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There’s life in the Inner West! Erko’s answer to Tarantino How to cook kangaroo Korean style FREE Issue 284 | June 10th 2016 WIN! FREE TIX: Down Under Cine Latino Film Festival Bijou Make your own microgarden! A bug’s LifeCYCLE Footprints Ecofestival offers green family fun

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Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Satire for the soul A tumescent Righteous Rightie waxes Gelato wars – Marrickville Mauler – Don’t mention the memorial l The big M of gelato is coming to the Inner West. Yes, finally Messina Gelato will be occupying a storefront on King Street, the promised land of Sydney’s trendiest gelato. Just how will we cope with the choice between ‘World’s best gelato’ Cow & the Moon, Hakiki’s delectable Turkish ice cream, N2’s offerings frozen in liquid nitrogen, vegan favourite Gelato Blue and Messina? Will this be Frozen Yoghurt 2.0, where almost every fifth store on King Street was hawking curls of Fro Yo, only for all but one to shut down a year later? Who will win the icecream Battle Royale? Inner West dwellers with a sweet tooth, that’s for sure. l Five Dock resident and boxing champ Jeff Fenech has had charges dismissed that he disrupted a hearing held by the NSW Crime Commission and will enter a two-year good behaviour bond. The hearing, at which Fenech threw documents on the floor and paced around the courtroom, was related to the alleged shooting of Brad Dillon outside Market Place, Leichhardt in 2014. During the commission Fenech was questioned about the mysterious St Michael Christian Brother’s Fighting Club, believed to be based in Lewisham. Muay Thai boxer Antonio Bagnato, who was one of the suspects in Dillon’s murder, has the crest of the fight club tattooed across his stomach. l A memorial statue, intended to be unveiled in Croydon Park this week has stirred controversy. The Australia-Japan Community Network has lobbied the State Government and Ashfield’s Exodus Foundation to stop the statue from being installed. It commemorates women who experienced sexual slavery during WWII as ‘comfort women’. The Japan Community Network has expressed concerns the statue contravenes the Racial Discrimination Act. It was planned to be unveiled outside the Korean Society of Sydney’s headquarters on Brighton Avenue on August 6th. LOCAL history Annandale has some of the most beautiful heritage buildings in the Inner West. Of these, The Abbey, located on Johnston Street is the most notable. Built in 1881 by John Young, an architect, its purpose was to compel Young’s wife to move to Australia. The mansion features gables, arches, lions, gargoyles, chimneys and turrets. Young was the highest-ranking Mason in Australia at the time, and the building includes many Masonic elements. Stories about the mysterious Gothic building have long circulated, with a ‘lady in white’ supposedly haunting the tower. It is also said some of the gargoyles on the property were stolen from St Mary’s Cathedral, which Young also designed. However, this hasn’t been proven. Who ya gonna call? lyrical about the possibilities thrown up by a right-wing riposte to GetUp! Dear RR – Sadly, many Inner Westies are fellow travellers with GetUp!, that cultural Marxist collective devoted to destroying Western Civilisation. But does it fill you with hope that Cory Bernardi – the Nelson Mandela of Australian conservatives (excuse the analogy with a murderous communist but I’m sure you get my drift) – has launched a rightist equivalent, imaginatively christened Australian Conservatives? Even better, Cory has said it will have ‘top quality technology’, so I presume we can look forward to seeing a MySpace page and electronic bulletin board for the group soon! Eric, Hobart LL replies: Given the Liberal Party leadership has fallen into the hands of a warmist, crypto-socialist who’s no doubt a secret agent for GetUp!, the only hope for rightthinking individuals is extra-parliamentary activism. One can only hope the sight of a handful of well-dressed, neatly groomed, middle-aged people politely picketing their offices will be sufficient to persuade the nation’s elected representatives to allow super to continue to a wealth-accumulation vehicle for the struggling, upper middle class elderly. And that the prospect of a trickle of well structured, grammatically correct emails will make it clear all decent Australians yearn to live in a nation where miscreant youths are given the full Silence of the Lambs facemask treatment; employers are at liberty to pay their indolent underlings whatever they see fit; wind farms are dismantled and thrown into the furnaces of coal-fired power stations; improvident members of the proletariat who won’t hurry up and die are charged $500 per doctor’s visit and Adam and Steve can go back to their furtive couplings in Oxford Street bathhouses rather than bleating endlessly on Q&A about not being able to enter into holy matrimony and access taxpayer-funded IVF to grow a designer Frakenbaby. Truly, it looks like it might finally be morning in Australia! n Email your dilemma to info@ciaomagazine.com.au. Things we love: WE ARE C!AO ADVERTISING Sarah Shepherd sarah@ciaomagazine.com.au ADVERTISING Madi Day madi@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 Winter is comely You may have noticed that winter has been delivering some spectacular (and very shareable) sunsets. This image was taken over Barnstaple Rd near the Bay Run. Scientists have explained why winter is the season for sunsets: the air is usually dryer than in warmer months, which affects the way sunlight bounces off air molecules. In general, the molecules will absorb less longer spectrum colours, such as vibrant pinks, reds and oranges, which form the palette of any awesome sunset. Air pollution and dust has the opposite effect, causing most of the light’s spectrum to be absorbed, leading to your average blueish-purple sunset. C!ao’s voice In • Bachelor viewing parties • Achieving peak organisation and bringing leftovers for lunch to work • Taking pottery classes • Solar panels for Leichhardt pool • Baseball, Karate and Surfing at 2020 Olympics Out • Littering cigarette butts • #kangaroogate • Australia’s coordinates – more than one metre out?! • The Ruddster realising his world-shaking dream • Waterlogged shoes • Forgetting your umbrella is very broken PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli sonia@ciaomagazine.com.au Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Emma McConnell, Maani Truu, Hannah Craft, Samantha Hayes and Maria Zarro. 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. 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville The Jiiterbugs siblings Jess and Jackson Revello will perform their educational show at Annandale’s Footprints Ecofestival. Image: Ben Cregan C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 2

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Community Life ROAD TEST n Emma McConnell Microgardens Even small spaces can be enlivened by a touch of greenery. On the back of the tiny house trend, Emma McConnell tests her green thumb on tiny, tiny gardens. Kokedama These miniature hanging gardens are a great way to brighten up an unused nook or cranny. They’re a little tricky to assemble at first, however, they require very little maintenance. At least if you pick a plant suitable for the space – typically ferns or succulents work best indoors. A combination of peat soil and potting mix will make the perfect base for your kokedama and sphagnum moss and twine keeps the entire piece together. Tease the soil away from the root of your chosen plant before placing it in the kokedama and wrap securely before hanging. These unique planters make lovely gifts and look fantastic when strung up together. RANT Skirting around the feminist pickle Who are these twenty-something feminists who make their own circle skirts? Germaine and my generation have worked hard to pave the way so you DON’T have to sew, pickle, knit, bake tarts or bejewel thrifted denim jackets. When once it was a strong feminist statement to walk into a boardroom with your purple shoulder-padded power suit, now it is cool to blog about how great you look with hairy armpits in your Vinnies thrifted pumps and home-made off the shoulder bralette.  Stacked Planters If you need more than one plant to satisfy your green thumb but lack the space then try making your own stacked planter. To construct this kind of garden you need to choose terracotta pots that nestle inside one another to create a tiered effect. Then, find similar sized pots (plastic is best) and invert them inside their corresponding terracotta pot. Continue stacking in this manner until you reach the desired height, fill with soil and plant your new leafy friends. Upcycle old pots with the paint of your choice to really bring your garden to life (and save some cash) or place wheels underneath the bottom pot to make your planter portable. What a lovely Chep Pallet Gardens Give abandoned pallets a second chance by converting them into a space-saving vertical garden. It will take some time to construct these living walls although it is certainly worth the effort! After cleaning the pallet, line the back and bottom with shade cloth followed by plywood (or alternatively more pallet lumber) to help contain the soil. Next, place the garden in position by either securing to a wall or leaning it at an angle and pack it with the appropriate potting mix. Wet the garden and be sure to allow the soil to settle and become compact before adding the plants Today’s feminists have come full circle and are willingly undertaking “home-economics” style duties such as sewing because a) they can b) it is a form of creative expression c) DIY is a cultural thing. If you can change your own tyre, why wouldn’t you make your own skirt? I remember Germaine Greer writing a story for the Good Weekend in the 90s, calling the twentysomething-year-old feminists of the time clueless, lazy and taking feminism for granted. The controversy was typical – all the young feminists of the time, like me (hairy, bisexual, Sydney uni types) were outraged – Germaine didn’t understand – her generation had between each board. emancipated the workplace, we could walk into Kokedama diorama Terrariums If you’re someone like me who relies upon fake plastic plants to add a touch of greenery, perhaps consider giving terrariums a go – they’re essentially mini ecosystems! Do some research to ensure you choose the right plants for this project, as some varieties may outgrow their containers or dominate their neighbours. Glass jars of almost any size will do the trick, providing you allow for adequate drainage by lining each vessel with pebbles. Place a layer of moss on top of the pebbles before firmly packing in damp soil. Position the plants, clean the exposed glass and feel free to add any extra decorative touches you like! WIN respected corporate jobs and succeed. Wearing a feminist badge, didn’t seem as important as actually being empowered by being able to earn. Once the body hair had been lasered off, the girlon-girl action traded in for a bread earning husband and kids came along, most of these '90s feminists became 4WD Inner West mums, who juggle work, school pick-ups, sex, beauty treatments, Facebook, the Bay Run, latte fixes and everything else – the idea of sewing at home, although appealing, is simply not possible. I barely have time to brush my teeth (wait, did I do that this morning?), I have to make sure Bijou: A Cabaret of Secrets and Seduction TIFCRKEEETS the kids have brushed their teeth (and get that work presentation done by 10). I am so empowered, that unless my life looks like Janet King’s (fictional highflying lawyer with young twins), I have not embraced the opportunities that Sydney feminism has offered. Or is this a jaded concept of feminism? See Marrickville’s Depot Theatre transform into a 1930's Parisian café-bar, as Bijou – played by long-time Inner Westie Chrissie Swan – takes you back in time to the shadows of her youth. Sex, romance, violence, costumes, passion and poetry all make an appearance but, really, it's all about the music. And there's a lot of it. It is a cabaret after all. Catch Chrissie Shaw as Bijou from the 17-27 August, with shows Wednesday to Saturday kicking off at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm. With a ten-day run and a local Marrickville location, there is no reason to miss critically acclaimed Chrissie Shaw as she takes to the stage to tell the story of the colourful life and times of Bijou. I was disappointed to go to a recent (private) Inner West school fete and almost 80% of the cakes for sale looked like they had been bought. These busy working mums have lost sight of the empowerment that DIY homemaking has on personal creativity. “Slowing down” and baking or sewing might seem non-feminist but being stuck in the kitchen making chutney and creating can be just as inspiring as a Gail Kelly speech. I am lucky enough to work with some amazing young feminist women who have taught me that choosing to engage in “home-making” is all part of the wonderful world of being a woman, and that making your own n Ciao has two double passes for the opening night show to circle skirt only takes 20 minutes and looks hot. Things giveaway to two lucky readers. To be in the running simply email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your name, address and where you picked up your copy of Ciao. What’s on n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email info@ciaomagazine.com.au Community FREEevents listings are ciaomeAmatgtanail:ziiMnnfaeoa.c@noim.au 6-7 Aug, 9am-5pm might be the right time to expand that the other side of the spectrum we have really have come full circle. n Cindy Mullen Thurs 11 Aug, 7-9pm Spoken at Lentil as Anything Spoken is an open mic poetry circle, where those new to poetry, experienced writers and anyone Sydney Crystal Show Australia’s premier mineral, crystal and fossil show is here in the Inner West, so it’s time to whip out your mineral collection. With food and free parking on site – a rarity in Sydney – all you have to worry about is whether to go for the earrings or necklace. those who do not care at all. So the million-dollar question is: how do we strike a perfect balance between caring for ourselves and caring for others? in-between can come and share their work. In fact, there is only one condition: a time limit of eight minutes. inner geology nerd. Featuring all the leading merchants of natural wonders from around Australia in one place, it Entry $10 for adults/$5 for children. Visit www.sydneycrystalshow.com for more information. Where: Fraser Park, 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Join speaker Bhante Tejadhammo as he tries to find that answer and teaches how to find understanding and acceptance through the suttas. Attendance is free, but dana (a donation) is appreciated. Taking place at everyone’s favourite feel good, pay-as-you-feel restaurant, it would be rude not to chow down on some guilt-free tucker before the reading. Not a writer, but love poetry? Not a problem, come along Tues 9, 16 and 23 Aug, 7-9pm Registration essential, visit www. and check out some local talent. You Caring for Self and buddhistlibrary.org.au/events/caring- might be inspired to 'spit' some of Open mic poetry night goes off! Get your rocks off Caring for Others It seems like people who care about others often do so too much, while on for-self-and-caring-for-others. Where: Buddhist Library, 90 Church St, Camperdown your own lines at future events. Where: Lentil As Anything, 391 King St, Newtown See page 8 for more what's on... 4

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n Local Gigs Wednesday 10th August Gordi Fresh off an international tour, Gordi is back in Australia and can now count Bon Iver as a fan. Don’t miss the alternative songstress and FBi SMAC Award winner as she takes over your local. n Local screens TIFCRKEEETS mWoivniedopuabsslees Newtown Social Club, $15 Amor Etc. Saturday 13th August UBERfest A music festival with a twist: the line-up consists of independent artists only. At a fraction of the cost of a typical festival, it’s the perfect chance to see the next big thing before they're 'cool', while supporting up and coming musicians. The Bridge Hotel, $30 Down Under: A fresh and bold satire from the Shire Down Under Ciao’s pick: Truman Cine Latino Film Festival 2016 Australia’s first film festival dedicated to showcasing the best in Latin American cinema comes to Palace Cinemas this month. Running from Aug 9 to Aug 24, the complete program includes more than thirty movies – with a bit of everything we know and love from that amazing continent. ★ Sex You might need a cold shower after the highly charged erotic drama from Puerto Rico Fragments of Love, though the tragic and moving Chilean drama Sex Life of Plants will be enough to bring you back to earth. Much more fun and set in hip inner city Buenos Aires, Amor Etc Glitzy and Gordi Writer-director Abe Forsythe is a brave man – imagine pitching a comedy about the 2005 Cronulla riots to NSW funding bodies? Boldly he charges into some tricky territory. But then, the best comedies are often the most daring, and for the most part, he pulls it off admirably. After setting the scene with some TV footage of one the most shameful and moronic events in our recent history (set tunefully to We Wish You a Merry Christmas), we settle down to watch two groups of hotheads from both sides react to the aftermath of Julian (Ricardo Darin) is a Madrid actor facing his impending demise. He’s decided to stop his chemo, but then he gets a surprise visit from a close old friend Tomás (Javier Cámara) – clearly there to change his mind. But will he, and what will happen to his trusty mutt? Cesc Gay was pretty tough on blokes in his underrated satire A Gun In Each Hand. Much of Truman (named after a sad-eyed old dog) is funny too, but mercifully he’s much more gentle, and gives us an affecting, understated and genuinely beautiful portrait of men and their playfully explores the rocky progress of young love. ★ Football Four soccer-themed films put the spotlight on Latin America’s obsession with the round ball. The highlight is probably Back Four, a buddy story from Argentina about four school friends reunited over the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. ★ Mad politics Neruda, which has only just screened at Cannes, opens the festival. Director Pablo Larraín has worked with star Gael García Bernal before in the excellent No, and this is another insightful and grandly entertaining look at Chile’s incendiary political history. the riots. The film is rigorously even-handed, both relationships. MA15+ from Aug 11. ★ Music and anarchy The bold musical bio-pic Gloria Thursday 18th August the bird-brained “Skips” (Damian Herriman, chronicles the life of the scandalous ‘Mexican Madonna,’ Ed Kuepper with Alexander England) and their dunderhead “Leb” while the gripping and shocking I Promise You Anarchy Mark Dawson The prolific Ed Kuepper’s latest album, Lost Cities, is both powerful and ambitious. With a career stretching 40 years, 50 albums and a devoted fan base, it’s going opponents (Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahan) are given equal time to set themselves up for ridicule. And Forsythe does get us laughing – quite a lot – by deftly combining slapstick and pitch black irony. And then, with some graphic violence, brutally shocks us with the reality of what we’re laughing at. MA15+ from Aug 11. follows two young skateboarding lovers from Mexico City who sell human blood on the black market. ★ Much more! The fest has movies from Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. If you haven’t packed your bags for the Rio games already, you soon will be after checking out this lot! to be a good night. n Thanks to StudioCanal we have five double n At Palace Norton St and Verona. Bookings and The Factory Theatre, $40 in-season passes to give away. Details below. The Italian Tenors Goodbye, old friend TWIXINS! info at www.cinelatinofilmfestival.com.au Off the back of their sold-out European tour, these three Italian opera singers are coming to take Canterbury by storm. The Tenors, featuring Mirko Provini, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon, will be performing at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL on Friday September 2nd, with promises to deliver all the Italian charm and vocal power the world has come to expect. Not satisfied with mastering opera, the group walks the line between classical arias and pop hits to deliver something truly unique and captivating. Put simply, you can expect an exquisitely skilled performance that will also have you tapping your toes and bopping your head. They would have you singing along too, but that may be hard for English speakers, as the majority of songs are classic Italian pop tracks, performed in their native language. Come see the trio as they bring a little bit of Italy to the Inner West. Argentinia Cine Latino double passes Thanks to Palace Cinemas and the Cine Latino Film Festival, we have 10 double passes to give away. To enter, you need to do the usual (see below), but just so we know we're sending them to the right people – also name one other movie (or TV series) starring Latin superstar Gael García Bernal. Buena suerte! A tuneful Italian battalion n Tickets are $50. To book visit www.chprsl.com.au/shows. Sat 13 Aug, 10am-3pm Round She Goes Preloved Fashion Market If we haven’t made it clear yet, Ciao is a big fan of recycled fashion in all forms, so this event is right up our alley. With 60 stalls, you can shop to your hearts content without the guilty conscience, nabbing preloved goodies to a new home. On top of the masses of secondhand and vintage It's like the op-shop Olympics goods, a number of small jewellery designers have been handpicked by organisers to ensure you can complete your ensemble. Bring some friends, grab a coffee, and rummage people, rummage! Entry is a budget-friendly $2. Where: Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Sat 13 Aug, 6.30pm Gasoline Pony Degustation Night When you think of popular Marrickville venue Gasoline Pony, a six-course degustation dinner with matched wines by award-winning Hunter Valley wine-maker Gary Mclean probably isn’t the first thing you envisage. On the back of the success of their recent, sold-out trial, however, this is exactly what they are doing. No You can lead a pony to water VB schooners here – book now to get your dose of fine dining and satisfy your MasterChef-induced desire to be Matt Preston, cravat and all! Where: Gasoline Pony, 115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Sun 14 Aug, 10am-1pm Vocal Variety Open Day Feel like it’s too late to pursue your dream of becoming the next Zayn Malik or Lady Gaga? According to 6 All Ages Music School, it isn’t and it doesn’t have to be pop music. Their classes and teachers cover all genres from musical theatre to rock, all the way through to classical and opera. Everyone is welcome to come along to the open day and get a taste of what a life in the spotlight is like. As they say, you are never too old or too young. Why confine your singing to the shower? Let it go! Where: All Age Music School, 2B, 391 Enmore Rd, Marrickville WIN Double MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win double in-season passes to Down Under or the Cine Latino Film Festival (see the box above also for these), just email info@ciaomagazine.com.au with your contact details telling us where you Only at the movies Aug 11 picked up your copy of Ciao. Include your postal address. n Reviews – Russell Edwards

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n Your say Do you think we will make the switch to using mostly renewable energies? “I wish we would do it, but I'm doubtful.” Nicolle, Petersham “Well, eventually I think it will happen but not right now. As long as we keep relying on oil it won't happen. I think maybe we will see a switch in 50 years.” Francesco, Leichhardt “Yes. I have a positive attitude that perseveres despite the idiots and right-wing deniers. It will happen for the simple reason that big business needs it to happen. If Saudi Arabia is transitioning to clean energy, then I think that's news that needs to be noted.” Mervyn, Lilyfield “I hope we do it but I'm not really up-to-date on it. I don't know enough about it to give a thoughtful answer.” Christine, Blaxland “Well, my guess is that it's already changing with companies such as Tesla and the like. The transition is already underway but I don't know how long it will take.” Judith, Leichhardt “I'm 87, so I'm too old to know. I'm really not sure.” Len, Leichhardt “Probably not. It is a nice idea but I don't think I'll see it in my lifetime. We will probably wait until everything is ruined.” Elise, Five Dock n Sustainability muck Rake I believe cleaning up your neighbourhood is contagious. From litter things big things grow. I am a proud Marrickville resident, who lives just near the Cooks River, one of the largest and most polluted rivers in Sydney. Although I don’t have statistics to back this up, I’m sure its also one of the smelliest. The pollution in the river but also around it has always bothered me. As a kid I loved bushwalking in the Blue Mountains with my grandparents. The one rule they hammered into me was to always leave the bush looking better than when you first saw it. So I think I had that lesson in my mind when I was walking my dog Kermit along the Cooks River pathway a few weeks ago and had the urge to fill one of his doggy bags with some of the rubbish on the footpath. There is an immediate and very measurable result to the simple act of picking up litter; the immediacy is in how clean a space becomes once you pick up just a couple items of rubbish and the measurability comes from the bags you fill. That first day, I filled two of Kermit’s doggy bags (and he filled just one). The next day I brought down gloves, six plastic bags and my old enclosed leather school shoes. I turned my trash expedition into a scavenger hunt. For each plastic bottle I found I would give myself five points, for every five cigarette butts I picked up I would award myself twenty and so on. In that second day I collected six garbage bags worth of rubbishy goodness, full of plastic bottles, lids, containers, fast food waste cigarette butts (a whopping 453 points accumulated if you were interested). The most comforting thought was knowing that everything I picked up was one less thing that would end in Cooks River, or hurting an animal in their stomach. Stop rubbish going down the river Recognise this? And after a fortnight of doing pathway patrolling residents of houses along Cooks River started to notice what I was doing. I received compliments and thumbs up from people on their daily walks. My mum was thrilled that I had found a use for all our plastic bags. By far the greatest compliment I received was from all the people who stopped what they were doing and helped me for five minutes. I think this is because taking pride in where you live and helping to clean it up is contagious. I feel like what I’m doing is not unusual and a lot of people have similar urges to pick up litter. However, I believe that sometimes, we first need to see one person break social norms and do something before we can act on our urges. Hopefully this column has inspired you to be that first person in your neighbourhood. n Words by Samantha Hayes Inner West Locals hit the Big Screen This August will see two Inner West locals on and behind the big screen as the much anticipated black comedy Down Under debuts in cinemas. Written and directed by ex-Newtown Performing Arts HighSchool student and long-term Inner West resident, Abe Forsythe, the film is set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots, and expectedly, explores tensions that are now, over ten years later, still at the forefront of public discussion. When watching, be sure to keep an eye out for a familiar face, Chris Bunton who has appeared in Ciao as co-founding member of disability-led theatre company, Ruckus. In playing Evan, Bunton was singled out by Forsythe as a vital part of the film, saying, “he helped me unveil the heart of the story”. Juggling a professional gymnast career (for which he has won two Special Olympic gold medals), Don’t DIS my ABILITY ambassadorship, his role at the Special Olympics office, student life and the performing arts through local Inner West companies Ruckus and Murmuration, this will be Bunton’s first movie role. Despite the film seeming a far cry from the traditionally tolerant and diverse Inner West, according to Forsythe some of his most important formative years took place while working at a video store in Erskineville. “I dropped out of school and for two years all I did was work in a video store, write and watch movies constantly,” he said. “I really look back on that time when I didn’t have any responsibility. To be able to go back and just watch movies and make things and fail.” Forsythe believes that it is actually the diversity he experienced while in Newtown that has in part allowed him to “frame the world” in a way that made it possible to create Down Under. Local Abe Forsythe directing the chaos n Local news Young Henrys to Become Sydney’s First Community Solar Co-Op One of our favourite local brewers Young Henrys are teaming up with community renewable energy project Pingala to construct a community solar farm at their Newtown brewery, funded by individuals from the local area. Young Henrys is the first project of the cooperative, which was formed to develop renewable energy through community participation and ownership in Sydney. The plan will be presented at a community solar launch and investor party this August 21, where each person attending is considered a potential investor. At the event, attendees will be invited to apply for up to four 250-dollar share packages, with the final investors determined by a raffle. The money from the sale of shares will be used to develop the project alongside a City of Sydney Environmental Innovation Grant. n For further information on investing or to reserve your ticket visit www.pingala.org.au/young_henrys_ community_solar_launch_investment_party Brewing solar Inner West School Leads Australia in Recycling Campaign Leichhardt Public School has been commended for collecting the most mobile phones in a national recycling campaign known as ‘Roots and Shoots’, which aims to reduce the mining of Coltan, a substance used in mobile phone production. Such mining results in the clearing of habitats, which has drastically impacted the African Great Ape population. Of the 75 participating schools across Australia, Leichhardt Public School collected the most phones, with Kegworth Public, PLC Sydney and Orange Grove Public also participating. Inner West Council Administrator, Richard Pearson, has praised the students and schools involved. “I was extremely impressed with the commitment of students across the Inner West Council Area,” he said. In one term seventeen kilograms of mobile phones have been recycled through the program, with the materials used in their production, including Coltan, salvaged for reuse. Inner West Council Gets WestConnex Watchdog Following a recent call from Inner West Council Administrator Richard Pearson, a WestConnex Compliance Officer has been appointed by the NSW Government as a destination for concerns surrounding construction compliance breaches. According to Pearson, this appointment will ensure that those carrying out the WestConnex work are “held to account for their actions”, with claims that the “visible presence” of Officer Rob Sherry, a senior Department of Planning official, will in itself serve as a deterrent to breaches. There are plans for Mr Sherry to be based locally allowing residents to contact him easily with any issues surrounding the development. n WestConnex Compliance Officer Rob Sherry can be contacted on 0429 782 853 or via compliance@ planning.nsw.gov.au Showcase your personality and transform your image Contact Angela Pirrone Ph: 0488 555 093 www.slidingdoorsstyling.com.au 10 SLIDING DOORS STYLING Sliding Doors Styling is a Personal Styling & Image Consultancy business led by lead Stylist & Director Angela Pirrone. SDS was founded over a year ago and has grown in leaps & bounds. Focused on transforming peoples’ image and shape through the use of appropriate clothing whilst showcasing their personality and flair! “I want to create unique and individual experiences for everyday people. Whether through my Corporate Workshops or during my One-on-One Consultations, I want to help people understand their body shape and teach them the tricks of the trade to make them look and feel great! You don’t have to necessarily follow trends that don’t suit you or put extra pressure on yourself to lose weight or even follow fad diets. You just need to understand how the correct clothing can transform your image and help you gain back your confidence.” Their Services include: Wardrobe Audits, Style Makeover, Colour Analysis, Shopping Adventures and Corporate Workshops. Alternatively, have a tailor- made package that suits your specific needs. n For more info you can visit their website: www.slidingdoorsstyling.com.au or contact them via mobile on 0488 555 093 alternatively send through an inquiry E: angela@slidingdoorsstyling.com.au you can also check them out on FB and Instagram.

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n FEATURE Footprints Ecofestival Sunday August 21st, 11am-3pm, at Whites Creek Valley Park The Inner West’s dedicated sustainability festival is about to arrive on our bustling, metropolitan doorstep. Footprints Ecofestival, held in the idyllic setting of Annandale’s Whites Creek Valley Park, is a chance to slow down and learn more about nurturing the environment around you. Footprints Ecofestival celebrates our relationship with nature through live performance, film, food, fashion and an array of educational workshops. What a croc! Jive WITH The Jiitterbugs Headlining this year’s Footprints Ecofestival is the educational children’s entertainment group the Jitterbugs. Growing out of a passion for the environment, the Jitterbugs is an all-singing, all-dancing crew of critters who love teaching kids about the world around them. We spoke to Jitterbugs founder Ellen Revello (also known as Hug Bug), who explained that the Jitterbugs is very much a family affair. How did the Jitterbugs come to be? As a children’s entertainer, dancer, actor and choreographer watching children’s DVDs with my children, I decided to produce an educational, interactive children’s show and 18 years later my children have now taken over the show as performers themselves, playing guitar, djembe, harmonica and flute. There is Jessie the gorgeous butterfly, (played by Jess Revello), Frankie the Spider (played by Jackson Revello), Feebee the boogying bumble bee (played by Brielle Revello) and me, Hug Bug the Sensational Lady bug. It’s a family business! What can families expect from the show at Footprints? Expect to find yourselves in the world of the garden! We will explore the beauty of growing plants and the importance of producing your own food. We play music, sing and dance as we all explore nature growing in a garden! WHAT’S ON Cycling cinema Always a highlight of the Ecofestival, the Footprints Film Festival features short films made by local pro and amateur auteurs. The challenge of the film festival is to create a movie that shares a strong message about sustainable practice. Winners of the film fest will be announced at the end of the day, after the finalist entries have been screened. The Footprints cinema is bicycle powered, so audience members will definitely be part of the action. n Screenings run all day in the Footprints Film Festival tent. Embrace your inner hippy The show will explore where our food comes from and how we can plant our own food from seed. Because we are bugs, we also teach the importance of all the creatures living in a garden and how we can take care of them. Why is it important that children learn about looking after the environment? We grow as healthily as our own garden! Luckily, kids really do want to take care of the ecosystem and participate in growing its magic. We need to offer them the opportunity to experience nature so they may build their relationship with it and build a healthier earth. A growing kid needs lots of healthy food, so Get yourself in a pickle Whiz-bang workshops Are you interested in switching to a more sustainable lifestyle but not really sure where to begin? At Footprints you can pick up skills that will last you a lifetime with workshops on bee keeping, tree planting, bush tucker and repairing electrical items. If you are looking for inspiration in the kitchen, Sydney’s celebrities of sustainable food practice, Jaimee and Alex of Cornersmith Cafe, will be presenting workshops on pickling and preparing fermented drinks. n To see the full program of workshops head to www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Events/ Our-Events/Footprints-Ecofestival The Revellos love to bug out remember, if kids grow kale, kids eat kale! What are some activities kids can do at home to keep learning about sustainability? To learn about sustainability at home, grow a garden! There is nothing more sustaining and nourishing than your own garden. The garden is our greatest teacher of not only sustainability but vitality. With our children we can plant a fruit tree, watch it change with the seasons, then see it produce the most delicious fresh fruit for the family! How awesome! When we spend our time in nature, we learn about the good things of life and how to sustain them. Clothes Swap It’s time to update your wardrobe, minus the wastage, spending and poor working conditions encouraged by the fast-fashion industry. Simply drop off any items you no longer wear between 11.00am and 11.50am at the Whites Creek Dairy. Come back between 12 -1pm and use your tokens to redeem some ‘new’ threads. You can bring along a maximum of six clothing items. Torn, stained or unwashed items will not be accepted, but pre-loved, fabulous pieces definitely will be! n For more information about the Clothes Swap go to: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Newsand-Events/Our-Events/Footprints-Ecofestival/ Footprints-Clothing-Swap Mix and match fabulousness Alices in an eco-wonderland Puppet agitprop! Do you have a favourite song that you perform? ‘Worms are the angels of the earth’, written by Jackson Revello. Do you have any other sustainability heroes whose work you admire? We totally admire the strong working bees. They work so hard each day to feed us every meal. They show us to be as hard working as them, and become real strong farmers! The bee is always happy and enjoys his efforts, and so can we. They teach us to work hard and still be happy by enjoying what we do. n The Jitterbugs will be performing at Footprints Ecofest on Sunday August 21st. Valet bike parking Ciao Vintage Fashion Parade Whether you are an eco-crusader or bona fide fashionista, this parade will show you that sustainable practice can be a great source of style inspiration. All the items worn on the Ciao catwalk have been selected from the plethora of op-shop and specialist vintage stores throughout the Inner West, including local Vinnies and Red Cross stores, Eva’s Vintage and Recycology. Learn what to look for in garments when you are thrift shopping, and learn how to put together a stunning outfit with pre-loved items. Our models will show you that you don’t need to compromise on ethics to look on point. n Ciao’s vintage fashion parade will take place at 1.45pm styled by local fashion blogger, Alex van Os. The Footprints Ecofestival is at Whites Creek Valley Park on White Street and Piper Street, Annandale. Catch the light rail to Rozelle Bay or 370 and 433 buses. Dogs are allowed at the park on leash, and there is an off-leash area along the park’s Smith Street perimeter. www.ciaomagazine.com.au 9

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n PROMOTION Sustainability Tips Knowing how to do your part for the environment can be overwhelming! We’ve broken it down into some helpful hints so you can make environmentally and ethically responsible shopping and community choices. MAKE FAIR TRADE CHOICES Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. Keep an eye out for Fair Trade labelled products when doing your weekly shop, ordering your latte at your local coffee shop, or indulging in a sneaky chocolate fix... the choice is easy! CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC Opting for certified organic/biodynamic food means you are choosing produce from a farm that has fully converted to organic production. A local Oz Harvest volunteer When you buy produce from a farm that is certified organic, you are supporting many years of hard work, patience and care for the environment. Visit ofa.org.au for more information on the benefits of organically produced food. AVOID FOOD WASTE Did you know that households throw away more than $2.5 billion worth of edible food per year? Not only that, about 1kg of greenhouse gases can be saved for each kilogram of food waste avoided. Love Food, Hate Waste’s website provides practical tips and tools to waste less food for households and businesses alike. Learn more about groups like Oz Harvest and Secondbite, two organisations that work in the Leichhardt area who reduce waste by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food. THINK ABOUT WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM Processed foods have a greater ecological footprint than their raw or unprocessed equivalents. Look for Product of Australia labels - these products have significant ingredients or components sourced in Australia, and virtually all of the production processes take place in Australia. Seasonal foods tend to be cheaper, are often sourced locally and therefore minimise food miles good for the environment, and for you! GROW YOUR OWN! Growing your own food saves food miles and allows you to control pesticide use... and we think it tastes better, too. Growing your own food avoids waste as you only pick what you need when you need it - and it saves on packaging. Check out one of the Council’s Community Gardens for more ideas. A veritable cornucopia of sustainability advice EAT SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD Over-fishing and harmful fishing practices are a major threat to most of the world’s aquatic ecosystems. Keep an eye out for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel. You can also visit The Australian Marine Conservation Society website to read their Sustainable Seafood Guide. GET INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY AND LOCAL NOT FOR PROFITS Any easy way to become part of the sustainability movement is by joining environmentally-minded groups. Within the Leichhardt area there are many Community and Not for Profits geared towards sustainable, ethical and environmental choices and action. THINK ABOUT RESTORED/ UPCYCLED PRODUCTS Get your creative juices flowing and try your hand at creating something new out of something old. Whether restored or upcycled, it’s all about reducing what goes into waste and landfill. INVEST IN SECOND HAND OR VINTAGE Give an item a second life! Buying second hand avoids the raw materials, energy and water used in the production of new products - plus it extends the life of valuable items and reduces waste to landfill. After food, clothing is the area of consumption that has the greatest impact on the environment. LEARN ABOUT THE SYDNEY FOOD FAIRNESS ALLIANCE The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) encourages government, communities and business to work together to ensure access to affordable healthy food for everyone; increase public knowledge about a healthy and productive agriculture in the Sydney Basin. Visit sydneyfoodfairness.org.au for more information. n To access a complete guide to local businesses and organisations paving the way to a brighter future go to www.sustainableleichhardt.com.au. Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay, Inner West Council and Strathfield Council have also teamed up to offer a series of events and workshops called ‘Treading Lightly’ about living sustainably in the Inner West. Find out more at: treading-lightly.eventbrite.com.au. free event 11am - 3pm Fill up your water bottle for FREE at one of our water stations Sunday 21 August 2016 Whites Creek Valley Park Cnr Piper & Smith Sts Annandale For all event details, times and transport information please visit: www.footprintsecofestival.com.au Please walk, ride or bus to the festival. 12 Proudly supported by UR M Cycle Cinema Eco Annandale exhibition Roaming entertainers Eco-friendly workshops Wildlife exhibition Food & Market stalls Rock climbing wall Tree planting Free bicycle valet Face painting

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Last weekend’s Vintage and Second Hand Fashion Parade at Rozelle Collectors Market was stylish, saucy and sustainable. Styled by Alex van Os and hosted by Annika Victoria and Katie Buddle.  Alina wears a silk slip costing $20. The look is popular among the stylish young people of Harajuku. From Francis’ stall.  Hayley wears shirt found at Francis’s stall for $15 and chained up Charlie Brown dress $80 from Kerry James’ stall.  Mon wears Charlie Brown Silk dress with beaded designs at $130. From Kerry James’ stall.  Rachel is wearing a vintage velvet leopard print dress for $25 with a glamorous faux fur coat for $40. Eva and Jess’s stall  Anthea is wearing a vintage 80’s George Gross pant suit with leather lapels for $50, with a silk gold cami $30. This relaxed pinstripe suit is similar to the staple style of Australian label Bassike. From Kerry James’ stall. q Hayley is dressed in a Polish street-chic look with a vintage Levis denim shirt $20, woolen Marcs and Spencer Mini skirt $10 and oversized vintage Country Road camel coat for $35. The amazing sheepskin Polish hat, $55, is from Kim’s stall who sells an assortment of handmade vintage hats, fascinators, and cuffs and flowers made using recycled materials. Kim also makes her own silver jewellery.  Hayley wears a figure hugging Kookai dress, $20 and vegan leather Glassons biker jacket $20. From Francis’ stall  Rachel is wearing a sheer floral embroided top, which is $40, with some classic high waisted vintage Country Road pants for $20. From Kerry James’ stall. t Anthea wears 60s beaded top and vintage Covers leather skirt to create a sports luxe look from Wendy’s Mint Condition stall. Each piece is $35. t Mon wears a show-stopping vintage oriental-inspired coat, $40 and Joesph Ribkoff pants $40. The oriental-inspired fabric is referenced in the latest Gucci collection! From Eva and Jess’s stall  Mon looks really stylish, wearing a paisley geometrical silky Zara top for $15 with some funky Maurie and Eve pants, also $15. From Francis’ stall. q Alina wears a glamourous silk, sequined kaftan perfect to throw over your cossies for around the pool, or to take you to dinner, $130. From Kerry James’ stall. t Mon is dressed in a show-stopping 70’s chiffon maxi dress which sets you back only $35. This colour and layered style are also referenced in the latest 70’s inspired Gucci collection. From Mint Condition.  Hayley is wearing an amazing metallic gold 80’s jacket for $25 with a 1950’s pleated skirt for just $5! Pleated skirts are seen in the latest Gucci collection. From Mint Condition.  Rachel wears knitted Ralph Lauren Polo knit for $25 teamed with a leather Portman’s mini skirt for $15. From Francis’ stall. n Photographer: Ben Cregan www.ciaomagazine.com.au 13

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A.S. Patric reads from his Miles Franklin shortlisted book Black Rock White City Dr Kristy Goodwin speaking to parents about technology at Concord Library Charlotte Wood speaking on her Miles Franklin shortlisted book ‘The Natural Way of Things’ at Better Read than Dead in Newtown Supporters cut the ribbon to the refurbished refuge for girls Jules, Roxanne, Guy and Kerri celebrating the refurbishment of The Girl’s Refuge Lounge room after The Sebastian Foundation’s makeover SNAPS! Girl’s Refuge gets a new lease on life. Concord locals pitch in on National Tree Day. F@OciaLomLaOgaWzinesyUdnSey! /CiaoMagazine Canada Bay Council’s National Tree Day at Concord Community members joined 1st Concord Scouts and 1st Cabarita Mortlake Scouts in planting one thousand native trees Winter Special! Full Head Foils $90 Colour from $50 - $80 Ombre $110 Seniors $40 Ladies’ Cut $30 Men’s Cut $30 Seniors $25 Primary school $22 Unders fives $19 Kid Friendly Formerly Pixies Hair Salon Closed Wednesdays and Sundays 88 Norton St Leichhardt 2040 Ph: 8068 1888 Scouts get into National Tree Day at Concord West

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