November 2012


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Kerry MacQueen

Customer Service Officer

Cultural Services

Wollongong City Council

Direct Line:  4227 7389

Monday to Thursday – 9am to 3pm


29 October 2012 – Cultural Newsletter



You are cordially invited to the opening of the Viva la Gong 2012 STREET ART PANEL PROJECT 2012!!!








the Neo-Bop Quintet
Phil Slater – trumpet / Peter Farrar – alto sax / Ben Panucci -Guitar / Dave Goodman – drums / Abel Cross – bass

Fantastic songs played by a great band. So good to hear this inspired combination of musicians, some from the “new” crop of young cats and a couple of established ones, putting their stamp on some great Abel Cross songs inspired by the jazz of the 40s and 50s. Beautiful playing all-round on an excellent record.”

Warwick Alder

The album is available for preview/download at Bandcamp & iTunes. Hardcopies available through Rufus Records and all good stores.
You can also view our promo video here on Youtube.
If you’re in Sydney this Sunday, please join the band for a secret release party at Bohemian Grove in Surry Hills (details below).
Discs will be available at special Boho Grove prices 🙂



Hi everyone,


This is the first email from Penny and the Mystics for a while, as we took a break to do some travelling and re-charge our batteries. Joe and Jedd went surfing in Bali and Sam went to Japan, while I went to India and Nepal with some friends.


We’re all back now and itching to start playing again.


Our highlight for October (if not the year!) is the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival at Windsor on October 25-28.


We are very excited to be on the festival line-up for the first time, alongside some really great acts from Australia and overseas. What’s more, Rhythms magazine has named us one of the five up and coming  local acts to watch out for (see attachment)  – so we think that’s very cool too!


We’re playing twice at the festival – from 1.30-2.30pm on Saturday 27 October and 7.15-8.15pm on Sunday 28 October.


You can check out all the festival details at and tickets are available at


But first, we’ve got a couple of local gigs.


This Friday night we’re playing at GERRINGONG BOWLING CLUB. Ben Fowler from fantastic South Coast band Southerly Change is going to start the night at 9pm, and we’ll come on after him.


The following Friday night, 19 October, we’re playing at TOMERONG HALL south of Nowra with Tommy M and the Mastersounds and Funkhouse. For anyone who hasn’t experienced a night at Tomerong Hall – it is definitely worth the drive. It’s a cute little country hall and it absolutely rocks. So do Tommy M and the Mastersounds and Funkhouse, so it should be a great night. Tickets are $25 and only available pre-sale by calling 44416275 or 0434 263027. There are no tickets at the door. It’s BYO alcohol and nibbles too!




Here’s a few other dates coming up:


Friday, 2 November: Australian Surf Film Festival at Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club. We’re playing after the films are screened.




Friday, 9 November: NOTES LIVE at Newtown, with Southerly Change.




Friday, 7 December: HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI with King Dog and the Cats and Southerly Change.


Sunday, 9 December: COALCLIFF SURF CLUB, 1-5PM


Friday, 21 December: BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA supporting King Tide.


In January we’ll be playing at the Illawarra Folk Festival, with a special acoustic set of our original songs and a few other favourites. The festival is at Bulli Showground from January 17-20. Check out the website


Hope to see you at some of these gigs.







Illawarra Folk Festival



They reckon Police Identification line-ups are pretty exciting things. Sometimes they are able to identify murderers, serial rapists, terrorists and farters in church.

They are not half as exciting as the line-up for the Illawarra Folk Club’s first November Concert at the City Diggers tomorrow night (Friday 2nd November) at 7.30pm.

How’s this for a line-up-  Nothing But jam, Butch Hooper and Tony Pyrzakowski, Timbre Strain and Pete Bennett (Tamnesia). Try and pick the culprits from this line-up- you wouldn’t pick any They’re isn’t a baddie among them –They’re all goodies.


They are Old Friends, New Friends and Old Friends with a different name

Nothing but Jam, led by local musician Fernando Valenzuela will be performing their own brand of creative Latin inspired songs and music.

A new group of old friends who now call themselves Timbre Stain and have appeared in different groups in the club over the years will feature their own form of old timey and bluegrass music. The group consists of WenTjen Lim (fiddle), Mark Ballesi (dobro & banjo) and David Harman (guitar & mandolin),

Adding a bit of ‘out of town’ touch comes ex-Sandgroper, Butch Hooper (Former Mucky Duck Band) and ace Fiddler Tony Pyrzakowski (Ex Mothers of Intention) who specialise in Irish Ballads and traditional Australian traditional songs and tunes.

Finally Pete Bennett (Tamnesia) makes a much awaited return to the club after a bit of a sabbatical with his Dylanesque blues and Gospel songs.

And of course there is the Mystery Performer who kicks the night off.

Don’t forget all the great facilities of the Diggers Club are available including plenty of food, plenty of cappuccinos and of course plenty of Coopers on tap.




What: Relaxing afternoon of traditional tune playing and maybe the odd folk song. Music provided (Good Tunes Book) or use your ear.

Where: Dining Room at Dicey Rileys Pub, 333 Crown Street, near Wollongong Rail Station
When: 2-4pm Sunday 4 November
There will be regular sessions as part of the leadup to the 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival (17-20 January).
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

Two great concerts coming up…

As part of the 2012 Jazz Series Sirens Big Band perform this Saturday night, 27 October, 7pm at IPAC; and as part of the 2012 Chamber Music Series the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO) Brass Quintet perform on Saturday 3 November, 7pm at Wesley Church, Crown Street Mall.

Sirens Big Band

7pm Saturday 27 October, IPAC Burelli Street, Wollongong
2012 Jazz Series

BIG…BOLD…AND BEAUTIFUL…the Sirens’ song is hard to resist.

Sirens Big Band, a 17-piece, all female group, brings together some of Australia’s most innovative young female jazz musicians under the direction of bassist, Jessica Dunn. With a unique Australian voice that explores the juncture of traditional Australian Jazz with the rich musical traditions of our multicultural society, Sirens Big Band brings a new sound to the big band setting.

Sirens Big Band has their debut Wollongong performance, and launch of their new album (Kali and the Time of Change), as part of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music’s 2012 Jazz Series. Weaving lilting African, Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms together to create a unique sound, Sirens Big Band will be supported by the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets: $20 (General) $15 (Concession) $10 (Con Students) available online or on the door.

AOBO Brass Quintet

7pm Saturday 3 November, Wesley Church, Crown Street Mall, Wollongong
2012 Chamber Music Series

Featuring some of Australia’s finest brass players, this will be a magnificent performance of music by some of Australia’s finest composers.

In their debut Wollongong performance, the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra (AOBO) Brass Quintet will share both an Australian (For Then & Nowby Laurence Bitensky) and World Premiere (Intermezzo from Concertino for Trumpet, Trombone & Piano by Gregory van der Struik) with the audience.

The AOBO Brass Quintet features Bruce Hellmers (trumpet), Brian Evans (trumpet), Victoria Chatterley (french horn), Gregory van der Struik (trombone) and Edwin Dieffes (tuba). All are members of, or have a long association with, the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. Accompanying them on piano for their Wollongong debut is John Martin.

Tickets: $25 (General) $20 (Concession) $15 (Con Students) available on the door or BOOK ONLINE NOW AND SAVE $5 off the ticket price.



wins  BEST JAZZ  ALBUM  at  2012  Australian Jagermeister Independent Music Awards 16/10/10









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AGDA Design Biennale
1992 – 2012
Twenty Years of Glass Mountains

In 1992 desktop publishing was in its infancy. The newly available computer tools rapidly changed the way graphic designers worked and influenced the aesthetics of the period.

Twenty Years of Glass Mountains is a collection of projects submitted to the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Awards that have received the competition’s highest accolade, a Pinnacle Award. Or, as the award is affectionately known in the industry, a ‘Glass Mountain’.

The show offers a unique insight into the development of the Australian graphic design industry as it experienced two decades of unprecedented change. Whilst style and fashion have been noticeably transformed, the passion and motivation of the designers who practice the discipline remain as committed today as ever before.

Laura Bailey
Constructed Reality

‘Constructed reality’ explores how natural forms and the artificial are manipulated to reflect landscapes. In contrasting found cast surfaces with reflections and hues, the installation aims to illuminate environments of reality and imagination

The site is located amongst a non-space, which displays the constructed area that has emerged around space of continuous travel. The space and materials themselves have been manipulated from the landscape into an environment, particularly exploring our distance and dominance to the land. Our imaginations are constructing inscapes in the ethereal fluorescent lighting and the brooding grey landscapes.

Tess Healy
Old News

Everyday newspapers quickly fade in their transition from up-to-date information to artefacts. It’s all familiar. This month, every weekday, during the afternoon peak hour, visitors and passers-by to the Flinders Street Station subway ‘Platform’ may pick up their copy of ‘Old News’. A real newspaper, edited by Tess Healy and designed by Adriana Bernardo, exploring fiction and journalism in and around contemporary and historic Melbourne.

Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces

Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Subway, Melbourne

PO Box 117, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 8009



Pics and Flicks
“Not Suitable For Children

An Australian romantic comedy that, unusually, presents the male point of view.
This film delves into the more intimate aspects of the everyday life of a shallow, hedonistic, 20-year old man as he comes to terms with parenthood.

The film is funny at times, painful at other times and always honest. Lachlan Milne’s widescreen photography is an asset, beautifully capturing the vibrancy of the suburbs (Newtown and Redfern, by the look of it) where this poignant and disarmingly enjoyable love story unfolds.

David Stratton 
From: The Australian 
July 07, 2012






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