Location: The Melba Spiegeltent – 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood.
For world class musicianship and titallating burlesque make a point of catching Doc Whites’s Lowdown Hokum Orchestra and Burlesque Revue at the Melba Spiegeltent situated at 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood performing as part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.
Blues man Doc White has selected a stellar line up of musicians and performers including Jazz sensation Nichaud Fitzgibbon on vocals, Alexander Stuart Black on violin / mandolin, iconic Jazz man Paul Williamson on saxophone / clarinet, Tony Martin on percussion and a drum kit that he designed and made himself and Howard Cairns on double bass. Other performers include actor / MC Mark Cutler, super sexy Miss Betty Bombshell and the elegant Sina King performing outstanding Burlesque.
Mud man, Gordon Hickmott has been making pottery since 1975 studying Ceramics under Harry Memmott at Prahran College where he graduated in 1980 and set up a small kiln in Elsternwick. At this time Gordon also worked at RMIT, within the Department of Architecture, and with the Arts Train (CAE), which toured rural communities in north-western Victoria, providing opportunities for people to engage in crafts and art.
In the late 70s and early 80s he was involved with the ROAR Studios collective in Fitzroy. During this time he developed life-long relationships with painters and over the years has worked with many to create forms on which these artists have applied their designs. In the 1990s his work was shown in touring shows of Roar Studios, including at Shepparton Regional Gallery and Heide Gallery, and he has worked on many occasions with Mark Schaller and the late David Larwill on collaborative pieces for private commissions and exhibitions. Gordon is known for his large open terracotta and stoneware bowls and when not working with others he concentrates on domestic ware with particular interest in the Japanese traditions of Sojo Hamada and in developing expertise in reduction-fired glazes.
Gordon has been teaching ceramics for over 25 years and for the first time is now offering small classes from his studio.
After SELL OUT SHOWS last year and a plethora of RAVE REVIEWS we are pretty damn excited to have the uber talented JOHN WATERS and STEWART D’ARRIETTA at MEMO THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 3PM, SEPT 27th, to perform their theatrical interpretation of the JOHN LENNON STORY. The show features 31 SONGS including ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Revolution’, ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘Woman’, ‘Jealous Guy’, ‘Imagine’ and more…. TIX STILL AVAILABLE!! DON’T MISS OUT! Tix at www.memomusichall.com.au
TIM MCKEW‘sperformance art extravaganza ‘Come Down With Us’, at William Mora Gallery in Richmond, reprises shows held at Tolarno Galleries in St Kilda, 1979.
On Friday night, Mckew proved that three-and-a-half decades and a dose of laryngitis could not tarnish the sparkle of numbers like ‘Sailor Boys, Sailor Toys’, ‘Tuna – Full Sirena’ and the spooky ‘Night Porter’; his mellow tones and clever, cowardesque lyrics were a delight.
Mckew wore a smart white naval uniform, set off by a series of striking hats by Graeme Hare and Carol Murphy. He lamented a fit of born-again Christianity that saw him throw out the mermaid tail to go with his stunning mermaid hat.
The tail, however, and other pieces of costume history are preserved in photographs by the likes of Rennie Ellis, collages by Vanessa Bianca Harrow and light-boxes by Peter Haffenden. These are exhibited in the gallery floyer.
Friday night’s full house was thoroughly entertained with a tantalizing slice of late 1970s underground theatre. Long may it play.