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									Your Chance To Win Free Tickets To
   The Following Performances

                                               Chasing Pegasus
                                                  (a play in ten chords)
                                           Written and directed by Melbourne                                                        Love at Fast Sight
                                         actor/playwright, Sally McLean,
      Stephen K Amos                     featuring Ross Ryan performing his                                                      Welcome to the world of speed dat-              Introducing Beau
  The UK’s top funny man, Stephen                                                                                              ing…
                                         No. 1 hit song I Am Pegasus and                                                                                                           Heartbreaker
K Amos brings his stunningly cheeky      showcasing an extraordinary cast of                     LoveLife                        Time is money, Patience is short, Life
solo show to Melbourne Fringe for                                                                                              is fast. We can genetically modify our         Introducing Beau Heartbreaker’ is a
                                         emerging and established actors              LoveLife - a comedy about love, life
the very first time.                                                                                                           food, why not our partner?                   show with a simple concept that works.
                                         including Peter Flaherty, Kathleen         & everything in between. This                                                           One woman dressed as a convincingly
  Dubbed “the funniest bloke at the      Ronchi, Sarah Penn, Michael Clayton,       “comedy, cabaret, multimedia,                X, Y, curvy, petite, creative or ath-
                                                                                                                                                                            handsome bloke; some hilarious sto-
Comedy Festival” by The Pun,             Tanya McCall, Hannah Fox, Charity          extravaganzafest-thingy” is performed      letic…8 minutes is all you need to find
                                                                                                                                                                            rytelling; catchy tunes and a breath-
Award-winning Amos sold out his          Shaw and Jennifer Hansen, fresh from       by world class(less), husband-and-         Mr. or Mrs. Right.
                                                                                                                                                                            taking voice. This combination con-
entire extended season at the 2006       her role as Newsreader for Channel         wife comedy couple - Zara and Troy           But have we become addicted?
                                                                                                                                                                            tinues to intrigue and impress.
Melbourne International Comedy           Ten’s Evening News, Chasing                Swindells-Grose.                             Mockumentary style, Love at Fast
Festival.                                                                                                                                                                     Selina Jenkins, the woman behind this
                                         Pegasus (a play in ten chords) joins         The Birds and the Bees like never        Sight will speed you through the rules       loveable Beau, is neither condescend-
  “Stephen K Amos is the embodiment      the 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival         before! As your life-loving hosts, these   of flirting, dating and mating in the 21st   ing nor presumptuous in her approach
of charisma. No one could possibly       line-up.                                   real-life lovers of 15 years… perform      century. Find out why this Jewish pas-
                                                                                                                                                                            to the development of a male character.
have left this feel good show without      A celebration of what makes us           multiple characters back-to-back…          time became a global phenomenon.
                                                                                                                                                                              Beau Heartbreaker speaks lovingly
a beaming smile on their face. A real    different, and through that discovery, a   (and sometimes, front-to-front!)             Love at Fast Sight is written and per-     about his family and life on the farm
stormer.” Chortle UK                     recognition of what makes us ultimately      A wonderfully funny and thought-         formed by actor/comedian Olivia              and sings openly about his lack of luck
  “Amos [is] born to entertain. He       the same, Chasing Pegasus is a story       provoking romp… LoveLife                   Ansell, who was recently featured in         with the ladies’.
keeps the gags flowing thick and fast    about finding the extraordinary in         incorporates stand up comedy,              Glynn Nicholas’s mime comedy
                                                                                                                                                                              Venue: Festival Hub, Arts House,
with sharp observations and stories      ourselves and our fellow man.              multimedia, cabaret and hilarious          Shoosh!
                                                                                                                                                                            Nth Melbourne Town Hall - Supper
before producing more devastating          For more information visit               characters to pack a punchline.              Venue: Festival Hub - Lithuanian           Room
one-liners from up his sleeve.” Metro,                       Venue: Festival Hub, Arts House,         Club, The Ballroom                             Season Dates: 07/10/2006 - 14/10/06
Edinburgh.                                 Venue: Gasworks Arts Park (Main          North Melbourne Town Hall - The Tent         Season Dates: 07/10/2006 - 14/10/            Times/Notes: Sat- Sat 8.15pm, Sun
  Venue: Festival Hub, Main Theatre,     Theatre)                                     Season Dates: 29/09/2006 - 14/10/06      2006                                         7.15pm (45 mins)
Lithuanian Club                            Preview Dates: 3/10/2006 - 3/10/2006       Times/Notes: 10pm Tues-Sat, 9pm            Times/Notes: 7:30pm, 6:30pm Sun-             Opening Night 2 for 1 tix Excluding
  Season Dates: 29/9/06 - 14/10/06         Season Dates: 4/10/2006 - 7/10/2006      Sun Excluding Mondays                      day. Excluding Monday (no show)              no show Monday 9th October
  Times/Notes: 9pm, 8pm on Sundays         Times/Notes: Tues to Sat: 9.15pm           Tickets: Conc $15.00, Full $17.00,         Tickets: Conc $15., Full $18., Group         Tickets: Conc $10.00, Full $12.00,
Excluding No show on Mondays               Sat Matinee: 4.30pm                      Tightarse Tues $13.00                      $12., Tightarse Tues $12., Other $15.        Tightarse Tues $10.00
  Tickets: Conc $18, Full $24, Group       Running time: 70 mins                      Bookings: Festival Tix: 03 8412 8777       Bookings: Festival Tix: 03 8412 8777         Bookings: Festival Tix: 03 8412 8777
$20, Tightarse Tues $18.                   All Sat Matinee Tickets: $12.50          or              or                or
  For your chance to win one of two        For your chance to win one of two          For your chance to win one double          For your chance to win one double            For your chance to win one double
double passes to the performance         double passes to the performance           pass to the performance on                 pass to the performance on Sat 7th           pass to the performance on
on Friday, 29th September, simply        on Tuesday 3rd October simply              Saturday 30th September, simply            Oct (Opening Night), simply write            Wednesday 11th October, simply
write your name, address and phone       write your name, address and phone         write your name, address and phone         your name, address and phone                 write your name, address and phone
number on the back of an envelope        number on the back of an envelope          number on the back of an envelope          number on the back of an envelope            number on the back of an envelope
and send to “Stephen K Amos              and send to “Chasing Pegasus               and send to “LoveLife                      and send to “Love at Fast Sight              and send to “Introducing Beau
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                                                                                                         Entertainment                                                    with Gary Turner

Coming Tours                                                                             Check out and              and Little Richard. Born in 1935, his parents
                                                                                         tour info                           mortgaged their house to buy him a piano, which
  ANDREW McMANUS will bring                                                                                                                    he taught himself to play in just 2 weeks. Lewis
                                                                                           Paul Dainty has extended the season of the
Motown Queen Diana Ross live to                                                                                                                released his debut single Whole Lotta Shakin’
                                                                                         smash hit play Mum’s the Word 2: Teenagers! At
the Regent Theatre, Monday Oc-                                                                                                                 Goin On (Sun Records) in late 1956 and it was
                                                                                         the Comedy Theatre. Tickets 132-849. Starring
tober 30 with support Anthony                                                                                                                  promptly banned by most of the country’s radio stations because
                                                                                         Rebecca Gibney, Marg Downey, Jane Hall,
Callea and the Melbourne Cup Car-                                                                                                              of its vulgarity. It sold only 30,000 copies. Six months later Lewis
                                                                                         Collette Man and Louise Siversen this produc-
nival Chairman’s dinner on at                                                                                                                  made his US TV debut on the Steve Allen Show singing his single
                                                                                         tion has received some rave reviews and is ab-
Flemington, Wednesday Novem-                                                                                                                   Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On. This sparked a renewed interest in
                                                                                         solutely       hilarious.      Check       out
ber 1st, supported by Chris Isaak.                                                                                                             the single and it sold more than 6 million copies nationally. His
After enjoying a huge success with                                                                                                             1958 single Great Balls Of Fire sold more than 5 million copies.
the Supremes for most of the sixties                                                       My good mate Lee Kernaghan is heading
Diana Ross began a solo career in                                                        around Australia on his Outback to the Beaches                                 Album Reviews
the early seventies with a debut                                                         Tour.                                                  Another album from the Putumayo stable is Blues Around the
Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s                                                             More info If you           World (MRA). From Buenos Aires to Barcelona, Mississippi to
Hand and Ain’t No Mountain High                                                          haven’t got a copy of his new album The New           Mauritania, this collection demonstrates the influence of the blues
Enough which became a US No.1                                                            Bush (ABC Music) do yourself a favour and                                                     on musicians in every corner
hit. Her biggest hit had all the Mel-                                                    place a copy in your record collection.                                                       of the world. Featuring The
bourne discos booming with Up-                                                                 A Day at the Country Races                                                              Unseen Guest led by Irish
side Down (80) and later the wed-                                                                                                                                                      musician, Declan Murray
ding receptions were doing a fine                                                         You can’t beat a day at the Country Races.                                                   and Indian musician, Amith
trade with the favourite bridal waltz                                                   Tasty food and local wines and great family en-                                                Narayan, Brazilian group
Endless Love (81) with Lionel Richie) selling over 2 million cop-     tertainment. The Quambatook Cup, Avoca Cup, Kyneton Cup,                                                         Blues Etilicos, Blues singer
ies. It became the theme of the film of the same name, featuring      Ballan Cup, Bendigo Cup, Healesville Cup, Yarra Glen Cup and                                                     Montserrat Pratdesaba (bet-
Brooke Shields. More hits climbed the charts including Why Do         Mornington Cup are just a few of the great country race meetings.                                                ter known as Big Mama) with
Fools Fall in Love (81), the old Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers        Join the Country Racing mailing list 1300 139 402 or visit the website                                           Spanish harmonica player
1956 hit, Muscles (82), All Of You (84) a duet with Julio Iglesias                                                                                         Victor Uris, Jarabe De Palo,
and another huge disco hit with the Barry Gibb song Chain                                    Glitterati Gossip                                                                         Bonnie Raitt with Habib
Reaction (1986). Ross married Norwegian shipping magnate Arne           Believe it or not! But Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger has taken                                                 Koite and more including Eric
Naess in 1986.                                                        voice coaching lessons. Jagger has sung for 35 years without             Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Taiwanese blues singer and guitarist Long-
  Tickets for the Regent Theatre 1300-795-012 and Flemington 1300-    coaching lessons but has since discovered that coaching lessons          Ge and Taj Mahal. A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the
727-575. Check out &             warm up his vocal chords.                                                sale of this CD will be donated to help the forgotten heroes of
                                                                                                                                               Southern music gain recognition and meet their day-to-day needs.
  The Johnny Cash tribute concert ‘I Walk the Line’ will be held at     A never released track recorded by Jimi Hendrix 40 years ago           Other albums in the Putumayo blues range include Blues Lounge,
The Forum Theatre, Friday September 15 and the Ford Theatre           will go to auction in New York after being unearthed in a cupboard.      American Blues, Mississippi Blues and Mali to Memphis. Check
Geelong Monday September 18. Tickets 132-849 and 5225-1200.           The song Station Break was made at a session early in the legen-         out and
Starring Gary Mack and Sandy Anderson. Special guest Dolly            dary US guitarist’s career as a solo artist. Its co-composer, Jerry
Parton.                                                               Simon, found the reel in a cupboard in his                                                       EMI Music has released another double al-
                                                                      home.                                                                                          bum of music that will set the pace for you to
  Andrew McManus presents country music star Dwight Yoakam
                                                                                                                                                                     unwind from a hectic week at the office or just
at the Palais Theatre, October 27. Book 9537-2444.                      A New James Bond novel is being written,                                                     plain relaxing. Lazy Sunday (EMI) features                                                  40 years after the spy’s last outing. The estate                                               Youth Group – Forever Young, World On Fire
  Carole Klein, better known as Carole King will appear at the        of the late 007 author Ian Fleming has commis-                                                 by Sarah McLachlan, White Flag – Dido, Eve-
Rod Laver Arena, Friday November 17th with support Tim Freed-         sioned a highly respected writer, whose iden-                                                  rybody Here Wants You – Jeff Buckley, Don’t
man. Tickets 132-849.                                                 tity will be secret until publication. The 15th                                                Panic – Coldplay, Winning Arrow – Bic Runga,
  Check out and                 Bond adventure will be published in May 2008,                                                  Beth Orton sings Conceived, Silverchair – Af-
                                                                      the centenary of Fleming’s birth. Fleming wrote                                                ter all These Years, Private Universe by
  Melbourne promoter Michael Coppel has secured guitar maes-          14 books about the secret agent, beginning
tro Eric Clapton (born Eric Patrick                                                                                                                                  Crowded House plus music from radiohead,
                                                                                  with Casino Royale in 1953. The last,                                              Sarah Blasko, Kisschassy, Bob Evans, David
Clapp) for an Australian tour.                                                    Octopussy and the Living Daylights, were published in
Clapton is undoubtedly one of                                                                                                                  Gray, Lior, Freedom Five, the Go-Betweens, Missy Higgins and
                                                                                  1966, two years after his death. Among the rumours to        more, a total of 40 tracks. Available now from all major music stores.
rock’s most popular and suc-
                                                                                  write the new book include John Le Carre and Frederick       For more EMI music visit
cessful guitarists. In his early be-                                              Forsyth.
ginnings Clapton was a blues                                                                                                                    Rajon Music has released Where Country Is: Australia’s Best
purist, his idols being Muddy Wa-                                                   Tom Cruise has been dumped by Paramount Pictures           1986-2005 featuring songs True Blue- John Williamson, Paddy
ters and Buddy Guy. Clapton has                                                   ending his 14 year relationship. Cruise earned more than     William by Slim Dusty, Boys from the Bush – Lee Kernaghan, Age
enjoyed an outstanding career                                                     $500 million from his Paramount films and found instant      of Grace – James Blundell, Days of Old Khancoban – Smokey
spanning 5 decades enjoying                                                       stardom in Top Gun (1986.) Last year Cruise was paid         Dawson, This Flower – Kasey Chambers plus other songs from
stints with Cream, The                                                            $130 million for War of the Worlds. His films made more      major country artist including Keith Urban, Beccy Cole, Tania
Yardbirds, Joe Cocker, Ringo                                                      than $2.6 billion for Paramount but disappointing fig-       Kernaghan, Gina Jeffrey’s, Troy Cassar-Daley, Melinda Schnei-
Starr, Blind Faith, Derek and the                                                 ures for Mission Impossible 111. The film took $513 mil-     der, Adam Brand, Graeme Connors and more. Available now in all
Dominos and John Mayall’s                                                         lion at the box office, but Paramount just broke even        major outlets. Visit
Bluesbreakers. Clapton played                                                     after Cruise’s cut of $104 million. Born Thomas Cruise
                                                                                  Mapother V in 1962, Cruise dropped out of high school                     New Albums
on many artists’ albums over the                                                                                                               Lazy Sunday – Various (EMI)
years including Phil Collins, Joe                                                 and studied acting in his early teens and made his film
                                                                                                                                               Laugh Now, Cry Later – Ice Cube (EMI)
Cocker, Roger Daltry, Bob                                                         debut in Endless Love (1981). Cruise received an Acad-
                                                                                                                                               Sarah Main – Pete Tong (Pacha)
Dylan, Aretha Franklin, John                                                      emy Award nomination for Born on the Fourth of July          Suburban Songbook – Bob Evans (EMI)
Lennon and Leon Russell just                                                      (89), Jerry Maguire (96) and Magnolia (99).                  Greatest Hits – Divinyls ((EMI)
to name a few.                                                                      The Knack lead singer Doug Fieger, best known for          Illuminate – Latrice (Central Station)
                                                                                  his 1979 hit single My Sharona, had successful brain         Loose – Nelly Furtado (Universal)
  Unplugged (1992) became one of his most successful albums                                                                                    Carnival – Kasey Chambers (Capitol)
selling more than 10 million copies in the US alone.                  surgery last week. Fieger, 53, had two brain tumours removed dur-
                                                                                                                                               70th Birthday Concert - John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers & friends (Rajon)
                                                                      ing an operation at a hospital in Los Angeles. Fieger is expected to
  This album demonstrated his blues roots, playing acoustic gui-      make a full recovery. The Knack formed in 1978 and their debut
                                                                                                                                               Release Yourself Volume 5 – Roger Sanchez (Central Station)
tar in a relaxed atmosphere. The poignant Tears in Heaven about                                                                                We’re Outta Here! – The Ramones (Music Club)
                                                                      album, Get the Knack, sold six million copies. The single My             The Hits & Beyond – Danni Minogue (Central Station)
the death of his son, Connor, became a worldwide hit. In 1995         Sharona (Capitol) was No.1 on the Australian charts staying on           My Generation the 70s Part One – Various (EMI)
Clapton received an OBE from the Prince of Wales which he placed      the charts for 27 weeks.                                                 Jindabyne Soundtrack – Various (Capitol)
amongst his many other awards including Artistic Excellence                                                                                    Greatest Hits – David Essex (Sony/BMG UK)
Award at the Billboard Music Awards, Lifetime Achievement               The group’s second album, But the Little Girls Understand,
                                                                                                                                               Highway Companion – Tom Petty (Warner)
Award, Living legend of the Year Award and various Grammy             sold two million. The group endured constant Beatles’ compari-
                                                                      sons and associations that contributed to a critical backlash against    Wild Weekends 3 – Various (Central Station)     Albums of the
Awards. His chart hits in Australia included After Midnight (70),                                                                              Top Ten Singles
I Shot the Sheriff (74), Lay Down Sally (78), Tears in Heaven         the group. The group played their final concert in November 1981                                                            Month:
                                                                      then disbands. Fieger forms the group Taking Chances and they            1. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake
(92) and the sixties hits Crossroads (69), White Room (68), Sun-                                                                                                                                My Generation the
                                                                                                                                               2. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado
shine of Your Love (68) and Layla (72). Eric Clapton will appear at   others stay together as The Game. The single My Sharona re-                                                               Soundtrack of Our
                                                                                                                                               3. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira feat. Wyclef         Lives the Eighties
the Rod Laver Arena, Saturday February 3 and Sunday February          mains a nightclub favourite around the country.
                                                                                                                                               4. Unfaithful – Rihanna                            Part 2 (EMI)
4. Tickets 132-849 or                               After five years and four different record labels, Jerry Lee Lewis’    5. Buttons – Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg
  Check out or                  Last Man Standing, an album of all star duets will be released on        6. Mistake – Stephanie McIntosh
                                                                                                                                                                                                My Generation the
                                                                      September 26. On the 21 track album, the veteran Lewis sings with        7. Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera       Soundtrack of Our
  Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear at the Sidney Myer Music          Merle Haggard, B.B King, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson,              8. Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom         Lives the Seventies
Bowl on Tuesday April 10, 2007. Tickets on sale now 136-100.          Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood                9. Who Knew – Pink                                  Part 1 (EMI)
                                                                                                                                               10. What’s Left of Me – Nick Lachey
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                          Ken James’ Diary
                           SURPRISE birthday           Burchmore joined many others in wish-                                      ries. So it was, when
                         parties,      opening         ing the birthday boy much love and hap-                                    our dear friends Dr           Camelot Opening
                         nights and media calls        piness.                                                                    David Marsh OAM and          August 23 heralded
                         made for a very busy            I have been fortunate enough to be a                                     his wife Clair OAM         the opening night of
                         month of August.              guest at dinner parties when John                                          decided to renew their     the Production Com-
                           My friends ask me:          Michael has told some of his fascinating                                   vows after 25 years of     pany’s much-awaited
                         where do you find the         tales about Hollywood. The stories this                                    marriage. The cer-         Camelot, staring Scott
time to fulfill all these engagements? It’s a          raconteur tells are never dull, believe me.      Ian Henson & Kathy        emony took place at        Irwin,       Katrina
                                                                                                                Ralston           Scots church in Collins
question I often ask myself!                             Another birthday was celebrated on                                                                  Rettallick, Denis
                                                                                                           St, and afterwards we had cocktails at the Ath-   Olson and introducing
  Let me begin, as they say, at the beginning.         Sunday 13 August. Or to be more precise, a
                                                                                                           enaeum Club.                                      Alex Rathgeber as Sir
August started with a visit to Cabrini Hospi-          pre- birthday celebration was held.
tal to see a very close friend, John Knowles,                                                                Guests were invited to say a few words          Lancelot. The Production Company is noted
                                                         My dear friend socialite Trish Neilson was
who was recovering from pneumonia. I don’t                                                                 about their relationship with the “newly-         for staging musical theatre in its most eco-
                                                       to have her big day on Friday 18th, but as
really enjoy hospitals, especially if I’m the                                                              weds”.                                            nomical form and rarely misses a beat. This
                                                       one of her closest pals designer Sally Browne
                           patient.                    had planned to climb the Pyrenees mountains           I spoke about our times in Bali where David                                Lerna and Lowe
                             Fortunately my            from France to Spain around                                         and Clair sponsor an orphan-                                 production, al-
                           friend was well             that time, the event was held                                       age in Ubud and regularly                                    though quite long,
                           looked after, and is        earlier so that Sally could at-                                     send containers of donated                                   three hours with a
                           now well on the way         tend. (Where do these girls                                         medical supplies to the hos-                                 20-minute interval,
                           to recovery.                get their energy?)                                                  pital.                                                       was no exception. I
    Maria Venuti and                                                                                                         It’s nice to see some mar-                                 was amazed at how
  Producer John Frost        The timing of his ill-      To make up for her absence                                                                                                     the cast managed
                           ness could have been        on the 18th, Sally asked Trish                                      riages can work in this day
                                                                                                                           and age.                                                     to get the book
better. He and his wife had to cancel a fabu-          to invite 14 of her female                                                                                                       down in just 10
lous trip flying first class to Cannes followed        friends, including my fiancé,        Caroline Vickers-Willis,         This was the month for sur-                                days. Scott Irwin
by a four- masted sailing ship cruise around           to lunch at her magnificent Di Armstrong & Ruth Speedy prise birthday parties. Yet an-                was a suitable King Arthur with the weight of
the Mediterranean and to the Croatian coast.           South Yarra home. It was arranged for the men other one was sprung, this time on Variety              the world on his shoulders, pleading with his
  As I said to my friend, if you are going to be       to arrive at 5.30pm to safely drive the damsels Club president Doug Christie by his partner
                                                                                                                                                             mentor Merlin to help him find his way in life.
ill, better here than over there. They have            home.                                               Genea. Guests included Derryn Hinch, Gavin
                                                                                                                                                                The real finds of the night were Western
rebooked for May next year so all is not lost.           When I arrived, the girls were enjoying Wood and Mike
                                                                                                                                                              Australian Performing Arts trained Alex
                      Rain                             French champagne and the fabulous view McColl Jones.                                                   Rathgeber as the invincible Sir Lancelot and
                                                       from Sally’s rooftop dining area. I’ve been in        I have a birthday                                King Arthur’s nemesis, the bastard son
  Thursday 3 August saw us at the Palms at some grand Melbourne homes, but Sally’s is coming up in No-
Crown for the opening night of Rain. This to die for.                                                                                                         Mordred, played by Nick Christo. A special
                                                                                                           vember, so no sur-                                 mention should go to the enchanting Katrina
Quebec-based ensemble of acrobats, clowns,
                                                         Trish also had a black tie cocktail party to prises for me please!                                   Retallick playing Queen Guenevere. Her
jugglers, singers and mime artists transported                                                                                       Trish Neilson, Peter
                                                       celebrate her birthday. The occasion was now          Looking forward to                               voice reminded me of a young Julie Andrews.
us back to the circus of the past. Bereft of                                                                                       McBean & Lillian Frank
                                                       jumping off the page of my social diary.            the MTCs next pro-                                 Director George Ogilvie chose a well-bal-
animal acts, the audience reveled in the sim-
plicity of performance and the sheer joy of              Trish is often seen at the polo with her gor- duction Female of the Species at the Play-            anced cast, and the musical numbers such as
the experience.                                        geous “spoodle” Holly in tow, both dressed house.                                                     If ever I would leave you and What do the
                                                       up to the nines and always receiving oohs             Maybe I’ll learn what makes them tick?          simple folk do made for another Production
  This Andrew McManus treat had us all want-
                                                       and ahs from the pooch- loving horsy set. ‘Til next month, regards, Ken James.                        Company success story at the Arts Centre.
ing to play outside in the rain.
                                                                         The party was held at a su-
      Storm Attack                                                       perb venue in Prahran.
  Having been born in Syd-                                                 Eighty guests enjoyed the
ney, I was brought up on                                                 DVD montage featuring her
Rugby League, and even                                                   life that her partner Graham
though I have been con-                                                  put together.
verted to the AFL, I still                                                 The 50 dozen long-
have a soft spot for the Mel-                                            stemmed red roses that deco-
bourne Storm.                     Robbie Kearns and Rosemarie            rated the room gave an el-
  We were quite excited to                      Stuhlener                egant touch to a wonderful
be guests of former Storm captain Robbie evening. The guest list included Lillian
Kearns when the club hosted the West Ti- Frank, Peter Mc Bean, Adel Palmer, Coral
gers on their home ground Olympic Park, com- Knowles and Caroline Vickers-Willis.
monly known as the graveyard by opposi- Trish’s son Dr Wendell Neilson brought the
tion teams.                                            latest addition to the family, his 5-week-old
  Robbie is now an official ambassador of the son Joseph, making Trish very much a
club and was a very gracious host. The club “Glamma”.
looks like going all the way this season, so                  Opera Season Commences
fingers crossed.
                                                         Tuesday 15 August was the launch of the
        Birthday Parties Galore                        2007 Opera Australia season held in the large
  Sunday 6 August was a                                                    dining hall at Comme. Chief
very hush-hush affair. It                                                  executive Adrian Collette
was to be a surprise party                                                 and CBE music director Ri-
for John Michael Howson.                                                   chard Hickox addressed us.
His partner Alfie con-                                                     Both promised us an excit-
tacted 100 of John’s                                                       ing season with offerings
friends and with the threat                                                such as the Barber of Se-
of death hanging over our                                                  ville, Ill Travatore and the
heads if we said a word                                                    Pirates of Penzance. The
about it, we all kept mum          Surprised Birthday boy John             latter will star Reg
                                  Michael Howson & Ken James
about it.                                                                  Livermore, Anthony
  On the night, John Michael was completely Warlow, David Hobson and Suzanne
taken by surprise and he shed a tear or two Johnston.
when he saw all those familiar faces coming              I caught up with director Stuart Maunder
                           together to honor on the night and discussed not only his forth-
                           him.                        coming production of the Pirates of Penzance,
                             E n t r e p r e n e u r s but also the musical Dusty which he also di-
                           Mike Walsh, John rected. It appears talks of Dusty travelling to
                           Frost, composer London’s West End are very much alive.
                     Bruce Rowland, en-                           Renewed Vows
                     tertainers Maria                  Marriage can be a wonderful institution.
Rhonda Burchmore and Venuti, Patti New-               Those of us who have been married, success-
    daugher Lexie    ton and Rhonda                   fully or otherwise will have some fond memo-
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         Film Reviews                                         by Marcus Sinclair
                                                                                                                    Live Theatre
                                                                                                        By Blair Edgar, OAM, Opera Director and Founding & Life Member of the Green Room

  YOU, ME AND DUPREE (M) is a light-
weight comedy directed by Anthony and Joe
                                                     She falls in love with a looser, Luke Wilson.
                                                   But as Thurman’s love is devouring and she             Murphy and Vernon to Stand Down
                           Russo. It’s a tale      is prone to fits of violent temper, Wilson be-          In April next year Graeme Murphy and           and given Australian dance an international
                           about a newly mar-      gins to want out.                                    Janet Vernon will step down after 30 years        identity. They and their ideas are no stran-
                           ried couple, Matt         An evil mastermind falls in love with              heading up Sydney Dance Company.                  gers to the great stages of the world thea-
                           Dillon and Kate Hud-    Thurman. He not only happens to be rich,                                                               tres.
                                                                                                          Together they took us to the horizon and
                           son, who, out of the    but is her high school sweetheart and is de-         over the frontier. Not just heading the expedi-     The point is not whether it’s time for them
                           goodness of their       termined to win her back. Amid the adven-            tion in name, but creating, inspiring and lead-   to vacate and move on. That may well be.
hearts, take in a likeable but carefree friend,    tures that take place there are a couple of          ing.                                              The point is that apathy has forced two peo-
Owen Wilson. This is when the fun/chaos            lovely cameo parts.
                                                                                                          Creating Australian dance as a genre. In-       ple to admit they can no longer face the cease-
                                                     There’s the office creep – a looser who is         spiring young dancers to aim at a level of        less fight and need to prove themselves over
  Wilson creates havoc- he strains the cou-        full of advice on how to woo and win women                                                             and over again.
                                                                                                        creativity far beyond technical mastery. Lead-
ple’s relationship, and takes over their house,    and, in turn, wants to know all the gory de-         ing the minds of audiences and dancers into
almost wrecking it in the process. But de-         tails about what goes on when a colleague            what could be.
spite Wilson’s energy, caper follows caper,        goes on a date; and the ever- vigilant harass-
and it all becomes rather tiresome as the film                                                            The uniqueness of their story telling with
                                                   ment officer protecting the female staff mem-
rolls on and on. Even Michael Douglas,                                                                  its many layers showed the shy and cautious
                                                   bers. Verdict: not a masterpiece, but loads of
Kate’s father, fails to add anything new to the                                                         that dance could be powerful and provoca-
routines. He just coasts through his part.                                                              tive theatre.
                    *****                                                                                 Poppy, Some Rooms, Death In Venice, and
                                                     FEARLESS (M), starring Jet Li, is a lavish         the brilliant, stunning and overpowering Ber-
  CONFETTI (M), another light comedy is            Chinese production about a man obsessed              lin leap to mind. Their work extended through
written and directed by Debbie Isitt. It fol-      with becoming the country’s “kung fu” cham-          every emotion. The repertoire embraced and
lows three couples selected by the publish-        pion. It’s a journey of self- realisation and        explored every aspect of what it is to be hu-
ers of a popular bridal magazine to battle it      discovery that ends in tragedy for him and           man.
out for the most original wedding of the year      the blind, peasant girl who awaits him.
for the prize of a beautiful home.                                                                        Beyond Twelve, an extraordinary autobio-
                                                                                                        graphical piece, made about and for the late
  Couple one decide on a tennis wedding;
                                                                                                        great Kelvin Coe, was the work through which
couple two on a nude wedding; and couple
                                                                                                        Coe bade farewell to the world stage. The other
three on a Hollywood musical wedding. And
                                                                                                        Murphy piece that night was Gallery. Covent
to add to the fun, there is the smooth tennis                                                                                                               Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon, photo
                                                                                                        Garden in August 1988 will be held forever
coach, the dragon mothers-in-law, a know-all                                                                                                                       courtesy Lois Greenfield
                                                                                                        in the hearts of those of us who were there.
sister, and a gay, master-of–ceremonies cou-
ple. Made on a limited budget, and it shows,                                                              An ailing Coe farewells a jam-packed thea-        The potential successors will queue up.
Confetti manages to generate chuckle after                                                              tre seething with cheers and tears in a Murphy    None will succeed initially. You can inherit
                                                     There are plenty of thrills for the fans, but it   work made with love and heart for a great         bricks and mortar, office staff, a Board and
                                                   is more subdued than that of the usual fare          dancer. This was Murphy and Vernon’s se-          dancers. But you cannot inherit neither heart
                    *****                          found in these Asian actioners. And there is a       cret- love and heart in everything.               nor ambiance, or the commitment that drove
  THE SENTINEL (M). A plot to kill the Presi-      very strong sub-text running throughout this                                                           the engine that lit the lights and hit the
                                                                                                          If Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon are any-
dent of the United States; a highly regarded       film.                                                                                                  heights.
                                                                                                        one’s product, apart from their own, then
and dedicated Secret Service body-guard              It’s that of China throwing off Western domi-      Dames Maggie Scott and Peggy van Praagh             Next April Murphy and Vernon will exit with
who is framed; a sex-starved President’s wife      nation and influence and becoming a nation           must be acknowledged.                             dignity. They know no other way. They will
who loves the body-guard; and a traitor in         in its own right and a place where honour,
                                                                                                          Both women recognised the potential of the      go on creating. If their legacy escapes the
the ranks are the ingredients of this action       integrity, national pride and initiative take
                                                                                                        Murphy/Vernon combination and put their           initial denigration it will automatically suffer,
thriller. Clark Johnson of TV and SWAT fame        place over subservience, resignation and
                                                                                                        weight behind the birth and development of        Australian dance may progress. If not, it will
does an adequate job in directing this film.       greed.
                                                                                                        Sydney Dance.                                     go back and start all over again somewhere
Kiefer Sutherland, the agent assigned to in-
                                                     Beautifully photographed and carefully di-                                                           else.
vestigate, steals the show. But Michael Doug-                                                                        Funding apathy
                                                   rected FEARLESS is, without doubt, one of                                                                That is what we do in this country, start
las as the bodyguard is too old for such a
                                                   the year’s finest films. Don’t miss it!                Murphy has used the word ‘apathy’ among         again because that is easy. No history, no
role and Kim Basinger is wasted as the First
                                                                        *****                           the bureaucracy to describe his decision to       culture, no baggage, and no problems makes
                                                                                                        leave. It’s now up to the Australia Council,      for quiet coffee times.
                    *****                            Alex Rider is a schoolboy James Bond who
                                                                                                        which provides 90 per cent of Sydney Dance’s
                                                   appears in a popular book series by Anthony                                                               I love Graeme and Janet. I have been there
                                                                                                        funding, and the NSW Arts Ministry, which
                                                   Horowitz. STORMBREAKER (M), which I                                                                    when they have opened their hearts. They
                                                                                                        provides 10 per cent of its funding, to decide
                                                   predict will be the first of the series to hit the                                                     have been bold, brave, sexy and even brash
                                                                                                        the fate of this company. The Board may trum-
                                                   big screen, features this young boy, played                                                            at times. They stripped away the mystery and
                                                                                                        pet ‘We will survive’, but a few artistic deci-
                                                   by Alex Pettyfer, who saves British school                                                             exposed the dancer, but they told stories.
                                                                                                        sions have to be made at government levels
                                                   children from being killed by a billionaire                                                            They worked with heart.
                                                                                                        if this is going to happen.
                                                   nasty.                                                                                                    Every work of theirs has text, subtext, com-
                                                                                                          Funding attitudes are apathetic. Funding is
                                                     This man is taking revenge for his mistreat-                                                         mentary, confrontation, layers. I don’t care if
                                                                                                        dictated by political motivations. There is no
                                                   ment at a British school when he arrived in                                                            the company lost money, was bailed out and
                                                                                                        commitment to arts as an integral part of our
  MIAMI VICE (MA), a popular TV series,            England as a child refugee from continental                                                            lost it again. What money was lost was done
                                                                                                        culture and community. Pathetic, useless, lit-
hits the big screen. Filled with fast cars, fast   Europe. The action falls thick and fast.                                                               so in artistic enterprise not embezzlement. It
                                                                                                        tle dribbles of money sneak out of the bu-
boats, luxury from ill-gotten gains, third world     The delight for adults is discovering well-        reaucrats pockets to shut splinter groups up.     was used for growth and experiment, and I
squalor, great action sequences, and starring      knowns in key cameo roles including: Robbie                                                            find it unforgivable that the minds of these
                                                                                                          Arts in Australia have descended into a         people should be measured in monetary terms
Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx it offers not         Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor,
                                                                                                        lunch table discussion between bureaucrats        and ruled by apathetic and pathetic guardians
much more than the fans have seen previ-           Alicia Silverstone, Mickey Rourke and oth-
                                                                                                        and degree- holding administrators who could      of the chequebook.
ously. Michael Mann, who was associated            ers. Children and young adolescents will love
                                                                                                        not get a curtain up if they tried. We are
with the series, writes and directs this overly    this one.                                                                                                Despite this, we are better off because of
                                                                                                        smothered with theories and lattes. Artists
long, confusing production. And the plot? A                             *****                                                                             their work. That is no consolation when you
                                                                                                        are given as much respect as the dirty dishes
leak within the FBI, a drug lord, his fanatical                                                                                                           look to The Australia Council that must now
                                                     UNITED 93 (R) is a “pseudo” documentary            left behind on a cafe table.
henchman and his attractive lady friend who                                                                                                               make up its mind. What a horrid name that is.
                                                   about 9/11 that focuses on the highjacked              Murphy is right of course. Apathy and the
falls for the cop who is determined to smash                                                                                                              It sounds like corridors and little tables around
                                                   plane that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsyl-          lack of will to fund the growth and sustenance
the organisation regardless of the cost.                                                                                                                  which people huddle hiding from reality. But
                                                   vania.                                               of important developments and custodian-
                    *****                                                                                                                                 that is where the fate and the future of the
                                                     Using actual army and air personnel, to-           ship in the arts is beyond comprehension.         Arts in Australia lie- in the corridors of power
  Uma Thurman is tops in the Ivan Reitman          gether with actors, it manages to create the
                                                                                                                 Everything has a life                    of The Australia Council.
comedy MY SUPER EX-GIRL FRIEND (M).                tension and the horror experienced by all con-
This film is a skit on the Superman persona.       cerned.                                 It is the artistic composite and not the                         Like Oberon and Titania, Murphy and
Mild-mannered, bespectacled art curator                                                  individual that is important. True. But it goes                  Vernon’s divisions and comings together dic-
                                                     But the hand-held camera technique with its                                                          tated the climate of Australian dance. Like
Thurman makes contact with an active mete-                                               beyond that. Murphy/Vernon have made
                                                   jerky movements, odd compositions and                                                                  Oberon and Titania they are of the immortals.
orite and becomes G-Girl who’s ready to spring                                           other works. Opera. Ice with Torville and
                                                   repetitious shots leads to monotony.                                                                   Maybe, just maybe, someone will be creative
into action to save the world.                                                           Dean. They’ve put new life into major ballet
                                                                        *****                                                                             and brave enough to make a dance piece
                                                                                         classics. Created dancers. Travelled the world
                                                                                                                                                          called “Graeme and Janet”.
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      Grazing In The Suburbs
                             with Mick Pacholli                                   More traditional dogs are also available, you                                     At the Lobby Loyde Benefit Concert at The
                                                                                 can choose from continental frankfurts, spicy                                      Palace August 29, Brendan Mason, guitar
         Fantastic Finger Food          An old world club house with a young and
                                                                                 Bratwurst or Weisswurst Pork with cold or                                          and Trevor Young drums featuring in
                                                       vibrant management, the club offers a
  I know we still have months till Christmas,                                                               hot topping.                                            Blackfeather. Photo courtesy of Sonya Jaffar
                                                       fantastic deal on Tuesday nights when they
but any social director worth their salt will be                                                              Head down to 318 Bridge Rd, Richmond, this
                                                       fire up the bar-b que and for only $5 you can
planning this years work break up                                                                           will be one of those meals you will travel miles
                                                       have a pot of beer and your choice of rissoles,
extravaganza now! These things can end up                                                                   for!!!
                                                       sausages, chicken wings and veggie burgers
in a muddled hurry and a disappointment if
                                                       with salad. It doesn’t get better than that!                  Union Hotel Bar-B-Que
not handled in a timely manner.
  But hold the phone! There is a caterer out              The Dog Returns to Richmond                         Early in the week the Union Hotel at 90
there that can provide you with a huge variety           For many years the Doberman Hot Dog                Chapel Street Windsor have some unbeatable
of munchies and to this caterer, a last minute         shop was an icon in Richmond, and then it            dinner specials.
rush is a mere doddle. Check out their                 disappeared. Now thankfully they are back              Winding up for the summer months, their
advertisement below. There is a huge variety           and this time with a bang! The new restaurant/       Monday nights will be a $10 Bar-B-Que,
of food styles and packages for you to choose          take away looks fantastic and the Doberman           comprising of a chicken and a lamb kebab wit
from and I know you won’t be disappointed.             still delights the taste buds.                       rice and sauce plus a salad. Tuesdays and
  My sisters and I used this company for our             My favourite is the Steak Dog, about 280           Wednesday nights are their very successful
father’s wake and we were extremely pleased            grams of grilled, prime fillet steak on a            Parma and steak nights, both at $10.
with the flavour and value that we were supplied.      wholemeal roll, with fresh salad and                    On Tuesdays you can enjoy a crumbed
            St Kida West RSL                           smothered in a mushroom and onion sauce.             chicken fillet topped with ham, sweet Napoli
                                                       Another favourite is the Marinated Chicken           sauce and mozzarella cheese with chips and
  Here is a little jewel tucked away at 23 Loch        Dog with a generous dollop of satay sauce            salad and on Wednesday munch into a 350                                   WOMEN FOR PALESTINE
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club, a very relaxed atmosphere where you              and bacon with crisp salad on a wholemeal            with for an extra $2.50 a choice of pepper,
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     Caravan parks: where tall
     poppies come down a peg                                                                                   Come and Spoil Yourself
                                    By Fabrizio Marsani                                                     The Madison Spa Resort complex brings
  CARAVAN PARKS don’t exactly conjure up                                                                   to Echuca – Moama a totally new con-
                                                     site caravan we had booked over the phone.
                                                                                                           cept in accommodation for this unique
images of exotic locations in the world of glossy    The manager’s response to the complaint was:          area.
travel brochures, even though many are located       “What did you expect for $50 a night. The
                                                                                                             The Madison experience starts before
on prime beachfront and riverbank locations          Hilton?”
                                                                                                           you even arrive, as you drive through the
throughout the country.                                Word quickly spread amongst the park’s regu-        historical areas of Echuca – Moama and
  While the big chain operators have made ef-        lars that my partner and I were the ‘complain-        travel over the mighty Murray River. For
forts to spruce up the image of the franchised       ers’. These regulars, who came to the park            those arriving by rail, bus or at the airport
caravan parks, I must admit a partiality to stay-    every year to fish were ‘suspicious’ of anyone        The Madison Spa Resort offers a courtesy
                                                                                                                                                           and restaurant overlooks this area - com-
ing in oddball privately run grounds in off- the-                                                          vehicle to collect you.
                                                     arriving not towing a boat or van. “Why would                                                         plete with waterfalls.
main- drag locations.                                you come to Bruny to read a book?” was over-                    Superb Facilities                      Private Spa with Bush Views
  The amenities may not be equipped with the         heard on a few occasions within earshot of             Check in is done in the comfort of the
                                                                                                                                                             Entering your room is an experience in
latest fixtures and fittings. But, in my experi-     our site. And my regular routine of yoga style        air conditioned reception area, complete
                                                                                                                                                           itself. All rooms have incredible bush out-
ence, these parks are sufficiently compensated       exercises of a morning had them sniggering in         with open fire place and lounge chairs.
                                                                                                                                                           look and large spa baths. In rooms on
                                                     their huddles. Our fishermen weren’t exactly a        During check in you will be shown the
by, at times, quirky owner-operators and idyllic                                                                                                           the second story, the spa is situated in
                                                     cross section of open-minded free spirits I’m         superb facilities
locations.                                                                                                                                                 the window with a view of the native
                                                     sad to report.                                          The Madison Spa Resort has                                 bush area.
     Recipe For Sterile Hospitality                                                                        to offe r. These include a
                                                              Cost Effective Holidays                                                                                   After a relaxing spa you can
  To highlight the ever- changing landscape of                                                             heated tranquil pool, a hydro
                                                                                                                                                                      sit in front of the gas log open
tourism businesses, I received an investment           Caravan parks have provided cost effective          spa and a steam room. Facili-
                                                                                                                                                                      fire or rest in your queen size
                                                     holidays for generations of Australians, but de-      ties are designed to relax and
prospectus in the mail informing me “of the cor-                                                                                                                      bed complete with feather pil-
                                                     mographic and economic pressures are closing          calm you or to revitalise you,
porate efficiencies and accountability meas-                                                                                                                          lows.
                                                     in on many of them. Those strategically located       depending upon your needs.
ures” being introduced into a group of caravan
                                                                                                              Landscaped Oasis                                               It’s Up to You
parks recently purchased by an investment con-       parks, especially if they have water frontage,
                                                                                                                                                                      The Madison Spa Resort is lo-
sortium from WA. To my mind, “corporate              are being eyed over for housing subdivisions            The outdoor pool area is a
                                                                                                                                                                    cated within 700 meters of 2
efficiencies in caravan parks” seems an              across the country, and quite a few have al-          landscaped oasis to relax in or
                                                                                                                                                                    large clubs, the Sportsman’s
                                                     ready succumbed to the developer’s earth mov-         laze around.
oxymoron of sorts, and a likely recipe for sterile                                                                                                         Club and Moama Bowling Club.
hospitality.                                         ing equipment.                                         In the cooler weather the pool area can
                                                                                                                                                             A world class golf club with all its facili-
                                                                                                           still be enjoyed, as the fully licensed bar
  There’s something quite humbling about a line        I tried to find The Sandy Bay Caravan Park in                                                       ties is only a short courtesy bus trip away.
of blokes standing side-by-side brushing their       Hobart only to discover I was a few years too                                                         The Madison Spa Resort can only try to
teeth and shaving together in a park’s commu-        late, and they’d built housing on the site. The                                                       spoil you, it’s up to you to really spoil your-
nal facility block. Managing directors and dis-      owners of one park where I stayed had been                                                            self, so come and enjoy.
ability pensioners dental flossing together of a     trying to sell for months without any luck as the
morning has a way of keeping egos on a level         faded For Sale board clearly showed. The hitch
                                                     was that two-thirds of the park’s land holdings
                                                                                                                                                              Madison Spa Resort
playing field.
                                                     were on Crown Land, thus severely hindering                                                                       80 Meninya St,
     Anonymity in Caravan Parks                      any form of re development. “If this was all free-                                                                 Moama NSW
  It’s probably why some of the nation’s most        hold land I could have sold it ten times over for                                                                   Telephone
influential and powerful business leaders pre-       a housing subdivision”, the operator lamented.                                                                   (03) 5482 3011
fer the anonymity of holidaying with their fami-
                                                          Prey To Housing Subdivision                                                                
lies in caravan parks. In a recent interview pub-
lished in The Age, Harold Mitchell, Australia’s        It’s a regrettable economic reality that cara-
most influential media broker, confessed to tak-
ing his annual holidays at his favourite cara-
                                                     van parks, which aren’t council owned or on
                                                     Crown Land, will increasingly fall prey to higher
                                                                                                              The Business Breakthrough You Have
van park every year. The sycophantic world of
Collins Street business lunches would steer
                                                     density end usage. And I don’t mean cramming
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  While the gems as far as caravan parks go are
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