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FREE There’s life in the Inner West! Issue 275 | February 5th 2015 Love in the Inner West lane: Valentine date night ideas WIN! 45 Years VIP passes to Lunar NY pop-up bar Free TIX: DVDs: Power Is Tinder a sinister patriarchal plot? How to identify Bay Run pervs Is T a si pat plo PRIDE and JOY Inner West Actress stands up for love Follow us on: @ciaomagazinesydney /CiaoMagazine

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Blue Sky market – Newtown glassing – Pot plant peril - bolts from the blue Markets went ahead last week under they direction of Blue Sky. The markets looked similar but with an intentionally hipster looking banner reading, “Rozelle Collectors Markets” at the front. The day was quiet, with no musician playing when Ciao attended. Changing rooms were not organised for buyers to try clothes on before making a buying decision. At least there’s been no increase in rent for stalls announced. l On l Rozelle WE ARE C!AO Satire for the soul Righteous Rightie agrees that it’s high time the Liberal Party delivers some sensible economic reform, good and hard ADVERTISING Sonya Madden sonya@ciaomagazine.com.au King Street believes that increases are due to lock-out laws being established in city areas. He said he is now more cautious walking down the street past midnight. l The 10.35pm Wednesday night at a pub on Australia St in Newtown a man was glassed in the face during a fight, resulting in serious scratches. A report released by City of Sydney in January has found that Newtown foot traffic has increased by 200 per cent at peak times since 2012. At midnight, pedestrian numbers have increased by more than 1700 people. A local who lives near restaurant and theatres of Palace Cinemas Norton Street were evacuated last month due to a bomb scare. A 200-metre exclusion zone was set up. Officers checked under parked cars and foliage after a bag was left in the cinema under a pot plant. The bag was found to contain nothing lethal. the recent Sydney storm three people were reportedly hit by lightning. One woman was taken to hospital after lightning struck close to her in a street in Balmain. She was reported as being in an alert state, so it seems no real damage was done. l During LOCAL history The Hub Theatre, located across the road from Newtown Station, has had many incarnations. A theatre was built in 1908, that was then replaced five years later with Clay’s Bridge Theatre, a vaudeville entertainment venue. In the 1930s, it transitioned from a theatre to a cinema and took on its current name, The Hub. Between the 1930 and its eventual closure in the early 1990s, The Hub went in a number of different directions, from screening non-English films for the growing migrant population, to a scandalous period as a ‘blue movie house’. It even hosted the Sydney Film Festival in 1965 and 1966. Just recently, however, the venue (which has been closed for almost two decades) has gained a new lease on life, with plans to restore the historical treasure to its origins and make it a live performance venue. er St Dear RR – Even taking into account their drama queenish tendency to hyperventilate over trifles, I find it hard to comprehend the anti-GST sentiments of ‘the typical Australian voter’. Given the criminally high minimal wage and absurdly generous welfare state in this nation, is it going to be such a great hardship for Joe or Joanne Average to pay $30 rather than $20 for a packet of Winfield Blue ‘durries’? Or $300 rather than $200 for a Southern Cross face tattoo? Or $3000 rather than $2000 for a pedigree pit bull that one can pretend to sodomise when one’s footy team comes over for a drunken Australia Day BBQ? Can’t the plebs get it through their thick skulls that if the GST is raised it will mean rich people and corporations can pay less tax? And if four decades of neo-liberalism have taught us anything, isn’t it that making life easier for plutocrats and multinational corporations inevitably creates a working man’s paradise? One in which vast sums of money cascade down to the lower orders, allowing them to stuff their foul gobs with fast food to the point they are immobilised by morbid obesity? When is that prancing populist Turnbull going to give the nation (and, more importantly, the Liberal Party’s donor class) what it so richly deserves? Scott, The Shire LL replies: That lucid analysis was like splashing around in the crisp, clear water of a mountain stream fed by melted snow dripping from the roof of a Davos convention centre, Scott. Sadly, Turnbull’s a commo weakling who’ll never rescue this nation from its dire debt emergency. Happily, it can only be a matter of months until the Member for Warringah returns to the Lodge in Churchillian triumph. Then he can build on the solid foundation of the heroic 2014 budget and force freeloading wage slaves to start funding the public schools and hospitals they are so enamoured with. n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. FOOD Melissa Leong info@ciaomagazine.com.au WINE Winsor Dobbin info@ciaomagazine.com.au ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter paden@ciaomagazine.com.au EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney phoebe@ciaomagazine.com.au The Hub has seen it all over the last century Kassia Aksenov kassia@ciaomagazine.com.au ASSISTANT PUBLISHER E-Waste ‘Drop Off’ Recycling Day Brew Massey Park Golf Course Edwards Park Things we love: PUBLISHER Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Well bank St Greenlees Park Greenlees Av e de Ian P Jesse Stewart Reserve Empir e Av e Br ou DATE: Saturday, 13 February 2016 TIME: 9am-3.30pm WHERE: Cintra Park car park, Crane St, Concord Salt St Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Cat O’Dowd, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu and Hannah Craft. Ciao loves you, and our photographers only supply photos for publication with consent. We try and make you look your best. No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. We welcome unsolicited editorial and pictorial contributions. The opinions expressed in Ciao Magazine are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. © All rights reserved. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Ciao Magazine is a free publication. Distribution, advertising & editorial enquiries 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 info@ciaomagazine.com.au (02) 9518 3696. 0402 202 951 – Sonya 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Cover: Lilyfield’s own Geraldine Hakewill stars in “The Pride” , where her husband has an affair with a man. The Pride is part of the Mardi Gras Festival. Image: Ben Cregan gh ton What can I bring? HOME ENTERTAINMENT: TVs, DVD and CD players, sound systems, games and consoles. Queen Flave t lle S Elizabeth Park Public HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES: irons, kettles, School toasters, vacuums, oil heaters and power tools. Concord What can’t I bring? Gip Goddard WHITE GOODS: fridges, freezers, ps washing St Park machines, dryers and air conditioners. Concord High School St Lukes Oval Cintra Park LIGHTING: fluorescent tubes and halogen lights. HAZARDOUS WASTE: smoke detectors, chemicals, broken glass, CRT Televsions and Monitors. Cra ne St eS t Bu rw oo d COMPUTERS: o hard n St drives, monitors, ters Pa keyboards, printers, scanners, faxes and Cr cables. an Rd What else do I need to know? The E-Waste ‘Drop Off’ day is free to local residents (proof of residency required). Pack your e-waste securely and drive safely. On arrival, follow the traffic controller’s instructions and do not leave your vehicle unless instructed. Staff will unload your vehicle for you. Only household quantities will be accepted. 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555 Fax 9911 6550 www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au y Rd Majors Ba St Rainbow crossing gold! Rothwell Park Ly on sR dW es t Barnwell Park Golf Course ENTRANCE Cintra Park car park Here at Ciao we love…. Love! We spotted this jazzed-up sign outside Darlington Public School, on Golden Grove Street. With Valentines Day just around the corner, what a perfect time to reflect on and celebrate love in all its different forms. In fact, the Inner West has a history of rainbow crossings. In 2013, Summer Hill’s Lackey Street Piazza became home to the first permanent rainbow installation in NSW. The installation, which has since undergone touch-ups by Ashfield Council, is still looking bright and colourful over two years later. The ‘Rainbow Revolution’ movement was born as a response to the removal of Sydney’s original rainbow crossing in Taylor Square, spurring thousands of chalked rainbows across the world protesting for marriage equality. Could the sign be an indication that Darlington may be getting its own rainbow crossing? Either way, Inner Westies: it’s time to spread the love wherever we can! St Lukes Park C!ao’s voice In • Musical theatre • Educating yourself • Federal legislation permitting secret trials of journalists and access to their internet and phone records • Birthday sex Out • Late night kebabs (sigh) • Failed New Years resolutions • Wearing gym gear in the office • Tense family reunions in the holiday season For more info visit: www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 4

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Community Life R OA D T E ST n Elise Bruem DATE NIGHT Let’s face it; you just don’t have a choice in some things. Winter will always come around, Sydney Buses will always be late (especially when it rains) and every single year you will feel pressured to do something for Valentine's Day. This may seem like a great way to celebrate a relationship, but don’t be fooled because every year Valentine's Day gets cheesier and cheesier. So is there a way to celebrate Valentine's Day that isn’t lame? RANT "Does Tinder empower women?" The Standard Date with a Twist What could be more typical than dinner and a movie on date night? This idea however, involves taking the clichéd date and mixing it up a little. Don’t bother going to some boring sappy drama and pretending you’re having a great time. Instead choose a movie both of you will enjoy, or why not try a violent slasher film and enjoy the much emptier cinema? But if you insist on seeing the romcom, make the most of it by seizing the opportunity to spot guys awkwardly trying to put their arms around their partners. Of course, you won’t be challenged to find a dinner spot after the movie with all of our local cinemas being near some of the best food in Sydney. Palace Cinemas, Norton St Leichhardt - Dendy, King St Newtown Event Cinemas, Burwood Rd Burwood I constantly hear stories from my single friends about different dates they’ve had or new guys that they’re speaking to. This influx of romantic experiences is a direct result of the, um, mass penetration of mobile matchmaking app, Tinder. Get legless before getting a leg over The Cheap Date (Not that it’s a bad thing). Yes Valentine's Day is way too commercial, and there’s no good reason to spend exorbitant amounts of money, especially when you and your squeeze don’t normally do so. Plus, Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year and keeping it low key will help you start the working week off with no hangover. Have a look around for meal deals that’ll help you pinch the pennies. Or why not take a romantic stroll at sunset in the park? Or along the Iron Cove if you want something similar to a beach? You can always encourage your significant other to spend the money you’re saving on a nicer present… The Empire Hotel, Parramatta Rd Annandale has two for one meals on Sundays. Get there early to avoid the queues Likened to the digital equivalent of brushing shoulders with someone at a bar, Tinder presents the user with an endless stream of potential partners. Physical appearance is the first impression upon which the user can choose to swipe right (to register their interest) or swipe left (to keep on walking.) Tinder claims to empower its users to create new connections that otherwise might never have been possible. This is certainly true, as almost all Tinderers can account for an unlikely new connection made via the service but whether that's empowering is another question. Christina (name changed), a Tinder advocate, says the dating app has given her a newfound confidence. Her instant access to potential suitors and the steady flow of male attention makes her feel more desired, while conversations with multiple men offer a quick antidote to feelings of loneliness. For Christina – and countless other women – Tinder has created an exciting dating scene, where women can meet new people and develop their social and sexual prowess. On Tinder, Christina feels more in control of who she meets and when she meets them. The ease of arranging a new date is a breath of fresh air in comparison to pre-Tinder times. Back then it seemed the only men who approached you were the ones you wanted to avoid. And compared to their male counterparts, it’s more likely for Tinderellas of all shapes, sizes or narcissistic selfies to get a right swipe, giving women a rare advantage (and nice ego boost). Yet as enabling as Tinder has proven to be for women, once you’re matched it’s pretty much the same complicated game of love or lust as it has always been. A slew of romantic ventures that hit a dead end are inevitably disheartening. Multiple shallow 'connections' are more exhausting than solitude. Often, users go through bouts of deleting their account to take a longedfor sabbatical from Tinder merry-go-round. While most people say they use Tinder for fun, a large number of women eventually want those good times to transpire into something more lasting. Therein lies the conundrum. Tinder allows for immediate, minimal fuss, romantic scope-out or straight-up sex, but is this what women actually want? Often the “root and boot” play leaves women feeling used and ill-treated. That’s not to say that some women aren’t happy to keep things casual, but that’s my point. If you’re a woman who wants the same things as the men (or women or couples) you match with, there’s no doubt that dating apps can be empowering. But so long as women and men have different agendas around sex and love, Tinder will be just another uneven playing field. One which women will often limp away from feeling battered and bruised. n Words by Justine Estigoy The Drinking Date C’mon, you live in the Inner West, it’d be a crime to not take advantage of all the great bars around the area! Of course, you could just go for the standard schooner or sauv blanc but why not make it an occasion and go a little upmarket? Be like the cool kids and head to Earl’s Juke Joint in Newtown for great cocktails and the chance to freak a date out by convincing them you’re going to a butcher’s shop (the original front of the building is still intact). Or try Different Drummer in Glebe for moody lighting and a great atmosphere. Really, the Inner West is your oyster on this one. Nothing sets the mood like seeing Leo frozen over Earl’s Juke Joint, King St Newtown - Different Drummer, Glebe Point Rd Glebe Monkey Shoulder'S Chinese New Year Want to celebrate Chinese New Year but unsure how? Monkey Shoulder Whisky anticipated your dilemma and in collaboration with the City of Sydney has responded with two pop-up whisky bars: open from 5-10pm in Martin Place from 6-14th February and in World Square from 15-21st February. The celebration will reflect the characteristics of the Year of the Monkey: cheerful, inventive and energetic. All things monkey will be celebrated with a selection of cocktails with names such as Monkey Mojito's, Monkey Old-Fashioned and Jungle Juice. Monkey Shoulder wants to showcase the versatility of their liquor and change the way you think about Scotch whisky. Their reputation suggests they will not disappoint – they are, after all, responsible for the world's first triple malt whisky. And as you sip their liquid gold, find out what the new year holds via a free fortune cookie. n Monkey Shoulder is giving away three VIP passes, which authorise free entry and a drink on arrival to their pop-up bar. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au and tell us your suburb and where you picked up your copy of Ciao for your chance to win! WIN FREE TICKETS What’s on n Compiled by Hannah Craft. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Monday 8th Feb, 10am-10pm Thurs 11th Feb (ongoing) FREE Community are en ev ts listings email info@ m.au ciaomagazine.co Attn: Hannah Super Bowl Lovers of American football will no doubt have cleared their Monday schedule for the famed Super Bowl. If you’d rather not enjoy the spectacle alone in your living room, Zanzibar is screening the game live from 10am. Kick back with your mates and enjoy the great food and drinks Zanzibar has on offer. Their famous footlong hot dog with slaw, chips and a schooner is just $15 for this event. To book your seats, call Zanzibar on 9519 1511. Where: Zanzibar, 323 King St, Newtown 6 Ultimo Senior’s Choir As we get older, the time comes to relax and take pleasure in the finer things in life. And what pursuit is finer than music? Beginning on 11th February, a community choir will be meeting from 1-2:30pm every week at the Ultimo Community Centre. This group will specialise in singing Australian and Chinese folk songs. Head over in the afternoons to make great friends as well as beautiful music. Where: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry St, Ultimo. Saturday, 13 February Nothing says Chinese culture like a Pixar film Inside Out screening Be a Monday morning quarterback at Zanzibar Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Cinema in the Park, fireworks and activities. Communities for Communities and Rhodes Multicultural Association in partnership with City of Canada Bay are celebrating the Year of the Monkey with Lunar New Year festivities including a screening of the Disney film Inside Out at Rhodes Foreshore Park. This free family event includes plenty of entertainment, food and activities starting from 5pm. Movie will be screened at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9.30pm. All happening at Rhodes Foreshore Park, Cnr Mary St and Shoreline Dr, Rhodes For more information, please visit communitiesforcommunities.com.au. Chase the dragon at Rhodes See page 8 for more what's on...

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n Local Gigs Sunday 7th February n Local screens n Your screens Pirra Mixing hints of reggae peppered with pop, Pirra are the self-proclaimed “unconventional family band”. Come and watch this talented four piece give it their all, supported by Bears with Guns. The Townie, Free FREE TICKETS Win double movie passes Netflix's Narcos: This guy bought an entire country! Our favourite TV drug dealers Soon, when it’s all legal, drug barons will be boring men in the boardrooms of Big Pharma, their 'crews' the staff of Fortune 500 multinationals. And all of us through our super will have a financial stake in keeping people stupid, stoned and dead. Till then, we have more colourful heroes: ★ Walter White Breaking Bad’s chemisty teacher turned drug lord is hard to beat. Here’s a how-to manual for all teachers no longer able to afford Inner West real estate. ★ Stringer Bell The Wire gave us so many memorable characters and remains TVs most complex series – going further than any other crime drama in following what happens to drug money. (It goes into real estate, of course.) ★ Schapelle The 2014 telemovie may have vanished but were you one of those outraged that corrupt brown people could treat an innocent white Aussie chick like that? Did you wrap your baggage in cling wrap? Go on, admit it… ★ James St. Patrick (Ghost) Can a dealer who wants to go straight cut it in this esteemed company? See our review of Stan’s Power below, and enter our competition! Grab some hick licks 45 Years: We all want a long and happy marriage. Not so many of us get one Saturday 13th February 45 Years In what is undoubtedly the best film about what we call “domestic bliss” since Bergman’s Scenes From A Marriage, Andrew Haigh slowly dissects, roasts and finally skewers the whole notion. Kate (Charlotte Rambling) and Geoff (Tom Courtney) are preparing for their 45th anniversary. They’re a genial, well-off, retired couple with a nice house in the country. Classical musical plays as they read intelligent books; Radio 4 (think Radio National) is on as they drive into their charming village. The perfect life… Then, “There’s something I want to tell you,” Geoff says. And so begins an unravelling, mostly seen on Kate’s face, as the realisation dawns that everything they have has been built on a house of sand. Or melting ice, actually. Both actors are fantastic, but Rambling especially – this is the most powerful performance of her esteemed career. It’s just devastating – right through the final scene as the screen goes black and the Moody Blues’ lyrics blasts out: “We’ve already said, goodbye…” M from Feb 18. Hussy Hicks Steve Jobs Mixing the sounds of blues amd country with an Australian roots twist, Hussy Hicks will be in town promoting their new album. This talented duo defy all common conceptions of world music, making it their own. LazyBones Lounge, $15 Thursday 18th Feburary Radio Moscow All the way from Iowa, Radio Moscow are hitting our shores to play at the Newtown Social Club this February. This will be the American psych-rock outfit's debut Australian tour, so don't miss out, comrades. Supports include Holy Serpent and Kings Destroy. Newtown Social Club, $30 + BF Aaron Sorkin’s rapid-fire script is whip smart and director Danny Boyle serves up his usual snap, crackle and pop. In the first of three symbolic product launches that frame this exhilarating psychodrama, Jobs (Michael Fassbender) is already aged 29, not so far removed from the West Coast '70s drop-out scene that formed him. So how did an acid-taking teen create the world’s most profitable and rapacious company in the history of capitalism, one that pays almost no tax here? Lots of secrets are revealed, but not the one the ATO wants to know. M on now. WIN DVDS! ★ Thanks to Madman Entertainment we have five double in-season passes to give away. Details below. "And that's where we hide the account books" They call him Ghost The Pride The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell's award-winning play, is showing at the Eternity Playhouse as part of the Mardi Gras festival. It tackles love, loss, and the stranglehold of convention by switching between 1958 and the present. Lilyfield's own Geraldine Hakewill stars as Sylvia, a woman who in 1958 discovers that her husband is having an affair with another man. “Watching how these two time periods play out together, you get to see how society's views on homosexuality, love and relationships have changed over the years,” she notes. With LGBT issues so topical, the time is ripe for this riveting production. “I hope audiences will be moved, that it will make them question their prejudices, that it will make them feel more compassionate towards themselves and other people. And I hope they keep talking about it after the play is over.” n Tickets are $35-$40, www.darlinghursttheatre. Power Straight-arrow types who get into the drug trade for one reason or another are a dime a dozen in fiction. But few dramas do the reverse and follow a successful drug kingpin tempted into going legit. That’s the set up for an innovative new series from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which stars a magnificently muscled Omari Hardwick as James St Patrick, nicknamed Ghost, whose real business keeps getting in the way of running his glittery, highend nightclub in New York’s trendy Meatpacking district. There’s his hardcore partner to deal with, menacing Mexican cartel bosses, closing-in feds, an old flame who is more than what she seems plus most troublesome of all, his beautiful wife Tasha. It’s not The Wire, though those perennial themes of power, sex, money and betrayal make it hard not to keep coming back for more. MA15+ Season 1 is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Feb 3. $39.95 RRP. n Thanks to Defiant Screen Entertainment we have 3 DVD sets to give away. See below for how to enter. Visiting 1958, when gay love dare not speak its name com or call 8356 9987. Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst, 5th Feb - 6th Mar. Sun 14th Feb, 2pm-7pm. SXR Bike Love Party Celebrate this Valentine's Day with the one who means the most to you – your bicycle. SXR invites you to their Bike Love Party, dedicated to sharing the love of our trusty two-wheeled friends. Come dressed to impress and ready to flaunt it for a photo shoot of yourself and your beloved, followed by some bike maintenance tips, an Instagram comp and a round of bike speed dating. It's even open to those who don't own a bike. All you need is your (possibly borrowed) bicycle and a packed dinner. Where: Federal Park, Annandale Thursday 18th February 4th Annual Mardi Gras Reception Fancy some bike speed dating? 8 Join special guest speakers and celebs at the LGBTQI Action Group at Leichhardt Council’s admin building between 7pm-9pm. Leichhardt Council will host its 4th annual 'Feel the Love Leichhardt' Mardi Gras reception in an ongoing effort to grow the Mardi Gras festival throughout Sydney’s Inner West. For more see www.loveleichhardt. eventbrite.com.au www.lmc.nsw.gov.au/mardigras garden beds, enriching the soil and figuring out exactly which delicious edibles should be planted. Sydney City Farm is a social enterprise that will eventually be entirely community managed and expand to include compost facilities and a farmers' market. Participation is free but booking is essential. Activity runs from 10am-12:30pm. Call 9265 9333 to secure your place. Where: Sydney Park, Sydney Park Road, St Peters Live out your rustic fantasies! Friday 19th February Sydney City Farm volunteer activity day WIN MOVIE PASSES & DVDs To be in the running to win one of five double passes to 45 Years, email your Only at the movies Feb 19 name and postal address to info@ tell us who your favourite screen drug ciaomagazine.com.au telling us where dealer is and in a few words – why. you picked up your copy of Ciao. For Power s1 on DVD do that too, plus n Reviews – Russell Edwards The City of Sydney is establishing an innovative community farm on a half hectare of land on Sydney Park Road. You are invited to get your hands dirty for a half day of preparing the

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n Your say n Sustainability n Local news What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day? “Not that you need a special day to make your significant other feel special, but it is nice to know that there is a day set aside on the calendar where you can spoil your lover rotten!” Izzy, Stanmore “It’s not my thing. I do not rate it as a day but then at the same time if I don’t do something I’m slightly depressed.” Sarah, Lewisham “I find it depressing if I don’t do something on Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s just a commercial holiday. But that’s kind of a contradiction and that upsets me.” Megan, Newtown “I find it to be an unnecessary commercialised holiday. I appreciate the sentiment of expressing love but I don’t know why there has to be a predesigned date for it. It doesn’t make any sense to me.” Jacinta, Marrickville “Valentine’s Day is bullshit.” Isabella, Stanmore Roses are Green Ungar’s Shoes to Close After 66 Years Leichardt institution Ungar’s Shoes is set to close after 66 years of operating following the decision of longtime owner and manager, Gary Ungar, to retire. Ungar’s Shoes has been serving the local community continually since 1948, when Mr Ungar Senior opened the first store on Parramatta Road. Since then the business, which moved to MarketPlace, Leichardt in 1992, has been continued to be family owned and operated. Gary Ungar, son of the original Ungar, has personally managed the store for 43 years. The closing date for Ungar’s Shoes will be March 2016, with normal trading until then. Currently, the store is holding a sale with 10-70 per cent off storewide and 20 p;er cent off Back to School specials. Your tokens of love are frying the planet Well it’s that time of the year again - Valentine’s Day. A time for everyone to turn to those we love and let them know how special they make us feel. Or, alternatively, it’s a time to wallow in misery and reflect on your aching loneliness while eating a box of Ferrero Rochers you bought for yourself. Either way, whatever you’re planning on doing this Valentine’s Day it’s important to consider this. The environmental cost of treating your Valentine is quite high indeed. The paper industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and paper takes up 25 per cent of the planet’s landfill space. However, this won’t stop Australia spending over 14 million dollars on Valentine’s Day greeting cards this year. Unfortunately, the truth about roses isn’t very romantic either. It would seem counter-intuitive to think a flower would be harmful to sustainability but according to the Scientific American, the estimated 200 million roses that are sent to all those lucky girls each year result in over 9000 tons of CO2 emissions in the US. Interestingly, most of the flowers sold for Valentine’s Day in the US are imported from Latin America. In Europe, the vast majority of flowers sent are grown in Africa and imported. You might think it’s best not to buy imported flowers but, unbelievably, a study by Cranfield University in 2007 discovered roses grown in Holland created six times more carbon emissions than ones imported from Kenya. This is because the plot in Holland used a lot more machinery, water and power. So if you can’t give your significant other a gift Victoria Road Precinct Proposal Marrickville Community Planning Collective, MAGIC, is calling for concerned residents to write to the Minister of Planning and take a stand against the Victoria Road Precinct proposal. The call comes after Marrickville Council voted to support the proposal, which targets the area along Victoria Road, between Sydenham Road and Enmore Park. This is the second attempt at a redevelopment, after community opposition halted the first proposal in 2014. The Collective claims that the new proposal would negatively affect the character of the community due to the end of local live music, displacement of lowincome renters, artists and musicians and by setting a precedent to rezone nearby areas of Marrickville. The planning team believe that the rezoning of the precinct will allow for significant improvements to the public domain, new residential communities and increased employment opportunities. n For further information or to sign the petition visit ‘MAGIC Marrickville Community Planning Collective’ on Facebook or see victoriaroadprecinct.com. card and you can’t give them a rose, what can you give them? Chocolate? Actually no, chocolate is also a huge problem when it comes to sustainability and ethical treatment of workers. It’s estimated that two million children in Ghana and the Ivory Coast work in the coco fields, many of them are used as slaves. But despite this, over $90 million will be spent on chocolates this Valentine’s Day in Australia. (God this is depressing, no wonder I don’t have a girlfriend…) But do not despair my starry eyed, lovestruck sweethearts, it’s not all gloom. Take this Valentine’s Day to think about what’s really important to you (hint: it's not silly generic storebought cards or mass-produced American-owned chocolate gifts). Do away with the commercialised trappings of love this year and make someone feel truly special. And if your lover isn’t going to be happy to hear that, you can always opt for e-cards, green greeting cards, sustainably grown roses and fair-trade, organic chocolate. n Words by Levi Parsons Marrickville Citizens of the Year Tamra says Marrickville Council’s recognition is important in encouraging people to become involved in the community. “You never do voluntary work to be awarded things,” she says. “But I am honoured to be the Citizen of the Year and hope the recognition motivates others to get involved in the community in some way too.” Tamra will continue to support sport and recreation opportunities for girls and women but is also involved in a newly funded kitchen garden and mural project at Burwood Girls High school. “It’s exciting as it’s a first for the school,” she says. Local NSW Police Force Volunteer, Jim Skuthorpe, has been awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year for his decade long service to the community. Xanthe Sini has been named Young Citizen of the Year for volunteering her time to assist asylum seekers, through working in a food bank. According to Jennifer Tracey from Newtown’s Asylum Seekers Centre, Xanthe is always eager to jump in and help in any way she can. n Maani Truu Trinity crushes local dance off Local Celebs Dance Battle Last weekend local celebrities Yukino McHugh of So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice Kids Trinity Young took to the stage to battle it out for the title of ‘Best Celebrity Dancer in the Inner West’. The celebrity dance off took place as part of the Open Day for Nikki Webster’s Leichardt dance studio, and it was free and open to the community. In addition to the celebrity battle round, the studio also hosted a Battle of the Dancers competition, which was open to local dancers and boasted a first prize valued at over $5,000. 10-year-old Trinity took out the title, despite her greater passion for singing over dancing, having appeared on the 2014 season of The Voice Kids as a Team Madden contestant. The studio caters to children and teens of all ages, with classes in everything from RAD ballet to acrobatic and circus. n For further information visit www.dancenikkiwebster.com.au. Marrickville Citizens of the Year. Photo by Amanda James At an Australia Day ceremony held at Enmore Park, Marrickville Council has announced their 2016 Citizen, Senior Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. Recipient of Citizen of the Year is long-time Marrickville resident, Tamra Palmer who has been recognised for her volunteer efforts and leadership, working with children in the local community. She is particularly involved with the Summer Hills Lakers Netball Club, where as president she has helped to provide recreational opportunities for around 170 young women. Thursday 18 February – 6:30pm An Evening Author Talk with Robert Eales The Compassionate Englishwoman Leichhardt Library Free - All welcome Light refreshments Book online or call 9367 9266 Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street Rhodes Foreshore Park Cnr Mary St/Shoreline Dr, Rhodes Saturday, 13th February Food & Activities start at 5pm Fireworks at 9:30pm 10

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in the kitchen Persian Love Cake  with Olivia Mackay, n www.scoffandquaff. wordpress.com When something is described as Persian, I generally like it, and this cake is no exception. It only makes sense, as Persia (modern-day Iran) is renowned for producing delicious foods. And anything made purely from nuts, sugar, dairy and spices has to be amazing. It’s so packed full of yumminess, there’s not even any room for gluten. Coeliacs rejoice! The texture is rich and almost cheesecake-like, with a deliciously short and salty crumb base. Instead of the more common nutmeg, I like to use cardamom and rosewater to impart an exotic fragrance. If you can get a hold of some dried rose petals they make this smell even more sensuous; plus, they look stunning! Wine with Winsor n www.wdwineoftheweek.blogspot.com Cheap-as chardonnay Deakin Estate 2015 Chardonnay This tastes more expensive than it is; which has to be a bonus when money is tight after Christmas. It’s a bargain basement chardonnay that ticks all the varietal boxes; it has stone fruit flavours, some nutty hints, citrus freshness and soft mouthfeel. This is also food friendly and quite restrained with the potential to match with seafood and poultry dishes. Widely available and you can’t go wrong at the price. $10. Method 1. Preheat oven to 180C. 2. Line a 23cm springform cake tin with baking paper and grease well. (Make sure the paper covers the entire surface of the tin as this cake tends to stick.) 3. Combine the almond meal, salt and both sugars. 4. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles crumbs. 5. Pour half of the mixture into your baking tin and press down firmly. Refrigerate. 6. To the remaining half of the crumb mixture, add the eggs, yoghurt, cardamom and rosewater and mix well. 7. Pour this over the chilled base and scatter the nuts. 8. Bake for 20 minutes. 9. Cover with foil and bake for another 20 minutes. 10. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. 11. Sprinkle with dried rose petals and serve with crème fraiche or yoghurt. Pretty pinot Harewood Estate 2015 Denmark Pinot Noir Youthful pinot is a perfect wine style for summer with bright wines like this one well suited to a few minutes in the fridge to add refreshment value. This is from an outstanding producer in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, where the fruit has been sourced from two coastal vineyards. I like this for its freshness, fruit-driven charm and lively, vibrant acidity. Try Amato’s or Annandale Cellars. It’s a very good buy at $22. A sweet cake for your sweetcakes Ingredients • 3 cups almond meal • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 cup raw sugar • 1 cup brown sugar • 120g softened butter • 2 eggs • 250g full-fat pot-set yoghurt • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom • 2 teaspoons rosewater • 4 tablespoons lightly crushed pistachios • dried rose petals (optional) Bargain bubbles Zonin NV Prosecco Prosecco, the lively sparkling wine style from the Veneto region of Italy, has overtaken Champagne as the world’s favourite sparkling wine style. Affordable wines like this quality import from a well-respected producer are the reason why. This is crisp, vibrant, uncomplicated and relatively low in alcohol. It is a great party choice, adding a sophisticated Italian accent to just about any occasion. $14. Market UPDATE The eastern seaboard has been hit hard by storms which have damaged crops, affecting Asian herbs, English spinach and baby spinach. They are around but they will be harder to come by. Avocado pricing has eased ever so slightly. William and Paradise pears are arriving, while peas, English spinach, baby spinach and radicchio are scarce. This is the final week of cherries, that celeriac is small and of average quality, and lemons, peas and cauliflower are all expensive. Almost as expensive as Inner West property www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com At home with Mother CPRII With Mardi Gras coming up, let Mother CPRII of The Order of the Perpetual Indulgence give you a lesson in sensual cooking. If you and your partner don’t like the same foods is it ever going to work out? Love and friendship rely on qualities far beyond  food favouratism. We are both chocoholics, that helps. Vegans marry carnivors and many other permutations get together and figure out their dietary hard boundaries and where compromise is acceptable and where new flavours may be entertained. What’s your favourite food to indulge in? See above and guess! Actually, chocolate souffle gets me every time. I do like a good glass of bubbles too. My absolute favourite is corned beef with a slight mustard white sauce with creamy mashed potatoes. Great, I’m drooling on my wimple! Can you discuss any cooking tips you might have? Don’t cook naked, at the very least don footwear and a neckto-below-pink-bits apron. Don’t overplan. The best meal you will ever have is the one you crave right then and there. Listen to you body and indulge your craving. It may be as simple as a cup of tea to a complex muti-course affair but if it doesn’t grab your imagination, don’t bother. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and re-discover the Inner West as part of 2016 Mardi Gras, Sunday 21st February,10.00am, Newtown. Go to www.universaljoy.com.au for more info. n Go on a history walk with the This nun’s not for asceticism MELISSA Leong Love and smallgoods With this being the love issue, I’m not entirely sure I’m the most qualified writer to speak on the subject but I do love food, so maybe that’s enough. You’ve heard me go on about Valentine’s Day being called ‘amateur night’ by professionals who work in the restaurant industry…tables for two who make bookings at restaurants they don’t normally go to (or book tables at multiple restaurants, don’t even get me started on why that’s poor form), look nervous, order to impress rather than for pleasure and leave before the soufflé has had time to rise. Personally, I have no idea how anyone expects to have a romantic moment with their beloved after stuffing themselves with a five course degustation and several of bottles of wine, but whatever floats your boat. Maybe I’ve become less cynical with time, but this year, on this particular themed issue I feel like I want to say ‘Do whatever makes you and yours happy.’ If that’s to get gussied up and step out on the town with your hot date in tow, to down oysters AND champagne AND foie gras AND chocolate, then *hic* by all means. And there’s something to be said for having a meal at a restaurant that has some significance. But only do it because you want to*, not because you should. In other words, be thoughtful. Rather than succumbing to the greeting card expectations of the occasion, how about buying all of the foods you both like and having a picnic on the lounge room floor, volunteering to feed those less fortunate, or if you can’t settle on focusing your attention on one, how about cooking a meal with friends? After all, what better an excuse to show your nearest and dearest a little love. A magazine I write for recently asked me to share a romantic anecdote relating to Valentines Day and I told them that while I don’t really buy into the whole day and what it represents, I appreciated the guy who knew me well enough to not buy me a bouquet of flowers, but a package of spectacular (just as rosy) smallgoods instead. This rant might seem a bit like a bunch of disconnected thoughts but what links them together is that sometimes it really is the thought that counts. Even more so that the invisible expectations we have projected on us by commerce, showing someone that you know them well enough to figure out what makes them smile is a wonderful thing. *and have a stomach made from cast iron, because…yeesh. To impress a love interest what would you cook? Winter - Self-saucing chocolate pudding with creme anglais, every mouthful a blissful indulgence. Summer -  Betty Crocker Dutch Chocolate icing, 1.5cm thick, on double coat Tim Tams, same reason. What’s the most erotic dish you’ve ever eaten? A blonde body builder from LA I met at my Daddies’ party in San Francisco, delish! (BTW the apostrophe is in the right place). What sort of food should be avoided for a first date? Anything that stains. I tend to eat like it is the night of the living dead played by cro-magnons. How important is sharing and enjoying food together in a relationship? Incredibly important. Eating and drinking are two of our most fundamental and necessary actions. They can easily be two of the most sensuous and pleasing as well. We always say that every meal cooked in our home is done with a whole heap of love. Conversly declining to break bread with anyone immediately identifies them as on the outer. 12 Mother CPRII’s quick and easy Zucchini, Cheddar and Ham Snacks Ingredients: • 500g coarsely grated zucchini • 2tbsp olive oil • 200g diced leg ham • 1 finely chopped brown onion • 2 cloves of garlic, minced • 180g grated cheddar • 200g self-raising flour • 2 handfuls roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley • 4 eggs • Sea salt & black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced 2. Squeeze grated zucchini in a clean cloth to remove excess liquid. 3. Place oil in a large frying pan and fry ham until lightly browned, then add onion and garlic and sweat for 3 minutes. 4. Tip mixture into a bowl and add zucchini, cheese, flour and parsley. 5. Lightly whisk eggs and add to the mix, then season with salt and pepper. 6. Prepare a 12-hole medium muffin tray with butter (or cooking spray), or line with muffin cases or baking paper. 7. Pour mix into prepared mould and bake for 20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Method:

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Josh Pyke at Young Henry’s The party kicks off at young Henry’s Shining Bird strike a pose Cosmos Midnight and Basenji Marrickville 2016 Citizen of the Year Tamra Palmer with Mayor Sam Iskandar Mayor Sam Iskandar with some of Marrickvilles newest Australia citizens Vulindlela, Gabriel and Rasta Mater Nothing to Lose, best on Stage Gordi The pre evening excitement SNAPS! Fun was had at Marrickville Council’s Australia Day event at Enmore Park The Fbi SMAC awards at Carriageworks hits the right note and the Ciao Christmas Party celebrated in style with Wayward Brewing. F O L LOW S! @ciaoma gazinesy dney /CiaoMa gazine U 2016 International Women’s Day Honour Roll Leichhardt Council is calling on the community to nominate and celebrate women’s achievements and outstanding contributions to the community. This may include unsung local achievers, volunteers and/or women who have strengthened social justice and equality within our local communities and/or overseas. Patrcia crawls around Fbi Nominations are now open for the 2016 International Women’s Day Honour Roll Successful nominations will be permanently acknowledged within a framed Honour Roll which will be displayed by Leichhardt Council. The finalists will be announced at the 2016 International Women’s Day Celebrations: Wednesday 9 March Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt 5pm – 7.30pm Cheers from Dan, Phoebe and friends Vera, Patrick and Rachel Daniel and friend Wendi and model Giillian Hot Kat (our adult writer) and Nigel Nominations close Friday 19 February Nominations may be submitted on Council’s website www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/IWD or by contacting Rachel Low on 9367 9176. Georgie and Max 14 Peter, head brewer at Wayward with foodie Enzo

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Stars SELF LOVE By Astrogirlzarro Aries Expect a potentially lucrative professional relationship to develop under Venus’ placement in industrious Capricorn. Work towards goals as a team player, not a solo flyer. Taurus The first of three career triggers occurs when Venus enters Aquarius on 17 February. Make a unique professional impression by thinking outside the box. Celebrate love on Valentines Day by loving yourself! Being single on Valentine’s Day is no reason to miss out on sensuality and love! Humans are sexual beings and pleasure is our birthright. Pleasuring your body is the ultimate act of self love. Indulge yourself and treat yourself to something special. Set aside some time to pamper yourself in a ceremony of self loving. Construct a sensual atmosphere. What gets you in the mood? What music do you choose? What scents will you use? What delightfully indulgent and wicked senses will you explore? Perhaps some dark chocolate or a ripe, juicy mango? A warm bath by candlelight? Self pleasure enhances your neural pathways to improve your self esteem and confidence. Self pleasuring can teach you more about your body, how to have better orgasms or how to delay orgasms. Regular ejaculation for men helps keep the prostate gland healthy. Masturbation can help women with pre-menstrual symptoms and allow them to discover how to ejaculate, how to have multiple orgasms and where their ‘hot spots’ are located. Self pleasuring floods your body with endorphins, helps with depression, relieves headaches and unleashes your erotic potential! Explore new places, positions and new ways to touch yourself. Try a toy or new lube amd focus more on the feelings than the orgasm. Don’t worry if you don’t orgasm; see this as an exercise in pleasure. Sex, dating and relationships with cat o’dowd amore Bay Bitch in Desperados Have any of you sportsters out there ever suspected that you are being watched? You may have just had a creepy feeling or perhaps you have actually had contact with someone sidling up to you a little too close, a little too often. Some of you have probably lapped this up and revelled in the attention! Especially the bodyobsessed poseurs who view this as an affirmation that all their gruelling exercise has finally paid of. But others (such as moi) have been repulsed by the wandering eyes that tend to settle on the boob area. The bay is a perfect playground for perverts who can perv on lycra clad and sometimes topless runners and walkers in all shapes and sizes shaking their stuff every which way. As Valentine’s Day approaches some, I fear, are becoming more degenerate. Perhaps they are just that tad more desperate. Through my contacts I have become aware of deviant behaviour on the bay which I feel obliged to share. Watch out for the following: • Fast walkers who are constantly looking at their watch face and have their smartphone jutting surreptiously out of their back pocket just enough to film you. No, they’re not timing their run but watching you on their watch face which is synched to their phone through one of the many apps available. Scary!! • Lonely old Italian men who appear harmless, sort of cute and super friendly. Actually they’re probably not that lonely as their moglie [wives] are sweltering over a hot stove at home, perfecting a spaghetti bolognese. He prefers them sweltering on the circuit – without the sauce. • Lone kayakers moving excitedly in a random criss-cross pattern across the cove holding their oar with one hand and clutching onto a pair of binoculars with the other. No they haven’t spotted a shark fin, they’re checking out your white pointers! Got Bay anecdotes? Message baybitch@ciaomagazine.com.au. Sex with someone you love. Photo Credit: Daniela Gemini Daily habits are streamlined this fortnight under the Scorpio-Mars link. Begin the year by jump-starting a sluggish health routine. Cancer Romance will be intense when Venus joins Pluto up to 16 February. Relationship possibilities flourish around 6 February. Leo The New Moon in your love zone on 9 February has you breaking the rules where passion is concerned. Incorporate freedom and excitement into your dalliances. For those who have shut themselves off to pleasure or love it’s important to open up your mind and your body to sensuality, passion and creativity again. Try using self pleasure to appreciate and honour your own uniqueness, beauty and sexual gifts. Revel in the creative pleasure of life! This ecstasy can help clean away mental blocks that might contain negative beliefs about yourself. Sexual pleasure has such potential for healing. Think of a positive statement you can repeat to yourself when your pleasuring draws to a conclusion. It could be gratitude for your physical body, letting go of shame or guilt, embracing compassion and forgiveness, or allowing yourself to let go of the past and move forward. Perhaps simply acknowledging your a sexual being with needs and desires is a good start.  Working with your sexuality can be a powerful path to selfimprovement because you tune in to the deepest and most primal part of your pleasure-seeking unconscious. Freud recognised this as our strongest motivating force, noting it (subconsciously) governs many of our day-to-day actions. But Freud wasn’t the first to discover the pleasure principle. Tantric texts also discuss this sexual energy and emphasise its incredible healing capacity. Regardless of your relationship status, you always have the capacity to give yourself pleasure. And how you treat yourself, your body and your sexuality inevitably influences your relationships. Try writing yourself a love letter. Include five things you truly love about yourself, things you have to offer in a potential relationship and what you’re looking to invite into your life from this Valentine’s Day.   Happy pleasuring! n Cat O’Dowd: Sex TherapistRelationship Counsellor- Expressive Arts Therapist Virgo Applying tremendous effort into a particular project under the Mars-Jupiter connection can lead to tangible results. Libra Libra, this is one of your best periods in 2016 to gain meaningful employment or to increase your income. Be confident and vigorously pursue your professional goals. examination to great depths now that Mars inhabits your sign. Focus on personal development practises. Scorpio You may take self- continues with an extended cycle through your fiscal sector, transforming the way you handle finances. Make significant money decisions early February. is on the agenda this fortnight. Little luxuries take on importance under the Venus transit. Go on, glam up your life! sign on 9 February asks you to question a certain position rather than take it at face value. Breaking the rules releases you from a stifling situation. Sagittarius Power planet Pluto www.creativesexpression.com cat@creativesexpressions.com SPICY! Capricorn Personal pampering Aquarius The New Moon in your Tinder – the best thing since sliced bread OR Cyber scourge of true romance? Tinder... It’s usually accompanied by a bag of Doritos and a tube of cookie dough.” Elle, Marrickville “If it means I can pick-up without putting pants on – I’m all for it.” Sam, Petersham “Like anything, it has it’s pros and cons. I guess it lies somewhere between the two.” Courtney, Leichardt “Don’t use it to talk for too long, its all about meeting, you never know if you’ll like them until you meet them in real life.” Elly, Dulwich Hill “I think it’s a bit of fun, but I wouldn’t take it too seriously or expect anything real to come from it.” Chris, Drummoyne “THE END OF ROMANCE!!!!!!!!!!!” Lane, Newtown “I know I’m feeling really shit about myself when I re-install Pisces A second chance with a significant other is now possible under the Venus-Mercury transit. n www.astrobabylon.blogspot.com. Have you got swipe fever? Photo Credit: Michael Coghlan Joy Aimée Tarot Readings and Counselling TAROT with Joy Aimee Question from Debbie: I’m going to a Valentine’s Dance. Will I meet anyone? Hello Debbie, February looks like a great month for your love life! The Lovers card is where you are right now: undecided and a little jaded by bad experiences but the Knight of Cups tells me that is about to change, and to change in a big way! A dynamic and charismatic suitor will soon just appear in your life – either you will meet him at the dance or, literally, he will just appear. He could be the new barista at the café where you get your morning coffee or the guy who offers you his seat on the bus. However he shows up, it will be in the next 4-6 weeks and you need to be looking your best and ready to greet him with a smile! The Three of Cups tells me this has the potential to be the real thing, Debbie. Set aside your doubts and fears and allow this man into your life – you will never regret it! Oh, and have a FABULOUS time at the dance. All the best, Joy. n For the full spread go to: facebook.com/ TarotReadingswithJoy - 30 years experience - Insightful & honest - In person, Skype and phone readings Call Joy: 0417 821 260 Email Joy: joyaimee@gmail.com www.tarotwithjoy.com Send your question to Joy and she will ask the cards on your behalf. EMAIL READING: Only $15 for an email reading Your star sign is required. /TarotReadingswithJoy READINGS WITH JOY: These are by arrangement and are conducted face-to-face, by Skype or phone. The cost is $75 for an hour and $45 for half an hour. To arrange your reading go to www.tarotwithjoy.com, email joyaimee@ gmail.com or call Joy on 0417 821 260 www.ciaomagazine.com.au 15

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