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Archive for April, 2010

Regina Spektor @ Sydney Opera House

A Delight to Host the Queen of Topsy Turvy in “Upside-Down Land”

Joshua Hoey’s suggestion that the Opera House’s acoustics are flawless is a bit far-reaching since they’re actually notoriously bad, but he’s on the money in saying Regina Spektor’s performance last night was a rare class of show. Mixed in with the radiance that she’s managed to bottle and sell as the Regina Spektor brand of anti-folk, the Russian-born US-raised chanteuse made motions to her sound guy throughout the show in polite, silent pleas for sound adjustments. Read the rest of the Regina Spektor review»

World’s Top 50 Restaurants for 2010

Sydney’s Quay restaurant is the 27th best restaurant in the world and Australia’s finest. The restaurant, which debuted at No.46 last year, leaped 19 places to its new ranking on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, announced in London overnight.

Tetsuya’s was the only other Australian restaurant to make the top 50, dropping to No.38. But two other restaurants – Marque of Sydney and Attica of Melbourne – were also picked at No.67 and No.73 respectively in the top 100, with Marque being honoured with the Restaurant Breakthrough Award. Greg Doyle’s Pier, which debuted in the top 100 at No. 94 last year, did not make it into the list this year.

Famed Spanish restaurant elBulli lost its crown after four years at the top, beaten to the number one spot by rising star Noma in Copenhagen.

The S.Pellegrino World’s Top 10 for 2010 is below. Click here to see the Top 100

1 Noma -Denmark (▲2) +45 3296 3297 noma.dk

2 El Bulli -Spain (▼1) + 34 972 150 457 elbulli.com

3 The Fat Duck -UK (▼1) +44 (0) 1628 580 333 thefatduck.co.uk

4 El Celler de Can Roca -Spain (▲1)+34 972 22 21 57 cellercanroca.com

5 Mugaritz -Spain (▼1) +34 943 522 455 mugaritz.comx

6 Osteria Francescana -Italy (▲7) +39 (0)59 210 118 osteriafrancescana.it

7 Alinea -USA (▲3) +1 312-867-0110 alinea-restaurant.com

8 Daniel -USA (▲33) +1 212 288 0033 danielnyc.com

9 Arzak -Spain (▼1) +34 943 78456 arzak.es

10 Per Se -United States (▼4) +1212 823 9335 perseny.com

Tortuga Studios – Road Trip

Tortuga Studios is a big warehouse space in St Peters, where giant group shows are staged within its fascinating and creatively stimulating space. Their previous exhibitions have been giant and inspiring. We wrote about their celebration of the solstice, ‘The Longest Night’, in June last year, and photographed it too, so you can have a look at what the space is like. It’s an incredible place, and we’re lucky that warehouse spaces like Tortuga exist so that large group shows that engage with spaces, places and environments can happen right in the city.

Their latest giant group exhibition , ‘Road Trip’, opened last Friday, the 23rd of April, with performances by La Mancha Negra and Glitch Jukebox, and is conceptually based around the long hot asphalt of the good old road trip – a rite of passage that has become a widespread cultural myth. It features the works of Garth Knight, Jesse Cox, Jess Cook, Sam Ash, Johnny Bell, Elise Vaughn, Mini Graff, Will Coles, EARS, Shabnam Hameed and Madeleine Hetherton, Valentina Schulte, Perran Costi, Peter Strong, Jacq Sherry, Rachael Lafferty, Anthony Sawrey, Brian Paisley, Dillon MacEwan, Sergio Abugattás Tenaud, Pierre Cavalan, Jo Shand, Terry Archer, Alien Proof Construction, Marty Jay, Claire Conroy, Jess Pickford, Nicole Goldspink, Mark Swarz, Brent Reid, Ganbold Lundaa, Darian Zam, Azelia Maynard, Sarah Harvie, Andrea Davies, Kassandra Bossell, Justin Maynard, Alasdair Nicol, Hiske Weijers and others. That’s quite a lot of art. If you weren’t sure. It really is.

What: Road Trip at Tortuga Studios
Where: Tortuga Studios  at 31 Princes Highway, St Peters, NSW
When: 24th April  to 2nd May 2010
How: By Appointment

Over 35 emerging and established visual artists, photographers, sculptors, installation artists, multi-media, projection and film artists let loose in an inner city warehouse to explore a destination unknown.

Tea and Zen Exhibition

Opening on the 15th April, the National Gallery of Victoria will present Tea and Zen, a fascinating exhibition exploring the art and ritual behind the Japanese and Chinese tea ceremony.

Drawing from the NGV Collection and several private collections in Victoria, this exhibition will feature an incredible selection of tea utensils in the form of ceramics, lacquer and bamboo as well as Zen paintings and calligraphy, creating a meditative setting.

The exhibition will begin with works from the Tang Dynasty in China then continue with pieces from the Momoyama and Edo periods (1567–1868) in Japan and finally draw attention to tea’s continuing influence on contemporary Japanese designers and artists.

Tea and Zen will be on display at NGV International, St Kilda Road from 15th April to 29th August 2010. Open 10am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays. Entry is free.

Support a Charity

We are all doing it tough, it’s hard times out there! This may be the case, but remember, there are always people out there a little less fortunate than yourself. So dig deep and support one of the Charities that Two Flat Whites supports. You will find a list of these below and on the Two Flat Whites front page.

Care Australia

The Exodus Foundation

The Big Issue

The Salvation Army

The Smith Family

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Street Smart – helping the homeless

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