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Brisbane author comedian Thomas Bleach Damaged Goods gay Author coming out

QN Magazine talks to Brisbane author, music reviewer and stand-up comedian, Thomas Bleach about his new work Damaged Goods. This debut book explores the author’s journey through life in an immersive experience that incorporates text, images, music and performance. Thomas pulls together all the strands of his various interests and takes advantage of digital technology …

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lesbian musical the prom broadway same-sex couple

An engaged couple working on lesbian-themed Broadway musical The Prom have tied the knot onstage in a real-life wedding. At a recent performance, script coordinator Armelle Kay Harper and singer/actress Jody Kay Smith tied the knot in front of a cheering audience at New York’s Longacre Theatre. Bob Martin, one of the musical’s writers, got …

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melbourne gay artist paul yore north wales mostyn gallery

Warning: nudity Gay Melbourne artist Paul Yore has said he’s “devastated” a provocative artwork has been misinterpreted and pulled from an exhibition in Wales. Yore entered his artwork Taste The Feeling in a competition at Mostyn Gallery in North Wales. The gallery selected it from hundreds of submissions as a finalist. But visitors complained the …

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joseph simons 100 years of dance brisbane powerhouse

‘100 Years Of The History Of Dance As Told By One Man In 60 Minutes With An Energetic Group Finale‘ directed by Emma Canalese and performed by Joseph Simons premieres at Brisbane Powerhouse 31 July until 3 August. The performance bursts at the seams with fascinating facts, naughty stories and dance moves to die for. …

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scott harrower fighting not dancing lismore regional gallery

A powerful photographic and sound installation by Scott Harrower opening in Lismore addresses homophobia and violence toward men who love men. The installation navigates personal and historical stories previously denied and forgotten. The characters in the photographs peel away the silence of Australia’s past. They reveal persecuted convict relationships, post WWII police brutality and unsolved murders during …

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metro arts house of mirrors and hearts musical brisbane

House of Mirrors and Hearts (HOMAH) is a new musical fresh from the UK. Dr Dan Jess, artistic director of Kleva Hive, the new Brisbane based independent production company launching the musical’s Australian premiere says, “If Sondheim & Jason Robert Brown had a musical love-child, this’d be it.” “House of Mirrors and Hearts is thrilling, …

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The sense of a feast and a rich antipasto platter of musical and visual artistry was the dominant impression of Opera Queensland’s new production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree this month, writes reviewer Tim Passmore. The majestic concert staging of A Flowering Tree by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan elegantly combined real-time performance …

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cairns artist mark cochrane doghousefnq

QN Magazine was lucky to catch Mark Cochrane’s first Cairns exhibition of DogHouseFNQ back in October and the exhibition has shown at two other galleries since. Here’s hoping we see this quirky collection featuring zany North Queensland homes and even zanier pooches down in Brisbane sometime soon. DogHouseFNQ shows off homes from Townsville to Mareeba. …

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Single Asian Female

Michelle Law’s incisive and hilarious comedy Single Asian Female, tackling race and gender in contemporary Australia, is back. And this time Law, who starred in TV’s Homecoming Queens and co-wrote the book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin Law, is taking a starring role in the production herself. Single Asian Female premiered at La …

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? It’s yours this holiday season at the Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbane’s underground Opera House. Venture underground and forget all the cares of the world up above as world-class opera singers and musical theatre performers serenade you with both classic and contemporary carols in the acoustically sensational reservoir. And the mystical, …

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Artists eager to get involved in next year’s MELT Festival have less than two weeks to submit their ideas and pitches for burlesque, theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, forum, panel and conversation pieces. MELT is the Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, cabaret and circus performers, dancers, …

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David Williamson’s satirical comedy Managing Carmen, a light-hearted look at football, fame, and the power of acceptance, is opening this weekend at New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre. The play follows AFL star Brent Lyall, whose manager is desperate to hide the fact that after Brent takes off his football kit he loves to …

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Isn’t there something extraordinary about going to the theatre? When the lights dim, the audience hush, and then suddenly being transported to another world? Well, Brisbane – we have a little hidden gem right here. At 94 years young, La Boite is Australia’s longest continuously running theatre. From humble beginnings as the Brisbane Repertory Theatre …

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Australian drag queen trevor ashley

Slip into your glittering best and join us for an evening of unbridled glamour at the 2018 Opera Queensland Gala this weekend. Featuring two-time ARIA Award winner, Megan Washington with Opera Queensland favourites and hosted by international cabaret superstar, Trevor Ashley (pictured), the 2018 Gala this Saturday (November 17) is set to be the social highlight of the season. Experience …

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Two women visiting Bangkok meet in a karaoke bar in the dazzling tourist mecca’s party district and fall in love in Neon Tiger, the laugh-filled musical love story opening at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company. A trio of Australia’s boldest theatre talents combine to bring to the stage their love child, the result of an …

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Nash Theatre Ruthless

An all-female cast is taking to the stage at New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre for the showbiz-centred musical farce Ruthless. The musical follows beautiful and diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark, who knows she was born to entertain. Sylvia St. Croix, a slick and overbearing agent, encourages young Tina to audition for the school production …

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Pride Queer Art Exhibition

Looking for a locally-produced piece of queer art for your wall? QNews Magazine is hosting an exhibition of local queer artists’ work to celebrate Pride Month this month. The first Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and …

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert tony sheldon

Twelve years after opening in Sydney, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert – The Musical will roll her wheels into Brisbane for the very first time. It’s the tale of three drag queens and their bus (Priscilla), their (mis)adventures through the outback, and their interactions with Australian culture in all her vibrant, (but often aggressive and …

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Cairns-based artist Arone Meeks

A Kuku Midigi man of the eastern Cape York Rainforest, Arone’s first art training was of a traditional nature, learnt from his grandfather and other elders. The First Nations peoples of the Cape York rainforest lived in the most densely populated area of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Their numbers were decimated in …

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QNews the myx queer art exhibition

QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists’ work to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane in September. This year’s Pride Festival kicks off on September 8, and the Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and …

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Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

A brand new stage production will bring the spirit of the global Women’s March protest to a new play at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company. Award-winning Queensland writer Claire Christian will makes her mainstage debut as playwright next month with Lysa and The Freeborn Dames. In her play, nineteen-year-old Lysa King has come home to …

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Stomp

The stage show Stomp is returning to Australia for the first time in five years. Australian audiences will be able to see Stomp’s signature high-octane mix of ensemble choreography, industrial percussion, and continuous comedy. But the show contains no lyrics, with eight performers using nothing but a range of ordinary objects to create music. Everything …

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