You may have noticed my recent entries have been quite negative and critical, so I thought I’d write about some other stuff going on.
I am making my first ever zine called “Australian Rozie” (funny that)! I’ll be selling them at the MCA Zine Fair on Sunday 25 May 2008. I’ll be sharing a table with Aliza from work and Becky Jo & co. I’ve always wanted to make a zine, I used to pick them up when I was in high school and recently there has been a resurgence of zine making amongst people I know. So it’s a bit of a “perzine” – a personal zine where I’ll write about stuff I’m into and give worldly advice. Just like this blog I guess. The fun part is I get to design it myself, which is a change from work where I never get to chose my own layout, fonts or colours, there’s either a corporate style guide to follow or some art director tells me what to do. My zine will be all ME ME ME!
Who knows if anyone will buy one, I don’t even know how much to sell it for. Hope to see some of you guys at the Zine Fair – it’s part of Sydney’s Writer’s Festival too.
You may have noticed my recent entries have been quite negative and critical, so I thought I’d write about some other stuff going on.
The older I get, the more I really think about Anzac Day and why we get a day off. Imagine if every guy you knew between the age of 18 to 50 was sent overseas to fight in a war against a far away enemy and some of them never came back. Kids today… they don’t know what it would be like. Anyway, I thank the people that gave their lives, so my family could come to Australia over 50 years ago (that’s a long story, I’ll tell you another day) and live happily ever after (sort of).
So I didn’t do much this weekend:
Baked some Anzac biscuits
Watched the Anzac Day parade on TV
Catch up with old uni mates
Yum Cha for Nadia’s B’day
Made a roast
Bill Viola: the Tristan project @ St. Saviour’s Church, Redfern
Laundry x 3 loads
Lunch with Thommy
Practiced parallel parking
Update my flickr pics
This year I decided to volunteer at the Surry Hills Festival. The festival is the major fundraising event for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. The neighbourhood centre provides childcare, seniors & new immigrant’s activities, support, assistance and information for people who are underprivileged or marginalised in the local community. This, my friends is a good thing because not everyone has a mortgaged roof over their head, lots of friends to party with and their mental health.
So on Saturday morning (9:30am), Dave dropped me off at Prince Alfred Park and I made my way down to the Volunteer’s tent. My job was to be a spruiker and gold coin donation collector. I was given a megaphone and told to welcome people to the festival, ask for donations and tell people about the festival. I had done my homework before the event because I was taking the spruiker position seriously.
What I found interesting was that all the volunteers I met did not live in the Surry Hills area. Most of the volunteers were there because they “had to”, for example as part of their work experience for an event management course. I guess I’m disappointed that more people from the community didn’t make the effort to assist with the mammoth event that it was. Well at least they turned up in their thousands to enjoy the day. It seemed that there were a lot more volunteers earlier in the day, by lunchtime, there weren’t enough people to replace those who were on long shifts. I “worked” from 9:30am til 3:30pm and only got one break. So perhaps there needs to be an effort to encourage more helpers in the afternoon next year. The were more than a hundred volunteers doing all sorts of things like organising the dog show, setting up and bumping in as well as collecting donations. I only spoke to those collecting donations though.
As someone who has organised a few events myself, I could imagine what a freaking nightmare organising the Surry Hills Festival would have been. I was also informed that the festival was brought forward about 5 months due to the Council doing work on the park (which they later postponed, but it was too late to change the date). I really have to praise the organising team because unlike say: Big Day Out, Good Vibrations or V Festival, they aren’t doing this for their own profit. All the the money raised goes to the Neighbourhood Centre. I would say the 95% of people who turned up gave a donation of at least a dollar which is great. Though some people (who clearly didn’t look poor or underprivileged) tried to ignore the donation buckets being waved at them. It was a great day with beautiful weather, lots and lots of people and a good time was had by all (I hope).
Check out some pics here. They aren’t very good because I was busy volunteering and didn’t take my good camera.
On Friday, Honka Princess and I headed down to the Ent Cent to check out 80s legends Duran Duran. I have to admit that I didn’t know much of their new stuff, just the singles that have been released. We had great seats – first elevated section on the left, 3 rows from the front! I can’t believe I forgot my camera!!! I realised on my way to work when I saw a girl with a shark sticking out of her backpack. I was going to go home and get it after work, but decided that it was too much hassle and knew OWLOT would be getting lots of great shots from near the front.
The boys put on a great show, yes they have aged but not too badly. They opened with 3 new songs that I didn’t know well. I had the feeling that the majority of the audience were wanting hear all the oldies from the 80s. When they broke out with Hungry like the Wolf, the audience went wild. There was some cringe factor (this wasn’t a 80s revival night, it was a world tour to promote their latest album) with the retro nostalgia… their old tracks were absolute killers and the new stuff is so so. Though I don’t mind “Skin Divers” from Red Carpet Massacre – which I think they didn’t play. I could see the smirk on John Taylor’s face during the show (yes, we were that close).
In the 2nd half of the show they do a “Kraftwerk tribute” where the 4 remaining original members stand at the front of the stage ala Kraftwerk. This is the part I think John Taylor particularly didn’t like, because he had to put away his guitar. Anyway, they played lots of hits that kept the crowd happy – The Reflex, Planet Earth (my favourite DD track), Rio, Ordinary World, Save a Prayer, A View to Kill, Wild Boys, Notorious and Girls on Film. I hate their cover of White Lines (it’s so embarrassing) but they did it anyway. At least Simon Le Bon’s voice was better this time around. Nick Rhodes is starting to look scarily like Andy Warhol as he ages.
The first time I saw Duran Duran 5 years ago at the Enmore will never be equaled. I guess there was the anticipation of 20 years wait, a small venue packed to the rafters by truly dedicated DD fans, grown men and women screaming at the top of their lungs and being with 2 of my best friends from high school that made it much more enjoyable.
Overall Duran Duran at the Sydney Entertainment Centre was a great show (except for the blinding strobe light effect during some parts – it’s not an old skool hard core rave). All the MOR‘s would have gone home happy too.
Other reviews here:
fasterlouder (obviously this person is not of the era and just didn’t get it!)
A bella on last.fm
I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Gucci SS08 Fashion Event (my cousin’s friend is the PR director). Let’s call it: a luxury brand fashion parade with drinks & nibblies. I don’t normally get to move in these circles so I was really looking forward to seeing what it would be like. The set up was really impressive, they had fitted out a warehouse in Alexandria with a shiny catwalk, seating (long white cushy seats with simple black piping) and a bar. The hors d’oeuvres were really fancy (and there was plenty). Piper Heidsieck champagne was on offer. I was told to drink up and enjoy, but I had to pass due to my alcohol intolerance, such a shame! I did enjoy an apple & elderflower drink instead. There was a smattering of celebrities such as Natalie Bassingthwaighte & Sonia Kruger but I was hoping for a super A-lister such as Cate or Nicole. Other guests included “rich people” like Justin Hemmes, Gucci ladies, magazine editors, as well as models I’ve seen in Vogue. The parade itself was quite surreal, I felt like I was in TV, especially when they played the mini-doco of David Lynch directing the latest Gucci ad on all the walls surrounding the catwalk. The clothes were really nice, the palette of black, white & pink was my favourite. There was an Asian model who looked so, so miserable, I thought, if I had a body like that I’d be smiling! I met a guy who is a colour forecaster – what an interesting job!
Not sure who the DJ was, he played some non-offensive background dance music earlier but later on dropped some stuff I really liked: Chromeo, LCD Sound System, Annie, The Cure & INXS.
It was great to see Ms CM after so many years. When my cousin was at uni (and I was in high school), I used to hang out with them and be a “fake HK uni student” – we used to go to discos/student dance parties, the movies, French Riviera (when it was still in Double Bay)…oh those were the days. Now, I just daydream that I can afford Gucci.
Article from SMH here
More details on Vogue Aust site.
What’s sexy now?
We stayed at the Novotel, it was a bit out of the main drag (10-15 minute walk). As we arrived, an old church was having it’s spire connected which was quite exciting. We turned up to the Novotel at about 11am & our room was not ready yet. We were told to leave our bags and come back later. I was wondering about my special “Warhol” package. It included 2 tickets to the show, taxi (cab charge type thing), discount voucher for the Andy Warhol Supermarket and free breakfast. What did they think I came to this town to do??? Of course I wanted my tickets for the Warhol show. The girl at the reception told me that her manager had the tickets but she had gone away. I went a bit “Sydney” and said, “I want them NOW because I came to Brisbane to see Warhol, and I’m not sitting around waiting for the manager to come back. I want to see Warhol NOW!” Turned out they were in a drawer at reception. Thanks. When we got to our room later that day, they was a bit of mess on a side table: some used tissues, lolly wrappers and papers! I was like eww! So we went back to reception and they gave us another room. Then, when we came back to the room that night, our key pass wasn’t working and I was busting to go to the loo. So back downstairs to get a new pass. See what I mean about random service???
I wrote all about the Warhol show in my previous entry. I enjoyed catching the ferry from New Farm to Southbank 2. Southbank was similar to Melbourne’s Southbank with it’s restaurants and shopping area. We enjoyed a French meal at Piaf. N & G recommended it because it’s new and good value. This is where I got a little celeb spotting, Jacki Weaver was eating at Piaf too.
My birthday was on Sunday, Dave and I enjoyed a big buffet breakfast. I have to say it was probably the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever had. So much variety, good quality and delicious food. Even bulk scrambled eggs were done well.
We checked out the Queensland Art Gallery – a small but concise collection of good Australian and International art. I looked at the feature exhibition: The Watercolours of Kenneth Macqueen. Then I was like, is that it? – I thought there was going to be more stuff upstairs, but there wasn’t Oh well I’ve been spoilt in Sydney and with my recent trip to NYC and San Fran.
T & T managed to find all the cool shopping areas, there were some very good shops in the Valley including Fallow (the secret store), Blonde Venus (which had the Opening Ceremony stuff I hadn’t seen yet) and Outpost. I was surprised how quiet Chinatown was for a Sunday afternoon. We had some average Vietnamese from a shop that didn’t seem to have any Vietnamese working there.
My thoughts on Brisbane: (the last visit was Expo ’88) – it wasn’t very BrisVegas . We had beautiful sunny weather on both days and it’s a bit more laidback than Sydney. I don’t think I could cope living here but it’s a nice place to visit every 20 years;)
What can I say? The Andy Warhol exhibition at GOMA was awesome. So much Andy, so little time. It was quite crowded when we arrived, but people were queuing out he door by the time we finished. Seeing so many works by my favorite artist was just fantastic. The art was well presented and covered all his genres and media. I didn’t get to sit down and watch the TV/Video stuff as you had to wait for the person before you with the individual headphones. Maybe a few more would have been good. I’ve seen some of the Andy TV stuff before but it’s always good to see it again. I really liked seeing the illustrations from his early commercial work up close. Also quite a few things I hadn’t seen before (in books) from the 70s and 80s. The photo booths where you get “Warhol-ed” were fun, but it would have been nice if you could email the image to yourself as a keepsake. The recreated Silver Cloud room was so cool, I think everyone enjoyed playing/observing the silver clouds. As always, his Time Capsules are fascinating (saw a whole lot in Melbourne a few years ago) – I liked the invitation to a “after-dinner-disco-dance” at Studio 54, hosted by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager! As you do… Anyway, I’m so happy i saw this show – it was fantastic (and thanks Dave for taking me to sunny Brisbane).
I was very surprised to receive this “expensive and romantic” gift from my secret admirer at work. We are playing a game for Valentine’s Week where we woo/stalk/amuse someone in the office for some Valentine’s fun. We aren’t meant to spend a lot of money but I guess I got lucky! Just hope they don’t expect me to put out, I am married! The USB key contains some beautiful love song dedications. Full list on this photo’s Flickr page.
I’ve had a busy week:
Monday night – Chromeo at the Beck’s Bar (Sydney Festival). Even though I saw them just 2 nights earlier, I was looking forward to seeing/hearing these guys more up close and personal. The crowd was really up for it and knew all the words. I love how everyone went “Chromeo ooh oooh…” at the beginning. See the videos I uploaded on Facebook. I stood at the front left speaker for the first few songs. Unfortunately my musician’s earplugs were conquered by the Beck’s Bar speakers and I had to move away to the back. Chromeo put on a great show and Needy Girl is such a great song. So funky!
Tuesday night – House of the Holy Afro. I saw this in the Sydney Festival guide and thought it looked like fun. I didn’t really have the funds for this as I had already bought tickets to 4 other Festival events. Luckily I scored some freebies from In The Mix (as I’m a dedicated contributor). So Missy Bon Bon came with me to check it out at The Metro. At first the audience was very reserved, but after a few songs everyone was jiving and jiggling to the South African extravaganza. The music was pumping, the singers and dancers were going off with their incredible energy – I had a great time! See photos here
Thursday night – Bar Food Night at Danks St Depot. Delicious food, not cheap though.
Friday Night – Spicks and Speck-tacular. This was a lot of fun. Of course everyone in the Enmore was a fan of the TV show – what a pack of music nerds I was surrounded with. I have new respect for Adam Hills – he handled the live audience really well and was very, very funny. Sometimes on Spicks and Specks his jokes can be a bit lame. They picked 8 people out of the audience to go on stage and compete. I tried! I knew the answer to “Which horror movie star performs on Thriller?” Some of the contestants were nut-cases – and I thought there were too many “old” people chosen. There was a woman behind me, let’s call her “Maria” who had been to the live stage show 23 times…23 TIMES – What the? She obviously has more money than sense! The show went for about an hour and three quarters (even though it said on the Enmore website that it only went for an hour and 10 minutes). So it was pretty good value for about $47. Then we went to Oxford Art Factory (for the first time) for a “Miami (B)ass” night of which I didn’t hear any Miami Bass – more Baltimore/new Electro type stuff. We were only there for an hour – Dave wasn’t feeling well and I was justifiably feeling too old and dorky.
Saturday – resting + some Couch to 5km training.
Sunday – T-visionarium at UNSW – another Sydney Festival thing. Really awesome – really trippy – check it out if you can. They have sessions every half an hour.
well I’ve been on “vacation” as they like to call it in North America. I’ve been to Toronto/Markham (Canada), New York City, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Zhongshan (China). So excuse me. I’ve got more than 2GB of pics to sort through, as you know, I like to label, annotate and reference my photos, so it’s going to be a while until you see them all. Well, you can see some Toronto ones on first up on Flickr if you like.