Cultural Dissent

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

Nuclear Wasteland By Peter Brown I took my child to the nuclear wasteland, to the nuclear wasteland I took my child, and the flowers were blue, and the desert was yellow, while above us the sky rolled, clouds driven by wind. I took my child

By Kaylene Allan As rapacious forestry operations sweep across the tropical forests of the Asia-Pacific, the island composed of Papua New Guinea and West Papua will be amongst their last destinations. By the turn of the century, New Guinea will

The Gifthorse: A critical look at Equal Employment Opportunity in Australia. By Gretchen Poiner and Sue Wills Allen and Unwin. 1991. $16.95. The Promise and the Price: The Struggle for Equal Opportunity in Women's Employment. By Clare Burton

The Removalists By David Williamson Directed by Marcelle Schmitz Deck Chair Theatre, Fremantle. Tues-Sat nights until April 13. Reviewed by Ian Bolas "You dead cunt", Kenny yells at the police sergeant who has beaten and humiliated him. It's a

Moir's Gulf Wild and Woolley. 1991. $12.95. Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen When the mainstream media began the six-month march to war last year, cartoonist Alan Moir decided he wasn't going. Instead, he stayed where he was — beside the Sydney

The Nasty Girl Starring Lena Stolze Directed and written by Michael Verhoeven Reviewed by Barry Healy The nasty girl of the title is Sonja Rosenburgen, who outrages the good burgers of the Bavarian town of Pfilzing by digging into the sordid

The Dishwasher ME = By Teresa Dowding When She smiles it's (give us a smile sweetheart) taking a breath or simply desperation and She is blank to survive. Pain transforms Her body (nice legs shame about the face) into an abstraction that

Large Stars Looking Small By Connie Frazer Gasp with shock, you spaced-out wide bright twinklers. Soon there will be more of us than you. Yet consider the power of small things together — as trillions of fleas in a house kept out the

I>The Story of Boys and Girls Directed by Pupi Avati Produced by Antonio Avati Academy Twin Cinema, Paddington (Sydney) Reviewed by Sally Low Remember some seemingly endless all afternoon extended family lunch? Women folk, with some help from

Kitchen Talk Newsletter Published six times per year by Michael and Janet Boddy Subscriptions ($42 per year) from The Bugle Press, Binalong NSW 2584 Reviewed by Dave Riley Food now produced by so few is scrutinised by so many so intently. Its

Nuts By Tom Topor Directed by John Rado With Bede Gwynne, Richard Payten, Geoff Hickey, Nan Vernon, Ted Webster, David Beard, Simon O'Rourke, Paul Van Reyk, Wednesday Kennedy. New Theatre, Sydney Reviewed by Rod Webb By at least one of the

By Harry van Moorst For three days in March, the sleepy old fishing village of Port Fairy comes to life with the ballads, shanties, jigs and reels that characterise Victoria's largest, and Australia's most charming folk festival. Amidst the

Rory McLeod, currently touring Australia, entertains not only with his skills as a guitarist, harmonica player, tap dancer, spoon player and vocalist but also with the stories told in his songs, many of which he writes himself. He has performed in

The March 5 issue of Green Left carried a review of Dances With Wolves which called it "a refreshing alternative to the usual Hollywood stereotyping of indigenous Americans". In the United States — where the film has now collected a bagful of

Awakenings Directed by Penny Marshall With Robert De Niro and Robyn Williams Reviewed by Dave Riley Who are you? In most senses you could define yourself relative to other people — with whom you work, live or share an outlook. But there is

Not This Time By Ken Setter Not this time can poets write of gallant battles fought man to man all for one and one for all. Not this time this high tech so-called surgical precision distance bombing done at night only they can see a

Berkeley in the Sixties Directed and produced by Mark Kitchell Kitchell Films in association with POV Theatrical Films. Colour and black and white, 16mm, 117 minutes. Rating PG. State Film Theatre, East Melbourne. Valhalla, Sydney. Reviewed by

Man Without Pigs A film by Chris Owen AFI Cinema, Paddington (Sydney) Reviewed by David Brazil After 12 years away university, John Waiko, a member of the Binandere clan, returns to Tabara, a tiny village in the dense tropical rainforest on the

Technology for outback By Angela Matheson The Remote Area Developments Group, from Murdoch University's Institute for Environmental Science, is installing technologically innovative laundry, toilet and hot water facilities in Aboriginal camps in

The Bhundu Boys Tues, April 9, Old Lion Hotel, Adelaide Wed April 10, Fly By Night Club, Fremantle Thurs, April 11, Ozone Bar, Perth Fri, April 12, The Club, Melbourne Sat, April 13, Central Club, Melbourne Sun, April 14, Darling Harbour,

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