Posts Tagged ‘Styling You

13
Jan
14

Sunshine Coast Arts January 4 2014

 

So you know I have this little column in the local paper, right?

 

When Synda Turnbull asked me to take this on in 2013 (she helped keep the arts pages plump for the ten years prior), I had a moment of quiet indecision and debate about artists working for free, but decided pretty quickly that the column needed to continue regardless of whether or not the publication can afford to pay, which seems to be the most prominent current issue again in discussions online and amongst artists in foyers and coffee shops. I accepted the challenge to fit something else into my week gratis, because the value of the weekly exposure of the arts on the Sunshine Coast is worth more to me than say, $100 each week to write it. You know I don’t make money from blogging about the arts, either, despite inspirational writers and business heads all around me, like Styling You’s Nikki Parkinson, working to achieve just that ever since she left print media and logged on! Maybe this is the year, although up until July we’re pretty busy making actual theatre again – I can tell you more soon but there’s a bit of stuff embargoed for another week or so. If you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram you’ll be the first to know.

 

Are you an artist working for free in some capacity? How’s that working for you?

 

A number of people suggested I post the columns here, so here they are. A bit of catch up first, and then I’ll post the copy each weekend. If you can pick up the paper on a Saturday, I suggest you still do that because of course there are a heap of arts stories that I’m not able to cover…

 

If you’re a Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance member with some copy and fantastic images for me, email xanthe@xsentertainment.com.au

 

SCD Arts Saturday January 4 2014

Xanthe Coward

 

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In 2013 Sunshine Coast theatre got braver and bolder. Behind the scenes we saw some new systems put into place and some key people come and go. The Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival in August enjoyed its best ever attendance, and box office records were set for Noosa Arts Theatre. With Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance President, Sam Coward, at the helm for his third consecutive year, we enjoyed new confidence in untapped talent and in the rediscovery of some favourite performers, designers and technical operators. Noosa Arts Theatre’s acclaimed production of West Side Story, a September sell-out directed by Sam Coward, reminded us just how deep our local pool of talent is, and challenged preconceived notions surrounding community theatre, from its inception to its final curtain call.

 

The Sunshine Coast Theatre Alliance Season Launch Soirée is your next opportunity to rub shoulders with local theatre types and find out how you can be involved. Join the makers and lovers of local theatre at Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday February 8 from 6pm. Limited tickets available. Bookings online livetheatre.com.au

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Take the kids to this entertaining panto and have just as much fun. This traditional version of the classic fairy tale is directed by Susan Dearnley and runs for a strictly limited season at Noosa Arts Theatre January 4 – 19. All tickets just $12. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.com.au or call 5449 9343

 

Cinderella

While Cinderella searches for her true love, enjoy cheering the goodies and booing the baddies along the way. Directed by Mary Newton, BATS’ panto runs January 11 – 19. All tickets $12. Bookings online batstheatre.com or call 5445 2515

 

NT Live Screenings

 

Free Air Entertainment and Noosa Arts Theatre continue their screenings of Great Britain’s superb National Theatre productions with Othello January 10, Macbeth January 17 and The Habit of Art January 31. Bookings online noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5443 9343

 

 

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Images – Men In Black (MIB) for SRT’s The Mystery Bus at Woodford Folk Festival 2013-1014. Images by XS Entertainment

 

 

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14
Apr
12

one day this blog will win something

It’s true. I believe it. It will happen. Our thoughts make our world and all that stuff. 

To show your support for the conversations we have here, for the growth of the arts industry, for the vibrant, talented artists who inform and inspire this blog,

VOTE

for us in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition: People’s Choice Award.

VOTING CLOSES ON THURSDAY 9TH MAY AT 5:00pm

Over 940 blogs were nominated in this section of the competition! We are one of the few arts industry blogs and we are the only one under ‘X’ so it’s easy to find us and vote for us. You can vote for as many blogs as you like but you can only submit your voting form ONCE. I included in our own submission, votes for some of the other fabulous blogs we love (and look, we do like to share the love). You’ll notice that these are not entertainment blogs at all – oh no – these are the downtime blogs; the gorgeous random ramblings of writers who we don’t tend to see in foyers of theatres across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast!

Remember, voting will close Wednesday 9th May at 5.00 pm.

All winners will be announced on Thursday 10 May at 10.00 am. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $1000 worth of courses (online or face-to-face) at the Sydney Writers’ Centre in Milsons Point. Fantastic!

Winner of the Best Australian Blogs Competition 2011, our amazing friend and professional blogger, Styling You’s Nikki Parkinson, spoke about her win.

I love what Nikki has to say about QUALITY and CREDIBILITY. Nikki is an inspiration.

The official Twitter hashtag for the 2012 competition is #bestblogs2012. You can follow the Sydney Writers’ Centre at @SydneyWriters for the Best Australian Blogs Competition announcements.

04
Nov
10

Melbourne Cup 2010

XS Entertainment and Styling You‘s Nikki Parkinson kept the punters entertained, during the lead-up to The Race That Stops a Nation at Tony Kelly‘s il secondo and M1 Function Rooms in Maroochydore.

It’s a gorgeous location by the river and these sorts of special events seem to go ahead with such style and ease, it certainly makes attending anything at all, in any capacity at il secondo, an absolute pleasure!

 

 

It was, necessarily, a stylish affair and although some of us had no idea who was running, we knew immediately who was running in wearing the only Manolos in the room!

 

 

Speaking of running, we ran a few fun sweeps and decided, by the end of the day, to never, ever offer a Bradbury Sweep again – it just took too long to find the names of the last three horses past the post (though we would have looked funny trying – three of us on iPhones for 10 minutes – technology FAIL)!

 

Next year…the Bradbury Highlander! That’s right. There can be only one…lucky loser last

 

 

On the ivories and VOX was the multi-talented Mr Simon Russell-Baker and on our plates were three delicious courses (served one at a time, obviously) by Tony Kelly Catering, taking care of that eating bit that comes in between the glasses of champagne.

 

 

Michael and Gayle won The Kitchen Pantry hampers for Best dressed

 

 

Did I mention Tony also has The Kitchen Pantry? AND a new bubba?! He is a busy, busy man!

 

Amazing Fact #1: This was my first Melbourne Cup Day celebrated outside of a classroom.

 

Amazing Fact #2: I enjoyed a single glass of champagne (and a full afternoon/evening of teaching).

 

Amazing Fact #3: Nikki and I are actually Social Media Soul Mates. We totes synched our live updates and uploaded pics almost simultaneously. There is something inspiring and quite disturbing about that.

 

 

Hope you had a win! Hope you had fun!

 

With Melbourne Cup over, the party season truly begins…so we’ll see you at the next one!

 




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