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Cheap A$$ (Late July)

Laugh Comedy Night @ Hotel Sweeney’s When: 7:30-10pm, Every Tuesday night Where: Hotel Sweeney’s, CBD Cost: Free More info: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au Whether you’re an established comedian dying to trial some juicy new material, a rising star, a mate or a critic, come on down for the last comedy night of the …

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Throwback: Three Amazing Films You’ve Probably Missed

With hundreds of movies coming out each year, it’s hard to keep track of what’s good and what’s bad. And worse, every month seems to be packed with blockbusters. With so much to see and so much noise, I don’t blame you for needing some down time. Some of the …

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Paris Men’s Fashion Week: Spring 2017

The Men’s fashion season has now past the halfway point, making its way through London, Florence, Milan and recently concluding in Paris. With designers showcasing Spring 2017 collections, major French fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Givenchy didn’t fail to emphasize masculinity through their different, but iconic styles. Demna Gvasalia …

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Review: The Paper Kites (Enmore Theatre)

The Paper Kites commemorate the sentimental complexity of the midnight hour by delivering an avant-garde performance at the Enmore Theatre. The five-piece band opened the ‘Midnight’ tour by huddling around the lead singer, Sam Bentley’s, acoustic guitar and microphone. The Paper Kites gracefully addressed the audience with a stripped-back rendition …

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Interview: Madeleine Mallis – Hair

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? That was one of the many questions I was left with after watching UNSW student-produced short film Hair written and directed by Madeleine Mallis. Hair, will challenge your conceptions of body-image like no Pantene or Ashley and Martin commercial …

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Interview: Josef Arbiv and Jo Losurdo – Signature Tune

There are a great number films that make us question reality and force us to consider whether we are really awake. The Matrix, Groundhog Day, and Inception to name a few. You can now add UNSW student-produced film Signature Tune to the list. I sat down with writer/director Josef Arbiv …

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Interview: Ed Christie and Laura Jago – Trove

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, the guy who thought it would be a good idea to change the recipe of Arnott’s Shapes – It’s not clear who is responsible. The World has fallen and human civilization is but a shadow of its former self. Writer, Director and UNSW student Ed …

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A Student Handbook to Unwind: Floating Away Your Troubles

Want your troubles to float away? Looking for a lifetime experience that will help with your anxiety and stress? An experience involving zero gravity … Your answer lies in flotation therapy, a concept that has been around for decades but new to many. Flotation therapy involves lying in a pod …

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A Student’s Handbook to Unwind: Blue Mountains Sparadise

Tension fading … Muscles unwinding … After mid-semester one assessments were completed, I decided to take a mini road trip down Blue Mountains with a couple of friends, escape my hectic lifestyle of balancing classes, an internship and work, and indulge my senses and relax … for three solid hours. …

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Holiday Envy: Penang

When exam timetables were released last semester, I booked my tickets to Penang. I flew out of Sydney after I finished my exams and had kissed campus goodbye. When I arrived at the island of Penang the first thing I noticed were the buildings, popping out like Tetris blocks. After …

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A Student’s Handbook to Unwind: Walking Away the Stress at Royal National Park

Your first semester of 2016 didn’t go as planned? Didn’t study “enough” and get the marks you desired? Stressed every day, feeling the pressure and wanting to pull your hair out? Unwind both physically and mentally and take a day trip to the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south before …

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Review: OneRepublic Secret Show

So keep this on the down low, but OneRepublic did a secret show. It was so secret that even with an invite, I wasn’t even able to find the entrance for about 20 minutes. But then I found it, and the view was incredible. At the Overseas Passenger terminal in …

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Review: The Literati

Justin Fleming has done it again with yet another reimagined Moliere work proving to be a total success. Currently staged at The Stables theatre, ‘The Literati’ is a fast-paced, witty and spectacularly unreal story of a family brought together by a love for each other and separated by a love …

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Yogi John Tries… Fire Cupping

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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Yogi John Tries… Acupuncture

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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Yogi John Tries… Tarot Reading

Every year seems to usher in a breakthrough New Age treatment or food that can cure all of one’s ailments — goji berries, oxygen treatment, Scientology…you get the point. Yet, there are some spiritualities that have been around for centuries that are actually meant to work! That’s right, apparently these treatments aren’t …

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Top 5 Song Picks – Exam Period

Hide your wife, hide your kids – freedom’s just around the corner! Blitz has (once again) put together the perfect playlist – you’re welcome – to help you cope with the flood of emotions that comes hand-in-hand with LSP, Last Paper Syndrome//Image via Twitter.   Fortunes – Angel Nobody blends the grit of …

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Cheap Ways to Spend the Holidays

Are all your friends off gallivanting overseas for winter break while you’re stuck in Sydney? Whether you’re slaving away at an internship or just strapped for cash, fear not – have yourself a Sydney Stay-cation! There’s plenty of fun to be had on your coffee change or on nothing at …

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Review: Tribes (Ensemble Theatre)

‘Tribes’ by Nina Raine and on at the Ensemble Theatre until July 2nd, explores that which intrinsically connects us. The play calls into question whether it is language that defines our interpersonal communication, or something much deeper altogether. Examined through the context of a pseudo-intellectual family for whom the value …

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IND-I-Y: Is Indie Becoming too Mainstream?

There has always been a fine line between indie and mainstream. When I struck up writing this ‘indie’ column, my attempt was to define the term and furthermore define the culture it has created. Upon reflection, I have learnt that the term has begun to turn on its head; it’s …

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Exam Watch: The Best TV Episodes for Procrastination

  The pointy end of the semester is upon us and with it come big assessments and those smaller assessments you have to do with everyone else in the span of two hours – some call them exams.So, here are some of my favourite procrastination moments in TV history. Seinfeld …

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Interview: Symphony X’s Mike LePond

Forming back in 1994 from Middletown, New Jersey came this fresh, powerful wave of metal. Over two decades since their self-titled debut album, the group have captured a Dream Theatre-esque sound while honing in on their classic yet inventive dynamic. I sat down with bassist Mike LePond to chat Symphony X‘s first ever …

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Two Lessons I’ve Learnt from The Office

Exams are looming, empty word documents are open on your computer screen and you’ve accidentally gone over the allocated break on your pomodoro timer. What better inspiration to motivate yourself than looking back on the lessons to be learnt on The Office. They might not help you through any of …

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Hidden Gems: Cabaret

The world of cabaret is one that is rich, decadent and full of glamour and bravado. However, this musical act is one that completely subverts this musical genre and turns it on its head. The two-piece known as the Dresden Dolls are the culprits behind such a subversion. With just …

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Adult Swim is Underrated

Adult Swim has been around for almost 15 years, known for showing bizarre things from 8pm-6am on Cartoon Network. I’m sure that much like me, you have always enjoyed shows and shorts from Adult Swim, but hadn’t given the channel much deep thought. However, I recently delved into madness and brilliance when I …

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SEROUKAS SERMON: A Guide to Minor Parties

So it’s that time of the year (decade?) where mainstream television, YouTube and now the free version of Spotify are inundated in political advertisements about how to vote and which candidate will save Australia from its fatal trajectory. And it wouldn’t be a federal election without at least one inflammatory, …

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