AuthorJeffrey Anderson

Event/Exhibition: 2017 Meredith Music Festival

Meredith Music Festival is back in its 27th year, and it promises a three-night event to remember.

The Supernatural Amphiteatre will host a vast range of musicians, including Todd Terje and The Olsens, Total Control, Silence Wedge, Warpaint, !!!, Japanese Breakfast, Noname, Kikagaku Moyo, The Senegambian Jazz Band, Rings Around Saturn and more to be announced soon.

While subscriber ticket ballot has closed, store and online tickets will be available starting next week for $375.20. For more information, visit Meredith Music Festival’s website.

December 8-10 | Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith

Music: Ben Folds is Coming Back to Australia with ‘Paper Aeroplane Request Tour’

Ben Folds is coming back to Australia next year for his solo shows.

The Paper Aeroplane Request Tour will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart as well as Auckland in February 2018, with a Melbourne date to be announced soon.

Each concert will take form of a two-part piano show. In the first half Folds will play his best hits from Rockin The Suburbs to Way to Normal and beyond, while in the second half the audiences will write their requested songs on a paper plane and fly them to the stage for the troubadour to select randomly and play. That’s right – you get to decide what Folds will play at the night.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday. For more information, visit Ben Folds’s website.

Brisbane: February 4 | The Tivoli

Sydney: February 6 | Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Canberra: February 8 | Canberra Theatre Centre

Adelaide: February 9 | Festival Theatre

Perth: February 11 | Chevron Festival Gardens

Hobart: February 13 | Theatre Royal

Digital: Adobe to “End-of-Life” Flash by 2020

Adobe has announced that the Flash Player will be phased out by the end of 2020, effectively “killing” the plugin.

“Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats,” said the company in a statement.

Until then, Adobe will still be working with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Mozilla to support Flash content.

Adobe said it would be focusing on other open standards, such as HTML5 and WebAssembly.

Flash has been struggling for years with security concerns and hacking problems, with Adobe being unable to provide security updates fast enough to keep users safe. In 2015, Adobe replaced Flash Professional software with the more HTML5-focused Adobe Animate, five years after Steve Jobs complained about Flash’s security and performance issues.

Music: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park Dies at 41

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington has died at age 41.

Bennington’s death at his private residence Thursday has been confirmed by The Los Angeles County Coroner as a suicide by hanging.

The death coincided with the band’s release of the music video for their new song “Talking To Myself”, the second single from their most recent album One More Light.

Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999, which went on to achieve fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. Since then, the band has sold over 70 million albums around the world.

In past interviews, the singer had discussed his struggles with substance abuse and childhood trauma.

Following Bennington’s death, Linkin Park announced that they will be cancelling their North American tour, which was previously set to begin on July 27.

Event/Exhibition: Celebrate Studio Ghibli Showcase, Australia

Love yourself some Studio Ghibli flicks? Well, good news – the animation house’s complete catalogue is coming to Australian cinemas.

The showcase features all 22 films from Ghibli, including the popular My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, the seldom seen Ghiblies Episode 2, and the first ever to be screened in Australia, Ocean Waves.

The opening night of Celebrate Studio Ghibli Showcase also promises an event to remember, as ticket holders can get an opportunity to win special A1 print by award-winning artist Shaun Tan.

The showcase will run from August 24 to September 20 at select cinemas across the country. For tickets and more information, visit Studio Ghibli’s website.

Event/Exhibition: Brian Reed: We Need to Talk About S-Town

Can’t get enough of podcast? This event is for you.

Sydney Opera House presents Brian Reed: We Need to Talk About S-Town, a talk with the senior producer of This American Life and the host and co-creator of investigative journalism series S-Town. Reed will participate in an in-depth conversation about the groundbreaking podcast and its consequences. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions in the Q&A session.

Tickets start from $50.90. For more information, visit Sydney Opera House’s website.

Saturday, July 29, 7.30pm | Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney

Music: Paul McCartney Announces Two Extra Shows in Australia

Sir Paul McCartney has added two new shows to his Australia tour in December.

One on One tour is McCartney’s first visit to the country in almost 25 years, after having his last concert in 1993. The tour was launched in 2016, with McCartney playing 41 shows across 12 countries so far.

“We’ve been waiting to get back to Australia and New Zealand for years and now it’s finally happening,” the Beatles member said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to the concerts as we’ve always had such a brilliant time whenever we’ve been before so we know we are in for a treat.”

Promoter Frontier Touring said it is confident that the added shows in Melbourne and Sydney (on December 6 and 12 respectively) will sell out.

Below is the tour schedule:

Perth: nib Stadium, December 2

Melbourne: AAMI Park, December 5 and 6

Brisbane: Suncorp Stadium, December 9

Sydney: Qudos Bank Arena, December 11 and 12

Auckland: Mt Smart Stadium, December 16

Tickets are now available at Frontier Touring’s website.

Graffiti: Vandalism or An Art Form?

What is “art” really? And how can we define the term? To put it simply, “art” is a form of expression. Anyone with a background in art can tell you that, regardless of the medium or the canvas. But where do we draw the line with street art? Graffiti has been a controversial topic of discussion in the art world, with many conservative audiences arguing that it is a form of vandalism. Let’s deconstruct the legal implications of graffiti.

Let’s say someone has painted over your car or your house without your permission. You wouldn’t be very happy about that. But would you feel the same if the painting was a beautiful work of art rather than a street tag? Do we discriminate the artwork based on its style or skill level? Or do we disregard the painting altogether because it’s someone’s property?

According to Angie Kordic from Wide Walls, “the excitement of being a renegade and the fear of getting caught is what many artists consider the very core of graffiti culture, especially during the days of rough, growing competition and the willing to become as good at drawing as you possibly could. When caught in act, however, the writers get charged with vandalism, fined, and given community service hours during which they help clean up graffiti. By definition, it is “an action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property”, and while we can’t argue that graffiti (mostly tags, considered a reductive form of art within graffiti community itself) often end up on someone’s walls, we do have to wonder if it really is “destruction” and if, perhaps, we’ve been asking the wrong question the whole time.”

What do you think? Is graffiti a form of vandalism?

Sources from: http://www.widewalls.ch/is-graffiti-art-or-vandalism/

Event/Exhibition: Video Junkee 2017, Sydney

Aspiring content creators and video fans won’t want to miss this event.

Video Junkee 2017 is a two-day festival celebrating the Golden Age of video, featuring a series of talks, panels, screenings, masterclasses and awards that brings together international and Australian content creators.

The line-up of speakers includes Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Ashly Perez (Buzzfeed), Marc Fennell (The Feed), and the crews of Cleverman, Skitbox and many more.

Tickets start from $19 for individual sessions and $89 for multi-pass packages. For more information, visit Video Junkee website.

July 28-29 | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Sydney

Digital: Spotify is Testing Out ‘Sponsored Songs’ Program

Spotify is testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ program that allows labels to promote individual songs to non-paying users, the company has confirmed.

Unlike the regular ads, which appear on banners, Sponsored Songs are integrated into playlists that users follow. Users can opt out of this through a setting both on desktop and in-app.

If the test program is successful, Sponsored Songs could be rolled out officially to users on free tier, the company told TechCrunch. However, it remains unclear if the opt-out setting will still be available to non-paying users.

The program is an extension of Spotify’s effort to add more revenue streams. Since last year, Spotify has allowed brands to sponsor playlists, allowing them to add a logo and video ads.

With 140 million active users, Spotify earned a $US3.3 billion in revenue last year, but it still recorded an operating loss of $US389 million.