Two things going on this summer we’ve been remiss in not mentioning.
1. The Botanic Gardens have got their summer concert series humming again. They’re insanely popular, often with good reason. The best picnic sitting in town as long as you like crowds.
Remaining concerts in the series are:
- 17 Jan – Annie & the Armadillos Jazz, rhythm & blues and funk
18 Jan – As Famous As The Moon Folk, original and jazz
24 Jan – Vertical Jazz, funk and original music
25 Jan – Karismakatz Blues, jazz and roots music
(Thanks to Thumper for the photo of Adam Hole & The Marji Curran Trio from yesterday’s concert)
2. Also running on Saturday nights is the “Arc Cinema” at the National Film and Sound Archive (everytime I see their NFSA acronym I think it’s unsafe for work). They’re projecting original 35mm film movies in their beautiful courtyard with the projectionist doing archaic running reel changes every 20 minutes.
The remaining portion of the program is:
- 17 JAN: ON THE TOWN (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen,1949, G) Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Vera-Ellen.
24 JAN: BARRY MCKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN (Bruce Beresford, 1974, M) The even more outrageous sequel – starring Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries and featuring a special appearance by Gough Whitlam.
31 JAN: BIG WEDNESDAY (John Milius, 1978, M) The epic surf-movie classic, starring Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent and William Katt.
7 FEB: CHINATOWN (Roman Polanski, 1974, M) With Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
14 FEB: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Richard Lester, 1966, PG) Larry Gelbart’s satirical Roman musical, starring Michael Crawford, Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton in his last film role.
21 FEB: ROBOCOP (Paul Verhoeven, 1987, R) Brand new print!
28 FEB: PLAYTIME (Jacques Tati, 1967, PG) M. Hulot visits Paris in Tati’s comic masterpiece.