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The Thirsty Artists

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY on Thursday, 3rd December 2009, ten of Sydney’s most important up and coming artists will be taking over the hotel rooms of the iconic Darlo Bar. Kicking out the beds and turning the rooms into an innovative, seven room gallery and performance art space, the artists will bring their visions to life within the actual bedrooms of the hotel, which punters will be free to roam on the night.

The ten artists were hand‐picked by Jesse Willesee, the lauded artist behind May’s seven room installation of art and performance, Paintings in Hotel Rooms, at Darlo bar. Expanding the concept, this time Jesse has handed over the rooms to a group of the most exciting artists on the local scene, each of whom will be competing for the chance to have their art feature on bottles of The Darlo Bar’s THIRSTY ARTIST wine.

The motley crue of artists will cover a wide range of disciplines, including painting and photography, and performance art will feature in several rooms. Sydney’s coolest new musical find, The Whipped Cream Chargers, will also be playing a show on the night. Come into the artist’s private spaces and celebrate their work‐ unlike any exhibition you have ever seen.

Join the seven‐room art party at The Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst, Thursday 3rd December 2009 from 6.30pm. Featuring: Anto, Tara Cook, Enigh Sligh, Kalindy Sparkle, Sam Malloy, Eve Jary, Ben Toupein, Lara Marshall + many more plus a performance from the Whipped Cream Chargers.

BuroTree Christmas Giveaway

‘Tis the season to be jolly, as well as the season of giving, so Design Federation is giving away a designer Christmas tree! With sustainability/eco-friendliness being an important issue these days, the BuroTree is an excellent alternative to having a dead tree in your lounge room. Made from 100% sustainable wood, the BuroTree is flat-packed for efficient transport, can be used every year, and looks pretty cool to boot.

The Rindd Buro Tree was the proud recipient of a Premiers Design award in 2008. Go to Design Federation to enter.

Melbourne Design Market

Why is the Melbourne Design Market so wonderful? It’s original, fun, and full of new products that we love to see and buy.

Occupying a special place in everyone’s diary, the market is now held twice a year in July and December. Over 10,000 visitors are drawn to its carpark location at Melbourne’s Federation Square, transformed for each occasion into a design show that features the latest in fashion, homewares, furniture, lighting and so much more.

There are many recognisable brands at the market such as Body, Made in Japan, Nicola Cerini, Great Dane Furniture, Nest and R G Madden; still more make use of the Melbourne Design Market as a launching pad for new enterprises. Meet the designers, enjoy fine food and coffee, and be part of the Melbourne Design Market’s own style in fostering and promoting design. It’s open to everyone and it’s free.

What: The Melbourne Design Market
When: Sunday, 6th December from 10am to 5pm
Where: Federation Square Carpark, Level 3
Cost: Free


ASTREETLIGHTSONG are an eclectic three-piece act from Sydney who are quickly becoming masters of their trade. Since their formation the band have released two fantastic EPs and a number of radio singles including “I Never Knew” and “Little Mirrors”. ASTREETLIGHTSONG were runners up in 2007 Sony BMG Uncharted and have played on stages alongside great performers such as Belles Will Ring, Cloud Control, Peabody, Wolf & Cub, Steve Kilbey’s Painkiller, and The Church.

Their debut release I Never Knew EP favourably received by radio and music media, was the bands introduction to the world of music lovers and consumers. This effort was followed up by ‘The Ocean Floor’ EP released in 2008, making its way to radio and media throughout late 2008, supported by an extensive and rigorous performing schedule taking the boys interstate, and earning an invitation to support ‘the church’ on their 2009 ‘So Love May Find Us’ Tour. ASTREETLIGHTSONG have had high rotational airplay on FBI Radio (Sydney), Triple J support, community play and ABC Rage Airings for each video clip including Lighthouse as clip of the week, the result of unique online interaction between a Polish visual artist and members of the band.

2009 saw ASTREETLIGHTSONG focus on developing new material for their upcoming album, including their first single ‘Remind Me’ released in August 2009. This young Sydney 3 piece is a creative unit unto itself, being brought together initially by music this trio have mashed up their film making and electronic art capabilities to create a truly unique artistic platform. ASTREETLIGHTSONG are a band to watch. Here’s a link to their recent music video.

Young Blood: Designers Market at Christmas

Meet and buy direct from the cream of our national design talent at the Young Blood: Designers Market for Christmas. Pick up original product, fashion, furniture, jewellery, graphic, landscape and lighting design from around the country at the two day market in the lower outdoor courtyard at the Powerhouse Museum. See you there!

What: Young Blood: Designers Market at Christmas
When: 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 28th and 29th November 2009
Where: Lower outdoor courtyard, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
Cost: $5 Museum entry
More info:

Seen & Heard Film Festival; Call For Entries

Seen & Heard is a film festival that battles the celluloid ceiling, celebrates the diverse and extraordinary work of women filmmakers and their not-to-be-underestimated diverse and extraordinary audiences. Seen and Heard in 2010, its second year, will follow on from a showcase of questions on class, race, ability/disability, gender and sexuality.Gender equality behind the camera is serious business. Seen & Hear are seeking films of high quality in which women have played significant production roles.

What: Seen & Heard 2010
When: 14th to 17th January 2010
Where: The Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, Sydney
Contact: lucy {at} seenandheardfilms(.)com

Ash Grunwald interview

Ash Grunwald is a soulful bluesman in the most pure sense. Raised in outer Melbourne, he first picked up a guitar at the sprightly age of ten. Grunwald grew up listening to classic bluesmen like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and then later BB King, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. This melting pot of blues and soul provided inspiration for what would become his signature eclectic style.

Mucking around busking in his teens, Grunwald formed group The Blue Grunwalds and released the album Groove Cafe. Once he’d found his feet a little more firmly in the music scene he started the trio Groove Catalysts in 2001. While both these groups brought success Grunwald was drawn to the solo acoustic side of things.

In 2002 Grunwald released his first solo album Introducing Ash Grunwald and took out that year’s Melbourne Blues Performer of the Year. This prompted the follow up record I Don’t Believe (2004). Then came Live at the Corner (2005) and this met with wide acclaim, taking out Album of the Year at the Australian Blues Awards.

Grunwald continues to tour widely, showcasing his unique one man band style of the blues. His latest album Fish Out Of Water is a thrilling hybrid of styles and sounds.

Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?

I grew up in the burbs of Melbourne and half in the country when I was in my teens.  At the the moment i’m living on the road with my girl and baby.  We plan to move up around Byron Bay at some stage but its pretty fun living on the road.

In your own words, what do you do?

I’m a one man band that plays groove based modern blues music.   My sounds and themes have a pretty Australian feel.

Where did you learn your craft?

In the inner suburbs of Melbourne.  I used to go to a lot of gigs around town on my nights off and learned a lot about blues from some of the great players there.  I found my own sound out on the road by just gigging as much as I could in as many dfferent places as possible.

Who and what inspires you?

My lyrics are very reflective of my life experiences and the basic human condition so I would have to say, life.  How to live it, whats the best way forward, whats the point of it. These are the kind of questions that inform my music.

Childhood Memories:

TV Show –  The Goodies
Hobby – Surfing
Food – Vego curriesm Morrocanm Thai Indian
Fear – Day job
People – I believe that our love of other people is one of the innate things that allows us to overcome adversity without big teeth, strong muscles or being nimble.
Defining moment – The birth of my daughter.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Chore,  I had a pretty good childhood, but being an adult is heaps more fun.  I play more now than I ever did as a kid.

Tell us about your new album “Fish out of Water”?

I had a great time collaborating with Countbounce who co-wrote many of the songs, created all of the beats and produced the album.  Its got a pretty fresh modern sound, I reckon.  Its my favourite by far.

Who does Ash Grunwald listen too?

I almost never lsten to blues any more, funny enough.  At the moment its mainly groove based stuff.  Fat Freddy Drops latest has been getting a spin while I’ve been touring England.

Where is the most beautiful place in Australia you have visited?

In truth it’s hard to name one.  I love the Australian coast so much and have had good times almost everywhere,  I think around Margaret River and Byron Bay I get the best feeling.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

Usually travel.  If its a day off, and I’m lucky, a surf,  But almost everyday I’ll be hanging out with my girlfriend and our 9 month year old little miracle.

Where can people see you perform?

Australia, England and Canada mainly, but I’ve played in many other places.

For love or money?

If I did it only for the love then I’d have to do a day job for money, and that wouldn’t be nearly as good as doing what I love for the money.

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

More collaborations and a few more holidays hopefully.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I really don’t know.  Hopefully doing exactly the same thing but at a higher level in the places that I’m developing like England and Canada.  I’d like to somehow create a couple of clones of myself so one could just gig his arse off, one could be living in Byron being the perfect family, and one could be surfing remote point breaks for months on end.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

Tom Waits would be the most interesting dude I could think of to talk to – he’s an amazingly inventive songwriter and character.  In the same boat I’d put Hendrix and Biggie Smalls.

Coffee or Tea?

I’m definitely a coffee dude, basically because I’m always tired.

Tomodachi Japanese Restaurant – food review

Tucked away on the top of Broadway Shopping Centre through the maze of international cuisines is a charming Japanese Restaurant Tomodachi.

Tomodachi is the Japanese word for friend. The restaurant boasts a warm atmosphere, a place where friends come together to share a meal and good times, happy together like the fusion of Japanese and Korean cuisine. The staff greet you with a smile, are attentive and help create the relaxed and welcoming vibe.

The restaurant has one of the freshest and expansive sushi trains, so if you are after a quick meal before your film, it caters for you. The kitchen is an open plan, you are able to watch the chefs create there masterpieces. The aroma of the spices and sounds of the sizzling hotplates adds to the buzz. The décor is bright, simple yet elegant with dashes of red and white, wooden tables, wooden benches and Japanese style decorations.

The menu offers something for everyone. The Teriyaki Chicken was cooked to perfection, a little crunchy on the outside and succulent on the inside, while the sauce made my tastebuds stand to attention like an army of samurai warriors going into battle. On offer are traditional Japanese pancakes, all the regular Japanese delights and to top of the meal, why not try the rice wine or my favourite; the sweet and fruity plum wine.

Tomodachi offers wonderful film deals with the local cinema, caters for the romantic couple, family, group party or a quick bite. So why not drop by before your next shopping adventure or flick.

Level two, food court
Shop 220, 2 Bay Street
Broadway Shopping Centre NSW 2007
Ph: 02 9281 6000

Shop 74, 1 Rider Boulevard
Rhodes NSW 2138
(Rhodes Waterside Shopping Centre)
Ph: 02 9736 1764

Article written by Liam Gibbs

Western Sydney filmmakers screen their stories

Aspiring young filmmakers and film lovers are invited to the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Deerubbin Centre (1st floor), 300 George Street, Windsor on Saturday 14 November from 1pm until 2.30pm, for the launch of ‘CHICK FLICKS’ – a digital storytelling screening by young women in Western Sydney.

The event will be officially launched by Hawkesbury Mayor Bart Bassett, and will kick off with a screening of 14 mini films about young women, by young women, telling stories of what they treasure, love and hope for in today’s world.


Damien Kamholtz – Pink Blues Exhibition

Line and colour shape a narrative to challenge and enthrall the viewer. Damien’s works are built up from many layered glazes creating veils of soft shadows masking forgotten images. Painted with assured delicacy his works have a lyrical quality allowing the decorative to blend with a profound figurative presence.

You can catch Damien Kamholtz and his works at the Arthouse Gallery up until the 14th November 2009.

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