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March 2011

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http://www.truth-out.org
http://readersupportednews.org
http://www.crikey.com.au
http://www.alternet.org

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THE END OF ORGANICS

The apparently imminent  case of WA farmers, Marsh vs Baxter may well determine whether your future purchases of Australian food labeled as Organic will contain Genetically Engineered Ingredients.

Will this be the end of a meaningful organic label in Australia or will the definition of organic come to include Genetically Engineered ingredients? Unfortunately, neither the WA government or the PGA believe that we have the right to eat food labeled organic without Genetically Engineered contents.

See here http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2011/s3129428.htm for a review by the ABC and in particular hear what Kim Hack of the Organic Regulator, the NASAA has to say in the audio there beneath the heading “President of NASAA WA, Kim Hack says its fighting fund is an attempt to protect organic farming”

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A good Idea?

http://robinhoodtax.org.au/

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GENERAL

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8 March is International Women’s Day so to help celebrate Wollongong Youth Centre will dedicate On Stage on 10th March to young female performers. Any style, music, drama, spoken word, circus etc
The event will be an opportunity for young female performers to network, gain experience performing on stage and enjoy a female friendly environment.
Light refreshments will be served.
If you, or someone you know is interested in performing please email me
Ali
Alison Bradford
Youth Development Worker (Tues – Fri)
Wollongong Youth Services
85 Burelli St Wollongong
02 4226 5969  Fax 02 4226 5304
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Are you a storyteller, artist, film maker? Or maybe none of the above but are enthusiastic, hardworking and passionate about movies.

If you are aged 15 to 25 and live in the Kiama Local Area you could take part in a FREE 3-day short film-making workshop.

In The Bin, a Touring Film Festival and Education Program, will run a FREE film-making workshop from Thursday April 7-April 9 in Kiama.

Four groups of 5 people will work together to make short films which may then be screened (depending on content) as part of the In The Bin Short Film Festival on Saturday night, April 9, at the Gerringong Town Hall.

This workshop is funded by community group Gerringong Pics and Flicks and through a Kiama Council Cultural Grant.

Kiama Old Fire Station, Terralong Street, Kiama, from 9am-4pm on Thursday and Friday April 7 and 8, and from 9am-2pm on Saturday April 9.

Tell us in 50 words or less why you would like to make a short film. Include your name, address (home and postal), email, mobile or home phone, and date of birth. If you are younger than 18 you will need also to include a parent or guardian’s name and phone number.

Email your application to Picsandflicks@gmail.com or post it to PO Box 64 Gerringong NSW 2534 by Monday March 14. We will let you know if you have been chosen by Monday March 21.
Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please contact Charles McCammon, President, Gerringong Pics and Flicks atpicsandflicks@gmail.com.

What is Gerringong Pics and Flicks?

Gerringong Pics and Flicks is a local community-run film group that has been showing alternative, independent, foreign and limited release films at the Gerringong Town Hall 11 months of the year for the past 10 years.

Our Privacy Policy: Gerringong Pics and Flicks seeks the minimum personal information to enable it to contact an applicant and assess an application Any personal information collected will not be shared with any third party.

InTheBin_filmworkshop application form

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bb entry form here

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VIS ARTS

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Bella Festival Art Entry

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This is just a reminder that the Thirroul Seaside & Arts Festival will be run on 1st 2nd & 3rd of April this year
we have numerous options for artists
The Art Prize with prizes totalling $4000
Art in the Shops, where artists can show their art for 2 weeks ( prior to festival and 1 after  )
Sculpture on the shore , and small sculptures
SATART where on Saturday  artists have an area in which to show their artistic skills and maybe sell some art
see our website for entry forms or contact lizzy805@optusnet.com.au
happy painting and sculpting
liz humphrys
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International Women’s DayCelebrating 100 Years of International Women’s Day

Media Release

For immediate Release

Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Wollongong Women Artists

Wollongong Women Artists have taken over Project Contemporary Artspace for 2 weeks of visual arts exhibitions.

Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Painting, Textiles, Collage and Drawings can be enjoyed for FREE.

‘There is a significant creative talent lurking beneath the surface of our local culture’ says Lesley Goldacre referring to her portraits of local artists.  Lesley’s works are a labour of love, intensive and slow. It depends on the weather, tides, sun, willingness of friends to get cold at short notice, synchronicity and the fickleness of technology.’

‘I try to bring myself to the easel and then listen to be told what I am to do. I am inspired by …. Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artists Way’ says Moira Kirkwood.

Kim Williams found the inspiration for her sculpture ‘Arcadia’ in a Sydney dumpster describing the work as ‘a kind of self portrait of my need to be an elemental particle of soil and leaf, a creature treading through the forest.’

Local artist Ann Martin will be the guest speaker at the opening on Friday 26th February 2011. All are welcome to the opening at 6.30pm.

Women exhibitors invite the community to visit the FREE exhibition at 255 Keira Street, Wollongong. FREE parking at the door.  No stairs. Meet the artists who will be pleased to discuss their works with you.

Gallery Hours:            Wed – Fri  11am – 6pm

Sat – Sun  11am – 4pm

Exhibition ends Sunday 6th March 2011

Enquiries:                        Judy Bourke 4267 2697,   M 0427 100 621

Carly O’Connell 0412 308 488

Sue Bessell 0409 448 396

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Dr. Flossie Peitsch
Visual Fine Artist / Art Educationist / Academic
Public and Community ArtistPhD, MFA, BFA (Hons), BA, AA, FRSASA, FLO-ART Director

BBBBLOGIT:http://myblog.flossiepeitsch.com/

Tel: +61 2 4285 7517
Email : Flossie.Peitsch@gmail.com
Website: http://flossiepeitsch.com/
109 New Mt Pleasant Road
Mt Pleasant  NSW   2519

NEW Mobile 0457 726 257
ABN 23 761 009 433

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Hi Illawarraartists

I am just heading off to Victoria to install an exhibition at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne.

If you are around that way please drop in for the dual opening Tuesday 8th March – see details below.

cheers
Greer
www.greertaylor.net

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MUSIC

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Youth Band needed first Thursday of the month!
Keen to play please let me know ASAP. First in best dressed!
Alison Bradford
Youth Development Worker
Wollongong Youth Services
85 Burelli St Wollongong
02 4226 5969  Fax 02 4226 5304
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Motion

Our next concert features Motion from Melbourne!

Andrew Brooks (saxophone), Berish Bilander (piano/keys), Hugh Harvey (drums) and Sam Zerna (bass),

(Note the starting time of 8pm, which is slightly later than our usual 7pm.)

Gig: Motion

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, Auditorium

Date: Friday February 25

Time: 8pm

Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)

For more info: (02) 4228 1122 / wollongongjazz@gmail.com



Motion are a new breed of band whose music defies traditional boundaries.
Led by two relative newcomers to the Australian scene, Andrew Brooks (saxophone) and Berish Bilander (piano/keys), Motion strives to produce a sound that is both raw and multifaceted. A shared interest in jazz, as well as 20th century classical music, ambient sounds and progressive rock, serves as an eclectic platform for Motion’s original compositions. The quartet, completed by Hugh Harvey (drums) and Sam Zerna (bass), rely on intense listening to freely interact and improvise new music on previously rehearsed material.

And guess what…you can download a free sample of their music right now. “Circle” is a remix EP of Motion’s music, and it’s available here: http://listenhearcollective.bandcamp.com/album/circle

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Dave Theak Quartet – March 11

One of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, educators and band leaders will bring his quartet to Wollongong on March 11.

Dave Theak is a formidable saxophone player, and has performed around the world with various ensembles. His original jazz quartet ‘theak-tet’ has toured Australia and Europe, recorded three critically acclaimed CDs featuring his compositions: Yellow Glasses, Gamla Stan, and Old School. Theak-tet’s most recent work, Old School, was recorded in Oslo at the internationally renowned Rainbow Studios.

Dave Theak is one of only three full time lecturers in Jazz Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the most distinguished programs of its kind in Australia.. When he is not teaching, he is often leading one Australia’s premier jazz ensembles, the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.

His quartet performance in Wollongong will feature some outstanding musicians. James Muller is one of the country’s most loved jazz guitarists, whose performance in 2010 at the Conservatorium was sold out. The group is completed by Steve Barry on organ and Tim Firth on drums.

Gig: Dave Theak Quartet.  Dave Theak – saxophone, James Muller – guitar, Steve Barry – organ, Tim Firth – drums

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium
Date: Friday 11 March
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122 / wollongongjazz@gmail.com

The Grigoryan Brothers – April 1

Coming from an eclectic musical background, improvisation has always been an important part of their musical language. This combination of influences sets their performances apart from other classical ensembles attracting a very diverse audience.

Click here to buy tickets

The Grigoryan Brothers have been performing professionally as a duo for 8 years (they have been playing together since Leonard was 4 years old).

This partnership has taken them around Australia many times.  They have also performed in Russia, Austria, Estonia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa the UAE, and had their Wigmore Hall debut in London in 2006.

As a duo they have worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Academy of Melbourne and performed at the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts and The Brisbane Festival.

Although having performed much of the standard repertoire for two guitars, their passion is to expand the classical guitar repertoire through new arrangements, commissions and collaborations with contemporary composers as well their own compositions.

In 2010 the Grigoryan Brothers started the Conservatorium’s new Chamber Music Series, and sold out the venue.  They are coming back to Wollongong City Gallery, an ideal venue for their music, and this will be a concert not to miss.

Concert: The Grigoryan Brothers

Date: Friday 1 April

Time: 7pm

Venue: Wollongong City Gallery

Tickets: $30 / $20 / $10 available now through Foxtix

Artists’ website: www.grigoryanbrothers.com

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Hi everyone,

Here’s the March update for Penny and the Mystics.

Our drummer Joe’s off to New Zealand this week to spend a week doing a workshop with former John Butler Trio drummer Michael Barker, so we won’t have any band gigs at the beginning of March. Needless to say, Joe’s very excited about what he can learn from one of the best drummers in the business.

This Friday night (4 March) I’m playing at the Heritage Hotel at Bulli, supporting Michael Sattin (Mick on Wheels) at the launch of his CD. I am playing at 8pm with Mick on stage some time after 9. Really looking forward to this one as the Heritage is such a nice venue to play at.  I have attached a poster for the event.

Here’s the list of public gigs for Penny and the Mystics in March:

Friday, March 11 – Tory’s Kiama Inn 9.30pm

Friday, 18 March – Commercial Hotel, Milton 8pm

Sunday, 20 March – Kembla Grange Races

Friday, 25 March – – Great Southern Hotel, Berry 8.30pm

Saturday, 26 March – Shoalhaven Heads Hotel 8pm

Sunday, 27 March – Mt Kembla Hotel 3pm

Thanks for your support.

Penny xxx

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Concert – FRIDAY 4 March, 7.30pm – Get Folked, Pukara, John Dengate

CITY DIGGERS
WOLLONGONG
click here for map

Members $10
Non-Members $15

Folk fun kicks with a concert of great diversity – Latin Celtic and Parody.

Pukara is a Latin-American group that started performing in 2008. The group is made up of six experienced and talented musicians (Patricio Espinoza, Sebastian Fierro, Danilo Hidalgo, Hugo Leal, Sergio Vargas and Fernando Valenzuela). All the musicians come from Chile, and are based in Inner West, Eastern and Illawarra are. They are multi-skilled, playing many different instruments such as acoustic guitar, charango, bass, quenas (flutes), zampoñas (pan pipes), tiple and percussion.

John Dengate is Australia’s master of parody- his satirebites, his songs are clever and his sense of the ridiculous is highly developed. He reduces pomposity to banality and he dances precariously around the libel laws. Above all, however, he is an entertainer. John also has prodigious memory and his repertoire of traditional material is second to none.

Get Folked are three young musicians playing the traditional Celtic Music burst on the Illawarra Folk Scene in October lat year and followed up with stirling performances on the train and at the festival. Combining traditional Irish, Scottish and medieval music with other folk influences they’ve played from streets to stage to the folk sessions at the pub.

Concert – SUNDAY 6 March, 2pm – Martyn Wyndham-Read, No Such Thing

WONGAWILLI HALL
click here for map

Members $10
Non-Members $15

Another big concert on Sunday Afternoon and bring something to throw on the Barbie after the concert and share a bit of conviviality with friends and performers.

We have managed to snare one of the best and most highly respected names in the Australian Folk scene (even though he’s a Pom) Martyn Wyndham-Read and get the Illawarra’s largest folk band, ‘No such Thing’ to support him

Martyn Wyndham-Read has been involved with folk music for over forty years. In his late teens he left his mother’s farm in Sussex and headed off, with his guitar, to Australia where he worked on a sheep station Emu Springs in South Australia. It was while he was there that he heard, first hand, the old songs sung by some of the station hands at Emu Springs and he became captivated by these songs and the need to know more of them and where they came from grew.

No Such Thing is a group of amateur music enthusiasts who come together weekly with the aim of preserving , learning and performing Australia’s rich traditional dance music heritage. They have gone from strength to strength from humble beginnings in 2000 to the release of their internationally successful CD Going To The Barndance in 2008.

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Friday 4 March, 7.30pm – Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Pukara, Get Folked, John Dengate and mystery artist CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG, Folk Club members $10, Non-members $15

Sunday 6 March, 3pm – Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Martyn Wyndham-Read (UK), No Such Thing WONGAWILLI COMMUNITY HALL  Folk Club members $10, Non-members $15
Wednesday 16 March, 8pm – Pre-St Patrick’s Day Ceili WONGAWILLI HALL Adults $3, acoustic musicians and dancers welcome
Saturday 19 March, 7.30pm – Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Gilly Darby (UK/NZ), Ann Vriend (Canada) CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG  Folk Club members $15, Non-members $20
Wednesday 23 March, 8pm – Wongawilli Session and Dance Night WONGAWILLI HALL Adults $3, acoustic musicians welcome

Friday 1 April, 7.30pm – Illawarra Folk Club Concert – The Cottars (Cape Breton, Canada) CITY DIGGERS WOLLONGONG  Folk Club members $15, Non-members $20

Note 2012 Illawarra Folk Festival Artists Applications will open in April, go to www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au

David De Santi
Artistic Director
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FILM & THEATRE

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Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“Winter Bones”
Friday 4th March 2011On Friday 4th March Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Winter Bones” [Rated MA]Review by Margaret Pomeranz 

An independent American film recently rocked my world when I saw it. It’s WINTER’S BONE, based on a novel by DANIEL WOODRELL and adapted for the screen by co-writer and director DEBRA GRANIK. It’s set in the Ozarks in the present day and the heroine is Ree Dolly – JENNIFER LAWRENCE. She’s only 17 years old but she cares for her younger brother and sister and her catatonic mother. Dad has skipped bail – he’s facing a 10 year gaol sentence for cooking meth – and as Ree learns he’s put their house and land up as bond.

Ree’s journey to locate her father before the family is made homeless takes her amongst lawless, hard-jawed kin, like her Uncle Teardrop – JOHN HAWKES. But she finds out there are harder men and women out there than Teardrop. I’ve never been to the Ozarks but the seeming authenticity of location, language, characters and culture is something you just immerse yourself in in this film.

Apart from being a crime thriller, which it is, it has that core of primal drive, to save that which means most to you, in this case family. Performances are outstanding, we’ve seen Jennifer Lawrence before in THE BURNING PLAIN, I was impressed then, I’m blown away by her in this. But JOHN HAWKES is fabulous too. It’s beautifully written by DEBRA GRANIK and Anne Rossellini and stunningly shot by Michael McDonough.

This for me is one of the films of the year.
Further comments

MARGARET: David?

DAVID: Well, the great strength of it, as you rightly say, is its sense of place. It really takes you into this community: the language, the culture of these people and a pretty austere part of the world it is, too, but you just feel that it’s totally, totally authentic.

MARGARET: Well, Granik apparently went into the Ozarks, found people who were willing to lend their home that looked right, got clothes from the locals, cast locals, gave the locals new clothes for their old clothes; so the degree to which she’s tried to steep it in authenticity is admirable.

DAVID: Yes. And it shows. And it shows. It’s interesting, the links with other films we’ve discussed earlier, seeing this is the second film tonight after THE LOVED ONE with a catatonic mother, but also there’s, again, a key situation in this film where Ree almost convinces herself to join the military as a way of getting money and is actually talked out of the idea but, I think, again, the sense I got from that was a critique of the way young people are brought into the American armed forces and I found that very interesting and we saw something of that in THE MESSENGER too, of course.

MARGARET: Yes, but I actually thought for her it was a yearning for order and cleanness and something other than the chaos and lawlessness of…

DAVID: There might have been something in that too, but it’s also a way of getting easy money.

MARGARET: Well, I don’t know that it’s that easy.

DAVID: Not indeed.

MARGARET: But it’s money, because she has none.

DAVID: That’s right. Exactly, yes.

MARGARET: That poverty aspect of the film is so well brought in too.

DAVID: Indeed it is. Yes. Yes.

MARGARET: Never ask for what isn’t offered. You know, those sort of codes of…oh, it’s beautiful. It’s beautiful.

DAVID: Yes, that you really believe is authentic.

MARGARET: Four and a half stars from me.

DAVID: Yes, I’m the same. Four and a half.

[www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/]

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.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Pics & Flicks!!

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