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'JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live', installation view at Koorie Heritage Trust. Left to right: 'The Heart', 2016; 'Oxymoron', 2015; 'William Buckley - Maquette', 2016 (mixed media sculpture); 'Still Here', 2015; 'The Empire', 2015 (top); 'Ticket to Projection', 2015 (middle), 'Skip to my Lou', 2015 (bottom). Photo: ArtsHub. Digital illustrations of Melbourne landmarks with red, black and yellow background hang on the walls. In front of them is a small sculpture of a human figure on a bright yellow plinth.

Exhibition review: JXSH MVIR: Forever I Live, Koorie Heritage Trust

When kinship is involved – it shows.

World Problems. Image is a woman in grey standing on a stage in front of the mouth of a tunnel, that looks as if it's lined in slate. There are boulders at her feet and we can see the silhouetted heads of the front row of the audience from behind.

Theatre review: World Problems, Southbank Theatre

A solo show that spans near and far, borne of personal and global events.

Thunderhead. On the left is a book cover of clouds in a dark blue sky, with large pearls dotted across the cover, and the title running down the sides. On the right is a black and white headshot of a young white woman with long straight hair and a fringe.

Book review: Thunderhead, Miranda Darling

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, this novella explores coercive control. 


Exhibition review: Mac Hewitt, Ellen Giannikos, Andrew Anka, Anthony Jackman, Gerard Russo, SOL Gallery

Mythical worlds, dreamlike vignettes, colour-drenched abstractions and twisted Dadaism all feature in SOL Gallery’s latest feast of Melbourne art. 

The Australian Ballet. Circle Electric. Bathed in a red glow a troupe of ballet dancers are assembled beneath a large neon hoop. The dancers are eclectic and in all sorts of shapes, one is held aloft surrounded by smoke.

Dance review: Études/Circle Electric, Sydney Opera House

A double bill of dance that canvasses contemporary and classical works.

Loving My Lying, Dying, Cheating Husband. Image on left is a black and white author headshot of a 40-something white woman with a blonde fringed bob and glasses, and an open necked shirt, smiling at the camera. On the right is a book cover depicting a large blue expanse of the sea and a bird's eye view of a small boat with a white triangular wake coming from it.

Book review: Loving My Lying, Dying, Cheating Husband, Kerstin Pilz

'Till death do us part' is put to the test in this heartbreaking memoir.

Model Minority Gone Rogue. Qin Qin. Image on left is an author shot from the waist up of a young woman of Chinese appearance wearing a grey top with lapels and glasses. She has shoulder length dark hair and her body is facing the left, with her head turned to smile at the camera. On the right is a green book cover of featuring a small Chinese girl holding a pink umbrella and wearing pink tights, a red jumper, green boots and a grey skirt. She is smiling at the camera.

Book review: Model Minority Gone Rogue, Qin Qin 

A memoir that tracks what happens when a formerly dutiful child decides to pursue her own path.

Heroic. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. On the left is a shot chest up of a middle aged white man with grey hair wearing dark rimmed glasses, folding his arms and holding a conductor's baton. On the right is a younger dark haired man wearing a dark suit and tie over a white shirt, smiling at the camera and holding his hands in front of him.

Music Review: Heroic, Adelaide Town Hall

Leading Sibelian, Osmo Vänskä conducted a vivacious performance of Sibelius and Beethoven.

Embodied. Two female dancers on a dark stage, under two stage lights with barn doors are dressed in tight white skivvies and grey shorts, and are stretching their right arms up in the air.

Dance review: EMBODIED, Dancehouse

A double bill of dance captivated and entranced.

The Grinning Man. A huddle of seven young actors in vaguely Victorian/Edwardian clothing grasp and peer over each other with manically grinning faces.

Musical review: The Grinning Man, Alex Theatre

A number of miscalculations may make you grimace instead of grin in the Australian premiere of this British musical.

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