the festival of middle age

the festival of middle age

I attended a festival of middle age last night. The queue stretched along the street and around the corner and up the block in the middle of Chinatown in Melbourne’s CBD. The people queuing were almost entirely my tribe: middle class, middle aged, of European descent, dressed in denim and leather, with colourful paisley and floral shirts, and a few quirky scarves and hats.…

idiots in armchairs – mise en scene in music documentaries

idiots in armchairs – mise en scene in music documentaries

I enjoy watching music documentaries. At MIFF this year I’ve just seen Muscle Shoals, about the studio in Alabama where a lot of great US music was recorded in the 1960s. The doco is notable for the number of interviewees who worked and recorded there – unlike many in the genre that can’t get the major stars to participate and which rely instead on second rate contributors – this features all the main participants.…

cultural highlights of New York City

cultural highlights of New York City

In my two weeks in New York City I was fortunate to experience many cultural events.

Theatre

Our first event was Inflatable Frankenstein, experimental theatre from the group Radiohole. It was heavily technologically dependent, with live video projections of performer’s faces on the backs of their heads, brains being made from stage gloop and lots of other weirdness.…