Cultural Dissent

Judith Lucy in Melbourne Supporting Julian Clary (a gay comedian known as "Britain's Second Favourite Queen") on a recent tour was a particularly pleasurable experience for feminist comedian Judith Lucy. In a scene still dominated by humour of the

Songs of the Blue Mountains Denis Kevans went to the Blue Mountains to live in 1983. He started walking through the valleys and tracks of the Wentworth Falls areas. "I saw a vein of orange ironstone in a slab of weathered sandstone, and I thought

A Man with Connections By Alexander Gelman Thalia Theatre Company at the Lookout Theatre Club, Sydney Tues-Sun Reviewed by Philip Bilton-Smith A Man with Connections was written by Alexander Gelman, a personal friend of Mikhail Gorbachev, in

Prospero's Books Written and directed by Peter Greenaway Adapted from Shakespeare's The Tempest Starring Sir John Gielgud, Isabelle Pasco, Michael Clarke To be shown at Melbourne's Kino and cinemas in other cities around Christmas Reviewed by

Mango Groove Playing at the Palace, Melbourne, on November 13, ANU Bar, Canberra, on November 14 and at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney, on November 16 Reviewed by Norm Dixon Mango Groove, one of South Africa's premier pop groups, has been described

forever young em = By Phil McManus each day we move toward our death, each night the darkness closes in, we grow a little older and death's domain is extended. death cannot touch the staff at McDonald's. they age like clothing models in

La Stazione Directed by Sergio Rubini With Sergio Rubini, Ennio Fantastichini and Margherita Buy Reviewed by Kim Spurway This is yet another tale of the princess and the pauper, and of two men fighting for one woman Domenico (Sergio Rubini) is

ices of Dissent By Andrea Sharam The market commodifies not only art but also artists. However, there are times of greater or lesser tension between the artist and the process of cooption. During the 1960s and 1970s forms such as performance

Mysteries from the Cold War Open Verdict: An Account of 25 Mysterious Deaths in the Defence Industry By Tony Collins Sphere Books, $12.99 (pb) Reviewed by Mark Delmege Remember a few years ago the mystery deaths of the British Marconi

By Carla Gorton PERTH — Despite the uncertainty that Perth community radio station 6RTR FM (previously 6UVS FM) faced at the beginning of 1991, it is finishing the year off in style. The station launches into a week-long radiothon on

Martha and I Directed by Jiri Weiss (Germany/France, 1990) True Confections Directed by Gail Singer (Canada, 1991) Showing at the Second Jewish Film Festival Until December 1 AFI Cinema, Paddington, Sydney Reviewed by Vivienne Porzsolt

Fred Hollows, an autobiography With Peter Corris John Kerr, 1991. 240 pp. $29.95 Reviewed by Stephen Robson Fred Hollows has been showered with accolades such as Australian of the Year and Humanist of the Year. One is left with the impression,

By Norm Dixon AEIOU Akona Te Reo [Learn the language] Too many tears, for too many years We've been crying alone Now's the time to make up your mind Listen to your own If you learn about yourself and your history Know where you come from,

By David Roberts In the early 1980s, the National Library of Australia in Canberra was collecting widely in the areas of British social history, local history and genealogy. Having acquired the excellent Clifford Collection of English Catholic and

The Sweet Breath of Freedom em = By Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis Early one November morning, The people there, most of them poor, They prayed for the soul of their brother Shot dead only two weeks before. As they stood there by his graveside,

Saving the earth for everyone Save the Earth Edited by Jonathon Porritt Angus & Robinson, 1991, 208 pp. $39.95 (hb) Reviewed by Amanda Toland Save the Earth is both a dramatic statement of the damage already done to the earth and a desperate

Accompanied by Neil Murray, Dave Steel, Andrew O'Phee, and Bart Willoughby and Murray Cook from Mixed Relations, Aboriginal musician KEV CARMODY launched his new album, Eulogy (for a black person), before a full house at Sydney's Rose Shamrock and

Sweetown Red Shed Company Directed by Cath McKinnon Tuesday-Saturday until December 7 at Red Shed, 45 Cardwell St, Adelaide Reviewed by Liam Mitchell Red Shed has been entertaining Adelaide for five years with original Australian theatre.

Arresting Shadows em = By Duncan Richardson Women bring out plywood figures of the disappeared, black silhouettes fill the streets, they know their way these shields in human shape confronting the batons, watercannon, machine-guns, with

Whose belly laughed? Political Speak By Paul Lyneham With cartoons by Ron Tandberg ABC Books, 1991 89pp. $9.95 pb Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen ABC TV's Paul Lyneham seems to have become a "media personality". Why? His humour, his insight, his

Disappearing Charity Donations in Adelaide By Norman Barber Earth Friend Press. 1991 Reviewed by David Munn In 1981 the Adelaide Central Mission refused to give free second-hand furniture to a group of people who had recently moved into a group

Beware of Excellencies: A cautionary tale for Amnesty letter writers em = By Duncan Richardson Beware of Excellencies whose addresses cover A4 envelopes titles and sub-titles bulging with double bullet-proof vests. Beware especially of

Doing Well by Doing Good By Derek Tribe Reviewed by Craig Cormick Last month, October 16, was World Food Day — and on that day almost one billion people in the world went hungry, and more than 40,000 died from hunger-related diseases. For

Aftershocks Workers Cultural Action Committee Civic Playhouse, Newcastle, until November 30 Reviewed by Philip Bilton-Smith Aftershocks is six actors on a bare stage telling stories surrounding the collapse of the Newcastle Workers Club in the

By Peter Boyle When progressive Israeli film maker Orna Ben-Dor Niv took her most acclaimed film, Because of That War, to the US, she found a reluctance among many more liberal Jews to come to the film. They were suspicious that this was going

The sun em = Upik Pelangi We left our ancestors' land. For the sun was no longer friendly. We made for the city to find again the friendliness of the sun. It was a foggy morning. The sun having not smiled in full yet we stepped into a

Pictures of Cambodia Horrendous stories of killings and hardship under Khmer Rouge oppression in Cambodia have shocked the world for two decades. Nevertheless, life goes on for the Cambodian people. Australians now have an opportunity to see the

Trust Written and directed by Hal Hartley Produced by Bruce Weiss Starring Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan Reviewed by Mario Giorgetti Hal Hartley's first successful film, The Unbelievable Truth, an off-beat romantic comedy set in Long

Timely pamphlet on Timor Opening Up. Travellers' impressions of East Timor 1989-1991 Edited and compiled by Kirsty Sword and Pat Walsh Australia East Timor Association. 1991. 50 pp. $5 Available from AETA, PO Box 93, Fitzroy 3065 Reviewed by

Nelson Mandela in Havana How Far We Slaves Have Come By Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro New York: Pathfinder. 80 pp. $10.95 Reviewed by Camilo Jorquera When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he made a point of visiting Cuba on July 26

The Best of Abbie Hoffman By Abbie Hoffman Edited by Daniel Simon New York: Four Walls Eight Windows Reviewed by Craig Brittain Twenty years after the Vietnam War, it is hard to remember the sheer craziness of the time. Not only were thousands

Sacred Sex Produced and directed by Cynthia Connop Reviewed by Barry Healy In the words of the old song: "Birds do it, bees do it, Even educated fleas do it". But Cole Porter never thought that humans could reach nirvana doing it. However,

The Change: Women, ageing and the menopause By Germaine Greer Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. 1991. 440 pp., $35.00 (hb) Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen This an account of the experience of the menopause and the meaning attached to it in western societies

Just received It didn't arrive in time for us to review it in this issue, but Left Face looks like the sort of book readers could profitably pore over during their holidays. Subtitled Soldier Unions and Resistance Movements in Modern Armies, it

Doing good: The Australian NGO community By Laurie Zivetz and others Allen and Unwin, 1991. 288 pp. $24.95 (pb) Reviewed by Indigo Williams The Third World needs our assistance. We in Australia are able to contribute through government and

Mr Lucky — John Lee Hooker Pointblank/Virgin That's My Story — John Lee Hooker Fantasy/Festival Damn Right, I Got The Blues — Buddy Guy Silvertone/BMG There Is Always One More Time — B.B. King MCA/BMG Reviewed by Norm Dixon Racism,

Great for kids In the Rainforest By Kathie Atkinson Part of Allen & Unwin's My Animal Books series Reviewed by John Tognolini I enjoyed reading Kathie Atkinson's In the Rainforest to my 19-month-old daughter. Atkinson's fine colour

John Hancock and the Rise of Victorian Labor By Jim Claven Australian Fabian Society and Pluto Press, 1991. 40 pp. $6.95 Labor's Troubled Times Edited by David Burchell and Race Mathews Australian Left Review, the Australian Fabian Society and

By Peter Boyle California-based political satirist Dave Lippman is best known as Dr George Shrub, the world's only known singing CIA (Committee to Intervene Anywhere) agent. "The rest", he says, "are secret so that you never know the song you are

U2 works in mysterious ways Achtung Baby U2 Polygram Reviewed by Camilo Jorquera and Stephen Bavaro U2's latest album indicates a frame of mind that is not part of the old U2 caricature — serious and bleak. That image was never accurate

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