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WRITER WATCH: GABRIELLA COSLOVICH. ‘Whiteley on Trial’. Gabriella Coslovich is a Melbourne journalist with more than 20 years experience, including 15 years at ‘The Age’ newspaper where she specialised in arts writing and developed an extensive network of contacts in the arts world. She was writing about the three dubious Whiteley paintings five years before the case reached the criminal court system. Art dealer Peter Gant sued ‘The Age’ for defamation for her efforts – the case was resolved confidentially. She was also the first journalist to gain an exclusive interview with Tasmanian art collector and gambler David Walsh, and revealed his plans to create the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. Visit Gabriella’s website at https://www.mup.com.au/authors/gabriella-coslovich. (Photo by Kate Ballis, courtesy of Gabriella Coslovich: modified by L.J. May)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 3, and 5 for more events.    

  • As part of the BRISBANE FESTIVAL, take your kids aged 5–12 to meet the cast of Channel Nine’s new children’s science show BRAINBUZZ. There will be a fun-filled live performance, experiments, explosions and plenty of excitement at the Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane City, on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Head for the best vantage point you can find at SOUTH BANK and around BRISBANE (see list in entry) for the BRISBANE FESTIVAL FINALE – SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, on Saturday, 29 September 2018. There will be entertainment at South Bank from 4.00 p.m. and fireworks from 7.00 p.m. (get there early and enjoy!)
  • Cheese lovers get excited! THE ‘CHEESE TO PLEASE’ FESTIVAL is back for another year of delicious tastings, workshops and live music. Take your taste buds down to Newstead House, Newstead, on Sunday, 30 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • BRISTOPIA blends interactive technology with whimsical ILLUSTRATIONS BY MEGAN MCKEAN. Immerse yourself in the animated Brisbane cityscape to create your own BRISTOPIA and email it to friends and family. Head for the East Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane CBD. Mucking around with the installation is FREE – it’s ON NOW and runs until 14 October 2018.
  • ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE is a travelling family-friendly exhibition presented by Museums Victoria, which brings basic science concepts to life for 3–8-year-olds and their families. It’s ON NOW at the Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, TOOWOOMBA, and runs until Monday, 28 January 2019. 

 

The Event: BRISBANE FESTIVAL – BRAINBUZZ LIVE – FOR KIDS AGED 5–12 YEARS

Date and time: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Adelaide and Ann Streets, BrisbaneCity. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Ticket price: FREE but bookings are essential via https://www.qtix.com.au or phoning 13 62 46.

What’s happening: Meet the cast of Channel Nine’s new children’s science show BRAINBUZZ. It’s a TV show that brainstorms and answers those nagging questions you’ve always wondered about. Catch up with BrainBuzz host KELLYN MORRIS, Resident Scientist CLARE VAN DORSSEN, and a bunch of historical characters, including ALBERT EINSTEIN, as they bring some of their TV antics to the city hall stage.

This fun-filled live performance will feature experiments, explosions and plenty of excitement as Einstein angles in on the action. The event, presented by the Brisbane Festival, Channel Nine and Brisbane City Council, is the first in the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concert series. Kids can watch BrainBuzz Monday to Friday on 9Go, or anytime on 9Now!

 

The Event: BRISBANE FESTIVAL FINALE – SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE

Date and time: Saturday, 29 September 2018. There will be entertainment from 4.00 p.m. at South Bank and fireworks from 7.00 p.m. (get there early for the best spots).

Venue: Mostly at South Bank for a day of activities before Riverfire begins, but there are some other great vantage points – see below for a list.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Organisers recommend using public transport or catching an Uber. Delays are anticipated to CityCat services due to demand, particularly throughout the afternoon and evening. CityCat and CityFerry services will cease operation between 6.45 p.m. and 7.45 p.m.

For more information, visit TransLink at http://www.translink.com.au or call TransLink on 13 12 30, visit http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au, or download the Uber App (new users can use the code BRISFEST18 to receive $20 credit). For the program, road, bridge and river closures, check out the website at http://brisbanefestival.com.au/sunsuperriverfire.

What’s happening: Queensland’s ultimate fireworks event, SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, will wrap up the Brisbane Festival with a dazzling display set to music. The soundtrack this year celebrates Sci-Fi and superheroes – super fun. There will be entertainment from 4.00 p.m. at South Bank and fireworks from 7.00 p.m. At South Bank, spectators will be wowed by aerobatics from the AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE with RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays late in the afternoon and evening.

Join the crowd at Riverstage, where a massive day-long concert, headlined by VIOLENT SOHO, explodes into life, and will include the Channel Nine coverage on the big screen. Crowds who manage to get to one of the vantage points can tune into TRIPLE M’S LIVE BROADCAST of Channel Nine’s television coverage from 6.30 p.m. and hear it all in stereo.

Can’t get there in person? Fear not! Grab something nice to eat and drink, and tune in to CHANNEL NINE’S EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE in the comfort of your own home. And don’t forget to look after your pets, many of which will be terrified by all the noise. Enjoy!

THE BEST VANTAGE POINTS for Riverfire are the Victoria Bridge, South Bank, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Captain Burke Park, Wilson’s Lookout and the City Riverwalk, including the Riverside Centre and the Eagle Street Pier. Many of these sites will offer food and beverages for sale, or you can bring your own. For people who have limited mobility, access is available at South Bank, Eagle Street Pier, Riverside Centre and Captain Burke Park.

Don’t forget that South Bank is an alcohol-free space for Riverfire. If you bring pets bikes, scooters, drink bottles with broken seals (including bottles of water or soft drink), glass, knives or alcohol, these items will be confiscated by South Bank security staff. You’ve been warned. The upside is that these rules make it safe for everyone and particularly for families with children.

 

The Event: THE ‘CHEESE TO PLEASE’ FESTIVAL

Date and time: Sunday, 30 September 2018 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Newstead House, Newstead, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE entry. Go to the website at http://www.cheesetoplease.com.au to find out what’s happening.

What’s happening: Cheese lovers get excited! THE ‘CHEESE TO PLEASE’ FESTIVAL is back at Newstead House for another year of delicious tastings, workshops and live music. Finish the month at this delicious event and send your taste buds into overdrive at Brisbane’s biggest cheese festival. There will be live entertainment as well as an eclectic mix of all things cheese, charcuterie, condiments, wine, craft beer and ciders. Learn how to craft the perfect cheese platter and enjoy the wine and beer master classes. Yum!

 

The Event: MUSEUM OF BRISBANE – BRISTOPIA

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until 14 October 2018, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily, and 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Fridays.

Venue: East Gallery, Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, King George Square, CBD. View on Google Maps.

Ticket price: FREE. Visit http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au for more information. 

What’s happening: Paris, Palm Springs, London, Sydney – and now Brisbane! Whimsical AUSTRALIAN ILLUSTRATOR MEGAN MCKEAN has brought her light touch to the river city to create Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition, BRISTOPIA! Megan has created a six-metre wide illustration of the Brisbane skyline for BRISTOPIA, which is brought to life with animation to reveal quirky facts about some of Brisbane's favourite landmarks. 

BRISTOPIA invites you to contribute to the conversation by exploring the values you hold dear in relation to community, the environment and well-being. Immerse yourself in the animated Brisbane cityscape, create your own BRISTOPIA and email it to friends and family – and add your voice to the collaborative sticker wall.

 

The Event: ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Monday, 28 January 2019. Opening hours are from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Cobb+Co Museum, 27 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. Phone (07) 4659 4900 or visit http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au for more information.  

Ticket price: Entry is FREE for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area with proof of address. Entry for visitors from outside the area: Adult $12.50, Concession $10, Child (3–15) $6.50, Family (1A+3C) $25, Family (2A+4C) $32. Under 3s are FREE. Book now at http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: ALICE’S WONDERLAND: A MOST CURIOUS ADVENTURE is a travelling exhibition presented by Museums Victoria, and originally produced by the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Alice’s Wonderland is a family-friendly exhibition that brings basic science concepts to life for 3–8-year-olds and their families. The colourful exhibition is full of interactive components that encourage curious children and adults alike to explore, discover and learn through play.

Follow Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole into a strange world... ‘Down, down, down, will the fall never come to an end?’ Children are invited to explore the way they perceive and make sense of the world around them in this new, hands-on exhibition based on Lewis Carroll’s well-known Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Children can let curiosity guide their way through a series of educational exhibits which introduce optics and illusions, word play, physics and maths. Each activity will introduce a range of numeracy, literacy and science concepts in a delightful and playful way.

 

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WRITER WATCH: SUSAN JOHNSON. ‘The Landing’. Susan Johnson is an award-winning Australian author of literary fiction, memoir, short stories and essays. She was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1956 and has been a full time writer since 1985, with occasional journalistic stints for the odd Australian newspaper, journal and magazine. She currently works as a senior journalist on ‘QWeekend’, the colour magazine of ‘The Courier Mail’. In her latest book, ‘The Landing’ Susan explores the themes of families, love, memory, the compulsion to create, and exile. In a Booktopia interview, Susan was asked what she wanted to be when she was aged twelve, eighteen and thirty. She replied: ‘Twelve, an air hostess so I could lead a glamorous life jetting around the world wearing a neat uniform. At eighteen, a writer, and at thirty, a writer At some indefinable point I began to think that I wanted to be a witness to history in some way – I had my great grandmother until I was 24 and she spoke about HER grandmother and I was always, always fascinated by time, history, by the lived stories of everyone around me.’ Susan is the author of ‘My Hundred Lovers’, ‘Life in Seven Mistakes’, ‘The Broken Book’, and many more. (Photo courtesy of Susan Johnson)