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The staying power of fiction

The staying power of fiction

By Rhonda Dredge Many events had already sold out for this year’s Melbourne Writers’ Festival within two weeks of them going on sale. The rush to be literary has increased unabated since the first festival was staged more than 30 years ago in the Malthouse. This year’s festival starts on August 25 and focuses on

Heinous Hounds cherry hot cherry blue

By Chris Mineral Sunday arvos at the Cherry Bar and Max Crawdaddy and co have the blues happening.  On occasion, a disparate group of musos called The Heinous Hounds are assembled, cajoled, rounded up and appear on stage. At times, they are an utter shambolic train wreck, trying to figure out what key the song

The CBD through Juan’s eyes

By David Amaya Since his arrival in Melbourne, Juan Bohada has always been fascinated by everything he sees in the CBD.  The mix of cultures, languages, faces and colours inspired him to grab his camera and capture the essence of this dynamic city. Mr Bohada became a CBD local two years ago when he started

Ink and aerosol

By Lorraine Ellis Steve Cross is a veteran of the graffiti/street art scene, having put up his first tag 30 years ago as a 14-year-old. A keen skate-boarder, tagging and sticker bombing became something he did as he traversed the streets of Perth. These days Steve straddles two scenes: that of tattooing and graffiti/street art. He

Home away from home

By Sunny Liu David Amaya came from Columbia to the Melbourne CBD two years ago as a tourist and is now a long-term “CBD local”.  “When you first come to a new city, you are a tourist. You only start living after you get over all the tourist attractions,” he said. Becoming a “local” in

Lovetown at the library

By Chris Mineral The Burke and Wills monument had been removed, hoardings had been placed around City Square, Chautaqua had won the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick racecourse and nearby at the Athenaeum Library on Collins St, a full house awaited the arrival of the singer/songwriter Stephen Cummings.  The Melbourne ambience was overcast, grey and

The word from the garret

By Rhonda Dredge The urban artist today is likely to be a spatial specialist who builds installations out of found materials in out-of-the-way corners of the CBD.  References are unlikely to be recognisable people or settings from everyday life. Marie Darrieussecq in Being Here documents the way an artist at the beginning of the 20th

Delights revealed as scaffolds come down

By Tristan Davies, Melbourne Heritage Action Scaffolding going up on heritage buildings is often a worrying sign that demolition of facades is soon to follow, but a number of scaffolds coming down recently have revealed much better news. On Elizabeth St, just past the market, the retained front of a Victorian building with stunning bronze

Green light for Vic Market

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne The planning controls that deal with the upgrade of the Queen Victoria Market have now been approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The City of Melbourne will now need to work within a framework that places a mandatory height control of 125 metres on the “Munro” site, which the council

Active dog the perfect companion

By Kate Mani  For toy poodle cross terrier Oreo, there’s nothing better than having a run with other dogs.  Her owner Nick Jiang laughs as he tells how his eight-month-old bundle of fur has recently started chasing dogs, not only in the park, but also on TV. “We were watching David Attenborough … there was

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