LENNY ANN LOW 7:39am Cirque du Soleil's show Totem, has toured 25 cities and presented 1500 shows in the last four years, and now it's Australia's turn.
John Shand 11:57am Even the ghost of Gough would concede one advantage of the Tories being in power: better fodder for the annual Wharf Revue. Labor's in-fighting and ineptitude just doesn't cut it by comparison with the grotesques of the Liberal front bench and their delightfully poisonous ideas.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross 11:12am "Meta" is evocative and sophisticated but Hersch seems unclear about what the metamorphosis signifies.
TOM DECENT Jimmy Carr has copped a barrage of abuse on social media after an unsavoury joke about Oscar Pistorius' motives for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year.
CAROLYN WEBB The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic choir and orchestra, one of Australia's oldest arts institutions, could close after the City of Melbourne cut off its annual funding.
LINDA MORRIS James Packer's $15 million gift to the Sydney Theatre Company gifts mother Roslyn Packer naming rights.
Met opera controversy
Anne Midgette NEW YORK - The protesters started gathering in the early afternoon. Everyone knew they were coming. The sidewalks around Lincoln Center were thick with police, who kept the protesters cordoned off behind riot fences, away from the main plaza and the arches of the Metropolitan Opera.
CHRIS JOHNSTON In the 1970s, Carlton – the counterculture capital of Melbourne – was the place to be. You could catch Skyhooks at Martinis, a movie at the Bughouse, a play at The Pram Factory, and a beer and a blue at The Albion. As a new CD of the music of the time is released, Chris Johnston speaks to some of those who were there – and survived.
KYLIE NORTHOVER Having toured the show throughout Europe, Africa, Russia, the UK, Canada, India and Asia, British comedian Eddie Izzard will bring the biggest stand-up comedy tour ever to Melbourne next year.
Debbie Cuthbertson, Joel Meares, Linda Morris, Garry Maddox, Bhakthi Puvanenthiran The purchase of Jackson Pollock's iconic painting Blue Poles speaks to the vision former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who has died aged 98, had for the arts in Australia.
ELISSA BLAKE Laughing. Crying. Screaming. It's all just part of an average day in rehearsals for actor Charlie Garber.
Move to the House
JOEL MEARES When the team behind the Hayes Theatre Company launched their first show, Sweet Charity, in February they had no idea what an impact the little musical in their little Potts Point theatre would have.
Michelle Potter The chance to write the biography of the famous dancer opened the door to a remarkable life, reveals Michelle Potter.
DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON A new 150-seat cabaret and music space will form part of a proposed $35 million redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre pledged by Premier Denis Napthine.
Force Majeure tour
GEORGE PALATHINGAL The great British comedian with the penchant for women's clothes will be touring Australia properly very soon.
BHAKTHI PUVANENTHIRAN Barangaroo is likely to be the site of a new 1650-plus seat theatre to be managed by British-owned international entertainment company Ambassador Theatre Group, despite repeated calls for investment in a smaller theatre for Sydney.
John Bailey Melbourne audiences will enjoy "Swan Lake" in a venue that has never before hosted a ballet.
John Bailey It's not unusual for a show to promote extra performances or even seats in the lead up to opening night, but it's rare that the acquisition of a whole extra scene will be trumpeted.
Alanna Maclean Alanna Maclean finds Free Rain's production of August: Osage County to be a long but satisfying evening.
John Bailey Girls will share the stage with their comic male counterparts in a hilarious gala evening.
Reviewed by Rebecca Harkins-Cross This collaboration with Red Stitch, loosely based on the experiences of writer Elise Hearst’s Austrian Jewish grandparents, continues independent company Arthur’s forays into the surreal.
Alanna Maclean Cathy Petocz's surreal, science-fiction play at the Street Theatre has imaginative design and lighting but the characters remain rather undeveloped.
ELISSA BLAKE An unusual theatrical pair have joined forces to bring two big Australian stories to the stage.
ELISSA BLAKE Of all Shakespeare's kings, Henry V offers the most detailed portrait of what it takes and what it costs to be a hero.
Reviewed by Jordan Beth Vincent This Swan Lake is utterly revolutionary, with the swans danced by men who ooze predatory, feral masculinity.
ELISSA BLAKE A potent home-grown musical with religious zealotry as its theme, is as relevant today as it was 18 years ago when it first played.
NICK GALVIN Hard work encompassing study, coaching and performance will have its culmination at the Opera Foundation Australia Lady Fairfax Scholarship final on Sunday. Sylvie Humphries and Sam Roberts-Smith are among the six finalists. Nick Galvin reports
SARAH THOMAS Switching on our brains seems like a bright idea when physics' leading man is doing the talking, writes Sarah Thomas.
Tim Burton concert
GARRY MADDOX Composer Danny Elfman's music for the films of Tim Burton will be celebrated in a concert at the Adelaide Festival in March.
PHILIPPA HAWKER "I came to Melbourne in August, 10 years ago," says David Nyuol Vincent, "and that spirit of the finals was starting." Football, he remembers, was a way into a new life. When he went to his first game – he thought initially that he would be going to a soccer match – "I saw the masses of people going into the MCG, and I thought, that is the culture I can identify with. It brings people together, you can see the joy."
Hot songs from the year 1942 will be reprised in a special show.
Director Rafael Bonachela was inspired by signs.
Celestial magic as ensemble takes to the open air.
Life and times of Pat Thompson at Four Winds Festival.