt]. 2. JOHN WICK 2 [Action/Crime/Thriller/ Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane]. 3. FREE FIRE [Action/Crime/Comedy/ Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer]. 4. BAYWATCH [Action/Comedy/Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario]. 5. ALIEN COVENANT [Action/Thriller/Sci-Fi/ Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston]. 6. THEIR FINEST [Comedy/Drama/Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Richard E. Grant]. 7. COLOSSAL [Action/Comedy/Drama/Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis]. 8. GET OUT [Mystery/Thriller/Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford]. 9. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD [Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Jude Law]. Also: KONG: SKULL ISLAND, THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE, A DOG'S PURPOSE, SNATCHED, GHOST IN THE SHELL, DENIAL, BERLIN SYNDROME, GOING IN STYLE, T2: TRAINSPOTTING, LIFE. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON DVD THIS WEEK: THE MUMMY [Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe]. THE SHACK [Drama/Fantasy/Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer]. WAKEFIELD [Drama/Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo]. BECOMING BOND [Biography/Comedy/ George Lazenby, Josh Lawson]. NEW RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS ON BLU-RAY THIS WEEK: THE MUMMY [Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe]. THE SHACK [Drama/Fantasy/Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer]. WAKEFIELD [Drama/Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo]. THE WAR [Ken Burns/Documentary MiniSeries]. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM [Documentary]. TABOO: Season 1 [Tom Hardy]. THE HINDENBURG [Adventure/Drama/History/George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft]. NEW & RE-RELEASE AND CLASSIC MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS: THE HINDENBURG [Adventure/Drama/History/George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft]. NEW RELEASE TELEVISION, DOCUMENTARY AND MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS: THE WAR [Ken Burns/Documentary MiniSeries]. LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM [Documentary]. TABOO: Season 1 [Tom Hardy]. HEARTLAND: Season 10. THE FLASH: Season 3. BLUE HEALERS: Collection 2. ANIMAL KINGDOM: Season 1. PRISONER: Season 8. - James Sherlock


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Local Theatre with Cheryl Threadgold and team THE COCOON ■ If wishing to get up close and personal to the most intimate moments of the human romantic experience, New York City playwright Kotryna Gesait’s The Cocoon: Immersive Theatre is being presented as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival from September 15 – 30 at The Portable in Brunswick. Derived from Kotryna's The Nursery Web which enjoyed a sell-out season at The Butterfly Club in February, The Cocoon challenges audiences on the constructs of romance, gender and sexuality. Covering love from all angles, The Cocoon explores innocence, desire, love lost and found. Directed by Kotryna Gesait and produced by the Northern Theatre Company, The Cocoon is presented in a series of vignettes which the audience is encouraged to actively respond to; the vignettes take place amongst the audience so anyone who enters can be a part of various experiences. Performance details: September 15 – 30 at 9pm. Venue: The Portable, 3 Dawson St., Brunswick. Cost: $32/$27. Bookings: www. melbournefringe.com.au/event/the-cocoon/

It’s A Wonderful Life

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH ● From Page 35 From his early days as a ‘gap filler’ to his Colgate Comedy Hour work, we were treated to a selection of songs and stories of his life. The comic timing of Halcrow and Radda during the Ethel Merman stand in was excellent, and the change in pace during O’Connor’s marriage breakdown created a wonderful contrast to the upbeat Make ‘em laugh. In the space, it was always going to be difficult to incorporate the dance aspects of the show, and despite Halcrow’s efforts, this is what I really missed. The potential to build this show to a more comprehensive telling of O’Connor’s life is definitely there, and dance would need to be a much more significant factor to properly do justice to O’Connor’s career. Halcrow’s voice wasn’t always up to the demands of the songs, and at times, the harmonies were a little off, but both performers gave it their all and the audience was treated to a warm, engaging performance that had us smiling and tapping our feet. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in going home and watching Youtube videos to relive some of O’Connor’s great moments. Sharing them with my kids has been particularly wonderful; watching their faces as they experience a master of comedy has brought back that joy I felt as a child when Donald O’Connor first made me laugh. Make ‘Em Laugh was performed at The Butterfly Club. - Review by Kylie Rackham

SHOWS ■ Heidelberg Theatre Company: The Club (by David Williamson) September 8 - 23 at 36 Turnham Ave.., Rosanna. Director: Gavin Williams. Bookings: 9457 4117 www.htc.org.au ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: The Seafarer (by Conor McPherson) September 7 - 23 at 2-4 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: BruceAkers. Bookings: 9885 9678 www.wlt.org.au ■ SLAMS Musical Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors September 15 - 23 at Knox Community Arts Centre, Mountain Highway, Bayswater. Director: Will Sayer; Musical Director: Ryland Sack; Choreographer: Steph Clare-Cover. Bookings: 9720 3205.

AUDITIONS ■ Brighton Theatre Company: The Return (by Reg Cribb) September 4, 5 at 7.30pm at 7.30pm at Brighton Theatre, Cnr Wilson and Carpenter Sts., Brighton. Director: Deborah Fabbro. Audition bookings: 0416 141 838 or orbbaf@ozemail.com.au ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Unnecessary Farce (by Paul Slade Smith) September 19 at 7.30pm and September 24 at 2pm at the Bradshaw St. Community Hall, Bradshaw St., West Essendon. Director: George Benca. Audition bookings: georgebenca@gmail.com 0419 591 517.

● Llaani Poor (Sally Applewhite playing Mary Bailey) and Mark Briggs (Jake Laurentis playing George Bailey) in It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Show being presented in Eltham. Photo:Ian Clark. ■ Eltham Little Theatre presents It’s a WonIt takes the intervention of an Angel to show derful Life – A Live Radio Show from until Sep- him what the world would have been like withtember 16 at the Eltham Performing Arts Cen- out him and he realises that he has indeed had a profound and meaningful impact on so many tre. Written by Joe Landry and directed by lives. Terese Maurici Ryan, the story is inspired by The ensemble of actors will portray various the classic American film and It’s a Wonderful characters, with a live piano score and sound Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s effects. live radio broadcast. Performances: September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, The heart-warming tale is about George 2pm matinee on September 10. Bailey, an honourable man who puts aside his Venue: Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1608 big dreams in order to help others. When a con- Main Rd, Research siderable part of the family fortune is lost, George Tickets: $25 full, $20 concession becomes downcast and seriously questions his Bookings: www.elthamlittletheatre.org.au self worth. - Cheryl Threadgold

‘Full Monty’ at Macedon SHOWS

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■ The Mount Players: The Full Monty Until September 10 at the Mountview Theatre, 56 Smith St., Macedon. Director: Leo Vandervalk. Bookings: 5426 1892. ■ Malvern Theatre Company: Brief Encounters/We Were Dancing (by Noel Coward) Until September 9 at 29A Burke Rd., Malvern. Director: Horrie Leek. Bookings: 1300 131 552. ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Equally Divided (by Ronald Harwood) Until September 16 at 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Director: Cheryl Ballantine-Richards. Bookings: 9587 5141 or www.mordialloctheatre.com ■ MoARTZ: Caravan (by Donald MacDonald) Until September 9 at Monash Hall, Reserve St., Yallourn North. Director: Mike Pullar. Bookings: 0438 579 987. ■ OCPAC (Old Carey PerformingArts Club): Sweet Charity Until September 23 at MGH, Carey Boys Grammar School, Bakers Rd., Kew. Tickets: $35/$30. Bookings: https://chook.as/ ocpac/sweet-charity www.ocpac.com.au ■ Eltham Little Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life Until September 16 at the Eltham Performing Arts Centre, 1603 Main Rd., Research. Bookings: www.trybooking or 0411 713 095. ■ Melbourne French Theatre: Every Trick in the Book (by Georges Feydeau) September 7 16 at the Pop-up Theatre, 203-205 Canning St., Carlton. Director:Alec Gilbert. Booking details: www.melbournefrenchtheatre.org.au ■ Phoenix Theatre Company: Rock of Ages September 8- 16 at Doncaster Playhouse. Bookings: www.phoenixtheatrecompany.org ■ Tangled Web Productions:The Mercy Seat (by Neil LeBute) Until September 9 at Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St., Albert Park (Cnr Pick

les and Graham Sts.) Tickets: Full $25, Conc. $22. Duration: 100 minutes, no interval. Bookings: http://www.gasworks.org.au/event/themercy-seat/ ■ Geelong Repertory Theatre Company: Exit Laughing (by Paul Elliot) September 8 - 23 at 15 Coronation St., West Geelong. Director: Geoff Gaskill. Bookings: GPAC 5229 1130. ■ Shepparton Theatre Arts Group: Calendar Girls (by Tim Firth) September 8, 9 at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Cnr. Homewood Drive and Mooroopna Ave., Mooroopna. 9511.Bookings: 5832 9511 ■ Essendon Theatre Company: Baby with the Bathwater (by Christopher Durang) September 14 - 23 at the Bradshaw Street Community Hall, Bradshaw Street, West Essendon (off Buckley St.). Director: Drew Mason. Bookings: 0422 029 483. ■ Diamond Valley Singers: Comic Songs 'I Could Have Laughed All Night!' September 10 at 2.00pm at Living Faith Church, 37 Grimshaw St., Greensborough; September 17 at 2.00pm at Warrandyte Mechanics Institute Hall, Cnr. Yarra St. and Mitchell Ave., Warrandyte; September 24 at 2pm at The Avenue Church, Cnr The Avenue and Blackburn Rds., Blackburn. Tickets: $15/$10 at the door. (Proceeds from these performances go to International Needs Australia, Open ■ Adelphi Players Theatre Company: Love Letters (by A. R. Gurney) September 9 - 17 at the Booran Road Hall, 264 Booran Rd., Ormond. Director: Michael Mace. Tickets: $15/$12. Bookings: 9690 1593. - Cheryl Threadgold

ARK THEATRE ■ ARK Theatre announces a new festival which will bring together writers from all over Australia on March 24-25, 2018. Victorian theatre groups and ensembles will perform the plays of 10 minutes’ duration. Theatre Groups do not source their own play like they do in other festivals. Instead they get to choose one shortlisted play. Theatre groups then perform in their allocated heat with two plays from each heat making it into the final on the Sunday night. Prizes will be available for theatre groups, directors, actors and writers including People's Choice Awards. If not part of a theatre group just get a director and cast together and register as an ensemble (with a given name). Ensembles that already write and produce their own work are invited to submit a play and if shortlisted, the ensemble gets first option to perform it. The festival will be held at the Lilydale Heights College Performing Arts Centre, 17 Nelson Rd, Lilydale (Gate 2). Prior to the festival, an open day will be held at the theatre for anyone wishing to discuss the weekend procedures and familiarize themselves with the venue. Registration is open from October 1 and an online payment link will be available on the ARKfest website and Facebook page. Theatre groups, ensembles and school group ensembles are all eligible and encouraged to enter. Closing date for application is November 26. The registration fee per production is $50 payable in advance, but a refund will be paid on withdrawal from the selection rounds. No refund payable after December 31. Theatre Group Registration will be open for the ARKfest Short Play Festival hosted by ARK Theatre from October 1 and an online payment link of the website will be available then. Theatre Groups, Ensembles and school group ensembles are all eligible and encouraged to enter. Closing date for applications is November 26. Registrations after this date will be at the discretion of the ARKfest Team and depend on availability. The registration fee per production is $50 payable in advance, however a refund will be sent to you if you withdraw from the selection rounds. No refunds will be issued if you withdraw after December 31. Registration deadline: Open: October 1 . Close: October 26. Submission fee: $50 per theatre group/ ensemble Payment: Online via trybooking. Link available on website from October 1. Play selection rounds: November 30December, 14 Performance venue: Lilydale Heights College Performing Arts Centre (LHCPAC), 17 Nelson Rd, Lilydale Festival date: Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25 Enquiries to Rosey Cullinan 0409 860 225 roseycull@hotmail.com (Available after September 17) . Or Paula at arkshorties@ gmail.com - Cheryl Threadgold

AUDITIONS ■ Williamstown Little Theatre: The 39 Steps (by Patrick Barlow) September 3 at 2.00pm and September 4 at 7.00pm at 2 Albert St., Williamstown. Director: Barbara Hughes. Audition bookings: 0458 134 469. ■ Mordialloc Theatre Company: Leading Ladies (by Ken Ludwig) September 3 at 2.30pm, September 5 at 7.30pm at the Guide Hall, Glebe Ave., (off Charman Rd.) Cheltenham. Director: Tim Long. Audition Bookings: wolfisterinc@gmail.com


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1. Hair-stylist 6. Straight-line racing car 11. Famous Indian mausoleum (3,5) 15. Nightclub dancer 20. ... kwon do 21. Labyrinths 22. Aegean or Caspian 23. Lahore is there 24. Mad Russian monk 25. NE Scottish seaport 27. Jumbo animal 28. Watering tube 29. Fixed gaze 31. World fair 32. Cruel person 36. Pins & ... 37. Prolong (4,3) 38. Checks (text) for errors 41. Renovate (ship) 44. Metal bar 45. Unfortunately 48. Sneeze noise (1-6) 49. Oddball 52. Rectangular 56. Addressing crowd 57. Anxious (2,4) 58. Perfumed burning stick 61. Goat's wool 62. Economises, ... & saves 63. Fibbing 64. Naomi Campbell is one 65. Imperial ruler 66. Collided with (3,4) 67. Disincentive 71. Absurd comedy 73. Of the ear 75. Windbag 80. Clarify, ... light on 82. Hone 83. Disobey 85. Gauges 86. Befuddles 88. Labourer's tools, pick & ... 90. Welcomes 91. British coin 93. Taking sides 94. Climbing plants 95. Female voices 96. Wither 97. Tingle 99. Mark as correct 100. Holy places 104. Rubbish 105. School maxim 106. Track down 107. Sent via Internet 111. The other way around, vice ... 113. Observe 114. The masses, ... polloi 115. Disorderly 117. Smear 118. Affirmative replies 121. Russian spirit 122. Mustard & ... 125. Canine disease 126. Shaving cut 127. Roman dress 129. Pulpy, soft food 131. Yoga master 132. Apprehension 135. Feng ... 136. Unplaced competitor (4-3) 139. Wild party 140. Representatives 144. Strangely 145. Scandinavian 146. Wall painting 147. Underwriters 148. Glared

149. Gallows rope 150. Group of eight 152. Hang loosely 154. Flog 157. Fluid unit 158. Minutest 162. Iran's neighbour 163. Exhausts supply of (4,2) 166. Porridge cereal 167. Pour with rain 169. Slow down! 171. Car pioneer, Karl ... 172. Tobacco user 173. Leers 175. Lever (off) 176. Single 179. Swiss banking centre 180. Come to rest (3,2) 182. Liqueur, ... Maria 183. Towards stern 184. Blackboard stand 186. Negative 189. Harness-racing horse 190. Return (of symptoms) 191. Epic movie-maker, Cecil B De ... 192. Big Apple city (3,4) 196. 60s pop dance (2-2) 197. Dad 198. Heedful 199. Spend extravagantly 201. Not fit for consumption 202. Gloomier 203. Performing 204. Car-top luggage frame (4,4) 205. Worked hard 208. Guidance 210. Up to this time 211. Aquatic bird 212. Pragmatism 213. Vein of ore 215. Vending machine 219. Nimble 221. Small & efficient 223. Striped brown gem (5'1,3) 227. Biology or physics 228. Mummifies (corpse) 230. Donations 231. Scorch 232. Charts (course) (4,3) 233. Villain 234. Arrogant newcomer 238. Power outlet 239. Knit with hooked needle 240. Scratch 243. Eagle nests 246. Ancestry 247. Lease again 250. Naming words 251. Greek philosopher 253. Muddles (up) 256. Frequent visitor 257. Mischievous 258. Character 262. Manufacture 263. Florida's Key ... 266. Is in debt to 268. Citrus fruit 269. Surgical removal 270. Not enclosed (of land) 271. Ruling (monarch) 272. Decimal unit 273. Opinion surveys 274. Corroded, ... away at 275. Slyer 276. Supervised 277. Perseveres 278. Least

Down 1. Manages 2. Annoyed 3. Abstains from food 4. Salt Lake City state 5. Absconded (3,3) 7. Severely simple 8. Seedy conditions 9. Discharge 10. Talk wildly 11. Muscle rupture 12. Fire-resistant material 13. Of war 14. Country dance 15. Leaked slowly 16. Aura 17. Windscreen cleaner 18. Rocky Mountains state 19. Early guitars 24. Tenant's fee 26. Fish traps 30. Quarrel 33. Document bag, ... case 34. Evoke 35. Cavalryman 38. Triangular-sided building 39. Constantly busy (2,3,2) 40. Learn (4,3) 42. Great ages 43. Charges with crime 46. Furiously 47. Beliefs 49. Properly nourished (4-3) 50. Frostier 51. Stray 53. Bewails 54. More mature 55. Biblical sea 59. Oil paintings 60. Skittles 67. Lowers (oneself) 68. Fishing boat 69. Ex-pupils' get-together 70. Invigorate 72. Residential locations 74. Score after deuce 76. Exposed 77. French N-Test region, ... Atoll 78. Rude 79. Pestered 81. Cargo door 84. Unnerves 87. Strong coffee 89. Nonconformists 91. Primitive 92. Japan's second largest city 98. Recording room 101. Restrict (3,2) 102. Asian cricketing nation 103. Flattened 108. Countless number 109. Saturate (with colour) 110. Turn inside-out 112. Remembered 116. Carpenters 119. Brightening up 120. Proper behaviour 123. Now Zimbabwean 124. Set apart 128. News-sheet 130. Ill-bred 132. Unfulfilled

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133. Inaccuracy 134. Songs for one 137. Actress, ... Sarandon 138. Scoundrel 141. Heredity units 142. Cosy corners 143. Clean with broom 151. Household jobs 153. Riddle 155. Hot & moist 156. Lower leg joint 159. Revealed (knowledge) 160. Foolishness 161. Inducting, ... in 164. Too soon 165. Open wound 168. Alienate 170. Unfashionable 173. Reverse 174. Giving university talk 177. Soundly constructed (4-5) 178. Worsened (of crisis) 181. Leaves uncared-for 185. Permitting 186. Liked 187. Retailers 188. Football umpire 193. Sun or rain 194. Acorn bearer (3,4) 195. Sing-along entertainment 200. Prayer beads 201. Official emblems 206. ... & lemons 207. Wear best clothes (5,2) 208. Human rights group, ... International 209. Modesty 211. Large pedal 214. Moral 216. Dip in liquid 217. Capers 218. Numerals 220. Conclude 222. Toadstools 224. Great joy 225. Questionable 226. Junior 229. Fully satisfy 232. Liquefy 235. Actress, ... Cruz 236. Straighter 237. Reaction 241. Changing booth 242. Picasso & Monet 244. Library patrons 245. Belongings, personal ... 248. More meagre 249. You 251. Walk with heavy steps 252. Turns away 253. Imitate 254. Father Christmas 255. Praise highly 259. Divine messenger 260. Combine 261. Roman VIII 262. Small tick 264. Unknown writer 265. Swallow noisily 267. Appear


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