LA NOCHE LATINA NEW website photography: Tony Kots (TBA) review by Marina Sk
La Noche Latina, The Ultimate Latin Dinner & Show took place on Saturday 28th January and was organised by Just Strut / Strut Events at the Waterfront on the Pier.
It is a gorgeous place and magnificent restaurant located on the waterfront with spectacular ocean views. The show starts at 0800 pm after the guests get seated and order their drinks - most common culture here for the restaurants that host their own gigs / entertainment programs. You can also buy dinner and have a catch up chat with your friends before the show.
The Latin Dancers who followed the dinner were pure fire with beautiful outfits, performance and music. We heard salsa music to dance together with the show presenters and brought to us by a skilled DJ.
The patrons of the venue created this special atmosphere and excitement of the night. But my personal opinion / or suggestion would be, if I may please express my thoughts , that the tickets should include the price of the dinner plus the show as many venues practice these days. People would be happy to pay more (say, $60-$80) for the dinner plus the show; and drinks can be charged separately, but this is only MHO as I think it would be so logical.
Overall it was an excellent night and we enjoyed our experience; if you decide to attend with your happy friends bring your dancing shoes with you and dance as you never danced before - till dark.
BLANC De BLANC website photography and review by Neil Chand
Blanc De Blanc Encore Sydney was an incredible showcase.
There are amazing talents from all over the world with only two performers from Australia presented.
The cabaret performance had the entire audience on the edge of their seats with their intricate choreography and audience participation.
The night entailed with an intoxicating, lively high-class cabaret fizzing with surprises.
Antipodes 2023: Group show at the Beinart Gallery website photography by Kieran McNamara
Antipodes 2023: Group show opening reception of the art exhibition took place at the Beinart Gallery on 14 January 0600pm-0900pm. The exhibition will run till 29 January for general view.
please enjoy the photography by Kieran McNamara of Kieran Mcnamara Photography and stay tuned for more media materials.
review by David Black and Grace Liu photos: David Black and Kieran McNNamara
The Antipodes exhibition at Beinart Gallery is just mind blowing! Grace and I had the pleasure of attending the opening night. Over 50 of Australia’s best artists are featured, showing off a variety of styles and media.
The alcohol was supplied by the sponsors Malocchio and Jetty Road Brewery. Malocchio provided 3 different flavours of their Hard Seltzer and Jetty Road supplied 3 different beers. Grace and I tried to have one of each, but 6 drinks was too many so we just had 4 and stumbled home. Both sponsors products were excellent! We weren’t too drunk to appreciate the artworks btw.
The artists featured are - Shaun Tan, Sean Layh, Clare Toms, Jennifer Allnutt, Annita Maslov, Mark Seabrook, Jessica Ng, Belinda Wiltshire, Jai Raphael, Ben Howe, Erik Sherman, Robert Duxbury, Jack Rowland, Robyn Rich, Liz Gridley, Katherine Gailer, Greg Olijnyk, Eevien Tan, Zeke’s Lunchbox, David Lee Pereira, Lix North, James Bonnici, Joshua Smith, Julian Clavijo, Alex Louisa, Jason Penfold, Jackson Booth Sean Edward Whelan, Alexia Novella, Brooke Penrose, Brian Cheung, Dan Power, Ryan Pola, Wolfgang, Andrew Hopgood, Brad Gunn, Adele Foster, Mai Yazawa, Brendan Rowe, Rachel Perrin, Dave Ramsden, Josh Juett, Avraham Vofsi, Ben Lopez, Nic Smith, Catriona Secker, Jeska Valk, Kim Evans, Samantha Dennis, Sooj Mitton, Jacqueline Michell Butterworth, Angela Ho, Creature Creature, Kat Young & Kate Gorman. There were so many whose pieces are well worth talking about but I can’t cover all of them, so I will just highlight a few. The first to catch my eye was Avraham Vofsi. I loved the way he was exploring biblical themes and even using the frames of his paintings as part of the art. Avraham is a Jew that was born in Australia, who is using art to discover his heritage. I had previously seen a work of his on David and Goliath, so I asked him about this and he replied…
Avraham - I would say that being a minority community in diaspora does make you think about how your culture/heritage and history helps in forming your life and world view. And definitely as I have explored my heritage and connected more over the past few years, I have learnt a lot. So yes, the piece with John showing the David and Goliath story, including striving for historical accuracy (regardless of the reality of the story) was my motivation. Here is a link to Avraham’s piece at the Antipodes exhibition: https://beinart.org/collections/antipodes-2023/products/avraham-vofsi-anointment-oil-on-linen Another to catch my eye was Wolfgang, whose fine line art on “Reprisal” was amazing. It was quite a dark, gothic piece. Wolfgang is a professional tattooist at Umbra Tattoo and the years of hard work he has put into line work show. His tattoo work is similarly themed with the same fine lines and stippling. https://beinart.org/collections/antipodes-2023/products/wolfgang-reprisal-felt-tip-pen-on-paper
Grace quite liked Jeska Valk’s “The White Moth.” This is an interesting oil on linen piece which is features a white moth with crochet pattern on its wings and a lady with crochet material around her neck. I am sure that there is a deeper meaning behind why the moth obscures her eyes, but I didn’t get a chance to catch up with the artist to find out. https://beinart.org/products/jeska-valk-the-white-moth-oil-on-linen.
There was one work in particular that blew my mind. Greg Olijnyk actually created an Escher style piece in cardboard. I’d always believed that it was impossible to take Escher’s optical illusions and turn them into real pieces. Greg actually did and it was amazing! https://beinart.org/collections/antipodes-2023/products/greg-olijnyk-escher-cube-cardboard The exhibition will be running until the 29th of January, so there is plenty of time to experience this. All art works are for sale but will probably sell before the end night, so I would suggest getting there soon.