Meanjin: portrait of a city on fire

"Optimism of the will, pessimism of the intellect" - Antonio Gramsci This is my 70th year of living in Brisbane. Never once in those years have I been asked to re-imagine the city where I grew up in the 1950s & 60s. A small band of about one hundred dedicated people led by green city … Continue reading Meanjin: portrait of a city on fire

Art tells the story

THREE years ago the not so magnificent seven of us were sitting around, drinking coffee and eating crackers laden with chili-cheese dip. We were gathered in the comfortable recreation room – actually a detached building – at the home of Arts Alliance president Ken Armstrong. It was one of monthly meetings of the alliance we … Continue reading Art tells the story

Munching the Millions

AUSTRALIANS will gamble on two flies. crawling up a wall, they say. Aussie bookmaker Tom Waterhouse is currently betting on how much Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream will fetch at a Southey’s auction this month. Waterhouse has previously wagered on the winners of reality shows such as Dancing with the Stars and The Voice to … Continue reading Munching the Millions

Will the Pilliga turn into the head of an octopus?

 Winangaya dhawun. Respect the land Kamillaroi elder Maureen Sulter Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development of strategies running until Sunday … Continue reading Will the Pilliga turn into the head of an octopus?

Invitation to Pilliga Protection Camp Culture Week

Here is the information regarding the Pilliga Protection Culture Week. Attached is the flyer and map of location for the culture ceremony to be held at the Pilliga Protection Camp this Saturday the 16th of November. For those who cannot attend on this day, there will be culture events, workshops, actions (picnics) and the development … Continue reading Invitation to Pilliga Protection Camp Culture Week

‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

Film Review: Shiraz - silent film made by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai in 1928  "Not hands but heart built this / Which stands like a dream" When we were kids our dad would quote Rudyard Kipling in the shower (or was it a ballard influenced by Kipling). I didn’t know much about Rudyard Kipling … Continue reading ‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

K’s Pics: ‘Araya’ & ‘Shiraz’ – free films at GOMA

These films look very interesting Araya GOMA 9–10 November 2013 http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/cinematheque/current/araya Saturday 2pm & Sun at 11am 'Araya has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us with its hypnotic combination of beauty and hardship. It's a gift to cineastes.' Steven Soderbergh Araya was recently restored by Milestone Film and Video, New York, … Continue reading K’s Pics: ‘Araya’ & ‘Shiraz’ – free films at GOMA

The Philosophical Baby

Today's show (PShift 9 aug 2013 4zzz fm 102.1) is called 'The Philosophical Baby' and is dedicated to young children out there who are exploring the world and trying to find out how it works. For their carers this show is a reminder that there is help in the task of raising babies and of … Continue reading The Philosophical Baby

Ken Loach’s new film: The Spirit of ’45

  Also featuring a discussion on Socialist Alliance's federal election campaign for 2013 arguing for public and community ownership and control of the mining, banking and energy sectors in order to build a socially just and sustainable Australia. What: Red Cinema presents 'The Spirit of 45' When: 6:30pm, Saturday 10 August Where: Brisbane Activist Centre … Continue reading Ken Loach’s new film: The Spirit of ’45

1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

We assembled at 12 noon, Saturday 9th Feb Musgrave Park at the tent embassy and lit the sacred fire. At 1pm about fifty (50) people marched to the indigenous all stars game at Lang park over the river. Before we marched Boe Skuthorpe-Spearim, Coco Wharton, Michael Anderson and Aunty Karen spoke. This what Coco Wharton … Continue reading 1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

The 17 Group – Alienation

The June meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 6th of June at 7 pm in unit 6 at number 20 Drury St, West End and will be addressed by the writer Lesley Synge, who will read/perform 17 poems influenced by radicalism, the first being a meditation on Marx's Theory of … Continue reading The 17 Group – Alienation

Orango – Murdoch

In 2004, a substantial cache of Shostakovich autographs, sketches, and rejected drafts was discovered in a Moscow archive by the scholar Olga Digonskaya. While much of the new material helps to illuminate the compositional process behind well-known works, undoubtedly the most sensational find was music intended for an operatic satire dating from the early 1930s, … Continue reading Orango – Murdoch

Vale Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

In Memorium: Michael Callaghan (1952 - 2012) It is with regret that we mourn the passing of the Australian political artist and poster designer, Michael Callaghan. He died on 19 May 2012 at age 59. As shocking as death always is, this is also a time to celebrate extraordinary achievement and valued contribution to the … Continue reading Vale Michael Callaghan (1952 – 2012)

Is it better to run or to stay?

“I’m sure the murderer of Lorenzo Manfredini is one of the immigrants….All you have to do is take a walk in the afternoon in the gardens in Piazza Vittorio to see that the overwhelming majority of the people are foreigners; some come from Morocco, some from Romania, China, India, Poland, Senegal, Albania. Living with them is impossible. "

Phil Monsour – ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’: CD Launch April 21, 2012

Hi We are all set to release the new 12 song CD, Ghosts of Deir Yassin in early 2012. The launch in Brisbane will be held at Souths Leagues Club on the 21st of April 7.30pm and the CD will be available on line in April. Special guests on the night include Mardi Lumsden, Ofa … Continue reading Phil Monsour – ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’: CD Launch April 21, 2012

Day small boy pissed in Queen’s wake

I ride your river under the bridge I take your boat out to the reach Cos I love that engine roar But I still don’t know what I’m here for. —The Go Betweens 'Streets of Your Town' A harried mum of about 33 years has a small baby in her arms and two young boys … Continue reading Day small boy pissed in Queen’s wake

‘Decisive Moments’— Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson's 'Decisive Moments' to Show at Queensland Art Gallery Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), the influential French photographer who redefined both photojournalism and his craft as an art form, will be celebrated in a major exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery from August 27 to November 27, 2011. 'The photographs included in this exhibition were selected … Continue reading ‘Decisive Moments’— Henri Cartier-Bresson