Event: The Newsagency’s First Airbnb Experiences Concert, Sydney

World-class jazz duo Some Of Two Parts is bringing their music to the famous Annandale music venue for its first ever Airbnb Experiences concert.

After Airbnb launched its Experiences program in Australia last month, allowing locals to offer activities and experiences, Some Of Two Parts is finally joining the party with the Newsagency to play the venue’s inaugural special concert.

Featuring Loretta Palmeiro on soprano saxophone and Mark Isaacs on piano, the jazz/contemporary duo has performed at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit the Airbnb page.

Sunday, November 18 | The Newsagency, 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Annandale

Exhibition: Are We Alone?, Sydney

Do you want to believe? So do these three Sydney artists, as they explore the belief in intelligent alien life reportedly held by 61% of the world’s population through this art exhibition next week.

Aptly held at Mothership Art Studios in Marrickville, Are We Alone? is a collaboration by live artist and painter Lara Colby, textile artist Katarzyna Niedzielak, and award-winning signwriter AJ Nelson.

Colby has performed live art and showcased her paintings at major music festivals such as Void (2015), Regrowth (2015) and Psyfari (2016, 2018).

 

 

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Niedzielak, also known as Art by Amoeba, has exhibited her three-dimensional objects, wearable art and textiles at Modern Artifacts, Psyfari and Space Gallery.

Nelson, who specialises in 3D pattern creation on wood, will be producing works to evoke crop circles using CAD software and CNC router.

The exhibition will open from November 10-15. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Saturday, November 10, 6pm | Mothership Studios, 18-22 Sydney Street, Marrickville

Music: Post Malone Announces 2019 Australian Tour

Post Malone has announced that he will be touring across Australia next year for arena shows. Among the cities that the multi-platinum rapper will be hitting in April and May are Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Malone’s sophomore album Beerbongs & Bentleys broke Spotify’s streaming records with 78.7 million streams on its release day earlier this year, beating Drake’s More Life.

Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, October 30. For ticketing and more information, visit the Ticketek page.

Perth: Friday, April 26 | RAC Arena

Adelaide: Sunday, April 28 | Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena

Melbourne: Tuesday, April 30 | Rod Laver Arena

Brisbane: Saturday, May 4 | Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Sydney: Tuesday, May 7 | Qudos Bank Arena

Music: NZ’s Salina Fisher Shines in the US

New Zealand composer and musician Salina Fisher has racked yet another achievement – having the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra play one of her compositions.

The 25-year-old, who is currently taking a master of music in composition at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, said the request from the orchestra also came as a surprise to her. “I’d just moved to New York to experience what the music scene was like and I really wasn’t expecting to get a call from someone organising this concert,” Fisher told Newshub.

The composition, titled ‘Tōrino’, was co-created with Rob Thorne and features Māori instrument pūtōrino.

This wasn’t the first recognition for Fisher, who has been composing and playing piano and violin since childhood. In 2016 she won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award for her work ‘Rainphase’, being the youngest person ever to receive the honour. Her music has been performed by ensembles across the world, including in the US, Russia, Canada and Germany.

Fisher is due to finish her study in May and return to New Zealand afterwards.

Writing Poetry: Tips and Tricks

Everyone can write a poem – but it takes craft and practice to make a good one. If you’ve never written a poem, or want to revisit the form after dabbling in it in school, there are a few tips worth trying to help you begin (again) on a solid foundation. Here they are…

Read More

Expand your references and read a lot of poetry. This will help you understand the craft better and figure out the styles and structures you like (or dislike). Check out the Poetry Foundation’s website for some of the world’s best poems.

 

Write

The only way you can improve is by practicing and developing your portfolio. If possible, make a habit out of writing every day. Experiment by following new forms or sticking to reliable favourites. You can also take notes throughout the day of inspirations and observations on a journal.

 

Be Intentional

Before you start a poem, think about what you want to say. What message, theme or idea do you want to get across? Why do you want to write about it? With clear intentions, your poem will have a direction for the readers/audiences to navigate.

 

Count on All Senses

Rather than simply telling a message as is, use imagery and action. Besides sight, leverage other senses (smell, touch, taste, hearing) to create a more vivid reading experience.

 

Get into the Rhythm

In poetry, the rhythm and pacing are as important as the words. It doesn’t necessarily have to rhyme, but every good poetry has an identifiable flow and/or musicality. To enhance the poem’s rhythm, try using active sentences (“I hold the pillow” rather than “the pillow is held by me”) or breaking the passage in different ways.

 

Team Up

It’s time to take your poetry out to the world. Join a poetry community, watch readings, participate in workshops, and get some feedback on your work from your peers. Afterwards, you can go back to writing with redrafts and revisions.

Event: Japanese Film Festival Classics at AGNSW, Sydney

This month, the Japanese Film Festival Classics is returning to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

With the theme of Passion and Obsession, the festival is screening 16mm and 35mm films from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave eras. These films not only represent the vision of cinematic legends such as Kenji Mizoguchi and Yoshishige Yoshida, but also offer glimpses into different faces of Japan throughout the decades – from star-crossed lovers divided by class in the Meiji era to early modern feminists fighting against the societal status quo.

The screenings run Wednesdays and select Saturdays and Sundays for free. For the full program and more information, visit the AGNSW’s website.

October 3-31 | Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

Photography: Melbourne’s VAC Gallery Calls for Submissions for October Exhibition

A chance to showcase your photography work has arrived – the VAC Gallery in Melbourne is calling for submissions for its upcoming exhibition.

Set to launch in October, the exhibition Moving Melbourne: Cities don’t stand still will be highlighting “a Melbourne that’s always in motion”. Photographers are invited to submit up to three images of street photography (not posed or studio) that pay homage to the theme.

Submissions are open until Wednesday, September 19. For more information, visit the website.

Event: Yaeji at Sydney Opera House, Sydney

The Internet famous singer, DJ and producer is hitting Sydney before the year ends.

After touring around the world and performing on world-class stages such as Coachella, Panorama and Way Out West, Kathy Lee aka Yaeji is bringing her signature house music to the Opera House for an evening full of dancefloor burners and hazy Korean-English raps.

Tickets are $59 excluding booking fee, and will be sold starting Friday, September 7 at 9am. For more information, visit the Opera House website.

Saturday, December 1, 9pm | Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Creating and Publishing Your Digital Stories: Tools to Help

It’s 2018 – while Tim Winton might argue that books are the supreme form of writing, there is indeed a movement away from the conventional paperback to more interactive media that give the readers a fresher, more involved paper-free experience. Here are a few open source tools that you can try to make your own story book – no publishers or agents needed.

Twine

“Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

You don’t need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you’re ready.

Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.”

 

Squiffy

“Squiffy is a tool for creating interactive fiction – that is, multiple choice games that focus on text and story. Players navigate through the game or story by clicking links. Sometimes these kinds of games or stories are known as gamebooks.

Squiffy is free and open source. It creates HTML and JavaScript, so you can upload it to your own website, or you can upload your games for free to textadventures.co.uk. You can also turn your game into an app using PhoneGap.”

 

Quest

“Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don’t need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell. Your game can be played anywhere. In a web browser, downloaded to a PC, or turned into an app.”

 

Storybird

“Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.”

Ways to Self-Publishing

Gatekeeping has become less and less prominent these days, with everyone being able to create and share content with a touch of fingertip. It’s the same with publishing. For aspiring writers, self-publishing has become more and more popular in the recent years – what’s more enticing than the idea that you can make your own story book and have it in stores for others to read?

If you’re decided, there are a few paths towards self-publishing that you can consider.

DIY

The first is to organise everything yourself – copyediting, typesetting, formatting, designing, printing and marketing. This method gives you the most freedom, creative- and budget-wise. You can also reap the largest proceedings from the sales, since you don’t have to share the profits with anybody else (apart from any distribution-related costs, such as online retailer fee for e-books and print on demand for paperbacks).

 

Assemble a Team

You can hire external help for assistance in regards to various aspects of your book. This might include editors, proofreaders, illustrators, designers and publicists. This will lift off some tasks from you, but it can also be a lot pricier.

 

Hire a Publisher

There are a lot of hybrid publishing companies that you can hire to take on the “publisher” role for you – that is, they will take care of the design, formatting, editing/proofreading, copyright filing, marketing and more. You will have full ownership of your work, although in some cases the profits might be shared.

 

Which path are you most interested in?