Fes­ti­val

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

Kens­ing­ton Con­tem­po­rary 1, 32 Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. In­quiries: 0417 494 317 or online. Un­til June 4. Magic Mike Michael Zavros ex­plores ideas of the body’s phys­i­cal pres­ence in art and the con­cept of male beauty. The ti­tle of the ex­hi­bi­tion refers to vir­tu­oso paint­ing and magic re­al­ism, as well as par­o­dy­ing the 2012 Amer­i­can com­edy film of the same name that fol­lows a troupe of pro­fes­sional male strip­pers. On Wed­nes­days and Fri­days at 2pm the ex­hi­bi­tion’s Gym­na­sium in­stal­la­tion will be ac­ti­vated with live per­form­ers. New­cas­tle Art Gallery, 1 La­man Street, Cooks Hill, New­cas­tle. In­quiries: (02) 4974 5100 or online. Un­til May 28. Semi-Per­ma­nent This three-day fes­ti­val, part of the Vivid Ideas pro­gram, presents a plethora of in­no­va­tive de­sign con­cepts that may shape or change our way of life in the fu­ture. Ma­jor brands in­clud­ing Google, Net­flix, Pixar and Ama­zon, along­side a va­ri­ety of no­table lo­cal ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers, will come to­gether in this fes­ti­val of cre­ative think­ing. The line-up in­cludes El­iz­a­beth Ann Mac­gre­gor, di­rec­tor of Syd­ney’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Aus­tralia; Kather­ine Keat­ing, pub­lisher of VICE Im­pact; Nike de­sign di­rec­tor Meirion Pritchard, and oth­ers. SemiPer­ma­nent will also in­clude cre­ative work­shops cu­rated by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art and Hy­per Is­land, and is part of the Vivid Ideas pro­gram. Car­riage­works, 245 Wil­son Street, Syd­ney. May 25 to 27. Tick­ets: $340-$765. Book­ings: (02) 8571 9099 or online. Mur­phy’s rad­i­cal retelling, Clara is an el­derly Rus­sian mi­grant and for­mer prima bal­le­rina, dream­ing with love and sad­ness of one fever­ishly hot Aus­tralian Christ­mas Eve in the late 1950s. Her story en­com­passes ro­mance and loss, world­wide fame, war and rev­o­lu­tion, and a

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