Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Black Label Media

Cinema

Beyond La La Land: the top ten toe-tapping film musicals

Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
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The art of protest

Can poetry stop a highway? Wielding words in the battle over Roe 8

Protest poetry has an esteemed history, from the British war poets to writers behind the Iron Curtain. In Perth, poets are protesting against a contentious road extension and their words are charged.
Footpaths in Japan are built with bumpy guide-strips so vision impaired pedestrians can get around with ease.

Cities

The archaeology of polite society

From high chairs in public bathrooms to handbag baskets in cafes, Japan is a considerate place. Australia can learn from a society where material culture acts as a reminder to be aware of the needs of others.
In virtual reality cinema, the audience chooses what to look at and when. What does this mean for traditional narrative storytelling? Virtual reality cinema in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Sander Koning/ANP

Film

VR cinema is here – and audiences are in the drivers’ seat

VR cinema explodes the frame, placing the spectator inside the space of the film. Audiences effectively edit it themselves, by choosing what to look at and when.
Food tattoos run the gamut of knuckle tattoos to cake mixers. Peter Woodman/Flickr

Culinary culture

Kitchen ink: foodies, chefs and tattoos

From images of knives to cupcakes, foodies are increasingly etching their identity on their skin. And for chefs, tattoos are markers of non-conformity, self promotion and resilience, as a new book testifies.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so. Siddhesh Mangela/Flickr

Icons

Would Marilyn Monroe’s career (and life) have been different if she had acted on stage?

Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at Dark Mofo at the Museum of Old and New Art. Mona/Remi Chauvin

Looking back

2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture

Many great artists died in 2016: Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Paul Cox, Shirley Hazzard. It was a year of creative foment and as always, intense debate about the importance of the arts to a thriving, democratic society.

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