november 2011

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A Media Inquiry is UP and away. You can make a submission here


Read Chomsky’s Peace prize acceptance speech in Sydney on the 2nd Nov





Is seven-billion people too many?




Wollongong City Council’s – Viva la Gong Festival 2011

Saturday 12 November 2011 at MacCabe Park, in the heart of Wollongong’s CBD

‘Spirit and Place’ is the theme of this year’s Viva la Gong

Come along and enjoy this free event that is Wollongong’s annual family-friendly community arts festival










Licorice All Sorts is a group of 18 artists, most of whom met through TAFE classes.   Their backgrounds are diverse and include:Art Teachers, a University Language Professor, a Psychologist, a coal miner, an Aged Care worker, and a Librarian. 


Exhibiting artists are:


Trish Atkinson, Lorna Black, Karen Butler, Ann Clarke, Maggy Cummings, Kerry Dunne, Della Hodgett, Judy Lever, Melanie Lever, Steve Livermore, Laura Lodi, Margaret Longley, Sue Milne, Vasco Najdovski, Maricarmen Poo, Rob Reynolds, Jeanette Riley-Clay, and Simon Tognetti.


This exhibition, our 3rd at the Old Court House, will be opened by Debra Headley on Friday 9 December at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. We hope you can join us then or at some time over that weekend.









Steel City Sound is proud to present a FREE screening of Nathan Burling‘s ‘The Occy – A Doco’ along with local tunes from those closely associated with the Occy’s past: Leadfinger, Money Killed Johnny, A Cat Named Kesey and Swinging Beef & The Daptoids.Wollongong’s Oxford Tavern was a live music venue for over 30 years. Arguably, its heyday was in the nineties under the music co-ordination of local musician Steven Robinson. Throughout the nineties it became the hub of local original music as well as meeting place of likeminded artists, activists and students. It was Wollongong’s little slice of bohemia. However, in the mid naughties, there were rumours the Oxford was to be bought and that it would no longer continue as a venue for live music. Many in the music community were concerned this would be the end of the live music scene. I was one of them.In 2006, as part of the Master of Journalism course I was enrolled in at UOW, I decided to interview stakeholders in the Oxford Tavern: bookers, bands, punters and staff were all interviewed and asked about the potential demise of our beloved Oxford.In 2007, the sale went through. The Belmorgan Group bought the Oxford and the new owners claimed nothing would change in regards to live music. However, it did change.“The Occy” is the story of the end of a venue and the rise of a new music scene...

2nd November Lee Barker and the New Sheiks

Lee Barker and the New Sheiks

Double Bassist Leigh Barker is touring Australia this spring with his band ‘The New Sheiks’, featuring blues great Heather Stewart on vocals and violin.

‘The New Sheiks’ is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining groups in Australian Jazz today – this was proved when they won the ‘Australian Jazz Bell Award’ for ‘Best Traditional Jazz Album’ in May 2011.

Their live show is a thoroughly fresh approach to traditional jazz, blues and swing featuring some of the country’s greatest improvisers. Tough-as-nails

blues, stompin’ swing and brash, old-school jazz are all in the mix. Debonair and sassy – ‘The New Sheiks’ are not to be missed.

Gig: Lee Barker and the New Sheiks

Venue: Illawarra Jazz Club – Lunchtime Concert at Corrimal Leagues Club Garden Lounge

Date: Wednesday, November 2

Time: 12-3pm

Tickets: $10

For more info:Ph: (02) 4285 1903

6 November: The David Reglar with Claire Hollander, Jodie Michael, Lucy Clifford, and Nick Southcott

Claire Hollander (trumpet), Nick Southcott (piano), Dave Reglar (saxophone), Lucy Clifford (bass), Jodie Michael (drums)David Reglar will lead the band with special guest trumpeter Claire Hollander for the November 6th date. YES, Under 18’s are allowed in Samuels, but are reminded that there are strict guidelines that they do not purchase or consume alcohol. The food and the environment is fantastic…so come eat some great food and listen to some great music.Gig:Eric Dunan QuintetVenue:Samuel’s, 384 Lawrence Hargreave Dr, ThirroulDate:2 October 2011Time:5-8pmTickets:FreeFor more info: (02) 4268 2244

19 November: Wollongong Conservatorium Reunion Jazz Orchestra

This year marks 10 years since Eric Dunan arrived in Wollongong and started working at the Conservatorium. Since then Wollongong has produced many fine young musicians and the Conservatorium has hosted over a hundred concerts featuring leading artists from around Australia as well as International guests such as Fred Wesley, George Garzone, Mark Levine and Wadada Leo Smith.
To celebrate the occasion there will be a special concert at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre featuring many of the students and teachers who have been involved with the Jazz Program over the last 10 years, as well as the current Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra.

Gig: Wollongong Conservatorium Reunion Jazz Orchestra

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
Date: Saturday 19 November, 2011
Time: 7pm
Tickets: More info to come

For more info: (02) 4228 1122 /

25 November: Abel Cross – Neo Bop Quintet

Abel Cross – bass, composer
Phil Slater – trumpet
Peter Farrar – alto saxophone
Ben Panucci – guitar
Dave Goodman – drums

With a contemporary focus on openness and interactivity the neo-bop quintet breathes new life into the well-worn harmonic structures and song forms of bebop through five of the country’s most distinctive instrumental voices.

“…the Neo-Bop Quintet played divinely in a set that reached the sublime.” Extempore, 2010
Gig: Neo Bop Quintet
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
Date: Friday 25 November
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122 /





Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. presents
“Oranges and Sunshine”
Classification: M
Duration: 76 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Jim Loach
Cast: Emily Watson, Federay Holmes, Lorraine Ashbourne, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham

Review by David Stratton

In 1986, Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys, EMILY WATSON, is approached by Charlotte, FEDERAY HOLMES, an Australian woman who wants to discover her true identity. Later, in a group therapy class, Margaret meets Nicky, LORRAINE ASHBOURNE, who laments the loss of her brother, Jack, whom she believes was sent to Australia as a small child, while she was brought up in an English orphanage. After further research Margaret discovers that Charlotte and Jack were just two of the many thousands of children who, in the 1950s and 1960s, were transported to Australia ‘for their own good’, told that they were orphans.

On her first research trip to Australia, Margaret reacquaints Nicky with her brother, Jack, HUGO WEAVING. She also encounters Len, DAVID WENHAM, who masks his pain with his overbearing attitude.

This first feature from Jim Loach, son of Ken Loach, is a fine achievement. The story of the many thousands of English children who were illegally transported to Australia is a harrowing one, but Loach doesn’t sentimentalise or over-dramatise it. The revelation that many of these children, who were placed in homes run by the Christian Brothers, were abused or forced into virtual slave labour, is an astonishing one – how could these things have happened in recent memory? Both Gordon Brown and Kevin Rudd, when they were Prime Ministers, issued formal apologies.

There are beautiful performances here from every member of the cast, and it’s much to Loach’s credit that he handles this potentially sensational material with such restraint. Above all, many scenes are incredibly moving.

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