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09 hotness code we serve up the latest offers, places, people and gadgets making waves around town. 13 profiler what does it take to become a finalist in the sony world photographic challenge? what can we expect for youth week around town? we get the lowdown. 16 fashion abi fincham is one stylish winner, along with hot new watches and the latest season lowdowns from pop issue, jamie fame, subfusco and our favourite blogger, madame fairelamour.

27 it’s academic griffith takes on the

campus carbon challenge, the creative3 forum is about to hit, and dominque mcdermott uncovers the ugly truth of refectory eating. 32 press play the latest music and movie releases with chats to goldfrapp, montpelier and kickass creator mark millar, along with not to be missed shows and exhibitions for the month ahead. 44 travel amy janet spends a longawaited four days in the big apple. what did she get up to? you’ll be exhausted just reading everything she manages to fit in. plus, take a trip to ethiopia and have a cuppa coffee with Laura Price. 47 snapped have you made it into our socials from boys-noize at the met, tim green at the monastery or regatta’s frat club?


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editor’s letter Like the Himalyan Cafe (situated around the corner from me here at Unisex central) which announces on its windows, “may positive energy flow through all living things”, I began Unisexmag last year, with the goal of presenting oustanding and positive lifestyle stories of higher education students across SouthEast Queensland. It has taken some time to convince various student groups and institutions that I am not here to hurt them (although you would think I was asking for their first born child at times). In fact, this is just the opposite. We are all so busy and self-involved on our own campuses and study programs that we have little time to see the fantastic work our peers are doing elsewhere. More importantly, the potential to work together and help each other is enormous! This is what I want the unisex world to be. A place where you can find inspiration from others. A place of creativity. A place of fun and positivity. With that in mind we must be doing something right, as this month we have grown in pages, stunning advertisers are continuing to jump onboard, YOU are submitting fantastic story content, and our design continues to evolve. So without further ado, let’s get into the latest issue. We have photographers, stylists, designers, travellers, comic-book legends and our new social pages for you to have a gander at. Don’t forget to tell us if you, or someone you know is doing something amazing and we will let the rest of the unisex citizens out there know all about it next month. Drop me an eems on, don’t be shy, you may like it. Until then, remain calm, put the books down, put your feet up, and enjoy our April Issue, Ian

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Feeling a little stressed? Needing help to maintain a healthy work, study, and social life balance? Then you need to get down to the Yoga In Daily Life Centre. What makes them so hot? Student Yoga Nights... that’s what. It only costs $5 for the class which takes place every Thursday from 6-7.30pm at their Fortitude Valley centre. You can call them on 3252 2559 or visit YOGAINDAILYLIFE.ORG.AU

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If you have seen Lady Gaga’s most recent video, you have noticed the not-sosubtle product placement. One of which is the classic Polaroid camera (she is their official Creative Director you know). After much indecision, the company will release the gorgeous new product, sometime this year, bringing Polaroid to a whole new audience, as well as appease retro-photography fans like us. POLAROID.COM

As you may know, the G-Card only launched a couple of months ago but in that time it has already racked up over $17,500 in prizes, competitions and ticket giveaways from Prodigy to Cheap Thrills, Future Music Festival, Boys Noize and stacks more. That doesn’t even include the $100s you can save on free entry and fashion discounts at the numerous venues and stores through-out Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast partnered with the card. Your wallet/purse has a slot just waiting to be filled by all the VIP goodies on offer. GETANIGHTLIFE.COM.AU/GCARD


cannes do duo TWO PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS FROM THE QUEENSLAND COLLEGE OF ART are amongst the final twelve selected from an international field to contest the Sony World Photography Awards. Joe Ruckli and Nicolette Johnson will travel to Cannes in April, where they will have just 24 hours in which to take their images, produce them, and make them ready for the final assessment before a panel of internationally renowned judges. We chat with these creative clickers about the awards and what they mean.

Lead us through the process of entering and being chosen for the Sony World Photo Awards. (J)Funnily enough, Nicolette and my initial entry was very much a product of our lecturers enthusiasm for a free trip to Cannes; he would jokingly insist we enter so he could enjoy a week in the mediterranean. Of course he was playfully ‘guilting’ us in to entering, but more seriously understood the ability of photojournalism students at QCA and felt we had a strong chance of securing a finalist position. Fortunatley he’s proven to be right! A group of photojournalism students got together to review the projects we had produced over the semester, and luckily mine and Nicolettes’ seemed to be the most suitable and relevant to the competition theme and brief. (N)Well Joe and I entered one photograph each last year in November. It wasn’t until February that I had heard anything about the competition since entering, so I wasn’t very hopeful and it wasn’t even on my mind for the majority of the summer holidays (which I spent overseas with my parents). How did you feel when you heard you had been chosen? (N) To be honest I thought there might have been a misunderstanding by someone, but when I checked the website and saw our pictures I was just in shock, shaking all around and suppressing the urge to let out a high pitched squeal! (J) It was certainly a huge surprise when the finalists were annouonced, and to see our names and images in the final twelve. There was a bit of a gap between when we submitted our work, to when the finalists were announced, and I would occasionally check the website as more of a curiousity of who won, not really considering that we would be one of the finalists. I remember checking over the announcement on the internet so many times after I had found out before telling anyone, it was really quite surreal. I was ecstatic! What are you most looking forward to when you get to Cannes? (J) I’m very much looking forward to the assignment we are given over there which determines the winner, but also the opportunity to network with other photographers and meet some of the exemplary practioners in the field. I’m extremly exicted at the possibility of meeting some of the photographers from the Magnum agency. Likewise I think the lectures and seminars available will be interesting. Visually, Cannes appears to be quite interesting, so it will be enjoyable to produce some work in a fresh environment. (N) Just soaking up as much as I can from as many people as I can meet. Who do you draw inspiration from? (N) A lot of my peers. I love getting chances to see the work my classmates have been doing. Some photographic artists that I really admire are Edward Curtis, Nick Brandt and Sally Mann. (J) My inspiration is drawn from very diverse sources. For the assignment I shot with the winning image, I was looking very closely at the works of Trente Parke and particulary Andrew Quilty, both aspirational Australian photographers. What excites you about photography? (N) The most amazing feeling is getting the shot, THE shot, and you see it and your heart just skips a beat. For me, at least. (J) Photography excites me in so many ways. I like the access it gives you and the people you get to meet. Photography’s capacity to communicate a story visually is something that I could never loose interest in, and I enjoy the process of interpreting reality and producing an image which is subjective, capable of generating many meanings and personal to the viewer. It certainly affects the viewer in a different way as text on a page. What is the dream for the future? (J) Ultimately in a career sense I hope to secure a position in a good photojournalism/documentary agency and have the opportunity to produce work which is sincere to me. I certainly hope to benefit those whom I photograph. (N) Simple...National Geographic! PHOTOGRAPHER RAY CASH


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BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL IS PRESENTING ‘GET LOUD!’, a free program of events for young people to celebrate National Youth Week 2010 across our city from April 9 to 17. Council expects thousands of young people to get involved in Youth Week as an opportunity to have their voices heard, showcase their talents and share ideas and creativity. The program kicks off with a Silent DJ Party on Friday April 9 and concludes with the Youth Arts Showcase of music, comedy, circus acts and visual art on April 17, both taking place in King George Square. The Silent DJ Party will invite young people to tune into wireless headphones and dance out of sync and sing out of tune to DJs spinning a mix of infectious dance tracks. Silent discos have become one of the biggest and most unusual sensations at festivals around the world. Libraries across the city will also present workshops in hip hop, roller derby, manga comic drawing, film making, writing, jewellery making, slam poetry and song writing, as well as art installations, film screenings and more. The popular Battle City hip hop block party, in its ninth year, is back with local and interstate hip hop talent joining forces to compete in one of Australia’s longest running dance events. Battle City brings a block party vibe to Brisbane’s city centre, providing a platform for B-Boys and BGirls to showcase their skills to a soundtrack of high energy hip hop and funk in a bid to take out the $400 winner takes all cash prize. Since its introduction in 2002, it has attracted local and international talent including the likes of Gwen Stefani’s world famous tour dancers, Legacy and Flea Rock. B-Girl Demolition (aka Demi Sorono from So You Think You Can Dance) returns to Battle City on the judging panel this year alongside her equally talented brother Carlo and local legend B-Boy Riot. DJ and event organiser, DJ Bacon, expects fierce competition from the likes of Australia’s premier B-Boy crew, Skill at Will. “Skill at Will has taken out Battle City on several occasions and are role models for a lot of the younger crews just starting out,” DJ Bacon said. “Guys like Versastyle from Skill at Will have been training, teaching, performing and nurturing the Brisbane B-Boy scene for more than 20 years.” Entertainment will include performances by some of Australia’s most talented and emerging DJ’s, dancers and MC’s including DJ Mathmatics, Rainman, B-Girl Demolition, Yuinhuzami, Liones, MC Que, DJ Bacon and more, while spectators will enjoy birds-eye views of the dance action via tier stadium-like seating. Other events for Youth Week include a sports day of schoolyard games such as handball and elastics; a suitcase rummage of pre-loved goods for sale; a ‘crafternoon’ of learning to knit, yarn, crochet or sew over a cuppa; and circus workshops with Flipside Circus. For all the deets, visit YOUTHWEEK.COM/2010 and get involved now.

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style star METROPOLITAN SOUTH INSTITUTE OF TAFE (MSIT) GRADUATE, ABIGAIL FINCHAM CHATS WITH US ABOUT WINNING THE QUEENSLAND OVERSEAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP. What made you apply for the scholarship? I’ve been wanting to venture overseas ever since I graduated in 2007 but thought it best to work in the Australian industry first. I heard of the scholarship last year and it was perfect timing as I planned to have at least 2 years experience under my belt. An extensive application detailing qualifications, achievements and why I should be chosen was the first step. I eagerly waited and then one day received a call to attend an interview with the board of the foundation (QOF) where I had to further explain what I would do with the scholarship and why I should be the lucky person to receive such an amazing opportunity. I took along a portfolio of my work so far and expressed my love of the fashion industry and strong desire to succeed. I was happy with how the interview process went, I just had to hope that the board believed I was worth the investment.



What did you think when your name was announced as the winner? I received a phone call the morning after the interview and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! I called my parents straight away and they were so proud although it was a little bitter sweet as it meant their

daughter would be on the other side of the world in a matter of months. It’s only just hit me recently that it’s actually going to happen. The dream of working in one of the fashion capitals of the world is finally coming to fruition. What have you been doing since graduating? I worked at a boutique in the city for 6 months doing visual merchandising and then scored a job as Assistant Product Developer for Accessories at the Colorado head office in South Brisbane. After 6 months I was moved into menswear and then after another 6 months applied for a position in womenswear and have been Assistant Product Developer for womenswear and accessories ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to experience various parts of the business and the knowledge I have gained is invaluable. It has been an amazing place to learn and I feel my skills have grown considerably in both design, product and confidence to pursue an idea. It is rare for such a big company to run in the way that Colorado does, as a Product Developer we are involved with the garment from when it is first sketched to when it is sent to store. It’s a very rewarding situation and means that I have been able to learn every aspect of the manufacturing and commercial process. As well as working fulltime I have also been styling freelance on weekends to build my portfolio as this is something that I would like to pursue overseas. From various model portfolio shoots to

“The dream of working in one of the fashion capitals of the world is finally coming to fruition.”

marketing campaigns, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with some outstanding Brisbane talent, build a fabulous network of contacts and experiment with some amazing concepts. What will you do with the scholarship? The scholarship funds the flight to your chosen destination and aids in ensuring you can succeed in your chosen field. When I’m settled in London I would love to take a short course in Art Direction and Accessory design/production to further my skills and increase my chance of meeting industry professionals. The foundation also encourages travel so I will most definitely be fulfilling that requirement. Where will you go? What will you do? I will be based in London initially and aim to secure an internship at a magazine to start my adventure. I want to gain some work experience with London based accessory designers and styling assistant positions with the intention of gaining a job in one of these areas. I’ll travel to Berlin, Milan, Paris and Florence and explore trade shows, volunteer at fashion week and soak up all the incredible inspiration these places have to offer. Who makes you most jealous? I am utterly jealous of American Vogue stylist Grace Coddington and her amazing talent. She has every stunning creation from any designer she desires at her fingertips and produces

absolute masterpieces with some of the most gifted people in the world. What more could you want? Who do you love as your inspiration? Lee McQueen has been my driving force ever since I was 14. I was devastated when I heard of the tragedy, as I always envisioned meeting him one day and dreamt of working for him and his phenomenal empire. I really hope that McQueen lives on and continues his legacy for producing some of the most breath-taking and extraordinary creations. What’s the dream? My dream short term is to assist stylist extraordinaire Nicola Formichetti. His work is unbelievable and it would be an amazing experience. My long term absolute dream job would be as Creative Director for a high end label such as Balenciaga, McQueen or Comme de Garcons. Making their vision become a reality and producing an image that people long to be a part of. From directing runway shows to styling massive campaigns with some of the world’s most talented photographers, models, makeup artists and hair stylists. I’d also one day love to have my own accessory label producing high quality bags, belts, jewellery and other adornments. But I want to wait until I’m in the situation where I know the right people, have endless resources at my fingertips and have enough money to do it properly first time round. It’s all, or nothing!




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GRITTY QUEENSLAND BASED MENSWEAR LABEL JAMIE FAME, has given us a sneak-peek of what to expect from them this season. Born unassumingly in 2007 as a form of expression through a range of printed tees and hoodies, Jamie Fame has since been spotted on the likes of Bloc Party, Grinspoon, Boys Noize, Designer Drugs, The Sounds and The Daylight Curse. Drawing influence from international styles and applying them to the Australian climate, the previous two seasons have now seen the group sink their teeth into complete collections of menswear and are proud to announce the upcoming AW10 season titled Dead Inside. Finding inspiration in the macabre, the aptly titled Dead Inside provides perfect cuts of organic cotton, crushed viscose, ‘blue jovi’ denim and cashmere, and all 100% Australian Made. Once again, they have mixed menswear tailoring with a variety of bad influences to produce Jamie Fame’s most disgustingly wearable collection yet. Brad Pengelly, the label’s creative maestro says, “I walk around eyeing off what everyone’s wearing. I get ideas from what I see out in the market. I often see a nice colour that I want to do and then just make a print to suit that. Yes, you’ll pay more than you would for a regular tee or hoodie, but what you’re paying for, and what high-end streetwear boutiques are loving, is the quality and the point of difference. Trust me, you’ll get noticed.” Like what you see? Pop into Alterior Motif at Cotton Tree, Angus Black in Fortitude Valley, Dirtbox in Brisbane City, LIV in Surfers Paradise, Substance at Coolangatta, or simply visit their online store JAMIEFAME.COM, and discover your own slice of fame.







THE WINTER COLLECTION FOR POPISSUE IS CALLED BLACK HEAVEN, which expresses the notion of dark elegance. Designer Konrad Opala has created a sophisticated range with a tough undertone, for men who are fashionably brave. Always drawing his inspiration from the art world, this season Opala’s inspiration came from 70’s and 80’s film and music icons. Opala’s designs will make one feel a sense of rock star allure. The kind of allure David Bowie and Dépêche Mode’s front man Dave Gahan exude. This is achieved by contrasting fabrics, flamboyant details and elegant cuts. Combinations of leather, silk, transparent fabrics, distressed denim and fur create contrasting textures which are visually dynamic. Details like studded vests, zip features, snake skin printed silk shirts, fur collars, double breasted bomber jackets and slashed tees scream ‘Rebel, Rebel’. Whilst the immaculate cuts of slim-line fitted suits and shirting add a European elegance to the range. Drapery is also a feature, with draped hooded scarves and cardigans adding a softness to the harder elements found in the collection. The main colour combination is black on black with glimpses of grey and white. This serious colour palette makes the wearer feel like a male protagonist in a David Lynch film, sensual whilst harbouring a dark side. Popissue’s collection Black Heaven, is for men who want to look desirable and make a strong fashion statement. The amalgamation of sophisticated and tough qualities has formed a range that is alluring as the characters who will wear it. Get yourself into Dirtbox or Fallow in Brisbane, or Adrenalin on the Gold Coast to touch the latest with your own two hands. Alternatively, you can jump online at POPISSUE.COM to browse from home.


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THE FEMALE FILES April 13 - April 30 Supporting Queensland Festival of Photography 2010 Six female artists peer through a lens allowing an insight into what plays on the mind of women in their twenties, T h e F e m a l e F i l e s o p e n s a s m a l l w i n d o w w i t h a l a r g e v i e w. F e a t u r i n g t h e w o r k s o f E i l e e n K e n n y, A n n e t t e D e n n i s , E l i s a b e t h H a r v e y, M a j e l l a M c M a h o n , C h a r m a i n e M a l g a p o & A n t o n i a K e l l y.


DO YOU THINK YOU ARE BRISBANE’S BEST AVANTGARDE DESIGNER? Queens Plaza has implemented a new initiative to support Brisbane’s up and coming fashion sensations. Whether that talent lies in fashion, hair or beauty, they are giving one lucky winner the opportunity to meet fashion designer Leona Edmiston in Sydney, as well as the chance to assist in the QueensPlaza Spring/ Summer 2010 Campaign photo shoot. The winner’s photographs will also be on display at the centre for a four week period, giving other aspiring designers the opportunity to draw inspiration from the winner’s talents. With entries now closed, it is time for the judging to begin....and that’s where you come into the picture. The public are now given the opportunity to view the work of all Top 20 Finalists at QUEENSPLAZASHOPPING. COM.AU and submit their vote for their favourite designer. You can also become a fan of the Avant-Garde competition on Facebook and get daily updates with Twitter on how the competition is progressing and who the finalists are. TWITTER.COM/QUEENSPLAZA, FACEBOOK.COM/ QUEENSPLAZA.AVANTGARDE The finalist with the most votes will become the Queens Plaza Avant-Garde design competition winner and will be announced on 20 April 2010. To coincide with the Avant-Garde campaign, the centre is also excited to announce their innovative partnership with the Gallery of Modern Art for the upcoming exhibition, Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. A collaboration between London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and one of the world’s foremost milliners, Stephen Jones, the exhibition presents more than 250 hats and iconic headpieces. It includes historical items including pieces from Christian Dior’s first collection as well as those worn by iconic celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Camilla ParkerBowles and Kylie Minogue. Visit QAG.QLD.GOV.AU to discover more about this stunning exhibition, which is on show until the end of June.




THE SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE SUBFUSCO STORY of a newly created species continues with the launch of “The Inhabitants” FALL 2010. The winter collection is a much darker take on the story that was told from the previous summer collection. Winter sees the labels designer Joshua Roberto Scacheri find inspiration from the floors of human society and the evil undertones in which our nature can foster. A somber colour palette indicates reference to the dark side of humanity and the use of unisex pieces is a reflection of how both species are somewhat the same in their short comings. Last month saw Subfusco participate in Penthouse Mouse (above images) as a part of the official L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. This unique event showcased the creativity of national fashion labels by inviting them to present an installation in what seemed to be a “blank canvas” space. Subfusco previewed its seasons key looks at a group runway show and received an overwhelming response from Melbourne media and the cities best fashion blog writers. For your chance to win a pair of ‘Limited Edition Acid-wash Jeans’ from Subfusco, valued at $240, visit the website and enter online. The Inhabitants will be released nationally as of the first week in April and will also be available from the Subfusco concept store at 692 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. We love it! Visit SUBFUSCO.COM and discovery what species you can evolve in to.


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KIARA BULLEY KNOWS WHAT IT'S LIKE to be a young, freshfaced designer trying to crack the fashion industry. And now the QUT fashion honours student wants to help other emerging fashion designers. Her goal is a step closer after she won 12 months of support and tenancy in the colourful Fortitude Valley offices of the Brisbane City Council Visible Ink ‘Social Inkubator’ project. "There's lots of hype when you graduate from a fashion degree," Kiara said, who graduated from QUT in 2008. "My collection was stocked in a store in a local boutique but I was very easily taken advantage of by the retailer. I was shocked, and I didn't have the confidence to challenge them." Following this set back, Kiara went on to work for some small fashion businesses, which was also challenging. "It's a bit to do with the nature of the industry," she said. "I wasn't always paid for work that I had done." Kiara now works for the Queensland Theatre Company and Queensland Ballet wardrobes, which she finds fulfilling and supportive, but her earlier experiences inspired her to help other young designers trying to get ahead in the industry. "I want to provide a support network for young designers to fall back on if they face a similar situation," she said. "I want to create something that gives young people advice and support. “This is something you take for granted at university. But after you leave, it can be really hard and lonely. Clothing is such a social thing - I want to encourage that.” During her honours project, Kiara will pilot her idea to assemble a group of three to four fashion graduates and provide with them an opportunity to work together on a fashion design project. “It can be more economical for fashion designers to band together when approaching manufacturers with their designs,” she said. “It costs you a lot more money per garment when you order in small numbers, especially as when you are stocking small boutiques you won’t want to get too many made up. But if a group of designers get together with 30 garment designs, it could cost a lot less.” Kiara said the “rent” for her tenancy at Visible Ink was to present workshops or training for other young people. “The clothing industry has lost a lot of skills because, with the boom in off-shore production and loss of the local textile industry, interest in sewing skills has waned,” she said. “So I will teach some of the basic skills.” Contact Kiara on KIARABULLEY@GMAIL.COM.








BONJOUR! FAIRELAMOUR.BLOGSPOT.COM has crept onto the stylish mag scene and has made friends with unisex to bring you, lovely fashionistas, all that fashion has to offer in a super hot page and guess what? It’s a monthly thang! WOO! So, here’s the 4-1-1 on what I’ve discovered about the fanciful and at times whimsical fashion scene for the year 2010 that will have our wardrobes hungry for more more more throughout all seasons. FASHION TRENDS FOR THE MONTHS OF BALMY NIGHTS, SUNTANS, CRISP WHITE WINES AND ICE COLD BEERS Bunny Ears & Bow Headbands (1. Louis Vuitton went BIG), High Dress Splits (2. Versace dare you with theirs), Ripped/Torn Jeans, Sheer Fabrics, Patterns and Prints, Hot Pants, Boyfriend Blazers, Military, Sheer Tattooed Leggings/Fake Tattoos. MASSIVE LABEL CRUSH Firstly, I have to tell you that my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw Julien Macdonalds (3) Spring/Summer 2010 collection. The fabric, the colours, the shoes, the mesh... I’m obsessed right now with mesh, If there’s a dress with mesh, I die!!... the structured shoulders, this man is my hero. Well he is for now. MASSIVE LABEL CRUSH. Sooo good (sigh) FASHION TRENDS FOR THE COLDER MONTHS OF THROWRUGS, SLIPPERS, A WARM RED OR WHISKY AND CUP-A-SOUPS Over-the-Knee Thigh High Boots, One-Shoulder Dresses (4. Calvin Klein Simplicity), Military Jackets (5. Balmain has the ultimate Jacket), Ripped Torn Jeans, Leather, Chunky knits, Ripped tights and stockings. With so much to look forward to, I hope the small fashion insights will help get you all through the year with many social page snaps, outings with friends or a Sunday bevvie with a little bit of style in your step! Stay tuned for next months issue when I give you guys a heads up on where to purchase these fashion trends on a budget and head to for more of my fav collections and pieces from NYFW, PFW & LFW 2010 or if you just need a fashion fix of any kind.

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GRIFFITH IS THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TO TAKE ON THE CAMPUS CARBON CHALLENGE, aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in its residential colleges. The Campus Carbon Challenge provides an opportunity for College students to be part of the solution. The 10-week Challenge between the Bellenden Kerr, Mt Gravatt and KGBC Colleges is a C02 control competition focusing on reductions in waste, electricity and water usage. At the completion of the Challenge the winning college will win fantastic prizes as well as the knowledge that they have started on the journey to create a more sustainable future. Every College student is encouraged to play their part by reducing their waste and usage. To help them along the way each will also have Eco Team Champions who will spread the message, drive the competition and motivate their fellow College residents. Each College will also have Auditors who will track their CO2 emissions. (so watch out you eco-terrorists...GREEN BROTHER is watching!) Regular Eco Team (or College) meetings will be held to review current behaviors, discuss reduction strategies and provide support and motivation. Audits will be conducted on a weekly basis and results reported to the College. Students will be provided with weekly hints and tips about reducing emissions via


meetings, presentations, notices and the Campus Carbon Challenge website. The college that reduces CO2 emissions the most will be rewarded with exciting prizes. A number of methods to reduce carbon emissions will be put in place, including reducing the amount of red meat prepared in the catered colleges by having a vegetarian CityStudio-flyer_Users_2pp_2.indd day once a week; left-over food scraps will be put into a composter to reduce green waste; new recycle, paper and cardboard bins will be installed around the colleges to ensure more college waste is sorted and recycled; and shower timers will be provided to remind residents to keep their showers to four minutes. Griffith University Campus Life director Nicola Collier-Jackson CityStudio-flyer_Users_2pp_2.indd said the challenge was 1 supported by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) through their Low Carbon Diet program. “Griffith will be the first University in Australia to undertake such a project so let’s set the bar high and show all other Australia unis how it’s done,” Ms Collier-Jackson said. Information on Low Carbon Diet programs is available to all Queenslanders online at CLIMATESMART.QLD.GOV.AU or you can visit the Campus Carbon Challenge page of the Griffith website and facebook page to see how it’s done. So how about the other residential colleges give it a go?


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idea WHAT CREATIVE THINGS WOULD YOU DO with a prize worth $100,000 tailored to the growth of your business? Aspiring creative business owners in fields such as fashion, film and new media could find out, in a first-of-its-kind competition dreamed up by QUT's Creative Enterprise Australia for next month's creative3 international forum. The competition, called creative3 Investment Marketplace, is Australia's first ever pitching session for aspiring creative businesses, which will see selected businesses test their ideas on a panel of industry experts. But this is just one aspect of the event. creative3 will empower individuals and organisations alike to harness the power of three – creativity, investment and enterprise. Focused on showcasing the combined power of these three key elements, the new generation event will place particular emphasis on the areas of film and television, new media, design, and music. Key will be learning how to advance creativity in a commercial context through the action-based forum, which will address the real issues faced by the creative industries and showcase emerging growth and market opportunities, investment models, research and technologies. creative3 will bring together some of our brightest talent and industry practitioners from different creative fields, and creative enterprise leaders to share their ideas and offerings, form partnerships, network, and do business. The three-day program agenda will include a blend of keynote presentations, investment pitching sessions, business development workshops and cross-media networking. The creative3 international forum will be held in Brisbane from 14-16 April. To discover more about this fantastic initiative, you can visit CREATIVE3. COM.AU.



GRIFFITH HONOURS COLLEGE STUDENT CHRIS EIGELAND has just returned from a global youth summit tackling the big issues of our time, all thanks to his own initiative and a You Tube competition. Chris was one of 1000 young people from more than 100 countries involved in the One Young World summit, held in London during February. O.Y.W. was the first youth leadership summit to bring together leaders aged 25 and under from as many as possible of the world’s 192 countries. Eminent global advocates including Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo, were there to guide the delegates. “Learning from living legends like Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof was fantastic, but for me the best part of the summit was hearing what other young people had to say,” Chris said. “There were 1000 young people who are doing some amazing things in the world. One that I became friends with was Erin Schrode, from the United States, who founded an NGO (non-government organisation) when she was 14, advising companies how to become ‘green’ and still appeal to the younger generation.” Being selected for the world conference was not easy. “For me personally, I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship through a You Tube competition where people from all around the world voted on who they thought was worthy of attending,” says Chris. “I am also grateful for sponsorship from Griffith University.” The summit focused on six topics (environment, political leadership, global health, interfaith dialogue, global business, and the media) identified through a global internet survey as being important to today’s youth. Chris was invited to speak on the changing power of the media. “I urged the media to use its power to promote truth and personal freedom rather than bias, emphasising the power of social media in developing nations.” He was also asked to be a O.Y.W. ambassador. “We are spending the next year developing the presence of One Young World and continuing to implement resolutions from the summit in our local communities.” If you would like more details then you can visit ONEYOUNGWORLD.COM and get involved.



“I BET YOU’RE WORRIED”. It’s the first line of Eva Ensler’s groundbreaking, hugely successful mid-90’s play, The Vagina Monologues. It started getting women talking, thinking and even looking at what was going on...down there. That Production Company recently presented The V.M.’s at The Twelth Night and we spoke with one of the trio of actors, Charleen Marsters about studying, life and what’s next? What are you studying? I am currently in my final year of Applied theatre. Where are you studying? Griffith at Mt Gravatt Why did you choose this course? Well I was actually studying secondary education and was majoring in drama, when I realised that theatre was far more interesting and I wanted to learn more. So I switched. Best thing about studying? In Applied theatre you get a good general feel for most aspects of the theatre industry. This was good for me as I didn't know what I wanted to do, actually still don't. Worst thing about studying? I tend to procrastinate until it gets down to the due date so the late nights I spend on an assignment really make me punch myself. What's the dream for your future? To get our performance group ‘Whisk It’, off and running which is a group of five. We write and devise our own stuff. Then perhaps I would like to rule the world. Yeahhh that would be cool. Any advice you wish you had been told before you started studying? When I started I didnt know what a GPA or a course outline was, so knowing that would have made the beginning easier. What do you most value in your friends? They are the best support system and I can trust them with the world. Oh and I think they are creative geniuses. What is the trait you dislike most about people? Nastiness. Lets be kinder to each other! Has Oprah taught us nothing? haha. Who is your hero? My parents. When will we see you onstage next? I'm not sure... any ideas? ...after seeing Charleen strut her stuff, we don’t think she will have to wait very long to find out.

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cordon blurgh “it was some sort of white meat covered in crumbs so orange i automatically looked for a bottle of spray tan behind it.”

WHEN DOMINIQUE MCDERMOTT CONTACTED US WITH A TAKE ON CAMPUS CUISINE, we couldn’t resist in sharing her misadventures with you all. .. I could see the perspiration on the attendant’s upper lip as he struggled to serve the huge line of customers. It was thirteen minutes past twelve and the rush hour had begun at the QUT’s Kelvin Grove refectory. I was still amongst the throng of students, trying to work out exactly what was lying limply in front of me. It was some sort of white meat covered in crumbs so orange I automatically looked for a bottle of spray tan behind it. The crumb then had some sort of reddish sauce toppled onto it which led me to believe that what was on offer could perhaps be chicken. Crusty, scattered cheese tossed on top finished the sculpture. I tentatively double-checked with the girl behind the counter. Apparently, it was in fact, chicken. She didn’t bat an eyelid. Obviously she had been asked the question before. Cafeteria. Uni cuisine. On-campus dining. Whichever way you want to put it, it all boils down to the same thing - food provided, and served by the university you attend. And let’s be honest. We are all aware that most universities do not boast culinary excellence. And to be fair, I am describing a particular bad culinary option. None of the above ‘crumbed chicken breasts’ had been touched, while countless buckets of hot chips, ham rolls and plastic fruit salad containers were assembly-lining the register. The owners of said packages were happily chatting away while collecting their change. Indeed, many had already started eating as they waited. However lunchtime is a different story for me. I am anaphylactic you see, allergic to egg and fish, and mildly allergic


to nuts. So yes – manoeuvring through QUT Kelvin Grove’s refectory takes on a whole new world of danger for me. I’ve been aware of my allergies from a very young age. I haven’t eaten cake since I was about five. I can’t eat most chocolate, pastries, pasta, cocktails etc. I have to check the packet on everything. I can’t even eat a burger at a new place without first checking whether they use egg in the meat, or glaze the bun. Most sushi is out with the mayonnaise. You name it, I’m sure there is a version of it that I am allergic to. You can imagine then, how I become extremely jealous of those who can waltz into their university’s dining hall and are able to pick out any (albeit, average) meal. I spend a great deal of time looking at the various options weighing up what could possibly be a safe choice. It is usually a waste of time asking the staff. I once asked a staff member whether “the pasta had egg in it.” She replied, “$10 minimum EFPTOS”. Well then... settled... there was my answer. Am I asking too much? I don’t think so. I don’t expect the cooks to know everything. Like I said, I don’t think anyone even expects the food to taste good. But the size of that kitchen rivals five star hotels. I am sure there is room somewhere for a list of ingredients in all their basic meals. I often bring food from home that I know is free of egg and whatever other nasties the university’s food could possibly have that I am allergic to. I wait in a line for the microwave, which hasn’t been cleaned in my four years of study. If someone bothered to enquire as to why it has never been cleared, I’m sure in true academic fashion, the person asked would reply that the science students were monitoring the bacterial growth - they are a ‘university

for the real world’, after all. And I have no doubts that they would use that excuse for my next point of inquiry - if I haven’t purchased a meal there, I have to pay 10 cents per knife and fork I get from the refectory. Have you ever waited in an extremely long line to pay ten cents for a fork to eat your ‘Here’s one I prepared earlier’ egg-free spaghetti bolognaise with? I have. And let me tell you – it’s not fun. Accordingly, I would of course prefer to simply buy the refectory food and not lug around a Barbie lunch box. However I can never be sure that there will be an enticing egg-free option for me. But hey, we live in ‘the real world’ and the real world makes profits. One ten cent fork at a time. I realise that scientifically I could survive on vegetarian options every lunchtime visit to the refectory. I could be 100% sure that a plastic bowl of lettuce and carrot with no dressing was egg free. I could eat Smith’s chips until I burst. However I simply do not want to. I would happily eat most of the options available at the refectory and grin and bear it, as the other students do. Unfortunately however, this is not an easy option for me. I daresay though, that there may lie some hope… The last time I was brave enough to ask whether a particular option had egg in it, the lovely staff member double checked with one of the cooks and informed me that it did not. She even said that she could find out the ingredients of anything I like. I know you are all saying, “stop your whinging and just pack your own lunch!” But let’s be fair, would you like to be held to culinary ransom every time you get a pang of hunger? All I can hope for is that Jamie Oliver, one day, decides to pop behind the scenes and make a T.V. show exposing the beastly world of refectory cuisine.

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GABRIELLA CILMI TEN It’s makeovers all-round as Gabriella Cilmi delivers her second album. Now 18, Cilmi has a sexed-up look and has ditched her Winehouse-esque soul for an all-out dancefloor assault. Interestingly, the influences that inhabit Ten (Tina Turner, Donna Summer, early Whitney), made their mark long before Cilmi was born. In short, Ten works for the most part although the dance genre doesn’t always display Cilmi’s vocals to their full extent. The breathless On A Mission is still the best thing here while the anthemic groover Hearts Don’t Lie is also among the highlights. Not fazed by the ballads here but the ultra-camp Superhot is fun, as is the very 80s What If You Knew. ERYKAH BADU NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH This studio album which focuses solely on relationships is a real neo-soul mixtape, sampling everybody from David Sancious, Eddie Kendricks, Sylvia Striplin to The P-Funk All-Stars. Just like on the first installment, Miss Badu created some very earthbound yet groovy sounds for this new CD. But unlike last time, Badu got comfortable which is a pity seeing that she was brilliantly able to use comedy, drama, risky lyrics and avant-garde productions to her advantage. Nonetheless we pleasantly dived into a couple of tracks. We liked the warm and organic grooves she delivered on “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long” and the old school inspired “Umm Hmm”, the funky sounding “Love” and the jazzy piece she called “Out My Mind, Just In Time”.


BROKEN BELLS This is the debut album for The Shins James Mercer and producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). What makes it such a compelling body of work is undeniably the result of the broad range of sounds that fill its palette. Although there are instances whereby each of the two conspirators come to the forefront, at no point does this sound like a Shins record with beats or a hip hop record with guitars. Broken Bells is the crown jewel of each musician’s discography and is a necessity for fans of either one. Get it! ANGUS & JULIA STONE DOWN THE WAY With serenity so hard to come by, an album like Down the Way is all the more satisfying. While it can get occasionally wistful and heartsick, Julia sings, “Light me up a cigarette and put it in my mouth. You’re the only one who wants me to die,” on “I’m Not Yours”, it’s still all too easy to let its balmy tones wash over you. If your boss is constantly giving you the hairy eyeball because you are wasting time commenting on Facebook statuses and not getting any work done (again)...with one listen, and thanks to this dynamic duo, you won’t care less. What’s troubling you today? Whatever it is, call on Angus and Julia Stone. They can help. GORILLAZ PLASTIC BEACH To handpick highlights from Plastic Beach should be considered lofty praise indeed; this is an album where the mind-boggling and the mind-blowing are wall to wall. Its brilliance adopts many guises throughout its 16 tracks, taking

the form of unruffled cool one minute and raucous thumpers the next, all somehow woven together seamlessly to fit this outlandish adventure. Though it’s only to be considered “pop” in the most obscure sense, and it goes to show Albarn has a pretty warped concept of the term, Plastic Beach provides the almighty shakeup that pop music has needed for some time. The whole thing works beautifully, more with each listen. Unless you’re, say, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Outkast, very few artists are capable of more than three masterpieces in succession, within a decade. Those that hit that mark are all-time greats, and Gorillaz have achieved the magic number.

squarely in the path of her previous releases. Composed and played by Heap entirely using Garage Band software, it’s a tribute to Heap’s ability that it sounds so professional. Anyone expecting an album recorded on a laptop to sound cheap and ‘lo-fi’ will find that Ellipse offers forth new and different sounds. Overall, it probably won’t break Imogen Heap into the mainstream, for there’s nothing here that makes her stand out particularly from the rest of the singer/songwriter crowd. Yet if you’re a fan of her previous work, or even just like some good old-fashioned, earnestly well-crafted songs, then this is an honourable addition to the genre.

AIRBOURNE NO GUTS. NO GLORY We don’t want to draw comparisons, but it seems inevitable. So Airbourne sounds like AC/DC. Or do they? Yes, no, and maybe. No Guts, No Glory is balls to the wall kick ass boogie rock ‘n roll. It’s in the blood and music just like their forefathers. Call it redundant, and I’m sure it will, but forget about it and rock your nuts off. Load up a case of your favorite brew, grab your gal and gang, roll the top down, put the pedal to the medal, and hit the beach. It’s only rock ‘n roll, and No Guts, No Glory is pure testosterone party music. Pick any song and it’s all beer, booze, boogie, and immense swagger. Unfortunately, nothing here has the supreme catchy hooks and innuendo that made that other band famous.

KASHMIR TRESPASSERS Kashmir seem to have some rather obvious inspirations in Radiohead and David Bowie, at least on all but their somewhat wilder début album. The problem with them however, has always been, that Kashmir are like the Coldplay of Denmark. They pop out once in a while, release an album, endear the mainstream with some irresistible singles and while such songs are consistently delivered, Kashmir always manage to feel a bit too. In it’s entirety, “Trespassers” seem like Kashmir doing what Kashmir does best, wallowing in thoughtfulness and melancholy, channelling that into another handful of songs for you to hope to catch live one day, and a handful of others which are only likely to make impressions on the more diehard of fans.

IMOGEN HEAP ELLIPSE Her third album, Ellipse, follows pretty

frappin’ brilliant ON THE STRENGTH OF BOTH THEIR MOODIER, AMBIENT-TINGED SOUNDSCAPES as well as their clubthumping neo-disco hits, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have amassed a dedicated following despite never shying from musical diversity in lieu of public expectation. Head First, the duo’s fifth outing, is described as “a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance.” With lead single “Rocket” providing an electro-rush of sonic bliss amped up enough to suit fans of any Goldfrapp incarnation. We chat with the golden-ones and discover what makes them tick...still! “It’s got more of a round feeling, wouldn’t you say? Not so spiky.” Alison Goldfrapp gazes into the middledistance and squints - as if to do so would allow her to better describe what she sees when she thinks about Goldfrapp’s self-produced fifth album Head First. Sitting next to her, rather earlier in the morning than either would have liked, is her right-hand man Will Gregory. He runs a hand through his hair and fixes his gaze on the same point. If they both seem a little surprised by the album poised before them, it’s with good reason. For one thing, Head First took just six months to write and record. Some records, it seems, just unfold in front of you, and your job as the artist is merely to follow the path laid down by them. One song points the way to the next one, which in turn establishes the conditions for the one after that. And so on, and so on. “Head First is one of those albums,” suggests Will. “We’ve made ‘up’-sounding records before,” elaborates Alison. “You had things like ‘Ooh La La’, which were very hands-in-the-air, but there was a softness missing which I think is definitely present on these songs.” A vulnerability too, perhaps. Worlds away from the glamtastic sado-pop of albums like Black Cherry and Supernature, it’s a vulnerability that announces itself on digitised dawn choruses like ‘Alive’ and ‘Believer’. Portending a chorus of understated digital euphoria, the latter song sees Alison intone, “Without you I would die,” on what she describes as a song “about rediscovering love and believing in it again”. The thrill of new love is also detectable in a title track which divines a vocal of unsurpassed tenderness from Alison. If the candour of these songs doesn’t disarm you, then the manner of their execution will do. The kinetic nocturnal Europop of ‘I Wanna Life’ is a perfect complement to Alison’s yearningly insistent vocal – whilst ‘Rocket’ may be the most jubilantly catchy revenge song to ever head up a pop album. When did Goldfrapp know they were finished? They completed a total of 13 songs altogether, but from the outset Will and Alison told each other that this album would feature nine songs in total. “Obviously,” explains Will, “because you can get 74 minutes of music on a CD, you have a tendency in artists not to edit their ideas as rigorously.” With eight songs that seemed to cohere as a piece, the final piece of the jigsaw was Head First’s ravishing climax. “We wanted to do something that was almost the opposite to everything that had preceded it,” explains Alison. And sure enough, ‘Voicething’ sees a choir of Alisons gather, soar, separate and re-converge like birds at sundown, while a slow upsurge of chords fills the remaining space like a thermal current. Having drawn from a more disparate set of influences than they had done for any of their previous albums, Alison and Will were, perhaps understandably, concerned that Head First might signal too great a departure from what had gone before it. The first person they played it to was Daniel Miller, synth pioneer with The Normal and, of course, the long-serving head of Mute. “He said it simultaneously sounded nothing like our other albums, but unmistakeably us,” says Will. But hasn’t it ever been thus with Goldfrapp? Ten years since Felt Mountain announced their arrival to the wider world, they’ve perfected the art of delivering the album we didn’t know we wanted them to make. Head First is no exception. “It’s weird, isn’t it?” ponders Alison Goldfrapp. “I sometimes think, ‘Why can’t we make our lives easy and just do the same album over and over again? But the bottom line is that I don’t think we could, even if we tried. The whole point is that you’re trying to discover sounds, and tell a story about what’s going on in your life. You could make more money by finding a formula and sticking to it. But that seems to us to be totally pointless.” And praise them for that! Head First is available now or you can visit GOLDFRAPP.COM for more. Check out our freebies section online to win your very own copy of this golden gem of a CD!!



INDIE-POPPERS, MONTPELLIER JUST KEEP MAKING BIGGER AND BIGGER WAVES. In October last year, they released the first single The Rafters, which announced their arrival. It was a doorway into what was to come from the Brisbane fourpiece. Including the release of their debut self-titled EP last month, which was recorded in the USA with producer Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Yves Klein Blue). So enthusiastic was Kevin about early demos, that it didn’t take much for the young indie-funded band to travel over to record a beautiful introduction to Montpelier’s songwriting depth and love of sonic beauty. Dave Butler (Vocals, Guitar), Greg Chiapello (Vocals, Bass Guitar), Andrew Stone (Keys) and John Pickering (Drums) have created pop music with reason, rationale and transparency. A combination of soaring harmonies, warm melodies and sharp rhythms create a sonic experience that is expressive and affecting. Their debut record not only captures this unique sound that has garnered their distinguished reputation as one of Brisbane’s best up and coming outfits, but moves along with a sense of a


“for greg i think it’s crowded house, andrew would say ben folds, and john... well john plays drums.” dave butler

band that knows where it’s going. It sees all your expectations and then raises them to a place that is as unfamiliar as it is incredible. We posed some questions to Dave from the group and copped-a-feel for the foursome.... Which acts inspired you to produce your own music? It would be a different answer depending on which one of us you’re speaking with. For Greg I think it’s Crowded House, Andrew would say Ben Folds, and John... well John plays drums. For me it was John Mayer who made me want to write my own songs. I think I was 15 when I heard his first album and all of a sudden I had a massive desire to try and write something of my own that was as good as what I was hearing. Even now whenever I listen to Mayer I feel a compulsion to pick up a guitar and write. What’s your wildest ambition for your music? If we’re going to go all out here I’d say headlining Glastonbury alongside Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay and The Kooks. You did say wildest right? But next down on the wild scale I’d be pretty happy walking into a party on the other side of the world and hearing one of our songs on someone’s

playlist. That would be cool. Why should we come and see you? We’ve been writing non-stop since we finished recording our EP last year and right now we think we’ve gotten together the strongest collection of songs we’ve ever had. On this tour we’ll be playing a lot of songs for the first time and we’re pretty darned excited about it. Oh, and Greg tells a great awkward story in between songs as well. You don’t want to miss those. What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Hiking up the Hollywood Hills with our producer Kevin Augunas and sitting on the first “L” of the Hollywood sign. And subsequently setting off alarms and getting chased down the hill by rangers. We’ve gotten into fire extinguisher fights with cab drivers before but that doesn’t really stack up to sitting on the sign. You can catch the lads playing live on April 11 at The Powerhouse with The Boat People, and April 18 at The Great Court, UQ. For more info you can visit MONTPELIERMUSIC.NET, or for your chance to win a copy of their EP, go to the unisexmag comps page online.

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hours NEVER BEFORE HAVE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC FANS of urban pop music had the chance to catch six major international chart topping acts on the one bill on the same day! April 17 at the RNA showgrounds will see Supafest bring together five of the biggest crossover artists in the world. This national festival with an urban angle, is being headlined by Akon, Kelly Rowland, Eve, Pitbull and Sean Paul. As impressive as the line-up is, Akon is the obvious headliner. One of the most versatile and successful R&B artists of the 21st century, he is the first solo artist to hold the number one and two spot on the US Billboard chart simultaneously. He’s also one of the most prolific R&B musicians on the globe, providing hooks for over 300 songs. Oh, and to top it all off, he signed Lady Gaga to his record label when no one had heard of her. That investment has paid off nicely. Another highlight is former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Aside from topping international charts with songs like ‘Say My Name’ and ‘Survivor’, she’s released two successful solo albums, going all the way to number one with the Nelly assisted ‘Dilemma’. With fashion model-come-actress-come-rapper, Eve returning to the live stage, Miami sensation Pitbull and UK star Jay Sean also on the bill, Supafest is one of the biggest urban tours to make it out to Australia in years. This brand new music event celebrates fresh, chart-topping Pop, Hip Hop and R & B music and culture. Promoter Dwayne Cross says, “Supafest is more than a tour, because there’s more than just one International act performing, however, it’s not really a festival either as there’s one big stage with everyone on the bill to performing on. Patrons coming to Supafest will get to see more than half a dozen modern-day legends performing non-stop on the one stage”. The Brisbane leg of the national event will have the benefit of 8 hours of non-stop entertainment plus a glamorous car show. ‘Show up and show off’ is a competition open to all hot looking cars and pimped-up rides...of course! If the judges rate your car as one of the 100 coolest, it will get a prime location out the front of the entrance, plus two free tickets to the show. There will also be spot prizes for standout cars. We have scored 7 general admission tickets for your to win and all you rev-heads can enter the Supafest ‘Rev & Beats’ competition by visiting SUPAFEST.COM.AU.



THE LAST STATION A superb cast, all at their best help breath life into this biographical story of the last chapter of writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy. In this story, friend Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), despises Tolstoy’s wife, Sofya (Helen Mirren) and she despises him back. She is an unreformed aristocrat by comparison to her husband and, partly because she is somewhat younger, keen to retain his estate on his death. Chertkov is helping the great man change his will so that his works are owned by the Russian people. This leads to bitterness, and when young Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy) is appointed as a new private secretary to his idol, he gets stuck in the middle. APRIL 1 IRON MAN 2 After confessing his identity as Iron Man to the world, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) comes under fire from the United States Government who demand he hand over the powerful weapon that is the Iron Man suit. As the Government attempts to create a duplicate suit with the assistance of Stark’s rival, Tony’s long time friend Jim Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is put center stage in the conflict. Meanwhile, a mysterious and dangerous foe emerges in Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who creates an alternate and powerful persona known as Whiplash in order to exact revenge on the Stark family once and for all... it


isn’t long before he unites with Hammer in an effort to destroy Iron Man. With the arrival of his shady new assistant (Scarlett Johansson), and persistent recruitment attempts from S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Stark needs all the help he can get in order to overcome the obstacles. APRIL 29

it’d make a pig fly away, this action-adventure is a tonne of fun from start to finish. Worthington’s post-Avatar lustre is starting to wear off, as he spends most of the time wandering around wearing a toga and a blank expression, while wavering between Australian, American and English accents. APRIL 1

WELCOME Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has spent the last three months of his life travelling across Europe in an attempt to reunite with his girlfriend who recently emigrated to England. The journey has been difficult, but the end is in sight when Bilal finally reaches the far north coast of France, where he can literally see the white cliffs of Dover across the English Channel. But it is here that his journey comes to an abrupt halt as local authorities, and the immigration laws they are enforcing, prevent him from going any further. With the slowly building rhythm, it’s one of those films that creeps up on you emotionally, thanks to the unobtrusive and naturalistic style, the simple and haunting score, and the engaging nature of the main characters with their very real needs for the love of someone close. APRIL 1

COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY Focuses on the love affair between pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel and avant-garde Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. There is ample space here to explore many issues, from the clash between two oversized personalities to the boiling artistic cauldron of the period. It also gives the topnotch crew a field day with eye-catching, luxurious results all the way through, be it the costumes worn by the cast with perfect poise, to the interiors of Chanel’s country house. APRIL 15

CLASH OF THE TITANS This is an early contender for 2010’s most ridiculous movie — but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Despite some howlingly bad dialogue and acting so hammy

DATE NIGHT Action-comedy maestro Shawn Levy, the director of the blockbuster “Night at the Museum” franchise, teams up with two of the comedy world’s biggest talents, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey for an adventure that turns a run-of-the-mill married couple’s date upside down - way upside down. Pulling in all sorts of directions, Date Night is held together by a terrific cast that make a little go a long, long way. Somewhere in all of this there

was a seriously good movie. As it is, we have a seriously weird one. APRIL 8 GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL The Audi Festival of German Films will bring the most outstanding German film productions to us from April 28. Opening night gala tickets are $40 and include the comedy Soul Food after the party. This year’s selection of over 30 Australian premieres includes Michael Haneke’s Cannes-winning The White Ribbon (18), Hans-Christian Schmid’s shattering legal thriller Storm, the absorbing 3-part event The Wolves Of Berlin, the sweeping epic John Rabe, and many more! PALACECINEMAS. COM.AU for more. THE BOOK OF ELI Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years, walking across America after a cataclysmic war. The world has become a lawless civilization where people must kill or be killed. The barren roads belong to gangs of cutthroats who rob and kill for water, a pair of shoes, a lighter, or just for fun. After the war and the “Big Flash”, Eli was guided by a higher power to a hidden book and given the task of protecting the book and taking it to its final destination. Eli guards the book because he knows that the book is the only hope that humanity has for its future. APRIL 15

“I’ve only been punched in the face twice in my life, and for two days after I was unrecognisable.”

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MARK MILLAR IS ONE OF THE INDUSTRY'S BIGGEST WRITERS. As the man responsible for series like Civil War and Ultimates, he's written some of the last decade's best-selling comics, while his creator-owned story, Wanted, was turned into a film starring Angelina Jolie. James Hunt sat down with Mark to talk about his latest comic, Kick-Ass, the film adaptation of which will hit cinemas this month... Kick-Ass is one of several series you've done that seem to be an attempt to give classic superheroes a modern, more realist feel. What's the fascination with the idea? It's funny that you bring this up, actually. As a writer, you don't really reflect on your own work too much, because you're busy writing it and thinking about the next thing, but one thing I've learned from doing press for Kick-Ass, from the questions people are asking, is that I've apparently found a niche - that I'm doing these "realist" superhero comics. My plan, actually, was to create a generation of superhero comics, the same way that Stan Lee did back in the 60s. He created a whole universe of characters entirely different from the DC stuff of the Thirties and Forties, and I wanted to do some now that were just as different again from that. Guys like Peter Parker and Matt Murdock were the flawed heroes, and were odd compared to the very one-dimensional Batman, and Superman, and all those kind of guys who were like gods, and then you suddenly had superheroes worrying about how to pay the bills, or being disabled. One thing about Kick-Ass is that it's far more violent than those old comics were. Is that the sort of thing you mean? Well... Kick-Ass isn't intentionally violent. As such, I was just trying to portray things realistically. And that happens to involve violence. Let me give you an example. In the movies, whenever Superman is floating above the Earth, and you see him flying down, you don't actually see the little flash as he re-enters the atmosphere - until Bryan Singer did it. And those little details ...are cool! It makes it more realistic. If you actually think about the consequences of the powers, what they would involve, that kind of detail is what brings it to life. Similarly, if a guy dresses up in a superhero costume and gets punched in the face... there will be consequences. I've only been punched in the face twice in my life, and for two days after I was unrecognisable. One punch! And my mouth was a different shape! So I wanted the violence to feel and look a certain way, otherwise you're not doing justice to the concept of the story, because it's about what would happen if you really tried to be a superhero. If you don't follow through and show that, it's failed. Without wanting to give too much away, there's a fairly major change from the comics with the way the romance subplot plays out that probably makes the film feel far less cynical. Yeah, that's true. That's because originally, when it started filming, I'd only written up to issue #5, and they only had my plot to work from, and that's the storyline as it was put in the film script - but when I actually came to write the last comic, I thought, in reality, if you went to a girl and said, "I've been lying to you since I've known you, and I'm not gay, and I've been watching you naked" and all that, she's not going to immediately turn round and say, "Well, I love you too!" It's just not going to happen! However, in movie terms, you do need that. There's got to be a moment where he kisses the girl. In comics, you don't need the girl. Batman never has the girl. But in the movies the audience wants it to happen. So you are planning more Kick-Ass comics? Yeah, definitely. Although, I've got a real problem with writers doing a hundred issues of a series, and forty of them not being very good. As a reader, I know what it's like to go through periods of The Flash where I didn't like the writer, and I didn't want to ever do that with any of my books, ever. I wanted to leave as quickly as possible. I could write 100 issues of something, but realistically, for Kick-Ass, I think it'll just be three miniseries. I've got three planned out, anyway, and if any more comes, then great. You’re often accused of writing movie pitches rather than comics. Is there any truth to that? No, none, I’m just a comic guy. It’s funny, people always say about me, “Millar’s just looking for a Hollywood career”, and it’s like, well, if that was true, I’d just go and do films full-time. How about the suggestion that with things like hit girl in Kick-Ass, that you deliberately court controversy? Well, I only like reading stuff that I've never seen before. Here's an example - the comic that I really loved when I was a teenager was Marshal Law, and issue #4 of it - I can remember this so perfectly - I opened it up and there's a guy who looks like Superman, sitting on the toilet, injecting himself with drugs and he's biting on a cord on his arm. And I remember the exact caption. It just said "I'm worried about Buck." And it sticks in my head because it was a shocking image, and an interesting one. Similarly, an 11-year-old girl running down a corridor and killing 20 Italians with knives and guns, is an arresting image. Someone age 19, strolling down that corridor and knocking a guy out - we've seen it before. It's not that interesting. So, to me, you visually juxtapose two things to get something you've never seen before. In fact, Hit Girl and Big Daddy are so successful in the movie that they almost overshadow Dave. Yeah, I think that was actually essential for them to do, because Matthew Vaughan and I, probably because we were both 7 in 1977, we see this movie as Star Wars. Dave is Luke Skywalker, the slightly bland farmboy entering an interesting world and meeting lots of cartoon characters along the way, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi and everything, until he eventually faces Darth Vader in the Deathstar at the end. If we'd made Dave a cartoon character, then viewers wouldn't have had an entry point. If Han Solo had been the lead in Star Wars, his one-lines wouldn't have been as funny if you heard them every 10 seconds. So, he comes in, you love him while he's there, you miss him while he's gone, and that's Hit Girl and Big Daddy in our movie. I remember we showed a cut of it to a producer and he was like, "Cut all of the Kick-Ass stuff and just make it all Hit Girl!" and it was like, "But she won't be cool if she's in it all the time!” So, you need the ordinary guy. And that's what makes the rest seem so spectacular. Wanna pop along and see Mark’s creations on the bigscreen? Thanks to our friends from Universal Pictures, we have 50 inseason doubles for you win. Hit the freebies page at UNISEXMAG.COM and enter to get your ass totally kicked.


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HANDLE WITH CARE Internationally acclaimed composer Megan Shorey celebrates the beauty and bItch of being a woman in her new contemporary musical. Comprising four minimusicals, Girlfriend, Three Kilos, In My Arms and Silk Powersuit, BOOK NOW 07 this new production delves into issues of love and relationships, body image, motherhood and gender rivalry in the workplace. Directed by Lewis Jones, Handle with Care features an all-star female cast including Rachel Dunham, Penny Farrow, Sarah Knight, Judy Hainsworth, Liz Buchanan, Kathy Burns, Airlie McCormack and Kathryn McIntyre. Among the cast are several award winners, including Penny Farrow who won Best Actress at last year’s inaugural Short & Sweet Festival, Brisbane. April 14 17, Judith Wright Centre. JWCOCA.COM NEW WORKS OF EROTICA The team at Flipbook Gallery ask us to take a personal look at our own sense of sexuality, with a confronting exhibition by Chris Booth, Jan Van Dijk, James Thomson, Terry Summers, Benjamin Werner, Nic Plowman, Caro Toledo, Sue-Ching Lascelles, Abigael Whittaker, Mandy Beaumont and Caterina Senes. As usual the aim is to nurture, and introduce contemporary art to a new public and provoke existing connoisseurs. FLIPBOOKGALLERY.COM




THE FEMALE FILES Six female artists have peered through their lenses, giving an insight into what plays on the mind of woman in their twenties. It features the works of Eileen Kenny, Annette Dennis, Elisabeth Harvey, Majella McMahon, Charmaine 3872 9000 Malgapo and Antonia Kelly and kicks off on April 13 and runs till month’s end. STELLAGALLERY.COM.AU

now’. The components of the installation, which exactly match Ross’s personal dimensions, pose the question – how far does the radius of my life and work reach? Rebecca Ross was awarded an inaugural Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship in 2003. Although she has exhibited widely, this will be her first museum exhibition. MUSEUMOFBRISBANE.COM.AU

what’s with bloody Farmville on Facebook? If love is a battlefield, then single life is the apocalypse. From the dodgy kebab shop to the infamous Slut Bus, Single Admissions is for anyone who’s ever texted under the influence, danced on their lonesome or been asked the question – repeatedly – “When are you getting married? Seriously, when?” April 7 - 24. METROARTS.COM.AU

JANE EYRE Adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale, directed by Michael Futcher and featuring QUT’s 2nd year Actors. Based on one of literature’s most-loved romance novels, this 1847 classic follows the life of Jane Eyre. From a ten year old penniless orphan, to the Lowood Institution superintendent, Jane accepts a position as a governess and falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester. This is a story of right and wrong and morality at its core. May 4 - 8. GARDENSTHEATRE.QUT.EDU. AU

LET THE SUNSHINE Ageing Sydney radicals Toby and his wife Ros head north to escape scandal, only to find that their coastal refuge may contain more treacherous undercurrents than they thought. There’s Natasha, the upwardly mobile ‘Queen Bee of Noosa’, an old schoolmate of Ros, and her brash property developer husband Ron – not to mention the potential minefield of which celebrity to invite to the next book club. When Ros and Toby’s drop-out musician son falls in love with the high-flying lawyer daughter of Natasha and Ron, it’s on for young and old as these two decidedly odd couples attempt to reconcile themselves to the love of their very own Romeo and Juliet. April 12 - May 15. QLDTHEATRECO.COM.AU

THE AUSTRALIAN BODY ART CARNIVALE Held in Eumundi from 14 May - 16 May, the three day event thas grown and will see an expansion of all elements of the festival. The Carnivale will again be ‘A Festival of Colour’ centred around body art in its many and varied forms. For members of the public, it’s nothing short of phenomenal to watch the human canvases take shape during the competitions. There’ll be a feast of other entertainment including a gala launch with the Masked Gallery Art Walk, competitions and exhibitions in pavement art, wearable art, vehicle body art, photography, and visual art (Art of the Body). There’ll also be music, world-class street performers, children’s workshops, a Saturday evening sunset street party, and a whole lot more. For anybody who loves the creative, and left-of-field life...then this is one to put in your diary. AUSTRALIANBODYART. COM.AU

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REBECCA ROSS RADIUS OF ACTION Through her vividly coloured large scale sculptural objects, Rebecca Ross’s solo exhibition explores an array of ideas and influences including Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. Drawing on inspirations accumulated during her global travels, the artist examines how in our busy lives, we are continually planning ahead instead of ‘living in the

SINGLE ADMISSIONS Is it possible to drink your bodyweight in alcohol? How do you find your way home from a one night stand when you’re in the arse-end of suburbia with no shoes? And

stockholm syndrome “one of the most tense, thrilling plays i’ve seen in some time...a wild 70-minute ride” YOU WON'T HAVE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. Following the record-breaking success of Hamlet comes the next show in La Boite’s mainstage season, Stockholm. Described by the Sun-Herald as “One of the most tense, thrilling plays I’ve seen in some time...a wild 70-minute ride”, this multi award-winning production is now playing at Sydney Theatre Company ahead of a strictly limited four-week season at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre from 28 April. It comes to us courtesy of groundbreaking British physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, who have created a jaw-dropping production that is mesmerising as it is powerful as a piece of theatre. It uses a unique approach that sees dance, music and text conjoin in a lethal embrace and introduces you to the world's most perfect couple while you watch them dance, act, cook and sweat their way to a transfixing climax. Frantic Assembly is celebrated internationally for creating thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre, and this remounting of Stockholm with top Australian actors Socratis Otto (Wolverine, Matrix Reloaded) and Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars Episode II – Attack of the Clones, One Perfect Day) guarantees a heart-stopping night at the theatre. The play’s title is taken from the paradoxical psychological phenomenon Stockholm Syndrome, where hostages develop strong emotional connections with their captor or captors. The term was first coined in 1973 after a group of Swedish bank robbers held a group of bank workers for six days, during which the hostages became emotionally attached to their captors. Here, Frantic Assembly’s co-Artistic Directors Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett present a domestic version of Stockholm Syndrome. The play is set on Todd's birthday. Tomorrow he and Kali will fly to Stockholm to celebrate. This morning they awoke wrapped in each other's arms, ate a late breakfast, drank coffee, watched an arthouse film and shared a packet of Maltesers. It's spring, but today felt like summer. It was that good. Now they're home, cooking dinner in their exquisite and tastefully furnished kitchen. Hidden away from the world, their families, friends and love rivals, they are at their happiest. However, their immaculate kitchen is as dangerous as it is beautiful, and when the knives come out, somebody always gets hurt. As the meal is prepared, the probability of them ever reaching the first course gradually decreases. Bit by bit, these impossible lovers will consume one another. Lead actor, LeeannaWalsman says of Stockholm, “It is perfect for people who don’t go to theatre. You watch an actor doing something, and you’re witnessing someone really push themselves, and hopefully we may be going to a territory that people are afraid to expose.” This production will be the talk of the town, so get online to LABOITE.COM.AU and book your ticket today!


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FOLLOWING THE SELL-OUT SUCCESS OF MURDER BALLADS CHAPTER ONE, a collection of renowned indie bands will come together to perform music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, Nick Cave and Bruce Springsteen. This second chapter will feature Roz Pappalardo and the Wayward Gentlemen, The Good Ship, Lucy Star Satellite, Danny Widdicombe, Silver Sircus, Texas Tea, The Blackwater Fever, Halfway, Kristy Apps and Ghostboy & Skye Virtue. The lineup will perform a selection of their favourite murder ballads from the past (Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht, Pat Boone) and present (Morrissey, Jon Bon Jovi, Kasey Chambers and Indigo Girls). Adopting the theme of ‘Crime and Retribution’, each act will bring their own take to tales of murder and punishment as they perform a selection of their favourite murder ballads and their own original songs inspired by the dark side. John Meyer (The Good Ship) says the Murder Ballads concert series was conceived after he discovered through facebook that he wasn’t the only artist trying to write a murder ballad. “About a year ago I updated my Facebook status to say I was writing a murder ballad inspired by Nick Cave, and Roz Pappalardo (from women in docs and the Wayward Gentlemen) wrote back saying she was also writing a murder ballad. We thought, wouldn’t it be great to play our songs at the same gig?” Meyer said. “After talking to another friend Deb Suckling (from Lucy Star Satellite), we discovered Deb was planning a gig to celebrate the music of Nick Cave, and from there the Murder Ballads series was created.” Murder Ballads Chapter Two will take over the Performance Space and Shopfront, with each instalment featuring a different set of artists, including... Friday 23 April – The Good Ship, Silver Sircus, Kristy Apps, Texas Tea and The Blackwater Fever. Hosted by Bertie Page. Saturday 24 April – Roz Pappalardo and the Wayward Gentleman, Lucy Star Satellite, Danny Widdicombe, Halfway and Ghostboy with Skye Virtue. Hosted by John Thompson. Visit JWCOCA.COM and become judge, jury and executioner for yourself.


i have a queery PROVING THAT ALL THE BEST FESTIVALS HAVE LONGEVITY, the 11th Annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF) steps confidently into its second decade this year, bringing you the most incredible selection of queer films and documentaries from Friday 9th to Sunday 18th April. It truly is a global affair this year with films from the UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Israel, Germany, France and even Iceland and Norway – and the storylines and characters are equally as diverse. Watch a young Salvador Dali, played by Robert Pattinson, explore artistic freedom and love in 1922 Madrid; a troubled British teen wrapped up in a violent gang and hiding his sexuality; lesbian lovers testing the boundaries of their new relationship and each other; a supernatural murder mystery set in the gay porn industry; a pregnant student sent to prison for a murder she didn’t commit, who falls in love with a fellow inmate; a young Nordic punk musician forced to choose between his girlfriend and the new boy in town; a story of secret love in Jerusalem’s orthodox community; the life of gay icon, Quentin Crisp (pictured) and much much more. Striking documentaries this year feature one of Andy Warhol’s famous muses, Candy Darling, transgender sibling rivalry and the fight against homophobia and discrimination in professional women’s basketball. The entire festival is a sticky treat from start to finish – literally - the Volkswagen Gala Opening Night is undoubtedly the party of the year so you’d better dust off your dancing pants and get ready for some sweaty goodness; they’ve got all the fabulous films in the middle like a yummy creamy filling; and, as a delicious closing night snack, they’re screening iconic queer feature film Shortbus, followed by a Q&A with the director, maverick auteur, John Cameron Mitchell via Skype. It’s like an all-you-can-eat queer buffet! Various ticket packages are available as well as single tickets so you can get the most out of your festival. Check out the full program of films online at BQFF.COM.AU.

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THE THOUGHT OF SKYDIVING, for me at least, is enough to turn me green. Who in their right mind would want to plummet at speed toward the ground from such heights? Thousands of people, I hear you say; well I’ll take my touchdown safely inside the plane, any day. In saying this, I do plan on making a jump, just for the thrill, albeit not in the near future and you better believe I’ll be screaming. For those of you out there who think the average skydives are a walk in the park, and also those (like me) who do not, you should meet Felix Baumgartner. A multiple record holder in the elite world of Professional B.A.S.E jumping, Felix Baumgartner is truly dedicated to aviation athletics - and doing insane stunts so you don’t have to. His past efforts (which include being first to jump from the world’s tallest building in Taipei) are nothing compared to the feat he will undertake this year. The mission, entitled Red Bull Stratos, will see Felix making a 36km free-fall

from a balloon on the edge of space and breaking Mach 1 with his own body. In challenging the current speed record, Felix will attempt to become the first human to break the speed of sound in freefall. In comparison, a skydiver falling in the standard, belly-down position reaches a top speed of about 120 mph. To do so, Baumgartner has had to prepare mentally, physically and one would have to assume, spiritually. The jump will set 4 records covering speed, altitude and duration of fall. The latter being a fairly significant note since Felix will be falling for approximately 5min 35 sec – while travelling faster than the speed of sound (340.9 m/s)! So who concocted the idea of cruising down to Earth at around half the top speed of the world’s fastest commercial jet? Felix, of course. The project has been in serious development for the past three years but was first considered by Baumgartner in 2004. After first approaching personal contacts with some rough ideas, Felix, in conjunction with Red Bull, began to






flesh out the framework for the mission and began to make his new dream a reality. In a recent interview Felix was asked about what drives him to perform such feats. His response although brief is still enduring; ‘Jacques Piccard, the legendary oceanographer who in 1960 made a historic descent to the deepest point in the world’s oceans, once said, “There is a driving force in every one of us which does not let us rest as long as we can go one step further.” This urge to understand things beyond our current understandings and assumptions – a desire to expand our capabilities and confidence in a realm that is unexplored – is a driving force on our mission.’ So in June, 2010, Felix Baumgartner will going that one step further; making it into history and the record books once more. For even more information on this epic event and to keep updated, head to REDBULLSTRATOS.COM


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ONE OF MY BIGGEST MOTIVATIONS for moving to North America was to visit and experience New York City. We’ve all seen it in the movies, tv shows (hello Sex in The City), news, songs… the stories of this city surround us every day. I’d been living in Toronto for about 2 months when I thought I need to get out of here, I HAVE to get to New York soon to see what all the fuss it about. I was eating my lunch one day flipping through the paper, and I noticed Porter Airlines had cheap flights. It’s a sign! So that afternoon I booked myself a long weekend away in New York City! The dates I chose happened to co-incide with Valentines Day, so a little present of love to myself. Now I had always been a bit obsessed with New York, but in the weeks preceding my trip, I spent every spare moment researching and reading as much as I could, and documenting all the important bits on my duffel ( an amazing planning, itinerary tool for travel). Once I had compiled everything on my Duffel pin board, I began to devise an itinerary. I showed a few people and they scoffed….’there is no way you’ll be able to do that in 4 days’. And they were right, I didn’t get EVERYTHING done, but hell I got a lot done. Day One: Arriving in New York was easier then I expected. There wasn’t an over-powering police/security presence, and there weren’t long line ups like those described on the news in the previous weeks due to a failed terrorist attack attempt in nearby Detroit. I flew into Newark which is the New Jersey Airport. A 30min shuttle bus ride, and I was in the heart of Manhattan. It was exactly as I imagined, but even better. I hopped off at Grand Central Terminal, purchased a weekly Metro Card ($27 unlimited travel) and navigated the subways to make my way to Brooklyn where I stayed with a work mate. Brooklyn was my introduction to New York, I decided to base my first days activities around here because it was already mid afternoon by the time I’d dropped off my luggage, grabbed a felafel for lunch and headed to a small


gallery I’d read about. Devotion Gallery in Williamsburg was my first stop, a tiny little place that used to be an old hair salon. I was here to see the Sound Postcards exhibition as part of the Unsound Music Festival which was in town. I spent almost an hour with my friend playing with the postcards and chatting to the lady who was working there. Next stop was PS1, another short train trip away. PS1 is a super contemporary art museum housed in an old public school. I worked through the 4 levels, and headed back to my friends to get ready to head out to a gig in Brooklyn to see Morgan Geist DJ (half of Metro Area). I had a great time, but my friend and I got lost in the streets of Brooklyn at 3am in the morning… sure we were a little tipsy, but I actually enjoyed every moment of being lost and taking everything in. Day 2: I was up early to hit a bunch of Museums and Art Galleries, and gosh New York has a lot of them. The best thing to do is pick 4 or 5 and try and get to them rather then trying to race around to every single one. I spent a bit of time walking around mid-town and mid east-side. I found the theatre they filmed David Letterman, and took the obligatory tourist photos, and made my way to the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). MAD is a great museum for design enthusiasts situated at the bottom west hand corner of Central Park. After MAD, I made my way to MoMA (Museum of Moder Art). A lot of people had told me to leave plenty of time for MoMA, and rightly so. It’s massive! On Thursday nights its free entry as well. I spent a lot of time going through each room, seeing so many pieces of art in real life that I’d read about, seen on television, and now here I was standing in front of them taking it all in. I then spent almost 2 hours in the MoMA design store situated on the ground floor. It’s full of wonderful arty design treasures, could have very easily blown my whole budget there. By the time I left MoMA it was starting to get dark, I spent some time wondering the streets, photographing landmarks as I stumbled upon them: Radio City Music Hall, Rockerfeller Centre and then the world famous Times Square. I decided I had to do the most cliche thing possible, so I grabbed five NY’ t-shirts for $11, purchased a true New York hot dog and soaked up the atmosphere. Feeling a bit peckish, I decided it was time for dinner. My friend had suggested that I try this great little place called S’Mac. S’Mac sell nothing but macaroni and cheese, an American staple! So I chowed down on some delicious gourmet mac and cheese, and headed back to Brooklyn to rest my very weary but happy head. Day 3: Up early again, and it was straight to the subway to make my way to The Whitney Museum of American Art. After I brushed up on my American art, I proceeded to make my way to Central Park. I could have easily spent hours here in summer, but it was winter, and cold and the snow made the footpaths very dicey. I managed to see a few great landmarks here: Alice in Wonderland, Hans Christian Anderson, the infamous fountain and finally Strawberry Fields. For those that don’t know Strawberry fields is the area across the road from where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived, also where John Lennon was murdered - it is not only a memorial for him, but token of world peace. Lovely. I decided to head on down to SoHo on the subway and check out some shops. I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering, a quick trip to The New Museum, some famous potato frittes for lunch, then a great ‘pop-up’ gallery on Broadway featuring an amazing young funk band called Phony Ppl… only in New York. It was almost 6pm by this time, so I headed to the nearby Goethe Institute which was hosting some events as part of the Unsound Festival. I’d come there to see a dialogue with Vince Aletti. Most people probably wouldn’t know who Vince Aletti is, but he was one of the definitive music (and more specifically Disco) journalists from the late 60’s onwards, who documented music and club culture in New York. It was a great vibe throughout the dialogue, lots of insight into New York and the music of New York in the 70’s. I had pre-purchased Vince’s book, and had it signed, and now holds place as my favourite memento of New York.

I was so exhausted by this point, but New York never sleeps!! Straight on the subway back to Brooklyn, a quick costume change, then I met my friend at a warehouse party in Brooklyn. Yes these things still happen! I spent the night dancing away to the dj’s, and managed to make my way home to bed to catch some ZZZZ’s. Day 4: I slept in a bit this day, I needed it! But it was Sunday, and it was Valentines Day, and I had to cross a few more things off my New York experience list. After a coffee and pastry, it was straight to the Statue of Liberty. This is a must for anyone travelling to New York for the first time. The Statue is truly a wonder, a gift to America from France. A lovely brisk ferry ride over, then you are free to roam the island to marvel at her beauty from all angles. I marvelled for as long as I possibly could, but the minus 5 degrees temperature and biting winds were snapping at me. I decided I needed to warm up. I needed a good hearty meal. I needed some soul food. And the best place to get soul food? Sylvia’s of Harlem, the self proclaimed Queen of Soul Food. So another subway straight up Manhattan and I found myself in Harlem. Sylvia’s was just a short walk from the station, and within minutes this ‘party of one - Amy’, was seated. I took time to look around me and take in the..pardon the pun… soul of the place. Families and Friends laughing and chatting with each other, couples smiling at each other over plates of cornbread, energetic gospel music playing, it was amazing. The menu was full of southern style specialties, so I chose to go with the famous baby back ribs with candied yams and black eyed peas washed down with a glass of fresh home made lemonade. After dinner I wandered the streets of Harlem for a bit before heading back to the subway. I made my way back to Brooklyn to pack my bags and get some rest before my flight the next day. There was still so much for me to explore, I was already beginning to plan when I could return next. What an amazing city. There is truly something for everyone in New York.


FROM THE OUTSIDE, IT LOOKED LIKE EVERY OTHER HOUSE in this small Ethiopian village: a crumbling cement block topped by a corrugated iron roof, separated from its neighbors by a gap-toothed fence. The room within was dark, punctured only by the light slanting through the open door. We stooped our heads beneath the low frame and followed Mekonen inside. A thin, wiry woman with frizzy hair materialized out of the black, a smile spanning her weathered face. “My mother,” said Mekonen. “She make coffee.” She shook my hand first, then my boyfriend Gary’s, and beckoned for us to sit. We felt distinctly awkward, not knowing the proper etiquette and unable to speak to our companions in their language, Amharic. Mekonen had invited us to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony - our first in the country that lays claim to the drink’s original discovery. The drink occupies a sacred place in Ethiopian culture; getting invited to a coffee making ceremony is a great honor, and we tried our best do deserve the hospitality. Mekonen’s mother began by roasting the beans over a small charcoal-burning stove, making the room crackle with the sound of the fire-licked skillet. Next she poured the blackened beans into a bowl and started crushing them with a heavy wooden pestle, releasing with each blow another waft of rich scent into the air. Traditional ceremonies often involve burning incense as well - but I was glad to be able to focus on the smell of the coffee alone. The rhythm of the grinding was slow and relaxing, and I let myself ease into my seat. If the ritual wasn’t fascinating enough, a constant stream of babies and chickens through the dim room provided a rolling backdrop. Some of the children belonged to Mekonen’s family—though it was never quite clear which ones. It’s common practice in African villages for kids to roam free; whichever woman is closest is that child’s mother. When the beans had been ground to a fine powder, our hostess mixed them

with water and put the pot over the flame. After awhile, the coffee was ready. We hushed in our seats and watched the final act. With a grace usually reserved for sommeliers at five star restaurants, Mekonen’s mother tipped the pot from a full foot above the floor and let the deep liquid spill into four espresso-sized mugs with chipped edges (tradition dictates that an extra is always poured). These were placed on a tray and presented to us where we sat. The first sip bestowed a delicious surprise: she’d added sugar, lots of it, while we were out of the room. The liquid was syrupy and black, and danced the perfect balance between bitter and sweet. I closed my eyes to drown out all senses other than taste. Fine grounds lolled against my inner cheek; the warm liquid seeped from my mouth to the back of my throat, coating the passage down to my happily gurgling stomach. While we relished, our hostess boiled the grinds in the pot and let them settle. This became the second cup, during which the remaining mixture was boiled yet again for drinking in the third and final round. With each cup, the coffee became more complex and delicious. Subtle new flavors surfaced and went under—the smoke of charcoal, the tang of sugar cane, a touch of earth— thrilling my tongue and infusing my body with a sense of richness. Getting to know a place, a people, a person—it takes time, and patience. And care. Like making coffee. By the end of our visit, I still knew relatively little about Mekonen’s generous family and their humble lives. But something in the afternoon’s events had scratched the surface, ever so slightly, and released a hint of the depth that lay beneath. I can’t say for sure that it was the coffee that did it. I do know that when we left the little house on the lane, with its ribbed iron roof and fragmentary fence and sinewy bodies waving goodbye, the air still suggested the vaguest trace of espresso, and the house no longer looked just like the rest of them.









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