Naughty and nice, Adelaide Cabaret Festival focuses on good times

Texas tornado: Amber Martin, who performs an original Janis Joplin tribute, at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.It’s 10:30 on a Friday night in the middle of downtown Adelaide at one of the largest cabaret festivals in the world, Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Guests sip their drinks and act fabulous in their hats, feather boas and sequins, though plenty are happily enjoying the festival in sensible jeans and scarves as well. A slight chill is in the air, but it’s not keeping people off the town. According to the festival’s publicity executive, Francesca Belperio, this festival has changed winter for Adelaide, bringing people out on the town when they used to stay in.
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The festival centre’s recently refurbished interior is covered in its finest threads for the cabaret. Literally, beautiful string art of blended bright colours weave their way along the walls of the large theatre, working nicely with the festival artist Mariana Mezic’s cabaret piece of the blue and green eyed girl. Her intense gaze and rosy cheeks are all over the city, which, by the way, is full of nightlife. A big AFL game is on the same night across the river at the Adelaide Oval, giving everyone more reason to stay out until the early hours in the city’s thriving West End.

The festival is in its 18th year and a big deal. Unlike Adelaide’s Fringe Festival where any artist can sign up, theartists are handpicked from across the globe, and sometimes commissioned by the cabaret festival organisers. Offering 53 shows featuring more than 300 artists, this year’s festival is the most diverse yet.

Australian headliners includeThe Cat Empireand friends andEm RuscianoinDifficult Woman.A record number of performers with Adelaide connections have their own shows includingMark HoldeninMarkHolden’s Greatest Show on Earth.

The program features 20world, 10 Australian, and 11 Adelaide premieres. It runs through June23. The final week of the festival includes performers like Emmy winner Wayne Brady from the show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the musical Hamilton, Broadway royalty and two-time Tony Award winnerPatti LuPoneand Tony Award winning and Golden Globe nominated co-creator ofHedwig and the Angry Inch,John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell will bring on special guest Amber Martin.

Martin hails from Texas and was born in the same home town as Janis Joplin a month after Joplin died. Martin’s not saying she’s Janis reincarnated, but she’s not denying it either. She waltzes through the audience crooning “Mercedes Benz” and then she and her band excellently executea number of Joplin’s hits. Martin is a firecracker, and her direct abrupt humour in between the classics has the audience either laughing with her or gaping at her powerful vocal chords. She reads original monologues from old Joplin performances and fills us in on some of Janis’ spicy behaviors and ex-lovers.

Surprisingly, the round tables of the Backstage Club are filled with a predominantly older crowd for the late night show on Friday and Saturday. Surprising because tickets to this show are only $25 in advance or $30 on the door and feature not only a fine selection of the day’s performers, but also two raunchy hosts from the UK who appear to be in their early 30s if that. Frisky and Mannish have jokes, never ending pop references, songs of LGBTQ acceptance, satirical theatrical pisstakes on being artists and more. On Friday night they performan unforgettable Bee Gees rendition of Rihanna’s provocative “Rude Boy.”

Donned in heavy Robin from Batman and Robin style eye makeup, Mannish never misses a note on the piano, and Frisky’s vocal range and ability is unbelievable. She can do Adele, Lil Kim, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Beyonce and everything in between. She sashays through the crowd looking for enthusiastic and colourfully dressed audience members. Frisky isn’t afraid to ask blunt questions and touch audience members’ clothing while looking for cabaret virgins and glittery shoes. Frisky does ask before she grabs. “Consent is sexy” she declares to the crowd.

They are filthy, cheeky, sassy and incredibly talented. They make fun of their craft while simultaneously demonstrating their capacity, and just when you think it’s almost too much they bring on their guests for the evening. Between Friday and Saturday night the pair welcome cabaret stars with all kinds of talents including opera singer Antoinette Halloran whose orgasm-esque performance includes opera-style-sung sentences from the book 50 Shades Of Grey. The flirty Modern Maori Quartet fills the room with their soothing blended vocals and lone guitar. Anna Lumb is like a real life Tinkerbell whose mesmerising hula hoop performance haseveryone dizzy, and her sassy swagger and cheeky banana-eating charms and switches on everyone. Singer and musician Tim Rogers from You Am I does a few hits on acoustic including Damage. The festival’s own well-loved director Ali McGregor belts out a few as well on the opening night.

You can’t get a better deal for such a range of fun and frisk for the late night performance, the entire festival is not to be missed if you’ve got the time and budget. Good on Adeladians for having such an incredible festival in their own backyard; the rest of the country should take note.

The writer was a guest of the South Australian Tourism Commission.

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Wallabies on guard for Ireland gun Sexton

Bernard Foley (left) says the Irish will be a different proposition with playmaker Johnny Sexton.Ireland are forecast to make up to eight changes for Saturday’s second Test in Melbourne but Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley says just one will make all the difference.
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The inclusion of senior playmaker Johnny Sexton, who was a shock omission from their starting line-up for the opening match, will make the Irish a far more formidable foe, according to Australia’s own No.10 Foley.

Sexton is a proven winner, with the 18-9 Brisbane loss his first for Ireland since falling to Wales late in the 2017 Six Nations.

“He’s a world class player and he’s probably been the rock of their side for a number of years,” Foley told AAP.

“He’s been the man who has led them to so much success over the last 15 to 18 months.”

Rookie Joey Carbery got the nod to start ahead of Sexton, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt understandably wanting to get some game time into his back-up players with next year’s World Cup looming.

But needing a win at AAMI Park to square the series, the time for experimentation is over.

“We saw how threatening Sexton was when he came on, he made a big impact taking the ball to the line a bit more and backing his running,” Foley said.

“He found a few holes through the middle of our game.”

Foley said Sexton was a “real competitor” who wouldn’t have taken being benched well.

Despite the return of the Irish ace, the Wallabies still feel they have the right game plan to earn successive wins.

He said they would persist with their aerial game, utilising the silky skills of fullback Israel Folau, but also bring other facets to the attack.

“Having Israel who is probably the best in the air in the world it would be silly for us not to use him,” Foley said.

“But we’ve got to combine that with a good balance across our attack so we’ve got a kicking threat, a running threat at all times just to keep the defences guessing because one thing we don’t want to be is predictable.”

As well as Sexton, Ireland are likely to include Six Nations campaigners centre Garry Ringrose, openside flanker Dan Leavy and props Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy.

Those five all started in Ireland’s grand slam-winning final game against England.

The Wallabies don’t have any major injury concerns out of the Brisbane game, although NSW backrower Ned Hanigan has overcome a knee injury to put his hand up for selection.

Prop Allan Alaalatoa may also reclaim his bench role after injuring his ankle on the eve of the first Test with the teams to be named Thursday.

Australian Associated Press

Enjoy your weekend with a little help from the Herald’s planner.

SATURDAY Star Struck
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Kids in Hi-Vis 9am to 2pm, Pacific Park, Newcastle.Is your little one fascinated with the world of construction? Featuring a lego construction play area; build and decorate your own toolbox; hi-vis dress ups; mini excavator and more.

Lower Hunter Men’s Sheds Men’s Health Gathering 10am to 3pm, Waratah Mayfield Men’s Shed, 2A Platt Street, Waratah.

2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food FestivalA two-month celebration of the best the Hunter Valley has to offer. Go towinecountry苏州美甲美睫培训学校,苏州美甲美睫培训学校,for the program of events.

Fungi –Unsung Heroes of the Forests 2pm to 3pm, NeW Space,Room X101, cornerHunter and Auckland streets, Newcastle. Presented by one of the world’s leading experts on truffles, Professor Jim Trappe from Oregon State University, and hosted by Hunter Environmental Institute and the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment.

Picnic in the Park 11am to 4pm, Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin.Food trucks; market stalls; entertainment; wine tasting.

In Conversation: Jonathan Dalton and his sitters2pm to 3pm, Newcastle Art Gallery. Join gallery curator Sarah Johnson in conversation with artist Jonathan Dalton and Newcastle-based artist couple Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater.

Stars of Newcastle 2018 6.30pm, NEX Newcastle. Local celebritiesput on their dancing shoes to raise vital funds for Cancer Council NSW.

Lake Macquarie Family History Group10am to 4pm,Marmong Point Community Hall, 31B George Street, Marmong Point. Guest speaker Christine Yeats.

Celebration of Music High Tea 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Maitland Masonic Centre. Performance by Maitland Musical Society Orchestra.

True North Boilermaker Dinner 6pm, 48 Watt Street, Newcastle.Tickets $90 per person, includes four whiskeys, four beers, plus a three-course dinner with live music.

SUNDAYA Celebration of Music 2pm to 4pm, Largs School of Arts Hall. Music by theMaitland Musical Society Orchestra.

Boomerang Bags Sewing Workshop 10am to 2pm,Cardiff North Public School, 59 Wansbeck Valley Road, Cardiff.Make free, reusable shopping bags which are provided to the community. Register byphoning4908 1140 or visitsustainableneighbourhoods.org苏州美甲美睫培训学校,.

Wellness Festival 11am to 7pm,Redhead Wellness Sanctuary, 29 Kalaroo Road, Redhead.Yoga; meditation and fitness classes; live music;join a table to learn how to make your own kombucha or grow a healthy herb garden.

NRL Newcastle Knights vs Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle.Gates open 11.30am, main game kick-off 2pm.

SAVE THE DATECelebrate with an abundance of multicultural food and performances at the family-friendly Newcastle Unity in Diversity Festival on Saturday, June 23, 11am to 3pm.Meet at 11am at Gregson Park, Hamilton, for the welcome walk or parade from the park to Beaumont street and then return. There will be free workshops, circus activities, dance performances, hair braiding, craft, face painting, market stalls and so much more. In recognition of National Refugee Week.

MARKETS** Subject to cancellation at late notice due to weather conditions

Warners Bay Markets Saturday, 8am to 2pm, Warners Bay Foreshore.

Hamilton Clocktower MarketsSaturday, 9am to 2pm, James Street Plaza, BeaumontStreet, Hamilton.

Hunter Wine Country MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, De Bortoli Wines, 532 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin.

Newcastle Flower MarketsSaturday, 9.30am to noon, 1 Rural Drive, Sandgate.

Hunter Street MarketsSaturday, 9am to 3pm, Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle.

Hunt & Gather Markets Saturday, 9am to 2pm,Foreshore Park, Newcastle East.

Indoor Pop-Up Market Saturday and Sunday, Marketown Newcastle.

Toronto Lions MarketsSunday, 7.30am to 1pm,Toronto Lions Park (next to the Fennell Bay bridge).

The Sunday Muster Winter Artisan Market Sunday, 9am to 2pm, Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Thornton.

Adamstown LionsMarketsSunday, 7am to 12.30pm, corner Brunker and Glebe roads, Adamstown.

Newcastle City Farmers MarketSunday, 7am to 1pm, Newcastle Showground, Broadmeadow.

My Kids Market –Newcastle Sunday, 9am to noon,corner Curley and Young roads, New Lambton.

Respect All Markets Cooranbong Sunday, 9am to 2pm, 513 Freemans Drive, Cooranbong.

Jesmond Monthly Markets Sunday, 8am to 1pm,Heaton-Birmingham Gardens Bowling Club,Jesmond.

ARTSThe Lock-UpHunter Red: Seeing Red, by Dale Collier, Dean Cross, David Griggs, Tina Havelock Stevens, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Doug Heslop, Raquel Ormella, Baden Pailthorpe, Mike Parr and Mumu Mike Williams. Until July 1.

Art Systems WickhamOn Sacred Grouind, by Rose McAllister. Ends Sunday.

Wollombi Cultural Centre TAOTOCS: The Artists of The Old Church,by a group of 21 artists who meet weekly in an old church in Cessnock. Until July 1.

Cessnock Regional Art GalleryThe Two of Us, by Frances & Chris Fussell. Until July 1.

Lake Macquarie City Art GalleryHunter Red: Re(A)d Earth. Until July 22.

Gloucester GalleryChildren’s art from the group of schools along the Bucketts Way, these include Stroud, Stroud Road, Stratford, Gloucester Public, St Joseph’s, Barrington, Booral and Krambach schools. Ends Sunday.

The University GalleryMemoranda. Until July 14.

Watt Space GalleryHidden Remains, Human Stains, by Donna Jorna. Patterns of Nature, byNatalee Katarina and Phoebe Teal-Spicer. Celebration, by Interrelate. Until June 24.

Maitland Regional Art GalleryLuminous Maitland; Stuart Scott. Until August 12. Hunter Red: Razzamatazz. Until July 22. All That Glitters, byMandy Robinson and Jen Denzin. Until September 2. Secrets, by Wendy Sharpe. Until June 30.

Cooks Hill GalleriesBlack & White, by Ben Kenning. Until June 25. A New Dawn, by Ken Strong. Until July 2.

Port Stephens Community Arts CentreAMusical Kaleidoscope of Colour; Spinners & Weavers. Until July 3.

Newcastle Art GalleryArchibald Prize 2017; Young Archie: Newcastle. Until June 24.

Timeless TextilesKindred of the Dust, by Jess Forster. Until July 8.

Gallery 139 The Great Outdoors, by Linda Greedy, Michelle Teear, Sally Reynolds, Malcolm Sands, James Murphy, Catherine Tempest, Jane Richens. Until July 1.

Ocean Blue Gallery, Belmont May exhibition, local artists.

THEATREJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatColourful musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber looking at the Biblical figure who became adviser to an Egyptian ruler after being sold into slavery. Novocastrian Players and Theatre on Brunker, at St Stephen’s Hall, Adamstown. Saturday, dinner and show at 7pm, show only at 8pm.

Micro Theatre – The Director’s CutEight acclaimed plays from the first three Newcastle Micro Theatre festivals staged by new directors, with four each at two venues, The Press Bookhouse, Newcastle, and Studio21 Artspace, Hamilton. Saturdayat 7pm. Details at microtheatre苏州美甲美睫培训学校,苏州美甲美睫培训学校,.

Playhouse Creatures Actresses in 17th century London struggle to win roles in an era when men dominated stages; comedy by April de Angelis based on real women and events. Newcastle Theatre Company, at the NTC Theatre, Lambton. Saturday at 8pm.

Star Struck 2018: ConnectThe annual celebration of music, theatre, song, dance and comedy with students from NSW public Hunter schools looks at how people make connections from early childhood to adult life. Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow. Saturday at 2pm and 7pm.

The Ties That BindInnovative short films and live plays showcasing the story-telling, film-making and performance skills of the Diploma of Screen and Media students at TAFE NSW Newcastle. Civic Playhouse, Newcastle. Saturday at 7.30pm. Free entry.

MUSIC5 Sawyers Saturday, DJ Alessandro.Sunday, Prestige Inc.

Adamstown Uniting Church Saturday,India and The Journey to the East, Diplazar, Southern End, Looseleaf IV.

Albion Hotel WickhamSaturday, Lauren Arms.

Anna Bay TavernSaturday, Paparazzi.

Australia Hotel CessnockSaturday, Louis Burt.

Avon Valley InnSaturday, Pocket Aces.

Bar PetiteSaturday, Kylie Jane.

Battlesticks BarSaturday, Michael Peter.Sunday, Little Cents.

Beach HotelSaturday, Club Esky. Sunday, Mark Wells.

Belmont 16sSaturday, Anthology.Sunday, 2 Left Feet.

Belmore HotelSaturday, Evergreen.

Beresfield Bowling ClubSaturday, Snape Trilogy.

Blackbutt Hotel Saturday, Captain Risky.

The Bradford Saturday, Blue On Black.

Cambridge HotelSaturday, ColourSound ft. Girl Friday, Palace, Jun Wan, Tomek & Jake. Sunday,Stork,The Waxfinz,Scumdrops,Lady Petrol.

Cardiff RSLSaturday, Tre Soul.

Catho PubSaturday, Gareth Jay.Sunday, Eye On You.

Central Charlestown Leagues ClubSaturday, The Andy Show.

Central HotelStroudSaturday, Ngariki.

Cessnock Leagues ClubSaturday, Echo.

Club KotaraSaturday, Waxy Zebu.

Club LemonTree Saturday, Kevin O’Hara.

Commercial Hotel MorpethSaturday, Jason Paris.

Criterion Hotel CarringtonSaturday, Hayden Johns. Sunday, Mick Jones.

Croatian Wickham Sports ClubSunday, The Leadbellies.

Crown & Anchor HotelSaturday, Devultra,Hayden Johns.

Customs House Saturday, Perry Carter. Sunday, Kylie Jane.

Cypress LakesSaturday, Marissa.

Denman HotelSunday, Brenton Williams.

East Cessnock Bowling ClubSaturday, Finnian Johnson.

East Maitland Bowling ClubSaturday, The Smarts.Sunday, John Noble.

Edgeworth Bowling ClubSunday, Kellie Cain.

Edgeworth TavernSaturday, Spank N The Monkey.

The EdwardsSaturday, Lachlan Edwards.

FinnegansSaturday, Savage, Sonic, Benny B, TIG, JKB, Lawson, Monument.

Gallipoli Legion ClubSunday, Marriah.

Gateshead TavernSunday, Todd Stewart.

George TavernSaturday, Dan Runchel Band.

​Grain StoreSaturday, Ryan Daley. Sunday, J.J King.

Gunyah HotelSaturday,Gen-X.

​Hamilton Station HotelSunday,Paula Standing, Emily Smith, Natalie Henry.

Harrigan’s PokolbinSaturday, John Larder, Usual Suspects. Sunday, The Levymen.

Hexham Bowling ClubSaturday, The Blue Water Cowboys.

Honeysuckle HotelSaturday, Soundabout.Sunday, The Years.

Hotel DelanySaturday, 24 Hours.

Hunter River HotelSaturday, Kim and Mik.

Kent HotelSaturday, Big Night Out.

Lake Macquarie Yacht ClubSunday, Allan Freihaut.

Lakeside Village TavernSaturday, Code Red.

Lass O’GowrieSaturday,good thanks,Binge,The Meantime,Knifey Spoony.

Lizotte’sSaturday, Don’t Change –The INXS Story. Sunday, Brothers 3 (lunch),Gretta Ziller, Andrew Swift &Lyn Bowtell (dinner).

Lochinvar HotelSaturday, Mick Jones.

Lucky Hotel Saturday, Bandditts. Sunday, Matt McLaren.

Mary EllenSaturday, Felix Quinn. Sunday, Jesse Fildes.

Mavericks On The BaySaturday, Phil McKnight. Sunday, Zane Penn.

Mavericks On DarbySaturday, Paperboy.

Mayfield Ex-ServicesSaturday, Early Daze.

Metropolitan Hotel MaitlandSaturday, Short & Curly.

Mezz Bar at Wallsend DiggersSaturday,Kristy James Band. Sunday,Tyler John.

Morisset Country ClubSunday, Brendan Watson.

Murray’s BrewerySunday, Dean Kyrwood.

Nag’s Head HotelSaturday, Chad Shuttleworth.

Nelson Bay DiggersSaturday,Live Baby Live – The INXS tribute, The Levymen.Sunday,Tim Harding.

Nelson Bay Golf Club Saturday, Bobby C.

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sunday, Love That Hat.

Newcastle Leagues Club–The VaultSaturday,A Breach Of Silence,Drug Mother,Red Gazelle,Zombonimo,Nucleust,From Love to Violence,The Silencio,SimpleStone,Hostel,Take My Soul,Billabong Of Blood,Punctured,Time On-Earth.

Northern Star HotelSaturday, Adrienne,Lee Sullivan.

Oriental HotelSunday, Huckleberry.

Pelican RSLSaturday, The V Dubs.

Pippis At The PointSaturday, The DuoTones. Sunday, Lauren Arms.

Potters BrewerySaturday, Jackson Halliday.

Premier HotelSunday, Shivoo.

Prince of Wales HotelSaturday, Holly Mae.

Queens Wharf HotelSaturday, Kylie Jane,Phonic Trio.Sunday,Hornet,Wharf Life.

Railway Hotel CessnockSaturday, Pistol Pete. Sunday, Loose Bazooka.

River Royal Inn MorpethSunday, Todd Schmoo.

Royal Federal HotelBranxtonSaturday, Alias.

Royal Motor Yacht Club TorontoSunday, Jamie Martens.

Rutherford HotelSaturday, Jon Matthews.

Seabreeze HotelSunday, James Naldo.

Shenanigans at the ImperialSaturday, The New Cool.

Shimmies HotelSunday, Southpaw.

Shoal Bay Country ClubSaturday, Dean Kyrwood, The Years. Sunday, John Larder,Sarah Christine.

Shortland HotelSaturday, Pete Gelzinnis.

Singleton DiggersSaturday, Hummdinger.

Small BallroomSaturday,Blueprint & Berlin Underground, Ben Nott.

South Newcastle Leagues ClubSaturday, Pete McCredie.

Stag and Hunter HotelSaturday, Halfway Homebuoy, The Urban Chiefs.

Stockton Bowling ClubSunday, Phil McKnight.

Stockton RSLClubSaturday, Dean Dee.

Swansea HotelSaturday, Zane Penn.

Swansea RSLClubSaturday, Rendezvous.

Swansea Workers ClubSaturday, Brindle Pigs.

Tea Gardens HotelSaturday, Jake Davey.

Tilligerry RSLSaturday, Kelly Hope.

Toronto DiggersSaturday, John Noble.

Toronto Hotel Sunday, Kazbar.

Toronto WorkersSaturday, Triple Zero.

Victoria Hotel HintonSaturday, Robbie T. Sunday, Rox Pianoman.

Wangi Wangi RSLClubSunday, Rockin’ Jukebox.

Warners At The BaySaturday, Shaka.

Warners Bay HotelSaturday, Project X.

Wests CardiffSaturday, Gen-R-8.

Wests New LambtonSaturday,The Songs of James Taylor and Carole King, The Rumour Trio.

Wests NEXSaturday, 2GoodReasons.

Wickham Park HotelSaturday, Rosie’s School of Rock – RockstarShowcase,Kellie Cain,Brien McVernon Band.Sunday, Tim Rossington,Grant Walmsley Freebird Blues Band.

Windsor Castle HotelSaturday, Just Jade.

MOVIESA Quiet Place(M)A familymust navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten them. (Event, Glendale)

Aurore(M)Aurore, separated from her husband, has just lost her job and been told that she is going to be a grandmother. She is slowly being pushed to the outskirts of society, but then she runs into the great love of her youth. (Tower)

Avengers: Infinity War(M)The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Breath(M) Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form a friendship with a mysterious older man who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. (Regal)

Cargo(MA)A post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs. (Tower)

Chappaquiddick(M)Ted Kennedy’spolitical career derailsin the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist. (Lake Cinema)

Crooked House(PG)In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. (Regal)

Deadpool 2(MA15+) Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero.

Duck Duck Goose(PG) Animated comedy-adventure following a bachelor goose who makes pals with two lost ducklings as they journey south.

Food Fighter(M) Filmed across four continents and over two years, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste. (Tower)

Game Night(MA)A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery. (Regal)

Gaugin(CTC)Focused on French painter Paul Gauguin’s affair with a Tahitian woman. (Tower)

Gringo(MA)An American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public finds his life is thrown into turmoil by an incident in Mexico.

Gurrumul(PG)Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important voices to come out of Australia. (Tower)

Hereditary(MA)When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’sfamily begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Kodachrome(M) A father and son hit the road in order to reach a Kansas Kodachromephoto lab before it closes for good. (Tower)

Life Of The Party(M) Melissa McCarthy enrolls as an adult student at her daughter’s university in this comedy by McCarthy and Ben Falcone.

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms(MA)An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years. (Glendale).

Mr Church(M) Aunique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook –Henry Joseph Church. (Regal)

Ocean’s 8(M)Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Sherlock Gnomes(G)When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London.

Solo: A Star Wars Story(M) Han Solo leads Lucasfilm’s second standaloneStar Warsfilm, passing Harrison Ford’s iconic smuggler role down to Alden Ehrenreich.

Tea With The Dames(M)Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smithdiscuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. (Tower)

The Bookshop(PG)Set in a small town in 1959 England, a woman opens a bookshop and creates a political minefield. (Lake Cinema)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society(M)A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II. (Regal)

The Incredibles 2(PG)Bob Parr (MrIncredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

Tully(M)Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a bond with a nanny named Tully. (Lake Cinema)

Upgrade(MA)Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem. (Event, Glendale)

Vince Giordano: There’s AFuture In The Past(E) Vince Giordano keeps the jazz age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks. (Tower)

Auction Action: Kela Cottage considered entry level for The Hill

Kela Cottage considered entry level for The Hill SURPRISING: Kela Cottage, on The Hill’s High Street, is a four-bedroom home over two levels close to King Edward Park.
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PRIVATE: It has a private paved courtyard and gardens at the rear with an outdoor hot and cold shower.

OPEN PLAN: There are bamboo floors, french doors, parents’ retreat and a modern Caesarstone kitchen.

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

Kela Cottage on The Hill is set for auction

TweetFacebookLAST IN ATRIUMThe final apartment in the second stage of Hamilton’s Atrium development will go to auction at 3pm with a guide of $790,000 to $850,000 on Saturday.

The final apartment in the Atrium development on the site of Hamilton’s former Anzac House is set for auction.

First National’s George Rafty and Luke Murdoch sold one apartment and one townhouse at auction on May 5then the remaining townhouse and two more apartments in the space of four days.

The last available apartment in the restored Anzac House on Tudor Street is two bedrooms.

This two-bedroom apartment in Hamilton’s Atrium goes to auction with a guide of $790,000 to $850,000.

LOW PRICE GUIDEA four-bedroom home at 15 Poyner Street, Glendale “built in the 50s-60s era” that has never been to market is set for auction at 2.15pm.

Daryl Johnson of Dowling Lake Macquarie is marketing the home on 471 square metres of land with a price guide of $475,000 to $520,000 and expected bidding from $400,000.

The home on 471 square metres of land has a price guide of $475,000 to $520,000 and bidding is expected from $400,000.

“NOTABLE” SALE IN DUDLEYMcGrath Estate Agents’ Sam Taylor described the $648,000 result for a home in need of “a full scale renovation or removal” in Dudley’sCaldwell Avenueas “a notable sale for the area”.

“It highlights the area’s appeal and the buyer demand for quality land in the seaside suburb,” he said.

The $648,000 result this home in Dudley’s Caldwell Avenue was described as “a notable sale for the area”.

“The market has taken a significant jump in Dudley since late last year, with nearby sales of tidy homes on similar blocks fetching low $600,000s in the back half of 2017.”

There were five registered bidders at the auction last weekend with the property eventually being bought byyoung couple relocating from Sydney.

Read more: Property news from around the Hunter region

Recycling project will see Lake Macquarie’s waste glass turned into ‘glass sand’ for use in civil construction

REUSE: Glass sand being spread through a drainage channel at FIshing Point on Wednesday. Picture: Lake Macquarie City Council. Lake Macquarie Council is hoping to transformpart of their recycling process by trialing a scheme which turns recycled glass into “glass sand” suitable for civil construction projects.
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Announced on Wednesday at a Fishing Point drainage construction site, the project is part of council’s push to find local solutions to thegrowing national waste problem.

The project could allowall 5000 annual tonnes of Lake Macquarie’s glass to be reused every year and extended to12,000 tonnes collected across the region if other councils join suit.

The“glass sand” is being manufactured at a custom-built plant on the Central Coast.

Collections from residential bins whichare sorted atsorted and processed at a materials recovery facility at Gateshead will remain the same.

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Hunter recycling industry on brink of collapse following China’s banCalls for NSW government to act as recycling crisis deepens following China export banHunter councils forced to cut programs to prop up kerbside recyclingBut rather than sendsorted glass interstate, as has been the process in the past for sale to international markets,it will be transferred to the Central Coast plant.

“There is a growing need across Australia to find an end use for recycled glass,” Lake Macquarie mayor KayFraser said.

“With companies finding it cheaper to import new glass than buy recycled, we need to start coming up with innovative, cost-effective alternatives.

“This collaborative project could help solve a national crisis in our own backyard.”

Lake Macquarie City Council’s manager planning and sustainability, Alice Howe, said the Hunter-first project could be a regional solution to the recycling problems facing the nation.

Much of Australia’s recycled glassmaterial has been stockpiled in recent months, after international sale markets to China fell through.

“If we don’t address the end-use issues for recycled glass soon, the stockpiles of this material sent interstate and awaiting reuse will simply continue to grow,” Dr Howe said.

“Our strategy is twofold: we are demonstrating the suitability of recycled glass sand for our own civil works program, and have amended our engineering guidelines to specify how this material can be used in development across the city.

“We aim to gradually increase the amount of recycled glass that is processed into glass sand and used in our own operations.

“If the rest of the region follows our lead, this initiative could close the loop on thousands of tonnes of glass each year.”

Cr Fraser and representatives from other Hunter councils visited the construction site atFishing Point to see the glass sand in use.

Crews poured the sand into drainage pits in preparation for drainage pipes to be laid on top.

Council says independent research into glass sand found it is equivalent to virgin sand in terms of engineering applications and environmental factors. Ithas similar abrasive properties, provided the glass sand is crushed into particles no larger than 3mm in size, such as that used by Council.

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn’s crusade against food waste is captured on filmFood Fighter

FOOD FIGHTER: Ronni Kahn, founder of OzHarvest. Picture: James Brickwood.
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Filmed across four continents and over two years, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste.

Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste. She started with one van, collecting surplus food from restaurants and eateries and delivering it to charities. She delivered 4000 meals in the first month.

OzHarvestnowoperatesnationally, rescuingabout 100tonnesof foodeachweekfrom more than 3000 food donors.OzHarvest Newcastle started in February 2010 and delivers food to more than 90 agencies to support people in need at neighbourhood centres, women’s and children’s refuges, youth accommodation services, boarding houses and schools.

Now OzHarvest is asking Australian households to do their bit to fight food waste.

Food waste costs the Australian economy more than $20 billion each year and results inabout 5 million tonnes of good food ending up in landfill. Half of this food waste occurs in the home, costing the average family more than$1000 every year, but it can be easily avoided.

“Food is so precious, wasting it makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically – but we all do it. From forgetting about food in the fridge, buying and cooking too much, letting it expire and not storing it properly –there are so many reasons good food ends up in the bin,” Kahn says.

“The statistics are staggering but the solutions are simple and there is no greater force than people power. Fight Food Waste aims to tackle the problem from the bottom up by changing behaviour at home with how you look at, buy, store and cook food.”

Consumers are encouraged to join the movement at the new OzHarvest website fightfoodwaste.org, which offers practical tips on how to prevent food waste, and to watch Food Fighter at Tower Cinemas Newcastle this weekend. It is screening at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, and at 7pm on Wednesday, June 20. After the final screening restaurateur and OzHarvest supporter Neil Slater will host a Q&A session.

Too much, too little sleep bad for health

The authors say this was an observational study and doesn’t draw conclusions about cause and effect.Regularly sleeping too much or not enough may increase a persons chances of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and becoming obese, according to a new study.
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Researchers examined the sleeping habits of more than 130,000 Korean men and women aged between 40-69 years and then conducted a range of medical tests to examine the impact of sleep on their health.

The study, published in BMC Public Health, found fewer than six hours sleep and more than ten hours of sleep per day was associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) – a collection of conditions that often occur together and increase the risk of these diseases.

These include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin resistance.

Less than six hours of sleep was associated with MetS and elevated waist circumference in men, and only a larger waist size among women.

Greater than 10 hours of sleep was associated with MetS and elevated triglycerides (fats in blood) among both men and women and with elevated waist circumference.

Reduced HDL cholesterol, the ‘good’ cholesterol, and elevated fasting glucose was associated among women only.

“We observed a potential gender difference between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome, with an association between metabolic syndrome and long sleep in women and metabolic syndrome and short sleep in men,” said lead author Claire Kim.

The biological reasons that underlie the associations remained unclear, however the authors suggested hormones could play a factor.

Elevated levels of hormones leptin and ghrelin can increase appetite and caloric intake or reduce energy expenditure in people who sleep less than seven hours per day, which may lead to increased waist circumference and development of obesity, they say.

“It may also cause impaired glycemic control (lowering glucose tolerance and thyrotropin concentration levels) increasing risk for hypertension and diabetes,” they wrote.

The authors caution that this was only an observational study and does not draw conclusions about cause and effect.

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Murder accused thinks he’s Jesus, says doc

Accused killer James “Dimitrious” Gargasoulas planned to injure at least one person in the Bourke Street rampage to keep police busy so he could be free to contact Aboriginal royalty and promote his belief that he’s Jesus Christ.
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The 28-year-old is facing an investigation hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court to determine if he is fit to stand trial over the 2017 event in central Melbourne that killed six people, including two children.

Psychiatrist Lester Walton on Wednesday said Gargasoulas is schizophrenic and delusional.

“He has cosmological, Aboriginal and religious beliefs that he is the messiah and it’s all mixed up together,” he told the jury.

Dr Walton said Gargasoulas believes “he is the second coming of Christ”.

“He has said straightforwardly to me that he is the messiah.”

The psychiatrist added Gargasoulas had a “chain of irrational logic” about what he was doing during the rampage in the Bourke Street mall on January 20, 2017.

“He was being pursued by police and he wanted to get rid of them in order to be free to pursue the promulgation of these ideas (that he is the messiah),” Dr Walton told the court.

Gargasoulas told Dr Walton he tried to tell the public about what he needed to do while driving in circles near Federation Square before he headed to Bourke St.

“He was actually yelling out things and that was his attempt to start the process of informing the public … about this important cataclysm that was about to happen,” Dr Walton said.

The psychiatrist said Gargasoulas believed injuring someone on Bourke St would stop police from following him and he would be free to “contact Aboriginal royalty”.

“Now, I’m not going to put that forward at this stage as a comprehensive explanation, but that’s one theme that’s emerged,” the psychiatrist said.

While being cross examined by prosecutor Andrew Tinney SC, Dr Walton – a witness for the defence – said he had spent about three hours with Gargasoulas.

Mr Tinney said Forensicare psychologist Michael Daffern, a prosecution witness, spent more than seven hours with Gargasoulas.

Professor Daffern believes Gargasoulas is fit to stand trial.

“He concluded that this man remains fit and clearly I was of a different view,” Dr Walton said.

He also told the court there is no disagreement about Gargasoulas’ schizophrenia diagnosis, but Prof Daffern holds a contrary view about whether Gargasoulas understands the criminal trial process.

“Professor Daffern agrees with all of us in the sense that the diagnosis is schizophrenia, that this man remains unwell, psychotic,” Dr Walton said.

Gargasoulas faces six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder over the rampage, as well as other unrelated charges.

The hearing before Justice Lex Lasry will resume on Thursday.

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Regional students have right to succeed

Building a clever and prosperous country also requires clever and prosperous regions, which is why it is crucial that we overcome the significant gap in educational achievement between regional, rural and remote students and metropolitan students.
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The proportion of 25-34 year olds with a Year 12 education in major cities is over 80 per cent, compared to 60-70 per cent in the regions.

Almost 45 per cent of people in the same age bracket in major cities have a bachelors degree, compared to around 20-25 per cent in regional Australia.

These figures indicate unacceptable discrepancies whichmust be addressed.

Last year, Federal Minister for Education and TrainingSimon Birmingham appointed Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University to undertake a review to identify solutions.

Halsey’s report endorsed a national focus for regional education, training and research. The government’s response, published on May 30, endorsed all the review’s recommendations, and acknowledged that a one-size-fits-all policy does not work for regional education. The Prime Minister reinforced this on May 31 in a response to a question in the House of Representatives from the Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan MP.

While the Regional Universities Network (RUN), a group of six regionally headquartered universities, welcomes the government’s response, we believe that a more strongly coordinated approach, and sufficient and targeted resources, are required to realise the vision that every Australian student deserves the opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live.

In his report, Halsey recommended: expanding the availability, affordability and accessibility of high quality work experience placements, dual VET/university options and two-year associate degree programs for regional students; supporting regional students to make successful transitions from school to university, training, and employment; and establishing a national focus for regional education.

In the 2018 Budget, some funding for new sub-bachelor and bachelor places was provided for regional university campuses and study hubs, and the parental income cut-off for regional students was lifted so that around an additional 2,300 students could be supported via Youth Allowance.

While these measures are a step in the right direction, given the contribution of higher education to the economic, social and cultural development of the regions, universities need the flexibility to enrol as many students as they wish and put on new courses where required at regional campuses.

In 2017, RUN proposed a National Regional Higher Education Strategy.It includes strategies to support the provision of higher education in regional areas, increase the representation of regional students in higher education and support the role of regionally-based higher education providers in creating diverse and resilient regional economies.

Although the Government has indicated that it will report on progress on regional education in its yearly Regional Ministerial Statement, we believe that a National Regional Higher Education Strategy is essential to provide a robust framework for greater focus and better outcomes.

Prof Greg Hill, RUN chairandUniversity of the Sunshine Coast vice-chancellor, andDr Caroline Perkins, RUN executive director.

Mason Lee’s stepfather to be sentenced

The stepfather of Queensland toddler Mason Lee is expected to plead guilty to manslaughter over his death.
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William Andrew O’Sullivan is also due to plead guilty to cruelty to a child under 16 years old at a sentence hearing listed in August at Brisbane Supreme Court.

Mason died in June 2016 in his Caboolture home from a rupture to his small intestine believed to have been caused by blunt force trauma.

O’Sullivan, Mason’s mother Anne Maree Lee and their housemate Ryan Robert Barry Hodson were all charged with manslaughter.

In the months before his death, Mason was treated for multiple injuries and was admitted to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for three weeks in February 2016.

That was for treatment of an abscess on Mason’s right leg but doctors soon discovered he had a “chronic” and “extensive” rash around his genitals, including deep abscesses.

At a committal hearing in November, pediatric surgeon Professor Roy Kimble testified the fatal wound to Mason’s abdomen could have been sustained up to five days before his death.

Mason would have been unable to eat or drink without vomiting in his final hours and when paramedics attended to him, at least half an hour after death, he was covered in bruises and vomit.

During a review of his matter at Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, O’Sullivan didn’t appear and no plea was entered, but his sentencing was listed for August 28.

Lee is currently awaiting a trial.

While Hodson was accused of Mason’s manslaughter, the teenager later indicated he would plead guilty to the downgraded offence of child cruelty.

However, Justice David Jackson questioned the legality of the charge and Hodson was discharged after the prosecution conceded they couldn’t make out the elements of the offence.

For Hodson to be convicted of child cruelty it needed to be shown Mason was in his “lawful care or charge”.

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