photo by Glen and Camilla Wilson #GW Photography and Onstage Pix
UNFORGETTABLE BLUE MOUNTAINS THROUGH TOSHA'S EYES NEW
once upon a time Tosha had a dream... he was in Blue Mountains he chased horses at night waking up the whole camp he saw funny looking horses and even was introduced to them he smelled what's in the salmon can he observed wentworth waterfalls in all its beauty he scared the ducks right from the doors of our cottage he did a runner from a botanical garden and Alex had to jump over the fence and get him not that Alex succeeded he met a giant ram not that it was much interesting not like the chicken bones and live swans he was not surpised by the orange colored bird that behaved weird he was amazed by the amount of rabbits and their deep holes he helped Alex put on the tent not that Tosha intended to sleep all night in it - wandering about was much more fun... he got a new T-shirt but he had to be washed anyway not that it was a pleasant procedure after two days of total fog and rain he finally saw the THREE SISTERS clearly! he had coffees at Yellow Deli and at Common Ground Bakery well, he participated - he is not much of a coffee drinker as he looks well after himself he met 4 cuties at the pet shop in Penrith he got acquainted to the Tesla's modern technology and relaxed on the grass... see for yourself:
THE LISTIES RUIN X-MAS AT MALTHOUSE THEATER NEW website review by Max Davine
The Listies Ruin X-Mas By Max Davine
This year has seen the rise of the male comedy duo, and fresh from the groundbreaking and brilliant television series Sammy J and Randy on Rickett’s Lane; a skillfully delivered and well-acted and written miniseries the courage and originality of which has not been seen on our shores for some considerable time, my expectations were set high when attending the new stage show The Listies Ruin X-Mas. Open mindedness paid off, however, and the show, aimed with vigilant focus on the children of the audience, was a joyous occasion in which the audience were invited to participate in the show from the beginning; we threw soft balls at the cast, we contributed to the proceedings and forced the actors to improvise around our suggestions – and well anyone knows, where children are involved that can stretch the imagination to uncertain barriers – and we shouted and sang along with the duo. In keeping with the comedy duo formula set down by Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello, we had on stage one timid, uptight and slightly more straight man, and one who seemed not to have his wits and marbles all accounted for, but as they incorporated physical comedy, audience interaction, songs and dance and a bizarre retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, we were quickly swept up in their enthusiasm and became children again ourselves. Also in keeping with the traditions of children’s comedy, there were a good amount of cultural references and not vulgar but definitely more accessible to adult ears jokes, such as their revised “twelve days of Christmas”, the contemporary Carols made famous by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, and even a nod to Stanly Kubrik’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Well worth it for a fun night out..
SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM NEW website review and photos by Camilla Wilson
Santa`s Magical Kingdom
Santa`s Magical Kingdom is an event not to be misses for all ages. Santa’s Magical kingdom is held at Caulfield race Course under the big top. The show is an interactive walkthrough event featuring Gingerbread Decorating, Snow land featuring the Snow Castle and it really snows. Children can meet the Snow Princess from Frozen, walk through the enchanted forest, meet Mrs. Clause and post a letter to Santa. The Kingdom features a carnival with rides and sideshow games. Rides include a Giant Ferris wheel & Santa’s train ride – there is a great selection for all age groups. The highlight of the show is the Circus hosted by Santa himself, featuring acrobats, tightrope walking elves and an amazing motorcycle stunt show – not your average circus but a spectacular along the lines of circus OZ & Circ du Soleil. There is plenty of fun and activities and the 3 hour session was barely enough time to fit it all in. The atmosphere is amazing, brightly lit in a carnival style atmosphere. Our children summed it up as being the best thing they have ever been to.
Dear Nikki, My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed "Bordello Blues" at The Melba, Spiegeltent, on Fri 27 November! The music & singing was fabulous, and together with the acting, acrobatics, costumes and stage props - we found ourselves drawn into the exclusive-looking Paris bordello and its tale. We were pleased that the whole evening felt so comfortable due to the non-sleasy and non-overly provocative scenes - it all looked and sounded scintillatingly decent! This was our first time at the Spiegeltent with its interesting layout - we were very happy with the front seating which allowed us an uninterrupted view of the whole performance. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to experience the Bordello Blues!! Best wishes, Elena Metlenko
LADY FOX WITH HARLEM SOUL - A JOURNEY IN SONG AT SPEAK EASY HD CLUB NEW website review by Crystal Corocher
Harlem Soul - A Journey in Song with Lady Fox; At Seakeasy HQ 14/11/15 Review by Crystal Corocher The perfectly named ‘song journey’ was a well-crafted show, delivered with soul and sophistication by the divine Miss Lady Fox. More than a brief introduction to each number, Lady Fox gave her audience an education. Giving the history and background to each song before performing them with grace and her own unique touch. The show was on-point to a genre now long gone; soulful blues ballads of smoky cabaret and speakeasy clubs, often steeped in despair, of an era we can only imagine. Lady Fox introduced one such ballad as ‘made famous by Julie London’ which was, of course, ‘Do Right.’ In my mind ‘Do Right’ (Why don’t you do right?) will forever have been made famous by Jessica Rabbit in the movie who framed Roger Rabbit? I’ve only ever considered this piece for it’s sexy, lingering feel and that unmistakably bombshell style delivery. Lady Fox brought a new subtlety to this track in a way I hadn’t heard it sung before. She made reference to the depression and the societal challenges for women of the time and left her audience besotted with her delicate, controlled rendition. Lady Fox graced Speakeasy HQ in Little Burke Street for a one night only show after a successful tour of New York but she will return for dates TBA in Dec - and I do highly recommend you go and see this for yourself. Don’t forget, you can follow artists on Facebook and Instagram: FB: Harlem Soul Insta: Lady Fox performs
SPEAKEASY VAUDEVILLE NEW followed the above concert of LADY FOX website review by Crystal Corocher.
Speakeasy HQ Vaudeville Show – Saturday nights at 377 Little Bourke St. Review by Crystal Corocher O.H&S protocols were bent, buckled and broken at Speakeasy HQ on Saturday night at their variety Vaudeville performance. But here’s the thing…if there isn’t a legitimate requirement for all audience members to know where the safety exits are at all times and a genuine risk to the health of the performing artists, then honey, it’s just not Vaudeville. Vaudeville should serve up a concoction of the delightful, the daring and the downright disgusting; entertain you, enlighten you and above all engage you. At Speakeasy HQ you will find it hard to take your eyes off the stage but don’t feel that you need to be seated and still for the entirety of the show – it’s not that type of place. You will be welcomed (encouraged) to frequent the bar should you choose, mingle with friends and will quickly notice that the audience is very much at the mercy of performers and may well become part of the show! Boylesque performer, Lord (Ryan) Lovat, was my personal favourite of the night and quite rightfully headlined the crew that performed on Sat 14th Nov. He has a pair of pins that could make most women jealous and can pop his cute-as-a-button man booty to rival Beyonce. Without doubt, Lovat rallied the audience’s attention better than any other act and men and women alike were clearly impressed. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that Boylesque is only intended for a gay audience. Boylesque is an art. Boylesque is beautiful. And I do believe, given time, it will become as widely celebrated as burlesque. There were feathers and flames and snakes (oh my!) but if you want to know where and how they were used – you’ll have to go out and see it for yourself. Comedian Sonia De Lorio delivered a well-polished routine and I’d be keeping an eye out for her future gigs. There was magic and belly dancing and so much more all packed in to one reasonable ticket price and the best part…if you missed it, don’t despair, this is a regular standing Saturday night show at Speakeasy HQ so get some friends together and check it out!
BOGDAN OTA REVELATIONS CONCERT NEW website review by journalist Crystal Corocher
Bogdan Ota Revelations Tour at the JamesTatoulis Auditorium 22Nov 2015 Review by Crystal Corocher Bogdan promised a spectacular show – and he delivered! You’ll recall from my earlier interview with Bogdan that he alluded to an extraordinary, possibly never been seen before seen multi-media display to accompany his live piano performance. It was, quite simply, superb. My mind just boggled as to how the movement and editing in the clips accompanied so perfectly each note, each chord, of Bogdan’s piano playing. I like to think I have a keen eye when it comes to timing of movement and music. Many years as a dancer and choreographer has granted me that. And I can tell you, that if this had been a live performance with an established, professional dance company – the timing may well have been less perfect between artists. Obviously such would be the nature of live movement, as humans we are not perfect. Still, the crispness of editing was simply outstanding and the marriage of the two elements engaged the entire audience, young and old. While this multi-media was a masterful creation, personally, I was just as happy at times to close my eyes. To sit and feel the shift in my breathing from the hurried every-day life we each left at the door when we entered the auditorium to the centred feeling of calm that comes with classical music. Just to be. Just to breath, and fully immerse myself meditatively in the sounds of possibly the greatest pianist of our time. Bogdan has a unique sensitivity as an artist. His playing is remarkable and as such, without explanation, could be appreciated as a craft of beauty. He did however, and as promised, deliver an explanation – a narrative of sorts – to each piece. To offer this deeply personal narrative, I believe, was both generous and courageous, and added a depth to his performance that needed to be seen live to truly understand. Bogdan’s audience here in Australia could be considered ‘small’ or it could be considered ‘growing’, my suggestion is that it is the latter. The James Tatoulis Auditorium was an ample venue for this one night only performance, offering impressive acoustics and ease of parking etc to facilitate this tour. While it would have been nice to see more people there to fill the space, those who were there raised to their feet in standing ovation without hesitation at the close of his performance; Bogdan was characteristically humble.
ATTILLA SAUTOV NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY VIOLIN VIRTUOSO ATTILLA SAUTOV with his SYMPHONIC ROCK ENSEMBLE GIVEN AT the GLEN EIRA TOWN HALL on 14 November 2015. (BAND: Second Violin, Piano, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Base and Drums) The concert began with two short pieces by a very young ensemble of 7 violinists with their teacher. They were warmly received and no doubt took note that to achieve the virtuosity of Attilla involved a lot of hard work. (Attilla began playing in Tashkent Uzbekistan at the age of 4 and now plays an 1812 French violin)
The first half of the programme consisted of 10 pieces that were predominantly of pop/rock items, including ‘Fields of Gold’ by Sting, ‘Let it Be’ by the Beatles and a Michael Jackson Medley. Unfortunately, the sound levels were too high considering the size of the hall giving rise to the domination of the lead and base guitars plus the powerful drums. Even at the front, it was difficult to discern the piano. However, the artistry of Attilla prevailed with the brilliance of the second violin – namely, Anna (what a talent). Despite the sound intensity, a better balance was achieved with ‘Viva la Vida’ and ‘Let it Be’. With further balancing of the sound system, the second half exploded with a stirring rendition of ‘Live and Let Die’ by Paul McCartney, followed by an emotional ‘Heal the World’ by Michael Jackson. Excitement grew with ‘The Mexican Hat Dance’ and a fabulous arrangement of ‘Zorba the Greek’. Without further or do, the classics flowed with Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and the unique arrangement/rendition of Monti’s ‘Czardas’ – spicy and absolutely fantastic! Another crowd pleaser was of course ‘Hava Nagila’ with lively participation and clapping from the audience. By this stage, the place was electrically charged with an incredible intense rendition of ‘The Turkish Rondo’ by Mozart. In sharp contrast, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’ followed that explored the wild side of the electric guitar – well executed! The final piece was the powerful and exciting ‘Storm’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – a composition written nearly 300 years ago. I hope Mr. Vivaldi was listening!
The group displayed great artistry and musicality combined with exciting and original arrangements. However, it appeared that the classical and popular pieces were better received by the audience as opposed to the heavy rock. The question is, can classical pieces be moulded into a rock format and rock pieces moulded into a classical one? A challenge for any musician! Nevertheless, we look forward to more concerts and further developments in an emerging and original genre of music. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician/Singer) 17 November 2015.
ST. VLADIMIR'S BALL: NOSTALGIA NEW website review by Max Davine
St. Vladimir’s Ball 2015 By Max Davine
There was a great deal on the minds of the organizers for 2015’s St. Vladimir’s Ball, held for Melbourne’s Russian community every year in honor of the 10th century Grand Prince Vladimir. Foremost in the hearts of many of the European community, 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of the devastating human tragedy that was the Second World War. However, on a much lighter note, the twenty-eighth St. Vladimir’s Ball, and first to be held at Richmond’s architecturally beautiful and spacious yet intimate Town Hall, this year also marks the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of the birth of the great Russian poet of the 1920’s, Sergei Yesenin, and much to the excitement of the Russian community and fans of the unique fashion and culture of the roaring 20’s alike, it was this that the Ball’s organizers chose to focus on.
Gorgeous beads, beautiful dresses and intricate headdresses adorned the women, while the men got out their bow ties and two-tone shoes and embraced the full-swing of the era, complimenting their surrounds perfectly, and looking around, it was not hard to be taken back to what any fashion or history enthusiast dreams of a now immemorial decade of the twentieth century, and while the men looked fantastic, it is as usual the women for whom the highest of praise must be accorded; with the subtle curls of their hair and the lavishness of their enrobing, not one could be said to have skimped on loving detail and appreciation.
Arriving at the hall, guests were seated at tables not by number, but named after the many highly respected luminaries of Russian artistic culture, which itself it revered as one of the most grandiose and influential in the world. Aside from Yesenin himself, there was Queen of the Russian Ballet Anna Pavlova, who holds a special place in the hearts of her Australian audiences, noted through her special honor of having a favorite Australian cake named after her; innovator of the devotedly loved and hotly debated acting technique now known as “the method” Constantin Stanislavsky, to whom legends of the stage and screen from Laurence Olivier to Marlon Brando credit their careers of realistic and heart-renderingly vulnerable performances; and Marc Chagal, who rose through the darkest period of Communist Russia to become the immortal painter whose works can be seen and admired the world over.
Taking their seats, each guest was given half a poem, the challenge being to identify the piece and find their “other-half” amongst the other guests. After warm welcomes came the exquisite Russian food, course and after course of delicious fare, while swing band the Pearly Shells provided beautiful ambience in keeping with the 1920’s theme. Their waltz-rendition of Moon River lingered in the hearts of all those in attendance long after they had vacated the stage, allowing Russian poetry to be sang in operatic style while guests mingled.
After swing lessons, for which the fastest guests to learn and master the steps were awarded prizes, a raffle was drawn and it was over to Melbourne based Russian Rock band Solaris to close the night, providing modernized touches versions of favorite folk numbers, it was hard to believe that the tight musicians were not prerecorded and mastered in a studio, let alone the band itself formed only four months ago. Keep an eye out for their first gigs next year.
For a great night out and a fine taste of both Russian and decade-themed culture, St. Vladimir’s Ball must be highly commended and recommended for anyone looking to broaden their cultural pallet, and it is with grateful thanks to organizers Daniel Kisliakov, Artyom Honl and Anastasia Suetin that the night of roaring 20’s fun was a night of roaring success.
All the best for next year, ladies and gentlemen, I hope to see you again.
TASTE OF MELBOURNE NEW website re view by Glen and Camilla Wilson, GW Photography.
Taste of Melbourne
Taste of Melbourne –Albert Park Lake.
Taste of Melbourne is a food lovers paradise, with dishes from some of Melbourne`s top restaurants.
With everything from South African, Indian, Mediterranean, Beef, Lamb & seafood there is something to appeal to everyone. Some of Melbourne’s top chefs are on hand to display their culinary delights and offer cooking demonstrations and master classes.
A wide range of Beer`s Ciders and Wines are available to sample, along with some excellent coffee and tea`s. Not forgetting the desert lovers with a wide range of deserts and chocolates.
Tastings are purchased with Festival Crowns- 1 Crown = $1.00, with dishes ranging from $2.00 to $12.00. Each dish is entrée sized and we found $50.00 worth of crowns allowed a generous range of tastings, and lots of free samples are available to try.
The festival is well spread out with ample seating and relaxing areas. We attended at night which added to the excellent atmosphere with the festival bathed in soft pastel lights. The Melbourne sky line and Albert Lake make a perfect venue.
I would highly recommend Taste of Melbourne to everyone and we will defiantly be back next year.
BLACK DIVA POWER NEW website review by Marina Skliar Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Erin Jameson, Helen O'Malley, Yang Liu and Jameson and Co PR company.for the opportunity to review this concert
The Black Diva, Nina Symone has made a legacy in musical history of our times.
This musical is a story telling through songs about the life of a famous American singer, pianist and activist in 60s who happened to be black. Her stage name was Nina Simone.
Some of Nina's songs were based on her life experience. Being raped as a young girl by her step father Mr. Dick, Simone was sent to a catholic school sometime after the incident. After finishing the school she ended up in a brothel. Her first music entounter took place in those times. Nina's performances were moody, magical and unpredictable. She had gone through hardship, drugs, jail, alcohol addiction and everything you can name on the subject of self destruction.
For Nina music was the only escape from her sorrow, unfulfilled love and men. Her music was bigger than love itself.
Nina used to sing Broadway blues. She was well known for the famous songs such as “I put a spell on you, “Summer time”, "I love you", "Porgy". Her concerts were always a sell out, a discovery for white people, but yet she was refused to use any public facilities where blacks were not welcome.
Her life had changed when she had met Loraine Hazer who was the activist in black people movement for freedom.In Nina's voice atrracted black people, and she was able to divert her singing in a different direction to get the message across to white people. It was the message of hope defending the equal opportunity for black.
Nina felt free while singing, she felt no pain, no sorrow, should would forget her bitter past, she was the voice of love and light for black people. Being an activist for her followers gave her direction in her own life showing the way out from all the troubles which were bothering her soul.
My Skin is black, my hair is woody, and my back is strong to the pain of everyday...
This was a great musical for lovers of Broadway blues, jazz and folk gospel. Thank you! We totaly enjoyed the experience.
WINE AND CHEESE FESTIVAL NEW website review by Glen and Camilla Wilson Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Sotir Stojcevskifor organising this opportunity for our media and for his compassion towards our work
Melbourne Wine & Cheese Festival Williamstown
The Melbourne Wine & Cheese Festival Held at Seaworks Maritime Museum. The festival was host to some of Victoria`s finest boutique wineries, Cider Breweries and Cheese makers. Produce manufacturers were on hand displaying their wares from olives, Pickles and Salami – all the perfect compliments to fine wine. Live bands and Dj`s provided entertainment in the main hall and the “Kids Zone” provided plenty of activities to keep the young ones entertained. The main building played host to manufacturers with a lively and busy market style atmosphere, the outdoor area hosting a wide range of food stalls, arts & crafts set amongst Williamstown`s beautiful marina and Melbourne city skyline. A highlight of the festival is the grape stomp competition, which was unfortunately not running during our time at the festival. Tastings are by the glass – visitors purchase tasting tokens, either with entry tickets or at the gate. The festival is a busy environment – much like the Vic Market on market day, so come along if you don’t mind crowds.
The Festival is a must for anyone who enjoys fine Wines & Cheese.
MELBOURNE SALAMI FESTA 2015 website review by Jess Dey / Skullwindows Photography and Luke Slater
Northcote was awash with the divine smell of cheese, salami, and beer for three days as the Melbourne Salami Festa made its home on High Street last week.
The main hall was host to a plethora of specialist salami stalls, including D.O.C, Salumi, and Fabris; each offering their own free samples and tasters to the delight of punters.
The workshops run throughout the day were a particularly nice feature of the festa; of note was the Traditional Pork Pie workshop run by the Piper Street Food Co. which taught attendees of the vital steps in the creation of an English favourite – and that it should be served cold (possibly with warm beer).
The biggest draw of the weekend was the 2015 Salami Competition, which saw over 50 local salami artisans pit their best recipes against one another in a bid to take home the title of salami of the year. Two interesting entries came from “Natural Pickle Co”, who deviated from the norm with their inclusion of wallaby meat and bathtub grappa in their recipes.
If numbers are anything to go by, the festa was clearly a huge success. Hopefully this serves as an indicator for next year’s turnout, and as a strong suggestion for a larger choice of venue.
NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA: THE MASTERPIECES OF HERMITAGE, THE LEGACY OF CATHERINE THE GREAT website review by GM and MM
Masterpieces from the Hermitage
For those of us not lucky enough to have made the trek to St Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum might seem like just another art gallery on an ever-growing bucket list. But even a short visit to see NGV’s selected masterpieces of Catherine the Great’s collection reveals just how peerless the full selection must be — very few galleries in the world are so extensive yet bear such a vivid mark of an individual’s personal taste.
The exhibition begins with architectural studies of the Hermitage complex, which is far bigger, more ornate and beautiful than I realised. It then moves through, room by room, each phase of classical and post-classical artistic movements, with particular features made of Italian, Flemish & Dutch masterpieces. Donna Nuda, originally ascribed to Leonardo da Vinci then later attributed to his students, and Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Scholar tend to draw a crowd, but they’re flanked by works of contemporaries which are as good if not better. In Rembrandt’s case, Jacob Duck’s Guardroom and Frans Snyders’ A Concert of Birds dominate a room of maybe only a dozen pieces, which all combine to make a strong argument for the quality of 17th Century Dutch art. But with curation this good, each room leaves a similarly unique impression.
The standout, however, is Catherine’s collection of drawings, one of the many personal flourishes that run through the exhibit. The pièce de résistance is the Hendrik Goltzius’ Bacchus, Venus and Ceres, an artist I wasn’t familiar with before attending. It’s a monumental work, grander than almost any painting, with an astonishing level of intricacy — a single line weight is used throughout, and the apparent shading is actually different styles and densities of cross-hatching. It’s worth the price of admission alone, and if the looks on the other patrons’ faces are any judge, that’s not a controversial statement.
The exhibition runs until the 8th of November. Don’t miss out — St Petersburg is a half a world away, but art of this magnificence, thankfully, is not.
The exhibition runs till November 8 2015!
ALAN KOGOSOWSKI CHOPIN MUSIC CONCERT website review by Marina Skliar Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Carole Bach and Alana Kogosowski for this opportunity
I would like to thank Natasha Marchev for the given opportunity for an invite to Alan Kogosowski concert.
It was the first time for me to see Alan Kogosowski performing and should I say: what a mind blowing concert performed on one breath! Alan is not just a magnificent player he is also a very knowledgeable and humble man. Before every single piece of music performed he told the audience the story behind the music, the mood of the notes so to speak.
Alan has also mentioned that he wrote a book 700 pages long which I would love to read once its published, I had found him not only to be a great pianist but also a wonderful story teller, as he spoke of Chopin with so much warmth, respect, and love.
I also was amazed that Alan had no music notes in front of him. It was all played by memory.
Alan had started the concert from Mazurka which is a second national anthem for Poland, the music that represents human emotions which felt much stronger than a common dance; it felt like more intimate feelings. Chopin has written 16 mazurkas in total including the most popular peace which is widely used everywhere all over the world even in phones as a call hold music.
Chopin was a very talented composer who in his early 20s has invented how piano should be played by mastering and inventing each sound. At the age of 21 Chopin had written sealing swooning sound on the way to Paris from Poland which was also played by Alan. Chopin was loved by everyone in Paris and continued to write beautiful swelled music, the sounds which are like a goggle of the river or strong wind.
Alan Kogosowski who had started playing a piano at 6 years of age had beautifully delivered on performing night, His playing felt as he had not 10 but 20 fingers; the music in some parts was so soft it took me to a magic fairy tale, You could sense through Alan’s playing how much he understood the mood of Chopin when he had composed the music, whether he was heartbroken, or in love, or he was just describing the weather.
Alan started to play signature pieces at the age of 10, Alan naturally brings the audience positive energy through his music, there was a standing ovation at the end of the concert and nobody wanted to leave and kept asking “more” and “more” of Alan's, Alan continued playing with his heart and his soul as if Chopin himself was in the audience...............
HORTICULTURAL AND GARDENING FESTIVAL 2015 press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to Margot Gorski , a Director of PR Matters www.prmatters.com.au for this opportunity
Melbourne Showground’s October 2015
The Melbourne Horticultural & Gardening Festival featured a wide range of exhibitors, including Landscape gardeners, Arts & Craft, Locally grown and produced condiments, tools and garden accessories. The show was a friendly and relaxed environment with all stall holders eager to show off their products.
Talks and displays were held on the main stage covering Cooking & Gardening. Stalls ranged from flowers, Cacti, Organic Gardening, Bonsai and a wide range of food products.
There were many unique and creative products available – mini terrariums made from light globes, tiny planter pots created using electric power pole insulators, hand crafted jewelry featuring Australian Native Flowers and a huge range of garden ornaments.
Stall holders were on hand to give advice on all aspects of gardening with loads of great advice. There was a big emphasis on small gardening, showing that even the smallest space can be transformed into a miniature paradise or veggie garden – Vegetables can be grown in crates, Cardboard boxes and even on a wall. Only have room for 1 fruit tree? – you can buy grafted fruit trees with up to 6 different fruits on the one small tree.
Overall a great day out, the only downside to the festival was the low number of public visitors, therefore I feel the event may have benefited from more advertising and promotion.
RUSSIAN MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY (RMTC) THE BOATMAN website Photos: Glen and Camilla Wilson/ GW Photography and Onstage Pix Text: Alexey Lis Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful for the opportunity to run this press release to Sergei An, Sergei Sulima and Elenea Mikhailova
"The Boatman" is a fairy tale for adults. Produced by Russian Melbourne Theatre Company based on play script of Hanna Yablonska. The play started on 3rd and 4th of October at 5PM at Phoenix Theatre (101 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood).
The plot is very deep and it is based on the story of a man, a watchman, whose life was destroyed only because of one single incident. It was a silly mistake, simply an accident that was hard to predict or prevent. It is quite common for the Russians who blame their whole life being broken up because one small mistake. The Watchman's life is basically at its bottom when we meet him on stage :he has no where to go, no job, no family and he does not know how to continue to live on. It is his life crisis in its worst when drinking might seem to be the one and only escape from the mind that blames him for not taking the right and better path.
The main character plays well especially we want to highlight two particular scenes where the actor showed his full potential: when he explains how the incident happened at the carousel and while he has a job interview / audition with the Death, how he is questioned and how he replies. He really feels deeply what he says. The main character plays excellently these two episodes, however the rest of his role seemed to be way too powerful for him and at the other moments he straggles to handle it well. His task was to show the degradation of the physical body but still the pure and strong core inside of him - his soul and his spirit are unchanged. We felt that the role killed the actor at some scenes as he did not perform to his full potential. It also was obvious that the role was too complicated for him may be to feel and to understand to the fullest. The role was way too big and heavy for him to take the whole character inside of him... They were some replicas that were not believable and really needed to be worked on. I felt very sorry we could not attend the Saturday performance when Sergei Sulima played the major character. It would be his real life personality and actor's potential was just created to play this role - i am pretty and 100% sure Sergei has done it the best on Saturday knowing him by his previous roles in the theater. Pity we did not see it from his double on Sunday!
Also have to admit that during Sunday performance the secondaries were playing much better than the mains: would like to highlight the perfection in performances of Sergei An (Nobel prize winner and yogi) and small but very powerful and significant acting of Sergei Sulima (god, light pole). Also would like to emphasise the absolutely sensational performance of two Death's helpers: two young men in capes. Some secondary actors especially young dancing girls were performing better and more naturally than the mains. It is always too obvious from the audience point of view to see who had a real drive and who did not drag it right. Our judgement however is based on our personal view only and perhaps many of the viewers did not even notice some of those small imperfections. The main impression from the whole play was very very good.
We can not miss to mention a remarkable choreography that we can stand up to give them all another round of applause so good they all were in their dancing: when the elements of modern dance were rightly blend to highlight the characters around them.
We also can not neglect to notice a very intelligent stage spacing work, combining the right requisites with some very smart stage arranging and genius ideas and podium solutions.
A Jablonskaya play The Boatman was a new beautiful discovery for us personally and seeing how the play interpretation was perfectly scaled to satisfy the tastes of the most spoiled observers.
Extremely well done (but the main should be played by S Sulima! no one else please!)
The Lady from Shanghai By Luke Slater Photos: Jess Dey / Skullwindows Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to Nikki for her generosity providing us with complimentary tickets, for making this press release possible and for her time at the interview
Loosely based on the Orson Welles movie of the same name, The Lady from Shanghai takes audiences on a trip through time to a classic film noir revenge story.
Nikki Nouveau displays a variety of talents throughout the show. As one would expect from cabaret, there is a plethora of singing and dancing throughout the performance - paying a postmodern homage to Adele, Nick Cave, and The Cure.
The venue, 24 Moons, set the perfect scene for the evening with its elegant seating and decoration.
The Lady from Shanghai is a must see for fans of cabaret and fringe theatre alike.
There are more shows: Bordello Blues with Nikki that you can go and see at Melbourne Spiegeltent
SNOW QUEEN'S AUSSIE FREEZING SHOW website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson / GW Photography and Onstage Pix Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Christerine Laul for this opportunity and supporting our editorial
Snow Queen`s Aussie Freezing Show Cardinia Cultural Center Pakenham.
Youngstars2`s Snow Queen`s Aussie Freezing Show is a 1 hour children’s show featuring singing dancing and loads of fun for young children.
The show opens with a sing along featuring popular songs from Disney`s Frozen. The opening song “Let it go” was outstanding and a huge hit with the audience singing along. The cast of character’s includes Bush man bob, Pixie, Dixie, Captain Carrot ,Funny bunny, Super Winston, The Evil Jester And not forgetting the Snow Queen. The show is a lively mix of songs, games and fun for all ages – Funny bunny and bushman bob led everyone in the hit song hokey pokey and it was great to see all the parents dancing & Singing along. Super Winston silly antics kept the children amused... and all the children participated with energy and enthusiasm and engaged delightedly with the characters. The evil jester comes to steal the snow queens magic wand, but with the help of Funny Bunny, Bushman Bob, Captain Carrot ,Super Winston & Silly the Snow Man - His evil plans were thwarted and the wand and all the power it contained was returned to the Snow Queen, its rightful owner. The snow Queens Wand performs a very special power which delighted all the children and had them running to the front of stage – but you will have to come along to the show to see what happens. The show is a colorful and highly entertaining and is amongst the best of children’s live shows and is highly recommended. A big thank you to the Snow Queen`s Staff and Management who were extremely friendly and helpful and made Photographing and reviewing the show an absolute pleasure.
And finally a quick review from Montanna age 7. “I liked it when the girl sang Let it go, I really liked the Ice Queen especially when she made it snow. I really want to see it again. I loved the show, Said Montanna. J
The Northern Craft Beer festival was held last Sunday (27 Sept 2105) in D Division at Pentridge Prison. Luckily the prison has been closed since 1997 and large portions of the massive exterior walls have been removed. Parts of the ex-prison are now used for cultural events. The whole site is a visual delight - and if you have not visited recently, you really should make a point of going to check it out.
It was a great place for a beer festival and the weather did not let the organisers or the visitors down. The sun was shining down on a magnificent Melbourne spring day. Entry was a mere $15. Walking down the stairs to the halls lined with prison cells took you a long way back in time. Craft beer stalls were set out both inside the prison building, and outside in what were presumably exercise yards. There was a wide variety of craft beers, ciders, wine and whiskey. Lots of free tastings, good prices for all drinks, and some incredible food. It was a wonderful day - very relaxed with lots of happy friendly people.