Cultural Dissent

By Angela Matheson Happy Days By Samuel Beckett Director Simon Phillips Designer Mary Moore With Ruth Cracknell and Allan Penney Sydney Theatre Company Wharf Theatre Reviewed by Angela Matheson Buried to the waist in sand, Ruth

By Rod Webb Opera in Italy involves more than music. ROD WEBB reports from Milan. It's 8.15 on the morning of the second 1991 performance of La Scala's favourite opera, Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata. I have scored sixth place in the queue — la

By Debra Wirth Women of Sand and Myrrh By Hanan al-Shaykh Translated by Catherine Cobham Allen & Unwin. 280pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Debra Wirth Four women, whose lives cross at different stages and places, are the narrators of this book.

Pictures of Belfast SYDNEY — An exhibition of photographs from war-torn Belfast by freelance photographer Frankie Quinn is on display at the Bondi Pavilion June 26-July 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Frankie Quinn grew up in a community

By Rod Webb Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might have felt flattered by Thomas Beecham's comment that "If I were a dictator I should make it compulsory for every member of the population between the ages of four and 80 to listen to Mozart for at least

By wendy Robertson and Elle Morell East Timor — Keeping the Flame Alive Canberra: Australian Council for Overseas Aid 1991 33 pp. $3.00 Reviewed by Wendy Robertson and Elle Morrell Since East Timor was invaded in 1975, it has been ignored

By Tom Jordan Life is sweet UK 1990 Written and directed by Mike Leigh Seen at the Sydney Film Festival Reviewed by Tom Jordan One of the few things I remember from four years of Slough Grammar School English was what I now call the Gaffer

By Dave Riley What an odd miscellany The Big Gig (CH2) is. Resting on busking and theatre restaurants, it is a transposed exercise in the giggles. Take one BG each Tuesday, and if the melancholy persists, it is not the fault of the ABC. This

The new parliament house em = By Subhash Jaireth em = (translated from the Hindi) First the hill was cut with explosives bulldozers and perforators. Then her brown wound was stuffed with iron stones and glass. Then her

By Rose McCann Burn Marks By Sara Paretsky Virago, 1991. 340 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Rose McCann Great stuff. A new Sara Paretsky crime novel is always a real treat. In this, her sixth novel featuring gutsy Chicago private detective V.I.

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By Father Shay Cullen This is fiction, but it is based on a tragic reality. We are proud to present this short story by Father SHAY CULLEN, the founder of the Preda drug rehabilitation centre in Olongapo, the Philippine city adjacent to the US

By Claire Wagner Brisbane's Fortitude Valley rocketed to national notoriety when the ABC screened scenes outside brothels and disclosed police corruption. CLAIRE WAGNER looks at the less "newsworthy" but more important issue of redevelopment.

By Susan Mackie Queen of Hearts Screenplay by Tony Grisoni Directed by Jon Amiel Dendy Cinema, Sydney Reviewed by Susan Mackie Voted best film by audiences at the Sydney Film Festival, this story of a close-knit Italian family is told by

By Christine Kearney (Continued from page 28.) This freedom means that 4ZZZ, like other public stations, is able to play "non-commercial, progressive music with a bit of intelligence". 4ZZZ's motto of "Agitate, Educate, Organise" is reflected

By David Robie Plunder! By Roger Moody Published by People Against RTZ and its Subsidiaries (PARTIZANS), London, and Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA), Christchurch, NZ. 1991. A$12.50 Reviewed by David Robie Bougainville's

Video on Gulf War By Stuart Wax SYDNEY — A new video, Consequences of the Gulf War, had its debut at the Trades Hall here on July 4. Film maker John Reynolds told the audience the media was biased and that he wanted to be "biased in the other

By Barry Healy Down Under Chelsea By Mona Brand Directed by Sharon Singleton Stables Theatre, Sydney, until July 14 Reviewed by Barry Healy What is the price which communists pay for their commitment? Are the emotional costs of political

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Consider a radio station which has been condemned by the Bulletin as "a front for terrorism" and attacked a decade later (in 1988) by former Labor minister Steven Crabb for defending the Builders' Labourers Federation.

By Alan Gemmil Green Political Thought By Andrew Dobson Allen and Unwin. 224 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Alan Gemmill Is environmentalism Green? Are constructing better sewerage treatment plants and fitting catalytic converters to cars truly Green

The photographs from Belfast on this page are by Irish photographer Frankie Quinn. Quinn, who grew up in Belfast, began documenting his war-torn surroundings at the age of 14. The photos here are part of an exhibition which was recently on

By Adrienne Barrett Violence is Ugly. That's the slogan of the Victorian government campaign against domestic violence. Its aims include greater police power in domestic violence situations, streamlining police procedures for initiating

Folk music, dance, drama, poetry and short-story telling will be some of the features of the first Newcastle and Hunter Folk Festival, to be held at Morpeth over the August 30-September 1 weekend. Included will be a strong Aboriginal content of dance

By Rose McCann Diving for Pearls By Katherine Thomson Belvoir Street Theatre until August 18 With Robyn Nevin, Jeanette Cronin, Marshall Napier, John Jarrett and Pat Bishop Reviewed by Rose McCann Diving for Pearls is contemporary realist

Alice's dream em = By Phil Shannon The Cabinet meeting was shrouded in gloom as the heat of the summer roasted the room. The air was humid and cloud cluttered the sky from the cyclone battering the beach at Bondi. The Ministers were sweating

Terra Australis em = By John Queripel It's a bloody big land this Australia With its great wide brown barren plains. For hour after hour we fly and the landscape's still the same "Is it any different now?" she asks. "No, just the same." and

Leningrad em = By Rosemary Evans They starved and died in Leningrad, In darkness and in snow. They starved and died in Leningrad Fifty years ago. They had no water, but each day A little crust of bread. And often it was hard to tell

By Ulrike Erhardt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead A film by Tom Stoppard Starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and Richard Dreyfuss Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead and nobody cares. But Shakespeare couldn't have

By Phil Shannon New World New Mind: Changing The Way We Think To Save Our Future By Robert Ornstein and Paul Ehrlich Paladin Grafton Books/Collins. 302 pp. $15.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon When humanity was a young and hairy species just

Pacific book wins grant AUCKLAND — A book about peace and social, environmental and political issues in the South Pacific is one of the projects awarded grants by the Rainbow Warrior trust fund. Auckland-based Asia Pacific Network was awarded

By Phil Shannon Biospheres: Metamorphosis of Planet Earth By Dorion Sagan Arkana/Penguin. $18.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon "It would be difficult to wax poetic about medical waste, CFCs and carbon dioxide. Yet ... " this is what Dorion

Terra Australis em = By John Queripel [In last week's issue, we accidentally omitted the last line of John Queripel's poem. This is the full text.] It's a bloody big land this Australia With its great wide brown barren plains. For hour after

a city at war with itself em = By Phil McManus lights on the hill above the river; even the Romans couldn't site a city this well. neon signs between stone and darkness are like colours in an oil spill. there is beauty hidden in the

In print Amnesty International's summer catalogue is now out. Offering a range of progressive apparel from board shorts to T-shirts to sarongs, it also includes a range of other items including cards, kettles, rugs, hammocks and recycled paper

By Pete Malatesta Kuepper's gig at Sydney's Annandale hotel on August 2 was an eagerly awaited show. The hotel filled early giving, the support act a good audience. Juliet Ward played acoustic guitar and sang, accompanied by the plaintive guitar

Resources The Banana Republic: A left analysis of Australia's economic problems, is a set of 10 audio cassettes featuring discussions with Ted Wheelwright, Tricia Caswell, Frank Stillwell, Sue McCreadie, Evan Jones, Jack Mundey, Rhonda Sharp and

By Vannessa Hearman MELBOURNE — The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society here presented a series of documentaries, "Images of Cuba", on July 27 at Carringbush Library in Richmond. The Australian premiere of these Cuban documentaries was part of the

By Frank Noakes PERTH — What have unionism, opera, internationalism and local government in common? Answer: Australian Railways Union (WA) assistant state secretary Tony Costa. Tony is a colourful character, always ready with a witty quip or

By Melanie Sjoberg As The Mirror Burns A film by Christina Pozzan and Di Bretherton Exclusive season Aug 23 to Sept 1 at the State Film Theatre, Melbourne Sept 6-21, AFI Cinema, Paddington Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg "I was deeply shocked

Think of Those Who Have Died em = By Ernesto Cardenal Translated by Allen Jennings When you receive the nomination, the prize, the promotion, think of those who have died. When you are in the reception, the delegation, or the commission, think

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