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       SYDNEY'S FREE WEEKLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER   www.alternativemediagroup.com                              JULY 12, 2008 • ISSUE 120



                                                                                             Battle of
                                                                                             transparency
                                                                                             BY ROJE ADAIMY
                                                                                             The race for Sydney’s top job has heated up this
                                                                                             week, as two of the leading candidates battle it out
                                                                                             over whose campaign will be more transparent.
                                                                                             Both the current Lord Mayor Clover Moore and
                                                                                             Labor’s candidate Meredith Burgmann revealed to
                                                                                             The City News their plans to win the trust of voters in
                                                                                             the lead up to the City of Sydney Council’s election
                                                                                             in September.
                                                                                             In an unprecedented move, former president of the
                                                                                             NSW upper house, Meredith Burgmann, said that
                                                                                             she was not going to accept any donations from the
                                                                                             Labor Party headquarters, following the spate of
                                                                                             claims of inappropriate associations between party
                                                                                             members and developers.
                                                                                             Dr Burgmann said she will only collect money for
                                                                                             her campaign through community fundraisers.
                                                                                             “We want to show that we’re a new type of inner-
                                                                                             city Labor,” she said. “We won’t be getting any
                                                                                             donations from the Labor Party, developers or from
                                                                                             the alcohol industry, so we will be raising our own
                                                                                             money . . . [from] a series of community lunches,
                                                                                             dinners, and trivia nights.”
                                                                                             Dr Burgmann also said she was willing to publicly
                                                                                             disclose any donations over $200 on a weekly basis.
                                                                                             In response, Clover Moore told The City News she
                                                                                             was prepared to disclose donations to her team,
                                                                                             above $200, on the internet before the election.
                                                                                             This was despite having told The Sydney Morning
                                                                                             Herald last week that she didn’t know “if it’s



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                                                                                             physically possible because we don’t have the paid
                                                                                             workers that the major parties, including the
                                                                                             Greens, have”.
                                                                                             It comes after reforms to the NSW political
                                                                                             donation system passed through both the lower and



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                                                                                             upper house of parliament last week.
                                                                                             The Election Funding Amendment (Political
                                                                                             Donations and Expenditure) Bill requires political
                                                                                             parties and candidates to report donations every six
                                                                                             months instead of every four years.
                                                                                             It also stipulates that election candidates will no
                                                                                             longer manage their own campaign funds, but must
                                                                celebrates 50 years          have an ‘official agent’ to control campaign finances.
                                                                                             For political parties and their State election
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     their ‘party agents’ take over the
                                                  office party apparatchiks
                                                  managing donations for a state
                                                                                            much they’ve donated to a
                                                                                            councillor’s party.
                                                                                                                                    Clover’s independent team announced
     position.                                    or nation-wide structure, and             Greens Councillor Chris Harris                                                                                        campaigner John Wardle; and
     “Requirements for political party            then effectively leaving local            said that this has created a                                                                                          Glebe local Lesley Lynch.
     central offices to manage                    candidates to claim they know             loophole, and fall well short of
     donations will not increase                  nothing about the donations,”             what his party wanted.                                                                                                Claims that City breached local
     transparency or accountability, as           she said.                                 “People need to know who is                                                                                           government guidelines
     most donations already go to the             Under the amendments,                     influencing the candidates they                                                                                       The use of City of Sydney staff to
     central party office and concerns            individual councillors must also          are voting for before they vote,                                                                                      organise a press conference for the
     about the undue influence                    disclose donations made directly          not after,” Cr Harris said. “All                                                                                      Lord Mayor to announce her
     remain,” Ms Moore said.                      to them – and not their party –           they have done is to make                                                                                             team ahead of the election is a
     Even though Ms Moore is part                 when relevant planning and                direct donations to councillors                                                                                       breach of local government
     of a registered political party, the         development applications are              the responsibility of the                                                                                             guidelines, according to Greens
     Clover Moore Independent                     lodged with their councils.               candidate – that is, that the                                                                                         Councillor Chris Harris.
     Team, she said the new laws                  Developers with applications              candidate can’t vote.”                                                                                                Cr Harris raised his concern with
                                                                                                                                     Cr John McInerney, Marcelle Hoff and Phillip Black will                      the City’s CEO, Monica Barone,
     won’t favour her because she                 before councils must also                 The NSW Attorney-General,                seek re-election
     will not be directing donors to              disclose any donation of $1000            John Hatzistergos, said the                                                                                           after the media was invited by the
     give money to a head office.                 or above to individual                    amendments will become law              Sydney Lord Mayor Clover                joined the Independent Team in        Council’s communications staff to
     “This is not the same as                     councillors only, and are not             before the local government             Moore MP has announced the              2004, will not be contesting.         the campaign launch of the Clover
     unknown State or Federal head                legally obliged to reveal how             elections on September 13.              team of candidates she will lead to     The other members standing on         Moore Independent Team.
                                                                                                                                    the City of Sydney election in          Cr Moore’s ticket include the         “The use of City of Sydney Staff
                                                                                                                                    September.                              vice-chair of the Victoria Park       for election media [and]
                                                                                                                                    Current Councillors John                Community Group, Di Tornai;           campaigning is clearly contrary to
        St Barnabas’ redevelopment ‘imminent’                                                                                       McInerney, Marcelle Hoff and
                                                                                                                                    Phillip Black will seek re-election
                                                                                                                                                                            lawyer Robert Kok, chair of the
                                                                                                                                                                            City’s Chinese New Year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the [Department of Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Government] guidelines,” Cr
        BY ALEX MCDONALD                           as well, but we’re talking millions of                                           under the registered political          Advisory Group; business owner        Harris wrote in a letter to Ms
        Past members of the Sydney                                                                                                  party, the Clover Moore                 and president of the Darlinghurst     Barone, seeking a response
                                                   dollars,” Mr Falchoni said.
                                                                                                                                    Independent Team.                       Business Partnership Andrew           detailing what will be done about
        University Evangelical Union have          Mr Falchoni told The City News the
                                                                                                                                    Councillor Robyn Kemmis, who            Duckmanton; live entertainment        the alleged breach.
        been called upon to provide financial      delivery of the architectural plans to
        support for the reconstruction of St       council was “imminent” and likely to
        Barnabas church in Broadway.
        A spokesman for the church said the
                                                   happen in the next month.
                                                   Once approved by City of Sydney
                                                                                                                                    UTS students design pathway to the city
        multi-million dollar project would         Council, the parish hopes to                                                     BY DHEEPTHI NAMASIVAYAM
        require donations from former parish       commence construction as early as                                                While construction will not begin
        members, as well the 600-strong            next year.                                                                       on the Ultimo Pedestrian Network
        congregation that has been meeting         “What we’d really like is to have the    The church was destroyed                (UPN) for at least another 18
        in a lecture theatre at Newtown’s          building finished in May 2010,” he       by a fire in May 2006                   months, planning and preliminary
        Moore College ever since a fire            said. “That would be exactly four                                                work is already underway.
        destroyed the 150-year-old church          years since the old building burned      St Barnabas, which was well known
                                                                                                                                    The disused railway line at the end
        in May 2006.                               down.”                                   for its witty stoushes with the
                                                                                                                                    of the Central Station tunnel that
        Mario Falchoni, a parish councillor        The new church will include several      publican across the road via their
                                                                                                                                    runs behind the University of
        who is overseeing the                      items salvaged from the fire,            respective message boards, was
                                                                                                                                    Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the
        redevelopment, said the new church         including the original bell tower. “A    destroyed by a fire caused by an
                                                                                                                                    ABC studios will be converted into
        is expected to cost in excess of $10       number of marble and stone plaques       electrical fault.
                                                                                                                                    a pedestrian and cycle pathway
        million.                                   were hanging on the walls in the old     “The police’s view is that it wasn’t
                                                                                                                                    allowing access from Ultimo into
        He said regular fund-raising would         building,” according to Mr Falchoni.     arson and we’ve accepted that
                                                                                                                                    Darling Harbour.
        not be sufficient to meet the target.      “There were pews that survived and       view,” Mr Falchoni said. “It was a
                                                                                                                                    In the past, the railway line used to
        “There will be [fundraising] events        some of those will be utilised.”         very old building.”
                                                                                                                                    transport locomotors to the
                                                                                                                                    Powerhouse Museum.
                                                                                                                                    Patrick Woods, UTS's deputy vice-
                                                                                                                                    chancellor, said that UTS owns a
     Not Going for a ’Song                                                                  Aghajanian, replied in kind by
                                                                                            stating that “we [Hillsong] disagree
                                                                                                                                    work shed, which is situated at the
                                                                                                                                    northern end of the disused railway
     BY ROGER HANNEY                              As part of the CSPC’s                     with the recommendation and             line. This has been leased to             The area behind
     A meeting of the City of Sydney’s            deliberations, an independent             many of the findings of the                                                       UTS and ABC will
                                                                                                                                    Energy Australia so they can carry
     Central Sydney Planning                      assessment of Hillsong’s proposal         Independent Planner’s Report, and                                                 be revamped
                                                                                                                                    out “subterranean works” – digging
     Committee (CSPC) scheduled for               had been prepared by Angelini             are re-evaluating our options.”         tunnels underground as part of the
     last Thursday was cancelled due to           Planning Services.                        “We believe we have a strong case                                               Educational Precinct (UCEP),          Woods said that the project will be
                                                                                                                                    construction of the City West
     it being deemed holy unnecessary.            According to the City of Sydney,          in defending our application,” Mr                                               which will oversee the upgrade        funded by the partners of UCEP
                                                                                                                                    Cable tunnel.
     The sole item for consideration was          Angelini’s assessment found that “the     Aghajanian said. “And we will                                                   project.                              and the Council. “It is not expected
                                                                                                                                    A representative from the Sydney
     a development application by                 proposal exceeded height, parking         continue discussions with Council                                               “We want students and staff to        to be exorbitant,” he added.
                                                                                                                                    Harbour Foreshore Authority said
     Hillsong Church to build a $78M,             and floor space limits and would          about finding a way forward for a                                               have safe and pleasant access to      A competition was held for UTS
                                                                                                                                    that until the tunnel is completed,
     seven-level office building and a            exacerbate traffic problems in the        church in the Green Square                                                      Darling Harbour and the city in       design students last year to create
                                                                                                                                    construction on the proposed
     2,700 seat church with 679 car               surrounding residential streets. The      precinct.”                                                                      general,” he said.                    ideas for utilising the UPN space.
                                                                                                                                    pedestrian railway will not begin.
     parking spaces in Rosebery.                  report to the CSPC recommended            Close to 80 per cent of the 1092                                                Mr Woods added that the City of       The concept of creating a
                                                                                                                                    While the UPN land belongs to
     Hillsong withdrew their application          refusal of the application.”              submissions received by CSPC were                                               Sydney Council has enthusiastically   pedestrian pathway was well-
                                                                                                                                    the Sydney Harbour Foreshore
     the day beforehand.                          Hillsong’s general manager, George        supportive of Hillsong’s proposal.                                              supported the UPN project and are     received. “It was their ideas, their
                                                                                                                                    Authority, the Sydney Institute
                                                                                                                                    (TAFE), UTS, ABC, Powerhouse            keen to see it transpire.             diagrams and their pictures which
                                                                                                                                    Museum and Citigate Hotel have          Although funding for the project      got everyone excited about the
                                                                           Publisher: Lawrence Gibbons                              all formed the Ultimo Cultural and      has not yet been established, Mr      project,” Mr Woods said.
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          Kings Cross: where to from here?
         BY CHRISTOPHER DAWSON                                                                                                                        the daytime retail trade and          residents. Those who lived in a
         The plan, Sustainable Sydney                                                                                                                 then the nightlife.                   particular area wanted to make
         2030, is intrinsic to the future of                                                                                                          He spoke of the new form of           it better.
         the city.                                                                                                                                    liquor outlets the Council            Surveys showed that 25 per cent
         This was the message of                                                                                                                      wished to introduce to the city,      of those who lived in the city
         Councillor John McInerney.                                                                                                                   small bars able to serve alcohol      walked to work, eight times
         It will also be the mantra of the                                                                                                            without serving food.                 more than the average for the
         Clover Moore Independent                                                                                                                     He referred to the small bars of      rest of Sydney. A further 33 per
         Team as they launch themselves                                                                                                               Melbourne, often hidden down          cent took public transport.
         into the September local                                                                                                                     small laneways, and how these         “I am optimistic for the future,”
         government elections. To give                                                                                                                provided a different drinking         he said.
         substance to the visionary                                                                                                                   culture.                              Cr McInerney said the planning
         rhetoric, Cr McInerney                                                                                                                       “I think Kings Cross would be         for the upgrade of Fitzroy
         addressed members of the Kings                                                                                                               an ideal location for small bars,”    Gardens and Lawrence
         Cross Partnership for an early                                                                                                               he said. “I believe Kings Cross       Hargrave Reserve would begin
         breakfast late last month about                                                                                                              to be the best village in Sydney.     on Tuesday July 1, with a
         the “visionary thing”.                                                                                                                       It has great retail in the daytime    community workshop at Rex
         Cr McInerney, an architect and                                                                                                               and this will continue. It will get   Centre, Kings Cross. This was a
         planner, who has been president                                                                                                              better and better.”                   community priority in
         of the Planning Institute of                                                                                                                 In the past there had been an         consultations for the City East
         Australia and Manager of                                                                                                                     “edgy feel” but business had          Local Plan. He said there would
         Planning for the City of Sydney                                                                                                              overcome this element.                be an upgrade to the El
         as well as Melbourne,                  Kings Cross businesses have overcome the “edgy feel” associated with the area in the                  Not only did he feel Kings            Alamein Fountain and
         emphasised that Sydney                 past, according to Cr McInerney                                                                       Cross to be the best village in       speculated about the future of
         “needed a vision to guide it                                                                                                                 Sydney but also this was how it       the Kings Cross Car Park (there
         forward”.                             rising oil prices, declining      said. “We went to the people to     wanted an improved public        was being portrayed on web            would be no loss of parking
         Once having mastered the              housing affordability and         research this plan. This is not     transport system. They wanted    pages to the rest of the world.       spaces) and the location of the
         recalcitrant sound system, he         growth. It suggested moves to     too revolutionary but not often     an emphasis on light rail and    He said Sydney was                    Kings Cross Police Station.
         spoke of the underlying concept       make Sydney more sustainable,     done here.”                         integrated pedestrian and bike   experiencing an increase in           He was looking for an
         for Sydney, the City of Villages.     vibrant and successful.           The research found that 97 per      paths.                           residential population in many        opportunity to widen the park,
         The plan responded to the             “Every decision we make will be   cent of people in Sydney wanted     Cr McInerney said two forms of   areas. This was often at the          and said the Council was open
         challenges of global warming,         related through to 2030,” he      action on climate change. They      business typified Kings Cross,   expense of hotels and short-term      to all sorts of ideas.



              OPINION                                                                                                Peak drug body revises
                                                                                                                     position on injecting centre
               Winning laws for wine lovers                                                                          BY EMMA KEMP
               BY SIOBHAN MOYLAN                                now be able to operate multiple premises in          The Australian National
               This month NSW has done something it             the same wine region under the one licence,          Council on Drugs (ANCD)
               should have done a long time ago. We are in      and charge for wine tastings.                        has revised its position on the
                                                                                                                     Medically Supervised Injecting
               the midst of change because law makers           Tastings and cellar door sales will be allowed
                                                                                                                     Centre (MSIC) in Kings
               have enacted the most comprehensive              for small-scale regional brewers and
                                                                                                                     Cross.
               changes to liquor laws in a quarter of a         distillers. The 45-litre limit on cellar door        In a statement published
               century.                                         sales has been abolished, and B&B’s can now          online in June, the ANCD
               A new Liquor Act was passed by the NSW           sell alcohol to guests just to name a few            announced their collective
               Parliament in December last year and now it’s    benefits.                                            support of the MSIC in
               down by law. Three words: Bring it on.           There’s now less red tape and more                   Sydney following continued
               Central to the reforms is taking liquor          importantly less cashola needed for people           backing from the NSW
               licensing out of the courts and introducing an   wanting to have a go at creating a decent            Government.
               administrative-based system to reduce the        drinkerie. Some licences will now cost no            “We must accept that despite
               red tape and cost for everyone involved.         more than $500. Whereas before, you’d have           our best efforts as a
               Not only have my friends and I been voicing      to get a full hotelier’s licence, which cost         community to prevent the           The Kings Cross injecting room
               our opinions (granted, mainly only to each       around $2,000 plus $6,600 for a Social               uptake of drug use the reality
               other and generally in the wee hours at such     Impact Assessment. Add to that an annual fee         remains that some people will      month trial, has been granted    reflected in the level of
               venues as the Judgment bar on Oxford street      of $2,500. Boring!                                   engage and continue to engage a number of extensions by the community support we see,
                                                                                                                     in injecting drug use,” the        NSW Government.                  and evaluations that show that
               or the Court House Hotel in Newtown) over        From an experienced socialiser’s view point I
                                                                                                                     statement said. “The most          Chief Executive Officer of the is upwards of 70 or 80 per
               the years about the problem of there being no    look forward to observing over the coming
                                                                                                                     humane and compassionate           ANCD Gino Vumbaca, said          cent,” Mr Vumbaca said.
               decent wine bars or watering holes in our fair   years more people with aesthetic style,              response to this reality is to try that even though the NSW         However he said that the
               city, but the good folk at the NSW Wine          creativity, vision and diversity running bars.       and ensure the range of            Government has announced         environment at Kings Cross
               Industry Association have been voicing theirs    Maybe musicians will even have more haunts           potential harms caused by this its support is in the form of a      presents a unique set of
               too. Their campaign to have producer             to play in, resulting in a reinvigoration of         activity are reduced – this is     continuation of the trial, there circumstances, and the
               licences brought into line with conditions in    Sydney’s nightlife to make it less about big         noted as being a clear goal of     is enough evidence there to      Council is not saying the
               other states has been on-going for the past      bars, big bills, big hair and lary RSL carpet.       MSIC.”                             show that there is merit and     MSIC could be replicated
               decade. Finally their calls have been            It’s my hope that from this month we will            It comes as the Centre’s           benefit in what happens at the everywhere across the country.
               answered too.                                    start noticing some culture re-entering              director, Dr Ingrid Van Beek,      injecting centre in Kings        The ANCD was established in
               The creation of a wine producer’s licence        Sydney.                                              quit in frustration over the       Cross.                           1999 by the Prime Minister as
               allows sales at wine shows and farmer’s          Oh, for those of you having ‘Dry July’ like me,      NSW Government’s refusal to “There is an opportunity there part of the Commonwealth
               markets/producer fairs. Wine producers will      good luck!                                           make it permanent.                 for a room like the injecting    Government’s response to
                                                                                                                     The Centre, originally             centre to be established and     reduce the harm caused by
                                                                                                                     established in 2001 as an 18-      operate, and I think that’s      drugs in the community.




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          A good fe-line about the future
          BY DHEEPTHI NAMASIVAYAM                                                have homes,” Mrs Pikley said.
          Last year, Toby’s owner brought                                        This campaign, which continues
          him to the Cat Protection                                              today, is linked to increasing
          Society of NSW (CPS). A                                                feline overpopulation, with
          terminal cancer patient, he could                                      desperate owners dumping their
          no longer care for his beloved                                         growing litter of kittens on the
          17-year-old cat.                                                       streets.
          “Toby takes vacations at                                               “These cats would go on and
          different people’s houses and                                          breed a growing population of
          today he’s enjoying his                                                stray cats and kittens,” Ms
          retirement with us,” said Kristina                                     Vesk said.
          Vesk, Chief Executive Officer of                                       And while the situation has
          the Cat Protection Society of                                          improved, she added that every
          NSW (CPS).                                                             cat shelter in Sydney was still at
          It is just one of the many stories                                     capacity level in January this year.
          that the CPS, who celebrate                                            But desexing is not the only           Monika Biernacki and volunteers welcomed the grant from the Lord Mayor
          their 50th anniversary this year,                                      challenge. The recent spate of cat                                         adequate programs to help people        Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The
          have witnessed in their long
          history.
                                                                                 brutality has also deeply
                                                                                 troubled the CPS. “It’s not a big
                                                                                                                        Moore                               get off drugs,” Ms Moore said.
                                                                                                                                                            “Gorman House does excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                                    expanded quarters will enable
                                                                                                                                                                                                    disadvantaged youth and adults
          Since 1958, the not-for-profit
          organisation has cared for stray
          and abused cats, housing them
                                                                                 person who is unkind to animal,
                                                                                 in fact it’s a pretty low thing to
                                                                                 do,” she said.
                                                                                                                        Money                               work to help people get off drugs
                                                                                                                                                            and get their lives back together.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                    to take part in carer-training
                                                                                                                                                                                                    programs, as well as functioning
                                                                                                                                                            This is the third mayoral grant         as an adoption centre.
          in their shelters or re-housing                                        “But there is a lot of kindness        BY ROGER HANNEY                     for Gorman, and for the second          “Above all, we expect happier
          them to families.                                                      happening too. We’ve had               Just this month, Sydney Lord        time the grant will also enable         clients and dogs, because they
          “You have to earn a cat’s love       CEO of the NSW Cat                people drive many miles to our         Mayor Clover Moore named            two Robert Riley Scholarships to        will be dealt with in an
          and respect and that makes           Protection Society, Kristina      organisation to bring cats who         four community-based recipients     the value of $5,000 each. These         increasingly professional manner
          them particularly special pets,”     Vesk, enjoys company of           have been abused.”                     of $65,000 in grants from her       scholarships are specifically           in a building that will be purpose
          Ms Vesk, a self-confessed fan of     her feline friends                And as they look to the future,        Lord Mayoral Salary Trust.          intended to enable promising            designed for dog adoptions,”
          the felines, said.                                                     the CPS hopes to perpetuate            Glebe Youth Services received       Aboriginal students of law, human       Monika said. “This will in turn
          Currently, 80 to 85 cats live at     her strongest memories was the    such acts of kindness that has         $10,000 to assist with indigenous   rights, child protection and criminal   lead to more successful adoptions
          the CPS and last year was            CPS’s campaign to desex kittens   kept the organisation afloat.          cultural programs. Darlinghurst’s   justice to continue their studies.      for the thousands of dogs rescued
          especially tough with over 2500      at an earlier age, to prevent     “Our primary belief is that every      Gorman House was awarded            The final recipient was Monika’s        by DoggieRescue.com. It will
          abandoned cats seeking refuge at     over-population.                  cat deserves a loving and              $20,000 to help fund full-time      Doggie Rescue. Thanks to the            then mean fewer dogs destroyed
          the organisation.                    “Desexing was very important –    responsible home,” Ms Vesk said.       drug and alcohol detoxification     donation of $25,000, Doggie             in Sydney pounds.”
          Shirley Pikler has worked for        at the time vets were de-sexing   “It’s a never-ending job,”             services.                           Rescue have acquired a                  This latest round of grants brings
          the CPS since 1959 in various        at 6-months-old, a lot were       according Mrs Pikler. “But we          “I have long pushed for better      demountable building for use in         the total donations from the Lord
          positions, including CEO             having kittens and creating       do the best we can as we go            drug treatment services, but the    training and accommodation at           Mayoral Salary Trust thus far to
          between 1992 and 1998. One of        many more cats that couldn’t      along.”                                Government has failed to provide    their Doggiewood facility near          $470,000.




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                                      Heritage blacksmith workshop told to close
                                                                                                                                                       Moore said.                                 He said the RWA has got “dollar            awarded National Australia Day
   Photo: Australia Technology Park




                                                                                                                                                       She said she has written to the             signs in their eyes” and sees the          Citizen of the Year from South
                                                                                                                                                       Minister for Redfern-Waterloo               site as valuable land they can             Sydney Council for his dedication
                                                                                                                                                       requesting he review the decision           develop once the tenants have              in conserving the machinery at
                                                                                                                                                       to evict Wrought Artworks and               been evicted.                              Eveleigh.
                                                                                                                                                       consider alternative arrangements           The RWA mission statement says             In a statement to The City News,
                                                                                                                                                       to maintain the workshop.                   the Authority aims “to establish           RWA’s CEO Robert Domm said:
                                                                                                                                                       The RWA notified Wrought                    Redfern-Waterloo as an active              “The private business in question
                                                                                                                                                       Artworks of their eviction and              vibrant and sustainable                    (Wrought Artworks) is currently
                                                                                                                                                       termination of their licence after          community by promoting and                 operating at the ATP without
                                                                                                                                                       they installed a section of new             supporting greater social cohesion         paying any rent and without
                                                                                                                                                       concrete flooring to remedy a               and community safety, respect for          having any legal lease or licence.
                                                                                                                                                       potential walkway hazard at their           the cultural heritage and orderly          “This is obviously not a tenable
                                                                                                                                                       own expense – a task which had              development of the area in                 situation in the long run and the
                                      The Eveleigh Railway Yard’s blacksmithing bays (left) are an important part of Sydney’s                          been left incomplete after the ATP          consideration of social, economic          ATP has tried on a number of
                                      industrial heritage, says Lord Mayor Clover Moore; Wrought Artworks produced a video                             upgraded the blacksmithing                  and other sustainable                      occasions to resolve this issue,” Mr
                                      and posted it online documenting their work (right).                                                             workshop as part of a site hazard           developments.”                             Domm said. “The private
                                                                                                                                                       review in 2005.                             The proposed eviction also                 business asserts that it has a right
                                BY EMMA KEMP                          Wrought Artworks have been           Authority Bill was passed in 2004           Joint partner of Wrought                    threatens the employment of four           to remain at the ATP in
                                History could be torn from its        operating the original               as part of Planning Minister Frank          Artworks, Guido Gouverneur,                 blacksmith apprentices, an                 perpetuity on a rent-free basis and
                                roots in one of Sydney’s most         blacksmithing bays at the Eveleigh   Sartor’s vision to redevelop the            said the action showed the RWA              increasingly rare industrial trade.        refuses to accept that the
                                historic precincts if the Redfern-    Locomotive Workshop since 1991,      area.                                       is not taking its position as               Greens Councillor Chris Harris             landowner has effective rights
                                Waterloo Authority’s (RWA)            running their business and           Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore              stewards of the national estate             said it is a “bit curious” that the        over its own property.”
                                eviction of the blacksmiths at the    maintaining the heritage and old     said the Eveleigh Locomotive                responsibly.                                RWA had made this decision                 Mr Gouverneur said his letters to
                                Eveleigh Railway Yard                 machinery of the workshop under      blacksmithing bays are on one of            “Rather it treats the largest and           given that an acoustical wall              board members of the RWA have
                                substantiates.                        the heritage requirements of the     the most important sites in Sydney          most integral steam powered                 shields the surrounding buildings          been met with a “customary code
                                Tenants at the Eveleigh Railway       Australian Technology Park           in terms of its archaeology, social         blacksmithing machinery                     from any noise.                            of silence”,
                                Yard have been told to leave by       (ATP).                               history and importance to Sydney’s          collection known in the western             “I’d like to know what’s motivated         and that they would not meet
                                the Redfern-Waterloo Authority        The RWA is not obliged to adhere     industrial past.                            world as a play thing, to be tossed         all of this, obviously there’s been a      to discuss their aspirations for the
                                (RWA) despite their ongoing           to heritage orders because it has    “Retaining this workshop is                 about and destroyed like a cat              change of heart, and we’d like to          future of the black-smithing shop.
                                efforts to preserve heritage value    powers to override the Heritage      essential to protect and preserve           plays with a mouse,” Mr                     know why,” Mr Harris said.                 Wrought Artworks is currently
                                of the site.                          Act. The Redfern-Waterloo            Sydney’s industrial heritage,” Ms           Gouverneur said.                            In 2001 Mr Gouverneur was                  seeking legal advice.




                                       Chinatown attracts
                                                                                                                                                        George St worst for pedestrian safety
                                       tens of thousands of                                                                                                                                                                                   four people killed and 342
                                       visitors a year                                                                                                                                                                                        injured in the City of Sydney last
                                       (Photo: City of                                                                                                                                                                                        financial year which is still too
                                       Sydney)                                                                                                                                                                                                many,” Council CEO Monica
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barone said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oxford Street was the second
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              worst with a total of 20 incidents,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              follow by Elizabeth Street (17),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pitt Street (17), Goulburn Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (11), Clevland Street (9), Druitt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Street (9), William Street (9),
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Castlereagh Street (8) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Clarence Street (8).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              According to City of Sydney data,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              most accidents occurred near
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              major railway stations and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              happened between 3pm and 6pm.
                                                                                                                                                        George Street has been                      road between Ultimo and The               It was found that young male
                                                                                                                                                        responsible for more crashes                Rocks were reported last year.            and female pedestrians, aged
                                                                                                                                                        involving pedestrians than any              “Although the number of                   between 16 to 25, accounted for
                                                                                                                                                        other road in Sydney’s CBD.                 pedestrians injured is generally          almost half of the recorded
                                                                                                                                                        Thirty-three accidents along the            decreasing each year, there were          casualties.


                                Chinatown gets $10,000
                                spring clean                                                                  Police fly low on new Hawk bikes
                                                                                                              Sixty custom-built NSW Police Force bicycles will         see the NSW Police Force maintain its international
                                 A $10,000 grant from the NSW         promotional resources to extend
                                                                                                              hit the street this month, just in time for World         standing as a forerunner in bicycle policing.
                                 Government to help clean up          the message to staff and
                                                                                                              Youth Day.                                                “Proactive policing by bicycle patrols plays an
                                 Chinatown has been awarded           customers,” Ms Sharpe said.
                                                                                                              The ‘Hawk’ mountain bike was officially launched          important part in crime reduction and our training
                                 in support a new City of             The grant will also help fund
                                                                                                              at Homebush by NSW Police Minister David                  has been recognised internationally as ‘World’s
                                 Sydney litter prevention             special promotional events
                                                                                                              Campbell and Corporate Spokesperson for the               Best Practice’ with aspects of our program being
                                 campaign.                            where bilingual education stalls
                                                                                                              NSW Police Bicycle Patrol Unit, Superintendent            adopted by police forces from around the world,”
                                 Labor’s Penny Sharpe MLC             will be set up around the area.
                                                                                                              Greg Rolph, with a number of the bicycles put             Supt Rolph said.
                                 announced the ‘Green Clean           “This is a pilot project and the                                                                                                                        The specially designed bikes can be
                                                                                                              through their paces on the stairs.                        “But with officers spending up to 40 hours a week
                                 Chinatown’ campaign last week        intention is to extend it                                                                                                                               used on almost any terrain
                                                                                                              It is the only Australian bicycle designed specifically   on the street on these bikes, the standard
                                 to draw awareness among              throughout the diverse                                                                                                                                  (Photo: NSW Police)
                                                                                                              for operational policing and was developed by the         recreational models used by police have not been
                                 businesses of the impact of          communities of the City of
                                                                                                              NSW Police Force Bicycle Training and Coordination        able to keep up with our operational demands.         used on almost any terrain.”
                                 rubbish on the streets.              Sydney local government area,”
                                                                                                              Unit and produced by Hillbrick Bikes, an Australian-      These new bikes, however, have been specially-        The rider position has been designed to allow
                                 “The campaign will see               she said.
                                                                                                              owned company.                                            designed for police use by police officers. They      police to adopt a more upright riding position,
                                 businesses provided with an          The extra money has come
                                                                                                              Superintendent Greg Rolph said the development            have reinforced frames and rims, as well as           more suited to performing policing on a bike,
                                 education kit, including a           from the Government’s
                                                                                                              and production of the ‘Hawk’ mountain bike would          heavy duty tyres and accessories, and can be          he said.
                                 checklist of litter and waste        $339,000 Council Litter
                                 minimisation strategies and          Prevention Grants Program.




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          Sydney academic says there’s more to sport than weight loss
         BY MICK ROBERTS                       Sydney and teaches human                                                                                                                                 According to Dr Light, children
         Obesity prevention should not         movement and health education.                                                                                                                           learn fair play, gender identity,
         be the only reason for parents to     While he researches youth in                                                                                    Author, Dr Richard Light                 self motivation and much more
         encourage children to take up a       sport and physical education, he                                                                                says sport will enhance                  through participation in sport
                                                                                                                                                               your child’s social skills.
         sport, according to a Sydney          says his interest in writing the                                                                                                                         activities.
         University academic.                  book also stems from taking a                                                                                                                            Providing a unique insight into
         Dr Richard Light says that sport      keen interest in his daughter’s                                                                                                                          how children view sport and its
         plays an integral role in a child’s   sporting career.                                                                                                                                         role in their lives, the book also
         social development.                   “Top paid athletes in general are                                                                                                                        analyses some of the new
         He has spent 10 years                 good examples to our young                                                                                                                               methods being used to engage
         researching how sport affects         people,” he said. But he says                                                                                                                            children in sport and offers
         children both physically and          there are minorities in a few                                                                                                                            suggestion for improving their
         mentally, and has had his work        sports, like the AFL, that project                                                                                                                       experiences of sport and
         published in a book titled Sport      a bad image to our youth.                                                                                                                                physical education.
         in the Lives of Young Australians.    He also believes Australian                                                                                                                              Modified games, like six-a-side
         The book, which Dr Light              athletes at the top of their field                                                                                                                       soccer, allows greater
         drafted while spending three          do not get paid enough in                                                                                                                                participation and involving
         months in France, features in-        comparison to the sports stars in                                                                                                                        children in rule-making will also
         depth studies on children within      the United States.                                                                                                                                       get young people more engaged,
         school, club and social               “The bodies of these athletes do                                                                                                                         he said.
         environments around Australia.        not last long, so they have a                                                                                                                            “The book will be a valuable
         He said children as young as 10-      very short span to earn good                                                                                                                             resource for teachers, coaches
         years-old showed the ability to       money – like in rugby union                                                                                                                              and anyone interested in
         reflect on the conflicting            and ruby league, where they are                                                                                                                          understanding how to provide
         messages from elite and               paid good money to perform in                                                                                                                            physical education in a way.”
         professional ‘media’ sport.           sports.”                                                                                                                                                 Sport in the Lives of Young
         Dr Light is a senior lecturer in      A chapter on nippers and surf         of levels, Dr Light said.             community, the ability to decide     who went on to take an active           Australians, features 163 pages,
         the Faculty of Education and          lifesaving clubs shows how            “Friendships with older children      on how competitive to be, and        role in patrolling were important       and is published by Sydney
         Social Work at the University of      children developed on a number        and adults through the surf club      social responsibility for those      aspects,” he said.                      University Press.



          Retailers say Youth Day could                                                                                                                   POLICE BRIEFS                               WITH MICK ROBERTS

          result in business loss                                                                                                                             I A MAN is before the courts charged over a robbery of a Petersham
                                                                                                                                                              money exchange outlet. On Monday June 30, the 29-year-old man
                                                                                                         ‘WYD special event parking’.                         allegedly entered the Parramatta Road business and threatened a
                                                                                                         Provisions have also been made for Surry             woman. The man allegedly demanded the shop assistant open a safe,
                                                                                                         Hills residents on closed roads to either get        activating an alarm which alerted police. Police arrested the man at the
                                                                                                         their vehicle in and out of their homes or           scene. He was taken to Newtown Police Station where he was charged
                                                                                                         provide alternate parking options.                   with aggravated robbery and dealing with property suspected of being
                                                                                                         Residents along the ‘pilgrim’s route’ from           proceeds of crime. All proceeds of the alleged offence have been
                                                                                                         Central Railway Station to Randwick                  recovered.
                                                                                                         Racecourse, such as Foveaux, Bourke,
                                                                                                         Albion and Fitzroy Streets have raised
                                                                                                                                                              I POLICE rescued 11 people trapped in the Sydney Tower elevator on
                                                                                                         concerns over possible vandalism and
                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday July 2. The twin-deck lift became stuck about 6.30pm. Police
                                                                                                         damage, according to Nichols Street
                                                                                                         Community Group.                                     attached to The Rocks Local Area Command and Rescue Squad were
                                                                                                         “The recent experience with sport fan                called to the scene two hours later after maintenance crews were unable
                                                                                                         hooliganism doesn’t rest well with the Surry         to release those trapped inside. In a delicate operation, police freed the
                                                                                                         Hills community,” Community Group                    passengers one by one by attaching harnesses to them, pulling them out
                                                                                                         spokesman Brian Noad said.                           through a hatch in the ceiling of the elevator, before transferring them to
                                                                                                         Crowd management as people walk to                   another lift and ferrying them to the ground level. The rescue operation
                                                                                                         Randwick Racecourse or Centennial Park               took around three hours to complete and the lift passengers were given
                                                                                                         will be the responsibility of the NSW                a clean bill of health. Building management is now looking into what
                                                                                                         Government, including the World Youth                caused the incident.
         Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in World                            Day NSW Police Security Command.
         Youth Day events around Sydney, as seen here in Cologne in 2005                                 WYD Coordination Authority                           I POLICE are appealing for assistance after a recent spate of
         (Copyright WYD 2008)                                                                            spokesperson said pilgrims will be directed          deliberately lit fires in the Bondi and Waverley areas. About 5.50am
                                                                                                         by volunteer marshals and on-street signage.         Thursday July 3 Eastern Suburbs police were called to a fire at a store
          BY MICK ROBERTS                                 businesses in the area.                        “There will be officials who will perform            on Carrington Road, Waverley. Forensic Investigators examined the scene
          World Youth Day, from July 15 to 20, will       “Small businesses that wish to trade may       ‘way finding’ duties which include directing         and the fire is being treated as suspicious.
          generate $231 million into the city’s           do so – it’s their choice,” the                the crowd along its route,” she said.                During the last few weeks there have been a number of fires in garbage
          economy and should be welcomed by the           spokesperson said.                             There will also be messages broadcast over           bins and skip bins within the Bondi and Waverley areas that appear to
          business community, says the Sydney             “Given that people are walking long            a public address system directing people
                                                                                                                                                              have been deliberately lit, including a motor vehicle which was destroyed
          Chamber of Commerce. But some inner-            distances to get to Randwick Racecourse,       along the route.
                                                                                                                                                              by fire in Castlefield Street, Bondi the evening of Saturday June 21.
          city retailers are not so sure.                 food and drink outlets may enjoy higher        The spokesperson said at all times
                                                                                                                                                              A fire was lit in a garbage bin behind a shop in Oxford Street in Bondi
          Small business owners in and around Surry       trading than usual.”                           residents and visitors to the area will have
                                                                                                         pedestrian access and there will be                  Junction in the early hours of Thursday June 26. Another garbage bin
          Hills believe the event could cost them big     The spokesperson said businesses should
          dollars.                                        check RTA signage on streets to determine      managed crossings along the walking route.           was set on fire in Campbell Parade at Bondi Beach in the early hours of
          Surry Hills Business Alliance spokesman         when changes come into effect and to plan      Sydney Chamber of Commerce Executive                 Wednesday July 2.
          Brian Adams said with the inner-city            having stock delivered prior to the changes.   Director Patricia Forsythe said WYD will             A skip bin was set on fire at the rear of a school in Salisbury Street in
          enclosed in security cages, closed streets,     “Staff should also be advised to allow         inject millions of dollars into the economy.         Waverley in the early hours of Tuesday July 1.
          and public transport restricted, the impact     additional travel time to work and to take     “This is about international exposure,               All of the fires are being treated as suspicious and investigations are
          on local businesses will be enormous.           public transport or walk into the area if      cultural exchange and boosting the tourism           continuing.
          “It’s a pain for every business in the area,”   possible.”                                     industry,” she said.                                 Investigators are asking anyone with information about the fires or who
          he said.                                        Business and residents within a 2km radius     “This event will expose thousands of                 may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the areas around where the
          A World Youth Day (WYD) Coordination            of Randwick Racecourse will be issued          international visitors to the delights Sydney        fires were lit to contact Waverley Police on 9369 9899 or Crime Stoppers
          Authority spokesperson said every effort        with two on-street parking permits which       has to offer and many will be persuaded              on 1800 333 000.
          has been made to maintain access to             will allow them to park in areas marked        of a return visit.”




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                                                                                                                                Best Antiques (pre 1950) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Art Gallery (under $5000) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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               Best Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Best Fetish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Best Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Organic Food Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Comedy Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      Best Health Food Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            Best local Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Modern Aussie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Gym . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Best spoken work poet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Food after 2am . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            Best Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          Best Local DJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Thai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Best Men’s Haircut Under $20 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 Best Local actor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Laksa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Under $5 shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Best Local muso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Chinese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Leather apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Best Local filmmaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Japanese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          Best Shoe shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Local performer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Vietnamese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          Best Women’s Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Local Producer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Spanish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Men’s Apparel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Best Comedian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Mexican . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Best New books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Best Indie Music Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best South American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Used books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Local Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Greek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Place to Rent Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best French . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Hardware Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          BEST THINGS TO SEE WHILE
               Best Italian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Best Pet Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      VISITING SYDNEY
               Best African . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Sporting Goods Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Tourist attraction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Northern European . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               Best Bike Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       Best Public Space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Vegetarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best CDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Best Weekend Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Surf (Seafood) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          Best Vinyl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Best Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Turf (Steak) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Late Night Convenience Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    Best Animal Attraction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Independent Newsagent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 Best Bus Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Sweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Christian free Op Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Urban Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      Best Place to get Tattooed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Out of Town Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Best Place to get Pierced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
                                                                                                                                BEST SERVICES
               BEST PUBS                                                                                                        Best Dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Smoke Free Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Smoke Friendly Beer Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      Best Lawyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Romantic Fireplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Toilet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    Best Yoga Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Pub Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Public Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Gay Pickup joint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            Best Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Straight Pickup joint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             Best Dog Walking Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Live Music venue: Jazz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                Best Landscape Gardener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Live Music venue: Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  Best Therapist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Live Music Folk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Best Chiropractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Live Music World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              Best Masseuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Dance venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           Best Hairdresser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Adult Service Provider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Trivia Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        Best Local online networking space . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Nightclub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .         Best Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
               Best Pokie Free Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            Best Real Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

                           POST COMPLETED BEST OF SYDNEY BALLOT TO: BEST OF SYDNEY, PO BOX 843 Broadway NSW 2007 or email nominations to best@alternativemediagroup.com
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           EAT & DRINK                                       by Jackie McMillan                                                                                                              jackie@alternativemediagroup.com


               PRICING                            French Bistro setting.The 30 Minute     sweet-corn puree; and for dessert       Orange Blossom Sorbet ($14) has
                                                  Lunch ($42), served simultaneously      it would be hard to beat their          me enthralled; plus there’s a good        *NEW*
               $ - mains less than $15                                                                                                                                      Le Pain Quotidien
               $$ - mains between $15-$22         on four tasting plates within fifteen   Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.              selection of Greek wines. Service -
                                                  minutes of ordering (or it’s free),     Entry via Gallery Level, 100 Market     relaxed and informative.                  Sometimes it’s the simplest things
               $$$ - mains between $22-$30                                                                                                                                  that impress the most.A perfect
               $$$$ - mains over $30              delighted with a Tarte au Citron        Street, Sydney (02) 8223 3883           The Civic Hotel, Level 1, 388 Pitt St,
                                                  from their Lenôtre trained Chef                                                                                           toasted Ham and Cheese
                                                                                          www.360dining.com.au                    Sydney (02) 8080 7040
                                                  Pâtissier, Mark Stone.The Guéridon                                                                                        Croissant ($6.50) made with
                                                                                          Modern Australian $$$$                  www.civichotel.com.au
                   ROCKS & CBD                    of the Day ($42) was an impressive                                                                                        Gruyere cheese, and served with
                                                                                                                                  Modern Greek/Mediterranean $$$$
                                                  steak with peppercorn sauce served                                                                                        crisp thin slices of cucumber and
                                                                                          Sydney Tower Restaurant
          Subsolo                                 Flambé style at the table.The wine                                                                                        radish, and a small pot containing
                                                                                          When you dine at Sydney Tower,          Miro Tapas Bar
          Great subterranean space – part         list is inspiring; they take the time                                                                                     three mustards, won me over here. Cupping my hands around a warm
                                                                                          you get more than just a meal –         An unpretentious underground
          flame red boudoir, part dark, moody     guarantee seriously – so if you can                                                                                       bowl of well-made Caffè Latte ($4.50) was a perfect antidote to the
                                                                                          the impressive slowly-rotating,         space where portions are geared
          bar – with an uncompromising            spare an hour, investigate their                                                                                          chilly air; and their Mocha ($5.00) attested to the use of good quality
                                                                                          modern dining room is also an           for sharing. Enjoy perfectly cooked
          Spanish wine list written in plain      wonderful cheese trolley                                                                                                  chocolate.The space is bright, with a warmth and rustic charm which
                                                                                          attraction.The staff are very warm      Deep Fried Potatoes in Paprika
          English. Some of Jacqui Gowan’s         ($22/head).                                                                                                               you’ll enjoy as you dine at the communal table, or at smaller
                                                                                          to young diners.You’ll be surprised     and Chilli Salsa ($9) and
          dishes disappoint (like the intensely   Level 5, Sofitel Wentworth, 61–101                                                                                        surrounding tables. Daytime dining options include Tartines (open
                                                                                          by the quality and range on offer       interesting selections like
          salty Crumbed Meatballs with            Phillip Street, Sydney (02) 9230 0700                                                                                     sandwiches), a rich Ham and Gruyere Organic Omelette ($13.50), or
                                                                                          at the buffet, including fresh          Barbequed Scotch Fillets with Blue
          Manchego and Romesco ($19/$24),         www.sofitelwentworthsydney.com.au/                                                                                        perhaps an Organic Egg with Hollandaise Sauce ($12) served with toast
                                                                                          oysters from their lease in             Cheese and Beetroot ($18) with
          but some are stellar, including the     sydney_dining/restaurant.html                                                                                             and salad, with optional Ham ($14) or Smoked Salmon ($16).There’s
                                                                                          Tasmania; a constantly refreshed        Garlic Bread ($3 / 3 pieces). The         also a selection of bakery treats, freshly made breads, brioche, muffins,
          Lamb Cutlets ($18/$25) and              Modern Australian $$$$                  selection of Asian and                  popular red-wine Sangria is
          Ensalada a la Española ($19/$25).                                                                                                                                 and croissants. Beyond the bakery, I was very happy to take home my
                                                                                          Mediterranean dishes; and a             alcoholically enhanced with               own jar of the addictive Natural Black Olives ($10.90) and the Poivre
          Vegetarians will enjoy the superb       360 Bar & Dining                        carvery for whole baked salmon          Brandy and Vermouth and available
          Pimientos Rellenos ($17/$24). More      As a special occasion restaurant,                                                                                         Noir de la Cote de Malabar ($20), a great black pepper with grinder.
                                                                                          and rare Terra Rossa Beef. Linger       in jugs ($20), half-jugs ($13) and        Catch them for an early dinner from 6pm every Thursday, Friday and
          substantial offerings include a menu    this is totally a valid option - the    over a plate of cakes, slices and       by the glass ($6.50); or there’s a
          of Portuguese Espetadas and a           view is second to none. Cocktails                                                                                         Saturday night.
                                                                                          fresh fruit as the city turns round.    selection of Spanish wines,               54 Norton Street, Leichhardt (02) 9564 0099 www.lepainquotidien.com
          better-than-most Paella ($33)           at the bar are a highpoint;             Centrepoint, Gallery Level, 100         liqueurs and beers.
          brimming with chicken, chorizo and      especially the Thai Mai Shu                                                                                               French/Café $-$$
                                                                                          Market Street, Sydney                   76 Liverpool Street, Sydney
          seafood.                                ($18.50).The modern Australian          (02) 8223 3800                          (02) 9267 3126
          Basement, 161 King Street, Sydney       menu has two set price options -        www.sydneytowerrestaurant.com.au        www.mirotapasbar.com.au                  ($19.50).Veal Tortellini ($19/$26)     dots meaning mi vida loca or “my
          (02) 9223 7000 www.subsolo.com.au       $75/ 2 courses, $95/ 3 courses          Fixed Price Buffet $$$$                 Spanish Tapas $$                         with chestnut mushrooms, peas          crazy life” but eating pizza here is far
          Spanish/Portuguese $$$$                 (special items have additional                                                                                           and parmesan cream sauce is            from crazy – you’ll get a perfect slice
                                                  charges), but you may want to                                                          INNER WEST                        perfectly al dente; the secondi of     that you pick up with two fingers at
                                                                                          Aki’s
          Garden Court                            order a side ($11). Entrees were                                                                                         Roast Suckling Pig ($30) is rustic.    the crust, and it won’t droop.Try the
                                                                                          Start with an Indian Mule ($15) and         (Pyrmont/Balmain/
          This restaurant has exceptional         excellent, particularly the Hervey                                                                                       Olive Oil and Rosemary Cake with       3 Dots Special ($9.50/sm, $14.50/md,
                                                                                          then explore the excellent wine              Leichhardt/Glebe)
          food, and a great 70s-modern            Bay Scallops with pancetta and                                                                                           Braised Figs ($15) was unusual and     $17.50/lg) of Kalamata olives, ham,
                                                                                          list. Kumar Mahadevan’s signature
                                                                                                                                                                           nicely presented.                      mushrooms, red onions, Italian salami
                                                                                          entrée of Crab Podimas with             Olive Tree Bistro, Excelsior
                                                                                                                                                                           127 Booth Street, Annandale            and pineapple; or the Chicken
           *NEW*                                                                          Iddiappam ($23) is lovely.Vegetarian    Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                           (02) 9660 6652                         Deluxe with lovely smoked chicken.
           Element Bistro                                                                 diners are given a range of options,    By Jasmine McLennan
                                                                                                                                                                           Italian $$$                            It’s high quality ingredients for a
           I felt like an impostor sneaking                                               like Palak Patta Chaat ($13).The        The Excelsior Hotel has undergone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  comparatively low cost – the most
           into the city under the cover of                                               Hyderabadi Murg ($25) is very           major renovations over the last five     Spicy Sichuan                          expensive dish is a plate of Parmesan
           darkness to dine in this                                                       spicy; the Braised White Rabbit         months.The décor is unobtrusive          Venture here for another take on       Crusted Lamb Cutlets ($25.50), and
           restaurant; by day full of the legal                                           ($34) with coconut, fennel, cashew      and welcoming - downstairs is a          Chinese cuisine – Sichuan style -      they were well worth it!
           profession, but by night a warm,                                               and poppy seeds has a stunning          lively pub, upstairs is a Greek          piquant, complex and unfamiliar, so    Shop 4, 44-45 Harris Street, Pyrmont
           intimate, well-priced little bistro.                                           sauce that needs a Naan ($3).           restaurant with a traditional eight      the full-colour photo menu is a        (02) 9660 7429
           Suit world has left an impression                                              Great views of the city and all the     course Greek banquet ($35/head)          godsend. Start with a Cold Dish        Pizza $-$$
           on the menu, which is written in English and quite accessible, so even         fine-dining extras make one             every Wednesday.The salted cod           Combination ($29.80/ 5 dishes) –
           diners who find French food forbidding will find familiarity in dishes         inclined to linger at their al fresco   with garlic mayonnaise (Bakalaw)         like the jerky-like Deep Fried Beef    Restaurant Sojourn
           like Corned Beef with roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Parsley           tables; and ease the higher prices.     was particularly delicious; as was the   Shreds with Sesame in Chilli Oil       Whilst the food here is expensive,
           and Mustard Sauce ($27). Matthew Barnett’s cuisine is the perfect foil         1/6 Cowper Wharf Road,                  baked beetroot dish.Their specialty      and the Spicy Flavoured Bean Jelly.    the extra touches soften the
           to a winter night – start with a hearty bowl of French Onion Soup              Woolloomooloo (02) 9332 4600            is goat – the lean, tender meat fell     Sooth your palate with a lacy doily    prices. Sample the cuisine of Paul
           ($16), then move on to perfectly rendered Confit Duck with Seared              www.akisindian.com.au                   off the bone.The prices on the           of Fried Dumplings Sichuan Style       Camilleri in a small, atmospheric
           Scallops on a bed of savoy cabbage, with lardons and veal jus ($29).           Modern Indian $$$-$$$$                  regular menu, which can be ordered       ($7.80/ 6 pieces); and don’t miss      sandstone room, to a great
           For a lighter choice, start with the best incarnation of a stuffed                                                     in the pub or the restaurant, are        the Kung Bao Chicken with Red          soundtrack.The entrée Tortellini of
           Zucchini Flower ($6/each) I’ve tried to date – prawn and sauce                 AB Restaurant                           reasonable ($15-20 main).                Pepper and Peanuts ($12.80). Low       Lyonnaise Onion and Lemon
           Vierge. Gloria Gonzales (who put together the surprisingly affordable          In a section of George Street           Excelsior Hotel, 101 Bridge Rd, Glebe    wine mark-ups, try the Grant Burge     Thyme ($24) shone, combining
           wine list) is perfect on the floor – warm, hospitable, and eager to            known for fatty, fast food, here’s an   (02) 9552 9700                           East Argyle Pinot Gris ($29.80).       flawlessly with tasty Hawkesbury
           please. As I commented on the warmth of the place for solo diners,             alternative that’s kind to your         Greek $$                                 1-9 Glebe Point Road, Glebe            River Prawns, wafer thin garlic
           she offered to sit down with anyone who felt lonely! It’s good – right         waistline and wallet. Fresh food is                                              (02) 9660 8200                         bread and burnt butter; the main
           down to the Crème Brûlée ($13) and the complimentary baguette                  provided by the experienced Ali         Mine, Quarryman’s Hotel                  Sichuan $-$$                           of Slow Roasted Lamb Rack,
           pieces with Lescure butter.                                                    Baba group kitchen. Share a platter     The quiet upstairs bistro in this                                               Caramelised Lamb Breast, Pea
           163 King Street, Sydney (02) 9231 0013 www.elementbistro.com.au                like the AB Grand Platter ($35)         family run, unrestored pub is full of    3 Dots Pizza & Cafe                    Puree, Marjoram Gnocchi and
           French $$$                                                                     with salads like the zesty AB           comfy red banquettes. It’s honest        The name refers to a tattoo of three   Sweetbreads ($35) was a delight.
                                                                                          Special Herb and Leaf Salad ($5.50      pub grub with low prices for large
                                                                                          regular/ $13.00 large); dips, bread,    serves of dishes like Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                            *NEW*
           *NEW*                                                                          Shish Kebab, Shish Tawook and           Schnitzel ($13) or Rump Steak with
                                                                                                                                                                            A’Mews
           Hummingbird                                                                    Kafta Skewer, plus an unexpected        beer-battered chips and salad.A
                                                                                                                                                                            You’re certain to find something
           There aren’t many places in                                                    highlight - Flame Grilled Butterfly     whopping serve of Bread and
                                                                                                                                                                            entertaining to your tastebuds at
           Sydney that boast a $5 tapas                                                   Chicken ($18).Team it with sides        Butter Pudding ($8) is best enjoyed
                                                                                                                                                                            A’Mews, where quiet British
           menu, but the newly revamped                                                   like Sambousik ($8.00) pastries         with a friend.To drink I recommend
                                                                                                                                                                            refinement meshes with French
           Hummingbird (part of the hip                                                   stuffed with beef, onions and pine-     the 2007 Catching Thieves Rose            decadence. I’d recommend the
           Vulcan boutique hotel) does,                                                   nuts; or Mixed Pickles ($5).            ($30) with a bowl of Smoky BBQ            well-priced 6 Course Chef’s
           between 5pm and 7pm every                                                      Shops 5 & 6, 815 George Street          Chicken Wings ($8/small $12/large).       Degustation Menu ($72/head,
           Tuesday to Saturday. During happy                                              (Opp. Central Station), Sydney          Happy hour (4-6pm) sees some              $105/with wine). If you do, Dani, who manages the floor with friendliness
           hour, a fiver will buy you a plate of Spiced Calamari with a great blue        (02) 9211 1969                          drinks drop to $3.The bistro is           and an obvious soft spot for the cuisine of Chef Richard Moyser, will
           cheese dressing (normally $10); or a large serve of Beer Battered Fries        www.abrestaurant.com.au                 open from 11am-9pm.                       direct you to eliminate dishes you don’t fancy from the daily menu, and
           with a good tomato salsa (normally $7). Both go well with cocktails –          Lebanese $$                             216 Harris Street, Pyrmont                the rest will be decided in the kitchen.The entrée of Ballotine of Rabbit
           the best I tried was a Silver Angel ($14), though the Pineapple and                                                    (02) 9660 4520                            ($21) stuffed with lemon and cinnamon, served with rabbit tortellini and
           Caramel Margarita ($14) was an interesting proposition. Owner Grant            Civic Dining                            www.quarrymanshotel.com.au                chanterelle mushrooms, oozed with French sophistication. I was also
           Kells told me that their cocktails “include advanced techniques” that          Consume Modern Greek cuisine            Pub Bistro $                              impressed with the main of Roast Barramundi ($33) on a bed of red
           see their bartenders spend an hour of preparation time per day in the          cruising above even ‘gastro-pub’                                                  wine risotto, with grilled king prawns, horseradish cream and oxtail
           kitchen making things like caramel syrup.To dine I would happily               fare in a stylishly revamped art-       Da Gianni Trattoria                       sauce.The Roast Glenloth Duck Breast ($34) was slightly overpowered
           recommend the White River Veal Meatballs ($12) served with tomato,             deco room. Start with a Crab and        A warm and atmospheric place              by the lovely accompanying cassoulet.At the sweeter end of the scale,
           lime and chilli; or the Pork and Duck Terrine ($12) with onion jam and         Haloumi Tartlet ($24) or a              managed by Cinzia Spinazzola who          Richard managed to redeem The Trifle ($15) for me with a delicious
           sourdough toast.The Garlic Mushrooms ($8) were slightly                        Pomegranate Roasted Quail ($24)         leads the somewhat shy floor team         combination of Sauternes brûlée with quince, mandarin and brandy snap.
           disappointing, as was the lack of spicing on the Grilled Moroccan Lamb         with watermelon, sheep’s fetta and      with confidence, genuine warmth           His Dark Chocolate Terrine ($15) is so sinfully rich, you might be better
           Cutlets ($12).The room is intimate and perfect for solo diners, with a         chorizo. Peter Conistis (ex-Omega)      and knowledge. Italian wines like         to share a small square on the Dessert Tasting Plate ($28).Wine list is
           log fire warming it up at one end.Wine list includes a great 2007              excels in bringing Mediterranean        the 2006 Vietti Roero Arneis DOC          affordable and imaginative – the Blackets 2006 Pinot Noir ($36/bottle,
           Mount Adam Unoaked Chardonnay ($38/bottle, $8/glass).                          flavours to mains like Caramelised      ($59) compliment antipasto                $8/glass) gets my nod.
           Vulcan Hotel, 500 Wattle Street, Ultimo (02) 9211 9260                         King Prawns and Mussels ($33) on        selections like ‘proscuitto di parma’     99 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (02) 9660 4999 www.amews.com.au
           Tapas $-$$                                                                     pumpkin orzo (rice-shaped pasta).       ($19.50) with a gorgonzola stuffed        English/French $$$$
                                                                                          Dessert of White Chocolate and          fig; or Hervey Bay Scallops ‘crudo’




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     Kim Camilleri’s desserts are well-     calamari; and makes a changing           Efendy                                     40b Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross          gras ($21) impresses as well.The staff   Bay Hong
     designed; and wines range from         Pizzette of the Day ($8).The Di          Authentic Turkish recipes presented        (02) 9326 0900                              are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.      Granddaughter of the founder of
     $40-$126/bottle.                       Lorenzo Coffee ($3.00) and               with a modern twist in elegant             www.tomatillo.com.au                        Don’t share the Burnt Valencia           Bay Tinh, Hong Tran’s on the floor
     79 Darling Street, Balmain             biscotti ($2.00) are strong points.      surroundings.The well-presented            Mexican $-$$                                Orange with Leche Meringada Ice-         with her mother Rose Tran in the
     (02) 9555 9764                         78 Harris Street, Pyrmont                Meze ($21) impresses with great                                                        cream ($10), it’s too good!              kitchen, reproducing many of the
     www.restaurantsojourn.com.au           (02) 9660 5718                           zucchini fritters; the Kadayifli Karides   La Sala                                     1/54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills         old recipes, as well as new creations
     Modern European $$$$                   Italian $-$$                             ($20) – prawns wrapped in Kadayif          This restaurant is all about                (02) 9281 1054 www.cru54.com.au          like her Egged Prawn Cake ($12).
                                                                                     with a sour cherry and mint salsa –        seasonality and fresh produce;              Modern Spanish $$-$$$                    Golden, crunchy Potato Prawns
     Restaurant Atelier                     Na Zdrowie                               are surprising. Manti come in both         down to a man in the prep kitchen                                                    ($10) and perfectly cooked Salt and
     Darren Templeman’s food shines         A lighter look at hearty Polish          traditional lamb, Kuzu Tandir ($28);       diligently rolling fresh pasta! I had       Cantina Bar & Grill                      Pepper Calamari ($16) show off her
     from the first explosive mouthful      cuisine in an atmospheric and            and lobster and crab ($21) in a            Pappardelle with girolles,                  Enjoy tapas dishes from all over the     skill with fried dishes. Orange Rolls
     of the Duck Egg Atelier (foie gras,    convivial restaurant. Try Polish         creamy sumac sauce.The homemade            mousseron, garlic and parsley ($38)         Mediterranean, like a compelling         ($8) are surprisingly juicy; Lolot
     cauliflower soubise and goat’s         classics like Borsch ($9.90) and         pita with cracked fresh green olives       and it was the best pasta I’ve tried        special of Hummus with Spiced            Beef Rolls ($18) are flavoursome
     cheese foam served in a duck egg).     Pierogi ($15.90 /$19.90) with fillings   ($2/person) is outstanding. End with       – silky smooth and perfectly                Ground Lamb, superb lime green           and served with homemade
     Let him create your table a            like white cheese and potato; or be      a Turkish Affogato ($12) made from         cooked with a rich egg flavour.The          Padrón Peppers and Olive                 noodles; and the crisp Ginger Fish
     personal degustation menu              adventurous with a pot of Smalec         Turkish Coffee and Maras style Salep       Wagyu ‘Tagliata di Manzo’ ($68)             Sourdough ($12). Small terracotta        (market price) is a real highlight.
     ($80/person, $130/with wine) and       ($6.50) – apples and onions in lard.     ice-cream.                                 was served delightfully well                bowls of Garlic Tiger Prawns ($16)       294 Crown St, Surry Hills
     prepare for the fireworks.The          Mains include Placki ($19.90) -          79 Elliott Street, Balmain                 caramelized.The Tiramisu ($15) is a         prove reasonable value. Dishes like      (02) 9360 8688 www.bayhong.com.au
     Tasmanian Ocean Trout and Foie         potato pancakes with mushroom            (02) 9810 5466 www.efendy.com.au           revelation – perfectly balanced and         Jamon Bread ($4.50) make great           Vietnamese $$
     Gras Terrine ($20) is heavenly; the    sauce; and a lovely Kaczka ($27.90)      Modern Turkish $$$-$$$$                    complemented by sharp stewed                drinking food, so enjoy them with
     Caramel Soufflé poured full of         - roast duck.Take your own Polish                                                   rhubarb.Yes, it’s expensive, but            wine from Spain,Argentina and            Mad Mex: Fresh Mexican
     Whiskey Crème Anglaise, with           Vodka or beer for added                  Red Mint                                   Ruben Martinez excels in the                Chile.There’s also Sangria               Grill
     Salted Caramel Ice Cream ($15) is      authenticity – it’s totally BYO.         Red Mint has the look (Mao and             kitchen with Italianate dishes (and a       ($25/carafe) and frothy jugs of          Enjoy fresh Baja inspired Mexican
     memorable. Sommelier Bernadette        161 Glebe Point Road, Glebe              More lampshades), and delivers the         welcome slurp of French influence).         Espana Margaritas ($32/jug) - a          cuisine fast food style with a
     Templeman’s wine selection is          (02) 9660 1242                           cuisine of a more pricy restaurant.        Ground Floor, 23 Foster Street, Surry       nicer take on the traditional recipe     Margarita ($10) in your hand! The
     diverse and interesting; service is    www.nazdrowie.com.au                     Chef Kim Liu presents authentic            Hills (02) 9281 9034                        using Licor 43.                          space is bright with a communal
     attentive; the atmosphere is both      Polish $$-$$$                            Vietnamese dishes and exciting             www.lasala.com.au                           245 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst          centre table and bar style seating.
     homely and elegant. Not to be                                                   cross-over cuisine.Try Vietnamese          Italian $$$$                                (02) 9357 3033 www.cantina.net.au        Choose a style of food (think
     missed!                                Astral                                   Wraps ($16-20) served on a tiered                                                      Mediterranean Tapas $$-$$$               Burrito, Quesadilla, Nachos or
     22 Glebe Point Road, Glebe             One of Sydney’s must-do                  platter followed by perfectly              Club Swans                                                                           soft/crispy Tacos), then add a filling
     (02) 9566 2112                         experiences, not least of which for      cooked Tasmanian Mussels in a              The bistro chef Michael Milkovic does       Gazebo Wine Garden                       like Carnitas ($9.90), slow roasted
     www.restaurantatelier.com.au           the dazzling view. Order ala carte       Saigon 333 Beer Broth ($22) or a           an excellent job dancing between            A restaurant centred around              pork.Add a salsa made from a range
     Modern European/French $$$-$$$$        ($105/ 3 courses) or a tasting           platter of Blue Swimmer Crabs in           bistro classics and restaurant cuisine. I   pleasing women (and the men they         of imported Mexican Chillies and
                                            menu (vegetarian available) from         Tamarind Sauce ($32).The                   recommend Chilli, Cheddar and               choose to bring), with engaged wait      you have a mountain of fresh food.
     La Buena Mesa Café &                   $125 (without wine) to a high            delicious Goi Sen ($18) gets my            Honey Bread ($7.50) and the New             staff and a pneumatic wine system        Their Burritos are particularly large!
     Providore                              rolling $1000; complimented by           vote; as does the Asian inspired           York 350g Sirloin with king prawns          serving over 50 wines by the glass       Shop 2, 241-247 Crown Street,
     New owners give a new dimension        wine from talented sommelier             cocktail list.                             ($25). Dessert, Raspberry and White         ($7.50-$36). Chef Heidi Flannagan’s      Darlinghurst (02) 9331 2288
     (South American) to the menu with      Paul Gardner (ex-Aria). Chef Sean        50 Murray Street, Pyrmont                  Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding          (ex Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe)          www.madmex.com.au
     breakfast options like great little    Connolly impressed with Angus            (02) 9212 3268 www.redmint.com.au          ($8.50), really sang. Order on level        expertise with Mussels ($21.50) is       Baja Mexican $
     Chorizillo with Eggs, Potato Rosti,    Tenderloin on confit Portobello          Vietnamese $$-$$$                          one, and enjoy your meal anywhere in        well worth a go! The Salad of Warm
     Roasted Tomato and Toast ($14);        mushrooms with garlic butter; and                                                   the club (including two great outdoor       Beetroot, Eschallot, Goats Cheese        La Brasserie
     and lunches like Lomito Palta          Smoked Ocean Trout soup with                    DARLO, KINGS X                      terraces and a lounge bar).The refit is     and Walnuts ($19) hides a pastry         A relaxed yet romantic French
     ($14.50) – a pork loin and wilted      yoghurt jelly. Sixteen great cheeses                                                both intimate and elegant, and they         shell under a mound creamy               brasserie with specials penned on
     cabbage sandwich. Some old             and a smoker’s terrace complete                  & SURRY HILLS                      have some of the best wine by the           Capparis cheese - I wont tell if you     mirrors, red curtains, long leather
     favourites have stayed on the menu     the package.                                                                        glass prices in town ($4-$8.50).            don’t!                                   banquettes and outdoor tables.
     – I enjoyed the Corn Fritter with      Level 17, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont     Tomatillo                                  28 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross           2 Elizabeth Bay Road Elizabeth Bay       Entrées, mains and desserts all
     Tomato and Avocado ($13.00) with       (1800) 700 700                           This Mexican street food outlet            (02) 8061 2300 www.clubswans.com.au         (02) 9357 5333                           excel - try the harmonious
     a Pineapple, Apple and Mint Frappe     www.astralrestaurant.com.au              on the main drag of Kings Cross            Bistro $$                                   www.gazebowinegarden.com.au              surf’n’turf Queue de Boeuf ($19) –
     ($6.50).The coffee’s Belaroma and      Modern French $$$$                       hides a great sandstone dining                                                         Modern Australian $$-$$$                 a slow cooked, piece of oxtail
     while prices are higher than your                                               room. Enjoy a frozen Lime                  Cru54                                                                                served with plump scallops; or the
     average café, the quality of the       Cucina di Lusso                          Margarita ($8.50) with house-              A stylish modern space with a               Ciel Rouge                               Entrecôte Frites ($30), a succulent
     produce is too.                        A slice of Italy and a Mudgee            made Chipotle Glazed Ribs                  contemporary Spanish / French               An unpretentious restaurant with         steak with a mound of perfect
     61 Annandale Street, Annandale         winery’s cellar door restaurant in       ($16/half, $24/full) or a Chorizo          influenced menu.They serve dishes           pleasantly modest ambitions, set in a    golden chips. Confit de Canard
     (02) 9560 2698                         the heart of Sydney! All the wine,       Quesadilla ($10). For the budget           like a boldly unadorned (bravo!) plate      cosy, romantic room. Enjoy a menu        ($27) is delightful, as is the Thon en
     Café $-$$                              olives and figs served come from         conscious, the Burritos ($9.90)            of Jamon Iberico ($20); of course           of French inspired Modern Australian     Tartare ($19). Leave room for Pain
                                            the di Lusso estate (no BYO), but        provide a complete meal under              complimented by a serve of grassy           dishes like Crumbed Veal Cutlet with     Perdu ($13), caramelised
     La Boheme                              bottle prices are very reasonable        ten bucks.Vegetarians (and vegans)         Dauro Spanish Olive Oil ($5) and            Salad Vierge ($32.50) in summer; and     gingerbread with banana and
     Enjoy bar snacks like Skvarky          (under $38/bottle). For antipasto        will find options – in fact they’re        Sonoma bread. Chef Vincent Girardin         more robust French favourites in         scorched marshmallow!
     ($7.90), duck skin crackling, with     try Baccala Mantecato ($10) or           happy to make Mexican any way              shows off his talent with the               winter. Don’t miss the Chicken Liver     Shop 28, 118-126 Crown Street,
     the ultimate Bohemian drink –          Arancini ($10). Flavoursome and          you like it (even without chilli).         Calamari ($13/sm, $19/lg) cooked to         Pate ($11.50) and the lovely Duck        Darlinghurst (02) 9358 1222
     Absinthe ($7.90), or a range of        perfectly cooked Gnocchi                 Warm host Bill Komoroski will              perfection with a squid ink crumble,        Confit with Duck Sausage ($28).          www.labrasserie.com.au
     imported beer. Start with Belgian      ($18/$25) impresses, as does a           make you feel right at home; they          aioli and lemon. Good produce               Owner and sommelier Clive                French $$$
     Beer Mussels ($10.90) served in        main of Confit Duck ($37).               serve with a smile until 4am on            makes the Prawn Trilogy ($18) a             Delmenico makes good wine
     the shell, then if you’re hungry try   There’s good cheese ($19/4               Fridays and Saturdays.                     pleasure; and the Solomillo con foie        recommendations from a list where        Sahara at the Republic
     the Traditional Bavarian Feast         cheeses); but if price is key, dine                                                                                             most bottles fall under $50.             A mix of traditional Moroccan
     Platter ($25.90) – excellent           from the Italian Easy menu -              *NEW*                                                                                 Level 1, 292-294 Victoria Street,        dishes and seafood like Prawns
     dumplings with a mountain of           pizzas and pastas ($16).                  Toko                                                                                  Darlinghurst (02) 9356 3255              Ftouma ($17.90) served in a garlic-
     meats including roast duck and         University Hall, Cnr Glebe Point &        General Manager Kiehyon Yoo                                                           www.cielrouge.com.au                     enriched tomato concasse. Great
     smoky ribs.The Grilled Pork            Parramatta Roads, Glebe                   remarked about the décor:“It’s not                                                    French/Mod Oz $$$-$$$$                   vegetarian dips on the Mazza
     Knuckle ($21.50) is also               (02) 9660 7555 www.dilusso.com.au         so much what we’ve done; it’s what                                                                                             Platter ($14.90) and the Meatball
     substantial.Your hard earned dollar    Italian $$-$$$$                           we’ve undone.” Expect earthy,                                                         Snakebean                                Tajine ($22.90) impresses with a
     buys a lot here, in terms of food                                                natural tones that are the perfect                                                    Jeremy McNamara and Nhut                 steaming clay pot of lean meat
     and alcohol.                           Talentino                                 foil to the funky, upbeat                                                             Huynh run this great little Asian        balls, chickpeas, spicy tomato sauce
     9/332 Darling Street, Balmain (rear    Sample dishes from the Iberian            atmosphere.You won’t even mind                                                        diner with many old RQ favourites        and poached egg. End the night
     Man’s Institute Arcade)                Peninsula including a very tender         not being able to book for dinner - Kiehyon is an expert at juggling!                 on offer. It’s a no frills experience    with Moroccan Mint Tea ($4.50).
     (02) 9810 0829                         Espetada ($37 for 2 people). Chef         While you wait, chat to Bar Manager Paul Birtwistle (ex Zuma), who’s                  with no dishes over $14, no cards,       Local residents get most dishes
     www.laboheme.net.au                    excels in sauces – try the Iberian        also the sake sommelier. Let him show you his favourite - Sato No                     no bookings and (wonderfully) no         takeaway for a 30% discount.
     Central European $$-$$$                Garlic Prawns ($19) in garlic,            Homare Kurogin Junmai Ginjo ($112/bottle, $55/bamboo, $11/glass). Rest                corkage. High quality produce            40 Kings Lane (off Palmer Street),
                                            piripiri and Iberian sauce; and the       assured, the food is amazing – the Dengaku Nasu ($9.20) (or eggplant                  shines in dishes like the Banana         East Sydney (02) 9380 9809
     Bar Zini                               Twice Baked Caramelised Onion             with sweet miso) had me exclaiming:“At last, rewarding, challenging,                  Blossom Salad ($10) and Roast            www.restaurantsahara.com.au
     This steely grey café does better      and Cheese Soufflé ($16). Whilst          complex vegetarian food!” The San Tem ($19.50) (or chef’s selection of                Eggplant Mash with Spicy Chicken         Moroccan $$-$$$
     than usual café fare weekdays, with    dining here is not cheap, the food        sashimi) came with salmon and two types of tuna, and was a textural                   ($9.90).The Slow Cooked Beef
     an emphasis on fresh produce.The       is good and the wine list                 sensation! From the Robata Grill, the Kamo Nashi Namasu ($28.20) (or                  with Carrot, Paprika and Anise           Dimitri’s Cuisine: Bar &
     Salumi Misti ($19) has great cured     (compiled by ‘the wine man’ Peter         duck breast with Sansho pepper and pickled nashi pear) was simply                     ($9.90) is like a Vietnamese             Grill
     meats with house-made                  Bourne) exceeded my                       perfect. I also enjoyed a bowl of Spicy Edamame ($6.30); cooed over the               flavoured Rendang. Desserts also         A jaunty blue space, decorated
     cornichons; the Insalata di Trevisio   expectations. Dine indoors or in a        great soft-shell crab in the Watari-gani Kara-age ($15.90); and marvelled             impress. At these prices, you’d be       with blue checked table cloths,
     ($14) with roasted trevisio,           leafy green courtyard; indulge in         at the perfectly cooked huge king prawns in the Kuruma Ebi Yuzu Fumi                  mad not to eat here!                     and photos of Greek seaside
     caramelised onion, pancetta and        good coffee and a Vanilla Crème           ($18.20). It’s a big menu, there’s plenty to enjoy; and it’s now open until           95 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst           locales. Warm Greek hospitality,
     parmesan is lovely. Charles            Brulée ($12).                             midnight on Fridays and Saturdays!                                                    (02) 9380 8808                           and everything is house-made -
     Bruyere (ex- La Sala) does a great     9 Union St, Pyrmont (02) 9518             490 Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9357 6100 www.toko.com.au                          www.menulog.com.au/order/                from the Haloumi ($16.50) to the
     job with Fresh Rolled Squid Ink        8000 www.talentino.com.au                 Japanese $$$-$$$$                                                                     snakebean                                flavoursome Skordalia ($7). Mains
     Spaghetti ($16) with tomato and        Portuguese $$$-$$$$                                                                                                             Pan-Asian $                              like the Lamb Kleftiko ($25.50)




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         are hearty, rustic, and rich with     molecular gastronomy – creator                                                                                         SumoSalad                                    paw paw salad made interesting with
         melted feta.Vegetarians are well      Simon Keene excels!                    *NEW*                                                                           Bondi is the sixtieth store of this          caramelised air dried beef; or the Vit
         catered for – I recommend             Level 1, 235 Victoria Street,          Envy Café & Gallery                                                             healthier alternative to the usual           Bo Lo ($24.90) - roast duck sliced off
         Manitari Gemisto ($16), lovely        Darlinghurst (02) 9357 4488            It’s pram city at Envy Café &                                                   takeaway options. Service can be a           the bone with shitake mushrooms
         field mushrooms topped with           www.thevictoriaroom.com                Gallery, and as you sit in the                                                  little chaotic because many items are        and plum sauce. Sample four takes on
         spinach, cheese and pine-nuts.        Modern Australian/Mediterranean        leafy green courtyard your mind                                                 assembled fresh after you order.             the humble spring roll in the four
         227 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst       Influence $$$                          may turn to contemplating what                                                  Salads like the Spicy BBQ Prawn              Season Rolls ($14.90). Parking is easy
         (02) 9360 9342                                                               the world will be like in a decade                                              ($8.95) had fresh ingredients and            in the evening, and it’s BYO.
         www.dimitriscuisine.com.au            Bite Me Burger Co.                     or so when the current baby                                                     evenly distributed dressing. Cold            96 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
         Greek $$-$$$                          The décor’s funky, the in-store        bubble bursts. The image of a                                                   weather options like the Soup                (02) 9369 1828
                                               meals are served on crockery           massive generation of                                                           Combo Deal ($10.95) give you a               www.menulog.com.au/vans_
         Le Pelican                            (joy), and the emphasis is on          disenfranchised youth taking over the world is broken by the                    small bowl of soup (like Pumpkin)            bondi_junction
         A warm sandstone restaurant           fresh, healthy food and name-          speedy arrival of our Karmee Coffee ($3.00). The coffee is well                 and a toasted wrap. My only gripe            North Vietnamese $$-$$$
         with a distressed leather             brand produce (King Island Beef,       made and perfectly hot; it also impresses in a tall Iced Coffee                 was them stocking Coca Cola in the
         banquette run by chef Jean-           Cheddar and Brie; Terra Rossa          ($4.90). Even with a full weekend brunch crowd, the food is equally             drinks fridge! Stores have recently          Just Thai
         Francois Salet, who avoids trends,    Beef) with the best buns in the        fast. A large plate of French Toast ($14.00) with bacon, banana and             opened in Eastgardens, Barrack Street        Enjoy modern Thai cuisine in a bright,
         focuses on produce like Wapengo       business from Sonoma Bakery.           maple syrup should satisfy those with a sweet tooth; while the                  Sydney and Sydney Central Plaza.             cheerful room, with a long communal
         Lake Oysters ($3.00 each), and        Mini-Bites ($5-6) make choosing        massive Breakfast Burrito ($16.50), stuffed with bacon, scrambled               K4018 Westfield Bondi Junction, 500          table.With no menu items over $15,
         visits the markets personally.        easy. Try the Bloody Mary Burger       eggs, a lovely relish and fresh greens then topped with guacamole,              Oxford St Bondi Junction                     it’s fresh, affordable food with heat
         Dishes are matched with by-the-       ($16/$6) decked in tomato, vodka       will challenge even the starving! On a subsequent visit, the food and           (02) 9388 0775 www.sumosalad.com             pitched at mild. Lemongrass Squid
         glass wines ($8-$13). Try the         and horseradish, or the Wagyu          coffee remained consistent; and arriving after midday opened up                 Takeaway $                                   ($12.90) showed that the chef has a
         excellent De-Boned Quail Pastilla     Truffle Burger ($17). Hip,             lunch options like an excellent Chicken Quesadilla ($15.00) on                                                               light touch, and ensures that greens
         with Pistachio, Grape and Fennel      responsible packaging means take-      delicious flat-bread, served with a caramelised onion and paprika               Pizzaiola                                    retain their crunch. Curry puffs
         Salad ($17) or the impressive         out won’t hurt your street cred.       chutney, cucumber salsa, Spanish onion and tomato. Even better, it’s            This Italian-Australian pizza joint aims     ($1.50/each) had a light, crunchy
         Duck Two-Ways with Confit             340 Oxford Street, Paddington          an all-day breakfast menu, so it’s perfect for late sleepers. This is an        to suit the Australian palate.               pastry, and the Crab Spring Rolls
         Tomato Tartlet ($35). Save room       (02) 9331 1916                         all round, solid café experience.                                               Owner/chef Zuri Simhi runs the               ($4.90/5 pieces) also impressed.
         for the Chocolate Fondant with        www.bitemeburgerco.com                 109 Smith Street, Summer Hill (02) 9797 1668                                    bright, modern space with                    300 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach
         Milk Ice Cream ($14).                 Burgers $-$$                           Café $-$$                                                                       personality. Gourmet range includes          (02) 9365 5188
         411 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst                                                                                                                              Godfather (S $13, M $16, L $19, X            Modern Thai $
         (02) 9380 2622                        Spice I Am                            usual all-day breakfast fare, there      Portuguese Chicken Burgers              $23) with ham, prosciutto,
         French/Modern Australian $$$-$$$$     It’s hard not to be won over by a     are interesting dishes like Foul         ($5.00) and Portuguese Style            mushrooms, garlic, parmesan, basil,          Blue Orange
                                               fiery Red Duck Curry ($25.90)         Emdumous ($12.50), a kidney bean         Chicken (whole $17.00, half             rocket and chilli; or try traditional like   There’s a nicely retro feel to this all-
         Foveaux Restaurant and                served in a coconut; but it’s the     salad with chorizo sausages; and a       $8.50). Dine in on sizzling Garlic      Capri (S $10, M $14, L $18, X $22)           day restaurant.Try Chef/Owner
         Bar                                   Pla Tod Ka Min ($17.90), a            plate-sized thick Banana Pancake         Prawns ($16) or enjoy the House         with cheese, tomato, prawn, onion,           Shane Lurie’s breakfast selections of
         Oysters ($4/each) are served with     marinated, deep fried Sand            ($12.00) made exotic with                Special ($18.00) - a heaving plate      garlic and chilli.They even have             Ricotta and Passionfruit Soufflé
         red wine vinegar pearls which         Whiting, that really impresses.       coconut cream and palm sugar.            of perfectly cooked potatoes,           dessert pizzas! Pastas, salads, pizza        Pancakes with Banana ($12.50); or
         echo the accompanying salmon          This isn’t your garden-variety        Ham Benedict ($14) was let down          clams, diced marinated chicken,         wraps and pizza by the slice ($5)            Melted Brie, Roast Onion and
         roe perfectly; Kingfish Ceviche       Westernised Thai food – so            by an untoasted (and unbuttered)         pickles, olives and coriander.          round out their menu. Dine in or             Tomato French Toast with Chilli
         ($22) with crab ice cream             expect lots of chilli.You can’t       muffin, and a small slice of gypsy       Espetada Bife ($22) smells smoky        enjoy takeaway/home delivery.                Relish ($10.50).At night, a small but
         delights.You’ll also find sweet-      book, it’s tiny and somewhat          style ham. The double shot               and delicious, and an accompanying      114 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi                    good wine list with most available by
         corn custard, chocolate soil, cubes   chaotic, but the army of staff get    Affogato ($4.00) is good value; and      drop of Portuguese wine like            (02) 9300 8844                               the glass ($5.50-$9.50), supports a
         of red pepper jelly and foams a-      your food to you fast. Cash only,     a Banana and Honey Smoothie              Monte Velho (bottle $29, 375ml          Pizza $$                                     great little menu. I’d drive to the
         plenty. Darryl Felstead’s menu is     but no charge for BYO!                ($5.70) didn’t disappoint.               $15) beats the $7/bottle corkage.                                                    beach for Peking Duck Salad with
         innovative, well thought out and      Shop 1, 90 Wentworth Ave, Surry       14 Northumberland Avenue,                98 New Canterbury Road, Petersham       Bei Amici                                    Five-Spiced Pancakes and
         beautifully plated. Don’t miss the    Hills (02) 9280 0928                  Stanmore (02) 9568 6711                  (02) 9560 2369                          Owner/chef Felix Rutz does a                 Caramelised Figs ($12.50).
         Pig’s Head Terrine, Gougon of         Thai $$-$$$                           www.2sistascafe.com.au                   Portuguese $$                           wonderful job in the kitchen,                49 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
         Pig’s Ear, Red Cabbage Coleslaw                                             Café $                                                                           serving premium produce at a price           (02) 9300 9885
         and Toffee Apple ($22). One of        Dragon’s Den                                                                   The Codfather                           that belies the location. Italian            Café/Modern Australian $$-$$$
         Sydney’s must do experiences          It’s the friendly service and great   Chedi Thai                               A bright, lively (cresting on loud)     wines like the 2006 Franz Haas
         with a great value degustation        range of entrees - including Soft     There’s a Thai spa aesthetic to this     contemporary space decorated by         Pinot Blanco ($65) have tasting                  GREATER SYDNEY
         ($100 for 9 courses).                 Shell Crab with Wasabi                restaurant – trickling water, high-      a graffiti artist. Chef Javier          notes.To start try either Calamari
         65-67 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills     Mayonnaise ($15) - which keep         backed rattan chairs and visually        Carmona caters to those who             with Pistachios, Cavolo Nero and             MuMu Grill
         (02) 9211 0664                        me returning to this nicely-priced    appealing Thai dishes. Unwrap a          aren’t fish-friendly with Steak         Fregola with Lemon Dressing ($18);           The focus is grass-fed, sustainable
         www.foveaux.com.au                    Darlo gem. The menu features          banana leaf parcel of steamed Fish       Frites ($26) or specials like           or the tasty Pumpkin and Parmesan            beef because owner/chef Craig
         Modern Australian $$$$                lots of accessible Vietnamese         Soufflé ($12 / 2 pieces) or enjoy        Smoked Spiced Lamb with                 Reggiano Souffle ($17).A special of          Macindoe believes it tastes better, and
                                               dishes, including the ubiquitous      Thai ‘popcorn’ Corn Patties ($10).       Scallops, Felafel, pureed Eggplant &    Slow Roasted Rump of Coorong                 is better for you. I recommend the
         Rambutan                              Crispy Pancake ($18). The décor       Pineapple Fried Rice ($16.50) is         Yoghurt ($17); plus vegetarian          Beef ($31) was exceptional; aided            King Island 350g Prime Rib ($36)
         Despite being drawn there by the      is eccentric but likable; and the     served in a fresh pineapple boat;        choices. Mains, like the Hiramasa       by the grass-fed beef.The Plum and           crusted in Szechuan Pepper with
         cocktail list, containing delights    option of a few street-side           and the Spicy Pork Belly ($17.90)        Kingfish with Duck Rilette, Pickled     Vanilla Swirl Brioche Sandwich ($12          mash and crisp beans; and the
         like the Baked Beijing Apple and      ‘smoking’ tables is appreciated.      in red curry sauce is excellent.         Apple & Nasturtium Leaves ($28),        is also a winner. Service is caring          Bangalow Roast Pork ($32).The
         Wild Nettle Martini ($14), I have     259 Victoria St, Darlinghurst         Pricing is friendly, wine mark-ups       are well presented.Younger diners       and delightful.                              Cured Meat Platter ($18) contains a
         to confess to falling in love with    (02) 9358 5399                        are low and heat is toned down           have their own menu (mains $12/         2b Mona Road, Darling Point                  lovely Jamón serrano. Save room for
         chef Mai Busyarat’s Southern Thai     Vietnamese $$                         (so ask if you like it hot).             sweets $6). Remember to bring           (02) 9328 0305                               a Brown Sugar Pavlova ($12.50)
         cuisine. Memorable moments                                                  74-78 King Street, Newtown               wine.                                   www.beiamicirestaurant.com.au                which has a delightfully sticky,
         included the smoky Steamed            Aperitif                              (02) 9516 1127 www.chedi.com.au          83 Percival Street, Stanmore            Italian $$$-$$$$                             caramelised flavour.The wine list
         Pork, Prawn & Shitake Dumplings       Where else in Sydney could you        Thai $$                                  (02) 9568 3355                                                                       didn’t amaze, but there are great
         ($12), exceptional Tea Smoked         eat French-syle tapas at two in                                                Seafood $$$                             Noble Court                                  cocktails like the 10 Cane Mojito
         Quail ($16), the signature Crispy     the morning? Sit back in quiet,       Casa de Goa                                                                      Enter through Easts Leagues Club             ($18). Relaxed atmosphere, aided by
         Duck with Rambutan and                romantic surroundings with one        Eat traditional Goan cuisine at             EASTERN SUBURBS                      into a huge space cleverly divided           a natural looking fit-out.
         Tamarind Sauce ($30) and the          of their twenty carefully selected    affordable prices. Fans of heat try            & BEACHES                         into intimate rooms by unique                Shop 1, 70-76 Alexander Street (cnr.
         heavenly soupy Bao Loy ($8), a        wines by the glass ($7-$16) and       Chicken Peri Peri ($7.99); or                                                    bamboo steamer partitions. Johnny            Ernest Place), Crows Nest
         dessert of pandan leaf, taro,         enjoy a ‘small plate’ ($15) of        Stuffed Pappadums ($9.99).The            Ravesi’s                                Lim presents a large (and not                (02) 9460 6877 www.mumugrill.com.au
         pumpkin and sweet coconut sugar.      Escargot and Sweetbreads. The         Chicken Xacuti ($13.99) has a            Overlooking Bondi Beach this            inexpensive) menu of Australia’s             Modern Australian $$$-$$$$
         96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst        menu is designed for grazing style    whopping 22 spices; the Mixed            restaurant with a great balcony is      favourite Chinese dishes and
         (02) 9360 7772                        dining, so enjoy slowly and linger    Seafood Xec Xec ($21.99) has lots        decorated with a simple shell           authentic cuisine. I enjoyed Wok-fried       Jasmin
         www.rambutan.com.au                   – and don’t skip the Crème            of fresh seafood in a mild curry         motif. It serves up piled high plates   Diced Steak with Walnuts and Honey           Granted Lakemba’s further west
         Thai $$-$$$                           Brulee ($12)! Service is polished     sauce. Eat them with steamed rice        of salads including Tempura Soft        in Pepper Sauce ($23.80), and the            than most things we urbanites
                                               and pleasant.                         buns called Sannas ($5.00) or            Shell Crab ($25). Start with            whole, boneless Fried Crispy Peking          frequent, but their fabulous Mixed
         The Victoria Room                     7 Kellett St, Kings Cross             gently spiced Yellow Rice ($3.00).       cocktail like the innovative Bondi 8    Style Chicken ($35). Size-queens will        Plate ($12) comes with a bounty of
         Well-decorated, hip venue,            (02) 9357 4729                        End with a traditional Goan              Ball v.2 ($15.50); and Oysters ($24     enjoy the Steamed Jumbo Prawns               dips,Tabouli, Lady Finger, Kebbe,
         resplendent with mismatched           French Mediterranean $$$              dessert, Bebinca ($5.99) - it’s great!   / six) with Chilli Lime Dressing or     with Ginger and Shallots ($23.80) - I        Garlic chicken, Felafels and
         antiques, comfy sofas, lamps and                                            The décor’s bizarre but the              upmarket Kilpatrick with Jamon          wished for a little more flavour.            barbequed cubes of Shish Kebab;
         lounge chairs you can really sink     Czech/ Eastern European $$            welcome’s warm – they love Goa!          and Pedro Ximinez.Trout and             Level 1, 9 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction       served with mounds of pickled
                                                  NEWTOWN & ENVIRONS
         into. Sharing plates may take the        (Marrickville/Petersham            153 Old Canterbury Road, Dulwich         Ginger Dumplings ($18) are              (02) 9386 9180                               vegetables, a basket of bread, garlic
         form of Fried Goats Cheese Balls              /Dulwich Hill)                Hill (02) 9560 3368                      flavoursome; and the Duck               www.noblecourt.com.au                        sauce and paprika relish. Plus their
         with Onion Jam and Truffled                                                 www.casadgoa.com                         Pancakes ($18) shine. Signature         Chinese $$-$$$$                              ornate Stucco art meets take-away
         Honey ($14); or Kingfish              2 Sista’s Café                        Goan $-$$                                Butternut Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese                                                     shop decor won me over. No
         Carpaccio ($17). But it’s in the      In an area not blessed with many                                               and Sage Ravioli ($15/sm $25/lg)        Van’s Bondi Junction                         booze or BYO. Passport not
         cocktails that this venue really      breakfast options this café is        Petersham Charcoal                       delights; as does the Venison ($35).    You’ll get warm and caring service           required.
         shines. Australis ($16) tastes like   understandably popular on the         Chicken                                  118 Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach           and North Vietnamese cuisine from            30b Haldon Street, Lakemba
         an Australian bushfire in a glass.    weekends, but service is              This busy little shop in Petersham       (02) 9365 4422 www.ravesis.com.au       this smart little family run restaurant.     (02) 9740 3589
         It’s the cocktail answer to           somewhat challenged. Beyond the       produces some of Sydney’s best           Modern Australian $$$-$$$$              Try the Goi Du Du ($13.90) a green           Lebanese $




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                                   DANCE: MATHINNA
                                  BY SUNDAY FRANCIS-REISS                                                                         cap and stubble frame his beaming, round face. He is a beautiful man: reflective, joyful; he
                                                                                                                                  feels the air with his hands as though to refine and release his ideas as he speaks. He is a
                                  In telling the stories of Australia’s many indigenous cultures, Bangarra Dance Theatre has a    constant flow of thoughts and questions. On any given topic his words, like his dances,
                                  great responsibility.Yet it’s a task that Artistic Director Stephen Page seems more than        move through the past, present and future all at once.
                                  capable of overseeing. In his own words, he has an optimistic outlook – “it’s why I run
                                                                                                                                  For example, Page tells of going to Canberra “for the apology”, and says he “saw many
                                  Bangarra.” That, and his belief in art:“art is one of the best medicines in the world. It
                                                                                                                                  Mathinnas there. It was sad but also healing. It made me think about culture and identity –
                                  heals.”
                                  Their current production is Mathinna.The work is based on the true story of a young girl        do we want spirituality back in our lives? How important is environment? How did we
                                  named Mary, born into an indigenous community on Flinders Island in 1835, who at age            become such greedy human beings?”
                                  seven was adopted into the house of Governor Sir John and Lady Franklin.There, she was          “Maybe in a hundred years we’ll all go back to being indigenous!” he says, with gleeful
                                  renamed Mathinna, and after a few years was sent to the Queens Orphan School in                 mischief. More seriously, he talks about an “all-world indigenous philosophy,” based on a
                                  Hobart. Mathinna spent her short life caught between two cultures, and eventually fell into     closer relationship with the land to create more natural and sustainable rhythms for living.
                                  alcohol and prostitution, and drowned at 21.                                                    Bangarra Dance Theatre occupies an important place in the Australian arts and culture
                                  Page did a great deal of research reading the journals and letters of the settlers, a process   scene, not just for their distinctive performance style.They are using dance as a medium
                                  he says he found fascinating. He found compelling the way they depicted Australia’s             to explore history, the future, and the present moment. It’s not just dance for art’s sake,
                                  indigenous inhabitants, often with a detached, scientific curiosity.                            according to Page,“but dance as an active process of identity discovery.These dancers
                                  “My curiosity was, what was the black perspective? What was her spiritual conscience
                                                                                                                                  are walking backwards into knowing their cultural identity.”
                                  feeling?” Given that there are no records of Mathinna’s, or indeed any indigenous
                                  perspective, Page’s powers of imaginative empathy are impressive.To choreograph the
                                  work Page put himself in the bare feet of the young girl born nearly two centuries ago. He      Mathinna
                                  questions the Franklins’ motives for adopting the young girl:“Were they fond of her, or         July 19 - August 23
                                  was she some kind of experiment?”                                                               Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
                                  Stephen Page has been artistic director of Bangarra since 1991.A stocky, young-looking          Tickets: $48-$55,
                                  Aboriginal man, he bounces along in trainers and a blue and green plaid shirt.A trucker         9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com



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                                                                                                                      between thinking and doing. Otherwise, it’s a
                                                                   THEATRE:                                           large dose of familiar declarations on the way
                                                                                                                      in which love and violence co-exist, at the same
                                                               DON’T SAY THE                                          time revealing a patronising attitude toward
                                                                                                                      Australian working class maleness. Grotesque
                                                                      WORDS                                           caricatures of the working class, however,
                                                                                                                      appear to be the Australian way. I hope one day
                                                                                                                      we find our way out of this mire.
                                                                                                                      Performers Jack Finsterer and Brett Stiller do
                                                                                                                      manage to pull some charged moments out of
                                                                                                                      a single scene together – a narrative tangent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MARTIAL ARTS:
                                                                                                                      providing some relief from the recurrent talk of
                                                                                                                      beatings. Scenes with Anna Lise Phillips don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DRUM-TAO
                                                                                                                      share the same level of character engagement,
                                                                                                                      although some attractive Days of our Lives              PREVIEW BY AMELIA GROOM
                                                                                                                      tableaux and mood lighting with cigarette
                                                                                                                                                                              Japan’s highly acclaimed company of martial arts drummers, Drum-Tao, are
                                                                                                                      smoke hold atmosphere.                                  returning to Australian stages to premiere their latest production, Tao – The Martial
                                                                                                                      Loud noises and dirty water splashed about the          Art of the Drum.
                                                                                                                      stage complete a milieu of convincingly gut-            Blending the ancient traditions of taiko drumming with the flawlessly
                                                                                                                      churning squalor. But the squalor doesn’t make          choreographed production values of contemporary Japanese excellence, their
                                                                                                                      sense in the circumstances of the play, seeming         percussion performances feature powerful athletic bodies, highly perfected
                                                                                                                      to be the hand of a director (newcomer                  movements and timeless rituals.
                                                                                                                      Matthew Lutton, a young rising star from                The 10 young performers beat their huge drums with outstanding timing,
                                                                                                                      Perth) seeking to dress up a text with higher           precision, vehemence and persistency.Their wadaiko drums are instruments of
                                                                                                                      aspirations to imparting an absent truth.               tremendous power and impact that weigh about 400 kilograms and, when
              REVIEW BY WYATT MOSS-                              of the play is taken up with broken clock            I haven’t much more time for playwrights hiding         pounded skillfully, create a sound that resonates to our cores.
              WELLINGTON                                         dialogue – repeated phrases, heavy-handed            behind unenlightening symbolism. Surely, the            Drum-Tao – named after the Chinese character for “way” or “road” – was
                                                                 drumbeat of a few symbolic words, constant           theatre is a place for bold new ideas, but we           founded in 1993 with the goal to create a brand of wadaiko entertainment that
              Australian playwright Tom Holloway alleges his     revision of ground already covered with              can’t expect violent subject matter will simply         would appeal to audiences worldwide. Following their huge success at the
              latest play Don’t Say the Words is inspired by     emotionally alienating third person delivery.This    do the work for us.We need a little insight.            Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, they have toured the globe and performed to
              Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. It takes the bare bones      trendy stylization, however, has the unfortunate                                                             millions.
              of that story, however – a war veteran             effect of hiding the fact that a playwright has      Don’t Say the Words                                     Transcending the realm of traditional performing arts but retaining their profound
              returning home to a wife having an affair with     little to say.                                       Griffin Theatre Company                                 Japanese spirit, the alluring spectacle of Drum Tao’s shows is a unique experience.
              his cousin – and sits indolently on this           An unrelated narrative about a sheep                 SBW Stables Theatre
              microcosm of violent interpersonal drama.          introduced at the very end reveals a diminutive                                                              Drum-Tao
                                                                                                                      10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross                           July 24-26
              Thus we enter an hour and fifteen minutes of a     remark the playwright hoped to introduce: that       June 27 – July 26
              woman recounting her experience of domestic        daydreams of violent revenge do not confirm                                                                  State Theatre, 49 Market Street
                                                                                                                      Tickets: $32-$43, 1300 306 776 or                       Tickets: $59.90-$79.90,
              abuse and murdering her husband. Lion’s share      our identity as a brute; there is difference         www.griffintheatre.com.au                               1300 136 166 or www.drum-tao.com

                                                     LoveBites                              Scorched Wajdi Mouawad                     Theatre Centre, Cnr Cleveland street                                               Comedy Store ($10-29.50)
                      THEATRE &                      12 July. Saturday 5pm. Downstairs      19 July – 7 September.Tuesday              and City road, Chippendale.                       COMEDY                           Greg Fleet – Sydney Comedy Store
                    PERFORMANCE                      Theatre, Seymour Centre. Cnr           6.30pm,Wed – Fri 8pm, Saturday 2pm         $20-29.50, family $99. Bookings:                 DIRECTORY                         ($15-29.50)
                                                     Cleveland Street & City Road,          & 8pm, Sunday 5pm. Belvoir St              9351 7940, 132 849,                                                                Saturday 19 July
             Altar Boys                              Chippendale. $32-39. Bookings:         Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills.   www.seymour.usyd.edu.au                  FRINGE BAR:                               Barry Mcleod, Sally Kimpton, Jason Ryder
             Until 19 July.Tues – Sat 8pm,           9351 7940,                             $33-54. Bookings: 9699 3444,               The Fairy Tale Room                      106 Oxford Street Paddington.             – The Laugh Garage ($25)
             Saturday 2.30pm; Sunday 2.30pm &        www.seymourcentre.com.au               www.belvoir.com.au                         Until 20 July.Tues – Fri 11am and        9360 5443.                                Saturday Night Comedy – Roxbury
             6pm. Everest Theatre, Seymour                                                  Shorter and Sweeter 2008                   2pm, Sat – Sun 2pm. Newtown                                                        Hotel ($17.50-20)
             Centre. Cnr of Cleveland Street and      Manna Sydney Theatre                  Until 19 July.Tues - Sat 8pm.              Theatre, corner of King and Bray         HA HA HARBOUR CLUB:                       George Kapiniaris – Parramatta
             City road, Chippendale. $44-55.          Company                               Newtown Theatre, Corner King and           Streets, Newtown. $15. Bookings:         1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point.           Comedy Store ($10-29.50)
             Bookings: 9351 7940,                     12 July. Mon – Sat 8.15pm,            Bray Streets. $22-26.                      1300 306 776, www.mca-tix.com            9033 7666, www.moshtix.com.au,            Greg Fleet – Sydney Comedy Store
             www.seymourcentre.com.au,                Saturday 5 & 12 July 2.15pm.          1300 306 776, www.mca-tix.com              Wolf Under The Bed                       www.hahahabourclub.com                    ($15-29.50)
             www.ticketmaster.com.au                  Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre               Spring Awakening                           15 – 27 July.Tuesday,Thursday &
             An Oak Tree                              Company, Pier 4 Hickson Road,         Until 13 July. Saturday 8.15pm, Sunday     Friday 11am.Wednesday & Saturday         PARRAMATTA COMEDY                                    GALLERIES &
             16 July – 10 August.Tuesday 7pm,         Walsh Bay. $20-35. Bookings:          5.15pm. Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir        1.30pm. Playhouse Theatre, Sydney        STORE:                                                MUSEUMS
             Wed - Sat 8.15pm, Sunday 5.15pm.         9250 1777,                            St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry       Opera House. $26. Bookings:              Level 1, 302 Church Street
             Downstairs Theatre, Belvoir St           www.sydneytheatre.com.au              Hills. $10-29. Bookings: 9699 3444,        9250 7777,                               (Corner Phillip Street),                  Anna Schwartz Gallery
             Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry        Manna, performed by the               www.belvoir.com.au                         www.sydneyoperahouse.com                 Parramatta. 9357 1419                     Milk Mike Parr 1971 – 2008 until 16
             Hills. $10-29. Bookings: 9699 3444,      Sydney Theatre Company,               The Great Sydney Theatre                                                            www.comedystore.com.au                    August
             www.belvoir.com.au                       explores the yearning and             Company by Tony McNamara                               COMEDY                                                                 Mon – Fri 9am-5pm. CarriageWorks,
             Ball Game by Alan Ball                   journey of a human                    Until 13 July. Sydney Theatre,Wharf 1,                                                                                        245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.
                                                                                                                                                                                PLAYHOUSE:
             Until 19 July.Tues - Sat 8pm, Sundays    community bound                       Pier 4, Hickson Road,Walsh Bay. $29 -      Saturday 12 July                                                                   8571 9099,
                                                                                                                                                                                Sydney Opera House.
             5pm. Darlinghurst Theatre, 19            together by the                       $77. Bookings: 9250 1777, 132 849,         Chris Radburn, Michael Hilder, Peter                                               www.carriageworks.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                                9250 7777,
             Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point.          experience of grief.                  www.sydneytheatre.com.au                   Meisel – The Laugh Garage ($25)                                                    Art Gallery Of New South
                                                      Written for five voices,
                                                                                                                                                                                www.sydneyoperahouse.com
             $25-30. Bookings: 8356 9987,                                                   The Phantom of the Opera                   Justin Hamilton,Axis of Awesome, MC                                                Wales
             www.darlinghursttheatre.com              Manna is a poem, a song               Until 17 August.Tues – Sat 8pm.            Jacques Barrett – Sydney Comedy                                                    Biennale of Sydney until 7 September
                                                      cycle and a visual and aural          Matinees:Wednesday 1pm, Saturday                                                    RIVERSIDE THEATRE: Cnr
             Defiance Carlton Lamb                                                                                                     Store ($29.50)                                                                     Taisho Chic: Japan in the 20’s & 30’s
                                                      installation.                         2pm and Sunday 3pm. Lyric Theatre,                                                  Church & Market Streets,
             Productions                                                                                                               Brendhan Lovegrove (NZ) – Parramatta                                               until 3 August
                                                                                            Star City Casino. $79.90-109.90.           Comedy Store ($29.50)                    Parramatta. 8839 3398
             Until September.Thurs & Fri 8pm,                                                                                                                                                                             Bill Viola:The Tristan Project until 27 July
                                                     My Fair Lady                           Bookings:1300 795 267 or                   Possessed, Frank Woodley – Playhouse     www.riversideparramatta.com.au
             Saturday 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday                                                                                                                                                                                Ghosts in the Machine until 16 July
             5pm. Q Station (formerly Quarantine     Until 4 August.Tues – Fri 7.30pm,      www.ticketmaster.com.au,                   Theatre ($44.90-52.90)                                                             Judy Cassab: Landscapes from the
             Station), North Head Scenic Drive,      Saturday 1pm. Opera Theatre, Sydney    www.thephantomoftheopera.com.au            Sunday 13 July                           SYDNEY COMEDY                             collection until 31 August
             Manly. $52 – 65, packages available.    Opera House. Bookings: 9250 7777,      The Pillowman Company B by                 Possessed, Frank Woodley – Playhouse     STORE:                                    Adam Cullen until 27 July
             Bookings: 9976 6220,                    www.sydneyoperahouse.com               Martin McDonagh                            Theatre ($44.90-52.90)                   Bent Street, Entertainment                Living Black until 16 November
             www.qstation.com.au.                    Possessed Frank Woodley                Until 13 July Saturday 2pm & 8pm,          Monday 14 July                           Quarter, Moore Park.                      10am – 5pm, 7 days a week. Art
             Dralion Cirque de Soleil                Until 13 July. Saturday 8pm, Sunday    Sunday 5pm. Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir      Monday Night Comedy – Fringe Hotel       9357 1419.                                After Hours – every Wednesday
             17 July – 28 September. 17 – 18 July    5pm. Playhouse Theatre, Sydney Opera   St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills.    ($10-20)                                 www.comedystore.com.au.                   until 9pm.Art Gallery Road,
             8pm, 19 July 4pm & 8pm, 20 July 1pm     House. $44.90-52.90. Bookings: 9250    $25-54. Bookings: 9699 3444,               Sly Comedy Night – Sly Fox (free)                                                  The Domain, Sydney.
             & 5pm. Under the Grand Chapiteau,       7777, www.sydneyoperahouse.com.au      www.belvoir.com.au                         Tuesday 15 July                          STAR BAR: 600 George                      9225 1744,
             The Entertainment Quarter, Moore        Poster Girl                                                                       George Kapiniaris – Parramatta           Street, Sydney. 9267 7827,                www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
             Park. $45-109. Bookings:                12 July 8pm. Old Fitzroy Hotel, 129                                               Comedy Store ($10-29.50)                 www.starbar.com.au                        At The Vanishing Point –
                                                                                                            KIDS
             1300 130 300,                           Dowling St                                                                        Greg Fleet – Sydney Comedy Store                                                   Contemporary Art
             www.cirquedusoleil.com                  Woolloomooloo. $20-34 plus booking     Dorothy The Dinosaur Show                  ($15-29.50)                              THE LAUGH GARAGE:                         Hard Rocks Vienna Parreno until 20
             Groove Dance Expo                       fee. Bookings: 9356 3848,              Until 18 July. 14 & 15 July Illawarra      Wednesday 16 July                        Cnr Church & Market Streets,              July
             Until 13 July. 12-13 all day. Sydney    www.oldfitzroy.com.au                  Performing Arts Centre, 4226 3366.         George Kapiniaris – Parramatta           Parramatta. 8883 1111,                    The Bird is Gone but the Light
             Olympic Park, Sports Centre,            Rocky Horror Show                      16 July Souths Juniors, 6349 7555, 17      Comedy Store ($10-29.50)                 www.thelaughgarage.com                    Remains Thomas Guichard until 20
             Homebush. $12-50 family. Bookings:      Until 7 September.Wednesday 7pm,       July Penrith Panthers, Evan Theatre,       Greg Fleet – Sydney Comedy Store                                                   July
             www.groovedanceexpo.com                 Thursday 8pm, Friday 8.30pm,           1800 061 991, 18 July Harbord              ($15-29.50)                            Comedy Store ($10-29.50)                    Safe House Bridie Connell until 20
             Hamlet Bell Shakespeare Company         Saturday 5pm & 9pm, Sunday 2pm.        Diggers, 9934 1444. $17.20. Bookings:      Thursday 17 July                       Greg Fleet – Sydney Comedy Store            July
             12 July. Saturday 1.30pm & 7.30pm.      Star Theatre, Star City Casino, 80     www.dorothythedinosaur.com.au              Darren Casey, Gary Bradbury - Ha Ha    ($15-29.50)                                 Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-6pm,
             Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera             Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont. $49.40-125.   The Happy Prince Kim                       Habour Club ($22 or $54 with           Friday 18 July                              Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. 565 King St,
             House. $30-60. 9250 7777,               1300 795 267,                          Carpenter’s Theatre of Image               dinner)                                Comedy in the Raw – Star Bar                Newtown. 9519 2340,
             www.sydneyoperahouse.com                www.ticketmaster.com.au                12 July 11am &2pm.The Seymour              George Kapiniaris – Parramatta         George Kapiniaris – Parramatta              www.atthevanishingpoint.com.au




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                    VENUE
                  DIRECTORY                    EXHIBITION: THE FRUITING                                                                                                                                                  HOT TIX
              ANNANDALE HOTEL:
                                               BODY – NATHAN GRAY                                                                                                                                                   The Luke Steele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roadshow
              Cnr. Nelson Street and           BY AMELIA GROOM                                                                                                                                                      6 August 9.30pm.The Basement,
              Parramatta Rd, Annandale.        Melbourne artist Nathan Gray seeks to pay tribute to the handmade, unexpected, fleeting, improvised                                                                  29 Reiby Place, Sydney. $20-25.
              9550 1078,                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner & show $66.80.
                                               and accidental. Showcasing his brightly-coloured impromptu assemblages that incorporate sculptural                                                                   Bookings: 9251 2797,
              www.annandalehotel.com.au.       experiments, screen printing and drawing, he has a solo show opening in Sydney this Thursday night.
              THE BASEMENT:                                                                                                                                                                                         www.thebasement.com.au
                                               An optimistic, dynamic and festive installation made from humble materials,The Fruiting Body is inspired                                                             The front man and
              29 Reiby Pl. Circular Quay.      by the artist's travels to Bali and the palm leaf weavings that are used as daily offerings before being                                                             mastermind of Aussie
              9251 2797,
                                               discarded.                                                                                                                                                           band The Sleepy Jackson,
              www.thebasement.com.au
                                               The notion of temporality and transience is explored through the use ephemeral phenomena like                                                                        Luke Steele, is embarking
              CANDY’S                                                                                                                                                                                               on his first-ever national
              APARTMENT:                       fungi, plant parasites, water, fire and light.The show incorporates photos of small-scale sculptures
                                               offered/littered/installed in natural settings, defying the archival imperative and satisfying the artist’s                                                          solo tour. The Sleepy
              22 Bayswater Rd Kings Cross                                                                                                                                                                           Jackson is arguably
              Sydney. 9380 5600,               urge to destroy his own work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Australia’s most critically
              www.candys.com.au                Explosive, celebratory and flamboyant, there’s also an eeriness to Nathan’s strange creations - the                                                                  acclaimed band of the past
              CONCERT HALL:                    latest of which will be on show at the Redfern artist-run gallery/studio space Black & Blue for the                                                                  decade. It’s 2003 album
              Sydney Opera House.              next three weeks                                                                                                                                                     Lovers was named Album
              9250 7777,                                                                                                                                                                                            Of The Year by the
              www.sydneyoperahouse.com         Nathan Gray: The Fruiting Body                                                                                                                                       Guardian UK and was
              ENMORE THEATRE:                  July 17 – August 3 (opening July 17, 6pm)                                                                                                                            nominated for the US
              130 Enmore Rd, Newtown.          Black & Blue Gallery                                                                                                                                                 Shortlist Prize along with
              9550 3666,                       302/267-271 Cleveland St, Redfern                                                                                                                                    the likes of David Bowie,
              www.enmoretheatre.com.au.                                                                                                                                                                             Neil Young and PJ Harvey.
              THE FACTORY
                                               9699 6038 or www.blackandbluegallery.com.au                                                                                                                          It’s latest album
              THEATRE:                                                                                                                                                                                              Personality - One Was A
              105 Victoria Rd, Enmore.                                                                                                                                                                              Spider, One Was A Bird
              9550 3666,                     Australian Centre for                     Harrison Galleries                         Mon - Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sunday                                                     (2006) debuted at No. 10
              www.factorytheatre.com.au      Photography                               Jorna Newberry until 17 July               12pm-4pm. Gosper Lane, near the                     LIVE MUSIC                    on the ARIA Albums
              THE GAELIC CLUB:               Highjack various artists until 19 July    Tues – Fri 10am-6pm, Saturday              Footbridge St entrance to the                                                     Charts. FYI Luke Steele’s
              64 Devonshire Street, Surry    Tue – Fri 12pm–7pm, Saturday &            10am-5pm. 294 Glenmore Road,               University of Sydney. 9036 5253          Saturday 12 July                         sister Katy fronts fellow
              Hills. 9211 1687,              Sunday 10am–6pm. 257 Oxford               Paddington. 9380 7100,                     Museum of Sydney                         Bird Automatic – Spectrum                Perth band Little Birdy,
              www.thegaelic.com.             Street, Paddington. 9332 1455,            www.harrisongalleries.com.au               Rockabilly: living in the 50s until 17   Geoffrey Gururumul Yunupingu – The       and he has recently
              HOPETOUN HOTEL:                www.acp.au.com.                                                                      August                                   Studio ($25-35)                          collaborated with Pnau on
              416 Bourke St. Surry Hills.    Carriageworks                               Horus and Deloris Gallery                9.30am-5pm daily. Cnr Bridge and         The Getaway Plan – The Annandale         the song With You Forever.
              9361 5257,                     Underbelly Festival 12 - 13 July            Where are you, can you hear me?          Phillip Streets, Sydney. 9251 5988,      Hotel ($14-18)                           Expect to hear some hits
              www.myspace.com/               Milk Mike Parr 1971 – 2008 until            Mona Ryder,Ann Maree Raeney,             www.hht.net.au                           Lola The Vamp – Gaelic Theatre ($25)     such as God Lead Your Soul
              hopetounhotel.                 16 August                                   Victoria Boulter-Groening 16 –           National Trust S. H. Ervin               Mace Francis Orchestra – The Sound       and Devil In My Yard as
                                             6pm-10pm until 10 July, 12pm and            30 July.                                 Gallery                                  Lounge ($15-20)                          well as many newbies.
              THE HORDERN
              PAVILION:                      2pm 12 – 13 July.                           Wed – Fri 11am-5pm, Saturday             Abstract Earth:The Photography of        Noche De Fuego, Mi Tierra – Manning
                                             245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh,                11am-3pm. Level 2, 102 Pyrmont           Richard Woldendorp until 3 August        Bar ($20)                                The Wombats
              1 Driver Ave, Moore Park.                                                                                                                                                                             5 August 8pm. Enmore Theatre,
              9921 5333,                     8571 9099,                                  Street, Pyrmont.                         Tues – Sun 11am-5pm. National            Spit Syndicate – Oxford Art Factory
                                             www.carriageworks.com.au.                   9660 6071,                               Trust of Australia,Watson Road,          ($13)                                    118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown.
              www.hordernpavilion.com.au.                                                                                                                                                                           $47.10 plus bf.
              MANNING BAR:                   Bookings: 1300 723 038,                     www.horusanddeloris.com.au               Observatory Hill,The Rocks. $4-6.
                                             www.ticketmaster.com.au,                    Mona Ryder is know for                   9258 0173,                               Sunday 13 July                           Bookings: 9550 3666,
              Level One, Manning House,                                                                                                                                                                             www.enmoretheatre.com.au
                                             www.underbelly.com.au                       transforming familiar                    www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au             Hat Trick – Bald Faced Stag ($12-15)
              Manning Rd, University of                                                                                                                                    Justine Clark – Enmore Theatre           These Liverpool boys have
              Sydney. 1800 013 201,          Charles Hewitt Gallery                      objects into eccentric                   Outre Gallery
                                             The Eye of the Mind Rebecca                 sculptures, forcing us to                Till Death Do Us Part Angelique          ($16.90)                                 had an amazingly
              www.manningbar.com                                                                                                                                           Lowrider – The Vanguard ($12-15)         successful 2008 so far, and
              MELT BAR:                      Driffield 16 July – 5 August                ask questions about how                  Houtkamp until 27 July
                                             Mon – Sat 10am-6pm. 335 South               we interact with familiar                Tues – Wed 12pm-7pm,Thursday             My Name For Your Name – Spectrum         are generating rapturous
              12 Kellett Street, Kings                                                                                                                                     Ngarukuruwala – We Sing Songs,The        crowds all around the
              Cross, 9380 6060,              Dowling Street, Darlinghurst.               objects from our                         12pm-8pm, Friday 12pm-7pm,
                                             www.charleshewitt.com.au                    everyday world. In her                   Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-          Wangatunga Strong Women’s Group –        world. Their single Let’s
              www.meltbar.com.au                                                                                                                                           The Studio ($20-30)                      Dance To Joy Division
                                             Darren Knight Gallery                       new installation Are you                 4pm. 13a Burton Street,
              METRO THEATRE:                 Antique Egypt James Morrison 12             There, 2008 which is part                Darlinghurst. 9332 2776,                                                          secured them number 12
              624 George Street, Sydney.     July                                        of the Where are you, can                www.outregallery.com                     Monday 14 July                           position in Triple J’s
              9550 3666,                     Tues – Sat 11am-6pm. 840 Elizabeth          you hear me? exhibition,                 Peloton Gallery                          Joe Satriani (USA) – Enmore Theatre      Hottest 100. Don’t miss
              www.metrotheatre.com.au.       Street,Waterloo. 9699 5353,                 she has used household                   Building Pyramids for the lost Giles     ($89.90)                                 out on seeing this
              OPERA BAR:                     www.darrenknightgallery.com                 chairs as the source of                  Ryder until 2 August                     Open Mic & Jazz/Bossa Jam session –      indie/pop punk band as
              Lower Concourse Level,         Firstdraft Gallery                          her inspiration. Collapsed               What Remains as a mix tape Phil          Bar Me (free)                            they return to Australia
              Sydney Opera House, Sydney.    Rise and Fall Emma White 12 July            chairs have been turned                  Williams until 2 August                                                           for the second time only
              9247 1666,                     The Elastic Band Jo Cuzzi, Patsy            into red sculptures                      Thurs – Sat 1pm-6pm. 19 & 25             Tuesday 15 July                          to play at Splendour in the
              www.operabar.com.au            Black and Amanda Cole 12 July               indicative of Salvador                   Meagher Street, Chippendale.             Diesel – The Vanguard ($21.20)           Grass. If you were unlucky
              OXFORD ART                     Black Out Tully Arnot 12 July               Dali’s Mae West’s Lips                   9690 2601, www.peloton.net.au            I Want To Play Like Him – The Basement   enough (as most of us
              FACTORY:                       Wed – Sat 12pm-6pm. 116-118                 (1936).                                  Robin Gibson Gallery                     ($20)                                    were) not to secure tickets
              38 – 46 Oxford Street,         Chalmers Street, Surry Hills.                                                        Sculpture 20 - 20th Annual Sculpture     Joe Satriani (USA) – Enmore Theatre      to the festival then get in
              Darlinghurst. 9550 3666,       9698 3665,                                Hyde Park Barracks Museum                  Survey until 16 July                     ($89.90)                                 quick for this Enmore
              www.oxfordartfactory.com       www.firstdraftgallery.com                 Courtyard                                  Tues – Sat 11am-6pm. 278 Liverpool       Mysongcast – Annandale Hotel (free)      show.
              THE SOUND LOUNGE:              Gaffa Gallery                             Relief in Sight 14 July – 20 July          Street, Darlinghurst.
                                             Mythology and Biology Claude Jones        9.30am-5.00pm daily. Queens                9331 6692, www.robingibson.net           Wednesday 16 July                        The Herd – Summerland
              Seymour Centre, cnr.                                                                                                                                                                                  Tour
              Cleveland St. and City Rd,     until 15 July                             Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney.          Sheffer Gallery                          Chasing Bailey – Spectrum
                                             I’ve been to a place that has already     8239 2211, www.hht.net.au                  Preoccupations Sandra Winkworth          Julie Kember – The Vanguard ($12)        15 August 8pm. Metro Theatre,
              Chippendale. 9351 7940,                                                                                                                                                                               624 George Street, Sydney. $22
              www.seymour.usyd.edu.au/bo     burned down Marcelle Robbins until        James Dorahy Project Space                 until 26 July                            Ophelia of the Spirits – The Basement
                                             15 July                                   Modern Love Marita Fraser until 20         Wed – Sat 11am-6pm. 38 Lander            ($14)                                    plus bf. Bookings: 9550 3666,
              xoffice/soundlounge.                                                                                                                                                                                  www.metrotheatre.com.au
                                             Mon – Fri 12pm-6pm, Saturday              July                                       Street, Darlington. 9310 5683,           Sam Sparro (USA)- Oxford Art Factory
              SEYMOUR THEATRE                                                                                                                                                                                       The Herd are an
                                             11am-6pm. Level one, seven Randle         Tues – Sat 11am-6pm,Wednesday              sheffergallery.com                       ($27)
              CENTRE:                                                                                                                                                      Strung Out (USA), No Use for a Name      amazingly passionate
              Cnr Cleveland St and City      Street, Surry Hills. 9381 1103,           2pm-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Suite 4          Storm Gallery
                                             www.gaffa.com.au                          1st Floor 111 Macleay St Potts             Allure 12 July                           (USA) – Metro Theatre ($51)              group of hip hop legends
              Rd. 9351 7940,                                                                                                                                                                                        who sing about politics,
              www.seymour.usyd.edu.au        Gallery 9                                 Point. 9358 2585,                          2/65-67 Foveaux St, Surry Hills.
                                             Sarah Crowest until 19 July               www.jamesdorahy.com.au                     9211 3193, www.suejardin.net.au          Thursday 17 July                         poverty and identity with
              SPECTRUM:                                                                                                                                                    Angie Hart, David McCormack – The        intense groove. Their
              34 Oxford Street,              Silvana and Gabriella Mangano until       Japan Foundation Gallery                   Tap Gallery
                                             19 July                                   Facetnate! until August.                   Clay Chronicles Mary-Ann Nidelkos,       Vanguard ($20-23)                        fourth and latest album
              Darlinghurst.                                                                                                                                                The Bakery – The Basement ($15)          Summerland debuted at
                                             Rebecca Pearson until 19 July             Mon - Fri 10.30am-4.30pm. Lvl 1            Janet Selby, Biljana Novakovic and
              1800 438 849 (moshtix),        Wed – Sat 11am-6pm. 9 Darley St,          Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square,                                                    DMC World DJ Championships 2008 –        number seven on the
                                                                                                                                  Heather Fisher until 13 July 6pm-
              www.pashpresents.com           Darlinghurst. 9380 9909,                  Sydney. 8239 0055                          9pm.                                     Gaelic Theatre ($22-28)                  ARIA album chart and
              THE VANGUARD:                  www.gallery9.com.au                       Justice & Police Museum                    Mon – Sat 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-         Ignite (USA) – Bald Faced Stag ($25)     featured already hip-hop
              42 King Street, Newtown.       Global Gallery                            Sydney’s Pubs: Liquor, Larrikins & The     4pm. 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst.                                              anthems such as The King
              1800 438 849 (moshtix),        Eclectic Abstractions for the Sensual     Law until 2 November.                      9361 0440, www.tapgallery.org.au          Snowman, Baseball, Naked on the         Is Dead referring to the
              www.thevanguard.com.au.        Soul Leni Kae until 13 July               10am-5pm weekdays & daily in               Wilson Street Gallery                     Vague – Annandale Hotel ($13-16)        election of Mr Rudd after
              WILL & TOBYS:                  Sapphic Fantasies Rone Waugh until        school holidays. Cnr Phillip & Albert      What the Trees have Seen until 13         Three experimental, raw                 ten years of Howard reign.
              First and Second Floor, 134    13 July                                   Streets, Circular Quay.                    July                                      and emerging bands that                 The Herd will be joined by
              Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.   Tues – Sat 11am-6pm, Sunday               9252 1144                                  Wed – Sun 11am–6pm. 30-34                 deserve to be listened to!              The Last Kinection who
              9331 3467,                     12pm-4pm. Drinks. 5 Comber St,            Macleay Museum                             Wilson Street, Newtown.                   Snowman from Perth, who                 have modern hip-hop
              www.willandtobys.com.au        Paddington 9360 5728,                     Footprints in the Mythic Landscape until   9516 3144,                                is headlining the gig, are              beat and sing proudly
                                             www.globalgallery.com.au                  December                                   www.wilsonstreetgallery.com.au            evidence that punk rock is              about aboriginal culture.




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       CD Reviews                                                                                    PHYSICAL THEATRE: VX18504
       by Chris Peken                                                                                PREVIEW BY AMELIA GROOM                                     photos of him at nineteen I thought ‘my god, he
       chris@alternativemediagroup.com                                                                                                                           was at war for three years, and never ever
                                                                                                     From one of Australia’s most internationally                spoke about it.’ They had to just come back to
                                                                                                     acclaimed director/choreographers, Meryl                    suburbia and deal with daily life as if nothing had
                                                                                                     Tankard, comes VX18504, an exploration of                   happened.”
                                                                                                     conflict through theatre and dance. First                   Another inspiration, says Tankard, was the war
                                                                                                     performed in 1989 for the Meryl Tankard                     museum in Canberra. “It’s so moving when you
                                                                                                     Company, this production is presented by ATYP               go there – there’s all these little things that the
                                                                                                     (Australian Theatre for Young People).                      soldiers had taken with them, like photographs
                                                                                                     “It will be different this time around because              or lockets, and that’s all they had – there’s so
                                                                                                     there are always things that the actors bring to            much feeling and emotion in those small objects
                                                                                                     it themselves,” Tankard says, “but the themes of            “My memory of childhood always has those
                                                                                                     conflict and war are universal.                             grey wooden fences, so we’ve got a fence like
                                                                                                     “I wanted to return to the piece because I think            that in the set. We’re also getting some huge
                                                                                                     in Australia we’ve been so distanced from the               dead gum trees, because those beautiful early
     The Bowery - Firekites                       See You In Magic - Night                           realities of war and for decades haven’t talked             photos in the war memorial have so many big
     It takes either huge amounts of              Marchers                                           about what the soldiers went through - but it’s             dead trees … and we’re getting some live white
     confidence or a brilliant stroke of          With some members from Rocket                      really interesting that Anzac Day has become so             chickens, so they’ll be part of the performance
                                                  From the Crypt and Hot Snakes, this is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VX18504
     marketing genius to release your debut                                                          popular in recent years, I think young people are           too.”
     album with not a peep of fanfare nor         bound to be a powerhouse excursion.                                                                                                                                       July 23 - August 2
     information.This quartet from                Leaping into its snarling prologue Closed          starting to realise what their grandfathers did             ATYP is dedicated to nurturing imagination,                CarriageWorks, Bay 20
     Newcastle provide nothing to promote         For Inventory, you can tell the sort of            for the country.”                                           confidence and creativity in 12-26-year-olds, and          245 Wilson Street,
     themselves - bar a remarkable ten            mission Night Marchers are on with                 VX18504 was the army service number of                      giving them the opportunity to work with                   Eveleigh
     tracks on their debut album. The             their first record. Chuggalug guitars and          Sergeant Mick (Clifford Matthew Tankard),                   Australia’s leading professional creative artists.         Tickets: $15-$22,
     Bowery shines with the tinkle of             pound-house drums encase front-man                 Tankard's father. “It’s not about my father, but he         This is their major production for 2008, co-               1300 723 038 or
     acoustic strings, the subtlest of            “Speedo” with his gangled, hyper-wild
                                                  Joe Strummer vocals, and the energy is             was an inspiration,” she says, “when I saw                  presented and performed at CarriageWorks.                  www.ticketmaster.com.au
     electronic layers and the sweetest of
     jazz tinges in a late-night ambient pop      constantly maintained at a distinct pitch,
     world. Greater research reveals the          propelling the record along with
     members to have impressive pedigree,
     including The Herd, Josh Pyke and The
                                                  breakneck pace. But is this a good thing?
                                                  Like a lot of the psycho-billy palette,                                                   GIG: MARK KOZELEK
     Instant, but such name dropping may          Night Marcher’s songs seem to rely
                                                  almost solely on the beer-soaked
                                                                                                                                            PREVIEW BY LACHLAN JOBBINS                                 2005, and has released several albums since
     well soon be reversed.Their low-fi,
     simple yet rich textures, hushed vocals      denims-and-punches psychosis to keep                                                                                                                 then.
     and sweetest melodies transcend              the vibe alive.Where it could take                                                        With his new Sun Kil Moon album April in                   The latest, April, shows an artist in fine form. The
     boundaries of geography and wash             advantage of the pam-pam highs of I                                                       stores and his lyric book Nights of Passed Over            loss and sadness are still there, but these songs
     across genres. Same Suburb Different         Wanna Deadbeat You and give the listener                                                  republished, Mark Kozelek is returning to                  are clearly the work of a man who has found his
     Park the centre piece that combines all      some exciting contrast with a polar                                                       Australia for a solo show at Enmore’s Factory              calling. With age has come maturity.
     of their elements in a mature and            opposite number, instead we’re listening                                                  Theatre on July 25.                                        “I’m much more relaxed about song-writing
     complex song that masters a decidedly        to thirteen power-punk jams, which gets
                                                  very exhausting.The best punk rock
                                                                                                                                            After 16 years and more than a dozen albums,               than I used to be,” Kozelek says. “When I was
     difficult musical landscape with poise.
     Burning brightly in an over-crowded sky,     gives you a sense of melodic exhilaration                                                 Kozelek is feeling comfortable as an artist and a          young I was very much a notebook guy, carrying
     Firekites are without doubt the              and raw energy, but here we’re only                                                       songwriter. “As I get older I guess there’s a level        it around and recording my thoughts, but now I
     discovery of the year to date. (CP)          barely given the raw energy. (AR)                                                         of perspective on things. I’m 41 now, and I’m              just tend to wait and let songs come. I don’t
                                                                                                                                            very different to the way I was at 23, 24, 25.”            worry too much about it, because I know that
                                                                                                                                            As singer/songwriter of 90’s American ‘slowcore’           there will always be a next one, and probably
                                                                                                                                            rockers Red House Painters, he made an art                 it’ll be better than the last one.
                                                                                                                                            form out of deeply personal songs of pain and              “My sales are just where they’ve always been.
                                                                                                                                            loss. At the height of the grunge movement in              After you’ve been doing this for 10, 12 years,
                                                                                                     Mark Kozelek                           1992, the debut, Down Colorful Hill, combined              you realise I’m not going to make a hit single.
                                                                                                     25 July, 8pm                           acoustic folk-rock and guitar-driven epics in a            But people are still buying my records because
                                                                                                     The Factory Theatre                    way totally unlike the popular music of the time.          they know my music. It’s the cult following thing.
                                                                                                     105 Victoria Road,                     After the breakup of the band in the late 90s,             I just don’t want to reach a point where I’m
                                                                                                     Enmore                                 he took small acting parts in Almost Famous,               putting out bad records because I’m getting
                                                                                                     Tickets: $30 (or $45 with              Vanilla Sky and Shopgirl, published a book of              complacent!”
                                                                                                     a copy of new Sun Kil                  lyrics in Portugal, made contributions to                  Mark Kozelek will be playing with guitarist Phil
                                                                                                     Moon album)                            soundtracks and tribute albums, and released               Carney, with whom he’s been touring for a few
                                                                                                     9550 3666 or                           records under his own name and as Sun Kil                  years. For more details, visit
                                                                                                     www.factorytheatre.com.au              Moon. He established Caldo Verde Records in                www.markkozelek.com.
     Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea                A Thousand Shark’s Teeth - My
     - Silver Jews                                Brightest Diamond
     If the soul of Allen Ginsberg was given      Shara Worden has a beautiful voice.                still alive and kicking.               Sham 69 (UK) – Gaelic Theatre ($44)      Sunday 20 July                         Wild Bees: Selected Poems
     a guitar and 12 chords, it may sound         Classically trained, precise and pristine -        Baseball, from Melbourne,              20th Century Dog – The Sound             The Gin Club – Annandale Hotel ($5)    Martin Harrison (Launch)
     something like this. Silver Jews, headed     she is immaculate in terms of her vocals.          is a mix of eastern                    Lounge ($12-18)                          Kamkars Music Group (Iran) – Enmore    13 July 3.30pm for 4pm. Gleebooks,
     by the curious and enigmatic David           A Thousand Shark’s Teeth is My Brightest           European violin music and              Snowman, Baseball, Charge Group –        Theatre ($55.10-146.60)                49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. 9660
     Berman, deliver their 8th album, a           Diamond’s second album, written,                   rockabilly. The                        Annandale Hotel ($13-16)                                                        2333, www.gleebooks.com.au
     jaunty and swaggering affair; the loosely    produced and even occasionally                     violinist/vocalist is manic            Something For Kate,The Seabellies –           BOOK LAUNCHES                     Stephen Dupont, Robin
     arranged tragi-comic ballads knocking        engineered by Worden herself.With the              live. Naked on the Vague               Oxford Art Factory ($33)                                                        Davies
     shoulders with beer-hall romps.              most elegant of instrumentation; the               is part of the Sydney live             Violent Soho – Spectrum ($10)                    & TALKS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            14 July 6pm-8pm. Hyde Park
     Aloysius, Bluegrass Drummer bounds           strings and keyboards are nothing if not           music scene. They                      Wagons – Hopetoun Hotel ($12)                                                   Barracks Museum, Queens Square,
     along with its devil-played-violin           ambitious in their attempts to create              describe their music as                                                         The Politics of
                                                                                                                                            Saturday 19 July                         Deconstruction: Jacques                Macquarie Street, Sydney. Bookings:
     urgency, and Suffering Jukebox is a          three-dimensional landscapes for                   “being stuck down a well                                                                                               8239 2211, www.hht.net.au
     melancholic traveller, launching the         Worden’s voice to explore, they                    and finding you quite like             Children Collide – Annandale Hotel       Derrida and the Other of
                                                                                                                                            Dismember (Sweden) – Gaelic Theatre      Philosophy                             Carry Me Home Dan Box in
     album into a kind of modern                  are occasionally cabaret-like, and always          it down there... maybe                                                                                                 conversation with Leigh Sales
     commoner’s folk, affectingly middle-         impressive in skill. So why does A Thousand        making some friends with               ($39.80)                                 Derrida on Time Martin
                                                                                                                                            George Harrison:A Concert for George,    McQuillan and Joanna Hodge             15 July 6.30pm for 7pm. Gleebooks,
     class and knowing.What makes these           Shark’s Teeth leave you feeling cold? With         the wild life and
                                                                                                                                            Amanda Easton – The Basement             12 July 6pm for 6.30pm. Gleebooks,     49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. $7-10.
     guys most intriguing is the delivery of      the odd exception - such as the dark 60’s          embracing the comfort of
     the lyrics; Berman is a respected poet                                                                                                 ($25)                                    49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.            Bookings: 9660 2333,
                                                  symphonic pop of From the Top of the               a dark hole, speckled in
     and these songs paint a canvass of           World - the perfection of Worden and                                                      Jimmy Barnes – Enmore Theatre            9660 2333,                             www.gleebooks.com.au
                                                                                                     fragments of sun light...”                                                                                             What is the NSW
     anecdotal fairy tales which really swing,    company is clinical in its execution, to the                                              ($63.10-66.50)                           www.gleebooks.com.au
     and resonate with commonly held              point of being surgically sterile. Six years in   Friday 18 July                          Lolo Lavina – The Vanguard ($15-19)      Artist Talks Emma White, Jo            Government doing about
     sentiments - “What’s become of the fat       the making, every days seems accounted            Backsliders – The Vanguard ($20-23)     Peter Combe – Metro Theatre ($22)        Cuzzi, Patsy Black.Amanda Cole,        Climate Change? Verity Firth
     ones, the bald and the goateed?”.            for as their search for perfection has            Betty Vale – Opera Bar (free)           Pull Up, Mista Savona – Manning Bar      Tully Arnot. 12 July 4.30pm.           (NSW Minister for the
     Where there is perhaps a lack of             eliminated any element of spontaneity, any        Box Freezer Romance – Lansdowne         ($20-25)                                 Firstdraft Gallery.                    Environment), Greg Bourne (CEO
     adventurous instrumentation to keep          stray moment of unexpected playfulness.           Hotel (free)                            Gest 8 – The Sound Lounge ($15-20)       116-118 Chalmers Street, Surry         WWF),Tony Maher (President of
     the musical flavours crackling, there is a   The disconnection between vocals and              Dust Tones, Dexter – Beach Road         Something For Kate, Firekites – Oxford   Hills. 9698 3665,                      CFMEU Mining and Energy).
     lot of heart in this stuff, an immediately   instruments is at best ethereal, at worst         Hotel (free)                            Art Factory ($33)                        www.firstdraftgallery.com              Chaired by Geoff Gallop.
     likable collection of songs from one of      disconcerting.A particular beast, A               Klub Koori – The Factory Theatre        Stealing O’Neal – Spectrum               Venerable Robina Courtin               16 July 6pm for 6.30pm. Gleebooks,
     the assured US bands of our time.            Thousand Shark’s Teeth is ambitious but           ($15-20)                                Timbaland (USA) – Sydney                 12 – 13 July. Great Hall, University   49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. $7-10.
      (Aidan Roberts)                             unfulfilling. (CP)                                Professor Groove & the Booty Affair –   Entertainment Centre ($98.70-            of Technology, Sydney. $20-70 two      Bookings: 9660 2333,
                                                                                                    The Basement                            122.65)                                  days. 0422 356 306                     www.gleebooks.com.au




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             Israeli relations is not the first place   saves the life of PR man, Ray Embrey      metered with a mature and modern          aesthetic crafted from the beige-          friendly remake of the 1960s anime
             you’d look for comedy, but this is         (Jason Bateman), and meets                portrayal of the Jekyll-and-Hyde          and-pewter floral obsessions of            favourite, the story of a young man’s        PALACE NORTON ST
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             traditional Egyptian police band           more repugnant than her orange            something the casting of Edward           overwrought score. (Wyatt Moss-            he has to overcome scheming                  www.palacecinemas.com.au
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             they reluctantly accept the                winning dyke days. Smith, however,        is also the obligatory dash of good       TEN EMPTY Elliot Christie                  brother’s death in a crash. As you’d         Road, Paddington 9361 5465
             hospitality of the locals. In broken       does a decent job portraying a lack-      humour and some cute self-                returns to his home in suburban            expect from the comics-obsessed
             English, the Egyptians and Israelis        luster character in an average family     referencing. (Evin Donohoe)               Adelaide, ten years after the death of     Wachowski brothers (The Matrix),             DENDY OPERA QUAYS
             spend a sometimes uncomfortable,           action-comedy. Although, parents be                                                 his Mother.Technically, there is little    it’s a visually striking combination of      Shop 9, 2 East Circular Quay,
             sometimes hilarious and ultimately         warned that Hollywood’s brand of          KUNG FU PANDA With so                     wrong with this film. It is shot and cut   live action and CGI, and it looks            Sydney, 9247 3800
             touching night together, during            family fun is brimming with bad           many mediocre celebrity-voiced            with a sense of purpose, the dialogue      amazing. But retro-futuristic pop
             which many of the assumptions they         language and infidelity. (Komi            animations coming out of                  is mature, the ensemble cast all turn      Americana and computer game                  GEORGE ST CINEMAS
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             room is the conflict, but when they        HAPPY-GO-LUCKY A                          While Kung Fu Panda has a familiar        moving, it’s a shame it couldn’t have      with short attention spans but, at           Sydney, 9273 7431
             leave there is much more linking           colourful departure from the              message, the slapstick comedy,            come out sooner, having been               over two hours, it would make a
             them than keeping them apart.              bleakness of director Mike Leigh’s        martial arts action and nods to the       developed over the past six years.         better computer game. Stars Emile            GREATER UNION BONDI
             Featuring Israeli and Palestinian          previous films (Vera Drake, Secrets       classics of the genre make it a cut       Released in 2008, it’s more of what        Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John                JUNCTION
             actors, the film was Official              and Lies), Happy-Go-Lucky follows its     above the average. Panda Po (Jack         we’ve seen enough of already: the          Goodman, Susan Sarandon and                  Westfield Bondi Junction
             Selection Un Certain Regard at             buoyant central character Poppy           Black) is a noodle maker and kung         umpteenth in a long line of gritty,        Korean popstar Rain. Tuesday night           Level 6, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi
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             Cannes 2007. I can’t recommend it          (Sally Hawkins) as she navigates her      fu fanatic who dreams of joining the      suburban,Australian dramas; achieving      special. (LJ)
             highly enough. (Lachlan Jobbins)           daily life with unwavering optimism.      ‘furious five’ – the greatest warriors    the required quota of twisted                                                           HOYTS MOORE PARK
                                                        When we first meet Poppy in the           the world has ever known. He’s also       relationships and dramatic surprises.      STANDARD OPERATING                           Fox Studios
             CHILDREN OF THE SILK                       opening scene, her bubbly nature &        the laziest animal in China, but when     Ten Empty is a decent enough film,         PROCEDURE is a documentary                   Bent Street, Moore Park
             ROAD Jonathan Rhys Meyers,                 constant laugher is somewhat              he’s chosen as the legendary              but comes across as a cookie-cutter        about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in        9332 1633
             Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun Fat and           unsettling, even irritating, giving the   ‘Dragon Warrior’, he has to get           Aussie drama. Fans of the genre will       Abu Ghraib at the hands of the U.S.
             Michelle Yeoh star in the true story       distinct impression that something’s      over his self-doubt, and that of his      like it. (ED)                              Military.The soldiers who guarded            PALACE ACADEMY
             of British journalist George Hogg.         not quite right. But as the film          master (Dustin Hoffman), to protect                                                  the prison are the primary voices;           TWIN, 3a Oxford Street,
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             During the Japanese invasion of            progresses and we gain broader            his people from the evil Tai Lung. At     SEX AND THE CITY                           but potential for a unique
             China in 1937, Hogg snuck into             insight into her character, we see a      last, a worthy successor to Shrek         Predictably but not disappointingly        perspective quickly gives way to a           PALACE VERONA
             Nanjing and found a group of               sensitivity and strength that             and Toy Story. One for the big            playing with the familiar themes of        ceaseless stream of abuse horror             17 Oxford Street, Paddington,
             orphaned boys living in squalor in         gradually turns the tables; maybe it’s    screen. (LJ)                              the series - romantic                      stories, without investigating the           9360 6099
             an abandoned school. He stayed and         the rest of us with the problem.                                                    interdependence, the joys and pains        culture within the U.S. Military and
             cared for them, teaching them              Carried largely by Hawkins’               MARRIED LIFE This 1940s                   of ageing, and the power of female         Government that encouraged it. It’s          RANDWICK RITZ
             English, basketball, hygiene, courage      idiosyncratic, fully developed            melodrama directed by Ira Sachs           friendships, the Sex and the City movie    narrowed almost solely to soldiers’          39–47 St Pauls Street,
             and hope, then led them on an              portrayal of Poppy and well               (Forty Shades of Blue) is another         plays much like an extended episode        accounts when what you’re craving            Randwick, 9399 5722
             incredible 1000km walk over the            supported by Andrea Riseborough           incessant meditation on monogamy.         of the TV show.The film’s plot             is more information on the
             mountains to safety in western             who plays her slightly more cynical       Harry (Chris Cooper) is married to        revolves around Carrie and Big’s           surrounding circumstances. It’s            commando who dreams of putting
             China. Beyond the occasionally             but equally likeable flatmate Dawn,       Pat (Patricia Clarkson) but in love       impending nuptuals and the final           impossible for any documentary of          away his guns and becoming a
             wooden acting and clunky dialogue,         and Eddie Marsan who is convincing        with acquiescently nubile Kay             commitment this symbolises; along          this subject matter to not be              hairdresser. Coming to New York,
             it’s an uplifting film about a couple      in his role as Poppy’s chronically ill-   (Rachel McAdams) - as is his best         with the ongoing trials and                powerful, but a visceral response is       he works his magic in a Palestinian
             of idealistic Westerners who               tempered driving instructor Scott,        friend Richard (Pierce Brosnan).          tribulations of the fearless foursome’s    sought too deliberately – a less           hair salon, making love to the
             overcome the odds to help 60               Happy-go-lucky will likely inspire even   Harry plots to kill his wife,             - Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and           embellished presentation of facts          elderly Jewish ladies and flirting with
             orphans escape from the Japanese. I        the most steadfast cynic. (Anna           ostensibly for her own good. Script       Samantha - relationships.The “Big”         would have been more terrifying            the various walking stereotypes that
             just can’t get past the fact that it’s     Harrsion)                                 rambles about love and happiness          question the movie asks is: after being    and provocative than the laboured,         fill the place. Poking fun at cultural
             always whitey saving the poor                                                        for an hour and a half without            perpetually jerked around by Big why       dreamlike reenactments consisting          stereotypes is like shooting fish in a
             colonials. Judge for yourself. (LJ)        THE INCREDIBLE HULK is                    getting anywhere. Male baritone           is Carrie still agreeing to spend the      of actors and special effects. In the      barrel, but you’ll be too busy giggling
                                                        the latest big screen incarnation of      narration imitates Little Children, but   rest of her life with him? In other        now regrettably rich landscape of          to be offended.Thanks to the
             HANCOCK Will Smith is                      one of the most enduring                  lacks the irony.Workmanlike               words: can love conquer all? Sarah         torture documentaries, S.O.P. is of        writing of Judd Apatow (Knocked Up,
             Hancock. A man with extraordinary          superheroes in the entire Marvel          performances are uniformly,               Jessica Parker’s Carrie says “yes.”        interest but doesn’t quite make the        Superbad) and the comedic talent of
             powers but no memory of how or             Comics pantheon. It’s easy to see,        necessarily, restrained. McAdams,         Luckily we are distracted from the         cut. (ED)                                  Sandler, John Turturro, Rob
             why he is bestowed with the                with Iron Man out only a month ago,       however, appears unimaginative            shakiness of this answer by chic New                                                  Schneider and Maria Carey (playing
             unwelcome gift.When he is forced           that these Marvel movies are              played against seasoned colleagues,       York sexual innuendos, lush Mexican        YOU DON’T MESS WITH                        herself), Zohan skirts the fine line
             to save the day, he leaves behind an       beginning to follow a kind of             who will at least take a punt on a        scenery, and Carrie’s 181 outfit           THE ZOHAN Call me immature,                between cringe and wet-yourself
             expensive trail of damage that the         formula and consistency of style – a      character idiosyncrasy or two. For        changes; all of which make for             but I thought this was very amusing.       hysterical. A cut above the ‘sniff-my-
             city has to clean up. All he wants is      very exciting, kickass formula that       real entertainment, check                 pleasurable and somewhat thoughtful        Adam Sandler plays Zohan, an               finger’ humour Sandler is known for.
             to be left alone with his cheap            we hope to see lots more of.The           production designer Hugo Luczyc-          viewing. (Greer Gamble)                    obscenely well-endowed Israeli             (LJ)




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