07 PM | 05 Jun

Party, Melbourne June 9th

Tenniscoats http://myspace.com/tenniscoats Panel of Judges http://myspace.com/panelofjudges Scissors for Sparrow http://dizzydonor.org/s4s/ + http://myspace.com/scissorsforsparrow ……………………………………………………………… …… $15; Saturday June 9, 2007 – 7pm

(s4s on first, so come early!)

All ages, no alcohol, plenty of bars nearby though ……………………………………………………………… …… Cloud City 23 Prentice St, Brunswick, Melbourne (A warehouse; near Sydney Rd)

10 PM | 04 Jun

Bruce Willis in Second Life

Bruce Willis is a Die Hard Second Life fan

Exclusive footage of a Bruce Willis interview in Second Life is to be released today, June 5, 2007

The Second Life Cable Network (SLCN.TV), the Melbourne-based company that officially covered the media event, says the footage provides an insight into how 20th Century Fox is using Second Life to promote the next Die Hard movie.

Gary Wisniewski, Second Life Cable Network CEO said SLCN made it possible for invited guests, including the executives at Fox, to be able to witness the action as it happened.- SLCN is the HBO and CNN of virtual worlds. SLCN was started in March 2007 and has now established itself as the leading cable channel for Second Life residents.

Die Hard fans who won a competition to attend the exclusive press event were able to ask Willis questions and have him respond immediately. Willis showed a real interest in online communication tools like Second Life.

“I don’t watch the news on TV anymore. I haven’t watched it for years because it’s all sensationalized. I think everything has become entertainment, including the news!” says Willis.

The hour long event was broadcast live to a limited audience on June 1st, 2007, and is now being released to the widest possible audience via You Tube and other video sharing websites.

SLCN.TV has also filmed a special show with a tour around the Die Hard exhibition in Second Life and features interviews with the creators of the virtual island where fans can explore the set and pick up free costumes and gadgets from the film.

Bruce Willis appeared in Second Life as his avatar Bee Dub promoting the upcoming release of the next Die Hard installment on 27 June. The press conference was organized by The Picture Production Company and held at Silverscreen Island in Second Life. The Die Hard expo was built by The V3 Group.

06 AM | 04 Jun

Women & Aids

FIRST EVER GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON WOMEN & AIDS

What:                    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SUMMIT:

Women’s Leadership making a Difference on HIV and AIDS

When:                   Nairobi, KENYA – July 4-7, 2007

Organisers:         World YWCA

Media are invited to cover the first ever international conference on women and AIDS, which will takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on July 4-7, 2007. The conference seeks to mobilise urgent responses to rising HIV infection rates among women and girls in every region of the world.  Up to 80% of new infections occur in girls and young women.

Hosted by the World YWCA, the International Women’s Summit on Women’s Leadership and HIV and AIDS, will bring together over 1500 people, ranging from high level policy makers, celebrities and global leaders to community health workers and AIDS activists.  The Summit seeks to address the impact of AIDS on women and girls, exploring issues such as poverty, violence against women, children’s rights and access to decision-making and resources.

This event is organised by the World YWCA, one of the largest women’s organisations in the world, which has made AIDS a global priority for its work with over 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.  The Summit is co-convened with the International Community of Women Living with HIV and AIDS, and has the support of the UNAIDS Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and UNFPA.

Apply for media accreditation today at www.worldywca.org

06 AM | 04 Jun

World Environment Day

To co-incide with World Environment Day on 5th June, Bean Drinking (an environmentally aware coffee retailer in Sydney and winner of the 2007 Village Green Sustainable Cities Environmental Reduction Award) is supporting The Rainforest Alliance by launching a new range of coffee using Rainforest Alliance Certified beans.

Most consumers understand the value of Fairtrade products, but there is actually certified coffee available which offers a more ‘holistic’ approach. Companies, such as coffee drinkers subscription box, are jumping on board, and are selling environmentally friendly and fairtrade coffees.

Coffee certified by The Rainforest Alliance combines good environmental practice, with good social practice and ensures that not only are farmers and their workers looked after, but that environment is preserved and protected too.

Please forward any replies to this email to news@beandrinking.com.au

06 PM | 02 Jun

Dog eat dog eat dog..

WHAT: Dog eat dog eat dog…

WHEN: Opening Wednesday June 6, 6pm Thur June 7-16 (Thur-Sat 11-5), SYDNEY

WHERE: DON’T LOOK Experimental New Media Gallery 419 New Canterbury Rd (Near Marrickville Rd), Dulwich Hill

WHO: Michael Chahine

CONTACT: Greg Shapley – Ph: 0401 152 434 EMAIL: dontlookgallery@gmail.com WEB: myspace.com/dontlookgallery Dog eat dog eat dog… Michael Chahine

In April 2004 in Lucknow India, a corrupt police commissioner decided to mark his birthday by giving away 5000 free saris. During this magnanimous gesture thousands of impoverished women stampeded – twenty one women were killed and hundreds injured. Installed in the gallery window, ‘Happy Birthday Commissioner’ is both a tribute to the women who died in this publicity stunt gone horribly wrong, and a comment on the cheap regard with which life is often held by figures of authority. A floating, shrouded, glowing figure (perhaps a ghost, Hindu Saint or Mother Mary) is given a starling image in place of a face; a distraught mother is holding her dead baby, crushed in the rush to grab a shred of cloth.

…Travelling into the gallery and through Brazil, ‘Copa Cao Bana’ illustrates a disturbing reality: The pampered pets of the Brazilian bourgeoisie are treated better (much better) than the majority of the country’s population. Prissy middle-class matrons parade their precious canines obscenely in front of the homeless and destitute. Life size cut-outs reconstruct this scene for us. The terriers and poodles are immaculately groomed – many have had their fur dyed accentuating the owners’ beliefs that these toys dogs are more human than the filth that line the streets. To the artist, this conspicuous wealth is the ultimate insult to all who are unable to share in this extremity.

…Beyond Brazil we face China ’87 where Ronald Reagan is playing with balls. In this work we have a real photo of a billboard featuring a painting of Roland Reagan (a strong symbol of anti-communist cold war propaganda) advertising Chinese meditation balls. The surrealism of this bizarre juxtaposition is heightened with the inclusion of a stripped box with a protruding mechanical hand that ‘juggles’ two of these balls (a comment on the short surrealist film by Bunuel and Dali entitled ‘Un Chien Andalou’). This piece highlights the artists fascination with the paradoxical and uncanny.

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Michael Chahine is an incessant traveller, documenter, and advocate for the little guy. Chanine has been a figure in the Sydney art scene since the 1980s when he bought a warehouse in Lilyfield and invited a number of prominent and up-and-coming artists to move in. This influential movement became known as the ‘White Street Urban Postmodernists’.