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Carnivale was the best damn thing to happen to television at the turn of this century and its cancellation will remain a crime forever more.  Fortunately my sorrows are annually ameliorated with the influx of performers, magicians, vagabonds, burlesque queens and musicians into dear (R)Adelaide for the Fringe Festival, dragging their creative accoutrements, stories and daring-do across the many miles.  They may not have gypsy wagons but flying in on Tiger Air is equally fraught with difficulty and an act of endurance demanding respect.

A number of familiar faces return this year – some are re-imagined offerings, some a bold new solo adventures for seasoned troupe performers. Here is my pick for Adelaide Fringe 2016. IT ALL STARTS NEXT WEEK SO GET YOUR TICKETS!

NOIR REVUE

A Fringe cabaret/burlesque favourite, a new line up albeit still under the steady hand of Sarina de Fuego – including musical director and co-producer Michael Wheatley who’s performance prowess has taken this production to another level.

THE VAUDE-VILLAINOUS MR.GØRSKI

If you have a child under 7 years of age – chances are they are familiar with  Hoopla Doopla! and may already be on the fast track to running away to join the circus.  Jango, aka Daniel Gorski, brings out one his darker split personalities in the Vaude-villainous Mr Gorski in this child friendly production with magic, juggling and chaos.

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BURLESQUE IDOL

A good show case of the burly arts from a line up of local talent making the transition from enthusiastic amateur to national-starlet-in-the-making. Who will be the big names in Australian burlesque in the future?…get the good oil here.

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LOVE, LOSS & LATTES

Mistress of the acrobatic aerial arts brings her solo show to Adelaide for the first time, as she explores the theme of her favourite caffeine marking time throughout life’s travails.

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ADULT-ISH

We knew her best from Peaches & Gin Burlesque, but now Luna Eclipse has found a new voice as she comes to terms with growing older, responsibility, and whether she can continue justify living life like one of Neverland Lost Children. I think we know the answer but best go along just in case….

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SCARLETT BELLE’S SCARLETT LETTERS

Ex-Blues and Burlesque star, Scarlett Belle, is another throwing caution to the wind and embarking on a solo tour, bringing a show of songs, stories & erotica that promises love, lust & adultery – something for everyone, including the grandparents.

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BECKY LOU’s “SHAKE”

We reviewed Becky Lou’s standout tragi-comedy-burlesque performance last year in a charming ramshackle possibly near condemned building acting as a performance space. There was nothing ramshackle about her performance however, so imagine how great she is going to be on a larger stage with no risk of floor collapse! If you didn’t see this last year, don’t be the last person at your local front bar to be able to talk about the virtues of merkin puppets.

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Posted by Jonathan on Feb 6th 2016 | Filed in Art,Burlesque,Cabaret,Culture,Music | Comments (0)

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ABC Radio Segment on Absinthe

Australia’s Radio National show “Blueprint for Living” has done a suitably sympathetic piece on the absinthe revival in Australia.

Presenter Michael Williams  gets an education from Ben Luz at Bar Ampere in Melbourne over the history, markers of quality and proper ways of drinking absinthe – all over a nice glass of La Clandestine.

It’s worth checking out their Absinthe aperitif list – it is quite an impressive offering worth investigating should you find yourself in the area.

You can down the episode through this link.

 

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Posted by Jonathan on Jan 6th 2016 | Filed in Bars,Cocktails,Culture,Interviews,News | Comments (0)

Double Dutch Part 2 – Akveld Absinthe (Blanche)

 

One good turn deserves another – double your pleasure and double your fun – and insert your own witty proverb about twins.

It is a nice when an absinthe producer experiments with crafting both a Verte and a Blanche of an absinthe recipe, which are seldom just monozygotic twins minus the Roman wormwood –  often there are twists and turns to produce a different sort of fraternal sibling. With good luck, a dark seed.

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Akveld’s blanche offering comes in at 60% alc/vol, so a touch lighter than the predecessor reviewed. Popping the cork, the aroma didn’t quite leap out of the bottle as the Verte, I needed to really stick my nostrils close to inhale a very pleasant chamomile – reminding me a little of the style of Blanche De Fougerolle, however, whereas that absinthe is overtly floral, Akveld’s is very tight and secretive. Being unwilling to flaunt her wares, we need to explore deeper.

 

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I pour the crystal clear liquid into the glass- I’m presuming this used an eau de vie grape spirit in the production? As the alcoholic vapour is released, I get a firm sense of this foundation spirit. I try and detect the other botanicals, but it is not being very giving in the glass. (Note: as a postscript to this experience I have since returned to the absinthe and used a narrower tapered wine glass rather than the wide rimmed Pontarlier glass and got a totally different aromatic experience – rich mixed botanicals. the chamomile again supported on a sweet hyssop and fennel/anise bed.)

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Upon dilution through sugar, I am finding the louche is considerably in more of a rush compared to the Verte, which may be a factor arising from the lower alcohol content. The conversion has fully taken hold before I have even diluted halfway. It is, however, a much thicker louche than its predecessor, the spoon is completely shrouded within its mercurial veil.

Upon tasting, rather than the expected wormwood bitterness and anise front notes, I’m greeting by fresh alpine mint flavours, an unexpected, surprisingly dominant sapidity. A wash of Angelica, baby powder minerality in the middle, lingering back-of-the-tongue notes of Fennel after the ambrosia has been swallowed. Wormwood is there, but she plays second fiddle – holding the harmony together.

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Liquorice-phobes would well find this an absinthe to their liking. It does have a thinner mouthfeel, it doesn’t linger quite as long as the Verte, but attenuated in some well iced water this perhaps makes for a quenching long absinthe for a summers day. We have plenty of those ahead in Australia…..time to pull out the water fountain and assemble friends around this bottle.

 

 

Posted by Jonathan on Dec 27th 2015 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Absinthe Reviews,Distilleries,News,Reviews | Comments (0)

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