Tuesday, June 28, 2011


What's on in June 2011


Returning for two weeks only, the smash hit Jesus Christ Superstar is back at the Playhouse. Andrew Lloyd - Webber and Tim Rice's epic rock musical has entertained and inspired generations of theatre goers. This is Brisbane's last chance to experience the astonishing voice of theatre star Luke Kennedy in the show’s title role, which played to packed houses in August 2010. Originally scheduled for February 2011, the show was cancelled due to the Brisbane floods and ongoing closure of the QPAC Playhouse. Don't miss the return season of this fresh, vibrant interpretation of one of the biggest rock musicals in history.

Jesus Christ Superstar, June 16-26, QPAC Playhouse. Tickets from www.harvestrain.com.au or QTIX 136 246


The Institute of Modern Art is showcasing the works of Peter Kennedy, Brisbane-born renowned conceptual artist, through an exhibition that re-stages works from his solo shows from 1970-1971. One of the first Australian artists to use neon lights in work, Peter Kennedy also later used performance art and sound to create unique spaces. With a talk from the artist on his works, including a screening of his films, it's a not-to-be missed opportunity to hear the thoughts of one of Australia's renowned conceptual artists.

Peter Kennedy: Light Years 1970-1, until June 25. Artist talks Saturday May 7, 4pm and Thursday May 19, 6pm, Institute of Modern Art.


Consistently recognising the world's best photographers, the World Press Photo Contest visits the Brisbane Powerhouse for the fifth year running. A record number of 108,059 images were submitted to the contest this year, with the jury giving prizes to 54 photographers across 23 nationalities, with three Australians featured amounts the winners. Special mention this year – for photos taken by non-professional photographers and that have an impact on the news – goes to a series of photographs taken by the trapped Chilean miners while underground.
World Press Photos 2011, June 4 - 26, Brisbane Powerhouse.


Queensland Art Gallery is honouring Brisbane-born painter and draftsman Lloyd Rees (1895 – 1988), one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded landscape painters, in an exhibition of his works Lloyd Rees: Life and Light. The exhibition highlights Rees’ wonderful use of light and shadow in his works across a varied subject matter including architecture, landscapes, figures and self portraits. The works show the important connection Lloyd Rees had with Queensland, especially in his early development as a draftsman and artist. The exhibition will explore the range of his artistic achievements throughout his long career.

Lloyd Rees: Life and Light, until June 13, Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery


The 14th Spanish Film Festival rolls in to Brisbane, bringing with it a slice of the best Spanish and Latin American contemporary cinema. Having scoured the globe for this year’s selection, Festival Director Natalia Oritz included films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, PerĂº, Spain and Venezuela to put together a truly international and world class celebration. Opening night will feature the Australian premiere of The Last Circus, a dark, gender bending comedy that received 15 nominations for the 2011 Goya Awards, as well as a Spanish fiesta of drinks, tapas and music.

The 14th Spanish Film Festival, May 18 -29, Palace Centro Cinemas. For tickets go to www.spanishfilmfestival.com


At last, here is your chance to catch the Australian premiere of Anthony Neilson's wicked new play Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness. Described by the press as a "filthy evening of theatrical bad taste", the show is set in 1881 and presents an extraordinary spectacle of melancholia, madness and music through the retelling of a collection of adult fables and fairy-tales. It is complete with strange characters, off-beat situations, and the biggest mystery itself, Mr Edward Gant. Added to this is an extravagant range of costumes designed by Renee Mulder and the Australian fashion house Romance Was Born, ensuring the show is a visual mix of circus glam rock and music hall high fashion ready to pillage both your eyes and your imagination.

Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness, until June 12, Roundhouse Theatre. Tickets available at www.laboite.com.au or (07) 3007 8600


The Noosa Longweekend Festival, now in its 10th year, is set to launch with a massive line up of literati, glitterati, events, lunches and forums. Festival director, Ian Mackellar, says that the calibre of authors, academics, playwrights, poets and journalists/interviewers attending is evidence of the reputation of the festival. “Some of Australia’s best known literary legends and media personalities will be joining us for our literary and forum events which are designed to be provocative, stimulating, compelling and entertaining," Ian said. “From author readings to observations of Australian culture to sex, politics, religion and everything in between, if you’re a book lover or like to think outside the square this year’s festival program is for you.” With a huge array of events and guest, including luminaries such as Thomas Keneally, Ita Buttrose, Barrie Cassidy, David Williamson, Kristin Williamson, Hugh Mackay and Peter Goldsworthy, your best bet is to check out the full festival line up and book quick, as events are guaranteed to sell out.

Noosa Longweekend Festival, June 17-26, Noosa. For full guide and tickets go to www.noosalongweekend.com or call (07) 5474 9941.
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