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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - SHOOT FROM THE HIP Un­til June 17 Tanks Arts Cen­tre ARTISTS OF THE NORTH 2017: CAIRNS ART SO­CI­ETY Un­til April 23 Cairns Re­gional Gallery SHAUN TAN’S THE LOST THING: FROM BOOK TO FILM Un­til April 16

Buckle up Cairns, Aus­tralia’s big­gest com­edy fes­ti­val is back in town to de­liver the fresh­est and fun­ni­est Aus­tralian stars, new­com­ers and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers, in­clud­ing MC Dave Cal­lan (be­low), Carl Donnelly, Andy Saun­ders, Daniel Fer­nan­dez and Sharul Channa. The show is at Tanks from April 26-18. Tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at tanksarts­cen­tre.com Shoot from the Hip ex­am­ines the pro­lif­er­a­tion of hip­ster cul­ture and its sub­se­quent im­pact on con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian art. From the sub­ver­sive, to the ironic, the ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights the unique ap­proach made by Aus­tralian artists in re­spond­ing to the sub­cul­tural re­jec­tion of main­stream so­ci­ety through hip­s­ter­dom. The theme for the 12th Artists of the North ex­hi­bi­tion, “Hot, wet and steamy in the trop­ics”, asks our re­gional artists to ex­plore what is of­ten a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with the ex­tremes of sum­mer in the trop­ics. All the senses are roused as the mon­soonal trough plunges, bring­ing long hot days and nights, down­pours for weeks, floods, cy­clones and huge bal­loon­ing storm clouds. This is your last chance to catch Mel­bournebased artist, au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Shaun Tan’s ex­hibit, which ex­plores the artistry of his orig­i­nal picture book and the process of turn­ing it into a short film.

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