Cultural Dissent

Tu Galala. Social Change in the Pacific Edited by David Robie Bridget Williams Books/Pluto Press 233 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Norm Dixon Tu Galala — the title derived from a Fijian phrase meaning "sovereignty, freedom and

Women's Radio Network By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — "Betty Blacktown" is how one Sydney news director of a commercial radio station described his audience. "She's not too bright and listens to the radio from home where she's looking after

Viva! Zimbabwe — Dance Music from Zimbabwe Various artists Hannibal records through Festival Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Norm Dixon Mention Zimbabwean music, and the band that most people will think of is the Bhundu Boys. The

Doin' time behind bars Barmaids Written by Katherine Thompson Directed by Angela Chaplin Performed by Valerie Bader and Angela Punch McGregor Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney Reviewed by Margaret Allan Anyone who has ever "done time"

The Player Directed by Robert Altman Written by Robert Altman and Michael Tolkin Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi and a galaxy of Hollywood stars National release Reviewed by Lee Wallace The Player, Robert Altman's take on Hollywood,

A successful Wollongong Cultural Dissent on August 15 featured the talents of local Irish-Australian singer-songwriter Vince Brophy (pictured), with support from Adelaide's Phil Doyle.

Through Murri Eyes Brisbane's community theatre company, Street Arts, will shortly be presenting Through Murri Eyes, a collaboration of dance, song and theatre. The performance takes the audience through Aboriginal history, from traditional

By Mike Karadjis SYDNEY — With two weekends still to run, the second Multicultural Theatre Festival is already a success. "Australian Accents" features 17 theatre companies of Australians from different cultural backgrounds. The opening

Refractory Girl Women and Sport edition, Winter 1992 Edited By Angela Matheson $5.00 Reviewed by Carolyn Beecham "It has been argued", says Shona Thompson, "that sport is a trivial and frivolous issue for feminism when lined up against

Modern Poetry em = By Rosemary Evans poetry = I can't stand poetry = poetry like this, poetry = which is really just poetry = chopped-up prose poetry = masquerading as verse. poetry = poetry is first cousin to music; poetry = it should

Making good use of the didgeridoo Didgeridoo Dreaming Alastair Black Jarra Hill/Larrikin Records Available on CD and cassette Didgeridoo Fusion BushGiants Jarra Hill/Larrikin Records Available on cassette Reviewed by Cameron Parker

Final Exit: The practicalities of self-deliverance and assisted suicide for the dying By Derek Humphry Australian edition prepared by Dr Helga Kuhse Penguin Books, 222 pp. $18.95 Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti After an extraordinary 18 weeks

By Sean Malloy A project designed to raise funds for, and awareness of, world refugees has been organised by Austcare and radio station JJJ for September 18 to 27. Titled "Australian music caring for refugees", the project includes around

Near Ms's Written and performed by Sue Ingleton Directed by Kerry Dwyer At the Athenaeum, Melbourne, until September 27 Reviewed by Bronwen Beechey At the beginning of Near Ms's, Sue Ingleton states that the reason for her bringing her

Melanie By Melanie Woss Edited and compiled by Fiona Giles Picador, 1992 Reviewed by Carolyn Beecham Melanie Woss committed suicide in 1989 at the age of 17. She was one of 380 young people in Australia, aged between 15 and 24, who took

The perfect couple, but ... Yellow Roses Written and directed by Roxy Bent Presented by Vitalstatistix in conjunction with the Festival Centre Trust, Adelaide September 17-19 and 22-26, 8.15 pm. Matinee September 24, 11 a.m. Reviewed by

Low, written by Daniel Keene, is showing at Adelaide's Red Shed until September 26. The play features Ulli Birvé and Syd Brisbane as two down and out lovers who turn to crime as a way of making their dreams come true. Photo by Lisa

The Proceedings of Ecopolitics V Edited by Ronnie Harding University of NSW Centre for Liberal and General Studies $40 ($45 to non-registrants) Reviewed by Carolyn Beecham The proceedings of the Ecopolitics V conference, held at the

Oedipus without the Freud Greek By Steven Berkoff Directed by Michael Gillett Designed by Robyn Buschmann Cast: Richard Lindsell, Hugh Devaney, Jennifer Don and Heather Simpson The Rep Theatre, Newtown Reviewed by Angela Matheson Oedipus

Life Is A Dream A play by Calderon de la Barca Directed by Jean-Pierre Mignon Performed by the Australian Nouveau Theatre At Melbourne's Gasworks Theatre until September 27 Part of the Melbourne International Festival Reviewed by Peter

The Collapse of 'Communism' in the USSR By Doug Lorimer New Course Publications 43 pp. $2.50 Reviewed by Sean Malloy "Socialism can never work" is the conclusion promoted by mainstream ideologues in the wake of Stalinism's collapse.

SYDNEY — "The left has always been good at producing alternatives. It has not been so good at communicating those alternatives to a broad audience", commented 2SER-FM development manager Steve Cassidy, launching 2SER's 13th Birthday Week.

By Lee Wallace During World War II, as a means of maintaining public interest in baseball, US businesses sponsored a league of all-female teams. Like Rosie the Riveter, they were a temporary measure, just until the boys came home. The story

'Oppressor man, your kingdom is falling!' House of Exile Lucky Dube Dolphin/BMG Records (also Shanachie Records through Larrikin) Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Norm Dixon In the year since his spectacular first tour of

The law against women's rights Abortion: A woman's right to choose By Claudine Holt New Course Publications 18 pp. $1.00 Reviewed by Sean Malloy Abortion is one of the safest and easiest medical procedures. A majority of Australians

Canberra October 1991 em = By Thomas Faunce A chill wind, not the spirit of Australia, Blows over manicured lawns. Winter leaves scratch like hansard on the footpath. Wires tinkle on flagpoles like spoons in teacups Currawongs warble like a

Too Many Cubans in Cuba em = By Denis Kevans There's this place called Cuba, It's full of Cubans, they live there, For some reason, unspecified, of course, They're very secretive people, Cubans, They refuse to divulge the reason, Why they

Looking off the southern edge By David Buchanan Cast: John Moore, Douglas Walker, Wendy Strehlowe Dance: Anna Mercer and Michael Leslie Music: Gary Ridge, David Buchanan and Lois Olney Artrage Theatre Festival, October 3 to 24 Perth

A decade of dissent A decade of dissent By Greg Langley Allen & Unwin, 1992. 232 pp. $19.95 Reviewed by Stephen Robson On May 7, 1970, the federal minister for labour and conscription, Billie Snedden described the organisers of the

By Norm Dixon Can listening to the natural sounds of Australia's most precious and fragile wilderness areas, combined with the music of top session players, contribute to a greater environmental awareness? Brett and Lydia Neilson are convinced

Correction In recent publicity in Green Left Weekly for a Sydney Cultural Dissent evening featuring Canto y Lucha, the phrase "ex- Papalote" was used to describe this group. Sydney Cultural Dissent wishes to explain that this was in no way

By Karen Fredericks SYDNEY — In Production, the first national gathering of Women in Film and Television, was held at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney on the weekend of September 26 and 27. Opening addresses to the

Bongo Fury By Scott Lewington MELBOURNE — Top Australian percussionist Ray Pereira has assembled some of the city's finest young percussionists to produce a delicious taste of Cuba. Basing itself on Afro-Cuban rhythms and chants such as

Suspense from Slovo The Betrayal By Gillian Slovo Virago. 313 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Stephen Robson After reading Slovo's Ties of Blood last year it was with anticipation I pounced on her next novel. Like Ties of Blood, this is set in

By Karen Fredericks SYDNEY — Central Australian band Amunda launched Larrikin Records' release of their second album, Civilised World, at the Rose Shamrock and Thistle Hotel on September 30. Despite a slow start, foldback problems and some

By Loretta Asquini and Katrina Newton Lucky Dube and his band gave an uplifting and high- energy performance at the Melbourne Palace on September 29. This band gives its all! Even if you're not a reggae lover, you can't fail to enjoy this

The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation COTGOS through Larrikin Records Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Norm Dixon The Cafe of the Gate of the Salvation, a huge a cappella choir (no less than 27 people are pictured on the CD cover!) which

By Karen Fredericks The commercial oligopoly which has been maintained in Australian TV broadcasting since 1956 may soon be dented by community TV groups, finally allowed access to the sixth and final high power channel. The report of the

By Karen Fredericks SYDNEY — "So much of theatre today is about entertainment, rather than art and ideas", says Don Mamouney, artistic director of the Sidetrack Theatre Company. To help overcome such stagnation, the company's Performance Week

By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — "Woman for sale" says the eye-catching headline on the leaflet. "Tired of cooking? Cleaning? Well, look no further!", it continues. "She dices, slices, cuts, grates, vacuums and nurtures in seconds. Made from a