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Life in the Inner West Est. 2005 Inside: your shopping voucher for Haberfield Village Unearth the local zine scene Mothers Day the locals’ way GIVEAWAYS Double passes to the American Essentials Film Festival Free Issue 303 May 2017 ’The Zine Issue’


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Inner West Whispers Council crackdown on DV - Ashfield’s piles of poo • Ashfield is allegedly experiencing a “poo pandemic”, and no, we are not referring to the antics of toddlers here but of apparently fully grown adults. Local real estate agent Tim Simpson has taken his poo-filled plight to the Inner West Courier, saying he’s “sick and tired” of the odorous and onerous task that is cleaning other people’s faeces off the side of the street where he works multiple times a week. Can’t really blame the bloke – the incessant dumping of human waste outside our premises is not something we’d be signing up for either. • The Inner West Council has announced its intention to hone in on the issue of domestic violence over the next few years. The Speak Out awareness campaign and Inner West Respectful Relationships Project will be hitting our streets, with widely pledged community support and involvement. These initiatives come off the back of striking local statistics: domestic violence is the number one contributing factor to all assaults in Leichhardt, and Marrickville Police have reported that domestic violence is their most resource intensive area of work, forming 40% of all assaults. Ciao keeps a straight face and agrees with Administrator Richard Pearson when he says, “These are dreadful statistics that show no one is immune”. • WestConnex controversy continues for Sydney Motorway boss, Dennis Cliche, who will be coerced into attending an inquiry into Sydney tolls this month after withdrawing in April. The reason for his absence: his company is a private company, and tolls are a public policy issue. So while the construction of a motorway that affects three public parks, The $35 Million Marly Bar in Newtown 10 public road reserves, 16 public local heritage list items, 20 businesses open to the public, 203 homes, and billions of publicly-funded dollars does come under Cliche’s jurisdiction, the tolls that pepper this 33km asphalt stairway to heaven have nothing to do with his private company. Sound logic. • The times, they are a-changin’ for the Inner West’s pub scene: the Marly bar has been handed off to celeb chef Matt Moran for no less than a $35 million price tag, and the Landsdowne in Chippendale is set to open its doors next month with a focus on live music after two years of shut doors. Also prioritising the music scene are our good neighbours at the Bald Faced Stag, who are making the big move to sell off all their pokies to pave more space for their famed heavy metal gigs. Things we love We spotted this solely solar-powered van on the streets of Leichhardt, demonstrating the possibilities endowed by sunshine. Inner West resident, Ziga, created the selfsufficient car himself after running his home on solar for the past 30 years. He hasn’t paid for electricity at all during that time, and even sells some of the energy he generates back to power companies. His motive for ditching fuel and electricity: “I just want to contribute to the earth. I’m a very inventive person, so it was a challenge – I need challenges.” Surprisingly, Ziga says he doesn’t get many passersby commenting on his uniquely decorated vehicle. While it doesn’t run as fast as a petrol-fuelled car, it gets him from A to B just as effectively. And, on the plus side, Ziga says it’s a more cost efficient way of living; he has only had to pay the one-off charge of the solar panels and no maintenance is required. Our future? Latte Leftie Latte Leftie embraces a new, cappuccino-coloured racial identity! Dear LL – Are you excited as me that, thanks to the pioneering efforts of blonde Montana farm girl turned cornrow-sporting Black History professor Rachel Dolezal (now known as Nkechi Amare Diallo), transracialism is officially a thing. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong culture. But up until now, my efforts to pass myself off as kind of Aboriginal have been restricted to peppering my speech with phrases such as “your mob”, playing my didge ostentatiously in parks and insisting on conducting a welcome to country ceremony whenever anyone drops by my house. Following in the brave footsteps of Nkechi, I’ll now be adopting the name Archie Patella Freenamatjiragoolagong, subsisting solely on Witchetty grubs and writing a book (fingers crossed Jane Campion buys the film rights!) about my mystical connection with the land, veneration of the Rainbow Serpent and the endless microaggressions I’ve experienced as an Indigenousidentifying Anglo-Australian. Archie, Land of the Eora People LL replies: I believe it was the insightful political philosopher Ben Folds who observed, “Y’all don’t know what it’s like, being male, middle class and white!” Certainly, it’s been no picnic attempting to yammer on endlessly about white privilege as a whitey, then have some snarky, one-upping ethnic arriviste gleefully brand you an imperialist cultural appropriator if you so much as take a yoga class, order some nachos or don a beret. Now I’m transitioning to being a telegenic Egyptian Muslim public intellectual called Abdush Shahid Ben Abbes Aly, I’ll be delighted to leave those type of triggering events behind. Given how old hat it is to declare you’re man trapped in a woman’s body, or a dugong trapped in human’s physique, it’s high time we Caucasian Inner Westies were able to be acknowledged as the Kalahari bushmen, African-American gang members, Cornish peasants and Roma artisanal breadmakers we truly know ourselves to be. We are Ciao Advertising: Editorial: Creative: Publisher: General:, In / Out • An impressive swathe of Palm trees at the intersection of Great North Road and Lyons Road, unveiled after months of work to give Five Dock that Aloha feel it’s always been missing. • Festival season. From the Sydney Writers’ Festival to the Sydney Comedy Festival, there’s plenty to see in and around the Inner West that will inspire and amuse in May. • Treating your mum this Mother’s Day with something sentimental. • Unicorn frappucinos. Starbucks’ latest creation is specially made for those who love sunshine and rainbows. • People power! A 14-year-old’s 70,000-signature strong petition is set to see reduced hospital parking fees in NSW. The teen, who needs to go into hospital regularly, was concerned family members of patients would be deterred from visiting their loved ones due to these high fees. • Housing affordability. An abandoned Rozelle house has been given a $1.25 million dollar price guide. The catch? It doesn’t even have a bathroom or kitchen. • Kmart only scoring a D+ on the Ethical Fashion Report 2017. That dollar difference has to be made up somewhere; in this case (like most), it’s probably in the production line. • Pepsi’s popularity, because who would have thought that trying to use protest movements to spruik your liquid product would be a potentially bad PR move these days? • United Airlines, continuing the trend of disastrous PR for big companies. Hot tip: when everyone on board has a smart phone, don’t violently drag customers of your plane. • The NSW Police Minister’s road safety credibility. He uploaded a photo to Twitter while driving, and was slapped with four demerit points and a fine. No better way to show your commitment to the law than breaching it yourself! No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. The opinions expressed in Ciao are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. © All rights reserved. Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Jada Bennett-Cross, Russell Edwards, Lucia Moon, Winsor Dobbin, Lucie Jamison, Alison Xiao, Jane Lifen Chen, Sophia Chrysanthos and Maria Zarro. 460A PARRAMATTA ROAD, PETERSHAM 2049 WWW.CIAOMAGAZINE.COM.AU (02) 9518 3696, M:0405 509 805 Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle. Cover: Vanessa Berry and Chris Mikul shot by Ben Cregan -2-


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FEATURE INSIDE THE INNER WEST’S ZINE CULTURE WITH THE BUZZ SURROUNDING THIS MONTH’S ZINE FAIRS, IT’S AN IDEAL TIME TO UNEARTH THE INNER WEST’S DYNAMIC SELF-PUBLISHING SCENE Maria Zarro talks to zine legends and long-time Inner Westies Vanessa Berry and Chris Mikul about this often-overlooked part of the Inner West’s creative landscape. For the uninitiated, a zine (short for magazine or fanzine) is a handmade publication usually reproduced in small numbers on a photocopier. They represent the open selfexpression of the creator, and cover a range of subjects such as politics, feminism, pop culture, art and personal stories. Often traded between zinesters, they are also sold or given away at zine fairs, record shops, book stores, concerts, and zine distribution centres. Despite the digital age, zines are embraced by those seeking an alternative to modern technology and mainstream culture. Dulwich Hill denizen, Vanessa Berry, and Newtown native, Chris Mikul, have created zines for twenty and thirty years respectively and write extensively about life in the Inner West. Why do you create zines? Vanessa: When I started as a teenager, I found the eccentricity and energy of zines engaging, and they were a way for me to put my thoughts out into the world. I’ve continued to make zines consistently since then. My writing has been published in many forms and mediums, but I continue to make zines, as there’s a freedom that allows me to experiment and to write freely without the constrictions that come with traditional forms of publishing. Chris: I’m obsessed by unusual, often obscure people and subjects. I need to find out as much as I can about them and share what I’ve found with others. I love the process of putting a zine together. I also like the zine community. I have friends all over the world thanks to making zines. When I published the first issue of Bizarrism in 1986, I certainly didn’t think I would still be publishing zines today. But it’s never dull, and I think that in this digital age it’s more important than ever that people are still making printed zines. Describe your style. Vanessa: Most of my zines are text-based. Some of them are produced on a typewriter. In the early days, I used clippings from books and magazines and my style was quite cluttered and chaotic; these days it’s much simpler. I also draw maps for some of my zines, as I write a lot about places, particularly places in Sydney. Chris: I used to say I wanted to write seriously about flippant subjects and flippantly about serious ones. I always try to be readable and, I hope, entertaining. I also do an enormous amount of research. When I’m writing an article, I try to read everything I can that’s relevant to the subject and get the facts right as far as possible. You are both renowned for creating zines that capture the places, faces and events of the Inner West. Tell us about your work. Vanessa: Many of my zines have stories from the Inner West, as I’ve lived here for twenty years. My zine I am a Camera #17 was about some of the area’s landmarks and the changing urban environment due to redevelopment. I believe it is important to record these connections, and value the built environment as a place rich in stories. The first zine I made that focussed on the Inner West was in 1998 about the Camperdown Velodrome, which was where O’Dea Reserve is these days, an abandoned velodrome tucked in behind the light industrial area of Camperdown. It was a special place for me and it’s still part of my mental map of the city, even though it has long since been redeveloped into a park. Chris: I think of myself as the unofficial historian of Newtown. I’ve been collecting stories and ephemera relating to it for years. A lot of that went into the zine King Street, Newtown I did in 2012, which traced the street’s history from the opening of the ‘New Town Store’ in 1832. There have been so many interesting characters who have lived here over the years, and it’s wonderful that so much of the original architecture has survived. The Inner West is home to a lively zine community. Why do you think zinesters gravitate to the area? Vanessa: It’s an area with a strong creative culture, which has carried on from the 1980s when it was a cheap place for artists, musicians and other creative people to live in. This is what attracted me to it when I moved here in the 1990s. This identity has continued into the present, despite its growing gentrification. Its connection to creative culture has shaped the Inner West’s identity, and people continue to gravitate to it because of its diversity. There’s a strong sense of community pride and inclusion, and the eclectic physical environment inspires creative responses. Chris: I think zinesters, being creative people who think outside the box, are naturally drawn to the Inner West where they will find like-minded people. It’s just a pity it’s so expensive to live in suburbs like Newtown these days. You’ve both lived in the area for many years. How has it changed in this time? Vanessa: The area has continually gentrified over my time living here. The older generations of migrants and working class people who used to live here are now less of a presence, and a younger and more affluent population has come to live in the area. There has been a lot of demolition and redevelopment where I live in Dulwich Hill, some of which is sympathetic to the area’s character, some of it not, and this continues to be controversial. The huge demolitions for WestConnex are also changing the area, and it remains to be seen what the effects of this project will be. Chris: Newtown was the first place I lived in when I moved out of home in 1981. It was run down and many of the shops on the southern stretch of King Street were empty, but it was also a mecca for students as rents were so cheap. It’s obviously become a lot more gentrified since then, but in other ways, it hasn’t really changed much at all. View Vanessa’s work on her popular Mirror Sydney blog Chris’ books, The Eccentropedia and Bizarrism, are published by Headpress, Vanessa and Chris will showcase their zines at Other Worlds Zine Fair on Sunday, 28 May. The following zine fairs take place in May: OTHER WORLDS ZINE FAIR 2017 Sunday, 28 May, at Marrickville Town Hall 12–3pm MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MCA) ZINE FAIR 2017 Sunday, 21 May, at Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George Street, The Rocks 10.30am – 4.30pm -4-


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What’s On MICHAEL GRIFFIN SEXTET Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville Get groovy with this Inner West saxophonist recently returned from touring overseas. HAVING A VOICE Concord Library An exhibition dedicated to Henry Lawson, marking the 150th anniversary of his birth. ONE SKIN The Petersham Bowling Club Americana artist Rory Ellis launches his new album, One Skin, in Petersham. M O N 1 MAY, 8.30PM 4 – 28 MAY T H U RS 4 MAY, 6.30PM GIRAFFE CONSERVATION GALA DINNER Canada Bay Club Giraffe populations have dropped by 40% in the last 30 years. Book a table to stick your neck out for giraffes before it’s too late. F R I 5 MAY, 6.30PM CAKE DECORATING Concord Community Centre Want to make a sugar flower? The Cake Decorators Guild of NSW is here to host a hands-on slipper orchid workshop. SAT 6 MAY, 9.30AM – 1PM HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BIKE Bastable Street Hall, 2 Bastable Street, Croydon Learn how to maintain your bike in this free course. Bookings essential! S U N 7 MAY, 9AM – 1.30PM MOTHER’S DAY FAMILY NIGHT Bunnings Warehouse, Ashfield High tea, a flower arranging workshop and henna tattoos to spoil the mums. THUR S 11 MAY, 6 – 8PM FESTA DELLA MAMMA Salt Meats Cheese, Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning to cook Italian pasta with mum. SAT 13 MAY, 6.30 – 9.30PM INNER WEST OPEN STUDIO TRAIL Explore over 100 Art Studios SECOND-HAND SATURDAY Leichhardt and Annandale Garage Sales SAT 1 3 MAY ABORIGINAL HERITAGE FILM NIGHT Leichhardt Town Hall In the lead-up to Reconciliation week, attend a screening of BabaKiueria and Black Panther Woman. SUN 14 MAY, 6.30 – 9.30PM THE STEVENSON EXPERIENCE The Factory Theatre, Marrickville Musical comedy at its finest from Australia’s favourite bickering identical twins. F R I 1 9 MAY, 9.30PM FIRE BRIGADE OPEN DAY The Connection, 30 Shoreline Drive, Rhodes Come meet your local firies and teach your kids about fire prevention. SAT 20 MAY, 9.30AM – 2PM YOGHURT AND CHEESEMAKING Strathfield Library Learn how to make ricotta, yoghurt and labneh for free. ZUCCHERO Black Cat Tour, Sydney Opera House S U N 21 MAY PIANO PICNIC Leichhardt Town Hall Celebrate with young pianists and singers in an imaginary indoors 1950s summer picnic. FR I 2 6 MAY, 7 – 9PM Dive into comedy and culture with local fairs and festivals in May. -6-


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WHAT’S ON CIAO’S PICKS DOWN AN ALLEY FILLED WITH CATS 25 APRIL – 13 MAY A thrilling two-hander by the Throwing Shade Theatre Company is headed to the Sydney stage. Timothy Timmony is the elderly, cultured proprietor of a book shop, while Simon Matthews comes to the shop in pursuit of a particular volume. Just as Simon discovers that the book has been sold to his archenemy, the landlord locks them both in the building for the night. This cat-and-mouse is sure to raise the fur on the back of your neck. Ciao Giveaway: A lucky reader can win two tickets to the show. Email with your name and address, letting us know where you found your copy of Ciao. King Street Theatre, Newtown WELCOME TO GLEBE! 5 – 17 MAY For seven years, Tom Psomotragos and Eulalie Moore have been capturing the images of people in their Glebe community. Their photographic art exhibition will be on display in May to celebrate the area’s melting pot. “I have finally found a place, a place to call home, a suburb, a village, a community called Glebe,” says Tom. Over the years, Eulalie and Tom have taken a deeper and more intimate look at the social fabric of the unique community as it comes under mounting pressure through gentrification and changes to social housing. After documenting these people and their intimate spaces, the photographers invite you to share in their places and portraits. The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe THEATRESPORTS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SUNDAY 7 MAY, 6PM Australia’s longest-running improvisation show is back in town for the Sydney Comedy Festival. Think you can handle some whip-smart, no-holds-barred improv comedy? Sydney’s Cranston Cup champions will be taking on the best teams from Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. It’ll be like Whose Line is it Anyway? on adrenaline, with the country’s fastest-thinking comedians battling it out for the championship crown. Panicked and making it all up as they go, these teams will compete in quick-fire sketches. Don’t miss the State of Origin of the improv comedy world. Enmore Theatre, Newtown TAKING A RIDE 7 MAY, 7PM; 12 MAY, 10PM Ready for some funky beats? Funk Engine’s got you covered with the album launch of their latest offering, ‘Taking a Ride’. The four-piece band, including two locals (Holly Conner of Campsie and Felix Lalanne of Redfern), will funk it up big time at The Townie in Newtown along with Dr Kong & the Stem Cells and Pezcobar. After meeting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Jazz Workshop, Funk Engine formed in 2013 to spread the groove. If you enjoy groove-based music, jazz fusion and reggae, this one’s for you. The Townie, Newtown THE TIPPING POINT WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 6.30-9PM Ever wondered what it would be like to quit your job and travel around the planet for 24 months? Join Liz Courtney for a screening of an episode of her series ‘The Tipping Points of The Climate System – Permafrost of the High Arctic’. Liz lived in The Amazon Jungle, camped on the Greenland Icesheet and rafted down the Ganges in India. She dogsled in the North Pole and sailed across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. A passionate author and film director, hear her speak at Five Dock Library about climate change and sustainable solutions. The Bay Room, Five Dock Library, Five Dock OTHER WORLDS ZINE FAIR SUNDAY 28 MAY, 12-5PM Keen to get your hands on some creative art and designs? Head down to the Other Worlds Zine Fair for some ah-mayzing zines, comics and art projects. Celebrating alternative culture, the fair is committed to contributions from a diverse mixture of people and ideas. The event was born out of the 2014 Biennale boycotts of Transfield (the service providers for Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres) and has been run annually ever since. This one is not to be missed by all those who appreciate the aesthetically-pleasing. Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville


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MOVIES American beauties FRESH INDIE FILMS FROM THE US FESTIVAL CIRCUIT AT PALACE CINEMAS Indie superstars Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning in 20th Century Women easily the wildest of the films Ciao has previewed. That’s if we don’t count the twisted crime thriller Detour staring Bel Powley as a very bad girl. Naturally there is an impressive smattering of controversial docos like The American Anarchist, in which the author of the 70s counterculture bible The Anarchist Cookbook wishes he kept his mouth shut. California Dreams, about the everyday people trying to make it in La La Land – the real LA – is another standout. Plus there’s an amazing collection of edgy alternative-tinged classics from the 70s and 80s like Mulholland Drive – too many to list here. ■ Head to the website – bookings are now open. Amazingly, there are people around who claim they “never go to American films.” Do they even know what they’re missing? It was only last year that Palace Cinemas added American Essentials to its line-up of international film festivals. Not before time – for decades film buffs had known US indies are some of the boldest, funniest, brainiest and downright strangest movies made anywhere in the world. Anyway, once again in 2017, they’re now being celebrated with a line up of twenty Aussie premieres, both features and docos, plus and a whole bunch of classic cuts. The three-week fest kicks of conventionally enough with the Oscar-nominated 20th Century Women staring Greta Gerwig, Annette Bening and Elle Fanning, director Mike Mills’ first film since Beginners. But then indie-Queen Gerwig turns up again (of course she does) in Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog, a little-seen provocation that no one has dared screen since last years’ Underground Film Festival. Another mad oddity is the magical realist Are We Not Cats, Detour: A dark and twisty neo-noir AMERICAN ESSENTIALS Palace Cinemas Norton St and Verona from May 9 – 24 ■ W I N D O U B L E PASS E S To be in the running for one of ten double in season passes to festival films just email with your name and address telling us where you found your copy of Ciao. You can enter the competitions for The Innocents and Whiteley (right) at the same time, but give us a preference. Is censorship back? DENDY CINEMAS NEWTOWN PULLED A FILM AFTER CALLS TO BAN IT. WHY? That decision was wrong. And it signals trouble ahead for those who like challenging films, ones that some may regard as offensive. The film in question hardly matters, it was a doco about gender politics called The Red Pill and apparently presents opinions some people find offensive. I haven’t seen it, but according to some Sydney Uni activists’ logic, no one should. As a result of their campaign, a sold-out FanForce paid-for screening was quietly canned by Dendy. You can hardly blame Dendy, they’re just a business. But wasn’t this battle over by the late 60s? Since then we’ve been treated as adults, and come to regard censorship as ancient history, belonging to an old fuddy duddy authoritarian era, one long gone. Well no, it’s back on King St, Newtown. Censorship comes from a deeply conservative desire to insulate us from anything disturbing, but where does that leave Raw (pictured)? Ironically, it’s at Dendy Newtown too. The US rating’s “trigger warning” got it right, this French horror classic contains nothing but offense – “Aberrant behaviour, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use”. It’s about a nice vegan girl called Justine’s sexual awakening as she is “empowered” by her older sister and her experiences at uni, and develops a taste Raw: These girls used to be such nice vegans for human flesh. Shockingly, the sisters’ first victim is a young gay Muslim. Skipping any homophobic and racist bullying and totally ignoring their Safe Schools training – they eat him! Most uni students are probably giggling their appreciation at late night screenings along with the rest of us – and they should be allowed to, it’s a fantasticly bold genre piece exploring lots of ideas – embodying all the freedoms previous generations of students fought for. What todays activists object to and want to control is the expression of those ideas. And that’s the most terrifying thing about this depressing affair. ■ Raw is on now at Dendy Newtown. R18+ ★★★★★ -8- The Innocents: A beautiful film about terrible times Top picks for May THE INNOCENTS ★★★★ Fresh from high praise at Sundance, writer/director Anne Fontaine’s (Adore, Gemma Bovery) new profoundly moving and morally complex drama is about a convent of nuns in post WW2 Poland, many of whom are all, quite mysteriously, pregnant. It’s a dark film, but far from depressing, and unfolds like a thriller. Rising star Lou de Laâge, so stunning as the bad girl of Breathe but then underused in The Wait, finally gets a centre-stage role where all her talents are radiantly on display. M from April 27. ■ We have 10 double passes to give away. See left. GET OUT ★★★★ Black man (Daniel Kaluuya), white girlfriend (Allison Williams) and an awkward weekend with the parents – if really you had to put Jordan Peele’s masterfully abrasive satire into a genre slot, then it would be horror. Plenty of blood is spilt in its gory final scenes, but the most horrifying thing is not that all the victims are white and the perpetrator black, but that white audiences will be gleefully cheering him on. In the US, where crime and race remain explosive issues it’s been a huge zeitgeisty and box-office hit for Peele. With some Obama-era home truths and hypocrisies so brutally and entertainingly exposed, he’s really hit the bulls-eye. MA15+ from May 4. WHITELEY ★★★★ Brett Whiteley struck the Sydney art world like a bolt of lightning in the 70s, and then vanished. For anyone who can recall those times or with more than a passing interest in contemporary art, James Bogle’s lively doco won’t reveal a lot that’s new – Whiteley and his wife Wendy very much lived their drama-filled life in public, though it’s still a magnificently nostalgic experience. The painter’s prolific diary musings and notebooks drive the narrative and give the film a brisk and fabulously garrulous impetus. Always a heavy drinker, once settled at Lavender Bay, heroin tightened its deadly grip on the painter, and he rationalised that with all that era’s idiotic mishmash of countercultural bravado. What a tragedy, he may have been an idiot, but he was a genius – no one doubts that or doesn’t wish he was now an old man, still painting, still dazzling us with his brilliance. CTC from May 11. ■ We have 5 double passes to give away. See left. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 ★★★★ You’ll need to buckle up tight for this breathlessly paced sequel – a non-stop fast and furious pulp action ride of near balletic beauty. With possibly even more gun fire and ferocious hand-to-hand combat than even John Woo’s early Hong Kong classics, the story hardly matters, all you need to know is that Wick (a spectacularly monosyllabic Keanu Reeves – so cool!) is a killer for hire and the world’s top mobsters all want to kill him. You are not a bad person if you enjoy this sort of thing. After some of the precious art-house movies on offer, watching a pretentious modern art gallery being demolished in a hail of bullets can be like a breath of fresh air. MA15+ from May 18. ■ Russell Edwards


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E-Waste ‘Drop Off’ Recycling Day DATE: Sunday, 28 May 2017 TIME: 9am-3.30pm WHERE: Cintra Park car park, Crane St, Concord What can I bring? COMPUTERS: hard drives, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, faxes and cables HOME ENTERTAINMENT: TVs, DVD and CD players, sound systems, games and consoles HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES: irons, kettles, toasters, vacuums, oil heaters and power tools What can’t I bring? WHITE GOODS: fridges, freezers, washing machines, dryers and air conditioners LIGHTING: fluorescent tubes and halogen lights HAZARDOUS WASTE: smoke detectors, chemicals, broken glass monitors and CRT televisions What else do I need to know? The e-waste ‘drop off’ day is free to local residents (please provide proof of residency). Pack your e-waste securely and drive safely. On arrival, follow the traffic controller’s instructions and do not leave your vehicle unless instructed. Staff will unload your vehicle for you. Only household quantities will be accepted. For more info visit: Burwood Rd Crane St Barnwell Park LyoGnsolRf dCoWuersset ENTRANCE Concord High School Cintra Park car park St Lukes Oval Cintra Park 1a Marlborough Street, Drummoyne NSW 2047 Tel 9911 6555 Book your next FUNCTION with us Call us on (02) 9569 2638 today! Italian Language Classes in ‘Little Italy’ - Leichhardt “Come and learn the most beautiful language in the world.” • Native Italian language teachers • State of the art interactive technology • Flexible times and free tutoring • Complimentary access to our online learning resources Term 2 begins May 1st Enrol online now No computer access? Give us a call or come and visit us: Ph: 9564 0744 Casa d’Italia, 67 Norton Street Leichhardt NSW 2040


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HABERFIELD PROMOTION Visit Haberfield Village WE ARE OPEN DURING THE ROADWORKS Haberfield village remains open throughout the month of May, continuing to provide the local area with a range of food, goods and services. WestConnex works in the Haberfield area have led to the temporary closure of Ramsay Street between Wattle Street and Walker Avenue, however the suburb’s local shopping precinct is unperturbed by the changes. Haberfield Shopping Village remains open and accessible, and will continue to serve locals with the fabulous food, gifts and services they know and love until the roadworks are completed later in the month, weather permitting. Ciao has devised a public transport and parking guide to help you navigate the area at the moment, so there’s no reason to miss out on a slice of your favourite ricotta cheesecake or delicious deli specialties! All you need From coffee and cakes to light meals, supermarket needs, prescription glasses, deli goods, cheeses, meats, wines and pharmaceutical items, all of your daily provisions are available at Haberfield Shopping Village. Whether you’re shopping for jewellery to give for Mother’s Day, doing the Saturday morning grocery shop, or on the lookout for fresh meats and a bottle of wine to prepare for a dinner party, Ramsay Street caters to your needs. Inner Westies need look no further than Haberfield Village if you’re struck by a sweet tooth and seeking to satiate it with a scoop of gelato, or if you just want to read a copy of the morning paper with a cup of coffee before getting a hair cut or visitng the optometrist. Haberfield’s selection of diverse restaurants serving Chinese banquets, Thai noodles, pasta and pizza make it a favourite evening dining spot, while its cafes are of local fame and provide a coffee and pastry combination that can’t be beaten. Special Offer Haberfield Village’s range of shops and services are the perfect place to choose a treat for your mum before Mother’s Day. For Ciao readers coming into Haberfield Shopping Village to see what’s on offer, make sure you bring the voucher below and redeem it at participating retailers before Sunday, 14 May. Find all the ingredients you’ll need for a perfect meal Haberfield’s patisseries are a dessert lover’s heaven Plenty of shops cater to your sweet tooth “Haberfield Shopping Village remains open and accessible, and will continue to serve locals with the fabulous food, gifts and services they know and love” Friendly locals in the garden suburb Special Offer Mother’s Day Voucher Treat your mum in the lead up to Mother’s Day at participating Haberfield retailers. Present this voucher for an offer exclusive to Ciao readers. This voucher is valid from Sunday 30 April to Sunday, 14 May only. -10-


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Wine and dine in Haberfield, or stock up for home Treat yourself to a cafe breakfast HABERFIELD PROMOTION Where to Park THE SECRET SPOTS ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW ABOUT P = PARKING To Fivedock WARATAH ST RAMSAY ST PARRAMATTA RD Roadwork DALHOUSIE ST P P P Haberfield Ashfield ASHFIELD PA R K “Whether you’re shopping for jewellery to give for Mother’s Day, doing the Saturday morning grocery shop, or on the lookout for fresh meats and a bottle of wine to prepare for a dinner party, Haberfield caters to your needs” Some of the best woodifre pizza in Sydney How to get there The finest Italian cuisine around REGULAR BUSES: Regular services for the 438, 439, L38 and L39 routes are diverted but continue to operate and serve Haberfield Village bus stops. Instead of the closed section of Ramsay Street, they currently drive through First Avenue, Arthur Street, Timbrell Drive and Dalhousie Street. The 406 route from Ashfield station and the 436 route operate as normal. FREE SHUTTLE: A free shuttle bus service is operating between Five Dock Shops and Haberfield Shops to replace some bus stops that are being missed by the regular 438 and 439 services. The shuttle bus operates every 10 to 20 minutes between 6am to 7pm daily. SCHOOL BUSES: School buses are being diverted down Waratah Street, but serve Haberfield Shopping Village as usual. BIKE: Haberfield’s close proximity to the Bay Run makes a short shop or bite to eat the perfect complement to a gentle cycle around the water. LIGHT RAIL: The Marion light rail stop remains an efficient way for those in the Inner City to travel to Haberfield, with the Inner West line servicing stops that include Dulwich Hill, Lilyfield, Rozelle and Glebe. Haberfield Village is approximately eight minutes from the Marion light rail stop on foot, or three minutes by bus. WA L K : If you’re in the local area, there’s nothing like a morning stroll to get your blood pumping and enjoy the crisp Autumn sunshine. A tasty treat and delicious coffee will be waiting for you at the other end from one of Haberfield’s cafes or patisseries. DRIVE: Visiting Haberfield by car is easy despite Ramsay Street’s partial closures. Plan to drive along Henley Marine Drive and up Mortley Avenue to get to Dalhousie Street instead, or take the marked detour along Parramatta Road. When exiting the precinct, motorists can take Empire Street or Bland Street off Ramsay Street to bypass the blocked section of road. See the map above for where to park. -11-


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PROMOTION Mum’s Escape 1 - Melange Chic  Reversible silk red/black quilted jacket, $70 Black 100% wool special edition scarf, $40 Blue handblock printed cotton top, $40  Leather envelope clutch with cotton lining, $40 2 - Daniel Learmont Couture Citrus yellow silk cocktail dress with Swarovski crystal, POA 3 - Madge Green flores shift dress, $390 1 3 Photos:  DEEPAK NATH GUPTA Model: CRYSTAL JANE  MUA: SHAE MACINTYRE Concept: SHARON GARRARD Location: DULWICH HILL 2 Melange Chic Melange Chic’s story began with a vision to bring vibrant, colourful, hand-crafted artisan clothes, jewellery and homewares from India to the consumers of Australia. They carry eclectic collections of pure wool, cotton and silk scarves, Cashmeres, stunning jewellery, organic cotton clothing like kaftans, summer dresses, resort and lounge wear, quilted cotton and silk jackets, unique clutches, totes, beach bags and more. Website: Like us at Facebook/MelangeChicAus Follow us on Instagram / Twitter: melangechicaus Daniel Learmont Couture In 2009, Daniel launched the label ‘Daniel Learmont Couture’. A fan of 50s and 60s Hollywood and the jet setter lifestyle, he loves the kind of clean, dramatic glamour of the period, strong silhouettes in luxurious fabrics like silk shantung, brocade, duchess satin and Chantilly lace, as well as the beautifully tailored day wear in wool, crepe and tweed. This influence is apparent in all of Daniel’s designs. Daniel recently designed four gowns for celebrities at the 2017 Logies. @DanielLearmontCouture Madge Newtown-natives Luisa Franco and John Valastro have created Madge: a brand creating limited run print focused fashion and homewares, aimed at those who wear their creative selves on the outside. The pair design with a view to longevity, not to the fashion calendar. Designing, printing and making is all conducted locally in Australia. Store : 241 Australia Street Newtown NSW 2042 Online Store: -12-


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Fiona’s look is leather luxe. A simple brown leather tote accentuates her tan watch and sandals. Her khaki culottes jumpsuit, cinched at the waist, is a great piece for this in-between Autumn weather. Chris and Eddy were Makers at the event, exhibiting their exquisite hand crafted ceramics, textiles, leather and paper goods from their brand Trade the Mark. The ladies’ inherent eclectic and laid back styles complemented their products perfectly. Joelle is right on trend with her Zara mid-length lace slip, leather loafers and fine gold accessories. Contrasting delicate pieces with leather accessories gives her outfit an edge. Lucy has worked her outfit around these great Gorman pants. Pairing such lively pants back with a simple cropped tee and white Birkenstocks is great way to let them shine through as the statement piece. Joanne looks effortlessly cool and well coordinated. Her clear glasses, black bowler hat, printed tote bag and twisted tan shoes draw interest from head to toe. Adele wears a washed out denim jacket with unique patches, a quirky denim trend to watch this season. She pairs the jacket with a tie-dye tee, white netball skirt and chunky sandals. Her layered necklace and choker tie in perfectly with the overall look. Nicole’s chic dress with oversized silver eyelets is paired back with tan western boots and given character with a carved wooden camera necklace, bought from one of the Makers. Veronica’s little black dress with shoulder cut-outs gives her accessories the perfect background to pop. Her pastel pink ballet flats, ice-cream brooch, crochet necklace and 1950s inspired hair tie give her outfit a fun and feminine touch. Felicia and Jade were Makers at the market, displaying their label Furry Peach. Their nautical coloured, summery pieces complement each other and their store beautifully. Street Fashion Marrickville’s one day only Makers and Shakers Market in April delivered exactly what it said it would. The makers displayed some of their finest hand-crafted textiles, accessories and homewares, while the Inner West fashionistas in attendance were definite shakers. Here are some of the best street style looks from the event. Photos and words by Sophia Chrysanthos. Lillian and Cynthia both flaunt a minimalistic sport-luxe look with their white joggers, simple collared shirts and tote bags. Cynthia’s black tie up culottes and Lillian’s button down dark denim skirt are great staple pieces for an Autumn wardrobe. -13- Ivy’s head to toe black outfit is sophisticated and chic. Her statement flared Ellery pants are exquisite, complemented well by her crop top, thick glasses frames, leather bag and suede loafers. Libity rocked her David Bowie tribute top loud and proud. She carried out the pop of red colour from Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt in her footwear and on her lips.


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ENVIRONMENT OFF THE GRID A CHIPPENDALE TERRACE SHOWS IT’S POSSIBLE TO BE SUSTAINABLE IN THE INNER CITY Since 1996, Michael Mobbs’ energy and water bills have amounted to less than $300 per year. Most people pay about that much every quarter, but Mobbs lives a different lifestyle. His house was disconnected from the main water and sewerage lines twenty years ago, and in 2015 he disconnected from the city’s electricity supply and went completely off-grid. Living sustainably does not necessarily mean living in the countryside. Mobbs’ terrace house is situated in Chippendale, in inner-city Sydney. According to Mobbs, there are essentially three aspects of off-grid living: generating electricity, collecting water and dealing with waste. Making change in even one of these areas could mean saving stormwater pollution from Sydney’s harbour and beaches, conserving Sydney’s water supply or preventing tonnes of coal from being burnt. Mobbs runs tours of his sustainable home and the Chippendale road garden every few weeks – they can be booked online at In the meantime, draw inspiration from his quick rundown of the three essential aspects of sustainable living. Electricity Mobbs catches the sunlight via 30 solar panels. His home has a total system capacity of just over 3.5 kilowatts. A bank of batteries stores the energy for use at night or on very overcast days. Water A rainwater collection system provides clean, drinkable water direct from the sky. Water quality is maintained through an enclosed gutter (which excludes leaves and bird droppings), a downpipe with a filter and a diversion system carrying the first 6-10L of soiled rainwater from the roof away from the tank and into the garden. Wastewater Possibly the most astonishing aspect of Mobbs’ home: his water recycling system receives wastewater from the shower, bath, dishwasher, washing machine, sinks and tubs. Air is pumped into the system to sustain the life of small critters that eat the waste in the water and clean it. The water is also passed through a sand filter and sterilised by an ultraviolet lamp. The resulting water is clean enough to be used to flush toilets, wash clothes and water the garden. Mobbs’ water recycling and sewage disposal systems annually process about 100,000 litres of sewage, preventing it from entering the Pacific Ocean. Words by Lucia Moon Michael Mobbs outside his home in Chippendale Road Test WHERE TO GET YOUR ZINE FIX Curious about zines? The following Inner West outlets sell or display zines for your reading pleasure. THE RIZZERIA Community spirit is the backbone behind this non-for-profit workshop and retail outlet. Formed nine years ago by a volunteer group of artists who purchased a risograph printer for public use, The Rizzeria has become a haven for Inner Westies wanting to print posters, invitations, zines, graphic design pieces and much more. Jo from The Rizzeria explains: “The risograph printer produces a bit of a different look - it’s not black and white. The colours are really bright, so it looks different to digital printing”. While it doesn’t stock a large range of zines, The Rizzeria is a place where people can print their own zines, and they’ll then try to stock a few copies. If you’re interested in creating zines, The Rizerria runs workshops. “We show samples of zines, talk about the different things you can put into zines, look at different styles and formats, and everyone can make their own zine and then print them,” says Jo. Shop 2/359 Illawarra Road Marrickville REPRESSED RECORDS Repressed Records specialises in DIY, punk and alternative music, and zines. Their big selling zines include the Sydney-based Unbelievable Bad, Distort Zine from Melbourne, and American MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL. Their diverse clientele has their interests catered for, whether it be punk, blues, jazz or hip hop. Certain zines have attracted regular customers; for example, some Sydneysiders have purchased MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL every month since 1995. Ravi from Repressed Records is a fan of zines: “Zines are great. And it’s fantastic when people put in the effort to create them. We’re fortunate enough to have some zines incorporate Repressed Records into the narrative through artwork or events.” 413 King Street, Newtown RED EYE RECORDS Red Eye Records, while not strictly within the Inner West jurisdiction, stocks a swag of music-related zines. The number of zines they have in stock depends on how many are brought in. According to Red Eye, some zines attract a cult following and sell well. Others are the result of individuals simply wanting to create zines and share their work. “We like to support people’s passions”, Red Eye Records told Ciao. They most likely have something for everyone, with a diverse clientele that ranges from teenagers to 80-year-olds, and everyone in between. What to zines offer to the music community, according to Red Eye? Fun. 143 York Street, Sydney VERGE GALLERY A non-for-profit exhibition space located the University of Sydney’s Darlington campus, Verge Gallery has over 80 titles in their zine collection and offers visitors a reading room space to enjoy publications. It’s worth checking out Verge’s selected issues by The Refugee Art Project, which includes first-hand accounts, drawings, poems, and interviews with children and adults in Villawood detention centre. “Zines are a product of this intersect between art-making and publishing...It’s important to exhibit zines in this creative environment because it promotes a do-it-yourself culture, creating alternative media platforms, sharing ideas and experiences, and connecting with others,” says Director Sian McIntyre. Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Road, Darlington Community Rant Sydney’s addiction The New South Wales Government is desperate. It ignores ongoing advice from friends, family and experts to seek alternatives. It fights all obstacles in its path for more. It cares only for the short-lived gratification, euphoria and high, to the detriment of healthy decades ahead. I guess when life feels so good right now, why would it care? That’s right Sydneysiders, our government is addicted – really, seriously addicted – to the car. We’re all users. Some of us have managed to maintain control, but others amongst us are addicted too. Many excuses for the habit: you blame it on where you live, what you do for work, and even your kids. But I’m telling you now – before it’s too late – we can fix this problem. We can wean our city off this addiction. We can be healthy again. It may take time, but the first step to recovery is admitting there’s a problem. Before his death, my grandfather spoke of the days before it was like this. There were always users, but very few addicts. He spoke of healthy communities: people were active, everyone socialised, and there was far less fear in our streets. But as our leaders became addicted, so too did the rest of the city. Many of you pretend to believe that the same old compulsive behaviours won’t cause further pain. I’m afraid you’ve swallowed too many lies and slander. Deep down, we all know we must seek alternatives. Why wouldn’t we? Despite the State’s attempt to make substitutes less enticing, they have worked well in the past, and can surely work again. I recently heard that cities abroad are getting clean, so I hold onto hope for us. Apparently in London they are taxing users within the city centre. In Paris, they’re restricting them entirely. In New York, alternatives are now so popular that addiction is also fast disappearing. Even Los Angeles – the biggest junkie of them all – is now on the mend. In recovery, these cities have looked to role models: Copenhagen and Amsterdam have been happy to assist. Each night I pray that our government will seek help. Only then can Sydney wean off its addiction to the car. Words by Tom Payne, Inner–Westie since 1987 -14-


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