Review

Queer Eye on the Straight Guy: Episode One – Guess Who’s Back?
Mary Ntalianis

With a spring in his step, seasoned Bachelor Matty J’s back (back again) after his rather-fucking-brutal dumping by Georgia Love last year. Almost looking like he didn’t have his heart ripped out his chest and tossed off the side of a lush Singaporean rooftop just under a year ago, Australia’s Golden Boy has returned to […]

6 August 2017
Review: Documenta 14
Mary Ntalianis

“DEAR DOCUMENTA 14: IT MUST BE NICE TO CRITIQUE CAPITALISM ETC. WITH A 38 MILLION EURO BUDGET.” This is the note I find stuck to a hand dryer in the bathrooms of the Documenta Halle as I meander around Kassel for this year’s incarnation of the contemporary art mega-show Documenta. It is not an official […]

30 July 2017
Review: Clunes Booktown Festival
Mary Ntalianis

There really is nothing like the look and feel of a good book: you can smell the authenticity of each page, and feel the creases and textures in the paper. This love of books is the reason that Clunes Booktown Festival is now in its 11th year, and still going strong.

29 May 2017
Under the Trees
Alexandra Alvaro

The University’s space management facility provides an interactive online map of all trees on Parkville, Southbank and Werribee campuses. Yes, all trees!

15 May 2017
Nine Must-Listen-To Podcasts Before Swotvac
Mary Ntalianis

About a year ago I became addicted to podcasts. If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you my addiction is ‘pretty annoying.’ As March was #trypod month, a National Public Radio (NPR) initiative celebrating podcasts, so there is no better time to start listening. To avoid scrolling through 250,000 obscurely named podcasts, here […]

24 April 2017
Review – An Evening of Total BS
Mary Ntalianis

Everyone knows a girl like Bec Somers. She’s that always-enthusiastic, painfully-shallow girl who won’t stop bragging about being toned, vegan and gluten-free. Melissa Tracina, under the direction of Tim McDonald, adopts the persona of Bec Somers – ‘a wellness coach, health blogger, nutritionist, naturopath, and nutritiopath.’ The show parodies the often ridiculous and unrealistic nature […]

17 April 2017
Review – Alice Tovey: Mansplaining
Mary Ntalianis

Young comics, Alice Tovey and her co-star Ned Dixon present a musical comedy performance on the very current and relevant topic of mansplaining. The hour-long performance consists of original songs and compositions ranging from ballads to a beat poem. In these songs, Tovey challenges racism, politics, masculinity and sexism in a satirical manner. The Butterfly […]

15 April 2017
Review – Shut Your Juicy Mouth
Mary Ntalianis

Shut Your Juicy Mouth was an ensemble comedy experience. Held in the intimate space of the Loop Bar, it featured three comedians with 15 minute sets. The night was engaging and warm. All comics bringing their own strange taste of the world to the stage. Phoebe O’Brien, Anthony McCormack and Stephen Porter each shared with us […]

12 April 2017
Review – Lawrence Mooney: Like Literally
Mary Ntalianis

Comedians are going through a tough time. I can’t help feel that the nature of comedy is threatened as many comedians are tempted to tone down their material, so as not to offend anyone in the crowd. Lawrence Mooney doesn’t think like that. Quite simply, the middle-aged Aussie just doesn’t care if he offends anyone. […]

11 April 2017
Review – Sammy J: Hero Complex
Mary Ntalianis

Sammy J’s new solo show Hero Complex is an assured, hilarious romp through the barely believable coincidences of Sammy’s life. The story – a blend of thriller and coming of age – focuses on Sammy’s love of the Phantom, beginning with the start of a friendship between Sammy and his school gardener and ending with […]

10 April 2017
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