Windowspace-Beeac is showing the work of ceramicist Georgia Harvey throughout April. Harvey’s work is subtly beautiful and particularly of interest as it combines samples of local lake silt in its alchemy. Titled Quiet Chime, the exhibition features adventurous pieces, with Harvey saying “I enjoy exploring material behaviour and pushing materials to places they wouldn’t typically inhabit”. Windowspace-Beeac is at 79 Main Street, Beeac. Quiet Chime is open until April 29.
Local performance group The Melodaires are ready to present their new show, Let’s Face the Music. The performance is a musical treat with foot-tapping songs and glitzy, glamorous costumes. The Melodaires is a group of nine performers who entertain seniors groups and at special events throughout the Bellarine Peninsula.
They are looking forward to upcoming performances at Belmont Grove and during Seniors Week. The Melodaires can be booked for performances by contacting Lorraine on 0447 751 697.
A selection of drawings from participants at Queenscliff Neighbourhood House’s Monday afternoon life drawing sessions will be on show at an exhibition titled Drawn from Life. The exhibition is open at Queenscliffe Neighbourhood House from 10am-4pm weekdays and weekends by request to Denise Main on 0408 584 169.
Untutored life drawing sessions are held on Monday afternoons during school terms from 1.15 3.45pm at St James Anglican Parish Hall, 45 Collins Street, Drysdale. Cost is $50 for five sessions or $13 per week. For details, phone George-Ann on 0438 028 250 or Sue on 0418 549 344.
A shift in heart
Woodbin Theatre presents The Shifting Heart at the Lilian Stott Centre in Geelong. The story is set at 4pm on Christmas Eve sometime in the 1950s in the Collingwood backyard of the Bianchi family home. We see the interaction between neighbours in a Melbourne suburb that has become home to low-income Aussie families and immigrants from war-weary Europe. The play illustrates some attitudes towards immigrants in the past, and how some of those attitudes still exist today.
Show dates vary from April 15-30. Visit gpac.org.au for tickets.
Yasin at Aireys Pub
Indie/roots and folk artist Yasin Leflef will deliver his heartfelt lyrics combined with folky guitar melodies and his unique voice at Aireys Pub. Yasin has been busking the streets of Melbourne in between shows, honing in on his material and with a steadily growing following, more and more people are starting to jump on board with Yasin’s journey. He is set to record and release his debut EP later in 2016.
Doors at 8.30pm. Entry is free.
Final Cowrie Market
The last Cowrie Market of the season is on Sunday, from 10am-3pm at Elephant Walk on Torquay’s Esplanade. It’s the last chance before winter to stock up on a wide range of handmade gifts, homewares, clothing and plants. The line-up of talent taking the stage includes Rachael Brennan, Zeffa Music, De Porsal, Sam Hanson and more. Food trucks and stalls will also be on site, offering delicious world cuisine, snacks, coffees and sweet treats. Cowrie Market will return again in September.
Country superstar Lee Kernaghan has been endlessly inspired by the Australian people for more than two decades, and on his new tour he pays homage to some of the bravest.
Kernaghan’s The Songs and the Stories in Concert is coming to GPAC on Friday May 20 and features his biggest hits and special performances from his latest release, Spirit of the Anzacs.
Focusing on the stories and history of Australia’s service men and women, Spirit of the Anzacs features Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard, Shannon Noll, John Stevens and Megan Washington. Kernaghan wrote the album after visiting Canberra’s Australian War Memorial, where he was inspired by the letters soldiers wrote to their families from the frontlines.
“I read a lot while I was there then went home and did a lot of research, and the more in-depth I got, the more fascinated I was by their experiences and knew it was something I wanted to share. “I’ve always had enormous respect for service men and women, what it means to be Australian and how lucky I am to have been born here, so it’s been such an honour to meet these people, shake their hands and bring their stories to a wider audience.
“Every single song is inspired by a true story and I think it’s so important to keep passing them on so they don’t get lost.”
Kernaghan has sold more than two million albums, won 33 Golden Guitars and three Aria Awards, and has had 33 number one hits on the Australian Country Charts. The Songs and the Stories in Concert will be a show reel of his illustrious career, of which he says he owes to the people who inspire him year after year.
“The more I travel and the more people I meet the more I learn – and it’s these meetings and the stories people tell me that have inspired me for 24 years.
“If you open up and listen to people there’s always something to learn, a new interesting story that captures the Australian spirit, I feel honoured to have been doing this for so long.”
Lee Kernaghan is performing at GPAC’s Costa Hall on Friday May 20 at 8pm.
For more information and tickets, head to gpac.org.au or phone 5225 1200.
Raised in Warrnambool with Irish heritage and a will to wander, Marcia Howard is bringing together her worldly influences and home sensibilities for the National Celtic Festival in June.
The reigning Port Fairy Folk Music Festival Artist of the Year and award-winning Goanna band member has drawn upon her recent travels through Europe, the UK and the US to form a show that examines her relationship to place.
“We’re all influenced by where we are – but we’re also influenced by where our ancestors have been and that comes through in our music.
“People say you can hear landscape in songs, especially Irish music and I totally agree.
“Around here, in Victoria we have the same thing but it sounds different, it’s unique to this area which is so special.
“The songlines here, which have been here for centuries, they run very deep and that’s a very beautiful thing. I’m walking on the bones of my ancestors, and together we’re all creating a new Dreaming. “I’m bringing all that DNA and landscape and sense of belonging with me.”
Howard is also clashing cultures on her latest EP, Nashville Sessions.
Recorded at Beaird’s Music Studio in Nashville with an ensemble of US instrumentalists, the EP features vocals from her brothers Shane and Damian Howard as well as Goanna colleague Rose Bygrave. The result is a combination of smooth country sounds from the southern United States, with the unique rawness gifted to Australia musicians.
To purchase the EP, head to marciahoward.com.au.
Howard will perform songs from Nashville Sessions along with others at the National Celtic Festival, as well as leading a series of workshops and a theatrical production.
The festival is in Portarlington from June 10-13. For more information and tickets, head to nationalcelticfestival.com.
Geelong’s Extreme Arts Walk – Mountain to Mouth 2016 announced the recipients of its major sculpture commission in a special ceremony at Eastern Beach last week.
Papua New Guinean artist, Leonard Tebegetu and Australian artist, Mahony Maia Kiely were jointly awarded the commission – which will enable the creation of Mountain to Mouth 2016’s lead ephemeral artwork, Canoe.
City of Greater Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons said the commission, made possible by the Australia Council for the Arts, would facilitate the creation of Canoe – a vessel which would carry water from the ancient rockwell at Big Rock, You Yangs, along the 80 kilometre journey to rejoin the ocean at Barwon Heads.
He said Leonard Tebegetu and Mahony Maia Kiely last worked together on the Pacific Games Opening Ceremony and he was delighted they were collaborating again for Mountain to Mouth 2016.
Leonard Tebegetu will work with Mahony Maia Kiely over the next month to create Canoe – as well as undertake a series of workshops together for professional artists across the region.
Mountain to Mouth is a two-day “journey of discovery” across the Geelong region on May 6 and 7 – an 80-kilometre walk from the You Yangs mountain range, crossing Geelong’s industrial heartland at nightfall and arriving into the city centre to collide with Geelong After Dark, central Geelong’s pop up night of arts.
At dawn the next day, walkers follow the Barwon River through rolling Bellarine farmland.
Tired legs have the option of riding a historic Bellarine Railway locomotive service across the Bellarine Peninsula or to just keep walking, with all participants then walking along the ocean beach to reach the river mouth at Barwon Heads by sunset.
Register for the event online at mountaintomouth.com.au.
WHAT an amazing day on Saturday for Torquay Boardriders Clubs’s (TBC) first 2016 senior competition. Jan Juc delivered fun three to five foot peaks all day. The challenging conditions showed the emergence of a new talent in the female division, 14-year-old Angela Ball. Angela picked the best waves during her heats which helped her win the Open Women’s division against considerable, young field. This included Bella Wilson, who came second, India Robinson third, Rikki Bell Warren fourth, Ella Sweeney fifth and Angelique Kefalas sixth. Angela also won the Under 16 girls division. These were Angela’s first ever TBC round wins. Nic Muscroft won the Open Men’s division with an excellent performance, illustrating why he used to be on the World Tour. Nic beat Cody Robinson second, Harry Mann third and Todd Rosewell fourth. In his TBC debut, “The Mullet”, Kenta Ferguson took out the under 18 boys division in a comprehensive performance. Kenta took the win against Jake Milliken second, Nathan Rivalland third, Seamus The day was an overall success with more than 110 competitors and 38 heats. Thanks all for a great day and look forward to seeing you all at the second aggregate (juniors April 23, and seniors April 28) Some quick news also on our Easter Raffle, which has drawn by Matt Wilkinson after he won his first Bell. Congratulations Matt and thank you for very generously donating your board to the TBC. The raffle was won by Kim Jones from Bondi Boardriders. Many thanks to the community who helped us achieve one of our best fundraising results ever.
Winners below: U/16 girls – 1st Angela Ball U/16 boys – 1st Xavier Huxtable U/18 girls – 1st India Robinson U/18 boys – 1st Kenta Ferguson Open Women – 1st Angela Ball Open Men – 1st Nic Muscroft Masters – 1st Adam Leslie Grand Masters – 1st Nichol Wylie Legends – 1st Neil Bell Warren
In Round five WNPL soccer matches on the weekend Galaxy United took FC Bulleen Lions at their home ground, Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen with mixed results. The Under 13s lost 1-2, the Under 15s lost 0-1, the Under 18s won 3-1 and the Senior women won 2-0. In the Senior game, Melissa Taranto scored in the 43rd minute and Laura Spiranovic in the 53rd minute.
Standout players included Spiranovic who was lethal up front, creating good goal scoring oppitunites. She is back in full fitnese after her recent return back to the game after injury.
She was threatening on numerous occasions for Galaxy. In the Under 18s, best players were Steph Cameron, Lra Heric and Amelia Spiranovic.
The Torquay Football Academy continues to draw the big names, with Geelong recruit Lachie Henderson turning up at training at Spring Creek Reserve on Tuesday. Henderson, who has played the first three games of the 2016 AFL season for the Cats since arriving from Carlton, ran a series of drills with the Tigers’ Under-16 and Under-18 players, including one focused on the importance of defenders limiting the movement of forwards into “danger space”. Henderson – whose visit follows appearances at the academy by North Melbourne’s Jarrad Waite and fellow Cat Jimmy Bartel – also worked with Torquay’s Senior players.