Cultural Dissent

By Vanessa Hearman A lot doing on the fringe By Vannessa Hearman Photo by Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — The Fringe Arts Festival opened here on September 7 and runs until September 28. Fringe started in 1982, intended as a huge forum for

By Debra Wirth The Modern Girls are Strong Diary, 1992 (with Hermoine the Modern Girl) By Kaz Cooke Allen & Unwin. $19.95 Reviewed by Debra Wirth Do you get to January or February (even March) of a new year, then go frantically searching

By Roderic Pitty Soviet Foreign Policy Today: Gorbachev and the new political thinking By Robert F. Miller Allen & Unwin. 1991. 210 pp. $24.95 (hc), $17.95 (pb) Reviewed by Roderic Pitty This is a superficial book by one of the many

By Norm Dixon Audiences in three states will have the opportunity to see and hear South Africa's number one reggae and recording star, Lucky Dube, and his 13-piece band, when they tour in late September and early October. Lucky's performances

A Bit of a Post Script Written and performed by Sue-Anne Post Directed by Sue Ingleton Universal Theatre, Fitzroy, till September 27 Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey The great US writer James Baldwin was fond of joking that, as a black homosexual,

The sharp pen of our poet lorikeet The Bastard Who Squashed the Grapes in Me Bag 313 poems, songs and stories By Denis Kevans Left Book Club 128 pp. $10.00 Reviewed by Bruce Copping Denis Kevans is neither an academic's poet nor the

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Making its debut at the Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival is the Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-op, which is performing a new play, Up the Road, by Koori-Torres Strait Islander playwright John

Class Analysis and Contemporary Australia Janeen Baxter, Michael Emmison and John Western (eds) Macmillan Australia, 1991 Reviewed by Jeremy Smith Australian studies of class have often been overshadowed by international efforts, notably those

When love doesn't conquer all Aya Written and directed by Solrun Hoaas Starring Eri Ishida, Nicholas Eadie, Chris Haywood, Christopher Parker and Jed Chedwiggen Kino Melbourne beginning October 18 Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt This is a little

Great expectations, mixed results Great Expectations With Phillip Gould, Megan Williams, Vincent Ball, Zoe Bertram. Limited season at the Seymour Centre, Sydney Reviewed by Richard Ingram. I confess that musicals are a long way from my

By Susan Mackie SYDNEY — Carnivale kicks off with a free opening celebration, including an open air World Music Concert on October 6 at Campbell's Cove, which features international acts Lucky Dube — who some refer to as Africa's Peter Tosh

Walking On Sticks Written by Sara Cathcart and Andrea Lemon Performed by Sara Cathcart Anthill Theatre, South Melbourne Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey An Australian tourist arrives in Nicaragua to visit an old friend. Shortly after her arrival,

Success for long-awaited premieres By Catherine Gough-Brady ADELAIDE — The first Australian Composing Women Festival, held here September 20-22, heard works by Dulcie Holland, Miriam Hyde, Anne Carr-Boyd, Sarah Hopkins and many others. It

Death Dreams and Dancing in Nicaragua By Penny O'Donnell ABC Enterprises. 1991. 221 pp. $16.95 Reviewed by Pip Hinman Like thousands of other Westerners during the 1980s, Penny O'Donnell decided to see for herself what life in Sandinista

By Norm Dixon Genuine blues music comes from the heart. It originates from life experiences — sometimes the good ones, but more often the tough ones. Black Americans have always had it toughest in the United States, so it is little wonder that

Scratch! A scrapbook of radical cartooning in Australia No. 2 Winter/Spring 1991 Subscriptions $10 for two issues Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen Green Left readers will immediately recognise the work of many of the contributors to this lively

The Hired Man By Melvyn Bragg Music by Howard Goodall Directed by Marie Armstrong New Theatre, Sydney Reviewed by Deborah McCulloch Based on Melvyn Bragg's novel of the same name, The Hired Man is a tribute to his paternal grandfather, an

Sarraounia Produced, written and directed by Med Hondo With Aï Keïta as Sarraounia and Jean-Roger Milo as Captain Voulet From the novel by Abdoulaye Mamani AFI Cinema, Paddington (Sydney) on October 22, 8.30 p.m. and at the State Film

35 Up Directed by Michael Apted Valhalla, Sydney and Melbourne Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt 35 Up is not a drink commercial but a human interest saga which started in 1963 when Michael Apted joined a program called Seven Up — an attempt to

The art of housework Her Story: Images of Domestic Labour in Art S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney, until October 21 Reviewed by Kim Spurway "Her Story" is a unique exhibition of images of domestic labour in Australian art. It

Radioactive Heaven and Earth International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War Zed Books. $20.99 Reviewed by Craig Cormick There is an anecdote that President Kennedy's science advisor, Jerome Wiesner, was explaining to him about the

Uncle Moses Directed by Sydney M. Goldin and Aubrey Scotto, 1932 Avanti Populo Directed by Rafi Bukaee, 1986 Cup Final Directed by Eran Riklis, 1991 Showing at the Festival of Jewish Film Academy Twin and Walker Cinemas, October 5-19 Reviewed

Out of Control: The Story of the Reagan Administration's Secret War in Nicaragua, the Illegal Arms Pipeline, and the Contra Drug Connection By Leslie Cockburn, Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd Reviewed by Mark Delmege Panamanian strong man Manuel

Compassion em = By Pauline Quinn Hate filled eyes & gleeful smiles 8 pairs of hands pulling clothes Pulling hair and tearing flesh Pulling legs apart To search between Does my struggle add to your fun? My resistance give you pleasure? This

Dancing Demons Director: Kai Tai Chan Dancers: Julie-Anne Long, Ni Nyoman Ratnadi Piniasih, I Wayan Purwanto, Kim Walker, Graeme Watson, A.A. Alit Winaya Script development: Sinan Leong & Kai Tai Chan One Extra Company — Carnivale Hyde Park

Defending the National Tuckshop By Michael Cathcart McPhee Gribble/Penguin. $14.99 pb Reviewed by Bob Scates Appropriately I finished reading Defending the National Tuckshop at the Wedderburn swimming pool in north-west Victoria; Cathcart's

By Peter McGregor The Vietnam News Agency (VNA), based in Hanoi, has recently expanded its English-language publications. Previously it had been producing only the 16-page weekly bulletin, Vietnam Weekly. In mid-June, VNA began its

No Fear — Korkmak Yok Written by Patricia Cornelius and Vicki Reynolds Directed by Joan Murray Music by Irene Vela Performed by Kate Gillick, Senol Mat, Ijlal Olguner and Irene Vela A Melbourne Workers Theatre production Reviewed by Melanie

Louisiana Red and Billy Branch with special guests, the didgeridoo players of Bathurst Island Paddington RSL, October 13 Reviewed by Norm Dixon After a solid weekend's work getting Green Left ready for the printers, to be able to knock off and

Reconciliation? em = By Duncan Richardson In fruit boxes on shelves the 'disappeared' lie jumbled mostly unnamed but labelled "Product of Argentina". Their children force adopted lost between names smile on screen hoping eyes, nose,

By Norm Dixon Cuba is facing its most serious threat since the revolution. The effects of the United States' 30-year economic embargo are being compounded by the disruption of Cuba's vital trade with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Congress

Fan my fevered cliché Jungle Fever A film by Spike Lee Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg Jungle Fever left me feeling confused and uncertain about just what message Spike Lee is trying to convey. The boy-meets-girl scenario attempts to

Inequality in Australia Slicing the Cake The Social Justice Collective William Heinemann Australia, 1991. 338 pp. $19.95 pb Reviewed by Stephen Robson Inequality in Australia has increased during the period of the Hawke Labor government. This

Inside Out By Sowaddayawant Women's Theatre Company and Patricia Cornelius Directed by Lisa Dombroski At the Anthill Theatre, South Melbourne, until October 27. Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey Sowaddayawant Women's Theatre Company began drama

Taking the sting out of ageing A Woman's Tale Directed and co-produced by Paul Cox Screenplay by Paul Cox and Barry Dickens Starring Sheila Florance, Gosia Dobrowolska, Norman Kaye, Chris Haywood Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt Sheila Florance,

honeycomb dawns em = By Phil McManus below the eastern horizon, beyond the darkest hour that seems to last forever, the dawn of the glorious revolution is a yellow balloon chained by yesterday's ideas. there are many dawns like honeycomb,

Terminator 2 Directed by James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton Reviewed by David Nerlich Okay, so we know Arnie is a Republican, which most readers of this paper might consider sufficient for him to burn in hell for ...

Historic and relevant Power in the Union Featuring Peter Hicks Supported by Taliesin, Doug Jenner and Judy Pinner $15.95 Reviewed by Kim Spurway Well I'm a union man I'm proud of what I am An' I don't get fooled By the bosses rules, Or

Prisoner Lucky Dube Available on CD and cassette Through SBS Music/BMG Records Reviewed by Norm Dixon Seeing Lucky Dube and his 13-piece band live is an exhausting experience. Just watching this dynamic two-hour non-stop performance centred on

You can have it both ways. Get into the festive season and refuse to give joy to the multi-million dollar commercial Christmas card industry. You've seen and enjoyed Judy Horacek and Rona Chadwick's work here in the pages of Green Left. Now you

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