BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL. It’s official! Australia’s Queen of Comedy has just been crowned ‘Queen of the Jungle’ on ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ – a very popular choice. See FIONA O’LOUGHLIN in her own show, ‘GAP YEAR’, where she gets back to what she does best; making us all laugh with a raconteur’s gift of effortless fun. Catch her in the Ithaca Auditorium at 7.00 p.m. from Wednesday, 21 March to Saturday, 24 March 2018. Er…we should say that this show is suitable for people aged 15 or over – she does forget herself sometimes. (Photo and artwork by L.J. May)
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STEPHEN HAWKING DIES AT THE AGE OF 76 (SNIFFLE!)
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist and Genius, STEPHEN HAWKING, passed away at
Cambridge on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 and we are sad. Professor Hawking was to physics and exploring the universe as Sir David Attenborough is to informing us about the natural world, and he will be sorely missed. He once said to his family, ‘It would
not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’
Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and
Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His
scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and
the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation.
It’s astonishing that Stephen
had a career at all, given that as a graduate student in 1963, when he was only 21, he was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (also known
lateral sclerosis or ‘ALS’ and Lou Gehrig's disease), that gradually paralysed
him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.
Not only did Stephen refuse to die within a few years of his diagnosis as predicted, he became a pop culture icon and achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discussed his own theories and
cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. See an excellent NEW YORK TIMES article and photographs at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/obituaries/stephen-hawking-dead.html.
Stephen Hawking rarely allowed his disability to stop him from
doing anything he wanted to do, and he was known throughout the scientific world for his sense of humour and propensity for playing elaborate pranks on his friends and colleagues.
Arranging to die on March 14, which is NATIONAL PI DAY (so called because it coincides with the first three digits of pi – 3.14 – referring to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter) is spooky. This is a big deal to many
scientists. The day is seen as a day to celebrate mathematics and science, and even includes discounts on pies and pizzas.
As if this was not weird enough, social media
has been quick to point out that Stephen Hawking died on the same day as Albert Einstein was born; Einstein would have turned 139 this year. Naturally, internet geeks have gone into meltdown. Was this Stephen Hawking’s last prank? Wouldn’t put
it past him!
THE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL IS BACK!
Get ready to laugh and iron out the wrinkles – it’s a workout for your face! The BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL rolled into town on Friday, 23 February. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 25 March 2018. Phone +61 7 3358 8600 or make your bookings online at http://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com.
It’s an astonishing line-up and all your favourites will be there, including Cal Wilson, Celia Pacquola, Dave Hughes,
Fiona O’Loughlin (if she survives ‘I’m a Celebrity...’ – what was she thinking?), Jimeoin, Joel Creasey, Urzila Carlson, Lawrence Mooney, Peter Helliar, Stephen K. Amos, Tom Gleeson (laugh HARD), Wil Anderson and many more.
Where are the venues?
Eat, Drink and be Funny at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC. Don’t know where they are? THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE is at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm,
Brisbane. A courtesy bus will run on a loop from Brisbane Powerhouse to FortitudeValley on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6.00 p.m. (approximately every 15 minutes). The FREE pick up and drop off point in town is outside the Empire Hotel (cnr Brunswick
and Ann Streets) and at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
For visitors who may not know, the BRISBANE CITY HALL is at 65 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City.
SUNPAC is at 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank. Get public transport, a taxi or drive there. SunPAC provides ample parking spaces with an outdoor carpark as well as an underground carpark that provides direct access via a lift into the foyer free of charge.
WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE 2018
The WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL BRISBANE will explore and celebrate the interrelationship between science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, interactive workshops, engaging demonstrations
and inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences. This knockout festival with events for all ages will be held from Wednesday, 21 March to Sunday, 25
Some events are free and others are ticketed. Here are some of the treats in store for you and the kids. To see the
complete program, visit the official website at http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au.
Jobs | 22 March | QPAC | $10 per person – specially designed for kids in grades 5 to 10. An expert panel will discuss some of the most fascinating jobs in the market.
- Stargazing |
22 March | The Workshops Rail Museum | FREE. Take a road trip to Ipswich and soak up the starry, summer night sky. The Brisbane Astronomical Society and Celestron will provide telescopes for you to explore and identify the stars to unlock the secrets
of our observable universe.
- Mathemagics | 23 March | Griffith Conservatorium Theatre | Adults $15 and students $10. For the first time in Australia, internationally renowned mathemagician Arthur Benjamin will
take audiences on a mind-bending journey.
- Street Science! | 24-25 March | South Bank Parklands | FREE. Don’t miss this free science playground, located in the Cultural Forecourt (outside of QPAC).
Moments in Science with Dr Karl | 24 March | Griffith Conservatorium Theatre | Adults $15 and students $10. Older kids (recommended age 13 and over) will love this fun and fascinating
session with Dr Karl.
IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!
Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS!
and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2., check out comedy pics on the top and bottom of this page and NEWS PAGE 2. Science rules on the blog pages WHERE IS BRISBANE? and WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages),
St Patrick's Day is back on COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and don’t be a bunny, enjoy Easter
on WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages).
FREE & ACTIVE WITH MICHELLE BRIDGES AT THE SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS
Feeling a bit unfit
lately and dread what might happen to your body after you devour all those Easter eggs? Head to South Bank Parklands, South Bank for the Medibank Feel Good Program and a free fitness session hosted by Medibank Ambassador MICHELLE BRIDGES! to be held on Saturday 24 March 2018.
The event includes a FREE FITNESS
CLASS and A MEET AND GREET with Michelle on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, starting at 7.00 a.m., A FREE YOGA CLASS hosted by Goodlife Health Clubs and a FREE AQUA FITNESS CLASS hosted by Goodlife Health Clubs.
To participate, simply make for the Parklands and get ready to move! Bookings are not required and the class caters for all fitness levels, so all are welcome. You aren’t required to stay for the whole morning
either – feel free to come and go as you please. Participants are also advised to bring along a water bottle so that they can stay hydrated. If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class is a one-off special event, held as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program. The Medibank Feel Good Program is a series of free fitness classes held twice a year at South Bank. This series runs until Saturday, 31 March 2018 and
includes yoga, Tai Chi and more. For the class timetable, check out the full program.
THE QUEEN’S BATON RELAY (QBR) ROUTE FOR GC2018 ANNOUNCED
The traditional Commonwealth Games QUEEN'S BATON RELAY (QBR) celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity and gets people in the community excited about the world-class festival of sports and culture to come. Residents
and visitors will have a chance to see the baton and cheer on the baton bearers as they move through the city and stop in selected Brisbane celebration zones to celebrate together. The Queensland's baton bearers and the local routes have been announced.
The GC2018 relay will be the longest in history and will pass through Brisbane over the Easter long weekend, on Friday, 30 March and Saturday 31
March 2018. In Brisbane, the Queen's Baton Relay will make its way around the city, and through community celebration events in Brighton, Shorncliffe, Chermside, Paddington, Toowong, Sherwood, Holland Park, Kangaroo Point, New Farm and South
Bank. For more about the baton and its route, go to the Commonwealth Games map at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr
and join a community celebration event near you.
SCREEN/LITTLE SCREEN AND MORE!
Go to NEWS PAGE 2 for what’s happening at the LA BOITE HWY FESTIVAL in Brisbane, which explores new work and theatre practice, and applications for the
QUEENSLAND POETRY FESTIVAL 2018 – EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are now open. You’ll be happy to hear that the ever popular MORRIS GLEITZMAN is our newest AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S LAUREATE.
In news from the Australian Writers Guild (AWG), the FINAL DRAFT of the SCREEN AUSTRALIA CODE OF CONDUCT to prevent sexual harassment has been released. and Women in Film and Television NSW (WIFT NSW) have announced a partnership
with UK based Raising Films to bring to Australia its GROUND-BREAKING STRATEGY aimed at addressing the issues faced by parents and carers working in the screen industry.
AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS!