Arts and culture

The Dictionary of Lost Words

3 July 2021 9:00 am

These days I don’t read many novels although occasionally I have to read one for my book group. Recently our…

Anya Taylor Joy stars in the new Mad Max

26 June 2021 9:00 am

It’s funny to reflect how the performing arts, theatre in particular, are a lot stronger when they have a literary…

Spring Waters

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Recent decades have seen the opening or upgrading of numerous performing arts centres throughout regional Australia enabling the development of…

Andrea Riseborough

19 June 2021 9:00 am

National Treasure is a remarkable piece of TV drama, and it looks for a long, bewildering moment like a masterpiece.…

Divine Vinyl Survives

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Two weeks ago, a fire broke out at the Universal Studios in Hollywood, 13 years to the day after another…

Dylan

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Bob Dylan turned 80 the other week. Does that seem to consign not just the vanished twentieth century but the…

Festival music in Townsville

12 June 2021 9:00 am

For those music lovers who can travel, the prospect of a festival in Townsville in mid-winter is an alluring one.…

Chekhov

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The trouble with the performing arts in Melbourne is that you blink and they’re gone. The other week we were…

European Masterpieces from The MMA, New York at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art

5 June 2021 9:00 am

This is a very active period for the visual arts. The Archibald Prize finalists have been announced, Vivid is returning,…

Macbeth

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s an extraordinary thing that a director of Bruce Beresford’s reputation should be directing for Melbourne Opera until you remember…

Brett Whiteley : Drawing is Everything (31 July – 31 Oct)

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Demonstrating excellent timing, the Bendigo Art Gallery has announced a major exhibition Brett Whiteley : Drawing is Everything (31 July…

The Dry

22 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s a hard thing, harder than it should be, to film a detective story. Is Billy Wilder’s version of Agatha…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert series

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Last weekend’s sports pages told us that ‘the crowds have not yet been flocking back to the footy with pre-pandemic…

Ulysses

15 May 2021 9:00 am

If you wanted a college at the University of Melbourne that had no hint of imitation Oxbridge you would turn…

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

15 May 2021 9:00 am

As news came through of China’s suspension of high-level trade dialogue with Australia, I read The Truth About China by…

Reese Witherspoon

8 May 2021 9:00 am

There are moments when the very idea of live entertainment including its high cultural expression, thrills the soul. On 6…

Francesco Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Dafne

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Venice in the 17th century was the birthplace of opera.  Its dominant and most successful exponent was Francesco Cavalli.  Once…

Killing Comrade Hampton

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Fred Hampton, the young chairman of the Illinois Black Panthers, makes a brief appearance in The Trial of the Chicago…

Kate Winslet

1 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s been a strange week in the world of arts and entertainment as we slouched to the weirdest plague-governed Oscars…

Science Gallery Melbourne

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Sydney is still thrashing around with the historic Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, known as the Powerhouse Museum, while…

Helen McCrory

24 April 2021 9:00 am

At a time when people like Prince Philip looked as though they would live forever and the world was a…

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Advance notice has been given about the Biennale of Sydney for 2022. No one else should get overexcited about this…

Berlin

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Theatre is slowly, tentatively opening up again and there’s no denying that a good play with however small a cast…

She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Art movements and fashions may come and go but Australians love of their impressionists seems only to grow stronger.  The…

A Murder of Crows

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes a crime show on TV turns into something higher and better, a transfigured thing. The Victim, from Scotland, falls…