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Cisco Caesar play The Front Gallery and Cafe on Saturday, September 27.
Debut LP 'our most true reflection' -- frontman
Alternative blues band Cisco Caesar
will soon be rolling through Canberra
captivating crowds with their sultry
syncopated summer sounds.
The four-piece will launch their
debut LP Burnt and Broken at the
Front Gallery and Cafe on September
27.Frontman James Cisco grew up in
Illinois on Americana blues and roots
and said the album had a strong sense
of the searing hot summer sounds he
A lot of it is the style and the
instrumentation we are into but this
band has something sultry about its
sound,'' he said.
We love those old sexy base lines
and the dark foreboding guitar solos.''
The long-awaited Burnt and Broken
was recorded at drummer Jason
Torren's Ferntree Gully studio, The
Basement, over two years.
Cisco said band members had their
hearts set on a full length album for
many years, but hit a few stumbling
"When we did the EP we wanted to
do a full length album but we
somehow lost momentum," he said.
"After losing a few members and
finding new ones, we just wanted to
get out and play together and sort of
Many of this vintage rock
foursome's tracks are gig favourites
the band had been yearning to put
down in the studio.
There are a few fresher tracks,
Rooster and Lyrebird, Unlucky Fool
and Heartbreak Heart Attack inspired
by drummer Jason Torren's
heart attack. Their varied influences of
old soul, funk and country are all
strong ingredients in an album Cisco
described as the most true reflection
of the band yet''.
The Front Gallery and Cafe,
September 27, 8.30pm. Tickets $10.
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1 Canberra Short Film
Festival opens on Friday,
September 19. Film fanatics
can savour three days of
screenings, each themed in
Neapolitan ice-cream flavour
order. Launching with
Strawberry night, the best
Canberra films will be toasted
at the champagne and
strawberry launch party.
Saturday 20, Vanilla, catch the
best under-18 films,
documentaries. And a crowd
favourite, Chocolate night,
the Best of Fest film will be
announced. Sound delicious?
Tickets at www.dendy.com.au
2 Canberra is in for three big
nights of dance to
celebrate the 20th year of
Ausdance ACT's Youth Dance
Festival. This annual event
attracts more than 1400
dancers representing more
than 36 high schools and
colleges across the region.
Energy will be palpable as the
young performers take the
stage at the Canberra Theatre
Centre, many performing for
their first time in a
September 17-19 from
7.30pm. Tickets $19.95-$30 at
3 Spice up the middle of the
week with a taste of tango
and modern jazz. Combining
the sensuousness of tango
with cool jazz solos, Alturas
pays tribute to the music of
Astor Piazzolla and
composers. The Front Gallery
and Cafe from 7.30pm. Tickets
4 Now the warmer weather
is on the way catch Ice
Floes and Growlers at M16
Artspace. Mike MacGregor
and Kerry McInnis travelled to
the Antarctic peninsula by
boat from Tierra de Fuego in
2012. Be captivated by
McInnis's site sketches and
paintings, and MacGregor's
sculptural works that give
insight into Antarctic. On
show until September 28.
5 The Gospel Folk choir, led
by Brian Triglone, will
showcase their repertoire at a
free gig at the High Court of
Australia on Sunday,
September 21, from 1pm.
Movies a new experience for the visually impaired
Anna Saxon with her guide dog
from Lyneham and Cathie Morant
from Watson using new audio
description to help enjoy a movie
at Hoyts in Woden.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
Going to the cinema is for most people
an easygoing form of entertainment.
For the visually impaired community
however, it has long been simply more
hassle than it's worth.
With audio description, which
began as a government initiative a few
years ago and has since been adopted
by around 230 screens across Austra-
lia, their experience has changed
It involves users listening to a pre-
recorded visual description of the film.
This recording, heard through a set of
headphones, is woven in between the
dialogue of the film and causes no
interruption to the rest of the audience.
Moviegoers at Hoyts cinemas in
Woden watched Lasse Hallstrom's
new film The Hundred-Foot Journey
with audio description capabilities on
According to Bob James, from
Kambah, the device allowed him to
enjoy a previously inaccessible art
It made the experience, because
without it, I wouldn't be able to see
anything and wouldn't know the first
thing about the action taking place on
the screen,'' he said.
It's done so very skilfully that the
audio description never interferes with
the actors' speech. It's very unobtrus-
Fellow patron Anna Saxon said she
simply didn't bother going to see films
before, for fear of disrupting the rest of
the audience with her whispering
She praised the audio description
equipment for allowing her to see
everything happening in her mind.
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