Tim Draxl sings Chet Baker

Tim Draxl sings Chet Baker publicity shot

As soon as I saw it advertised, I booked tickets straight away. It was an evening at one of my favourite cabaret bars in Sydney – Bar Me – featuring one of my favourite cabaret singers – Tim Draxl – doing the works of one of my favourite jazz musicians – Chet Baker – so how could I go wrong? Colin, Grant and I had seen Tim Draxl perform and talk about the works of Chet Baker in August last year. As he noted when he performed, it was the […]

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Sat On My Lap

Looks like the work of Luke Temby on the walls of Surry Hills

As Kate and I walked around the streets of Chippendale, we noticed posters featuring artwork by Luke Temby. I noticed another one tonight as I came home from dinner at Emad’s on Cleveland Street. The art group I belong to has bought a couple of works by Temby, and he has created this crazy kind of universe called Cupco. It was interesting to see his works out and about on the streets, as well as in the galleries. Kate was into town for a couple of exhibitions, including one we […]

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What will Tim Draxl do next?

Grant and Tim

About half way through tonight’s show by Tim Draxl at The Civic I found my mind wandering. “What’s he going to do next?”, I thought to myself, adding “He’s done music, cabaret, films. Where’s his headspace at?”. Minutes later he articulated my very thoughts. “A lot of people have wondered what am I going to do next? So have I”, he said, adding that he felt exhilarated by the uncertainty of his career at the moment. He’s a great singer, but somehow, deep own, you get the feeling his heart […]

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Science, Fires and Merri-May

Simon Marnie from 702 ABC Sydney speaks to Abbie Thomas at ABC Science Festival

“Have you seen Merri-May perform before?”, I was asked by the woman sitting near me at tonight’s show. “Yes”, I told her… “Many times. I think I could be a groupie”. I have only a fairly vague memory of the first time I met Merri-May Gill, though I suspect it’s probably about 10 years ago. I was working in regional radio at the time. And I recall her debut CD came demonstrating great song-writing and performing skills across a variety of genres, including comedy, jazz, folk and cabaret. AND it […]

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Tim Draxl

Michael Tyack and Tim Draxl at Supper Club

“Thanks for coming out tonight when you could have gone to the Bledisloe Cup” Tim Draxl declared at the opening of his show tonight, adding, “I don’t even know what the Bledisloe Cup is”. There was only one bloke in the room who looked remotely interested in the rugby, and he was there with his girlfriend, and was possibly a relative, I thought. The rest of the room was made up of middle-aged couples and lots of poofs, as you might expect. And those of us who have followed his […]

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Retrogras

Bob Downe and friend at The Supper Club on Oxford Street, Sydney

I’ve just arrived home from a terrific night out with my friend Colin. The night started off at the Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery in Paddington where there’s a new exhibition by Callum Morton. The art collectors group of which I’m a member has a piece by him, and so I was keen to see what he is currently working on. It was a minimalist exhibition, to be sure, with only half a dozen works. But while there aren’t too many works in this exhibition, they more than make up for […]

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Cumming at the Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Every time I go to the Opera House I take a photograph of either the Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Deep down, I know it’s provincial and parochial to photograph some so-called “world icons”, somehow holding on to a notion that Sydney is a “global city” whereas the other state capitals are “colonial outposts”. I recognise that, but I still think they’re great structures and they never fail to impress me with their beauty. And so of course, tonight, heading off to see Allan Cumming at The Studio […]

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