December 2010

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Art and Design Christmas Market Wollongong

@ Wollongong City Gallery Dec 5

see here for details.



‘Free Fires 2 Moons Festival celebrating the tenth anniversary of SPATE on the 17th-19th December featuring the opening of the History Pod, Karen Gough’s book launch, Aboriginal cultural knowledge exchange and entrainment to be confirmed including; Combat Wombat, the Leisure Coasters, Another wheelybin DJ, Nicky Stone and Ash and many more, If you would like to donate money for porter looz, donate the lending of staging equipment or donate your precious time by helping out in general or playing a music set… we want you with love. further promotion will continue… if you want to appear on the bill contact me asap…
These fun raising preparation adventures and stuff will be happening on the following dates, but any other time between now and the 17th of December will be greatly appreciated, please coordinate with me;
Thursday 9th of December to Sun 12th December and finally the 13-the 17th immediate prep for festival.
Thanks Peeps hope to see some of you real soon XXO
:Dantares   0406 025 683….0429682069
P.S if anyone is able to do help with getting water samples tested ie. workx at a water testing lab or sumthen please contact me ASAP:)


Caroline Pontello
The Red Kitchen
Unique Artisan Catering . Eco-Friendly . Organic
0418 263 237 . 02 4294 9421 .



The Wollongong Traditional Arts Society

Meetings held at 10am on the 2nd Wednesday monthly at

The Old Court House (Heritage Centre) Cliff Road, Wollongong Harbour.


Outdoor Exhibitions and sale held monthly on the 3rd Sunday, & holiday weekends

on Sunday & Monday at Brighton Lawn, Belmore Basin opposite The Old Court House.

Enquiries: Contact: 4284 2390  or 4283 7747


Gallery: 5 Crown Lane

launch party and exhibition ‘It’s Official’
More information at
Currently accepting proposals for January – March 2011
p: (02) 42 28 7513
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‘ French Flavour ‘

On Saturday the 4th of December at 3pm I am having some drinks and nibbles in a joint celebration of the new art studio
and an exhibition of my most recent work. I would love you to drop by if you get the chance.
Otherwise, the exhibition will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the first 2 weekends in December.
Hope to see you there!
Michelle Dubois

Sun 5 Dec 2-6pm – 26th ILLAWARRA FOLK FESTIVAL PREVIEW CONCERT Bulli Grevillea Park (above the Bulli Showground)
A swag of festival performers. FREE entry for Festival Ticket holders, volunteers, artists. Members $10, Non-Members $15

Weekly Bush Dance at Wongawilli

Bush dance every Wednesday night at Wongawilli Community Hall from 8pm. Dances called and walked through. Acoustic musicians welcome to join the band. Adults $3, includes light supper.

The website has also been updated with lots of information about Australian bush music – tunes, dance instructions, folklore.

2011 Illawarra Folk Festival

Program Preview

Sunday 5 December

Illawarra Folk Festival Preview and Volunteers Big Day Out

Concert at 2pm -6pm. Volunteers Lunch and Briefing from 12.30pm

Grevillea Park, above Bulli Showground. BYO chair, drinks.

More information – 1300 887 034.

Register online to be a volunteer from:


Friday 10 December, 7pm

Family Charity Bush Dance with the Illawarra Folk Festival Bush Orchestra

Bulli Workers Club, 7pm. All proceeds to Bulli Primary School

Acoustic musicians welcome to join the Orchestra. Sheet music provided.

Enquiries with Suzi, 4267 1039

Part of the Illawarra Folk Festival Fringe


Saturday 18 December, 6.30pm

Christmas with Wongawilli – Bush Dance Dinner

Albion Park Centenary Hall, Tongarra Road, Albion Park

Tickets are limited – $25 per adult and $12 for children (5 to 15 years). Children under 5 are free. Bookings close Wednesday 15th December 2010.

Contact Pat Murray on ph (02) 4236 0097 for over the phone credit card purchase or buy securely online from

Part of the Illawarra Folk Festival Fringe


Wednesday 22 December, 8pm

Wongawilli Bush Dance Christmas Party. Wongawilli Community Hall.

The last chance of the year to bush dance and play folk music! Santa will be there for the kids. Free entry for this last dance. Acoustic musicians welcome.

Enq David 0409 57 1788

At Meroogal historic home in Nowra –

10 December 2010
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Carols at Meroogal with Food of Love Choir, Nowra Town Band

35 West Street , Nowra, NSW
Contact: Sandra Lee
Tel: 02 44218150
Cost: Free by gold coin donation – proceeds to Smith Family and Medecins san Frontieres (Fundraiser) Light a candle a sing along to your favourite carols as the garden of meroogal becomes the setting for an evening of Christmas tunes for all the family. Bring a picnic rug and plate.



Hi everyone,

Welcome to the last update before Christmas. We’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season, and a great year in 2011.

Thanks so much for the support you’ve given me, Sam, Joe and Jedd over the last 12 months. It’s been an exciting year, especially with the release of our album in October, doing our film clip for Welcome Here, and some really good gigs – and we’ve really appreciated the support we have received from so many people.

We’ve got a few more gigs to finish off the year, including two that we’ll be sharing with some really great acts.

But first of all we’ll be doing a one-hour lunchtime performance this Friday (3 December) at the amphitheatre in Wollongong Mall from 12 until 1pm. Our friends at Redback Music in Crown St have organised it to help us promote our album (they’ll have a stall set up next to the stage selling our CDs). Friday is market day in the Mall.

Here’s our schedule for December and early in the New Year.


Friday, 3 December: Wollongong Mall 12-1pm

Thursday, 9 December: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre – supporting top Melbourne indie band Skipping Girl Vinegar.

Friday, 10 December: Tory’s Kiama Inn 9pm-1am with special guests and good friends Tess Hathaway and Izaac Blomley kicking off the night.

Friday, 17 December: WAVES Nightclub at Towradgi Beach Hotel – with Kim Churchill, Ashleigh Mannix and Justin Carter. You can check Kim out at He is awesome!!

Saturday, 18 December: Commercial Hotel, Milton 8pm

Monday, 27 December: North Wollongong Beach music festival 4pm

Wednesday, 29 December: Sussex Inlet RSL Club 8.30-11.30pm.

Friday, 31 December: Kiama Golf Club New Year’s Eve Party 9pm-1am. The Golfy has got a really big night planned with fireworks and all kinds of stuff, so it should be a great night.

Sunday, 2 January: Towradgi Beach Hotel: 2.30-5.30pm

Saturday, 8 January: Batemans Bay Botanical Gardens music night.

We’re also playing at the Illawarra Folk Festival which is on at Bulli Showground from January 13-16. We’ve got three spots – Thursday night, Friday afternoon and Saturday night. Check out the full festival line-up at


I’ve also got a few acoustic gigs in December:

Friday, 10 December: Illawarra Hotel, Wollongong – 5.30-7.30pm

Saturday, 11 December: Kembla Heights Bowling Club 7:30pm-10:30pm

Sunday, 19 December: Balgownie Hotel 3-6pm.

Sunday, 26 December: Jamberoo Hotel 2-5pm.


There are now five film clips on our website – Welcome Here, Hiding the Light and Red Van, plus two songs from our set at the Great Southern Blues Festival in October – The Caring Type and Red Van.

Have a great Christmas.


Penny Hartgerink xxxx


The Conservatorium’s Christmas at the Manor concert and ChiME Celebration have been moved to the University of Wollongong Hall due to weather conditions.  The annual Christmas concert is one of the most popular of the Conservatorium’s events and is traditionally held on the lawn behind Gleniffer Brae. It features singers, instrumentalists and children of all ages, as well as a special jazzy appearance by Santa.  The Childhood Music Education (ChiME) program holds a concert each year to congratulate its students and present a fun concert with Wollongong’s youngest musicians.

Open Day will be held from 10am at the Conservatorium, featuring performances by a range of students and ensembles. Open Day is an opportunity for anyone to come along to hear some music, visit Gleniffer Brae and see what is happening at the Conservatorium. The Christmas Concert starts at 5pm and everyone is welcome to come along.

What: Open Day and Christmas at the Manor

When and Where: Saturday 4 December

10am-2pm: Open Day @ Wollongong Conservatorium

3pm-4pm: ChiME Celebration @ UOW Hall

5pm-7pm: Christmas at the Manor @ UOW Hall

How Much: Free

More info:

Enquiries: 0406 361 439

Alex Masso

Event Co-ordinator

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Work: (02) 4228 1122

Mob: 0406 361 439

FInd out about our upcoming events on our website and in the Illawarra Music Diary

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Music In Communities Network: @alexmasso




Preview of a new multi form dancework by Lisa McDonell, exploring themes of the earth, the environment, media and the self, in dance, video and music. Lisa Maris McDonell is a professional performer/choreographer, whose career spans twenty years of dance for some of Australia’s and Europe’s leading choreographers. At the Bushland Chapel 94 Parkes Street Helensburgh Sunday 28 November and 5 December. 6.30 pm. Free admission. Limited seating – reservation advised. 42941695


Spiegelhaus CabaRed

Phoenix theatre and Spiegelhaus are producing a one off Cabaret as a fundraiser for world aids day and ACON Illawarra branch we have called CabaRed in honur of the red ribbon that symbolises the fight against HIV.

ACON Illawarra branch do great work in our community and have been a strong supporter of the phoenix theatre since day one, its time to give a little support back to them as well as commemorate friends and loved ones who have been affected by this Virus.

Hosted by the Outrageous Nero Von Fassbinder This is a spiegelhause so anything could happen, there will for the first time be Drag Queens on stage featuring our local greats Dee Dee Lamar, Cara van Park,  Malicious Damage, Gracie films and Victoria Vague, as well as Sydney sensation Mystique Jewel. We also welcome the return of FANCY PIECE direct form their sell-out pussycat club shows at the oxford hotel. We also have belly dancers flaming bitches, scarlet fever, torch singers and every other kind of weird and wonderful acts that can be expected at a Spiegelhaus, and a few surprises how far will we dare go this time J its a strictly R 18+ show (we will be checking id) so be warned.

December 4th

show at  8 pm doors at 7.30  booking essential at

entry free but as always donations of $15 or more are greatly appreciated.

All donations go to ACON Illawarra branch

Despite all evidence to the contrary the world is a nice place.

Huggzz…. Steen


Come celebrate the festive season with Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.


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Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”
Friday 3rd December
On Friday 3rd December Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” [Rated M]Reviews from Urban Cine FileSYNOPSIS:
Taxi driver Robert (Jacques Gamblin) and wife Marie-Jeanne (Zabou Breitman) are the parents of three children – the grungy Fleur (Déborah François), the hopelessly romantic Raphaël (Marc-André Grondin), and Albert (Pio Marmai), their eldest. Over a crucial 12 year period, some key events impact on the family’s internal relationships – like Marie-Jeanne reading a shocking entry in her daughter’s diary, Raphaël visiting his wine-adoring grandad and Albert leaving home.Review by Louise Keller:
You need to look time in the face, grandfather, father and wine-lover Pierre Duval (Roger Dumas) says, as he watches the sand filtering slowly through the hour glass, while his family watches patiently. Through the elasticity of time, we meet the whole Duval family, as life evolves and turns unexpected corners. The joys of Rémi Bezançon’s dense and ever-changing narrative lie in the different perspectives, the surprises and the sequence of events which can never be pre-arranged. This is a vibrant film filled with truths of everyday life, when communication, misunderstandings, circumstances and emotions mesh together like a single heartbeat. 

Under the opening credits, we see a montage of images that reflect the life and times of a family: a pregnant woman, a baby, children, family events, frivolity at the beach. But it is not until we get to know each member of the family that these images have any significance. The narrative describes the ever-changing lives of three generations whose emotional states and experiences are as volatile as the tide. We are there as the family dog is put down, the father tries to give up smoking, the daughter shares confidences in biology class, there’s an air-guitar competition, meeting the right person, smoking a joint, boys in rock bands, a protective brother, weekly wine tastings, sleeping with a stranger, an apocalyptic wedding and romance at unexpected times.

A family is important, says Jacques Gamblin’s Robert Duval, son, father, husband and taxi driver. Bezançon’s film explores what makes a family – the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s an absorbing ride as we journey the ups and downs and get to care about the people we meet. All the performances are wonderful and zing with authenticity. Jacques Gamblin as the son who never understood his father; Zabou Breitman as the wife and mother who rediscovers herself; Déborah François as the rebellious teen jolted into common sense; Marc-André Grondi’s long-haired college student with air-guitar aspirations; Pio Marmaï’s plastic surgeon son and Roger Dumas as the matriarch with the enviable cellar who keeps his heart locked. Soak up every tiny moment, Bezançon seems to be saying. After all, things can never be the same again.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Charting the ebb and flow of a middle class French family, Rémi Bezançon’s film is a patchy affair, much like life itself, I suppose, with its ups and downs, its highs and its lows. Although there is nothing arresting in the story and most of it seems remarkably familiar to us with grown up children, the film engages with its veracity and its sensitive portrayal of the clashes and resolutions that many families must endure. Of course, the peculiarities and specifics of this family are unique; each character is complete and different, well defined and performed.

Jacques Gamblin is Robert Duval (only one ‘l’ unlike his actor namesake) a career cabbie, although we hardly seem him at work till the last act. He’s unambitious but not in a negative sense. He provides for his family and is content with his lot. It’s an unusual central character for a film, in that respect. His wife Marie-Jeanne is more complex and more interesting, a mother who wants to retain her feminine allure – but her priority is her children. Children who stumble as they mature; Bezançon never judges them or any of his characters, and while there is seemingly little action, there is plenty of friction. The dynamics are provided by the relationships.

As time passes, we are given milestones, and some are more memorable than others; there is also much made of dogs and their lifespan, as if to underline the filmmaker’s preoccupation with the relative point of view of the parents versus their children as they mature.

In a way, the film is an ode to parenting, taken at a mature and sophisticated level. The pains and joys are represented well, without fanfare or histrionics, but with enough detail to give us insight and some understanding. While you could argue that the ending is a bit manipulative, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it. Life never goes quite as you want it to – at least not in my experience.


Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting
at 8.00pm. After the film Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea,
Coffee and Cakes will be available, providing a great chance to discuss the
film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.


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Rocket Readings

7 December 2010

Guest poets Carol Jenkins, Julie Chevalier and Dael Allison PLUS the Rocket Readings Open Section (3 minute limit) and the Rocket Readings prize. Not to be missed!

When: 6-8pm, Tuesday 7 December 2010

Where: Phoenix Theatre, corner of Gladstone Avenue and Bridge Street, Coniston (next to Coniston Railway Station)

Free entry. All Welcome





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