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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Man found with life-threatening injuries at Berwick

Police are appealing for witnesses and hope to identify a man found with life-threatening injuries in Berwick last night. Emergency services were called to Beldale Court where the injured man was found lying on the road near a shopping centre about 10.20pm. The man received serious injuries to his head and upper body and was

Sport

Lennytheshark bites rivals in Victoria Cup

Champion Victorian superstar Lennytheshark made mincemeat of his rivals in Saturday night’s $200,000 (Group 1) Allied Express Victoria Cup over 2240 metres at Melbourne’s harness headquarters Tabcorp Park Melton. Trained to the minute by Avenel’s David Aiken, Lennytheshark with Victoria’s leading reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky was sent out a prohibitive $1.20 favourite after

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Rob Foenander’s Country Crossroads column

Award for duo Kinglake country music duo Carter and Carter have taken out the Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year title at the 2017 Southern Stars Awards at the Mildura Country Music Festival. The husband-and-wife team are one of Australia’s leading country music acts with numerous chart topping albums, awards and industry distinctions achieved over

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‘Misterman’ at Bluestone Church Arts Space

Fizzwack Theatre presents Misterman by Enda Walsh from November 21 – December 2 at the Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray. Set in an Irish village called Inishfree, Enda Walsh’s Drama Desk Award winning play tells of one man’s journey towards judgment day. Misterman is directed by award winning director Kris Weber and stars award winning

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Artist Call-Out at The Butterfly Club

The Butterfly Club is seeking Expressions Of Interest from producers and artists who wish to be a part of their 2018 Curated Autumn Program and also their Melbourne International Comedy Festival Program. Successful applicants will produce a season of their work between March and May 2018. The Butterfly Club will consider independent works including theatre,

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Victorian premiere of ‘Outside In’ at Footscray

Wit incorporated presents the Victorian premiere of Outside In by Hilary Beaton, playing at Bluestone Church Arts Space from October 20 to November 4.. wit incorporated continues its mission to place women front-and-centre for 2017, with a line-up of Melbourne theatre-makers to present a taste of life in prison. As the outside seeps in, seven

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Whatever Happened To Marge Champion?

There were two major dancing teams in Hollywood films – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and then Marge and Gower Champion. Marge and Gower appeared in MGM musical films during the 1950s. Marge was born, Marjorie Celeste Belcher, in Los Angeles, California, in 1919. She began dancing and teaching at an early age. In 1935

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Alice in Wonderland at the Ath.

Rapid Fire International and M2 Productions present the Australian production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland. The show enjoyed highly successful seasons in Brisbane, New York and Los Angeles, and will play at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre for three performances on Wednesday, January 10 at 11am, 2pm and 7.30pm. Some 20 characters are brought

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Kransky Sisters are bound for Melbourne

The Kransky Sisters present their latest show A Very Kransky Christmas at The Alex Theatre St Kilda from November 20 – 26. Hailing from a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland, the Kransky Sisters have taken a break from tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry

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3AW wins latest ratings … again

Talk station 3AW (16.2%) continues its reign at No 1 Melbourne, reports Greg Newman of Jocks Journal. Full details at http://www.newmedia.com.au/2017-gfk-metro-survey-6-2017.html

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Shows and Auditions, with Cheryl Threadgold

Leongatha Lyric Theatre: Our Country’s Good (by Timberlake Wertenbaker) Until October 7 at Mesley Hall, Nerrena Rd., Leongatha. Director: Sue Lindsay. Bookings: 0407 538 245. The 1812 Theatre: Never the Sinner (by John Logan), October 5 – 28 at 3 – 5 Rose St., Upper Ferntree Gully. Director: Geoff Hickey. Bookings: 97858 3964. Babirra Music

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Top 10 Lists: with James Sherlock

Top 10 Lists OCTOBER 1-7 THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE TOP TEN: 1. KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE. 2. IT. 3. THE EMOJI MOVIE. 4. VICTORIA AND ABDUL. 5. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE. 6. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE. 7. AMERICAN ASSASSIN. 8. MOTHER! 9. GIRL’S TRIP. 10. NIKKA ZALDAR 2. NEW RELEASES AND COMING SOON

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What’s Hot, What’s Not: with James Sherlock

FILM: BLADE RUNNER – The Final Cut – 4K + Blu-Ray:Genre: Sci-Fi/Noir/Thriller.Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah, Joanna Cassidy.  Year/s: 1982 (Original Theatrical Version)  – 2007 (Final Cut Version).Rating: M.Length: 117 Minutes. Stars: *****Verdict: In the futuristic year of 2019 in Los Angeles, ex-cop Rick Deckard, now a “Blade Runner,” is assigned to

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Rourke’s Reviews: with Aaron Rourke

The Devil’s Candy. (MA). 80 minutes. Now available on DVD. After bursting onto the scene in 2009 with The Loved Ones, an unforgettable mix of teen angst, black comedy, and brutal horror, Aussie writer/director Sean Byrne seemed to fall off the map, despite the accolades and festival recognition (it won the prestigious Midnight Madness Award

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Stigma: review by Graeme McCoubrie

A premiere season of a telling work by writer/director/choreographer Darren Vizer brought us face to face with the Stigma confronting those who are living with HIV. Vizer dedicated Stigma to Ida Buttrose AO. OBE, who was an early pioneer against HIV and AIDS related discrimination. Many in the community show a complete lack of understanding

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OK column, with John O’Keefe

Switching microphones Often controversial feature writer at the Herald Sun, Rita Pinahi, has swapped microphones from Tom Elliot at 3AW, to join Eddie McGuire and crew at Triple M’s Hot Breakfast. There are sure to be lots of sparks flying in her new jig Next series on the way The Ten Network is still reeling

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Don’t Trust Me, I’m A Dentist: Cheryl Threadgold

Actor-writer duo Amir Rahimzadeh and Sharon Heywood present Don’t Trust me, I’m a Dentist from October 18-22 at the Butterfly Club. This one act comedy is based on true life experiences of Amir Rahimzadeh, who in his former life was a dentist, and is co-written and produced by Sharon Heywood. They will take audiences on

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Bing Crosby profile: by Kevin Trask

It is 40 years since the passing of Bing Crosby but he lives on through his films and recordings. Most of us followed his life with great interest as he was once described as “the most popular man on the planet.” Bing portrayed the handsome, easy going wisecracking singer and actor and he was dearly

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Frenzied havoc of ‘God of Carnage’

Redfox3 Theatre delivers all the frenzied havoc of Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play God of Carnage in a beautifully staged and thoroughly entertaining production. The play opens on a discussion between two sets of parents forced to gather over an incident involving their children. What starts as rigid civility and feigned respect quickly (and hilariously) sinks

Lifestyle

‘Girly’ coloured wines: by John Rozentals

I’ve constantly been surprised at how Australian consumers treat wines that are pink in colour. Have they been avoided in male company because our ‘blokey’ culture somehow rates pink as a ‘girly’ colour. I fear so. And our winemakers probably haven’t helped over the years by delivering so many pink wines with residual sweetness, I

Sport

Royal Symphony is the one to beat: Ted Ryan

Top colt Royal Symphony, unbeaten in four starts, is the one to beat in the time honoured Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield on October 14. Leading trainer Tony McEvoy is quietly confident that the son of Domesday can match it with the best of them, especially after his great run at Flemington where he came from

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LOTS for Senior: by Maggie Morrison

LOTS Theatre Incorporated presents site-specific aviation-themed entertainment as part of the Seniors Festival on October 17 and 18 at 12.30pm at the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin Airport. LOTS for Seniors features short plays to introduce patrons to some of Australia’s legendary aviation heroes, such as Sir Lawrence Wackett of CAC fame, and Robin

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Calendar Girls. Review by Kathryn Keeble

When Annie (Abi Richardson) loses her partner John (John Voce) to leukaemia, her local Women’s Institute rallies around to raise funds to buy a new settee for the Skipton General Hospital Relatives’ Room, which is in dire need of a facelift. What starts out as an innocent fundraiser for the local hospital in a small,

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Death Match. Review by David McLean

A drama is generally intended to portray the lives of characters and tell a story involving conflict and emotion. By so doing, concerns and issues are raised with which the audience can identify. Death Match, the theatrical creation of the Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance, focuses on the social emphasis given to winning. This

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Comedian Peter Helliar publishes new books

Comedian and children’s author Peter Helliar will this month publish a special new Frankie Fish book, with a percentage of profits going to the Luke Batty Foundation. Inspired by the genius prankster character he created, Helliar has written Best Ever Pranks (and More!), a guide to Frankie Fish’s favourite practical jokes, gags and mischief. The

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West Hollywood report, with Gavin Wood

EMMY AWARDS PARTY FOR AUSSIES Hi ,Severyone, from my suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Suites comes this week’s news. Celebrating Aussie nominees The Australian Consul General for Los Angeles, Chelsea Martin, hosted an ‘Australian Emmy Nomination Party’ at the residence in Brentwood, Los Angeles.  The party was sponsored by ‘Australians in Film’, ‘Screen Australia’

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Your Stars, with Kerry Kulkens

ARIES: (March 21- April 20) Lucky Colour: Dark GreenLucky Day: WednesdayRacing Numbers: 4-8-1-3Lotto Numbers: 2-16-23-25-33-40You may have to be more discerning about the company you keep. Your impulse is to trust people on sight. However, you could be wrong during this period. Do not tell anyone anything you do not have to. TAURUS: (April 21-

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Sweet Charity, by OCPAC

‘Twas the ‘fickle finger of fate’ that brought me to OCPAC ‘s (Old Carey Performing Arts Club) fabulous production of Sweet Charity. What luck, I loved this show. Director Evan Lever assembled a brilliant cast. Every character was alive on stage. It was easy to be immersed in all that was going on. The songs

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Local Theatre, with Cheryl Threadgold

FULL METAL JACKET The Never Ending Story did end. No actual Wolf on Wall Street. Not even a small metallic-looking coat in Full Metal Jacket. Why don’t we keep our promises? This as well as other important questions will not be answered – nor asked – in the premiere of Willem Richards’s new off-the-wall one

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Rourke’s Reviews, with Aaron Rourke

Beatriz At Dinner (M). 83 minutes. Opens in selected cinemas on September 21. Though not as substantial as it would like to think it is, Beatriz At Dinner still manages to maintain interest, even when the script by Mike White falls into simplistic speechifying. The story centres on Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a well-respected health practitioner

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What’s Hot, What’s Not: with Jim Sherlock

What’s Hot and What’s No tin Blu-Rays and DVDs FILM: WONDER WOMAN:Genre: Action-Fantasy-Adventure.Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston,  David Thewlis, Ewen Bremmer.Year: 2017.Rating: M.Length: 141 Minutes. Stars: ***½Verdict: Before she was known as Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior, on an island inhabited only be women,

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Shows and Auditions, with Cheryl Threadgold

SHOWS The Hartwell Players: The Laramie Project (by Moises Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project), September 28 – 30 at Ashwood High School Performing Arts Centre. Director: Kellie Tweeddale. Bookings: http://www.hartwellplayers.org.au/ or www.trybooking.com/ONJF MLOC Productions Inc: Shout! October 13 – 21 at the Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd., Parkdale. Director: Rhylee Nowell;

Lifestyle

Long Shots, with Ash Long

EAT EM ALIVE TIGES Richmond becomes the team for just about every Vic-torian this Saturday in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG against the Adelaide Crows. Tigers star Dustin Martin started the week well for the yellow-and-black army by winning the Brown-low by a clear margin from Geelong’s disqualified Patrick Dangerfield. Idea for Charlie

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The Sky Is Well Designed: Darebin Arts Speakeasy

The Sky Is Well Designed is a work of quiet conversations backed by dramatic ethereal sounds by writer/director Patrick McCarthy and musical instrument design composer Robert Jordan. As Artistic Director of Fabricated Rooms, Patrick McCarthy’s hyperrealist sound theatre season is part of the 2017 Darebin Arts Speakeasy project and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Using live

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Jazz, Classical, Spanish: Matthew Fagan, Nicholas Young

Ten-tring Spanish classical guitarist Matthew Fagan and pianist Nicholas Young present a concert of Classical, Spanish and Jazz music on Friday, October 6 at 7.30 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Church St, Richmond. Enjoy a combination of 10-string classical guitar with concert grand piano in arrangements of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Rodrigo’s Spanish Guitar Masterpiece Concierto

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A Chorus Line: CLOC Musical Theatre

An empty theatre …a bare stage …a white line…17 dancers…the chance of a lifetime. CLOC Musical Theatre presents A Chorus Line for nine performances from October 20 -28 at the National Theatre, St Kilda. A Chorus Line originally opened in 1975 and became a record-breaking hit with both critics and audiences, notching up more than

Lifestyle

Top 5 with Mike McColl Jones

THE TOP 5 THINGS THAT ARE FASTER THAN WINX 5. A parking officer putting a ticket on your windscreen. 4. An MP claiming for items on their overseas trip. 3. A price increase from energy companies. 2. The AFL removing the ‘Yes’ sign. 1. Sophie Monk finding a camera lens.

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John Rozentals reports on the Mudgee Wine Show

JOHN ROZENTALS reports on the rise of riesling at the annual Mudgee Wine Show. Mudgee, in the Central West of NSW, has built a reputation over some 150 years for its heroically structured and flavoured dry reds, but after this month’s Mudgee Wine Show critics will have to at least partly reassess their thinking. The

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Observer Racing with Ted Ryan

Classy mare Egg Tart appears to be the one to beat in the upcoming Epsom Handicap in Sydney on September 30. At her first run since June, when she won the Queensland Oaks over 2200 metres she finished hard behind another good galloper, Deploy, in the 1300 metres Theo Marks Stakes, a distance not suited

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Tina Arena to perform at Stonnington

Tina Arena will perform at the City of Stonnington’s Mayor’s Charity Gala hosted by Cameron Daddo, on Thursday, October 12. The Mayor’s Charity Gala will be an evening of glittering entertainment and fine dining by Peter Rowland Catering. This glamourous black-tie event, aims to raise much-needed funds for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Very Special Kids.

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