FRINGE: Funny People By Julia Clarke – Urban Cow Studio – 4K

At just 24, Julia Clarke has decided both art and comedy are her obsessions and she has combined them in a stunning exhibition at the Urban Cow Studio producing around 20 portraits of Australia’s really funny people.

Done mostly in liquid graphite, with a couple also in pencil, with an array of colours used monochromatically as the background, Clarke just about covers the field of contemporary comedians, from Shaun Micallef to the Sandman and Josh Thomas to Fiona O’Loughlin. Her inspirations for comedy are the Doug Anthony Allstars, so it is no surprise they consume the largest canvas and amongst them she sees Paul McDermott as a role model as he too is an artist.

Tom Gleeson confronted with his own portrait and when asked for his reaction said, ‘flattering, really flattering’ and no doubt others featured in town for the Fringe will drop to catch a peek of their likeness.

Using only images and her own perceptions of the artists, all feature enlarged eyes but some are laughing, others quizzical and Wil Anderson looks positively scholarly.

Next steps for Julia are the finals of RAW Comedy this week and later in the year she is off to Edinburgh for the big fringe to see how it is all done. This work will certainly place her in good stead as she pursues her twin passions. Go see it if no other reasons as exhibitions about the Fringe at the Fringe (like also Gary Cockburn’s photographs) is a genre that needs encouragement.

Kryztoff Rating  4K

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RAW: ADELAIDE OVAL UPDATE – THREE HURDLES TO CROSS NOT ONE

Despite copious amounts of cheer leading from The Advertiser, there are in fact (at least) three major hurdles that the Adelaide Oval redevelopment still needs to traverse in order for the project to go ahead, two more beyond the SACA members’ vote that seems to be that paper’s focus of attention.

The first is how is this going to be financed. The Government’s contribution is capped at $535m but estimates of the project shortfall are put at between $100m – $200m. Despite all sorts of assurances from Minister Conlon about the private sector being willing to invest a few weeks back, no one has come forward and now only the AFL is mentioned as the funder of last resort.

But has the AFL got a spare $100m or more? Sure it is wealthy but with west Sydney, the Gold Coast, North Melbourne and Port to carry, it is doubtful even they, with the SA Government pitching in all those taxpayer dollars to support football alone, can come at that bill.

So, is this the project promised or some scaled back, half baked version, somewhat like the new Western Grandstand that no one will tell us about until it all too late again? Or will it be another pea and thimble trick like the desalination plant that has on-going costs that will dwarf the capital costs, all in the name of the right headline number? Time will tell.

The second hurdle is indeed the SACA members’ vote. The details recorded in The Advertiser yesterday suggest that not only is the ground to be given to football for more than half the year and there will be drop in pitches, but only at most a quarter of SACA members will be able to get football entry as a part of their membership and that may cost them another $600-$1000pa.

To be sure, that prospect is not what SACA members endorsed in principle through surveys two years ago and their President, Ian McLachlan is going to have a tough time convincing them it was and that this remains a good idea.

Further, there are growing doubts about how long things like the northern hill and scoreboard will remain once football gets its claws back into the oval. Others are wondering why the SANFL get the financial windfall of West Lakes land for putting zero in while the SACA lose their major asset. Also, what will the oval look like as a spectacle for test matches, even Ashes matches. At best it will be half full for three days every four years, with the views of the hills, city and mostly the cathedral gone (unless the SMA intends paying to move some or all of those as well!)

Finally, there are the parklands issues involved. It seems very likely that however this deal between the SACA, SANFL and the Government is structured, changes to parklands involved, whether of just Pennington Gardens or beyond relating to handing over this land to private operators, will require the approval of both houses of State Parliament. At present, the Labor Government controls only the lower house, so it will need to negotiate with / buy off the non-Liberals in the Legislative Council to get this through.

City Council documents seen by Kryztoff make it plain that the laws and regulations around parklands changes are strict and complex – even loss of certain views from the oval is a heritage issue.

Let’s not forget the electors of this State were denied the opportunity to record their vote on this issue with full and frank disclosure at the last election 12 months ago due to a ‘forgetful’ then Treasurer. Let’s not forget also, the oval is the property of the SACA until 2040 and its members owe no duty of concern for the members of the SANFL, the Crows and Port Power (who will be the only ones who will get into the place once completed – ie no ordinary taxpayers will get a look in.)

So, while The Advertiser ramps up its campaign to convince SACA members they will be party poopers if they don’t go along with football’s takeover, the real final vote (if it gets that far) may in fact rest with Messrs Brokenshire, Darley, Hood and Parnell and Mesdames Bressington, Franks and Vincent, the non-Liberal and Labor members of the Legislative Council. The ALP will need four of these seven to vote with it. With the Greens out, then it’s down four of the remaining five.

So, two final questions. With what we are now coming to know about this deal, what’s in it for cricket lovers and SACA members and why does Ian Mclachlan still think this is such a good deal for them? Remember also, he and SACA CEO John Harnden have said they are ‘comfortable’ with meeting their debt obligations arising from the western grandstand if the development does not go ahead. So fear of being bankrupted can’t be behind it, can it?

And, what’s wrong with holding off and getting this right? That is, as the west Australians are doing. With all their mining royalties, they are in no hurry to build a new stadium, though to be sure it is on their agenda. So, will it be so bad for the State that this proposal is defeated by SACA or Legislative Council members and a better idea developed over the next few years – remember there is no FIFA World Cup to bully this through with anymore?

Sure, the Labor Government won’t have a bar of it and The Advertiser will rain invective down on any who dare suggest their stadium emperor may have no clothes but maybe less committed folk will see the merits in doing this right another time.

FRINGE: Importance of Being Ernest – Flin St Baptist Church – 3K

By Zoe Mitchell

“A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”.

The Adelaide University Fringe Club give us their take on this classic stage production. Set in 1890’s London, two friends admit having aliases to save themselves from tedious social obligations. They must work together to outwit the powers that be and each win their love’s hand in marriage. This tongue in cheek reflection of Victorian social life is surprisingly self depreciating in its humour. It creates a world of tea and cucumber sandwiches, tightly buttoned collars and stuffy wordplay, in which people above all else must adhere to their given role in society. In doing so our characters bend the rules that control them to suit themselves, under the noses of the rulers.

The Importance of Being Earnest was the last play to be written by Oscar Wilde.

It recieved great accolade before it was abruptly taken off the stage when Wilde was imprisoned. It was enjoyable to see this period piece in a building made in the same era as the play.

Kryztoff Rating  3K

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FRINGE: The Poetry Hour by Mel Hughes – Bliss Organic – 5K

By Nicki Bullock

Mel Hughes is  talented, soulful poet who will bring tears to your eyes, hope to your heart , will inspire and uplift, provoke thought and compassion.

Performing at the Bliss Organic Cafe on Compton Street she has one final show on the third of March.

Her soothing voice is like a lullabye yet you will want to stay awake for her show, cherishing every word as she breathes out love in every utterance.  Reciting poetry that is mostly her own, she also includes poems from some of her favourite poets, such as Ani De Franco’s ‘self evident’.  Her performance is poignant and memorable, touching upon themes of love and loss, injustices and social awareness.  Her strong passion for social activism imbues her writing.

She entrances and carries you away into mindscapes of both Australia and the US, where she lived as a ‘naive nineteen year old’ (her own description).  This is a show I highly recommend; treat yourself to a glimpse of the world as perceived and loved by Mel Hughes.

Kryztoff Rating  5K

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FRINGE: Take Me Back To Paris – Nexus – 4.5K

By Daisy Sugars

Adelaide mustered up all of its charm to welcome home Louise Blackwell and all of her acquired European grace at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre on Sunday the 27th of February. As part of the 2011 Stray program at Nexus, combined with none other than the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Lou Blackwell and her humble quartet treated an equally modest crowd of people to Take Me Back to Paris, an hour of classic jazz music with a very appropriate French focus. The setting was very fitting, with groups of stylish people clustered around delightfully tiny round tables and sipping glasses of Australia’s alternative to champagne. Despite the lack of cigarette smoke and cognac in the room, what Adelaide lacked in picturesque Parisian allure, Lou Blackwell and her quartet certainly made up for with their faithful renditions of great Jazz classics.

If you weren’t convinced of Blackwell’s French expertise before the show, you might have completely forgotten she was an Adelaide native after she charismatically delivered a few blissfully accented words to the audience. The repertoire of French favourites that Lou Blackwell performed, including songs by; Georges Brassens, Juliette Greco, Josephine Baker, Michel LeGrand and Paolo Conte, was indicative of the singer’s deep connection and love for France. I would be lying if I said that I had never thought of traveling to Paris before the show, but Lou Blackwell’s enchanting voice and stage presence instantly sold me on the idea. Having emerged from the theatre with a spring in my step and a desire to hire every French film from the 1960s, I think it is safe to say that Take Me Back To Paris was a great success.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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FRINGE: Big Shoes To Fill – Bally / Gluttony – 4.5K

Anna ‘Pocket Rocket’ Lumb is the 50ft woman trying to live her life in a normal sized world. She finds solace in big things in rural temples like the Big Pineapple and the Big Orange and the Big Potato and the memories of an old teenage friend.

Using hoops as her preferred tools of trade, spurred on by a variety of music from Kim Carne to Brian Wilson, played at various speeds, Lumb cavorts and twists and stumbles across the stage, wearing an assortment of those shoes, splashing her audience with milk and banana and water and stuffing her mouth with fruit and bonbons. Sound bizarre? Well it is and adorably so.

This is what the Fringe is all about, a show so bizarre and quirky you quickly question what is folly and what is genius. Big Shoes To Fill is forty minutes of extraordinary fun. Catch it in its short season ending Sunday.

Kryztoff Rating  4.5K

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RAW: Football Wrap Pt 2 – What A Magnificent Week

By The Silver Bullet

What a magnificent week of football it has been and, you know what? I can’t even tell you whether any games were actually played. Can anyone?

As predicted in Wrap 1 (Wrap Pt 1), Brendan Fevola got the sack, nobody got sued, questions linger why any pay out was required and nothing but nothing happened about his future playing American football. But possibilities seemed to have lit up almost miraculously since Fev was released back on the unsuspecting public even if it is only betting agencies and casino operators rubbing their hands with glee.

It seems, as we predicted last week, a life in show business beckons with some sort of remake of the Sound of Music under the title of Fev! The Musical the hot topic in the entertainment world. Talent scouts, (not the same dopes who Skyped the Green Bay Packers et al), are reporting the likes of Cameron McIntosh are licking their lips with possibilities, with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to play Mother Superior, Hugh Jackman as Herr Zeller and Brendan as himself singing lyrics like:

Boozing on Sat’day and punching til dawn,

Betting on horses and the doggies at Lorne,

Annoying women and living like kings,

These are a few of my favourite things.

But wait, now there is talk of a comeback, through the VFL. How wonderful! As the media have noted, there aren’t many AFL clubs signalling their interest in taking Fev on but there is one for whom he would be a natural fit – North Melbourne.

What a way to boost membership, give the team a forward line and add to the litany of stuff-ups the Kangaroos have enjoyed under the presidency of Eddie Maguire’s mini-me, James Brayshaw.

Let’s not forget the Kangaroos could have relocated themselves to the Gold Coast a few years back but the man who started out in media selling fridges for Radio Rentals said ‘no’ and thwarted interest in the idea during their relocated games at Carrara by retaining a club song that possessed lyrics like ‘good ol’ Arden Street forever’ which, guess what, didn’t mean much to the bleach haired surfies east of the Gold Coast Highway.

Then last year, he fluffed the chance to go to Tasmania, putting his (and not many others’) club back on death row. But now he has the Fev, sitting there drying out and cheering up in the VFL looking for a new home, with memories of Richmond’s publicity and membership coup with Such Is Life Ben fresh in his mind. Mmm. Delicious isn’t it.

And before leaving the rabble that is now the Lions (oh how Leigh Matthews must shake his head in disbelief), Jason Akermanis obviously read our spray last week and has joined the chorus for the prompt demise of Michael Voss, former premiership teammate etc. Now, while the media foments about the former playing genius’ big mouth, let’s not forget that mad Jason got his comments about the Bulldogs’ Brad Johnson (another former team mate) late last year absolutely right – despite the protestations, Johnson was useless in the finals and very quickly pensioned off afterwards.

Phew, and we have not even touched (sorry that is the wrong word, isn’t it Ricky) our favourite nameless 17 year old from St Kilda. Well, that and more next week but in the interim check out the photos of her doing the rounds on the internet. You can see why the man in the underwear got a little hot in the Y fronts, even if she is only old enough to be his daughter.

FRINGE – Circus – Bubblewrap & Boxes – Bosco Theatre, Garden of Unearthly Delights – 3K

Klaus is an odd man. He lives alone. Alone except for his cardboard boxes, which he cleans and moves and ensures are just right. Sometimes, the mail brings a new box and Klaus lovingly incorporates it into his boxed world. Everything is as it should be. But then, a different kind of box is delivered, a box that upsets Klaus’ equilibrium. It contains another person who is inquisitive where he is anxious, friendly where he is hesitant and brave where he is afraid. Can Klaus learn that the unknown doesn’t necessarily have to be scary and gather the strength to leave his boxes?

This is an unusual piece of physical theatre, designed to appeal to children, but with a plot-line and message that may only be clear to adults. The two performers are skilful acrobats and use their physicality well. In the heat of the Bosco Theatre (the air-conditioning seemed to be broken), it must have been an intensely difficult feat for them to keep the energy up, but they managed it.

This oppressive atmosphere also made it necessary for the doors to remain open during the performance and the sounds of the Garden of Unearthly Delights filtered distractingly in. However, the style of the show – being predominantly non-verbal – meant that this was not such a great problem as it might have been for a more narrative driven piece.

Though some of the small details of the show still went over my head, and must have been equally lost on the younger viewers, this show provides a positive general message, in a fun manner to which the kids seemed to respond.

Kryztoff Rating: 3K

 

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RAW: Soundwave – This Saturday – See Our Interviews

With Soundwave here this weekend, check out Socratos’ interviews for Kryztoff with some of the bands playing here at Bonython Park from midday.

High On Fire                                             High On Fire Interview

This Town Needs Guns                              This Town Needs Guns Interview

H2O                                                         H2O Interview

Foxy Shazam                                             Foxy Shazam Interview

Rolo Tomassi                                            Rolo Tomassi Interview

The Aquabats                                            The Aquabats

I See Stars                                                 I See Stars Interview

Don’t miss it. Kryztoff certainly won’t be!

RAW: Bird Calls – Paper String Plastic Gallery

By Socratos

When did that happen? I don’t know. I believe it was last friday. It was really hot and I was in a bright white room drinking free alcohol when it was suddenly inundated by scores of colourful, shining, vibrant people who’s energy gave off an intensive amount of radiant heat that added to the heat already in the room. My brain began to sweat. Was it real? I remember walking up a staircase that came off Hindley street…

There was a blurred array of faces, they all seemed to be based off the same template. Although some of them appeared not to follow the template at all and were merely morphed & amorphous renderings of the colour spectrum that flashed across my amygdala.

The madness I am referring to is the opening night of a recent exhibition held by local graffiti, street and underground artists. The basis of the exhibition was a grafiti template, sprayed onto a piece of wood made by Store of Toy Soldiers Crew fame www.flickr.com/photos/toysoldierscrew.

The blank template was handed out to the various artists that contributed to the show in order to fill in with their own imagination and the results are studied and multitudinous in the variety of their scope. Many of the pieces were created by prominent graf artists from around Adelaide and happily you may recognise some of their styles as talented graffiti pieces have become more and more accepted and patroned around town.

Paper String Plastic is hosting Bird Calls, an exhibition of six female performers ranging from song to spoken word as part of the fringe throughout next week, check out the facebook page for details
www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=126645234073543

And the gallery is always a good place to check out whats going on with talented local artists from around town at the moment. Artists are an outsiders’ commentary on the world and on life in a particular moment. They document the world as it was at a particular moment in time and we should support them in their mission! As a wise woman once said to me before of thousands of people in a voice that only I could hear..; You should support your artists!! Buy Something and put it in your house. Treasure it because it means something!! Great art is amazing, and it’s rare, and it should be, coz that’s what good is. It’s amazing and it’s rare and it means something.

Never overlook the importance of art.

Head up the stairs at 99a Hindley st. to check out the template exhibition and the permamnent exhibition on display there too
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Paper-String-Plastic/139410616112175

for more photos look here
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=100000418422483&aid=51360