Arts & Culture

Theatre review: Master Class a masterful tribute to Maria Callas

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THEATRE Master Class ★★★★★ Terrence McNally fortyfivedownstairs Until August 28. The fiery Maria Callas – La Divina to her fans – was the ultimate diva as artist. She had a voice that will live forever, and a legend amplified by the essentially tragic arc of her life. Moving from the privations of wartime Greece (Callas performed Fidelio for the Nazis) to the ... Read More »

Master Class | Left Bauer Productions

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Initially, I confused Maria Callas with Diamanda Galas. The latter, I thought, would be a great subject for a play. When I realised my mistake I was a little disappointed because although Maria Callas did indeed lead an eventful life and was obviously worthy of celebrating in the form of a play, I don’t really like opera. And after reading ... Read More »

‘Unsettling Truths’ In Pilger’s Utopia Reach US Shores

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John Pilger’s Utopia is earning positive reviews in the United States, suggesting that while Australian audiences may find the truth hard to swallow, international concern over Indigenous rights abuses is growing, writes Amy McQuire*. Its uncomfortable truths may have sparked mixed reviews in the home country, but acclaim over John Pilger’s Utopia is growing internationally, with positive early feedback from ... Read More »

Rape culture breeds with silence

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“Just a trim please”, Alison says to the young hairdresser, smiling. The hairdresser begins working immediately, running his fingers through her beautiful waist-length hair. He starts snipping away and small chunks of hair slowly accumulate on the floor. “That’s enough, I like this length”, Alison says gratefully. The hairdresser ignores her and continues slicing her hair. Alarmed, she asks him ... Read More »

The World’s Most Livable Cities All Have One Thing in Common


None of them are in the U.S. If you’re fed up with the U.S. and looking for the expat experience, then you’ll want to head to one the world’s best spots to live — a place that boasts great culture, good education, accessible health care and few disruptive conflicts. The news: The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has declared the 10 most livable cities ... Read More »

If You Think This Woman Is Enjoying A Nice Swim In The Pool, Think Again

A tiny indoors swimming pool? No, not quite. The woman pictured in a dazzling pool of water is actually a painting by Venezuela-based artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez. Nuñez creates hyperrealistic paintings of swimmers floating and splashing about. His mind-boggling works are so close to reality, it looks like the canvas will come to life and leave you soaking wet. ... Read More »

Teaching Is Not a Business


TODAY’S education reformers believe that schools are broken and that business can supply the remedy. Some place their faith in the idea of competition. Others embrace disruptive innovation, mainly through online learning. Both camps share the belief that the solution resides in the impersonal, whether it’s the invisible hand of the market or the transformative power of technology. Neither strategy ... Read More »

Clint Smith: The danger of silence


Published on 15 Aug 2014 “We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the ... Read More »