“All’s a mirror”, West Gallery, Thebarton

A large group show pairing ceramicists and painters. The big surprise was Gerry Wedd’s subtly, multicoloured, extremely painterly vessels, not even a hint of “blue and white”! Their decoration “recycles” images well known to observers of Wedd’s work, hearts and winged...

Yep! more of “The Book Grocer”.

Apparently, unlike many a rug store, they are closing (doesn’t actually say “when”, I guess , sooner or later, everything “closes”). And to mark their closing they are having a sale, though a somewhat unusual sale. Now, instead of all books being $5, “unless other...

“Golonka”, Wheatsheaf Hotel.

From “Golonka’s” Facebook homepage: “Making beautiful music with a wild gypsy heart, Golonka breathes fresh life into the folk music of Eastern Europe. Their songs speak of the stars and the moon, of pussycats and preachers, of love and death – and their live...

“My Holy War”, Jonathan Raban.

Yet another great $5 pick up from “The Book Grocer” on Rundle St, I don’t think I’ve ever come out of there without, at least, one new book. Raban, vaguely fits into the “travel literature” category, though “travel critique” might be more accurate. I’ve read a number...

Bong Joon-Ho retrospective: Early Films. Cinematheque / OZAsia Film Festival, Mercury Cinema. “Barking dogs never bite.” (2000) and “Memories of murder.” (2003)

I don’t know where a young South Korean film director would get the idea that he could create a morality play, complete with Greek chorus, by slamming together the filmic attitudes of Luis Buñuel and Jacques Tati and that a (very good) cocktail lounge jazz soundtrack...

“Norwegian by night”,  Derek B. Miller.

Not the sort of book I’d normally pick up, the cover had that distinctly crime / thriller look about it, but it was passed on to me by a reliable friend. A really good find (the book and the friend). You wouldn’t necessarily be happy at 80ish, being taken from...

AZW”, Adelaide.

“Last “Adelaide Zombie Walk”, in it’s present form at least. Has been running for 10 years, organised as a free cultural event by the same couple for the whole period, Ann & Jason Bansemer, “hats off” (started when they were dating, now a family of four.) All...

“As it turns out.”

I’ve recently taken a number of pre- pre-teenage boys to outdoor events in which they had expressed an interest. And to be fair, they were more or less attentive at both. But what they most involved themselves in was finding a grassy slope to roll down, often in the...

“Joker”, Event Cinemas Arndale.

I’m useless at picking who (Amy Adams? Jennifer Lawrence?) / what should win an Academy Award but I’m guessing this year it might just be Jaoquin Phoenix. His is a stellar performance in a movie that is so beautifully made and well finished, though the order of the...

onbeingaluddite

Computers and me don’t belong in the same sentence. I’m useless, unapologetically, but that’s another story but, needless to say, the “unapologetically” is not necessarily helpful / useful. Something happened to my ancient laptop resulting in: I couldn’t access...