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Jay Gatsby

Jay Gatsby

From frocks to fascinators to a bevy of Moulin Rouge-style dancers, Baz Luhr-Mania enveloped Melbourne’s newest shopping mall, Emporium, last night. The Great Gatsby director was given free rein, a blank canvas to explore new territories. Paying homage to Melbourne culture, the Australian Open, Dame Edna Everage and the spring racing carnival, Luhrmann didn’t hold back. From a … Continue reading

The Social Studio

The Social Studio

Over the last five years as Collingwood gentrified into a haven of conservative bohemians with whitened teeth for mirrors, The Social Studio encouraged refugees and the underprivileged to embrace their creative side. Hidden amongst the ironically named Paris end of Smith Street, this quaint little workshop is a meeting place to exchange ideas and learn … Continue reading

High Maintenance

High Maintenance

Before the final Valyrian sword was beamed into the savvy streamers laptops, I had finished three seasons of High Maintenance, a new seven to 12 minute micro-drama web series based around a nameless weed dealing Brooklyn dude.     The unnamed protagonist looks like a cross between a young John Malkovich and every middle-class Quinoa eating, … Continue reading

We Kiss in a Shadow

We Kiss in a Shadow

It is a mild autumnal day in Brisbane as I accidentally interrupt an impromptu cooking session of Shu- Cheen Yu where she is just about to star as Lady Thiang beside the golden girl of Australian television Lisa McCune. I was nervous at first because Shu- Cheen’s angelic yet fragile vocal chords should really be … Continue reading

Winter in New York

Winter in New York

I think it will end with Don Draper lacing up a pair of ice skates in Manhattan’s Central Park. He will of course be smoking a cigarette. He will be reading a first edition of Antonio Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. It will be snowing. I imagine the last episode will conclude on the weekend of July 1977; the historical … Continue reading

Rosebud

Rosebud

I could tell by the accent she was from Kansas City. It was not the fact that she kind of looked like a cross between Judy Garland and Superman’s Lois Lane. I swear it was not. I was sitting behind her because for no particular reason it annoyed me when she ordered a second chai … Continue reading

Not for Profit Real Estate

Not for Profit Real Estate

Our social awareness reporter Colette Leber was given the pleasure in speaking to Heather Holst,  CEO of HomeGround Real Estate, which is a not for profit real estate out of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Some of our readers may not be aware of the extent that homelessness permeates Australian society. Can you briefly explain the current … Continue reading

H and M

H and M

The Riparian Times were cordially invited to the opening of the Swedish clothing giant known as H & M on Thursday night or Ikea for clothes without the meat balls. It would have not been a VIP event without Michael Klim’s shiny head or the teenage girl sensation Ja’mae or should we say Chris Lilley. … Continue reading