Arts & Culture

Urban Purveyor Group to create ‘entertainment hub’ in Melbourne

Urban Purveyor Group will create an ‘entertainment precinct’ at The Alfred in Melbourne, with a variety of hospitality venues on site. This weekend, Urban Purveyor Group will take over the site of 7 Alfred Place, in Melbourne’s CBD, currently home to Stokehouse restaurant. The site was purchased from Stokehouse Restaurants for an undisclosed amount, and will be renamed The Alfred. ...

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Frozen magic as Lucy Durack brings Disney to the Opera House

Little Polly doesn’t know it yet, but she’s been helping mum rehearse. Lucy Durack’s eight-month-old daughter sits enraptured as she listens to her mum belt out music from the movie Frozen. “Last year, (my husband) Chris asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I said ‘Can you learn the male part of Love Is An Open Door so we can ...

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Kylie Minogue confirms engagement to Joshua Sasse

AFTER months of speculation that the Pop Princess was lucky in love, Kylie Minogue’s engagement to beau Joshua Sasse has finally been confirmed. The couple, who met on the set of Galavant last year, made the announcement in the British Daily Telegraph. “The engagement is announced between Joshua, son of the late Dominic Sasse and of Mary Heale (née Macauley), ...

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When silence falls: NSW art exhibition exposes hidden violent chapters in Australian, world history

Visions of war and conflict may be all too commonplace in the news media, but it is not often that we are given the space to really contemplate what the long-term legacy of violence is for our society. Cara Pinchbeck, curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), made it her mission to ...

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Chinese New Year: Millions travel across country to welcome in Year of the Monkey

At Beijing’s main train station, the snack sellers are doing brisk business. As thousands of people stream past them each hour, packs of bottled water, instant noodles and preserved duck meat are flying off the shelves. The scene is a far cry from the chaos that gripped commuters outside the main train station in Guangzhou, 2,000 kilometres to the south, ...

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weather events get Americans to act on climate change

Scientists are drawing a link between climate change and extreme weather events with increasing confidence. An American Meteorological Society report, for example, studied 28 individual weather events occurring in 2013-2014 and found climate change to have influenced events such as the tropical cyclones that hit Hawaii; extreme heat waves in Argentina, South Korea and China; and severe rainfall in southern ...

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Most Social Messages, Respond Least

Media and entertainment brands receive three times more messages on Facebook and Twitter than average brands, but are they missing out on a golden opportunity? Social media management platformSprout Social revealed in the latest edition of The Sprout Social Index that messages to media and entertainment brands—including celebrities, athletes, journalists, musicians and DJs—are ignored 93 percent of the time, adding: While fan engagement ...

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Arts markets under the hammer as rich investors cool off

The art market appears to be entering its cooling-off period. For the past six years, an influx of newly wealthy collectors — particularly from China — has pushed up prices for everything from Ming vases to Claude Monet, but now there are signs that the bidding paddles could come down hard. Falling oil prices, volatile stock swings and China’s deepening ...

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PM misses out on Australia Day BBQ

Australia Day isn’t Australia Day without a BBQ – except for the prime minister. Malcolm Turnbull admitted he didn’t get a chance to enjoy a snag on Tuesday between a hectic schedule of appearances in Canberra. “I haven’t done a public or indeed a private barbecue today – so the sausages have been safe,” he told The Project on Network Ten. “We ...

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‘Star Wars’ tops DiCaprio in ‘Revenant’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever. According to studio estimates on Sunday, the adventures of Rey, Finn and stalwarts from the previous Star Wars films raked in $US41.6 million ($A59.7 million ...

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