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Gail Williams: headline service at Perth's Print Hall

Gail Williams 9:45am It's Friday night in Perth's CBD. Xmas lunches have morphed into a drunken swill as we blow in from St Georges Terrace to eat at Perth's hottest restaurant, writes Gail Williams.

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Top three critic's picks

Classic: Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in <i>National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation</i>.

LOUISE RUGENDYKE From National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and It's a Wonderful Life, to folk hero Darren Hanlon, we have a very festive week covered.

Like a 'Boss': Bruce Springsteen tops list of hottest WA tickets

Tickets to Bruce Springsteen's first Perth concert were most in demand.

CANDICE BARNES It was widely lauded as one of the best concerts of the year, and rightfully so it seems, with tickets to Bruce Springsteen's first ever show in Perth named the most coveted among West Australians in 2014.

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Win your way in to see Angus and Julia Stone at Kings Park!

Angus and Julia Stone will begin their Australian tour in Perth on February 4.

No need to ride a Big Jet Plane to see Angus and Julia Stone, as the talented siblings are headed our way early next year.

Perth man crafts best home brew... but can't taste or smell it

Dale Carroll has won awards for three of his five home brew recipes.

CANDICE BARNES How do you brew an award winning beer, when you barely have a sense of taste or smell? Ask Dale Carroll – he’s beaten the odds not once, not twice, but three times.

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Chalkys Fremantle review: West End is the place to go

Eggs benny is very much the litmus test for a kitchen.

When it comes to Freo, people tend to get caught up in the whole "cappuccino strip" thing. But if you want the good stuff you have to head West.

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Foo Fighters delay Perth concert... by a day

Foo Fighters will now play Perth on Sunday 8 March.

CANDICE BARNES American rockers Foo Fighters have rescheduled their upcoming performance in Perth, with tour promoters announcing the band will play one day later than initially planned.

Happy ever after for Perth pair after Hollywood style proposal

Adam Sargeant hired a production company to stage a creative marriage proposal.

CANDICE BARNES A Perth man has gone to extreme lengths for romance after staging a creative proposal inside a crowded cinema over the weekend.

Mamma mia! World class pizza spat splits Little Caesars Pizzeria

Pizza maker Theo Kalogeracos has distanced himself from two Little Caesars Pizzerias.

CANDICE BARNES Champion pizza maker Theo Kalogeracos has distanced himself from two Perth Little Caesars Pizzeria restaurants "due to a partnership dispute".

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Clairsy, Shane and Kymba snatch breakfast crown from Eoin Cameron

Mix 94.5's breakfast trio Clairsy, Shane and Kymba have ended the year on a high.

CANDICE BARNES Mix 94.5 has ended the year on a high after it not only secured its spot as Perth's favourite radio station, but usurped the breakfast radio crown from ABC's Eoin Cameron.

They've still got it: the Waifs play Perth after three-year absence

The Waifs - and sisters Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn - were back performing in Perth for the first time in three years.

The Waifs were back to play Perth for the first time since 2011. And the verdict is that they haven't lost a beat.

Perth arts community remembers festival stalwart David Blenkinsop

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CANDICE BARNES The Perth Arts Festival’s longest serving artistic director, David Blenkinsop, has been fondly remembered by colleagues following his death at the age of 77.

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Bum bags, Baywatch and ample booty inspire Perth swimwear designs

Start squatting - a number of booty baring styles appeared on the Perth Fashion Festival catwalk.

CANDICE BARNES A squat rack, double sided tape and a Brazilian wax might be essentials this season, if the designs debuted at the inaugural Perth Fashion Festival Swim and Resort series event were anything to go by.

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SWIFTIES SEE RED

Two times the Taylor Swift for Adelaide... and nothing for Perth

Taylor Swift

CANDICE BARNES Local Taylor Swift fans have accused the pop princess of 'Treacherous' conduct, after she announced a second Adelaide show - leaving Perth in the lurch.

PERTH RADIO

Another Perth radio reshuffle as Pete Curulli moves to 94.5 drive

Pete Curulli will join Lisa Shaw on air from 12 January.

CANDICE BARNES Radio station mix94.5 has announced another change to its lineup, with Pete Curulli brought off the casuals bench into the coveted prime time drive timeslot.

Antarctic flight and a hot Australia Day party to be won

Two flights to the South Pole are also on offer in the competition.

It’s likely to be a hot and cold experience for winners in our Celebrate Australia Day at Work competition.

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Test drive: the new Dinosaur Island at Perth Adventure World

The T-Rex is a fearsome sight at Adventure World.

My family was recently invited to check out Dinosaur Island which has just opened at Adventure World and will be there until March.

The Shortlist's top three: December 12-18

Bear in there: Paddington and a friend navigate the London Underground.

LOUISE RUGENDYKE From the bear who hails from "darkest Peru" to an improvising Wil Anderson, we have your week covered.

Michael Jackson tribute show promises a 'thriller' for audiences

Thriller Live opened at Crown Perth on Wednesday.

CANDICE BARNES Five years after his death, Michael Jackson can still draw a crowd. While the King of Pop will never grace our shores again, a spectacular tribute show has positioned itself as the next best thing.

Cultural shift for theatre group Yirra Yaakin ahead of 2015 season

Yirra Yaakin artistic director Kyle Morrison.

CANDICE BARNES Aboriginal performing arts group Yirra Yaakin is facing a more secure future, after it announced it would shift to the Subiaco Arts Centre early next year.

New Fremantle drinking venues offer a brew with a view

Zapfhall, a German-style beer hall, will open in Fremantle on Friday.

CANDICE BARNES Love a cold drink on a warm afternoon? Well, two new venues in Fremantle are vying for your patronage this summer.

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Litterbugs and 'bloody pigs' dull Perth Christmas pageant's shine

Nearly 300,000 people attended this year's Christmas pageant.

CANDICE BARNES Visitors to this year's Christmas pageant on Saturday night have widely praised the event, but criticised fellow patrons for bad behaviour once the show was over.

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Open for business: WA restaurants to serve up Christmas Day feasts

Mission Australia's annual Christmas Lunch in the Park will be held in Wellington Square.

CANDICE BARNES Does the thought of slaving over a hot stove or barbecue on a scorching Christmas Day give you the sweats? A number of venues in Perth, and across the state, will cook up a storm so you don’t have to.

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Christmas events light up Perth's social calendar

Santa will be the guest of honour at the annual Christmas pageant on Saturday night.

CANDICE BARNES It’s only three weeks until the big day, but Santa is in Perth for a whirlwind trip this weekend.

Perth diners are Australia's 'most patient'

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CANDICE BARNES We might be really hungry, or maybe easily led, but apparently Perth diners are the ‘most patient’ in the nation.

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Perth homes bring Christmas cheer for local charities

Homes on Kanji Loop in Atwell are raising money for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

CANDICE BARNES Nearly every suburb has that street. The surreal glow of thousands of LED lights radiate into the air and nearby footpaths are littered with family-sized cars parked while little feet totter along to the tunes of Christmas music playing over and over again.

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Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi debuts Christmas song on Perth radio

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi recorded a Christmas duet with 92.9 breakfast host Will McMahon.

CANDICE BARNES As Perth's Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi maintains an image of a fine upstanding citizen, but it seems she has a vice - peeking at presents under the Christmas tree.

High flying trapeze brings thrills to Scarborough Beach

High-flying trapeze was on show at Scarborough Beach.

CANDICE BARNES There I was, 10 metres above ground, toes curled over the platform and ready to jump. Before you start to express concerns about my state of mind, know that I was harnessed in tight and gripping a trapeze bar for dear life.

Shake it off: Taylor Swift snubs Perth in Australian tour

NO. 3: Taylor Swift
Age: 24
Earnings: US$64 million

Perth is not happy, and it can't just Shake It Off after learning Taylor Swift won't be hitting the West Australian city on her upcoming tour Down Under.

Being transgender

The Love Junkies' Lewis Walsh on life as a man... and a woman

Lewis Walsh said he had received an

CANDICE BARNES Lewis Walsh was living the dream - touring in a band with his friends, their latest album on the airwaves - but he was miserable.

Oh, Baby: Dirty Dancing to hit Perth stage

The original stage production of Dirty Dancing had its world premiere in Sydney.

CANDICE BARNES Fans of cheesy 1980s romance movie Dirty Dancing will want to clear their schedules in August next year, as a stage adaptation is coming our way.

Nick Cave opens Australian tour with intimate Perth performance

Nick Cave: Soul-soothing stuff on a harrowing day for Australia.

DAVID PRESTIPINO It was sadly ironic. On a day when cricket - so ingrained in the Australian psyche - lost one of its warriors, a man who stands atop an altar of Australian music was here to soothe the soul, in the way only he can.

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From basic to space age: tried and tested ways to drop the pounds

Elissa Griesser

ELISSA GRIESSER So summer is around the corner, even though these stormy Perth days have been trying to throw us off the scent.

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Go west: New 6PR host Adam Shand on plans to 'drive' Perth pride

New 6PR drive presenter Adam Shand will take to the airwaves from 12 January.

CANDICE BARNES He might have authored six crime books and extensively covered Melbourne’s underworld, but journalist Adam Shand said he was determined to cover more than “doom and gloom” when he takes over the 6PR Drive program next year.

Perth chows down to smash Krispy Kreme record

Perth Krispy Kreme fantatics smashed their way through 70,000 doughnuts in one day.

CANDICE BARNES Whether you were excited or disgusted about Wednesday's Krispy Kreme launch, one thing is for sure – the company raked in the dough.

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Perth's Krispy Kreme obsession: why it's not about the doughnuts

Krispy Kreme

CANDICE BARNES They were carted across the nation, literally, by the box. But it seems the days of Krispy Kreme cartons crammed into overhead lockers on domestic flights may be over.

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Krispy Kreme doughnut store opens for first time in Perth

Krispy Kreme

After years of waiting, Perth's first Krispy Kreme doughnut store finally opened its doors on Wednesday morning.

20 Christmas wines under $20

Xmas wines

DAVID PRESTIPINO Choosing a bottle of wine for less than $20 these days can be like walking a minefield – you don't know what's around the corner and you can go wrong at any step.

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Win a trip for two to play golf at China's famous Mission Hills course

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If you love your golf, you don't want to miss the opportunity to win this fabulous prize.

WHIZ KIDS

Child prodigies: Perth kids rewrite the rule books

Lachlan Glover plays both trumpet and saxophone.

CANDICE BARNES They might be still in school, but two Perth boys are making waves with their astounding talents - which have made the professionals sit up and take notice.

Hissy Fit reinvent headbanging as a female art performance piece

Whip it: Natalie Randall, Emily O'Connor and Jade Muratore of Hissy Fit will be asking woman to rock out in front of a camera at the Tiny Stadiums festival.

ERYK BAGSHAW Sydney performance troupe Hissy Fit want women to take back the mosh pit.

Listings: What to do when out and about in Victoria

 Dreamers - Yomal Rajasinghe and Helen Morse.

Sean Wilson and Tara Kenny What's on in Melbourne and surrounds this weekend.

Dave O'Neil: Radiohead on the brain, Beethoven on the stage

Dave o'neil shortlist

Dave O'Neil A fan will sit through anything to see his favourite band – even music.

My Perfect Weekend: Leo Sayer

Feels like dancing: When Leo Sayer isn't busy in the studio he likes to support his fellow musicians.

LOUISE RUGENDYKE When he is not locked in the studio, music icon Leo Sayer keeps busy supporting the environment and fellow musicians.

Top five: critics' picks

Beautiful: Marion Cotillard shines in the Belgian drama <i>Two Days, One Night</i>.

From masterful art-house drama Two Days, One Night to the Rolling Stones, we have your week covered.

What's on in Melbourne and its surrounds

 Gin Masterclass at Gin Palace.

Sean Wilson and Tara Kenny Lots to do and see throughout the city and suburbs over the next week and into the future. Sean Wilson and Tara Kenny have compiled the action spots.

Time out

Beetlejuice out in time for Halloween

Jeff Duff.

SARAH THOMAS Check out what's on in town this weekend.

Your Weekend

When the mountain changed its clothing.

Sean Wilson and Tara Kenny Rock, jazz, theatre, circus and much more ... Melbourne to buzz with many and varied activities.

Six reasons to visit Dandenong

Fine and dandy:  The refurbished neon sign now presides over the Dandenong Market.

Richard Cornish This vibrant city in Melbourne's east is a cultural melting pot which blends Indian and Afghan influences and loves to celebrate its rural past and architectural heritage.

My Perfect Weekend: Rhys Nicholson

Comedian Rhys Nicholson takes a crafty look at bow ties.

SARAH THOMAS From quizzes to gossip and crafting bow ties, this comedian has an interesting take on his weekends.

Six reasons to visit Bannockburn

Artrocks is home to dramatic pieces in Inverleigh.

Richard Cornish From the beautiful Briar Hill to the glorious Clyde Park, there is much to enjoy in this sparsely populated part of Victoria.

Top five critics' picks

Battle lines: Bell Shakespeare's <i>Henry V</i>, starring Matthew Backer, Michael Sheasby and Damien Strouthos, is at the Opera House until November 16.

From Australian thriller Son of a Gun to Bell Shakespeare's Henry V and the Marrickville Festival, we have the week covered.

My perfect weekend: Kate Jinx

Kate Jinx, Golden Age cinema programmer

LOUISE RUGENDYKE A morning run followed by a spin on the flying saucer at Luna Park and an evening at the theatre, makes for a perfect weekend for this film buff.

My Perfect Weekend: Juliette Barton

Juliette Barton:

LOUISE RUGENDYKE Finding sunny spots in Darlinghurst and a sneaky gelato at night make for the perfect weekend for this dancer.

Youth-run record label showcases artists at Darebin Music Feast

ANNABEL ROSS Three girls who began to make music in Grade Two, are still in shock about hearing their sound played on the radio twice.

Dave O'Neil: When a real-life venue turns out to be a TV set

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Dave O'Neil You think something wonderful is happening in your neighbourhood but it all turns out to be nothing more than a set for a TV show.

Broods vocalist Georgia Nott on songwriting and 'stupid feelings'

Brother and sister Georgia and Caleb Nott are Broods.

CANDICE BARNES It has been a year since brother-sister pop duo Broods released their breakthrough single Bridges – and it seems the pair has wasted no time in building its overseas fanbase.

Young Perth artist Tristan Goldsmith makes monster debut

Tristan's Monsters

CANDICE BARNES Many artists strive for decades to secure an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, but local youngster Tristan Goldsmith has already achieved his goal – and he’s just nine years old.

Your Weekend

Elsweher: Bryan Smith for National Geographic.

Sean Wilson and Tara Kenny Action or contemplation, culinary or aural feasts - it's all covered this week.


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