Watching tourists recreate The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover on the world’s most famous zebra crossing is quite a fun time-waster. London locals avoid the area like the plague, knowing they’ll be forced to wait to watch the next group strut their stuff, day or night.
Heading over to Metropolis for a vacation to check out Superman’s stomping ground isn’t quite feasible yet, and the shuttle to Gotham City hasn’t yet commenced. But you can get these vintage travel posters for your wall. Dave Ault’s illustrations, covering Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more DC Comics heroes, give you a minimalist mid-century travel feel.
Cirque du Soleil is an event shrouded in Franco-Canadian mystery. If you haven’t been, you wonder if a synthesis of circus styles could really reduce people to babbling superlatives when they return. Or if they’ve been bought. This isn’t a normal show of strength, flexibility or prowess. It’s a full five degrees of difficulty more than anything you can expect. Think one-footed unicyclists flipping metal bowls from their spare leg onto the head of another smiling-peddling-balancing-bowl-catching rider. Add costumes, colour, light and music, and you’re only starting to get warm to the spectacle that is Cirque. Read on for more images and a special offer.
We predict that the Lenny Kravtiz story will eventually be told as a description of how the fountain of youth was tapped, sealed, and piped hot into every home. Lenny’s return to Australia in March for the first time in 18 years showed us a forever young rocker, still full of energy, voice, and love. So much love.
Imagine a spot of night swimming at your local beach, only to have the shoreline and waves glow an ethereal blue at any sign of agitation. The images here are from Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, a place where a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton exist, much to the delight of photographers who snapped these pictures. These concentrations are a field of study all to itself – potentially harmful, always stunning.
I’m a fan of art that has an edge, some bite, maybe some blinding colour, or just blows my mind when looking at it for the first time. Therefore, my trip to check out Newcastle Art Gallery’s Modern Masterpieces exhibition was with some trepidation – would I like the ‘old’ stuff? Some hour and a half later, I came away deeply impressed by the range and quality of work. In particular, the works of William Dobell, a local to the area, were visually stunning. Accordingly, the portrait of Margaret Olley by Dobell (Archibald Prize winner in 1948) is probably the most important piece; vibrant, stunning and magnificent. The exhibition runs until March 4 – so be quick!
Newcastle is developing its reputation as being a major hub (out of Sydney) for emerging art and culture. Along with that, the bar scene is slowly transforming from loud mega-pubs to small, dark, intimate spots, slightly off the beaten path and all done with style and pizzaz. Bar Petite is a new establishment close to Newcastle beach, housing a mix of French colonial touches, a polished timber bar and a modern Australian menu. The atmosphere is relaxed, the meals a mix of tasty snacks and larger mains, and the wine menu draws on the best of local Hunter Valley drops. I ate there a few weeks back and was particularly impressed by the cosmopolitan decor and the pleasantly adventurous flavouring of the foods.
Would your favourite movie still be a classic if it was created in an alternate universe? Peter Stults has explored the possibilities in great detail, either timeshifting a movie to another decade or crossing to another genre. Timeshifting The Terminator II is among my favourite creations, with the steel-toothed Jaws (Richard Kiel) replacing Arnie. Muhammed Ali replacing Mike Tyson in The Hangover also creates all sorts of potential for hilarity.
Rebecca Brown has taken 1461 consecutive photos of herself in a remarkable video that shows the subtle ageing of a 14-18 year old girl. But there is more to the story. ‘Beckie0′ battles depression, and as the images unfold, we see her fight against Dermotillomania and Trichotillomania, two mental disorders which take a very visual […]
82 year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created the (formerly) all-white Obliteration Room at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art. She gave children coloured spot stickers and a free reign to decorate it as they saw fit. The room, part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever installation, took visitors two weeks to fill with colour. The works, including the colourful Obliteration Room, are on display until March 12.
The Lost At E Minor crew in Newcastle aren’t spoilt for choice in the way of yum cha, and even with the promise of a night of wine and dumplings, the location of the New Shanghai restaurant was at the Charlestown Square mega-mall. Let’s admit, suburban shopping centre Chinese hasn’t often been authentic, nor worthy […]
Let’s be clear: the Lost At E Minor office is quite partial to a case of two of cleansing ales. We favour brews that have real taste and spirit. So there was delight all-round when we were introduced to a new Australian Lager and Pale Ale: John Boston.
When it’s hot and you’re heading on a BYO adventure, transporting your beverages of choice safely and keeping them cold is pretty damn important. On the move, you can’t be left behind lugging an esky or balancing a carton on your shoulder.
These unique pieces of art are by Jessica Kerbawy, who arranges crayons on a foam board before melting them with a heat gun. If you love ‘em, you can see more of her work on Etsy.
It is with sadness that we learn of Steve Jobs’ untimely passing. His legacy permeates modern society in many ways; and numerous friends and colleagues are leaving touching tributes. If you have fifteen minutes, watch Jobs’ address at a Stanford commencement ceremony for graduates. It’s simple, but simply inspirational.