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ARTS ON THE AU

the AU interview: Marcia Hines discusses being involved in theatrical phenomenon, "Velvet"

Raucous and seductive, stage show Velvet is a tantalising fusion of disco, dance, burlesque and circus. Playing an extended season at the Sydney Opera House until 22 November following rave reviews from its stint at Edinburgh Fringe, Velvet is an absolute sensory overload. Marcia Hines walks us through the show's intoxicating world.

Win a double pass to see 'Triptych' in Sydney!

Sydney Dance Company joins legendary songstress Katie Noonan and ACO2 live on stage for an evening of breathtaking dance set to the shimmering compositions of Benjamin Britten showcasing dramatic costumes by Toni Maticevski.

Just For Laughs Sydney Announce Final Shows For 5th Anniversary Festival!

The popular annual comedy festival at the Sydney Opera House, Just For Laughs Sydney is pleased to announce its final stellar shows for their 5th anniversary. The festival is presenting a “Just For Laughs All-Star Gala”, featuring Tommy Tiernan, Danny Bhoy, Stephen K Amos, Al Murray and of course our favourite Aussies Dave Hughes, Wil Anderson, and Celia Pacquola.

Hugh Jackman Announces "Broadway to Oz" National Tour!

Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony award winner, Hugh Jackman is returning home to Australia for a 5 city arena concert tour. Broadway to Oz is based on his smash hit and sold out Broadway show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. Hit the jump for more info and dates.

Banksy explains why he opened Dismaland; interviews Run the Jewels

In a very rare interview with The Guardian, subversive genius Banksy has taken his time to explain why he recently opened up the oddly wonderful, slightly disconcerting dystopian 'bemusement' park, Dismaland, and what it represents.

Exclusive Arts Interview: Nigel Westlake - Film Composer of "Babe" (1995) - talks the Twentieth Anniversary Concert

Accomplished composer and musician Nigel Westlake took some time out of his busy schedule – primarily preparing for this weekend’s Babe: The Twentieth Anniversary Concert in Melbourne and release of the orchestral soundtrack with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He discusses his approach to film scoring and what it is like to revisit a hugely popular piece of work 20 years later. Read on to find out more about the soon-to-be National celebration. Lachlan Mitchell brings us this interview.

Photo Gallery: Oz Comic-Con Day Two - MREC, Melbourne (28.06.15)

All the madness and excitement from the second day of Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne has been captured in this photo gallery from Rebecca Houlden! Featuring the likes of Jason Momoa, Keisha Castle-Hughes, David Wenham and YOU...

We get a taste of the VIVID 'Musify+Gamify' exhibition (On now at the Seymour Centre until June 6th)


Photo: Organisers Lian Loke and Ollie Bown

Recommended for music and gamer fans, as part of VIVID Festival, Musify + Gamify will contain interactive platforms in which audience members will be able to further explore the sonification of interactive music games as well as see showcases of different experimental musicians/bands. All of these will be held at The University of Sydney's Seymour Centre.

the AU interview: Jake and Amir from CollegeHumor talk Aussie Tour, Favourite Skits, Fans and more

We’re only a month away from the official and very first CollegeHumor Australian tour! Featuring Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz from Jake and Amir, as well as the talented Streeter Seidell. Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers/actors/editors behind the Webby award winning Internet series Jake and Amir. Averaging more than 500,000 views each week, the duo have produced two videos a week for over four years... Click through for all the news, and our full interview...

the AU interview: comedian Matt Okine talks about his one man show "The Other Guy"

Matt Okine is a name you surely would have come across in your travels unless you have been living under a rock. Okine not only has an array of awards under his belt (including 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director's Choice Award) for comedy but also is talented in other areas such as tv and radio. This year Okine is touring his fourth solo show “The other guy” so we had a chat to him about what it all entails. Click through for our full interview!

the AU interview: Tommy Chong (USA) Discusses His Greatest Hits, Getting Older and What's Next

THE AU INTERVIEW: TOMMY CHONG (USA) DISCUSSES HIS GREATEST HITS, GETTING OLDER,

This June, Cheech and Chong will be embarking upon a nation-wide tour performing their greatest hits, movie moments and musical undertakings. Scott Aitken chatted with Tommy Chong ahead of shows to discuss the comedic duo's legacy, coming to the end of touring and what's next for him and the pair. Tommy also lets us know what we can expect from their shows, who came up with the idea for the tour and more...

John Oliver performing two stand up shows in Australia this August!

Host of Last Week Tonight/Brit slaying it in the US/general legend, John Oliver, will bringing his cutting-edge wit and hilarious comedy to Australia for two shows this August! The Emmy and Writer's Guild Award winning writer takes time from his wildly successful TV show to bring his stand up show to Australia for the first time, a show that - unsurprisingly - sells out shows right across the US.

Pond's Nicholas Allbrook releases children's book with Amber Fresh called 'The Vine' - Perth launch announced!

Nicholas Allbrook and Amber Fresh have been busy working on writing beyond their work with Pond, Mink Mussel Creek and Rabbit Island, this time delving into the realm of print in penning a children's book entitled The Vine. Released through Spinning Top, the project bringing together Amber's writing and Nicholas' drawings.

Bob Saget, Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Bayer and more perform at 'An Above Average Talent Show...' at SXSW

Comedian Bob Saget headlined a SXSW comedy show hosted by online comedy video network Above Average on Monday night, March 16th, at Yahoo!'s Brazos Hall. An Above Average Talent Show Benefiting The Ally Coalition was hosted by comedian and SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer.

CLOSED Win a double pass to Songs Not To Dance To in Parramatta!

Can all songs be danced to? That will be the question explored in the production Songs Not To Dance To presented by FORM Dance Projects at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, from 5th to 7th March 2015. Choreographer and dancer Martin del Amo has joined forces with Lismore-based dance artist Phil Blackman to delve into whether there are some songs that should never be danced to – either publicly or privately.