There’s life in the Inner West!
Durack: Stanmore’s forgotten feminist
Los Angeles: A dystopian dreamland
Issue 287 | July 22nd 2016
André Rieu Embrace of the Serpent The Italian
It’s dog days for Balmain pub patrons
Caruso into Canterbury
Time to say hello to The Italian Tenors touring Sydney
Inner West whispers
Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact...
Rozelle tunnel confirmed – Rhodes Gym – Charity bucket steal
l Residents in Rozelle have received letters this week making them aware of a new option in the WestConnex plans to include a 1km underground tunnel duplicating Victoria Road from the end of the Iron Cove Bridge to the Rozelle WestConnex interchange. Premier Mike Baird confirmed the tunnel would go ahead on Thursday, saying that 27 homes on Victoria Road will be acquired to make way for the four-lane underground tunnel. The government has stated the tunnel will come at no extra cost to the $16.8 billion project. The government also has plans to build another tunnel connecting Rozelle to North Sydney, partly because WestConnex is expected to increase traffic travelling on the Anzac Bridge to the city. l Rhodes residents are still experiencing some disruption as Pokemon Go players gather in local parks. Parents have taken to Canada Bay’s Facebook page to complain about groups of “crazy Pokemon lovers who have invaded my children’s playground”.
Canada Bay Council has responded by putting on extra clean-up crews in the area. A group of volunteers comprised of members of Saem Teu Korean Church and some Pokemon Go players cleaned up local parks on the weekend. When Canada Bay Council’s acting mayor Helen McCaffrey picked up Tsirekas’ job, maybe she expected to deal with disgruntled Labor voters not a siege of Pokemon fans! l A man has been caught on film stealing a charity donation bucket from Bar Italia on Norton Street. The money was intended for Save our Sons, a charity for children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The video shows a young man walking into the store then leaving holding a bulky jacket without buying anything. An act of heartlessness or desperation? Or one moustachioed man’s fight against the cafe’s no soy and decaf policy? There’s always one hipster who goes too far.
You may be familiar with the Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre in Petersham, but are you familiar with Fanny? Born in 1889, Fanny Durack was the first woman swimmer to win an Olympic Gold Medal, which she did at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. She also campaigned tirelessly for women to able to compete in the sport of swimming. PreDurack, women were prohibited from appearing in competitions with men present, but so impressive was her swimming ability that public demand allowed her to compete in the Olympic Games, even though she and fellow Australian swimmer Mina Wylie, had to pay their own expenses. She lived out her final years in Douglas Street, Stanmore.
Durack’s a feminist icon
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Latte Leftie ponders the issue of whether Pauline Hanson should be ‘no platformed’
Dear LL – I’m not sure what to do about Hanson 2.0. Of course, my go-to position would be that although I am a ferocious warrior for free speech I have no tolerance for hate speech. (By hate speech, I mean any opinion on multiculturalism, gay marriage or feminism unconventional enough to cause an audible intake of breath from a Q&A audience) However, that Queensland fishmonger provides such high-quality hate viewing that I’m tempted to make an exception. Do you remember how we all laughed till we cried two decades ago at her unschooled bewilderment over what xenophobia meant? Happy times! Can you imagine the priceless opportunities another Hanson media frenzy will present? Inner West progressives will be able to publicly demonstrate their solidarity with the vast number of besieged Indigenous Australians and Muslims residing in suburbs such as Annandale, Lilyfield and Stanmore. I can feel an ‘I’ll Ride With You’ (at least from Newtown to Central) social media campaign brewing! In the meantime, I’m heading to Istanbul on King to purchase a (vegan, gluten-free, organic) halal snack pack just to prove the Inner West won’t descend into genocidal ethnic cleansing on my watch! Tony, Enmore LL replies: As a left-wing intellectual I am in nearmystical communion with the working class. And if there is one thing I know, it’s that the proletariat likes nothing better than having their social betters lecture them about why they are unutterably stupid to imagine there is any connection between Islam and terrorism, globalisation and blue-collar unemployment, or high levels of migration and strain on social services. Inexplicably, Ms Hanson seems impervious to reason. Nonetheless, I’m sure the halfmillion restive bogans who elected her will soon see the error of their ways once their tribune is eviscerated by some suitably condescending ABC TV presenters. n Email your dilemma to email@example.com.
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Rozelle Collectors Markets will play host to a vintage Punch & Judy show, as well as an educational tour and prizes awarded to keep your
kids busy all day long! Check online for more info: www.rozellecollectorsmarket.com.au
This informal club of friends and Bocce aficionados from Five Dock have left the bowling greens behind, preferring to meet on the grassy shore of Hen and Chicken Bay to pass their afternoons together. They meet every day from 1-3pm. An Italian form of lawn bowls, Bocce is not recognised as an Olympic event, however it has been adopted as a competitive sport in the Special Olympics. After soccer and golf, Bocce is the third most participated-in sport in the world, the perfect social pastime for those who want to keep active on a tight budget. Time to get some ‘palline’!
• Organising sports dates with your friends
• Night markets
• Mother and son chef teams in local restaurants
• Men in toques (short beanies rolled up to show off your cute ears)
• Abbreviating the food of the gods – the Halal Snack Pack – to HSP
• Watching homes being bulldozed on Ramsay Rd
• Ginger groups
• The ‘Souping’ trend. (A diet of soup, soup and yet more soup.)
• Journalists trying to talk about ‘Pokemons’ in reference to Pokemon Go. Pokemon is plural, get with it people!
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Emma McConnell tries out four sports that haven't made it to the Olympics...yet. Become a pro before these games get cool!
Karate Several other contact sports including boxing, judo, tae kwon do and wrestling all outshone karate’s Rio Olympic bid, however it is still being considered for the Tokyo Games in 2020. This disciplined and exciting sport is more than just self-defence techniques – it relies upon accurate point scoring combined with exceptional mental stamina and a high level of fitness. Pinnacle Martials Arts Academy in Marrickville have been servicing the Inner West for over five decades, with their team focussing specifically on a Korean subset of the sport. If you’re still not convinced to give it a go, there are plenty of other martial art styles on offer. Pinnacle Martial Arts - 23 Yabsley Ave, Marrickville www.pinnaclemartialarts.com.au
Baseball First appearing in the games in 1992, this short-lived Olympic sport had little hope of making Rio – even its sister sport softball couldn’t make the cut! This omission was predominately due to the Games coinciding with the American Major League Baseball season, which would hinder the participation of many world class players. If you’re interested in giving this little-known sport a go, Five Dock Falcons Baseball Club caters for all levels expertise. It’s a great sport for the little ones too, so be sure to sign up for the club’s 'Try Baseball Day' on July 30th. Five Dock Falcons www.fivedockfalcons.com
Squash Making the shortlist for Rio was the highly underrated sport of squash. This energetic yet skilful game can be played in both singles and doubles competitions, and utilises all four walls of the court. It is an easy sport to follow and exciting rallies are commonplace, especially at an elite level. Squash is quite inclusive, with both the men and women’s competitions
Better late than never
proving to be popular worldwide. Various gyms offer court and equipment rental. Sydney University’s Sport & Aquatic Centre in Camperdown have great facilities available but please be sure to book ahead! Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre - Darlington Rd & Codrington Street, Darlington www.susf.com.au/squash
Roller Sports These less-than-traditional sports are finally getting the attention they deserve and remain hopeful of inclusion in future Olympic Games. The most popular of those vying for international prestige is inline speed skating, which encompasses sprinting and endurance events over both short and long distances. It’s a great sport to get into, however all these athletes had to start somewhere! If you’re after professional advice (and plenty of fun) get in contact with YouSkate – this skate school provides one-onone and group classes or even parties and can be conveniently booked in both Tempe and Marrickville. YouSkate www.youskate.com.au
Canine companions are no longer welcome in Balmain pubs
After trudging futilely around for hours in the Inner West searching for a new home, we were in need of a little respite. Our stoic Jack Russell was also tired of being tethered to the front fence of every “renovator’s delight” we inspected. We chanced upon the William Wallace Hotel, Balmain and were pleasantly surprised to find that ourselves and our little dog were welcomed in for a refreshing ale. She was quite content to sit under our bar stool and scoff the occasional dropped chip. I have lived in Sydney all my life and I had never come across a dog-friendly pub before! But now I have heard that the Inner West Council is clamping down and threatening big fines for pub owners who allow mutts in. I am mad that council can make this decision since dogs in pubs are an important part of Balmain’s village feel and history. This is the nanny state (or dare I say the 'doggy daycare state') dictating to us every aspect of our lives. Pooches are called “companion animals” because they keep you company and are your friend for life. But as any dog-owner knows, total strangers on the street will chat or share a knowing smile with you as you are dragged along behind your dog on her daily walk. Recently, I was trying to pull my dog away from a particularly fragrant pole when a passerby commented, “She’s just reading the morning newspaper, love”. One evening at the Riverview Hotel we chatted with a couple while their mutt sat contentedly at their feet. They had left their toddlers with a babysitter while they (and the dog) escaped for a kid-free night. Dogs in pubs help locals connect with each other and this creates a close knit community.
The Miles Franklin Literary Award is considered one of the most prestigious accolades for Australian authors. Each year it attempts to recognise the novel of highest literary merit reflecting Australian life in its many facets. No biggie. With the recent announcement of the five authors shortlisted for the prize, the Inner West is lucky to host two of the hopefuls, A.S. Patric and Charlotte Wood, as they appear at Better Read Than Dead in Newtown on Wednesday July 27th to discuss their works. Kicking off at 6.30pm, the event is free and will feature an audience Q&A and book-signing. Calling all literary nerds, it's time to start compiling your questions! The award winner will be announced on August 26th at the Melbourne Writers Festival. n To celebrate Ciao has a package with all five shortlisted novels to give away. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, where you picked up your copy of Ciao and tell us the name of your favourite book to go in the running. Happy reading!
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July 6 –30
Paint16 This group exhibition, featuring artists Lara Merrett, Hyun-Hee Lee and Mark Titmarsh, attempts to pull off more than the average art show, going beyond ‘painting’, to the artists different approaches to making art, challenging notions of what art should be. Described as a “lyrical cacophony of colour, falling, flowing, folding…” it’s hard not to be intrigued. Luckily, held at our local Artereal Gallery, there’s no reason not to indulge your intrigue and check it out. Where: Artereal Gallery, 747 Darling St, Rozelle
July 22 – 30
Two Peas present Drift Independent Inner West Theatre Company, Two Peas, is back with
Explore the inner world of artists
a new production, Drift. After operating our of their “shoebox flat” in Summer Hill for many years, the company now have the opportunity to spread out as they take over the Australian Theatre for Young People’s Studio 1. Hailed as a theatre company to watch, get in early and support these young thespians, some of whom you're sure to be hearing a lot more about in future.
Tickets are $20 and available at www.thetwopeas.com
Where: Australian Theatre for Young People, Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
The 17 pubs in Balmain are a significant part of the area and dogs in pubs go back a long way. The Welcome Hotel claims to have been pooch friendly since 1878! The story goes that the Welcome got its name after a lost hound stumbled across a friendly publican, who welcomed the dog into the pub and gave it a new home and the establishment a new name. The London Hotel publican has allowed dogs inside his pub since he took it over in 1989. How can the Inner West Council exclude dogs from Balmain pubs after they have been welcome for so long? Provided dogs are well behaved and supervised by their owners, I do not see that there is any health risk having dogs inside around patrons. Once our dog wandered behind the bar and we hurried in to retrieve her. The barmaid quipped: “I don’t mind the dogs behind the bar so much, it’s the drunks I worry about.” And dogs are all teetotallers!
n Helen Taranto
n You can sign a petition to support keeping pups in Balmain and Rozelle pubs: www.change.org/p/innerwest-council-balmain-rozelle-dog-friendly-pubs
Mon 25 July, 6pm
Author Talk: Dr Kristy Goodwin Like it or loathe it, we are living in a digital world. For parents, this means they are pioneers having to pave the way in raising children as digital natives. Luckily, you are not completely alone, with children’s technology and development expert, mother and author Dr Kristy Goodwin here to provide support, tips and tricks in her new book Raising Your Child in a Digital World. Don’t miss the chance to catch her in the flesh and bombard her with questions.
The event is free, but reservations are essential. To book call 9911 6210.
Where: Concord Library, 60 Flavelle St, Concord
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n Local Gigs
Friday 26th July
The Kills A bit more on the pricey side than our usual picks, but we can all agree that for this gig it’s worth it. Be taken away by the most fearless duo in rock and roll; you won’t regret it. Enmore Theatre, $78.29
Thursday 28th July
Julie Jacklin A homegrown talent, this guitarist and singer songwriter plays with elements of country and indie-folk to create something truly unique. We are calling it now, there are big things ahead for this Blue Mountains' girl. Newtown Social Club, $15
Dance with Dahlia Sunday 31st July
Dahlia Dior Hailed as the musical iteration of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect nothing short of a colourful, magical, kaleidoscopic adventure from Dahlia Dior. Interpreting the music of the greats, anything goes from jazz to blues and genres in between. Camelot Lounge, $35
n Local screens
Like Apocalypse Now in a canoe
Embrace of the Serpent
Nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Oscars, Ciro Guerra’s journey up the Amazon is the sort of movie that leaves critics stunned, falling over themselves to find reasons to give it six stars (out of five). It deserves all six at least – Embrace of the Serpent is the sort of intoxicating art movie that grips like a thriller. Two dramas weave backwards and forwards over several decades, and in both, western explorers and adventurers (Jan Bijvoet and Brionne Davis) enlist the help of a native shaman (Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolivar) to guide them up the river, though their motives (especially in the later story) are as murky as the mighty river’s waters. Along the way the effects of colonialism on tribal life and the destruction wrought by extractive industries are observed, though this is far from a simple sermon. Leading to a dream-like sequence of mind-expanding beauty (the only scene in colour), it could just be the most audacious and powerful film you’ll see all year. M from July 28. n Thanks to Palace Films we have five double in-season passes to give away. Details below.
Balmain musos are back in the 'hood!
The Sex Party's ideal candidate
Ciao’s picks: Weiner
“You’re a real scumbag, Anthony,” a heckler yells. “Takes
one to know one, jackass!” he replies. Now why didn’t we
get exchanges like that during our long, boring election
campaign? Maybe because we don’t have pollies like
Anthony Weiner, the charismatic left-liberal firebrand and
onetime rising Democrat star of Congress. In 2011 he was
caught sexting pics of his bulging undies and had to resign.
But two years later he’s running again, this time for Mayor
of New York, and that’s where Josh Kriegman and Elyse
Love & Friendship
Steinberg’s superbly entertaining fly-on-the-wall doco begins. He’s doing well, topping the polls, his sensationally
“Fresh and deliciously rotten,” said Time Out about
attractive wife by his side… She’s Huma Abelin, one of
this Walt Stillman adaptation of an early Jane
Hillary Clinton’s aides, but wow, poor Huma... Both seem
Austen novella. It’s witty and hilariously droll for
to forget the cameras, and when Anthony is outed doing
sure, and laugh out loud funny – proving that
the same thing again, they’re together, her long silent stare
you don’t need to dig up the undead (Pride and
at her husband seemingly lasting forever. It’s a relief when
Prejudice and Zombies, ouch!) to bring 18th century
she finally says, “Can we turn this off?” There are more
costume dramas to modern audiences in the mood
excruciating moments of political insanity later, for Anthony
for a joke. Kate Beckinsale plays Lady Susan, a
never gives up. Look, just go out and find this jaw-dropping
first-class schemer whose calculated intrigues are
exposure. It’s getting one Sydney screen somewhere,
helped by an American friend (Chloë Sevigny).
hopefully Dendy Newtown. M from July 28.
The fatuous and fatheaded men (Xavier
Samuel, Tom Bennett) don’t stand a chance.
No love, not a lot of friendship
Since its conception in 1991 by artistic director, conductor and Drummoyne resident Gary Stavrou, the Balmain Sinfonia has had a long and illustrious journey. After leaving its original location in Rozelle and Balmain to act as Macquarie University’s resident orchestra, the orchestra is now returning to its Inner West home; this time setting up shop in Leichhardt’s Italian Forum. Their long-awaited debut at the Forum will be a Saturday afternoon concert, taking place at 5pm, August 5th and will feature Beethoven, Brahms and Tommy Tycho’s Violin Concerto – a piece written by the Australian maestro especially for Maria Lindsay, violinist of the Balmain Sinfonia. Stavrou says the audience experience will be improved by the move, in part due to the “delightful restaurants and cafes nearby”. Ciao has a double pass to give away. To enter email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and where you picked up your copy of Ciao. Tickets are available at www.balmainsinfonia.com.
Love thy self
When Adelaide photographer Taryn Brumfitt posted an unorthodox before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. This crowdfunded doco, well, crusade really, is the result – it turned her into campaigner against the curse of body loathing. Now I’ve got a confession: for years I worked on a weight loss magazine. None of us saw it this way, but it was our job to make women feel bad about themselves and sell them products. Which didn’t work, but that just meant our advertisers could sell them more. Was I guilty of hate crime? Yep, the verdict is in, and my sentence is to watch Taryn’s film. She travels around the globe talking to lots of body image activists, all inspiring, even the bearded lady in London. But perhaps the wisest words come from ex-Cosmo editor Mia Freedman: “Vote with your wallets,” she says – meaning stop buying stuff, stop believing the crap you’re told. And I’ll add this: Stop judging other women. CTC from Aug 4.
July 30 – 31, 2pm
André Rieu at Hoyts Broadway For two special showings only, Hoyts cinema will display ‘The King of the Waltz’ André Rieu’s annual Maastricht concert on the big screen, which may be the next best thing to actually being there. And you don’t have to fly to the
You'll rue missing Rieu
Netherlands. Featuring the maestro in his element alongside his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, this is a chance to see one of the world’s most legendary performers deliver an unforgettable musical concert.
Ciao has 3 double passes to see André Rieu’s 2016 Maastricht Concert on the big screen to give away! To enter, simply email info@ciaomagazine. com.au with your name, address and where you picked up your copy of Ciao. Tickets can purchased at www.hoyts.com.au
Where: Hoyts Broadway, Broadway Shopping Centre, Greek St, Broadway
Sun 31 July, 9am-12pm
National Tree Day How good are trees? Seriously, not only do they allow us to breath – cheers for that – their leafy, greenness makes our Inner West
From small things...
home feel a little less like an inner city wasteland. Show your gratitude to trees by celebrating Planet Ark’s National Tree Day with the City of Canada Bay Council’s planting activities. There may even be a sausage sanga in it for you!
Register online at www.treeday. planetark.org by 28 July.
Where: Arthur Walker Reserve, Nullawarra Av, Concord West
ONE WEEKEND ONLY JULY 30–31
Sun 21 August, 10am-4pm
Ferragosto There are three things you need to bring to the Ferragosto Italian Street Festival: your family, your appetite and your dancing shoes. Come see Five Dock overrun by Italian culture, with over 160 food and wine stalls, kitchen demonstrations, dance and musical performances and even an Italian vehicle display. It’s a great chance to celebrate multiculturalism... and pizza! Where: Great North Rd, Five Dock
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The Italian Tenors
In anticipation of The Italian Tenors tour of Australia in September, we shared a transcontinental espresso with Evans Tonon, who spoke with Ciao from his home in Turin. Tonon is the trio’s secret baritone singer who perfected his craft in London and Rome and is well known throughout the regional opera houses of Italy. The trio, composed of Sabino Gaita, Mirko Povini and Tonon, is classically trained and provide a contemporary approach to Italy’s pop and opera standards. They will be performing at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club on Friday September 2nd.
How did The Italian Tenors come to be? The group started officially in 2012. Sabino and I had sung a few times together at the local opera house in Torino. He was working in the company there and I had freelance jobs there occasionally. We became friends and realised we shared an interest in crossover musical projects that went beyond strictly classical music. We met Mirko at the auditions and decided to try it this way all together.
What can we expect from your concert? Well, we will be singing all in Italian apart from one or two songs, like the classic ‘That’s Amore’. Some of the songs in our repertoire are well known, like ‘Caruso’ and Pavarotti’s ‘Time to say to goodbye’. Most of the songs we will be performing are classic Italian pop songs we have reinterpreted; they are all songs that are memorable – even if you have never heard them before! We are really trying to bring a little bit of Italy to Sydney. We like to entertain the audience and playing little tricks on each other. We are clownish and try to portray the Italian stereotypes somehow.
Is there anything that is common to Italian music, regardless of its genre? I think our music shows a little of the personality of Italian people. Italians are happy
and excited about life, but at the same time are very romantic and sometimes melancholic. I think Italian music tends to be lyrical and very melodic with a recognisable line. That’s why people are always humming the songs after we leave the concert hall.
How do you feel about travelling to Australia? We are very excited, I can’t believe it’s coming up in a month. We are just looking forward to it. It’s the first time we have ever visited Australia as artists and in our personal travels. We are still unsure of the reaction we will get from the audience.
What song are you looking forward to singing the most? My very favourite is ‘C’era Una Volta La Terra Mia’. This song was written for the spaghetti western, Once Upon a Time in the West by Moriconne. He just won the Oscars this year for writing the score to Tarantino’s latest film. Sabino’s favourite is ‘Caruso’. Mirko has a few but it would probably be a song from our earlier album – ‘Piccolo e Fragile’. Before singing it we didn’t know this song is very famous in Germany. When we reinterpreted it for a concert there, the audience was singing along with us and we almost had to laugh because we realised they knew it better than we did!
What do you look forward to doing in Sydney? Well, we probably only know what everyone knows about Sydney: that it is Australia’s biggest city with beautiful beaches and also we know
about the sharks! [Laughs] We are hoping to see a kangaroo, maybe not in the streets, and I have also heard kangaroo meat is very good – so I want to try that! It’s not a thing particular to Sydney, but I love looking at old lighthouses and there a few along the coast I am looking forward to visiting.
n To book tickets for The Italian Tenors concert on Friday September 2nd at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club go to: www.chprsl.com.au/Shows
Thanks to The Italian Tenors we have one double pass to giveaway to readers for their upcoming concert at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. To be in the running, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what your favourite Italian song is and why. Remember to include your mailing address and contact details.
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Is there any part of the Olympics you particularly look forward to?
“I like the swimming, plus the opening and closing ceremonies.” Tony, Stanmore “Oh, I haven't really thought about it! But I do like watching the gymnastics.” Alaina, Dulwich Hill “I don't have a particular favourite part, but I enjoy watching the Olympics.” Greg, Summer Hill “I'm a football fan, so there's that. Also the 100-metre sprint and the gymnastics. Any event that Australia has a chance of winning gold in.” Anthony, Annandale “I am actually only looking forward to the Winter Olympics. Now they've added snowboarding it's exciting.” Dunine, Concord “I am not really interested in this coming Olympics. The venue seems like its had a lot of problems.” Danny, Ashfield “I kind of was looking forward to watching the golf, but all the golfers have pulled out saying they fear catching Zika virus. I like the swimming too.” Andrew, Breakfast Point "I don't really like sport but I know I will inevitably end up vegging out in front of the TV." Bryan, Enmore
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The Australian hairdressing industry is gigantic, with 16,000 salons and 35,000 employees across the country. Unsurprisingly, the industry produces a huge amount of waste each year. Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA) is a new company trying to combat this waste and reward the hair salons that share their environmental ideals. Paul Frasca, co-founder and managing director of SSA, says, “The hairdressing industry sends 2 million kilos of waste each year to landfill. Our mission at Sustainable Salons Australia is to create zero-waste salons.” SSA recycles 95 per cent of salons’ waste by providing salons with bins for metals, paper, plastics, razors, hair and chemicals and a fortnightly door-to-door pick up service. All the proceeds gained from recycling salon waste are donated to Australian charities such as Variety Australia, a non-for profit that helps sick or disadvantaged children. Taïs Hair Studio in Annandale and Toni and Guy in Newtown are two notable Inner West examples of salons that have partnered with the SSA. Toni and Guy Newtown was one of the first salons to partner with SSA and has long been environmentally minded thanks to salon owner and artistic director Lea-Ann Suthern, who has been praised within the business industry for her progressive ideas and focus on sustainability. Lea-Ann says of her involvement with SSA, “Being part of something bigger and giving to the community and environment at large is important to me.” For many people, sustainability in hair care begins with mindfulness; as soon as you start thinking about the products you use, the more
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environmental choices become apparent. This is why while cutting and colouring customers’ hair, T&G employees engage their clients in conversation about sustainability and the environment. The owner of Taïs Hair Studio in Annandale, Thais Pantigas couldn’t be happier with the decision to join SSA. "We are committed to sustainable growth that encourages social responsibility and respect for the planet. This simple initiative can make all the difference to what was once landfill waste becomomg a resource," Pantigas said. Ethical and environmental choices in the same vein as these salons are making can also be made at home. Making your shampoo or other haircare products in your kitchen is one environmentally friendly option, that not only keeps your hair out of contact with harmful chemicals used in packaged haircare, but is also more cost effective. Products that commonly appear on your shopping list such as lemons, baking soda, avocado, honey, vinegar and eggs can all be used alone or combined for a D.I.Y haircare day spa. n Words by Samantha Hayes
First Inner West Council Budget
Addresses Parks and Infrastructure
In the wake of the controversial amalgamation, the newly formed Inner West Council has announced its first budget, with focus on parks, infrastructure and services. Despite the appointment of a new Administrator, Richard Pearson, the budgets prepared by the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils have been carried over in their entirety. “The former councils had done an excellent job of planning for the future budgetary needs of their communities and we want to carry on that work,” said Mr Pearson. The 2016/17 budget focuses heavily on improving local parks, with 15 million dollars dedicated to carrying out works at numerous locations, including Camperdown Park, Leichhardt Oval, Marrickville Park and Centenary Park in Croydon.
Another 14 million dollars is earmarked for the redevelopment of Ashfield Aquatic Centre, which will include upgrading the existing 50 metre and water polo pools and the construction of a new 25 metre Learn to Swim pool. Other projects announced include two new childcare centres in Leichhardt and Marrickville, an upgrade to Ashfield Town Hall, upgrading and maintaining council buildings and renewing roads and footpaths. Despite the multiple projects, Mr Pearson said a key concern of the budget is to ensure the long-term financial stability of the council. “The focus in the first new full financial year for the Inner West Council is to continue building a dynamic new council for residents, ratepayers and business owners,” he said.
Draft plans for the old Marrickville Hospital site
Entries close: 31 July 2016
n Local news
Local Students Tackle Marine Conservation
Working in partnership with Take 3, a not-for-profit organisation, students from City of Canada Bay have been congratulated on their campaigns to reduce marine pollution. The campaigns, which include litterfree lunchbox designs, bin stickers and lunchtime rubbish round-ups, will now be implemented at schools across the area, including St Ambrose Catholic Public School, Concord High School, St Marks Catholic Primary School and Abbotsford Primary Public School. City of Canada Bay Deputy Mayor Helen McCaffery called the strategies “very impressive” and presented the students with certificates for their efforts. “It is beneficial to inspire a proactive approach to environmental protection at a young age,” she said. The resources and services needed to see the campaigns become a reality in schools will be funded by the Council’s Small Environmental Grants program.
Making the Exchange
Balmain’s Exchange Hotel for Sale
One of Balmain’s most well known venues, The Exchange Hotel, is currently up for grabs, as a private organisation has put the long-running pub on the market. Located on Beattie Street, the multi-level building has the potential for many uses, including residential use, with its prominent position within Balmain’s dining and pub precinct and large 360-meter corner site making the hotel hot property. It is expected the building will attract strong interest from owneroperators, value-add specialist and investors alike, with State Government compulsory acquisitions throughout the CBD said to be driving demand for properties such as this in the suburbs. Built in 1885, the building is heritage listed, with any future plans for the site subject to council approval.
Footprints Film Festival Closing Entries in July
The final call for entries to the Inner West’s Footprints Film Festival is fast approaching, with the last date for submissions Sunday, July 31st. There are only two requirements for submissions; that the film does not exceed seven minutes and that there is an environmental theme or message in the piece. Following the closure of entries, the shortlisted films will be announced, and then screened on the day, with the major winners announced at the festival and awarded prizes with a combined value of $5000. The Footprints Film Festival will take place on August 21st, between 11am and 3pm at Whites Creek Valley Park on White St and Piper St, Annandale. n For further information or to enter your film visit www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Footprints-Film-Festival.
Your short environment ﬁlm could win you some of the $5,000 worth of great prizes up for grabs. Entries close Sunday 31 July, so start ﬁlming. For information on how to submit your ﬁlm and for full terms and conditions, go to:
The shortlisted ﬁlm entries will be screened at this year’s Footprints Eco Festival on Sunday 21 August. Come along to see some of the best local short ﬁlms going around and help power the screening in our bicycle-powered cinema!
n with Olivia Mackay, www.scoffandquaff.
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Panforte (‘strong bread’ in Italian) is a rich, dense fruitcake made with honey, nuts and spices. Traditionally served at Christmas, it is eaten after dinner with coffee or vin santo. I figure it’s basically muesli and appropriate for breakfast. Perhaps leave the wine until midday though. While you can use just about any combination of nuts and fruit, I use figs for the little pops of seedy crunch, cherries for tartness, and dried peaches because I find stone fruit flavours go beautifully with dessert wines. Traditional recipes call for mixed peel, but I prefer a little orange zest.
1. Coarsely chop the dried fruit and soak in the vin santo (if using) in a large bowl.
2. Preheat oven to 180°C. 3. Line a 20cm non-stick spring-form baking tin with greaseproof paper and then grease the inside well (an oil spray is ideal).
4. Add the flour, spices, nuts and chocolate to the wine-soaked fruit and combine thoroughly.
• 120g almonds, toasted • 120g hazelnuts, toasted • ½ cup each of dried figs, dried cherries and dried peaches • small glass of vin santo (optional) • ½ cup plain flour • 1 tsp cinnamon
Make panforte your forte
• ½ tsp grated nutmeg • ½ tsp powdered ginger • Pinch of white pepper • Zest of one orange • 50g dark chocolate, chopped • ½ cup honey • ½ cup caster sugar • 1 tablespoon water
5. Stir sugar, honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. 6. Simmer until a sugar thermometer reaches 116°C. 7. Add syrup into the bowl with other ingredients and combine well. 8. Pour into the baking tin and smooth the surface by pressing down on the surface with baking paper. 9. Bake for 30 minutes then remove. 10. Allow to cool completely before carefully removing from tin. 11. To serve, dust with icing sugar and slice into wedges.
n Fruit: Avocados are plentiful with prices around $1.50 for a small avo. Queensland’s strawberry season is in full swing, so grab a punnet for $3-$5. Tangelos and blood and navel oranges are abundant, selling for $3-$6 a kilo.
n Veggies: It’s time for winter soup! Leeks, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms and pumpkin are all perfect in soup and currently at their best. Leeks are large and plump, selling for $2-$3 each, while Jerusalem artichokes are a treat at $8-$10 a kilo. Thanks to Sydney Markets.
Go on a Tangelo
AT HOME WITH Aaron Ward
Chef Aaron Ward works with some of Sydney’s best chefs at the two-hatted sixpenny restaurant in Stanmore, and previously at Sepia. Now Aaron is being recognised as an up-and-coming culinary talent in his own right.
How did you end up at sixpenny in Stanmore? It was a bit of the right place at the right time. I was fortunate enough to meet Dan Puskas when I was staging at Sepia while he was the Head Chef. A few months later I moved to Sydney and kept in touch with Dan who mentioned that he was opening a restaurant in Stanmore. We opened the doors in March 2012.
What was the first thing you ever learnt to cook as a child? Growing up I would always help Mum in the kitchen making cakes and biscuits. Anzac biscuits were my favourite to make!
Do you have a philosophy behind the food you make? I like to keep my food simple. I believe in no fuss cooking, but also keeping it refined. I source the right ingredients and take them to their highest potential. Food is a way of bringing people together, and creating a dish that can be enjoyed by the entire table is something I strive to achieve.
When did you know you wanted to be a chef? I always wanted to be a chef. I would read recipes and watch food
programs on television growing up. Cooking was always going to be the career I’d pursue. I started cooking in a local hotel in Taree, then moved to a seafood restaurant in Coffs Harbour where I learnt the respect for fresh seafood, which came daily off the back of the trawlers. I then travelled south to Newcastle where I had my first taste in a fine dining kitchen and gained an itch to work in Sydney amongst some of Australia’s top restaurants.
What is your favourite sport in the Olympics and what do you like snacking on while watching the Games? My favourite sport is the swimming. My favourite food to eat whilst watching TV is pizza closely followed by Tim Tams and a cup of tea.
If you could be cooked for by anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Jamie Oliver. Growing up I would watch him on TV. The way he uses the freshest of ingredients in an uncomplicated way and his enthusiasm towards cooking is truly inspiring.
n Aaron Ward has been selected as a finalist for the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year, a program that acknowledges and educates some of Australia’s best young chefs throughout their career. You can vote for Aaron in the Electrolux People’s Choice Award by going to www.appetiteforexcellence.com. Voting closes August 4th. Winners will be announced on August 8th.
sixpenny chef Aaron Ward: the next Jamie Oliver?
Roasted Lamb Shoulder
With Silverbeet and potatoes
• 2.5kg lamb shoulder
• 500ml chicken stock
• Large bunch silverbeet (roughly chopped)
• 100ml Extra Virgin olive oil
• 2 leeks (finely chopped)
• 100g butter
• 5 cloves of garlic (crushed)
• 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
• 400gm kipfler potatoes • Salt and pepper (cut into 2cm rounds)
1. Preheat oven to 160C. Heat a heavy base oven proof pan over high heat, add 5 tablespoons of oil, season the lamb with salt and pepper and brown on all sides. Remove lamb from the pan and place the pan back on the heat.
2. Heat 5 tablespoons of oil in the pan and sweet leeks, garlic and silverbeet for 5 minutes. Add chicken stock bring to the simmer and add potatoes. Place lamb on top of vegetables and cover with foil, place in the oven for 3.5 hours. Remove foil and roast for a further 30 minutes.
3. Mix butter and mustard through the silverbeet and potatoes to make the sauce. Serves 4.
Wine with Winsor
Big and bold
St Hallett 2015 Western Front Shiraz There are few wineries that do as good a job as Barossa producer St Hallett with shiraz – and across a wide range of price points, too. This is an entry-level wine (read cheap) but it has plenty to commend it, being bold and dark with plenty of power and energy, and enough structure to make it a short-term cellaring prospect. If you enjoy your reds on the macho side of the spectrum then you’ll like this with a traditional Sunday lamb roast, or a spaghetti bolognaise. Try Dan Murphy’s or BSW. $15.
Xanadu 2015 Exmoor Chardonnay You have got to be impressed with quality Margaret River chardonnay for under 20 bucks a bottle. Xanadu winemaker Glenn Goodall is one of the best in the country at the moment and even this entry-level wine (that used to be labelled Next of Kin) sings with its bright varietal character and remarkable balance. There are stone fruit flavours, wild yeast ferment to add complexity and crisp acid in this drop. A serious bargain buy. $18.
Indigo Vineyard 2015 Sangiovese The latest releases from Indigo Vineyard in Beechworth, Victoria, in the foothills of the Victorian Alps, are absolutely in the zone. The 2015 chardonnays and the 2014 shiraz are all outstanding. This, however, was the wine that took my fancy. Made from the key grape used in the Italian wines of Chianti, this is bright and lively but with savoury and spicy notes that make it particularly food friendly. Lovely drinking at a realistic price. $30. www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com.
Winter’s main squeeze
Melissa Leong presents an ode to citrus. It’s the perfect fruit for all winter days – especially those dramatically altered by climate change. Most fortnights, my long-suffering editor Phoebe sends me an email, reminding me that my column is about to be late…again. It’s not that I don’t love writing for Ciao, but sometimes it seems to be that one crazy work project after a whole lot of other crazy projects I have to do. All these projects get in the way of being able to sit down with a cup of tea, and sit with my Ciao thoughts. Chai and Ciao? If only I had more time. For this particular issue, perhaps all that procrastinating has worked in my favour. The wintery, ‘Christmas in July’ theme has well and truly been thwarted by a bout of 24 degree weather, rendering all channellings of cosy fireside chatter utterly useless. Today it’s strangely warm and humid. For anyone wondering whether we might have a climate problem, I offer you Exhibit A: outside your window. So what does one cook, when you’re in the mood for cosy, but it’s just too damned hot? Strolling through the aisles at my local grocer today, I think the answer has to be citrus. Nature has a way of giving us what we need, when we need it. When it comes to glowing orbs of zesty goodness, all that vitamin C arrives perfectly in time for when a cold is likely on its way. Where a warm winter is concerned, citrus still manages to transcend the heat, offering refreshing respite. Blood orange and fennel salads offer crisp and cooling contrast to grilled fish or a Sunday lamb roast, while chilled mandarins make for cool snacks. Personally, I prefer my citrus in the form of a wedge of blood orange in my Negroni, but that may be more about the week I’m having rather than anything else. So go forth and get thee something bright orange; might as well use sunshine as your culinary inspiration while it’s shining on us.
City of Angels
There are many different aspects to life in Los Angeles, travel editor Winsor Dobbin discovers.
Sinatra’s old office
It’s the coolest rooftop bar in Los Angeles, perhaps the world.
The bar has only been open a couple of months, but this uber-cool spot at Mama Shelter has already been written up by the likes of Vogue magazine. From the sixth floor of this hipster hotel in Hollywood, you can see Culver City, downtown LA and Santa Monica spread out before you. In the other direction, shrouded in haze, is the iconic Hollywood hillside sign. Mama Shelter serves the coolest cocktails and wines from around the world. Sometimes there are barbecues, a guest DJ playing some tunes or maybe a fashion parade. Want to be in the same spot as the cool crowd while enjoying a sangria or glass of rosé? You’ve come to the right place. Cool crowd, cool place. Even the rooms ($220 a night) are cool with Tarantino scripts on the desk and Darth Vader masks as bedside lamps. But Los Angeles is nothing if not a city of contrasts. Just a few blocks away, on Hollywood Boulevard no less, you’ll find dumpster divers and panhandlers, tattoo artists, bullshit artists, tour touts and pierced freaks. There are the belligerent and the bewildered, too. Shops selling flick knives, drug paraphernalia and personal tazers. T-shirts, three for $9.99. All on the same street where they hold the Oscars and where the Jimmy Kimmel Show is recorded. Hollywood is a dream come true for many, as you’ll discover if you take a tour bus past the dramatic homes of the likes of Charlize Theron and Sylvester Stallone.
Dumpster divers, tattoo artists, pierced freaks
A huge number of people have made it big here; Beverly Hills and Bel Air are wall-to-wall mansions but the bus is full of people who can’t afford a car. Back on Hollywood Boulevard there are hookah bars and hooker bars, sports bars and sports cars, deranged vets and far-too-thin teenage girls. Too many of the guys look like Keith Richards and none of the girls look like J.Lo and the security guards are heavily armed in case someone decides to go beserk. It is easy to see why Hollywood Boulevard is known as the boulevard of broken dreams; there is a stench of desperation that lingers in the air.
The glamour has long gone from here despite the movie stars on the Walk of Fame and the porn stars’ handprints outside the Hustler shop, just a few blocks from the famous Capital Records building. Yet much of Los Angeles is glamorous. Santa Monica; old school Bel Air, Westwood, Marina del Rey, even Venice Beach, have cachet. Take Mulholland Drive and gaze at the Hollywood Hills below. Here in LA you can picnic in MacArthur Park or sleep in the Hotel California, go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or the Staples Centre. LA, the City of Angels, is the second largest city in the US, a sprawling urban landscape where folk from the projects, Compton, Watts and South Central, live and work alongside the beautiful people. The city hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 (which I covered), and is currently bidding for the 2024 Games. The locals love their sports. LA hosts more major league professional sports teams than any city other than New York. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels baseball teams; the LA Rams and Raiders gridiron teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers basketball teams, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks ice hockey teams, and the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club (once the team of David Beckham) are all well loved. LA is known for its superb climate, as the centre of the entertainment industry, a music centre and as a tourism magnet. There’s lots to do, too, from Universal Studios to Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott’s Berry Farm. So if you want a good base for exploration, the name says it all: Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. First there is the location; right on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood and within a short stroll (this is one part of LA where you can stroll) to Melrose Avenue, the boutiques of Robertson Boulevard and Rodeo Drive and right across the road from Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Shopping: sorted. Within four blocks or so you’ll find Hollywood hangout The Ivy, where you can star spot while you wine and dine, top-notch wine bar AOC and legendary Italian eatery Locanda Veneta. There are fast-food options galore, too, and a foot massage across the way costs just $25 for an hour. The hotel itself is a joy. There are staff to carry your bags, a helpful concierge desk, great reception folk and rooms with all you require
to live the LA life, including free wi-fi, supercomfortable beds, cable TV, windows that open, mini bars, luxury bathroom amenities, bath robes, and 24-hour room service. There is even something that has become a rarity: a nightly turn-down service.
Disneyland, universal studios, Knott’s Berry Farm
As this is a Sofitel there is a French accent to the style. There are 295 rooms including 38 suites and rooms start from a very reasonable $US229 a night – great value for an urban resort like this – even if there is a mad street person living in a bus shelter just a block away. Choosing a hotel in Los Angeles can be immensely difficult. The key is to be as close as to the places you want to visit, and near a Metro rail service if possible (the bus service is complicated and driving can be intimidating for the first-timer). Even when there is a good Metro service it can still be slow; the new Union Station to Santa Monica route takes over an hour. This is even more the case at Los Angeles Airport, where you will probably only want to spend one night. Emerging from the arrivals hall at whichever of the many terminals you land there will be literally dozens of shuttle buses – all heading for different hotels, motels even different suburbs. There is one that goes to Union Station and another that stops just one block away from Hollywood Boulevard – for just $8 (around $10.50 Australian). The shuttle for the Best Western Plus Suites arrived within five minutes of my calling the hotel - and the three kilometre drive was quick and efficient. The Best Western Plus is an older-style property but at $170 a night including taxes it does the job and doesn’t bust the budget. I arrived at 11am and check-in was not until 2pm but the check-in staff kindly arranged an early check-in and gave me the free wi-fi code so I could work while they prepared the room. The room was large and comfortable, the staff amiable, and a welcome gift of chocolates was a nice touch. The room had free water, a coffee machine, fridge, microwave and air con - along with a window that opened to let in fresh air. There was a business centre with computers and printers adjacent to the lobby, and vending machines on each level. There is even an outdoor pool and tub.
He’s all shook up
Nowhere does retro chic like LA
The hotel restaurant only serves breakfast but there are a dozen fast-food eateries nearby, including Pollo Loco, WoBa Grill and Little Caesars Pizza. You might as well get into the habit as soon as you arrive. Portions in California are enormous; and everything costs just a little more than you expect, either because of taxes, or because tipping at 15-20% is mandatory – like it or not. But the cars are hip, your waiter hipper, and there’s always a chance you might bump into someone really, really famous.
Qantas operates direct daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles on a mix of A380 and B747 aircraft. For details see www.qantas.com. Mama Shelter, 6500 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles 90028. +1 323 785 6666. www.mamashelter.com. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90048. +1 310 278 5444. www.sofitel.com/ Los_Angeles Best Western Plus Suites Inglewood, 5005 West Century Boulevard, Inglewood, +1 301 677 7733. www.bestwestern.com.