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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 December 2016
WHAT’S 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016 On NATIONAL XYLOURIS WHITE TOUR Following their sold-out Melbourne club show appearances, Xylouris White kick off their tour in Melbourne tonight. An unlikely collaboration between Dirty Three drummer VIC EXHIBITION: ‘SIREN SONG’ ‘Siren Song’, an exhibition paying tribute to Homer’s The Odyssey and its timeless appeal, is now on at the Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne). Spanning over 2,500 years of culture, it ranges from ancient Greek vases through to an artistic re-interpretation of Odysseus’ journey, using contemporary sound and composition. The aim is to inspire curiosity in Homer’s epic poetry and introduce visitors to the story of Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens’ irresistible song, while showcasing the importance of voice, song and oral culture in the imagined landscape of Homer. Behind the seductive image of the Sirens lurks a metaphor for destruction, as they promise to fulfil the age-old desire within us for the acquisition of wisdom, adulation and eternal happiness at any cost. Also included is footage from Luka Lesson’s new work, Odysseus: Live, which retells the story for a modern audience. While maintaining the fundamental elements of the ACT NEW YEARS EVE AT THE HELLENIC CLUB Making plans for New Year’s? The Hellenic Club (Matilda St, Woden) have you sorted, with the return of IVOJ NOB. QLD THEATRE PRODUCTION: THE FLICK In 2017, Queensland Theatre is breathing new life into The Flick, by Annie Baker and directed by Greek Australian Nadia Tass. The show sees three unsung, under-appreciated employees banter about life, love and longing. On a break from college, young film buff Avery takes a minimum-wage job as an usher at crumbling Massachu- setts movie palace The Flick. His 30-something colleague Sam seems resigned to a dead-end life of sweeping up stale popcorn and his unrequited love for Rose, the achingly cool, free-spirited projectionist. As one late night blurs into another, and this trio of painfully ordinary people bond over movie trivia, low-level embezzling and shared ennui, the play evolves into a deeply moving, funny and delicate examina- tion of the millions of tiny dramas that make up everyday life. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick, presented together with Red Stitch Actors Theatre, has been the talk of New York and London. Staged at Cremorne Theatre, QPAC (Melbourne St, South Brisbane) from 10 Feb-5 Mar, to purchase tickets visit queenslandtheatre.com.au/Shows/The-Flick Playing the biggest hits by Bon Jovi, Queen, Guns N’ Roses and Whitesnake, you’re sure to have a good time. Taking place on Saturday 31 Dec, doors open at 8.00 pm. Early- bird tickets are $25 +bf, second release $35 +bf, or try your luck on the night at the door for $45. To pre-purchase, visit hellenicclub.com.au/booknow/ story, he manages to draw new correlations to the state of flux and displacement in the world today. ‘Siren Song’ will run until mid-2017. For more information, visit hellenic.org.au/siren-song ‘OUR ODYSSEY - ITHACANS IN MELBOURNE’ A collaboration between the Immigration Museum (400 Flinders St, Melbourne) and the Ithacan community has resulted in an exciting exhibition exploring the challenges faced by Ithacan migrants establishing roots in a new country and celebrates their achievements. Ithacans first came to Victoria in the 1850s in search of fortune on the goldfields, and since then their entrepreneurial spirit has contributed greatly to the cultural fabric of Melbourne. With an ancient history grounded in Greek mythology, ‘Our Odyssey - Ithacans in Melbourne’ draws parallels between the epic tale of The Odyssey as it relates to the migrant experience. Coinciding with the 100-year anniversary of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, the exhibition is on display until 4 June, 2017. For more information, visit museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/our-odyssey/ THE RAGE OF ACHILLES: HOMER’S ILIAD In an Australian premiere, Stork Theatre presents The Rage of Achilles at La Mama Courthouse (349 Drummond St, Carlton) from 7-19 Feb, 2017. Audiences will experience the rhapsodic power of Homer’s literary masterpiece, written over 2,700 years ago. He takes us into the minds and souls of the players, human and divine, as they suffer the nightmare of war, while dreaming of peace. The 80-minute, one-person play stars multi-award-winning actor and dramaturg Humphrey Bower who, as an Oxford University alumnus in literature, is thrilled to be adapting The Iliad from the celebrated Fagles translation. For tickets, visit storktheatre.com.au or call (03) 94100295. Jim White and Cretan lute player George Xylouris, the pair will play songs from their latest album ‘Black Peak’, along with hits from their debut album ‘Goats’ (2014), which went to No.1 on the Billboard World Music charts. Dates are as follows: Melbourne today, Sat 17 Dec (tickets on sale via melbournerecital.com.au); Woodford (QLD) Fri 28 & Sat 29 Dec (tickets on sale via woodfordfolkfestival.com) and Sydney Fri 30 Dec (tickets on sale via factorytheatre.com.au). DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Theatre production The Flick by Annie Baker and acclaimed director Nadia Tass. PHOTO: LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE.
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