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There’s life in the Inner West! What can the Inner West do for refugees? Meet the mentors taking feminism to school The woman who gave us gay bars FREE Issue 300 | February 17th 2017 WIN! FREE TIX: Alone in Berlin David Stratton: A Cinematic Life Miss Sloane Are you a sexual narcissist? The Italian ELVIS Zucchero Fornaciari sidles into Sydney


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CIAO HITS 300 WE ARE C!AO Welcome to Ciao’s 300th issue. After 12 years we have delighted in sharing with you the duds, deals and vibrant personalities found here in the Inner West. When we first started back in 2005, Norton St was the go-to for all Europeans and lovers of European culture, brides would walk down to the Forum, sub-woofers would be cranked up with Italo-hienergy and Ciao was distributed to four suburbs (Leichhardt, Annandale, Stanmore and Petersham). Fast forward to 2017 and Ciao is distributed to 20 suburbs in the Inner West and covers everything from Newtown’s street fashion to Concord’s cannoli. We’ve seen Mayors come and go, ridden the highs and lows of small business, with shops opening, closing, moving on-line, popping up, popping down and popping around. We’ve seen some of our contributors ascend to International stardom – our first stylist is now a fashion director at Zara worldwide, our old gigs writer is Triple J host, our old in house model and writer is a red carpet regular and Fox presenter, the list goes on (and on). In 2005, we were rebellious, irreverent and bold. Our “I think I’m hot” page was sexist (or so we were told), our covers were sexy (or had too many big boobs) and we were honest about bad food. Then we started to get advertisers, which was great LOCAL history Newtown is now recognised as a welcoming neighbourhood for the LGBTI community but it wasn’t always that way. Many of the gay and gay-friendly bars and pubs of Newtown and Erskineville – and throughout Sydney – were started Dawn O’Donnell. After playing a large role in transforming Oxford Street into a gay and lesbian Mecca in the ’70s, the ‘mother of gay Sydney’ acquired the Newtown Hotel and the now famous Imperial Hotel, which is featured in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Her efforts extended beyond providing the infrastructure for the community to come together, with Dawn known to pay the bail for gay men arrested back when homosexual acts where still illegal. The proud lesbian, who was once married to a butcher, died in 2007. because then everyone got paid and we could get even more people to contribute their wonderful ideas. It also meant that we toned down our coarse language, contemporised our look and became more accessible to a wider readership and not just appealing to a cynical bunch of prehipster hipsters. As we grew, so did our community. King St blossomed into one of Sydney’s destination jewels, Rhodes became a International Pokemon must and Norton St Festa became one of the biggest festivals in the country. Some things didn’t change: the traffic on Parramatta Road, the sea breeze at Mort Park and the good coffee at Bar Rizzo’s Five Dock. Whatever may change or not change, we here at Ciao are grateful to have provided commentary on the musings of our beloved Inner West. As we move to a new monthly print format and weekly e-letter, we look forward to the next decade of Inner West life and thank you for supporting us as an independent local publication, produced in the Inner West, providing local jobs and delivering thought provoking content. Respect. n Team Ciao The woman who made our neighbourhood fabulous Satire for the soul On the occasion of his 300th column, Latte Leftie rejoices at how frequently he’s been proven to be on the right side of history Dear LL – As a Millennial, my memories of your 2005 debut are vague. Can you explain how far society has progressed thanks to the efforts of Inner West thought leaders such as yourself? Google informs me that in 2005: an idiot was occupying the White House; the West was bogged down in Middle Eastern conflicts; the world’s political leaders weren’t taking climate change seriously despite record temperatures; the ALP was in thrall to neoliberal economics; housing was unaffordable and Australia had a reactionary Coalition government dedicated to slashing welfare and penalty rates, smashing building unions and handing juicy tax cuts to the big end of town! Dave, Enmore LL replies: Yes, I sometimes wonder if you young’uns realise just how many privileges you enjoy thanks to my peers and I manning the barricades – or at the very least sounding off at dinner parties and relentlessly grilling the token conservative on the Q&A panel about their backwards worldview. For instance, back in ’05 men were men and women were women – there was no choosing among 71,000 finely graded gender options. Embarrassed as I am to admit it, back those days progressives argued that marriage was a repressive, rape-legalising, patriarchal institution that should be hurled on the ash heap of history rather than a fundamental civil right, the denial of which was driving homosexuals to suicidal despair. And, unimaginable as it seems today, many of those living in the aspirational outer suburbs didn’t see Islam as the feminist religion of peace™ it’s now universally recognised to be. They also failed to react with unmitigated delight to the prospect of teeming hordes of refugees making their neighbourhoods less boringly Anglo. Sure, it took a decade’s worth of think pieces in the Sydney Morning Herald and Guardian but we can all give thanks the lower orders were belatedly forced to see how stupid and misguided their views were! n Email your dilemma to Things we love: The Economy of Creativity Sydenham Creative Hub Case Study: Batch Brewing 12.45 pm for 1 pm Monday 27 February 2017 44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville If you had a less-than- brilliant Valentines Day, you can at least take comfort in the fact that cold hearts are perhaps more desirable in the current climate. Sweltering hugs, BO-laced pashes and sweaty hand- holding are activities that have about as much appeal as a box of melted chocolates. While this fridge poem, found in Redfern, may be lamenting a doomed affair, the fridge itself looks pretty damn attractive from Ciao’s un-air-conditioned office. So snub your frosty lover. Tis’ the season to Maybe poor spelling caused the split? get intimate with your fan, public swimming pool and a 24-pack of Zooper Doopers. You are invited to find out more about the opportunities available in the Sydenham Station Creative Precinct and share the Batch Brewing Co’s journey from start-up business to successful craft brewer. Followed by food and beverage sampling provided by the brewery & Sydney’s finest food trucks. Free of Charge Book by emailing C!ao’s voice In • Bar Sport’s coffee granita • Cauliflower – the poor man’s caviar • Torrential downpours giving Parramatta Road dwellers water views • Global warming • Our hood being home to the only girls refuge in Sydney • Hip Hop nights at The Sly Fox in Enmore Out •Days that are even too hot to go to the beach • The 492: succeeding the 370 as Sydney’s worst bus? • Fortnightly editions of Ciao. Now we’ll be another thing that comes once a month • Prawns. They have deserted us. •Frozen peas as an alternative to air-con ADVERTISING Sarah Shepherd EDITORIAL Phoebe Moloney FOOD Melissa Leong WINE Winsor Dobbin ART DIRECTOR Paden Hunter REPORTER Maani Truu PUBLISHING Sonia Komaravalli Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Olivia Mackay, Russell Edwards, Maani Truu, Lucia Moon, Cat O Dowd, 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 (02) 9518 3696. 0405 509 805 – Sonia Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle Printed by Spot Press, Marrickville Italian superstar Zucchero Fornaciari, the father of Italian blues, is sidling into Sydney for his Black Cat tour. Image: Ari Michelson C!ao Magazine There’s life in the Inner West! 2


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Community Life ROAD TEST Women Comedians n Phoebe Moloney Susie Youssef As a hilarious improvisor, writer and stand-up comedian, Sydneybased Susie Youssef has been compared to comedy genius Tina Fey. RANT It certainly seems like her career could be heading along a similar Refugees belong in the South-West: trajectory. Youssef 's shows fall somewhere between stand-up and Yeah, right! sketch comedy with a mix of confessional anecdotes, self-parody and forays into hilarious character work – including her Eastern European alter-ego Anya. Youssef is a frequent performer at the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Redfern and at the Sydney Comedy Store. She'll also be gracing the stage for the 2017 Sydney Comedy Festival. You can catch her on iView as a guest star in ABC's Rosehaven or on the Australian version of Whose Line is it Anyway? The Federal Government announced an additional intake of 12,000 Syrian refugees on September 9th 2015; a drop in the ocean of the 67 million displaced persons worldwide. And yet we must at least recognise it as a step in the right direction, even if it has taken an interminable length of time for them to be processed. From September last year Settlement Becky Lucas Here's a young gun that is getting a lot of attention of late, and rightly so as she is side-splittingly funny. Specialising in stand-up and comedy writing, you might not know Lucas' face, but you would have laughed at her jokes, particularly if you watch Please Like Me or you are a Twitter junkie (Lucas was named by Buzzfeed as one of the most funny comedians who tweet). Lucas's stand up is known for its delayed punchlines, fighting feminist spirit, oddball humour, cringe-worthy anecdotes and hefty sledges at The funny gals of Confetti Gun Freudian Nip What a name and what talent! This trio of sketch comedians, who met at the University of Sydney, have been turning heads with their hilarious responses to some not-so-hilarious current events. A video they made with Junkee in response to 'Yeah, the boys', an all-male BBQ promoted on Facebook in which “two holes” were threatened to be killed, was one of the few things that made Services International, the peak body in welcoming and settling new arrivals, has been working frantically to house, clothe, find work for, support and generally settle these traumatised and often frightened people. The Syrian people who have arrived here are generally well educated and many of them have three languages – Arabic, French and English. Often their English is the textbook variety, so there is a need for conversational practice to come to grips with Australian idioms. hecklers. Lucas has been included in the line-up for this year's feminists smile in the harrowing abyss that was 2016. Freudian Most of the refugee arrivals have been settled in the Sydney Comedy Festival, which is kicking off in April, and will be Nip's real stomping ground, however, is their light-hearted sketch same area, the South West of Sydney. Now this makes performing at the Enmore Theatre. comedy, which they have showcased at sold-out shows for the a lot of sense doesn’t it? If I was to settle in another A classic Lucasism: “I get the same feeling when I see a dick pic as when my aunt and uncle show me their travel photos. I'm like, 'I can see you've had fun but I feel nothing'.” Sydney Fringe Festival and at last year's Sydney Comedy Festival. Champagne observational comedy from the Nips: “How can women AFL players be expected to commit all that sexual assault with only one tenth of the pay?” Keep an eye out for these ones. country I would want to be with others who spoke my language, shared my culture, history, experiences and could help inhabit a strange new world. Well, yes and no. I would also want to venture out and inculturate Confetti Gun Confetti Gun is probably the best thing since sliced bread. Eight improv comedians, who are famous around Sydney's theatre sports traps, joined forces to take over what is still a male-dominated scene. Improvisational theatre allows no scripts or old gags, so at Ciao we like to think this indomitable gang of gals are constantly creating comedy gold. Confetti Gun are regulars at Improv Theatre myself in the new environment in which I find myself. This is exactly what most refugees want and, in fact, one lady recently expressed to me a desire to be away from her country folk to help her stop reliving the horror. Speaking of which, welcoming refugees is the responsibility of all Sydney and indeed Australia. Sydney, held at the Giant Dwarf, and will also be performing at the To this end, the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Factory Theatre as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. But if you Archdiocese of Sydney has entered a partnership just can't wait, they are doing a gig on Saturday February 18th. You with the Inner-West Council and Settlement Services can get tickets at International to establish a Refugee Welcome Centre in Susie Youssef: Watch this face Some material to get you there: "Feminist joke: The Patricarchy". Lilyfield at the former Callan Park Hospital Site. The Catholic Church is putting up $60,000 to staff a facility that is leased by Council from the State Government. International Women’s SSI will, with the help of Council transport, bring refugees to the site along with their case workers Day Twilight Supper in order that they may experience another aspect of Sydney life. The Welcome Centre will provide We have come a long way when it comes to women’s rights but we conversational opportunities, cooking, sports and still have far to go. International Women’s Day acknowledges both general socialisation in addition to the wrap-around these facts; it is many things including a celebration of how far we services of counselling, help with Centrelink, banking, have come, recognising the efforts of those behind the progress job opportunities and generally navigating life in the and reflection on where to go next. This year the Inner West best city in the world. Council’s International Women’s Day theme – ‘Be Bold for Change’ – reflects all these things but puts the emphasis on the fact that our work here is not done, there are still changes to be made. If you want to be part of the change, join other local women at Pioneers Memorial Park on Norton Street, Leichhardt, for a glass of bubbly, some light dinner and entertainment from MC Julie McCrossin and the Older Women’s Network. Speakers will address the topic of creating change when it comes to gender equality.  The event will take place over twilight, kicking off at 5pm. n Visit to RSVP. What’s on n Compiled by Maani Truu. Email Community FREEevents listings are The Federal Government’s (and Opposition’s) harsh policy with regards to refugees needs rethinking. So many people in the Inner West of Sydney are sympathetic to the plight of refugees. Many of those who are not have never met or listened to their stories. They will soon be able to do so by volunteering at Lilyfield. We must change the conversation from suspicion and fear to openness and welcome. n Words by Father Peter Smith, Justice and Archdiocese of Sydney Peace Office Feb 21 – Feb 26 KOORI GRAS A vibrant selection of performances and events all connected by the highlighting of First Nations Thurs 5.30-6.30pm, during school term Mon 20 Feb, 6.30-8.30pm to present a workshop for parents cultures. This special festival has Glebe Community Singers Everyone knows a person (or is that person) who loves bellowing out a tune more than anyone, but cruelly, wasn’t quite gifted with the vocal chords to make it big. For all those people, Glebe Community Choir is here for you, welcoming singers of all skill levels to join in and have some fun. The group places inclusivity above professional performing and believes that everyone can sing. Best of all, the choir is completely free, so maybe it’s time to graduate from your shower? Where: Glebe Public School, 9-25 Derwent St, Glebe Inner West Council Learner Driver Workshop Inner West Council has teamed up with the Roads and Maritime Services Could you be a happy songstress too? and supervisors of learner drivers. Running for two hours, the event will cover how to best structure and plan lessons, the ins and outs of the learner driver log book and perhaps most importantly, how to give your learner driver constructive feedback. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their horror stories (and positive experiences). This event is free, but bookings are essential. Visit www.leichhardt.nsw. for further information. Where: Leichhardt Town Hall, 7-15 Wetherill St, Leichhardt been curated by Tim J Bishop, Liza-mare Syron and Mish Sparks and is run in conjunction with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. For one night only, the space at 107 projects will come alive with renowned artists, such as Destiny Haz Arrived, hosted by awardwinning journalist Allan Clarke, alongside an exhibition, food and conversation. Entry is $15. For further information see 107 Projects. Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern Experience some gay Koori culture See page 6 for more what's on... 4


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n Local Gigs n Local Screens Wednesday 22nd February Mike Dimarco We like to use our platform for good not evil here at Ciao so in that vein we feel compelled to feature local artists just starting out; it's not just about the big bands! A mix of blues, folk and pop, this is one solo act we expect to make it big, but for now, enjoy the show at your local cafe. TIFCRKEEETS mWoivniedopuabsslees Sappho Books, free Miss Sloane gives us a lesson in lobbying Friday 3rd March Miss Sloane Mental As Anything Another classic act, Mental As Anything is an aussie favourite with over 40 years experience and 20 albums under their belt. It's not every day you get to see a top 40 band in a venue this up close and personal, sure to play some of their hits like 'If you leave me, can I come to?' Camelot Lounge, $37.90 Sweet enough? Sunday 21st May Zucchero Ok, we are giving you a little lead time on this one, and that's because this guy is a superstar and he doesn't come to Oz very often. Dubbed the 'Italian father of blues', Zucchero is an icon performing at an iconic location. Sydney Opera House, $101.80 Alone in Berlin: Resistance may be futile, but it is always necessary Alone in Berlin Maybe it’s a sign of our times, but there’s been resurgence of interest in books and films about Nazi Germany recently. Based on the seminal 1947 novel by Hans Fallada, writer/director Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin is at its most vividly terrifying when its shows us everyday life in a place where vigilant community groups hector their neighbours into holding “correct” opinions, and all news is fake news. Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson play Otto an Anna, an ordinary working class couple in Berlin who, at the height of the German war machine’s success in Europe, have lost faith in their authoritarian state. Their secretive acts of rebellion are seemingly pointless – they distribute small propaganda messages in strategic public places – and it isn’t long before a determined police investigator (Daniel Brühl in a brilliantly nuanced performance) is on their tail. Their fate may be unsurprising – but their heroism and defiant spirit – both inspiring and so necessary now, not pointless at all. M from Mar 2. n Thanks to Icon Films we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. Ciao’s pick: T2 Trainspotting Ignore the skeptics, this is a really worthwhile sequel. Though there’s less of the frenetic energy and almost none of the political undercurrents of Danny Boyle’s 1996 groundbreaking original, there's more than enough edgy humour and sly “life-lessons” to satisfy nostalgic fans. Spud, Sick Boy, Begbie and Renton (Ewan Bremmer, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor) are all middle aged now, and cynicism, melancholy and regret have replaced youthful rebellion. The script still speaks the truth though. And it is both hilarious and painfully sad. R18+ from Feb 23. Spud tries a new bad habit – writing After The Donald, who needs political fiction to keep us thrilled and perpetually appalled? Then again, a House of Card-ish tale of a devious, and ruthless Washington DC lobbyist, written by Jonathan Perera (clearly channelling The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin), might just do the trick. Especially if it stars the un-extinguishable Jessica Chastain, who is absolutely on fire here as Liz Sloane – the most sought after and formidable political operator in town. She's known equally for her cunning, formidable dertermination and her track record of success. But after taking on the gun lobby, heinous sell-outs, paybacks and backstabbing follow, and she eventually finds that winning may come at too high a price. Directed by John Madden and co-starring Mark Strong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake Lacy and John Lithgow – Miss Sloane is a wild rollicking ride through the corridors of power. It may not do much for your political cynicism, but it will always entertain. M from Mar 2. n Thanks to Roadshow Films we have 5 double passes to give away. Details below. WIN TIXS! David Stratton and Geoffrey Rush City of Canada Bay Clean Up Australia Day Ciao’s pick: David Stratton: A Cinematic Life City of Canada Bay Council is urging all its residents to team up, clean up and come along to one of two local sites this Clean Up Australia Day. Both Hallidy Park in Five Dock and Rhodes Foreshore Park in Rhodes are set for a scrub up, with Mayor Helen McCaffrey even jumping in to lend a hand! Taking place on Sunday, March 5, a free BBQ will be available at both clean-up sites between 10am and 12.30pm so the hard-working volunteers can keep their energy levels up. Clean Up Australia Day is a national event, so if you know of a site near you that could use some tender love and care, jump online to register it. Choosing your own site does mean you’ll miss out on the Council’s sausage sizzle though. We all love the Inner West, so let’s show its physical environment some care and pick up a few positive habits. Few film lovers will need an introduction to David Stratton, and as readers of his oddly titled memoir I Peed on Fellini* will know, he’s pretty good at spinning a yarn too – especially as they relate to his encyclopaedic knowledge of Australian and world cinema. In this generous and immensely entertaining doco by director Sally Aitken, he shares a lifetime of his memories and insights, while weaving some surprisingly poignant personal revelations into an always fascinating narrative. He is touring the country now with a series of special previews and Q&As, and you can meet David with his old sparring partner Margaret Pomeranz at Cremorne Orpheum Tuesday 28 Feb at 7pm, and (without Margaret) at Palace Norton St on Wednesday March 1 at 7.15. *Just bad aim, nothing more! But maybe don’t stand next to him in the men’s room... CTC. n Thanks to Transmission Films we have 5 double n Visit passes for the season from Mar 9. Details below. Time to get clean to register a site or for further information Sat 25 Feb, 2am-5pm 65K for 65 Roses Walkathon Raising money for charity and tricking yourself into exercising? That’s a win-win. The 65K for 65 Roses Walkathon is an annual event that aims to raise money to support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, a condition that largely affects the young. The track will run along the Bay Run, with base camp set up at Leichhardt Oval. And don’t try and make excuses – the organisers have planned the event with everyone in mind, with walkers able to choose one of five categories to partake in, starting from the 7K walk, right up to the big one, the 65K ultra marathon. Tickets to event start from $20 for casual walk and children, and $50 for adults with all proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis NSW and the Westmead Children’s Hospital. Visit Where: Leichhardt Park, Leichhardt You'll be rosy cheeked after 65km! Friday 3 Mar, 7.30pm Night Shift Improv and Sketch Comedy We have no shortage of comedy in the Inner West. Whatever you are into, there is something up your alley. Or if you are a performer just starting out, it could be a full-time job moving from open-mic to open- 6 Kak your daks at The Factory mic. Night Shift stands apart, not only because it’s new, but also because it is exclusively improv comedy – the most unpredictable, wild and hilarious style of comedy. Featuring the best of the Inner West’s up-and-coming comedy stars, you will definitely laugh hard on the Night Shift. Entry is $15. Where: The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville Thurs 9 Mar, 7pm Women’s Day Panel with Judy King Judy King, long-serving principle of Riverside Girls High, developed a following amongst her students, who loved her unconventional assembly addresses. Some ex-students have organised a panel event coinciding with International Women’s Day. The event is for alumni and a small donation at the door will be appreciated Where: Royal Oak Hotel, Balmain WIN DOUBLE MOVIE PASSES To be in the running to win a double pass to Alone in Berlin, Miss Sloane or David Stratton: A Cinematic Life just email au with your name and address telling us where you picked up your copy of In cinemas March 2 Ciao. You can enter them all in one email, but give us a preference. n Reviews – Russell Edwards


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n FEATURE Hear us Roar! The Rise of The Donald isn’t all bad – it’s galvanised a generation of activists who are following in the footsteps of feminist heroines such as Tanya Plibersek and Jenny Leong, writes Rachell Li. Since we’re talking about women, let’s begin with a platitude: last year was a year of highs and lows for us gals. And by low, I mean “how-lowcan-you-go?” Yet, despite the huge - and I mean YUGE - political disappointments of 2016, up to 4.7 million protestors in America alone took to the streets. From Washington to Iowa, Antarctica to Australia, together we witnessed the largest ever international rally. The Women’s Marches were so-called because an overwhelming number of attendees were women welding snarky posters (“Put avocado on racism so white people notice!”) that not only called out sexism and bigotry, but also the abuse of arbitrary power in all of its garish, tangerine forms. Up to 10,000 women gathered in Hyde Park and marched in Sydney because the basic inequalities of Trump’s America are all too familiar here. Though the total number of women in Parliament rose slightly from 69 (31 per cent) to 73 women (32 per cent) last year, women remain significantly under-represented in Australian politics. On the streets we declared the enormity of our pussy power On the streets we declared the enormity of our pussy power. But in the White House and in The Lodge (as in many other centres of power), we stare down the barrel of blokes who seem more hell-bent on simultaneously pandering to and negging each other to take us seriously. Locally, however, pussy power has some pull. Growing up, Tanya Plibersek, the Member for Sydney, understood the importance of acknowledging both the vulnerabilities and capacities of others. After seeing her mother’s friend arrive at her house at 2am due to domestic violence, she realised from a young age that so very little separates us in life. She decided then the importance of looking out for ordinary people. Now Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya entered parliament in 1998 not because she had chosen to embark on a political career but simply because chose to learn the lessons that her family, and the lives of those around her, had taught her. “My parents always looked out for their neighbours,” Tanya recalls. “We used to have picnics in the Botanical Gardens and if there was someone who was homeless, my parents would go over to them and offer them something to eat and ask if they wanted a cup of coffee from our thermos. “I think the idea that whether you succeed in life or have a hard time is just because you’re individually brilliant or hopeless completely ignores the fact that, in this country, inequality has been growing for 75 years.” There are few things that enliven the spirit more than a good protest. Tanya appreciates how heartening it can be to feel the solidarity of tens of thousands of people who share your values. To feel as if you are not at it alone. Tanya’s involvement with the Labor Party began because she refused to tell anyone that they were on their own. As Health Minister she devoted herself to defending and extending Medicare, subsidising new drugs so they cost $36 and not $1000. As Housing Minister she met families and individuals who would no longer face homelessness because of government investment in public housing and shelter services. “That kind of satisfaction is absolutely incomparable, I can’t imagine anything more professionally rewarding than that,” Tanya tells me. In Labor she feels like she is part of a movement that marches not just in times of great crisis, but every day and every week. “It can be frustrating, it can be slow and it can be boring sometimes. But I think that it’s the best way to achieve real change, and I think it’s the best way to feel part of something,” Tanya says. Driven by a similar sense of social justice and a belief in human rights that was nurtured inside the share houses of Abercrombie Street, Greens stalwart Jenny Leong has also been marching for a long time. Though she was only elected to parliament as the State Member for Newtown in 2015, her sense of identity as a woman from a Chinese cultural background has always driven and shaped her politics. “My desire to stamp out any form of discrimination... is something that comes from a very personal place for me” “My desire to stamp out any form of discrimination and to see our democracy and our parliament celebrate diversity rather than squash it is something that comes from a very personal place for me,” Jenny explains. To this day she faces racism and sexism. It comes with her public profile. But that doesn’t mean that Jenny accepts it. Not from members of the NSW Police Force, who last year were caught trolling and harassing her on social media, or anyone who attempts to ignore or block someone else’s participation in our democracy. As a member of the Greens – a party that shares her proud, radical past – Jenny believes allowing all communities to engage in democracy is crucial to making said communities stronger.  “It’s incumbent on leaders to do what they can to build the capacity of their communities and to support them to be able to achieve the change that they want to achieve,” Jenny says. For her, it’s not the politicians that will change the way the world works but the voice of strong, progressive people’s movements. “We know that governments can sit without delivering what is in the interests of the people. We need active, robust communities to push them in the right direction,” says Jenny. Certainly, if there was ever a time for a renewed, vibrant, inclusive and empowered women’s movement, it’s now. “As a woman, I am aware of the importance that the struggles before me have had on ensuring my equal treatment and my ability to try to live free from discrimination. But I am also aware that it’s my role now to continue on those struggles,” Jenny says. There is no uncertainty in her voice. “It was an incredible experience to join the Women’s March here in Sydney and to see the images from around the world.” Jenny hopes that the movement will grow, free from the self-interest that takes hold in strongman politics, and allow women to stand up for those suffering massive discrimination and marginalisation. And her optimism is not gratuitous. This year has only reaffirmed her belief there are millions of people who would also refuse anything less. “It’s not what I saw but what I couldn’t see during the march that excited me. I couldn’t see the edges of the crowd and I couldn’t see everyone I knew were there. The action was too big,” Jenny says. So rest assured, friends and collaborators. Jenny may not have seen you, but she knew that you were there, with her, at the start of something big. The struggle continues at Sydney’sWomen’s March 8


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n INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: WOMEN IN BUSINESS The Tia Story…… Uniquely crafted beautiful handmade and readymade products, best suited as gifts for a special occasions. It all started with a chat between old school friends about how accessories were made. Founders of Tia Store are Architha and Priyanka (both from South India) were intrigued and began to develop an interest in handmade products. Both were stay-at-home new mums, and they were looking to support themselves and be independent despite the hardships they faced as new migrants. They both like to explore and experiment with different accessories and believe in simple but head turning jewellery. The Tia store is all about making handmade jewellery with love. Priyanka decided to bring some of the fun earrings from India to Australia and see how people responded to them. The outcome was positive. The jewellery is basically meant for children and fun people who like to wear vibrant colours. The Tia store has a wide range of earring collections ranging from the plain colourful ones to the adventurous minion earrings. Tia store also offers geometric earrings, silk thread earrings and bangles and uses vibrant colours. Pieces are made of good quality and with extensive precision. Tia store also specialises in custom made jewellery. n For enquiries email WOMEN IN LASHES Elise VonTea and Aniko Rosewood When 32-year-old Elise was injured at work 2 years ago, she was no longer able to work in the demanding retail and events sectors. As an entrepreneur and creative soul who was down on her luck, she knew she needed to embrace on an alternative journey and decided to learn a new creative skill; lash extensions. It was something she’d been enjoying for several years due to her own short blonde lashes not being quite as fabulous as desired. She invested in training and as all artists know, hard work and a lot of practice paid off. A business was born, “Quality Lashes Sydney” started in an Annandale living room between rows of books and a collection of vintage teacups. Her housemate Aniko who wanted to escape the corporate world and also always had a creative flair and skill for detailed work, decided to join Elise and be part of the growing demand by ladies of the Inner West desiring quality eyelash extensions. They quickly realised that they’d need a bigger and more professional space. So the new business partners Elise and Aniko acquired a bigger location on Parramatta Road near the famous Norton Street in Leichhardt. Now almost 2 years later with over 100 five star reviews, a new leaf has turned and they couldn’t be happier to be a part of the ever growing group of strong business women who are running small businesses in the Inner West of Sydney. To have your lashes done by Elise or Ani head to their website which has an easy to use online diary and booking system. n See their 5 star reviews at: qualitylashessydney Instagram: QualityLashesSydney 465a Parramatta Road, Leichhardt by appointment only. Phone 0280849927 thetiastore australia Jewellery handmade with love Uniquely crafted beautiful handmade and readymade products best suited to gift on special occasions. Special Thai Clay Vibrant Colours Home of the Best Selling Minion Earrings 465a Parramatta Road, Leichhardt by appointment only. Phone 0280849927 q u a l i t y l a s h e s s y d n e y. c o m See their 5 star reviews at: Ilham A Ismail, A woman and brand with colour, creativity and culture. Ilham A Ismail is a brand targeting the emerging market of Muslim woman living in Western countries who want to keep up with contemporary trends and textile innovation whilst still adhering to their modest dress code. The label creates high end street style fashion with a focus on fabric embellishment and innovative textiles which makes it appealing to anyone who loves fashion. The label is not only about producing beautiful clothing but uses fashion to make a difference in the world. The inspiration behind the collections are based on important issues happening around the world and generally all projects are linked to a charity. In 2016 Ilham A Ismail was a winner of the ID Emerging Designer awards in New Zealand and presented in ID Dunedin Fashion Week. The label was also an Etsy Awards finalist and in early 2016 Ismail took part in a fundraising event run by Muslim Aid Australia, where one outfit from the collection was auctioned off to aid orphans in Kenya. Ismail herself is a strong character with fervent beliefs and she speaks to all Australian women. Her collections reflect her innate understanding of Australian culture. As it is also ‘Say no to racism’ month, Ismail reflects on the time her friend and model Sarah Jehan agreed to experience the hijab for a day. “She modelled a collection which promoted coexistence and peace in Australia,” says Ismail. “With the political events occurring today Australians need to be reminded about what makes this country great and speak out against terrorism and racism. Back in primary school when our teacher asked, ‘tell me something about Australia,’ every student would raise up his or her hand. The teacher would select a student and the student would respond, ‘Australia is the most multicultural country in the world,’ and the rest of the students would groan ‘aw that was my answer’.” “Australia would not be Australia without the meat pies, the hot dog, the kebabs, the sushi, the curry, the taco,” she says. Australia is a home for us all. Thank you Ilham A Ismail for being an inspiration to us all. n Shipping available please contact for postage quote. 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n Your say Should the Inner West Council remain amalgamated? “I don't want it to remain merged. I have friends who work for council, they have told me they will be losing their jobs to contractors if the council merges fully. I don't own my house so I don't pay rates but I hope it doesn't merge.” Melissa, Leichhardt “Yeah, I think it's a good idea. It will cost less and more money can go into services of value.” Rachel, Leichhardt “Yes, I think it will be better. It's a small area with lots of people in it. I live in Stanmore and we kept having to go to different councils to solve issues a street away from each other.” Jermaine, Stanmore “As a European I think we have too many levels of government anyway. Too many people earning too many kick-backs. We need government that is modern, manageable and accountable. Hopefully by broadening council areas cronyism will be a thing of the past.” Elizabeth, Balmain “Yes, I think it will cut some expenses. I haven't really noticed a difference.” Mirta, works in Leichhardt “We voted this government in. I think the best thing we can do is give them a go and see what happens. If you've got councils coming together there'll be more brains on board.” Tommy, works in Leichhardt n Sustainability Bees Bees Bees Australia’s native stingless bee in the paradise of the urban garden. Bees are tiny, yet they play an enormous ecological role in the environment. They are, of course, pollinators of flowering plants, unwittingly transporting pollen from flower to flower as they go about their business, collecting nectar and pollen for food and building materials. Bees are thus regarded as a keystone species given their role as 'wingmen' in the production of seed-containing fruits. They also help maintain genetic diversity amongst plants. Interestingly, it is the females who are foragers and nest-builders. The bee we are all aware of is the famous European honey bee, however, unbeknownst to most are the almost 2000 varieties of native bees that currently inhabit Australia. Eleven of these species are highly social, living in colonies of a queen and workers and cooperating to rear their brood and build their incredible hives. These bees are a wonderful addition to a backyard permaculture project. They are entirely stingless, and produce a zingy and delicious honey known as sugarbag. Traditionally, these bees play an important cultural role for Indigenous Australians, providing honey for ceremonial occasions. They are great pollinators of the garden and urban bushland areas, and the local Sydney bee, Tetragonula Carbonaria, can be expected to produce 1-2 kg of sugarbag honey per year. Dr Tim Heard, entomologist and ex-CSIRO research scientist, has been keeping Australian native stingless bees since 1985, when he transferred his first hive from a cut-down tree into a wooden box. He now keeps over 350 hives, and continues to develop and sell new hive designs as he instructs the Australian public on native bee-keeping. According to Dr Heard, we have an incredibly broad and rich Inside a Tetragonula Carbonaria spiral hive. diversity of native bees in Australia. “[Keeping] stingless bees enhances awareness of the wonders of our own nature”, he says, noting bees reflect our own cooperative society. “It is highly viable to keep bees in an urban environment,” he adds. Indeed, recent studies in Australia reveal that urban gardens can actually increase resource intake well above rates found in natural habitats of bees. This is exciting news as it means that urban dwellers can nurture, breed and manage bees not only for the love of nature - or as Dr Heard calls it, biophilia - but to contribute to a larger vision of sustainability that promotes healthiness across all ecological organisms. Dr Heard gives regular seminars across Australia on native bee-keeping. You can find out more at n Words by Lucia Moon Holidays brings INcrease of women at risk According to Georgina Abrahams, an Inner West social worker, holiday periods where it is more acceptable to drink to excess can leave a larger number of women in danger or homeless after escaping violent partners. Since returning from holidays, Abrahams says the lunch group she runs for homeless women, now in it’s eighth year, has eight new women. Each Monday the group meets at a park in the Inner West where Abraham provides a vegetarian lunch sourced largely from local food banks and local retailers who have come to know the group and offer discounted produce. The number of Inner West homeless women joining Abrahams for lunch has now increased to 55. “We have a lovely feast,” says Abrahams. The meeting is more than just lunch but a space for disadvantaged women to share stories and socialise with friends. “We have only two rules,” she says. “One, that if the women are using substances, that they come to the lunch sober, and two, that we listen to each other and don’t interrupt.” Over the past few years national and state government cuts have meant that a number of long running women and children refuges and safe houses have been forced to close leaving a severe lack of women’s only services, forcing a number of women into their cars or onto the streets. The diversity of women in this situation can be seen in the lunch group, with attendees ages ranging from 16 to 70 plus. “The hardest part about being homeless is that you do not feel connected to the world, they feel invisible,” says Abrahams. "We only meet on Monday, but they have now created a support system for the rest of the week.” Currently the lunches are funded entirely by Georgina Abrahams and her friends. If you would like to donate or find out how you can support the initiative, contact 0406372142. Georgina hosts lunches for homeless women NOW OFFERING Traditional Thai and Oil Massage $55 per hour 10 Colour from $50 - $120 Hair Straightening from $150 Ombre $140 Seniors $45 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 n Local news Business to Raise $100,000 for Love Your Sister Charity Lilyfield photographer Marie Ramos has decided to celebrate ten years of her local business by taking a year off to give back to her community. After following the story of brother Samuel and sister Connie Johnson, the team behind the charity Love Your Sister, Ramos was inspired to help contribute to their efforts in her own unique way – through art. Using the craft of clay imprinting, Ramos intends to produce 2000 individual clay love hearts, shaped by positioning two fingerprints on small clay squares, symbolising the relationship between the two siblings at the heart of the efforts. Each heart will represent a donation of $50, with hopes to raise $100,000 for the cause over 12 months. “The artwork has so many layers of meaning, it symbolises love on many levels,” says Marie. “I’m excited to bring this idea to life for Connie and Sam, but also for all the people in the community who share my passion about raising awareness about breast cancer.” Ramos hopes that on completion, the artwork instillation will be permanently on display at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, with Sam and Connie’s prints at the centre. To find out more about Love Your Sister visit www. or to join Marie Ramos’ project go to Can he do it? 100 Songs in 100 Days Local Newtown musician Tomi Gray of The Ruckus is approaching the half way point of one of the biggest tasks in his life: to write a mammoth 100 songs in a 100 days. Each day, Gray uploads the demo to his Facebook page, along with accompanying visuals. “I’ve been a muso for a while now, and you’ve got to be a manager, social media person, agent and I found I wasn’t doing enough of what I actually wanted to do; produce music,” said Gray. “This year I’ve spent all my time in my bedroom with a guitar, my computer and my thoughts.” The project is gaining momentum, with his day 26 song ‘Trampoline’ impressively reaching over 60,000 views. “I have to do it, it’s an exercise in selftrust," Gray said. April 11 is the final day of the project. To check out the 100 Days, 100 Demos project head to Older Women’s Network turns 30 Our local chapter of the Older Women’s Network (OWN) has reached 30 years of providing advocacy and support for older women in the Inner West. After staring in NSW in 1987, the group has since grown to include multiple states around Australia, opening numerous wellness centres focussing on creating positive participation for elderly women in the community. The OWN headquarters in Newtown provides affordable classes such as drumming and Tai Chi to the community on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. To find out more visit: Thursday 23 February Caroline Beecham @ Leichhardt Library Join local author Caroline Beecham as she discusses her debut novel Maggie’s Kitchen. Set in the London during the blitz of WWII, bravery can be found in the most unlikely of places. 6pm-8pm Free event – All welcome Bookings online or call 9367 9266 Leichhardt Library, The Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt


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n PROMOTION Benvenuti a Bayswater Gardens! Award-winning retirement and aged care provider Cranbrook Care welcomed its first residents to its new aged care residence Bayswater Gardens in Abbotsford this week, with more moving in over the coming months. Overlooking Hen and Chicken Bay, and adjacent to Henry Lawson Park, Bayswater Gardens is the latest residence developed by Cranbrook Care, and offers residents all the comforts of home in a personalised environment. It has been developed in response to increasing demand for quality, bespoke seniors’ care in Sydney’s vibrant Inner West. Many suites feature private garden courtyards or balconies, and there are a selection of suites for couples, friends or relatives to share. All are spacious and light-filled, and many have spectacular views of the water. Residents can choose from a number of beautifully appointed lounge and dining areas designed by leading interior architects Pike Withers, as well as a range of lifestyle services, including physiotherapy, massage and podiatry. A hydrotherapy pool, consultation suite and gym with premium age-specific exercise equipment are located within the state-of-the-art Wellness Centre. The Leisure & Lifestyle team will keep residents busy with a daily schedule encompassing exercises, games, art and crafts, in-house concerts, history discussions and seminars, outings to the local area, and much more. Bayswater Gardens’ landscaped grounds are fully accessible via elegant walking paths. Residents are also encouraged to meet friends and family for a coffee on The Green, an idyllic on-site central meeting place with panoramic views of the water and a waterside gazebo. Cranbrook Care’s CEO Kerry Mann says that mature Australians are increasingly looking for luxury accommodation with easy access to leisure activities and lifestyle services. “Bayswater Gardens has been specially designed to meet those requirements,” says Ms Mann. Bespoke seniors’ care with a view For many older Australians diet and nutrition is vitally important to mental and physical wellbeing, and this has also been recognised and addressed by placing great emphasis on the quality of its catering. Residents dine on cuisine that has been highly commended at state and national levels by the Savour Australia Hostplus Awards for Excellence. All meals are prepared in consultation with in-house Executive Chef Walter Fernandes and a nutritionist, and daily à la carte menus can be tailored to suit individual preferences. But it’s not only the luxury accommodation and superior cuisine offering that has attracted new residents to Bayswater Gardens, but the superior level of clinical care that also appeals to residents and their families alike. “Clinical care for our residents is a top priority in our aged care facilities,” says Ms Mann, “Our professional team offers the full spectrum of 24-hour nursing care, with services including dementia care, palliative care and respite care.” Commenting on the recent opening Ms Mann, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome our first residents, their friends and families to Bayswater Gardens. We have created more than luxurious, quality residences; we have created a community that prioritises lifestyle-enrichment and engagement. We look forward to delivering our unique aged care approach to our new residents.” n For further information, please visit www. The Hair Chair is celebrating its 12th Anniversary on the 4th of March. The Hair Chair is a sustainable salon. We use Goldwell products for colours, Keratin smoothing system, perming and straightening. All our colours are am- monia free & our hair products are paraben and sulfate free. Our friendly staff that have many years of experience and are always continuing their education. We are trained by American Crew so we can look after our male clients. Experienced in formal and Wedding hair styles, and experienced in Natural hair extensions. Team Up to Clean Up on Clean Up Australia Day! FREE BBQ Sunday 5 March There will be a free BBQ from 10am-12.30pm for all volunteers at Council’s cleanup sites: l Halliday Park, Five Dock with Mayor Helen McCaffrey l Rhodes Foreshore Park, Rhodes with the Resource Recovery Team Lets make it the biggest and best ever! Join an existing site or register your own. For more information or to register another site, visit or call Council on 9911 6555. Hours - Tues & Fri - 10am - 7pm Wed & Thurs - 10am - 7pm Sat - 9am - 5pm 14 Phone - 9798 7908. TheHairChair For more information visit: 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555


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n with Olivia Mackay, www.scoffandquaff. in the kitchen Duck with spiced citrus sauce This dish is an homage to hard-working women. It is inspired by the great Kylie Kwong and the recipe is adapted from a dish served at Billy Kwong. Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180C. 2. Toast the peppercorns and salt in a dry pan until fragrant, then crush with the flat side of a cleaver. 3. Score the skin of each duck breast several times. Thoroughly pat the duck dry with paper towel, then rub with the salt and pepper. 4. Heat a large, heavy-based frypan over a medium heat. Then place the duck breasts skin-side down and cook for 5 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and crisp. 5. Turn and cook the other side for 5 minutes, then remove the duck from the pan and place skin-side up on a tray or dish. 6. Turn off the oven, then place the duck breasts in the oven while you make the sauce. Remove most of the fat from the frying pan (keep it for your roast potatoes). Ingredients • 4 duck breasts • 1 tbsp Szechuan peppercorns • 1 tsp coarse sea salt • 1 cup soft brown sugar • ½ cup water • ½ cup fish sauce Head out for a duck at Billy Kwongs • 8 star anise • 2 cinnamon sticks • 1 dried red chilli (optional) • Juice of 3 limes • 1 orange, peeled and cut crossways into four slices • Vietnamese mint and orange zest (optional), to serve 7. Add the sugar and water and stir well. Bring to a simmer. 8. Pour in the fish sauce and vinegar and add the spices. Simmer the sauce for 5–6 minutes, until reduced and syrupy. Add the juice, orange slices and remove from the heat. 9. Slice each breast at an angle into pieces just under 1cm thick. 10. Divide the slices between four plates and add a slice of orange to each. Pour the sauce around the duck. Scatter with mint and zest and serve immediately. MARKET UPDATE n Fruit: It’s all about the seedless grape this week with summer sweetened bunches rolling in at $5-$10 a kilo. Limes, peaches, nectarines and figs are just asking to be added to your next dessert or gourmet salad. n Veggies: Radishes – this seasons ‘it’ veggie – are perfect sliced raw to bring colour and bite to salads. Cauliflower (the new and frankly more delicious kale) is ripe to be made into curries, bakes, mash and as a low calorie substitute for rice. Just put it in the blender and sautee. Embrace a rad veggie! AT HOME WITH CHERIE THOMPSON Former chef Cherie Thompson created the Inner West’s first women’s shed, now celebrating its fourth birthday. Why did you decide to establish a women’s shed in the Inner West? After hearing of the men’s shed concept my question was,“Why isn’t there a women’s shed?” So with the help of the Strategic Community Officer of Ageing at the then Marrickville Council we set it up. Forty-five women turned up and we had our first gathering the following Wednesday. We work on a broad range of art and craft projects which expose members to techniques, mediums and styles they hadn’t tried before. Members are also encouraged to skill-share and these workshops have proven very successful. What kind of people turn up? Fabulous women of all ages, cultures, talents and skills. We are a creative social group where we are always sharing a skill or technique. We used to meet for a couple of hours a week but now we meet 12-5pm every Wednesday as the diversity in the group means there’s always plenty of projects to work on, techniques to learn from each other and laughs to be had. What projects have you finished? Our driving concept is to reuse, recycle and repurpose, so the majority of our projects involve these actions at some level. We have done everything from bird watching, painting, all types of needlework, card making, crazy quilting, crocheting, ukelele lessons, 12 The shedettes (Cherie is third from the right) present a patchwork quilt air dry clay sculpting and beading. We’re constantly turning nothing into something. The next big thing we are launching is a fundraising effort that contributes to assisting women in crisis or women who are going through a hard patch. Do you always enjoy cooking? As a retired chef and caterer, you’d think I’d be over it but I still enjoy it. Having said that, I don’t want to be in the kitchen seven nights a week. I’m a big fan of cooking a big batch and then freezing portions. Dinner for one can be a bit of a lonely chore in my otherwise wonderful life so I prefer to spend a brief but productive period in the kitchen. What was your foodie discovery in the last year? My foodie discovery has been the $2 Neenish Tart at Dulwich Hill Bakery. The short crust pastry is crisp and buttery and the crunchy chocolate and vanilla icing on top takes me right back to being a kid in Bondi. A Slice of Anything The basics of this recipe can be used with fillings other than red salmon, so feel free to use what you have available. • 1/2 cup spelt or flour of your choice • 5 eggs • 60g butter • 200g red salmon, drained • 1 onion sliced • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives • 1/2 cup grated cheese of your choice Place flour, eggs and melted butter in processor or bowl and mix well. Grease a 30 x 20 x 5cm glass pyrex dish or pie plate. Pour in egg mix. Add drained, crumbled salmon. Top with sliced onion, black pepper and grated cheese. Bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve hot or cut into portions and freeze for a later date. Instead of the salmon filling I recently combined grated zucchini, corn kernels and grated Haloumi cheese. Yummo! n The ‘shedettes’ meet at Seaview Hall in Dulwich Hill on Wednesdays, 12-5pm. Visit them on Facebook or email: Wine with Winsor n Summer Quaffer Kissing Booth 2016 Sauvignon Blanc There are some terrific Marlborough sauvignon blancs from the 2016 vintage, and this is among the best value. Fresh, vibrant and quintessentially Kiwi, it is a very good choice for affordable after-work quaffing. There are passionfruit, melon, gooseberry and citrus notes to the fore in this mouthpuckeringly vibrant white with plenty of length and brisk acidity. Perfect with picnics, salads or grilled crustaceans. $16. Coonawarra Classic Zema Estate 2013 Cluny Established in 1982 by Italians, Zema Estate is a small family-owned and operated winery located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region. The Zemas are traditional in the ‘vine to wine’ process, using only 100% Coonawarra estate grown fruit. This medium-bodied blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec is a stand out year after year and is only released when mature. The 2013 is a new release – and darn delicious. $28. Double pleasure Kangarilla Road 2015 Duetto The two Italian grape varieties vermentino and fiano have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. Here they have been blended together in a most impressive way and named Duetto; the Italian word for a musical piece for two performers. The wine is fresh and harmonious with textural elements added by the fermentation on skins of 20% of the fruit in old-style clay amphorae. Great with seafood dishes. $25. n Inner West whispers Local gossip, rumour, hearsay and unsubstantiated fact... Compliance and punishment – dog burglar Singo puts Marly on sale l The Inner West Council is seeking more power over the actions of WestConnex contractors, asking the State Government to grant it the power to monitor and penalise non-compliance with construction conditions. Administrator Richard Pearson is getting complaints from Haberfield and Ashfield residents about the levels of noise at night, trucks not adhering to approved routes, dust, employees parking in streets and road closures. l A man’s pet pug was stolen at knife-point in Homebush’s Olympic Park last week and has so far not been found. The 14-week old puppy, named Egg, was snatched after its owner was approached by three armed men. We hope the robbers just really, really love caring for pugs, especially with the heat-wave that hit last weekend. The popularity of the breed was illustrated in the huge response to the story of Egg’s kidnapping; his photo was shared over 4000 times on Facebook. Does that mean another 4000 suspects for police to interview? l Friends and business partners, John Singleton and Geoff Dixon are selling off Newtown’s iconic Marlborough Hotel (or ‘Marly Bar’) after selling another three pubs late last year, the Peakhurst Inn, Como Hotel and Bristol Arms Hotel. The Marly, however, is a different beast incorporating a number of popular venues including Miss Peaches, Tokyo Sing Song and The Garden Bistro. Making sure it ends up in the right hands is vital, with The Marly Bar serving an important function in the suburb as the official after-party venue of the Newtown Festival. Singleton said the sale was part of the divestment from his portfolio of 20 previously under-performing hotels which his group bought with the mind of reselling at a higher price down the track. Will Justin Hemmes build on his Inner West beachhead – or is he too busy overseeing his pricey dumplings at The Queen in Enmore?


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COMMEDIACOMMEDIA DELL’ARTE DAY 2017 DELL’ARTE DAY 2017 25-26th February 2017, Italian Forum Cultural Centre This year Commedie Dell’Arte makes its mark at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre with a flagship 2-day conference exploring the realms of Commedie Dell’Arte within the Australian context. The conference hosts leading experts in the field (from UK, NSW, QLD and SA) such as Olly Krick and Faith Martin. Commedia dell’Arte Day is celebrated every year on February 25, and is proclaimed by the Italian cultural association SAT as an action of the project in support of SAT’s appeal to the nation of Italy and to the United Nations (UNESCO) to recognize Commedia dell’Arte as an official piece of “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. Every year the SAT committee declares a city to be the flagship event of the Commedia dell’Arte Day and a well-known cultural figure dedicates a message to the worldwide events. Commedia dell’Arte Day is organised by ‘Fools in Progress Inc.’ and ‘Commedia con Corinna’. Supported by funding from the Inner West Council and the Commonwealth through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. What is happening? DAY 1: COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE IN AUSTRALIA FROM 9 AM TO 2:30 PM Speakers: Dr Corinna Di Niro, Olly Crick, Dr Dominique Sweeney What was Commedia dell’Arte? What is commedia dell’Arte? And more to the point, what might be considered Commedia dell’Arte in a contemporary Australian context? The practice and education of Commedia dell’Arte in Australia is vast, with companies and schools taking a mixture of approaches. Do we reconstruct what it might have looked like to its first audience? Do we translate it to suit audiences where Commedia dell’Arte is not part of their day-to-day culture? Despite how it is approached, Commedia dell’Arte has its place in Australia: as part of the curriculum and as part of the repertoire of independent and established theatre companies. This conference seeks to “write” the blueprint for Commedia dell’Arte in Australia Commedia dell’Arte has a connection to the people, both performers and audience. It presents human frailties and exposes the essence of human life. It is comic, tragic, improvised, scripted and devised. Whether the mask is on or off, the costume is historical or modern; Commedia dell‘Arte essentially holds a mirror to society and pokes fun at the very audience paying to see it! We aim to shed light on the work of Australia based practitioners, dispel myths and share ideas on how might we take Commedia dell’Arte out of the Italian “ghetto” and into a 21st century Australian context. WE HAVE FAITH IN COMMEDIA Discussion Panel & Q&A led by Faith Martin Special Guest Tony Kishawi (Lightwire Theatrical Productions QLD) From 3:00 pm to 6:00 including a performance by Fools in Progress Theatre Company and a light refreshment Yes, we do have faith in Commedia dell’Arte! We strongly believe that the Tradition is alive and well, and we know so after seeing the magic happen every time we perform to an audience of teenagers in schools around Australia. Commedia dell’Arte is imbedded in our contemporary comedy, in cartoons, sitcoms and movies to the point that we no longer see it, we just live it. That’s it! But it is time to recognise that Commedia, with its stock characters, is the root and foundation of modern comedy. Commedia dell’Arte did not just survive the times, but shaped the way we laugh today. The Discussion Panel and Q&A led by Faith Martin wants to gather scholars and performers across Australia to share their skills and knowledge in this art form to promote Commedia dell’Arte in its contemporary expression on the Australian and International stage. DAY 2: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP LED BY OLLY CRICK The overall purpose of this workshop is to introduce or consolidate a participant’s knowledge of the practical aspects of Commedia dell’Arte, and to place its performance within the context of improvisational skill. Part 1: The history and the masks A practical and chronological history of the roles of commedia, their movements, social position and ways to raise a laugh: from the carnival antics of the early Buffoni, to the rise of the Magnifico/Zanni double act and the development into a full troupe incorporating Lovers, Pantalone, The Doctor, The Spanish Captain, Brighella, and of course Colombina and Harlequin. Masks are provided, and all other questions will be answered over lunch. Part 2: The scenario and improvisation In this section we will look at how to write a Commedia scenario as a collective enterprise, and then how to plot the dramatic path of a single character that an individual portrays through it. We will look at linear improvisation as a way of exploring these individual story lines, both as a performance in their own right, and as part of the rehearsal process. This section will look at the motivations needed to propel a character through a scenario, and how improvisation is part of the collective social process required in building a commedia (or other) performances. 14


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This event is supported by funding from the Inner West Council and the Commonwealth through the @ the ITALIAN FORUM CULTURAL CENTREAustralian National Commission for UNESCO of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 3 pm 25th Feb admission fee: $35 Tickets available at the door. 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