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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 13 2008
36 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 14, 2008 STEPPING OUT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Short and sweet acts in festival WHAT started as a small mini play festival in 2001 is an internationally-recognised forum for aspiring playwrights and actors. But Short & Sweet hasn't forgotten its roots. Short & Sweet One Act is back in Newtown showcasing local talent. Instead of 10 plays of 10-minute durations there are 16 plays, each 20-30 minutes long. Among the plays is Muh is for Murder, a funny murder mystery starring Jacinta Moses of Liberty Grove. ''I play a detective who's quite eccentric,'' she said. Muh is for Murder is set in the early 1800s and Moses plays Detective Daria. ''I have to do some singing; (Daria) sings about her cases,'' Moses said. ''It's set at a dinner so is fairly upper class. ''But she ends up getting killed because someone gets annoyed by her singing antics.'' The festival is on until Saturday at Newtown Theatre, corner of King and Bray streets. Tickets: adults $26, concessions $22. Phone 1300 306 776 to book. A French affair for local singers FOUR local singers will perform in the Sydney University Graduate Choir's winter concert program this weekend.. Musical director Christopher Bowen said the concert would include beautiful, romantic French music and feature two of the greatest romantic French composers, Camille Saint-Saens and Gabriel Faure. Haberfield's Alison Casey studied at the university years ago. ''I actually got into the choir through conductor Chris when I was with the Sydney Community college Choir,'' Alison said. ''I still had to audition but I made it. This is my second year and I love it.'' Other locals include choir president Catherine Crittenden, of Summer Hill, Doug Pritchard, of Concord and Michael Cahill of Summer Hill. The concert will be held at Sydney University's Great Hall, from 8pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets cost $40 or $20 for full- time students and under-15s. Phone 9351 7940. Kids get set to party Children love the rides at Burwood Festival. THE countdown to Burwood's Spring Festival on September 7 has started -- and rumour has it this year's event will be the biggest ever. Burwood Mayor John Faker is sure both residents and visitors will be impressed with the line-up. ''I've seen the line-up of entertainment planned for this year and it certainly surpasses all previous festivals,'' he said. ''There's something for everyone, young and old and I can't wait to see the look on the kids' faces when they see what's in store.'' The prelude to the big event begins with a free screening of the summer smash hit movie Alvin and the Chipmunks in Burwood Park on September 5. Festival organisers have promised the three Chipmunks themselves --Alvin, Theodore and Simon -- will be there to greet their young fans and pose for pictures. The following day the festival will be launched with a huge barbecue and roaming performers in Burwood Park. Sunday, September 7 is festival day and Burwood Park will play host to hundreds of performers, kids' characters like Bananas in Pyjamas, a classic car display, live music and more. The month-long celebration will continue with additional themed movie nights and street entertainment. For more information on the Burwood Spring Festival visit www.burwood.nsw.gov.au or phone Burwood Council on 9911 9911. Terrible tale of convict cannibal CONVICT escapes are the theme of this month's Authors at Ashfield series in Ashfield Civic Centre. On Friday at 1pm author David Levell will give a talk based on his book Tour to hell: Convict Australia's Great Escape Myths. His book reveals the revetting and often tragic stories of the convicts who escaped, or tried to escape, Australia's early penal settlements. On Monday at 1pm it is the turn of author Nick Bleszynski (pictured) whose book Bloodlust examines the ''unsavoury tale of Alexander Pearce, the convict cannibal''. Irish-born Pearce was one of eight convicts who escaped from Tasmania's brutal penal colony Macquarie Harbour in 1822. Both author talks take place on Level 3, Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Rd. Books are available for sale and signing. For details, phone Ashfield Library on 9716 1810. ATMs 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood burwoodrsl.com.au ph: 9744 7444 7 avid Stras n 7pm Wed 15th October Tickets: $42 Ted E's Farewell Tour Father's D y Adults $29 / Child $12 Sunday 7th September from 12pm Bill Whe 8pm Thursday 21st Aug Tickets: $22 Comedy Hypnotist ons of Eur 8pm Saturday 23rd August Tickets: $9 Sons of Europe Lunch and Show featuring Napoli Tonight Bars, Cafes Restaurants Guide Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au
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