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Queen Kong faces challenges before we can truly go ape for her
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Queen Kong faces challenges before we can truly go ape for her

With this queer sci-fi rock opera, accessible to a hearing-impaired audience, Sarah Ward's new character Queen Kong delivers some unforgettable Midsumma moments.

  • by cameron woodhead

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Skating through life, living in the moment
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Skating through life, living in the moment

A film about teen skater girls, Skate Kitchen has its shortcomings but captures what it is to be young and free.

  • by Jake Wilson
CBD: Not everything tasty about year for Bennett
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CBD: Not everything tasty about year for Bennett

It's been a period of mixed fortunes for chef Shannon Bennett. Which brings us to the latest accounts lodged by Bennett’s Vue Group with the corporate regulator, released in December.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson & Kylar Loussikian
The new angry young men: rockers who rail against toxic masculinity
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The new angry young men: rockers who rail against toxic masculinity

The #MeToo era is spurring young male musicians to open up.

  • by Jim Farber
Leon Bridges burns up the Palais
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Leon Bridges burns up the Palais

The soul singer seemed to be phoning it in amid the oppressive heat, but the crowd lapped it up anyway.

  • by Michael Harry
So Frenchy, so fierce: cheers to a fiery female line-up
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So Frenchy, so fierce: cheers to a fiery female line-up

Strong women vocalists show depth and breadth at a festival of delicious champagne, food and music.

  • by Nicole Precel
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Nicki Minaj nixes FOMO with fabulous entourage
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Nicki Minaj nixes FOMO with fabulous entourage

The Queen of Rap didn't miss a beat as festival headliner at the weekend.

  • by Henrietta Cook
Your weekend: our guide to what's on around Melbourne

Your weekend: our guide to what's on around Melbourne

Your weekend: The best in music, theatre, festivals, food. markets and much more.

Midsumma puts gender centre stage
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Midsumma puts gender centre stage

Trans and gender-diverse artists take centre stage at this year's Midsumma Festival.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Discovery and surprise make for a worthy journey
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Discovery and surprise make for a worthy journey

For those prepared to make the journey, there are rich rewards to be found at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

  • by Maxim Boon
Australian Shakespeare Company's Macbeth mostly a brave success
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Australian Shakespeare Company's Macbeth mostly a brave success

This year's Shakespeare in the Gardens brings us a brisk stab at the Scottish play, with a star turn from Alison Whyte as Lady Macbeth.

  • by cameron woodhead