The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Christo­pher Allen Cameron Pegg John McCal­lum

Ad­man: Warhol Be­fore Pop The ex­hi­bi­tion re­minds us that when Andy Warhol made art about com­modi­ties, he had a long ex­pe­ri­ence of the con­sumer mar­ket, although his own pref­er­ence ap­pears to have been for lux­ury items such as women’s footwear, while his art was con­cerned with mass prod­ucts such as soup, bev­er­ages and clean­ing prod­ucts. It also re­veals that although a tal­ented young man, he did not have the depth of abil­ity to be a truly orig­i­nal draughts­man or pain­ter. Like Duchamp, Warhol found a so­lu­tion in a kind of meta-art, which was a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in the cul­ture of the 20th cen­tury but was not an ex­am­ple that could be fol­lowed by oth­ers. In Hegelian terms, both Duchamp and Warhol rep­re­sent mo­ments of nega­tion, aes­thetic an­tithe­ses that are not to be im­i­tated and re­peated, but an­swered with a new af­fir­ma­tion and syn­the­sis. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $18-$44. Book­ings: 136 246 or on­line. Ends to­mor­row. will be de­but­ing new music from their highly an­tic­i­pated forth­com­ing al­bum along­side hit songs from their back cat­a­logue. This in­ti­mate, one­off show takes place in the Drama The­atre as part of the Vivid Live pro­gram. Drama The­atre, Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. Thurs­day, 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $59. Book­ings: (02) 9250 7777 or on­line. Mi­gra­tion Slava Grig­o­ryan joins the Australian String Quar­tet in two works of con­tem­po­rary sen­si­bil­ity. Jazz gui­tarist Ralph Towner and his quin­tet Mi­gra­tion blend the melodic and har­monic lan­guage of jazz with a clas­si­cal sense of de­vel­op­ment. Australian com­poser Iain Grandage comes to the fore in this gui­tar quin­tet, con­tem­plat­ing the mind’s mys­tery and com­plex­ity in music of kalei­do­scopic colour. Schu­bert’s world forms the emo­tional apex of this concert. His fi­nal string quar­tet, in G ma­jor, is charged with heart­felt emo­tion and elo­quent lyri­cism. City Recital Hall, 2-12 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. Wed­nes­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $30-$85. Book­ings: (02) 8256 2222 or on­line. Sierra Boggess In the past decade, the Broad­way and West End star Sierra Boggess has made some of the big­gest roles in the mu­si­cal the­atre canon her own, in­clud­ing in Phan­tom of the Opera, Dis­ney’s The Lit­tle Mer­maid and School of Rock. Boggess has a bur­nished, ring­ing so­prano and will per­form with a full or­ches­tra at the State The­atre in Syd­ney. State The­atre, 49 Mar­ket Street, Syd­ney. June 3, 8pm. Tick­ets: $59-$139. Book­ings: (02) 9373 6655 or on­line. for Kings Cross, the epi­cen­tre of Syd­ney’s gay com­mu­nity at the time. Tim finds love there, but the aus­ter­ity of the Men­zies pe­riod set­tles in af­ter a brief pe­riod of post­war eu­pho­ria and free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Only Heaven Knows vi­brantly paints a pic­ture of the past while si­mul­ta­ne­ously grap­pling with is­sues that are still highly rel­e­vant in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety. Di­rected by Shaun Ren­nie. Hayes The­atre, 19 Green­knowe Av­enue, Potts Point. To­day, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $68.00. Book­ings: (02) 8065 7337 or on­line. The 7 Stages of Griev­ing Deemal (pic­tured) takes cen­tre stage in this one-woman show to spin a va­ri­ety of touch­ing sto­ries in­volv­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple from dif­fer­ent mobs that cel­e­brate sim­ple sur­vival and ex­pose tear-jerk­ing tales of tragedy. Len­nox The­atre, River­side Par­ra­matta, cor­ner Mar­ket and Church streets, Par­ra­matta. Tick­ets: $22-$42. Book­ings: (02) 8839 3399. June 8-10. Guru Of Chai The Guru of Chai, a tea ven­dor near a rail­way sta­tion in an In­dian city played by Ja­cob Ra­jan, pro­ceeds to tell us a story based on an old In­dian fairy­tale but re­set in mod­ern times. It con­cerns seven sis­ters who ar­rive in the street near his stall one day and start singing. They are pop­u­lar and take a lot of money un­til they are threat­ened by the agent of a mys­te­ri­ous mafia-like fig­ure. They are saved by a heroic po­lice­man who vows to pro­tect them. Ra­jan plays all these characters with great vir­tu­os­ity. This is very eco­nom­i­cal the­atri­cal sto­ry­telling: a few props and cos­tumes, some shadow pup­petry, a sud­den stiff­en­ing or re­lax­ing of Ra­jan’s stance when he is switch­ing characters. With these the whole world of the story is com­pleted by our imag­i­na­tion. Belvoir The­atre, 25 Belvoir Street, Syd­ney. Tick­ets: $32-$48. To­day, 2.15pm and 8.15pm. Book­ings: (02) 9699 3444. Un­til June 4.

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