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Fringe World 2016: Top Picks

With a program even heavier than last year’s behemoth, this summer’s Fringe World Festival has clearly got the memo from punters who still can’t get enough of the world’s newly crowned third-biggest Fringe. And really, can you blame us? Counting down ’til our city’s balmy summer evenings are chockers with culture in three, two, one… Best […]

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REVIEW: Lou Doillon

Once the muse of Givenchy and the face of Chloé, Lou Doillon was a model and actress before she began writing music. Daughter of actress Jane Birkin (muse of the Birkin Bag), and director Jacques Doillon, Lou is an icon, revered for her French style before her poetics. I had been following Lou on Instagram […]

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INTERVIEW: Jessica Messenger from Multiverse Theory in D

A word of warning: writer Jessica Messenger’s new play is going to hit pretty close to home for those of us with any kind of inclination to perfectionism (um, guilty). When you hear its subject matter, that makes sense: the play’s about a woman named Naomi, who on the surface appears to have it all […]

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Perth International Jazz Festival: Richard Bona Band

A man in the crowd in front of me was telling his friend some facts about jazz bassist Richard Bona, who we were about to see perform. Not being familiar with Bona’s music myself, I thought it prudent to listen in. “He never listens to the tape before he goes onstage,” the man said. “He […]

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INTERVIEW: Jos Franciscus from Cord Perth

Jos Franciscus and I set this interview up over email. That’s not unusual for me – it’s how I set up most of my interviews – and I suspect, after hearing about her busy week of media meetings and interviews, it was pretty standard for Jos, too. But here’s the unusual thing about all those […]

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Queen and Adam Lambert

My friends always tease me for having the same taste in music as most fifty-year-olds. When I express my excitement that Paul Kelly is touring or that John Farnham is doing his very, very, very, very, very last show I can hear them thinking uncomfortably, “She has the same taste in music as my mum”. […]

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Winter Arts Season: July Picks

The second month of the Perth Winter Arts Season is upon us, and unlike most follow-ups, it’s even better than the first one. With quality shows from both established performers and underground newcomers, the July schedule is diverse, ensuring that whether you’re a State Theatre Centre patron or a Blue Room fan, you’ll find something […]

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Winter Arts Season: Blossom Time

I hadn’t heard of Blossom Dearie before I went to the Ellington on Saturday night. If someone had asked, I would have guessed she was perhaps a landscape gardener – a warm, grandmotherly figure – or a professional sportswoman – a tennis player. The fact that the gig in her honour was at the Ellington […]

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Winter Arts Season: June Picks

Trying to convince a Perth local to head out on a cold winter’s night is like trying to convince Troy Buswell to catch a cab home. Spoilt by our six-month-long summers, we recoil at the thought of any activity conducted in weather colder than ‘mild’, or, heaven forbid, any activity requiring more than one layer […]

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State of the Art

There are some things that are uniquely West Australian. Indian Ocean sunsets. Derby fever. Throwing out your fruit as you exit the airport. Paying $12 for a pint. That dry heat. Celebrate it all this weekend at the State of the Art Festival – a day-long festival celebrating WA music, hosted by Celebrate WA as […]

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