Jul
03
2012

Theatregoers won't want to miss out on seeing Boy Girl Wall as the hit show journeys to the island state.

A production by the award-winning creators of Attack of the Attacking Attackers! and smash-hit production the Escapist comes a tale of whimsy, imagination and enlightenment.

At the centre of this love story is the tale of Thom and Alethea, apartment block neighbours who are trying desperately to keep their own lives from falling apart, when the wall that is meant to separate them decides that they should ultimately be together.

And while the use of animate and inanimate objects may seem peculiar from the outside, it is done in such a way that you can easily suspend your imagination and enjoy the absurdity of the moment at the same time as you head inwards for a moment of introspection to identify the barriers that are placing limits on your own life.

Along with the lead actor Lucas Stibbard's captivating performance, the show also features sock puppets, chalk, an overhead projector and more than 24 other weird and wonderful cast members which add a comedic touch to an otherwise serious subject matter.

Live music from the delightful Neridah Waters will only add to the element of fancy that comes into play in this modern-day tale of heartache, friendship and the tour-de-force that is known best as true romance.

Described by The Australian as "tightly structured, funny and ultimately quite funny", you will be sure to find yourself in stitches as the show's lead actor brings a discussion on the finer aspect of love and contemporary living.

Boy Girl Wall will be showing at the Theatre Royal in Hobart from August 1 to 4, with the show starting each night at 19.00. You can find out more information on ticket prices directly by contacting the theatre.

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Jun
30
2012

Do you love blue cheese? If the answer is yes – and we are expecting most Tasmanians to answer in the affirmative – you won't want to miss the Blue Lovers weekend.

Organised by the gourmet food professionals Grandvewe Cheeses, this two day eating festival is sure to make your mouth water.

On the menu this year are five speciality styles, including the well-known Sapphire Blue, Blue by Ewe, a washed ring blue, blue brie and port soaked blue.

"We are glad to organise this Winter Blues Celebration at the Blue Lovers weekend at Birchs Bay, Tasmania. The guests of the event can enjoy the best food with a special attention to blue," said the event organisers.

In addition to cheese tasting, you will also be treated to live performances from some of the best blues musicians in Tasmania.

Those with a passion for cheese making will want to make a beeline for connoisseur of the art Diane Rae, who will take them on a guided tour of the Grandvewe Cheeses factory.

A celebration lunch will help guests get to known each other and salivate in the presence of some of the state's finest wine and cheese.

But one of the main attractions may be the cost price blues that will be sold to guests throughout the weekend.

The Grandvewe Cheeses Blue Lovers weekend is planned for July 7 to 8. You can find more information by visiting their website or contact the event operator on ph: 03 6267 4099.

For those who are unable to attend the once yearly event, but would still like to learn more about the art of cheesemaking, you can visit the centre daily from 10.00 to 16.00 and entry is free.

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Jun
29
2012

The somewhat tongue in cheek title of this impressive exhibition offers an insight into the parts of history that we often don't want to remember.

Persons of Interest is an exhibition by Netty Gibson and Louise Josephs that turns the traditional role of the artist as a creative entity into the more structured identity of an archivist.

Using material from a collection of 1940s documents, the archivists are able to piece together the forgotten moments of history.

When this is combined with imagery from Nazi Germany and the Victorian Police Department, it becomes clear that both the dark and mundane aspects of the human experience are often erased from of our collective memory.

In their place is a slightly skewed and often idealised version of events that often says more about society's own values at the time of telling than they do about the hopes and dreams of the people whose actions come to inform our present realities.

Josephs and Gibson are also interested in the constant revisionism that comes with the passage of time, as well as the ability people have to disassociate themselves from the actions of those who came before them.

Special attention is paid to the way certain crimes are able to polarise nations, while others seem to go largely unnoticed despite the obvious implications this can have on people of all ages and backgrounds.

By presenting emotionally charged works in a comfortable setting, the "archivists" hope to draw attention to the general feeling of ambivalence that often comes about in society after major historical events.

Persons of Interest will open its doors to the public from July 7 to 27 at Handmark Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart and entry is free. You can view the exhibition between the gallery's normal viewing hours of 09.00 to 17.00.

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Jun
28
2012

Looking for a great day out with the kids? Then you may want to pencil in a visit to Ulverstone on any holiday to-do list.

If you find that the budget is stretched it is great to find activities which you can add-on or achieve a lot with for very little expenditure.

With this in mind, it is hard to go past a drive to Ulverston to see the city's many parks and attractions.

Situated on the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania at the mouth of the Leven River, Ulverston is known for its gorgeous scenery and generous hospitality.

It is also a short drive from Devonport, which means it is easily accessible by car or bus but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of a big city that you feel as if you may well be in the country.

ANZAC Park is a well known destination among parents due to its good kids' facilities and BBQ area – which is ideal for an afternoon picnic or informal party with a group of friends.

Another site to seek out is the Fairway Park, it has a bird sanctuary and water-slide – the latter may not be the best idea in winter, but your little ones will be sure to have fun trying to spot and name different types of birds.

For those who are keen to get some fresh air and take advantage of the city's impressive coastal views, you will find all of this and more in Legion Park.

You might also consider adding a trip to Castra Falls and Gunns Plains caves to your activity list while you are in the area.

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Jun
27
2012

Internationally renowned Canadian singer Bobby Bruce is touring Tasmania this July in a series of not-to-miss shows.

After sell-out tours in North America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand, the Neil Diamond impersonator is preparing to wow audiences Down Under and give Australian music fans the chance to sing along to some of their favourite songs.

From hits such as Cracklin Rosie to Kentucky Women and crowd favourite Sweet Caroline, you will find it hard to sit still during the performance and may even want to sing along with the different pieces.

Die-hard Neil Diamond fans will find it hard to fault Bruce, who is often praised as the next best thing to the famous crooner.

Described as the world's number one tribute concert to the former soft-rock star, it is hard to find anyone who won't have a good time at this show.

Adult ticket prices start at $59.90 and students and concession card holders can enter for just $54.90.

Nearly Neil in Concert will tour most major cities for one-night only across all of Tasmania, which means you can easily book into a new show if you happened to miss the concert in your hometown.

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Jun
26
2012

From reality television programs to office baking competitions, it seems that cooking is undergoing a resurgence in Tasmania.

But it is not just any type of food that is making it onto restaurant menus and household eating plans.

Fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables now sit centre stage among free range meats and poultry supplies.

Artisan cheeses and wines and bouquet chocolates have taken over where store-bought cakes for dessert left off.

And helping aspiring chefs of all ages make the transition from the kitchen to a more commercial space are a range of markets that specialise in the finest ingredients.

One of the more popular destinations among foodies is the Launceston Esk Market – which is held weekly on Sundays.

With more than 150 stalls, you will be sure to find what you are looking for at this friendly market.

There is also plenty of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about the way certain items are cultivated, harvested or produced, making it easier to make an informed choice about the food you are eating.

For those who get hungry before it is time to head home, you can also find a number of stalls selling refreshments and snacks.

The keen shopper will also be able to find everything from handmade biscuits through to bric-a-brac, pre-loved items, clothing, books, toys, collectables, antique and craft goods and much, much, more.

So this weekend why not avoid the hustle and bustle of regular shopping centres and purchase all your fresh food goods in a fun and friendly atmosphere?

The Launceston Esk Market is located at the Launceston Showground on Forster Street and doors are open from 09.00 to 14.00.

Entry and parking is free, however, it is best to contact the market's organisers about disability access on the day.

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Jun
25
2012

Rolling out of bed late on a Saturday and heading to your local cafe for a bite to eat is one of the reasons why so many of us live for the weekend.

Add a trip to the markets to this experience and you have now turned a relaxing day away from the office into a treasure hunt for the latest knick-knacks and artisan goods.

Going to the markets is often a fun excuse to catch up with friends, snack on delicious food and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee. It’s recover time, time to slow down and regroup for the week ahead.

Depending on where you go, this experience can also vary from a morning or afternoon of browsing through to a serious shopping outing which involves finding and sourcing rare materials, flowers, foods, jewellery and other prized goods that are as unique as the people who make them.

Even though there are so many boutique outlets and specialised markets popping up around the state, it is still hard to beat the local church fair.

All Saints Market in South Hobart is held on the last Saturday of each month and is something of a star-attraction in the local community.

The flaneur in you will want to spend hours weaving your way through scented gardens, stalls and the charming church hall.

You might have to queue to get your hands on some of the homemade cakes and biscuits, but it will be well worth the wait when you finally do get to sink your teeth into one of these sugary treats.

An interest in craft will also come in handy as you navigate your way around this bustling market and you can easily satisfy your appetite when the BBQ starts.

All Saints Market is located on 339 Macquarie St, South Hobart. It is a free event that is open to all members of the community from 8.00 am to approximately 2.00 pm. Set up is from 7.00 am

All Saints Church South Hobart

Regular Stall Holder Jasmine Rose

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Jun
24
2012

Ask anyone who has been to Tasmania about the island state and chances are they will have something to say about the locals.

The Tassie devil has long been a favourite attraction among tourists who are often keen to reconnect with nature.

However there is also a strong interest in creatures from Australian mythology that may be a little harder to spot in a wildlife park.

The Australian Native Beasts and Birds Exhibition showcases the best in life-like representations of the country's unique animal population and it is Tasmania for a limited time only.

From June 26 to July 2, you will be able to get up close and personal with the Tasmanian tiger, pesky possums and many of the region's birds.

The exhibition is being hosted by The Spindle Tree and Salamanca Arts Centre and features the works of artists from across Australia.

Using the latest techniques in fibre-based crafts, the artists have added their own unique creative flair to the show's major works.

They have also tried to capture the personality of the animals and birds they are representing – which adds to the storytelling element of the production.

Entry to the Salamanca Arts Centre is free and opening times are from 9.00 am to 2.30 pm

Beasts and Animals

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Jun
23
2012

You have heard of Christmas in July, but now it is time to add a new event to your winter calendar.

The Devonport Jazz in July music extravaganza is on again this year and organisers are keen to showcase local talent.

Featuring leading jazz musicians from across the country, including the headlining trumpeters Bob Barnard and James Morrison, the event is a celebration of the genre that extends beyond the classics to fusion works and experimental recordings.

Visitors to the concert will want to get up and dance after hearing some of the more contemporary numbers.

While those who are also keen on instruments are sure to start tapping away when one of their favourite tracks is blasted over the airways from centre stage.

Foodies won't miss out either, with the festival making sure to cater to would-be artists of all kinds.

The great thing about this festival is that you can eat while watching different shows, which means that you won't have to miss out on any of your favourite acts.

Tickets to Devonport Jazz in July are on sale now and you can contact the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre for information on prices and availability.

Devonport Festival in July

Logo For The Devonport Jazz in July Festival

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Jun
22
2012

If you like rock and have an interest in French-speaking TV presenters, you have probably seen Rockwiz.

The SBS ratings first aired in 2004 and has a long standing reputation as one of the country's best music quiz shows, regularly attracting a string of world-class musicians including John Paul Young, Tex Perkins and Joe Camilleri.

However it is host Julia Zemiro that has guests in stitches as she adds a touch of comic flair to the program.

Zemiro's regular witty asides to co-host and scorer Brian Nankervis – who is also known as the human scoreboard – help to keep things light and entertaining, while the musical talent on show in the Rockwiz Orchestra adds a touch of class.

And now Tasmanians will have the chance to see RocKwiz live for two nights of music history, live performances and comic banter on October 5 and 6.

The decision to add an extra show to the upcoming ‘RocKwiz Some Kind Of Genius’ tour was announced earlier this week (June 19), because of "overwhelming" demand.

According to SBS, the show will feature host Zemiro, ringmaster Brian Nankervis, Dugland the roadie and the RockWiz Orchestra, but the guest list is still under wraps.

The Rockwiz Team

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