Cultural Dissent

By Pat Brewer The internationally acclaimed Marxist economist Ernest Mandel will be speaking here in July, it was confirmed last week. Mandel will be a featured speaker at the Socialist Scholars Conference, being held in Melbourne from July 18 to

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Striding across the railway tracks into the grime and clatter of the Jolimont Train Maintenance Depot is an unusual way to get to a theatre. This is, however, the home of the Melbourne Workers Theatre. "Theatre

It's a Matter of Survival By Anita Gordon and David Suzuki Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1990. 278 pp., $16.95 Reviewed by Phil Shannon The earth is terribly, possibly terminally, ill. Few people can articulate this with the clarity and passion of

The Silence of the Lambs Directed by Jonathan Demme Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn Reviewed by Dave Riley Here's something that will haunt you longer than the taste of popcorn. The story revolves around the pursuit of a

Kiev em = By Duncan Richardson Rumour has it they're closing you down, Hitler's city Napoleon's town but neither wanted this much from you, no demon terrifies like friends who know what's best. Since Chernobyl's cupolas let go their onion

Mates. Five champions of the Labor right talking with Fia Cumming Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991. 344 pp, $29.95 Reviewed by Steve Painter Keating, Richardson, Carr, Brereton and McLeay, five key figures in the NSW and federal Labor Party during

Against the 'silent famine' SYDNEY — A fundraising concert is to help people suffering from famine in Eritrea and the Sudan thanks to the determination of Sydney teenager Kirsty Packham. Concerned that some 27 million people are at threat of

Yaaba Written and directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo With Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouedraogo and Roukietou Academy Twin Cinema, Paddington Reviewed by Norm Dixon Director Idrissa Ouedraogo invites the viewer to become part of the daily life of a

By Pat Brewer A leader of the democratic left in Hungary will speak at the Socialist Scholars Conference in Melbourne, July 18-21. Historian and Sovietologist Tamas Krausz, a leader of Left Alternative, will discuss the political and economic

By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — Jeff Usher is widely regarded as this city's best jazz pianist. In jazz circles he's the cat with the cool fingers. Musicians purse their lips, hum and nod with respect. It isn't hard to see why. His first

Black Cargo Melbourne Workers Theatre Anthill Theatre, South Melbourne Reviewed by David Adamson Based on the short story of the same name by John Morrison, himself a wharfie for 10 years in the '30s and '40s, this play has been adapted by John

Toward a Transpersonal Ecology: Developing New Foundations For Environmentalism By Warwick Fox Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1990. 380 pp., $32.95 Reviewed by Phil Shannon Some keepers of the secular philosophical and political faiths of

Death in Brunswick Written and directed by John Ruane Rated M Reviewed by Angela Matheson Sam Neill is Carl, a downwardly mobile loser caught in the seamier side of life in ethnic inner-city Melbourne. Newly appointed as chef in a seedy night

Comedy Paul Kelly and the Messengers Mushroom Records Reviewed by Col Hesse "From Little Things Big Things Grow" is the song on Paul Kelly's new album which really grabs you. Written by Kelly and Kev Carmody, it's about "the Gurindji stockmen

Art from the lounge room By Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — "If the unemployed are dole bludgers what the fuck are the idle rich?" asks one of the exhibits in a political poster display at the Queensland Art Gallery. The posters cover 1970-90

By Alastair Davidson Manning Clark will be remembered by me in a series of vignettes of kaleidoscopic variety. Together they form a composite picture which explains why he attained the status of Australia's first great historian as much as do the

Jaywalkin' Big Jay McNeely and the Mighty Reapers ABC records. Available on CD and cassette The Big Jay McNeely Show can be seen on Thursday, June 6, at the Old Lion Hotel, Adelaide; Friday, June 7, at the Birkenhead Point Tavern, Sydney;

Radio features World Environment Day By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — Public access radio station 2SER-FM will mark World Environment Day on June 5 with a full day of special programs, reports, interviews, features and music. "Public radio was

From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War In American Film Linda Dittmar and Gene Michau (eds) Rutgers University Press, 1990. 387 pp. $26.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon "Boy, I saw Rambo last night; now I know what to do next time", said

Communications for Progress By Graham Lane 1990. 152 pp. $22 Available from Pegasus Networks, PO Box 424, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Reviewed by Andrew Garton An unfortunate title, but a book that has come none too soon, Communications for Progress

By Kaarin Davies-Cassin Australian band Mixed Relations will not be touring France this month. Because of overspending by the French government on the Gulf War, half the gigs were cancelled. Steve Pauner, the band's manager, explained, "We were

The seven day song cycle One: the wisdom of Solamundy em = By Tony Smith This is the tale of a man called David. At his black birth they estimated that things seemed well enough on Monday. Schooled, trained, but not indoctrinated his heart

The alternative folk scene has found a new venue in Sydney: the Resistance Centre's Cultural Dissent evenings. Featuring acts like the south coast women's acoustic band the Strummettes, the Anglo-Celtic folk band Taliesin and left-wing songwriter

White Chrysanthemums — No longer flavour of the month em = By Willy Bach Human Rights In polystyrene As we walked In sombre file Remember Savage slaughter Tienanmen Just two years ago And no-one wants To know Broken bodies That don't

The Sheltering Sky Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci The Sheltering Sky, the soundtrack of the motion picture Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Richard Horowitz Virgin Records. Available on CD and cassette Reviewed by Susan Mackie This story of

Below the Line By Eric Willmot Hutchinson, 202 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Robin Osborne A novel by an Aborigine about an Indonesian invasion of Australia simply has to be interesting, especially when the author is as wellknown as this one.

By Karen Fletcher Courtroom Television Network will be launched next month on US cable TV. The brainchild (half-brainchild?) of Yale Law School graduate and legal journalist Steven Brill, the network is designed to bring "real life courtroom drama"

By Willy Bach If you ever get to rub shoulders with the rich and privileged or those aspiring to be, you will be amazed at the way they speak about and on behalf of the rest of society. It all sounds a little callous when they speak about the

Strippers and 'immorality' By Janet Fraser The content of a recent late edition of the TV program Donahue astounded me. The discussion was about strip joints in Newport, Kentucky. The guests were erotic dancers and top public servants from the

A helpful poem for simple folk em = By Rosemary Evans (After Rudyard Kipling's "If") If you keep muddling Kurds up with Kuwaitis (It's easy, as they both begin with K), And if the two Husseins sometimes confuse you — There's Saddam, and

A warning for green democracy By Richard Ingram The latest issue of Chain Reaction, published by Friends of the Earth, is a special double issue with a cover story likely to create controversy — but also, one hopes — serious discussion in the

Bio-technology em = By Duncan Richardson New onco-mouse lab inspired, having been persuaded to shrug off the last eighty million years, finds itself sprouting carcinomas galore after ten months of life, then dies unmourned but fully

By Tom Jordan Guilty by Suspicion Written and directed by Irwin Winkler USA 1991The Ear Czechoslovakia 1969 Written by Jan Prochaska and Karel Kachyna Directed by Karel Kachyna Both features of the Sydney film festival Reviewed by Tom

Fax me a prayer em = By Willy Bach Lord We beseech thee Let Alan Bond Recover from His present troubles So that my BM shares Will steadily rise Above the four cents I paid for them Back in July And Lord We pray that BHP Will be able to

By Tracy Sorenson The journalist and the murderer By Janet Malcolm Bloomsbury. 1991. 163 pp. Paperback $17.95 Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that

By Rod Webb Buzz By Warren Coleman and Tyler Coppin Directed by Tyler Coppin Designed by Brian Thomson and Ross Wallace With Warren Coleman and Tyler Coppin Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, until July 7. Reviewed by Rod Webb Back in 1969

By Angela Matheson King Lear Sydney Theatre Company Staged by Philip Parsons, Wayne Harrison and John Senczuk Reviewed by Angela Matheson Does the Sydney Theatre Company believe that King Lear was meant to be a comedy? Or did it have some

By Jacqui Kavanagh Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens with the Makgona Tshole Band in concert Mbaqanga album released by SBS records Reviewed by Jacqui Kavanagh After 27 years of dominating the South African music scene, Mahlathini and the

By Tracy Sorenson State of the World 1991 A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society Project director Lester R. Brown New York, Sydney: W.W. Norton/Allen and Unwin, 1991. 254 pp., $19.95 pb Reviewed by Tracy

By Steve Painter Fading Loyalties. The Australian Labor Party and the working class By Andrew Scott Pluto Press. 1991. 74 pp. $6.95 Reviewed by Steve Painter Andrew Scott makes a useful contribution to discussion of the Labor Party, starting

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