Author: Dora Gillett

Hail to the chiefs of American indie film fest

Palace Electric has put on quite the show to celebrate the launch of the third American Essentials Film Festival. With pre-movie drinks and fare laid on by Bourbon Street Kitchen – pulled pork brioche, sloppy joes, and best of all, these incredible friend chicken po’ boys – it’s almost as much a feast as a film screening. They’ve had some fun with the American theme, decking out their Prosecco Bar in red, white and blue, complete with a bouquet in theme from sponsor Saint Valentine Botanical Design. When a waiter offers me a tray of mini corn dogs in one hand and a pile of red and blue...

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Opening night fiesta at Palace Electric

As Spanish Ambassador Mr Manuel Cacho Quesada tells the packed Palace Electric, the Spanish Film Festival is all about showing that “Spain is not only siesta and fiesta, just as Australia is not only sun and surf.” I’m at the opening night event for the Canberra festival and I’ve downed one or two glasses of cava, which definitely makes me want to both siesta and fiesta. The lights dim, and for a bubbly hour and a half, we’re swept along in the feel-good story of The Tribe. It’s got everything you want out of a mid-week movie night: comedy,...

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What to expect at the National Folk Festival

Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC) will come ablaze with lights, food, and music from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. You might see a parade of jugglers and acrobats or stumble across a late-night cider garden, and you will definitely see some incredible bands. The occasion: the National Folk Festival. Director Pam Merrigan describes the festival as having “a big heart and a sturdy heart”. It’s been an institution for more than fifty years, and this year marks its 52nd birthday – and the festival shows no sign of slowing down.  Some of the acts coming along have been...

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Get intimate with Hyper Real’s Patricia Piccinini

“I would only say this because we are in a nice intimate group…” starts out Patricia Piccinini, the Melbourne-based star of the knockout Hyper Real exhibition. It’s three on a Sunday afternoon, and this group is nothing if not intimate.  It’s just the artist, NGA Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Jaklyn Babington, and forty-odd spectators nestled in the bookstore half of Kingston institution Muse for the special event. Hyper Real celebrates the deeply cool and equally unnerving art of replicating the human form in such exquisite detail, you expect the sculptures to move. Every liver spot on an elderly face,...

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What community theatre is all about

Make a date with community theatre and you’re in for a great night out. OutInCanberra columnist Dora Gillett recently took in a show – and she’ll definitely be back for more. Paper Cuts was a lot of fun to watch, and I suspect it’s a lot of fun to act in as well. The show presented Kirsty Budding’s new selection of monologues for actors – the kind you’d use for an audition or an assessment piece – performed by actors who fit the roles like a glove. Set in Canberra Theatre Centre’s tiny Courtyard Studio, this is community theatre...

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