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Jersey Boys: Live on Stage (QPAC, Brisbane)

Jersey Boys: Live on Stage (QPAC, Brisbane)

Hey wassup wit jew? Yew heard boud dis Joisey Boyz yet? Lemme tell ya boud dit. Dits da stawray a dese boyz, dese Faw Seasons dewsh-bags, frm down Joisey way. Dats not New Yawk, yew know. Dis aint da siddy, yew godda teyk da Turnpike fo dat! Dis ids Joisey, an don’ jew go fah-geddin boud dit. An nowawn cawls id New Joisey eivver. Ids New Jur-zee, jew got thayt? Less yew wanna be a wize guy, dew yah? Huh? Dew yah? Diddin tink so....

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Flight of the Conchords Live: Brisbane 7 July 2012

Flight of the Conchords Live: Brisbane 7 July 2012

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie arrive on stage with boxes on their heads, a relief for anyone who wouldn’t have otherwise recognised them outside of the telly. Okay, the boxes are actually supposed to be speakers, but the idea I was going with there was that each box provides a frame around their faces, just like a television set does, so if you have only seen them on the telly, then you would have no trouble identifying them...

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Sorcery (PlayStation 3): Game Review

Sorcery (PlayStation 3): Game Review

Last week welcomed the release of Sony’s latest foray into fantasy with Sorcery, an enchanting game set in a mystical world of faeries, evil queens, magic potions, and, well, sorcery. The game opens with a humorous narrative told over pages of beautifully drawn watercolours which charmingly set the scene for game-play. You are Finn, a young sorcerer’s apprentice who must find the Nightmare Queen before she plunges mankind into...

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MÜS.I.C by Jabbawockeez: Live Review

MÜS.I.C by Jabbawockeez: Live Review

I have never kept up with all of the American Idol/Got/Talent/Can Dance/With the Stars shows, but now, not only do I finally get it, I’m beginning to wonder what else I’ve been missing. And it’s all thanks to Jupiters Hotel and Casino on the Gold Coast and their current season of MÜS.I.C by Jabbawockeez. And wow, what a show it is. Winners of the 2006 America’s Got Talent series, Jabbawockeez is a team of...

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Contemporary Australia: Women (GoMA): Exhibition Review

Contemporary Australia: Women (GoMA): Exhibition Review

One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me before I became a critic, was that it doesn’t matter how technically brilliant the subject-matter is (or how controversial, detailed, or original, etc) the beauty of art may simply be whether you like it or not. And at GoMA’s Contemporary Australia: Women exhibition, I found an awful lot to like. Over seventy works are featured by almost sixty different female artists from...

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Annie the Musical: Theatre Review

Annie the Musical: Theatre Review

“The sun will come out, tomorrow…” Couldn’t that just be the anthem for Brisbane weather lately? The timing, then, of the Lyric Theatre’s sensational adaptation of Annie could not be more appropriate. And, just like Brisbane weather, the show is full of colour, surprises, and beaming bouts of unexpected sunshine. The reasons to love this production of Annie are endless, beginning with a stellar cast featuring Anthony...

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Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen: Restaurant Review

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen: Restaurant Review

                          Fifteen out of ten. I’d been avoiding this moment for years. You see, I have a penchant for fine dining. I know it sounds pretentious—favouring five-star degustation over proletarian cheap-and-cheerful—but I can’t help it. We all have our vices, right? I was raised by a messianic mother who could miraculously produce a three-course...

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French & Mor: Cafe Review

French & Mor: Cafe Review

My new favourite cafe. Today I visited that cafè: the local one, that ‘I must try one day’. I armed myself with my two culinary heroes as back-up—my mother and my grandmother—and stepped across the topiaried threshold of French & Mor. Suddenly, the walls of space and time melted as some unseen Gallic force thrust us through a cleverly concealed portal, neatly delivering us into a Provençal noshery akin to Parisian...

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