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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 24 December 2016
WHAT’S 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 2016 On VIC CHRISTMAS SQUARE 2016 This month City Square (44-86 Swanston St, Melbourne) has again been transformed into the centrepiece of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival as Christmas Square - a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Running until 25 December, by day attendees will have the chance to discover nutcracker soldiers, interactive candy canes, and get a free photo with Santa, and by night can enjoy the soundscapes and Christmas lighting. Presented by the City of Melbourne and supported by TAC, today Saturday 24 December and tomorrow the Christmas festivities will be running from 10 am-11 pm. Santa visits 10 am-12 noon and 1 pm-3 pm daily. Attendance is free. SIREN SONG EXHIBITION ‘Siren Song’, an exhibition paying tribute to Homer’s Odyssey and its timeless appeal, is on at the the Hellenic Museum (280 William St, Melbourne). Spanning over 2,500 years of culture, it features Ancient Greek vases through to an artistic reinterpretation of Odysseus’ journey using contemporary sound and composition. The aim is to inspire curiosity for Homer’s epic poetry and introduce visitors to the story of Odysseus’s 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 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 the 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 Sunday 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, the Stork Theatre presents The Rage of Achilles at La Mama Courthouse (349 Drummond St, Carlton) from Tuesday 7 to Sunday 19 February 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-awardwinning 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. To book tickets, visit storktheatre.com.au or call (03) 94100295. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Melbourne’s Christmas Square. ACT NEW YEARS EVE AT HELLENIC CLUB Need plans for New Year’s? The Hellenic Club (Matilda St, Woden) have you sorted with the return of IVOJ NOB. Play- QLD THEATRE PRODUCTION THE FLICK In 2017 the Queensland Theatre is breathing new life into The Flick written by Annie Baker and directed by Greek Australian Nadia Tass. The show sees three unsung, underappreciated 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 ex- amination 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 Friday 10 Feb to Sunday 5 March, to purchase tickets visit queenslandtheatre.com.au/Shows/The-Flick ing 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 December doors open at 8 pm. Early Bird tickets are $25 +bf, second release $35 +bf, or you can try your luck on the night at the door for $45. To pre purchase, visit hellenicclub.com.au/booknow and follow the links.
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