Donald McDonald

Michael Parekowhai The English Channel, 2015 stainless steel, 257 x 166 x 158 cm.

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Australians have a proprietorial interest in Captain James Cook but of course he belongs to the whole world. That is…

Tapestry in progress: Gordian Knot, 2016

18 March 2017 9:00 am

For a creative arts organisation to operate successfully in Australia for 40 years is an achievement in itself. The Australian…

Cressida Campbell Margaret Olley interior (detail) 1992 hand-coloured woodblock Private Collection

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Margaret Olley had a gift for friendship, that is, in addition to her gifts as a wonderful painter. Among her…

Alison Whyte and Colin Friels

4 March 2017 9:00 am

When I was at secondary school in the 1950s, we were taught about the significance of the 20th century’s Irish…

The Australian Ballet Faster

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I imagine that quite a few subscribers to the Australian Ballet would be happiest if they were only offered full…

Vincent van Gogh Wheat Field with Cypresses, Saint-Rémy, 1889. The National Gallery London

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Make sure you are in Melbourne between late April and early July to see the important Van Gogh exhibition coming…

James Cook items, Treasures Gallery, NLA, Canberra

11 February 2017 9:00 am

If you missed the 100 Objects from the British Museum on display at the Museum of Australia, don’t despair, there…

Jason Chong & Mark Leonard Winter in Chimerica

4 February 2017 9:00 am

This is one for the brighter kids in the class. Chimerica by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood was first produced by…

Lucia Martin-Cartón soprano soloist

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Countless indignities have been visited upon the Hallelujah Chorus. Currently it is being used in a suggestive television commercial for…

Dress worn by Yvonne Kenny as Armida in Rinaldo

21 January 2017 9:00 am

If you think you haven’t got anything to wear, then Opera Australia may be able to help you. At the…

Julia Baird

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning sovereign in British history surpassing Queen Victoria who is the subject…

Jim Maxwel

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Two of the ABC’s most admired radio presenters have published books that are perfect holiday reading: Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire…

Royal Opera House production of King Roger

Royal Opera House production of King Roger

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England (1066 and all that) Count Roger Hauteville of Normandy took control of Sicily.…

Valda Wilson as Theodora

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Mostly I’m more interested in what is to come than in what’s already been, but I have let my mind…

Arthur Streeton And the Sunlight Clasps the Earth 1895

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Last week you could have done some Christmas shopping at the Mossgreen and Sotheby’s art auctions in Sydney. You might…

The kiss Auguste Rodin (1901-04)

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Local writers have been repurposing Kenneth Clark’s 1958 differentiation of the nude from naked in discussing the current exhibition at…

Rose Byrne at rehearsal

19 November 2016 9:00 am

David Mamet has a birthday next week; he’ll be turning 69. Quite a grand old man of American letters. Playwright…

Sebastian Smee

12 November 2016 9:00 am

His schooling was at St Peter’s College, Adelaide followed by the University of Sydney where he graduated with honours in…

Valda Wilson sings Theodora

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Antioch on the Orontes River, founded in late 4th century BC, became an important city in the East of the…

Helen Christinson plays Lucienne Photo credit - James Green

Culture Buff

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Farce is a difficult theatrical form to write and to stage successfully. Farce operates beyond reality; a farce must establish…

Ko wai Koe (Who Are You) 2005 from the series The Odyssey of Captain Cook by Marian Maguire

22 October 2016 9:00 am

When colourful Tasmanian identity David Walsh announced his intention to build an art gallery in Hobart, open to the public…

Adam Frandsen plays The Architect

15 October 2016 9:00 am

First performed 21 years ago, it’s title was The Eighth Wonder. This year it is being revived under a cumbersome…

David Hockney

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Born in Yorkshire 79 years ago, he fell in love with the idea of California as a child via Hollywood…

Kevin Jackson as Nijinsky

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In 1981, at the Sydney Theatre Company, we presented a stylish production of Chinchilla, a play by Robert David MacDonald…

Ladies in Black

24 September 2016 9:00 am

David Jones administration may be moving to Melbourne but that won’t worry Sydney: it knows where DJ’s really belongs. Reading…