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Dec 30, 2010

Vietnamese Refugee + Australian Aboriginal" Hung Le Comedy: "Black And Tran"

This show was a ground breaking piece, seen first in Australia.
Vietnamese 'boat-person' Hung Le and Aboriginal actress: Ningali teamed up together to write and perform a show that touched on subjects considered taboo by white Australia.



http://www.HungLe.com.au
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Dec 25, 2010

New York's Rinat Shaham to sing New Year's Eve Gala at Sydney Opera House

New York's own Mezzo-Soprano: Rinat Shaham is in Sydney to sing ten performances of Carmen for Opera Australia. (Details)



On New Year's Eve she and others will sing excerpts from Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Boheme, Turandot, Traviata, Tosca and Carmen with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene, followed by the famous fireworks amidst the truly amazing scenery of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Artists to include:
  • Teddy Tahu Rhodes, baritone
  • Emma Matthews, soprano
  • Jacqueline Mabardi, soprano
  • Dominica Matthews, mezzo-soprano
  • Julian Gavin, tenor
  • James Egglestone, tenor
  • Andrew Jones, baritone

There will also be a free semi-staged performance of Carmen under the stars in Sydney:
Saturday 29th January at 8pm: Opera in the Domain

Watch Shaham sing Mozart in this delightful performance from Cosi fan tutte
( recorded in Paris 2008 )


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Dec 22, 2010

USA outlaws shark finning: shark fin soup tastes like crap anyway

Tuesday 21st December, the Senate voted in favor to amend the 2000 law that allowed the slaughter of sharks for their fins.
Shark finning is now effectively a crime in US waters, and US officials are now required to work with nations that don't similarly protect sharks. Amazingly, one can still legally find dolphin meat and whale meat in restaurants in Japan, and shark fin soup in many Asian Countries, all eaten mainly for their perverse status: Eat endangered species, look important.


We can thank the National Aquarium (Washington) for collecting letters from visitors and sending them in sacks in the thousands. Sharks are misunderstood creatures made into monsters by Hollywood.
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