GABS FESTIVAL OF BEER MELBOURNE NEW website review by Sam Bell
Everything a beer lover needs. GABS craft beer festival has it all. No matter if you are a noobie beer drinker and want to learn the difference between an IPA and a stout, or if you are a hops aficionado looking to further explore the magic of infusions, GABS is the place to be. Starting with the Dan Murphy discovery deck, leading members though the many styles of beer and allowing participants to choose from a ridiculous number of brews (we’ll get the them later). Who doesn’t want a complimentary flavour tour through the winding and varied paths of hops brewing? Plus, for those who find themselves with a urge to learn more and to dig deeper into exactly what they are tasting, GABS Academy has you covered. With panels of experts, freely divulging their hard-won knowledge and advising guests on all manner of topics, from pallet deconstruction to food pairings. There is always more to learn, and GABS is where to learn it.
Not everyone want to know how the sausage gets made however. Some people know what they like and just want to be left alone to enjoy it. Fair enough. Why not sit back with a brew of choice and listen to some smooth jazz to accompany your smooth malt? The Ale Capones are there to flood the stage will sound and ensure your ears are having as much fun as your mouth. If that doesn’t float your boat then why not make the experience a bit more personal? GABS offers a silent disco to let you lose yourself in your own world. Just slap on some headphones and pretend you’re at home with a brew. Just make sure to watch out for that unconscious dance we all do when listening to great music. Even if it feels like you’re at home, you’re still dancing in a crowd with beer to aid your moves.
If dancing isn’t your thing, you can always put your body to some other use. GABS has a huge variety of party games and activities to play and challenge your friends with. Whether you are a beer pong champion, foosball legend, Jenga lord, or pinball wizard, GABS gives you what you need to show off your skills. For the truly Dexterous, the cornhole championship is always an option. With free practice rounds running through the day to let you brush up on your skills before you enter the competition and win yourself some prizes.
If you don’t win, don’t sweat it. You can always head to the merch stand and buy a prize. Bribe your friends with a beer and no one will ever know. Plus you’ll end up with some of the fun alcohol themed paraphernalia on offer, and that’s always a good thing. Let’s face it, you can always use a new hoodie. Just don’t spill your beer on it.
it would be a crime to waste such beers anyway (I told you we’d get back to them). With 112 new beers and ciders on offer, GABS has an offering for every pallet imaginable. Plus a few beyond imagination. With GABS offering the 60+ breweries present a chance to show off their skills, things can get downright weird. Whether you want to play it safe with a classic cider, or chase your rumball stout down with a lamb souvlaki beer, GABS has you covered. No one wants to drink on an empty stomach and the less adventurous of you, may prefer to eat your jalapeno taco, rather than drink it. Fear not, GABS also has more food than you possibly eat. From kebabs to pizza, fried chicken and greasy burgers. GABS knows their audience, if you have a food you always crave when you hit the town, it is almost certainly present.
So whether you want to learn more about beer, expand your taste, test your skill, or just gorge yourself on a myriad of delicious treats, both alcoholic and not, GABS is the place to be. Covid has finally let us out of our houses, but that’s no reason to not get on the beers.
THE CROSSING MACHINE CONCERT website review by Sam Bell
The waning covid restrictions have heralded the return of many great things, not least of which is the Melbourne art and music scenes resurrecting themselves and rising from the ashes of isolation. It was a long time coming, but getting to see The Crossing Machine live at Tempo Rubato was well worth the wait. For those of you unfortunate enough to be uninitiated, The Crossing Machine is one of Melbourne’s new musical sensations. A string quartet, formed of well-established artists bringing their own unique touches to not only well-known compositions, but the new stuff as well.
The quartet started the night with a set of movements as touching as they were exciting, calling Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum to the stage to introduce his symphony. Telling the tale of a young boys tragic death after falling from his bike, Light From Distant Stars was as melancholy as could be expected, setting the scene and sombre tone that would carry on throughout evenings slow drift backwards through time.
A drift which quickly lead to the work of Alexander Borodin and his well-known movement Nocturne. Together the group use the pieces peaceful melody to lull the crowd into a state of vulnerability before shocking them with the piece’s sharper modulations. Keeping the crowd on their toes and ensuring everyone is paying attention to how well they are doing the Russian composer justice.
Not that there was any question of how skilled the ladies of the evening were once they moved on to Austrian composer Franz Schubert and his cyclical love letter in A minor, Rosamunde Quartet. From the moving and melancholy first movement, to the frenetic and somewhat chaotic second, all the way to the oddly symmetrical third, and the fourth that brings it all together as only a master can. The Crossing Machine are there to guide the audience on their musical journey through time and tonality.
Those that were able to make it will remember the evening for years to come, and those who missed out had better hope they do a repeat. The art of music has returned to Melbourne and The Crossing Machine is leading the charge.
BIG WEATHER website review: Katherine Kelly photos: Erkin Kalayco
Big Weather Ian Potter Gallery (12 March – 21 October 2021) Admission free
In early March this year, I attended the opening of the Big Weather exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Big Weather represents creative works by 50 indigenous artists, which reflect their relationship to the natural world.
In his welcoming address NGV’s Director, Tony Ellwood, AM, stated that “Big Weather will present works that speak to specific historical and contemporary environmental events that shape Australia’s diverse landscape”.
We were welcomed by Bolngu – the Thunderman 2020 by Johnny Yirryyirmgu of Elcho island, North East Arnhem Land. Also on the welcoming committee was John Mawurndjul’s 1992 painting Namarrkon ngal-daluk, depicting the female lightning spirit – a formidable spirit who strikes lightning to the earth, hailing the arrival of the wet season to the Kuninjku people of Western Arnhem land.
Hannah Presley, Curator of Indigenous Art at the NGV led an extremely informative tour of the collection which was divided into four sections, Fire, Water and Flooding, Air and Wind. She created the exhibition during the 2019-2020’s bushfires. She planned to open this exhibition in March 2020, but due to inevitable circumstances, it opened on 12 March this year. The themes of this exhibition are still relevant one year later.
Clinton Naina (Meriam Mir) gave a brief expose on his works including Stolen Climate, which won the Premier’s award at the 2020 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Stolen Climate is a 4 panel work depicting the orange hues of fire on black. He linked climate change to the effects and impacts of colonisation over the past 200 years. “Our land, culture, climate has been stolen - everything including imperialism, colonisation and the bleaching over 200 years”.
Albert Namatjira’s watercolour traditions of landscape in Central Australia have been passed down to grandson Seth Namatjira. How important it is to these artists that they pass on their landscape connections to future generations.
Other punchy ideas and topics that we all should be talking about is the climate. Especially in the Torres Strait islands where the Willy Willy circular wind blows, climate is critical where birds can predict the weather systems by the altitude at which they are flying.
In the animal areas, there are several nets used that Animals extraordinarily Woven nets used for fishing. Foley Loss of Dugongs. Loss of animals.
The water and flooding section depicts changes in our river systems. It talks about the role of the decline of darling river plains, through the interventions that have happened to this system.
Big Weather is an important exhibition which suggests how different Australia’s natural environment could have been if it had not been for the short-sighted rapacious attitudes of our colonisers.
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESYIVAL: ROSS PURDY RAINBOW PISS website review by Marina Sklyar
What a great idea it was to have ten comedians instead of one!
The Ross Purdy's show was fabulous! The fact that the comedians were not prepared, but rather given different spontaneous responses what the show was going to be about. It was a very original approach. It made the performance quite spicy, funny, and unpredictable.
One hour enjoying it went in a moment. The comedians deserve much bigger venue and bigger audience considering their professionalism.
They absolutely deserve a much bigger stage. My favourite part was the impression of Scott Morrison: it was such a classics!
Please invite me for your next performance, guys, as I am turning into your number one fan now!
It was an absolute joy to watch you, guys, to laugh together with you and to share those special moments. Thank you so much! I look forward to the next year show!
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL: ALICE TOVEY - DOGGO website review by Marina Sklyar
Experimental musical comedy, Doggo is show by Alice Tovey, a vibrant, young woman, full of energy and emotions. With a catchy blend of burlesque theater, Alice's performance is funny, sexy when the actress is not afraid to show what she has. She is one and only singing comedian, Her jokes are unique, twisted and have double meaning. Don’t be afraid to: ~ reduce your sex appeal ~ re-use the jokes ~ recycle jokes for next time! We absolutely loved it and recommend it to everyone to see!