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Life in the Inner West Est. 2005 The Inner West cafe where refugees serve up a feast Al Bano exclusive: Italy’s favourite star returns to Sydney MarketPlace Leichhardt hosts Santa’s Arrival GIVEAWAY The Teacher Free Issue 310 Nov/Dec 2017 ‘The Gift Issue’


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Gallery 448 448 New Canterbury Road Support your local artists this Christmas! Paintings and artworks are such an underrated gift, perhaps because we all live in fear that our taste in art is so different. Art is a great way to express how you feel, and if you know the person well enough, you can make sure that anything you pick aligns with their taste. Gifting art also counts as a gift for yourself, because every time you visit your loved one’s home you can see your glorious selection adorned on their walls. Dulwich Hill Gift Guide Are you scratching your head thinking of what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Or perhaps you’re a bit tired of the same-old on offer at the mall? Save yourself the stress, because everything you need can be found in the comforts of your local community. Without venturing far, you’ll be able to please everyone, whether it’s a book for your nan (yep, they still print those) or a lovely necklace for the assistant you’ve been sleeping with that you’ll accidentally give to your wife — wait, that’s just the plot of Love, Actually. The silly season is upon us again! Here are just a few ideas to help you. There are plenty more on offer at Dulwich Hill Village so come and see for yourself... Catherine Colubriale Couture 424 New Canterbury Rd 9568 2282 For chic eveningwear to spoil the special lady in your life, you need look no further. Special occasions are always made more fun when you have something to wear, and if you make it a special one, your loved one will never forget the dress you bought them for Christmas of 2017. If you’ve got a bride-to-be in the family, there’s also no better way to ease their stress over the holiday season — chipping in a couple of hundred would go a long way, and helping them purchase the pinnacle of their wedding day will not be forgotten! It’s a beautiful way to show you care. Marrickville Road Medina Interior 451 Marrickville Road 9569 3729 A fabulous and unique gift, Medina Interior offers rare pieces of quality Moroccan gifts and homewares. These exquisite imported items range from contemporary ceramic mosaics and traditional metalwork to painted furniture. The store has been in Dulwich Hill since 2000, and is a fantastic place to pick up a memorable gift this Christmas! Gleebooks 536 Marrickville Road 9560 0660 Books always make such a great gift, whether it’s by stalking your friend’s Goodreads account to find their wish-list, encouraging your niece or nephew to become a bookworm, or buying 10 copies of Hillary Clinton’s latest autobiography so you can gift it to all your friends and ask ‘What happened?!’ Also, a fun fact: 2017 was the Year of Reading in Dubai. Perhaps your thoughtful book can make 2018 the Year of Reading for your loved one! e Larder 489 Marrickville Road 9572 9797 It is a truth universally acknowledged that everybody loves fine food. It’s a simple, unassuming gift, and a nice selection will go over like a treat at your holiday dinner — especially because you get to support your local business at the same time. With a great range of French cheeses, cold cuts from around the world, and the owner’s own duck rillettes and terrine, there’s also a variety of other things to choose from. Make sure you also enjoy the wine bar, which is in operation over the evenings.


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Lady Gnarbo 419 New Canterbury Road 0431 140 116 Just stepping into this florist shop will ease your Christmas shopping anxiety. The interior and decor is absolutely mesmerising, and the customer service is outstanding as well. If you’re too stressed to think, go out and smell the roses while Stav prepares the bouquet of your dreams. Her creative flair will not disappoint, and whoever you gift these flowers to will be simply blown away. Be sure to check out Stav’s wall of local and Aussie-made gifts while you’re there. Connie Dimas Jewellery 392 New Canterbury Road 0424 246 168 The beautiful pieces at Connie Dimas Jewellery are as timeless as they are unique. The handmade artisan jewellery is made using Australian recycled sterling silver or gold, with locally sourced stones. Connie also specialises in giving new life to the heirloom pieces we cherish, exploring emotional connection to the pieces. It’s as beautiful and thoughtful a gift as they come, with Connie able to remodel a special piece to create a contemporary wearable piece of jewellery. If it’s too indecisive to choose a piece, you can also purchase a voucher to one of her specialty workshops. And if the jewellery doesn’t fit, then be sure to check out her range of hand made leather slippers and footwear. Fantastic Nails and Beauty 411 New Canterbury Rd 9569 0338 Having just celebrated their first year anniversary, this fresh and fun nail salon is the perfect place to visit to have your nails done before New Years. Whether you pop in to grab a gift card, or even cheekily treat yourself, you definitely won’t regret it. If your loved one will be running around with the kids all summer holidays, getting them a foot massage voucher will be a wise choice! You can’t put a foot wrong. New Canterbury Road Summer Lane 513 Marrickville Road 9518 3061 A kids’ clothing shop that blossomed into a global online store, Summer Lane began as a family owned business based in Dulwich Hill. If you’re looking to buy a gift for your nearest and dearest little one, this is the stop for you. And while the youngster will grow up and won’t even remember the outfit or who got it for them, you can count on the nostalgic pictures to ensure that this will be the gift that just keeps giving. Urban Cachet 511 Marrickville Road 8958 2960 Clothes can be a difficult gift for friends and loved ones, whether it’s style or sizing that’s the concern. Nevertheless, if you want to break the pattern of getting everyone socks each year, you’ve got to think bold! That’s exactly what Urban Cachet does, ensuring modern women are dressed in stylish yet functional pieces. Their 30 years of retail and manufacturing experience means they have experienced and trained stylists to save you from being crippled with indecision. Excellent Price Store 503-507 Marrickville Road 9560 0884 This variety store is an excellent choice if you need to replenish your hoard of Christmas decorations. While you’re there you’ll be sure to find some gems, especially if you’re on a budget! While it’s not the most glamorous place to purchase your Christmas gifts, it might be one of the most practical, especially if you’re a last-minute shopper. How to get here: Bus Catch the 426 and 428 from Newtown or the city. Catch the 444 and 445 from Leichhardt and Balmain. Light Rail The Dulwich Hill Line (L1) goes through Glebe, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Lewisham and Summer Hill. $5.20 adult return (Family day pass $22). Alight at Dulwich Grove. Train Dulwich Hill railway station is located on Wardell Road, around 1km walk from the Dulwich Hill Village. T3 Bankstown Line trains serve the station. There are frequent services from the Sydney CBD and the south-western suburbs. ($2.50 per adult on Sundays) Car There are two major carparks in Dulwich Hill. Enter from Seaview Street for New Canterbury Road shops and from Beach Road for the Marrickville Road cafés and eateries. Cycle There are some lovely rides through to Dulwich Hill from Leichhardt and Newtown. The GreenWay corridor that runs between Iron Cove and the Cooks River passes through Dulwich Hill and is a particularly scenic route. Walk Nothing like a morning stroll to get the blood pumping, with a tasty treat to reward your efforts from one of Dulwich Hill’s patisseries and bakeries. Lots of dog friendly outdoor areas too.


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Inner West Whispers Norton Street closed to cars? Joseph Carozzi, president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Australia, has called for cars to be removed from Norton St to return the strip to its former glory and reinvigorate its Italian flair. The organisation has asked the Inner West Council to “think big” and transform the street into an Italian-style piazza. There’s no doubt the street has declined from what it was in decades’ past — whether due to higher rents and parking metres, or the fact that millennials go outside less than their predecessors. There are also fewer Italians in Leichhardt these days, with the 2016 census revealing Leichhardt is now home to less than 500 Italian-born residents — a 42% drop from 2001. Mr Carrozzi believes transforming the area into a cultural hub would encourage families and elderly people to return to the area and that “Leichhardt could come full circle”. Goodbye to Gould’s Newtown is about to bid farewell to Gould’s Book Arcade. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the Newtown stalwart was once an iconic Sydney Uni hangout and has been a proudly left-wing business for decades. Once a rallying centre for anti-Vietnam War protesters, these days it substitutes as an unofficial office helping asylum seekers. The King St book store “belonged to resisters and was run by resisters”, says Natalie Gould, a proud socialist who grew up loving books. She warns that without businesses like hers, King St will be in danger of losing its soul and culture as it slowly becomes “white bread.” As they look for new premises, Ciao wishes Gould’s Book Arcade all the best in protecting the community’s love of the printed word. Byrne’s burns The Inner West Mayor’s Facebook page is lighting up, with Darcy Byrne (or his social media intern) dishing out the zingers. In one post this month, Byrne told residents of a letter he received from the Australian Christian Lobby, asking the Inner West Council to be less supportive of LGBTIQ projects. “Like Jesus but unlike the ACL, the Inner West believes in offering a helping hand to ALL people who suffer exclusion and discrimination”, he wrote, before quoting the gospel of John. Byrne has also shown solidarity with those affected by WestConnex, guffawing at the pair of earplugs sent to him and other “tortured residents” to help with noise pollution. “You won’t believe this”, he wrote, ridiculing the “insulting bandaid solution” and proposing “a legal curfew on night works”. We like our Mayor to be both sarcastic and innovative, and will be keeping our eyes peeled for more information laced with zingers. Natalie Gould prepares to shut shop Things we love It’s not everyday you see hoards of inner city professionals, from the resourcefulness — a cafe in a pub, who would have decked out in business suits and pencil skirts, hanging out thought? It’s nice to see two local businesses coming together. in a Newtown pub at 10am on a Monday. If you head to And not only is it bringing together the two businesses: it’s the Marlborough Hotel in the next few weeks, however, bringing together the coffee drinkers and the casual midday that is exactly what you will find. The only difference is beer drinkers. It’s a sight to see a table of people conducting a that the bevvy of choice is a flat white. business meeting alongside a group of sport fans cheering at Amid the bar stools, soggy coasters and the smell of spilt the television in perfect harmony. beer, Newtown’s much loved Campos Coffee cafe has set But the best bit? The Marly bar has free wifi for all its patrons. up shop right in the heart of another local favourite — Something that, to our dismay, the Campos cafe was lacking. their neighbour, the Marly bar. It’s only temporary, though, Maybe it’s a ploy to stop people crowding up their tables with while Campos renovates their Missenden Road location. laptops for hours on end, but either way, you can finally have Ciao loves any maneuver that means we don’t have to miss your quality coffee and web browsing too. out on our daily caffeine hit from our fave spot. But aside Excuse me while I hang out there for a while. Latte Leftie Latte Leftie addresses the allegations swirling on social media that he’s the Rolf Harris of leftist commentators Dear LL – You can imagine my garmentrending distress upon discovering that, despite the endless boasts about being a male feminist, you’re capable of exactly the same sort of beastly behaviour as the rest of your gender. (Transmasculine, intersex, pangender, polygender, gender questioning, non-binary and two-spirit men excluded, of course. Though, frankly, I’m beginning to have doubts about even them.) When will you stop dissembling and address the grave charges against you? That in 1962 you cast “a long, longing glance” at Ruth Cracknell’s cleavage while reviewing one of her plays. That in 1965 your sense of male entitlement led you to ask your new bride, “So, how about it, baby?” on your wedding night. And that as late as 1971 you were making comments such as, “Groovy outfit, foxy lady,” to newsroom colleagues. Kevin, Leichhardt LL replies: It’s no excuse, but I came of age in an era when, regrettably, unerringly just feminists weren’t around to rigorously police male-female interactions and ensure any man whose behaviour was in any way ham-fisted had his career destroyed and life ruined pour encourager les autres. I now understand just how unspeakable my depredations were. I have returned to work at Ciao on a probationary basis on the condition I will be monitored by celibacy-chaperone. He will zap me with a cattle prod should I so much as look in the direction of the opposite sex. Or even if he merely suspects I’m thinking an inappropriate thought. By the way, while I’ve never had and have no current interest in romantic encounters with men, I’m henceforth choosing to live as a gay man. We are Ciao A new addition to King St The temporary pop-up in the Marly In / Out • Beach times ahead! As the weather warms, hang up your coats and get out your bikinis. While most of us never have a reason to venture east, the beach is a good excuse to hit up Bondi! • Busses sporting cute moustaches in support of Movember as they zip around the Inner West. • Better climate change and renewable energy policies for the area. The Inner West Council has started the process of establishing the Office of Renewable Energy Innovation, an important step forward in the national debate. • Now Halloween is over, the Christmas cheer is officially upon us. Whether you love or hate the season, tough luck because it’s going to be everywhere. • Dozens of bus stops could be removed, with a proposal to get rid of 35 stops in Marrickville, Camperdown, Petersham, Stanmore and Dulwich Hill so buses can run on time. • Sadly, the Glebe Street Fair will not run this year due to inadequate funding from the City of Sydney. We can only hope that this beloved fair will be back to our village next year! • Harvey Weinstein and his disgusting behaviour. Skeletons are rattling in closets all around Hollywood, Washington and Australia. • The HSC. Congratulations to all the students in the Inner West who sat their exams last month. Remember, there’s much more to life than your high school grades. -4- Advertising:, Editorial: Creative: Accounts: General: 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, Cat O’Dowd, Alison Xiao, Maani Truu, Jayce Carrano 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: Renee Russo and Jake Russo from Hypmotive Hub. Shot by Ben Cregan


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What’s On PUB PAINTING CLASS PJ Gallagher Irish Pub, 14 Coronation Pde, Enfield Paint alongside professional artists in a relaxed environment, with food, friends and beer! YADA YADA Toxteth Hotel, 345 Glebe Pt Road It’s a Seinfeld Trivia bonanza! If you’re a fluent Seinlanguage speaker, get your mates down to the Toxy and partake in the festivus. M O N 1 3 N OV, 7 — 9PM WEARESOUND – TRAIN OF THOUGHT Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston St, Annandale Dance theatre to an original soundscape, representative of the thoughts that go through the minds of strangers on public transport. 17 N OV — 1 9 N OV, 7PM – 8.30PM T U ES 14 NOV, 7. 3 0 P M MULHOLLAND DRIVE Dendy Cinema, Newtown A special screening of the 2001 masterpiece, complete with a glass of sparkling on arrival. ROOTSTOCK Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh It’s the fifth year of the Rootstock sustainable food and wine festival, with food, talks and art about organic farming. MO NDAY 2 0 N OV, 6.30PM OWN IT – SUPPORT LOCAL Stirrup Gallery, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville Join creatives and startups at this four-day pop up event celebrating all things art and fashion. 30 NOV — 3 DEC SAT U RDAY 25 NOV, 10.30AM — 3PM DARKCELL’S PSYCHO CIRCUS Bald Faced Stag, 345 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt, The kings of creepy, Darkcell brings the inaugural Psycho Circus, a spooky showcase of epic bands and performers. Prizes for the best-dressed circus freak! SAT U RDAY 2 DEC, 4PM — 2AM UNIQUE MARKETPLACE: MEET THE MAKERS Hypmotive Hub, 155 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville This showcase of handcrafted items and art will take your breath away, with emerging and established local makers taking part. 18 — 19 NOV, 10AM — 4PM SMOKEHOUSE SUNDAY – THANKSGIVING FEAST The Erskineville Hotel, 102 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville Firing up the smoker for a Thanksgiving lunch, there’ll be a special pulled & smoked turkey burger, and of course, the classic pumpkin pie. SUNDAY 26 NOV, 12PM — 7PM AUSTRALIA DAY New Theatre, 542 King Street, Newtown Set in the fictional NSW town of Coriole, ‘Australia Day’ satirises the dynamics of smalltown society over the annual Australia Day celebrations. 14 NOV — 16 DEC IMY KIDS MARKET Five Dock Leisure Centre, Cnr Queens Rd and William St, Five Dock Buy, sell and recycle quality baby and kids goods to declutter your home and earn some extra cash. This indoor market will be a great day out. SUNDAY 19 NOV, 9AM — 12PM FALCONS BURLESQUE The Hideaway Bar, 156 Enmore Rd, Enmore Take a peek into Sydney’s wild world of Burlesque. Whether you come with a friend, tinder date or mother, get ready for a night to remember. S U NDAY 3 DEC, 7PM — 11PM DR TAOS’ MEDICINE SHOW LazyBones Lounge, 294 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Dr Tao, along with other international musicians, brings you the elixir of life! THURS 16 NOV, 7PM —10.30PM SCULPTURE IN A DAY – SOAPSTONE CARVING Tom Bass Sculpture Studio, 1A Clara St, Erskineville Learn how to create a soapstone sculpture, using rasps and files to carve the soft stone. SUNDAY 19 NOV, 9.30AM — 4.30PM SANCTUARY WITH JUDY NUNN Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain Actor and author Judy Nunn discusses her new novel, Sanctuary. Nine strangers are cast ashore on a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, with only their fear to unite them. MONDAY 27 NOV, 6.30PM LAGERSTEIN ON ICE The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville Australia’s greatest crew of partying pirates are back to hit the stage with rum guzzling tunes. Grab your boots for rum-soaked bangers and a hell of a party. FR IDAY 8 DEC, 8PM — 1AM Christmas is on its way, so join in on community celebrations. -6-


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WHAT’S ON CIAO’S PICKS N EWTOWN FESTIVAL S UN DAY 12 NOV, 9:30AM — 5:30PM The 39th Annual Newtown Festival is here. The theme, “Home Is Where The Heart Is”, heartwarmingly ties together unique activities filled with fun and excitement for the whole family. The festival is raising funds for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, which helps support those doing it tough in the Inner West. A host of fabulous events kicks off with the festival’s famous dog show, followed by music performances, dance workshops and food stalls all around. You’ll find the brightest artists in the Inner West, kids dance parties and a writers’ tent to celebrate the written word. The festival has something for everyone, and you can find the complete line-up on their website. Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown STREET FOOD MARKETS MARRICKVILLE SATURDAY, 18 NOV 2017, 4 — 9PM If you haven’t made it out to the Street Food Markets this year, you’ve got to rectify that ASAP. Held on the third Saturday of each month, the Addison Road street food markets are a celebration of international culture, with food and music coming alive. The event aims to raise funds to support recent migrants and refugees and their small businesses, and solidify their bonds within the community. Enjoy fragrant tastes from around the world, from Liberia to Cambodia to Ethiopia to Colombia.The market is held as a partnership project between the Addison Road Community Centre and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors. 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville IAN THOMAS EXHIBITION 22 — 25 NOV, 6 — 8PM Darlinghurst artist Ian Thomas is opening a new exhibition in Balmain: ‘Two large and 300 small’. Featuring the self-explanatory (two very large paintings) alongside a number of small thoughts boards, Thomas investigates techniques and expresses his travels and thoughts through art. From abstract acrylic painting to collaged works, the boards will be on sale individually. The mixed media collages contrast with the two large paintings, which are based on a Google Maps grid of Sydney and Auckland, two places close to Thomas’ heart. The opening night drinks kick off on Wednesday 22 November, and all are welcome. Art Gallery on Darling, 315 Darling St, Balmain SA N TA’S AR RI VAL AT LEICHHARDT SATU RDAY 2 DE CE MBE R Don’t miss out as Santa makes his first Inner West appearance, arriving in style with helpers, elves, real reindeers, presents, face printing and lots of jingle bells! Be the first to see our favourite friend from the North Pole at MarketPlace Leichhardt, where he’ll be bringing all the merriment from his Christmas workshop to lift the spirits of our very own neighbourhood. If you haven’t witnessed a Santa’s Arrival at MarketPlace, then this year is a must — it’s sure to be filled with magic, Christmas cheer and special giveaways. Kids and adults alike will be filled with laughter as Santa meets and greets everyone who’s been naughty and nice in Leichhardt. Leichhardt Marketplace, corner of Flood St and Marion St, Leichhardt CRANSTON CUP GRAND FINAL 2017: FAST. FURIOUS. HILARIOUS. SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER, 7PM The summer silly season is upon us! Australia’s biggest improv show is back with six teams of the funniest improvisers in the country. It’s been running for over 30 years, but this year’s competition is sure to be fierce. From Andrew Denton to Adam Spencer and Steen Raskopoulos, it will be an all-star comedic cast taking part in the Cranston Cup this year. As finalists pit their wits against each other, come out to support your local comedians: Summer Hill’s Scott Sheridan, Enmore’s Michael Gregory, Glebe’s Jim Fishwick, Jane Watt and Maddie Parker, and Newtown’s Rob Johnson and Harry Milas. Get down to Enmore to kick off your summer with laughter galore. Enmore Theatre, 118 Enmore Rd, Newtown NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS THURSDAY DECEMBER 7TH, 6.30PM If you’re an avid gig goer, be sure to get your free tickets to this fabulous celebration of Australia’s live music scene. Held concurrently in each capital city, the National Live Music Awards recognises the diversity and success of the country’s musical artists in 2017, with categories spanning musicians, media, venues and bookers. Put in your two cents by taking part in the public voting categories, and come together to celebrate those who make the scene what it is. This year’s nominees have female-fronted acts overwhelmingly taking the cake as the country’s most entertaining live acts. With 50 awards handed out at eight simultaneous events, it’ll be a night to remember, filled with food, drinks and live music. Leadbelly, 42 King St, Newtown GreenWay Art Prize 2017: Winning works celebrate local green corridor Sydney-based artist Jody Graham has won the GreenWay Open Art Prize for her work ‘Drawn from the Discarded’. Graham’s piece was created from an assortment of found objects including sticks, string, and “urban and natural detritus”. She will receive a $3500 cash prize for her triumph, as well as a two-week solo exhibition at Art Est. Art School in Leichhardt. The GreenWay Art Prize is an annual event that celebrates the GreenWay, a council-backed community-driven project to build a green urban corridor connecting the Cooks River and the Iron Cove Bay Run in Sydney’s Inner West. Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne announced the winners, and used the opportunity to highlight progress made towards completing the GreenWay this year. “By 2021 we should see the community’s vision for the GreenWay finally become a reality,” he said. According to organisers, this year saw a record number of entries. Winning works were selected based on their relevance to “themes of the urban environment, community connections or sustainable transport”. The competition included several categories, with Sydney artists Sally Browne and Hannah Rose Carroll Harris winning the Local Artist prize and The Cooks River Small Sculpture Prize respectively. The GreenWay Community Photography Prize for adults went to Bekky Keong, while Madalena Lombardi won the youth award. “The GreenWay Art Prize provides a great opportunity to showcase the talents of our local artists — and to celebrate this precious urban green corridor right on our doorstep,” Byrne said. Selected works will be displayed as part of a larger exhibition at Art Est. Art School until 14 November, before -7- touring to Seaview Gallery at Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design (20–25 November) and Bankstown Arts Centre (5-19 December). 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MOVIES BAD EDUCATION THIS ACERBIC SATIRE ON POLITICS, HUMAN NATURE AND THE TEACHING PROFESSION IS A FIVE STAR TREAT THE TEACHER +++++ Cameron Diaz played a “bad teacher” a few years ago in a movie of the same name – a typically limp US comedy. She smoked doobies, terrorized her class with cleavage, got drunk on the job, had a potty mouth and was an all round horrible employee. And since Hollywood is convinced only nine-year-old delinquent boys go to the cinema, she was the movie’s “hero.” Thankfully, the equally appalling subject of Jan Hřebejk’s needle-sharp satire, like the infinitely better movie itself, is a completely different creature. Set in the 80s in the former Communist Czech republic, Maria Drazděchová (Slovak actress Zuzana Mauréry – just astonishing) is a teacher of history and language. At first she seems dour and hardworking, zealous even and on the first day of class, she has each pupil stand up and tell her what their parents do for a living. The purpose is soon chillingly clear. She’s a manipulative monster and wants to know what they can do for her. She also serves as the local Communist party chair so most of the parents and students figure they have no choice but comply. Unfortunately, her favouritism and abuse of power causes a tragedy and a couple of the students rebel. That leads a farcical and hilariously awkward parent-teacher meeting – the outcome of which is whole point of Petr Jarchovsky’s pitch black and cannily clever screenplay. The Teacher, which screened to great acclaim at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, is itself pitched as a universal exploration of the dynamics of power and human frailty, and it’s a whole lot more fun than its thorny subject matter suggests. And gives us a fantastically sardonic ending, one that points to some uncomfortable home-truths to us here in the present-day west. M at Palace Cinema Norton St, Central and Verona from Nov 23. Q Russell Edwards A little power corrupts – absolutely Q TICKET GIVEAWAY Thanks to Palace Films we have five double in-season passes to give away to The Teacher. To enter simply email your name and address to letting us know where you picked up your copy of Ciao. We post more giveaways on our website all the time. Check them out at LOCAL WHAT’S ON PROMOTION Al Bano comes to Sydney CINE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL A messy Mexican marriage Sadly, there’s no German Film Festival this year – bad new for fans of dour and uncompromising European cinema! But into its vacate November spot on Palaces Cinema’s ever growing list of festivals comes the now expanded Cine Latino – easily Australia’s largest celebration of Latin American film with a program of 26 titles representing the best films from Central and South America. This year its partnership with the Hola Mexico Film Festival continues, with the opening film being the Mexican box office comic hit You’re Killing Me Susana. It’s one fans of the irrepressible Gael García Bernal won’t want to miss, though from all reports – as the cheating macho husband of the wife he pursues to the US after she ditches him, he’s considerably less appealing than as maestro of Stan’s gorgeous Mozart in the Jungle. Mind you, even on a bad day this man could charm the skin off a snake, so it will be on our list. As will Cannes Camera d’Or winner Pablo Giorgelli’s Invisible, an intimate and stylistic coming-of-age drama from Argentina and Kingdom, a gritty and sexy R18+ rated Chilean romance. There’s heaps more too – info at the website. Q Cine Latino is at Palace Norton St and Verona from Nov 14 to 29. Al Bano Carrisi, the singer with heart, is headed to the State Theatre for an amazing performance in February. Al Bano has been a leading singer-songwriter in Italy for over 50 years, and has been awarded 26 Gold and 8 Platinum records. Remaining one of Italy’s most popular singers for this entire time, he is returning to Sydney for one night only on February 11. Born in Puglia, Italy in 1943, Al Bano discovered his great talents for music and singing when he was a small boy and spent hours playing the guitar under trees on his family property. As a child, he had a great passion for listening to opera, and is a tenor singer himself. He decided to move to Milan at age 16, and worked various jobs to earn money. He wanted to be closer to the action, even if things weren’t always easy, in order to get a sense of what people were looking for from music, and what his own musical taste was. In 1967 he recorded Nel Sole, which sold an incredible 1.3 million copies, and he also took part in the Italian leg of the Rolling Stones tour. Having won millions of fans around the world, after decades of concerts, Al Bano has often made music documentaries of his tours, which he has directed himself and had broadcast by an Italian television network. The 70s and 80s saw Al Bano collaborating with his then-wife Romina Power, and the duo attracted worldwide recognition for songs including Ci Sara and Felicita. The pair were stage partners for over 30 years and raised four children together. They reunited professionally in 2013 and 2015 for a series of one-off concerts. Of course, the Italian tabloids have rumoured their romantic reunion for years, but no one is quite sure. Al Bano made two highly acclaimed classical albums in the 90s as he crossed over into a new genre. He sings from the heart, as will always be his trademark, and has performed for decades as a duo and a solo performer. Al Bano’s success has not been limited to the stage — he became a United Nations ambassador taking a stand against drugs, and was recently appointed Ambassador of the Food and Agricultural Organisation. He has vast experience dealing with social problems and, in particular, helping the fight against addiction — not only dabbling in philanthropy, Al Bano has used his fame for good. He also dipped his feet into reality television, starring in the Italian reality show L’isola dei Famosi (the Italian version of Celebrity Survivor) with his daughter, Romina Carrisi. Not content with the international stage and a myriad of industry accolades, Al Bano later returned to his roots and opened a winery. He said to his father, Don Carmelo, “I’m leaving. I am going to become a singer and when I will return I will build a winery and dedicate it to you.” After returning to his small hometown Cellino San Marco to fulfil his promise, the winery’s first line of white wine was named after his father. With an international soul to match his music, which transcends borders, Al Bano was even awarded Albanian citizenship last year for his close ties with the country. After all, the country is his namesake after his father Carmelo Carrisi fought in Albania for the Royal Italian Army during World War II. His music has not only spread like wildfire throughout Europe for the past half century — it has also crossed ocean and sea to reach Australia! Al Bano’s Australian show in February is guaranteed to dazzle you, filled with old classics and timeless charm. Don’t miss his one night only Sydney show, where the Al Bano magic will be on full display for fans and newcomers, as the musical legend performs his greatest hits for an Aussie audience. Tickets are available now on Ticketmaster, so don’t miss out. -8-


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LEICHHARDT BOWLING & RECREATION CLUB W W W. L E I C H H A R D T B O W L I N G C L U B . C O M . AU 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574 Wednesday - Friday Lunch 12pm - 2.30pm Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm BOOK NOW FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS FUNCTION! Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 8.30pm EFNRTEREY 2 HOUR FREE PARKING* THE ITALIAN FORUM, LEICHHARDT KIDS FUN DAY SUNDAYS SUNDAY 19TH NOV 2017 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TURTLE POWER SHOW 2:00PM - 6:00PM The Italian Forum will be transformed into a children’s wonderland. Full of excitement and fun with LIVE SHOWS from some of your favourite characters plus music, magic, face painting and much more. The Italian Forum - 23 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040 | | (02) 9564 9744 | All events are FREE and open to the community. Co.As.It. reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event due to weather or other circumstances. *Please validate your parking ticket at the Co.As.It. stand. -9-


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ENVIRONMENT Cooling our city streets SYDNEY’S EXTREME WEATHER FOREWARNS OF THE NEED TO COOL SUBURBAN STREETS Extreme weather temperatures in late October have left Sydney in anticipation of the sweltering summer to come. The day before Halloween, temperatures reached 35.4 C, which is 13 C above the October average. Extreme weather is a reminder of the gradual effects of climate change on our city. A recent study by the Australian National University warned Sydney and Melbourne to prepare for scorcher days reaching 50 C by the end of the century, even if global warming is contained to the Paris Agreement target of 2 C. Heat is already Australia’s number one climate killer. More people are killed by heat each year than they are by bushfires. More than 370 deaths were directly attributable to the heatwaves of 2009 alone. It is particularly dangerous in urban environments, where dark buildings, roads and infrastructure combine to absorb heat and restrict airflow. Black roads can be up to 30 C hotter at the surface than forecast temperatures. ‘Heat continents’ are likely to occur in suburban areas, with suburbs remaining hot for significant periods of time without relief. Street Coolers is a not for profit sustainability campaign whose goal is “to bring sustainable thinking into the social consciousness of Australia, and encourage the development of cool city and suburban blocks that link up to form cooler and more liveable cities that simultaneously reduce overall energy consumption.” The initiative is run by sustainability campaigner, Michael Mobbs. He has trialled a lighter coloured bitumen in Redfern, which reduces temperatures by 2-4 C on a hot day. White roofs are another option which work to reflect the sun’s rays. The group is also working to increase shading by trees on urban streets. Their research found that surface level temperatures in the shade were on average 9 C cooler than those in the sun. Cooling our streets would also mean a significant reduction in energy usage by air conditioners in the home. It’s time for city planners to address the issue of urban heat, and begin implementing strategies to keep things cool in the sweltering months. Words by Lucia Moon White roofs reflect the sun’s rays Black roads have much hotter surfaces november LIVE Dads DJENTERTAINMENTfrom that                                   !  Inner city suburbs can’t afford to rely on open spaces to stay cool ROZELLE CRYSTALS  *ITUIQV:L4QTaÅMTL Ph 0403 530 368 OPEN: TUE,WED & FRI 12-5PM THURS 12-7PM SAT & SUN 11-5PM ZW[M_PQ\MY]IZ\b[MTMVQ\MIVL[IT\ TIUX[IVL0aUITIaIV[IT\TIUX[ -10-


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FEATURE PARLIAMENT ON KING THE INNER WEST CAFE WHERE REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS CAN COOK FOR THE COMMUNITY AND BUILD THEIR HOSPITALITY SKILLS. Staff with basbousa — a cafe specialty Community spirit and the culinary talent of newly arrived Australians are essential ingredients at Parliament on King, the Newtown social enterprise that helps asylum seekers and refugees fine-tune their hospitality skills while earning an income. Founded by Ravi and Della Prasad four years ago, the cafe is now encouraging Inner West locals to book a private dinner and feast on some of Sydney’s finest international cuisine in the meantime. Ravi talks to Ciao about the ethos that drives the cafe, and shares some of his favourite stories. How did Parliament on King begin? We’re a small little café in my living room. We initially used that space to train asylum seekers and refugees in hospitality — making coffees, barista skills, things like that. We quickly realised how smart these people were, but also realised the importance of work. We started having them cook for us — their food, their way, on their terms — and we would sell that for local family dinners, so that we started getting these people paid. Then people started asking us for food, so we started a social enterprise catering company, which we thought would just be a hobby. We’ve now been operating this social enterprise catering project for the last year and a half. We exclusively provide foods cooked in the traditional style of the countries of origin of the asylum seekers and refugees that work with us. We’ve gone on to create thousands of hours of paid employment over the last 18 months, cooking for everyone from The Guardian to SBS and the premier. How important is community to your initiative? Everything we do is only made possible by the support of the local community. That’s the regulars that come here, for a start, as well as the people who buy our catering. A great example of the support we get is if you look on our Facebook page. Once, one of our refugees needed cameras, and so we put up one post only on our Facebook page. Within ten days we had received ten DSLR cameras — some of them brand new — which enabled the refugee photography project to happen. In another instance, a young Syrian guy came in one day to learn how to make coffee. We started talking about what he wanted from life, and he said: “One day, I want to have my own bedroom and a piano, so that I can play and practice piano like I did in Syria.” We couldn’t give him his own bedroom, but we put a post up on our page asking for pianos. Within one week, we’d received offers for maybe a dozen pianos. We found him a beautiful electric piano which the donor delivered all the way out A favourite team member, Hani Abdile, and founder Ravi Prasad west to his house for him. It’s the support of the local community that makes all of this possible. How does community support help the settlement process for the people you work with? First of all, the experiences they have at the café, with the dinners and the catering, connects them to locals as equals and as friends, doing a shared thing together. They connect with the community and it helps them understand us better — the idiosyncrasies in the way we speak English, for example. It’s a way of getting to know the vernacular, but also a way of connecting the asylum seeker community with the local community, and creating bridges of friendship and understanding that cross cultures. What kind of stories inspire you to do the work you’re doing? We had this beautiful, smart Iraqi girl come in to do café training. She was really good, so I asked her if she could cook, and she ended up doing some dinners and catering. A few weeks later, she told me: “You’ve got to meet my sister”. So her sister started coming. Then the sister said: “Hey, you have to meet my brother, he’s great”. Then the brother started coming. Then the brother said: “You know what, we actually learnt all our cooking skills from our mum”. So then the mother started coming. Then they said: “My dad’s pretty good too — before the previous job he had in Iraq he worked in a restaurant”. Then the second sister, who had been separated from her fiance for three years while he was granted refugee status in Turkey, said: “My fiance’s here now, and he also often helps with the family cooking”. So we had two sisters, the brother, the fiancé, the father and the mum. They loved and enjoyed the experience so much, and it meant so much to them, that they wanted to share it with everyone in their family. It tells me that it’s working — we’ve provided something that’s meaningful, not just a way to get paid. It provides purpose, and it makes people happy. For me, that’s beautiful. Can you tell us more about your new private dinner initiative? The idea is to up-skill everyone just a little further. The food is really beautiful, and we’ve gotten a Good Food Award and some good reviews as a consequence. But there’s still scope for our workers to be able to lift their game in terms of service standards, front of house presentation, atmosphere, and language skills. So the idea is to do more and more of these private dinners at the café, to provide an experience where we can actually practice operating and behaving like we were a fine dining restaurant — as close as we can given the resources that we’ve got. I reckon that in a couple of years’ time there will be people who have gone through this program that will be working in some of Sydney’s best restaurants, and working there on their own merit. That’s the idea of the private dinners. What does the future hold for Parliament on King? What we’ve done over the last few years is we’ve demonstrated that it works. We’ve got some really good systems and processes — the food is always beautiful. Now that we know it works, it’s about getting together enough resources to scale this incredible opportunity for people. Time will tell, and because we’re self funded there’s a limit to the pace that we can grow. We also run a bunch of other community programs, and we use the café space to do that. We’ve run a deaf café here, and I’ve also run the same program with deaf people, teaching them how to make coffees, so that they’ll then run a project in a café where they’ll teach people Auslan and talk over coffee, as well as other things too. How important is the service that you provide? We don’t just provide the language skills required to get a job, we don’t just provide the training to get a job — what we provide is a direct path to employment. You walk in here as a trainee and from the day you start working in the kitchen, you get paid. We close the gap, and we get people to the point where they are actually working and getting paid. When they choose to leave, they leave because they’re job ready and have another job. One of our young Iranian guys has gone on to start his own bakery project, and another has gone on to start his own Sri Lankan catering enterprise. We work intensely with a small group of people, because of the strain on our resources, but it really does change their lives. They come out of here thinking: “There’s something I can do, there is a future for me here, I can make my way”. They come out with hope based on experience, and, of course, that paycheck. GET INVOLVED Parliament on King doesn’t receive any government or philanthropic funding — all proceeds come from catering and customers in the community. By simply ordering catering, visiting the café, or booking a private dinner, you can help make sure that the project can keep growing. The cafe’s cosy interior AT HOME WITH RAVI PRASAD Try one of the cafe’s favourite recipes for a gluten-free vegan Burmese vegetable curry Ingredients: 3 onions, chopped 3 cloves of garlic 3 – 4 tomatoes, chopped 2 vegetable stock cubes 2 – 3 carrots 2 potatoes ½ broccoli ½ cauliflower 1 cup of snow peas 1 can of coconut cream Salt, turmeric, chilli powder and garlic ginger seasoning Method: • In a large pot, cook onions in oil with a pinch of salt and stock cubes. When onions are soft, add garlic and continue cooking. Add tomatoes and another pinch of salt to the pot and stir well. • Stirring continuously, sprinkle in turmeric, carrots and potatoes, and continue to cook at a medium-to-high heat until carrots and potatoes are softened. • Add chopped broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas and coconut cream, and stir through. Add water for texture and stir well. • Serve with Basmati rice.


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PROMOTION MARKETPLACE LEICHHARDT UNWRAPPING A BRIGHT NEW MARKETPLACE AS CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND AGAIN Bacio Collection Inspirational recipes MarketPlace Leichhardt opened over 40 years ago and has become an integral part of the Inner West community. The community based shopping centre has led the way for customer-focused, friendly shopping experiences. This is where the locals gather to eat, shop and experience. Anchored by Woolworths, Target and ALDI, and home to over 60 specialty retailers, MarketPlace Leichhardt is an established shopping centre with a strong focus towards tackling sustainability and community engagement. Owned by Local Government Superannuation and managed by Jones Lang LaSalle, MarketPlace Leichhardt continually provides a fresh approach to food, fashion, coffee, family and entertainment. With year-round free kids activities, cooking demonstrations, support and sponsorship of Shirts off on Marion St community festivals such as the annual Festa event – MarketPlace Leichhardt is the Inner West’s stand out shopping centre. HISTORY Since opening in the mid-1970s, MarketPlace Leichhardt has evolved with refurbishments, GLA expansions, rebranding, repositioning and sustainable upgrades and retrofitting. In 1975 The McNamara Group originally developed the Centre as Leichhardt Market Town. Local Government Super purchased the Centre in the early 1990s and rebranded it Leichhardt Market Place. The Centre underwent a $2.5 million refurbishment in 2002 and was re-branded MarketPlace Leichhardt, as the Centre is known today. The Centre has continued to evolve through a series of staged refurbishments and upgrades throughout the last decade including a new Food Court and new pedestrian entrance from Flood Street. In 2016 the Centre commenced a $10m upgrade project including installation of an escalator to Marion Mall and refurbishment works to the central mall amenities. Works continued into 2017 with the installation of two new elevator units that will provide easy access from the basement car park to upper levels that completed in June 2017. The finals stage of upgrade works involving the installation of travellators to replace the outdated pedestrian ramp between the upper level and roof top car park, and Food Court upgrade is due for completion at the end of November 2017. RETAIL THERAPY There’s a range of stores to cater to every shopper’s needs. Whether you are looking for personal styling at Bacio Fashion, plus-size clothing fashion from Taking Shape, or comfy everyday wear from Target, the range, garments and service is second to none. Get ready for the festive season with a visit to Jeunesse Beauty who has been in the centre for 32 years, or one of the fantastic hairstylists! Homewares from Holy Sheet or specialist toys from Toys 4 Kids will make great gifts this Christmas, and you’ll be supporting locals. KIDS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY At the centre of MarketPlace Leichhardt is its community. From catering to the majority recently migrated Italian-Australian community back in the 70s, to the influx of young contemporary families today, MarketPlace Leichhardt is, and always has been, there for everyone. In addition a Medical Centre and Blooms the Chemist the community is supported by: • Free Justice of the Peace services available on Thursdays and Saturdays with no appointment required, located in the Community Room • A limited quantity of complimentary community spaces for local charities, sports teams, schools and not for profit groups. • A free community notice board near basement carpark. • Sponsorship of community festivals such as Norton Street Festa and local schools fundraisers. FRESH FOOD AND CASUAL DINING MarketPlace Leichhardt has always helped fill your trolley with delicious ingredients to enjoy cooking at home. From fresh food Italian gourmet sausages at The Premium Butcher to the freshest and best available smallgoods, fruit and veg from Trims Fresh to everyday staples from Woolworths and Aldi, there is always inspiration to be found. And if you don’t feel like cooking at home, take advantage of the may casual dining options: sushi, kebabs, healthy sandwiches and wraps, muffins and more all up for eat in or takeaway! The empty site in 1974 Spectacular! -12- Santa’s helpers


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PROMOTION LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT HIGHLIGHTING THE INNER WEST’S BEST ENTREPRENEURS Capriccio Osteria and Bar takes you back to dreamy Positano You may have sensed the scent of change in the air as you walked down Norton St recently. A salty, refreshing sea breeze with hints of citrus and basil wafting from 159 Norton Street, to be exact. Yes, a sparkling gem in the guise of Capriccio Osteria has been transplanted directly from the sunny shores of Positano to Sydney’s own Little Italy. Michele Rispoli, a Positano native, is the sole-proprietor of the charming and modern Inner West eatery. He wishes to bring the feel-good vibes and quality Italian food back to Leichhardt’s famous eat street. “Back in Italy, my family owned a beachside osteria. Every day you could come and eat lunch or dinner and expect only the best, from the catch of the day to the freshest ingredients,” says Rispoli. Priding itself on daily hand-made pasta with unique flavour fusions, seasonal produce, and unexpected twists, the pasta here is a must-try. Nicole Bampton, Head Chef, is responsible for the unforgettable dishes that play on Italian classics with a fresh Australian twist. Her 15 years in some of Australia’s most reputable establishments such as Tetsuya’s, Sepia and Lucio’s is evident throughout the seasonal menu. CAPRICCIO IS OPEN: Tuesday –Thursday from 4pm -10pm Friday – Sunday from 12 - 10pm. 159 Norton St, Leichhardt (02) 9572 7607 Rozelle Crystals: How it all began When I first met Mac, he kept a rock in his pocket — just an ordinary rock he had picked up off the ground. He also wore a ruby ring that he couldn’t lose — he gave it to me to wear once and I lost it in a hotel in Melbourne, but sure enough it turned up in the lobby and was handed in. It was his lucky charm, although he had led a life which was novelistic in its drama and variety. An accident at one of the three jobs he juggled in Vancouver led to blood poisoning in the hospital, which led to a stroke and the loss of his marriage, houses and all his possessions, but Mac took this as a cue to travel the world. Mac is very stoic and open-minded, and so every problem brings a new perspective in his view, and new opportunities. Rozelle Crystals came about by accidentally. We had fallen in love and travelled around Canada, and then came back to Sydney to apply for Mac’s permanent residency. He wasn’t allowed to work, so we started doing market stalls selling junk. Mac couldn’t believe how much great stuff was thrown out in Sydney. We went to auctions, and his love of crystals was rekindled when he bought some agate. One night at a dinner party, a friend who was into spiritualism was complaining about her life, and Mac gave he her his lucky rock and a big talk. Much to my surprise, she was Own it — Support Local adamant that the rock had turned things round for her. Within months she met the love of her life and they ended up buying land and starting a business! I am more sceptical than Mac about crystals, but I have also grown to love them for their beauty and incredible variety. The shop is extraordinary — it was started with hundreds of dollars rather than thousands, .and Mac has built it up to stock almost every crystal anyone might conceivably ask for. People generally take a shine to Mac, so he gets great deals from suppliers. Mac is a savvy buyer and he passes the savings on. The shop isn’t a patchouli smelling lovely showpiece like most crystal shops; you can buy almost everything there cheaper than anywhere else because the rent is not high, particularly large unique pieces. Mac loves doing deals. He wanted the shop to be more of an old fashioned repository rather than new age, and it is. It’s out of the way, opposite Callan Park gates, but we have already had crystals featured in Home Living magazine and used by designers for photo shoots and in weddings — in large part because Mac loves doing good deals for people and buying more crystals! 485 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield 0403 530 368 The ‘Own it – Support Local’ four day pop up shop and event is the perfect outlet for Inner West creatives. Connect with fashion designers, artists, photographers and start-up brands at Stirrup Gallery in Marrickville from Thursday 30 November to Sunday 3 December. Showcasing: • Pacific Breeze: a unique range of cover-ups and collaborations with Australian artists to create unique scarf designs that are digitally printed on various fabrics. • Hot Dot Designs by Carolyne Brennan: professional jewellery, ceramic and glass artist and designer. • Temples and Markets: fashion accessories, jewellery and homewares unique to the region of South East Asia and sourced from handpicked suppliers. • Lilly Ro Activewear: Created for women, by women, Lilly Ro is a new luxury activewear label that caters for the fashion forward and fit. • Firefly Creative Studio - graphic designer with a recently launched art collection featuring native Aussie flowers, Firefly is about to start selling the artwork in the form of posters, postcards and stickers. For more information and opening times contact: Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December. Stirrup Gallery, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville -14-


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PROMOTION Meet the makers in Marrickville Shop unique gifts and crafts, meet the makers, and get creative yourself at Hypmotive Hub’s Unique Marketplace — a free event and a must-visit in Sydney this November. Hypmotive is a new Marrickville retail shop and hub where you can shop, hang, and experience a range of activities such as talks, workshops and exhibitions. We specialise in local unique design and services in home, accessories, fashion, lifestyle and more. The marketplace will run over two days, on November 18 and 19, and showcase a carefully curated range of handcrafted items and art from emerging and established local makers, brands and artists from around Australia. You will meet skilled local artisans and makers across home & interior, fashion, jewellery, lifestyle products and art – it will be the perfect place to pick up unique, heartfelt gifts for your loved ones on the lead up to Christmas and the perfect place to immerse yourself in various forms of creativity. Live entertainment, food, drinks, refreshments and creative activities will be part of the line up throughout both days! Meet the following local artisans: I Am Rock, Last Tuesday, Yoko Kawada Design, Light Industrial, The Pickards, Metal By Mitch, Quentin Dron, PTKBX, Artisans Bungalow, Red Sky At Night and Seema Stamou Ceramics You can also meet the bagel makers — get your hands on Brooklyn Boy Bagels, Sydney’s first true artisan New York bagel maker and bakery throughout both days. Everyone is welcome and we will have a dog “parking area” available, so your pooch doesn’t miss out! Entry to the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. We recommend to RSVP on eventbrite for free at the following web address: You will go in the running to win some amazing creative packages and giveaways, along with your visit, during the marketplace weekend. SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER AND SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 10AM - 4PM Bus: 423, 426, M30 Train Stations: Sydenham & Marrickville (750m-800m walk) Parking: FREE street parking available off Frampton Avenue Hypmotive Hub, 155 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204 Therapies for Kids: 10 Tips for Toilet Training Often parents may wonder when they should be worried about toilet training, when they should seek advice from a professional, and what they can do in the meantime to help toddlers with toileting. Debbie Evans, founder and clinical director of Sydney’s most sought after children’s therapy service, Therapies for Kids, shares 10 tips for toilet training. 1. Pictures always help 2. Timing is everything. When it’s warmer, having a higher fluid or water intake can help. Ensure you have enough time to devote to your child during the training process. Giving your child a large drink of water about 40 minutes before they visit the toilet can help. Stay with them while reading a book or chatting until they “wee” and then praise them for going to the toilet. 3. Praise your child for every progress no matter how small. Use reward charts, sweets, stickers or verbal praise. Even if they don’t complete the entire routine successfully, praise them for the part that they were able to do. 4. Verbalise or gesture to your child. ‘Pants down, pants up.’ 5. Empower your child to communicate with you. ‘Do you need to go?’ 6. The potty. Start moving it gradually closer to the bathroom or toilet. 7. Support your child with toilet training. Dress your child in clothes that are easy for them to pull on and off. Bigger clothes are easier to get off, but encourage even if there is a failure. 8. Role play going to the toilet. Use dolls or teddies with your child to live out the toilet training experience so they know that everyone goes to the toilet. 9. For kids with movement issues. Put steps under the toilet, use a low toilet if possible, or install a rail for holding onto. Steps can be useful for toddlers and children who can’t walk. 10. If you are lifting your toddler or non mobile child. Bend your knees, and set up so you don’t twist your back. Assist your child to do as much as possible. If they can hold a rail or assist in the standing, ensure there is enough time so they can plan and you don’t risk injuring yourself! 37 Nelson St, Annandale 9519 0966 The Martini Lounge After a sell out show in June, The Martini Lounge is back on Friday December 1st at The Basement — fusing live blues and jazz music, dance and burlesque all wrapped up in a giant martini glass! The Martini Lounge is a 1950s cocktail bar re-incarnation, with blues and jazz band The Hanged Men accompanied by dancers, contortion and variety acts! A special guest, fresh from her US tour with Dita Von Teese, is Melbourne’s powerhouse dancer Zelia Rose, performing new acts never seen before! The smooth and sultry sounds of Sydney vocalist Jo Fabro support this amazing cast belting out 50s and 60s inspired classics by Billie Holliday, Etta James and Yma Sumac, along with some more modern interpretations such as Prince and Madeline Peyroux. The fusion of live blues music with burlesque and specialty dance makes the experience unique in style. Expect stunning costumes, props and dancers, along with sultry female vocals from Jo Fabro, Soma Sutton and Mouna Stone. -15- The night is hosted by Sydney sass Queen Memphis Mae, and produced by Enmore local and independent artist Sheena Miss Demeanour. Sheena Miss Demeanour will also perform her infamous Martini Glass act and is backed by an amazing cast of dancers including Zelia Rose, Bella Louche, Lillian Starr, Noemi Nikolett and Rosie Rivette. Tickets are $35 online, or $40 on the door, and The Basement also offers dinner and drinks packages from $95 for large groups seeking that intimate ‘dinner and a show’ feel. “The Martini Lounge” The Basement, Circular Quay Friday 1st December Doors: 7pm Show starts: 8.30pm Tickets available through:



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