September has flown by. I packed a lot into it though. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been enjoying, so you can enjoy it too.
Stuff I’ve been doing
At the beginning of the month I went to see the Archibald Prize. It feels like it comes around every few months. I’m sure it happens a few times a year.
What I noticed this year was how well curated it was. There seemed to be different themes in each room: figurative, pop art, classical sitting portraits, patterns. There were lots I liked, surprisingly a number were pop art style. You’ll have to look up each one or visit the exhibition if you can. Sophia Hewson’s, Dee Smart’s and the artist known as what both stood out in the poppy style.
My favourite might have been Loribelle Spirovski’s portrain of John Bell at home.
Among the Wynne prize entries, pieces by James Drinkwater, Fiona Lowry, John R Walker and Mumu Mike Williams, Willy Muntjantji Martin and Sammy Dodd all stood out.
The Sulman Prize is always a bit weird. I liked pieces by Tom Polo and Nicola Smith this year.
Otherwise, I finally visited Sneaky Possum, a bar near me that’s pretty rad, and also Frenchies Bistro & Brewery for a delicious lunch.
23 September was Zwanze Day, a celebration of good beer and Brussels humour. Bitter Phew was one of the official Australian venues and I was lucky enough to get a ticket to an early sitting where I tried some mind-blowing beers. I then spent pretty much the rest of the day there with some incredible people. Cantillon, folks. Get it in your life.
A beautiful morning and early afternoon at @bitterphew to celebrate some of the most excellent beer that I’ve ever tasted. Sensational stuff and it was executed perfectly by @aacedwards, @dylanhayes and co. Seriously well done guys. I hope you get to sit down with a schooey of lambic at the end of the day. Bravo! 👏🙌👍🍻🍾 #zwanzeday #zwanzeday2017
I went to Sydney Swans vs Essendon. It was a fantastic win, it’s just a shame Sydney blew it against Geelong. For that game, I sat in the pub and nervously drank too much Coopers Stout. I was a bit emotional by the end.
It was long overdue but I finally got some house plants. Definitely a nice touch to my room. Liking it a lot.
Had a BBQ one weekend with Callum and Megan. We drank a couple of beers. Their place is looking good (now that Megan has fixed everything Callum did). We also went to The Rock Lookout, with fantastic views over the Nepean river. It’ll be fun spending Christmas over there.
I went to see James Vincent McMorrow in Marrickville. It’s the third time I’ve seen him in Sydney and it was very different to his Opera House concerts. This was a different tour though. He played the entire True Care album in full, took and interval, then came back to play some older stuff. He does everything in his gigs, he’s funny, he plays melancholy, intimate piano solos, poppy-dancey numbers and thrashy, screamy guitar stuff.
Speaking of musical things, I checked this out and you should too. Song Exploder is an awesome podcast but they developed an interactive site with Google, called Inside Music. Put on some good headphones and enjoy.
Finally, I end the month in Tasmania. I took my birthday off work and flew down to Hobart where I stayed in an Airbnb. I’m still here now but I’ll include more stuff about the trip next month.
I’m not really into birthdays but, y’know, you can’t really escape them.
Stuff I’ve been listening to
I picked Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions and Patti Smith’s Horses in Auckland. Been listening to both a few times. Got back into Belle & Sebastian’s Boy With The Arab Strap, as well as some Leisure Society.
I’m still listening to Arcade Fire’s Everything Now. I also got into the podcast, The Turnaround. Interviews with interviewers about interviewing. It’s fascinating. Hat tip to Ale of a Time for the recommendation.
I downloaded an Alt-J Deadcrush remix EP but I haven’t listened to it much yet.
Stuff I’ve been watching
I watched Colossal which is totally fun and weird. I liked it a lot. I also saw Lady Macbeth which is sensational. It’s moody, disturbing and full of incredible acting.
Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo started up again and left me guffawing like an idiot.
Stuff I’ve been reading
I finished Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano. It’s good. Apparently the translator is a long time friend and collaborator but it reads weirdly, like he (the translator) doesn’t know anything about football. Maybe it’s because I was reading an American edition.
That’s pretty much it for this month. Birthdays… meh.