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Props to Cirque du Soleil’s most intricate ‘world of wonders’

Cirque du Soleil’s 35th incursion, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, is proving to be one of its biggest shows – with 426 props (the most of any production in the circus’ history) and 65 trucks needed to transport close to 2000 tonnes of equipment. The show, which opens in Sydney …

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Woodwind virtuoso’s oboe solo a rare pleasure

MUSICMelbourne Chamber Orchestra: Baroque Oboe ★★★★Melbourne Recital Centre, June 23 Pianists and string players often hold the monopoly on the soloist’s spotlight, especially on Melbourne’s stages. So it was a rare pleasure to see one of Australia’s finest woodwind virtuosos, oboist Diana Doherty, taking centre stage at Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s …

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Judy, Australia – 1964: The end of the rainbow

It was the beginning of Garland’s career decline, yet a new stage show, Judy Australia – 1964 takes the ill-fated tour as its focal point in what creator Bill Farr describes as “a defiant celebration”. Farr, an art director who works in publishing, is a lifelong Garland fan (“Since my …

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As Tony Bennett approaches 93, let’s hear it for the oldies

So why do these legends sustain careers for so long? “I didn’t try to do that, but it’s happening,” says Bennett, who has few peers or precedents when it comes to pop/jazz singers flourishing in their 10th decade. “So I’m thrilled about it. I’ve had a wonderful life doing what …

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Music of the Oud review: Baroque twists of Arabic scales

MUSIC OF THE OUDConcert Hall, June 22★★★★ Joseph Tawadros gave an equally jokey and insightful musicological lesson when he and his percussionist brother, James, rejoined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra after the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony in G minor (K183). After his oud and James’s req (small tambourine) duetted on …

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Unpacking the Logies for a new era of TV

Ray Martin with his 2007 Logie, Martin and Graham Kennedy share the honour of having largest number of Gold Logie wins: five each.Credit:Penny Stephens On the other hand, as five-time Gold Logie recipient Ray Martin succinctly noted, “It’s the only game in town”. Which, apart from the largely hidden TV …

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What’s on TV: Sunday, June 30

The Bikes of Wrath ABC, 9.35pm The bicycles are a backdrop in this Australian feature documentary, which has a group of filmmakers and crew pedalling the 2600-kilometre route – from Sallisaw, Oklahoma to Bakersfield, California – that the impoverished Joad clan drove in John Steinbeck’s classic Great Depression novel, The …

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What’s on TV: Saturday, June 29

Luxury Homes Revealed Australia 9Life, 2.30pm Given that this real estate show opens with an (admittedly prestigious) new Melbourne apartment tower project that is still just a showroom model, it’s clear that the editorial priorities reside with the marketing partners; every talking point draws gushing praise from presenter Gary Takle. …

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What’s on TV: Friday, June 28

Gardening Australia ABC, 7.30pm Winter is not going to slow Costa Georgiadis and the Gardening Australia crew: the host starts at a vast flower farm outside Melbourne, which has him close to levitating to horticultural delight, while there’s also a guide to making the right tree purchase at a nursery …

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