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!""#$%&#'(%&)*'+#$' • Creatives and residents are feeling nervous this month about the proposed rezoning of Balmain Road, Lilyfield, where industrial buildings and housing are being considered for redevelopment into 142 apartments, in buildings up to six storeys high. The art studios and industrial spaces opposite Callan Park are home to many local artists, and a hub of creative collaboration. As of yet, no development has been approved, but a final decision is being made by the NSW Government Department of Planning in early 2018. Local politicians are organising a public consultation and report to the Department of Planning to prevent the loss of employment space. • When the increasingly irrelevant British ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos chose the Inner West as the venue for his Sydney speaking tour, he knew his presence would cause a stir. He banks on the fact that his opponents will turn out in force, and best summarised his business model when he said “I love it when protesters come to my events”. This left-leaning neighbourhood did not disappoint him in early December: seven protesters were arrested outside Le Montage in Lilyfield after more than 100 police officers surrounded the event, including riot police and mounted officers. In return, Le Montage might soon be feeling the backlash of a boycott — rumour has it that Inner West locals frown upon the platforming of sexist and racist views. • A stoush between Mayor Darcy Byrne and MP Jamie Parker over a proposed expansion of a parking lot in Leichhardt is dividing residents. Parker asked his constituents to like and share his Facebook post “to show your support for heritage buildings, not a car park for Council staff ”. Byrne pointedly shared the live video post in response, and wrote “I just wish [Parker] put some effort into addressing massive state government school maintenance backlogs instead of hurting local businesses.” There’s no telling how far the battle of parliamentary egos can go on social media, so we regular folks will just have to make our own minds up about these parking problems. • The Bushells factory in Concord is the next historical Inner West monument set to change in the next few years, marking the last of Canada Bay’s industrial sites left to be repurposed. There’s been initial confusion over the type of development — including words of 125 metre tall apartments — but Canada Bay Council reportedly wants to steer clear of more gated communities like the nearby Cape Cabarita and Breakfast Point. FreshFood, the factory’s owner, is seeking community feedback on what you’d like to see next: a men’s shed? Local museum? Dance studio? Weekend markets? Have your say online! Police surround protesters at Le Montage. Photo: David Marchese ,)*"-'%.#%/01# In early December, Vinnies and Ability Links ran an inspiring campaign across the Inner West as part of Social Inclusion Week. From a coffee cup campaign featuring quotes from people with disability, to a panel talk after a screening of ‘Wonder’, the initiative helped build a stronger community. By working with local businesses to create a deeper awareness about disability and ensure that the community becomes more inclusive and accessible, Vinnies and Ability Links helped people to make connections and navigate a range of social services. Linda, a 61 year old woman with a disability, said she felt that her life was overwhelming and that she “was drowning with no lifeline... I didn’t have the capacity or knowledge of all the services I could access; it’s eased my financial situation and given me peace of mind.” Organisations like Ability Links have allowed people with disabilities to take up volunteer work positions, and brought awareness to the everyday issues that affect people. Amelia McCormack, Ability Links Coordinator with St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, said Social Inclusion Week encouraged “communities to reconnect and be inclusive of all their community members, including people experiencing disadvantage, and people from all cultures, age groups, nationalities and abilities.” The film screenings, community conversations and live music performances, all with free refreshments provided, allowed community members to “connect, collaborate and celebrate”. Coffee cups share a lesson !"#$%&'()*&+&,("! 23((#%2#4(*# Latte Leftie entertains the unsettling thought that vibrant diversity may not be all upside for progressives Dear LL – Needless to say, I expect very little from aspirational, John Howard-worshipping, reffofearing, Murdoch-media-consuming Anglo westies. But the inescapable reality that Vietnamese Catholics, Lebanese Maronites, Syrian Sunnis, Orthodox Greeks and, hell, even Chinese Communists in the outer suburbs overwhelmingly voted no to gay nuptials was like a knife in my bleeding heart. I’ve been hearing a lot of excuse-making on the left about how Sydney’s far-flung NESBians were too occupied by five-hour daily commutes, stagnant wages, and a collapsing manufacturing sector to have the mental bandwidth to understand the moral necessity of legalising same-sex marriage but, frankly, I’m sceptical. No matter how right-on the likes of Waleed Aly or Yassmin AbdelMagied appear on The Project, I’m beginning to fear that the delightfully exotic migrants we Inner West Greens voters want to flood the country don’t share our enlightened values. How can I continue to advocate for open borders when ungrateful, superstition-ridden new arrivals can’t be relied on to vote correctly? Tim, Annandale LL replies: No doubt some of my more muddleheaded comrades will label me divisive, even heartless, but I believe the time has now come for social justice to take precedence over ethnomasochism. Much as we white middle-class leftists might dream of a rainbow nation, we need the right sort of patriarchy-fighting individuals to become what used to be known as ‘New Australians’ if this reactionary wasteland of a country isn’t going to devolve further. That’s why I’m calling for any future immigration to be restricted to those hailing from high-priced, inner-urban, university-adjacent areas in Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Montreal, New York, Seattle and Stockholm. &#%3$#%5*30 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, 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: Mayor Darcy Byrne (Mr Inner West 2017) shot by Ben Cregan Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ANTHONY ALBANESE MP LABOR FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER  !!"#$%#&&'()*'++,$-./$%#&&'()*'++,$012$334" !"#$%&'#(%))###!###*+*,-*./0/+123*24+567+*8###!###999+*.:46.;*,-*./0/+<61+*8###!###=*+<61?@,-6AB -2-


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!"#$%&'() CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Ashfield Park, Parramatta Rd and Orpington St, Ashfield One of the best loved events of the year, the carols are attended by local schools, churches and choirs with a sausage sizzle and safe flame candles provided. SAT U R DAY 9 D E C , 6PM — 9PM DECAFÉ MARRICKVILLE Georgia’s Kitchen, 527 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville The morning tea is a monthly multicultural support group for people with dementia and their carers. Chat to health professionals, service providers and others in similar circumstances. T H U R SDAY 1 4 D E C , 10.30AM — 12PM DAWN FRASER BATHS OPEN DAY Dawn Fraser Baths, Fitzroy Ave, Birchgrove An annual event where the gorgeous Birchgrove baths are open for free for the community. S U N DAY 10 DEC, 10AM — 3PM CHRISTMAS ALLSORTS CRAFT Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt This festive season, let your kids’ imagination come alive as they create their own Christmas decorations. THURSDAY 14 DEC, 3.45PM — 4.45PM SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET 100 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville Eat ethically, with fresh food, coffee, fashion and music. This month, the market will be Christmas themed. S UN DAY 1 7 D E C , 9AM — 4PM AQUASONIC Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh As part of the Sydney Festival, AquaSonic is a haunting underwater concert performed by five musicians submerged in aquariums. 6 — 9 JANUARY THE BIG OL’ XMAS FEAST The Erskineville Hotel, 102 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville It’s a big Xmas feast with ‘Meet the Brewer’ sessions, all your favourite smoked meats and even a festive Santa popping in for family photos. S U N DAY 17 DEC, 12PM — 9PM HELLO HOLIDAYS: ORIGAMI GAMES AND ILLUSIONS St Peters Library, 39 Unwins Bridge Rd, Sydenham Led by Stephen Lerantges, young Origami master, kids aged 8-12 will learn how to make amazing Origami works and other logic-defying paper creations. W E D N ESDAY 10 JAN, 10.30AM — 12PM CAROLS ON NORTON Pioneer’s Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt A traditional carols event for all in the community to enjoy. SUNDAY 17 DEC, 7. 3 0 P M MATINEE FILM GROUP: AUSTENLAND Leichhardt Library, Piazza Level Italian Forum, 23 Norton St, Leichhardt The gorgeous Keri Russell stars in this Austenobsessed immersive film. This free event has popcorn and drinks provided. TUESDAY 12 DEC, 2PM — 4PM PAMPERING AT THE DEPOT NAIL BAR Tramsheds Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way, Annandale Take part in a summer pampering session — a free manicure when you spend over $50, and a free foot spa and pedicure when you spend over $100. WEDNESDAY 13 DEC, 9.30AM — 12PM THE BEAR PACK Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown Award-winning Sydney improv duo Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie will perform their signature improvised one-hour comedy show, with proceeds going to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. THURSDAY 14 DEC, 8PM POUR IT ON: THE 80S PARTY Camelot Lounge, 19 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville For one night only, hear all your favourite 80s classics live. From She’s Fresh to Put It, with hits from Cindy Lauper, MJ, Whitney and Prince. FRIDAY 15 DEC, 8:00PM WHOLE LOTTA WOMAN Django Bar, Marrickville Rd and Railway Pde, Marrickville Get ready to dance with all the music-loving women of the Inner West. There’ll be plenty of performances from the late 30s Jazz era to 70s and 80s rock and soul. FRIDAY 22 DEC, 6PM YOTHU YINDI AND THE TREATY PROJECT Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown Live acts Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project, The Herd, and Baker Boy will join forces for a musical celebration of cultural diversity. FRIDAY 12 JAN, 7.1 5 P M DRJ MATHIEU Balmain Market, Corner of Curtis Rd and Darling St, Balmain Every Saturday at “La Gallery”, DRJ Mathieu will teach you how to design for free, with 50 years of experience in design including advertising, interior design, haute couture and sculptures. SATUR DAY 13 JAN, 10AM — 3PM *#+,'$",'),-$'$./'&011,2'1/)$"&'$/'#3&/23' $",'&0)'#)4'5,$'$/'+)/.'6/02'),75"3/02&8 -4-


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!"#$%&'() CIAO’S PICKS CAROLS IN THE PARK SAT UR DAY 9 DE C, 5.30PM — 9 :30PM The Christmas festivities are finally here! This summer season, visit Burwood Park for a special celebration of the holidays. Twilight markets, dancing and entertainment performances will be featured, as well as a class Christmas carols concert, Santa’s arrival, and a fireworks display to finish the evening. The performances include Burwood Girls High School combined orchestra and choir, the Platinum Vocal Studio, Dorothy Cowie School of Dancing and the Australian Youth Choir. Also entertaining the crowd are the Burwood Park Outreach group, The Mystic Dancer, and Danni Da Ros. Burwood Park, Burwood Rd, Burwood POLITICAL CHILDREN 8 — 10 DECEMBER This is a comedy show put on by young people, providing a humorous yet hard-hitting take on Safe Schools. Performed by the Spark Youth Theatre, which is an initiative of Inner West Council, Political Children gives young people the chance to respond to the debate surrounding the Safe Schools program. Using Hansard transcripts, newspaper articles and online content, the show has had successful runs at Ashfield Council Chambers and the Mardi Gras Festival, being performed by actors aged 12 – 24. In addition to the performances, the City of Sydney Library is offering workshops for young people to join writer and director Felicity Nicol explore their own theatre piece using personal and political words. Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney MODERN ARTIFACTS SATURDAY 16 DEC, 4PM — 9PM Great art meets great food, and all for a good cause, as Modern Artifacts partners with The Street Food Markets to support refugee and migrant enterprises. The inaugural event is sponsored by the Inner West Council’s Art and Cultural program, with a soundtrack of live music to complement the art, craft and design. While local artists mingle with local chefs, family and friends can enjoy the creative spaces showcasing community work. This calm haven is inspired by local community groups coming together to support those doing it tough, and seeks to create more than just a retail experience, but to foster connections within people and relationships. Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville THE MARKET TALES SAT URDAY 16 — SUNDAY 17 DEC, 10.30AM — 4.30PM Join The Market Tales for their summer edition as they wholeheartedly fulfil their tagline ‘Shop. Eat. Explore’. Get all your last-minute Christmas gifts, with a wide array of makers and merchants and creative trinkets to fill your Christmas stocking. The stalls include fashion brands, jewellery shops, textile stalls, and homeware businesses selling oil burners and bath salts. The Christmas themed event will include a hipster Santa, a station to ‘pimp up your beard and lips’, and retro kids games. For all the epicureans out there, there’ll be plenty to whet your appetite with pop-ups including The Stinking Bishops, Smoking Gun Bagels, Nutie Donuts, Mr Bao and more. There’ll also be a Negroni bar and plenty of drinks. Precinct 75, 75 Mary St, St Peters CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 16 — 24 DECEMBER It may not be a winter wonderland, but Sydney’s newest Christmas experience promises to be wondrous just the same. The Sydney Showgrounds presents an unmissable four hour experience of family fun with unlimited rides, skating and snow play. Recreating a white Christmas down under, the event allows young’uns to build a snowman or whizz across the ice, and enjoy stage shows including Penguins on Parade. Santa’s village, the man-made snow pit, and bountiful amusement rides will entertain the kids to no end, with plenty of festive fun for the whole family. A festive light show will also cap off the carnival games, with plenty of merry magic to be had. Sydney ShowgrouAnDdV, E1RSThIoSwEgMroEuNnTd Rd, Sydney Olympic Park NYE IN THE PARK SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER, 3PM — 1AM The creative minds behind the Wonderland Warehouse Project and Hot Dub Wine Machine brings you an extraordinary new experience to ring in the new year. Destined to become an annual highlight, the glorious grassy fields of Victoria park will be transformed into a giant music festival complete with two stages. Hot Dub Time Machine and Falcona will headline the giant garden party for a joyous outdoor dance floor. If you’re ready to spend a New Year’s away from the harbour jostling crowds, this is a new crowd to jostle indeed, complete with live music, international bands and DJs, and a celebration like no other. The line-up also includes Vera Blue, Maribelle, Mezko and Nicole Millar. Victoria Park, Camperdown CRAIG LAUNDY MP Federal Member for Reid Authorised by Craig Laundy MP, 72 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134. -5- 72 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134 9715 7444 craig.laundy.o craiglaundymp


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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM INNER WEST COUNCIL Christmas is a great time to experience the Inner West OUR VILLAGES HOLD THE ANSWER TO YOUR FESTIVE SEASON NEEDS. Fashion: Dress to impress with a stand-out outfit from boutiques at Balmain and Rozelle. Discover hip, one-off garments from vintage and designer retailers at Newtown and Enmore. Eateries: Enjoy mouth-watering dumplings and other Asian delights at Ashfield and Marrickville. Feast on Italian specialties at Haberfield or Leichhardt. Find Modern Australian fare in Annandale, Summer Hill, Dulwich Hill, Enmore and Balmain. Art and Design: Discover the perfect handmade gift at Balmain Markets or one of our specialty retailers and galleries across Newtown, Marrickville, Summer Hill, Balmain and Rozelle. Food: Fill your hampers with delectable artisan foods, handmade chocolates, and baked goods from Annandale, Stanmore, Petersham, Haberfield, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville. Drink: Unwind at a heritage pub in Balmain or Rozelle. Enjoy cosy, intimate bars at Summer Hill, Marrickville or Enmore. Encounter boutique craft breweries at Marrickville, Camperdown, Sydenham and Newtown. Entertainment: Let your hair down at live music venues in Enmore, Marrickville, Annandale, Newtown, Balmain, Summer Hill or Leichhardt. LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? DISCOVER THE TREASURES OF THE INNER WEST


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PROMOTION GIFT GUIDE LET LOCAL ARTISANS GIVE YOU A HAND WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING KATE OWEN GALLERY Bush Yam Leaves  ‘Bush Yam Leaves’ by Jeannie Petyarre (122 x 183cm) $3,995 Jeannie is a well-known Indigenous artist from Utopia. All of her Dreamtime stories come from the Alhalkere Country and are passed down to her from her father’s side. The colours in this artwork are stunning. The fine detail of each leaf of the bush yam gives this painting a depth and contrast that would look fabulous in any interior. This artwork would make a very special gift for a loved one. A gift that would be adored for years to come. THE TRADING CIRCLE The Trading Circle is a not for profit organisation that creates economic and educational opportunities for women and girls to reach their full potential. We have a store in Summer Hill that sells unique Fair Trade products such as toys, bags, homewares, jewellery and more. We work with six Producer Groups in two countries and aim to empower women and girls in developing countries to trade their way out of poverty and earn a sustainable income. Every product is made fairly by women, with love and dignity. Every purchase makes a difference! This Christmas give a gift that gives twice. Woven Pink, Orange and Gold Cushion $36.50 These cushions are part of a range. This fabric has also been made into door stops, notebook covers, make-up cases and wallets. Wallets $34.50 each These wallets have been repurposed and made from second hand men’s coats, jeans and shirts. From every pair of jeans, coat or shirt, at least five wallets are made. 27 Lackey St Summer Hill Ph: 0427 792 121 Elders Sharing Knowledge with the Young ‘Elders Sharing Knowledge with the Young’ by Selma Coulthard (61x91cm) $1,320 Selma is an Indigenous artist from Alice Springs. She was often called ‘Nunay’ by her family which means ‘Cute One’. Selma remembers her mother and grandmother drawing stories in the sand with a piece of wire. These stories are inspiration for her artwork. This artwork would go beautifully with a variety of home décor and would look stunning in a lounge or bedroom. As the artwork’s title alludes, this would be an extremely meaningful gift for a mother, father, partner or loved one. 680 Darling St, Rozelle Ph: 9555 5283 M 0438 136 715 The Trading Circle Cushion The Trading Circle Wallets -7- Support local communities


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MOVIES Get ready for a Boxing Day bonanza Some of the years’s best films are on their way to your arthouse screens this Christmas. But be warned, you will need to bring tissues CALL ME BY YOUR NAME ★★★★★ In the course of the six week time span of Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) ravishingly beautiful love story set in the gloriously sensuous Northern Italian countryside, 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) falls head over heels for the older and impossibly handsome Oliver (Armie Hammer). He also has sex with a girl his own age, a man, and a peach. So ok, we now need to add another letter that already impossible LGBTIQ acronym to cover stone fruit? That’s a brief but revelatory scene, a cheeky pointer to the passion, pain and bittersweet confusion of young love (and a reminder that its a sticky business). The early scenes are all atmosphere and build-up as Elio and Oliver warily circle, in fact for a good two-thirds of the movie I was wondering what all the 5-star fuss was about (has any reviewer given it less?). Lovely to look at, sure, I was about to book a holiday in Lombardia, but also wondering why so little seemed to be at stake for any of the characters. Then it all clicks in the last act – first the fireworks, then the explosion – love in all its splendid, bewildering but gorgeous agony. And Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg) gets a monologue that is so wise, compassionate and knowing that it could only have been written by someone with almost 90 years of experience in matters of the heart. (James Ivory is 89). Of course there will be tears in the end. There always is, but its just another sublime moment in a near perfect film. M from Dec 26. Call Me By Your Name is a sumptuous love story BREATHE ★★★★ As Andrew Garfield proved in Hacksaw Ridge, he can do “stoic and stubbornly heroic” pretty damn well, so perhaps he was the obvious choice for Andy Serkis’ biopic of the real-life polio victim and inventor, Robin Cavendish. Mind you, being totally paralysed from the neck down, he’s only got his eyes and mouth to convey all that plucky spirit – something he does quite magnificently. Initially he’s a likeable chap with puppy-dog charm, a sports car and an equally charmed life, but then he’s struck down while working in Africa while only in his mid 20s. After sinking into misery and wishing those euthanasia laws would hurry up and get passed (for about two frames), he gets a stern talking to from Breathe: A moving story of an unlikely pioneer his pretty wife (Claire Foy, better known as Her Royal Majesty in The Crown). And soon biological father is not enough that cheeky grin is back. Determined the man who raised him, not to be bed-ridden and institutionalised, he at the same time falling throws all his inventive energy into making in love with the daughter life worth living again, both for himself and (Cécile de France, tough all other paralysis victims. His first motorized and magnificent) of his wheelchair looked pretty silly, and its failings apparent real dad (Andre make for some broadly comic (and equally Wilms). Meanwhile his silly but enjoyable) scenes. Only at the end own heavily pregnant does the emotional register darken, but that daughter is refusing to tell tricky terrain is treated with honesty and tact. anyone who knocked her While not exactly a five-hankie weepie, you’ll up, mysteriously insisting have to have a pretty hard and shrivelled-up she’ll raise the child heart not to be won over by the spirit of the without a dad. Of course man. And this “absolute corker” of a movie. in these light-hearted M from Dec 26. French dramadies, a faithful staple of our local JUST TO BE SURE ★★★★ Just To Be Sure art-house cinemas, you The French may be refreshingly candid about sex, but when dealing with the consequences of it, apparently they’re just as tongue-tied as those uptight Brits. Writer/director Carine Tardieu’s comedy/drama throws us two interlinked curveballs about parentage and possible know everything will be resolved when the baby (unexpectedly) comes. It is too, but not before some charming surprises. One thing is for sure, Just To Be Sure is sure to be a summer hit for Palace over the holiday season. M from Dec 26. incest, in both cases easily sorted if only those involved could talk to each other honestly and openly. But since a ■ We have 5 double in season passes to Call Me By Your lot of the charm and humour of this breakout Cannes hit comes from misunderstandings and unlikely coincidence, Name, 5 to Breathe and 5 to Just To Be Sure to give away. Just email with your name and of course no one does. In the main story, widower Erwan address letting us know where you picked up your Ciao. You (The Belier Family’s François Damiens) finds out his can enter them all, but if you do, give us a preference. -8- 2017’s best films Life on the fringe THE FLORIDA PROJECT ★★★★★ Two 5 star movies in one issue? Well why not, it’s Christmas and besides, Sean Baker’s warm-hearted but tough second feature deserves it and more… He’s taken us to Florida this time, to a tatty highway near Disney World (“the happiest place on earth”) lined with near-derelict malls, garishly painted roadside stalls which have all seen better days and ratty motels which now house those too poor to get a foothold in the rental market. Quickly the camera settles in on 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and a couple of her friends who are skipping through this world laughing and playing pranks, completely at ease in their world of weed-smoking parents, charity trucks handing out bread and jam and deliquent, possibly predatory adults. For quite a few masterfully framed scenes, which do little to advance the plot, we share and enjoy the kids’ adventures – this is easily the best depiction of a child’s life since Boyhood. Moonee’s mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) is what we’d call “a piece of work”, a foul-mouthed scammer, sex worker and maybe the world’s worst parent. Yet clearly there’s real love and warmth between the pair, and Halley, in all her own outrageous but appalling way does try to do her best for her daughter. Willem Dafoe, in a career-best performance, is the gruff but kindly motel manager who looks out for the kids, and he seems to have all the injustices and pain of the whole rotten capitalist world on his shoulders. His motel, the evocatively titled “Magic Castle” is the real Heartbreak Hotel, life for Moonee can’t continue like this, and it doesn’t. A sense of dread starts to build as events build to a climax – surely this is going to end badly… Yes, you might need tissues, and yet the final scene, one of the most magical I’ve seen, is joyously transcendent. What an ending! What a movie! MA15+ from Dec 21. Elizabeth Moss in The Square TOP TEN FOR THE YEAR The Florida Project scores the top spot, though The Square should have. But no distributor has been brave enough to release it! Come on guys, it’s 2017’s most definitive film. Then in no particular order Call Me By Your Name, Blade Runner 2049, Good Time, Dunkirk, Killing of a Sacred Deer, Raw, Mother! and because I’d better include a comedy after that lot, The Big Sick. ■ Russell Edwards


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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 FREE ENTRY 2 HOUR FREE PARKING* Friday 19 January The Ma a Kills Only In Summer THE ITALIAN FORUM, LEICHHARDT MOONLIGHT CINEMA IN PIAZZA JANUARY 2018, 8PM Enjoy three of Italy’s smash-hit comedies under the moonlight in the Italian Forum. All movies are subtitled so everyone can come along but arrive early as places are limited. Saturday 20 January Perfect Strangers Sunday 21 January Where Am I Going? 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 THE ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE BEHIND MARINA DEBRIS’ TRASH-ART As Christmas approaches, it’s more important than ever to consider the quantity of waste we produce. We invest in vast amounts of food, but how much is discarded? How much packaging is accumulated in our waste? And how many pressies should we really buy, given how many items will be thrown away? Marina DeBris is a celebrated Sydney artist who encourages us to re-think our waste. While living in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Marina was appalled by the quantity of trash that washed up on her local beaches. Since 2009, she has created art made from beachside rubbish. Her message is simple: to question the use of single use items, and consider ways to reduce waste so it doesn’t end up in our oceans and landfill. Marina’s recent sculpture Disposable Truths was commissioned by the MLC Centre in Sydney, who wished to reduce their building’s waste production. The sculpture is shaped like a tornado and made from over 1600 coffee cup lids. On close inspection, the lids are marked by lipstick smudges and smears of chocolate. According to the artist, “the shape of a tornado is used to represent a storm of pollution and [its] impending devastation”. Her sculpture links our seemingly innocent moments of consumption with the epic forces of nature with which we play. Another of her works, Inconvenience Store, was recently featured in Sydney’s acclaimed Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. Visitors encountered an installed store fitted out with items collected on Sydney’s beaches, including odd thongs, sunglasses, bottle caps and cigarette ends. Marina’s work is making waves. Following Sculptures by the Sea, she picked up the Waverley Council mayor’s prize and the Sydney Water’s environmental sculpture subsidy. The festive season is a time of giving and consuming, but Marina’s art proves it’s also time to re-think. What impact are your celebrations having on the environment? Words by Lucia Moon ‘Disposable Truths’ 2017, photos by Stephen Wong  ‘Inconvenience Store’ at Sculptures by the Sea 2017, photo by Jennifer Soo                       ‘Disposable Truths’ 2017, photos by Stephen Wong !"#$%%$ &!'()*%(  *ITUIQV:L4QTaÅMTL !"#$%$&#'&$#&() *!+,-# ./+01+2#3#456#789'!: .;/5<#789=!: <>.#3#


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Carols on Norton SING ALONG SONG SHEET SUNDAY 17 December Pioneers Memorial Park 7.30pm FREE Welcome to our annual celebration of Christmas in the magnificent Pioneers Memorial Park on Norton Street. Now in its 13th year, Carols on Norton is a truly iconic inner west Australian Christmas experience. We’d like to thank the Inner West Council for their magnificent support of this concert. This year we share the stage with our extraordinary Tinsel Orchestra who will be playing a program in which every single piece, bar one, has been composed or arranged by local composers specifically for this event an extraordinary artistic achievement and a real indication of the depth of musical and artistic capacity in our community! The magnificent Leichhardt Espresso Chorus will again fill the air with caffeine-fuelled energy and excitement - and our Children’s Chorus sound as always absolutely stunning after only four rehearsals! Our long term commitment to the high school ensemble of Moorambilla Voices - the MAXed OUT Company will be on extraordinary display as 40 singers from remote NSW join us on stage for this year’s concert. This is our musical gift to the wonderful inner west community we love so much. Join us, sing with us and celebrate with us all the power of humanity at this special time of year - from all of us on stage and behind the scenes - keep calm and carol on norton! Michelle Leonard OAM, Founder & Artistic Director, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus CAROLS ON NORTON PROGRAM The Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, Tinsel Orchestra, Inner West Children’s Choir, Moorambilla Maxed Out Ensemble, Billie McCarthy, led by Michelle Leonard OAM with MC Andrew Bukenya. Welcome To Country – Gamarada Boys Inner West Council: Mayoral Welcome Hodie Christus Natus Est (Sally Whitwell) People Look East (Paul Stanhope) Noel Nouvelet * Carol Of The Drum * What Can You See? (Dan Walker) * Going Home (Andrew Howes for Moorambilla Voices) * That’s Why I Really Like Christmas (Owen Elsely) * Jingle Bells * Carol Of The Birds * Hark The Herald * God Rest Ye Merry * O Come, All Ye Faithful * Summer Christmas (Fiona Mccall, 2017) * I Carry Your Heart (Kevin Barker, 2017) * Good King Wenceslas * Once In Royal David’s City * See Amid The Winter’s Snow * Mary’s Boy Child * Billie’s Song * Almost Christmas Day * I Love Christmas * First Christmas * Silver Stars * Pie Jesu (Fiona Loader, 2017) * Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) All Is Well * Silent Night * Music by Australian composers commissioned by the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus as marked.


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Carol Of The Drum Come they told me, Pa rum pum pum pum Our new born King to see, Pa rum pum pum pum Our finest gifts we’ll bring, Pa rum pum pum pum To lay before the king, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum, rum pum pum So to honour him, pa rum pum pum pum When we come Baby Jesus, Pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too, Pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring, Pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give a King, Pa rum pum pum pum Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum On my drum? Mary Nodded, Pa rum pum pum pum, The ox and ass kept time, Pa rum pum pum pum I played my drum for Him, Pa rum pum pum pum I play my best for Him, Pa rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum Then he smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum Me and my drum Summer Christmas In the middle of summer, in this vast nation, Long is the journey, the drive or the plane, We gather to see all those faces again We bake in the roasting sun We eat from the tree, from the land, from the fruit of the sea Every one has their own pattern, their own sacred way to be Children they must believe Santa is real With gifts piled up for the joy of the young We bake in the roasting sun We eat from the tree, from the land, from the fruit of the sea Every one has their own pattern, their own sacred way to be Wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, package up the year The South land sound, the south land sound, the south land sound Of cicadas in your ear, of cicadas in your ear Wrap it up, wrap it up, bundle up your joy The sand is calling, waves on the shore The children run wild, the time has arrived Christmas is here, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up, wrap it up Good King Wenceslas 1. Good King Wenceslas look’d out On the Feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even Brightly shone the moon that night Though the frost was cruel When a poor man came in sight Gath’ring winter fuel. 2. Hither, page, and stand by me, If thou know’st it, telling, Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling? Sire he lives a good league hence, Underneath the mountain, Right against the forest fence, By Saint Agnes’ fountain. 3. Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, Bring me pine logs hither, Thou and I will see him dine, When we bear them thither. Page and monarch, forth they went Forth they went together Through the rude wind’s wild lament, And the bitter weather. 4. Sire the night is darker now, And the wind blows stronger; Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer. Mark my footsteps, good my page Tread though in them boldly Thou shalt find the winter’s rage Freeze thy blood less coldly. 5. In his master’s steps he trod Where the snow lay dinted Heat was in the very sod Which the saint had printed. Therefore Christian men, be sure Wealth or rank possessing, Ye who now will bless the poor Shall yourselves find blessing. Hark! The herald-angels sing Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn king Peace on earth and mercy mild God and sinners reconciled Joyful all ye nations arise Join the triumph of the skies With th’ angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem. Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King Christ, by highest heav’n adored Christ, the ever lasting Lord Late in time behold him come Off spring of a virgin’s womb Veiled in flesh the Godhead see Hail th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel. Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King Hail the heav’n born Prince of peace Hail the sun of righteousness Light and life to all he brings Ris’n with healing in his wings Mild he lays his glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King Noel Nouvelet brightly Noel, sing Noel, Good people sing with glee Thanks to God on high, who setteth all men free Noel, Noel, Let all the nations sing Noel sing Noel, To greet the new born King. La-La La,... Shepherds in the field, A small bird sang to them, “Where’s your newborn lamb? Seek him in Bethlehem.” Noel, Noel, to Bethlehem they run, Noel, sing Noel, to worship Mary’s son. La-La la, In Bethlehem May and Joseph see donkey and ox, The child lies in between, For him no cradle A hard crib lined with hay, Noel, sing Noel, sing, sing Noel today. La-La la, etc. -12-


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See the Eastern Kings, To Bethlehem make their way; One bright star to guide them, Darkness turns to day, Follow the Kings, and loudly raise the strain. Noel, sing Noel, sing, sing Noel again. La-La la, etc. One offers gold, the other myrrh also, Fair smelling incense, The other doth bestow; Sweet scene of Paradise, That garden seemed to be Noel, sing Noel, Good people sing with glee. Noel, sing Noel, Good people sing with glee Thanks to God on high, who setteth all men free Noel, Noel, Let all the nations sing Noel sing Noel, To greet the new born King. [repeat] O come, all ye faithful 1.O come, all ye faithful Joyful and triumphant O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him; Born the King of Angels. O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! 2.God of God, Light of light Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Very God, Begotten, not created. O come…. O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! 3. See how the shepherds, Summoned to his cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear; We too will thither, Bend our joyful footsteps. O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! 7. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning, Jesu, to thee be glory giv’n Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord! Once in royal David’s city Once in royal David’s city Stood a lowly cattle shed Where a mother laid her Baby In a manger for His bed: Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child. He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall; With the poor, and mean, and lowly, Lived on earth our Saviour holy. And through all His wondrous childhood He would honour and obey, Love and watch the lowly maiden, In whose gentle arms He lay: Christian children all must be Mild, obedient, good as He. For he is our childhood’s pattern; Day by day, like us He grew; He was little, weak and helpless, Tears and smiles like us He knew; And He feeleth for our sadness, And He shareth in our gladness. And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love; For that Child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above, And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone. 6. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation Sing all ye citizens of heav’n above Glory to God, In the highest; O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing by, We shall see Him; but in heaven, Set at God’s right hand on high; Where like stars His children crowned All in white shall wait around. People look East People look East People Look East, the time is near Of the crowning of the year Make your house fair as you are able Trim the hearth and set the table People look East and sing today. Love, the Guest is on the way. Furrows be glad, though earth is bare, One more seed is planted there, Give up your strength the seed to nourish That in course the flow’r may flourish. People look East, and sing today, Love, the Rose is on the way. Birds though ye long have ceased to build, Guard the nest that must be filled. Even the time when trees are burning Then for peace the birds are yearning. People look East, and sing today, Love the bird, is on the way. People look East. Stars keep the watch, when night is dim; One more light the bowl shall brim. Shining beyond the summer weather, Bright as sun and moon together. People look East and sing today, Love, the star is on the way. Angels announce to man and beast He who commeth from the East. Set every peak and valley humming With the word that peace is coming. People look East and sing today; Love and peace are on the way. Silent Night Silent night! Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright Round yon virgin, mother and child Holy infant, so tender and mild; Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night! Holy Night! Shepard’s quake, at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heav’nly hosts sing “Alleluia” Christ, the savior is born! Christ the savior is born! Silent night! Holy Night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at thy birth; Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. -13-


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JOIN ESPRESSO IN 2018 In 2018 the LEC celebrates 20 years of creating, commissioning and singing. What began as a sign in a local bookshop has grown to a vibrant community of people who love great music. We particularly welcome new male singers and singers under 25 can join for the student rate of only $50 per term. We’re a choir of more than 80 people from across the Inner West. We commission Australian composers to write new music as well as performing the classic choral works. We sing with orchestras, chamber ensembles and love collaborations. We have a chamber choir called Ristretto. We’ve been around since 1998 under the Artistic Direction of Michelle Leonard OAM and are accompanied by Benjamin Burton. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Leichhardt Public School. All welcome. See the website for details. Rehearsals commence in the last week of January. Leichhardt Espresso Chorus SOPRANO Melinda Beck Polly Bernard Suzanne Blythin Penelope Trathen Pat Veenendaal Bo Xu Jenny Boddington Wilhelmina Brown Meg Callander Penny Chapple Lliane Clarke Mieke Cohen Maria De Sousa Shae Fleming Kathy Green Annette Hagerman Minh Huynh Gwyn Jones Jeanne Kinninmont Sue Lindsay Sara Marshall Patricia Pearse Gill Pennington Jan Redman Michelle Rollins Sian Rudge Lucy Scott Sharon Scott ALTO Nic Beard Therese Berrigan Georgie Cropper Lesley Dawes Nicola Dixon Sophie Fickler Natalie Freeman Louise Harkness Helen Kerr-Roubicek Lisa Maffina Susan McCarthy Janet Millar Margie Moore Chiara Neto Diane Paul Miriam Poole Caroline Pugh Marina Shine Louise Silburn Glenda Stone Lea Tietzel Christine Walters Lindie Ward Crista Wocadlo TENOR David Allen Tim Cheung Mark Egelstaff Rhys Hardwick-Jones BASS Stu Annels Mike Dunkley Jim Fleming Richard Goodman Allen Haroothunian David Harvey Paul Heath Chris Robinson Adam Smith Michael Smith Tim Smyth Andrew Sweeney Carols On Norton Tinsel Orchestra 2017 Violin 1: Madeline Easton Violin 1: Dominique Gallery Violin 2: Adrian Bendt Violin 2: Armine Gargrtsyan Viola: Anne Sweeney Viola: Martin Alexander Cello: James Larsen Cello: Annika Stagg Double Bass: Kirsty McCahon Percussion: Josh Hill Piano: Ben Burton Flute: Rosalind Plummer Soprano Saxophone: Christina Leonard Trumpet: Sophie Spencer French horn: Michael Dixon Trombone: Matt Harrison Inner West Childrens Choir Carols on Norton 2017 Sophia Avis Maya Bartholomaeu Cerys Blagg Grace Blagg Ilaria Bonotto Abigail Bush Claudia Cheung Milly Cork Joshua Dalman Kara Doven Ivy Eastwood Noah Ericsson Poppy Ericsson Lucy Fickler Jake Flannery Mira Forstner Amelia Freestone Dominic Gattellari Felicity Gini Darcy Guastella Hugo Guastella Sasha Hepburn Jessica Hokin Ana Ioan Evie Kerr Aya Leigh Charlie McCluney Eliza McCluney Noelia Medina Theo Medina Arlo Merewether Charley Rose Robinson Ignatius Robinson Max Robinson Kiara Roussety Ari Seymour Xavier Seymour Lucy Sutch Ben Sweeney Finn Walsh Luella Walsh Aidan Wray Made up of children from schools all over the inner west. Thank you to Leichhardt Public School for hosting us this year! Moorambilla MAXed OUT Company Abigail Murray Alistaire Noiprasit Andrew Campbell Angela Shepherd Brianna Duncan Bridget Ritter Bridie Bruce Cameron Bowler Daisy Andrews Delta RichardsonHawkins Dylan Meyers Ehren Donnelly Elina de Rosnay Eliza Vail Fabian Douglass Felicity Hardwick Georgie Saunders Hannah Barker Hunter Andrews Jakob Brown Jarrod Douglass Joey (Tomas) Whittaker Goodwin John-Wayne Josephson Johnathan Woods Joshua English Katelyn Martin Keith Jeffery Laine Ellicott Laura Murray Leilah Flynn Lila Strong Lucy Berrell Mya Stone Oliver Maroulis Opal Trumper Ruby-Belle Stingemore Ryan Anderson Sofia Robinson Teleah Anderson Tenakua ThompsonRapatini Tully Ritter Zarek Berger espressoch-14o-


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STREET STYLE !"#$%&''%#&%#!(%)((*(+, Hats were in abundance at the Marrickville Farmers Market last month, coming in all shapes, sizes and styles. Inner West market goers found sanctuary from the glaring sun in a shady spot, with a refreshing drink, or under the comfort of their wide brimmed hats. Vintage favourites came out, such as the Anne of Green Gables straw hats with black ribbon which were o en paired with patterns and orals to give a classic look. Festival felt hats have also proved they are more than just a fad, becoming a laid back summer essential for any urban fashionista. e hat of the season, however, is the old school Baker boy cap, bring a retro, cool, androgynous vibe to any out t. Words and photos by Sophia Chrysanthos Succulents enjoy the sun as much as we do! The only better accessory than a hat is a furry friend! This outfit exudes Parisian chic A hat tops off any wide leg pant look Have fun with bold accessories A classic vintage look from hat to toe Keep the whole family sun safe and cool on a hot day out at the markets with matching hats These friends are rocking a bohemian festival look A straw hat frames a floral print instantly Ground your garden with pot plants and shrubbery this summer to make your outdoor entertaining setting pop This vibrant outfit puts the right foot forward Keeping cool in hot summer stripes



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