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Splash Adelaide

Here is the latest issue of the Splash Adelaide newsletter that I have been writing for the Adelaide City Council as part of the Splash Adelaide project.

The Adelaide City Council’s Splash Adelaide initiative is a series of pilot projects that ran from 1 November 2011 until 31 March 2012. The program was created to test innovative and experimental projects in public spaces in the city quickly, economically, and in collaboration with business, stakeholders 
                                                                               and the community.

It’s aim was to give Adelaide a splash of colour, allowing city users and workers to soak up the vibe of alfresco activations, street closures with music and vendors, and bring Adelaide alive over the summer. I was lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful team, who paved the way for these innovative projects across Adelaide.

As part of my role I ran communications for the team, and created everything from newsletters, profile articles and social networking. I also participated in the team that gave Adelaide the Waymouth Street Party and Eliza Street Art market, which I was especially proud to be involved in, as I  got to work with some bright, talented and emerging artists from the Tooth & Nail Gallery.

So if you’re interested in reading the second to latest issue I wrote for Splash Adelaide visit http://createsend.com/t/r-477ADF1624376D08  

PLUS you can check out the Splash Adelaide Facebook page, which will keep you up to date on everything happening around Adelaide at http://www.facebook.com/SplashAdelaide

LASTLY, if you’re interested in checking out the work the Tooth & Nail Gallery do visit http://www.facebook.com/Tooth-and-Nail they’re absolutely AMAZING and have such a wide variety of artists under their banner – definitely a great local initiative to support.

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

Two Points of Reality by Move Through Life (Adelaide Fringe 2012) – (unpublished)

I love the Holden Street Theatre. Such a wonderful suburban theatre that puts on some amazing productions, and Move Through Life’s Two Points of Reality is another one they can add to the list.

Two Points of Reality is a contemporary dance performance that aims to depict the journey of an individual who is suffering from dementia. The performance takes us through one woman’s life before dementia, and as dementia is setting in, helping the audience to understand the slow deterioration of the disease, why people suffering from it behave the way they do and the carers who look after them.

This is a wonderfully moving performance, with dancers Catie Cullen, Karen Humphreys, Christine Mauch and Kelly Moritz moving with absolute grace and displaying wonderful technique. The minimalist set and costumes, in the darkened theatre space, adds to the portrayal of confusion by dementia patients and the often bleak outlook carers can experience.

Choreographer Daniel Turbill obviously has a personal connection with the source material, as evident through his emotive and inspiring dance numbers. My only criticisms are the film at the beginning of the piece, along with the commercial for Alzheimer’s Australia at the end, is slightly preachy and joltingly informative, rather than a seamless and complimentary piece to the actual dancing. Also, the short 40 minute performance is a little disappointing for a Fringe show, making you question why a topic, such as dementia, with its endless amount of material, couldn’t be stretched for another 20 minutes.

Don’t be put off seeing this show in the future though, or indeed any Move Through Life performance, based on this show’s heavy reality based topic, because Move Through Life have a unique way of portraying a serious topic, in a contemporary and inspiring way you can enjoy.

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

The Rat Pack Revue (Adelaide Fringe 2012) – (unpublished)

My dad Rocco has THE best taste in music. Thanks to him, I have now developed a wonderful and eclectic taste in music because I grew up listening to cool musos like The Wrights, Daddy Cool, The Beatles and of course the music of the Rat Pack.

Most of these bands I grew to love, ended long ago, and there will never be a chance for me to see and experience their wonder live. So when I sat down to eat a scrumptious 3 course dinner at Saldechin on King William Street I only had one thought “this is as close to the golden age of Hollywood as I’m going to get” and boy was it magical.

Saldechin proved a spectacular setting for this Vegas style show with beautiful candle light, a pre-show act, amazing eats and drinks and of course some amazing singers.

Pre-show act Ziggy, while a little ‘old school’ with his jokes and magic, was a perfect fit for a crowd whose average age was probably around 50, but he was only the warm up for the main act of Leo Capruso and Bob Foley, performing Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits. 

Accompanied by their 5 piece band, and playing all the favourites like New York, New York, You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You, That’s Amore, Come Fly with Me and Volare, the boys had the entire crowd singing and cheering along, and definitely did not disappoint.

While the tribute to Sammy Davis Jr, by Bob Johnson, didn’t involve any singing at all, Johnson’s personal stories of his time as part of the Sammy Davis Jr band and the re-telling of Sammy’s own Rat Pack stories, was moving and had everyone in awe.

Sure this show might have a bit of a “seniors” vibe to it, but it’s a fitting tribute to a bygone era where the music was inspirational and positive…they just don’t make them like they used to.

– Suzanna Parisi

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La Waffle or Love Waffle?

Adelaide has come alive, and it’s not only the activated streets, bike parks and market stalls that have everyone talking, our taste buds are getting in on the action too, with a series of delicious street food vendors…we’re starting to become very spoilt for choice.

La Waffle is one of Splash Adelaide’s newest recruits to tingle our taste buds.

A regular at the Gawler Place Plaza every Wednesday and Thursday you can see Aurélie Maldague, the owner of La Waffle, cook up one of her popular Liege Waffle’s just for you. Made from dough and pearl sugar, imported straight from Belgium to give it that extra caramelly goodness, you can top it with melted Belgian chocolate, berries, vanilla ice cream or, if you want to be really indulgent…all ingredients at once…yummm!

A native of Belgium, Aurélie hails from a town about 30km south of Brussels called Ottignies, where she grew up with a Dutch father and a French mother. In 2008, she left Belgium and headed to Sydney where she began her La Waffle business.

In 2010 Aurélie met a man who she fell in love with, and after a year of dating the pair decided something had to be done about their blooming love – thankfully for us, her man hailed from Adelaide…go men of Adelaide!

So in October last year, Aurélie packed up La Waffle and moved it here and now Gawler Place Plaza is reaping the benefits of her chocolatey Belgian goodness, made with real love…mwah!

Make sure you pop by, grab a waffle, have a chat to Aurélie and find out her tips for making a perfect waffle…and maybe even the perfect man!

– Suzanna Parisi

http://splashadelaide.cmail4.com/t/ViewEmail/r/0A4DB32187B794F8/4A9A2B9A86E6D60516B21F2806CB3AEB 

Plus if you want to find out where you can eat some of Aurélie’s DE-LICIOUS waffles or hire her for an event visit www.lawaffle.com.au/

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

Damian Callinan – Robinson Crusoe

Damian Callinan is an unusual man…funny…but unusual.

His hilarious performance in last year’s State Theatre Company adaption of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged is what prompted me to want to see this – and the man does not disappoint. 

Callinan’s show Robinson Crusoe is based on the parallels of two epic stories. One tale is of the swashbuckling hero marooned on a Caribbean island, the other is Damian as a boy locked outside his childhood home and stuck in his garage for hours – totally the same thing.

From the moment Callinan steps on stage, you can’t help but laugh at his ridiculousness, whether he’s telling you the entire story of Robinson Crusoe in an absolutely hysterical 2 minute dance montage, making you crowd surf a cashew or getting you to see the funny side of his catholic upbringing, you will be guaranteed a good laugh.

I’m definitely having my faith in standup comedians renewed at this year’s Fringe, and Damian Callinan has certainly helped strengthen that faith because his show is fresh, original and downright funny.

– Suzanna Parisi

http://www.dbmagazine.com.au/

Issue #540

Posted in Music

MEN (unpublished)

In 2005 I was like most Adelaidians, making my annual pilgrimage to the Wayville Showgrounds for the Big Day Out and excited to see the likes of The Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, Regurgitator, Powderfinger – I could go on – the set list was amazing. There I was amongst the usual crowd, when I stumbled onto a relatively unknown band called Le Tigre combining electro-punk with lo-fi beats for an amazing sound – my mind was blown. 

So here I am now in 2011, still a Le Tigre fan – so how did it not know about MEN?

MEN featuring JD Samson from Le Tigre, is a Brooklyn-based band that create solid electro-dance beats, and although similar to Le Tigre, are still pretty unique in their own right.

Having released their first album ‘Talk About Body’ in February last year, 2012 see’s them release their second full length record, with critics praising them for the energy of their live performances and the radical potential of the dance beats they create.

The bands lead singer and Le Tigre alumni JD Samson explains why their music has such potential.

“Dance is an environment where bodies move. People move together within safety and for a common goal [such as] enjoyment…it’s important to remind people that within this body [of] energy you can actually have radical thought. Why shouldn’t we all move together toward political change” JD says.

Putting their money where their mouth is, MEN are committed to ensuring they influence that change, for the better, in environments people can relate to, meaning a dance club or festival is the perfect place to reach people.

“[Our] content is usually political or conceptual. We speak of economy, desire, struggle, and equality. And the juxtaposition of dance with brain power and a call to come together is what makes us special” she says.

That “special” quality and unique sound has lead MEN to collaborate with a stack of talented artists in their own rights including Cobra Starship and Santigold, plus touring with the likes of The Gossip and Peaches and playing massive festivals like Coachella and Melt Festival.

But the group is certainly not letting their success go to their heads. Not only were they nominated for a GLAAD Media Award (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for their work in promoting and raising awareness for full equality in the LGBT community, the group has decided to release their upcoming singles and subsequent full length record themselves, as well as to self-manage their career.

“We have had a rough time the past couple of years trying to figure out the best plan to release our music and manage our careers. The industry has changed so much since Le Tigre was performing and to be honest it was a huge surprise for me” JD says.

“At this point, we decided to stop giving other people our money and try to do it ourselves so we can actually get paid for our work”.

Whether or not this self-management works is yet to be seen, but MEN feel they’re ready to take on that challenge, and hopefully help change the music industry, steering it towards being about creativity and passion rather than the almighty dollar.

“We’ll see what happens, but we won’t be able to blame anyone but ourselves” she says.

Either way MEN are certain that this change and their continued role as activist’s and artists will bring them closer to their fans, and that these feelings of equality will create a revolution in the music industry and in their own lives.

Adelaide fans will be able to feel some of that closeness when MEN bring their electro beats to town, playing the Adelaide Festival of Arts free venue, Barrio Club, at Hajek Plaza at the Adelaide Festival Centre on March 4.

So what’s their plan for 2012 aside from their record release?

“Hopefully some art gigs all over the world” mentions JD.

“We like to sit somewhere between art and commerce so it’s great for us to work both systems to reach as many people as we can.”

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

Dave Thornton – The Some of All the Parts (Adelaide Fringe 2012) (unpublished)

It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve seen a standup comedian, which is ridiculous if you think about it because I love nothing more than a good belly laugh and the Fringe always offers up a plethora to choose from each year. My reason for giving them a bit of a rest though, is because everyone tends to do the same act each year or talk about the same stuff but just in a different way, and let’s face it that gets old.

So that said, I was pleasantly surprised when Dave Thornton stepped out on the stage.

Dave Thornton’s The Some of All the Parts is based on a real life event where he was booked to speak at a posh high school and tell the students what it’s like to be a comedian (yes very Any Questions for Ben?) – It was something that he found very difficult, but luckily for us absolutely hilarious.

Performed at the Rhino Room on a tiny little stage and with a tightly packed audience, the show allows for a lot of intimacy and interaction and brings us back to good old grass roots standup comedy, although Dave is very much the seasoned comedian. He effortless glides from the main story, to a billion different little offshoots that are all interconnected in some way and has us rolling in our seats laughing.

What makes Dave so great though, is he seems to be the every man. His humour is genuine and relatable, yet outrageous, as if he’s hasn’t censored that part in his brain that says “I probably shouldn’t say that” and that’s what makes his show one of the most original and utterly hilarious stand up acts I’ve seen in a while – buy a ticket soon because people will catch on quick as to how awesome his show is.

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

Where Did It All Go Right by ponydance (Adelaide Fringe 2012) – (unpublished)

When you walk into The Stag and take your seat in preparation for watching Where Did It All Go Right by ponydance, your initial thought might be that you’ve stumbled onto the preparation of a So You Think You Can Dance audition, but don’t head for the door too quickly, because what you’ll soon realise is you’ve found yourself at a little hidden fringe gem.

In Where Did It All Go Right a guy and a two girls walk into a club, and it’s “game on mole” to see who can win his affection, through outrageous and comical dance numbers, to take him home at the end of the night.

This amateur dance/comedy production from Ireland has a lot going for them. Whist they’re not technically flawless in their dance moves by any means, they definitely win you over with their comedy, cheek and charm. They brilliantly capture the hilarity of two girls vying for one man’s attention, and manage to have you laughing and cringing at the lengths someone will go to in a club to be noticed, and what happens when you mix alcohol, sexual tension and outrageous personalities together. Indeed, some dance numbers are even more effective for their lack of technique, but what constantly shines through is this groups ability to take the piss out of themselves, making this funny and awkwardly funny at the same time.

This isn’t too dialogue heavy, which is great, because this groups comedy strength lies in portraying the ridiculousness of nightclub behaviour through their dance and not words. The dialogue they do use often falls very flat of fitting in organically into the show, but as usual their comedy makes up for those hit and misses.

Without spoiling too much, their audience participation is by far the most hilarious I have ever seen, the strobe light dance number is fantastic and the ode to flashdance number, towards the end, is the absolute stand out.

I get the feeling that the four performers in this show are on the verge of being Adelaide Fringe favourites, and I’m happy to have seen them before they get too big for their dancing shoes.

– Suzanna Parisi

Posted in Adelaide Fringe 2012

Best of the Fringe – Variety (Adelaide Fringe 2012)

For those of you who are yet to experience the Adelaide Fringe venue Gluttony, you’re missing out, because it’s what The Garden of Unearthly Delights used to be, before there was a line up a trillion miles to long get in.

This idyllic little parklands venue is host to a range of acts throughout the Fringe including the Best of The Fringe – Variety. If you’re not entirely sure what to see at the Fringe this year, then this little show tasting platter is just for you, as it serves up a stack of different show samplers every night. Each night is also a different line-up of national and international acts as chosen by its hosts Patrick McCullagh and Tim Motley, so what this means for you, is that your show could be very different to the one I saw. What you’re guaranteed to get though is an eclectic mix of acrobats, comedians, improv artists, burlesque dancers and whatever other genre the fringe can throw at us…hopefully not mimes though, because no one likes a mime.

Saturday’s opening night performance consisted of some really great acts including Canadian comedian Christophe Davidson, improv artists Sound and Fury, circus act Shannon McGurgan, Burlesque act The Barrell Sisters and an amazing sword swallower who I can’t remember the name of unfortunately (pays to hand your stuff out after the show then hey?). Christophe Davidson was quite clearly the stand out in this arena of acts, proving that the Canadian is your every man comedian, with the ability to charm a laugh out of his audience even with the a good old poo joke.

Host Tim Motley on the other hand was a complete swing and a miss, often failing to remember who he was introducing next, or delivering lame ba doom tish jokes with a hint of a sexual undertone, that were just not funny at all. Even his in-between magic acts were old and tired and circa 1980s…really…the ring trick…I’m pretty sure I discovered the secret to that trick when I was five.

The only other downside to this show is that while the other acts were interesting and unique in their own way, they often seemed a little devoid of preparation and rehearsal, but this could well be opening night jitters that will be ironed out over the next few shows. If anything you’ll at least find one good act, you’ll want to see in its entirety – I’m booking my Christophe Davidson ticket as we speak.

– Suzanna Parisi

http://www.dbmagazine.com.au/

Edition #540

Posted in Feature Articles

Foodie Love Jewellery

Lauren Ann Hillman has had a love affair with food ever since she was a little girl. Whether it was sweeping the floor at her Grandparents fish ‘n’ chip shop, scoring top marks in Year 12 Home Economics, pulling many a pint from her time working in UK pubs or serving hundreds of excited TV diners at The Greedy Goose (winner of Ch 7’s My Restaurant rules 2005), food always seems to be at the heart of Lauren’s creativity.

Now, Lauren Ann can call food her career. Not only is she currently workings for ABC TV researching food and story ideas for Poh’s Kitchen Series 3, she has developed a series of unique and creative food inspired jewellery called Foodie Love Jewellery.

Lauren Ann’s inspiration stems from her love of the Barbie dream house she had when she was 5, and all the miniatures that came with it, including the tiny butter dish and the 6mm cutlery set, but a recent trip to Thailand helped turn her love affair into an original business idea.

“I consider myself a bit of a foodie and I absolutely love big bright coloured rings and on a recent trip to Thailand, I stumbled across the most fantastic market in Chiang Mai that sold miniature food for dollhouses,” says Lauren Ann.

“On return I thought ‘That little plate of sushi would make a fantastic ring,’ and after sourcing a miniature food artisan in the UK that creates custom handmade mini food that I could turn into a ring or earrings, Foodie Love Jewellery was born.”

Beautiful and bright is definitely Lauren Ann’s style, and with her jewellery showcasing miniature cakes, yum cha, bento boxes, donuts and other food items, you’re sure to find a unique foodie ring or brooch that suits your taste.

So pop down to the Summer Fridays in the East End Markets in Ebenezer Place, each Friday during March from 5pm and say hi to the lovely lady and pick up your unique piece of foodie jewellery.

– Suzanna Parisi

http://splashadelaide.createsend4.com/t/ViewEmail/r/40F594193716091F/4A9A2B9A86E6D60516B21F2806CB3AEB

Plus, for more info on how to purchase one of Lauren Ann Hillman’s rings visit her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/foodielovejewellery for all the info.