Cultural Dissent

The Stories of Eva Luna By Isabel Allende Penguin, 1991. 227 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti Told in the hyperbolic style of folktales, the stories in this volume are diverse and colourful. In structure, some of them are not unlike

Deterring Democracy By Noam Chomsky Verso, 1991. 421 pp. $49.95 (hb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon The Cold War is over. The Soviet Beast is slain. Now all the happy citizens of the New World Order can live in peace, freedom and democracy. This,

By Norm Dixon Cuba's annual Jazz Plaza Festival, taking place March 27-29 in Havana, is to feature an array of the some the world's finest contemporary jazz artists. Some of the most notable hail from the United States, and their attendance is

By Karen Fletcher BRISBANE — Local singer/songwriter Ruth Apelt won the National Labour Day Song Award at the Labour Day Concert in Melbourne on March 9. "Mama's Out Walkin'", a song which celebrates the newly found freedom of a formerly

Admission Impossible By Alec Morgan A Film Australia production in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Screening on ABC TV Sunday, March 29, 8.30 p.m. Reviewed by Barry Healy This short documentary delves into the

Island in the storm Edited by Gail Reed Ocean Press. 200 pp. $19.95 Reviewed by Stephen Robson The Cuban Communist Party's Fourth Congress was held in October 1991, at the time of the most severe economic crisis since the revolution 33 years

Difficult Women Budinski's Theatre of Exile 388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy March 24 & 31. Bookings 417 4791. Cost $6 Reviewed by Jolyon Campbell Above an unobtrusive cafe in Fitzroy is the current home of a small but original theatre company.

Bite Pull Suck The One Extra Dance Company The Performance Space, Sydney Directed by Graham Watson and Julie-Anne Long Choreographed by Sue Healey, Sue Peacock and Julie-Anne Long Until April 5 Reviewed by Angela Matheson Choreographer

Backfire: The CIA's Biggest Burn By Ron Ridenour Jose Marti Publishing House, Havana, 1991. 174 pp. $5.00 Reviewed by Steve Painter This is the story of one of the CIA's most embarrassing, and least publicised, incidents: its infiltration by

By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — The Age Comedy Festival has become a major event on the festival circuit. This year it features such treats as Bea Arthur from the popular Golden Girls TV comedy series, and regular events like the Charity Gala

Amongst Equals By Tom Zubrycki available on illegal video throughout Australia Reviewed by Barry Healy Tom Zubrycki has produced a revealing work about the Australian trade union movement. But it reveals more in what is passed over and in the

Farewell Perestroika: A Soviet Chronicle By Boris Kagarlitsky Verso. 1990. $29.95. Reviewed by Sally Low That the reform process in the Soviet Union is currently under threat can be read in just about any Western newspaper you choose to pick

Coming soon Rory McLeod is back in Australia and is touring with Kev Carmody. A coming issue of Green Left will have an interview with Rory on folk music, politics and cultural dissent. Rory and Kev will be playing at Groome Park Hotel,

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Directed by Beeban Kidron Based on the novel by Jeanette Winterson Academy Twin Cinemas 1991 National Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Reviewed by Stephanie Miller Oranges is the witty, optimistic, sometimes sad

Cambodia — the Betrayal By John Pilger Reviewed by Helen Jarvis ABC Television finally screened John Pilger's latest film on Sunday night. Although Pilger is Australian, we only got to see it months after it was shown in more than 30 other

Blood and Oil Forever By Phil Shannon (Lyrics adapted from "Stars and Stripes Forever" by J.P. Sousa) From the forests of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq We will fight for good old Uncle Sam we will pillage, loot and sack We have liberated

The Bombs Falling on You Are Friendly By Rosemary Evans How it must annoy and fluster To be killed by bombs called cluster, By your own side, land so free, Bringing real democracee! When to smash Iraq you're trying (Yet through Yankee bombs

The Golden Braid The Golden Braid Directed by Paul Cox Written by Paul Cox and Barry Dickens Based on a story by Guy de Maupassant Reviewed by Debra Wirth Perhaps if director Paul Cox, in introducing his latest film at the premier in Sydney,

Top copter By Willy Bach Matt black Sinister Science fiction Marvel of Technology Obsolete Carrion angels of the evil empire Door gunners Of the Fourth Reich Video game missiles Bearers of poisonous Message And the Ace of Spades

Third World Guide 91/92 Published by Instituto del Tercer Mundo Uruguay, 1990. 612 pp. Paperback. $50. Distributed by Bushbooks, 45 Vista Ave, Copacabana NSW 2251, ph (043) 82 1899. Reviewed by Peter Boyle In 1980, a group of independent

By Debra Wirth SYDNEY — An environmentally friendly herbal flea collar for your cat? What about some biodegradable washing detergent that cleans your clothes better than the environmentally unsound kind? These are just two of the products you

By Angela Matheson SYDNEY — Jane Mitchell is an escapologist. She earns her living escaping from a laundry sack tied securely with 15 metres of rope by volunteers. "To be tied in a dirty smelly laundry sack is hell on earth", she said after

Leningrad Cowboys Go America Directed by Aki Kaurismaki Academy Twin, Sydney Reviewed by Kim Spurway This is a quirky, offbeat comedy that may not appeal to everyone. It is the story of the Leningrad Cowboys, a Finnish band trying to break into

By Angela Matheson SYDNEY — A world first for women is taking place in an electric purple office in the inner city suburb of Glebe. The Women's Economic Think Tank, or WETTANK, has been set up by a group of women with expertise in economics to

By Gunhild Jonsson I had one too — an oral history of abortion in South Australia before 1970 by Barbara Baird is a study that grew out of the public debate about a private member's bill introduced (and narrowly defeated) in South Australia in

Dances With Wolves Directed by Kevin Costner Staring Kevin Costner Reviewed by Jacqui Kavanagh Set in the 1860s, Dances With Wolves offers a refreshing alternative to the usual Hollywood stereotyping of indigenous Americans and glossing over of

People Like Us One Extra Company Choreographer: Kai Tai Chan Director: Peter Kingston Musical Director: Mara Kiek Design: Tim Kobin Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre. March 4-16 Reviewed by Angela Matheson Kai Tai Chan understands the common

The Beauty Myth By Naomi Wolf Chatto and Windus (London). 1990. 276 pp. Hardback $29.95 Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg "The qualities that a given period calls beautiful in women are merely symbols of the female behaviour that period considers

An Encounter With Fidel By Gianni Minà Ocean Press. 1991. $21.95. Reviewed by Alex Bainbridge In the last year, Cuba has received a lot of attention as popular revolutions swept through Eastern Europe. The media turned their eyes to Cuba

By Rod Webb When he was a boy, Amir Naderi was too chubby to be the exact model for Amiro, the hero of his film The Runner, but he has a great sense of poetic licence. "This is the cinema, and I can intervene in a lot ot things. Even a director

Hamlet Directed by Franco Zeffirelli With Mel Gibson as Hamlet, Glenn Close as Gertrude Reviewed by Chris Canute As Shakespeare's longest and best known play, Hamlet is a daunting proposition for directors, actors and audience alike. Zeffirelli's

Alice Written and directed by Woody Allen Starring Mia Farrow Alice is a whimsical comic fantasy about a very rich New Yorker who finds her life and her relationships unfulfilling, her frustrations manifesting themselves in a back ache. The

The Royal Commission into the Australian Economy By John Clarke and Ross Stevenson Director and Designer: Bruce Petty Belvoir Theatre, Sydney Reviewed by Angela Matheson The monster that is the economy looms above the royal commission as a

There are times when it can be difficult to keep your spirits up. A short story by PETER GILET. Alphonse Starkadder (Starky to his friends) had always taken an interest in economic affairs and he had to admit, that June, that it had not been a

Self-Documentation, Self-Imaging, People Living with AIDS. Fine Arts Gallery, University Centre, University of Tasmania, until April 5. Reviewed by Kath Gelber. The philosophy behind this exhibition, now in Hobart as part of a national tour, is

By Max Lane During the last 12 months, groups have been formed to build support for the increasingly active pro-democracy movement in Indonesia. Called AKSI (Aksi Solidaritas Indonesia — Indonesian Solidarity Action), they have been established in

Through Media Eyes By Nina Kavunenko Iraqis strolled in drifting groups relaxed in twilight balminess, the day after bombs fell, spattering dryness on their city. For, though they fell like heavy Spring rain the long night through, there

Backward, Christian Soldiers By Rosemary Evans (To be sung very loudly) Backward, Christian soldiers, Now your war is done. Backward, Egypt, Saudis, Your gamble's been won. Home, Yanks, to Mom's apple pie, And Los Angeles, Where you can

Irish band Spalpeen Irish band Spalpeen at the Celtic Club, Brisbane's newest alternative venue. Opened on March 2, the Celtic Club will provide a venue for republican music every Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The club will also be open to use

By Kath Gelber HOBART — "Show Me Where It Hurts" was the title of an Anglo-Australian AIDS benefit exhibition held here from March 7 to 10. The project, initiated by UK artist Simon Leah, raised money for the British AIDS Information Service, the

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