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MANTRY: THE MODERN MAN’S PANTRY

Design, Food: MANTRY: THE MODERN MAN’S PANTRY

It seems like awesome curated gift services are popping up more and more as a really interesting business and design model.  “Mantry” is one for the hip male foodie in your life and delivers a new and exciting food experience every month. The food & beverage items that they send in your Mantry are not your typical grocery store varieties. Highlighting American artisan makers, regional makers and the handmade, these foods are painstakingly sourced and lovingly crafted into fun, original themes (i.e. Bourbon Breakfast, Hecho en America, Smoke and Whiskey).  …ah, it’s really too bad they only ship to the US right now.

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IT’S RAINING ME

Dreamers: IT’S RAINING ME

When you grow up in a show-business family, you either embrace the quirks of the family trade wholeheartedly or completely reject it. The former is true for cabaret star Tom Sharah, who has been singing and dancing for as long as he can remember. In his latest show It’s Raining Me, Tom, along with his three-piece band, presents his own take on classic pop and disco anthems. Songs woven into the evening of cabaret at Brisbane Powerhouse from December 5–7 include ‘True Colours’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ and  ‘I’ve Got the Music in Me’. @ brisbanepowerhouse.org…

FALLING BACK TO EARTH

Dreamers: FALLING BACK TO EARTH

If you are a fan of GOMA’s Asia Pacific Triennial exhibitions, you may be familiar with the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. His works have featured in previous exhibitions, and this summer he returns to the gallery to present his first solo Australia exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, from November 23. The exhibition features two commissions created for GOMA that were inspired by Cai’s travels through Queensland, an experience that underpinned the artist’s understanding of the connection between nature and mankind. @ qagoma.qld.gov.au…

LIP ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH

Culture: LIP ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH

On Thursday November 28 at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA), The Lip Anthology will be launched. Feminism and the arts have long engaged with one another, with many activists turning to art and music to express their opinions and bypass the political arena. From 1976 to 1984, Lip magazine engaged with all forms of feminist art. To profile highlights of the magazine and reflect upon the contesting forms of feminism it covered, Brisbane local Vivian Ziherl recently edited The Lip Anthology. The Brisbane launch of The Lip Anthology will be held at IMA.…

California Design 1930–1965

Design: California Design 1930–1965

The period between 1930 and 1965 is considered one of the most definitive in the development of California’s modern identity. Through new innovations and mass production, a material culture developed and iconic designers such as Charles and Ray Eames crafted enduring designs. Featuring the first Barbie, Eames furniture and iconic film posters of designer Saul Bass, California Design 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way traces California’s emergence as a modernist design hub and its tradition of the designer-craftsman. The exhibition will feature at GOMA from Saturday November 2.

FOOD FONT

Design, Environment, Food: FOOD FONT

Food Font is an interactive art project where people can make alphabets out of food, take pictures of each letter, and later use these and other food alphabets in a fun, free, interactive online design tool. The project supports dialogue and builds community around food, health, and sustainability. It is also fun to make food alphabets and to make images that you can save, print, and share.  So why not play and write with your food?…

BEERKARY BAKERY

Food: BEERKARY BAKERY

Beerkary Bakery is a concept bakery serving custom made craft beers and beer matched pastries.  It comes from a simple desire to combine two favourite things – beer and baked goods, and also recognises that brewing and baking share a similar craft and science.  Debuting at Scratch Bar in Milton, on Sunday 20th October 2013 (10am), this event will bring together pastries by chef, Ben Devlin, and beers by Brewtal Brewers (Jon Burnett and Tim Goulding).  

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ALL DOLLED UP

Dreamers: ALL DOLLED UP

All Dolled Up is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse October 9-11. Performing alongside Cyndi Lauper, running a fetish club and hosting the Alternative Miss Ireland Pageant are just some of the achievements Irish gender illusionist Panti holds dear. In her new show, All Dolled Up, Panti delivers a behind-the-scenes look at her life. Presented as part stand-up comedy and part lecture, the show traces Panti’s journey from her first discovery of drag, to her escapades as part of the Tokyo club scene and her return to Ireland to run a bar.…

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE

Design: BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE

Have you ever walked past a building, and wondered what it’s like inside but had no real reason to go in?  Brisbane Open House gives us the perfect permission to snoop around Brisbane’s best buildings, find out about intriguing operations (like fire stations, museums and libraries) and glimpse into fancy offices and homes.  Held over two days on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2013, Brisbane Open House  is a rare opportunity to explore 71 of the city’s most historic and architecturally unique buildings.   The weekend is also running tours, kids activities, speaker series, art exhibition and photo competitions.…

SPOONSHIP

Design, Food: SPOONSHIP

Spoons! We use them every day – from morning coffees, lunch time soups and dessert scoops. Spoonship is a website and collection dedicated to the making, art and craft of spoons.

Spoons have been used since ancient times in many places around the world, and Spoonship asserts that you can see features of certain areas, eras and individuals within one spoon.  It tries to view the world through spoons in order to get a different viewpoint, to find things you could not before and to learn about different cultures.…

WOMEN IN VOICE

Culture: WOMEN IN VOICE

From October 15– 19 the Judith Wright Centre will present Women in Voice. Growing from humble beginnings as an avenue for female vocalists to be better seen and heard, Women in Voice marks its 20th anniversary this year. Since its first gig on a cafe stage was performed, Women in Voice has continued to bring together an array of distinct and diverse voices and performances, from cabaret and soul, to rock, pop and a dash of disco. This year’s event boasts a bold line-up that includes Naomi Price, Jac Stone and Carita Farrer Spencer.…

NISSAN NAVARA

Technology: NISSAN NAVARA

We might adopt the air of die-hard urbanites, barely surviving without our pour-over coffee and growlers of craft beer with a side of kale chips, but, in truth, many of us harbour a clandestine love of the outback. And when you can’t resist the urge to flee the city and head to where the asphalt ends, it helps to be behind the wheel of a sturdy (and suitably outback-credible) vehicle. Many may think it to be monopolised by tradies, but Nissan’s Navara is also a handy chariot for weekend camping trips. If the privacy glass, fog lights and satin black sports bar aren’t enough to tempt you, the 9.3 GB music hard drive sure might. @ nissan.com.au…

BOOMERANG FESTIVAL

Culture: BOOMERANG FESTIVAL

Fostering an environment where cultural exchange is encouraged through dance, music, theatre, art and film, Boomerang Festival will take to the Bluesfest grounds in Byron Bay for its inaugural celebration. Thelma Plum, Busby Marou, Gurrumul and The Medics are amongst the line-up, which also features storytelling, conversations with George Negus and Ernie Dingo, and craft workshops. Celebrating world cultures, mother tongues and first instruments, Boomerang Festival will create a rare holistic experience at Tyagara Tea Tree Farm from October 4–6.…

KUPKA’S PIANO

Culture: KUPKA’S PIANO

Exploring the sounds of modern Italy, Brisbane’s Kupka’s Piano joins European contemporaries in a cross-continental collaboration from September 27–28 at the Judith Wright Centre. Introducing audiences to Italian art music, Kupka’s Piano and fellow musicians will perform Where in the world is Kupka’s Piano?, the third part of concert series To roam with love. The concert will feature sound experiments by a younger generation of Italian and Australian composers, as well as a repertoire from established Italian modernists.…

MUCK UP DAY

Dreamers: MUCK UP DAY

There’s an adage that youth is wasted on the young, but this collection of talented adolescent musicians isn’t squandering any time. Each year, students from across Australia compete in triple j’s Unearthed High competition, with previous winners including Snakadaktal, Stonefield and Hunting Grounds. For Muck Up Day, on September 28 at Brisbane Powerhouse, electro-acoustic musician and 2012 winner Asta, alongside her similarly talented peers, will perform live rock, pop, electronic and roots music.…

FIGHT THE LANDLORD

Culture: FIGHT THE LANDLORD

It may not be all that surprising to see a group of young folk dressed in onesies these days. Watching three friends in panda suits playing a card game while discussing love and rising property prices, however, might be an unexpected sight. As part of Brisbane Festival, interactive theatre production Fight the Landlord – performed in Mandarin with English subtitles – probes at the quandaries of China’s Generation Y with humour and bittersweet sentiment. The show will run from September 24–28 at the Judith Wright Centre.…

BEACH FOSSILS

Dreamers: BEACH FOSSILS

One might expect beach fossils to be lifeless and worn relics, but the Brooklyn band of the same name is an antithesis to these descriptions. Transporting its indie-fuzz, lo-fi garage sound to Australia for the first time during Brisbane Festival, Beach Fossils will fill The Spiegeltent with joyous melodies and vivacious energy. Playing tracks from the 2013 album Clash the Truth and the 2011 EP What a Pleasure, the band is set to excite with jaunty, rhythmic sounds September 19.…

LEO

Culture: LEO

From strong roots in ancient Greek theatre to pantomime and slapstick, physical theatre has taken many directions. Captivating audiences with a stint of gravity-defying physical theatre, LEO sees an acrobatic illusionist play saxophone mid-air and break dance vertically. This award-winning production is the creation of Berlin-based Circle of Eleven, directed by Canadian Daniel Brière. Theatrical trickery and video projections combine in this spectacle, which makes its Queensland premiere at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Brisbane Festival from September 17–22.…

ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Dreamers: ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

Gelid Iceland may only be home to a population of 320,000 (one so small that locals have an app to find out if they’re dating a relative), but it is also home to a vibrant music scene that has produced the likes of Björk and Sigur Rós. One of Iceland’s latest musical exports is multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds, who began playing as a drummer for metal bands but made his way into the world of neo-classical music. An innovative young composer, Ólafur has created music for films including The Hunger Games and Looper. Ólafur will perform at The Spiegeltent on September 22 as part of Brisbane Festival.…

FRESH CUT 2013: PART I

Dreamers: FRESH CUT 2013: PART I

Until September 21 at IMA, the works of young artists help promote different ways of thinking, and through Fresh Cut – an annual showcase of emerging local artists – IMA helps young artists launch their careers. The exhibition is presented in two instalments, with the first featuring the works of Joseph Breikers and Caitlin Franzmann. Caitlin’s work encourages gallery visitors to slow down and reflect by putting on helmets that play sound pieces, while Joseph’s piece explores cultural conventions through the humble composting pit toilet.…

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