The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - SR DS

(M) The Avengers have bro­ken up. Thor has lost not only one eye but his hammer. Cap­tain Amer­ica is a wanted man and no longer wears the stars and stripes. Tony Stark is in pin­stripes rather than iron. Ban­ner can no longer sum­mon the Hulk. It’s a su­per­hero-free zone ... un­til the ab­so­lute star of the show en­ters: Josh Brolin, who be­comes Thanos, despot of Ti­tan, who plans to wipe out 50 per cent of the uni­verse and take over the half that’s left. To do so he needs to se­cure the five “in­fin­ity stones” that each con­trol an as­pect of ex­is­tence. He has three. The other two are on Earth. The Avengers re­group, sort of, and are backed up, sort of, by the Guardians of the Gal­axy.

Last Flag Fly­ing (M) Last Flag Fly­ing be­gins in De­cem­ber 2003 as Larry, also known as Doc, walks into a bar and strikes up a con­ver­sa­tion with Sal, who at first doesn’t recog­nise him. It turns out the men fought to­gether in Viet­nam 30 years ear­lier. Doc tells his old friend that he’s a re­cent wid­ower and that his son re­cently has been killed in Iraq. The mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties have told Doc his son died a hero, and a mil­i­tary funeral is be­ing ar­ranged. Doc wants Sal to ac­com­pany him, along with a third com­rade-in-arms from the past, Richard. At the ser­vice, they dis­cover that the of­fi­cial story of Larry Jr’s “heroic” death is a lie. This de­cep­tion gets the men think­ing about even greater de­cep­tions.

In­ter­na­tional Convention Cen­tre Syd­ney, Dar­ling Drive, Syd­ney. May 17 and 18, 8pm. Tick­ets: $75$161.95. Book­ings: 132 849. Jack Howard’s Epic Brass Horn-driven hits and other hid­den gems of Aus­tralian rock come to the fore­front in Epic Brass. The show fea­tures tunes in­clud­ing the Saints’ Know Your Prod­uct, Mid­night Oil’s Power and the Pas­sion and Hunters and Col­lec­tors’ Say Good­bye. Epic Brass brings to­gether ARIA Hall of Famer Jack Howard, Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Steve Lu­cas (X), Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis), Paulie Ste­wart (Painters and Dock­ers), Fiona Lee May­nard and a four-piece horn sec­tion. The Fac­tory The­atre, 105 Victoria Road, Mar­rickville, Syd­ney. June 2, 8pm. Tick­ets: $37.50-$42. Book­ings: (02) 9550 3666 or on­line. Cat Power Twenty years have passed since US in­die folk singer Cat Power re­leased her ac­claimed al­bum Moon Pix. She re­turns to the Syd­ney Opera House to play the al­bum in full, with orig­i­nal col­lab­o­ra­tors Jim White and Mick Turner of the Dirty Three.

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