november 2010


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On Saturday November 13th NIRTG will host a special evening of opera singing at the Thirroul District Library in the main hall. This very special event will involve a number of Aboriginal opera singers singing extracts from a brand new Wiradjuri-English opera which tells the story of the Aboriginal walk-off from Cummragunga Mission.
The event will raise money for two purposes: The SPATE 10th Anniversary Event which is coming up in December (see below) and the Kuradji Sandon Point Foundation, which assists us with covering costs of SPATE’s legal representation for legal actions against the Stockland and ARV developments at Sandon Point.
Tickets are $25 per person and a maximum of 200 people can attend.
For bookings and ticket sales please call Karen Gough on 02-42686283 or 0434 550 181
Starts 7.30pm until 10pm.
From Friday 17th December until Sunday 19th December SPATE and NIRTG will co-host the annual concert and bbq to celebrate SPATE’s 10 years of occupational protest at Sandon Point. The event will be held as usual at the embassy on McCauley’s Beach and people are welcome to camp for the weekend or just come for any or all days.
Special entertainments are being run over the three day festival and will include traditional Aboriginal and contemporary dancers, workshops, guest speakers, discussion circles with local elders plus a book launch and a variety of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians, bands and artists who will perform over the three day event.
A full schedule of performers will be released closer to the event. There will be no charge to attend the event and bbq food will be available for a donation on each day.
2010 marks the embassy’s tenth year of existence and is an enormous milestone. SPATE’S efforts to raise awareness of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage of Sandon Point and protect the site from threats posed by development in the area is recognised and respected by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities around  Australia and throughout the world. Over the past decade many hundreds of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people have attended the anniversary concerts and performed music, poetry and dance or participated in the cultural forums, workshops and walks that have become part of the celebrations. The anniversary events have helped SPATE become a hub for cultural education, partnership and exchange. It is a place where issues such as Reconciliation and Social Justice for Aboriginal people take on real meaning in people’s lives and experiences.
For more information contact Karen Gough on 02-42686283 or 0434 550 181.

We are running a series of free government funded workshops that will help your members promote their products.  Please see attached.   Please call either Jessica or myself on 42233100 if you require further information.

Regards an thanks


See workshop List Here!

ITeC Small Business Workshops-2010

Virginia Wren
Business Development Manager
The Illawarra ITeC Pty Ltd

: 4223 3100
: 4223 3199




See New Album Review Here!


Hi everyone,

Thanks to everyone who came to our Penny and the Mystics CD launch party at Jamberoo Pub on Wednesday night. We really appreciated the support and had a great time, so I hope you did too. Pity the rain forced us inside and made everything a bit squeezy.

Our new album debuted on the Australian Independent Music Album Chart this week at No. 12 – very exciting! – so thanks everyone who has bought a copy in stores or online!  We hope you like it!

Here’s a link to the charts if you’re interested in having a look:

Our songs are also on I-tunes now, and we have a link on our website


Here is a list of our gigs for November, including a couple of Sydney gigs for anyone who lives in Sydney – Old Manly Boatshed on November 19 and Glebe St Fair on Sunday 21.

This weekend we’re playing at the Kidgeeridge Festival on the South Coast, and on Tuesday we’re playing at Kembla Grange Racecourse as part of their Melbourne Cup festivities.

Tuesday, 2 November: Melbourne Cup Day at Kembla Grange Racecourse

Friday, 5 November: Ocean beach Hotel, Shellharbour – 9pm

Saturday, 6 November: Great Southern Hotel, Berry – 8pm

Sunday, 7 November: Kembla Heights Bowling Club – 4pm

Friday, 12 November: Tory’s Kiama Inn – 9pm

Thursday, 18 November: Five Islands Brewery, Wollongong

Friday, 19 November: Old Manly Boatshed, 40 The Corso, Manly. 9.30pm-1am

Saturday, 20 November: Shoalhaven Heads Hotel 8pm

Sunday, 21 November: Glebe St Fair, Glebe – 2pm

Friday, 26 November: Kiama Golf Club – 8pm

Sunday, 28 November: Lake Illawarra Hotel, Windang – 3pm-6pm

I’m also doing a solo acoustic set at Belmore Basin at Wollongong Harbour at 2pm on Sunday, 7 November as part of Wollongong Council’s Beats by the Sea summer series.

In December we’re supporting Melbourne band Skipping Girl Vinegar at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in Nowra on Thursday, 9 December.

Thanks again for all your support.

Penny Hartgerink xxx

Your own copy here!

Music School PR IFF 2011 12.10.10

Sunday 28 November
Quintessential Brass
@2.00pm at Gerringong Town Hall
Join Gerringong Music Club for a great afternoon’s musical entertainment when “Quintessential Brass”, a brass ensemble, perform a variety of classical, jazz and modern music.  Children and students free. Tickets at the door, $15 for visitors, and free for Club members. Doors open at 1.30 pm

Faye Mason
Publicity Officer – Gerringong Music Club

Pure Latin Music!!!

The driveway entry is via Gladstone Avenue, the ramp will take you up to the roof top Piccadilly where Pure NightClub is located.

For more info & map visit our web site on

Join our group “Wollongong Latin Fiesta by Proyecto Latino” on Facebook & invite your friends to join this group:

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music in November:

Community Music Stall at Viva La Gong

Date: Saturday 6 November

Time: From 11am

Location: MacCabe Park, next to the Community Stage

Come along and join the Community Music Network, say hi and support music making in the Illawarra.

Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock

Date: Friday 19 November

Time: 7pm

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Cost: $14 / $12 / $10

More info:

Australian Baroque Brass

Date: Saturday 20 November

Time: 7pm

Venue: Church on the Mall, Crown St

Cost: $25 / $20  ($10 discount for Con families)

More info:

Orchestral Showcase

Featuring the Bluescope Steel Youth Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Junior Strings

Date: Sunday 28 November

Time: 2pm

Venue: Wollongong City Gallery

Cost: $10 / $5

More info:

James Muller Quartet

Date: Sunday 28 November

Time: 7pm

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Cost: $14 / $12 / $10

More info:

Save the date: Saturday 4 December is our Open Day and Christmas at the Manor, ie. the biggest day of the year at Wollongong Con, pretty much non-stop music for 9 hours!

  • Nick Garbett placed third in the National Jazz Awards over the weekend in Wangaratta.  Nick plays with The Vampires, The Strides, Watussi and many other groups and is one of Wollongong’s finest musicians.   Eamon McNelis came first, Matt Jodrell second, and they were judged by Phil Slater, James Greening and Mike Nock. Congratulations Nick!
  • Tickets are now on sale for Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock on Friday 19 November.  This will be a great show, don’t miss it.  $14 General, $12 Concession, $10 Students. Go to for all the info or click here to buy tickets.

We have just received funding from the State Government for next year, so expect more great shows.  2011 will be Eric Dunan’s 10th year in Wollongong so we might even have a bit of a celebration!

You can also follow @wollconmusic on Twitter or Like our Facebook page or see for more info



Jazz at the Master Builders

Basement Jazz 2.30-5.30pm

November 7th – Joe Epps Quartet
November 14th – Fusion Trio
November 21st – Di Bird Trio
November 28th – John Mackie / Dave Smith Band


Friday November 5

George Washingmachine Duo

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

Gypsy jazz violin and fiddle with smoochy retro vocals form George and son Arthur with guitar on the side.

Sunday November 7

Luke Koteras

Brunch and Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

Blues, rock and popular guitar and vocals. Young man going places.

Sunday November 7

Pearl Noire Duo

@ The Kiama Golf Club 3 – 6pm

Smooth, rich blues infused with velvet, soul, jazz and reggae. A real Pearl.

Friday November 12

Pugsley Buzzard Wateringcan

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

If you like Louis Armstrong and Tom Waites you will love Pugsley…Keyboards with New Orleans funk, jazz, barrelhouse swamp shack blues. A Kiama favourite,

Sunday November 14

John Hill and Lee Holman

@ The Kiama Golf Club 3 – 6pm

This will be excellent, John with his heartfelt piano and vocals, and our own Lee Holman, harmonica maestro extraordinaire. Can’t wait for this one!

Friday November 19

Nick Rheinberger

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

Nick from the ABC Illawarra radio, is also a brilliant musician, quirky, bluesy original, come and be entertained.

Sunday November 21

David Christopher

Brunch and Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

Guitar, piano and vocals, singer/ songwriter; excellent acoustic jazz.

Sunday November 21

Luke Koteras

@ The Kiama Golf Club 3 – 6pm

Blues, rock and popular guitar and vocals. Young man going places.

Friday November 26

Pearl Noire Duo

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar 6 – 9pm

If you like your blues smooth and rich stirred with chocolate velvet come and hear Pearl …a lot of soul, with a little reggae flavoured jazz.

Sunday November 28

Pearl Noire Duo

Brunch and Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11 – 3pm

Our gorgeous Pearl again, the perfect side to your eggs benedict.

Sunday November 28

Dr Don’s Double Dose

@ The Kiama Golf Club 3 – 6pm

At last they’re back..! Don Hopkins and Rob Grosser, with their big blues drenched gospel inspired sound, jazz, soul, swing, rag, rhythm and roots. Don on Piano and Vocals, Rob on Drums and a whole lotta wonderful.













Hi Illawarra artists

You are all invited to a great exhibition at Clifton School of Arts in November; sat  13th- sun 14th.
Open 10am-6pm

We (jenny and Becky) would be grateful for you to pass on this invitation!
Attached is the official invite.
See you there!!!!!

Jenny and Bec

Hi Illawarraartists
I have just returned from installing one of my sculptures, vortex, as part of the 2010 Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and Awards finalist exhibition.
The work was threaded on site taking 2 days to complete. See more images HERE
The exhibition is held at the Yering Station Winery in the Yarra Valley.
The exhibition dates are 22 November- 5 December 2010, but the sculptures can be viewed before these dates.

vortex, automotive paint on steel, plastic thread, rivets, 260 x 330 x 300 cm


Seeking the Spiritual Self in Community Relationships

October 28th – November 14th, 2010

M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith….ACT

In conjunction with the above exhibition at M16, there will be three events…..

1) The Opening: Thursday, Oct 28th, 6-8pm. All welcome.


On Saturday, November 13th at 2Pm, M16 is hosting an artist’s talk and dialogue between myself and tapestry artist Cresside Collette, MFA. It will introduce participants to specific BBB installations within an animated conversational style


The next day, Sunday, November 14th at 2pm, I am keen to meet – completely informally – with any eager people who would like to talk about ‘Art, Spirituality and Community’ in relation to themselves, their work or their interests. Using my art as a jumping off point, each person attending can consider speaking for 5-10 minutes in a ‘roundtable’ fashion. This will be followed with a guided open discussion. Everyone interested is welcome to attend! (Perhaps bring a folding chair, in case it is needed.) Responses can be sent to my email address below.

I will be tending the exhibition November 13th – 14th from 12-5pm and welcome company any time.

Many thanks for your interest,

Kindest regards,

Dr. Flossie Peitsch


Mob: 0457 726 257




Dear artists

There is a new exhibition at Nan Tien –Opened on Sunday 24, October and will continue till Dec 20.

Called the Fantasy world of Dan Yong Chen’s.  A blacksmith by profession for 44 years and suddenly a whole new year emerged when he started painting.

Not to be missed as you can see he has lots of love and joy to share with his audience.

Please come and see for yourself.


Miao You




Example works from Chens Portfolio



Jann Parks Exhibition
About the Exhibition:

I and fellow artist, Helen Hewitt, have an exhibition at the Bungendore Fine Arts Gallery beginning 6th November and running throughout November.

Our exhibition includes many detailed and patterned fine black pen, ink and watercolour drawings (see invitation for examples) which focus on the natural environment, e.g. birds, fish, trees, flowers etc.

All art works are for sale.

A little about my drawings:

My artworks seem, at first glance, to be simple drawings on white paper, but further observation reveals them to be extremely decorative and patterned images. I render the subject to its simplest form, then using a variety of fine archival black ink pens, add fine patterned or geometric detail which in turn creates an interplay of tonal qualities. It is the tonal qualities if these patterns and designs which give each work its depth.

I draw my lineal inspiration from my other interest, textiles. My love of sewing, embroidery, Sashiko, patchwork and quilting has been a lifelong interest. For this exhibition I have translated textile design elements across to works on paper with a strong emphasis on line, tone and texture. The natural environment and the small creatures which inhabit it capture my interest and imagination as does the whimsical world of the child. In the most part, colour is secondary to line in these artworks.




Red Point Gallery, Kembla Court, 100 Wentworth St, Port Kembla
(open whenever yellow flags fly on the fence)


Red Point Artists Assn Inc, PO Box 26, Port Kembla 2505
One or two fresh exhibitions monthly. No commission charged on sales.
Details: email or


Les Trois Femmes – three skilled artists show their stuff at Red Point Gallery, Port Kembla, until Saturday November 6, 10am-4pm daily. Free entry & parking. Fully accessible venue. Details: email or Facebook “Red”.

Wearable Art Showcase – display of the best creations from the Viva la Gong event. December 1 to 4, 10am to 4pm. At Red Point Gallery, Port Kembla. For more details email to

Places in the Heart – an exhibition of favourite works by painters, photographers, sculptors and potters. At Red Point Gallery, Port Kembla, November 13 – 26. All welcome to opening at 6.30pm. Gallery open noon to 6pm Wednesday to Friday.
Free entry & parking. Fully accessible venue.



Film & Theatre

Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“Father of my Children”
Friday 5th November

On Friday 5th November Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Father of my Children” [Rated M]

Review by Margaret Pomeranz

The film business is a heartbreaker. It’s filled with people who have art as their aim with prima donnas, ball-breakers, and every other kind of person who’s bound to make your life a misery in the mix. We enter into that world with FATHER OF MY CHILDREN in which Gregoire Canvel – LOUIS-DO DE LENCQUESAING – is a film producer with cash-flow problems threatening his company, a film in production getting out of control but who has the basis of a gorgeous family. How do you balance all those competing demands?

When things get really dicey it’s up to Gregoire to front up to the production in crisis, but the pressures keep coming from all sides.

Writer/director Mia Hansen-Love admits that the film is based on the life of French producer Humbert Balsan, one time actor with Robert Bresson who went on to produce over 60 films. FATHER OF MY CHILDREN has been beautifully directed by Hansen-Love, de Lenquesaing is extraordinarily good as a man being squeezed by the art he loves and the world of finance that is his ultimate enemy. What makes it a wonderful film is that for those of us inside this crazy dream factory, and we’re only on the edges, it depicts the relentless nature of the beast, the roller-coaster ride, the unstoppable nature of a film in production and the price that’s paid for being in the middle of such a life.

David and I saw this as our last screening at an independent cinema which has since closed down and the impact of this film at that time in that place was devastating.
Further comments


DAVID: And you really feel that you’re inside this world of these small offices in Paris where art house films are being made. The sort of films that Gregoire is producing are the sort of films that show at festivals or maybe even a film like this very one and all of that is beautifully done, with his loyal assistants, the directors he works with, the young writer who comes with a new project, all that world…

MARGARET: The Danish director that’s out of control.

DAVID: Well, yes, I think is based probably on Lars von Trier.


DAVID: So he didn’t always have good taste in his productions. And, of course, the scenes with his family, and they are beautifully handled.

MARGARET: The kids are fabulous little performers.

DAVID: The kids are great. The problem I had with this film is that I found Gregoire such – I don’t know about if selfish is the right word, but such a self-centred man. I know what he’s trying to do but he’s completely oblivious to – not only to the real needs of his family, I think, but also to just the way to function in society. He loses his driving licence but keeps on driving and he thinks that’s fine. It’s kind of – there’s a selfishness about him and his actions.

MARGARET: David, this is a man drowning and trying to…

DAVID: I know.

MARGARET: …just keep his nose above water to get oxygen, .

DAVID: I understand that and I…

MARGARET: He’s dying.

DAVID: I know and I wish that I was more sympathetic towards him but the way he behaves alienated me, frankly.

MARGARET: Oh, no, I embraced the whole film. I think it’s really, really good. I’m giving it four stars.

DAVID: I’m giving it three and a half. I think it’s pretty good.


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!!

If you care about the planet’s health and yours, resource sustainability and biodiversity, two thought-provoking and edifying documentaries presented by the Helensburgh Lions Club are not to be missed.
On Tuesday, 12 October documentary “The End of the Line” will be screened with presentations by Duncan Leadbitter (Sustainable Fishing Partnership) and Genevieve Quirk (Greenpeace Ocean’s campaigner). This will be followed on Tuesday, 9 November by screening of “Food Inc.”.  Information stalls and sustainable wares will be present at both events, Sustainable and Organic Helensburgh Caterer “The Red Kitchen” will be selling delicious Organic Tajine of Cuttlefish & Flathead, Preserved Lemon Cous Cous & Fattoush for $10 for the first screening ( and Fair Trade tea/coffee available for purchase from Helensburgh Lions Club.
Where: Helensburgh Public School hall, Fletcher Street, Helensburgh
Time: 6.30 for a 7.15 screening
Cost: gold coin at the door
For more information, see

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



Hello all,
many of you will be  aware, if not already fighting, the rapid spread of coal seam gas  (methane) exploration & LNG processing down the coast of Australia,  due to its extreme threat on our water tables, especially given gas  exploration is permitted in our drinking water catchment and state  conservation areas
I have more information here on  Coal Seam Gas Exploration.  And csg community action groups are encouraged to add your location & details here stopcoalseamgas
Since 2005, the USA has  been inundated with gas exploration across farm and conservation land,  producing an environmental and health disaster – due primarily to the  process of gas extraction (fracking/fraccing) and the subsequent  migration of released methane gas and toxins through the water table.
A chilling and explosive story in itself, GasLand  documents Josh Fox’s odyssey across the USA’s gas fields, but  it is also a huge warning of what we are likely to be facing here.   Queensland LNG (liquid natural gas -methane) has already farmers up in  arms over the huge amount of farmland water wasted and just recently AGL  came under fire in the Hunter Valley for dumping saline loaded waste  water on the  land.
GasLand is due for cinema release in Australia November 18,  but Otford Protection Society Inc is holding an Advance screening on Wednesday November 3,- 7pm at the beautiful and ocean scenic Panorama House Bulli Tops, and at the special price of just $10/ticket, including coffee & tea
Bookings are essential –  tickets may be purchased direct from The Otford Pantry Apple Pie shop,   our stand at the upcoming Helensburgh Fair October 30, or from myself –  Natasha Watson,  or email me for details for Credit Card, Paypal,  Cheque or Internet Banking transfer.
I’m also seeking any  retailer/community action group on the coast that can distribute   tickets directly or offer an easy local collection point
More information and a short trailer of the GasLand is here.
Hope to see you all there – should  be a great night.  Panorama House’s bar will be also be open.
Natasha Watson
Otford Protection Society
Ph 429 44311



Grand Spiegelhaus booking now with one week to go

Hey everyone bookings have started coming in fast for the Biggest Spiegelhaus cabaret of them all, and this time it’s in the renovated main theatre space. Saturday Nov 6th at the Phoenix theatre.

We have laid out a limited number of cabaret tables so you can be the first to see what we have been working towards for the last four years; the phoenix is ready to rise.

Come and join Nero Von Fassbinder and a wild collection of performers to celebrate, we have fan dancers, fire twirlers, singers, writers, poets, musicians and everything in between, its going to be a big wild night of fun and calibrations. Show starts at 8 pm with doors open at 7,30 and a special late show at 10,30 for everyone post viva la gong. Bookings are essential at this is a free event with the $15 entry fee waived for legal reasons but all donations are gratefully accepted, we need to finish off the building so we can open next year.

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

Huggzz…. Steen





You are invited to our next opening night at Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces:

6-8pm Friday 8th October 2010

Degraves Street Subway
Melbourne Victoria Australia

Featured Artists:

PAUL KALEMBA – Spoilt Rotten

Vitrine: SELENA DE CARVOLHO – The Invisible Wait

Majorca: HEIDI KOZAR –  Untitled

Sample: JULIET ROWE – Free Sunsets (Presented as part of Patrice Sharkey’s Emerging Curator’s Residency)

Please see attachment for further information.


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