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The Chronicle Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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FLIX IN THE STIX
Movies, music and laughs in the gardens
Organisers of this year's Flix in the Stix are promising a cinematic surprise for audiences.
Flix in the Stix is back for its fifth tour
of Canberra bringing the region an arts
festival of music, comedy and hand-
picked short films on Saturday,
Australian Film Institute award-
winning actress Deborah Mailman has
curated this year's series.
The first four feature films to be
screened under the stars at the
Australian National Botanic Gardens
have been unveiled.
BAFTA award-winning film Room
8 from Britain and Los Angeles Film
Festival winner The Gunfighter will
premiere at the festival.
German short Flamingo Pride will
also feature in the line-up, alongside
British film The Phone Call, short-
listed for an Oscar nomination in 2015.
Following the footsteps of Nash
Edgerton in 2013 and Julia Morris last
year, Flix in the Stix founder and tour
director Simon Rollin said Mailman
had put her own stamp on the line-up.
"Deborah has left no stone unturned
in finding a collection of films that
complement each other but really
entertain," he said.
Rollin said the philosophy of the
festival was to bring a unique mix of
high quality performance, comedy
music and film to regional Australia.
"There isn't anything quite like it
and while we say it's for the regional
Australia, we take Flix in the Stix to
Canberra with the intention that it
brings something new and fresh to
As well as short films, Flix in the
Stix will showcase live music by ARIA
award-winning artists My Friend the
Chocolate Cake, and comedy from
ARIA award-winning Tripod.
Rollin said his lips were sealed on
the remainder of the films in this year's
festival line-up but he was sure crowds
would be delightfully surprised on the
Flix in the Stix tickets available at
ALBUM: SONIC HIGHWAYS / ARTIST: FOO FIGHTERS
Foos can do a lot better than rehash of same old sound
Like an AC/DC album you buy into
anything the Foo Fighters put out for
that comforting and reliable rock
sound that will have fans playing the
air guitar with gusto.
Problem is that there doesn't seem
to be much else to discover with the
Foos. Wasting Light, from 2011,
proved that they could re-energise
Grohl's enthusiastic vocals and the
guitar heroics of the band into a classic
Last year's Sonic Highways,
however, will most likely be enough to
please the fans but it sounds patchy
and just a little too reliable. The
opening two songs which are
impressive -- Something From Nothing
is animalistic and fiery rock, and The
Feast and the Famine is another raw
and energetic gem. Congregation is
polished and very likeable, despite a
truly horrible ending, but sounds like a
Foo Fighters' song I've heard before.
This is a recurring theme, too much
of the same music and less diverse
Harsh I know.
What Did I Do is a horrible mess
and the obviously Queen-influenced
God as my Witness sounds quite staid
and really uninspiring.
To these ears, the Foos have a better
album in them than this one.
The doors open at the M16 Artspace
on Thursday to launch four new
exhibitions, which go on show until
February 8. Each collection surrounds
the theme of experiences of the
A Pinch of Salt, Kerry
Shepherdson's solo exhibition,
explores the Pacific Ocean through
abstraction in painting. Horizons
dissolve, waves intersect and light and
energy move through swell and tides.
Michele England, Dash Kossmann
and Fran Meatheringham collaborated
to create Bubble 'n' Squeak, charting
experiences of food, sensory overload
and consumer culture.
Josh Owen, Kai Wasikowski and
Julian Rouch dissect their pasts,
growing up as the first generation of
digital nativity with their showcase
Square Eyes, a fresh view of the digital
Beauty Through Motion is Kelly
Hayes' careful study of the botanical
world. It is the ANU School of Art
graduate's first solo exhibition and
truly lifts the lid on the wondrous
world of plants.
The opening night gets under way
PLENTY TO CELEBRATE
ON AUSTRALIA DAY
Begin Australia Day in the park and
take advantage of a wide array of
activities and family fun.
Commonwealth Park will host a
free children's concert, rides,
amusements, games and more.
Enjoy an afternoon of celebrations
beginning with the the flag raising and
citizenship ceremonies occurring at
Head along to the Australian of the
Year award ceremony at Federation
Mall from 3pm and grab a good spot
on the lawns of Parliament House
before the Australia Celebrates Live
Concert kicks off at 4pm, headlined by
beloved singer-songwriter Paul Kelly
and featuring performances by pop-
star and ARIA award winning artist
Jessica Mauboy and other home-
Your complete guide to arts,
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